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Very Best Of
Very Best Of
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Rascals, 16 Mar. 2014
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This band were responsible for some of the great hits on the 1960's. Groovin,How Can I Be Sure and the wonderful People Gotta Be Free.
They weren't so known in the UK,beyond Groovin' but I think that along with The Turtles and early Beach Boys were one of the very best American band of the early 60's


Sailor and Lula
Sailor and Lula
by Barry Gifford
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Writing, 16 Mar. 2014
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This is simply the most enjoyable book that I have for many ,many years.Barry Gifford is a great storyteller and his pacing,use of language and humor combine to make him the best writer I have read in in this genre and many others.
He draws the individual stories together with such expertise and tells the story of Sailor and Lula with such empathy and gravitas that it is hard to imagine better modern literature.
While I really like the writing of both Cormac McCarthy and James Lee Burke,this is a real masterpiece.
Buy,read,digest and be enriched !


Engravings
Engravings
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Original, 10 Mar. 2014
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Great Work-highly original and a good one to do your homework/accounts/correspondence to

I also like works by Thomas Feiner and the great Max Richter and if you're not aware,you should dig in to Steve Reich

But I like this.It's a good 1st album and someone will pick this guy up to do a film score,I think

Well done .4 Stars !


People Music
People Music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Playing Throughout, 23 Feb. 2014
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Not much more to say than my heading.Christian McBride is one of the greats.This band has a wonderful pianist in Peter Martin and vibraphonist in Warren Wolf.This is a thoroughly enjoyable outing.See them LIve if you can !!


Croz
Croz
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3.0 out of 5 stars High Professionalism,Weak Song Writing, 23 Feb. 2014
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This is a beautifully produced and played album. Crosby works with his son ,James Raymond who plays keyboards throughout as well as excellent guitar contributions from US based axeman Shane Fontayne and one track with Mark Knopfler.
It's fine listening,like mature wine and slips down smoothly .Only thing is the songs are rather immemorable and it makes the whole effort a little bland.Nice lyrics by Crosby though.........


Shooting At The Moon
Shooting At The Moon
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shooting At The Moon, 16 Feb. 2014
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I'd lost my LP version.Great fun.A wonderful mix of insanity,great songs and wonderful playing.Mike Oldfield is a genuine great guitarist,Lol Coxhill was well,wonderful.
Always remember seeing this band with Lol wearing a DJ with a tomato soup stain down the front of his otherwise immaculate white dress shirt. Kevin had one of THE great voices
Viva DADA !!!


68
68
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rpbert 68, 16 Feb. 2014
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Il maestro. I didn't realize he's written all of Rivmic Melodies.This is just great and even if I seem to have 3-4 versions of Moon In June this is fantastic.Highly recommend this to any Soft Machine fan or anyone who's interested in the origins of this music.Cunnieform keep coming up with wonderful archival work and their revival of this is exemplary. I cannot recommend this highly enough !


Deja Vu
Deja Vu
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3.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated, 16 Feb. 2014
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Not as good as the first CS & N album.Overblown with some terrible Crosby lyrics (Almost cut My Hair) and Deja Vu itself
Good for old hippies but if you want to buy one of their albums,get the 1st one.More succinct,well written and pure


And the Shelter People
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best, 16 Jan. 2014
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There is only one Leon and this is his best album. The Shelter People,Claudia Lennear backing on vocals,the great Jesse Ed Davis plus guitar from Don Preston.Chuck Blackwell alternating drums with Jim Keltner oor Jim Gordon.

Leon's incredible gumbo of Southern Gospel,Soul,Rock and Roll and R & B.

He is simply the greatest arranger and writer of this period.Bar None. Well maybe Isaac Hayes,Arif Mardin and Quincy Jones. And that's pretty good company
If you don't know this,buy it !
And get his first solo album,just titled Lean Russell too !!


Noisette
Noisette
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow !!!!!!!, 16 Jan. 2014
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You want cutting edge Soft Machine.Live,not in the studio ? With incredible solos by both Elton Dean and Lyn Dobson?
Wonderful drumming from Robert Wyatt throughout and Mike Ratledge's organ caustic enough to remove the enamel from your teeth ? Yes ? You sure ?
You wouldn't rather relax to a cool Bob James album ? OR some cool tunes from Spyrogira ?

This defines the Softs at the height of their instrumental work.Sans more vocals,I subtract a star because Robert's vocals were an essential part of the band before they sold out to respectability and eventually became Nucleus (Marshall,Jenkins,Babbington etc)
But this band....wow !!


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