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Get Yer Ya Yas Out
Get Yer Ya Yas Out
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £18.41

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Have you seen the sell-by date on these marshmallows??, 29 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Get Yer Ya Yas Out (Audio CD)
Stones' 'live' LPs are ten-a-penny, however while few 'live' albums are essential, this is one of my faves!
From an era when the Stones were the self-proclaimed 'Greatest Rock n' Roll Band in the World', the album opens with a feedback-strewn soundscape from which the band launch into a swaggery rendition of 'Jumping Jack Flash'.
They journey back to their roots with a cover of Chuck Berry's 'Carol' - they also pay tribute with 'Little Queenie' later in the proceedings, however the rest of the set is comprised of classic Jagger/Richards compositions from the band's purple patch.
'Stray Cat Blues' is an interesting down-tempo cut; 'Sympathy for the Devil' is rid of piano and congas and is served up instead on a platter of phat guitar chords and with a juicy solo on the side... delicious. By which point the Stones seem to be at the required level of innebriation to have a stab at 'Honky Tonk Women' - good work boys!
Bluesy, shambolic - frankly all over the shop - but that's what the Stones were about in 1969!!
Essential Stones

Open The Iron Gate 1973-1977
Open The Iron Gate 1973-1977

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUL Cleanser, 29 Dec. 2003
Earthier than 'War Ina Babylon' by virtue of escaping the Island Records' mastering/production gloss, Max Romeo's 'Revelation Time' (upon which this release is based) is a bonafide classic! The playing, production, songwritng and vocalising are top ranking! The Rasta/Socialist sentiment that ties the album together will touch any being born of this planet.
This record speaks about love, unity, equality and the struggle to achieve them... I can't think of a better subject for any music.

The Great Escape
The Great Escape
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.94

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertain Me!, 26 Dec. 2003
This review is from: The Great Escape (Audio CD)
The death of 'Britpop' and Damon Albarn's own very public dismissal of 'The Great Escape' had resulted in this particular work being consigned to the very depths' of my record collection.
Then perchance I listened to 'The Universal' on TV following England's Rugby World Cup victory... it was so brilliant and moving that I decided to dig 'The Great Escape' out and give it a few spins...
I quickly realised what a fabulous work it is, while I adore all of Blur's subsequent output, this is an excellent record. The melodies are typically interesting, the songs are catchy, the playing is intricate and the soundscapes diverse.
Above that the content is a periodical of my generation's summer of love 1995 - when the shirts were loud, the music was everywhere and I was drunk.

Burning Wheel
Burning Wheel
Offered by actionrecords
Price: £0.95

5.0 out of 5 stars My hair's on fire!!, 20 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Burning Wheel (Audio CD)
Its a tribute to the strength of 'Vanishing Point' that this is actually the third single the band released from the LP!
The A-side is an awesome, dubby, psychedelic rollercoaster of a song but you will be blown away by the Chemical Brother's remix. I warn you now, its leviathon B-line may change your life forever!
Oh yeah... for good measure they included the original demo of 'Higher than the sun' (less all the squelches and beeps from the 'Screamadelica' cut) a piece of music of real beauty and tranquility.

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £11.64

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lf I could stick a pen in my heart..., 15 Dec. 2003
This review is from: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (Audio CD)
I've never understood why the Stones' 1974 offering has been so overlooked by both fans and critics. It is after all not only a far better record than the jaded 'Goat's Head Soup' and the lightweight 'Black n' Blue' that have sandwiched it in time. Of course it is also the final release by what most Stones' fans consider to have been the ultimate Stones line-up.
Mick Taylor's playing on his swansong is magnificent - 'Time waits for no-one' is beautiful and poignant. The Stones rock the room with the outrageous 'If you can't rock me', swagger like a bunch of drunks on 'Its only rock n'roll' and party like only they know how on 'Dance little sister'.
It adheres to the classic Stones album formula with a soul cover 'Ain't too proud to beg', a couple of ballads and closes with a riffing masterpiece 'Fingerprint File'.

Music Of The Spheres
Music Of The Spheres
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £3.81

6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Monkey Magic?, 20 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Music Of The Spheres (Audio CD)
There are still some Roses fans out there, who hold there breath when one of the groups former members is due to release a record.
I find myself having to ask, "Was their epochal debut a fluke?"
It seems to me that everything they've since been involved with has been poor or patchy.
Squire's adventures with the Seahorses were frankly awful and smacked of naivety. Brown's first effort contained some magical moments. His second, seemed to prove nothing more than, a stretch inside at Her Majesty's pleasure is not the best environment in which to write a pop record.
Music of the Spheres, starts well. Very well indeed. "F.E.A.R." is a clever play on words and shows Brown at his best. Like a messiah, he reels off line after line with the conviction of a man who quite frankly you ought to be listening to. "Stardust" follows, beats collapsing around you, bleeps firing past you and a composed Brown softly murmurs a beautiful melody over the surrounding chaos.
So far so good. "Bubbles" indian flavour sits nicely here, "Gravy Train" is a bit lumpy and "Hear no See no" is filler. Things have quitened, the crackles and pops of a scratchy vinyl form a beat and Brown begins to whisper again. The music builds magnificently around him. "Northern Lights" is one of his best tunes to date.
Despite all this, this LP deserves no more than 3 stars. Ian Brown must sack the man on quality control or refrain from releasing LPs until he has 10 tracks as good as the best thats here. A man of his talent and reputation must think twice in future.

Best Dressed Chicken In Town
Best Dressed Chicken In Town

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A prescription beyond description, 19 Oct. 2002
A huge hit with punk rockers in the '70s following Johnny Rotten name-checking the album in an interview.
"The Best Dressed Chicken in Town" is one of the finest leftfield reggae albums I've ever experienced. There's a depth to the production which will draw you in helplessly. The sound is sweet and low. Dr Alimantado's toasts are considered and weave beautifully between snippets of vocal mixed in from the original riddims Dr Winston is riding. Throw in some humour - "Johnny was a Baker" - and well you've cracked it.
On this evidence the man was a genius and in the company of Lee Scratch Perry and King Tubby he has produced a masterpiece.

Studio One Dj's
Studio One Dj's
Price: £11.20

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't like Reggae...I love it, 19 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Studio One Dj's (Audio CD)
The fourth release in Soul Jazz Records' Studio One series and the best since the original "Rockers" compilation.
Brought together here are some classic Studio 1 riddims, whose evocative sound has become something of a TV advertiser's favourite.
One Mister Coxsone S. Dodd should be rubbing his hands together and deservedly so, cos' the famous studio owner/producer proves his ears were the best in JA.
Brigadier Jerry's toast over a rather phat cut of "Love Me Forever" promoting love amongst all brethren is ESSENTIAL. Equally Jim Brown's "Seen Him" will have you skanking round your bedroom like a nutter. And if you just prefer pouting in front of the mirror with your chest puffed out, you couldnt choose a better soundtrack than "Rockfort Rock" by Prince Francis.

Darker Than Blue: Soul From Jamdown 1973-1980
Darker Than Blue: Soul From Jamdown 1973-1980

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hotter Reggae Music...Hotter...Hotter!!!, 22 Jan. 2002
B&F 's penultimate release of 2001, and one of their finest to date. In their typically methodical approach to re-releasing Jamaican popular music, they draw the reggae listener's attention to the massive influence that was U.S. Soul music.
If one element of this music stands out above all others, it is the exquisite performances that the artists have put to tape. John Holt's - For The Love of You is sublime...the bassline on Milton Henry's - Gypsy Woman simply awesome...Carl Bradney - Slipping into Darkness head-noddingly funky and if by track 18 you still aren't smiling then I'm sure Welton Irie's take on Grandmaster Flash will no doubt have won you over.
This record may be a detour from the label's previous output, however it is fantastically entertaining and important and should be overlooked at the listener's peril.

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