An impressive 5 CD box set featuring one of the most complete anthologies on English folk and folk-rock around. The first two CDs mostly cover solo artists with a praiseworthy attention to the 80s and 90s, while the last three are dedicated to the most important bands of the Seventies.
Pauline Collins repeats her stage success as the character Shirley Valentine, a married woman who decides in her middle years that she wants more out of life. Leaving her spouse behind, she heads to Greece, where she grows close to a low-key local bloke (Tom Conti). Collins and director Lewis Gilbert (Educating Rita) choose to let the character, as she did in the play, speak directly to the audience at times and the gamble works in terms of creating a gentle, intimate atmosphere. Conti is a bonus, a warm presence and funny to boot. –Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
I am not sure what happended to this cd as far as marketing goes. It is very hard to find and most people have never heard of it. But don't let it fool you, this guy has talent and he is backed by the David & The Giants band. It is similar in sound to Giant, Richard Marx, Stan Bush Toto, Survivor, etc. If you like any of these bands you will love this.
Ten of Collins' soft-rock hits (including "In the Air Tonight," "One More Night," and the cover of "Groovy Kind of Love") are given a smooth, friendly easy-listening treatment on this disc; the only drawback are the oppressive synthesized drums, which give the entire recording a mechanical feel.
The Iceman is in remarkable form on this 1992 live date, offering proof positive that his smoldering Texas-style electric blues is ageless. With a set list that spans from his early hit "Frosty" to tracks from his 1991 release, ICEMAN, Albert Collins's stinging technique makes his Telecaster sing out over his no-holds-barred full electric band. A deeply satisfying blues excursion, LIVE AT MONTREAUX was recorded merely a year before Collins's death from cancer, making it a fitting tribute as well as a fine concert recording.