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  • Listen To Older Voices: Bob Bright - Part 4

    Listen To Older Voices: Bob Bright - Part 4

    Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced Rob Greaves for Wesley Mission Victoria and podcast through the Toorak Times.

    Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principal of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.



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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 200 - Australian Compilation: The Complete Havoc Singles (1971 - 1973]

    "A really stunning & great looking digi-pack from Aztec Records, compiling all the singles from the Australian Havoc Records label in the 70's." (Record Heaven)
    "
    An excellent collection of early 70's Australian Rock / Pop/."
    (Rock On Vinyl)
    "
    Aztec Music prides itself on preserving Australia's rich music history and with this release, they do it with class and style."
    (This review)




    This is album review number Two Hundred in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 199 - Lightning Hopkins: The Gold Star Series Vol 1

    Cream of The Crate: Album # 199 - Lightning Hopkins: The Gold Star Series Vol 1

    "The blues is born with you. When you born in this world, you were born with the blues. (Lightnin’ Hopkins, 1967)
    "
    Sam (Lightnin') Hopkins, one of the great country blues singers and perhaps the greatest single influence on rock guitar players." (New York Times Obituary, Feb 1, 1982 )
    "These are not necessarily the best known Lightnin' Hopkins tracks, but in many ways that makes this CD even more valuable."
    (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Ninety Nine in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 198 - John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band

    Cream of The Crate: Album # 198 - John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band

    "The reality of Plastic Ono Band is that it contains eleven of Lennon’s most accessible and gorgeous melodies and riffs." (Gerry Mullholand - BBC review 2010)
    "An album that will be as much analysed as Sgt. Pepper over the years." (Billboard - 1971)
    "
    It remains one of the most audacious, iconoclastic albums in all of rock and roll." (Guitar World 2016)
    "
    The album certainly shows that he had yet to work through many unresolved matters, and that he still had much anger in him. However he was a brilliant man and knew how to channel these elements in such a way to create some brilliant, memorable and haunting tracks." (This review)


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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 197 - Sam and Dave: The Best Of

    Cream of The Crate: Album # 197 - Sam and Dave: The Best Of

    "Sam Moore and Dave Prater's string of soul and pop hits made them the '60s' most successful black vocal duo." (The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001)
    "Sam & Dave created some of their century's most enduring music in the pop form." (Stylus Magazine January 2007)
    "
    There can be no argument that as a duo, Sam and Dave introduced the previously successful sound of the black church music, so successfully to pop music." (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Ninety Seven in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 196 - Ma Rainey: Ma Rainey

    Cream of The Crate: Album # 196 - Ma Rainey: Ma Rainey

    "Her deep, almost-vibratoless contralto sounded rough and unsophisticated compared to other commercial blueswomen but she projected a great depth of feeling and was adored by audiences." (US Library of Congress
    "Ma Rainey was one of the first singers to popularize the style (the blues)." (Joe McGasko - Bio May 2015)
    "
    When we listen to Ma Rainey, the recordings are very crude, but even so the power and mesmerism of her voice shows that pure talent and commitment to an audience makes Ma Rainey stand out even more today.
    " (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Ninety Six in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 195 - Rob E. G. : All His Hits [The Festival File Volume 3]

    "Robbie played lap steel guitar, an axe with a real twangy sound." (Colin Talbot - 100 Greatest Australian Singles Of The Sixties)
    "Rob E. G. was, by any criterion, a curious sensation."
    (Glenn A. Baker - album liner notes)
    "Rob E. G.'s flame may have only burnt brightly for a relatively short time, but when it really burned it was scorching, and, it has never actually gone out!"
    (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Ninety Five in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 194 - Sleepy John Estes: Jailhouse Blues

    Cream of The Crate: Album # 194 - Sleepy John Estes: Jailhouse Blues

    "Pure gold is twenty-four karat, a pure alcoholic drink is 200-proof, and pure blues is that of John Adam “Sleepy John” Estes." (Blues Blast Magazine - August 2014)
    "His high-pitched inflections and relaxed phrasing is irresistible."
    (All About Jazz - October 2008)
    "
    Blues by nature is the story of pain,suffering, and occasionally a triumph, so is therefore by nature, emotional. John Estes took it too another level in regard to that emotion."
    (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Ninety Four in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 193 - The Beatles: Rubber Soul [50th Anniversary Year]

    "Rubber Soul was an indication of the ways things were going to go - it's one of my favourite albums. I think it's a great album." (George Martin)
    "Our whole attitude was changing - we'd grown up a little. I think grass was really influential in a lot of our changes, especially with the writers." (Ringo)
    "Was it their best? maybe, maybe not - but I think it was the most critical album in their development!". (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Ninety Three in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 192 - Dion and the Belmonts: Everything You Always Wanted To Hear

    "Dion was the original punk." (RollingStone - March 1973)
    "Dion and the Belmonts were perhaps the suavest of New York Cities late-fifties white teen idols." (The History of Rock and Roll)
    "Dion DiMucci for a relatively short period of time was at the top of what he did, his "white style" of Doo Wop."
    (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Ninety Two in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
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  • Listen To Older Voices: Bob Bright - Part 4
    by Rob Greaves
    Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced Rob Greaves for Wesley Mission Victoria and podcast through the Toorak Times.

    Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principal of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.



    ...
    11 September 2016, 08:48 AM
  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 200 - Australian Compilation: The Complete Havoc Singles (1971 - 1973]
    by Rob Greaves
    "A really stunning & great looking digi-pack from Aztec Records, compiling all the singles from the Australian Havoc Records label in the 70's." (Record Heaven)
    "
    An excellent collection of early 70's Australian Rock / Pop/."
    (Rock On Vinyl)
    "
    Aztec Music prides itself on preserving Australia's rich music history and with this release, they do it with class and style."
    (This review)




    This is album review number Two Hundred in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
    ...
    26 August 2016, 10:32 AM
  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 199 - Lightning Hopkins: The Gold Star Series Vol 1
    by Rob Greaves
    "The blues is born with you. When you born in this world, you were born with the blues. (Lightnin’ Hopkins, 1967)
    "
    Sam (Lightnin') Hopkins, one of the great country blues singers and perhaps the greatest single influence on rock guitar players." (New York Times Obituary, Feb 1, 1982 )
    "These are not necessarily the best known Lightnin' Hopkins tracks, but in many ways that makes this CD even more valuable."
    (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Ninety Nine in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
    ...
    19 August 2016, 10:24 AM
  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 198 - John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band
    by Rob Greaves
    "The reality of Plastic Ono Band is that it contains eleven of Lennon’s most accessible and gorgeous melodies and riffs." (Gerry Mullholand - BBC review 2010)
    "An album that will be as much analysed as Sgt. Pepper over the years." (Billboard - 1971)
    "
    It remains one of the most audacious, iconoclastic albums in all of rock and roll." (Guitar World 2016)
    "
    The album certainly shows that he had yet to work through many unresolved matters, and that he still had much anger in him. However he was a brilliant man and knew how to channel these elements in such a way to create some brilliant, memorable and haunting tracks." (This review)


    ...
    11 August 2016, 12:14 PM
  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 197 - Sam and Dave: The Best Of
    by Rob Greaves
    "Sam Moore and Dave Prater's string of soul and pop hits made them the '60s' most successful black vocal duo." (The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001)
    "Sam & Dave created some of their century's most enduring music in the pop form." (Stylus Magazine January 2007)
    "
    There can be no argument that as a duo, Sam and Dave introduced the previously successful sound of the black church music, so successfully to pop music." (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Ninety Seven in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
    ...
    5 August 2016, 08:52 AM
  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 196 - Ma Rainey: Ma Rainey
    by Rob Greaves
    "Her deep, almost-vibratoless contralto sounded rough and unsophisticated compared to other commercial blueswomen but she projected a great depth of feeling and was adored by audiences." (US Library of Congress
    "Ma Rainey was one of the first singers to popularize the style (the blues)." (Joe McGasko - Bio May 2015)
    "
    When we listen to Ma Rainey, the recordings are very crude, but even so the power and mesmerism of her voice shows that pure talent and commitment to an audience makes Ma Rainey stand out even more today.
    " (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Ninety Six in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and CD albums from my collection.
    ...
    29 July 2016, 10:18 AM
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