I Look to You (2009)
ToshWell we might have waited 7 years for Whitney's latest release - I have to say given the seriously lack lustre NO poor song selection - tuneless ditties with weak lyrics I wish she had waited another 7 years finding suitable material before unleashing this on a waiting public.
Save your cash listen to the excerpts before wasting your cash!
Submitted by a reviewer (North London, UK) 10/28/2009
With a Heartbeat (2003)
A slow burnerWhen I first heard this cd and for the next 20 or so times I really disliked the tracks.
However, eventually its essence seeped into my consciousness. I really enjoy now - however at specific meditation moments only. This is what this album is; a meditation on peace and joy.
Sorry if this sounds a bit pseudy but this really fulfills its function and its quality to the listener.
It's almost like those Brian Tracey affirmations from the 1980s without that annoying Tracy telling you what and how to think and feel. It's no vocal, instrument only, that enables the listener to really fly!
9/10 a buy - just be patient to let it grow on you.
Submitted by a reviewer (N. London, UK) 10/14/2009
Remixed & Reimagined (2006)
Oh dear what a messWell I was interested in the concept of remixing Nina's RCA material for the 21st century and a new generation of potential listeners, however, having heard the remixes I have to say the originals are far far superior.
I would retitle this CD "Remixed, reimagined but not improved"; sums the CD up really. I suggest potential buyers check out the original mixes before investing in this CD - you can then judge which is best.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, UK) 11/11/2006
Forever Young, Gifted & Black: Songs of Freedom and Spirit (2006)
You must hear this!!!We have several Nina re-releases of her marvelous RCA era - now on this issue, at last, we have the full recording of my all time Simone favourite, "Why the King of Love Is Dead".
At last we hear the song, the passion in all its glory and hellfire anger. Tell you what folks - I have heard this song often before (in edited 5 minute sound bites - hearing the full (12.55) version will leave you drained - I cried the first and second time I listened it was so moving.
I reckon RCA must have quaked at its message. Despite the "I ain't about to be non violent honey" rhetoric - this is the most forgiving and humane message song ever recorded.
Please Andy Stroud and Lisa Kelly, executors of Nina's estate, release the full and unexpergated version of the April 7, 1968 Westbury Music Fair concert. It has to be the ultimate testomony to an icon of the 20th century.
Then if RCA/BMG can keep their nerve release all the 1967 to 1974 material Dr Simone recorded/outakes and all. We would learn much for decades to come.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, UK) 6/19/2006
SublimeThat we still talk of this masterpiece and debate its level of contraversy is a sign that this recording is very important.
Mr Coltrane was too spiritual to bring us the "Emperors new clothes". I admit that I listen to it infrequently, however, when I do I relish its truely uplifting sounds. I feel rejuvenated in a way no other recording of jazz has ever succeded in achieving (not even Miles or Cecil could move as much on this level).
John C gave us a glimpse of the otherworld with this recording one that makes us break out of our day to day inconsequent thoughts. WOW yes, it really is that uplifting folks.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, Devon, UK) 5/6/2006
||John Coltrane / Thelonious Monk / Thelonious Quartet Monk|
At Carnegie Hall (2005) Top Seller
A rare and essential purchase
I have the Monk at the 5 Spot with Coltrane - enjoyable but marred by the fact that it is very low fi and difficult to hear all the subtleties.
Then along comes this concert. Excellent recording and two key soloists in A1 form. What more could you ask for - absolutely essential.
Should be in every modern jazz fans collection and listened to repeatedly for the sheer brilliance of invention.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, UK) 12/31/2005
Soul Of Nina Simone (2005)
Dual Disc CD/DVD; DualDisc
So great its scaryBought this for the DVD side only - since have all the tracks bar 2 on cd.
The 2 new tracks are great and then the DVD - well on a scale of 1 to 10 this is 100! Yes 100 - it is that great we at last see Nina in all her live glory. I sat and watched and could not believe that this true GENIUS of the 20 th century in interpreting song and words was not deemed the greatest ever.
Her performance at the Harlem Festival 1969 is so awsome it defies anything I saw her perform during my experience.
Lisa and the estate of Dr Nina - release as many tapes of her as you can especially on video - cos it is in experiencing her in the voice and in the eye that you experience this true DIVA - may the world never forget her role in emancipation. It is as great as Martin Luther King.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter. UK) 12/31/2005
Four Women: The Nina Simone Philips Recordings (2003) Top Seller
5,000,000 starsAs we move through time into the 21st century - the true genius of this icon of the 20th century stands out in ever clearer focus.
The Philips years are iconic since they focus on Nina's studio work. Greater in sustained quality than Billie Holiday's Verve material by a league or 3 as well as Ella's Verve /Pablo material for their profoundly greater emotional giving. This is probably the most sustained excellence of female vocals in the last 50 years. YES IT IS THAT BRILLIANT.
Demand as a Christmas present, birthday present and be glad we had this Diva's art to show us the way.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, England) 11/25/2005
Nina Simone At Town Hall (1959)
Import; United Kingdom
Brilliant remasteringThis is the fourth time I have bought this album. I have worn out two vinyl copies. The Cd copy was on the "two for one" collectibles series; have to say the recording quality on that issue was below par. Here at last is the best sounding recording I have heard to date. Worth every penny for the clarity of the recording. A great album has at last been the quality remastering it deserves. Invest in this - it's that good!
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, England) 6/15/2005
Live on the Riviera (2005)
A Rare item from 1970This set was recorded a couple of days before the Fondation Maeght of July 1970 recording. I have to say the latter is a better set; if you are thinking of purchasing just one of the two releases, I would go for the Fondation Maeght set.
My reason for saying this is that the latter has Ayler concentrating solely on his sax playing and that is very very good. On this set, Ayler sings as does Mary Maria - this lowers the value of the set. Ayler's singing is an acquired taste - I am afraid 30 plus years down the line I am still perplexed by it. Mary Maria's singing parts are also challenging on the ear, whilst her Soprano Sax playing is risible!
The problem is that 4 of the 7 tracks contain vocals. If you like the vocals this is OK - however, if you don't you will end up skipping half of the 56 minute running time.
I have to say I did enjoy Ayler's sax playing throughout.
Overall 3 stars
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, UK) 4/20/2005
Fodder on My Wings (1982)
A rare gem at last available in full on CDI have read the other review and I could not disagree more with the review.
I bought the vinyl LP in 1982, it has always been a favourite. Sure she does not have the perfect pitch of her Colpix years. However, what you have instead is that raw brand of emotion that only Nina could convey and which she did ever more in her later recordings. The lyrics are personal and heartfelt.
I defy anyone to not be affected by the insight of "There is no returning" the first part of "People en Suisse". (Has similar sentiments to the Bernstein song "Who Am I" from NS & Piano.)
Then there is "Alone again naturally", at last made available. The mixture of regret and invective has never been so graphically portayed by anyone before.
This album is the successor to Baltimore; whilst it lacks the strings and sophistication of the CTI album production - it gains in being "pure" Nina and yes the RCA classic Nina Simone and Piano comes to mind. If you enjoyed that as well as "A Single Woman" , her last studio album - you will be really glad you added this to your collection.
It has aged well since its first release in 1982. Investigate and treasure.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, UK) 4/16/2005
Coltrane Time (1959) Top Seller
Oh dear, this was a mistakeDon't get me wrong I really enjoy both Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane. The two together though just don't mix and for me this session just does not work. The best way I could describe this recording is akin to putting salt in your coffee! Now we all know that is not a good mix!!
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, U.K.) 11/21/2004
Coltrane with stringsFirst of all ta to cd universe for emailing me that they had a single copy left in their warehouse of this album. Really appreciated.
Bought album in 1973-4 - loved it. Upgrade to enhanced digitally remastered has opened up a great recording to "Divine".
If you can grab a copy do. You will never be disappointed.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, UK) 10/29/2004
Translinear Light (2004)
Oh so glad she is back!Well Alice is back after 24 years. I am extatic.
This is not the great groundbreaking album I had hoped for - but it is great. No strings this time - hooray!
She revisits several songs from the impulse! years of the 60's/70's and warner brothers up to 1980. And seems more meditative in revisiting the old tunes - especially Blue Nile.
I also enjoyed Ravi's playing, for the first time. Hell he never hit it with me - compared to his Dad.
It will never match Alice's early albums, but I am so glad to hear her again - especially on the wurlitzer organ. The two synth tracks are boring but only take up 8 mins of a 70 min plus cd.
Well worth investing in this musuc - for Turiya fans.
My, my does she not look amazing at 67, maybe she got it right - a life of contemplation has aged her fantastically. Wish I had been as wise as her 24 years ago!
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, U.K.) 10/9/2004
Creator Has A Master Plan (2003)
(Import) Japan; 24 Bit Remastered
Good Cd way too expensiveMr Sanders is and has been for 40 years, a great icon of music; his recordings with Bill Laswell, however, have stunk (sorry but they have).
Away from Laswell he reverts to the melodic talent that has been there ever since TAUHID.
Commission a live recording of who you are and encompass the whole range of your talents: prove to the world that you are still the boss in 2004.
Dear Pharoah, go back to your so talented routes.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, U.K.) 6/29/2004
One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism (1987)
AmazingWhat a sublime album of gospel preaching and gospel songs. I am so pleased that Arista have chosen to release all the material from these sessions. Along with her Amazing Grace recording from 1973, this must rank as the pinnacle of her long career. Aretha digs deep to sing with divine inspiration. Star track for me is Ave Maria - its just inspired. Any chance that Arista will encourage to revisit her Gospel roots again in 2004?
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, United Kingdom) 3/27/2004
With A Heartbeat (2003)
AVOIDDear Mr Sanders, it is about time you ended your collaborations with Mr Laswell. He is doing his best to stifle your creativity in an ocean of ambient nonsense. I say this with some sorrow since I have enjoyed the ride with Pharoah since the mid sixties.
On a point of some hope, I recently acquired the Venus issue of 2003 "The creator has a master plan", this, in my opinion, is a worthy release. The only problem is the very high cost.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter - UK) 3/16/2004
So Damn Happy (2003)
Oh dear, has Miss Ree lost the plot?I have followed this lady's career all the way back to the days of Respect. I regret having to this but this album is a stinker!! The tunes are uniformally bland the arrangements are tedious and even Aretha's voice sounds tired and on the high notes oh so shrill. Its a great shame that she sanctioned the release of these songs. Maybe she should go back to gospel to discover the fire and conviction. Avoid.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, UK) 9/17/2003
I Want You (1976)
Bonus Tracks; Remastered; Deluxe Edition; Digipak
A worthy addition to Marvin's recordingsI have always enjoyed this album which has been kind of under-rated compared to "What's Going On" and "Let's Get It On". The revelation is the newly released material, in my estimation the wrong album was released! Disc two is an alternative album and really raw. Unlike the previous two Marvin Gaye deluxe editions the second discs were ok. In this instance you cannot live without the alternate "I Want You". Enjoy.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, UK) 9/10/2003
listen guys and gals to the bestHey listeners, I have reviewed this CD once before. I now have the super enhanced remix from Japan - WOWWWWWW! This always was good however now all the subtleties are captured and it is like listening to a new recording. I paid $40 for this - it is worth every cent until Sony decide to get their rear in gear. If you get the chance to purchase this, buy the Japanese remix in preferance to the US & UK mix. It will blow your mind and don't Pete Cosey and Reggie Lucas deserve stellar status for their work on this. YES YES YES!
Submitted by a reviewer (exeter, uk) 5/21/2003
Saga Of The Good Life & Hard Times
If you love Miss Simone's RCA recordings acquire this!I realise that some of these tracks are released on NS & Piano and the double CD Best of. However the Nuff Said tracks are more complete and if you loved the great Westbury Fair concert the extra songs are worth the price. Hey RCA (BMG) can we have the complete Westbury Fair concert released one day - UNEDITED!! please.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, Devon U.K.) 2/4/2003
Complete Miles Davis At Montreux 1973-1991 (2002)
Hey Miles fans listen to this set!!!!OK I have received my set before the USA Population, my friends we are going to have to seriously reclassify Miles in the 1980's.
The 1980's was not just a postscript - it was a climax to a 50 year career - this set is as good as the Complete Plugged Nickel Set of 1965 and we know that set was sublime!
His passion post his retirement (1975-1981) was always play and create in the studio but go for the max on stage. This set proves that his 1980's period was as great as any period before. I have spent from 5 August 2002 since I received my copy of this set listening and absorbing the man, the genius.
I saw Miles many times in the 1980's on stage; to hear him now I am even more besotted with his genius.
Can I finally point you to his concert in Nice July 1991 post the Gil Evans concert - wow I am in total awe.
We thought we knew the man - CBS & WB packaged the man - this set shows us how great he was and how little the corporations knew how to focus his genius.
This 20 cd set costs over £200 ($350) save steal scrimp and buy - this is a set to savour forever. 5* is an understatement of its long term greatness.
BUY _ BUY _ BUY
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, England) 8/10/2002
Is this Alice's attempt at pop?This is a strange mix of jazz and commercial crossover. I do enjoy parts if not the whole, to be fair though Alice always had her ying and yang side - well folks you have it here "in extremis". I owned the LP and now the cd - but do not play too often. Four enjoyable tracks and the rest just irk. Programme your cd to avoid the nasties.
Check out Transfiguration, Universal Consciousness, Ptah the el Daud and Journey to Satch... before this.
Submitted by a reviewer (exeter - uk) 8/1/2002
Universal Consciousness (1971)
Alice meets ornetteBought this album back in early 70's, lost it several years later.
Radically different to her piano and harp trio albums and more avant garde than World Galaxy.
Very enjoyable and challenging - the string arrangements are preety far out but in many ways makes this the most challenging and richly rewarding of her Impulse albums.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, England) 6/28/2002
Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965 (1995)
WowI bought this set in 1999
I have to admit it has taken me this long to appreciate and absorb the great beauty of this issue. There is so much to take in, however, perseverance rewards. If you love the great second quintet buy and spend years absorbing and loving the great craft on offer.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, U.K.) 5/26/2002
Emergency Ward!/It Is Finished/Black Gold (2002)
A very rare trio of albums released - at lastThese three albums originally released as Black Gold, Emergency Ward and It is Finished have never been relaesed on CD before. I urge you to buy whilst available.
Dr Simone is always at her best in front of a live audience as anyone who has experienced her live will vouch. These three albums are quite diverse in content and style. I love "My Sweet Lord" all 18 minutes of it. Also worthy of mention is a studio cut of "Isn't it a Pity" - very profound and moving. The best album overall of the three for me is It Is Finished with plenty of variety of mood and emotion.
Do buy and enjoy!
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, U.K.) 5/17/2002
Back Into The SH-T (1989)
Great live performanceI always think that Miss Jackson is at her very best in front of a live audience and this her last album release to date is no exception.
Yes its racy, vulgar and great XXX rated humour. Miss Jackson's genius is her ability to observe life in all its variety, sing a great song and have a laugh at herself and the world.
This is definetly not an album to play to your grandparents but it is one to enjoy for her singing, her stories and her humour.
Buy especially at the bargain price.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, U.K.) 5/17/2002
Not For Church Folk (2001)
Millie's best record in over a decadeI've been a fan of Miss Jackson since the early 70's. Of late some of her recordings have been rather bland however she's come back with a great black sound and a theme - she's 50 (well maybe a bit more!).
She's as up front as ever and her launguage is as salty as ever but the theme of middle age is one she comments on with wisdom and wit. Best cuts are Butt a Cize, In my life, She's a Ho, OMF and I'm 50! Some of her comments are just plain funny and when she's at her most outrageous she's at her peak.
I thoroughly recommend this to all soul fans. Buy, Buy, Buy!
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, U.K.) 5/17/2002
Nina Simone & Piano! (1970)
BUY!!!!I bought this as an LP when it first came out in 1969/1970. It always sounded to me as her finest, intimate, humourous, wistful and ultimately supremely moving.
Now Dr Simone has endorsed this album as the one she wishes to be remembered by. I agree. Also this issue has the four outakes not included originally - they are fine and complete the picture.
If I only had one Nina album to keep this would be the one.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, England) 2/10/2002
Listen and enjoyAn entertaining cd - gone are the strings (Except for 1 short interlude). This is Alice giving the organ a serious workout; whilst never the greatest improviser in the world she conveys a mood and it draws you in.
Key composition, is John Coltrane's "Leo" - this is a stormer, aided in no small part by Reggie Workman on bass. When I first heard the opening theme I thought it was John on tenor, no it was the way she manipulated the sound on the organ.
This record is available for the first time since 1978 buy before it disappears again.
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, United Kingdom) 2/10/2002
||John Coltrane / John Quintet Coltrane|
Live in Japan (1991)
Trane goes Supernova!!I bought the japanese limited edition boxset when it was first released in 1977 - I was captivated by it then and now that the hour long My Favourite Things is included on the collection, this would be the one disc of Trane amongst all I would never part with.
Don't get me wrong this is not easy listening, it is spiritual and all who have ears to listen and persevere will be rewarded amply.
BUY, BUY, BUY!!
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, United Kingdom) 2/10/2002
The bestRead Huw's review he has hit it spot on
I've lived with album and later cd since 1976 - its a priceless gem -
listen and love
Submitted by a reviewer (Exeter, England) 1/21/2001