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Live
Live
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars sweet little girl, November 5, 2000
This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
What a great Friday night in Birmingham this must have been in 1973. It is interesting for me to hear the characteristic sound of heavy metal bands of the early seventies on this CD. Ken Hensley on organ and "moog simplifier" [sic] is also the primary songwriter. This performance features his most prominent gems, the hit EASY LIVIN', CIRCLE of HANDS, and LOOK AT YOURSELF. A passing nod is given to MAGICIAN's BIRTHDAY from their album of the same name, and illustrated by Roger Dean. Uriah Heep's performance is a bit uneven, while the three songs mentioned are tightly focused and inspired, other's sound derivative. For example, GYPSY where the band seems dazed and confused or at least a bit paranoid, the song meanders from blues-based plodding to ad libitum keyboard work in the lengthy solo. Does Hensley want to be an Iron Man or a Lucky Man? It's still a fun song which is played with gusto. If you are interested in the heavy metal, organ based, sound of the early seventies, this CD will interest you.


Nothing's Shocking
Nothing's Shocking
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars own opinion, November 5, 2000
This review is from: Nothing's Shocking (Audio CD)
I enjoy the music on this CD very much. Perry Farrell applies vocals with serious lyrical content to heavy metal music. The first verse presented provokes more thought than an entire album from some bands: "wish i was ocean size / they cannot move you / no one tries / no one pulls you / out from your hole / like a tooth aching in a jawbone" I HAD A DAD confronts the question of God's involvement in our lives. "if you see my dad / tell him my brothers / all gone mad / they're beating on each other / i walked around / even tried to call / got that funny feeling / he's not there / at all ..." TED, JUST ADMIT IT presents television as the opium of the masses as Perry shouts the CD title "nothing's shocking". He even parodies his own rantings in STANDING IN THE SHOWER.. THINKING. The heavy metal platform is firmly established by David Navarro (g), Eric A (b) and Stephen Perkins (d). On MOUNTAIN SONG, they play like the best band from Kashmir singing songs about their black dog, but there is certainly no communication breakdown as Perry is coming down that mountain to announce, "everybody has their own opinion." The hit is JANE SAYS (no relation ;D). IMO, this is a very perceptive song about relationships -- one of the best. If you are interested in heavy metal music with serious lyrical content, or in a band which influenced the music of the 90's, this CD will interest you.


19/6/00 - Hala Tivoli, Ljubljana, Slovenia
19/6/00 - Hala Tivoli, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars never give up, November 5, 2000
This is a great show which I enjoy. First, I appreciate the geography lesson because I did not know where Ljubijana is. I learned that it is the largest city in the nation of Slovenia, a small country situated on the Balkan Peninsula and bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. It has access to the sea through the Bay of Trieste in the northern Adriatic. I am impressed with the recording quality as well as the performance by the band. The second disk is my favourite because Eddy Vetter establishes a connection with the enraptured audience. The final three songs of the set, PORCH, SOON FORGET and INDIFFERENCE, are intimate as to project Eddy into my living room. If you are interested in moving live performances by popular rock bands, or are interested in the music of PEARL JAM, this CD will interest you.


Bob Marley and the Wailers Live!
Bob Marley and the Wailers Live!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars when it hits, you feel okay, November 4, 2000
I enjoy this superb performance very much. The crowd is receptive and lively. The band is playing tight but loose raggae in a way that only pioneers of the sound are able. Bob Marley is in fine form. He is responsive to the energy of the audience. I find his ironic music engaging with its bouncy rhythms supporting serious, sometimes disturbing, lyrical content. If you have an interest in the music of Bob Marley from the early seventies, this CD will be interesting to you


Locatelli: Concerti Grossi, Op. 7
Locatelli: Concerti Grossi, Op. 7
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roman tradition, November 4, 2000
I find this CD to be entertaining and educational. The musicians play extremely well. My favourite piece of this package is the notes written by Joachim Steinheuer. A brief biography is provided in which I learned that, contrary to popular opinion, "there is no evidence to indicate that he took lessons with Arcangelo Corelli, who died little more than a year" after Locatelli's arrival at Rome. I also found it fascinating that Locatelli terminated his successful career as a travelling virtuoso to live in Amsterdam when he was 30. Concerning the music, Herr Steinheuer pointed me to things which I had not heard listening on my own. The D major concerto has a small "violin concerto" for a Vivace. In it I heard a distinct dialog between the solo violin and tutti, the remaining instruments. Also, in this concerto's first Allegro, the ritornelli, a tutti passage, in the upper part is homophonic. The third and fifth concerti are the only two which preserve the traditional four movement slow-fast-slow-fast structure. Yet, the G major dedicates only the first six bars to the "slow" movement as a way of introduction. In the F major concerto, Herr Steinheuer made note of the Largo which features an unrestrained melody from the harpsichord which is played according to the wishes of the performer. All of these and more from the notes provided me with a fresh and informative listening experience. If you are interested in Baroque music in the Roman tradition, or in learning about Locatelli and his music, this CD will be interesting to you.


Comic Strip
Comic Strip
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4 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars we're so pretty, October 31, 2000
This review is from: Comic Strip (Audio CD)
The music on this CD is interesting to me. It is a collection of songs by Serge Gainsbourg (1928-1991) who played an important role in the French pop phenomenon "ye-ye girls" of the sixties. Each of the songs follow a similar format becoming sillier, giddier and unbelieveably dippy. ;D Serge recites lyrics with the help of photogenic females and a lounge band. To be fair, the backing vocalists were hired because of their natural talent rather than vocal abilities. It's difficult to hear whether Serge got what he paid for. ;D The title cut is an example of his characteristic, unique musical expression. Serge is supported by Briggitte Bardot gleefully singing comic strip onomatopoeia. In an uncharacteristic turn of social responsibility, Serge has a song about the Torrey Canyon disaster. On 18 March 1967, the oil tanker Torrey Canyon struck rocks off the Ilse of Scilly triggering the worst pollution emergency the world had then witnessed. Regretably, worse disasters than this song have since occured. If you are interested in the French fad of the ye-ye girls or in incredibly silly music, this CD will interest you.


Sym No 3 / Music From Voyage & Civil Wars / Light
Sym No 3 / Music From Voyage & Civil Wars / Light
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars portrait of light, October 31, 2000
I enjoy the music on this CD. I sense that Philip Glass is using the vocabulary he developed over the last four decades to express new ideas. The reception shown the piece IN THE LIGHT demonstrates Mr Glass is still controversial in his endeavours. I am interested in this piece for the story it tells. The notes are an interview of sorts by David Write. In these notes, Mr Glass writes, "The suggestion to write music to commemorate the anniversay of the Michelson-Morley experiment at Case Western Reserve University in 1887 was one to which I could respond immediately." At the anniversary of the birth of Michelson, Albert Einstein acknowledged the role these experiements played as he developed his theory of relativity. Mr Glass sees in these experiments a "before and after" sequence. 19th century physics giving way to 20th century physics. He describes this one-movement work as a portrait. I hear gestures familiar to the work of Mr Glass such as a prominent piccolo arpeggio. The light waves are characterised by a Foxtrot according to Write. The beginning is a rare piece of romanticism from Mr Glass. He uses it to represent the "before" world of Michelson and Morley. If you are interested in the work of one of the most reknowned composers of the late twentieth century, or if you are interested to learn how Philip Glass applies his musical vocabulary to interesting expression, this CD will interest you.


I Like to Score
I Like to Score
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a change of style, October 30, 2000
This review is from: I Like to Score (Audio CD)
There is plenty to like on this CD. GO, AH-AH, OIL and FIRST COOLHIVE are dancehall numbers. Very up, and very MOBY. NEW DAWN FADES is also exhilarating but with a heavier beat. The last three songs are a mellow fade out starting with an accoustic guitar intermezzo NASH, followed by a slide guitar on LOVE THEME, ending with the nearly comatose GRACE. For me, some of the songs lack commitment. NOVIO uses "canned" chanting for no apparent reason, and GMOFW, although a pleasant enough piece, is a poor imitation of minimalism. So, ILTS is a CD with a wide variety of styles and music. If you are interested in music which is diverse, this CD will be interesting to you.


Close to the Edge
Close to the Edge
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The time between the notes, October 27, 2000
This review is from: Close to the Edge (Audio CD)
I enjoy the music on this CD immensely. This is essential listening in the [art | progressive] rock genre. It is also a pinnacle performance by the YESmen. For those who are unfamiliar with this form of British popular music from the early seventies, these songs may be a bit daunting. The title track is nearly twenty minutes in duration; the lyrics are enigmatic at best and indecipherable at worst; the song is only loosely connected thematically and musically. Rather than attempting to experience the entire piece in one listening, another approach is to listen to the individual sections. Once these are accepted, the song in its entirety is more easily enjoyed. The first three minutes are a prelude. I find that this densely scored section clears the "aural palatte". The next section is an introduction of the principle theme, ending with the first verse, the infamous line, "A seasoned witch to ...". My opinion is that the words are strewn together for their phonic affect. Many others feel there is serious meaning behind the lyric. The first verse forms a song lasting three minutes. Why wasn't this released as a single? ;D The second song begins with, "sudden call shouldn't take away the startled memory" ends with "get up, get down" lasting a bit over one minute. A keyboard solo from Rick Wakeman commencing at eight minutes segues into a quiet intermezzo. At ten minutes begins one of the most tender songs by YES. This seems exceptionally suited to Jon Anderson's vocal expression. A beautiful 2'30" song (B-side, anyone? ;D). The song reaches crescendo with an organ solo by Wakeman followed by a reprise of the introduction leading to a keyboard solo in which Wakeman exhibits impressive manual dexterity. Finally, a return to the structure of the first verse at sixteen minutes, "the time between the notes ..." A short coda and the birds return us to where we started. Only now much different for what we have heard. If you are interested in progressive rock from Britain in the early seventies, this is essential listening for you.


Corelli: 12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6
Corelli: 12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conerti Grossi Op 6, October 26, 2000
There are many ways to enjoy the music on this CD. As with many recordings from the Baroque era this one makes great wallpaper. I find that hearing it while I do other things brightens my day without being intrusive. Although ambient music is usually credited as a product of the twentieth century, I find that this music also creates a delightful ambience. On the level of musical history, Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) is an interesting composer. Handel and Locatelli are some of his more famous students. The Brandenburg Concertos reveal that Bach also was influenced by his music. Timothy A. Smith identifies Corelli as a "critical link in the evolution of the Baroque concerto grosso and sonata formats." He is credited as a master of the trio sonata which became the source of the Classical era symphonic form. A pioneer of violin technique and originator of synchronized bowing in an orchestra, he was hailed as the greatest virtuoso of the violin in his time because of his technical mastery. In modern vernacular, he was a "Rock Star". Corelli's place in history makes this music interesting to me, knowing that he was held in high esteem by great composers. This is not to suggest that the music is uninteresting. I find that when I pay attention, I am amply rewarded. C.#3 in C minor has an arresting beginning with sustained chords which remind me of some of Haydn's symphonies. C.#10 in C major breaks with tradition as it contains five movements. This may not seem scandalous to us three centuries removed, however, these types of details provoked prolonged and acrimonious dispute, according Christopher Hogwood who wrote the notes. He writes that a notorious scandal erupted when, in one of Corelli's Opus 2 trios, it was suspected he had used consecutive fifths. Both the Preludio and Adagio are grand and the Allegro approaches a frenetic pace. C#9 in F major introduces the Adagio with a lilting melody on a theorbo (lute). All of the Concerti are great, even so, these are the ones I enjoy the most. You may find others which you enjoy. If you are interested in one of the greatest composers of the Baroque period or in music which is pleasent, this CD will be interesting to you.


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