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Nightcap: The Unreleased Masters 1972-1991
Nightcap: The Unreleased Masters 1972-1991
Price: £7.99

51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delight For Fans, 27 April 2003
This collection has two distinct phases - CD1 "Chateau D'Isaster" is from 1973 and was recorded in France prior to the band's decision to return to the UK from self-imposed exile. The music was the fore-runner of Passion Play and there are clearly strong elements of that work included here. The original recordings were never completed, but I, for one, struggle to recognise the missing pieces from what is another epic concept piece.
As someone who thinks Passion Play remains a key highlight of Jethro Tull's career, I find Chateau an absolute delight. While you will find many parts of Passion Play represented here, the piece stands in its own right. Perhaps a necomer to Tull would be better starting elsewhere, but for a fan, this is a worthy addition to the collection.
CD2 titled "Unreleased & Rare" is much more a grab-bag of songs of a wide variety. Some of the songs are typical Tull ballads while others such as "Crew Nights" are thumping rock and roll. In all conscience I couldn't recommend this collection to a new-comer but again a fan will find these interesting and far from mere out-takes.
Overall there is whole bunch of great music in these two disks and you'd have to ask yourself why the pieces didn't make it out originally. Tull answers that question itself in the liner notes - many of the pieces were either too similar to other Tull songs or else too different! I for one think this is a terrific collection and am glad that they finally surfaced.
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Sisters of Severcy (Nexus)
Sisters of Severcy (Nexus)
by Jean Aveline
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Successor To Story Of O, 15 Mar. 2003
As many readers of erotica, especially those into the erotic side of power relationships will know, there have been many novels based on the subject; but few that have the emotional power and impact of Pauline Reage's "The Story Of O". Well, the Sisters Of Severcy is one book that fairly achieves that accolade. I found this book to contain all of the suspence, the erotic power and the journey into the pschye of Reage's work. Put simply, I loved it - there is plenty of the erotic, but with a mind behind it and that is a powerful combination. The story itself is quite sufficient to sustain the readers interest and serve as a medium for the painting of the characters and their interplay.
The only drawback - I've been waiting for many years for the sequel that is crying out to be written!

Beware of the Darkness
Beware of the Darkness
Offered by hotshotrecordsgermany
Price: £11.87

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spock's Beard At Their Best, 30 Jun. 2001
This review is from: Beware of the Darkness (Audio CD)
For me, this Spock's Beard CD probably represents them at their best. There is musicianship, variety, wit and passion here in spades. The opening track - a rendition of George Harrison's "Beware Of Darkenss" is a gem. The only slightly annoying thing is that the lyrics have been changed somewhat; almost as though the lads hadn't bothered to read the original ones! But apart from that, the track is given a fantastic rearrangement that I'm sure George will approve. Track 2 "Thoughts" is a clever and complex Gentle Giantish song.
Without doing a full track run down, the depth of writing on this CD is superb and is somewhat "fresher" than more recent CDs where there is more of a feeling of applying a successful formula.
I love the lyrics of Waste Away "some people are like gravy ... spilled on God's Sunday shirt!" delivered with a marvellous mixture of disgust and anguish by Neal Morse.
The playing on this CD is spectacular and the contribution of Ryo Okumoto is clear to hear. You can tell the progression in their sound from The Light - itself a terrific CD; but this one eclipses it for me. If I were to suggest where to start with the Spocks, I'd probably suggest starting with this CD.

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