J. Mackie

Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (59 of 82)
Location: Staffordshire


Top Reviewer Ranking: 168,249 - Total Helpful Votes: 59 of 82
The Power of Love ~ Sam Bailey
The Power of Love ~ Sam Bailey
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Sam Bailey and Eva Cassidy are my favourite singers in the world. Eva Cassidy was a great musical arranger, and there are some goodish arrangements on this CD.

For me, there are way too many slow songs. Of the 11 tracks on the CD, the first EIGHT (not a misprint) are slow songs. By the third song I'm sick fed up of slow piano intros and the album is turgid. By the eighth song, I'm wondering what kind of d...head would put his name to producing an album with 8 slow songs in a row. Sure, this would be expected of a Susan Boyle album, but why so many doleful songs for a performer as versatile as Sam Bailey?

There is one fastish track, "Ain't No Mountain High… Read more
Jim Reeves: His Untold Story by Larry Jordan
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I've loved the voice of Jim Reeves since I was 14 years old, and I still remember my sadness at the time of his death in 1964, when I was 16. I acquired every album and every piece of information available on the singer in the sixties, which of course pales in comparison to what can be sourced today on the internet. Since these early days, I've developed as a musician of sorts, performing jazz, blues, pop, gospel, even country music. But I keep coming back to Jim Reeves and his astonishingly complete voice - a performer who started off average but became great due to his own dedication and attitude. I now realize that the pedestal on which I placed Jim Reeves nearly 50 years ago was as… Read more
Live in New York City ~ Paul Simon
Live in New York City ~ Paul Simon
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I saw this wonderful PBS show on BBC4 and hoped for a surround-sound DVD of the concert. I especially loved "Hearts & Bones" with the brilliant segue into "Mystery Train" and "Wheels". What an amazing band. Sadly, it seems Paul Simon is selling this DVD with neither 5.1 surround sound nor this wonderful track, as "Hearts & Bones" is apparently truncated prematurely. Maybe he wants all the royalties for himself rather than pay the royalties to the composers of "Mystery Train" and "Wheels", I have no idea but to omit this stunning medley from the show is for me simply unbelievable, and completely and utterly removes my reason for buying this incomplete DVD.

Thankfully I recorded… Read more

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