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A Night At The Opera -(2011 Remaster Deluxe 2CD Edition)
A Night At The Opera -(2011 Remaster Deluxe 2CD Edition)
Price: £6.99

17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic album - short-changed with the extras, 17 Mar 2011
OK, so the original album is a classic and the remastered sound is better than the EMI remasters from 1994. Classic songs Death On Two Legs, You're My Best Friend, '39, Love of My Life and Bohemian Rhapsody make this album pretty indespensable. The only weakish track on here is Sweet Lady.

Now the bonus material - is that all there is? Who needs a-capella version of Bohemian Rhapsody? Isn't that Love Of My Life from the Live Killers album? The term "short-changed" springs to mind. Come on Brian and Roger, there must be more essential rarities than this? You only need to look at the remasters from the 90s of The Byrds and Deep Purple to realise how insufficient these extras are. The Queen and Queen II extras are more essential but even those do not include all of the "Live At The Beeb" sessions. Are they holding back loads of extra material for a cash-in box set?
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Deepest Purple: The Very Best Of Deep Purple [30th Anniversary Edition]
Deepest Purple: The Very Best Of Deep Purple [30th Anniversary Edition]
Price: £7.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the only Deep Purple compilation you need, 31 Oct 2010
When originally released, this compilation chose 12 essential tracks from the Mk2 and Mk3 eras. Let's face it, whatever those dedicated Purple fans say, the only essential stuff is from 1970 to 1975. I was always a Mk2 (Gillan/Glover) fan and after revisiting this album, it is the Mk2 stuff which is by far and away the most impressive. Ok, so Mk 3's Burn album was good and the tracks Burn and Stormbringer are more than worthy on this compilation, but for me Coverdale was no Gillan (I actually preferred Glenn Hughes' voice). Worthy additions are Hush (Mk1), When A Blind Man Cries (Mk2) and You Keep On Moving (MK4's best track). One minor gripe, not sure about Soldier Of Fortune when you have Never Before, Might Just Take Your Life or Coming Home missing. The DVD is interesting stuff, with a great mixture of live performance, studio miming and video shoots. With John Lord interviews (who has always been the most instructive when talking about Purple's history), it's interesting to hear how he now regrets the breakup of the Mk2 lineup (he is quite sniffy about Coverdale's lyrics). In summary, it's the place to start if you haven't discovered Deep Purple by now because it only compiles the essential Deep Purple era.


A Ghost Is Born (2-Cd Special Tour Edition / Europe)
A Ghost Is Born (2-Cd Special Tour Edition / Europe)
Price: £11.57

4.0 out of 5 stars Toughest Wilco album to get into......, 5 Oct 2010
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This album was my first taste of Wilco, after buying this along with the latest (Wilco the album). I am slowly (very slowly) coming round to it now after 6 weeks. First the immediate good stuff - Handshake Drugs and The Late Greats are top-notch tunes which are as good as anything I have heard from this band. Now the bad - track 11 (Less Than You Think) is a track you listen to once and never listen to again.....the song starts out as a bit of a dirge and finishes with over 10 minutes of feedback-type noise.....it makes Revolution 9 by the Beatles sound accessible. The other 9 tracks are slow burners but tracks At Least That's What You Said, Spiders (Kidsmoke), Theologians and Muzzle of Bees are starting to make an impression. At first I thought this was an album to admire rather than like, but it's tunes are beginning to get into my head.


The Notorious Byrd Brothers
The Notorious Byrd Brothers
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but could have been even better, 8 April 2010
The Notorious Byrd Brothers is, along with Younger Than Yesterday, the most accomplished Byrds' album. But it could have been even better! The Byrds at this time were at their most creative but the band was imploding - Crosby was fired halfway through the recording and Michael Clarke walked out, came back and then was fired. This left Hillman and McGuinn the unenviable task of completing the album with session musicians. First thing they did was finish recording the songs which Crosby left behind and added their names as joint composers (you can imagine how Crosby felt about that!). Because of all of the upheavals, the album does sometimes have an unfinished feel about it. From the original songs, Crosby's Draft Morning and Tribal Gathering are the most impressive. Hillman again delivers a strong set of songs, Artificial Energy and a re-working of Old John Robertson probably being the most successful. The only song which really doesn't work for me is McGuinn's dirge Space Odyssey.
The two Goffin-King songs (Goin' Back and Wasn't Born To Follow) sound like archetypal Byrds songs and are worthy additions.

This was the last Byrds album which highlighted their member's original songwriting creativity. Sweetheart of the Rodeo followed this album which, although considered a classic, contained too many cover versions for me. Although McGuinn was undoubtedly the leader of the Byrds, he was not as prolific a songwriter as Gene Clark, David Crosby and (eventually) Chris Hillman and this showed with subsequent Byrds releases. After this album, the Byrds were never as creative again. Shame, as I always got the feeling that the Byrds never really achieved their full potential.


Magical Mystery Tour
Magical Mystery Tour
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great accompliment to Sgt Pepper, 26 Mar 2010
This review is from: Magical Mystery Tour (Audio CD)
You can't really go wrong with this album.....as well as the 6 original songs from the EP you also get the singles and b-sides released either side of Sgt Pepper. If anything, this collection is a lot more consistent than Sgt Pepper.....all 6 tracks from the original EP are of a high standard, especially I Am The Walrus and the title track. There is also the chilled-out instrumental Flying, the atmospheric George Harrison song Blue Jay Way and the Macca standards Fool On The Hill and Your Mother Should Know. The singles speak for themselves - Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane and All You Need Is Love were classics in 1967 and still hold up as classics today. Hello Goodbye was never a favourite of mine but Baby You're A Rich Man is a great Lennon b-side. Well worth buying.


A Night At The Opera
A Night At The Opera

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's a classic, 22 Mar 2010
This review is from: A Night At The Opera (Audio CD)
Probably Queen's most realised studio album, A Night At The Opera is certainly ambitious. Unlike a lot of Queen studio albums, there isn't really a weak track, although Sweet Lady isn't one of my favourites. Obviously you know about Bohemian Rhapsody and You're My Best Friend, but just as impressive are Death On Two Legs, 39 and the fabulous Love Of My Life. Many people are said not to enjoy the whimsical side of the album, but I think it fits in nicely with the style of the album and who couldn't love Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon. Well worth purchasing along with the even better Sheer Heart Attack.


Man-Made
Man-Made
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Price: £8.71

2.0 out of 5 stars Can't get into this one, 21 Feb 2010
This review is from: Man-Made (Audio CD)
Huge fan of TFC's album Grand Prix and enjoyed Songs From Northern Britain and Howdy! but this album doesn't impress me at all. Keep going back to listen to this but none of the tracks particularly grab me. Real shame, as TFC really should have been massive in the mid-90s, but Love, Blake and McGinley appear to be disinterested in the whole proceedings.


Let It Be
Let It Be
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy, but......, 21 Feb 2010
This review is from: Let It Be (Audio CD)
The Let It Be project was the final nail in the coffin for the Beatles. By the time they started recording the classic Abbey Road album, they knew the game was up. This album was released and mixed (by Phil Spectre) after the release of Abbey Road but recorded before. The best thing you can say about the album is that it's patchy. There are inferior versions of Let It Be and Get Back (compared to the single versions produced by George Martin) and there are quite a few tracks which have a feeling of offcuts which didn't really fit on The White Album or Abbey Road. But, it does have 2 absolute classic songs - Lennon's Across The Universe is a wonderful song made even better by Spectre's superb arrangements and McCartney's The Two Of Us is a gem of a song. Much is made of Macca not being happy with Spectre's The Long And Winding Road arrangement, but it seems to hold up OK to me. A few years ago, the Let It Be....Naked album was released with Macca's consent and all it really highlighted was that a lot of the songs for the Let It Be project weren't up to scratch.


Revolver
Revolver
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you were to buy one Beatles studio album......, 21 Feb 2010
This review is from: Revolver (Audio CD)
Along with Rubber Soul, this album blew the 60's competition out of the water. I was always more of a Lennon fan than a McCartney fan, but I have to say that this album has the strongest set of Macca songs ever to appear on a Beatles album.....Eleanor Rigby, Got To Get You Into My Life, For No One, Good Day Sunshine, Here There And Everywhere are all classics. Lennon's songs are no less impressive - And Your Bird Can Sing and Doctor Robert are great but surely the outstanding track on this album is Tomorrow Never Knows......I wonder what people thought of this track when first listening to it in 1966.....incredible. Add to this 3 impressive Harrison tracks (Tax Man starts things off brilliantly) and you probably have one of the top 3 albums of all time.


Howdy!
Howdy!
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Their most underrated record, 20 Feb 2010
This review is from: Howdy! (Audio CD)
This album was virtually forgotten on release (their record label Creation had been engulfed by Sony and Teenage Fanclub were cruelly sidelined). Have to say, some of the songs on Howdy! are amongst their best. Gerald Love's songs shine brightest with Near You and I Need Direction. When first listening to the album, Norman Blake's songs seem to take a back seat compared to Love's, but Dumb Dumb Dumb and If I Never See You Again are excellent are repeated listens. Ray McGinley's My Uptight Life is also one of his finest. Have to mention that Paul Quinn (drummer) left after the recording of this album and this seemed to spell the end of their golden era. This album is similar in sound to Songs From Northern Britain and just as good!


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