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The Lost Broadcasts: 1968-1972
The Lost Broadcasts: 1968-1972
Price: £16.29

3.0 out of 5 stars One for the collector, maybe not for the first time buyer., 1 April 2017
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Mixed review for this if only for the actual sound quality. As others have already testified, the sound quality is, at best, patchy. This may be understandable given the period of some of the recordings, but given the inclusion of some mobile phone interference on at least one track, it begs the question as to what level of care was taken during production. Listening to other radio recordings of different acts from a similar period, I would say that there are consistently better qualities available, so is the poor quality here genuine, or a by product of disinterest or carelessness.
Should also be pointed out that there are some solo pieces on this collection. These are mentioned in the notes, so I wouldn't suggest that there was any immoral intent, but should be mentioned.
On the positives, there are some tracks with better sound quality, and for fans of the genre, or the band, who thrived on live performance, there is obviously much to enjoy.
In summary, I would suggest one for the collector, but not the first time buyer.


OPPSK Par Lights with 12LED RGBW for Stage Lighting by IR Remote Control and DMX512 Sound Activated
OPPSK Par Lights with 12LED RGBW for Stage Lighting by IR Remote Control and DMX512 Sound Activated

4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the money., 13 Jan. 2017
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For the money, this is good. It is not the biggest light you will see, but will provide light for solo act or small out fit in a small venue.


Pedal Power Supply,Donner DPA-1 Guitar Power Adapter Output 9V DC 1A with 5 Way Daisy Chain
Pedal Power Supply,Donner DPA-1 Guitar Power Adapter Output 9V DC 1A with 5 Way Daisy Chain
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1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY!!, 13 Jan. 2017
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Pins on plug snapped when I used this for the first time, which in turn blew the main fuseboard in the venue I was performing at. NOT RECOMMENDED!


Natural History
Natural History
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Price: £8.08

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic, 24 Aug. 2016
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This review is from: Natural History (Audio CD)
This is just a wonderful album. I am not a big Eagles fan, but I am a sucker for a good song. This is mostly JD Southers early work, stripped down to just a small jazz band style arrangement. Very few, in fact none I can think of while writing, lush Eagle style harmonies, which allow the true quality & character of the songs to shine through. Noteable Eagle inclusions are New Kid In Town and Best Of My Love, together with a good few tunes from Linda Rondstadt's early - mid 70's catalogue.
Absolutely fantastic.


THE CLEVELAND SHUFFLE, 1974
THE CLEVELAND SHUFFLE, 1974
Price: £7.33

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars with reservations, 19 Nov. 2015
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The thing with Bruce live, is that you will never get a bad show, and even when the sound quality is not the best, the energy and excitement shines on through, and any live Bruce recording is a thing of beauty. hence 5 stars, but for those who are not Bruce fanatics, take note. . . . This is not your standard Bruce fare. It is brilliant for what it is, but in all honesty, the sound quality is mixed . . . . settles down in parts, but is, to be kind, is 'strange' in other parts. It is a radio recording, so obviously better than some mid career 'dictaphone in the audience' recordings, but is not up to the standard of some shows that are available. It is also one cd only, so presumably/obviously not the full show. The first half is very downbeat, even the chat in between songs, and not what you would normally expect to hear. In contrast, the second half is frantic, and lively - the normal 'build' of a Bruce live show is missing, I guess because of the edit needed to make it fit a time slot.
The band is not as tight as you would normally expect, but is great alone for the inclusion of David Sanctious and Ernest 'Boom' Carter.Danny Federicci, Gary Tallent, and Clarence fill the rest of the band roles, and are as good as ever.
This from the time presumably before the Detroit medley took it's place as the standard encore, here we have 'Let The Four Winds Blow' and 'Ready, Willin & Able', and both are storming versions, with a fabulous piano solo from Sanctious in the latter. Carter shines in the middle break down during Rosalita, but elsewhere sits between the subtle chaos of Vini Lopez and the machine like stability of Mighty Max, and sometimes sounds out of place, and even clumsy, but that might be partly to do with the sound mix. Also included is 'Tokyo', a song which I was aware of but had never heard - and it is of the time, and fabulous.
Back in the 80's, I used to pay £30+ for s***ty audience vinyl bootleg recordings, so getting any decent quality show now for circa £10 is brilliant. This is a must for Bruce fanatics, but although in my mind, worth the £10 punt, maybe not the best introduction for casual observers.


Peacetime
Peacetime
Price: £12.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and Sublime, 9 Sept. 2015
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Stunning & sublime. The Rusby / McCusker connection is obvious, in the best possible way. The production, sound, instrumentation, choice of songs, and of course Eddi's vocals and interpretations are just fantastic. Nothing else to say.


Brumbeat: The Story Of The 60 Midlands Sound
Brumbeat: The Story Of The 60 Midlands Sound
Price: £48.45

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History of the 60's from a local perspective, 14 Feb. 2014
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I bought this because I am involved in the Birmingham music scene, and I know some of the musicians on the album. I expected it to be a 'momento' and curiosity from the period (actually before my time - honest!!), but it stands alone as a great collection of 60's music. So many 60's compilations include tracks that you want to, and sometimes have to, skip, but this is one gem after another. There are a few 'big names' included, notably the first Spencer Davies group single, Moody Blues - Go Now, and contributions from the Move, but if anything, they pale in comparison to many of the other tracks. Great inclusions from an early Steve Gibbons, The Idle Race and the Nightriders, but really, it is a great collection of 60's music that anyone not involved in the midlands scene will unlikely have heard.


My Fathers Place
My Fathers Place
Price: £10.64

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance and product, 14 Feb. 2014
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This is an excellent recording and shows Tom on top form. With regards to comments from other reviewers, I think the sound quality is great - full stop, but considering a live show from so long ago, it is extraordinary. The crowd noise is a little OTT in parts, but so many early Tom bootlegs lack crowd atmosphere, it is fantastic to hear the crowd reaction, and if you close your eyes and allow yourself, you will end up in the club with the rest of the audience.
The band is great and also on top form, and there are noticeable, subtle and nice interpretations to some of the songs which in my mind, makes this recording a bit special.
Certainly, for fans of Tom, I don't think you can fail with this - one reviewer mentioned that this is not for first time fans, but if you are into this genre, and appreciate interactive live music from a club rather than a big arena, then there is lots to love about it.


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