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Glitter And Gold: Words And Music By Barry Mann And Cynthia Weil
Glitter And Gold: Words And Music By Barry Mann And Cynthia Weil
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory, 30 Dec. 2012
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Among all (and there are many) the singer songwriters collections that Ace made (I bought them all), this one is the most revealing. At first, this team from the Brill Building didn't seem to fit as well as Barry-Greenwich or Goffin-King to craft punchy, tuneful hits for artists and bands of the era, but when you program the numbers in chronological order (which I usually do with any collection of that kind), you notice that they were beyond that knack, and actually more in the league of David-Bacharach for recording bright and refined songs. Cynthia Weil wrote the lyrics, Barry Mann wrote the music, so you have to salute the latter especially for the wonders he composed over several decades until now. Listen to the songs given here to Mama Cass, Bill Medley, Dion, Bergen White, BJ Thomas, Calvin Grayson, Arthur Alexander, Gene Pitney and you'll get an idea of that high, delightful taste for radiant and soulful music. That isn't denying Cynthia Weil's merits either to put out the right lyrics, mind you. This Ace selection is full of great music and an absolute must have.


Truckload Of Trouble
Truckload Of Trouble

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 30 Dec. 2012
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The Pastels were my favorite band from Scotland until The School came in (though they don't share any other point). This collection has a lot of remastering or remixing which doesn't count as an anthology, though it is a collection of past recordings. I guess the band thought it was more faithfull to their spirit to keep it creative at reworking the sound (not completely, just to a better effect). In some way that proved they were still alive and not about to be locked in a Pop' Art Museum.
To me, this band remains the closest to the Velvet Underground I have ever heard. The Pastels weren't so "twee". They were originals, free, rolling in the spirit and the rare grace of Youth. They may share that with Talulah Gosh. When I think of the Velvet Underground, I think of an original sound. I think of stuff like "Some kinda love", "One of these days", "I'm sticking with you", "Temptation inside your heart", you know. Stuff with an incredible charm. The Pastels had that charm. Listening to this collection today, you catch a taste of endless freshness. The way they paint "Truckload of trouble" on the cover also keeps a fresh touch of childlike artistry and fancy. It's a whole thing. They weren't cheating, whining, fainting, posing. Willingly naive and arty, but real and true, as the sound of the band does attest.
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God's Honky Tonk Angel
God's Honky Tonk Angel
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect entry, 30 Dec. 2012
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I discovered the world and sound of Kitty Wells with this now hard to find collection from Edsel, and it remains the best entry I know. The sound is pristine: even the 4 CDs boxset from Bear Family doesn't compete regarding the remastering. From the first early classics such as "Honky tonk angel" and "Crying guitar waltz" to later diamonds from the sixties such as "Amigo's guitar", you'll easily understand why Kitty Wells is called the first Queen of country music. She had an expressive, pure, honest voice. She was one of the very best, along with Patsy Cline, Skeeter Davis and Loretta Lynn. Now let's hope for a remastering of some of her original LPs from the sixties. She really reached her peak then as a singer.


Love Priscilla
Love Priscilla
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation, 21 Oct. 2012
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No wonder Phil Spector had a crush on Priscilla Paris when he first met the Paris Sisters in the early sixties to produce them: she had a fascinating personality, fragile and powerful at once it seems. Later Jack Nitzsche would struggle to make her record exactly what he wanted (for the Paris Sisters LP "Sings everything under the sun", an excellent album nonetheless). More than any other girl Spector produced, Priscilla had that soft voice that sounded like flowing from high or deep silvery dreams. We can't recommend The Complete Phil Spector Sessions (from Varese Sarabande) enough. But she didn't only have that soft voice: she also could almost bell out with the same fragility, and that's what her first solo LP, released in 1967, reveals to us. That reissue may be THE reissue of the year, thanks to Ace records, as Priscilla Paris deserves to be rediscovered as a captivating artist - and not only a fashionable singer - in her own right. When we listen to this wonderful collection, we realize in retrospect that if the early recordings with Spector work so well, it may be due to Priscilla as much to Phil, as she was injecting in her singing some mystery that even Phil himself, the man in control, must have been trying to understand. This CD is one of my best surprises in the latest years. The late Priscilla Paris will make you fall in love with her ghost. She was lost, she was moving, she was great, she was beautiful.


Purrfect - The Eartha Kitt Collection
Purrfect - The Eartha Kitt Collection
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Do not start with this collection, 21 Oct. 2012
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I'm surprised other reviewers didn't notice this: this collection doesn't feature the original recordings of the fifties, but re-recordings that Eartha did in the early sixties (the earlier ones being from 1959). Those who love Eartha Kitt know what I mean: you can't compare the original versions of "Santa Baby", "I want to be evil", "C'est si bon" and so delightful others she did in the fifties with the ones she revisited a few years later with less spice, passion or inspiration. At the time I write this, a new collection called "The Essential" to be out soon seems to be a much better start, with the original versions of the songs mentionned above, including "Monotonous" and "Santa Baby".


Don't Look Back: The Very Best Of The Korgis
Don't Look Back: The Very Best Of The Korgis

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THE SOUND IS A SHAME, 4 Sept. 2010
"Very good quality transfer" says the reviewer below, supported by 33 other readers. Thanks a lot: it's just awful! A song as sublime as "Everybody's got to learn sometime" deserves better. Such quality transfer is just unacceptable. The CD age may be over, but as a CD buyer, I know what I speak about. Everyone looking for a Korgis collection especially for "Everybody's got to learn sometime", run away from this! (and yes, I know, their other work is great as well, but certainly not with this sound)
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You Won't Forget Me: The Complete Liberty Singles Volume 1
You Won't Forget Me: The Complete Liberty Singles Volume 1
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 26 Mar. 2010
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Ace finally did what every Jackie De Shannon fan was expecting: a full anthology of the lady's singles, with the original sound! It's better than anything done before regarding her incredible body of work, despite the wonderful reissues done on RPM as well (and I have them all!). Can't wait for the next volumes, but am surely not disappointed with this one. It's priceless to hear these early years, it's like digging the history of pop music, coming from the age of rock'n'roll. I don't think there have been better sounding versions of "Needles & Pins" and "When You Walk in the Room", and by "better" I don't mean "clean", but exactly like the way the singles sounded then. There's a seductive thing about the early, artisanal age of the recording industry that we'll never find again.


Beatles For Sale
Beatles For Sale
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best early albums, 5 Dec. 2005
This review is from: Beatles For Sale (Audio CD)
I'll never understand why some people consider this Beatles album as one of their weakest or least cohesive. It's actually the contrary: Beatles For Sale, along with With The Beatles, is the most cohesive album of their early years till Rubber Soul. You may find Please Please Me, A Hard Day's Night and Help! more entertaining by their variety, but they're less cohesive, and do have some sloppy or mediocre tracks (Taste Of Honey, Tell Me Why, Act Naturally...). Beatles For Sale shows the Beatles at their peak as performers, for one thing. The original booklet notes were right on the point, underlining the primal beauty of covers such as "Rock And Rock Music" and "Kansas City". The singles potential of "No Reply" and "I'm A Loser" (better than "Eight Days A week" in my opinion). I'll add the too often forgotten "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" to the highlights. george's guitar rings elegantly all over the album, with the discipline of a 50's rock'n'roll lead guitarist. Today "Honey Don't" (Ringo sings) and "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" are still sharing a nice Carl Perkins roll. "Words Of Love" (Buddy Holly) sounds like the Byrds before the Byrds actually existed. The strongless track would be "Mr Moonlight", that John Lennon saves with a terrific vocal performance. A full blend of raw, rocking covers and simple, tuneful originals, Beatles For Sale is an incredibly underrated Diamond.


Whiskey Tango Ghosts
Whiskey Tango Ghosts
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAU-TI-FUL, 23 Feb. 2005
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First, let me say it straight: this has NOTHING to do with country music!! This is actually pure american folk & pop & soul music. And the best one, nothing to do with, say, Sarah McLachlan. It's actually closer to the tasty american folk & soul music of Lori Carson. True however, Tanya has left her arty edges behind for this third solo album. Nothing aesthetic here, it's all about grace, harmony and rhythm, heartbeat of life. She's a mother, and she's a singing element of the circle. Her pure voice is still flying around the enchanted woods, but this is now from the real life, not artificial fairy. Life itself IS a wonder. This album is beau-ti-ful, and songs like "Golden Mean", "Story High", "Every Devil" or "Divine Sweet Divide" instant grace. Don't miss that happiness.


Political Manifest [Feat. Mark Olson And Victoria Williams]
Political Manifest [Feat. Mark Olson And Victoria Williams]
Price: £16.89

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best record I ever heard from Marl Olson, 30 Jan. 2005
This is with this unknown record, not available everywhere (why?), that I ended to really LOVE Mark Olson's voice, and the soulful music he does with Victoria Williams. I also found again that voice I used to enjoy with the Jayhawks, with "Tomorrow The Green Grass" especially, and that makes me think Olson was the soul of the band (like Lennon was for the Beatles), whereas Gary Louris was the musician-melodist-arranger (à la McCartney). But I won't ask Mark to join the Jayhawks again: what he does with Victoria and the Creekdippers is SO attaching and beautiful, so real and human! To me this "Political Manifest" is one of the best records made released in 2004. Et je pèse mes mots! Over the intellectual courage of the lyrics, absolutely anti-Bush and Rumsfeld (which is quite.. understandable), what wins here is the music, bluesy, groovy, funky, country, soulful. The Creekdippers make a perfect blend of styles, rootsy and inspired. This record will touch your HEART, believe me.


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