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J. Murray Hutchison "Pleasantfield" (Scotland)

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Kin (<-->)
Kin (<-->)
Price: £8.27

3.0 out of 5 stars not the best but far from the worst, 4 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Kin (<-->) (Audio CD)
As others are saying , not the best but far from the worst. For me too intense with not enough light and shade. Too much predominant sax and perhaps the production let's it down too. As others have said its simply too dense and crowded. . Lyle where are you ?

Heaven & Earth
Heaven & Earth
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I heard him in Vancouver years ago in his YES cover band and boy was he really really good live with older YES music, 12 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Heaven & Earth (Audio CD)
Nearly ...but not quite. I agree with many reviewers,the production lacks the dynamism of the early recordings. It sounds "digital" and too clean, lacking the degree of contrast between gutsy boisterous elements and the gentle passages. In Jon Davidson YES have someone who has a fair grasp of what YES is and still could be about. I heard him in Vancouver years ago in his YES cover band and boy was he really really good live with older YES music. His new melodies and lyrics are pretty good. In Mr Baker they have failed to capture that new ideal. I am bound to compare this to an "analogue" Eddie Offord production. I think he was completely under rated and made some superb records. YES this sounds like you entered the studio tired after a long tour , ran out of time to just "get it quite right" and decided OK, it'll do.

Trevor Horn - Slaves To The Rhythm [2004] [DVD]
Trevor Horn - Slaves To The Rhythm [2004] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Trevor Horn
Price: £15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding concert, 23 Aug. 2009
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Yep. No qualms . Could be one of the best concerts ever. the standard of music from the bands themselves and from the "house orchestra and musicians" was outstanding as you would expect from musicians with that pedigree and track record. Stand out artists Yes,Seal and show toppers Frankie GTH. Replacement singer? Hardly noticed any difference !
Had problems with the DVD pressing , sound quality in 5:1 was going badly wrong with sound dropping out of certain channels and fading in and out. DVD also jumped . Out of stock but prompt replacement from Amazon thereafter. Still one or two jumping problems which are not my DVD players fault as I cleaned it just in case. I have concluded that returning it again would not solve things.I think there may be a batch pressing problem or two here . It does'nt really spoil my enjoyment as it happens only 2 or 3 times so I am sticking with this copy, rather than do without such memorable viewing. Power to Trevor Horn's elbow. Let's get "Us " sorted and do some touring around the country which was the orginal idea in 2004. "Freeway" has to be one of the catchiest most exciting singles in years.Love everything this man does. Great musical and production talent . Many current bands would do well to hire this man for their production duties!!!
Loses one star due to pressing problems

A Pauper in Paradise
A Pauper in Paradise

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best thing Gino Vanelli has ever done, 10 April 2001
This review is from: A Pauper in Paradise (Audio CD)
First heard Gino on Crazy Life in what I understand is his native Canada way back in the early seventies. Just looking at all the entries for Gino Vannelli it is sad to see that none of the CDs have been reviewed. Perhaps that says more about the fact that all of them represent Gino at his best back in the Seventies when they were all first released by A & M Records as LPs with a lot of support from Herb Alpert himself. This must surely rate as the best from that time. Gino and his brother Joe got it right with this. Add to that that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra were enlisted to play on Black and Blue and a Pauper in Paradise at Abbey Road Studios and the rest was done at Air Studios in London and you get the feeling that there was some serious commitment to quality here. The production is quite huge and all the tracks have travelled well since they are nearly 25 years old. Undoubtedly ,Gino has much to thank his brother Joe who as ever had a big input in this from his extensive piano and synth contributions to his arrangements of many of the tracks. Gino has a powerful voice, one minute it is huge on Valleys of Valhalla then it is soft on The Surest Things Can Change. Don't be put off by the 4 movements of A Pauper in Paradise .This is'nt a concept album from the seventies it is just the right way to let the Royal Phil know where they are going. Gino was there long before George Michael tried to copy him. Since no one has written a review and you chance upon this,virtually the first for any of Amazon's listings for Gino, then do yourself a great favour and raid the piggy bank and invest in this.This is real emotion in a recording and the analogue recording has travelled well from its origins way back in 1977. If you like what you hear, then go for The Gist of Gemini and then Storm at Sunup next and review them for Amazon.Its amazing what an impact these reviews have. Just look at the Eva Cassidy reviews and know that it's really OK to get emotional where good music is concerned.

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