Ray Wortley

Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (55 of 58)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 684,274 - Total Helpful Votes: 55 of 58
That's Why God Made The Radio ~ The Beach Boys
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Let's be clear, this isn't another Pet Sounds or Smile but if it is the final studio album from the Beach Boys it does provide the perfect coda to what has been a magnificent career. It begins with outstanding track "Think about the days" where sublime vocals are set against a beautiful piano piece. Then we are on to the title track where the chorus features the sort of cascading vocals that were such a central feature of "God only knows. The following three tracks wouldn't have sounded out of place on "The Beach Boys Love You" album. It would be interesting to know if Mike Love (who went from frontman and chief lyricist to pantomime villain in the eyes of many fans) wrote the couplet,… Read more
The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Stor&hellip ~ Bruce Springsteen
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 10 Jan 2011
Others have already commented on the CD's and the live Houston DVD but for me the standard out part of this box set is the live version of Darkness on the Edge of Town. While the arrangements are not radically different from the recorded versions, it's amazing how different it sounds. The older Springsteen brings whole new meanings to the lyrics. A good example is the line "Hey Mister, I ain't a boy, I'm a man", which is transformed from a plea for acceptance on the original to a statement of fact on the DVD. Likewise you can hear the voice of the father in the sons tale of factory life on "Factory". Musically the band remind you just how good they are. Roy Bittan produces one of the great… Read more