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Disco Devil: The Jamaican Discomixes
Disco Devil: The Jamaican Discomixes
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great material but uneven transfers, 25 Mar. 2014
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The material on here is of course some of the greatest reggae ever made. I bought many of the originals and still have them and was wondering whether to swap them for this release and cash in on the high prices they now fetch.

The quality of the transfers on this CD is variable. Sons of Slaves and History are just like the vinyl originals. Disco Devil is a different version from the 12 inch single on Black Art which has been sped up significantly spoiling the vocals and swing of the rhythm, and the sound is a bit muddy. Free the Prisoners is a bit bright and flat - the various levels of sounds and instruments seem to have a physical depth on vinyl that has not survived. Listening all the way through these cds I'd say this release is unpredictable - just like the old days. But I shan't be selling the originals after all!


Bison Tix Contact Adhesive Gel 50ml
Bison Tix Contact Adhesive Gel 50ml
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best contact adhesive on the markey, 8 Nov. 2011
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I have tried every contact adhesive on the market and found some stringy, some weak, some difficult to work with, others prone to drying out in the tube. This one is by far the best. Easy to use, consistent, strong, and durable.


Dicks Picks 13
Dicks Picks 13

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid later Dead but not great., 28 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Dicks Picks 13 (Audio CD)
By 81 the Dead had become cumbersome and rather unsubtle. Everything rode on the two drummers, who had long since lost the poly-rhythmic energy from the early days as heard on Live Dead. Instead they double everything, including snares, but slightly out with each other. The effect is that the music no longer swings and the drummers no longer follow but lead by default. This set was recorded the night after the IRA prisoner Bobby Sands died. Weir dedicates the song He's Gone to him. As an insult to innocent people who were blown apart by Sand and his friends this is comparable with siding with Osama Bin Laden on 9/12. It just shows that the Dead, bless them, had lost it.


Beyond Status Geometry
Beyond Status Geometry
Price: £18.52

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous otherworldly music, 29 April 2009
This review is from: Beyond Status Geometry (Audio CD)
Chris Dench's apparently complex and intellectual music actually serves the simple purpose of producing passages of sublime feeling or excitement. We can say the same of Bach or Berg. Though in my opinion his sensibility is closer to a unique combination of Schubert and Scriabin. Listen to the final six minutes of Beyond Status Geometry to hear what I mean. The sounds are perfectly heard, the effect magical. Music to stir the soul!


In Camera: Remastered & Expanded
In Camera: Remastered & Expanded
Price: £6.29

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radical and adventurous, 12 Nov. 2007
This was the first album by PH, and by almost anyone, to have been recorded at home on a four-track, then mixed up in a studio where the vocals were added. The sound is extraordinary and the songs vital. Without using a click-track or any other technique to keep things in line, the music has an unprecedented freedom, speeding and slowing naturally as the moment demands, and delivering the most spine-tingling of emotional twists. The sound is harsh rather than tender, so even the softer songs have an edge. And the range of material is so wide that we are reminded of what the pioneers of rock could encompass back in the early days before the country had been mapped and fences erected. It ranges in fact from the touching simplicity of Again to the swirling passionate madness of Gog, which slips into free-playing of the most energetic and focussed kind in Magog. More than a great album, it is a benchmark to be played regularly.


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