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I Sing The Booty Electric
I Sing The Booty Electric
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Price: £19.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Da Bombs!!!, 2 Jan. 2004
The Voltaire Brothers is another great band led by the awesomely talented Mick Collins, he of the fantastic Dirtbombs and formerly of the groundbreaking Gories. Both those bands have an obvious interest in classic soul and low-fi sixties garage, here Collins satisfies his love of seventies funk. Many of the tunes here are pure Funkadelic / Parliament, but Collins retains his punk attitude with odd musical ideas and sometimes the rough and ready playing of the Dirtbombs. The songs themselves are catchy soul wonders which would be equally at home in the bedroom or on the dancefloor. However you will be dancing around your bedroom.
Irresistable and joyous in more places than not, this is another Collins success of 2003 next to The Dirtbombs rocking Dangerous Magical Noise.


Sampled Vol.4: 40 Original Soul Jazz Funk Rock & Disco Tracks
Sampled Vol.4: 40 Original Soul Jazz Funk Rock & Disco Tracks

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant album., 15 Feb. 2003
The "Sampled" series has proved to be an unbeatable source of rare classics sampled by recent stars. The 4th enstallment is excellent, not as good as Vol. 3 which was the best of the series, but again they have dug up some priceless treasures. Sly Stone's brilliant "Into my own thing", a surprisingly funky Joe Cocker, Herbie Hancock's "Wiggle Waggle", Linda Lyndell's "What a man", two lots of David Axelrod, are just a few of the many highlights. You may want to skip over Shirley Bassey's "Light my fire", however it is at least interesting. But you won't have your finger over the fast forward button for long.


Black Caesar
Black Caesar
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stars if you don't like Blaxploitation OSTs, 21 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Black Caesar (Audio CD)
This can be reviewed variably. If you like blaxploitation soundtracks, it is one of the best examples of the genre from one of the most successful films of the genre. It has some truly stunning tracks, like "The Boss", aswell as some great funky instrumental passages, evoking the era perfectly. However, for the casual listener these might be seen as mindless filler. I believe it's a fantastic funk record, but I'm biased and could never give James anything less than three stars.


Coney Island Baby
Coney Island Baby
Offered by dutchtoni
Price: £15.49

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great, But A Few Classics., 21 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Coney Island Baby (Audio CD)
It's a familiar story with Lou Reed's mid-seventies albums, as it is with his weaker eighties albums, there's always a few tracks worth getting the album for. Coney Island Baby has a couple of the finest Reed tracks you can hear. The title track's homage to the fifties is, as always with Lou in this mood, touching without resorting to sickly sentimentality. It is an immaculately produced record most notably on the other standout track "Kicks", a harrowing account of a psychopath's lust for thrills gained from violence, where Reed uses a tape of a conversation at a party to excentuate the moments of drama. These two tracks are classics, not too far behind is "She's my best friend". After that there isn't really anything that the casual Reed listener will need. However, for Reed fans an average but enjoyable listening experience is on offer.
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Pink Moon
Pink Moon
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Price: £8.48

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, 7 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Pink Moon (Audio CD)
If there was truly a thing of complete perfection in the world of music, it would not surprise me one bit if it turned out to be PINK MOON. The final album in a marvellous trilogy from the astounding NICK DRAKE. The simplicity of songwriting and arragements cannot take away the power of these performances. Intimate vocals whisper closely in your ear, as a gentle guitar slides in the tunes. Poetry, beauty and wonderment perfectly set to music.


Heathen
Heathen
Offered by Media Vortex
Price: £23.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definite Return To Form, 10 Jun. 2002
This review is from: Heathen (Audio CD)
It may not be the world changing form of the 1970s albums, but Heathen celebrates Bowie's return to true songwriting form. Deeply incisive about the present atmosphere of not only music but world issues.
Bowie's subject matters have however not changed but instead he writes with the dark thoughts and fears not uncovered so clearly since 1980's Scary Monsters. It seems that the joy of a new child has coincided with the world going to hell and Bowie is all to aware what a sad state of affairs this is.
The album is musically the closest Bowie has come to the classic sound of Scary Monsters, not unconnected to that album's producer Tony Visconti's return to the producers chair.
Most importantly it is Bowie's most instant material for years, without sacrificing any artistic qualities. Tracks like "I Would Be Your Slave" and "Everyone Says Hi" sound like readymade singles but with a classic sound of longevity that Bowie is best remembered for.
Judging by this album, the next time Bowie ventures into a studio the result may well be the best music he has ever made.


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