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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic rock - the way it used to be!, 20 July 2012
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J. M. Gaden (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Carnaby Street (Audio CD)
It's been a long time since we heard any new music from Michael Des Barres, which is a shame because as far as I'm concerned, he's something of a purveyor of quality. The ex-Silverhead vocalist fronted 70s rockers Detective, their first album remaining one of my favourites. Other highlights included Chequered Past, fronting the Power Station and issuing a great solo album after that, called 'Somebody Up There Likes Me'. Somebody writing this review likes him too, so I'm delighted that Michael is back with some brand new stuff.
Des Barres hardly stayed idle since 'Somebody Up There...' was released in 1986. He enjoyed an acting career with as many, if not more, high points on his resumé than his musical one, as well as staying active on the live scene with various bands, including his soul group The Free Love Foundation. A new album was something I'd been gasping for and finally, 'Carnaby Street' has arrived to slake my thirst.
Channelling the likes of Steve Marriott and Rod Stewart, Des Barres has created a superb classic rock album, forged from the furnaces started by bands like Humble Pie, Free, The Faces, The Rolling Stones... it's a glorious celebration of British rock, done authentically by a man who has been successful in the genre for decades and who was there when it all started. 'You're My Pain Killer' is a bluesy masterpiece of an opening, with Michael's vocal rasp in top form, setting you up nicely for the rollicking feel good fun of the title track. Here, Michael's lyrics transport you back to to the glory days when bands made magic in studios in a matter of days and the songs endured for lifetimes. He's taken the same approach, honing the tracks live on stage with his band of hand picked players and then cutting them in a studio in a week. The album has very few overdubs and as a result, offers a warmth and authenticity so often lacking in the digital age.
The heart wrenching sentiment of 'Please Stay', the driving rock of 'Route 69', the superb 'Little Latin Lover' - the whole album just oozes class. It may have been a long, long wait for a new record, but 'Carnaby Street' is more than worth it. There's a limited edition version which comes with a DVD featuring a whole assortment of items like the Power Station at Live Aid, interviews, videos of live performances, some vintage Silverhead footage and more. Whichever version you buy, it's good value, and you should buy it. This is a masterclass in Classic Rock, the way it used to be!
James Gaden - Fireworks Magazine
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Rock Revisited......., 14 July 2012
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S. A. Reed (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Carnaby Street (Audio CD)
This release is an absolute gem.
The sound sends you back to when British Rock was at its best.
Michaels voice might not be as it was when he was with the outstanding Detective but his voice and sound of the band seem more relaxed and in many ways has improved with age.
Mix Rod Stewart in his early Faces days with a touch of early Zep,Sex Pistols and Detective and you produce a stand out in the crowd good old rock and roll release.
Why Michael Des Barres wasnt bigger way back when was a crime and how Detective didnt take the rock world by storm i will never understand.
It is difficult to pick a stand out track as they are all excellent with touches of rock,blues,punk and pop finely mixed to produce a nicely produced excellent release.
On saying that Carnaby Street and Little Latin Lover are stand out tracks.
I bought the cd/dvd limited edition direct from Gonzo Multimedia via Michaels site (a snip at £10.99 inc post) and am delighted with the audio and dvd footage.....extreamly well produced....well done Gonzo.
The dvd contains footage from his Silverhead and Powerstation days as well as tracks from the cd and an audio from the first Detective cd.
Buy now and put Michael Des Barres ...and the band back on the road to Brit Rock stardom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RETURN OF GOOD TIME ROCK 'N' ROLL, 2 Aug 2012
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At last , Mr Des Barres is back with an album of Good time Rock'n'Roll full of smooth ballads and more importantly GREAT RIFFS! Michael has assembled a Very Tight Band show
ing some Great musicianship. It's FUN and FLASH!! ENJOY!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A star is born (again), 4 Sep 2013
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G. G. Saunders "Rock Dr." (West Sussex .UK) - See all my reviews
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Good ol Michael! my fellow reviewers have got this bang on the head, how many times has this man been in projects that never quite reach the top ? enough! this band he has got together are strong, tight, and rockin. I hope this album does'nt slip under the radar. it should be pushed screaming into the hearts of all rock fans. most impressive.
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