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Gemini
Gemini
Price: £28.51

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Makes you long for the original, at leats of some of the songs, 9 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Gemini (Audio CD)
Yes, some of the songs work but most don't. Of course it is a matter of taste but I feel that most of the selected songs don't work out that well. It's a mixed set of songs with completely different backgrounds (Cream, Foreigner, Pretenders, and, for reasons completely beyond me, and awful lot of awful Pink Floyd) that don't blend. I prefer the original versions of some of the songs and the Lana Lane albums with original music; this is the least favorite of her albums for me.


Victory
Victory
Price: £13.30

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent voice ... but the songs???, 27 July 2011
This review is from: Victory (Audio CD)
I ended with very mixed emotions after hearing the CD, and it didn't change after successive spins. Yes, the guy can sing, there's no doubt. Listen to this album, listen to what he did with Saga and Final Frontier or during his guest appearances. The problem is the songs, they don't last. There are good ones, there are bad ones but there are no outstanding ones, songs that make you play an album over and over. The album can perfectly act as a nice background space filler and no one will be offended but no one will come over to ask what fantastic album you're playing. All ingredients are there, the man, the voice, the players, the sound, but it needs some spicing added to make it taste exceptional.


Live in Germany 1980
Live in Germany 1980
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Price: £11.42

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The world famous Rockpalast show, finally!, 11 July 2011
This review is from: Live in Germany 1980 (Audio CD)
I saw this broadcasted on German TV back in 1980. It started a few hours later then scheduled (I became a huge Ian Hunter fan after seeing his show before ZZ Top finally took the stage) but who cares if it enables you to watch and hear this magnificent performance. The show is also available on DVD and that version features the full performance where the CD omits a few songs ("I'm bad, I'm nationwide", "Funky dogs, nast kings", "El diablo", "She don't love me, she loves my automobile", "HIFI mama" and the final encores "Tubesnake boogie" and "Just got paid today") and brings it down by some 20 minutes to just under an hour. Both the video and audio were available before on peer-to-peer networks in a excellent quality but this CD version sounds better, crisper, brighter then any version I heard before (ranging from my original vinyl bootleg to high bitrate mp3 sourced from the re-broadcast). The package is nice, the liner notes give some insight in how a Rockpalast Night works. Conclusion: it is good this piece of history is finally available as an official release but it's a shame that it is not complete.


Teaser Deluxe
Teaser Deluxe
Price: £13.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teaser 2.0 or Teaser completely reworked, 27 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Teaser Deluxe (Audio CD)
The album is called "Teaser deluxe" but a name like "Teaser 2.0" or "Teaser completely reworked" would have covered the contents far more accurately. I became aware of Tommy Bolin mid 70's when I got a compilation box of 2 LP's worth of (cheesy) love songs and 2 LPs worth of (hard & heavy) rock songs (yes, I know, strange combination) that included a James Gang track. A little later "Come taste the band" was released and for me that showed what a talent this man was. His 2 solo albums are very different from the Deep Purple album but both very nice outings. But now back to the release under discussion. Most of the deluxe editions we see released these days include the original album, maybe with some sonic upgrade and some bonus material that has been hiding on a shelf for ages. Teaser deluxe is different, is is a completely reworked version of the original album. It hardly resembles the original album: it adds half an hour of music by extending the songs, adding jam parts, stretching the intro or solo and just turning the song inside out and putting the parts together again in a new and fascinating way. And yes, there is an extra song that isn't on the original album, "Crazed fandango", and it is there in 2 (very) different versions. I love the (vinyl) original and I absolutely love this new reworked version. I hope we'll see a "Private eyes deluxe" that gives that album a similar treatment. Worth every cent of its money!


Live in London 23.01.2011
Live in London 23.01.2011
Price: £6.61

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocking performance, 3 May 2011
Of course Phil Lynnot can never be replaced and without him, Thin Lizzy will never sound the same. Does it matter? No, this is a great rocking performance delivered by a group of dedicated musicians who all share a passion for all the great music Thin Lizzy created over the years. They bring you an unsurpassed greatest hits show featuring all the highlights from a long history. A worthy monument for the man and his music.
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Live From Cadogan Hall
Live From Cadogan Hall
Price: £8.52

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor vocal performance, 28 April 2011
This review is from: Live From Cadogan Hall (Audio CD)
The music on this CD is of the well known Marillion quality but I don't know what is/was wrong with Steve Hogarth as his performance is very poor. On several occasions het completely misses the notes or sounds out of key and out of tune. I think there are plenty of Marillion releases more worth spending your money on then this one.


Light of Day: Day of Darkness
Light of Day: Day of Darkness
Price: £15.70

5.0 out of 5 stars An hour of fine music, 20 April 2011
Put this album in your CD player, push the PLAY button and sit back for a 1 hour long amazing journey through music. Green Carnation will overwhelm you with a very quiet start, a returning theme, some strange interludes and finally let you go when the music dies. Anyone who likes heavy guitar driven rock should listen to this several times and become addicted, just like I did.


Come Taste the Band [35th Anniversary Edition]
Come Taste the Band [35th Anniversary Edition]
Price: £16.89

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally..., 25 Oct. 2010
Finally... One of the best Deep Purple albums (others might not agree on that) gets a rework. The new versions sound different with Tommy Bolin's guitar getting a more prominent place in the mix. The single / edited version of "You keep on moving" does not really add anything but the remix is worth the money. If you're used to listen to the original version in the original running order, the new version is disorienting. There are tracks "missing", and where I normally sit quiet, let go a breath and get a drink after "You keep on moving" slowly died away, the music now continues. The 2 bonus tracks on the second CD are not the highlights of the album but hearing the album in a crisp new version was worth the wait. Too bad we did not get more bonus material but maybe there simple was no more.
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Guitar Heaven: Santana Performs The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time
Guitar Heaven: Santana Performs The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time
Price: £3.99

18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Better get the original versions, 21 Sept. 2010
Carlos Santana is a fine guitar player who can turn an already excellent song into an outstanding song. But he can also turn an outstanding song in a very moderate nothing special, 13 to the dozen type of song. Depending on the version you buy, you'll get 12 or 14 songs that are fine songs by themselves but all received the "Carlos Santana and his all star friends" treatment and most of those songs did not get any better from that. Nice to listen once or twice but not a regular guest of my CD player.


Hoggin The Stage Plus...
Hoggin The Stage Plus...
Price: £10.38

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting British blues & boogie, 22 Dec. 2008
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Groundhogs dates back a long long time and they're still active today. This album captures them in their earlier days, giving proof of their energetic, exciting performances. Tony McPhee has been called a white Jimi Hendrix but that doesn't do either of them justice, McPhee is a wonderful player in his own right.


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