proper-records-93,Flashback (Blackheart Records Group), From Battersea to Broadway, Acid Country [Digipak] *, Somethin' Else [Miles Davis/Cannonball Adderley] [CD] [1 disc], Africa for Africa
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Entertainment Weekly (12/3/93, p.76) - "...Joan Jett isn't the queen of rock and roll, she's the queen mother. Beloved and benign, she shows up with a proper uniform, three ritual chords, and a genial wave to the kingdom's subjects...she's finally ready to fast-forward...." - Rating: B10.33412

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Mojo (Publisher) (5/02, p.116) - "...Essential...Following Shearing's early journey from a late '30s Earl Hines and Teddy Wilson soundalike through his bop conversion in the mid-'40s to the formation of his famous quintet, a classy cocktail formula that serves and pays him well to this day..."8.678396

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s always the pop hooks disguise his pin-sharp character assassination, delivered with a comedian's sense of timing..."Uncut (magazine) (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Even A Palm Tree' recalls the feisty arguments of The Beautiful South's pithy duets..."6.977538

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Q (8/99, p.122) - 4 stars (out of 5) - " of jazz's 'perfect' albums..."Q (8/99, p.122) - 4 stars (out of 5) - " of jazz's 'perfect' albums..."Musician (12/92, p.99) - "...A champ quintet with proper balance of space and power. Blissful cool bop grooves....Among the candidates for `greatest Miles Davis record'....Separation and presence on this remastered disc are nothing short of extraordinary.."Musician (12/92, p.99) - "...A champ quintet with proper balance of space and power. Blissful cool bop grooves....Among the candidates for 'greatest Miles Davis record'..."Stereophile (2/93, p.119) - "...Universally praised since its first release in 1958....To even hint at criticism of the playing would be childish....An album I'll never tire of hearing..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.100) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "The affable altoist and Florida-born former music teacher had cut a one-off album with Miles sitting in as a sideman in 1958 called SOMETHIN' ELSE."3.100481

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Rolling Stone (p.77) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Addressing Nigeria's history and militarism, Seun's proper coming-out closes with some positive thoughts....Fela lives, indeed."Down Beat (p.69) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Femi establishes a sound that updates that of his patriarch on his impressive, raw-molded AFRICA FOR AFRICA."Mojo (Publisher) (p.105) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a stone polyrhythmic funk classic, taken at breakneck speed."Uncut (magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The result is to capture the energy of his live performances in a way he's seldom achieved in the studio before."1.0979

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Rolling Stone (3/7/70, p.48) - "...If you're eager for a first taste of Beefheart or interested in the new approaches to instrumental style and improvisational technique being developed these days, this is as good a place to start as any..."Entertainment Weekly (12/17/93, p.36) - "...This album, Zappa's first without the Mothers, is his attempt to make jazz appealing to non-fans....lush instrumentals still sound up-to-the-minute. RATS also includes Captain Beefheart singing the epic 'Willie The Pimp.'..."Q (8/95, pp.150-151) - 3 Stars - Good - "Secure and melodious, this captures Zappa's art as it lost the febrile nature of the early Mothers and ossified....into easy-listening jazz-rock. Nice tunes, though."Option - Highly RecommendedMojo (Publisher) (p.139) - "[A] cogent exercise in jazz-rock fusion with the added attraction of FZ's serrated edge."Record Collector (magazine) (p.105) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "HOT RATS saw Zappa, in his first proper album without the Mothers, perfectly melding jazz and rock....Full of power, this down-and-dirty album delicately fuses both genres successfully."Uncut (magazine) (p.68) - "[T]his rocking, brilliantly ambitious follow-up to an album of 1950s doo-wop pastiches was Zappa's biggest UK hit..."1.041286

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