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Mr. A. W. Riggs "bernard shakey" (Wallington, Surrey United Kingdom)

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No Pier Pressure
No Pier Pressure
Price: £9.99

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars End of the pier., 13 April 2015
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This review is from: No Pier Pressure (Audio CD)
Looking at all the positive reviews I went ahead and purchased this, wrong decision. Over produced and too slick, and its attempts to be current with Runaway Dancer & On The Island fail dismally. It may appear to be harsh but the slick production is masking some deficiencies in the songs and singing. Great that BW is making music but as ever is relying on his excellent backing band but this is nowhere near his excellent Love & Mercy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rich No Longer Flogging A Dead Crazy Horse, 12 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Tombstone (Audio CD)
Rich Hopkins has been making Western Americana music for many years now, and this sounds like his best effort to date. In some ways it's an Americana concept record with a story running through each song, in the past tagged with the Neil Young & Crazy Horse sound alike tag which is a pity. Rich Hopkins is much more than that musically and lyrically. If you've never heard of him and you yearn for some great country rock with some superb guitar work then please investigate.

Live In '75
Live In '75
Price: £11.42

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sing A Mean Tune Kid or not, 3 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Live In '75 (Audio CD)
Released a few years ago as a limited edition now released at a reasonable price, although the price is now more acceptable I've heard better shows especially Live In Japan. Sure it's great to hear the band just before the middle of the road beckoned with the loss of Terry Kath. There are early signs that Robert Lamm's influence was on the wane and that the long months on the road were taking their toll. The set list is fine but I'd prefer to see the 1970 show from Tanglewood. It's a good price 5 stars but for sound and performance 1.

Complicated Game
Complicated Game
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Levelland playing field, 3 Mar. 2015
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James McMurtry is not the most prolific artist but each new release always reveals itself as a bona fida classic after a few listens. In an earlier review his work was compared to Springsteen & Browne, I think lyrically he's surpassed those two especially Jackson Browne. Joined by Benmont Tench & Derek Trucks plus his own band this low key record manages to conjour up stories of Americana that very few can match - each song has a story to tell with a set of lyrics that matches JB in his early 70s prime.

Noah (3D)2014 (Blu-Ray 3D + Blu-Ray)2 Disk Region B UK
Noah (3D)2014 (Blu-Ray 3D + Blu-Ray)2 Disk Region B UK
Dvd ~ Russell Crowe
Offered by Twilight Productions
Price: £22.31

1.0 out of 5 stars One dimensional Noah - Noah's Beast, 17 Feb. 2015
The funniest film I've seen in ages. Ignoring the story line the script and acting defy belief. Mr Crowe on his own is totally unconvincing but when Mr Ray Winstone & luvvie Mr Hopkins arrive the film becomes laughable. Did someone tell Ray W that his voice for Betting adverts is probably not the best vehicle for a biblical epic. I was waiting for Morgan Freeman to appear to round this nonsense off.

Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced
Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced
Price: £27.97

6 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No regrets Joni ?, 9 Dec. 2014
No disputing the songs or the legacy but surely we deserve better than this re-hash - it's a pointless box-set. Why not release them properly much like the Doors box set a few years ago with 5:1, SACD plus videos? Joni has many faces but this box-set serves little purpose.
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Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994 - 2014
Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994 - 2014
Price: £20.18

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Box Full Of Treasures, 1 Dec. 2014
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Around this time of year we usually have the box sets of 'classic' records with outtakes, remixes,DVDs, remasters and more duplication - no such risk here with the one of America's great bands of the last 20 years, Wilco. Coming out of the demise of Uncle Tupelo, songwriter Jeff Tweedy has established himself as a supreme songwriter. Many of Wilco's records are classics so it's great to have this box set full treasures coming in under £20.00 - some live recordings, some unreleased songs and some early demos comes with a illustrated booklet with photos and words supplied by the band.
All of Wilco's records stand up well today as does his cohort's band Jay Farrar's Son Volt, SV are seen as following the Uncle Tupelo template whereas Wilco followed a more tradiitional route some would say 'pop' template - an essential purchase as are all Wilco records.
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The Albums Collection Vol. 1 (1973-1984) [CD]
The Albums Collection Vol. 1 (1973-1984) [CD]
Price: £27.35

5 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Price We Pay, 25 Nov. 2014
Ok this provides an improved sound on some of the discs but only true audio anoraks will notice the difference. The big disappointment is the lack of extras, look at the other re-packaged releases from Bruce of say Darkness etc full off great outtakes and bonus songs. There's only question why?.......the answer is $s........................ has Bruce been involved in this box?
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Love Songs
Love Songs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love & And More Again, 5 Nov. 2014
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To balance the earlier review anyone who's not familiar with the legendary Love this is fine overview of their first 4 records minus the 17 minute jam from Da Capo. It's a pity that there's only a few songs from 'Four Sail' which stands up well with their first 3 records. Of course much of their back catalogue is over shadowed by their opus Forever Changes. Much of their later work failed to match these early records - Love's main man Arthur Lee passed away a few years ago but this package is a fine introduction. The accompanying booklet contains some excellent photos and liner notes.
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Storytone (Deluxe Version)
Storytone (Deluxe Version)
Price: £11.08

18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Neil's cul-de-sac, 3 Nov. 2014
Yes I know he's following his muse and we love him for his persistence and refusal to look back. When reviewing Neil's records we have to be mindful that we're not reviewing his former glories, when you consider some of the truly great songs that Neil has failed to release in the old days when it took 2-3 months to make a record and with the time lapse Neil sometimes had moved on and decided not to release some of those classic songs. These days there's no time to sit on those songs they are just loaded up on his web site, thrashers site and released like this latest mess. Most Neil Young fans will know the background to this new record his divorce and the environment. It's a pity that whilst Neil discovers that at the age of almost 70 that fish stocks have been reduced by 50% in the last 40 years, he's able to preach to us about taking on the big corporations. As ever ole Neil is naive and sitting back on his ranch he's telling us how to live our lives.
Back to the record coming in two formats with a full orchestra or stripped down with just Neil on piano, his first record not playing guitar. Some of the love songs clearly describe the end of his days with Pegi and his new lady Ms Hannah, some of the lyrics here are woeful and I've seen love make a fool of a man but never a great artist writing these simplistic lyrics. His environmental songs are no better.....'damn the dams'.......'take on the corporations'..... What on earth does he mean?
Many fans will love this record, the only saving grace are the stripped down songs which at best allow us to hear Neil's voice as it should be heard and not like Perry Como on the fully orchestrated songs. I'm sure many with love this record but it's another cul de sac and I'm not sure Neil's coming back from this.
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