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Moving Waves
Moving Waves
Price: 11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Early Focus, 20 Mar 2014
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I bought this CD to save any further wear on my original vinyl LP which I bought in the early 70's just after the shortened single version of "Hocus Pocus" had been a belated hit in the UK. Here is the full version complete with extra Thijs Van Leer yodelling plus a mad vocal refrain. Jan Akkerman's Segovia like "Le Clochard" provides a mellower contrast before the multi-tracked flute lead ballad "Janis" which adorned the B side of the "Hocus Pocus" single. Then there is the glorious "Focus 2" which the latter-day line up of the band perform live today. Such is also the case with "Eruption" which took up the whole of side 2 on the original LP and which sounds great on CD. All in all, highly recommended. My only reason for not giving 5 stars is purely down to the packaging. As is the case with all Focus CD re-issues on Red Bullet, why couldn't the company spend a bit more on including the original back sleeve photo plus some notes on how the album was made, interviews, dates...etc?


Hamburger Concerto
Hamburger Concerto
Price: 10.46

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album From Mid-70's Focus Line-up, 18 Mar 2014
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Having been a Focus fan from their early years until the present, I am in the process of purchasing their albums on CD to save any further wear on the original vinyl LP's. This 1974 album sounds fine on CD with Thijs Van Leer's classic compositions "Harem Scarem" and "La Cathedral De Strasbourg" among the highlights. The current Focus line-up still plays these tunes live. Jan Akkerman's "Birth" is a heavier offering with a thundering backbeat provided by British drummer Colin Allen who had just replaced Pierre Van Der Linden. "Hamburger Concerto" itself, rather like the earlier "Eruption" on "Moving Waves" took up the whole of side 2 on the original LP and showcases all the Focus trademarks of stinging guitar, haunting flute and organ solos. There is the additional bonus track of "Early Birth", a slimmed down version of "Birth" which adorned the B-side of the shortened "Harem Scarem" single which unfortunately wasn't a hit. All in all, classic Focus, and my only reason for not giving 5 starts is the CD packaging. Surely Red Bullet could have included some sleeve notes, interviews with band members or at least the original band photos which were on the inside of the original album jacket.


England Ashes Cricket Team 2013 Signed Photo Print, featuring printed autographs of England Cricket Team.
England Ashes Cricket Team 2013 Signed Photo Print, featuring printed autographs of England Cricket Team.

5.0 out of 5 stars England Cricket Team Photo, 29 Dec 2013
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A Christmas stocking filler for my son. Arrived on time, well packaged and in top condition. I somehow don't think they'll bother with one for 2014!


Better Days/It All Comes Back (2 Albums On 1CD)
Better Days/It All Comes Back (2 Albums On 1CD)
Price: 7.59

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Quality, 30 Jun 2013
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Better Days was Paul Butterfield's next project following the demise of the Butterfield Blues Band. Rather like his British counterpart John Mayall, he always managed to recruit some of the most talented musicians around at the time and the two Better Days albums showcase this perfectly. In addition to Butterfield's great singing and harp playing, he allows equal time for Geoff Muldaur and Ronnie Barron in the vocal department. Listen to Muldaur's great rendition of Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone To Love" and Ronnie Barron's original "Broke My Baby's Heart" on the first album. On "It All Comes Back" (my favourite of the two albums although only marginally), Ronnie goes for it with the funky "It's Getting Harder To Survive" and the magnificent "Louisiana Flood", co-written with New Orleans colleague Mac Rebennack/Dr John. I challenge anyone not to be knocked out by the vocals! The great Bobby Charles is present on both albums, providing backing vocals and contributing several songs such as "Small Town Talk" (co-written with Rick Danko of The Band), "Done A Lot Of Wrong Things" and "Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It" (co-written with Butterfield), which was later recorded by Wilson Pickett. Do buy this two-on-one CD if you are a fan of Butterfield and if you didn't catch these albums at the time of release. What a shame Better Days only lasted about 18 months or so!


What Goes Up: the Best of Blood Sweat & Tears
What Goes Up: the Best of Blood Sweat & Tears
Price: 17.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate BS&T Compilation?, 9 May 2013
At last, a BS&T compilation which doesn't just deal with the familiar David Clayton Thomas years! Here we begin with some tracks from the band's first album "Child Is Father To The Man" featuring founder member/vocalist/keyboardist Al Kooper, including the audition track "Refugee From Yuhupitz". Of course the expected tracks are all here - the US hits with, yes - the full album version of David Clayton-Thomas's magnificent "Spinning Wheel", complete with change of tempo, late night barroom jazzy instrumental break! Despite all the personnel changes over the years, BS&T still managed to attract top musicians who could really play - check out the version of Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage". If I had one minor suggestion for change, it would be to have included Al Kooper's "My Day's Are Numbered" from the first album at the expense of one of the early '70's tracks recorded during David Clayton-Thomas's break from the band. Apart from that, this CD is about as good as it gets for long standing fans and those looking to buy BS&T for the first time.


Aja
Aja
Price: 5.50

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Steely Dan Album?, 6 May 2013
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Regarded by many as the finest of Steely Dan's albums (although my personal favourite is Royal Scam), Aja does much to live up to its reputation some 36 years on. In that time it has remained one of those albums which I have been meaning to buy, but never got round to doing so until recently. I was familiar with the title track and "Deacon Blues", but having been recommended the album I finally decided to go for it. Absolutely no regrets! Other highlights include "Home At Last" which includes drummer Bernard Purdie with his famous "Purdie Shuffle" and "Josie" with a great Jim Keltner groove from behind the kit. In truth, there isn't a dull track here and the fact that there are only 7 demonstrates Becker and Fagan's dedication to producing only what they considered the best quality listening experience. A recently repeated TV documentary on how they made the album was interesting viewing, showing bassist Chuck Rainey, backing singer Michael McDonald and another of the session drummers Rick Marotta also explaining their input. If, like me you have held off for 36 years, end that wait now and buy this!


Electric Dirt
Electric Dirt
Price: 12.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Levon Helm - Electric Dirst, 13 April 2013
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What a fine album this is! Levon's great voice and distinctive, punchy drumming are both to the fore on this, one of his final offerings. Tennessee Jed is a cover of a Grateful Dead number while there's a great version of the Staple Singers' Move Along Train with true gospel style backing. There are a couple of fine Muddy Waters covers: Stuff You Gotta Watch (another version of which is also on The Band's latter day album Jericho) and You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had. Growin' Trade, composed by Levon with guitarist and producer Larry Campbell is in true style of The Band. And listen out for the soul searching few minutes of Golden Bird! Whenever he made records, Levon Helm always showed us what good music was meant to be! R.I.P.


X
X
Price: 17.85

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4.0 out of 5 stars Focus X, 13 April 2013
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Having been a fan of the band since the early 70's, I will always buy the latest Focus album. Recordings by the later incarnation of the band since 2002 have certainly had their moments without perhaps being as groundbreaking as those recorded by the 70's line-ups, but I certainly enjoyed hearing Focus X. For me, the highlights are the rocking opening track Father Bacchus, written by new guitarist Menno Gootjes, which makes more than a passing nod to Hocus Pocus for the guitar riff and some Thijs Van Leer solo tracks for the multi-tracked flute harmony. Focus 10, the latest in the Focus themes is, as to be expected a pleasant ballad while Amok In Kindergarten is quite jazzy. Talk Of The Clown is rather folksy and All Hens On Deck again rocks out in true Focus style. I'm not so keen on Horeratio, which features what appears to be a Latin recital over slow, quite heavy, but still atmospheric backing. Birds Come Fly Over Me (Le Tango) has a guest vocalist and whilst it has a great melody, it perhaps should have been left as an instrumental. Incidentally, this one is a re-working of a track which previously appeared on one of Thijs van Leer's classically based "Introspection" albums in the 70's and again later on the 1985 set he recorded with Jan Akkerman, entitled believe it or not, "Focus". All in all, not quite 5 stars, but I would certainly recommend this album for Focus fans.


Essential Rockabilly- The MGM Story
Essential Rockabilly- The MGM Story
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Price: 5.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Rockabilly - The MGM Story, 11 Mar 2013
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Some real gems here at an affordable price. Included is the super rare "Latch On" by Ron Hargrave, the original UK single of which was valued at 3000 when I last checked. Not sure of its value now, but even die-hard vinyl collectors would surely be happy to settle on having it in this collection.


Xbox LIVE 2100 Microsoft Points (Xbox 360)
Xbox LIVE 2100 Microsoft Points (Xbox 360)
Offered by H7H Traders
Price: 41.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Xbox LIVE 2100Microsoft Points (Xbox 360), 6 Mar 2013
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Bought this for my son's birthday and he seems very pleased with it. All he needs to buy more games online.


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