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Now I Got Worry
Now I Got Worry
Price: £47.06

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This review is designed to paint you a mind tone of the album, 2 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Now I Got Worry (Audio CD)
Once upon a time in an alternative universe Elvis Presley strolled out one morning with his 16 bore shotgun. He'd had enough. He'd had enough of being an Uncle Tom for Colonel Tom Parker. Well, it sure wasn't Charley. No more fake plastic singalongasingsongs for clapped out old fogeys no more! He spied the soul-destroyer in his sights...

BANG!

As Uncle Tom Parker's severed head rolled down the highway he felt relaxed. The funky new riffs hurtled through his spanky new mind. He hit green button go, and grabbed a shiny new band. THE KING was back. Back the way it should have been, right from the start. This album is the CAKE of Rock'n Roll. Other bands are the ICING. This album is the CAKE. BUY THE CAKE.

PS: I've only heard the first four tracks! Millions of times. They're worth it alone. I'm writing, too scared now to listen to track 5. I know if I listen to it I'll die from the excitations. They will have to prose my dead hands from the jukebox. My blue lips sealed in an eternal kiss...


The Man Who Sold The World
The Man Who Sold The World
Price: £11.66

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowies most personal album ever will haunt your dreams, 13 July 2007
Years ago I read a review that said Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album married the heaviness of The Man who Sold The World with the quirkiness of Hunky Dory.

I have to disagree, as this album is both quirkier and heavier than either.

The second track 'All the Madmen' sets out Bowie's current agenda: "I'd rather stay here, with all the madmen, than perish with the sadmen roaming free". Trust me, after listening to the first song, you might start to think perhaps he needed locking up! Bowie's emotional rawness is partly disguised by the high treble of his voice in the mix, but don't let this fool you, for this album is raw, personal and deals with (prepare yourself): Homosexuality, Sex Acts, Insanity, S&M, Nihilism, Powerlessness, The sinister Thin Men (who stalk the streets), and Fascist Gods. Compared with any other album he made, he has never been so out there. This alone makes this album essential for Bowie fans.

The high points are many: Mick Ronson is on guitar and really going for it. The amazing choirs, the chilling refrain 'Oh-By-Jing-Oh', the fairground pipes. His lyrics are literary, opaque, intelligent and desperate. Bowie is not compromising here: he doesn't care much if you don't find the album 'accesible'.

The recurring sounds of the fairground on the album invoke the half dream\half nightmare of Bowies waking existence, which we know (from listening to this album) he will never escape from in his sleep. He is a man haunted by demons, and this album feels like an exorcism. It is an exorcism that will haunt some of you who listen to it.

The album is a little hit and miss, e.g. Black Country Rock is an average rocker (despite a great riff). However, some songs are so great, I had to give them 6/5, which is why the album gets full marks. These masterpieces are: The Supermen, After All, All the Madmen, Width of a Circle and The Man Who sold the World, which is the best performance of one of the best songs ever written. Ever.


Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Offered by UKMusicFiendz
Price: £14.94

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A flawed masterpiece that enriches our musical world, 20 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Audio CD)
This album is essential listening for anyone interested in the possibilities of where rock music can go. It fuses rock with aspects of keyboard-driven classical music. Despite the classical elements, it is absolutely NOT an offering from a bunch of nice, testosterone-deficient middle-class white boys. This album goes for the jugular from the word go, and just never lets up. The tone of the LP is brooding, melancholic and melodramatic. Are there any Metals fans reading this? - I recommend this LP to you all.

Every time I give this LP a listen I curse that albums like this aren't being made today. Just where else in your life are you going to hear the sound of electric harpsichords alongside thudding, driving drums? Just where else will you hear the sound of a (oh my god what the hell is that?) church organ bearing down on a (feral, escaping?) classical piano?

On the negative side, some of the early 1970's synthetic keyboard does sound dated, but this appears only on few of the tracks. The classical piano and drums used are timeless.

Fusing classical and rock is difficult. It's because the invasion of drums distracts from the dramatic tension within classical music. On this album, ELP sussed this out better than anyone else before or since. For example, on 'The Three Fates' & 'Take a Pebble' they separated the classical and rock sections, so neither was compromised. Other works such as 'Tank' fused the two forms from the beginning, inevitably making it more 'Rock'. The first section of Tank is the most stimulating rock music I've ever heard. Play it to your kids if you want to boost their IQ!

Classical/Rock fusions are far too rare in popular music. I have this album to thank for knowing that.
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Basket Of Light
Basket Of Light
Price: £7.15

55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best of British, so buy it.!, 23 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Basket Of Light (Audio CD)
This album has got to be the best British Folk album ever recorded. This is because every single song is excellent (no filler here!). The band inject a contemporary feel to the folk idiom. The album's title is perfect, as it fits the music.
As you begin listening, a few thing may kick in. The acoustic musicianship is sublime. The tunes are tunesome. You feel good as you hum and tap your feet. Later on, you might begin to wonder what the point of amplified electrical music ever was. As the late sixties vibes groove into you, you might imagine yourself a flower-child in a basket of light...
Unlike some rather 'quaint' folk albums I've heard, this folk album is emotionally authentic, and the mood is also very uplifting in it's sparkly jazziness. Past becomes fused with the future. The production is also very bright and crisp for the time. Innovative musical arrangements refresh, with influences from India to the U.S.A., and from the 12th century (Lake-Wyke Dirge) to the 20th, so there is never a dulltime. Most covers are from the Scottish Folk tradition. Original songs, such as 'Night Flight' are just as good. The band are essentially Scottish, but with an English rhythm section, making them a truly 'British' band. The album itself has a bit of a 'rock' feel to it, so if you like rock music, and are looking for something a little different, then I would recommend this album to you without hesitation.
Pentangle can be contrasted with the other great British Folk band of the time, Fairport Convention. Pentangle's playing often has a bright and breezy 'jazzy' feel to it, whereas Fairport are rooted more firmly in a 'bluesy' feel.
Finally, Jacqui McShee can sing Aretha Franklin under the table. (Why don't we British ever hype up our own greats?). Bert Jansch and John Renbourn are superb guitar players. Danny Thompson's fretless acoustic bass playing is another musical treat.

If you have to buy just one folk album in your life, then buy this one. Buy it. Dig it. Love it.
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Illumination
Illumination
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Price: £1.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paul Weller is maturing like a fine wine..., 28 May 2003
This review is from: Illumination (Audio CD)
Illumination is a good title for this LP, as the mood is lighter and the production crisper than on his last LP, Helioentric, which sounded in parts like the work of an unhappy man who’d just hit 40. In fact, Illumination is the most up-beat and positive LP Weller has crafted since his solo debut. Much of the angsty griping of yore has been replaced by songs of celebration (Who Brings Joy, It’s Written in the Stars), wonderment (Leafy Mysteries), and love (Now the Night is Here). There are plenty of good tunes, and a mood piece (yes, a mood piece).
Stomping gripe-rock numbers get a rare look-in in the forms of ‘A Bullet for Everyone’ and ‘Call me No.5’. But these songs now sound a bit retro-macho, whereas five years ago they wouldn’t have. He continues to mature, like all of us, and so, on the rest of the album Paul Weller sounds mellower, writing more from the heart. In doing so he sounds authentic, contemporary, and soulful. As with all Paul Weller albums, there are some great musical moments, nay, events, within great songs. For example, the swirling, descending strings in the coda of ‘Now the Night is Here’ flip an impassioned love song within seconds into a nightmarish existential question. Minimalist brilliance.
Paul Weller is also singing better than ever. He has a truly great voice, something which never grabbed me so forcefully before this album. If you are passionate about great songwriting and artistry expressed within the rock and similar idioms, then I would unhesitatingly recommend this LP.


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