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Good Feelin
Good Feelin

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars T Bone's band is cooking, 9 May 2007
This review is from: Good Feelin (Audio CD)
After enjoying success over the previous two decades T-Bone's smooth West Coast sound fell out of favour in the `60s as America began to embrace rock and soul music and like many fellow bluesmen he sought to revive his fortunes in Europe becoming a regular on the blues legend festival circuit. It was during one such sojourn in Paris that he recorded the Grammy award winning Good Feelin', an album that demonstrated a harder funkier sound and briefly rekindled interest in his music on both sides of the Atlantic before his death in 1975.

Beautifully paced with alternate quick and slow numbers framed by a matching piano solo where T-Bone narrates "I sing nothing but the blues" this really is a "good feelin'" album that sounds as fresh today as it must have done nearly 40 years ago. Recorded with a band of crack local musicians the music rolls and rumbles, it's urban and soulful, with T-Bone's fluid jazz-tinged lead lines and honeyed vocals superbly complemented by a honking horn section, a chugging bass, and some groovy Hammond organ. This band really cooks and to have been in that smoky basement studio at the exact moment when the brass section burst in at the start of track two must have been something else. Production is crisp whilst retaining a raw live edge creating an atmosphere of a band grooving together on one of those nights when it just "feels right". Like the man says, it is the blues, but it's so much more too.


Jamaica Inn (VMC)
Jamaica Inn (VMC)
by Daphne Du Maurier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.79

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yo ho ho, 1 May 2007
This review is from: Jamaica Inn (VMC) (Paperback)
Jamaica Inn is not in the same league as "Rebecca" and some of the actions of the heroine seem slightly unlikely. However the descriptions of Bodmin Moor are evocative and the relatively straight forward plot makes for a good page turner especially suitable for a Cornwallian holiday. One word of warning though - I would not read the introduction until afterwards as it gives too much away; why publishers do this I do not know!


New York Sessions - 1967
New York Sessions - 1967
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Price: £6.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A window on Astral Weeks, 21 Mar 2007
Releases of studio outtakes like this are often filler for some artists. But not in the case of Van Morrison whose perfectionism has meant many great songs not making the cut to his albums over the years (see the tremendous "Philosopher's Stone" for example). On these tracks we hear the genesis of the Astral Weeks album with early takes of some of the songs that would resurface a year later. The sound is rawer, his voice is powerful and soulful, and the songs are bluesy with an improvisational quality. Listening to this album reminds me of Bob Dylan's "Basement Tapes" and the aforementioned "Philosopher's Stone". nb. I think the listing here probably has an incorrect track listing as my version has 18 tracks.


New York Sessions 1967
New York Sessions 1967
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Price: £24.95

4.0 out of 5 stars A window on Astral Weeks, 21 Mar 2007
This review is from: New York Sessions 1967 (Audio CD)
Releases of studio outtakes like this are often filler for some artists. But not in the case of Van Morrison whose perfectionism has meant many great songs not making the cut to his albums over the years (see the tremendous "Philosopher's Stone" for example). On these tracks we hear the genesis of the Astral Weeks album with early takes of some of the songs that would resurface a year later. The sound is rawer, his voice is powerful and soulful, and the songs are bluesy with an improvisational quality. Listening to this album reminds me of Bob Dylan's "Basement Tapes" and the aforementioned "Philosopher's Stone". My version does not have the bonus CD of jams.


The New York Sessions 1967
The New York Sessions 1967
Price: £5.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy window on Astral Weeks, 16 Mar 2007
Releases of studio outtakes like this are often filler for some artists. But not in the case of Van Morrison whose perfectionism has meant many great songs not making the cut to his albums over the years (see the tremendous "Philosopher's Stone" for example). On these tracks we hear the genesis of the Astral Weeks album with early takes of some of the songs that would resurface a year later. The sound is rawer, his voice is powerful and soulful, and the songs are bluesy with an improvisational quality. Listening to this album reminds me of Bob Dylan's "Basement Tapes" and the aforementioned "Philosopher's Stone". My version does not have the bonus CD of jams.


31 Songs
31 Songs
by Nick Hornby
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun, 15 Mar 2007
This review is from: 31 Songs (Paperback)
I enjoyed this light hearted review of 31 Songs that had touched the life of Nick Hornby who is obviously a very talented writer and a knowledgeable music fan. The section on Santana's "Samba Pa Ti" is particularly amusing, as is the essay on Bob Dylan where the author begins by stating that he is not a big fan, but then realises that he has 20 of his albums (sound familiar?). But there is a sadder tone too with the references to Hornby's son and his moving attempts to communicate through music.


Essential Neil Young (Essential Series)
Essential Neil Young (Essential Series)
by Steve Grant
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh approach to a well documented career, 15 Mar 2007
Being a keen fan of Neil Young I picked up this book not really expecting to learn a great deal more but I thoroughly enjoyed Steve Grant's fresh approach. The book, lavishly furnished with nice photos, examines 40 of Young's songs, and their containing albums, from his Buffalo Springfield days up to the 1997 Broken Arrow album. Much less biography and more a critical analysis of each song and how it came about, what it meant to Young and the author. The song choice is interesting - the book focuses mostly on the classics but there are also essays on some less well known compositions from albums like "Hawks and Doves" and "Trans". A worthy addition to the wealth of Young related literature.


Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV (33 1/3)
Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV (33 1/3)
by Erik Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.84

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonkers!, 4 Mar 2007
These little books are a great idea and make lovely companions to the albums in question. Most readers will have the album already, particularly so for such a monumental classic as Led Zep iv. Thus I think this must have been one of the most difficult ones to write in the series. What else can one say that is not known already? The approach is therefore original as I think it has to be, and I think it succeeds.

What's in it? At 177 pages this is possibly the thickest book of the series. The detail is staggering; there's a bit on the imagery of the cover, the science of recording, an interesting section on the physical concept of an album (as opposed to the digital download), and alot on Aleister Crowley and satan, and the obligatory backward messages hidden in "Stairway to Heaven"; we don't even reach track 1 until page 75 and then the author even discusses the gaps in between the tracks! It concentrates very much on things magical, pagan, phallic, mythical, and (middle) earthy (even the spelling of "Erik" conjures up visions of black magic!). Therefore we learn quite a bit about Page and Plant, but not much on the other two. Alot of it is frankly bonkers, but who cares, it is thoroughly entertaining and I devoured it!


The Collection
The Collection
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Price: £3.49

16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and a fascinating insight into the genesis of the ELO phenomenon, 2 Mar 2007
This review is from: The Collection (Audio CD)
I bought this CD recently along with "On the 3rd Day" and "Face the Music" in a fit of nostalgia and I must say it is the one I have enjoyed the most. It is a combination of the first two albums and also "Showdown" which surfaced on the third (a personal favourite of John Lennon apparently, as ELO were dubbed the "new Beatles" with their strings enhanced music). The sound is raw and the strings high in the mix especially on tracks like the strident "Battle of Marston Moor". Other standout tracks are the singles "Showdown" and "Mr. Radio", and "Roll over Beethoven" is tremendously exciting. Best of all is the gorgeous "Momma" which hints at great things to come for the Jeff Lynne led ELO.
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On the Third Day - Ltd
On the Third Day - Ltd
Price: £23.73

6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I remembered!, 1 Mar 2007
This review is from: On the Third Day - Ltd (Audio CD)
I was a bit disappointed with this album. I bought it in a fit of nostalgia (ELO being my favourite band in my teenage years) having not heard it for many years. The music sounds dated and is not helped by the mix that to my ears sounds like the drums are a bit muddy and too prominent on many tracks (I have not heard the original CD in order to compare). Therefore some of the tunes, especially the novelty items like "In the Hall of the Mountain King", sound bombastic. The anthemic "Dreaming of 4000" is an exciting track and I enjoyed the Dylanesque "Everyone's Born to Die" (one of the bonus tracks) but really only the sublime "Showdown" (available elsewhere on some of the excellent Harvest Year compilations) hints at future magnificence. If you want to explore some early period ELO I would go for "Eldorado" instead.


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