Paul Harrison

Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (64 of 75)
Location: UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,811,394 - Total Helpful Votes: 64 of 75
Affenstunde ~ Popol Vuh
Affenstunde ~ Popol Vuh
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It sounds like a couple of improvisations and basically that's what it was. Guitar bass drums and electronics, played in the distinctive Krautrock manner of early 70's electric musicians. This was new and exciting in 1972. Nowadays, some of the danger and excitement is perhaps dissipated because we have heard it all many times (although rarely done so well) during the subsequent 35 years. Just remember however that, apart from just a small handful of other seminal outfits (Velvet Underground and Amon Duul spring to mind) nobody had ever released this kind of record before.

On the A side of the original Liberty LP was a track entitled Amboss, lasting 19 minutes. Watch out for… Read more
Very 'eavy, Very 'umble ~ Uriah Heep
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Uriah Heep was never a cool outfit. Second-stringers in the heavy metal stakes, like a poor person's Deep Purple. Now after many years of disinterest, consigned to the bargain bins of eternity.
Except that, on this evidence, David Byron and Mick Box had created a red-hot rocking band of which they should be proud. This reissue of the 1970 debut album, with additional tracks, is a real eye-opener. There is archetypal 70's heavy prog on display, with screaming guitar, wailing male falsetto and throbbing organ (Gypsy)! There is unexpected light and shade, with acoustic guitars and relatively sensitive lyrics (Come Away Melinda). There are rare bonus tracks (including well-recorded… Read more
BBC Archives ~ Hawkwind
BBC Archives ~ Hawkwind
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is the same recording as the Windsong release (also deleted) of Hawkwind's storming In Concert performance. The band had previously been banned from the BBC after some microphones went missing - this represents their uncompromising return. Nobody says anything to the audience. Apart from Andy Dunckley and Stacia sharing the countdown sequence, nobody announces the tracks or makes small talk. Instead, Hawkwind take no prisoners as they launch into a blistering series of excerpts from the Space Ritual. The focus is intense. The energy is unyielding. These versions may not quite match the suberbly forceful musicianship of the original Space Ritual double-LP, but the power is… Read more