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Psychedelic Sundae: The Best Of Vanilla Fudge
Psychedelic Sundae: The Best Of Vanilla Fudge
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great compilation of a great band, August 6, 2006
The band is most famous for its atmospheric cover of The

Supremes' You keep me hanging on and two of its members Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice (bass and drums) who would later create the blues rock band Cactus and then join Jeff Beck to creat the BBA trio, but there is more to the group than that.

What you get here are terrific covers (My favourite has to be the extended moody take on Season of the witch) as well as the heavier and bluesier Shotgun. The originals, most of them coming from the band's third album onward (which were the best) including the fabulous hard rocking riff fests and great soloing on Street walking man, Good good lovin' and Need love, those who like more psychedelic and artsy sound get songs like Where is my mind, Thoughts or That's what makes a man with their dramatic, epic feel (Especially on the last one).

Vanilla Fudge was one of the most interesting bands of the late sixties and they are very overlooked nowadays. So if you are curious what they are about this is a very good summary of their career.


Coverdale / Page
Coverdale / Page
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as some think and not as great as others do, July 12, 2006
This review is from: Coverdale / Page (Audio CD)
Well. This only album that evolved from a short collaboration of Zeppelin axeman Jimmy Page and former Deep Purple and Whitesnake vocalist David Coverdale seems to be either dismissed as total crap or hailed as a forgotten masterpiece. Let us take the middle path and see what comes out.

1. Shake my tree - a great opener. Starts off slower with a Zeppelinish guitar motive and then evolves into a heavz rocker. There are no guitar solos, but Jimmy delivers more great riffs than he did in the past eighteen years. Coverdale's vocals sound too over the top inthe higher passages. 4 stars

2. Waiting on you - the song has an even better riff to kick it off and the vocals are a littlebit more restrained, although thez sound tired. And the refrein melody is pretty derivative. The last minute of the song is just too repetitive and David goes out of gas. 3,5 stars.

3.Take me for a little while - maybe Coverdale's best performance on the album - no yelling the high notes. The song starts with nice acoustic picking before it evolves into an anthemic chorus with the use of strings. The tune is also one of the catchiest here. Jimmy does play a short solo the overal stzle and sond of which reminds of his Zep days. So it is a ballad... So what? If all power ballads sounded like this I would be pleased. 5 stars

4. Pride and joy - a cross between a lightweight acostic rocker and heavy electric riffage. The problem is that the melodz is weak - this may be the most derivative rif on the whole record. And David does not help it -desperately trying to sound like Robert Plant and failing . At times he even sounds like a caricature on Axl Rose... 1 star

Over now - Another heavy riff again. Not that clever, but sounds good. David tries Plant again... This time it doesn't sound like a total disaster, although the song lacks in the songwriting category. The drums seem like played by a robot. While they did not disturb me earlier - here they sound distracting. Also, the song is too long and thus derivative. 2 stars

6. Feelin' Hot - Fast and heavy, lots of energy, but oh, so cliched... That goes for Jimmy's soloing on here. technically good but uninspired. 2 tars

7. Easy does it - starting acoustically again, revitalizing the sound of Zeppelin's third and fourth album. David trying to sound like Robert again at times. After some two minutes the song goes electric and heavy again - recycling the same pattern for the third time. The yelling is here again as well. Yet, at lest some passages have a charm of their own 3 stars

8. Take a look at yourself - now this is a power ballad with all its prettentiousness. Sonds like a leftover from the late eighties Whitesnake. Funny, but Coverdale sonds better than on most of the other songs... Jimmy Page pulls outprobalz the slowest, shortest and sweetest solo he ever did. And that is not a compliment 1.5 stars

9. Don't leave me this way - interesting from the start with Jimmy's subtle guitar lines. A slow bluesy piece. David at his best - finally not that much Plant in his performance. Jimmy throws in some fine licks in between the singing in the verses. The song has a dramatic, epic feel to it. Jimmy plays a fine bluesy solo - his longest on here so far - and most inventive as weell. Scorching and fast in some of its part as well. The best song on here. Almost no other to compete with it. Exciting to its ending. 5 stars

10. Absolution blues - starts off pretty creepy, continuing with a wall of flashy guitar soloing. Then follows the fastest riff Jimmy ver did. Really awesome. David sounds like Robert a lot again, bvut this time it is mostly well done. One passage is even ripped off of a Zep song (I don't remember which right now). The guitar solo is just fabulous. 5 stars

11. Whisper a prayer for the dying - starts off acoustically with similar kind of strumming like Take me for a little while, although it is much bleaker. The darkest song on the record in fact, Again Page does electric riffage (this time fairly generic sounding). Coverdale's yells are too much here, really. Some of the slower passages do sound interesting. 3 stars

Overall 3 stars

Get it as the best four songs are realy worth it. But do not overpay. Buy it used.


Back to the Blues
Back to the Blues
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak, March 30, 2006
This review is from: Back to the Blues (Audio CD)
Well, I have to say that I am not prejudiced against Gary playing blues. But this record is not that great. Frankly, none of the covers does add anything to the originals - You upset me baby sounds raped - Gary has a voice too rough to sing it. The same goes for his guitar tone on this one and also to Stormy Monday, which is simply butchered. If you want to hear a good white man version of it, check the one Eric Clapton plays on the Cream reunions. And also, there is no way Gary would surpass the versions of Yardbirds, Aerosmith or Animals. Looking back is a good version, but still it adds just a litle to the original. The three! ballads - one instrumental and two sung are stale beyond words. The rating is as high because there are some numbers which are done in the vein like his best blues record Power of the blues, namely Enough of the blues , Cold Black night and How many more lies combine hard rock energy and force with bluesy flavour and actually have a vibe to them unlike most of the tracks on this record.


Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live
Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the music and performance but DO NOT BUY, February 16, 2006
Here's why not to buy it: there is an expanded version containing the whole set of this concert with about twice as much tracks
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Ultimate Collection
Ultimate Collection
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, January 23, 2006
This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)
This is the best single disc Freddie King Collection on the market, considering that Hideaway: The best of Freddie King is out of print. Two or three selections are doubtful (Dust my broom and Sugar sweet), but mostly it is really good, combining his trademark instrumentals (Hideaway, The Stumble, etc) with wocal tracks. Freddie's sharp, melodic and intense guitar playing influenced a lot white blues guitarists - most obviously - at least to my ears - Eric Clapton on the John Mayall's Bluesbrakers with Eric Clapton album. If you like blues, or just great guitar playing (and there's some fine singing from Freddie as well), get this record.


Scars
Scars
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too much Gary, September 12, 2005
This review is from: Scars (Audio CD)
There isn't that much Gary Moore here. Sure, the playing is breathtaking at times, but it's too much like "I can play like Jimi Hendrix". Gary does a good Jimi, but if I want Jimi I'll listen to him and not Gary.

If I want Gary Ipick up Power of the blues, Still got the blues or Victims of the future or We Want Moore to name a few. Those show how great he can be. Not this one.


Ballads & Blues 1982-1994
Ballads & Blues 1982-1994
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, September 12, 2005
I like Gary's music. I listen to most of his post seventies albums - the hard rockin' ones as well as bluesy ones. But this isn't the best of Gary's blues no way. Only one third of the tracks are bluesy and there's no Texas strut or his fine cover of As the years go passing by, to name a few. And the ballads... they are the worst part of Gary's catalogue in general.Stiry of the blues and Still got the blues are the exception, but mostly Gary sounds too sweet and slick. Get Out in the fields for example. It has the best numbers from here as well as more

rocking ones. Or buy his studio albums from 1982 onward. Anz of them except for A different Beat, Dark dazs in paradise Scarsand Back to the blues will do (at lest somehat) better.

So here's the list:

Corridors of power 3.5 stars

Victims of the future 4.5 stars

Run for cover 4 stars

After the war 4.5 stars

Wild frontier

Still got the blues 4 stars

After hours 3.5 stars

Blues for Greeny 4 stars

Power of the blues 5 stars

Don't Buy this.


Power of the Blues
Power of the Blues
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is his best blues rock album!, September 12, 2005
This review is from: Power of the Blues (Audio CD)
Really, this is his best bluesy record, not the ultra famous ultra celebrated Still got the blues. This has got great tracks all the way through. The melodies are very good and Gary gives the blues a hard rocking edge. And Gary doesn't overplay here. And his vocals suit to the songs more than on his earlier bluesy

albums.

GET IT


Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: The Allman Brothers Band
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: The Allman Brothers Band
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, September 3, 2005
Some CD's of the Scorsese set are pretty lackhuster, but this is great. No country rock or psychedelia, just blues. And the great news is that you not only get the best blues from their first three records from studio (Trouble no more is one of the best blues covers I've ever heard), some rare tracks, but also songs from the great Fillmore

east live album, which show how powerful the band was and what a gorgeous slide guitarist Duane Allman was.

Get It.


Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Eric Clapton
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Eric Clapton
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars weak., September 3, 2005
This doesn't do Eric's blues work justice. It's way too brief and

some of the ssongs included are debatable.

And that no Yardbirds era track is included is a shame.

If you want to have Eric's Blueswork only- you should get

Bluesbrakers with Eric Clapton

Blues (2cd collecting many of his blues nmbers culled from albums

between 1970 -1992, far from perfect, but still quite good)

From the Cradle

Me And Mr. Johnson

Riding With The King

Sessions for Robert J.


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