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Awesome Color
Awesome Color
Price: 9.42

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Detroit guitar growl you'll love this...!!!, 26 Sep 2006
This review is from: Awesome Color (Audio CD)
These Detroit kids almost blew my ears off last night when I saw them in a tiny pub here in North East England - as the description on their tour poster rightly suggests, they are arguably the heirs to the Stooges throne!

Singer/guitarist Derek manages to lure some fantastically sharp and growly riffs and noises out of his (home made?) amp, whilst the rhythm section of Allison and Michael keep a solid groove going throughout - they are literally only missing an Iggy to dance around the stage!

The stand out track is 'Free Man' which seems to be earmarked as a potential single release (?) - this song could quite easily have snuggled in alongside the other classics on that debut Stooges album, close your eyes and you're transported to Ann Arbor circa 1969!!!

This CD is well worth a buy, and if you get the chance to catch their live show, definitely take it!
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The La's - BBC In Session
The La's - BBC In Session
Price: 7.66

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Stuff..., 26 Sep 2006
Finally the radio sessions commited to tape by the various line ups of The La's see the light of day in their crisp yet punchy FM quality glory!

Having circulated amongst fans in varying quality for a few years now, its great to see another side to the band finally represented in a quality set.

The rushed and experimental ethos of radio sessions adds a certain charm to these recordings, from the ad-hoc percussion which gives 'Son of a Gun' an almost latin swing, to the rockier and faster take on their classic 'There She Goes', these sessions often catch the band in great spirits and willing to play to the best of their abilities.

The perfect compliment to the eponymous album and the two CDs on Viper showing the home demos and unreleased material, this is a value for money set and recommended to die hards and those new to the band. The informative liners come courtesy of MW Macefield who penned a book about the band, and this is a nice touch, alongside the photographs within the booklet.

A minor quibble - the artwork is neat and simple but a band photo or illustration may have better served this set... and its a shame somebody didn't take 5 minutes out to proof read some of the notes on the booklet and tracklisting. We have Peter Cammell down as 'Peter Camile', 'Callin' All' also listed as 'Calling All' and the like.

Right In The Back Of Your Mind
Right In The Back Of Your Mind

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your skins together..., 6 Jun 2006
Liverpudlian beat combo The Stairs were purveyors of music which was stubbornly different and modern whilst harking back to `ye olde tymes'... From the mercurial `Weed Bus' (the soundtrack of the boys mugging Keith Richards, filtered through the dense smoky fog on the top deck of a double decker...) to the storming sinister twang of `Fall Down The Rain' (think the Music Machine jamming with Link Wray on the James Bond theme'), these tracks offer a rare behind-the-donkey insight into one of one of Liverpool's cult bands...

In their short 3 years together, their output of songs and fearsome live act was perhaps tarnished only by the cartoon `fur coats and space suits imagery' and stoned-giggles-through-reverse-tape-loops which often lent an `Austin Powers' type vibe to their music... of course, this was well before Powers was even invented... However, behind the wonky donkeys and Dutch garage band covers lay a fine band of musicians, and these porta-studio demos are an interesting peek into the minds of four lads who didn't quite shake the world like their Mersey elders, but gave it a little kick up the behind...

With this compilation, Viper (who have so far released some superb rarities by The La's, Beefheart and unsung unknowns to mention but a few) have been given permission to delve within Edgar's dusty treasure chest of home demos and rehearsal tapes, with a varied selection of tracks on offer here - ranging from the pre Go! Discs four track demos to later `off air' live outtakes recorded at Liam Watson's now uber-trendy Toe Rag studio's in that London. The tracks on offer vary by only a year or two in age as such, yet show the band follow the 1966 to 1968 path followed by many of their idols... stomping snotty garage punk through to dual guitar and brass sonic attacks (such as `Skin Up For Me Baby', sadly left off this collection)...

For the uninitiated, it's fair to say this is not the best and truest introduction to The Stairs - yet due to the fact their sole LP `Mexican R'N'B' has been long deleted since the early 90's, and the (seemingly scrapped) projected `2nd album' sessions release on Blow Out records - this is currently the only Stairs product commercially available (unless you hunt a 2nd hand copy of `Mexican R'N'B')... for fans of the band, this is an interesting insight into how they worked, and the crude but charming DIY approach to their song craft - Edgar revealing that he would run live tape recordings of band rehearsals through his 4 track porta-studio, in order to make complete demos with the use of overdubs and bouncing on his porta-studio...

Drums distort, harpsichords fight against brittle overdubbed guitars - these are the ramshackle cousins of the recorded output - but for all the joke horns and tape wobbles, the songs have a charming air about them as unspoilt song ideas in their infancy often do...

Another sterling effort by Viper, with a clutch of unseen photographs and liner notes by Mr Summertyme himself, this CD is well worth a listen... keep an ear out for the hidden track stuck at the end too :)

Five stars for me, some may question the sound quality - but these are exactly what they say on the tin, home demos, outtakes, oddities... Thats fine by me

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