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Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (36 of 39)
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Shostakovich Edition ~ Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
Shostakovich Edition ~ Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
There's so little to say about this sublime artefact.

It should communicate everything for itself, I suppose.

Perhaps I'll give it a friendly nudge...

A box containing almost all of Shostakovich's work, a small cube that contains all of his furious, tragic, delicious, rapacious, desperate, grandiose, sorrowful...

One of the few items worth the payload weight in the last rocket off of this rock.

All 15 symphonies, Barshai conducting, recorded at the end of the last century with the WDR. Forthright, battering power and gentle understanding, compassion for the compositions... always better than the old western orchestras.

Not… Read more
For All the Beautiful People ~ Swell
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The fifth fantastic record from Swell carries you away on a wave of dark and strange sound. The band was starting to fragment at this point, with the loss of founder member Sean Kirkpatrick, but David Freel, Monte Vallier and session drummer Rob Ellis stilll create a drifting, angular, quirky music that sounds quite unique. On this album there's greater use of electronics which meld with their distinct acoustic/electric guitar sonics. It does lack the consistency of the first four albums though Swell still leave most contemporaries trailing in their wake. Again, the record flows with its own particular atmosphere; a twilight drift caught deep between undercurrents of melancholy and… Read more
Too Many Days Without Thinking ~ Swell
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wandering at dusk..., 26 Jun 2003
A little more taut and angular than their previous lps, this is a grand slide into the subtle beauty of Swell. No other band have clatter and harmony like them; they've captured a sound that is theirs, and theirs alone. From "Swell", to "...Well", to "41", to "Too Many Days..." and on, they've walked a unique track, well off the beaten path. With sublime melding of acoustic and electric guitar, this is just one of the great lost albums from a band who've undeservedly almost been forgotten in the rush to find the next, and the next, big thing. Not for them the tired, formulaic "quiet, loud, quiet" template, Swell swim in atmospherics, letting each song ride its own wave. The more… Read more

Wish List

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UNDERWATER DUB ~ Sly & Robbie
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS ~ Fujiya & Miyagi
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS ~ Fujiya & Miyagi
Have Fun with God ~ Bill Callahan
Have Fun with God ~ Bill Callahan
Berberian Sound Studio ~ Broadcast
Electric Peace ~ The Cult
Electric Peace ~ The Cult