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Nasher Says Relax
Nasher Says Relax
by Brian Nash
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy it or get out the game..., 24 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Nasher Says Relax (Paperback)
I was 11 when Frankie exploded on the music scene. To this day, I still love them and believe Two Tribes is one of the best songs in history.

I found the book by accident. I tried reading Holly's book but gave in as his style and view of the world didn't quite chime with mine (no offence meant, Holly).

I bought Nasher's book because he lived the dream many of us had when we were young. Two things I'm left with about the man -

A) despite the fact he and the band were naive and screwed over by ZTT and then fell out years later, he truly cherishes his experience and wouldn't swap it for the world and
B) his devotion to his family and friends shows the quality of the man

Great book, really well written. Cheers for the music, Nasher, and cheers for the words.

Barcelona [Special Edition]
Barcelona [Special Edition]

45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A miracle sensation, 3 Sept. 2012
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SUMMARY - a re-recording of the 1988 album keeping the original vocals but replacing the previous musical track with an orchestral arrangement remaining 80% true to the original but with extra flourishes. Also contains an instrumental version of the re-recorded album, a CD of out takes (all of which are found on the large 2000 Freddie box set) and a DVD of songs whose original soundtracks have been replaced with the versions found in the album.

REVIEW - a real refresh of the much-loved, cult album fusing pop, rock, gospel, classical, oriental and piano music. Is this what the album would have been if Freddie had had the time or the inclination to write for an 80-piece orchestra? We will never know but, for me, this is not necessarily an improvement on a much cherished collection of songs but I loved every minute of the reinterpretation of it.

Songs like Ensueno and Guide Me Home have not been much altered with, but the title track, La Japonaise (the true treat of the original album), The Fallen Priest and The Golden Boy have been given a brand new drama and urgency. The version of Exercises In Free Love is not to be missed.

The outtakes are interesting but you'll probably only listen to them once out of curiosity. The videos are as good as ever - I love Montserrat chasing Freddie around the stage on The Golden Boy. The new edit of the Barcelona video features many rushes not seen before. The instrumentals album is punchy but obviously let down by no Fred or Monty (as you'd expect!)

As a life long Freddie fan, I loved it.

RECOMMENDED FOR - those who love the 1988 version

NOT YET RECOMMENDED FOR - those unfamiliar with the work. Buy and fall in love with the ground breaking original and hear Freddie's version first. When you know it word for word, buy this version and get ready to have your breath taken away ... again

PS 10 out of 10 for Amazon pre-ordering. Arrived on the day of release.
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