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Goddess In The Doorway
Goddess In The Doorway
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4.0 out of 5 stars not bad, May 24 2004
This review is from: Goddess In The Doorway (Audio CD)
Goddess in the Doorway is obviously not as good as Wandering Spirit (1993), which is Jagger's best album, but it is not as bad as one might think. It is actually pretty good.
The major problem of this album is that it does not have a focus, it goes in too many directions. There are too many styles, too many different sounds, too many producers.
The presence of too many producers has already been somewhat problematic when the Stones released Voodoo Lounge. But in 1994 the problem was easily solved by the fact that most of the songs in Voodoo Lounge were really good.
This is not always the case with Goddess in the Doorway. There are some good songs (Joy, Don't Call Me Up, Lucky Day), there are some ok songs (God gave me everything, Hide away, Too far gone), and there are some pretty bad songs (Visions of paradise, Dancing in the starlight, Everybody is getting high, Goddess in the Doorway). Symptomatic of the overall quality of the record is Brand New Rules. It's not bad, but it never steps up, it never clicks, it does not make sparks fly.
This said, this record is not terrible and probably deserves more attention than has so far received.

Goddess In The Doorway
Goddess In The Doorway
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4.0 out of 5 stars not bad, May 24 2004
This review is from: Goddess In The Doorway (Audio CD)
Goddess in the Doorway is obviously not as good as Wandering Spirit (1993), which is Jagger's best album, but it is not as bad as one might think. It is actually pretty good.
The major problem of this album is that it does not have a focus, it goes in too many directions. There are too many styles, too many different sounds, too many producers.
The presence of too many producers has already been somewhat problematic when the Stones released Voodoo Lounge. But in 1994 the problem was easily solved by the fact that most of the songs in Voodoo Lounge were really good.
This is not always the case with Goddess in the Doorway. There are some good songs (Joy, Don't Call Me Up, Lucky Day), there are some ok songs (God gave me everything, Hide away, Too far gone), and there are some pretty bad songs (Visions of paradise, Dancing in the starlight, Everybody is getting high, Goddess in the Doorway). Symptomatic of the overall quality of the record is Brand New Rules. It's not bad, but it never steps up, it never clicks, it does not make sparks fly.
This said, this record is not terrible and probably deserves more attention than has so far received.

Rolling Stones: Sympathy For The Devil
Rolling Stones: Sympathy For The Devil
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is phenomenal stuff, May 21 2004
one plus one is phenomenal stuff at least for one reason, which is that one of the 'ones' mentioned in the title refers to the Rolling Stones' recording of Sympathy for the Devil.
The experience is amazing. The viewer is taken into to the studio where Keith Richards literally composes the song, plays guitar, plays the bass, sings in the chorus and directs fellow backing vocalists (Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Marianne Faithfull). It is literally amazing to see how involved Keith was and how much he was leading the band.
But Keith's leadership is only half of the story. One plus one also tracks how Mick Jagger come up with the lyrics that have made this song so famous. The movie also makes it quite clear how alienated (and marginalized) was Brian Jones from the rest of the band.
The movie develops from the first chords (that Mick patiently shows to Brian Jones), to the session in which percussion where added, to those in which the piano was added, to those in which Keith plays bass, to those in which Keith improvizes few notes that would later become Sympathy-for-the-Devil-vintage-guitar-solo.
It's a great historical document and the music is quite excellent. One plus one is definitely worth watching.

Sympathy For The Devil (Remst)
Sympathy For The Devil (Remst)
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4.0 out of 5 stars not bad, but could be better, May 21 2004
The remix of Sympathy for the Devil was a brilliant idea but it could have been much better.
The remix released in 2003 features a long and full length remix by respectively the Neptunes, Fatboy Slim and Full Phatt. The seventh, and last piece in the record, is the Rolling Stones' original recording.
Leaving aside that the original recording seems (to me at least)to be mych better than the more recent remixes, there's another reason to think that this projecty could have been realized in a much better way.
In addition to the original recording and the most recent remixes -three would have been enough, six is way too much- the Stones should have included some historical live performances of their classic song (the version performed in Hyde Park for Brian Jones'funeral, the version recorded in Love you Live and so on). This would have shown that no matter how it is performed or when it is performed, 'Sympathy' is always a phenomenally fresh and intriguing song. This, and nothing less than this, would have done justice to the greatness of the Stones.

According To The Rolling Stones
According To The Rolling Stones
by Mick Jagger
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5.0 out of 5 stars all about the music, May 21 2004
According to the Rolling Stones is really a lot of fun. Leaving aside the great pictures, the reproductions of some of Ronnie Wood's portraits, the essays by famous fans and friends like Giorgio Gomelsky, Marshall Chess, Sheryl Crow, and Don Was, the book is great for a simple reason: the story of the Rolling Stones is told by the Rolling Stones in a perfect Rolling Stones style.
There's a lot of verve in the way the whole story is told and put together. For example: Keith Richards says he is very thankful to Andrew Oldham for forcing the Stones to write their own songs. Keith says that 'he put a guitar in the kitchen and locked the door and we stayed there all night'. Mick Jagger's reply arrives ten lines later: 'Keith likes to tell the story about the kitchen, God bless him...but he didn't literally lock us in'.
The story told by the Rolling Stones is made up by many different stories: the London years, the royal exile, the Stones' many addictions, the great world tours and so on. But of all the stories, the best story is a story that many biographies of the Stones generally overlook: how the Rolling Stones' music came into being. In 'According to the Rolling Stones', it is possible to find quite a lot on the music of the Stones. Rob Bowman's essay takes a very close look at the way in which the Stones wrote their songs and how the songwriting was deeply affected, after 1967, by Keith's fascination with open tunings. But even more interesting is Keith's account of the musical potential of playing an acoustic guitar in a tape recorder and so on.
It is this attention to the Rolling Stones' music that makes this book more interesting than most books about the Stones.

Me and Mr. Johnson
Me and Mr. Johnson
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a very good job, May 15 2004
This review is from: Me and Mr. Johnson (Audio CD)
When Clapton recorded and released his 'Unplugged' few years ago, he made wonderful covers of both Robert Johnson's Malted Milk and Walking Blues. The result was absolutely brilliant. I had not heard a more inspired, passionate,soulful Clapton in years.
I would say that the opposite is true of 'Me and Mr. Johnson'. Leaving aside why Clapton decided to record the 14 songs he chose instead of Rambling on My Mind, I'm a steady Rollin'Man, and so on; the record has a major problem.
There's no energy, there's no strength, there's no passion. If you listen to Robert Johnson's original recording they're phenomenlly powerful. In Clapton's rendition, those very same song almost put you to sleep.
Love in Vain is a perfect case in point. It is a very powerful song, one of those songs that strikes some chords inside you. Robert Johnson created that magic, the Rolling Stones were able to preserve that magic in their cover, but all the magic is lost with Clapton. Love in Vain is almost boring. Clapton is a great guitar player and great bluesman, but the arrangements he chose for this record are terrible. They take all the energy away from these great great songs. What a disaster.

Steel Wheels
Steel Wheels
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5.0 out of 5 stars a nice comeback, May 15 2004
This review is from: Steel Wheels (Audio CD)
After Mick Jagger's first solo album (she's the boss), after Dirty Work, the Stones got together and did a pretty good album.
Mixed Emotions and Rock and a Hard Place were the most immediate hits of that record. But they're not necessarily the best songs. Continental Drift is an expected piece from the Stones and one which testifies how broad they can be when they want to.
The best song in the album - recorded live in Stripped few years later and now a staple in most live performances by the Stones - is Slipping Away. It's a great great song. It's very basic and yet very intriguing. It's - possibly - a turning point in Keith Richards' songwriting. It opened a new line of songs -- Losing My Touch (in Forty Licks); The worst as well as thru and thru (voodoo lounge); thief in the night (bridges to babylon)--
that has expended the Stones'musical vocabulary.
It's a nice comeback.

Live & Eclectic
Live & Eclectic
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4.0 out of 5 stars solid wood, May 14 2004
This review is from: Live & Eclectic (Audio CD)
Live and eclectic was recorded live at Electriclady land and Austin Texas on, respectively, December 12, 1992 and NOvember 13 1993.
The record features some of the best songs by Ronnie Wood--those written by Ronnie with Bernard Fowler, those written with Keith Richards and Mick Jagger and those written with Stewart and Ronnie Lane.
In addition to these songs there are also some nice covers.
This is probably the strange thing about this album. It is live but it is not as eclectic as it could have been. At least four songs belong to the Rolling Stones catalogue (Pretty Beat up, Black Limousine, Little Red Rooster, It's only rock 'n'roll).
So while it is interesting to find out how Ronnie feels, understands, performs these songs (as opposed to how the Stones perform these songs), the album does not provide much evidence of how eclectic Ronnie is.
It's a pity Ronnie did not record for ths album 'I can feel the fire'. It was a staple of the New Barbarians' tour and it is such a great song.

Slide on This
Slide on This
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5.0 out of 5 stars ronnie's best record, April 9 2004
This review is from: Slide on This (Audio CD)
Slide on This is Ronnie Wood's best record. Written in collaboration with Bernard Fowler (backing vocalist of the Rolling Stones, and lead singer in several Charlie Watts'records) is very inspired and very intriguing. Testify, Breathe on Me and Always Wanted More are among Ronnie's best songs ever--they're as fresh as 'I can feel the fire' but they have better lyrics. The record is enriched by (the reproduction of) Ronnie's paintings. It's kind of curious that the Stones have only sporadically (pretty Beat Up, Dance, ..) used Ronnie's compositions. In any case, Slide on this is a must.

The Corsican Brothers: Corsica-Paris
The Corsican Brothers: Corsica-Paris
by Alexandre Dumas
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4.0 out of 5 stars waiting for the Count of Montecristo, March 1 2004
This short novel By Alexander Dumas is nice and quite interesting in spite of the fact that the plot is not particualrly elaborated.
The plot goes more or less as follows. Dumas is a famous writer undertaking a journey in Corsica, meets one the two Corsican brothers, goes back to Paris, meets and befriends the other brother who enjoying the life Parisian high society. This second brother falls in love, has to fight in a duel and dies. The other brother who had sworn never to leave his mother and his (father)land goes to Paris and avenges the death of his beloved brother.
What is interesting is that Dumas demonstrates a phenomenal understanding of the customs and the institutions of the Corsican society. His treatment of the 'revenge' as a social institution is simply masterful.
Even more interesting is the fact that both the setting (a Mediterranean Island, Paris) and the themes (the journey, the revenge) of the Corsican Brothers are the same that Dumas adopts in the Count of Montecristo.
The reader has the impression that the Corsican Brothers is a study that Dumas made to prepare himself to write The Count of Montecristo. I think they should be read in exactly this order.

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