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Delta Swamp Rock: Sounds from the South: At the Crossroads of Rock, Country and Soul
Delta Swamp Rock: Sounds from the South: At the Crossroads of Rock, Country and Soul
Price: £13.91

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ..i second that emotion..., 8 May 2011
I agree with the previous reviewer but I just wanted to complement the packaging....a nice 'box' sleeve & an informative 66 page booklet...fullmarks to all concerned
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Live Recordings, Vol. 1
Live Recordings, Vol. 1
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Live & then some!, 20 Mar 2011
The Whybirds, if you didn't know, are a rockin' four piece from the vast rolling plains of ...er...Bedfordshire. They deal in an alt.country/classic rock vibe & this is their third album after their self titled debut & the follow up Clear Blue Sky. 'Live Recordings Vol 1' features energetic readings of studio cuts as with Girl Is On Fire, Jenny Can We Take A Ride? & Something Beautiful (This Way Comes) as well as a handful of previously unrealeased tracks (although live favourites) all of which show no drop in the standard of the bands songwriting.The band all write & all take turns to sing lead while supplying spot on 4 part harmonies...listen to The Hauling for proof & a wagon load of hooks & if that doesn't get you then try closer Before I Go Crazy & 'drinking' song Make Me Numb.

Buy this,buy Clear Blue Sky, go see them live....& soon!


This Is The Day
This Is The Day

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First Impressions....., 26 Dec 2010
This review is from: This Is The Day (MP3 Download)
I've been a follower of Ezio ever since i was given a cassette of Black Boots way back in the '90's by a friend who said 'I know these guys, i think you might like it'...since then i've seen the band live more times than i can mention & have collected every album as it arrives by which time i know the songs off by heart from the live experience before their offical release.

But for one reason or another this new album comes to me with only a couple of the tunes being vaguely familiar to me. So maybe that's why it's not as immediate. Positives - i love the 'clean' electric guitar sound as heard on 'Bruce Springsteen' - in the past for my taste there has been too much fx on any featured electrics. Indeed 'Springsteen' is for me the stand out track, followed by the surprsingly Knopfler-esque 'Bad,Bad,Place'. But too many of the other tracks for me initally plod & never really get going...'Mad At Myself' does eventually & is all the better for it.

I'm sure i'll grow to like TITD more but in conclusion - thumbs up for the 'rockier' tracks & the strip backed sound, also the Josh Ritter overtones on a few tracks, I'm a big fan & know Ezio is too....& oh yes,I agree with various reviewers...Ezio live is where they excel. Now that you shouldn't miss...Nigel


No Better Than This
No Better Than This
Price: £12.34

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 28 Aug 2010
This review is from: No Better Than This (Audio CD)
Not a bad track in this collection, this is as good an excuse for a return to mono as you'll hear. No overblown solos just a fine group of musicians doing what they have to to enhance Mellencamp's heart felt songs...highly recommended


Love Is Hell Pt.1
Love Is Hell Pt.1
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Price: £12.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Ryan comes of age, 13 Nov 2003
This review is from: Love Is Hell Pt.1 (Audio CD)
My fellow reviewers have already gone into the songs on this fanatstic album ( EP ? At 44 odd minutes ?)in great detail but I'd just like to make the point that it's not all whispered , tortured vocals & melancholy piano - Love Is Hell itself rocks in a way no Adams song has before.
Avalanche has to be the finest song he has recorded so far in a career littered with gems.Depending on your point of view the lyrics are either genius or total nonsense but he has that gift of the great songwriters that a line like " she falls apart in the avalanche,fades out like a dance" somehow seems to tell you all you need to know.
I think we can safely say that this is the point where the tag "alt.country" is finally laid to rest too,with a track like (bonus track ) Caterwaul starting quietly with some almost prog rock time changes before building to a coda with atmospheric drums & echoing guitar over a young french lady talking away all in a style which just brings to my mind Pink Floyd.
I kid you not.This will be looked on as a classic I'm sure in the not too distant future.


Masked and Anonymous [CD + SACD]
Masked and Anonymous [CD + SACD]
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Price: £26.47

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bob & Friends Unmask A Cracker, 25 Aug 2003
First let me say that all though a Dylan nut who owns about 26 of his albums I'm not one of those obsessives who knows every last detail of every last recording.I say this because some of these tracks have obviously been released before but are all new to me.
Having got that out of the way this is a delightful set of Dylan covers plus 4 new (?) tracks by the man & his current excellent touring band.Down In The Flood & Cold Irons Bound are new rocking versions while Dixie & Diamond Joe sound like a group of good ol' boys sat on the porch jammin' away.
The other songs flow from the class americana of the Grateful Dead & Jerry Garcia selections to the stormy gospel blues of Shirley Caesar's version of Gotta Serve Somebody.Los Lobos add a latin touch to On A Night Like This while the sparse reading of Most Of The Time by Sophie Zelmani,a new name to me, is simply breath taking.
There are 3 foreign language versions here & surely none more bizarre than My Back Pages by the Magokoro Brothers....in Japanese !
Both cover version/tribute albums & movie soundtracks can be notoriously dodgy but this is a surprising well balanced & rewarding listen close in feel to the Chieftan's Tears Of Stone album while for some reason also reminding me of Alligator Records 20 th Anniversary set too.
Now let's just hope the film is as good.


Permission To Land
Permission To Land
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Price: £2.63

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock Bites Back !!!, 4 July 2003
This review is from: Permission To Land (Audio CD)
It really shouldn't work-four blokes from Norfolk playing classic rock not so much wearing their AC/DC & Queen influences on their sleeves as tattoed on their foreheads.But it does.
There really isn't a duff track on here,from the riffing guitars & Brian May-esque soloing to the pounding bass & storming drums...I love it.& song titles & lyrics that prove tongues are definitely in cheeks & that the Darkness are in this to have fun not re-invent the wheel.
Ok some will hate Justin Hawkin's vocals, they are over the top,
but to quote the single they're really "Growing On Me".
Yup this album is as full of cliches as this review but we need this as a refreshing change to the nu-metal hordes.Buy !


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