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Agents of Fortune
Agents of Fortune
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, 18 Jan. 2001
This review is from: Agents of Fortune (Audio CD)
WOW!!! this album is just mindblowing, an amazing exposition of fine guitar work. from the powerful opener "This Ain't The Summer Of Love" with its sinister tone you are singing along before you know it. "True Confessions" is somewhat mellower in comparison, very foot-tappable all the same.
After these two tracks it is time for the all-time classic track: "(Don't Fear) The Reaper". This track is just phenomenal, there is no other word. The riff is instantly recognisable but you won't know where from. David Roeder's voice cuts through the sumptuous hook like a hot knife through butter. The drums add to the beauty of the track, which is as near to perfection as music has got.
After that, ETI opens powerfully. It has a formulaic pattern for verse and chorus 3 times but each time the guitar gets more influential before the climactic final guitar solo lasting around a minute. if this doesn't blow you away and make your spine tingle then you aren't a fan of proper guitar playing. quite simply the very best guitar solo ever (yes, better than clapton).
after that, the rest of the album can't quite match up, though that's not to say it is bad - just that tracks 3 & 4 are mind-boggling. "The Revenge of Vera Gemini" features Patti Smith (the then girlfriend of one of the Cult) on vocals.
Other stand-out tracks are Morning Final and Debbie Denise. MF is jazzy and upbeat and will have you humming to yourself all day. DD is a fitting end to a wondrous record, a slower but well-constructed pop song (1970s pop, that is). it is a positive song to contrast with the sinister opening and death-orientated songs earlier in the album. this shows the range of which this band were capable. each member was accomplished in various instruments, and each take their turn at singing over the course of the album.
Overall, an lp you can't be without if you like 1970s guitar music, such as clapton or pink floyd.


Parachutes
Parachutes
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £3.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking, 21 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Parachutes (Audio CD)
this album has been the subject of much lively debate. the only negative words, however, have been written by self-styled korn, nine-inch-nails etc fans, who shouldn't be anywhere near anything a sound as beautiful as Coldplay's. if you are at all into indie then BUYBUYBUY


Psychic Karaoke
Psychic Karaoke
Offered by actionrecords
Price: £9.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best yet, 17 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Psychic Karaoke (Audio CD)
This album builds on ideas planted in TGU's earlier work, particularly the big, BIG bass beats on "Boss Tabla" which combine with inspired harmony, eg "Chariots" and "A Tongue Of Flame" to produce a phenomenal feeling, which simply must be enjoyed. Also featuring "Eyeway Souljah" - the most incredible sound from TGU's panoply of brilliance - one of the best tracks ever. Psychic Karaoke outshines any other in its genre, consigning "Dream of 100 Nations" to a close 2nd. Buy it now!


The Cream Of Clapton
The Cream Of Clapton
Price: £3.00

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars two albums into one, 12 Nov. 2000
This review is from: The Cream Of Clapton (Audio CD)
"The Cream of Eric Clapton" combines neatly "Strange Brew: The Best Of Cream" and "Timepieces: The Best of Eric Clapton", featuring 6 of the 12 songs on the former album and 8 of the 11 from the latter. in this, it omits the powerful "SWLABR" and the catchy "Born Under A Bad Sign" both by Cream and the fast and very enjoyable "After Midnight" and "Willie and the Hand Jive", a more mellow effort, from Timepieces, omissions which are frankly disappointing. having said that, the songs that are included are, to a man, excellent examples of clapton's undisputed genius. Personally i would recommend buying both albums but this one encapsulates the essence of both into just one cd. which is nice.


Rejoice Rejoice
Rejoice Rejoice
Price: £15.21

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, if not quite their best ever, 12 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Rejoice Rejoice (Audio CD)
If you are a TGU fan, i strongly recommend this, their most recent album. however, for me it does not quite live up to the earlier stuff, particularly its predecessor "psychic karaoke" and the excellent debut "dream of 100 nations". the asian and african influences are plain to see. particular highlights include "sky giant" with its big stomach-resonating choruses, and "delta disco", with brilliant harmony and sampling.


Dream Of 100 Nations
Dream Of 100 Nations
Offered by Mattpuss
Price: £18.69

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut album from a truly unique band, 12 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Dream Of 100 Nations (Audio CD)
This album defined a whole new genre. Drawing inspiration from numerous different sources, yet brilliantly original, "Dream" incorporates phenomenally harmonious melodies and quirky, amusing samples. From the opener, Temple Head (also their first single release), used by CocaCola for their Atlanta Olympic ads in 1996, with its sumptious finale, drawing all the strings of the song together, to the uplifting "Slowfinger" and "Sirius B" the music enthralls completely. "I, Voyager" is pure relaxation while "Tutto Grande Discordia" is pshychedelia at its height. The album finishes aptly with "Hymn To Us", which, by the time it fades gloriously out, has delighted us with the sheer spine-tingling quasi-orgasmic harmony. The harmonious joy is repeated in "Psychic Karaoke" by TGU, in 1997. Quite simply, a masterpiece. You MUST buy this record, or Psychic Karaoke.


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