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The "DCE" means that this faucet has restricted water flow. The DCO verison has standard water flow.
I think the restricted water flow is a very stupid idea. The handle on this faucet is very precise and easy to position. If you want less wafer flow, just don't turn it on so hard.
This is a new design in kitchen faucets. It is meant to look like a professional faucet but not to be too overwhelming. Note that Grohe has just come out with a version of this that is 5" shorter. These come in two finishes, chrome and "SuperSteal" which is like stainless or brushed nickel. "SuperSteal" is a color name and does not indicate anything about what the faucet is made of.
Be sure to get the "DCO" version and not the "DCE". The "DCE" has restricted wafer flow, which I think is a stupid idea. The handle on the DCO is very precise and it is easy to adjust the wafer flow if you want to save water.
Out of all the faucets of this design, we like the Grohe design the best. Hans Grohe (a different company from Grohe) and Elkay also have a nice one. After that, they begin to look cheap.
Like most kitchen faucets (even fairly high end ones) the head is made of plastic. However, the stainless steel finish makes it look and feel like the heard is real metal. Only time will tell how durable the finish is and how long it takes before you wear it down and the plastic starts showing.
What I don't like is that the spring and hose are chrome. I was hoping to get something that looked like stainless steel or brushed nickel throughout. In the pictures of the faucet, they make it look like the spring and hose are not chrome, but they are. Since they are chrome, and mirror like, they do pick up the stainless steel look if you look at them at the right angle. But, it most light and most angles, they look chrome.
The button on the head will change the flow from a regular stream to a shower. The shower pattern is fairly tight and does not spread out like our older faucets did. You can switch from stream to shower with the water running (some other brands will only switch back to stream when you turn the water off). Once the water is turned, it always goes back to stream. I like the Elkay faucet in that the switch on the head was three way, stream, shower or off.
The only one nicer than this is from Waterstone. They are pretty wild looking and cost twice as much. However, the head on those are solid metal.
This is a very nice looking air switch.
Most air switches are flush to flange, but I don't like sticking my fingers into things. But, this one sticks up and looks nice with the other hardware. The brushed nickel look matched well with hardware from other companies.
This a BBC radio concert from May 1, 1978. It is the same song selection and song order that Gentle Giant used throughout the Missing Piece tour, although on some dates more songs would be added. This is the concert tour that has the most high quality CDs available, but they all sound nearly the same because by this time, Gentle Giant was no longer jamming or strectching out songs like they used to. This CD is 48 minutes long and the sound quality is fairly good.
This is not the best performance that I have heard from this tour, and I think it is the worst tour of Gentle Giant's carreer. I think they recovered for the Civilian tour a couple of years later.
Since this is the MIssing Piece album, many of the songs come from the Missing Piece album, and I don't think that was a very good album. About the only good song from that was Memories of Old Days and I think the studio version is better.
Some of the songs from Free Hand are done fairly well on this CD, but aren't that much different from the studio versions. Although many of them are enjoyable I don't think it is worth buying this CD.
There are many CDs out there now from earlier concert tours. These would be great, but the sound quality on most of them is very poor.
As the title states, this is a 2 CD set with songs taken from various concerts over a 6 year span (there is a delux version that comes with a third, accoustic CD). The first CD is 41 minutes and the second is 57 minutes.
The sound quality and mixing ranges from poor to fair. The sound quality generally gets better as the years go on. In the early recordings, Lennox's vocals are really distance and you don't get the full power of her singing. The sound is noisy and harsh, so the full beauty of the musicians does not come through. The audience is mixed in way too loud at the beginning and ending of every song. This did not need to be done as is evidenced by the crystal clear fade out at the end of Would I Lie to You.
The Eurythmics were a great live band. "Were" is the important term here. The first CD is of the earlier years and the band really does wonderful things with the songs. On the second CD, the band mostly plays the songs like they are on the studio albums. So, you just end up with boring, poor recorded versions on songs that sound better and have more energy on the studio albums.
So, I will admit 3 start is a little harsh. There are other live albums that have even worse sound quality than this (Simple Minds, and Dave Matthews come to mind). The first CD is mostly wonderful and there are some very good moments on the second CD. I would just expect more.
Track listing is incorrect????
Although my CD cover lists only 11 songs there are actually 12 songs on the CD. The 10th track is called Give Me A Chance and is not listed here or anywhere on the album cover. The remaining tracks move down one in order.
The unlisted track is horrible and maybe that is why it isn't listed.
The CD, with the 12 tracks, is 70 minutes long. The sound quality if very good, especially for a CD from 1987.
After Supertramp's Free as a Bird and Roger Hodgsen's Hai Hai, I had given up on Supertramp. But, I just bought the album and was pleasantly surprised. It is not great throughout but does have some great songs on it. It also has some very bad songs.
Only Rick Davies and John Anthony Helliwell remain from the most famous version of Supertramp (Helliwell was not on the first two Supertramp albums). Chris Hart who joined for the Free as a Bird tour is also here on keyboards and vocals. The is a guitarist but the guitar work is mostly subdued. There is also a trumpet player who adds a new dimension to the music.
There are some great songs, like the It's a Hard World, Some Things Never Change, anc C'est What? They are a little more jazzy and bluesy than past Supertramp material. Helliwell really shines.
But, then there are the really horrible songs that are hard to get through, like Live to Love you and Give Me A Chance.
Chocolate Kings was PFM's fourth studio album...sort of. The group recorded 3 Italian studio albums and those 3 were reworked into 2 albums released in the US. Some of the songs were reworked with English lyrics by Pete Sinfield who wrote the lyrics on many of the King Crimson songs.
On this album, to reach a wider audience, a singer who had a better understanding of the English language (Lanzetti) was brought in for this album and the ensuing concert tour. He was dumped by the time the fifth studio album was recorded. About 9 out of 10 fans believes he ruin the songs. I am in the majority (for once). If you don't believe me, listen to the songs from the album when they are played live on pfm.pfm or Live In Japan. The songs are so much better without Lanzetti on vocals.
The other problem with Chocolate Kings was the LP sound quality. It was muddy and muted. On most other PFM albums the sound it beautiful and has a wide dynamic range. On this CD, the sound is slightly improved over the original vinyl (somewhat of a rarity where the CD is better than the original vinyl....although lately, there have some been some very good sounding CDs).
If you can get past the vocals, the songs are fairly good. I think I would give the studio CD three stars.
What makes this special is the addition of the live CD. It is about 65 minutes long. PFM has always been great in concert. The nice thing is that Lanzetti does not do too much damage. In places, there are electronic effects on his vocals that make them less harmful. And, a PFM concert is less about the vocals and more about the music.
If you already have the 8 or so live albums from PFM, is this one worth getting? I think it is. They are a jam band. Although they might play the same songs, they play them differently each time. The Alta Loma Nine 'Til Five here is mostly an extended violin solo and is much different from any version I have heard before. For instance, on Cook (released as Live in the USA in Europe), it has guitar solo before breaking into the violin part.
The best PFM boxset to get (if you can find it) is the 4 disc Gil Anni Live. There is a 2 disc version of that called Celebration, but they take out all the best jams and leave in the shorter songs. I wasn't a big fan of their collaboration with Italian folk singer Fabrizio De Andre, but maybe it is because I couldn't understand what he was singing and it was all about the songs. There is a new live PFM CD called Live in Roma with vocals done by Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. I haven't heard it yet...I should have bought it when I saw it in the store in Milan (or was it London....can't remember).
In April 2000, Widespread Panic played at least 3 shows at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. A three CD album was released that consisted of the whole first show on the first two CDs and selected songs from the second and third shows on the third CD. It is a great live CD collection.
This two disc set is more bits and pieces from the last shows, similar to the third disc of the first release. There are a number of problems with this Classic City II. The mix is poor and audience is mixed in way too loud in certain parts. The sound is muddy like many of Widespread Panic's albums. On the CD version, the first disc ia about 45 minuutes long and the second disc is just under 70 minutes.
Normally, I don't like full concert albums. I prefer when they take the best performances over several shows, like the Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore East or Derrick and the Dominos Live or all the early Grateful Dead albums. But, in the case of Widespread Panic, it is better to take a whole show, or at least big chunks of a whole show.
When Michael Houser was still alive, the group would run one song into the next. The best part of a Widespread Panic concert was the segues between songs when they would do some of their best jamming.
On this ablum, they cut single songs from a suite of songs. So, the songs are fading in at the beginning and fading out at the end so the interludes between the songs are gone.
Finally, the song selection is not that great. Most of the best songs were captured on the first Classic City album and this second contains mostly leftovers. There are bad, noisy, short versions of Imitation Leather Shoes, Radio Child and some boring instrumentals.
There are some very good tracks on this album, but some like Rebirtha and Greta are already on other live albums were done better. The standouts on this album are Big Wooly Mammoth and Fishwater.
In summary, this is not a bad album, but I think there are much better ones from the group. This album suffers from poorer sound quality, some lackluster material and the fact that the songs are jerked out of longer suites.
This is one of those live recordings of Fleetwood Mac when they were still a blues band. It is about 65 minutes. The sound quality is fair. It is a little harsh and the vocals sound distant. The sound quality is better than many live albums that have recently released. It is much better than: Renaissance, Dreams & Omens; Anderson, Wakeman, Buford and Howe Live; Jefferson Airplane Last Flight and at Golden Gate Park; just to name a few. It is also better than a number of the Dave Matthews and Widespread Panic live albums in that the audience does overwhelme the songs.
There are a number of other albums I would get before I got this one, like the Live in Boston series.
This does have an interesting set list (but I didn't really like their versions of some of the songs)
Keep a Knocking
Red Hot Mama
Great Balls of Fire
Got to Move