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#1 Record
#1 Record
Price: £5.90

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music you just want to listen to, 28 Nov. 2009
This review is from: #1 Record (Audio CD)
The saga of Big Star is fairly well known in inner circles by this point. Alex Chilton's various recordings after the band's demise are also beginning to surface to the delight of loyal fans. Additionally, a number of today's artists have covered material from this record (namely Vanessa Paradis and Counting Crow's live performances of The Ballad of El Goodo). There seems to be a resurgence of interest and a new version of the band is out promoting their recently released box set.
Alex Chilton and Chris Bell's curious blending of Beatle pop, Memphis country soul, and echos of The Band set to a deeply personal and often revealing lyric universe would seem to harmonize well with todays Emo tinged indie rock.
This is a good record, not a great record. The songs promise a great deal but often leave the listener with the distinct feeling that they could have been done better. But it is dangerous to confuse informality with formlessness. That said, I find that I would rather listen to this record than a lot of other stuff that succeeded commercially, proving that the elusive quality of what works is often quite difficult to define.

Jazz After Dark Vol.2
Jazz After Dark Vol.2
Offered by Music-Finder
Price: £16.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Compilation, 26 May 2009
This review is from: Jazz After Dark Vol.2 (Audio CD)
Whoever chooses the material for this series of CD's: Jazz after Dark Vol. 1&2 has a fine understanding of what the meaningful recordings in the Jazz idiom are and where they can be found. Compilations are by their nature a product of the sensibility of the compilers and these two sets are first class. Great choices, well intergated and sequenced with a good sense of stylistic harmony and development.

The Essential
The Essential
Offered by para-dise
Price: £9.98

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Material hurt by distortion, 1 Feb. 2008
This review is from: The Essential (Audio CD)
This is a potentially wonderful collection of a great artist's finest work. Only the best songs have been chosen with care. 60 songs without a bum cut isn't bad. Unfortunately the entire set is marred by a low quality transfer from the analog tapes to CD. There is high end distortion on many of the tracks, audible specifically in the ends of words ending with the letter s. What a shame. I have heard better quality on other compilations, but the A&R work is great.

Love in a Small Town
Love in a Small Town
Offered by chris26821
Price: £10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New Producer, Please, 13 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Love in a Small Town (Audio CD)
KT Oslin is a wonderful singer and an artful and movingly intelligent songwriter. This album is marred by the monotonous production attitude and the sameness of the arrangements, primarily the synthysized keyboards which place the record uncomfortably close to the easy listening bin. Her lyrics save it to a certain degree but the girl needs a new producer and she needs to take some chances.

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