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Memoirs of a Music Obsessive
Memoirs of a Music Obsessive
by Martin Warminger
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good-natured, affectionate, view of music that matters, 31 Dec 2007
As someone whose musical history has been formed "across the pond" from this book's author, it's still easy to relate to the passion evident in his details. Even when the artists/bands differ from those whose tunes make up the soundtrack to my life, Martin Warminger explores an obsession that is truly universal. Those fortunate to have been bitten by the bug, especially during those years when popular music emerged as a vital cultural presence and force, will recognize their own love for music in the book's recollections. Written with charm, and, yes, obsessive detail, may this book not only stir fond memories, but, also, inspire countless hours of live and recorded music appreciation! (If you're a fan of the sax sound in Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street", you may be riled, but, that's the fun of it all, too.)


Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin III
Price: 7.64

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars favourite mix of Zep's hard rock, blues and acoustic, 18 Nov 2007
This review is from: Led Zeppelin III (Audio CD)
For a mix of classic hard rock and blues riffs (the first half of this album), balanced with some lovely acoustic rock (the second half), this collection is unique, and my favourite, in Led Zeppelin's catalogue. Great songs and a sound that's only improving with age. I only wish the III CD cover (or mp3s) gave you a fun album cover (like the vinyl did) to spin 'round.


6 Songs
6 Songs
Price: 15.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars live, true, music, 18 Nov 2007
This review is from: 6 Songs (Audio CD)
This EP opens passionately with Allison Crowe's rock song for her friend Lisa - missing from her Canadian hometown since 2002. Recorded live-off-the-floor by Rick Erickson, of Seacoast Sound in Victoria (Canada), "Lisa's Song" leads into six more songs recorded live-off-the-floor. One afternoon, as Allison Crowe was on her way to perform at the invitation of Pearl Jam fans in Seattle, USA, she stopped at Larry Anschell's Turtle Studios near the Canada/US border. The essential truth of this live session is captured in these grooves. (NB two, earlier, EPs do not contain Lisa's Song ~ they're titled 6 Songs, and 6 Songs+)


Live at Wood Hall [2 Cds]
Live at Wood Hall [2 Cds]
Price: 25.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Why music?" "Why breathing?", 18 Nov 2007
Live at Wood Hall is an exciting journey through the artist's concert repertoire, freshly recorded in the converted chapel of Victoria (Canada)'s Conservatory of Music. Alongside more than an album's worth of original songs of love and hope to social and political commentary, Allison Crowe covers her favourites - in a range from roots & blues, through folk, pop/rock, jazz and Broadway. Larry Anschell (Pearl Jam, k-os, Sarah McLachlan) captured the music on tape, as natural as breathing, and Alix Whitmire designed the beautiful artwork/CD cover. " 'Music, man, that's where it's at'/ it is a religious line/ outside, the chimes rung/ an they/ are still ringin."


Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown Christmas

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless holiday joy, 18 Nov 2007
This review is from: Charlie Brown Christmas (Audio CD)
Pretty much all that needs be said about this timeless collection of music has already been said. Now, it's for the playing. Wonderful accompaniment, of course, to the creation of Charles Schulz' "A Charlie Brown Christmas" tv special, this recording also shines on its own. From the first note on the album, the Vince Guaraldi Trio bring to life the joy and wonder of Christmastime. Fun for all ages - and the ages.


Secrets
Secrets
Price: 18.57

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crowe's singer-songwriter full-length debut, 14 Nov 2007
This review is from: Secrets (Audio CD)
Allison Crowe recorded this, her solo, singer-songwriter, debut, album in 2004. As well, setting the pattern for recordings to come, she engineered and assisted with production alongside Rainer Willeke of the Canadian r'n'b combo, Soul Station. Crowe performs all vocals, plays piano, guitar, keyboards and added percussive 'thumps' to the collection. Secrets contains 'old' favourites, newly-penned songs, and a couple of her personal picks from other artists: Counting Crows' "Raining in Baltimore" ~ the first song publicly performed when she launched her career as a singer-songwriter; and "Joan of Arc", another exemplar of fellow Canuck Leonard Cohen's poetic brilliance. Guest artists are Del Crowe (guitar), Jo Lundstrom (accordion), Eric Reiswig (Uilleann pipes) and Rainer Willeke (tambourine).


Tidings
Tidings
Price: 18.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Music for the season and all time", 18 Jun 2006
This review is from: Tidings (Audio CD)
Tidings includes traditional carols and songs of the season, together with not-so-traditional songs from the secular, popular music, canon. The music is passionately interpreted, even redefined, through the vocal and piano artistry of Allison Crowe. This collection, called "the Yule-tide find of the year" by a Canadian reviewer, has proved to be popular year-round - as well as during Christmas season. It's recorded most naturally, live-off-the-floor, on Winter's eve in Canada by Engineer & Producer Larry Anschell (Pearl Jam, Sarah McLachlan, k-os).


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