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The Silmarillion Part 1: Audio Cassette by J. R. R. Tolkien
6 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Enough has been said elsewhere about "The Silmarillion" as a work of literature. But what of the audio recording?

How to make a classic book sound boring - get Martin Shaw to read it.

He might have the kind of "authorative" upper-class bass voice that befits a work of biblical pretensions - but it invites you NOT to pay attention. He sounds disconnected from the text. Dialog, reported dialog, narration, description, poetry, philosophising and prophecizing - all are spoken in the same flat uninflected tone, devoid of dynamism and animation.

In three words: don't buy it.
Serious Moonlight [DVD] [2006] <b>DVD</b> ~ David Bowie
Serious Moonlight [DVD] [2006] DVD ~ David Bowie
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
The `Let's Dance' album may have been partly motivated by Bowie's desire to prove himself to his new label by delivering hit records, but the subsequent tour was - Bowie has admitted - designed to introduce him to the kind of conservative ultra-mainstream audience that had previously regarded him with suspicion. It was also designed as his "pension plan" - at the back of his mind, he says, he was planning to "get rich quick" and then retire.

So here we have a hits-heavy setlist in which almost all the songs are subjected to arrangements that suck all the menace, all the subversive experimentation out of them. Lots of loungey saxophone charts, lots of primitive-sounding… Read more
Before the Moon: Live in Denver 1974 ~ Fairport Convention
Before the Moon: Live in Denver 1974 ~ Fairport Convention
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The first set is pretty terrific. Trevor amuses with a brief explanation of Matty Groves - although this is one of those slow-paced versions with over-emotive vocals, never exactly been favorites of Fairportologists. Rising For The Moon and One More Chance appear as works in progress, and the latter is already shaping up to be an epic. The Sloth that follows (two slow-paced guitar monsters in succession!) is pretty savory, especially for fans of Dave's wah-wah bass solos (we do exist!)
The highlight of the entire package is actually in the second set - after Trevor has failed to explain the meaning of the song, Bring 'Em Down becomes the third monster song of the night - Swarb… Read more