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Take It From Me
Take It From Me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take it from me is an amazing song, June 8, 2010
This review is from: Take It From Me (MP3 Music)
The title song alone is worth this collection. The song "Take it from me" is a gorgeous emotional melody sung excitedly by Paul, creating an amazing contrast with the synthesizer arrangements in the background.


Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic - Ballads And Dirges 1968-1974
Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic - Ballads And Dirges 1968-1974
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10 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tracklist, December 4, 2009
1. Song of a Sinner Top Drawer Top Drawer
2. How Great Thou Art Sensational Saints Sensational Saints
3. Smiling Faces East of Underground East of Underground
4. Forge Your Own Chains D.R. Hooker D.R. Hooker
5. Twilight Shin Jung Hyun and the Men feat. Jang Hyun
6. Let Your Life Be Free T. Zchiew and The Johnny
7. Two To Make A Pair The Strangers The Strangers
8. Don't You Feel Me Damon Damon $0.99 Buymp3
9. Strawberry Rain Ellison Ellison
10. Who Can I Say You Are Morly Grey Morly Grey
11. Don't Let It Get You Down Shadrack Chameleon Shadrack Chameleon
12. It's Not Easy Ofege Ofege
13. Nina Nana Ana Y Jaime Ana Y Jaime
14. Hajm-e Khaali Kourosh Yaghmaei Kourosh Yaghmaei
15. Somebody Keeps Calling My Name Baby Grandmothers Baby Grandmothers


Midnight Storm
Midnight Storm
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 60s and 70s Beat legend Mike Kennedy with new material, July 28, 2007
This review is from: Midnight Storm (Audio CD)
Midnight Storm was an album recorded in Switzerland at the beggining around 2000 or 2001 and was supposed to be called "In My life" released as Mike Kennedy. Mike is the vocalist of Los Bravos. Mike Kogel Kennedy is a superstar that is familiar to those of us who like 1960s beat oriented rock. He had solo hits like " Louisiana " and soft rock hits like " Un payaso loco " in the early 70s. The material in "Midnight Storm" is not Beat music, its more of an R+B pop with drum programming. However, it is tastefully arranged and the lyrics are significant and important. The music is full of catchy hooks and its the best material that Mike has released in a long time. It is co-written by songwriter Olivia Gray. For comercial reasons it was released years later as Los Bravos and a new version of Black is Black is included in it.


Bighaneh " Mahasty Volume 1"
Bighaneh " Mahasty Volume 1"

5.0 out of 5 stars Iranian female 1970s making traditional music popular, April 9, 2007
Mahasty has a powerful innate voice. This is a collection of her 1970s material. The sound quality is great and seams to have been made from the masters. This is unlike other iranian CD releases that have poor quality. In this collection Mahasti bridges the gap between traditional classical vocal music of Iran and pop music. These arrangements and compositions make this sort of music accessible to those whose ear is only accostumed to pop music. The use of the traditional iranian percussion zarb and the iranian instrument santur are very interesting.

Tracklist:

1-Biganneh

2-Magiresh Az Man

3-Ghebleh Gaah

4-Labkhand

5-Tasof

6-Kambood

7-Dorangee

8-Delam Tangeh

9-Nazan Sang

10-Cheragh

11-Atreh Bahaar

12-Shakheh Nabaat

13-Ashegh Shodan Be Haseleh

14-Del Megeh Delbar Meyad

15-Man Degeh Yaar Nemekham


Khoda Hafez
Khoda Hafez

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danceable iranian orchestrated male vocal music from the 70s, March 6, 2007
This review is from: Khoda Hafez (Audio CD)
Unlike other iranian re-issues from the 1970's, this one seams to have been made from the master tapes and sounds great.

Farzins late 1970s music is the closest iranian pop music got to disco music. Songs include:

Pass chera man naragsam.

Dam begirim

Baani

Saareboon

Jadehaye Barfi

sharghi

zamin

khodahafez

abr siah

jonoobi.


Manifest
Manifest
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not satisfying 3rd comeback CD, October 12, 2006
This review is from: Manifest (Audio CD)
This was the third CD this lady released after escaping the Ayatollahs. The previous two being Zartosh ( with lyrics by her ex husband, film director Kimiaii) and Manifest (written by the same team as this album).

I am posting the review I did of Manifest when it was originally released. Now that some time has gone by, in retrospect, I must add that the album is poorly mixed and engineered. It just doesnt sound powerful enough. Even though the album feauters a full orchestra, the arrangements are very poorly written. It makes a full orchestra sound worst than a keyboard. Now heres my review, which was published originally when the album came out:

1) Ay Mardom Mordam

This song is a CLASSIC and absolutely perfect. The melody and chorus, the part that says: "Ay mardom, mordam..." is absolutely brilliant, memorable, original and fit Googoosh's voice like a glove. The use of a real drummer gives the song the added strength that its lyrics demand! The lyrics are very important and up to date, in line with the realities of Iranian women today.

2) Nejaatam bedeh

This ballad starts with a beautiful string (violins) arrangement. Given that expensive string sections are usually not usually employed in making Iranian music abroad these days, it is great to hear strings in this production.

A beautiful vocal melody starts. The lyrics are again great and very important. I personally feel very close to the feeling of "wanting to be saved" which the lyrics talk about.

However, what could have been another classic, given the strong verse parts, doesn't quite become one, because it needs a strong chorus sung in high notes. The song writer does realize that such a part is needed and attempts with the part that has the lyrics going: "Nabaayad bezaarim setaareh..." Unfortunately this part is not measure up to the brilliance of the verse.

Still the verse and the lyrics are so great that they makes this a memorable song anyway.

3) Esgh Yani Hame Chiz

More string section here! Absolute brilliant. lyrics, saying "You are not alone. Who do you think all these stars in the sky belong to?" and "Thinking of freedom is living". Music wise, this song succeeds completely, as the strong verse leads to a surprising and unexpectedly fun and refreshing bridge/chorus that starts with the lyrics "nagoo maa dotaa kamim..."

Brilliant. and a classic!

4) Sangar bi Sang

Googoosh is able to save this song because she is able to sing low notes very well. This song is musically OK. The only memorable line "kaash bar migashtam" is too short to make up for the rest of the song.

5) Khoobe khoob

This is an embarrassment! The lyrics are absolutely horrible: "bas keh midoonam khoobe khoobee, khaabi khaabi, man keh bidaaram, cheghatdr khoobeh". It turns out that a similar song belongs to Shahriar. The music is dull.

6) Ghazal Shishehee ( Fragile Melody)

So far the album has offered slow songs. This one is the first upbeat song -- something the album desperately needs. This song has a disco beat, with the brilliant idea of contrasting the upbeat drum programming with a loud electric guitar playing the main arrangements. The vocal melody for the verse is great because the listener instantly feels like singing along with Googoosh.

The lyrics are clever and create great, educated images. The vocal melody has a climax that starts with the part: "Baa to zolaal mishavam...". The only problem is that the song needs a middle section that is as brilliant as the rest. The songwriter again knows a part is missing and attempts with the section that goes: "Dar ghafass-e abri..." but it's just not as memorable as it should be.

But anyway, the melody of the first verse is so beautiful that makes this song well worth it. Also, it is pleasant that they have taken some risks with this song. Googoosh sounds wild -- like she should! Her voice comes alive. It definitely sounds like no other record.

7) Aftabi

This one is also upbeat. It has a very marked "Mehrdad" quality to its melody. It runs smoothly and the lyrics "Aftaab hanooz ziaad miaad" is nice and tries to make the listener feel good. It has a short but sweet chorus with nice lyrics. It's a cool light song. In other words, it's pleasant but two years from now you are not going to be singing it. You may still be repeating: "Ay mardom mordam"!

8) Shenaasnaameye Man

This duet with Mehrdad starts with a rather dull arrangement. It is upbeat. "Vatan chieh, vatan kieh, laalaayee bacheghiyeh". Good lyrics. Unfortunately the music sounds a bit too generic Mehrdad. It doesn't suit Googoosh's voice either. Sounds better on Mehrdad. No chorus. This song seems to be what was supposed to be called "Khalij-e Fars". Still, great lyrics and the music is not too bad.

Packaging and jacket (0 out of 1 point)

The design and picture chosen for the front jacket are absolutely horrible. I don't know why Googoosh's jackets are always so lame. The same thing happened with her last two albums, "Zartosht" and "Akharin Khabar". The most boring picture has been chosen, then her name is repeated, which is annoying given that the album is a "Manifest" and trying to make a statement. Googoosh's name only appears in English text. An Iranian design should have been added. The white background is awful and doesn't match her clothes.

Also other big name artists in the Iranian market are starting to release their CDs with accompanying DVD of music videos, as an incentive for people to buy legal copies as opposed to downloading illegally from the net. It's a bit disappointing that they didn't do this with Googoosh. The rest of the CD package is not great either, with pictures from a single session taken indoors.


Cheapness & Beauty
Cheapness & Beauty
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rock masterpiece ..., May 19, 2006
This review is from: Cheapness & Beauty (Audio CD)
It was very frustrating when this CD came out, and radio sations in the US didnt play it. Big name magazines didnt review it either. Simply because it was Boy George. The record companies first mistake was trying to promote the CD with the song "Fun Time" becuase its a cover version co-written by Bowie and so it could give them something to write on the promo sheet they would send to programmers. However, the original compositions of this CD are much more original, clever and relevant to our times. With this CD, Boy George showed us that he is unlike artists with fake lives and music, such as Guns and Roses, George Micheal or Kate Bush. Boy George took his weaknesses, his errors, the low points of his life, the horrors and the smallest details and turned them into these powerful songs that totally rock, both in their musical composition as well as their lyrics. Talks about feeling ugly, seeing friends die, drugs, being gay, crooks, poverty... and all in all keeps things uplifting and hopeful! The production is powerfull, sounds great and makes no compromises! I still remember the feeling of playing "Sad Sad Sad" in my car at maximum volume with the windows open, driving thru LA!! It rocked!! Shame on the radio stations that ignored this album. [...]


Best of Iranian 70's Music (1970-1979) "Volume 9"
Best of Iranian 70's Music (1970-1979) "Volume 9"

4.0 out of 5 stars Tracklist Iranian 70s compilation, March 28, 2006
1-Gogoosh-Ghesegoye Peere...

2-Dariush - Paria

3-Neli - Ghadam Ranjeh

4-Ramesh - Labe Darya

5-Shahram Solato - Dou Khate movazi

6-Leila Forouhar - Entezar

7-Afshin - Gozashteh

8-Betti - Khoshbakhti

9-Shamaezadeh - Shomal

10-NooshAfarin - Ye Zareh ...

11-Farzin - Sharghi

12-Neli - Kee Boud Kee Naboud
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Eyvalla
Eyvalla
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4.0 out of 5 stars Downtown Tehran Popular Blues with a touch of persian gulf, March 23, 2006
This review is from: Eyvalla (Audio CD)
This smiling and good looking guy, who recently passed away, used to combine the popular bluesy music of downtown Tehran bazar's with Bandari music of his region close to the Persian Gulf. Interesting.

CD inlcludes songs from the Fanoos e Aabi movie including the songs: Khastegar and navalaa.

Unlike the record companies un informed claims, this CD was not made from masters and has not been remastered. The president of Caltex records, who has issued this CD, doesnt even know what Remastered means!


Best of Iranian 60's Music (1960-1969) "Volume 7"
Best of Iranian 60's Music (1960-1969) "Volume 7"

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars iranian compilation with material from the early 1970s, March 20, 2006
tracklist:

1-Googoosh, Gheseh Vafa

2-Vigue, Mahtab

3-Ramesh, Namaz

4-Dariush, Be Man Nagou Douset

5-Elahe, Rosvaye Zamaneh

6-Manouchehr, Chera Aamadi

7-Simin Ghanem, Seeb

8-Viguen, Dou Kaboutar

9-Ramesh, Gharibeh

10-Aref, Bagh Barounzadeh

11-Hayedeh, Tanha ba Golha

12-Banan, Elahe Naz


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