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Sweet Child
Sweet Child
Price: £7.74

103 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still amazing after all these years, 19 Aug. 2001
This review is from: Sweet Child (Audio CD)
I confess my bias: Pentangle struck right into my DNA and blew it open like no other music when their first album reached my 14-year old ears in 1967. I could never quite decide whether "1st" or "Sweet child" was the greatest, but had to concede that they gradually lost freshness, vitality and uniqueness on later albums before their phase petered out. This reissue solves my dilemma: The greatest songs and instrumentals from "1st", witness "Let no man steal your thyme", "Bells" and "Waltz", are all included in generous bonus sections, as live versions with even more looseness and drive than on the studio versions. Much has been written about the Renbourn-Jansch interplay. I will not add to it, suffice it to say that 35 years on it sounds fresher than ever, each note leaving the eager anticipation - what comes next? Jacqui McShee was at this point more an instrument than a voice, to incomparable effect, before she later mysteriously changed into an average folksinger, losing the strange objectivity her voice carries on these early tracks.This concert makes it clear that their rhythm section played a both larger and more important part in the group than they are often given credit for. Danny Thompson is a giant in his own right, but these tracks also bring Terry Cox`s melodic and creative drive to the fore, bringing forth the question of whether his relegation to ordinary backing folk-rock drummer may have been one factor in the strain of listlessness that crept into their playing on later albums. No one can accuse the material presented here of listlessness: A quiet intensity simmers and shimmers around and above the whole presentation, leaving each new musical turn meaningful. Folk, blues, jazz, early classical - a radical amalgam of styles and influences that never feels contrived, overacademic or unnatural. This music shines like an unpolished precious stone, and I can only kick myself at not having been present at the 1968 concert that most of the pieces are taken from. I understand that does not offer 6 stars, but why not a rosette for records of special merit, like "Penguin guide to classical music". In the present inflation of 5-star reviews on the website, I am aching to give my first rosette after many reviews - to this record.
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Peter, Paul & Mary Album
Peter, Paul & Mary Album
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £25.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a forgotten gem, 6 May 2001
PP&M may have faded somewhat in popular esteem as a somewhat dated relic of the sixties. Hearing a reunion album and concert in the nineties was a disappointment, and places their best efforts firmly in the past. But this album has been somewhat overlooked, and unjustly so. In my opinion, it contains some of their finest works, and one of the durable musical legacies of the era. Apocalyptic strains (Well, well, well; King of names), heartfelt ditties (For baby) and epic statements (Hurry sundown and Mon vrai destin - two personal favorites). Their voices have never blended better, the arrangements are strong, simple and tasteful. A treasure for quiet evenings.

About a Boy
About a Boy
by Nick Hornby
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars wit and compassion - a winner, 6 May 2001
This review is from: About a Boy (Paperback)
Nick Hornby deserves acclaim: He mingles hilarious observations of human frailty with a wry warmth and compassion in a blend distinctly his own. While "Fever pitch" grows tedious in the long run, "High fidelity" is an astute and consistently entertaining look at a male world that most of us music freaks recognize all too well, funny and convincing. In comparison, "About a boy" fell a bit short at first sight, lacking some of the sheer brilliance of its predecessor. But with passing time, this original angle at modern life and relationships gains depth and significance, portraying the dilemmas of the "freedom" of non-reponsibility (Will Freeman), not growing up as one of the herd (Marcus), sensitivity (Fiona, singing with closed eyes) and rebellion (the Kurt Cobain-worshipping punk).
More ambitious than his two earlier forays, this book tackles some of the larger themes of humanity, and challenges assumptions of the new agers - the values of emotional integrity - of being "genuine"- and of the in-crowd - of being "cool". A nice summary of the book`s contents have been given by the Amazon editors, but they don`t give a hint of the warmth and insight that lurk behind each wry and funny observation. I`ve grown to love this book as one of my trusted friends - highly recommended.

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