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Lost In Revelry
Lost In Revelry
Offered by marvelio-uk
Price: £4.52

5.0 out of 5 stars Two-pronged American indie, 26 Jan 2006
This review is from: Lost In Revelry (Audio CD)
I came across the Mendoza Line on a music magaizine compilation; the song was "triple bill of shame" and is possibly the best song on this album. However, thinking that the rest of the album will be the same as this extraordinary, bitter and drained dirge is a mistake, for two reasons. Firstly as much of the rest of the album is at least a bit brisker, but also as many of the songs have a different singer in Shannon McArdle. She adds a breezier dimenion to her songs that complements Tim's more morose style. Few bands these days are as interesting in their lyrical or musical content as the Line and having two contrasting fronts enriches this.

Having a Good Time: the Very Best of Huey 'piano' Smith Vol.1
Having a Good Time: the Very Best of Huey 'piano' Smith Vol.1
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £29.95

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic New Orleans Rock'N'Roll, 24 Oct 2005
Huey "Piano" Smith was the head of New Orleans/Mississippi based Ace records' house band (the Clowns). As such he backed Frankie Ford on the classic "Sea Cruise". He did however put out a number of records under his own name, with a variety of singers clowning away (including Bobby Marchan), which are collected here.
I came across him after picking up Mark Lemarr's "Ace is wild" compilation (a bit of a stab in the dark, as I didn't then know that Lemarr was not only a "fifties throwback", but a very knowledgeable one) and was keen to hear more.
Smith and the Clowns made great rock'n'roll with a similar songwriting style to The Coasters, though what the Clowns may lack in terms of material compared to the Leiber & Stoller vehicle, they more than make up for in terms of performance.
So whether you've been bitten by Sea Cruise, are a fan of Dr. John (he did a medley of Smith numbers on Gumbo), or just a general 50's rock 'n' roll fan, this should get you boogie-ing away your flu.

Top Ten Hits Of The Sixties
Top Ten Hits Of The Sixties
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £6.69

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Re-recordings, not the original hits, 17 Oct 2005
This CD does not contain the original hits. The songs are re-recordings, seemingly made in the late 70s and early 80s.
As with other such efforts the songs sound disconcertingly wrong: whilst they are undoubtedly the same songs and are sung by the same singers, re-recording the songs using more recent recording equipment and instruments (and with the singers' older voices) rids these songs of their original sound. All too often the songs end up having what I think of as a soulless synthesised early eighties style sound.
Unless you are a completist collector of any of the artists concerned, this CD is unlikely to appeal.

Misa Criolla - Navidad Nuestra - Navidad Verano
Misa Criolla - Navidad Nuestra - Navidad Verano
Price: £13.25

16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misa Criolla original version can be found, 22 April 2005
I can't comment on the Carreras version as I've not heard it; however I can image that his classical opera trained style and non-Argentine accent would not be suited to the Misa Criolla.
For the genuine article you should look for the original 1964 Argentine version recorded using Los Fronterizos as the soloists. It is increadibly beautiful and powerful and also includes the Navidad Nuestra. Having looked for this in vain, I eventually managed to find it (via a review on on E Bay; the seller was called musicshop780 and was based in Argentina and I'd definitely recommend using them. A great present for my dad to replace his worn out vinyl copy.
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