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Graham Nash – ‘Songs for Survivors’  A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Graham Nash – ‘Songs for Survivors’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Who could doubt Graham Nash’s popular music pedigree; as member of the Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, his singer/song writing talents are amongst the most recognised of all male vocalists.

For ‘Songs for Survivors’ his fifth solo project and his first since 1986, Nash moves back towards his English musical roots, although the album’s strongest influences are undoubtedly country and rock. read more…

Various Artists – ‘Sonic Boom’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

On September 24th, Denon Classics will release their first three DVD-Audio discs; one of which is a collection of classical music excerpts, jazz tracks and set-up material entitled ‘Sonic Boom’. read more…

Dishwalla – ‘Opaline’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

5.1 Entertainment’s April 23rd launch of ‘Opaline’ was a landmark DVD-Audio event – the first American day/date release of an original album on both Compact Disc and DVD-Audio formats.

For such an important disc, 5.1 subsidiary label immergent chose Dishwalla’s third album, a much-anticipated production from a band that have enjoyed great success since the debut of their first disc, ‘Pet Your Friends’ which in turn spawned the hit single and 1996 Billboard Rock Song of the Year ‘Counting Blue Cars’. read more…

Celine Dion – ‘All the Way… A Decade of Song’  An SACD review by Sanjay Durani

Celine Dion – ‘All the Way… A Decade of Song’ An SACD review by Sanjay Durani

Greatest hits albums are just the greatest thing! I mean, you hear an artist’s hit records on the radio and see their music videos on TV, but despite more than just a passing interest, stop short of buying their albums because – let’s face it – who wants to pay for ten tracks of padding in order to get a couple of hit songs. The same thing happens with their next album, and the one after that; tempting, but not quite worth it. Then, a few years later, your lack of support is actually rewarded when along comes a compilation of all those songs you liked and even one or two exclusive new ones (much to the annoyance of those who bought all the albums). Such was the case with Celine Dion’s ‘All the Way… A Decade of Song’. read more…

Rambient – ‘So Many Worlds’  A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Rambient – ‘So Many Worlds’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Rambient is the result of the combination of two very different musical worlds; on the one hand we have Peter DiStefano of Porno for Pyros and Jane’s Addiction fame, a widely-recognised alternative rock guitarist, while on the other, classically trained film composer Harry Gregson-Williams, who has penned well over thirty theatrical scores, for movies such as ‘The Rock’, ‘Antz’, ‘Armageddon’, ‘Chicken Run’ and ‘Shrek’. read more…

Toto – ‘IV [Multichannel]’ An SACD review by Stuart M. Robinson

Only a short period has passed since I reviewed the first SACD of Toto’s ‘IV’, but because the title has just been re-released by Columbia and now boasts a multi-channel mix created by Elliot Scheiner, it is once again time to revisit the album and the big hair, tight jeans and stadium rock of the early 1980s. read more…

Ziroq – ‘Ziroq’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

The DVD-Audio releases from Silverline continue apace, the latest being the self-titled debut album from Ziroq, available from July 2nd 2002 onwards.

Named after the North African sirocco winds, Ziroq was founded by guitarist and lead vocalist Marcus Nand and bassist Carmine Rojas. read more…

Billy Cobham – ‘Spectrum’ A DVD-Audio review by Buzz Goddard

Jazz-Rock fusion fans know Billy Cobham from his solo albums as well as his work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Miles Davis. With his explosive style and enormous drum kits, Cobham was more than able to hold his own while everyone around him was spewing out riffs as if they were paid by the note. read more…

Eleanor McEvoy – ‘Did I Hurt You?’ An SACD review by Stuart M. Robinson

On the 17th June, we published news of the world’s first SACD single, a double-A side release from Eleanor McEvoy. It’s therefore only appropriate that we also bring you the first SACD single review…

Did I Hurt You? read more…

Various Artists – ‘Awaken’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Electromatrix continue to push the DVD-Audio format towards new musical genres with the release of ‘Awaken’, a collection of original works by some of America’s leading and most promising drum and bass, jazz and bass, layered loop and hip-hop artists. read more…

Various Artists – ‘The Best of Warner Bros. Sound FX: Crash! Bang! Boom!’ A DVD-Audio review by Brett Rudolph

Do you remember being a little kid and watching cartoons on television? Do you remember your kids perhaps watching them as well? Now Warner Brothers, the people who brought you all your childhood and perhaps even your children’s childhoods’ favorite characters, have, in cooperation with Rhino Records, released a DVD-Audio disc that is just as much fun as watching those same characters dance, parade, walk, run and sometimes even blow each other up on the television. read more…

Olivia Newton-John – ‘One Woman’s Live Journey’ A DVD-Audio review by Brett Rudolph

Oliva Newton-John brings back memories of my childhood; not only was she one of the first female vocalists that I can honestly say touched my heart, but she also helped draw my attention to members of the opposite sex. read more…

Guano Apes – ‘Don’t Give Me Names’ An SACD review by Stuart M. Robinson

Formed in 1994, the Guano Apes are Sandra Nasic (vocals), Stefan Ude (bass), Dennis Poschwatta (drums) and Henning Rьmenapp (guitar), a German rock band with a huge following in Europe, thanks largely to their breakthrough first single, ‘Open Your Eyes’. read more…

Eric Johnson – ‘Ah Via Musicom’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

This, the latest addition to HFR, should be sub-titled ‘The Review that Never Was’. Here’s why…

Thumbing through a list of recent DVD-Audio releases, one title caught my attention, ‘Ah Via Musicom’, Eric Johnson’s acclaimed 1989 album was being reissued as a DVD-Audio disc by Capitol Records. read more…

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