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The Catastrophist
The Catastrophist
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock Off, 8 Mar. 2016
This review is from: The Catastrophist (Audio CD)
Depending on your musical tastes, you'll find The Catastrophist to be either an excellent 9-track album or a so-so 11-track one. The 2 vocal-led songs sit rather uncomfortably amongst the (frequently stunning) instrumental tracks - though Georgia Hubley's performance is growing on me. However, the Todd Rittman-fronted cover of David Essex's peerless "Rock On" sounds like a particularly awful B-side reject and is v. poor indeed.


Life and Times of "Private Eye", 1961-71
Life and Times of "Private Eye", 1961-71
by Richard Ingrams
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Grovel., 6 Mar. 2016
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An excellent anthology of Private Eye's trail-blazing first decade.


Astral Weeks (Expanded Edition)
Astral Weeks (Expanded Edition)
Price: £5.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Step right up., 6 Mar. 2016
The long-awaited 2015 remaster is genuinely revelatory. If, like me, you've long admired Astral Weeks but never quite understood why so many critics (Van fans or otherwise) rave on about it being one of the "finest albums EVER", etc then this much improved new edition may belatedly convert you - the thin and brittle sound of the former CD issue sounds unbearably harsh by comparison. This updated version sounds like it might've been recorded yesterday, so impressive is the upgrade, and it's worth a fiver for the unexpurgated "Slim Slow Slider" alone. Very highly recommended!
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FIRE ESCAPE
FIRE ESCAPE
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £11.51

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sdrawkcab War, 12 Feb. 2016
This review is from: FIRE ESCAPE (Audio CD)
I own a handful of SHOTM albums, but this is the best one I've heard by some distance. Keiren Heben's slicker-than-usual production introduces a degree of order to the chaos, revealing a multitude of (gasp) subtle nuances in the ensemble's communal improvisations that are obscured by muck and grunt on their other releases. If somebody had played this to me blindfolded I would've guessed it was a new Faust LP or something - that's how confident and impressive a record it is - highly recommended!


AUTO MUSIC
AUTO MUSIC
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Price: £4.24

3.0 out of 5 stars Cruise control, 11 Feb. 2016
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This review is from: AUTO MUSIC (Audio CD)
I had high hopes for Auto Music, but it's quite disappointing - very slick and rather dull if I'm honest. It's a very down-to-Earth selection - "driving music", I suppose - much of it sounds like the sort of thing you'd hear soundtracking a BBC documentary about inspirational journeys in aspirational cars to "breathtaking" locales - i.e. not Kosmische in the slightest. Maybe it'll grow on me.


The Soft Wave
The Soft Wave
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4.0 out of 5 stars Infinity Room, 9 Feb. 2016
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This review is from: The Soft Wave (Audio CD)
This is a lovely record. The Soft Wave might be not a particularly original album - there's no denying its sonic debt to early (Autobahn-era) Kraftwerk and the languid electronic drift of the first two peerless Harmonia LPs - but it's a very satisfying one. Definitely worth a listen if you're sick and tired of the half-baked faux-Kosmische bandwagon-hoppers Radio 6, et al constantly champion.


Rip It Up
Rip It Up
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mud In Your Eye, 9 Feb. 2016
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This review is from: Rip It Up (Audio CD)
This, as a kid, was the first O.J. record I owned. I realise their earlier records were/are considered to be far cooler - they were back in the early '80s when I first bought this too - but they were also already surprisingly difficult to come by and I didn't hear them 'til a couple of years later.

Despite the radical changes in sound and line-up and glossier production values - remember they were competing with the likes of Haircut 100 when this was released - Rip It Up remains my favourite O.J. album... aside from the peerless posthumous Ostrich Churchyard, of course (since included in full on Domino's Glasgow School compilation). The pitched-down reggae-fied version of nascent B-side "Breakfast Time", the quintessential ly wry Edwyn-isms of "Mud In Your Eye" and "Louise, Louise" (the latter song is virtually the only thing here that harks back to the lilting jangle of their earlier Postcard-era), the classic pop singles "Flesh Of My Flesh" and the title track, and the climactic arch-soul (heh!) ballad "Tenterhook" - arguably one of Edwyn's finest songs EVER - make this a must-have LP. And, though it took me a long time to warm to them, narrow-minded music snob that I used to be, the two African-infuenced tracks are outstanding too - I can understand why listeners were turned off by them at the time but they sound terrific now.

Domino's recent reissue omits the additional songs that were included on the first CD edition, I definitely recommend you buy the latter if you can find a copy.


Real New Fall Lp
Real New Fall Lp
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Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C on the C, 1 Feb. 2016
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This review is from: Real New Fall Lp (Audio CD)
It seems like every new Fall album is hailed as a "stunning return to form" nowadays - but this one genuinely was, and remains one of the best records they've released since the mid '90s. Much of this can be attributed to it being unexpectedly leaked prior to release, inspiring obergruppenführer Mark Smith to take the band back into the studio to re-work and/or toughen up what the songs they'd already "completed" - resulting in this powerful (and surprisingly experimental) latter-day classic.

The Fall have released several v. good LPs since this one, but they've yet to top it's caustic, steel toe-capped Northern WEIRD.


Six Cups Of Rebel
Six Cups Of Rebel
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magik, 29 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: Six Cups Of Rebel (Audio CD)
LOVE this album. As fond as I am of Lindstrom's other productions it's great to know that there are still a few established artists out there who have the guts to stretch themselves creatively while (hopefully) dragging their audience along for the ride. Keep an open mind or else! :)


Barbarians
Barbarians
Offered by bestcdhead_usa
Price: £24.61

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barbarians, 28 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Barbarians (Audio CD)
A lovely, underrated, overlooked album - some of my favourite of Richard's songs are on this one. In an ideal world there'd be a new Richard Davies LP every couple of years. Hopefully he'll release his next one in time for Barbarians' 20th anniversary.


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