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Field Day
Field Day

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Guitar Music, 31 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Field Day (Audio CD)
This is Anthony Phillips most recent release and is a 2 CD set of acoustic guitar works (plus a few other stringed instruments on some of the songs such as Mandolin and Charanga). All of the pieces are instrumental and vary in length from 1 to 9 minutes. This isn't radically different to any of his other guitar stuff but frankly when the music is this good why change the formula? Any fan of his previous guitar work should enjoy this. I'd also say if you're an early Genesis or Steve Hackett fan and haven't heard Ant before you should try this. It isn't rocking but for some sublime acoustic music it doesn't get much better than this.


Live In Europe (2 cds)
Live In Europe (2 cds)
Offered by musea
Price: £19.29

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely and Utterly Fantastic!, 7 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Live In Europe (2 cds) (Audio CD)
If you thought live in America was great then you're in for a shock because this is about 500% better! Morse, Stolt, Trewavs and Portnoy were obviously more played in on this record because the band just sound like an incredibly well oiled machine effortlessly recreating their complex and demanding epics in a live environment. Besides being played with consumate skill the music is also played with a great deal of humour and really sounds as though everyone is having a ball. The album opens with a particularly sublime version of Duel with the Devil in which Stolt's guitar sounds terrific - far higher in the mix than on the studio version. Next is My New World which is one of favourite Transatlantic compositions with everyone playing beautifully. The We All Need Some Light with impassioned vocals from Morse and great acoustic guitar from Stolt. This is followed by a wild version of Suite Charlotte Pike with Side two of the Beatles' Abbey Road merged with the original song. The band really have a ball on this tune and for prog rock the performance is very rock 'n' roll. My second favourite Transatlantic tune (Stranger in our Soul) follows with pounding drums and bass from Portnoy and Trewavas taking us into the song proper. I've alwas like Trewavas' lead vocal parts on this song. He may not be the best of vocalists but for this song his lead vocal parts really work. Neil Morse states that this is his favourite Transatlantic tune and I can see why - it has great arrangements and dynamics. It may be thirty minutes long but the piece is so well constructed it never gets boring. The same coudl be said of the final tune All of the Above which is performed superbly. Mike Portnoy says in the liner notes that he considers the recordings of this band to be amongest his best and that its a great shame that the band didn't last longer. Listening to a recording as great as this one its difficult not to agree with this. If you're a fan of prog rock or even just like rock music that written, arranged and performed with great craft than you should have this.


Close to the Edge
Close to the Edge
Price: £5.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Purchase fro any Prog Fan!, 9 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Close to the Edge (Audio CD)
This is widely regarded by many fans and critics as the pinnacle of Yes's achievements. The original album featured the 18 minute Close to the Edge, the slower more acoustic And You and I and the rockier Siberian Khatru. All of these songs are masterpieces showcasing the brilliant playing and arrangements of Anderson, Squire, Howe, Wakeman and Bruford. Each songs takes you through a number changes featuring different moods and atmospheres from the very heavy to the classical sounding (check out Wakeman's organ solo on Close to the Edge), to the jazzy to the folky (sections And You and I). This reissue contains terrific sound quality and has some great bonus tracks including demo versions of the second half of the original LP which show how the songs were developed before ending up in their final form. A must for any fan of prog and experimental music generally.


Official Bootleg Vol 1
Official Bootleg Vol 1

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any fan of early King Crimson, 9 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Official Bootleg Vol 1 (Audio CD)
This is a phenomenal recording by two of the original KC members - Michael Giles and Ian McDonald, Mel Collins from the second version of KC, Peter Giles from the pre-KC band Giles, Giles and Fripp and new guitarist/vocalist Jakko Jakszyk. This album contains great versions of King Crimson songs from the first four LPs including Pictures of A City (Called here A Man, A City), Cat Food, I Talk to the Wind and of course 21st Century Schizoid Man. All of the songs are brilliantly performed with Michael Giles demonstrating why he is regarded by those in the know as one of the best drummers of his generation, Mel Collins and Ian McDonald showing what great sax players they are, Peter Giles supplying excellent bass work and Jakko Jakszyk doing some brilliant vocals and guitar playing (showing he is a more than adequate repalcement for Greg Lake and Robert Fripp). If you are a fan of the original band then this is an essential disc for your collection.


Relayer
Relayer
Price: £5.99

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock albums of the seventies., 3 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Relayer (Audio CD)
Conventional wisdom has it that after making essential albums the Yes Album, Fragile and Close to the Edge the band went down a dead of longer and more pretentious work and/or reruns of the work from these three great albums. If any post 1972 album comprehensively blows this theory out of the water then it is this album. This is IMHO one of the best Yes albums and one of the best records of the seventies. Here's why - the album breaks a lot of ground by integrating Patrick Moraz's jazz fusion and avant garde influences into their sound and rhythmically is one of their most adventurous albums. Unlike a lot of other Yes records the music and lyrics are quite dark, particularly on The Gates of Delirum and Sound Chaser. The former is a twenty minute piece that goes through a number of changes in order to describe the effects of a war. (Apparently the original inspiration was War and Peace). The latter features mind bogglingly complex bass playing from Chris Squire, absolutely mad tempo, key and chord changes and the most aggressive guitar playing from Steve Howe that I've ever heard. Taken together these two tracks might well redefine your concept of Yes. The last track is the mellow To Be Over which is perhaps a bit closer to what people normally associate with Yes. It's a great way to close the album. This reissue comes with abbreviated versions of Gates and Sound Chaser and then a rough version of Gates which is significantly different to the final version and is terrific. To sum up if you're at all interested in experimental or progressive rock you should have this - its essential listening!


TO WATCH THE STORMS
TO WATCH THE STORMS
Offered by trec002
Price: £19.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowingly great!, 9 Jun. 2003
This review is from: TO WATCH THE STORMS (Audio CD)
I've only had this CD a few days but what a mind blowing CD it is! It takes a number of compositions off 'Somewhere in South America' and manages to improve on virtually all of the live performances. No mean feat considering how great these original performances were. On top of this Steve adds loads of new compositions almost all of them absolutely terrific. The music has a number of Hackett trademarks - phenomenal electric and acoustic guitar playing, some suitably nasty guitar and keyboard sounds mixed with rather beautiful introspective passages and Steve's quirky approach to song writing. Added to this are some world music influences. If you can imagine Spectral Mornings like music with additonal instruments (in particular some almost King Crimson like Sax), flamenco guitar and world music influences this will give you some flavour as to what this CD sounds like. Steve has put together his best band since the late seventies to help him perform these compostions including Roger King on Keyboards, Rob Townsend on Sax and Flute, Terry Gregory on Bass and Gary O'Toole on Drums. With their help and John Hackett guesting on Flute and Ian McDonald guesting on Sax the songs just sound brilliant. Without a doubt this is one of Hackett's best ever releases!


Epitaph - Live 1969
Epitaph - Live 1969

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Essential As KC's First Album!, 18 May 2003
This review is from: Epitaph - Live 1969 (Audio CD)
So what make this series of live and BBC recordings so essential. Basically aside from In the Court of the Crimson King these are the only widely available recordings of the original band. And what a band!. In the Court of the Crimson King gives no hint of what a monster band this band was live and I'm basing this assessment on the strength of these live recordings. In the flesh the band would have been even more amazing. What comes across on these recordings is the phenomenal chemistry between the original players. Michael Giles' drumming is just incredible. Greg Lakes's voice is possibly the best it ever been and Ian McDonald's mellotron, flute and sax work is just terrific. As for Fripp, while he doesn't play at the level he is at today his playing is just terrific. Some of it is also quite surprising - check out the almost bluesy solo on 21st Century Schizoid Man from the Radio session!. Most of the original album is played live on these recordings and virtually all versions are more powerful than their studio equivalents. There is also a terrific version of Pictures of A City (here called A Man, A City, some good improvisations (Travel Weary Capricorn, Mars) and a BBC recording of the Donovan song Get Thy Bearings. All in all this is an essential purchase just to get a feel for how great the original band was because good as ITCOTCK was it gives no hint to how great the band were live.


Ladies of the Road
Ladies of the Road
Price: £11.98

50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Essential Live Set From Fripp and Co!, 21 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Ladies of the Road (Audio CD)
This is yet another essential live recording from the King Crimson archives. It features the 1971-72 line-up featuring Fripp, saxophonist/flautist Mel Collins, Bassist/vocalist Boz and drummer Ian Wallace. This version of the band is often dismissed by long time followers as the least accomplished version of King Crimson. After listening to this CD people might just want to revise this opinion. Here's why. Firstly it features blistering sax playing courtesy of Mel Collins which is infinitely better than anything Ian McDonald contributed during the first line-up. Secondly, Ian Wallace comes across as an incredible drummer. He may not be as innovative as Bill Bruford or Michael Giles but his playing is still phenomenal. Finally, whilst Boz's bass playing may be a bit limited his vocals are terrific and highly distinctive. The band storm through a number of early 70s classics on CD one including Pictures of A City, The Sailor's Tale and Cirkus all of which are infinitely better than the original studio versions. The first CD also features an interesting version of Groon, a good version of Get Thy Bearings and an excellent version of 21st Century Schizoid Man. The second CD is perhaps less successful being virtually a 50 minute version of 21st Century Schizoid Man. Great as the solos are and this song is I must admit that I find this version a bit hard to take. I would have preferred another disc with a range of KC songs circa 71/72 otherwise I would have given 5 stars to this release. Despite this reservation I would recommend this to all KC fans. It's far better than Earthbound and if you like KC you should buy this without hesitation.


Double Espresso
Double Espresso

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony's Best Set Yet!, 21 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Double Espresso (Audio CD)
This is Tony Levin's third solo album and without doubt the best. The CD follows a long line of King Crimson recordings in that the live performances are far superior to their studio counterparts. Fuelled by the energy from the ecstatic crowd and almost telepathic playing by all the members of the band there are great versions of songs off Tony's last two albums The Waters of Eden and Pieces of the Sun . Besides Tony Levin musicians on this include the superb drummer Jerry Marotta, the keyboard talents of Larry Fast and some phenomenal guitar from Jesse Gress. Most of the cuts are instrumental but Marotta contributes a great vocal to the Genesis classic 'Back in NYC' and the King Crimson classic 'Sleepless' while Tony contributes a quite reasonable vocal on the song 'Elephant Talk'. If you like King Crimson or Peter Gabriel then this is a must buy CD and qualifies as one of the best recordings I have heard by an ex-member of King Crimson. Purchase this now as its essential listening!


Clutch
Clutch
Price: £12.28

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific New Album from Hammill, 3 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Clutch (Audio CD)
Before I go any further it needs to be said that I've only had this CD a few days. As people familiar with Hammil's work will know it takes time to uncover the hidden depths of his music. Despite all this my initial feeling when listening to this album is that it contains some of his best work for some time. The decision to make an acoustic guitar only album with touches of violin, sax and flute has had an interesting effect, opening up the soundscape somwhat and putting more attention on the lyrics and Hammill's guitar playing. After listening to this I've decided that Hammill is a far better guitarist than I'd previously thought. The contributions from Stuart Gordon on violin and viola and David Jackson on sax and flute are wonderful and fit the songs perfectly - neither overwhelming the song or staying too much in the background. As for the songs, Hammill's customary skill as a lyricist is displayed on songs such as Once You Called Me, The Ice Hotel, This is the Fall and Just A Child. All in all one of Hammill's more enjoyable sets.


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