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Life, Love & Hope
Life, Love & Hope
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Price: £14.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice One, 24 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Life, Love & Hope (Audio CD)
This album comprises the 'classic' Boston sound. Tom Scholz is now in his mid-60's and musicians of his vintage surely cannot be expected to be making the best music of their lives? What Scholz has produced here is a genuinely good Boston album. For me the first half is considerably stronger than the second; the first 5 songs are excellent.
One point which is well worth mentioning is the mastering, which is NOT too loud - kudos here to Tom Scholz and/or Frontiers.
Given Tom Scholz's track record (sic) of perfectionism which in turn leads to enormous periods of time between albums, this could easily turn out to be Boston's swan song, though I hope not. If it is, it's not a bad way to finish.

Keep Moving
Keep Moving
Price: £8.45

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure class, 17 Jun 2013
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This is simply superb from start to finish. The typical Wolfmother hard rock-style accounts for the vast majority of the 16 songs and these are accompanied by a number of softer, more reflective numbers. It all works, beautifully. Lyrically some of the songs appear a tad basic, for example in the quite magnificent Year Of The Dragon Stockdale manages to rhyme rat with mat, horse with force etc, yet somehow Andrew Stockdale's wonderful rock voice and phrasing carry it off successfully. This simplistic rhyming is however balanced out by the fact that this must be the only rock album ever to include the word 'vicariously'.
This will surely be at or near the very summit of the various album of the year accolades come the end of 2013 but, more importantly, this is the sound of a maturing artist who is seemingly well on his way to joining the elite at rock's top table.

Sector 1
Sector 1
Price: £25.37

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No whingeing here!, 18 Jan 2012
This review is from: Sector 1 (Audio CD)
How glad I am that I did not allow all the negativity surrounding this box to put me off buying it! Some previous reviewers have compared this box set to japanese mini-lp versions, though I consider this comparison superfluous because i) most music fans will not know what japanese mini-lp's are and neither will they care, and ii) if this box were made in japan it would cost at least one hundred pounds more.
The only (and I do mean ONLY) glitch on my copy is that on the Fly By Night DVD the links from individual tracks to the DVD extras do not work, although this is easily circumnavigated by simply returning to the main menu. As such, I am perfectly happy with this disc and even if/when the record company offers replacement discs I won't bother as I am perfectly satisfied with the original disc.
The reality here is that for just thirty quid or thereabouts you get nicely remastered sound (plus an excellent surround mix for Fly By Night), decent replica card sleeves and perfectly adequate plastic sleeves for each individual CD, all housed in a really nice drawer-style box.
Those who consider this to be poor value are entitled to their opinion, but I take the completely opposite view ie. that this is in fact excellent value. So much so in fact, that I shall shortly be purchasing Sectors 2 and 3!
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Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition)
Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition)

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch!, 29 Mar 2011
In view of the various negative experiences that some have had with the 'super deluxe' version of this Clapton classic, I feel it appropriate to redress the balance somewhat. My own copy was delivered promptly by Amazon, came shrink-wrapped and with all of the advertised contents intact and in genuinely new condition. Whether this makes me one of the lucky few or whether others have simply been unlucky I clearly cannot say.
I also wholeheartedly agree with Dave Horne's favourable comments concerning the 5.1 mix, which is superb! There's lots of rear-speaker action without resorting to gimmicks (why have 5.1 if the rear speakers are only used for 'atmospherics'?), and if you close your eyes it really does sound as if Bobby Whitlock with his hammond and/or Eric playing sublime guitar are standing right behind you.
It's always very much a matter of opinion as to whether these inevitably-expensive 'deluxe' versions represent value for money; for me, this one most certainly does.

Spirit Of Nøkken [Explicit]
Spirit Of Nøkken [Explicit]
Price: £7.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb live Procol, 7 Oct 2010
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Live recordings from St Petersburg and Norway in 2009. There's been no shortage of live music made available by this legendary band in recent years (which is of course no bad thing!), but it's the song selection here which makes this download-only album so attractive. There's none of the usual Procol classics (other than the obligatory Whiter Shade) and instead we are treated to songs which rarely, if ever, feature on a live Procol album. A typical example here is Barnyard Story, which is extended from the original studio recording courtesy of some fine playing from Geoff Whitehorn. The guitarist also shines on the excellent Cerdes whilst the epic Whaling Stories is another highlight. As always the band is lead by the mercurial Gary Brooker who is clearly in good humour throughout.
Fabulous stuff, highly recommended!

In Real Time
In Real Time
Price: £15.97

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Waite, 30 May 2010
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Terrific live album here from this much under-appreciated vocalist. Together with his 3 piece band, Waite storms through a selection of top songs originally recorded with The Babys, Bad English and solo, and sounds as though he's really enjoying himself. The sound is clear but importantly retains that essential 'raw' live feel.
The only downside is the CD booklet which, although containing plently of live shots, gives no clue as to when and where these songs were recorded. This is a pity, as otherwise this is a faultless, entertaining and thoroughly recommended live document.

River Of Life: The Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977
River Of Life: The Manticore Years Anthology 1973-1977
Price: £14.00

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Italian Prog!, 29 Jan 2010
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Esperanto18 is spot on with his review, and there is thus little for me to add! This is a superb compilation drawing from the 5 UK (and thus english language) releases from this magnificent band from Milan. PFM came to prominence in the UK in the 70's through catching the ear of ELP's Greg Lake, who signed the band to ELP's own Manticore label. All 5 albums are worthy releases and are all due to be reissued during 2010. For what worth, for me the title track from The World Became The World stands as one of prog's very finest songs, right up there with Yes' And You And I.
As esporanto18 rightly points out, vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti is conspicuous by his absence on the otherwise excellent CD booklet, which is a pity as he features on this compilation on the songs from the oustanding Chocolate Kings album, and also Jet Lag. He also features on 3 of the 4 previously unreleased songs on this compilation ie the 3 live songs from the 1976 UK tour.
Well done to Mark Powell and his Esoteric label for reissuing this fine back catalogue. As I understand it, the individual albums will all feature previously unreleased material which is a mouth-watering prospect for PFM afficianodo's. In the meantime however, as a taster this 2-CD compilation is outstanding. Love 70's prog? Then you'll love this!

Live 1973 - 2007 (Audio CDs and NTSC format DVD)
Live 1973 - 2007 (Audio CDs and NTSC format DVD)
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £74.69

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 24 Sep 2009
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I suspect that I won't be the only one drawn to this box set by the prospect of vintage Gabriel-era material presented in 5.1. Let's be in no doubt, the 2 key discs here are Genesis Live and Live At The Rainbow, and both are absolutely superb. The Rainbow disc is the clincher, with a crisp and clear sound yet crucially retaining the original raw and live feel. In addition there's Gabriel's pre-song whimsical stories together with audience interaction. You really can close your eyes and believe that you're in the audience with the band on stage in front of you.

Live 1973 - 2007 is a fitting end to this wonderful reissue series of CD's. Expensive? Sure, but worth every penny.
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Hogs on the Road
Hogs on the Road
Offered by HANG LOOSE Records
Price: £10.30

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Live 'Hogs, 19 Aug 2008
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Although the Groundhogs never released an official live album during their 70's heyday, there have subsequently been numerous live releases made available. Sifting through the myriad of live Groundhogs CD's is something of a minefield, not least as some of their live material turns up repeatedly on various different titles. Quality control is also an issue; for what worth, I rate both the BBC Live In Concert and Live At Leeds '71 discs highly, but for me Live At The New York Club 1991 finds a seemingly tired and disinterested band merely going through the motions.
Hogs On The Road however comes highly recommended! Recorded in Germany in 1987 in support of Back Against The Wall, the band are energetic and attack the cross section of 'Hogs material with panache. Sound quality is excellent on this 2 CD set and, more good news, the tracklisting includes 3 additional songs which are not listed on the packaging, namely Split parts 1, 2 & 4. Excellent live 'Hogs!

Vertigo Mixed By Andy Votel
Vertigo Mixed By Andy Votel
Offered by Discover Music
Price: £22.31

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Vertigo Magic!, 24 April 2005
Comprising excerpts from some 38 songs released on the Vertigo label mostly in the early 70's, this is in effect a sister album to the magnificent "Time Machine - A Vertigo Retrospective". Andy Votel does a superb job in mixing the songs into one continuous piece lasting almost 70 minutes, occasionally with the aid of what I imagine are newly recorded spoken links. Most of the artists are also on "Time Machine", although only in a minority of cases are the songs the same. Everyone will have their own favourite section, but for me the (Oh No Not) The Beast Day (Marsha Hunt's 22)/Three Sisters (Affinity)/Willie The Pimp (Juicy Lucy) section takes some beating! Different and fun, this is another very worthwhile addition to the Vertigo canon.

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