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5.0 out of 5 stars A love that could be ..., 5 Aug 2014
This review is from: Csn (Audio CD)
You see in 1977 CSN were supposed to be one of the old dinosaurs which the british music scene was trying to kill off. Yet I remember specifically an Alan Freeman radio show (I think it was on a Saturday afternoon) and he played first hearings of 'See the Changes' from this album and 'Hey Babe' from American Bars'N Stars. Of course I love them both and bought them as soon as I saw them in our local record shop. But they're chalk and cheese records. Explains why CSN were so plain great as just a threesome.....Neil was going in a different direction - out of his ditch into a series of inexplicably duff eighties albums.

In the previous year Stills had been dumped by Neil whilst on the Stills Young tour, and despite C&N being very angry with S&N at the wiping of their vocals from their proposed CSNY album, CSN somehow reconciled and began recording in the December.

This is their last great album, the songs are great, the harmonies divine. Stills guitar playing is very restrained, acoustic guitars to the fore. As far as I remember this album and Rumours (Fleetwod Mac) were vying for the American Music Award 1978. Ok Rumours won, but never for me. The standout track ? In my Dreams - one of Crosby's last great acoustic songs.

You can buy this with safety - just brilliant .....

CSNY 1974
CSNY 1974
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alternatively ... if you're new to CSNY buy these first, 10 July 2014
This review is from: CSNY 1974 (Audio CD)
Alternatively, if you're new to CSN/CSNY and want to know what all the fuss was about here's the collection from the sixties and seventies era you really should own first - it'll cost you around fifty to sixty pounds I guess to get some/most of these - roughly the same price as the extraordinarily over priced 74 live box set. You'll definitely get more long term satisfaction from this list ...

Crosby Stills and Nash (1969) *
Deja Vu (1970) *
Four Way Street (1971) *
Stephen Stills (1970) *
Stephen Stills 2 (1971) *
Manassas (1972) *
If I Could only remember my name - Crosby (1971) *
Songs for Beginners - Nash (1971)
Neil Young (1968)
Everybody knows this is knowhere (1969)
After the Goldrush (1970) *
Harvest (1972) *
Wind on the Water - Crosby Nash (1975)
CSN (1977) - their last great studio album ... *

I've marked with an * the eleven discs I consider the most essential - that includes Massey Hall below .....

later add the Neil Young classics - Time Fades Away (not currently available, maybe never will be), On the Beach, Tonight's the Night, Zuma, Rust Never Sleeps, Live Rust, maybe even Decade and the you've got a great collection. There are a few others which are worthwhile too - other Crosby and Nash studio and live albums, Down the Road - Manassas, Long May You Run - Stills Young Band, Stills (1975).

Also investigate Buffalo Springfield - the box set is nicely priced now and also the Neil Young Archive Performance Series, particularly Live at Massey Hall 1971 *.

That'll do nicely.
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The Way Up
The Way Up
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep listening, 22 May 2014
This review is from: The Way Up (Audio CD)
For some reason I have just come back to this disc. I have just played it back to back roughly 10 times. Others will explain why you should buy it, but to my ears this is the best release of the last 20 years. Modern, jazzy, moody, fast, slow, techno, complex, simple, musical - it's all in there. 68 minutes of pure pleasure. If you want something which is the antithesis of today's music scene - get it. At £4.99 it's a steal. Highly recommended.

7 Classic Albums Vol.3
7 Classic Albums Vol.3
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music - but small moan about the album layout, 3 Jan 2014
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This review is from: 7 Classic Albums Vol.3 (Audio CD)
This review isn't about the famous music - it speaks for itself.... but be prepared to hear your favourite albums split over 2 separate discs - 'Blue Train' is spread over Disk 1 and 2, 'Lush Life' on Disk 2 and 3, and 'Plays the Blues' on Disk 3 and 4

That said each disc lasts 68, 70, 76 and 60 minutes respectively,so you do get fantastic value for money ...

I consider this an essential purchase if you want to buy in bulk - and as an alternative I would consider buying this first before the first two of Coltrane's in the 'Classic Album series' by Real Gone Jazz - and then consider 'John Coltrane Original Album Series' (Rhino) - in which you get 5 of his Atlantic albums - leaving you with only 'Plays the Blues' as a duplicate.

I bought each set for under a tenner on Amazon - 11 great Coltrane albums for under £20. Insane ...

Field Report
Field Report
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Assume greatness, 23 Aug 2013
This review is from: Field Report (Audio CD)
I only write reviews for absolutely fantastic albums. And here's one I stumbled on after reading a Guardian review ...

It sounds somewhere beteween Sufjan (Seven Swans) and a very bleak Neil (On the Beach - motion pictures comes to mind). He has the most lovely voice and the songs have real hooks in too. Definitely late night in the garden, glass of wine and looking at the stars vibe ..

Essential acoustic music ...

Official Release Series Discs 1-4
Official Release Series Discs 1-4
Price: £9.50

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold digging, 11 July 2012
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So you can buy this box set for £9 and still people moan about missing booklets and words ?

Look - you get the first four albums as sounding as good as they're gonna get - you can't go very wrong can you ? The first two sound really improved, whilst I'm not noticing that much significant upgrade in Goldrush or Harvest, just sounding a little louder and bassy. Still can't hear Stills vocals on ATG tracks though.

The real jewel is his first solo album. Remember the first LP cuts of this ? How the vocals were non existent ?
This is really fabulous now - still my favourite album of his...

Here's to Box 2 - can we dare to hope for Time Fades Away and Journey through the Past ? Yes please Neil ...

Enjoy !
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Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago Transit Authority
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kath is a Guitar God, 6 Jan 2012
Can't any much more - it's already been said ... except budding guitarists listen to the very short solo on 'Listen' - gets me every time - even Hendrix would have killed for that one ..
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Everyone Is Everybody Else
Everyone Is Everybody Else
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5.0 out of 5 stars BJH at their very best, 19 Jan 2011
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Strange Band - Barclays James Harvest. I don't recall anyone owning their albums in the early 70's when I was at school - their earlier (very fine) albums weren't in keeping with the increasingly 'heavy' albums being released at the time. Yet listening to them now, they seem so fragile and precious and chock full of fine melodies.

Their first release on Polydor, leaves me with mixed thoughts. The Orchestra is ditched (bad ?). And no other band makes it so easy to sound like someone else more famous - CSNY, Eagles (Desperado), Moody Blues. In some songs I swear I can hear Graham Nash singing harmony. Yet these are great songs, superbly sung and played. No duds just 9 classic tracks together now with a few extras.

An excellent disc, a no-brainer as a purchase, and a Radio Caroline favourite to boot. Enjoy.

Dreamin' Man Live '92
Dreamin' Man Live '92
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Natural Beauty, 7 Dec 2009
This review is from: Dreamin' Man Live '92 (Audio CD)
No 12 in the Archive Performance Series mysteriously jumps forward to 1992 -and the initial live performances of the Harvest Moon collection- bypassing his varied 80's output completely. And what a natural beauty this is.

I've always thought Harvest Moon to be rather lovely - if a little too perfect sounding.
So to get a rawer, slightly slower and more intimate solo take on the songs hits the spot. If you were lucky enough to see Neil on any of his Hammersmith shows in 2008 and loved the vibe of his acoustic set, then go for this.

Shaking up the running order does something very special - some of the songs which I thought were just ok. now seem
really wonderful particularly the opening songs - Dreamin' Man, Such a Woman and One of these Days.

One thing I've wondered though - I've never thought of Harvest Moon as Harvest 2 as it has often been cited. It doesn't sound like that old classic to my ears. The songs are from a man in his mid 40's in a mature relationship. It stands on its own merit - no need to cross refer it to anything else.

This new CD is certainly one of his very best recent releases and will be enjoyed just as much by casual fans. Highly recommended.
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