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Editor's rating: 
 4.5
 
Monday, 20 October 2008 |  Written by Charles Andrews  | 
Bob Dylan - Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 This review is going to make AVRev founder Jerry Del Colliano roll his eyes and probably groan out loud. Despite his self-proclaimed… OK, deserved, reputation for great taste in music, even the most expert of us have mysterious holes in our perceptions. Steely Dan never did anything for me, and I’m still trying to figure out the fuss over Conor Oberst (good, but no Next Dylan). Jerry can’t stand Bob Dylan. He’ll hate this review. The world has Bob worshippers and Bob haters and those who, if truthful, would admit they couldn’t care less. The latter is probably the majority, for whom music is likely a minor part of their lives or they pay only surface attention to it. But with each release of the last 11 years (17 of them), Dylan’s making it harder and harder to justify being ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.8
 
Friday, 12 September 2008 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
Little Feat - Join the Band Little Feat has been one of the most important musical entities in my life (so far). They’ve provided me with a vantage point into a mix of music as down home as my grandmother’s fried chicken and as left field as Carl Yastrzemski at Fenway. I was but a wee lad when I heard Zappa’s “Willie the Pimp” followed up by the Feats “Sailin’ Shoes” and you just know that event had to change me forever. I still have Rhythmia Featlemania. There is no cure. Join the Band, the Feat’s latest on 429 Records, makes me happy on many, many levels. It’s them reinventing classic songs, giving us a few new gems, and working to expose their music to a whole new audience by bringing in big stars.  By making good song choices, inviting the right artists and ensuring the recordings ...
Editor's rating: 
 5.0
 
Thursday, 04 September 2008 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
Peter Gabriel (et al.) - Big Blue Ball Big Blue Ball is Peter Gabriel’s hug for us all. A hug recorded in marathon sessions and 18 years in the making. And I think it’s the perfect time for it. The Big Blue Ball of the title refers to our little third stone from the sun, and Gabriel and Karl Wallinger (of World Party fame), who brought together many of the planet’s most creative and successful artists for “recording weeks” in the mid ‘90s, were hoping to make that ball seem much smaller by allowing these fabulous musicians to cook their various talents into an international jambalaya of sound. The resulting recordings are as beautiful as they are tasty. And they’ve proven how easy it is to wrap your arms around the universal language. I really can’t explain how much I love this music. It’s as comforting as an old couch, ...
Editor's rating: 
 5.0
 
Wednesday, 16 July 2008 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
John Mellencamp - Life, Death, Love and Freedom John Mellencamp’s Life, Death, Love and Freedom is a mature, melancholy and mesmerizing work about all of the aforementioned, especially death.  With emotionally appropriate production from T Bone Burnett LDL&F isn’t exactly “whistling past the graveyard” but it’s about as close as you’ll ever get. After one listen I have resolved never to listen to it: by myself; in the dark; after a really bad day. That it was in a Super HD stereo format that is as pristine and as close to source as you’ll get outside of the studio helped jack up the spooky factor about a gazillion percent. And the Death in the title isn’t merely our returning to dust. While it seems that Mellencamp is looking in a mirror and singing to himself, as on “Longest Days” when he accepts that “sometimes you get sick, and you don’t ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.5
 
Tuesday, 01 July 2008 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
Dame Shirley Bassey - Get the Party Started The Dame attached to the front of her name doesn’t really have much to do with the Queen of England poinking her on the head and declaring her to be a lady, ‘cause lady’s got nothin’ to do with it. Shirley Bassey is a dame in the Sinatra sense. You know, a sweater who knows when to cool her heels and doesn’t mind kisses laced with cigarettes and scotch. A she-panther who lets you think you’re in charge even though all your friends know better. The hot dish who leaps up in front of everyone at a cocktail party and belts out a coupla numbers that have the women sucking ice and the men mouth breathing. A sweet broad who knows how to Get the Party Started. Rampant ‘50s sexism aside, someone’s gonna have to explain to me how these Welsh ...
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