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Sail On
Sail On
Offered by inandout-distribution
Price: £10.37

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good debut, just too short!, 2 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Sail On (Audio CD)
North London's Sanctuary Rig have been around fro a few years now, producing consistantly good records and creating impressions with their maddeningly infequent live shows. "Sail On" is their first offereing from 2005.

Singer/guitarist Jim Faupel appears to be the principal songwriter, if such a thing can possibly be measured over four tracks (mini-album or maxi-single? you decide! These guys are probably old enough to remember the EP as was!). As it is, he contributes the first two songs, and is listed as co-writer on the final tune "You Are You (Indeed, Baby!)

The fist track "Sail On" is a heartfelt ballad delivered well enough, with a fine vocal by Faupel and some terrific supporting piano work from Mark Rae. "No-one Understands" is the best offereing here, opening with the menacing sound of encroaching helicopter blades which give way to a mornful harmonica - think Charles Bronson in "Once Upon a Time In The West"! then the listener is suddely catapulted into new sonic territory featuring harpsichord on deeply reverbed guitar. Paul McNamara's bass positively squelches along, driving the tune magnificently.

"This Love" takes slightly longer to develop, before crashing in with a Zepp-style riff then giving way to organ and phased guitar, before another change of gear towards rock-boogie, with the lyric becoming more sexually charged. The song closes as it began, with voiceo ver a sustained chord held on the organ.

Closing track "You Are You (Indeed Baby!)" finds a heavily driven guitar riff alternating with funky bass/keys; the lyric seem to portray one struggling with their gender identity!

All in all, a rewarding package from a talented group, but at just under half an hour it's way too short! Admittedly good value for money but we're left wanting more.
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Future Games
Future Games
Price: £6.74

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked and Underrated Record, 13 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Future Games (Audio CD)
Inevitably compared - unfairly, I believe - to the group's heyday with Peter Green, Future Games is nonetheless an accomplished recording that captures the spirit of its time very well.

This incarnation of Fleetwood Mac is generally referred to as the "Bob Welch period", but this album and its successor, "Bare Trees" both find Danny Kirwan very much to the fore, offering up most of the origianl material and truly consolidating his postion as the lead guitarist in Fleetwood Mac. "Woman of A Thousand Years" is a beautiful, well constructed song with some sublime guitar work that Danny's old mentor, Greeny, would have surely been proud of. "Sands of Time" is also a stand out track. Christine McVie also conributes some good songs, full of road-weariness and longing for home. Bob Welch, in fact, only contributes two songs here, "Lay It Down" and the title track, by no means bad songs but perhaps the weakest offerings from a bag of great material, mostly Kirwan-penned.

Nowadays this album will invariably dissapoint pepole looking for the spine tingling blues of the Peter Green era or radio-friendly AOR of the Buckingham-Nicks line up. But viewed independantly, Future Games is a fine album, and perhaps the best showcase for the refined talent of Danny Kirwan, underrated at the time, forgotten today.
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