S. Bailey

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (269 of 337)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,760 - Total Helpful Votes: 269 of 337
Don't Ask Me Questions: The Best Of ~ Graham Parker & The Rumour
Don't Ask Me Questions: The Best Of ~ Graham Parker & The Rumour
4.0 out of 5 stars Balanced, 28 Aug 2014
The long musical career of this intense-looking, and angst ridden, singer-songwriter has been tumultuous. Whatever the man himself thinks, Parker's creative - if not his commercial - peak came in the late 1970s, when he worked with some slightly-too-old-for-punk pub-rockers, who went by the ever-so-shady sounding name of The Rumour. In the 4 years that they were signed to Vertigo Records they produced some occasionally scintillating, often soulful, wordy new wave rock, which drew favourable comparisons with the work of Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis Costello And The Attractions.

This nicely-balanced 18 song, hour-long CD - that abridges the slightly flabby, but… Read more
The Definitive Collection ~ Steely Dan
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitive?, 25 Aug 2014
In the 1970s Steely Dan's two songwriters, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, often managed the very difficult task of making a slick-sounding, and self-consciously intellectual, jazz-rock fusion, which proved to be both commercially successful and critically acclaimed. That is reflected in the number of compilations that bear their distinctive name (which was taken from William Burroughs' novel Naked Lunch). They include: A Decade of Steely Dan; The Very Best Of Steely Dan; Showbiz Kids - The Best of Steely Dan,… Read more
's greatest hits ~ Harry Nilsson
's greatest hits ~ Harry Nilsson
3.0 out of 5 stars Out-of-print, 22 Aug 2014
RCA's plainly-presented, and unannotated, 1983 overview of this troubled American singer-songwriter's work of the late-1960s and the 1970s features some of his very best songs, including: the career-defining rendition of Fred Neil's 'Everybody's Talkin''; his blatant, but winning, pastiche of that track 'I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City'; a chart-topping, soft-rock cover of Badfinger's 'Without You'; the slow, lilting autobiographical waltz '1941', and the mock-calypso number 'Coconut'. They show just how well this one-time favourite artist of The Beatles' John Lennon and Paul McCartney could match his polished, 3-and-a-half octave vocal range to a variety of musical… Read more