B. Thomson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (14 of 15)
Location: Scotland


Top Reviewer Ranking: 320,968 - Total Helpful Votes: 14 of 15
Welsh Connection ~ Man
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Welsh Connection re-introduced Phil Ryan to the line-up (here writing, singing and playing keyboards) and new bass player John McKenzie, who brought a new technical facility to the role. This last studio album of the 1970s often divides fans, with its added ingredients of smooth jazz-rock and a little pop to the usual Manband mix. Bookends The Ride and the View and Born With A Future are the best known tracks but there is plenty of strong material and great performances here, only slightly let down by McKenzie's rather weak Love Can Find A Way.

The remastering is a huge improvement on the appalling 1997 Eagle Records version, which sounded as if it had been mastered from a… Read more
God ~ Rip Rig & Panic
God ~ Rip Rig & Panic
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I first purchased this on vinyl back in 1981 following a glowing review in one of the weekly inkies (perhaps Melody Maker?). It was presented as 2 x 45 rpm records, with great artwork and the sound quality was exemplary. An eccentric melange of free jazz, funk, 'world' music, impressionistic solo piano and experimental, this type of music can sometimes be heavy going for the more casual listener (although I'm not one) but RR&P add a consistent light-heartedness and sense of fun to everything and nothing outstays its welcome (the longest track on the original album is just over 5 minutes).

For the most part, it's driven by the flexible rhythm section of Sean Oliver on bass and… Read more
Camden '70 ~ Neil Ardley
Camden '70 ~ Neil Ardley
The legendary NJO has few issued recordings to its name, much to the shame of the British recording industry. I applaud Dusk Fire for their efforts to gain a commercial release for this historic document. Other reviewers have expressed concern about the audio quality. The accompanying notes explain the clean-up job which had to be done to the original 2-track tape but, while it is not perfect, the sound is not noticeably distorted, most of the instruments can be heard just fine and overall the effect is no worse than many other officially released live recordings. Even listening to it on headphones (the real challenge, in my view), my ears adjusted to the sound pretty rapidly because the… Read more

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