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Poppsaga - Iceland's Pop Scene 1972-1977
Poppsaga - Iceland's Pop Scene 1972-1977
Price: £10.64

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, athough not all that representative., 28 Feb 2014
This is almost the exact same CD which was issued in Iceland as "Íslensk Poppsaga - úrval af žví besta 1972-1977" way back in 1996. Understandably though, Pelican's cover of Mungo Jerry's "Lady Rose" is excluded here - that is the only difference.
As fine as that selection was - and this one is - what always bugged me about it is the fact that not nearly all of the tracks included were ever hits here in Iceland. As a matter of fact, not nearly all of them were even released at the time! Although both were popular bar bands in the mid '70s, neither Celcíus nor Poker issued any records at the time. The first time either of them appeared on record was when the aforementioned CD was made available in the mid-'90s. Combined, they have five songs (out of 19) on this CD.
Furthermore, songs such as "Joe the Mad Rocker" (Jóhann G. Jóhannsson) and Svanfríšur's "Woman of the Day" and "What's Hidden There" were rarely if ever heard on local radio in the '70s. Today, Svanfríšur may be considered to be an obscure prog classic, but at the time I can assure you that most Icelanders couldn't have cared less about them.
So what I am trying to say here is that as nice as this compilation is, it is just not all that representative of the whole Icelandic pop scene of the 1970s. True, many of the most popular acts here at the time were rather embarrassing folk/C&W cover bands (Ríó Tríó, Brimkló, Še Lónlí Blú Bojs), which are doubtlessly of no interest and/or value to anyone outside Iceland. But artists such as Mannakorn, Rúnar Júlíusson (Ex-Hljómar/Thor's Hammer), and Gunnar Žóršarsson (Likewise, ex-Hljómar/Thor's Hammer) just may be.
I get that this comp is licensed from one certain source. But to get a more inclusive all-around song selection which could and would justify the title of this CD, other sources should have been tapped - but that would undoubtedly have been more expensive. This probably won't be a big seller for Cherry Red/RPM; at least not big enough to justify more than a mediocre licensing budget, but to expose the outside world to, say, the proto punk of Change's "Lazy London Lady" and the glam rock bubblegum of Pelican's "Jenny Darling" (But where is "Sprengisandur"?!) - to name but two of the gems included here - is a worthy cause indeed. Enjoy!
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What Kind Of World
What Kind Of World
Price: £12.44

5.0 out of 5 stars His Best Yet!, 7 Sep 2013
This review is from: What Kind Of World (Audio CD)
Arguably the best album of 2012. Like other reviewers I am dumbfounded by the fact that Brendan Benson isn't more widely known and applauded for his craft...

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Give A Little Love: The Best Of
Give A Little Love: The Best Of
Price: £5.71

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another opportunity missed!, 31 Oct 2007
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When I first heard of this release, I thought, "a DOUBLE Rollers CD - Finally!" Thinking the band's unfairly less celebrated output (i.e. self-penned album tracks) would at long last be given its day in the court of public opinion, I hoped this CD would be the one I could proudly give to family and friends for Christmas. Not so, though.
Yet again have compilers of BCR CD's fallen into the trap of being lazy and pre-judgemental and picking mostly the Rollers' covers of well-known classics ("Be My Baby", "Rebel Rebel") in favour of the original group material.
In spite of this, I did rejoice, however briefly, in that the compilers should choose to include early single sides "Manana" and "We Can Make Music" (both flops at the time, now on CD for the first time) only to discover that the latter track isn't included at all on this CD! Inexplicably, 1975 B-side "She'll Be Crying Over You" is in its place, so the track listing amazon has up isn't entirely accurate.
The other problems I have with this release are numerous. One being that original U.K. single versions of a couple of songs ("Give a Little Love", "Summerlove Sensation") are excluded in favour of later, string-laden versions made for the American market.
Another strange omission from this compilation is the song "Dedication", which is very conspicious by its absence here as the only Rollers U.K. or U.S. hit single which is omitted. Finally when songs such as "Don't Let the Music Die" (a big hit in Japan) and "Don't Worry Baby" (an Australian hit) are included, this stupid mistake is made! ((And, on the same note, when and where will the extended "Don't Stop the Music" - a sizable 1977 Canadian and German hit - EVER make its CD appearance?!))
Meanwhile, a couple of the Rollers' worst covers ever get their upteenth airing on a compilation such as this. Bacarach-Hilliard's "Please Stay" (a Drifters Doo-Woppy original, although the Rollers version is aching to sound more like the Crying Shames' wonderful Joe Meek production, but misses by miles) and Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" (I got what Eric Faulkner meant by this in 1977 - he wanted to be taken seriously as a "real" musician - but 30 years on this is just painful) are not good examples of how the Rollers could take a classic pop song and make it their own - for that we have "Bye Bye Baby" and "I Only Want to be With You".
The real shame here, though, is that these things are chosen in favour of excellent album tracks of both diversity and depth ("Inside a Broken Dream", "Wouldn't You Like it", "La Belle Jeane", "Strangers in the Wind").
However, other more than decent but rarely compiled covers like the Beach Boys' aforementioned "Don't Worry Baby" and the Raspberries' "Let's Pretend" (which actually betters the original, no less) do get their chance, and that should be applauded.
Nonetheless, as someone once said, too much filler, not enough killer. And, as I previosly said, another opportunity missed.
Well, maybe next time...
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Daisy Fresh - Best of the Dunhill Years
Daisy Fresh - Best of the Dunhill Years
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £44.14

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brian Wilson's long-lost nephew?, 29 Jun 2007
His debut self-titled album (the first 12 tracks in this compilation) was very nearly a perfect record. Along with Paul Williams' "Someday Man" one of the best records of 1970 no-one you know has ever heard. Emitt's voice and his music is like early solo McCartney meeting Raspberries-era Eric Carmen. Wow!

The rest of the CD, culled from his other two early '70s albums, isn't nearly as good, though. More Elton than Badfinger, unfortunately.

AND he's from Hawthorne, CA. Suppose there's something in the water there?


Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Rubinoos: Remastered
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Rubinoos: Remastered

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you always wanted to have but couldn't get!, 1 Jun 2007
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At long last, a worthy retrospective of the Rubinoos' best. Previously there'd been a couple of unsatisfactory - to say the least - CD issues comprising of, mainly, songs from the first album, but this collection renders these obsolete.

The first disc contains the first two LP's + rarities like a cover of the DeFranco Family's "Gorilla"; all wonderful slices of late '70s teenybop. It wasn't just nonesense that they were marketed as "the American Rollers" in Japan.

The second disc contains mostly material recorded during the band's on and off periods in the '80s and the '90s. Certainly some of the more synth-driven stuff isn't exactly the Rubinoos at their very best, but always the love of a a good melody shines thru.

The 3rd and last disc is a recording of a live show in England in 1978. It's at the height of Punk, but the Rubinoos are doing "Sugar Sugar"! Just goes to show how true they were to their bubblegum roots and a good pop song is a good pop song, in any era.

If you only buy one CD this year, get this one. It's good value, it's good music. Rock & Roll on!


Under The Covers
Under The Covers
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £12.19

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Record!, 20 July 2006
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This review is from: Under The Covers (Audio CD)
Always loved Sweet...Matthew, Rachel, and, indeed, THE Sweet. Never been a big Bangles fan, though. But I fell in love with Susanna the first time I heard her sing Mike Nesmith's "Different Drum". Wonderful. The best version yet. The rest of the record ain't half-bad either. The less obvious list. Some of my personal faves from the era: "Sunday Morning", "Alone Again or", "It's All Over Now Baby Blue". AND they do 'em all justice. Jolly well done! Now, where's Volume 2?


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