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Not The Tremblin' Kind
Not The Tremblin' Kind
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking depth, 14 July 2016
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Great opening track, but goes downhill from there. Becomes very samey

Nowhere to Here
Nowhere to Here
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and moody alt country, 14 July 2016
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My favourite Blue Rodeo album. It's much darker than their others. The tunes are somber but terrific all the same. Lyrically very tense and clever. This isn't the best place to start listening to the band, but if you're already a fan, then it's highly recommended.

Pandemonium - The Essential Bellowhead
Pandemonium - The Essential Bellowhead
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 11 Feb. 2016
Totally pointless. Everything here is available in the proper context on their other albums.
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Bananafish Gardens Ny 1973
Bananafish Gardens Ny 1973
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid!, 29 Jan. 2016
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I used to have a bootleg double CD of Manassas live. Really good quality. I lent it to a friend and never got it back. I've been waiting for an "official" live release for years, so was really pleased when this one was advertised.
I can only stress how disappointed I am. The sound quality is so bad that it renders the CD almost unlistenable. Surely someone should be controlling what is being released? My advice is to avoid this release. Maybe a decent recording of Manassas Live will come out one day
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Bonus, 2 July 2014
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This review is from: Revival (Audio CD)
Firstly I must state how much I really like Bellowhead. As far as I am concerned there is no better live band.
I dont want to incur the wrath of other fans, but I have to say that the 'official' CD is by no means their best effort. In fact, I wouldnt rate it in their top three. A lot of the tracks have a feel of album fillers and have a bland 'sameness'.
That said, the bonus CD -WOW!!
Are they playing an elaborate joke on us? The outtakes and demos CD is everything that the 'official' CD should have been. Its a bit quirky, a bit edgy, diverse, powerful, and with great songs and interpretations.
I really feel they should have released the bonus CD as the main CD, ditching Three Drunken Maidens and Josephine (not one of Jons better songs from his first solo CD), and adding Let Her Run, Moon Kittens, Seeds of Love, Greenwood Side and maybe Bright Lights from the official release.
I know this is only my opinion and others would have their own favourites but can anyone honestly say that Jack Lintel, the CDs only instrumental, is a patch on Leviathan on the bonus CD? Leviathan will be a live highlight if it gets played.
They could have saved Gosport Nancy, Roll Alabama and Rosewood Fair for non album singles.
I still quite like the official CD, but I love the bonus. I would highly recommend that you purchase the Bonus Version, which is definitely a 5 star offering.

Centenary: Words And Music Of The Great War
Centenary: Words And Music Of The Great War
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sublime Tribute, 30 Jun. 2014
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What a beautiful album. From the exquisite packaging through to the sensitive reading of the various war poems to the wonderful music on the second album.
Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter are inspired choices for the poetry reading. Such sensitive and heartfelt interpretations.
Show of Hands are on top form with the second album. Augmented by some great singing by Jim Causey and Jackie Oates in particular, the songs are full of pathos and feeling. Tears to the eye stuff! But there are some stirring songs as well, along with a few Show of Hands favourites and popular music of the period. The Gamekeeper is a wonderful opener, and the version of the Blue Cockade brings back memories of a magical night at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, where the recording of the song originates from.
All in all, this is a fantastic, inspired and thoroughly worthy tribute to the men and women who lived, fought and died during the Great War

In A Box
In A Box
Price: £13.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Folk Essentials, 7 Jun. 2014
This review is from: In A Box (Audio CD)
Megson have consistently released excellent albums, and this one is no exception. Stu's songwriting is at the core of this latest collection. There are some great examples of really good personal lyrics which will resonate with most listeners. Stu and Debs share the vocals and both have improved their delivery over the years. Although living in Cambridgeshire, they haven't forgotten their NorthEast roots, and the album has a truly authentic feel.
The musicianship is, of course, exemplary, and some catchy tunes interspersed with some heartfelt ballads make this a must for any serious folk fans

Fair Warning [Digipack]
Fair Warning [Digipack]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely on The Rails, 6 May 2014
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This is a wonderful CD. I can't praise it enough. Perhaps because of the Thompson connection there is a feel of some of Richard's music on some tracks, particularly the standout 'Send her to Holloway'. The musicianship is excellent throughout. I was particularly impressed by James' guitar work.
The vocals blend beautifully and don't suffer at all on the more acoustic moments. Both traditional tracks included are highlights. Bonnie Portmore is a lilting ballad, whereas their version of William Taylor lopes along with some muscle. I have always loved Jim Moray's take on William Taylor. Dare I say that this is an even better effort.
All in all, this CD deserves to be one of the albums of the year.

The Full English
The Full English
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full-on English, 9 Oct. 2013
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The eagerly awaited album in conjunction with the EFSDS website relating to the same material is an absolute joy. Many of the best and leading musicians of the current golden renaissance of British Folk music have been brought together by Fay Hield to produce a majestic album which, in time, will be seen to have the same importance as such tour de force as the Shirley Collins Albion Band 'No Roses'

The playing throughout is exemplary, as you would expect from such a stellar cast. The choice of material wide ranging, from ballads to love songs, to perfectly executed instrumentals and music hall items. Fay takes lead vocals on 4 tracks, especially notable being a lovely closing version of Linden Lea. Nancy Kerr also provides lead on several tracks, including her self penned Fol the Day-O, which fits in with the traditional songs like a hand in a glove, and her dueting with Fay throughout is really beautiful. Too quite disimilar voices blending fantastically well.

The individual voices of the males can easily be identified on the ensemble numbers. Martin Simpsons guitar and vocals on Creeping Jane show what a fine reader of the tradition he is, and any fan of Seth Lakeman will be intrigued by his two contributions.

The most easily listenable tracks, Arthur O'Bradley (which has real tongue twisting lyrics) and Man in the Moon (with its music hall singalong) will probably get the most airplay, but there isnt a duff track amongst them.

Finally, a mention for Sam Sweeney, Rob Halbron, and Ben Nicholls, as fine a trio of musicians you could wish to hear.

Brilliance deserves recognition. BUY THIS CD !
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Whip Jamboree
Whip Jamboree
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next big Folk Rock Band?, 8 April 2013
This review is from: Whip Jamboree (Audio CD)
This is one helluva band and one helluva CD. Like all great bands, the best way to listen to Blackbeards is live. However, with Whip Jamboree theyve managed to get the excitement of their live sound down on record.

This album is going to win awards. Its that good. A great mix of catchy tunes, singalong songs and musical virtuosity.I cant recommend it highly enough.

Stuarts singing is excellent, and Lauras violin superb. The driving Bass from Tim (he's also in the Albion Band) and Martins lead guitar licks keep the music at a high tempo. The super tight drumming from Dave and Yom are unique and make the band stand out from every other Folk Rock Band on the market.50% tunes and 50% songs is a great mix. The crowning glory is the title track, which I bet you will keep singing out loud at the most inopportune moments.

I remember them once announcing at Shepley Festival that they were going to be bigger than Bellowhead. Who knows? This set is up there with the best that Boden and Crew can muster. 2013 to be the year of BTP?

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