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The Sensual World
The Sensual World
Price: £7.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great re-discovery, 12 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: The Sensual World (Audio CD)
Bought to replace an old cassette version I came across. Better than I remembered and significantly better than the most recent KB offering I have (Aerial). Some really good tunes and....oh that voice!


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - But what about Moonshine?, 11 July 2009
This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
The reviews of this album are spot on! This is one of the most powerful live rock recordings you're ever likely hear.

The original eight tracks (seven live & one studio) are all brilliant with, for me, Be my Friend, Ride On Pony & Mr Big being the highlights (Fraser's bass break in 'Big', along with Kossoff's guitar backing, just builds and builds until Rodgers roars in at the end bringing the song to it's climactic finish - absolutely awesome!). And although other reviews of Alright Now are correct in that Kossoff's playing is a bit all over the place at times, I think it is by far and away the best version of the song recorded due to its raw and rugged feel (it's the original arrangement of the song before it was altered prior to its inclusion on Fire & Water and the release of the shortened single version both of which I think are kicked into touch by this live version!).

So, the original eight tracks are great, but what about the extras? They are all worthy of inclusion but for me Moonshine is the one. If ever anyone is in any doubt of just how good a guitar player Koss was then you need look no further than the version of Moonshine on this album. The reason the track is so much longer than the other offerings is due to a long guitar solo from Koss. Turn the lights down, the volume up, and lie back and listen to the man in full bluesy flow. The hairs on the back of your neck will tell you how good it is!

If there is anything negative to say against the original 7 live recordings it is to do with the 'dubbed' crowd noise. Apparently, the recording engineers were not aware the audience microphones were not working properly at Croydon so when they later listened back to the recordings they could hardly hear the crowd's reactions to the songs. At first they just thought there wasn't a particularly good atmosphere (they realised too late the reasons why) so they dubbed the Sunderland crowd over the top, who sound like they all had a microphone each they're so loud! Fortunately the extra tracks don't suffer from this clumsy dubbing. You can understand why they did it but it does sound false in places.

If you listen to this CD and like what you hear then it's well worth looking up the 5 CD box set, 'Songs of Yesterday'. A bit pricey when I bought it but it has another whole CD of live Free material taken from the same shows at Croydon and Sunderland. They were not originally included on 'Free Live' due to microphone 'clicks' and distortions, but these have now been sonically removed making the recordings perfect. All 14 live tracks (12 of which were previously unreleased) are superb. The third CD also includes the distorted live version of Heartbreaker that originally appeared on the vinyl & cassette versions of 'The Free Story' but which was left off the CD release of that same album.

Anyway, Free Live - absolutely brilliant! Buy it!!

Run With The Pack
Run With The Pack
Price: £5.87

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, 17 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Run With The Pack (Audio CD)
I'm surprised Run With The Pack hasn't been reviewed previously when lesser lights have been not only reviewed, but praised (see Desolation Angels - truly awful).
This was the first Bad Company album I ever bought in its original vinyl & gate fold packaging. To this day it is still my favourite.
It has good rockers in 'Live For The Music', 'Sweet Little Sister' & 'Honey Child', a fun track in 'Young Blood' which is very catchy, as well as the excellent title track (possibly their best) with guitars, piano & 'strings'. Blended together with a great concert track of 'Silver, Blue & Gold' and the slower but just as satisfying 'Simple Man' and 'Love Me Somebody' this is a very enjoyable album.
It is generally thought that Bad Company peaked with their first album and went slowly down hill thereafter. I think this album proves this is not the case, although subsequent offerings may suggest the decline happened after Run With The Pack.
Take my word for it, give it a try. If you like good solid rock you'll love this.

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