James Beer

Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (193 of 204)
Location: London, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,577,923 - Total Helpful Votes: 193 of 204
Morph The Cat [U.S Version] ~ Donald Fagen
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid performance, 18 April 2006
A solid performance by Don. Its not the Nightfly but then again its shed loads better than Kamariakad. The album features some of the musicians that appeared on Everything... and consequently has a similar feel. There are no sonic surprises; the sound is what we have come to expect from Don and the later Dan releases. I would like to hear Don (and the Dan for that matter) push the sound a bit harder and experiment a bit more. But I suppose thats asking a bit much. Afterall, they are getting on a bit and I suppose they know their audience well enough by now. Needless to say the production is absolutely flawless.

Most of the songs are pretty good, although none are outstanding… Read more
Kind Of Blue ~ Miles Davis
Kind Of Blue ~ Miles Davis
187 of 195 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kind of Blue, 21 Mar 2006
Just browsing through the Miles Davis products the other day, I was amazed to see that the average rating for "Kind of Blue" was only 4.5 stars. Intrigued as to what kind of person does not regard this album as truly exceptional, I scanned the reviews. Those that did not give the album five stars fell broadly into two categories. The first consisted of people who had no jazz records and, having read the reviews, thought this classic would be a good one to start a collection with only to discover that,oops,they don't like jazz.
The second group appeared to be afficianados with a slightly sniffy attitude who view the album as jazz for people who don't really like jazz. There… Read more

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