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Songs of Freedom
Songs of Freedom
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical heaven, 2 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Songs of Freedom (Audio CD)
This is the perfect companion piece to the Legend best of compilation of 1984. In particular the first 2 cds are a treasure trove of classic Wailers recordings from their first number one single in Jamaica, Simmer Down, to the genre defining recordings with Lee "Scratch" Perry. There are some omissions of great songs (Corner Stone, African Herbsman etc.) but this is a wonderful collection of the first decade of Bob Marley's career together with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. It was clearly influenced by the Bob Dylan bootleg series 1-3 which was released a year earlier and shows that Bob Marley enjoyed a recording career that almost equalled that of Bob Dylan until Marley's untimely passing in 1981. Legend scratches at the surface of his genius, this compilation delves deeper into what made this enigmatic musician and his compatriots legends in their lifetimes.


Catch A Fire
Catch A Fire
Price: £12.96

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums ever (the Jamaican version), 2 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Catch A Fire (Audio CD)
Island Records' 1973 release Catch A Fire is a good album, arguably the best album released by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh during their illustrious careers. But the original Jamaican recordings with Lee "Scratch" Perry at the controls offer a glimpse of musical heaven. They continue what they started with such trailblazing recordings as Small Axe, Soul Rebel, Downpressor, Mr Brown, African Herbsman and Trenchtown Rock and go one better. Many recordings are new versions of previously recorded songs (Concrete Jungle, Stop That Train, 400 Years) but these recordings are on a different planet to the original versions. Perry's production is first rate allowing the Wailers' vocal melodical brilliance to shine above a strong Barrett brothers drum and bass foundation. It is for reggae music what The Beatles' Revolver and Sgt Pepper were to rock music - it redefines the genre. It is just a shame that this great Jamaican version of the album is not currently available on vinyl. Sadly, The Wailers would produce only one more album before going their separate ways. This is their finest hour.
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A Man Needs a Woman [VINYL]
A Man Needs a Woman [VINYL]
Price: £15.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul genius, 18 April 2013
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James Carr was a soul music genius. This vinyl issue is not the highest quality but the sublime artistry shines through. My personal favourite on this album alongside the classic Dark End of the Street is the wonderful duet I'm a Fool for You.

A must have for any collector of timeless musical excellence.


Revolver [VINYL]
Revolver [VINYL]
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest album in rock history, 29 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Revolver [VINYL] (Vinyl)
It may be a cliche by now but the ageing process that has taken some of the shine off Sgt Pepper and some of The Beatles' other recordings has seemingly spared this masterpiece of British musical creativity. No other album in rock history has the sheer range of styles performed to such perfection, from Paul McCartney's most sublime recordings (Eleanor Rigby, For No One, Here There and Everywhere, Good Day Sunshine) via pre-Pythonesque irreverence (Taxman, Yellow Submarine) and George Harrison's emergence as a serious songsmith (Love You To, I Want to Tell You) to John Lennon's greatest work before his 1967 creative outburst (I'm Only Sleeping, And Your Bird Can Sing, Tomorrow Never Knows). A must have for any serious collector of rock music. The 2012 vinyl remaster sounds brilliant and brings across a warmth that a CD, no matter how well remastered, simply cannot match. Hats off to John, Paul, George, Ringo and Mr Martin who played a significant role as producer to tie the ingenious parts into a cohesive masterpiece.


The Wire: Complete HBO Season 1-5 [DVD]
The Wire: Complete HBO Season 1-5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dominic West
Price: £39.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV's War & Peace, 28 Jan. 2010
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'The Wire' is for TV what 'War & Peace' is for novels - probably the greatest story ever told in such detail & scope, from the lowly footsoldier of the multi-million dollar drugs trade to the upper echelons of City Hall. Each character is a fully fledged believable human being not just a means to a narrative end. And just like its illustrious inspiration, it captures the essence of life at a certain place and time in history, in this case urban America at the turn of the 21st century. Truly inspirational and proof that TV doesn't have to be mere opium for the masses.


Love On The Rails
Love On The Rails
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant debut album, 12 May 2008
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This review is from: Love On The Rails (Audio CD)
If blues and good old fashioned rock n roll set your heart beating then this album is a keeper. I've known these guys for years and their school-of-hard-knocks road to success has enriched their debut album with some fine moments. Highlights include the deliriously upbeat Holly (a dirge cloaked in the adrenalin of a 60s stomp), the cinematic storytelling of Who Dunnit and the heartbreakingly beautiful love songs Old Familiar Song and Truckin' Along.
There are many more fine songs that this band from north London has performed on the road up and down the UK and abroad and that have yet to be released on record - so keep your eyes and ears peeled for more!


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