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lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar
lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar
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Price: £8.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a go, 17 Sept. 2015
As an old Zep head I naturally have all of Plant's stuff. But the last few were beginning to grate. So I held off buying this, especially since the reviews were so mixed ('Great production, where are the tunes?'). But putting aside who he is and what he's done this is actually a good album, reminiscent of Fate Of Nations (imho his best solo work) especially if you see it as a suite of songs exploring the limits of modern music idiom (verse / chorus / middle eight / solo, etc.) and listen to it all the way through rather than picking out the bits that sound best. If it is to be his last album I shan't be surprised. It doesn't leave any more for RP to do along the world music avenue (it sounds like an Afro Celts album, which isn't a bad thing as he has sung with them). And he is in fine voice, not leonine shouty Percy as was, but smooth and soft like a matured fine wine. He even cheekily references Zep's Thank You by starting one song: 'If the sun refused to shine'. But it has shone. And we're glad.


The Ataris: Live At Capitol Milling [DVD] [2003]
The Ataris: Live At Capitol Milling [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ The Ataris
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Price: £3.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding, 22 July 2015
Kris Roe seemed to disappear after the rather dark follow-up to 'So Long, Astoria' which is a shame because it's a wonderful album. One of the best songs on it is 'My Reply' which Kris performs here on his own on an electric with his band mates standing round onstage. It's spellbinding: the true mark of a musician is whether he can hack it with just voice and guitar. Kris Roe's performance is sublime. The other five tracks are great - it's only a short DVD but well worth the price.


Original Album Series
Original Album Series

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much underrated, 7 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
Covering the second phase of RT's career, this set includes his twin explorations of soul/funk (In City Dreams and Caravenserai To Midnight), his pair of albums with Jack Bruce and his return with Jim Dewar. None on its own is more than four stars but they all stand up well to repeat listening - better than at the time, and RT has remixed BLT so it sounds much richer and lusher than the original vinyl and is really very good indeed.


Close-Up
Close-Up
by Len Deighton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 26 April 2015
This review is from: Close-Up (Paperback)
I readily admit that I am the only person I know who likes this book. I think it's brilliant. Moving back and forth in time it shows the deep insecurities behind a big Hollywood movie star. The politics, rivalries, hinted mafia involvement and the old studio system are all brilliantly evoked. It's cleverly portrayed as a novel that's non-fiction, starting and ending with the star signing his name. I re-read it regularly.


Straight Shooter (Deluxe)
Straight Shooter (Deluxe)
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Price: £9.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying for bonus CD, 24 April 2015
If you like Straight Shooter but are wondering whether the bonus disc is worth having and whether you'll listen to it more than once, the answer is yes and yes. The early version of Deal With The Preacher is better than the version released - the guitar is less heavy and more intricate; and See The Sunlight is superb and should have been on the original album. I'm not a big fan of Simon Kirke's two songs but the early version of Weep No More has heavier guitar which improves it no end. Anyway, these are just my opinions but overall the second disc is well worth having and bears repeated listening.


Rock Goes To College (CD & DVD Set) (NTSC Region 0)
Rock Goes To College (CD & DVD Set) (NTSC Region 0)
Price: £14.74

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 8 April 2015
If you're an RT fan, this is a must. With Jim Dewar back in the fold it highlights early gems Bridge, Eagle and Stoned, and my personal fave Daydream plus tracks from Victims of the Fury. The band is tight with post-punk haircuts and minimal noodling. The gig is shot in colour (from the cover art I was worried it would be in b&w). Absolutely terrific and great to have Jim Dewar - fab bass playing as well as that voice - as much in the camera as RT himself.
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SOMETHING'S ABOUT TO CHANGE
SOMETHING'S ABOUT TO CHANGE
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An old bluesman just gets better, 12 Mar. 2015
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No one who is new to Robin Trower will be buying this album on whim so it's a release of most interest to his existing fan base. And the great news is that like the old bluesmen he reveres RT is getting better with age. Once you hit your 70s you need to do things with a bit more dignity. So the shuffles and rhythms here are best suited to an elder statesman who ain't gonna be letting his hair down because, like the rest of us, there's not much of it left. Instead the tracks are sedate - one reason the album risks sounding a bit samey throughout. But that won't bother true fans who are just glad he's still recording and touring especially, given his recent bereavement, the risk that he might just have packed it in for good. What makes this album a great addition to his recent work is that RT uses his past forays into blues standards to create an album of blues originals. His singing gets stronger and stronger too. Highly recommended.


Pbw The Best Of Led Zeppelin Vol. 1 (Play Bass With the Best)
Pbw The Best Of Led Zeppelin Vol. 1 (Play Bass With the Best)
by Various
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational for the average player, 6 Feb. 2015
I've been playing bass on and off for a while without being much cop, so thought I ought to make a concerted effort. I bought this and Vol 2 because they looked well presented (the books are clean and pretty), the tracks selected were good choices (2 from each studio album except 3 from IV and 1 from In Through The Outdoor; making 8 tracks per book) and each book comes with 2 CDs of a session band, one with the bass and the other with it dropped out so you can play along.

The notes make it clear that the musicians involved used, so far as possible, similar instrumentation to Zep themselves. I didn't choose Zep because I think I will ever play like JPJ but because I know their music so well. I have to say the recreations of the Zep tracks are IMHO sensational. I'm not really a serious musician and I'm sure experts could find fault. But for me these versions sound full and accurate, yet at the same time clearer than the originals (it helps that the vocals don't appear) so that I prefer playing along to these versions (and in some cases listening to them) rather than the originals (and I'm a huge Zep fan; saw them at Earl's Court in '75).

The transcriptions and tabs are clear to follow. Again a true bass player may well find fault but for me the whole package is terrific and good value for money. All of this applies to Vol 2 too.

The tracks are (Vol 1): Communication Breakdown, Dazed And Confused, Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker, Immigrant Song, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Rock And Roll; (Vol 2) Stairway To Heaven, The Song Remains The Same, Over The Hills And Far Away, Trampled Underfoot, Kashmir, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Achilles Last Stand, All Of My Love.


Nomadness
Nomadness
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Patchy, 27 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Nomadness (Audio CD)
This is a patchy album as indeed they all started to become post-Bursting At The Seams. But this has my three favourite Strawbs tracks on it - So Shall Our Love Die, Hanging In The Gallery and Golden Salamander. For that reason alone it merits four stars to my mind. But if those are not amongst your favourites you may find it frustratingly uneven.


Bursting At The Seams
Bursting At The Seams
Price: £5.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Strawbs album, 27 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Bursting At The Seams (Audio CD)
This the best single album the Strawbs ever made (IMHO). Not a dud track on it apart from Part Of The Union (which fortunately they put at the start of side 2) and which is more than redeemed by Lay Down. Still play it regularly now.


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