Microgroove - The Human Groove as reviewed by sneeuwitje

April 5, 2010
edited over 9 years ago
This is absolutely a very likeable recording; probably the best an English band will ever do to approach funk as it can be hip.

With this group only releasing one album, and the odd instrumentation --no Bass (!!!), but Tuba (sometimes electrified), and very-very good vocals and some brilliant guitars, it renders a singular performance that will not probably meet an equal anywhere in the near future.

At the rates these albums are going now (£5 max...) get'm while you can and enjoy the silly grooviness of Ashley Slater and James Compton and all other members for that matter; great musicians!

Jimi Hendrix - Mr. Pitiful as reviewed by sneeuwitje

September 13, 2009
edited over 9 years ago
A curiosity indeed ... Playing this LP might make you wonder if your needle suddenly went bad ... well it didn't ... it's just that bad a recording; probably one of the worst ever to reach vinyl. Besides the technical poverty of this release, it's not a high-flyer artistically as well. It's nice to hear -someone who sounds like- Jimi do some blues and soul classics, but the sole purpose of this release can only have been growth of Astan's bank account.

The only exception to the above lament is "I Should've Quit You" which features some frivolous guitar work in which I actually recognize something of the Jimi Hendrix I like.

Gruppo Sportivo - Hey Girl as reviewed by sneeuwitje

February 14, 2008
edited over 9 years ago
"Hey Girl" was one of Gruppo Sportivo's highest-ever hitting singles taken from the album Gruppo Sportivo - Back To 78. Although the album contains many songs artistically superior, "Hey Girl" had hit-potential; probably mainly due to the lyrics relating so well to male AND female adolescent concern in a funny, introspective manner:

`She said: "Sorry, but its over"... You can't stay with me no more.`

`You gotta give me one more chance... I've got a rocket in my pants... I want... someone like you.`

Despite the fact that Hans Vandenburg has composed far more interesting material —shallow as it is— this song is quite intelligently written, both musically and lyrically; generating an energy that easily survived 30 years and probably will for ever... providing Rock & Roll & Ska are the roots of popular music and people appreciate silly word-benders like:

`She said: "Your nose is running honey". I said: "Sorry, but it's not."`

Hey-ho Silver!

Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Penguin Cafe Orchestra as reviewed by sneeuwitje

April 4, 2007
edited over 12 years ago
A substantial amount of the tracks on this album was used in the soundtrack of the Australian movie 'Malcolm' [Nadia Tass, 1986].
The almost naively exploring character of the compositions highly sustain the atmosphere of the movie; one of the best movie-soundtracks I know. If you don't like the music -which is unheard of- at least see the movie...

AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie as reviewed by sneeuwitje

January 5, 2007
edited over 12 years ago
Although technically not very spectacular, and hardly perfect, "Whole Lotta Rosie" by "AC/DC" is probably the most utterly Hard Rock song ever performed.
Of course for the guitar-riff in the first 4 bars that everyone immediately recognizes, but especially for the lead guitar starting a discussion with the rest of the band at 2'50", lasting until the very the last second (half the song that is) and the lead guitar has the last word ...of course.