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On (and Off) The Road [11CD, 3DVD-A, 3Blu-Ray Boxed set]
On (and Off) The Road [11CD, 3DVD-A, 3Blu-Ray Boxed set]
Price: £97.35

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 of a perfect set!, 4 Nov. 2016
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Talk, it's only talk! This seems the best value as it covers three albums. One outstanding one good and one good in places. The live and studio outakes material is the real gem hear. Each album has a 15 minute redux mix to form a new configuration which are a joy. The missing 3rd album is stronger than the second side of 3 of a perfect pair that superseded it. The ooodles of live material is all very listenable and gives a goood raw rendition of much of the music. You can really groove to it. Brufford and Levin really lock together and take these cuts to new heights. Not into surround sound myself but the mixes sound enticing. The Steven Wilson mixes are good as ever, especially on 3 of a perfect pair. This really is value for money and the packaging is really emersive with tour programmes, ticket stubs, posters, heafty book and diary entries from the period. This box represents stunning value for money.


Steve Rodgers
Steve Rodgers
Price: £5.53

4.0 out of 5 stars A touch of his fathers voice and some Jeff Buckley ..., 29 Oct. 2016
This review is from: Steve Rodgers (MP3 Download)
A touch of his fathers voice and some Jeff Buckley thrown in. Start with the middle eastern tinged Sunshine and work outwards from there...


Nude
Nude
Price: £6.84

4.0 out of 5 stars Better late than never!, 6 Sept. 2016
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This review is from: Nude (Audio CD)
My word, how did I ever miss this one? I have loved Camel for decades. Building on early material on the sublime 'A Live Record' I was very unconvinced by the bands changes in direction in the late seventies. I never even bothered to listen to this album at the time. Fast forward nearly 40 years and my only connection to the album is the off song on Anthologies etc. I tried it once or twice and the drum sound on opening track City Life sounded like the worst 70s drum machine ever. I never got past it. BUT, my ears have been opened and I sat oneday last month and played properly for the first time ever and I cannot stop listening. Even City Life emerges into a great pop arrangement. Instrumentals galore and all great. Tweak the drum sound (though later tracks have some great drum work) and this would be 5 stars for me. Better late then never indeed. My loss.


Invention Of Knowledge
Invention Of Knowledge
Price: £12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes music flowering, 1 July 2016
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This review is from: Invention Of Knowledge (Audio CD)
Not been a fan of jon's music or Yes music since Keys album. This however is exquisite. 4 tracks across 4 sides. 1st Side is ok if a little wordy but then the rest goes into the stratosphere. Take a bow mr Stolt. The mix lacks a bit of dynamics but the arrangements and layered vocals shine. Jon's lyrics are even more choirboy on acid than his heyday but the good news is he is fine voice. Melodies, tunes and grooves with a modern take. Instrumentation never takes over at the expense of the tune. Blissful, compelling, catchy and textured. Plays as background or stands serious listening.... I like it, I like it a lot.


A Sailor's Guide to Earth [VINYL]
A Sailor's Guide to Earth [VINYL]
Price: £15.14

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Direction - Yes Brilliant - definitely, 17 April 2016
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Ignore the humbug of some reviews on here. A great album for lovers of Cash and Morrison, great groove. Not a huge fan of country or his earlier albums but this one ebbs and flows covering all bases. Well sequenced with changes in direction often within one song. The strings are sweet, the horns funky and the voice a lush cracked baritone. Well worth entry fee. I bought the vinyl which included a free CD version.


Michell Turntable Clamp
Michell Turntable Clamp
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Price: £34.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says, 25 Mar. 2016
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Makes a difference to warped vinyl. Can be a little fiddly but otherwise easy to use...


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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joes roots on show, 25 Mar. 2016
Ok, a little disappointed that I have to wait for my hard copy and download of this from Amazon even though it is available to stream elsewhere. The music itself is a clean sounding throw back to his earlier albums. Moving away from the heavier polished (commercial?) sheen of his last couple of albums. Raw and powerful but with more space for delicacy of touch, the production does a good job of highlighting the nuances of Joes playing. A second listen suggests a high level of consistency with no one track dominating. Drive is my initial favourite but the Valley runs low - although clichéd is rather good.


The A&M Years 1975-1984 [VINYL]
The A&M Years 1975-1984 [VINYL]
Price: £173.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Pieces of Eight Vinyl, 12 Mar. 2016
What we have is the A&M albums packaged in a sturdy box with nice flat, clean vinyl pressings and full sleeves and inserts. To my ears this is not the CD masters but more like the original analogue. Nice. The music is bombastic, overly optimistic and pretentious. A bit like Queen really. But when they rock they nail it. Some sublime extended guitar pieces interlaced with a keen pop sensibility. My favourite is Pieces of Eight but the most consistent is Paradise. Every Album has as least on cold sober epic/ masterpiece of some kind and each album has at least one clunker. I don't care much for Kilroy (Cliche ridden) or the live album - flat atmosphere- but the first 6 (with a bit of a dip with cornerstone) are all worth the entry fee. Is you likee - let the card see the credit.


Delerium [VINYL]
Delerium [VINYL]
Price: £213.64

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, gorgeous and awesome, 11 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Delerium [VINYL] (Vinyl)
3full albums and a disc of extras across 8 slabs of vinyl. A 3rd remaster of these albums all in one box. All recorded on basic digital equipment back in the day. So how come this sounds so awesome! Much care in the quality and presentation. Nice book included. Shame the Lps not in original sleeves. But great value, clean good sounding vinyl that will blow your socks off. Treat yourself then start saving for next promised box set. Cannot wait!


4 1/2
4 1/2
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars This has too many sublime moments to be written off ..., 26 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: 4 1/2 (Audio CD)
This has too many sublime moments to be written off. It is a very worthy addition to Mr Wilsons library of interesting and challenging music. I suspect many doubters will find themselves dipping into this in years to come more that they anticipated. The flow of this album only becomes apparent after several listens. Nothing jars as is his tendency on most other albums. This is his Steely Dan album.....


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