Mr. Philip Baird

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (362 of 394)
Location: Isle of Man


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,048 - Total Helpful Votes: 362 of 394
Aqualung (Special Edition) ~ Jethro Tull
Whilst Aqualung was a step forward creatively and artistically for Ian and Jethro Tull; nevertheless this album signalled a change of direction and a sound that would lose some of the magic of their early albums. This album has always been a bit of a mixed bag for me; with some lovely acoustic songs, beautiful arrangements, and marvellous lyrics; rather let down by some poor production and too many plodding riffs. I know many would disagree, but for me the lyrics and imagery of the title track are weighed down by that opening riff, and it's not till the acoustic passage that the song can breathe and really comes alive. Similarly, I've always felt that Locomotive Breath dipped into the… Read more
The Who: Quadrophenia - Live In London [DVD] [2014&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ The Who
The Who really pull off something here that does full justice to their wonderful original album, and perhaps even move it up a notch. The term 'rock opera' never quite fitted Quadrophenia for me; it was more a piece of realism, rooted in a social history of a time and place, but lifted beautifully by the soaring music and Daltrey's vocal cry into something really special. Tommy was truly a rock opera but became too detached from the original idea, and Ken Russell's film only took the vision even further into the realms of excess. The backdrop visuals to this live performance of Quadrophenia really capture the spirit of the whole thing and add greatly to its success. Perhaps the greatest… Read more
The Very Best Of ~ Graham Parker & The Rumour
The Very Best Of ~ Graham Parker & The Rumour
A cracking introduction to one of the best new bands of the 70's, and a great place to start for anyone new to their music. This really is a 'no-brainer' and Red on Black's review tells you the reasons why. It was wonderful to see them getting back together again a couple of years ago, and I hope they will continue to record and do the occasional tour. There's a lot of love out there for this band and you have much of the reason for that on this fantastic compilation of their early years. This material was so strong that Graham's solo stuff will always be compared to it and never quite come out on top; but he continues to put out some very fine records that are well worthy of interest, and… Read more