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The Studio Albums 1979-2008 (Vol. 2)
The Studio Albums 1979-2008 (Vol. 2)
Price: £33.40

3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chicago the MOR years it proved to be a hard habit to break, 10 July 2015
Chicago 30 years in the middle of the road. Rhino have now packaged together the complete works and whilst Vol1 demonstrated a band in full flow this 10 disc release serves to emphasise the fall from their perch, anyone familiar with the band will have the individual records and whilst the logo remained in place the songwriting was left to outsiders and the occasional half thought out song from the band. Interestingly this box covers 30 years and the first box covered 10 years (10 discs). Chicago had lost their inspiration once Terry Kath has passed away but that doesn't explain the road they followed here. Robert Lamm the main songwriter took a back seat while Bill Champlin took the reins to plough some truly awful 80s schlock. Thankfully Mr Lamm seems it have rediscovered his mojo with the last record but he must listen to some of this stuff and think how?
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The Monsanto Years
The Monsanto Years
Price: £11.99

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Millionaire rock star tells us what's wrong with the planet, 6 July 2015
This review is from: The Monsanto Years (MP3 Download)
I can see that many Neil fans have supported this new venture which has been heavily influenced by his new lady who also appears on the cover. In some ways the loyal fan base is amazing to come on here with 3-5 star ratings because for me it's 0 star record. We all convince ourselves by telling each other 'yeh you know Neil always throwing a curved ball'. Dig a bit deeper and this record reveals itself as a self indulgent escapade. Neil tells us we don't need corporations, he's never been unemployed I guess? At the end of the day the record isn't good enough lyrically woeful and musically something he could make before breakfast. I'm sure they all had fun making this and Monsanto enjoy the free publicity. I've given this 1 star to balance all the other reviews.
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Lessons from a Shooting Star
Lessons from a Shooting Star
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Reno Bo's second record nod to Badfinger, Byrds & The Fountains of Wayne, 5 July 2015
Reno Bos's second record sees the band mining the influences of the late 60s to great effect 30+ minutes of solid power pop songs all self penned which sees the band looking to stretch out from the 3 minute pop song on the title track. 10 concise tracks cleverly never over stay their welcome. Whilst we're waiting for the next FOW record Reno Bo pick up the mantra nicely - CD available only from www.renobo.com


Depressing Beauty
Depressing Beauty
Price: £11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orange Humble Band wait 14 years and aim for The Big Star, 29 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Depressing Beauty (Audio CD)
14 years since their last record the 'supergroup of popsters' (Mitch Easter, Darryl Mather & Ken Stringfellow get back together to release an old fashioned record where the songs stand up on their own. When I say old fashioned I mean you can play this from start to finish (59 minutes) with hardly a drop off in quality. Classic pop songs with a strong pedigree and no filler.


Before This World
Before This World
Price: £9.99

9 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You Can Close Your Eyes after listening to this, 15 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Before This World (Audio CD)
Thankfully JT has decided to get his writing pen out after several cover records, where at time he sounded like Perry Como. It's 13 years since his last batch of self-penned songs and after that time I was expecting some inspiration but this record fails in so many areas. First JT's delivery is now like a crooner and his ear for a melody and incisive lyric has virtually disappeared. This one pace record comes and goes without making an impression for this listener.
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What Kind Of Love
What Kind Of Love
Price: £8.75

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not such a Grand Drive, 6 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: What Kind Of Love (Audio CD)
Danny George Wilson has moved a long way from his Grand Drive days, where DGW was responsible for some of the best records of the last 15 years - to me Grand Drive were one of the best bands that came out of the UK in the last 20 years. Following on from that Champions of the World followed that successful sound with a more mature sound taking in some American influences - all great stuff until this record. The strong songs have been diluted into a soul funk sound which is great but apart from the opener 'Clear Water' where DGW is at the top of his game the rest of the record limps along without any stand out songs. I'll give it a few more listens but this is disappointing.
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Original Album Series
Original Album Series
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Diamond Girl but not such a diamond collection, 27 May 2015
This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
These box sets are great if you're passing through as a fan but the replica cds can never carry the same information as the original albums. That said there's plenty here to enjoy from a duo that had their sappy moments and quasi religious overtones. There's one record that stands out and that is Diamond Girl which contains the brilliant 'We May Never Pass This Way Again' - 'Summer Breeze' is on the first record - which is great but the rest if the record is rather limp. These box sets should have an accompanying booklet with the lyrics and bio. You can't read any of it in this package.


The Waterfall
The Waterfall
Price: £12.24

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different jacket required, 6 May 2015
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This review is from: The Waterfall (Audio CD)
Yup it sounds rather experimental with some epic songs from Jim James, in some way no different from other MMJ records. I can understand some of the early reservations on this but this requires time and lasting over an hour you're going to have set aside some time. The record does veer off into various music genres but none the worse for that MMJ take risks so be prepared for some surprises and left turns.


No Pier Pressure
No Pier Pressure
Price: £9.99

2 of 13 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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Tombstone
Tombstone
Price: £14.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich No Longer Flogging A Dead Crazy Horse, 12 Mar. 2015
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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.


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