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Virgins And Philistines
Virgins And Philistines
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still A Classic, 11 April 2010
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This review is from: Virgins And Philistines (Audio CD)
Yes there is about twenty seconds of faint hearts missing but otherwise this is a fine reissue.
It is good to see both The Colourfield albums available again.
This album should be embraced as a long lost friend.
My advice would be to ignore the negative reviews and buy yourself one of the great overlooked albums of the 80's.
Great packaging and fine informitive sleeve notes, not to mention some fantastic extra tracks.
All i can say is that it sounds great to me.
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Bruce Springsteen Tribute:Play Some Pool,Skip Some Schoo
Bruce Springsteen Tribute:Play Some Pool,Skip Some Schoo
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Global Pop Tribute To The Boss., 16 Nov. 2009
I feel the first review of this album a trifle unfair.First and foremost this is a global pop tibute. Yes there are a few duff tracks the worst offender being Darren Hayman (whom i'm a huge fan of) murdering "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)".
I love MJ Hibbet's version of "Glory Days" surely a direct nod to John Otway and Glam Chops version of "Born In The USA" is brilliant nonsense.
I'm a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen and have quite a few tribute albums and various artist compilations and this stands alongside the best of them.
I think the last reviewer wanted an all out poodle rock fest. Heaven forbid if the likes of Skid Row, Velvet Revolver or the Anti-Elvis himself Jon Bon Jovi got hold of any of these tracks.
Springsteen himself has mentioned lately that he likes Neko Case, Bright Eyes and Th' Legendary Shack Shakers to name but three acts whom your average rock fan may scoff at.
The whole purpose of this album was to gather artists from around the world to pay tribute to a man who connects with people and show that his songs trancend many a culture and musical style. Quite simply this album is a celebration of a great songwriter and for that reason it works.
Ps Piney Gir's Version of "Waiting On A Sunny Day" is my favourite track.
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Laughin' And Cryin' With The Reverend Horton Heat
Laughin' And Cryin' With The Reverend Horton Heat
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth The Wait, 10 Sept. 2009
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Reverend Horton Heat's first album since the festive fun of "We Three Kings" in 2005 is a cracker.
With long time sidekick Jimbo Wallace on bass ,Tim Alexander on piano and accordion and new drummer Paul Simmons the Rev leads with his guitar to make a wonderous rockabilly sound.
I also think that this is Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath finest colletion of lyrics yet. It makes such a refreshing change from all the pomp rock that is filling our daytime airwaves at the moment.
Rockabilly is a much overlooked genre which has given us such a lot of great guitar pickers. Listen to the instrumental track "Spacewalk" and you realise that these boys can play.
Of the fourteen tracks on this album i could not single any one out but "Oh God ! Doesn't Work In Vegas" is the rockinest thing i've heard for a long while. "Aw ,The Humanity" deserves a special mention for name checking all the members of Led Zep.
After hearing this album like me you'll be certain of two things.
1.Reverend Horton Heat have made a great record once more.
2."There Ain't No Saguaro In Texas".

From Hell To Texas
From Hell To Texas
Price: £12.87

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock 'n' Roll Is Reborn., 28 July 2009
This review is from: From Hell To Texas (Audio CD)
At last a true feel good all out rocking good album. Great singing, playing and fantastic songs. The perfect party album to blow away your blues. Crack open a bottle crank up the hi fi and let yourself go. A dozen tracks of sheer delight. It's like poodle rock never happened. Check out "Why Why Why" or "Lazy Jesus" then like me you'll just know you'll have to hear the rest.
This is the way a rock album should sound.

The Brentford Trilogy
The Brentford Trilogy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dig These Moods, 7 July 2009
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Three of the most essential albums by any singer songwriter. These albums are a master class in quality songwriting.
This is the point in Nick's career where he broke free of the shackles of record company manipulation and truly found himself as a perfomer.
Inspired by having his heart broken these songs have a timeless quality which evoke hints of Gershwin, Hank Williams and Leonard Cohen to name but a few.
Somewhere in my head i can hear Nat King Cole singing "You Inspire Me". To be that powerful a songwriter that i imagine cover versions that never can be proves Nick Lowe can capture your soul and put it in the song. This is sheer understated power.

The Song of the Soul: The Authorised Martin Stephenson Biography
The Song of the Soul: The Authorised Martin Stephenson Biography
by Richard Cundill
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Overdue Overview., 7 Jun. 2009
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Richard Cundill and Mark Bradley have created a great account of one of England's finest songwriters.
The thread that weaves through this book is Martin's love for music and his fans love for him. Documenting Martin's stuggle with the music industry fat cats and with the demon drink whilst giving a fair critique of his recorded work.
As a fan i found this book compelling and a bit sad as i'm reminded of how little coverage his finest work recieved by the music press.
On the upside we are reminded Martin got by with the reputation for fine live performances and a loyal e group.
The resounding message of this book is you can't underestimate the power of the people and the power of music.
The book also includes a discography which i found handy to put my collection in chronilogical order as Martin seemed to put out a cd every other month for a while. I've just found out that three more are on their way. Thank you gents for a valued account of a national treasure.

Devil On The Wind
Devil On The Wind

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Breeze., 2 Jun. 2009
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Since 1985 this band have gave us some mighty fine folk rock albums.
This latest offering doesn't disappoint sounding like The Clash jamming with The Byrds with a touch of The Pogues making a great refreshing rock 'n' roll racket. Cush's gravel voiced throaty vocals and Swill's smooth rich tones and harmonies compliment each other perfectly.
Thanks to many guests including the amazing violin of Bobby Valentino this album has a rich full sound. The title track with it's Eastern instrumentation hijacks your senses and pulls you into a wonderous musical journey. "Beast Of Brechfa" roared by Swill is a bit cajun with a little dose of prog rock (thanks to Nick Muir's keyboards) and just bonkers but great."A Real Rain" is an old fashioned rockabilly stomper. Elsewhere the bands influences gel together to create warm and rich sounds. I love every track on this album the quality of the playing is matched by the song writing.
I have been a fan of this band from the start and while this may not be there finest hour it certainly may be there finest forty odd minutes.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FINE TRIBUTE, 22 May 2009
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Nice to hear Steve Earle giving these songs a new lease of life. I've heard too many Townes songs watered down and sucked of all feeling by too various to mention. Steve adds an earthy and gritty edge to these classics which he learned from his mentor. There are no bad tracks on this album but (Quicksilver Daydreams Of) Maria has always been my favourite Townes Van Zandt song and Steve's version is almost as beautiful.
To conclude Steve Earle is not just a fine songwriter but also a fine singer of songs.

Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women
Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women
Price: £18.19

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Of Greatness, 20 April 2009
After the death of his best friend and band mate Chris Gaffney, Dave's hurt was too recent to step back on stage with His band The Guilty Men.
What we have here is Dave and an all female backing band of crack musicians and singers. A fusion of country, blues, soul, gospel, folk, rock 'n' roll and even an old show tune (Que Sera Sera) make this a fine mixture of quality American Music.
"Downey Girl" a tribute to Karen Carpenter and Dave's hometown is a thing of sheer beauty and wonder. It is refreshing to hear that music so well played and sung is being made.
Elsewhere Dave reclaims "Marie Marie" and does a fine tribute to Big Joe Turner.
The ladies who play and sing on this album include Cindy Cashdollar, Amy Farris and Christy McWilson who after hearing make me want to check out more.
I have been listening to this album for over a week on stream and all i can conclude is that it deserves awards a plenty.
Thank you Dave Alvin in helping keep great music alive.

Sgt. Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show, 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD]
Sgt. Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show, 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Phil Silvers

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King Of Sit Coms, 29 Mar. 2009
Here is a tip to get you through life if you know someone that doesn't like Bilko then they are not worth knowing. Trust me i have met a few and they are dull and miserable individuals.
Bilko is fast paced well written with a few ad-libs flung in every now and then. Overall Bilko is timeless unlike a lot of bilge that trys to pass itself for comedy these days. At times when i've been at complete lows in my life i stick on some Bilko and the world begins to shine again.
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