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Einar Agdal Stenseng (1392 Vettre, Norway)

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Downunder- Live In Australia
Downunder- Live In Australia
Price: £9.50

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice concert album from Jansch, 28 July 2003
This CD is quite representative of what it's been like seeing Bert Jansch perform for the past few years. The only thing you might have missed if you've seen him in concert is the double bass playing of Pete Howell and percussion by Ian Clarke, who both make nice contributions to Jansch's music here. There's a lot of recent songs included, but that's not a problem, since Jansch has been releasing some great records lately. And you still get stuff like "The Lily of the West", "She Moved Through the Fair" and, of course, "Angie".
I guess this would work fine for someone who wants an introduction to Jansch's work. For those who know him already it's a nice, though hardly essential, release, or a nice souvenir for those who've seen him live.

5 Tracks
5 Tracks
Offered by playanywhere
Price: £23.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to hear new music from Mr. Cale, 28 July 2003
This review is from: 5 Tracks (Audio CD)
It should always be greeted with much enthusiasm when the legendary John Cale releases new material. Whilst this is merely an EP, there is still reason to be happy, because most of it is actually up to Cale at his best. The opening track "Verses" is the best. Detailed, modern production and a great vocal delivery from Cale. The weakest track is "Chums of Dumpty (We All Are)", but it's still quite good, so this is definitely something you'll need in your record collection.

Universal Hall
Universal Hall
Price: £9.10

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some new classics, some mediocrity, 28 July 2003
This review is from: Universal Hall (Audio CD)
So Steve Wickham's back with Mike Scott, and Scott's back in the basement of Findhorn Foundation Community's Universal Hall, where he recorded his solo album Bring 'em All in in '94/'95. This new album is a lot like Bring 'em All in; predominantly acoustic music with lyrics concentrating on Scott's spiritual life. The main difference actually lies in the length of the lyrics. Possibly inspired by Buddhist mantras (or possibly by a writer's block) they are often minimalistic, containing in one case no more than two lines. But the songs are rescued by strong melodies, Scott's intense vocals and good instrumental work, though one cannot help but wonder how great they would have been had Scott used his immense literary talent for what it's worth.
Some of the arrangements are a bit poor, with "Seek the Light" being the worst example. Had it been featured on the Waterboys' previos effort, A Rock in the Weary Land, it would have been a more fiting, though definitely below par track. Here it is not only a poor song, but it also ruins the flow of the album.
The good news is that tracks like "This Light Is for the World" and "Ain't No Words for the Things I'm Feeling" are really good songs, and especially in concert they come across as new classics. But here's to hoping Mike Scott will get his literary muse back!

Love Letter
Love Letter
Offered by PressPlay
Price: £19.93

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, 27 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Love Letter (Audio CD)
This single gives you the album (No More Shall We Part) version of "Love Letter" together with four tracks from "The Westside Sessions": "Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow", "And No More Shall We Part", "God Is in the House" and "We Came Along the Road". The two latter are also found on the "Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow" single, which makes the inclusion of them here a little unecessary. These four alternate version are not that different from the album tracks, so they are only interesting to strong admirers of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' work. A casual fan would be better off with just the album (and perhaps the "As I Sat Sadly By Her Side" single, which includes two great outtakes found nowhere else).

Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £38.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Dougie's best albums, 27 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Fiddle (Audio CD)
This is Dougie MacLean at his best, it ranks among other masterpieces of his such as Caledonia and Real Estate. The ballad "Mr. and Mrs. MacLean of Snaigow" is one of my personal favourite tracks; a haunting instrumental with some of the best fiddle playing ever committed to tape. "The Ferry" is another highlight..

Magic And Loss (U.S. Version)
Magic And Loss (U.S. Version)
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Price: £5.41

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some highlights in overall mediocre album, 8 Dec. 2001
This album includes some of my personal favourites among Lou Reed's songs, "Sword of Damocles - Externally", "Goodbye Mass - In a Chapel Bodily Termination" and "Cremation - Ashes to Ashes". Other good songs include the opening song, "What's Good - The Thesis" (a typical, but good, Reed rocker) and "Harry's Circumcision - Reverie Gone Astray" (a return to the story reading of "The Gift" (1968)). But other than those tracks, I find the album mediocre. That doesn't mean this isn't a must in your record collection, because as I mentioned some of the tracks are some of Reed's best.

Room Temperature Live
Room Temperature Live

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice introduction to the music of Peter Hammill, 8 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Room Temperature Live (Audio CD)
This was one of the first Peter Hammill records I got a proper listen to, and it was a perfect introduction to his music. It's recorded live with Hammill on piano, guitar and vocals, a bassist and an electric violinist. Hammill's songs are absolutely brilliant, with some times nihilistic apocalyptica, some times beautiful love declarations. The back-up musicians provide further depth to the songs.

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