It’s incredible how many new ways there are to bring the Beatles into the next generation. The only thing is, this latest way may certainly introduce the greatest band ever to a younger crowd, however, this one’s for us…those who remember them the way they originally came. These amazing American albums were how the nostalgic people had those big vinyl discs in their hands and on the turntables. Records such as the rudimentary “Meet the Beatle’s”, “Revolver”, and especially “Rubber Soul”, often referred to as the Beatle’s mystical album for various reasons are some of the one’s you’d notice a difference with. It’s true that it had been a sort of pivot point for the boys, wavering slightly from the straightforward typical love songs to a more focused concentration of ideas. Nonetheless one of their masterpieces. The soundtracks to their movies are always a thrill, as are their movies. The fun involved in making them are as apparent on record as they were on film. A true dossier of the historic Beatles…the way we remember them. The box set commemorates fifty years of the Beatle reign on the music world. This is a great way to get the albums on CD in their original state. The British versions were vastly different and took a while to get used to. We all knew “Nowhere Man” was from “The Yellow Submarine” and not mysteriously landing on “Rubber Soul”. This way we get our CD’s and listen to them too.
When treading upon the giants of classical music, one must have the discipline, technique, and vigilance to encompass the delicate art of the genre. Daria Rabotkina has surpassed her excellence within the confines of this world and has managed to reach out beyond the typical mode of the classical cosmos. Her tempestuous and dramatic flair covers the keyboard unrelentingly and simply will not release it until mastery has made itself known.
The thirty-three Beethoven variations have resurged into a metamorphic triumph in a beautiful expression in such a way that even the great Beethoven would have smiled.
The Shubert Moments Musicaux never betray the heartfelt methodology in which they were written or intended. In fact, Daria’s renditions place her in a category all her own. Her studious investigation of the piece can only bring about one result…success.
The recording is quite sharp and the chosen music is enthralling. A true venture of the classical realm. Brava!
Never has there been an all out collection of guitars in one place at the same time. An avalanche of fast and well placed finger motion donned the Garden in New York City on this momentous event. Eric Clapton and his everlasting crusade to help musicianship come back from the brink of dependency has created not only a musical lolapalooza of incredible musicians, but an honorable means of reintroduction back to where the talent can be focused upon and not displaced. These giants of the six stringed motivator have most definitely filled the evening with everything they had pent-up inside into a whirlwind performance. Some of the greats include, Robert Cray, Booker T., Jimmy Vaughan, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers, and the incredulous Jeff Beck. And every one of them (and more) have unleashed their potential on this night. These fast and frittered fingers unlock the meaning of guitar solos to those who play and those who are entertained by their playing. Perhaps they have found themselves at a crossroads…but it certainly appears they’ve taken the right way.
Other than the very first “Yes” album and “Time and a Word”, the identifiable Yes torrents of instrumental passages of time and angelic vocals have remained strong if not prominent. The first two were still at a loss for identity. Still good efforts, but somewhere I believe in search mode for where they wanted to land musically. Covers of Beatles and CSNY weren’t outside of their realm at the time. And yet upon discovering their niche they took off like a retro rocket in the outer regions of the empires of eternal void.
The classic “Yes Album”, “Fragile”, and “Close to the Edge” are forever embedded in the sedimentary rock in which they were fashioned. “Tales from Topographic Oceans” may have been a turning point in Yesdom but the but the massive overtones still rang clearly and Anderson’s vocals remained as delicate as ever, still ravaged by Roger Dean’s mountainous aviations.
“Relayer” has always been one of my favorites with the endearing “Gates of Delirium”. Some personnel changes brought the band close to the edge a few times but always managed to stand upright in the music world.
Some wonderful extras as far as songs are added to enhance the albums in this delightfully adorned box set with the prevalent artwork flaunted about the perimeter.
“Going for the One” has some great outtakes or rehearsal material and the difference in instrumental breaks are evident and satisfying, especially Steve Howe’s masterful guitar work gliding in every direction.
When “The Buggles” Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes entered the Yes domain, many listeners were concerned over losing their signature vocal sound, but I must say, Trevor Horn’s vocalization comes right up to the mount and stands tall, not to mention Geoff Downes keyboard wizardry prevailing as well, making the “Drama” album one of their most interesting.
The “Relayer” album featured Patrick Moraz on keyboards who splendidly filled the Yes sound having originally played with ”Refugee” and his brief stint with the Moody Blues.
An amazing package for Yes lovers who not only want all of their classic material but that dainty little box as well. Don’t live on the edge…just close to it.
What you get is what you hear and this album not only rocks, but it delivers an overwhelming warning to the world at large of the oncoming and ever pending loss of true existence without God at the helm of ones life.
Having a complete band on the CD gives a different feel, like a band type session would (although live and minimal was just as powerful). Listen to the words as they pour out of experience in finding the Savior and being on the right track instead of alone. This is no typical Christian collection. It moves you musically as well as lyrically. The packaging is unique as well. These guys are most serious about leaving the uncharted map of life behind as they profess the position the world is in today and the soul cages that keep us locked away from a real life.
Give a listen and learn. You’ll see that where money fails, Jesus doesn’t.
The classical realm has always held a quite different meaning within the arena of music. It is enthralling, enthusiastic, and beautiful. It overflows with magnificence while enveloping oneself so far beyond the idea that there are limitations to music. This genre certainly does not harbor that jurisdiction. The sheer mastery of the pieces themselves echo the wonderous and rapturous genius unleashed. It bursts forth with an uncontainable force that lingers even within the afterglow of a performance.
This is the experience of having seen Teresa Walters ignite the keyboard before the audience at the Gracie Theater. The birth of each composition had been relived onstage as she featured selections ranging from the romantic to the vivacious and to those of utter boldness. Her dramatic finger dancing unlocked the door she enhances with the piano as merrily as the obvious heartfelt emotion which permeated the atmosphere with music. Her storytelling interludes between the choices were most endearing as the historical anecdotes pertaining to the music aided in appreciating the artists joy and pain involved with the piece. Having had numerous performances where Teresa has been invited as well as hailed for her talent, she certainly entangles you deeply and profoundly as her relationship to the piano extends itself to us as well. A most dramatic and rich performance.
The original “Unplugged” album was a terrific piece of work. I remember them playing it ceaselessly on MTV when it was actually a music station rather than the silly self apocalyptic nothing pit it has morphed into.
This side of Clapton was and is a treat for us slowhanders who have more than become accustomed to the sidewinding riffs of old that have carved the guitarist’s talents and abilities since the days of “Cream”, “Blind Faith”, “Derek and the Dominoes”, and the like. The acoustic renditions of “Layla” and “Before You Accuse Me” are delightfully managed and revamped into a more temperate climate if you will. Then again there’s the massive world of the blues in which the selected cuts seem to cover any and all aspects of life itself.
The second disc features outtakes and alternate points of the musical session. His ditty instrumentals set the pace for the show and his hand-picked acoustic notes permeate the atmosphere, hence creating an unplugged arena.
The DVD releases the enjoyment of the first disc filled with all of the visuals needed to thoroughly delve into a Claptonesque concert. Electric or acoustic, the man can play and puts his heart into all he does.