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The Purple Album
The Purple Album
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Re-visited and appreciated!, 8 Jun. 2015
This review is from: The Purple Album (Audio CD)
I can understand the reservations about such a release coming out just shy of the forty years since the demise of the Coverdale Purple era.
We all have examples of re-worked best of CDs from our beloved bands in our collections where we quietly concede ‘better left alone’.
This release I actually think works better than most that have surfaced over the years. I agree the vocal snarl of Coverdale has long passed in preference to an almost too smooth delivery. Also how can you re-produce a track like ‘You Keep On Moving without that Hughes pitch?
The challenges were known ahead of this release and to his credit Coverdale still went for it and for the most part succeeded.
This is not meant to be taken as a tribute album, more of quite well crafted appreciation of halcyon days long gone.
It does suffer from an overly zealous production but has numerous high points; especially the ballads. Earlier mentioned ‘You Keep On Moving’ worked surprisingly well and ‘Soldier Of Fortune’ is quite excellent.
So many ‘live’ versions of ‘Mistreated’ over the years if you count the Rainbow/Dio efforts as well. Possibly the one epic they could have been parked but I understand its place in the Purple hall of fame for that era.
I like the take on ‘You Fool No One’ and would place that as the standout rocker from all the tracks on show.
Also pleased with the twist in style for ‘Sail Away’ and ‘Might Just Take Your Life’.
Overall a brave effort which has avoided in quite a few ways, the temptation of trying to repeat what was done so many years back.


Organized Insanity
Organized Insanity
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut release from a band who have all the ..., 1 May 2015
This review is from: Organized Insanity (Audio CD)
Excellent debut release from a band who have all the potential for a great career.
Bought the CD having seen them as the support on the latest Uriah Heep UK tour.

Standout tracks; 'No More War' & 'Organized Insanity' aptly the opening and closing tracks are outstandingly catchy.


Awakening
Awakening
Price: £12.16

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old masters at it again!, 23 April 2015
This review is from: Awakening (Audio CD)
The question 'What If?' always comes to mind when I think of Lucifers Friend.
If the good fortune and new label push that The Scorpions experienced late seventies had happened to LF who knows what standing they would have now in the rock hall of fame.
Lack of decent eposure when churning out classic rock in the seventies left them largely forgotten by many and remembered solely for the John Lawton Uriah Heep link.
This release helps re-establish what they were about back then by bringing a handful of their musical triumphs back onto the radar. The release could have done with being a triple as their are stacks of quality tracks not on show here.
Regardless, the inclusion of the masterful 'Ride The Sky' and subtle 'Burning Ships' really brings hoem what a great band they were.
The bonus four tracks are wonderfully old school but still somewhat refreshing when considered against current dat output from other so called giants of the rock scene.

Maybe this release will encourage a remaster exercise of the back catalogue.

Fingers crossed but don't put your house on that happening.

Well worth a punt; quite excellent stuff.


Live
Live
Price: £7.69

4.0 out of 5 stars KH 'live' and very well !!, 12 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
An enjoyable ‘live’ romp through Hensley’s Heep highlights and his latter day material performed by one of the incarnations of his band ‘Live Fire'.

I have to say the band perform the Heep stuff very well and Hensley’s Hammond performance re-captures beautifully some of those great moments from way back.

‘Circle of Hands’ is a particular triumph here with a swelling emotional feel throughout. An excellent delivery of a track that stands well up there in the list of Heep’s finest.

The set leaves you un-remarkably wanting more of the 1970-76 stuff but you can have no complaints with what is served up. ‘Lady in Black’ always sounds special when sung by Hensley and the rendition here with Live Fire is no exception.

It is the latter years stuff however for me that comes across as the deserving highlight. The sharing of vocal on ‘The Curse’ works really well with Ken’s voice sounding as fresh as it did back in the seventies. ‘Blood On The Highway’ ranks up there with his best works and the performance here really needs know prompt for a sing-along as the chorus kicks in. ‘Last Dance’ is an epic of classic proportions and it is a delight for Ken to be resuming the vocal duties again.

Though not much in the way of audience participation on what is a ‘Live’ album it does showcase well the quality of the band.

Heep songs sound very Heep of old which has to be a good thing and the more recent material proves he still has that spark and unique talent for coming up with memorable music.

Compliments well the Hensley acoustic ‘Live Tales’ release.


My Kind O' Lovin'
My Kind O' Lovin'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Music indeed!, 6 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: My Kind O' Lovin' (Audio CD)
What a truly fine collection of songs this is.

'Power of the MInd' was a breath of fresh air when it came out a few years back, but this follow up takes the INtelligent Music theme up another level.

John Lawton arguably comes up with his most assured vocal performance in years if not decades.

Ballads are sometimes a grudging accolade for rock singers but Lawton is a master tactician when in comes to the slow numbers.

The quality of the tracks 'Simple Game' & 'Love Song' are two of the wonderful triumphs of this collection. Lawton assumes complete control of the vocal arrangement of both with the music simply aching emotion.

He is of course one of rock music's finest vocalists and the track 'People On FIre' fully re-assures the faithful that he can still belt it out.

The added bonus of this release is the appearance of a second classic rock vocal in the shape of ex-Toto front man Joseph WIlliams. Enjoyable melodic romps in the shape of 'Friends' & 'Happiness' make this selection of songs quite an eclectic mix.

Just how the paths of Lawton & Williams crossed is somewhat of a mystery but the collaboration is truly inspired. The addition of one of rock's esteemed drummers in SImon Phillips to the proceedings just adds the icing to the cake.

There is talk of the Intelligent Music experience going on the road for some 'live' shows.

Sadly for the UK fans I think it would be mainland Europe only. A shame if that is the case as this CD along with it's predecessor are true gems.


Live At The Old Waldorf San Francisco 1978
Live At The Old Waldorf San Francisco 1978
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3.0 out of 5 stars Punky bar-room galmmy rock'n'roll with a hint of Hoople!!, 7 Mar. 2014
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Not a bad effort but it does not really get going until the old school 'Come On'. John Fiddler is too good a singer to attempt rip it up punky numbers but fair play he gives it a go.
Highlight tracks are most certainly 'International Heroes' which is classic Mott The Hoople in it's flavour and delivery; along with the equally strong 'My Life In Your Hands'.
I'm sure this lot were a great 'live' band and the recording overall does not do them justice.
They are victims of the latter seventies music swing without doubt as clearly a competent traditional rock band are applying at times unconvincingly the raw aggression of new wave.
Enjoyable stuff!!


Magic collection
Magic collection
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Price: £16.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Why?????????????????, 4 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Magic collection (Audio CD)
What was the point of releasing this offering?

I have nothing against tribute acts but the musicians on board for this were clearly not fond of Mott if they be judged on their attempt here to replicate the music.

Dodgy arrangements and truly awful vocals.

Avoid!!!


The Sun Has Gone Hazy
The Sun Has Gone Hazy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music for the converted!, 4 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: The Sun Has Gone Hazy (Audio CD)
The welcome return of one of rock's finest drummers Lee Kerslake.
Family Heep are very drawn to Northern areas of Europe to continue their careers post membership. This is probably one of the best offerings so far. Great collection of songs that would appeal very much to the fans of Rainbow (Lynn Turner era) and a vocal style similar in many ways to ex-Heep man John Lawton.
Unlikely to get much exposure unless you people out there take the time to check it out.
It is certainly worth a punt as the material is strong with very catchy hook lines; title track being a great example of this.
Hopefully this collaboration will hang around for a follow-up!


Randy Pie : Kitsch & Fast / Forward (2on1)
Randy Pie : Kitsch & Fast / Forward (2on1)
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Price: £17.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Buried treasure!, 2 Jan. 2014
'Hot On The Trails' tour in the mid seventies.

A triple bill featuring; A Band Called O, the welsh rockers Sassafras, and last but certainly not least; Randy Pie.

A great night generally but particularly for the opportunity of experiencing Randy Pie who were promoting the album 'Kitsch'.

One of the best impulse gigs and subsequent album buys I have ever done.

'Kitsch' is a gem, totally outside my usual comfort zone but for some reason so totally right for me.

'I am (The Joker)' is a great piece of disco funkyness that really should have been a hit single of the time. It was given out as a freebie 45rpm on the tour but merited more commercial exposure.

The anthem track of the album is the title track 'Kitsch' which builds slowly before settling into a smouldering groove.

Using all the seventies nerd terminology but this is a great euro release of the era and it is amazing it has been so ignored over time.
Great finale track 'Dancing Shoes' with such a smooth vocal.

I know its coupled here with another release but I feel it deserves a re-master release under its own title.

Buried treasure?

I think so!!!


Misdemeanor (2009 Digital Remaster + Bonus Tracks)
Misdemeanor (2009 Digital Remaster + Bonus Tracks)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's blip or missed classic?, 27 Nov. 2013
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With the exception of 'Night Run' and possibly 'Heavens Gate' you would be hard pressed to associate this with any previous or indeed latter efforts by the classic band that is UFO.

Excusing the 80's effected production method, this is actually a decent CD.

I was not thinking that back in 85 when I bought the vinyl and saw them at Knebworth, but time does truly put a different complexion on things.

Tracks like 'Blue' and 'Dream The Dream' have matured incredibly over the decades and credit not forthcoming at the time is now very willingly given.

'Lights Out' or 'Obsession' it is not, but there is some solid efforts here that capture a period in the UFO story that has been all too easily ignored or overlooked by fans.

Just like the Heep faithful with 'Conquest'; it's not too late, checked it out and complete your collection!


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