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Initial Success (Remastered+Expanded Edition)
Initial Success (Remastered+Expanded Edition)
Preis: EUR 13,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally!, 12. Juli 2017
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BA Robertson was everywhere in the early 80s. Bang Bang is an absolute classic, but he was renowned for catchy pop (Kool In The Kaftan, Knocked It Off, To Be Or Not To Be - all on this album) and this album delivers. The lyrics might sometimes be a bit risqué but they're very educated and often quite funny. The songs are timeless and are really recommended. (This was unavailable for years, but is now back out on CD.)

Preis: EUR 6,45

5.0 von 5 Sternen Who'd have thought it?, 12. Juli 2017
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Mystified (MP3-Download)
I've watched Joe Scarborough on MSNBC as a news anchor. And then, on Stephen Colbert's show, he announces that he has a band! This is really good melodic pop. The title track starts off a bit odd but then sounds like OMD towards the end (and is really catchy). The rest of the album is good, solid pop. You won't be disappointed!

The Country Set: Songs from the Wood. 40th Anniversary - 3CD/2DVD
The Country Set: Songs from the Wood. 40th Anniversary - 3CD/2DVD
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Definitely worth having!, 10. Juni 2017
Songs From The Wood, along with Thick As A Brick, is my candidate for best Tull album of all. Concerning the actual alabum - superb harder-edged folk rock from 1977 - a must for basically anyone.
The additional material is fascinating (particularly Magic Bells, a different version of Ring Out, Solstice Bells, done in 4/4 time, not 7/8) and Old Aces Die Hard. The live material is very similar (the flute improvisation is identical!) to Live - Bursting Out from the year after (Bursting Out only contains 3 songs that this does not) but has a more organic feel to it as it's not edited together from different concerts. As such, I'd say get this and forget Bursting Out (something I'm actually considering!).
So, all in all - well worth buying (the book is also much more informative than the 2 pages of the 2003 remaster).

Wild World (Complete Edition) [Explicit]
Wild World (Complete Edition) [Explicit]
Preis: EUR 11,99

2.0 von 5 Sternen A disappointment, 13. Mai 2017
I greatly enjoyed the first album, although it was dominated by Pompeii (a classic track). As a fan of all kinds of music, Bastille's modern synth-pop/rock fits neatly into my favourites. So it was with some excitement that I waited for Wild World to arrive.
On first listening, I thought "This is boring." I got about 6 tracks in and then switched the thing off. A couple of weeks later, I tried again. And got bored again. I've just tried it again, several months later. And lo...6-7 tracks in and I just want to switch it off (actually having to restrain myself from doing so...)
Though many may not agree with me - and yes, music is a personal matter - I find that most of the songs sound the same. Formulaic pop, dominated by Dan Smith's powerful voice (not knocking his vocal skills). Bad Blood was varied and it seems that Smith picked up on the songs from that album that were popular and then produced a whole album of them. Yes, many will enjoy this. But I don't. If you're looking for modern synthpop, try the Naked & Famous or St Lucia or try dreamy Mew - in my opinion, this is just very bland and dull - extremely radio-friendly and the sort of thing you'd hear as background music in a shop.
So, after 8 tracks, I've switched it off again and it will go back in the shelf. I wish I could like this, but I just can't. Such a disappointment.

Jeff Lynne's Elo-Alone in the Universe (Deluxe Edition)
Jeff Lynne's Elo-Alone in the Universe (Deluxe Edition)
Preis: EUR 11,39

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Jeff Lynne Alone, 13. November 2015
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Let's get this said at the beginning: This is a perfectly pleasant album, no question. The artwork is fantastic, the musicianship unquestioned. BUT, if you're looking for Eldorado, Out Of The Blue, Discovery or (my personal favourite) Time, look elsewhere.
Why is this?
ELO was, when founded in 1970, supposed to be the melding of electrical and classic instruments to form a new genre. The orchestral side slowly grew and grew making the sound we all know and love. Just as slowly, its influence fell away again, to be barely present on 1986's Balance of Power. What also fell away were the members. Kelly Groucutt wasn't on BOP, Bev wasn't on Zoom and now Richard Tandy isn't on AITU. Meaning that this is just Jeff Lynne.
When I put the CD on, it reminded me almost instantly of his solo album "Armchair Theatre". Zoom was a bit of a dirtier version of that with strings, Long Wave was a rekindling of very old songs and then AITU is, I feel, Armchair Theatre 2, just under the ELO moniker. Don't get me wrong, I like all of the above, and I even heard a Beatlesesque strain in one or two of the songs (which was one of the original guiding principles). Is there another Mr. Blue Sky, Don't Bring Me Down, Twilight, Evil Woman or Livin' Thing on AITU? Nope. What there is is excellent musicianship played almost exclusively by one person. The adding of the ELO tag was surely a marketing idea, because this should just be Jeff Lynne's 3rd solo album.
All in all, worth buying, listening to and having. But if you want the "traditional" ELO sound, you won't really find it here.

Preis: EUR 8,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not what you might have expected from Arcade Fire...at first..., 28. Oktober 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Reflektor (Audio CD)
As a relative newcomer to AF, I was thrilled to hear that a new album would be coming out. I started with The Suburbs and Funeral, then Neon Bible. I loved Suburbs and marvelled at the emotion of Funeral (Neighborhoods #1 & 3 being personal favourites). Then I heard the Reflektor single. Um, ok, so funky stuff. But, as one press review said, it continuously feels relevant, with not a wasted second. Fine. I agree. Then I saw the Here Comes The Night Time film. And thought "Oh my. This is NOT the Arcade Fire I discovered." I bought the album anyway, in the hope that I would be wrong. I was.

Of course, there is little of the raw, powerful emotion of Funeral here. The pomp of Neon Bible is missing too. But of The Suburbs there is more than a trace. Yes, there are more keyboards on here, but this is definitely Arcade Fire. There are amazingly good tunes, excellent musicianship and it's a great listen (I particularly like Disc 2, which is probably the more AF-like of the two). Is it overblown? Yes, of course, it's Arcade Fire, which is what we like about them, don't we? Yes, they have gone with a few too many gimmicks - cut out the hidden track BEFORE Reflektor and the ambient stuff at the end of Supersymmetry (which would work perfectly on its own) and you've reduced the album by 16 minutes, which would have silenced detractors at a stroke.

And what of the songs? Well, no need to say anything about the title track, which is a real romp (with David Bowie on backing vocals). Other highlights (for me) are a Jackson-esque song on "We Exist", the wild mix of "Here Comes The Night Time" (which has grown on me), the AF of old in the Greek duo of "Awful Sound"/"It's Never Over" (particularly the latter), the great rocker "Afterlife" and the 'just before the lights go out for the night' song "Supersymmetry".

As I have said, it could have been shorter and a single album simply by chopping of the ambient stuff (heck, if I hadn't read Wiki, I wouldn't have guessed that there were ten minutes of music/sound BEFORE Reflektor started), but otherwise, it's a tight, modern band, playing really GREAT music. If you liked The Suburbs, you'll love this one too.

In Rolling Waves
In Rolling Waves
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5.0 von 5 Sternen More of the same, but better, 13. September 2013
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: In Rolling Waves (Audio CD)
The second NAF album is here and, after one listen, it's pretty good. "A Stillness" is a great opener, trumped by the single "Hearts Like Ours" - great electropop. The title track "Rolling Waves" is also pretty good, after which there is a duo of songs, which migh seem familiar. Goodness, "The Mess" runs on the same chords, key and tempo as "Girls Like You" from the first album. That's great, because "Girls" is a great track, but it is somewhat surprising! (I had to check the 'original' to be sure and they ARE very similar!) "Grow Old", the longest track on the album, carries this on, but as a "Part 2", at a much slower speed. The second "half" of the album is a little more sombre than the first, but is still great. "What We Want" is an obvious, radio-friendly single choice for the future and "A Small Reunion" at the end builds and builds with strings coming in, as if it's the soundtrack to the end of a film or a documentary, or, I felt whilst listening to it, a funeral.

If you enjoyed the first album, this is slightly more polished and is a great album for lovers of electropop and synth music - well worth buying!

Michael Nyman (1981,Remastered)
Michael Nyman (1981,Remastered)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great early Nyman, 15. Juni 2013
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Michael Nyman (1981,Remastered) (Audio CD)
This album was released in 1981, a year before Nyman made his breakthrough with The Draughtsman's Contract. If you're used to the music from The Piano or The Claim, this may sound slightly jarring to you. However, if you're a fan of Nyman's rhythmic music, such as that on A Zed And Two Noughts, After Extra Time or Prospero's Books, then you're in for a treat here.
"Bird List Song" and "In Re Don Giovanni" appeared on Michael Nyman live, but suddenly here are the originals. There is a little dissonance on "Waltz", an attempt to deconstruct one of his own pieces (but only a little...the piece is quite charming).
The highlight here though is "M-Work" ("Masterwork"). This is a condensation of music from a 2-hour piece into 21 minutes. It runs through various moods, with different themes appearing and disappearing. You'll even hear some electric guitar and keyboard work on it. The last 2 minutes would be a great ending to a concert or would even work with a rock band playing it.
One thing - you might look puzzled when you open the plastic and think you've been sent a damaged or worn copy. You haven't. The packaging is clearly meant to look old and battered (and I think the fold in the corner of the booklet is a part of that!).
A lost gem rediscovered!

Fly from Here
Fly from Here
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4.0 von 5 Sternen This should have been released 30 years ago!, 4. Juli 2011
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fly from Here (Audio CD)
As a died-in-the-wool Yes fan, the promise of a new album, 10 years after Magnification ("Time is Time" DID seem like the closing of the Yes' chronicles), was a thrill. Ok, the expansion of We Can Fly From Here was a bit of a surprise, especially as I already had the song as a bonus track on The Buggles' 2nd album. The first listen was an "Ah yes, that bit was Fly From Here" and then, during "Life On A Film Set", I thought "Hey, I've heard this TOO!". Indeed I had as it was another Buggles demo, polished up for 2011. Also, I was interested to hear Benoit David's voice.

So, what about the actual album? Well, it's MUCH shorter than anything the group have released since the 80s. However, as a believer that the maximum length for a single album (or CD) should be around the 50 minute mark (this clocks in at 47 1/2 minutes), Yes aren't trying to outstay their welcome, which is good. There's filler on there too ("Man You Always Wanted Me To Be" and "Hour Of Need"). But The Ladder, the awful Open Your Eyes and also the dreadful Union all contained soft rock filler, so that can't take anything from the album. What this album is, and this has been said frequently, is "Drama Part 2". I am a great fan of the Drama album, and Benoit's voice, though not sounding like Jon Anderson, sounds VERY like Trevor Horn. And they're using a couple of cast-offs from The Buggles 1981 album. So, what we have here is the album which the Downes/Horn/Howe/Squire/White combo of 1980/1981 would have produced in 1981 or 1982. As such, as a new album in 2011, it's completely out of place in the canon. It's a good album (Fly From Here should have been a single track rather than 6...), just very curious as it is not what Yes fans would have expected (i.e. a completely NEW work).

If you like Drama, then you'll love this. If you are looking for Close To The Edge II, look elsewhere. This is a good, pleasant album, with progressive sensibilities, which has simply come 30 years after it SHOULD have come out!
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Hergest Ridge (Deluxe Edition)
Hergest Ridge (Deluxe Edition)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A transformation!, 11. Juni 2010
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hergest Ridge (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
For me, Hergest Ridge had always been, well, a bit dull. After the excitment and novelty of TB and before the thrills of Ommadawn, this was the one that didn't make the grade. But as a lifelong Oldfield fan (over 30 years now), I bought the Deluxe Edition. And wow! So different! I never really thought that the different mixes could make such a difference. The 2010 mix sounds almost like a rerecording and the 1974 mix, available for the first time on CD, is a cut above the 1976 Boxed mix which was on every CD up to now. Being a fan of the "thunderstorm" section of Part 2 (with all the multi-tracked guitars), it was always a mystery to me why 90-odd seconds of it just repeated themselves. Well they never did. In 1974, there was an organ playing along and adding variation, sadly lost in the '76 remix. The "new mixes" - one of which is the original, of course - show aspects you never realised were there if you'd only ever heard the 1976 version.

You could ask why you need three versions of an album being rereleased as a 2-CD. Take the afore-mentioned "thunderstorm" as an example. In the demos it's only a few guitars right at the beginning, showing that this was a test of how it would sound. Of course the '74 version was the finished article and beefs the sound up (although is suddenly quiet at the start - not sure about that!). But then comes 2010, which is like a revelation. It simply jumps out of the speakers at you and rocks like the '76 version (which I have had on CD since about 1993) never ever could.

Why bother repackaging? Well it looks a heck of a lot more attractive than the fish-eye picture before, and really imparts an idea that this is an album about the countryside, which is, of course, what it is. The addition of In Dulci Jubilo (For Maureen) is a new take on a firm favourite (I had only had it as a scratchy MP3) and the Spanish Tune is the single Virgin prepared from the HR album but never released.

Let's just put it this way - I have been listening to HR non-stop since it arrived yesterday and have just Ommadawn as well!
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