Alan Sturgess

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Twelve String ~ John Bacon
Twelve String ~ John Bacon
I've loved the 12 string guitar since I first heard instrumental LP's by Billy Strange and Glen Campbell. They were gutsy, melodic, folk and country-influenced recordings. Then came Jimmy Reed's 12 string guitar blues. Later on came Leo Kottke. Added to this list, of course, is the jangling sound of the electric 12 as played by the Byrds .... and so on and so on.

If that is your idea of what 12 string guitar music should be, then look elsewhere. This recording is basically a collection of occasionally rhythmic doodlings utilising the key property of the 12 which allows you to push harmonies and dissonances to new levels in what can best be described as a 'wash' of sound… Read more
Amelie [Original Score] ~ Yann Tiersen
Amelie [Original Score] ~ Yann Tiersen
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If you have seen 'Amelie' you will undoubtedly have been struck by the clever and charming use of music throughout its length. If you buy this CD because you liked the film, then you will not be disappointed. Everything is here and, as other reviewers have said, it is harmonious, very 'Gallic', uplifting and gentle. The two songs jar slightly if you haven't seen the film because they suddenly seem to transport you back to a mythical Paris of the 1930' or 1940's, but even then, there isn't much of a problem.

If you haven't seen Amelie, then this music is probably best thought of as a mixture of 'the best of Yann Tiersen' and a pastiche of the type of music that we in the UK often… Read more
Amelie [DVD] [2001] <b>DVD</b> ~ Audrey Tautou
Amelie [DVD] [2001] DVD ~ Audrey Tautou
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
THis is a copy of the review I submitted for the 2-disc special edition:







Fascinating ..... you could work through the alphabet for this film because it's everything a zany, well-crafted, surreal, romantic comedy should be. As long as you have no problems with subtitled films (there is no English version), this film is as near perfect as any film can be .... right from the mesmeric performance of its star, through the depth and fascination of all the other major and minor characters (not forgetting the… Read more

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