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Truths and Rights
Truths and Rights

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heartbeat Strikes again...., 7 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Truths and Rights (Audio CD)
Have to agree with the first reviewer regarding the sloppy way this has been put together. I've dozens of Heartbeat CD's and while I'm loathe to criticse people that do such valuable work, this is not the first time a rather slip-shod attitude has been apparent on an re-issue.

What makes the whole 'Jah Promise' episode even more bizzare is that there is a perfectly good take of it issued on 'The Best of Studio One' last year by......Heartbeat!

Anyway, if it needs saying 5 out of 5 for the music (any reggae fan needs this LP), considerably less for this re-issue. However, if you don't have this record already, it is still worth a purchase, as the music is so great.

Good Humor
Good Humor
Offered by GMFT
Price: £13.55

4.0 out of 5 stars Their Best, 18 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Good Humor (Audio CD)
A band that often divide opinion, Saint Etienne create the perfect mix of indie cool and glorious pop sensibilty on this, their fourth LP. Abandoning somewhat, the dance music focus of their previous LP's, this record draws on the Bacharach 60's pop that they clearly hold dear. 'Split Screen' is possibly the greatest pop tune of any group in the 90's, 'Lose that Girl' oozes effortless pop class. A band whose back catlouge is long and varied, this is probably the best place to start. A sound distilled into 44 magnificant minutes.

Them Rockabilly Cats
Them Rockabilly Cats
Price: £13.97

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection, 23 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Them Rockabilly Cats (Audio CD)
A highly recommended collection of obscure and not-so-obscure US Rock n Roll and Rockabilly from the 50's which really showcases the wild, raw and downright raucous music coming out of small backwater studios that suddenly got the nations moral guardians reaching for the valium...

It was an incredibly fertile period for music. A whole generation disillusioned with the Big Band ballads of their parents, but infused with spirit of black RnB, slicked back their hair, picked up guitars and began to howl at the moon...Tens of thousands of fantastic Rock n Roll records were released between the years of '56 and '59, and as such a single CD can only ever be a scratch at the surface. But it's a mighty fine scratch at that. Reaching over the legendary indie labels (Billy Lee Riley and Jack Earls at Sun, Al Ferrier at Starday) to some real obscurities (Curley Jim anyone?), right through to those plouging their own furrow on the majors (Carl Perkins and Ronnie Self at Columbia).

Highlights? - `Lonesome Baby Blues' by Danny Ray is a must for any Rockabilly collector. The small number of recordings made by Pat Cupp in 1956 have been long been legendary in Rock n Roll circles. The selection here of `That Girl of Mine' demonstrates just why.

A great starter CD for those wanting an entry point into what can, admittedly, be an overwhelming selection of reissues on the market; there is also enough here from off the beaten track to interest more seasoned fans. As usual, Ace Records bring you their highest standards of sound quality, taken from the best available original sources.

The records on show here may not have sold many copies (or any copies in some cases), but what they lacked in commercial success, they more than make up with sheer raw energy.

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