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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Master with the guitar., Nov. 26 2015
This review is from: Malaguena (Audio CD)
This is an exceptional piece of work by an exceptional guitarist.

I had the good fortune to see John Goulart live and it was an amazing evening of live classical and Latin influenced guitar. Goulart knows his instrument and plays it with passion and a great understanding of the material. This disc captures that experience perfectly. The title track is worth buying this disc alone.

Highly recommended as a companion on the car stereo or an intimate evening at home.

Genesis - When In Rome: Live 2007
Genesis - When In Rome: Live 2007
DVD ~ Genesis
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Nail hit perfectly on the head., June 9 2010
While any Genesis fan will certainly enjoy this concert, the sweet spot is hit for the average fan. This is the perfect showcase of what a truly great band can do.

First off, the staging is just fantastic and the scope of the set is truly awesome. It was the perfect backdrop to a band that does not bounce around the stage that much. Let's face it, these are older guys who don't dance or stage dive anymore. So the staging and video effects are a perfect addition to the music without taking anything away from it. There are no flashpots or explosions save for the finale when they let off some pretty great fireworks. These are more in celebration than as an underscore to the music. Bottom line, the balance between staging and performance is perfect.

Musically, the boys stick to a game plan that works exceptionally well. Given the breadth of their catalogue, they find a great balance of old and new and deliver both without compromise. Individually, Phil still has the pipes from start to finish and his drumming skills are well on display here. (On a side note, it was recently reported that Phil will likely never play drums again due to a back injury.) Long time drummer Chester Thompson is solid as ever and you need to see the drum duet between the two of them. Very inventive and well executed. Mike Rutherford goes between Guitar and Bass throughout and continues to be solid as a rock and while he doesn't move around a lot, he really seems to be enjoying himself. He's not flashy but he is quite the technician. Another long time Genesis Live collaborator is Darryl Sturmer who is brilliant on the guitar. Precise, balanced and the perfect back-up or lead where required.

Interestingly, I found the real stand-out to be keyboardist Tony Banks. After watching the documentary, it becomes clear that he and Mike are the backbone of Genesis. Even Phil tips his hat to that. Tony is oh so very good at what he does. He is consistant and in perfect balance with the others but when he lets go on some of the older material, you really need to watch and listen to a Progressive rock master. He is in complete command of his keyboards from the subtle to the solo. I found a new appreciation for his talent.

The conert that was filmed was a free concert in Rome and was attended by over half a million people. Phil knows how to work the crowd and does so here. The call and response stuff he does is fun and not over the top. "Throwing it all away" is a great example of this. It turned an up tempo ballad into one of the more fun moments for the crowd. "In the Cage" is the standout of the older stuff and they mix in a couple of other tracks so perfectly it's hard to notice that they weren't there all along. Enjoy "In your Wardrobe". Phil does a great tamborine bit simultainously with footage of himself doing the same thing as a much younger man.

"Ripples" is beautiful and "Domino" doesn't dissapoint. The Hits are straight forward. Check out "I can't Dance" as the first encore. While not one of my favorite tracks, it was neat to see just the three boys going at for most of the song. It was almost like a jam session, though we all know it was quite well rehearsed.

This is likely the last time you will ever see Genesis live, certainly in this scope. Turn down the lights, turn up the volume on the Big Screen and really enjoy this concert.

Mike & the Mechanics
Mike & the Mechanics
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The one that got away., Aug. 31 2009
This review is from: Mike & the Mechanics (Audio CD)
This album was never widely released in North America and this is disheartening as it may have been the finest yet. M6 is the last outing for Paul Young as he sadly passed away shortly after. He will be missed as there was likely a lot more to come from this guy. "Now that you've gone" is the top 40 hit here. Pretty formulatic but catchy.

This album is a bit different for the boys and you will find some songs that gradually get hold of you after a few plays. You can tell they were continuing to try new things and the addition of Carrack and Young as writers proved to be a smart move.

So, for the fan this one goes. Even if you're not, it's pretty approachable stuff and shows that they were capable of much more in the future.

DVD ~ Mike & the Mechanics
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 For the True Fan only, Aug. 31 2009
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This is the only DVD that the boys have ever put out and is for the serious fan. There are better concert DVD's out there. Having said that, this is likely the final time that the Mechanics will perform and it should be noted that while Paul Carrack still has the pipes to a certain degree, we sure do miss the great Paul Young. A few of his leads are sung here but this is largely the songs voiced by Carrack. The Mechanics fan will recognize all the songs but a glaring ommision is All I need is a Miracle.

There are several home runs here including Silent Running and Over My Shoulder (a pretty decent hit in Europe but not released here. Sad, it's an outstanding song...)and a good showing of songs from most of their albums. A huge dissapointment is the final song, Word of Mouth, which, in it's album form is a monster anthem and is the pinnacle of Paul Youngs throaty tenor. Carrack can't hit these notes and it falls to the Backup singer to sing the lead while a clearly tiring Carrack sings harmonies. It really falls short. Go to the special features and see Young sing it in the video.

Anyway, it's an intimate concert set at Shephards Bush in London (the site made famous as the place the Dixie Chicks made their infamous anti Bush remarks)and will have enough for the Mechanics fan. Think of it as an evening with some old friends as opposed to an Arena spectacle.

On Air
On Air
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 For the serious fan., Aug. 31 2009
This review is from: On Air (Audio CD)
Trying to complete the full collection of Alan parsons music is difficult in North America as "On Air" and "The Time Machine" are rarely found here. "On Air" is a great album and explores the fancy of flight. True to Parsons, there are some pretty great instrumentals as well. There are no "Top Ten" type of songs here but "Brother up in Heaven" in particular is a top notch ballad. A must have for the collector.

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