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Chris Cornell - CD
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This superlative solo collection has been lurking on the horizon for some time. Historicallyst solo album Euphoria Morning followed his Soundgarden days, and illustrated the promise of what might come later. 3 albums with Audioslve later, and here arrives the next Cornell solo, and at his very best. Whilst he pinnacle could be regarded as the Bond movie theme from Casino Royale 'You know my name', this album is full of stunning songs in a variety of genre that brings out of the best of Cornell's unique and raw singing voice. Enjoy!
Guns N' Roses - CD
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Truly remarkable, imaginative - I have heard over 4000 albums and this is one of the top 5. You can play this all day and not get bored with it - no rough cuts, out takes - great songs, classic songs. Sorry, There was a Time and Prostitute are amazing but don't outshine the others - its terrific from start to finish - a perfect listening experience.
Divine Comedy - CD
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I took a chance on this one when at a bargain in a Sheffied store - years ago I had enjoyed Something for the Weekend and the Frog Princess.
Hannon and his band have progessed to greater depths with this marvellous album of delightful songs...they are all good and this collection finds them in heavier form that usual.
The closing track The Beauty Regime typifies this album of thought provoking lyrics blended into well crafted songs that together make for a thrilling listening experience.
Nobody Does It Better - The Very Best Of
Carly Simon - CD
Play haven't said too much about this great collection fromone of the world's best female artists of the 2nd Millennium.
Everything you would want is crammed into the 19 tracks, You're So Vain, Anticipation, We Have No Secrets...and these sit alongside for recent gems Like a River and Let the River Run.
Great value from a superb artist
Through the Years
Jethro Tull - CD
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Not quite sure what EMI were thinking about when they out this one out on their budget label.
The opener Living in the Past is not the recognised studio version but a 'live' instrumental and not mentioned as so on the album notes
That said, and you fancy a collection of good tracks from a number of different albums, then this might work for you.
By no means a 'Best of' collection, this does have a selection of great songs...Budapest from Crest of a Knave, Still Loving You tonight from Catfish Rising and Beastie from Broadsword - top that with a live Locomotive Breath and you have some of Tull's best.
Problem is that there is no link in the sleeve notes as to which album each track comes from - which is a bit of a blunder, but at 3.99 its worth a snip!
Blonde On Blonde (Remaster)
Bob Dylan - CD
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Dylan was well on his way by 66 and this original double album fits niccely onto CD to make a rivetting collection.
Popular tracks like Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 and I Want You fit in between the blues classic Pledging My Time and the epic Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
No Dylan collection is complete without this.
Tapestry (+2 Bonus Tracks) (Remastered)
Carole King - CD
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I first heard this incredible album at school in 71 - emerging around the same time as Carly Simon, and this is a landmark album to savour.
Classics like You've got a friend and It's too late blend in with other great songs to give a rich album full of colour and delicacy...nothing has aged through time ... like a fine wine, it delights with age.
Sadly. not a lot of lasting treasure emerged after this peak performance, so if you want a Carole King album, this is the one.
Very Best Of (Remastered)
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This compilation has been carefuul selected fronm the many successful Tull albums so that you can tip your toes ito the many different Tull eras.You would expect Living in the Past, Aqualung and Locomotive Breath to be here - and they are.
You can also sample the folk rock of Songs from the Wood, the more contemporary orientally influenced Roots to Branches, and Steel Monkey from the Grammy Award winning Crest of A Knave.
There is the majestic Martin Barre guitar on Minstral in the Gallery alongside the awesome Broadsword/
Original Master was good - this one updates the record!
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Not the greatest Tull album by a long way, but does have some good tracks that have endured through the years.
The title track Under Wraps is better represented on the acoustic Little Light Music while Later That Same Evening was given a far better rendition on the rare 1984 Live at Hammersmith Friday Rock Show album.
The electronic music never really blended with the Tull sound - a good experiment, but as you will discover, far better albums came later
Kooper / Bloomfield - CD
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I remember buying this on vinyl in 1968 when these guys were making their way, and this contains excellent examples of their improvisation and blending
...Bloomfield the ace blues guitarist that influenced Walter Trout and the like...and Stephen Stills showing what talent he has with the pedals in the excellent Season of the Witch.
All held together by Al Kooper's keyboards and imaginative direction.
This is a pivotal album that remains hugely enjoyable - has a couple of bonus tracks on this version, but the original album stands tall as one of the ground breaking albums of all time.