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Folklore
Folklore
Price: £11.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine, prog/folk rock in the grandest tradition, 1 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Folklore (Audio CD)
Beautiful, pastoral, quintessentially English prog rock in the finest tradition. This is a perfect record, the vinyl even more so than the CD version because of the two extra tracks (Rivers of London, Mudlark - both originally on the Wassail EP). Standout track for me is "Winkie" which tells the story of a pigeon used by the RAF in WW2 to alert bomber command of aircraft in distress. If you like Genesis (Gabriel era), Jethro Tull (also mid 70s),IQ, in fact any decent intelligent rock music, then you will LOVE this, Totally recommended. I would give it six stars if it were possible.


Homo Erraticus (Deluxe)
Homo Erraticus (Deluxe)
Price: £19.38

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best thing he's recorded since.....Stormwatch?, 23 April 2014
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This review is from: Homo Erraticus (Deluxe) (Audio CD)
Can it be true. Yes it can as this is a peach. I haven't enjoyed a new Ian Anderson / Jethro Tull release since I had a full head of hair and that was a long time ago.


HABIT EP [12" VINYL]
HABIT EP [12" VINYL]
Offered by 5records
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A minor gem if you ask me,, 23 April 2014
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This review is from: HABIT EP [12" VINYL] (Vinyl)
OK, so here are the ingredients. Kami Thompson (daughter of genius folk-rock master Richard Thompson) on vocals and James Walbourne (guitarist in a recent incarnation of The Pretenders and session guitarist extraordinaire) on acoustic and electric guitars. They get together to form the short lived Dead Flamingoes. Four short and simple songs but establishing their own sound very quickly.

Tracks:
1. General Taylor - nothing like a 19th century shanty to get things going, Just Walbourne on acoustic guitars and Kami on simple, clear vocals. I am sure they weren't going for this but this beautifully simple song is reminiscent of Kami's parents, Richard and Linda Thompson.
2. The Jealous Sailor - starting with some nice mandolin then goes all Bellowhead in the drumming. It features some excellent electric guitar playing from Mr Walbourne
3, Hold Your Fire - this song would have fit perfectly on Kami Thompson's solo album. It's slightly edgy and angst-y with some lovely understated guitar playing from James Walbourne.
4. Habit - another pretty acoustic piece with wonderful harmony vocals from Thompson and Walbourne,

Now it transpires that three of these songs will appear on their new album Fair Warning by The Rails, their new outfit but don't let that put you buying this and adding to their coffers, I am sure these songs will have evolved over the two years since they were first released so these early versions will mark an interesting part in their evolution. Buy this and buy Fair Warning by The Rails.


Lifesigns
Lifesigns
Price: £11.24

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Prog for sure but uninspiring!, 17 April 2014
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This review is from: Lifesigns (Audio CD)
Despite some excellent pedigree on this album (Mr Bass himself, Nick Beggs for example) this all sounds a little too pedestrian for me. Don't get me wrong the musicianship is top draw as you would expect from these musicians (John Young, Nick Beggs, Steve Rispin and appearances from prog legends Steve Hackett, Thijs Van Leer and Jakko Jakszyk). It should be great but it really is only good at best. You may like it, you should probably buy it but I doubt I will go back to it too often.


Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep
Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep
Price: £9.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!, 23 Jun. 2013
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If this is what happens when Nick di Virgilio leaves then it makes me wonder. Spock's Beard at their best were eccentric, eclectic, pastoral, melodic, powerful. Then Neal Morse left and you still had the melodic and powerful but what made them so good was the special musical and lyrical ingredient Neal Morse leave's with everything he does. The previous three albums without Neal Morse were good but they weren't great like Kindness of Strangers, The Light, Snow, Beware of Darkness. Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep is a great album. Not because Neal Morse has returned to the fold, he hasn't but he does contribute to a few songs. It's Ted Leonard, formerly of Embrace. His vocals, his songwriting, all add something which we have missed in SB albums of late - that special extra bit of class and intelligence we all knew and loved. This is a great album with no weak tracks and it comes highly recommended.


Action Packed - The Best Of The Capitol Years
Action Packed - The Best Of The Capitol Years
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £4.43

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of a small obsession, 13 Jun. 2013
I borrowed this CD initially from the library around 10 years ago. I'd had the Neil Finn song "Persuasion" in my collection ever since it was first released but never joined the dots with Richard Thompson. Then I heard Beeswing on Radio Two and decided I should explore RT's music. So first the loan from the library and then within a few months I went to huge efforts getting my hands on every single official RT release I could find, CD or vinyl, whatever I could get. RT's music is now a core part of my collection and thanks to the creative output of the man, the collection is still growing. Back to Action Packed though. Frankly, what's not to like. 19 perfectly crafted songs. Once you hear this, you will want to buy all the others. Looking at the track list again, I struggle to think of any better "best of" album by any artist. There isn't a bad song on this.

1 Turning of the Tide 5 out of 5
2 Waltzing's for Dreamers 5 out of 5
3 1952 Vincent Black Lightning 5 out of 5
4 I Misunderstood 5 out of 5
5 I Feel So Good 5 out of 5
6 Keep Your Distance 5 out of 5
7 King of Bohemia 5 out of 5
8 I Can't Wake Up to Save My Life 5 out of 5
9 Beeswing 5 out of 5
10 The Ghost of You Walks 5 out of 5
11 Razor Dance (Voltage Enhanced) 5 out of 5
12 Cold Kisses 4 out of 5
13 Bathsheba Smiles 4 out of 5
14 Cooksferry Queen 5 out of 5
15 Uninhabited Man 5 out of 5
16 Walking the Long Miles Home 5 out of 5
17 Persuasion (featuring Teddy Thompson) 5 out of 5
18 Mr. Rebound 4 out of 5
19 Fully Qualified to Be Your Man 4 out of 5


Beyond Boundaries
Beyond Boundaries
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Price: £21.28

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only acoustic guitar CD you will ever want to own?, 30 Jan. 2002
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This review is from: Beyond Boundaries (Audio CD)
Possibly. This is perhaps one of the most carefully thought out compilation CDs I've ever come across. Every track is a standout, even the previously unreleased "Echoes" tracks at the end. It doesn't contain every single beautiful guitar solo by Michael Hedges, but then you would need a box set to do this man justice.
If you play the guitar, you'll know that 99.99% of all songs are played in a standard tuning - EADGBE. Not Michael Hedges - this would have been far too simple. But don't think that the art is drowned out by the technique, quite the reverse. Every tuning he used created its own atmosphere, its own resonance and its own unique sound. It allowed him to create music on the guitar that just didn't exist anywhere else, then or now some five years after he died tragically in a car accident.
The track "Aerial Boundaries" is a good example of how the combination of his tunings and special two handed picking/hammering style almost created a guitar orchestra sound - but it's just one man and his guitar in a single take. "Baal T'Shuvah" is another breathtaking song - words aren't enough to describe it's simple beauty.
Is this the only acoustic guitar CD you'll ever want to own? No,because once you hear this you'll want to hear more.


Oracle
Oracle
Offered by playanywhere
Price: £19.99

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best guitarist in the world...ever!, 12 Dec. 2000
This review is from: Oracle (Audio CD)
If you've never heard the man play then you are missing out on an important musical experience.
Michael Hedges was one of the best players to pick up a guitar. Sadly he died in December 1997 in a motor vehicle accident. His style was second to none - two handed playing, fabulous alternate tunings but most of all beautiful beautiful music.
Most reviews you read (Amazon included) tend to focus on his seminal 1984 album "Aerial Boundaries". I rate "Oracle" as just as important, just as amazing and just as beautiful. From the opening "The 2nd Law" to the closing "When I Was 4" his playing simply oozes out of your CD player. There's even a great version of Frank Zappa's classic song, "Sofa No. 1".....
I can't force you to buy this CD, maybe if you're curious you should try "Aerial Boundaries" first but if you like acoustic guitar, beautiful tunes and fantastic guitar playing then save your pennies, Deutschmarks, dollars, etc and buy this too.
If you're like me, it may inspire you to pick up a guitar again after a long time!


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