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Dave Alvin - Live from Austin Tx [2007] [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]
Dave Alvin - Live from Austin Tx [2007] [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Dave Alvin
Price: £14.82

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Legend, 17 May 2007
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I am a massive Dave Alvin fan but haven't had the chance to see him live , this DVD is a Godsend . I was excited enough to see it was coming out but when i discovered that it was recorded at the time of Daves absolute classic of an album Blackjack David , well , i was in heaven.
The concert itself is superb , Dave tears through old and new classics with the passion , drive and (when required ) subtlety he's know for and the songs are , simply , among the best ever written in the Americana (or indeed any ) genre .
Can't recomend it highly enough .
Stand outs include :
Dave himself , the magnificent band (especially the Mandolin/Pedal Steel player) ,
King Of California , Abilene , Border Radio , Marie Marie ahhh it's all top class .
Just buy it .


Born Sandy Devotional
Born Sandy Devotional

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hats Off, 17 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Born Sandy Devotional (Audio CD)
It's Hats Off ! and a great big thank you to Domino Records for helping get some long overdue attention and (hopefully) sales for this most excellent band. This is the first in a program of re-issues and it is an absolute masterpiece , one of the greatest albums i've ever heard and , yes , a "long lost classic".Up there in the 80's canon with The Queen Is Dead and Rum , Sodomy And The Lash. So bloody buy it ! Let's hope In THe Pines is coming soon because that's just as good. Beautiful stuff. David McComb R.I.P.


The Corner Of Miles And Gil
The Corner Of Miles And Gil
Offered by whatuk
Price: £49.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the, 20 May 2006
What i would like to say is that i saw Shack live in Glasgow last night and it was a beautiful , magical experience and an evening that will live long in the memory. Simply one of the best concerts i've ever seen (and as a 40 year old gig goer of 26 years i've seen a few !)This band are just truly special and i had a great big grin on my face all the way through and a tear in my eye at the end when they played Comedy. Long may they create such majestic alchemy ! Oh and by the way , this albun is without a doubt the Album Of The Year , i can't see anyone coming close to it so help the lads out and buy a copy followed by HMS Fable , Waterpistol , Here's Tom..... and the Strands album.You'll be in musical Heaven.


The Strange Underworld of the Tall Poppies
The Strange Underworld of the Tall Poppies

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendant, 8 April 2006
The Pearlfishers are often compared to three people in particular , namely .... well i'm not going to list 'em again! It's unfair because although they (well , Davey Scott) wear their influences on their sleeves (proudly) on this release , which i feel is their best , they transcend them and have crafted an absolute masterpiece . It's a beautiful album full of lush , emotional gems which deserves a lot more recognition . One of my all time Desert Island discs and i wish it would be re-released with new sleevenotes by Davey and some extra tracks on a second disc maybe ? I'd certainly buy it again and again and . . . Belive me ,Genius !


Sweet deceit (1990)
Sweet deceit (1990)

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and Genius, 7 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Sweet deceit (1990) (Audio CD)
A timeless , inspirational masterpiece . Beauty , lust ,joy , redemption , jealousy , obssession all the good topics for poetic , exquisite works of genius. There's so little of it around !But it or not, i don't care cos i adore it and always will and one more sale won't benefit the artist either way but you'll be the Loser if you don't.....
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Lagoon Blues
Lagoon Blues

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless work of Art, 7 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Lagoon Blues (Audio CD)
This is one of the greatest albums ever recorded , on a par with exquisite works of timeless beauty such as Astral Weeks , Hats and Rain Dogs.If you know and love those then you'll adore this .A work of utter genius , priceless .
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How Will The Wolf Survive
How Will The Wolf Survive
Price: £15.20

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Classic, 21 Jan. 2006
It's simple people - this is one of the All - Time greatest albums ever made in the history of American music.There's not a bad song on here and i love every moment of it.Lots of tracks from this album have appeared on Los Lobos compilations and box sets in remastered form but the full thing should be re-released with upgraded packaging/sleevenotes etc and given its true recognition as a work of beauty and genius.5 stars,eleven out of ten,pure magic all the way through !


Let's Make This Precious: The Best Of Dexys Midnight Runners
Let's Make This Precious: The Best Of Dexys Midnight Runners
Price: £5.99

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genius, 4 Aug. 2005
Let's cut to the chase....i bought this for the two new songs (Manhood and My Time In England).Was it worth it? Without a shadow of a doubt.
Two works of staggering genius wich stand head and shoulders above anything else released in the last few years.Still,it 's hearbreaking that there's been no new album lately because the songs are immense , beautifully played by the band and Kevin is on top,top form.What the hell are record companies thinking of nowadays?
The rest of the compilation is the same old (glorious) stuff which we've adored for years ,the only omission i can moan about is Reminisce(part2) from the sublime Don't Stand Me Down album a track which can still bring a tear to my eye and a lump to my throat and that's from a 40 year old big strapping bloke.That's the power of Kevin Rowland.A genius and a legend...i love you man.


The Fitzgerald
The Fitzgerald
Offered by westworld-
Price: £8.65

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best So Far ?, 20 May 2005
This review is from: The Fitzgerald (Audio CD)
This is the record that they've been building towards over the last few years - a masterpiece . Lyrically and musically the band excel on this one and it's very much a quiet , delicate sound with acoustic guitar to the fore. I still have a love for certain tracks on Winnemuca and Post To Wire but i think that over all , as a piece , this is their best effort so far.
I'd compare it to "dark" classics like Nebraska and Tonights The Night ,its got a similar late - night feel.
Can see me playing this one forever.........


Blackjack David
Blackjack David
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £11.89

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Masterpiece, 9 May 2005
This review is from: Blackjack David (Audio CD)
I can't understand why this album hasn't had more recognition because it is truly classic , a masterpiece of American music. Here , Alvin fuses folk , blues and country music into his own unique brand of ,yes , Cosmic American Music.The songs are all magnificent and get even better the more you listen and i've been doing that regularly for years.I'm a massive Springsteen fan but , seriuosly , this is better than anything he's put out since Nebraska.If you like what The Boss does on Devils and Dust then you WILL adore this album as much as i do.Please take a chance on it because Alvin deserves it and you'll be the winner.


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