R. A. Cross

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Listen to the Shadows ~ The Shadows
Listen to the Shadows ~ The Shadows
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shads at their best, 18 July 2014
Issued by EMI after they had left them for Polydor, this compilation album by the Shadows covers the three studio albums made during the Marvin/Welch/Farrar/Bennett era, that is Rockin' With Curley Leads, Specs Appeal and Tasty. Thrown in for good measure are three very untipical singles, and a rarely heard b side.(Although John Farrar played on half of the album Tasty, none of those tracks are here. Having altready recorded a complete album, the Shadows were selected to represent Britain in the Eurovision song contest, and to record the six uk songs considered for release. These vocal tracks, together with the original instrumentals already recorded became the album Specs Appeal. The… Read more
Redemption <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Redemption/dp/artist-redirect/B00C0U1L0G">Johnny Cash</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
Redemption Johnny Cash MP3 Download
5.0 out of 5 stars Gospel from the heart, 28 Jan 2014
I first came accross this gospel gem on Youtube, and toyed with the idea of purchasing the album from which it comes. Johnny Cash, can be an aquired taste however, and the unplugged, stripped down nature of the album, combined with Johny's vocals is probably best appreciated when taken in small doses. Gospel songs by country singers are often a wishy-washy affair. Not so here. Johnny sings from the heart and it's obvious that he believes every word. The gospel he presents here is no easy, inoffensive, cosey quick-fix: The 'Tree of Life' grows from the blood soaked ground, 'I clung to the tree and was redeamed by the blood.' This is not popular theology today, (especially in the UK),… Read more
I Want You <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/I-Want-You/dp/artist-redirect/B0051653EG">Ralph McTell</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
I Want You Ralph McTell MP3 Download
5.0 out of 5 stars Ralph sings Dylan, 11 Jan 2014
Ralph has recorded a number of Bob Dylan songs during his carear, and this is his second attempt at 'I want you'. The first was a big production number on the album, 'Water of Dreams', but this is much simpler, with just voice and piano. Both versions are done much slower that the original Dylan rendition, losing the final verse along the way. Available only as a download, this is a worthy addition to anybody's collection.