dave kitchen

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (6 of 7)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 162,467 - Total Helpful Votes: 6 of 7
Stoney End ~ Barbra Streisand
Stoney End ~ Barbra Streisand
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but good, 15 Mar 2014
35 minutes of vintage Streisand with Richard Perry at the faders so the production standards are sky high and his ear for a good song is put to good use. The title track and the other Laura Nyro numbers stand out - "Hands off the man" and "Time and love". But there are no real turkeys and her take on Gordon Lightfoot's "If you could read my mind" works particularly well.
1967: The First 3 Singles ~ Pink Floyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Where it began, 15 Mar 2014
The first three singles resplendent in original mono. Suddenly it's 1967 again and all the better for it. Pricey for six tracks but rarity tends to cost. Is it worth having the mono? Yes if you first heard these tracks on a Dansette at youth club as I did. Suddenly they sound as they used to way back then...or perhaps my memory is getting sentimental in its old age!
If On A Winter's Night (Gatefold Cover) ~ Sting
3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric but heavy, 15 Mar 2014
Three stars is supposed to mean "It's OK" but here it means that I'm pulled in two directions. The album certainly evokes a cold winter's evening as the candles flicker. It seems and indeed is very medieval at times. However I'd need several strong glasses of mead to listen all the way through at one sitting. Sting's voice lacks variation here but that, in part, is due to the choice of material. If the album was just tracks 1-6 I might have given it 5 stars. But it's not, it rumbles all the way to track 15 and I'm more than a bit tired by then. Having said that, I won't be re-selling it. The treasures, including "Soul Cake" and "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming", are… Read more