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Ringorama Limited Edition Delu
Ringorama Limited Edition Delu
Price: CDN$ 26.38
4 used & new from CDN$ 26.37

4.0 out of 5 stars surprise, Dec 18 2003
I don't particularly like Ringo's voice. His drumming, although fully competent, does not really impresse me that much. His songwriting has been laughable to mediocre in the past: the curiosities, usually providing hardly needed relief from excellent pop songs written by other Beatles.
However he is a great guy to hang out with, as is evidenced by his excellent All Starr Band compilation from a few years back. He helped the Beatles stay together, and he can get some famous friends to join him on stage and play classic rock songs.
No, this is not a masterpiece like Forever changes / Pet sounds / White album or, more recently, OK computer / Yankee Hotel Foxtrot / Sound of lies. It's however a very well crafted collection of songs, well played, a joy to hear.
He has assembled a good party band for the nostalgically-inclined, he has a co-writing credit in all the songs and does not sound exhausted in the least. From a songwriting standpoint this is better than Driving Rain, and as far as the number of different moods on one cd are concerned, it's more varied than Brainwashed.
Try this!

Bryter Layter
Bryter Layter
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 22.95
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars UNOBNOXIOUS..., June 25 2003
Ce commentaire est de: Bryter Layter (Audio CD)
This is so totaly relaxing that it takes actually a few listens to notice a few annoying things:
- Nick can only sing in one voice
- Nick can only write lyrics that convey one kind of feeling
- Nick can only play the guitar in one particular way, and in one (quite particular) tuning
He has basically one style. I you like smooth, romantic but somewhat sad music, as I do once a year, this is a rewarding listen

Shakedown Street
Shakedown Street
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2.0 out of 5 stars not essential, June 14 2003
Ce commentaire est de: Shakedown Street (Audio CD)
Some tracks only available on this album, but that is hardly sufficent to actually buy it, unless you're a completis

So Many Roads: 1965-1995
So Many Roads: 1965-1995
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 262.65
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5.0 out of 5 stars expensive but very good, June 14 2003
Ce commentaire est de: So Many Roads: 1965-1995 (Audio CD)
Comprehensive, so bound to include non favorite songs or periods here, BUT!
- A great overview over time
- it shows what the dead were good at: improvising, improving / recreating the song in a live context
- Some classic versions (other one, Shakedown street, Watkins Glen, Scarlet, So many roads)
- I even like most of the studio try-outs on the last disc
- You gotta love Whiskey in the jar. They were friends up to the end

Dick's Picks 13
Dick's Picks 13
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Price: CDN$ 134.44
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great He's gone and fun speeded up version of GDTRFB, June 14 2003
Ce commentaire est de: Dick's Picks 13 (Audio CD)
YES!!
But buy DP 5 first

Dick's Picks 17
Dick's Picks 17
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 84.40
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3.0 out of 5 stars for completists only, June 14 2003
Ce commentaire est de: Dick's Picks 17 (Audio CD)
DP's from this era tend to dissappoint me (same with DP 9)
Vault releases like Dozin' and Nightfall seem to work better for me.
On this cd, we find a great Eyes, a fun that would be something and generally the two keyboard attack is effectively used (Vince is somewhat high in the mix)

Birth of the Dead
Birth of the Dead
Price: CDN$ 27.98
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4.0 out of 5 stars Byrds with a twist, June 14 2003
Ce commentaire est de: Birth of the Dead (Audio CD)
The title of the cd says it all. This is where they came from , although the jugband roots are hardly present here.

Reptile
Reptile
Price: CDN$ 10.97
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3.0 out of 5 stars the relative comeback, June 14 2003
Ce commentaire est de: Reptile (Audio CD)
a great relief after pilgrim (the nadir of his career)
Nice acoustic picking, nice song selection and great backing vocals. However, it's AOR or MOR or pop, it you want to be nice to the guy. It's not the Claptom we know and love (and loved as recently as From the cradle)

Anthem of the Sun (Expanded)
Anthem of the Sun (Expanded)
Price: CDN$ 13.33
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4.0 out of 5 stars weird, June 14 2003
In a way, the dead's Trout Mask Replica.
Do not listen to this on headphones without parental guidance. It is weird, trippy, scary in places and sometimes appears to be an artistic statement just for the heck of it, i.e. Look! We can do crazy things like this!
A period piece in a way, I guess...

Go to Nassau
Go to Nassau

4.0 out of 5 stars lots better than expected, June 14 2003
Ce commentaire est de: Go to Nassau (Audio CD)
I do not care a lot for the studio albums Shakedown st and Go to heaven, but this very well done. From the same time I much prefer Dicks Picks 5, with the best uncle john's band EVERT, but it is very well played, more energetic than I expected

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