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At Rockpalast
At Rockpalast
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't Norman Beaker a household name?, 28 Dec. 2015
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Lucky enough to catch Chris Farlowe backed by the Norman Beaker Band at New Crawdaddy Billericay December 2015. Many of the best songs of the night, "Tough On Me, Tough On You", " Lovin' Arms" and "Handbags & Gladrags are included on this live album which serves as a reminder of great performances by both singer, Norman Beaker on lead guitar and a very tasteful, accomplished band, this despite, or, even, because of, 2 musicians from the James Hunter band standing in on sax and keyboards.
Recommended unreservedly to anyone who seen Chris and the band recently.


Uncovered
Uncovered
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5.0 out of 5 stars Familiarity can breed contempt, 11 Nov. 2015
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Let's be objective: if you didn't have the Gerry Rafferty version of his own song firmly embedded in your brain cells and were hearing this album's version for the first time, you'd think it the best thing since sliced bread. The same goes for a number of the other choices with which we're all so familiar. I've given it a week or two before voicing an opinion and now songs which I didn't know that well - forgive my ignorance - like "I used to be a king" and "Not a drop of rain" are creeping into my consciousness. Love it


Mad About The Boy, The Best Of Dinah Washington
Mad About The Boy, The Best Of Dinah Washington
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4.0 out of 5 stars September in the Rain, 21 Mar. 2013
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Aware that Dinah Washington had been recording for many years my choice of compilation was determined by a love of September in the Rain and a desire to acquire other tracks of that vintage, 1961. It's all about the voice and arrangements from this period. I think that this is it although would need to look further than the inlay which is sadly lacking in detail.

However, Mad about the Boy, What a Difference a Day Made and A Rocking Good Way, which must all be from around the same time, along with September in the Rain, are worth the price of purchase alone.


Songs You Know by Heart: Jimmy Buffett's Greatest Hit[s]
Songs You Know by Heart: Jimmy Buffett's Greatest Hit[s]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time to remaster the entire catalogue, 16 Nov. 2012
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The early Jimmy Buffet albums currently available on CD suffer from, to these ears, poor sound quality. That problem is rectified on this release which is why I bought it but I would've far rather bought a remastered version of " Changes in Attitudes Changes in Latitudes" for example.

A good buy for the sound and the songs are all of high quality but it's only the tip of the iceberg.


Hot Buttered Soul
Hot Buttered Soul
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4.0 out of 5 stars Size does matter, 16 Nov. 2012
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Thought I could get by with a couple of single edits on a Stax compilation but, no, only the full length versions of Walk on By and By the Time I Get to Phoenix, in particular, will do, hence this purchase.


Cannons in the rain/Wingless angels
Cannons in the rain/Wingless angels
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was looking for but..., 16 Nov. 2012
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Some years ago I owned, and played a fair bit, a "best of" on vinyl from which you will gather that I wasn't a totally committed John Stewart fan but enjoyed his more popular stuff. Unable to replace it on CD I stumbled across this release. From memory the "best of" featured 4 or 5 songs from Cannons in the Rain and only 1 from Wingless Angels which speaks volumes, to me at least, and is confirmed by recent playings. Mind you, the track from Wingless Angels was "Let the Big Horse Run" and to be able to listen to it again is a definite plus. Only problem now is that I will have to splash out on California Bloodlines" Never mind, this has been, and is, a worthwhile purchase.


Legler "Metropolitan" Park Garage Mini Figures and Scene Set
Legler "Metropolitan" Park Garage Mini Figures and Scene Set
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the crowning glory, 13 Jun. 2012
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My only criticism relates to the top "building" and helipad which for some reason are fixed with dowels rather than screws as with the rest of the structure. My youngest grandson therefore removes this from time to time.

In all other respects a good product, traditionally built, which has been and is being, well used.


That Makes It Sound So Much Better!
That Makes It Sound So Much Better!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Small but perfectly formed, 18 Nov. 2011
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I've always had a soft spot for these 6 tracks which may be due to their inclusion on the Buddy Holly Story Vol 2, one of the first albums that I bought with my own earnings when a 14 year old paperboy back in 1960. It is much more likely to be due to the fact, as is the reason I'm still listening to them, that they're extremely good songs illustrating that the quality of the artist's creativity was showing no sign of flagging despite the business and domestic upheaval that he was going through at the time, December 1958.

For me, because I didn't know any different then, the Jack Hansen overdubs were the original tracks but, we now know that Mr Hansen got some musicians together to add a backing to Holly's home tape. This in it's own way should answer any possible criticism that in working on the original tapes now, people are, in some way, trying to change the course of music history but, if that's your view, this is exactly what Jack Hansen was doing and what Norman Petty did later when he used The Fireballs for overdubs.

Using the technology available to him in the 21st Century, Chris Hopkins has done a great job in ironing out the imperfections, in things like tempo, to present the music as it would've sounded had Holly and the musicians been able to share a studio or, at least,been in sync.

So, if, like me, these tracks are among your favorites: they've never sounded better.

If that were not enough, the package includes a great choice of photographs and an extremely informative booklet containing pieces on the creation of the original recordings and the methods used to digitally improve them.
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