Jason Parkes

"We're all Frankies'"
Hall of Fame Reviewer - 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Helpful votes received on reviews: 73% (17,184 of 23,636)
Location: Worcester, UK
Birthday: 15 Sep
In My Own Words:
He might replace the old with the moon He might replace the old quite soon



Top Reviewer Ranking: 10,343 - Total Helpful Votes: 17184 of 23636
The Great Escape ~ Blur
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
For years I've held the opinion that 'The Great Escape' was a folly - the gushing reviews at the time were O.T.T. and Blur would have been better off releasing a few singles/e.p.'s instead of a whole album. My view before picking up this box-set at a bargain price was there were four killer songs ('Best Days', 'The Universal', 'He Thought of Cars', & 'Yuko and Hiro') and the rest was sub-'Park Life'-tosh (...or worse). But I was wrong and revisiting the album it seems much better than memory suggested.

I am still of the opinion that the best Blur-albums remain 'Modern Life is Rubbish' and '13' - 'Park Life' has a whole bunch of filler lesser than tracks here ('Clover over Dover',… Read more
A Victim of Stars, 1982-2012 ~ David Sylvian
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I did wonder if 'A Victim of Stars' was really necessary given that 10 tracks previously featured on 2000's compilation 'Everything and Nothing' , 'Wonderful World' was also compiled on the brilliant 'Sleepwalkers'-compilation, and there's only one new song (the rather excellent 'Where's Your Gravity?'). But I couldn't resist this compilation when I saw the cover featuring a brilliant photo of DS at the height of his beauty taken by former partner and long-term associate Yuka Fujii...

Perhaps it was the disappointment of Sylvian cancelling his 'Implausible Beauty' tour due to health reasons, so this compilation a surrogate for that lacking - though I doubt he'd have played much… Read more
Upside Down: The Best Of ~ The Jesus & Mary Chain
Upside Down: The Best Of ~ The Jesus & Mary Chain
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
'Upside Down' is a nice budget-price compilation that manages to blend material generally found on the '21 Singles', Barbed Wire Kisses' and 'Sound of Speed' compilations with selections from all their albums and a few oddities.

Having most of their material on vinyl or tape and not completely updated to CD, this was a budget price joy containing 44 tracks for 4. Some of the selections may be a bit random and two b-sides ommitted ('Taste of Cindy - acoustic' & 'Heat') seem a bit silly as they featured in a film ('Adventureland') and TV-advert (car? beer? can't remember) - so would have contrasted well with 'Just Like Honey' (now associated with the end of Lost in Translation). &… Read more

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