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Morph The Cat [U.S Version]
Morph The Cat [U.S Version]
Price: £5.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid performance, 18 April 2006
A solid performance by Don. Its not the Nightfly but then again its shed loads better than Kamariakad. The album features some of the musicians that appeared on Everything... and consequently has a similar feel. There are no sonic surprises; the sound is what we have come to expect from Don and the later Dan releases. I would like to hear Don (and the Dan for that matter) push the sound a bit harder and experiment a bit more. But I suppose thats asking a bit much. Afterall, they are getting on a bit and I suppose they know their audience well enough by now. Needless to say the production is absolutely flawless.

Most of the songs are pretty good, although none are outstanding. My favourites are Great Pagaoda of Funn, What I do and The night belongs to Mona. Brite Nightshirt is not so good.

So if you like Steely Dan and Don's solo stuff, you should buy this album. Just don't expect another Aja or Nightfly.
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Kind Of Blue
Kind Of Blue
Price: £4.89

224 of 236 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kind of Blue, 21 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Kind Of Blue (Audio CD)
Just browsing through the Miles Davis products the other day, I was amazed to see that the average rating for "Kind of Blue" was only 4.5 stars. Intrigued as to what kind of person does not regard this album as truly exceptional, I scanned the reviews. Those that did not give the album five stars fell broadly into two categories. The first consisted of people who had no jazz records and, having read the reviews, thought this classic would be a good one to start a collection with only to discover that,oops,they don't like jazz.
The second group appeared to be afficianados with a slightly sniffy attitude who view the album as jazz for people who don't really like jazz. There is some truth in that as it is by far the most accesible Miles album to non jazz fans and was my starting point in an apppreciation of jazz and of Miles in particular.
The point of this review is to ask, beseech and implore the reader who does not own this album to ignore these reviews and BUY Kind of Blue immediately. Your life will not be same again.
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