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A Dance to the Music of Time: vol.1: Spring by Anthony Powell
66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another opinion, 15 Sep 2003
I was inspired by the accompanying bad review to write in defence of Powell's first three novels of the 'Dance...' sequence. Even if we accept that the truly outstanding novels of the sequence are from 4-9, the early years of Jenkins, Stringham, Widmerpool etc. are still essential reading. I suppose the superlatives of Powell devotees like myself will always sound a bit obsessive to unbelievers, but the scope and majesty of his 'Dance to the Music of Time' is rivalled only by Waugh's Brideshead in documenting high society and intellectual life between 1914 and 45. Once immersed in Powell's world there is no going back, and no substitute.
Lemonade ~ The Somatics
Lemonade ~ The Somatics
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet pop, 24 April 2002
Brilliant single from the Leeds band. Live this track is a real up tempo favourite. On record the subtleties of the melody between the two voices is made clearer - this is pure pop. Difficult to pinpoint any references - Syd Barrett-era Floyd, the Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, My Bloody Valentine all get a look in, but the sound is their own. Can't wait for the album!
The Essential Mahalia Jackson ~ Mahalia Jackson
The Essential Mahalia Jackson ~ Mahalia Jackson
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gospel legend, 4 July 2001
A real gospel legend, part of the history of the United States (Jackson sang at Kennedy's inauguration and Martin Luther King's funeral), Mahlia Jackson is well represented on this compilation. Her voice on standards such as 'Amazing Grace' resonate with a power that will touch believers and non-believers alike, and any Aretha Franklin fan will recognise the Queen of Soul's debt to Mahlia on uptempo anthems like 'How I got over' and 'Said He Would'.

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I Love The Noise It Makes ~ Declan Sinnott
I Love The Noise It Makes ~ Declan Sinnott
High Part of the Road ~ Tommy Peoples
High Part of the Road ~ Tommy Peoples
Surfing With The Alien ~ Joe Satriani
Surfing With The Alien ~ Joe Satriani