Archive for the ‘ROCK’ Category

Dylanesque – Bryan Ferry | CD

(Virgin/EMI) 4 stars Bob Dylan has inspired generations of musos, from Joan Baez and the Grateful Dead to Bryan Ferry, whose first effort was a soulful 1973 version of ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’. Since then the elegant Brit has added occasional Zimmerman staples to what he terms his “ready-mades’’ – including two on 2002’s [...]

Live At Massey Hall – Neil Young | CD/DVD

(Reprise CD/DVD) 4 stars The long-haired hippie troubadour with that high, quavering voice and shy stage presence is Neil Young. The date is January 1971, the venue is Ontario’s Massey Hall and Young – already a cult figure after working with Buffalo Springfield, Crazy Horse, Crosby, Stills & Nash, plus fresh success with his own [...]

West – Lucinda Williams | CD

(Universal) 5 stars `West’ – Lucinda Williams’s most satisfying recording to date – exemplifies the singer/songwriter’s ability to transmute intimate experiences into ballads with a universal connection. She accomplishes this through raw, confessional lyrics and a willingness, through that heartbreakingly honest vocal technique, to expose her emotional core.

Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited – Various artists | CD/DVD review

(Shout Factory/Shock) 5 stars The sheer wealth of material alone on this splendid boxed set is worth a five-star rating. Two CDs, two DVDs and a 40-page booklet are all dedicated to the work of Harry Smith, whose original seminal folk `Anthology’, released on Folkways in 1952, helped transform the American musical landscape.

Last Man Standing – Jerry Lee Lewis | CD review

(Artists First/Shock) 5 stars “Some folks say it’s too old/Some folks say it goes just a little too fast’’. It’s almost as if Bruce Springsteen, in his classic rocker `Pink Cadillac’, was writing about Jerry Lee Lewis – especially when the Killer (now 71) and the Boss team up to sing it on this feisty, [...]

Pulse – Pink Floyd | DVD review

(Columbia 2DVD) 5 stars Remember Pink Floyd’s original `Pulse’, with its smart, twin-CD digipak and blinking red light? That 1994 live album, recorded in London during the group’s `The Division Bell’ world tour (sadly, Australia missed out) was the first time the group had recorded its entire `Dark Side Of The Moon’ album in concert.

Living with War – Neil Young | CD review

(Reprise/Warner) 4.5  stars Well before Neil Young’s dynamic, anti-war CD was officially released, his fans had already previewed the album in its entirety, via internet streaming. So `Living With War’ is a contemporary, cyber-savvy project.

On an Island – David Gilmour | CD review

(Columbia) 3.5 stars If the  2005 Live 8 concert reunion was a one-off, David Gilmour’s atmospheric third solo CD is as close as we’ll get to a new Pink Floyd recording. That’s not such a bad compromise, since Gilmour and his Fender Stratocaster, with that melodic vibrato and heroic sound, have been at the Floyd’s [...]

Born To Run: 30th Anniversary Edition – Bruce Springsteen | CD/DVD review

(Columbia CD/2DVD) 5 stars Springsteen (and Columbia) celebrate his breakthrough album’s 30th birthday in grand style with a boxed set comprising a remastered CD, a DVD documentary plus a concert DVD resurrected from tapes of a previously overlooked 1975 concert. When `Born To Run’ was released in ’75, I recall being slightly underwhelmed — probably [...]

London Calling – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band | DVD review

(Columbia DVD) 4.5 stars A Bruce Springsteen concert is an unforgettable experience … and a rare event here, where his only tour was in the mid-‘80s. Despite cattle-yard conditions at the Melbourne Showgrounds, I have vivid memories of that three-hour, knockout show. Almost 25 years on the Boss is still delivering high-energy live performances, judging [...]

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