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D. Gilbert "Stone me, what a life !" (Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom)

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City Boy / Dinner At The Ritz Expanded Edition
City Boy / Dinner At The Ritz Expanded Edition
Price: £13.02

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER LIVE RECORDING RUINED, 30 Aug. 2015
2 absolutely wonderful albums. Previous reviewer Mr Bolet is so right, these first 2 albums were so intelligently crafted. All the rest of their stuff is soaked in American AOR. ( Parts of TDTECF are tollerable ).........quite simply Roy Wards singing ruined them, totally unneeded an a totally unnecessary vocalist addition ).
What really DESTROYS this release for me is the fact that the idiot who did the live recording production has removed the song intros/between song banter..........an ESSENTIAL part of any live in concert recording, especially City Boy......i saw them 5 times, 3 times before their hit single, ( yawn ). These are now just a collection of live recordings that could have come from anywhere. For those of you who might have the live recording from Birmingham Barbarellas, Dec 14th '76............I RECORDED IT ! It has the only known recording of Street Corner Love. Listen to their banter between songs and you'll se what i mean.
I'm very tempted to send this back, sounds just as good as the Renaissance Records release to me. It just has the addition of Teleulah.

Frogeye Sprite: The Complete Story
Frogeye Sprite: The Complete Story
by John Baggott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm, not too sure, 25 Dec. 2013
Fantastic book, yes..........that can't be denied due to the unbelievably phenomenal research that's gone into it. There's a bit of a caveat though.............if, ( like me ), you've not got the slightest interest in racing, rallying, competition etc, then you'll perhaps be a bit disappointed as 3/4 of this book is taken by the competition/racing history of over 80 specific cars, all noted by registration number. There's also the history of some very early cars by chassis number, including 3 of the first 5. Number crunching i do find interesting, ( it's got details of the LAST right-hand-drive car built ), but when you've read the race/comp etc history of 5 or so cars it becomes one tedious yawn trying to trawl through the rest of them............an interesting addendum to some of these tales though is "what happened next" after the racing etc finished. How some of this info was found is amazing, knowing as i do how long it took Jonathon Bird to unearth the history of 410 EAO.
There is of course other fascinating information, Jonathon Birds story of his finding and restoration of 410 EAO, ( which was serialised in the "Midget and Sprite" clubs magazine MASCOT some years ago ). Contemporary tuners like Speedwell, Alexander, Shorrock have detailed info....... There's the story of Healeys' Supersprite, and the full history of the Isle Of Wight Frogeyes......and there is a lot more specific info on other subjects too.

So, i can't deny a superlative book.

The basic Frogeye production history is well known, BUT 3/4 of this book is based on it's competition history. Which is no bad thing, if you own one of them and want to know it.

Horslips: Tall Tales - The Official Biography
Horslips: Tall Tales - The Official Biography
by Mark Cunningham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.94

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb !!, 22 Dec. 2013
No need for long explanations...........this is an excellent book. Very interesting and very readable......unlike that Gentle Giant rubbish i bought a few years ago.
A must-have for any self respecting Horslips fan........buy it !!

Birmingham - Live With Orchestra & Choir
Birmingham - Live With Orchestra & Choir
Price: £12.65

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed and so mediocre, 17 Oct. 2013
FIRSTLY.........I was there.........been a fan for 40 years. Saw the original band twice, that first time they were wearing the sailor suits as on Human Menagerie. Have seen Steve well over 20 times.
This CD has been desecrated by the TOTALLY UNNECESSARY editing of Steves talking to the audience. That's always been a highlight of his shows. At least 15 minutes has been removed..............WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY............... A small niggle some of you may think, but this persistent unnecessary editing on all sorts of live recordings so riles me !
I was disappointed even during the concert. He introduced the band, orchestra and choir, ( EDITED OFF THE CD ), but no mention of the ORIGINAL line up............THEY ONLY RECORDED THOSE 2 LP's with you Steve. Stuart got a mention due to his absence, but why not Milton, John and especially Paul !!!!! He spoke about people from Australia, USA, Canada and Europe being there.....EDITED OUT !!! WHY ?? And the lone fan who bought a ticket moments after they went on sale, in the centre of the highest row in the gods at the top of the theatre. He made great play on that ! EDITED OUT !!! WHY ?
The other gripe was that he did'nt really know the words to at least a couple of songs as he'd never performed them live. This he told us, and admitted to using an autocue. Ok, no problem there............but it was too far away for him to read !!! Even with his glasses on. That's why there's so much mumbling in 2 or 3 of the songs.......so unprofessional.
Everyone seems to be saying it was one of his best shows, ( except one fan on the official forum. He got slated, as will i, but at least he saw beyond the rose tinted glasses as well ).
The sound in the theatre was not that good surprisingly. Overall i thought it was all so mediocre.
Nothing wrong with the CD sound etc, comes across really well, BUT the most interesting and entertaining bits have been removed !!!
I'll be returning mine. I've ordered the DVD too. Lets see how that's been butchered then.
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801 Live at Hull
801 Live at Hull

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed., 19 Jan. 2013
This review is from: 801 Live at Hull (Audio CD)
It's an audience recorded bootleg. No doubt officially sanctioned. In a digipack. 3 page foldout "booklet" that gives nigh-on no details. Track listing & credits, with lyrics to ONE song ! Pathetic. No venue or recording date. All disc says was released in 2009.
The original 801 only ever did 3 gigs.......Sept 76, when the original 801 Live was recorded, ( in London ). Now THAT is excellent. This is obviously a reformation......not quite the same line-up from the original, Phil Manzanera of course, & Bill MacCormick, but this time with Paul Thopson, Eddie Jobson, Simon Ainley & Dave Skinner.
Sound is very reasonable & very listenable, but becomes a bit dreary after 20 minutes.

Welcome To The Canteen
Welcome To The Canteen
Price: £5.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHERE'S THE WHOLE GIG ?????????????, 20 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Welcome To The Canteen (Audio CD)
Why "remaster" the original album release......?? Go get the master tape and give us the WHOLE gig !!!
What we have got is sublime.......absolutely brilliant ! Imagine what the whole gig was like ! Apparently it was taken from two gigs.....


1 star off for screwing up the opportunity !
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Station To Station
Station To Station

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT EVEN SO MUCH AS A THANK YOU !, 20 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Station To Station (Audio CD)
Having read reviews of this here, i really couldn't make my mind up whether to buy it or not. I'm a fan of DB of the 70 to 74 era. I'd actually never heard Station To Station, (apart from the singles of course), until hearing a couple of other songs on bootlegs. My main interest is the live concert recording.........one i hav'nt got for some odd reason. One review kept putting me off, saying some of the recordings are "a little ropey"....."(superior) bootleg quality"....."2nd half of the concert is somewhat unbalanced"..... !! A LOAD OF CRAP !!!! I did buy it in the end, & it sounds excellent to me !! I've got a thousand or so bootlegs, so i know a bad one when i hear one.........AND THIS AIN'T BAD ! In fact, it's EXCELLENT ! So ignore that critical review.
Now MY criticism of the live show is this.......did DB not speak at all during this gig apart from introducing the band , ( which is a bit echoey ). It's blatantly obvious that the morons who engineered & produced this have edited out ALL of Davids between song chat and song intro's !!!! For the whole gig not a word is said, not even a thank you !!!!
Minus a star for their spoiling tactics !!!

The Road To The O2 [DVD]
The Road To The O2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Horslips
Price: £10.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT !!, 14 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: The Road To The O2 [DVD] (DVD)
As my title says............BRILLIANT ! Could never be anything else ! And i was there too !!! SO WHY HAS ABOUT 10 MINUTES OF CHAT BEEN EDITED OUT ????????? This is happening TOO often, a lot of the time we just end up with a live juke box, the band seemingly not interacting with the audience at all ! ie, David Bowies "Stage". ( That's not really the case here at all ). Eamon came on stage at the start of the encore & presented gold discs, ( too himself at that.....odd ). All edited out ! And Charles' comment "GOT JOBS" ? Why remove that ?? THIS PETTY EDITING REALLY RILES ME.........give us the whole gig, start to finish, warts n all !!!!!!!

Still gets 5 stars...........ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT, even with my moaning !!
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At the BBC 1973-1975
At the BBC 1973-1975
Price: £15.01

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC IN CONCERT........SOMETHING FISHY !, 14 Feb. 2011
This review is from: At the BBC 1973-1975 (Audio CD)
I havn't physically got this yet, ( i will soon ). I've got all the session tracks from other sources........BRILLIANT !!
The BBC In Concert i used to have on the Windsong release, which was released in '95. Now this is where it gets odd..........the Windsong release had Twice Removed From Yesterday & Rock Me Baby on it ! They're missing here, BUT this release HAS got Too Rolling Stoned & I Can't Wait Much Longer, ( not on the Windsong release ! ). All included, that would make the In Concert recording about 75 to 80 minutes long. Back in those days, this was 1975 i think, the bands played just enough for the actual broadcast.......ONE HOUR ! ( Sometimes there were 2 bands :- 30 mins each ). So where have the extra songs come from ????????????? What's original & what isn't ????????? I would have thought perhaps there had been 2 separate In Concerts, but the track listing is just TOO similar !! 2 years before, or 2 years later, would have resulted in quite a different set list i'd have said !

So what's occurring ??

( Anyway, brilliant music all the same, but i'm a stickler for detail, so why can't they get it right. And i'll bet there's infernal edits between each song too !!! ).

Have now got this, & listening to it as i write this update ! The In Concert HAS been edited, there's no intro's to any of the songs AT ALL !!! WHY WHY WHY WHY do they have to do this ???????????????????????

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Price: £9.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.........BUT........., 3 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Stage (Audio CD)
I'll allude to nearly all the other reviews.......this is excellent quality ! But it still has that clinical 'air' about it. There's absolutely no between song interaction........ ( and it's happening too often with live recordings !!!!! ), did David say NOTHING to the audience ????? That's my only gripe really. Feels like the human touch has been removed.......and its made it into a live juke box !
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