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And So I'll Walk: And Other Poems
And So I'll Walk: And Other Poems
by Jake Rawkin
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Moving poems., 24 Dec. 2011
I found this to be an excellent collection of modern poetry, deep, meaningful and very moving. I would recommend this collection of fine poems to anyone that loves great poetry.

Live At The Royal Albert Hall, London, 19th May 1997
Live At The Royal Albert Hall, London, 19th May 1997
Price: £9.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Live Album, 1 Feb. 2011
Quick Review - As the other reviewers have said this is an excellent live album, no doubt. Recorded at the Albert Hall over the 19th/20th May 1997 this captures the Seeds at a transitional phase in their career. All the tracks are wonderful but for me its live renditions of the Boatman's call tracks that make this CD so good ('Stranger than kindness' is wonderful as well mind you). I've knocked one star off because 'The weeping song' is missing, why??? All in all this along with 'live seeds' are essential for any fans of Nick Cave.
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Legends Of Country Blues
Legends Of Country Blues
Price: £28.64

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Early Blues Masters, 10 Dec. 2009
Typically wonderful value JSP set featuring the early recordings of Skip James, Son House, Bukka White, Tommy Johnson and Ismon Bracey. If you like early blues you will certainly won't these artists in your collection. The cd's are well remastered with superior sound quality to labels such as document and catfish. On the downside there is some noticeable compression and high end loss when compared with the masterful Yazoo releases (although nowhere near as damaging as the dreadful catfish remasters) but on the plus side they are less hissy and possibly easier to liten to for newcomers to this genre.

Gossip in the Grain
Gossip in the Grain
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £8.81

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars He Used to be Great, 7 May 2009
This review is from: Gossip in the Grain (Audio CD)
I used to truly love Ray Lamontagne. I thought 'Trouble' was the start of something! I picked up the initial release of Trouble in 2004 and started listening to the early live solo shows (from 2003 onwards) and some were brilliant (e.g. The 2004 London water rats show was stunning) and with a fair amount of passion and grit, but then something changed within Ray and not for the better. As a big collector of bootlegs I noticed that he was starting to 'soften' and 'smooth out' the rough edges of his vocals and music in the live arena. For example the ending of Trouble used to be a gravelly, epic affair but even by the middle of 2005 it had lost its meaning and started to sound like a soft ballad as opposed to a cry of anguish. Sadly his last two records also display this watered down approach. This 'softening' and over production of everything he touches is a purely commercial strategy used to increase Ray's popularity and sell more cd's! Ray has lost his integrity. Some reviewers mention that he is 'humble' and the front cover on this album is certainly trying to convey that, but that's all it is! A simple but deliberate marketing ploy to sanitise the image and once great music of Ray Charles Lamontagne. I will still listen to his music occasionally but only the 5 demo albums he recorded (the best stuff he ever did, get them!), the debut and early live shows up to around March/April 2005 when I stopped collecting his music. He is now a sell out im afraid and his wish to have the demo albums 'buried' shows a disturbing lack of musical taste. This album and the last are exercises in mediocrity, he used to be more! Surely Ray is being forced by his record comapny to make this bland nonsense? Check out the early demo's and solo shows for a real quality performer or even the early band performance from Jan/Feb 2005 which were wonderful. Listen to the early solo versions of Trouble, Hannah, Jolene, Three days and Sarah which puts this album version to utter shame. With hindsight the Trouble album was the start of his downfall. Ray please leave this label and start producing real music again, you won't sell as many records but you won't have to compromise and sell out either.

Sunday At Devil Dirt
Sunday At Devil Dirt

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid if Safe Outing from Wonderful Singer/Songwriter, 4 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Sunday At Devil Dirt (Audio CD)
Sunday at Devil Dirt is a solid outing from Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell and builds on their pleasant 2006 debut 'Ballad of the broken seas'. Once again its mainly a mixture of folk and pop with a dash of blues ('shotgun blues'). Being a long time Mark Lanegan fan (since whiskey) I feel his best work is still Whiskey for the Holy Ghost (1993) closely followed by The Winding sheet (1990), Field songs (2001) and Scraps at midnight (1998). The weird chill e.p. and Bubblegum albums marked an interesting change in direction, heavily influenced by Mark's time in Queens of the stone age and while these were engaging thay could not match the majority of his classic output. After Bubblegum I was hoping like many Lanegan fans for another solo album but thus far it has not materialised (but there are rumours as always!). Since this time we have seen many side projects but none have matched the genius displayed on his early solo efforts. The Soulsavers, The gutter Twins and now two albums with Isobel have all simply reinforced what we already knew, that Mark Lanegan is one of the best vocalists and songwriters out there, but they have not i feel added anything to his wonderful legacy. There is nothing particularly bad on Sunday at Devil Dirt but it doesn't exite much either. It's pleasant and relaxing and if approached as such then its a perfectly enjoyable 2a.m. record but don't go expecting a Pendulum, Museum or one way street here its just not that moving or deep, and i don't think its intended to be. If you think im being harsh try making a two disc compilation of the best Lanegan Tracks and see how many you pick from his collaborations. Personally the best thing i've heard from Mark in the last few years is his cover of Dylan's wonderful 'Man in the long black coat' a song tailor made for Mark's vocals if ever there was one. Lanegan appears to be happier in his life and his ever increasing output is proof that he has got over a lot of the troubles he suffered from in the past which is a wonderful thing for him personally but artistically im not so sure. The bonus live disc that accompanies this edition is pleasant although i'd have liked a little more reverb on Mark's voice and a slightly more respectful crowd! (they exist, some of the boots are proof of this). Also why not fill the disc up and add a few more live tracks from that night? 3.5 stars overall and worth picking up for the Lanegan lover.

Live At The Gaslight 1962
Live At The Gaslight 1962

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Complete missing 7 tracks, 23 May 2008
I love Dylan and the music on this cd is worth 5 stars no doubt but why do we only get 10 of the 17 tracks? Where are 'no more auction block', 'black cross', 'ain't no more cane', 'ballad of Hollis Brown', 'see that my grave is kept clean', 'motherless children', and 'kindhearted woman blues'. All 17 tracks fit on one cd and can be found on numerous bootlegs in just as good if not better sound quality. I have at least three alternate versions of this show and they all sound great and are all complete unlike this. I've given it three stars because the artwork and the booklet are nicely put together but this really isn't good enough.
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Family Tree
Family Tree
Price: £10.09

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, But Should Have Been better!, 3 May 2008
This review is from: Family Tree (Audio CD)
Other reviewers have already commented at some length as to the merits of these old home recordings by the masterful Nick Drake and they are excellent, but I feel this collection could and should have been better. What we have here are a selection of home recordings extremely well remastered. These recordings have been floating around on the net and on at least 9 unofficial bootlegs for several years but the difference in the sound quality on this official release is significant and therefore justifies the purchase of this set without a doubt. But the real problem I have with Family Tree is that this cd alone will not make you want to throw out your old bootlegs because this set is simply not long enough to satisfy a big Nick Drake fan and after all that's surely who this set is really aimed at. The casual fan is not going to want to go beyond a 'best of' compilation or the three main albums but someone who's really into Drake's music is going to want a lot more than this and herein lies the problem with Family Tree. We get one wonderful Dylan cover (Tomorrow is a long time) but not the other one (Don't think twice, it's alright)we also miss out on some other great covers namely Betty and Dupree, summertime, Dino Valente's 'Get together', Cocaine blues etc. Commendably at the end of the set we get lovely stripped down versions of 'Day is done' and 'way to blue' but why not the beautiful stripped down versions of 'Three hours', 'Hazey Jane' or 'fly'? Where is the sublime 'picked' version of 'Place to be' or the great sounding parasite takes etc etc. Im not suggesting that every single track, take, alternate version has to be included but there are some real ommisions here wich is a real pity beacuse they sound great even on substandard bootlegs. Family Tree was never never going to be a commercial venture so why not go that bit extra and give the real fans something to really sink their teeth into? Another reviewer said that they hoped this would be the last Drake release for fear of 'Scraping the barrel' I personally think one more volume would wrap things up nicely. Buy this for the great music and sound (comparitively speaking) but don't throw your boots away just yet!
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When The Levee Breaks: Mississippi Blues Rare Cuts 1926-1941
When The Levee Breaks: Mississippi Blues Rare Cuts 1926-1941
Price: £27.28

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Excellent Early Blues from JSP, 28 Nov. 2007
Well this is my 11th JSP set and its really wonderful, possibly the best overall. Rare blues no doubt but also blues of the highest caliber. If your new to early blues I would start with collecting recorded works by the big names of Delta, Piedmont, country and Gospel blues first(Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, willie brown, Blind Willie Mctell, Blind Blake, Blind boy fuller, Bukka White, Skip James, Barbecue Bob, Reverand Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Furry Lewis, Robert wilkins, Frank Stokes, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Joe Taggart etc etc!). Once you have digested this material I would start collecting material by lesser known artists on labels such as Document, Yazoo and JSP. This set like many of the wonderful Yazoo cd's contains some very obscure music by artists that lacked luck not talent. Most of this music on this incredibly priced set is of the highest caliber but personal favourites (and 'new' artists to me) include the emotionally powerful Mississippi Bracey (particularly 'you scolded me and drove me'), Buddy boy hawkins, Freddie Spruell, Joe mccoy, Jelly jaw short, and willie 61 Blackwell. Other artists which will impress if you haven't heard them before are Kid bailey, sam collins, blind willie/joe reynolds, Garfield akers, william harris, otto virgial and jim thompkins). This amount of music on Yazoo would cost you probably £45-50 so this is a steal. Other JSP sets i would go for would be Masters of the country blues, The guitar evangelists vol 1 & 2, masters of memphis blues, blind willie mctell, blind boy fuller although they are all good.
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Rev. Gary Davis And The Guitar Evangelists Volume 2
Rev. Gary Davis And The Guitar Evangelists Volume 2
Price: £18.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb, 24 Nov. 2007
I have only had a few spins of this set but already i would say this i another superb JSP set. Some of the music is very samey but when the quality is this high who cares. The sound quality on the wonderful nd incredible intense Blind Gary Davis recordings is as good as i've heard and this is a great companion to volume 1. I'll review it in some depth in the future, but if you like old pre war blues or gospel i can't see how you could fail to love this.

Blind Willie Johnson & The Guitar Evangelists
Blind Willie Johnson & The Guitar Evangelists

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JSP set that's sweeter than honey in the comb, 31 Aug. 2007
This is an excellent JSP Collection of Blind Willie Johnson and artists of similiar ilk. If you like Blind Willie Johnson (if you don't you should see a doctor or therapist) im sure the other artists here will appeal to some extent, and given the price of this set you can't go wrong. The only problem i have encountered thus far is the rigid chronological format that JSP 'religiously' (sorry!) sticks to, which (like their mostly good Patton set) means that Johnson's material is broken up with other artists due to the recording date. This can get a little frustrating because his music is so intense it dampens the effect a little but does provide a more varied listen. On initial listens im still going to give this set 5 beacuse its such good value. The remastering is typical JSP fair, well done but some high end loss and a slightly compressed sound (compared with Hissier but more vibrant Yazoo releases) and the packaging and notes are short and simple. in Short this is a set very worth owning (as is volume 2 featuring the masterful Blind Reverend Gary Davis) to any fan of truly authentic music.
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