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Go my way
Go my way
Price: £9.89

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Trower back to his classic best!, 23 April 2002
This review is from: Go my way (Audio CD)
Robin Trower has with the release of 'Go My Way' marked a return to his best music since his classic 'Bridge of Sighs' days back in the 70's. Trower's own brand of psychedelic blues/rock has often been compared with that of Jimi Hendrix and this becomes immediately apparent on first listening. The fundamental difference is that Trower drowns you in the blues like few other guitarists can. His collaborations over the years with successive vocalists have now given way to bearing his own heart and soul as a singer leaving Richard Watts as vocalist on three of the tracks.
'Go my way', the title track unleashes classic Trower as we know and love for over 9 minutes! What follows is an album which will undoubtedly stand the test of time as did his best earlier cuts. For those of you not yet familiar with his music, do yourself a favour and check him out! You won't believe what you've been missing all these years!


Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills
Price: £5.99

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Stills at his creative and brilliant best!, 20 April 2002
This review is from: Stephen Stills (Audio CD)
Stephen Stills at his creative and brilliant best surrounded by a selection of stellar musicians also at their peak including Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Whilst enjoying superstar status with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Stephen Stills was always essentially a bluesman. This becomes apparent with his gospel rendition of 'Church (Part of Someone', his blues jams with Hendrix and Clapton on 'Old Times Good Times' and 'Go Back Home' respectively and the acoustic classic 'Black Queen'. The fusion of music that resulted from these sessions remains a testament to the music of the time.


Bridge Of Sighs: EXPANDED EDITION
Bridge Of Sighs: EXPANDED EDITION

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undoubtedly Robin Trower's finest hour!, 20 April 2002
Undoubtedly Robin Trower's finest hour! He remains one of the most underated blues/rock guitarists of all time, probably due to the fact that he rarely tours these shores. Heavily influenced by his mentor Jimi Hendrix, he left the confines of Procol Harum to produce his own brand of psychedelic blues/rock which has now become a lasting musical legacy. With only his second solo album 'Bridge of Sighs', Trower reached heights that other guitarists can only hope to aspire to! An essential album!


Led Zeppelin 1
Led Zeppelin 1

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Led Zeppelin's seminal album launched the music of a decade!, 20 April 2002
This review is from: Led Zeppelin 1 (Audio CD)
Led Zeppelin's seminal album that launched the music of a decade! The perfect exponents of 3 instruments and a voice, Led Zeppelin swept all in their path. Anyone lucky enough to see them in concert witnessed heavy blues played like never before. Jimmy Page was equally at home playing acoustic guitar on 'Black Mountain Side' as he was elaborating electric guitar on 'Dazed and Confused'. Coupled with the unmistakable voice of Robert Plant, you had musical chemistry that knew no boundaries. Like the albums that followed in its wake, 'Led Zeppelin I' remains a monument to the band that rocked the 70's!


The Essential Bob Dylan
The Essential Bob Dylan
Offered by Media Vortex
Price: £13.99

25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unleashes all we expect from the poetic genius, 15 Oct. 2001
This review is from: The Essential Bob Dylan (Audio CD)
The Essential Bob Dylan unleashes all that we have come to expect from the poetic genius whilst capturing arguably his most influential songs on 2 CD's. Disk 1 catalogues Dylan's early years and his 'prophetic' rise to fame, whilst Disk 2 confirms that he is still able to produce classics in the form of 'Blind Willie McTell' and more recently 'Things have changed'. Dylan remains his enigmatic self whilst purveying a certain honesty and intensity about all his music, leaving us mortals hoping that he remains 'Forever Young'. As with all compilations, the inevitable 'flaws' debate will ensue regarding which tracks should or should not have been included. For someone buying Dylan for the first time or anyone who has taken a long sabbatical from his work over the last four decades, then this is indeed, the ideal package for you.


Sailing To Philadelphia
Sailing To Philadelphia
Price: £5.99

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Knopler's best cut to date!, 15 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Sailing To Philadelphia (Audio CD)
Even blues purists will be seduced by this gem which subtly blends haunting folk and country ballads with electric blues. Paul Franklin who is present throughout on pedal steel guitar and the sublime Aubrey Haynie on violin help create an unforgettable experience along with guest appearances by the unmistakable James Taylor and Van Morrison.
These songs make compelling listening and successive plays confirm that this is undoubtedly Mark Knopfler's best cut to date! So where does he go from here? Whichever road he chooses, his music can't get any better than this! Can it? 


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