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Spaceform Miniature Token - 50th Aniversary
Spaceform Miniature Token - 50th Aniversary
Offered by 24/7 DIRECT
Price: £11.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Dec. 2014
brilliant


Fire: The Jimi Hendrix Collection
Fire: The Jimi Hendrix Collection
Price: £7.99

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Redundant, 10 Jun. 2010
Groan! We already have; Voodoo Child, Experience Hendrix, Cornerstones, Smash Hits, The Ultimate Experience, The Singles Album, The Essential and I've no doubt others. This release is totally redundant. If you have never heard any of Jimi's music then consider the 2 CD (or 4 LP) set, Voodoo Child. It combines some superb studio tracks along with stunning live material presenting a much more rounded view of one of the 20th century's greatest guitarists. Show this release the contempt it deserves and don't buy it.


Same (compilation, #laserlight15165)
Same (compilation, #laserlight15165)
Offered by Music-Finder
Price: £17.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dubious, 27 Aug. 2008
Compiled from Columbia/CBS releases with the exception of Candy Man, from the Minnesota Tapes (1961) and The Death of Emmett Till, from the Broadside recordings (1962). The sleeve photo and lack of liner notes contribute to the questionable quality of this legally dubious release.


Villanova Junction
Villanova Junction
Offered by Sons Of Pluto
Price: £24.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rough Hewn Electric Blues, 19 April 2008
This review is from: Villanova Junction (Audio CD)
One thing that has emerged from the plethora of posthumous Hendrix releases is the fact that Jimi was a consummate blues musician. It was obvious from the onset with material like Red House, but somehow his blues sensibilities got submerged by the over-production that was the hallmark of 60's psychedelic. This album goes one stage further than the Alan Douglas produced album "Blues" by presenting material in unedited, rough-cut, form: warts and all. This will appeal to the purists if not to those weaned on Jimi's more commercial output. The long and rambling 27 minutes plus of Villanova Junction Blues is of particular interest as it showcases Hendrix's improvising skills and highlights his ability to explore his virtuosity and musical expressiveness within the confines of the blues format. Not for everyone; but, if you have a passion for electric blues or are simply an admirer of Hendrix, the guitarist, this album is well worth a spin.


Electric Light Orchestra/First Light
Electric Light Orchestra/First Light
Price: £40.17

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most unexpected gift., 26 Mar. 2008
Limited edition release celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of ELO's first album. Features the first album remastered in its entirety as well as bonus tracks, an enhanced section and a 24 page booklet with liner notes, discography and rare photos. Also included is a bonus CD entitled "First Light" which features 12 previously unreleased ELO tracks, one of which is a hidden bonus track, as well as a twelve-page booklet with further band memorabilia.
This British-only two-CD set is a wonder, and from EMI -- a total-immersion experience into the original Roy Wood-era Electric Light Orchestra. The group's debut album (titled Electric Light Orchestra in England and, through a misunderstanding over the telephone, called No Answer in America) has been remastered in radiant 24-bit digital audio that puts the band and the string quartet right in the listener's lap in terms of closeness of the sound and detail in the playback; you can hear the action on the strings of the cello, violin, etc., as they're bowed, and Jeff Lynne and Wood sound as though they're singing directly to you, not to mention similar intimacies in the playing of guitars, pianos, Mellotrons, etc. That album is rounded out by the session tracks for "10538 Overture" and "The Battle of Marston Moor" and a CD-ROM function that presents the original promotional film for "10538 Overture" and a selection of images of memorabilia. The design of the CD-ROM menu and function is clever, though also a little awkward in its attempts to be "cute" to use easily; the makers seem to have bitten off slightly more than they can chew on this particular part of the project. And then there's the second CD, which includes the live BBC and acetate versions of "10538 Overture"; a quartet of virtually unreleased quadrophonic mixes (which made it out on vinyl only in Brazil) of "Look at Me Now," "Nellie Takes Her Bow," "Queen of the Hours," and "The Battle of Marston Moor" from the first album; and a trio of live umbers, "Jeff's Boogie No. 2," "Whisper in the Night," and "Great Balls of Fire," recorded and filmed by Grenada TV as part of a broadcast on the group. Since these are the only professionally recorded concert sides by the original version of the band, they're essential listening for completists, though the sonic flaws also point up some of the frustrations inherent in live performance in those days that evidently helped push Wood out of the fold. In that regard, the bonus disc closes with an ultra-rare version of "10538 Overture" from the BBC, dating from Lynne's takeover of the group and remixed with voice substituting for the original track by Wood.


Message From The Country
Message From The Country

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gem, 2 Feb. 2008
If I could pass laws. I'd pass a law that prohibits musicians from designing their own album covers unless they could produce compelling evidence to the contrary. But, that aside: lets look at the music. Some could argue that this album sits uncomfortably between the gravitas of prog-rock and the trivia of superficial pop . Bollocks. This album is a period classic, combining the urge to experiment, tempered by solid, and unashamedly, pop sensibilities.


Vavona Burr
Vavona Burr

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll another stiff one., 2 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Vavona Burr (Audio CD)
Nick..Nick..hang on in there. It's the time tunnel team. We've just got to recalibrate our instruments and we can save you from the late 1960''s time eddy that you have locked into. Oh no! We've lost him! What the hell...roll another stiff one.
I can't help deconstructing this album as I listen to it. Yes, I love the way that it seems that porta-studio demos have been thrown, carelessly, onto disc. But. I can hear other artists prizing out these rough hewn gems and polishing them into million dollar sellers (Madonna - phone him now). Advice? Buy it: I love it, and want to have it's baby.


The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 : Rare And Unreleased, 1961-1991
The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 : Rare And Unreleased, 1961-1991

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beat the boots?, 13 July 2007
In 1969 Columbia Records issued Nashville Skyline and followed it a year later with Self Portrait. For many Dylan fans weaned on his earlier material this new direction seemed comparatively lightweight. 1969 also saw long-time Dylan fan Ken Douglas along with Dub Taylor produce the first Dylan bootleg Great White Wonder. As Dylan's official releases remained patchy, hitting rock bottom with the self-titled "Dylan" album, Dub and Ken continued to release, on their Trade Mark of Quality label, a string of albums containing material plundered from the archives. Albums like "John Birch Society Blues" and "Seems Like A Freeze Out" contained classic Dylan material that outshone the official offerings from Columbia.
By and large Dylan's label seemed to ignore the grassroots demand for archive and unreleased material until 1985 with the release of the boxed set "Biograph". For many collectors, this was an unsatisfactory compilation as it mixed previously available material alongside unreleased songs.
Eventually, 1991 saw Columbia released this album - the first in a series containing exclusively bootleg style material. Should you buy it? Yes, as almost every song is a gem worthy of inclusion. Undoubtedly, this is indispensable Dylan.
However, I have reservations about the choice of material and the way it has been compiled. A previous reviewer highlights the fact that the producers have chose to add reverb and many purists will question the need to "enhance" the recordings rather than simply restoring them. In addition, the songs have been taken from a diverse range of sources and from over a wide ranging time period. Live and studio material is sometimes placed uneasily together. In short, there is, sometimes, a lack of coherence.
Clearly the notion of a Dylan bootleg being released by Columbia is an oxymoron. So, what are the genuine bootleggers doing? On a seven-volume (fourteen disc) retrospective detailing Dylan's live performances up to 1966 on the Hollow Horn bootleg label, by contrast, no reverb or any other gimmicks have been added; material has been collected, collated and presented in a logical, chronological and thematic way making it a much more enjoyable listening experience.
Nice try Columbia, but you need to do better to beat the bootleggers.


Masterpieces
Masterpieces
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Price: £29.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you are looking for the ultimate Greatest Hits album - this is not for you., 6 July 2007
This review is from: Masterpieces (Audio CD)
Masterpieces was originally released as a 3-album set in March 1978 in Japan and later that year in Australia and New Zealand, in conjunction with Dylan's 1978 Far East Tour. In 1987 a cut down 2-disc version was released in Australia, which omitted Idiot Wind, I Want You, Song To Woody and Love Minus Zero/No Limit. This is the later 1991, 3-CD Australian version, restoring the removed songs.

The woefully inadequate sleeve notes don't contain the essential background information needed to differentiate this compilation from the many "Greatest Hits" CD's currently available. In fact, the version of Like A Rolling Stone is taken from the Isle of Wight Festival, as is The Mighty Quinn. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? - is taken from a 1965 single and Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues was the B side of the I Want You single, taken from a live recording at Liverpool 1966. Other obscurities include George Jackson (Big Band Version), the Desire era B-side Rita May and Spanish is the Loving Tongue taken from the flip side of the Watching the River Flow single.

If you are looking for the ultimate Greatest Hits album - this is not for you.


West Cumbrian Views
West Cumbrian Views
by Hunter Davies
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding images, 19 Jun. 2007
This review is from: West Cumbrian Views (Paperback)
Whatever BNFL motives were for sponsoring this photographic book, the result is stunning. Printed onto high-grade paper stock to the highest quality the colours are reproduced with exceptional clarity. The photographs are divided into themes; A Living Landscape, Monochrome Studies, The Wild Places, Winter, and Light On the land. The images are outstanding and leave no doubt that West Cumbria provides some of England's most spectacular views.
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