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Land of Hope and Glory
Land of Hope and Glory
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 1 Jun. 2017
Sorry to say this but this is absolutely cr@p!

Butterfly Ball
Butterfly Ball
Price: £10.92

33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All You Need is Love and Understanding, 1 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Butterfly Ball (Audio CD)
The Butterfly Ball is a child of it's time. A concept album based around the themes of love, peace and understanding. The main story is that all the animals in the forest are trying to work out a way that they can all live together, culminating in them all getting it together at the Butterfly Ball and Grasshopper Feast to celebrate their cultures and diversity. It all sounds very 1974! But the music certainly doesn't sound dated like many of its concept album contemporaries of the day, and the themes are as relevant now as they have always been.
The songs were all based on the beautiful illustrations from the 'Butterfly Ball' by Alan Aldridge, first published in 1973. A film was muted, though only a promotional film for 'Love Is All' materialised. When the Butterfly Ball was performed live in 1974, Ian Gillan replaced Ronnie James Dio. The show at the Royal Albert Hall was filmed, though withdrawn swiftly as most people involved hated it (apparently it had lots of people dancing around, dressed as animals). An absolute travesty when it had one of Gillan's first live performances since leaving Deep Purple.
If you are reading this review, the chances are you are a Deep Purple/Rainbow fan? 'Butterfly Ball' is not just a 'must' for Deep Purple completists though as it is a classic album in it's own right. With a cast list that most 'Purple fans would pay a fortune to see, it boasts some excellent performances, with Ronnie James Dio turning in one of his best ever performances on 'Sitting in a Dream'. David Coverdale sings on 'Behind the Smile', Glenn Hughes on 'Get Ready' and Roger Glover plays throughout. (see what I mean about the cast list?).
The Purple connection is strong and influential on the album but it is not dominant. If you are expecting 'Smoke On the Water', 'Burn' or even 'When a Blind Man Cries' you will be disapointed, but if you are able to listen without prejudice you will hear some great performances and some fantastic songs.
The album was dismissed when it was first released, appealing to neither the Deep Purple fans, nor to the 'pop' fans who were too busy listening to Slade, The Osmonds, Gary Glitter and David Cassidy. This was a shame since the Butterfly Ball stands up as a classic album and certainly knocks the Osmonsd et.al into a cocked hat!
Roger Glover wrote most of the songs on the album, and his influences stand out. The album, but particularly 'Love Is All' screams of the Beatles, with the McCartney(esque) cornet solo (see Penny Lane). There are hints of Benjamin Britten, Dr John (Together Again), Deep Purple (Sir Maximus Mouse) and even Pink Floyd (intro to Magician Moth).
The Butterfly Ball is a charming album which contains some great songs and some tremendous performances from Dio, Glenn Hughes, David Coverdale, Roger Glover and a whole host of co-stars. It should have been a hit at the time, but come on, who could compete with classics (sic) like 'Puppy Love' and 'Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me'?
I hope you enjoy this album as much as I do. It is one album that I always come back to.
All you need is love and understanding
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Home & Away
Home & Away

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over Priced, Rubbish Recording, Quite Brilliant!, 19 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Home & Away (Audio CD)
'Home and Away' was the first album I heard by Clive Gregson and Chistine Collister, and I have to say that after hearing their other releases I still don't think that either Clive or Christine have bettered their perfomances on it. Ok, so the sound quality is a bit ropey at times, but the songs are fantastic and the perfomances are brilliant.
Clive's fluid guitar style and his rich tenor work well with Christine's soulful, emotive voice, and they compliment each other perfectly throughout. It actually took me a couple of listens before I really felt at home with Christine's sound, as at first it sounded a little harsh, but it was definately worth persisting with, as subsequent listens allowed me to hear and appreciate the rich textures, the timbre and the emotion contained within it.
There is a good selection of original songs on the album, 'Home Is Where the Heart Is', 'All the Time in the World' and 'It's All Just Talk' to name my favourites. There are also a few inspired cover versions such as 'Matchbox', 'Mama Tried', 'Slow Down' and 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine'. Clive draws his inspiration from a wide range of sources, from folk through Atlantic Soul to 1950's rock 'n' roll and this helps make 'Home and Away' the varied and inspired collection that it is.
'Home and Away' was recorded live at various venues, to small and appreciative audiences. The sound quality is not great and the cd packaging is rather poor, but to be fair, it was never intended as a cd release. It was sold at gigs, originally in cassette form and later by Cooking Vinyl on 12" lp. You can put up with the poor sound quality though, as the songs and the performance are so good that you don't even notice after the first few bars.
It took me years to get hold of a cd copy of this album, and it didn't come cheap, however, I still rate 'Home and Away' as one of my favourite albums of all time and a bargain, even at the price I paid.
When I was trying to get a copy, I contacted Clive and he told me that there are no plans to re-release it and that purchasing a second hand copy would be the only way of getting hold of this classic album on cd. So, if you see a copy for sale, snap it up quickly before someone else does, even if it does mean paying over the odds for it. You will not be disappointed.

Change 1989-1990
Change 1989-1990

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Rock Will Never Let You Down', 4 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Change 1989-1990 (Audio CD)
The Alarm could be great, eg 68 Guns, Absolute Reality etc, however, they were also capable of some over-sentemental pap, eg, Moments in Time & 45 rpm. This album manages to avoid the dross and as a result, it rocks!
This album shows the Alarm moving away from the U2 influenced Eye of the Hurricane to the rockier sound which suits them best. 'Love Don't Come Easy', 'Devolution Workin' Man Blues', 'No Frontiers' are great rockers; 'Where a Town Once Stood', 'Sold Me Down the River' are great socio-political statements, and where the Alarm might have fallen flat on their face in the past with 'A New South Wales', they manage to avoid the over cheesy-ness to which Mike Peters is sometimes prone.
This was the last great Alarm album. 'Change' knocks 'Raw' and 'In the Poppyfields' aside with it's sheer passion and power. I doubt the Alarm will ever have the presence, provocation, or the financial clout to make an album of this magnitude again, so buy it, listen to it and savour it.
Well, I find myself in reverie................

In the Poppy Fields
In the Poppy Fields
Price: £68.25

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Reality, 19 Oct. 2004
This review is from: In the Poppy Fields (Audio CD)
Yes, this is a fine album. However, is it as good as Declaration, Strength or even Change? I would say a resounding 'no'.
Mike Peters is the eternal optimist, and while this should be applauded, it can become a touch cheesey at times.
45rpm is Mike Peters at his worst. Buzzcocks references, 'Pistols riffs, corny chorus.............. It's the side of the Alarm which can grate. (See also Moments In Time from 'Raw')
The rest of the album is catchy and downright infectious at times, but the stand out tracks which I love the Alarm for, eg 68 Guns, Absolute Reality, Ones Step Closer, Spirit of 76 etc are not present.
It has been a long time coming. It is good to have them back, but let's not lose perspective. In the Poppyfield is a good Alarm album but I wouldn't go as far as to say great.

Made In Japan
Made In Japan
Price: £9.45

26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best live album of all time, 13 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Made In Japan (Audio CD)
Basically, this is just about the best live album ever recorded. BY ANYONE!
Jon Lord's intro to Lazy, Gillan's vocals on Strange Kind of Woman, Blackmore's technical excellence on Highway Star, Ian Paice's solo on the Mule and Roger Glover's bulldozing bass on Smoke on the Water all contribute to make this the ultimate live album that every discerning rock fan should have, pride of place, in their collection.
Forget Iron Maiden, Guns 'n' Roses, Jet, Velvet Revolver and other such pretenders to the rock heirachy, Deep Purple reign supreme, and this is highlighted nowhere better than on this superb album.
Other Deep Purple albums may be available, some are excellent, others are ok, I've got them all. However for sheer excitement, power and musical brilliance, Made in Japan cannot be surpassed. So, send your kids/wife/mother/husband etc out of the room, get comfy and play as loud as your Hi-Fi will allow. You'd better close your eyes, and wait for the richochet!
Rock music will never sound this good again.

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