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Nu Yorica! Culture Clash In New York City: Experiments In Latin Music 1970-77
Nu Yorica! Culture Clash In New York City: Experiments In Latin Music 1970-77
Price: £13.12

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware - not as good as the original version., 15 Jun. 2015
I love Soul Jazz/Universal Sound but the promotion of this 2015 re-issue of their fantastic compilation from 1996 as a deluxe "expanded" edition is disingenuous to say the least.
They fail to mention that four excellent tracks from the original set are missing (two by Eddie Palmieri's Harlem River Drive and two by Ocho), presumably due to licensing issues, and have been replaced with tracks of lesser quality in my opinion, particularly "Tornado" by Ocho with its cheesy wind effects. Presumably licensing issues also prevented them using anything from Eddie Palmieri's wonderful, progressive "Vamonos P'al Monte" album rather than "Condiciones Que Existen" which is good but available on other compilations.
The only extra track is Ricardo Marrero & The Group's wonderful "My Friend" but why oh why have they gone for the edited three minute version which fades out just as it gets going when there is plenty of space to include the utterly brilliant six and a half minute version?
Still a wonderful compilation but frustratingly flawed and misleadingly advertised. Shape up Soul Jazz.
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The Jimi Hendrix Concerts
The Jimi Hendrix Concerts

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Head for the Strat-osphere with Jimi!, 25 Feb. 2009
I compleletly agree with Nixon, Jimi's solo on this version of Red House is absolutely incendiary, mindblowing, overwhelming and other-worldly. If I listen to it loud on headphones it gives me goosebumps and provokes spontaneous tear-welling. It's the aural equivalent of being blasted into outer space. Truly cosmic music from a much-missed soul. No-one else has ever come close. Sounds better on vinyl to my ears, though.

Urban Oasis
Urban Oasis

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic latin-tinged jazz, hugely underrated., 7 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Urban Oasis (Audio CD)
I wholeheartedly agree with the previous review. This is a wonderful record by the sadly long-departed Argentine piano magician who performed on some of George Benson's best 70's albums. Great musicianship all round, beautiful rhythms and superb production. Concord produced some amazing Latin jazz records around this time and this ranks with the best. I just adore Jorge's piano playing - soulful, danceable and uplifting!

Afro Rock 1
Afro Rock 1
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £17.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful album - underrated in the genre, 2 July 2008
This review is from: Afro Rock 1 (Audio CD)
A fantastic collection of rare African gems from the 70s. This album got me into the incredibly funky Geraldo Pino but there is a wealth of beautiful music on here. Check the K.Frimpong track. A liltingly funky rhythm with haunting vocals, an ethereal organ accompaniment and glorious flute and guitar solos. Mesmerising. Whatever happened to Vol.2?

Price: £5.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The purest distillation of tough, bluesy rock and roll........ever!, 30 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Powerage (Audio CD)
I gave it 5 stars, not three!!

This is the motherlode, the record where Malcolm, Angus, Bon, Phil and new boy Cliff hit the peak of their creative powers and produced an absolute masterpiece of simple, grooving, tough, bluesy rock n' roll. Every song is brilliant, it's all highlights.

To see them live at this point in time was to witness the finest high energy rock band ever at their thrilling, frenzied best but this studio offering presented them in a new, surprisingly and wonderfully grown up light. The novelties and gimmicks had gone and been replaced by songwriting, structure and lyrics of the highest quality, while the sound still had that fantastic raw edge that George Young and Harry Vanda managed to capture best.

It's the sound of a band utterly confident in its abilities but still resolute in its conviction to record uncompromising music unswayed by commercial pressures. It's also the much missed Bon Scott's finest hour as a singer and lyricist. Rock and roll music does not get better than this. An album for the ages.

One small gripe about the remaster - "Cold Hearted Man" should be on it.

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