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Innervisions
Innervisions
Price: 5.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless Soul, 18 Jun 2008
This review is from: Innervisions (Audio CD)
If you like some classic soul eg Marvin, Curtis, Aretha, Al Green etc then this is an essential purchase. Also if you like the quality end of modern RnB like Alicia Keys or John Legend then this is also essential. There are no bad tracks here. 'Living For The City' is probably the greatest of Stevie's social commentaries. Alot of listeners today don't appreciate how amazing Stevie Wonder was in his prime, I'm too young to have heard him during the 70s and if I hadn't just trusted all the platitudes I probably would never have discovered him!. I just thought of Stevie Wonder as being the guy who did 'I just Called To Say I Love You' but that was the end of the creative period. He's not that visible these days and hopefully his first European tour in over 10 years this Autumn will enable people like me to enjoy the classics we missed first time. This album is up there with 'Blonde On Blonde', 'Revolver' 'London Calling', a classic of the album format. Get it today, you won't be disappointed!.


Talking Book
Talking Book
Price: 5.77

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 18 Jun 2008
This review is from: Talking Book (Audio CD)
After the superb Music Of My Mind, Stevie kicks things into high gear here with Talking Book. This is one of those albums where an artist is at the top of their game and every song is great. If I was gonna skip one it would maybe be track 2 which does go on longer than it needs to, but who can argue with the quality of songs such as 'You Are The Sunshine Of My Life' , 'You And I', 'Big Brother', 'Tuesday Heartbreak', 'I Believe When I Fall In Love' and of course the mighty 'Superstition'. On this album Stevie shows he can produce beautiful ballads, great funk numbers and biting social commentary. If you get this album you'll have one of the greatest rnb/funk records ever recorded. Not bad for 3 or 4 quid!. Make sure you get the 2000 remaster, better sound quality. Get it and enjoy!.


Music Of My Mind
Music Of My Mind
Price: 5.89

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The First Great Stevie, 18 Jun 2008
This review is from: Music Of My Mind (Audio CD)
I agree with what reviewers have said so far. This is not as good as Talking Book, Innervisions, Fulfillingness or Songs In The Key. It is quite a good introduction to the classic Stevie sound though and the listener can see how Stevie developed that trademark sound over the next 4 or 5 albums. I would say it is better than Where I'm Coming From and the 60s Motown period is nicely summerised on several compilations albums, so this is the first truly great Stevie solo album. My faves are 'Superwoman', 'Happier Than The Morning Sun', 'Keep On Running' and even 'Evil', though it is very cheesy, I like a bit of that sometimes!. The only negative point about some Stevie albums is the tendency to make a 3:30 pop single into an 8 minute jam which sometimes works and sometimes does not. The opening track and 'Keep On Running' could have been trimmed and still been as great. That's a small point though, I love Stevie's music and if you're thinking of buying some quality pop music you've come to the right place.


Elvis Costello: The Right Spectacle - The Very Best Of [DVD]
Elvis Costello: The Right Spectacle - The Very Best Of [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elvis Costello
Offered by partmeter
Price: 9.74

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD for Elvis fans..., 17 Dec 2007
I can't believe no one has reviewed this!. An excellent collection of Elvis's videos from This Year's Model through to Brutal Youth. In the early period its obvious that the band just hurriedly got into a studio and mimed along to 'I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea' and 'Pump It Up'. As the years went by more of an effort is made as the pop video developed as an art form. My favourite videos here are probably 'I Wanna Be Loved' and 'New Lace Sleeves', also 'You Little Fool' is very 80's and quite amusing.

Several very nice touches mark out this dvd as a good purchase, possibly the best Elvis dvd out there. Firstly Elvis himself provides a commentary over the videos explaining little bits of background information about the shoots and directors involved. Also, as an extra feature on the dvd, there are lots of early tv performances of the Attractions. These vary in quality, though the festival in the rain in Holland is a great clip!. Also there's some rare stuff from infamous punk showcase shows like 'So It Goes' and 'Revolver' which was hosted by Peter Cook, here the band is unconvincingly put forward as a punk act. The crowd moshes furiously and jumps around to music that doesn't seem to warrant that! this was also the case in the 80's when Elvis did not fit in with the New Romantics and could see that his videos weren't competing with groups like Duran Duran.
This has never mattered with Elvis Costello though because he is so good so frequently that his talent simply demands attention regardless of prevailing fashions of the time. A great purchase, especially at the budget price!.


Sweet Warrior
Sweet Warrior
Price: 13.25

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, but not quite up to peak levels...., 6 Sep 2007
This review is from: Sweet Warrior (Audio CD)
I much preferred Front Parlour Ballads personally, that is not to say I don't like the 'rocking' out Richard Thompson, I love it. The quality of songs is little below par here. I loved 'Poppy Red' and 'Dad's Gonna Kill Me'. I haven't heard the album anywhere near enough yet, but it's not going to trouble 'Front Parlour Ballads', 'Mock Tudor' and 'Rumor and Sigh' as my 3 personal faves. Saw him live a few weeks ago, totally amazing!. He played most of this album and was a bit short on 'greatest hits' considering how long and varied his career has been, but the guitar playing was stunning, a totally unique blend of modal folk scales and blues/rock. Richard Tompson is one of those 'best kept secrets' of British music, like John Cale. Happy to still play tiny venues and get a genuine reaction from fans. Not his best album, but you could do alot worse than buy this album.


Ian Hunter [Digipak]
Ian Hunter [Digipak]
Offered by cdrarities
Price: 10.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb debut, 22 May 2007
This review is from: Ian Hunter [Digipak] (Audio CD)
I am a recent convert to Mott The Hoople/Ian Hunter. I always loved the Mott song 'Roll Away The Stone' and try [unconvincingly!] to play and sing it on guitar. Ian Hunter is a terrific songwriter who perhaps finally got some dues when he recently won the Classic Rock magazine 'classic songwriter' award. Now pushing 70 Hunter has a new album out and is on tour again!. This is the album where it all started, I must say that the packaging is beautiful in the digipak version and the sound quality is also superb as I realised my ipod was getting funny looks as I blasted out 'Lounge Lizard' on the train the other day!. 'Once Bitten Twice Shy' kicks off the album with its drum machine bossa nova backing. It's a very basic honky tonk/status quo style bit of riffing, but it builds up nicely with each verse to an all out rocker.

'Who do you love' has a classic glam rhythm with a handclap style backing again the presence of Mick Ronson's guitar snarling through really gives it an edge. Track 3 is one of my favourites 'Lounge Lizard', particulaly the chorus where Ronson's guitar and Hunter's singing really sound like they are operating at a maximum level. 'Boy' is a touch on the long side at nearly 9 minutes, but is an enjoyable glam opera. '3000 miles from here' is almost like a demo with sparse vocal and guitar, another criticism sometimes levelled at Hunter is the Dylan/Bowie fixations almost border on plagerism but I think he has very much his own style here. The other highlight on the album for me is 'The Truth, the whole truth, nuthin but the truth.' which on first listen sounds a bit lazy as if just the title of the song is repeated with no real tune in there. But once you begin to focus on what Ronson is doing, all becomes fine. A fabulous piece of guitar playing. 'It ain't easy when you fall/shades off' feels like a bit of a guilty pleasure, as another reviewer said it is a bit cheesy, but I love it anyway!. Album ends with 'So excited' which cuts off abruptly,I have to admit I don't like that way of finishing a song, definitely not an album. But it's a high octane finale nonetheless. Of the extra tracks, I really enjoyed 'Colwater High' thought it had similarities to 'Roll Away The Stone' which is where I came in with Ian Hunter. Perhaps one day Ian Hunter will take his rightful place with British songwriters such as David Bowie and Ray Davies. For now we can all enjoy this superb debut and the many other great albums he's been involved in. Going to get 'All American Alien Boy' next...


A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse
A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse
Price: 4.81

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riffage, 24 April 2007
I'm not a fan of anything Rod Stewart has done from Atlantic Crossing onwards, but I have to admit I'm partial to the stuff from before that. His first 3 or 4 solo albums have a raw/hobo sort of sound to them, much more suited to Rod than the later crooning stuff...anyway I like a bit of 'classic rock' so I would say that. This album comes right in the middle of a whirlwind purple patch for Rod and the Faces who all basically played on his solo albums so in a way 'Every Picture Tells A Story', 'Gasoline Alley' and 'Never A Dull Moment' are all Faces albums in all but name. This is probably the best of all of those albums. 'Miss Judy's Farm' is little more than a Ron Wood vamp on guitar with some expert Rod Stewart yelling, probably was knocked up in the studio, effective opener though. 'You're So Rude' is where things really get going, a much slower track, this is Ronnie Lane getting in on the act. The Lane compositions on the album for me are the highlights. 'Debris' is wonderful with Rod Stewart for once reduced to backing singer, though a very effective band performance. After this highlight, nothing on the rest of the album quite matches it. Of course 'Stay With Me' is the classic pub rock track and Ron Wood's snarling riff opening is a great moment, not only is the guitar playing great but it SOUNDS great. I quite like 'Too Bad' which is an even higher octane rave up than 'Stay With Me'. In many ways this is all you need by Rod Stewart, it also showcases Ronnie Lane and Ron Wood at the peak of their powers so is well worth a listen. I'm going to go and listen to 'Debris' again....


Doctor Who - The Hand of Fear [DVD] [1976]
Doctor Who - The Hand of Fear [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: 7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 13 Mar 2007
This is a great Doctor Who story encompassing all the elements which made/make the show great. Tom Baker is still in his 'serious' mode as the doctor before he started laughing at his adversaries in later stories and offering them jelly babies. I think the Hinchcliffe/Holmes gothic era of Doctor Who yielded some particularly strong stories and this is one of the best of those.

After an expolsion in a quarry [what a surprise!], Sarah Jane falls under the spell of a mysterious disembodied hand.....some excellent scenes follow in a nuclear reactor and the supporting cast does an excellent job of conveying fear and alarm, particulary good is the actor playing the nuclear station manager, he even gets his own cliffhanger!.

Extras are very good too here, with a non essential but fun interview with Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen on Noel Edmonds Swap Shop, plus a couple of documentaries which are a bit more involving than usual. The commentary is excellent, featuring Baker, Sladen and writer Bob Baker. Also the actress playing Eldrad pops in for a bit of Tom Baker flirting, good stuff!.

I'm making my way through the old Doctor Who's in the drought before the new series....prefer the 'classic' era 63-89 personally, but the new ones are good fun. Well worth getting as an introduction to the Tom Baker era, or to add to any existing collection. A good release.


The Yes Album [Expanded & Remastered]
The Yes Album [Expanded & Remastered]
Price: 6.53

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad!, 10 Mar 2007
As a relatively young music fan, prog rock was before my time. The trendy music press would have everyone believe that no good progressive rock was made in the 70's and that the year zero was punk in 1976. I think with an album like 'Tales From Topographic Oceans', Yes were probably asking for it, and they got it.. But here the songs have a more 'user friendly' sound and the tunes are quite memorable. 'Yours Is No Disgrace' opens the album with some intergalactic keyboard sounds which have dated quite badly, but Chris Squire's industrial strength Bass playing keeps both guitar and Bass nuts entertained. 'The Clap' is a bit better, Steve Howe dazzles with his mastery of acoustic guitar playing, his great electric playing on the album cements his reputation. 'Starship Trooper' again suffers with the keyboard sounds, but Jon Anderson has constructed one of his more tuneful and lasting melodies and 'Wurm' rocks out nicely at the end. The highlight of the album for me is 'All Good People' which is both gentle and then rock riffs its way through the outro, a real classic. 'Perpetual Change' is another extended piece that works better than alot of prog. Bill Bruford's drumming is also superb throughout. Not as scary as some have said....give it a spin.
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Lionheart [Japanese Paper Sleeve]
Lionheart [Japanese Paper Sleeve]
Offered by Badlands
Price: 16.73

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The one that gets a bit forgotten....., 10 Mar 2007
The kick inside was a superb debut album from Kate Bush, but this quick follow up is completely in keeping with that level of creativity. This possibly ups the 'weirdo' factor quite a bit, heading towards the out there album 'The Dreaming'. Quite a spooky listen if you put this on late at night. Songs such as 'Wow', 'Symphony in blue' and 'Hammer Horror' have a wonderful quirky individuality which is easy to dismiss now with Kate Bush wannabees all over the place. It is worth getting the Japanese vinyl replica as it presents the album in a nicely packaged 'sleeve' and it is about as close as the cd generation gets to a miniture record. The artwork has been well reproduced as well, if you have the 'Kick Inside' get this great little companion album from the same year, an enjoyable set.


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