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Matt Fisher "mattster10" (Denderwindeke, Belgium)

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I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
Price: £20.34

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful, 8 Dec. 2004
This album was a key moment in Brian's return to musical form and favour, culminating in the recent live Pet Sounds & Smile tours and the reworking & realisation of Smile itself. Brian's voice is not as pure as it was in his youth but the age / wear / weariness gives songs a new passion and soulfulness. This could be because the songs presented here are more stripped down and less produced than the originals. The mood of the album varies massively from the joyous version of Do It Again to the harrowing Still I Dream of It (a 70's home recording) and the sublime but mournful Til I Die. The refrain is the only thing that comes close to God Only Knows, as far as I'm concerned.
If you feel that Pet Sounds or the Beach Boys sound generally is too slick, this shows how brilliant these songs are anyway but with a more human quality. I love this record!

Live 1973
Live 1973
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.49

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Angels find their feet, 15 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Live 1973 (Audio CD)
Recorded between the GP and Grevious Angel albums, the songs on the album are a mix of tracks from GP and covers. Whilst this doesn't include alot of my fave Gram tracks, the performances are great - the band sound like they're really enjoying themselves and the vocals are fabulous. I prefer this to GP.
Some of the patter gets a little irritating (although that's always a down side of live albums) but most of these interludes are pretty short, so I can live with that.

GP / Grievous Angel
GP / Grievous Angel
Price: £3.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets..., 15 Sept. 2004
This review is from: GP / Grievous Angel (Audio CD)
If you haven't heard Gram Parsons, get this album! The first album, GP isn't as strong as the second, Grevious Angel, but Gram's voice, which was heart wrenchingly beautiful with The Byrds and Burritos, is taken to sublime new heights with the addition of Emmylou Harris.
This is not your syrupy Nashville style country. Gram is widely hailed as the Godfather of alt. country, and rightly so.
Favourite tracks are "The return of the grevious angel", "Hickory wind" and "$1000 wedding".

True Love And High Adventure
True Love And High Adventure
Offered by westworld-
Price: £9.74

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad cover, great record!, 9 July 2004
While "Road Music", their first album, was a reasonably "lo-fi" recording, "True Love & High Adventure" shows what the guys can do with a bit more time and cash at their disposal. The band manage to keep the loose, airy feel but the production really shines on this record (not that "Road Music" reallly suffers, as the songs are superb as they are).
The arrangements are lusher, as are the vocals but without getting too cluttered - a fine balancing act and one the boys pull off admirably. Additional instruments, such as horns & flutes decorate a number of tracks, bringing a new element to an already rich sound.
If you're sitting chilling, this album is a joy to listen to...

Ends Of The Earth
Ends Of The Earth
Offered by nagiry
Price: £14.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Another gem!, 9 July 2004
This review is from: Ends Of The Earth (Audio CD)
The follow up on "Normal for Bridgewater", a REALLY impressive record, was going to be a difficult but Mr Bruntnell's pulled another gem out of the bag. This is more of a band album than Bridgwater, which saw Jay Farrar's band (Uncle Tupelo / Son Volt) providing backing, and young James the geetar player, is a real star.
Bruntnell's voice is mellow and moody as ever and the band know when to rock out and when to lay back, with songs ranging from the soothing "Only One Drink" to scathing "Tabloid Reporter".
This is a REALLY strong album, not quite as good as "Bridgwater" in my humble opinion, but well worth a listen.

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £7.50

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 8 July 2004
This review is from: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Audio CD)
I LOVE this album. Not much I can add that other people haven't said - the songs and arrangements are truely beautiful, with heavenly melodies rising from dissonant noise as the songs blend a fade in and out of one another.
The DVD "I am trying to break your heart" charts the difficult birth of this record, with their label refusing to put it out. This record was nearly never released.... as was Ryan Adams' "Love Is Hell". Makes you wonder what kind of idiots are running the music industry.

Road Music: (Remastered)
Road Music: (Remastered)
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £13.45

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laid back, British Americana, 8 July 2004
Well, alright, the vocalists an Aussie, but the band hail from London. The songs are mainly driven by either Hammond or piano, although there's some fine guitar playing on hear too. The hammond gives this a gospelly feel, although this is very alt. country. The vocal style is kinda Gram Parsonsesque - earthy, creaky in places but really expressive and the harmonies are great. Another album I keep coming back to, and probably their best (sorry guys... never really got into "See the Morning In" in the same way).
If you like The Jayhawks, Wilco, Peter Bruntnell, etc, this is a great, chilled out record.

Normal For Bridgwater
Normal For Bridgwater
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Price: £12.95

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable for a Brit!, 8 July 2004
This review is from: Normal For Bridgwater (Audio CD)
One of my favourite records and possibly the finest alt. country record, produced by a Brit. There isn't a weak track on this album - the songs have a consistent feel and laid back mood which keep you coming back. If you like The Jayhawks, Wilco, Gram Parsons et al, get this. Also, if you get the chance to see him live, take it. His young guitar playing accomplice, James, is an outstanding talent - whether ripping out firey leads or crying pedal steel-esque slide parts.

Uncle Tupelo 89/93: An Anthology
Uncle Tupelo 89/93: An Anthology
Price: £7.31

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Feel Gone?, 22 April 2004
A band who never achieved much acclaim whilst together have since risen to near legendary status in the Americana scene. The band split to form Wilco (Jeff Tweedy) and Son Volt (Jay Farrar).
Whilst the albums can show marked swings in the styles of the above 2 songwriters - songs can lurch from mellow acoustic ballads to punky trash tunes... and most of the points between, this "Best of..." collection doesn't suffer from this schizophrenia to the same degree, making it more accessible and immediate, which can't be a bad thing. The acoustic version of The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" is great.
As an entry, this is a fine introduction to a great band. Sure, some people's favourite ablum tracks will be missing and they'll disagree with some of the inclusions but it's a compilation. As the style of the band varies from album to album, you can see which era you like best and go and buy the appropriate album if you want to hear more....

Played Out
Played Out
Offered by themusicmerchant
Price: £7.91

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Burned out?, 22 April 2004
This review is from: Played Out (Audio CD)
I'm not sure what's happening in the Bruntnell camp at the moment but thisalbum is a collection of acoustic takes of tracks on his Normal forBridgewater (totally sublime!) and Ends of the Earth CDs. No newmaterial?
Though definately still "Americana", the acoustic versions and harmonyvocals have a more British feel to them than previous efforts. The songsare still great, the performances are fantastic but, played back to back,I think I prefer a number of the previous versions to these (the fabulousslide & pedal steel guitars of Bridgewater...).
Though a great record in it's own right, if you haven't got anything byPeter Bruntnell (and if you like The Jayhawks, Wilco, Burritos, UncleTuppelo, etc you should definately add this to your collection), I'd gofor Normal for Bridgewater instead.

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