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Youth and Young Manhood [Digipak]
Youth and Young Manhood [Digipak]
Offered by Media Vortex
Price: £12.89

5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece from the boys from the South, 16 July 2003
Three brothers and a cousin get together for a bit of good old fashioned, southern style jamming and this is the result? Well thank the lord for close knit families.
From track one this album will have you hummin, toe tappin and yelling for more.
Influences include Creedence Clearwater Revival and a whole host of country rock bands with roots in Louisiana.
They all look great, in a retro early seventies way, but you can rest assured that the music is definitely now.
Stand out tracks, well try all of them, it's the best debut album in ages.


The Best Of Sam And Dave
The Best Of Sam And Dave
Price: £5.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original Blues brothers!, 9 Jun 2003
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If you have any liking at all of the best rhythm and blues and soul music, then you should already be aware of this compilation.
It is absolute gold. Sam and Dave, were simply one of the greatest musical pairings of the 60's, they served up incredible live shows and many, many brilliant songs.
For starters try, 'Blues Brother, Soul Sister', 'Hold on I'm Coming', 'Soul Man' as starting points, but you'll find yourself sticking the repeat button down for the album as the sweet soul gets under your skin.
A must buy for any music fan.


From JA To UK: The History of Ska
From JA To UK: The History of Ska
Price: £14.51

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A useful introduction to Ska, 9 Jun 2003
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This double CD serves as a useful introduction to the world of ska music, but can hardly be called a history.
It kicks off in fine style with the grandaddy of the genre, Desmond Dekker, who serves up 10 good reasons why this budget priced CD is worth buying, including top tracks like Israelites and 'You can get it if you really want'. He was at the forefront of the ska movement and showed the way.
Then we're enticed my the baffling, mad world of Bad Manners and included here are a number of live and studio tracks which you'll find irresistable.
The second CD is where the compilation slackens it's hold. The Beat, were in my view, the finest band of the two tone movement, combining ska rhythms with cracking tunes. Once again, we are handed a number of live tracks from their heyday. However, these are interspersed with a few tracks from The International Beat, which fall well short of the mighty Beat. The live tracks are not brilliantly produced, but serve as a great reason to buy The Best of the Beat compilation.
Sadly, we are then handed 9 reasons why many of us have ignored the Selecter, apart from the live On My Radio, much of their selections are utter garbage. A poor way to end a good collection.
All in all a worthy effort, great value, but I'm not completely convinced.


The Best of Chas & Dave
The Best of Chas & Dave
Price: £5.07

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Utter cockney madness, 20 May 2003
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This review is from: The Best of Chas & Dave (Audio CD)
What can you say about Chas and Dave?
I defy anyone to put this CD on and keep a straight face and a leg that will sit still as you tap away to the stream of quality knees up material on this compilation.
Of course it's cheesy, underproduced and perhaps in the case of one or two songs, downright silly, but all in all it's brilliant fun.
As Chas and Dave would say, Gertcha! Gertchaself a copy!


Sorted
Sorted

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music for 24 hour party people, 20 May 2003
This review is from: Sorted (Audio CD)
Yes, I know there's no Stone Roses, which kind of defeats the object of chronicalling the Madchester scene, but is there enough to recall the heyday of Manchester at it's peak? Definitely.
Madchester was all about the beginnings of rave culture and it's crossover into the indie field, supplying an endless stream of hits that could be played in clubs all over the UK.
I remember, clearly my local club in Ealing rocking to stuff like The Farm (Liverpool), the Mondays and Charlatans alike, so I reckon it's all got a valid place on this compilation.
OK, so the purists may complain about some of the entries here, but the question is simply this: Is the content any good. The answer is a big fat yes. This music sits very nicely as a quality representation of a heyday for dance / indie music culture. I think the Ministry have done a damn good job, and everyone I've played this compilation to have bought themselves a copy.
I don't believe there's a better reccomendation.


Blue Oyster Cult: Long Day's Night [DVD]
Blue Oyster Cult: Long Day's Night [DVD]
Dvd ~ Blue Oyster Cult

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cult (the real Cult) return to your screens., 9 May 2003
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The Blue Oyster Cult. One of the most enigmatic bands from the 70's return with a live show, proving why they are still a massive talent to be reckoned with.
This show, recorded in Chicago highlights why good rock bands keep plugging away at the live scene. Quality.
Their songs have always challenged the tradional rock boundaries, with intelligent lyrics and well structured songs.
They now boast the strongest line up they've had in years and live are unstoppable.
If you want to watch a well formed band at the peak of their talents, buy this, you'll not be dissapointed.


Classic Original Breaks & Rare Funk '45'
Classic Original Breaks & Rare Funk '45'
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £26.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaks and tunes for DJ's and lovers of rare groove, 9 May 2003
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As a major fan of the first Breaks album from DJ Pogo, I would have taken some convincing that he could come up with a collection of more quality, rare gems from the world of soul / funk.
This album, therefore proved to be a very welcome surprise.
It is my understanding that Dj Pogo aimed these tracks at DJ's for sampling, but I can definitely state that the tracks go way beyond this market and will set very nicely, when played to discerning lovers of good soul / funk. In fact, from recent experience, your credibility will sky rocket as people start to question why these tracks have been secret for so long.
Essential for anyone who has ever loved funky music.


Vehicles & Animals
Vehicles & Animals
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £2.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Athlete sprint to the head of British pop!, 9 May 2003
This review is from: Vehicles & Animals (Audio CD)
On first listen you could be easily fooled into thinking that Athlete are a straightforward pop band. And you'd not be too far wrong.
From the opening delights of El Salvador and Westside you can help yourself to simple, up beat tunes that will brighten up any listening post from here to, well El Salvador.
Bright, shimmering pop tunes abound and the mood is always upbeat. It's a fairly simple formula, called the 3 minute pop song, but since when did that not strike a chord with most music lovers?
Buy it, you will be very pleasantly surprised.


The Last Broadcast
The Last Broadcast
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.49

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 26 Mar 2003
This review is from: The Last Broadcast (Audio CD)
How this album has not won countless awards is simply beyond me, it is as my introduction suggests an aural masterpiece.
Doves had been seen with 'Lost Souls' as shoe gazers ploughing out good, but pretty down beat songs. Well, news for one and all, 'The Last Broadcast' will not have you singing from the rafters on a sunny day, but it is a truly uplifting experience.
Kicking of properly with 'Words', a bright chiming guitar riff drives the song along with an optimism unheard of when Doves are mentioned.
This is then lifted even higher with one of the singles of 2002, 'There Goes The Fear', a seven minute masterclass of songwriting, lyrically and musically it smashes boundaries of quality pop writing to bits.
From then on, things remain at this peak. 'M62 Song', 'New York' and then the magnificent 'Sattelites', could it get any better? Yes: 'Pounding' does exactly what it says in the title. A driving drum beat pushes this fantastic song along towards it's totally irresistable chorus.
To finish off with a medley of winners like 'Last Broadcast', 'Sulphur Man' and the wonderful 'Caught By the River' simply add to what this CD / album is:
Perfect.


Lowedges
Lowedges
Price: £8.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for lovers lost and found., 20 Feb 2003
This review is from: Lowedges (Audio CD)
Richard Hawley, the occasional guitarist with Pulp, returns with his follow to Late Night Final, in superb style.
What a songrwriter we have on our hands. Forget, modernism, Don't ask Richard to push back the boundaries of music, just sit back and let each and every one of these classic love songs wash over you.
If you've ever loved and lost, this will be sweet honey to your beaten ears. From the opening chords of the first track to the closing beats of the final line, every word is soothing, every note, carefully chosen to take the listener into Richards' oh so mellow world.
For the unititiated, this is a collection of beautiful ballads wrapped in beautiful music with a wonderful vocalist.
One of the albums of the year and possibly his best to date.
A masterpiece.


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