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What Am I Gonna Do
What Am I Gonna Do
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Soul Album!, 4 Dec 2011
This review is from: What Am I Gonna Do (Audio CD)
This album is out of this world. Great songs sang beautifully with precision and passion. Gloria Scott should have been a major soul star and this is the evidence, her only album. The production by Barry White is stellar, further proof that the "secondhand Issac Hayes" label that some critics were quick to pin on the great man is pure rubbish.

Fancy an amazing soul album, then get buying!


An American Trilogy (4xCD)
An American Trilogy (4xCD)
Price: £29.60

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing I've heard all year..., 26 Sep 2011
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This box set is superb. There is music here equal to if not better than other "hip cats" from the late sixties/early seventies, such as Tim Buckley's 'Happy/Sad' and David Crosby's 'If I Could Only Remember My Name...'.

Mickey Newbury's music is extremely well-crafted, packed with beautiful and haunting melodies that will creep into your head whilst you're going about your day. The song 'Heaven Help The Child' may reduce you to tears.

This is simply the best thing I've bought/heard this year. If you like this I also recommend Mr. Newbury's 'Winter Winds', another work of haunting beauty: Winter Winds


Criterion Collection: Blow Out [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Criterion Collection: Blow Out [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great edition of a Masterpiece, 25 May 2011
Brian De Palma's Masterpiece gets the Criterion treatment. So what do you get for your hard earned? Firstly: the transfer is superb, superior to the previous MGM release. The bonus disc features some excellent interviews, including one with Mr. De Palma himself conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbauch. I was quite surprised that it didn't touch on De Palma's early involvement in the "Prince Of The City" project before it was taken on by Sidney Lumet, as it served as inspiration for a key flashback sequence in "Blow Out". However, this is a minor point as it's a very informative interview overall. The second disc also features De Palma's '67 feature "Murder a la Mod" in its entirety.

"Blow Out" is an incredible picture featuring John Travolta's finest ever performance plus some wonderful support from the likes of Nancy Allen, John Lithgow and Dennis Franz. It also features one of the most heartbreaking endings in cinema history. Hats off to Mr. De Palma and Criterion for this highly recommended release.
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Rarities 1971 - 2003
Rarities 1971 - 2003

4.0 out of 5 stars Through The Lonely Nights..., 14 May 2011
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This review is from: Rarities 1971 - 2003 (Audio CD)
First impressions: a bit of a mish-mash of a release. For starters, the cover is a photo that airbrushes out Bill Wyman. Furthermore, given the multitude of true Stones rarities out there during the '71-'03 period, this is a bit of a letdown.

Some of the greatest Stones rare/unreleased tracks are alternative versions of tunes that went on to become classic album tracks whilst others are instrumentals that failed to warrant a Jagger vocal (eg. "Potted Shrimp" & "Leather Jacket": perhaps they didn't want to give Mick T. the royalties?).

Having said that, when you get past these issues, this is an entertaining listen. The extended "Miss You" (even if not entirely complete) is awesome, "Dance Part 2" beats "Part 1" and "Anyway You Look At It" is latterday Mick & Keef B-side heaven.

For my money this CD is worth purchasing for the B-side of "It's Only Rock 'N Roll", the fantastic "Through The Lonely Nights". This tune is in some respects Mick Taylor's true swansong with the group and it crystilizes everything that is wonderful about his guitar playing (in this case tasteful, ornate and yet emotional soloing) whilst highlighting why the band truly excelled when the man was in their ranks. A spectacular tune on, overall, a pretty darn good CD.


Exile on Main Street (Deluxe Edition - Includes 12 Page Booklet)
Exile on Main Street (Deluxe Edition - Includes 12 Page Booklet)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album, but..., 10 May 2011
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I've owned Exile for years. It is a fantastic piece of work and deserves its classic status. I recently gave in to buying the remastered 2 disc edition after holding off for a while.

The packing is a tad disappointing: the booklet doesn't have a holder, so it just falls out. There's no reproduction of the infamous Exile postcards which is a big oversight. Also, the credits on the songs are bit revisionist, crediting certain musicians on songs that they didn't play on.

The sound is very good, although it's not that much different than the previous remaster from 1994.

The 10 track bonus disc is good stuff. "Plundered My Soul" is especially excellent, Jagger's additional vocals are splendid and it's heartening to hear Mick Taylor working on a Stones project again.

It seems that the Stones recent remaster series has been a bit of a missed opportunity, what with so many great songs, such as "Criss-Cross Man" and "Fast Talking, Slow Walking..." from the Goats Head Soup sessions, remaining in the vaults. Perhaps they wouldn't want to have to pay the likes of Mick Taylor any further royalties?

So, overall: a 5 star album, 3 star packaging. However, it must be said: if you don't own this album, buy it.


+'Justments
+'Justments
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stone Cold Classic, 10 May 2011
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Out of print for many years, it's great to see Bill Withers' third studio album finally out on CD.

From the hard hitting opener "You" through to the dark & funky closer "Railroad Man", Mr. Withers doesn't put a foot wrong on +'Justments.

Special mention must go to the backing band (they also worked with Withers on the classics "Still Bill" and "Live At Carnegie Hall"), quite possibly one of the finest bands of all-time.

Withers shines as a songwriter on this record. Play the song "Stories" for any music lover and they will be floored.

Highly recommended.


Telling the Truth
Telling the Truth
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Soul Reissue, 10 May 2011
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A lovely soul album from a rather obscure artist. Willie Wright comes from the John Lucien/Terry Callier school of mellow soul, although his music still has bite; as evidenced by his cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Right On For The Darkness" (included here as a bonus track).

His "Telling The Truth" album from 1977 includes some stunning tracks, especially the upbeat "Jackie's Song" and the achingly beautiful "Son, Don't Let Life Pass You By". Once again Numero have done an excellent reissue job, going so far as to include a 5 inch single as part of the package. This is a piece of rare soul that's definitely worth investigating. Enjoy!


Primordial Lovers
Primordial Lovers

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended "lost classic", 9 May 2011
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"Primordial Lovers" was released on the Reprise label the same year they put out the acknowledged classics "Clouds" by Joni Mitchell and "After The Gold Rush" by Neil Young. It's a shame they didn't see fit to give it better promotion as this is by far the superior album. It's a superb work, fully displaying the piano, vocal and songwriting talents of its creator. It also features great supporting players who worked with the likes of CSNY, David Ackles and Tim Buckley.

If you're a fan of recently rediscovered so-called "lost classics" such as Gene Clark's "No Other" and "Pacific Ocean Blue" by Dennis Wilson, or if you simply just enjoy good music, then I can't recommend this enough.


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