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Carol of the Bells
Carol of the Bells

5.0 out of 5 stars Festive fun & fund raising, 18 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Carol of the Bells (MP3 Download)
This is a great proggy version of one of my favourite christmas carols and the money goes to a good cause.


Fiendish [Explicit]
Fiendish [Explicit]
Price: £7.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound, 9 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Fiendish [Explicit] (MP3 Download)
This is a fine collection of songs but the sonic quality of these MP3 files is poor. I had already downloaded a couple of files from this album for free from Phideaux's own Bloodfish site and they sounded far superior to these files. What a damn shame.


The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) [CD+DVD]
The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) [CD+DVD]

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 4 Mar. 2013
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Okay, so this album has only just been released (Feb 2013) but the vibe of much of it is firmly rooted in the early 70's Jazz/Prog Rock scene (think "Lizard" era King Crimson). There are only six tracks on this album but each of them are astounding. The opening track "Luminol" kicks off with a funky Bassline from Nick Beggs (yes that bloke from Kajagoogoo) doing a fine impersonation of Chris Squire from Yes. Next up is "Drive Home"... a track with a similar sound to the closing track (I Drive the Hearse) from Porcupine Tree's "The Incident" album. The guitar solo on this track is just beautiful. "The Holy Drinker" is up next. This is perhaps the heaviest tune on this album, though most of the heaviness comes from keyboards rather than guitars. Track four is called "The Pin Drop" and is my least favourite track (it still sounds fantastic though). The penultimate track "The Watchmaker" is one of the highlights for me. It's a rather twisted story of an old watchmaker who has endured a long loveless marriage until one day he finds that he can take no more and murders his wife. Rather than concentrating on the murder, the song focuses on the watchmaker's regret & the fact that he misses his wife far more than expected. Musically, the first half of this song reminds me of early Genesis. The album closes on the title track... a beautiful haunting ballad. Hunt down the video for it on YouTube. I can't imagine the music on this album ever being considered fashionable but sonically it's flawless (and with the legendary Alan Parsons as chief engineer it's no wonder). I can't even put into words how great the 5.1 surround sound version sounds. Also Mr Wilson has brought on board a group of top-notch musicians. I can't imagine hearing a better album than this before the year is out.


Shrine of the New Generation Slaves (Limited Edition)
Shrine of the New Generation Slaves (Limited Edition)
Price: £19.22

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riverside's best album to date., 4 Mar. 2013
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This album is less heavy than previous offerings and all the better for it in my opinion. There are shades of Pink Floyd and Deep Purple evident in some tracks... and surely that's got to be a good thing.


Over-Nite Sensation
Over-Nite Sensation
Price: £5.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I true classic album, 14 Jan. 2013
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Perhaps one of Mr Zappa's more commercial releases but just because it's easy to digest, that doesn't mean it's a sell-out. Every single track is a winner in my book.


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