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Call Off the Search [CD 1] [CD 1]
Call Off the Search [CD 1] [CD 1]
Offered by music_by_mail_uk
Price: £16.92

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another treat, 18 Mar. 2004
If you bought Katies first single 'the closest thing to crazy' then you'll know that the cd was worth buying for the two non-album tracks. This single is definitely worth getting, even if like many other people you will already have the beautiful title track from Katies debut album on the album.
As mentioned by the previous reviewer, Katie tells a great story in concert as to how you can compose a song whilst ironing but not actually write it (if you see what I mean !); 'The shirt of a ghost' is another great song from the increasingly creative songwriting side of Katie.
The third track on the cd is called 'Deep Purple'. Well what do you know, it is the very same song recorded years ago by Donny and Marie and boy does it sound different. Given the 'Katie' treatment it is almost unrecognisable from the Osmond siblings version. I would say different rather than necessarily better....actually they're both good.


Pipedream
Pipedream
Offered by the_record_factory
Price: £14.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hulls best, 7 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Pipedream (Audio CD)
Wonderful ! A great selection of songs showcasing the late Alan Hulls vitriol, wit and sentiment. Very simple songs, no flash production but damn fine tunes shine through. Highlights are undoubtably the single 'Numbers (travelling band)', 'Justanothersadsong' and the climax 'Hate to see you cry' where Alan strains to reach the high notes - but does ! If you like Lindisfarne circa 1973 then you will like this.
Maybe in future a reissue could include better reproduction of the original albums photos, some sleeve notes and the vanishing lyrics. Also, an excellent non-album b-side 'Drinking Song' would be a welcome addition.


The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla: (Volume 5): Wolves of the Calla v. 5
The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla: (Volume 5): Wolves of the Calla v. 5
by Stephen King
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never ending story, 27 Feb. 2004
On & on & on sang ABBA in 1980....
It feels like the Dark Tower saga of Roland the Gunslinger just does the same. Wolves of the Calla is a book with a 600 page count that could just as easily be 300. It's not that the book is not enjoyable to read, it most certainly is. It's just that the same story could have been told with much less padding. Like the Editor should have come along and deleted large chunks that add little to the story.
Roland and his pals get involved with a crisis in a town called Calla and basically decide to help out. Very noble stuff. As to the overall quest for the elusive Dark Tower, it moves in the right direction but oh so slowly.
Loved the illustrations and the robotic Andy who appears right at the start and teaches the children of the Calla strange songs. Oh yes, Roland dances well in addition to his shooting skills.
Some great bits, some long bits, some drawn out bits and some interesting ideas as ever make King a worthwhile read. Just cut down on the wordiness please !!


Relayer
Relayer
Price: £5.99

53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from Yes, 16 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Relayer (Audio CD)
Yes released this one in 1974. This is the third cd release of it but is by far the most worthwhile to purchase. Extensive sleeve notes in a fold out booklet and all the original sleeve artwork in a cardboard sleeve and outer sleeve case. Much has been written about Relayers sparse feel and the jam section on the first track 'The Gates of Delirium' which occupied one side of the original vinyl release. Suffice to say, if you wanted to introduce someone not familiar to the band you wouldn't choose this album. For the lifelong fan of course it's a classic and 'Gates' sounds good as ever on this remastered edition.
The bonus tracks combine both sides of the US 'Soon' single ('Soon' being the beautiful closing section to 'Gates') with a studio run through of 'Gates'. This latter version is well worth having as it has subtle differences from the standard version (including 'la la' lyrics where none were written at that point !) with the most notable difference being the extra up tempo bit at the very end.


The Closest Thing to Crazy
The Closest Thing to Crazy

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget ! Forget ! Forget Mike Batt was a Womble..., 4 Dec. 2003
The reason for the strange heading for this review is to convey the fact that this gem and another wonderful track on this single were written and produced by Mike 'Womble' Batt.
I first heard this song on the Royal Variety Show a week ago and was immediately hooked by the ladys voice and this wonderful song. I'd never heard of Katie Melua before but she deserves the kind of widespread recognition that say Dido enjoys.
The style is mainly acoustic based plaintive vocals. The two other tracks are not on the album making this purchase essential. Mike Batts 'Thank you stars' is on a par with the title track. Where has he been all these years and thank goodness he teamed up with this talented young artist.
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Chicago VI: Remastered And Expanded
Chicago VI: Remastered And Expanded
Price: £18.42

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sixth Chic, 15 Nov. 2003
The sixth offering from the boys sees standards well maintained. Recorded high up on producer James William Guercios ranch, the high altitude caused problems for the bands horn players so the informative sleeve notes of this reissue tell us. It hasn't affected the quality of the album although there are one or two weak moments...
Critics choice is a beautiful Robert Lamm penned and sung plea to critics of the band. "What do you want ? what do you want ? I've given everything I can, I've even tried to give more....". A very moving intro to the album with just the keyboards to accompany Roberts vocals.
Just you 'n' me was the biggest single from the album in the States. Penned by James Pankow and sung in his own unique style by Peter Cetera. A lovely song with excellent brass licks.
Darlin' dear is rather harsh in contrast. Sung by Lamm in quite a stroppy style it promises more than it delivers.
Jenny is Terry Kaths sole track on the (original) album and it's quite a nice ballad to the lady spoilt only by an unnecessary expletive in the chorus.
What's this world comin' to is an unusual song sung in turn by Lamm, Lath and Cetera as if they were talking to each other. Another Pankow composition the brass is used to very good effect. It's not the kind of song one could hum to oneself down the street but it has got a very strong hook to it nonetheless.
Something in this city changes people is a beautiful, lilting song sung mainly by Lamm. Very soothing, just a relaxing easy on the ears lullaby really.
Hollywood is another quite nondescipt song. A bit of a filler really written and sung by Lamm.
In terms of two is Peter Ceteras only solo composition on the album and it's quite an obscure track. It is however very catchy with some nice country style harmonica on it and I love the fade out at the end. Peters vocals are on top form here.
Rediscovery is quite an introspective Robert Lamm song sung again by the man himself (he did seem to write and sing a lot in those days - compare to later albums where he was very much in the background). This song has some nice wah-wah guitar from Kath on it and has a catchy hook.
Feelin' stronger every day is the closing track from the original album and yet again (as with many Chicago albums) it's a James Pankow song, although this time it's co-written by Cetera. The song is in two sections so maybe the guys combined two separate ideas ? The first half is quite slow but it then picks up speed to the rousing chorus which fades out. An excellent way to wrap up the album and another top 10 US hit for the band.
So what about the two bonus tracks ? Beyond all our sorrows is a Terry Kath demo from 1973 and boy does it go on.... In contrast the verson of Tired of being alone with the songs writer Al Green is great with some witty bits of dialogue top and tailing the track. Recorded for a 1973 TV special, this is a great addition to this disk.
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The Hits Inbetween
The Hits Inbetween
Offered by westworld-
Price: £11.88

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In between the other better known tracks, 28 Oct. 2003
This review is from: The Hits Inbetween (Audio CD)
A great idea for Cliff completists. An album of genuine hits not on the 40 Golden Greats album. The early stuff which followed the classic 'Move it' are all here such as 'High class baby' and 'Livin' lovin' doll' (not to be confused with another Cliff hit with a very similar title !). These songs all sound much the same actually and are sung in a very Elvis type of style.
Better followed when Cliff took on a more varied style giving us classics such as the no. 1 'I love you' cruelly missed off 40 Golden greats, 'A voice in the wilderness' and 'A girl like you'....except that the latter is not included despite being a top 10 hit !!!!
Late 60s Cliff got very chirpy with the catchy 'Good times better times' and 'Big ship' then went all sentimental with the wondeful 'Marianne'. Into the early 70s and Cliff scored a number 23 hit with the tune from his 'It's Cliff !' TV series of the time called 'The Joy of living'. A wonderful song with some nice guitar licks frm Hank Marvin and lyrics telling of how cars and motorways were taking over....if only Cliff could have forseen the M25 !!! Why this classic only reached no. 23 escapes me as it's the standout track on this album. Finally the last three hits close off Cliffs early 70s era and indeed this album with the moving 'I ain't got time anymore' being my favourite.
So there you have it, just under an hour of goodies and one is left wondering why the aforementioned 'A girl like you' was missed off and several other minor hits such as 'Silvery rain', 'Jesus' and 'Take me high'. These could have been included without exceeding the maximum cd running time.
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Sentimental
Sentimental
Offered by Slinky Music
Price: £9.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Standing still, 23 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Sentimental (Audio CD)
Another track from the 'Standing tall' album from Kym. This ones the third track in the albums running order making the first three all singles (a ploy used by many artists these days). Not a bad song but there are better songs on the album that could have been chosen. It mixes acoustic backed verses with a rockier type striding chorus with Kym belting out the vocals. I like the unaccompanied last line which ends the song nicely. Top 20 fodder but no more...


Toto Iv
Toto Iv
Offered by Great Price Media EU
Price: £4.92

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Session guys prodcuce the goods, 7 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Toto Iv (Audio CD)
Toto were famous for playing on megastars albums e.g. Lionel Richies 'Can't slow down' but up until the release of this 1983 classic were largely unknown in their own right bar the hit 'Hold the line'. This release brought them well and truly out of the shadows and was barely off my turntable when it came out.
The album kicks off with the grammy winning single 'Rosanna' sung by Steve Lukather and Bobby Kimball. A mega pot pourri of sounds; brassy with razor sharp guitar. Here, it's longer than the single release with an extended instrumental fade out. 'Make believe' was a single but is actually a rather standard track so bombed. Next up is Steve Lukathers 'I won't hold you back'; beautiful, a lovely ballad which took the band to the top 10 in the states but was not as successful in the UK. Bobby Kimballs 'Good for you' is next up, as standard pace effort contrasting well with Steve Porcaros 'It's a feeling' which closed the original side one. Back to back rockers 'Afraid of love' and 'Lovers in the night' follow and merge into each other. Stomping AOR at its best. 'We made it' is probably the albums weak point but then comes a slushy soulful Kimball sung effort called 'Waiting for your love', panned by the critics when released as a single but without justification. Finally, the album closes with the magnificent 'Africa' which everyone must have heard; again extended from its single release.
One of the best AOR albums in my collection.


Goodnight Vienna
Goodnight Vienna
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £9.68

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another worthy collection from the drummer from the Fab Four, 18 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Goodnight Vienna (Audio CD)
Ringo Starr quickly followed up the superb 'Ringo' album with this offering in 1974. Features contributions from John Lennon (title track), Elton John (Snookeroo) and Harry Nilsson (Easy for me) as well as compositions by the man himself.
The tunes are quality throughout from the tongue in cheek 'No no song' to the jaunty 'Call me' and the very Elton John 'Snookeroo'. Three covers also feature; 'Only you' (a minor hit single), 'Occapella' and Roger Millers 'Husbands and Wives', for me the standout track; a beautiful ballad with a haunting guitar solo from Richard Bennett.
This cd includes three extra tracks; the massive hit 'Back off Boogaloo' from 1972 along with its b-side 'Blindman' and finally an extended version of 'Six O'clock'; the latter being a Paul McCartney composition from 'Ringo'. I always felt that the standard version ended rather suddenly and yes, it does, the extended cut kicks off again after the standard end with another minute or so of largely improvised chorus rendition with Paul and Lindas vocals much in evidence.
This cd package contains some interesting notes but its only minus point is the lack of lyrics which were included on the vinyl release.


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