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Musically Adrift
Musically Adrift
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, 19 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Musically Adrift (Audio CD)
Arriving in 1999, this album was released 22 years too late to be commercially viable, but musically it's a wonderfully written, played, sung and recorded ode to late '70s jazzy/poppy/blue-eyed-soul. Steely Dan and the Michael McDonald-led Doobie Brothers are the reference points, and the songs on display equal the best of either. Any number of songs here could have been monster hits had they been released in 1977. "One of a Kind" and "Whatever I Do" are amazingly catchy. If you like Steely Dan, you have to get this (although this is more than just a Dan clone). Out of time, it's one of my all time favorite albums - maybe that classifies it as timeless.


Alaska
Alaska
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, 30 July 2013
This review is from: Alaska (Audio CD)
This is a very capable successor to Chateau Revenge - in fact, I feel the songs are consistently stronger which makes for a more cohesive outing. There's a 70's vibe throughout - a bit of Neil Young here, a splash of Fleetwood Mac there. Vocally Daniel Tashian sounds a lot like Rufus Wainwright. The melodies are strong and the lyrics paint some vivid pictures. I've found this to be a great album to put on, chill out to and hit replay. One of the best albums of the year - definitely worth getting if you crave 70's inspired singer-songwriter fare of high quality.


Songs For Faithful Admirers
Songs For Faithful Admirers
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reissue of a Prior Compilation, 11 July 2013
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This is a reissue of the "Going Where the Music Takes Me" comp from a few years ago sans the short interview DVD. It's definitely an odds and sods collection of live and studio tracks of the various permutations of the band (and solo outings) over the years and it's irritatingly presented in no logical ( to me) order. The material is spotty, but there are highlights that make this worth buying if you are a fan.
Highlights: The live tracks from the Wincott/Baird duo are very good - especially "Dedication to Felix", a song never released on an album but which I find outstanding (hey, I love crumhorns). The studio tracks from John Gladwin's Englishe Musicke could pass for pieces from the classic trio, and the live tracks from this incarnation of the band are fascinating interpretations of Amazing Blondel favorites.
Lowlights: There are some clunkers from Gladwin, Baird and Wincott individually.

There are no performances from the classisc trio, still the highlights are worth the budget price. As a huge fan of the band, I'm grateful for this compilation


Kill The Wolf
Kill The Wolf
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistent, 22 Jun 2013
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Berry's Witchazel album had some nice moments. Kill the Wolf is in the same psych folk style as that album, but the songs are consistently good from start to finish here with no drop in quality. Solstice is perhaps the centerpiece of the album being a nine minute Mike Oldfield-like workout, but there's a lot to like throughout. Gather Up sounds like it came from the English folk tradition. Fallen Angel builds nicley and hooks you in. Medicine and Knock Knock will swirl around your head long after the album stops spinning. October Sun ( and the companion instrumental Village Dance) are epic and just beatiful to listen to. This album has been carefully crafted and is really a joy to listen to. There's a lot going on to keep the listener interested and engaged. It may take it's inspiration from late 60s/early 70s folk pop, but Berry creates a musical landscape that is very much his own, and a very nice one to get lost in.


Swarbtricks
Swarbtricks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 20 Mar 2013
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What an amazing little album this is. 37 new Swarb tunes played by Duncan Wood (on fiddles and mandoilns) and friends. I've always enjoyed Swarb's mandolin tunes/playing in particular, and there's a lot of mandoiln-led tuneage amongst the 17 tracks here. Mr. Wood is to be complimented on his playing - he sounds like a dead ringer for Swarb. It's the tunes that carry the album and it's hard to find a clinker in the bunch. A nice variety of marches, airs, hornpipes and jigs - most with the unmistakable Swarb touch, odd time signature or flourish. The proceedings are nicely paced, and tunes rarely overstay their welcome. Very nice detailed notes on all of the tunes make this a nice, complete package. I hope that tunes of this high quality keep flowing from Mr. Swarbrick. A triumph and a revelation.
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Jimmy's Show
Jimmy's Show
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Price: 10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical, 20 Oct 2012
This review is from: Jimmy's Show (Audio CD)
This is at least as good as his first album. The songs are consistently strong - and the melodies will get stuck in your head. Whimsical might be a good way to describe the lyrics (look at the song titles!!!) - and a lot of references to drinking tea, which are lost on me seeing I'm from the States. Overall a really nice psychedelic '60s vibe permeates the album and there's just no letdown in the quality of the tunes from start to finish. Lots of interesting instrumental layers throughout. The more I listen to this album, the more I like it. A real grower. And now for a cup of tea . . .


Love And Work [Digipak]
Love And Work [Digipak]
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Surprise, 16 Aug 2012
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Too often I find that recent albums from my favorite artists of the 70s either reach too far in trying to recapture the magic from those earlier times and end up sounding like a sad imitation, or are just lifeless attempts to cash in on their names. Happily, Grahan Gouldman of 10cc fame has produced an album of really good songs done in his own style. Clearly Mr. Gouldman knows how to write a catchy tune, and he provides a dozen very likeable songs on "Love and Work" - I was really surprised how strong these songs are. He's in great voice throughout and the production is top notch.

The album is dedicated to Andrew Gold, his one time partner in Wax, who sadly passed away last year. His paean to Gold, "Daylight", is very touching.

This is a class album from a real pro. He's not breaking any new ground here, but when pop music is done this well, people need to take notice.


Skulk
Skulk
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff, 24 April 2012
This review is from: Skulk (Audio CD)
This is, perhaps, Mr. Moray's most consistent offering yet. It may not scale the heights (at least for me personally) that his second, self-titled album did - it's just really, really good start to finish. Some folks here have scoffed at the pace of some of the songs - but that's traditional english folk for you. Lord Douglas may be the best thing he's ever done. This album should appeal to the "folkies" as it's less experimental than some of his other work. But there are plenty of flourishes and sonic touches to keep things interesting. It's really well played, sung and recorded. One of the best albums of the year from an artist that really deserves to be heard. Thanks Jim.


Dead: Live In Transylvania
Dead: Live In Transylvania
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Price: 7.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evensonger, 17 Jun 2011
This is a really nice live set by the band recorded probably in the early 2000's (there's really nothing in the way of credits within the CD release). The songs run very true to the studio versions - the trio pulls off some nifty vocal harmonies and the instrumentation is top notch throughout (these guys can play). Sound quality is very very good. A lot of highlights: "Seascape", "Cawdor" and "Celestial Light" stood out for me; but everything is great, with hardly a note out of place. The good mix of songs come from the 4 Island albums and "Restoration". I've been a fan since the early '70s - great to have a quality live disc from the reformed trio.
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