What does it sound like?:
As most readers will be aware by now, this box set comprises 4 cds and 3 dvds plus a lengthy book. Unfortunately the dvds and book weren’t available for review, so this article relates just to the cds.
The first two cds are a reissue of the original ‘The River’ double album from way back in 1980, always something of a mixed bag but presumably anyone interested has heard it long before now. For me the most interesting pieces were always the more introspective ones, Point Blank being a personal favourite, but it’s an album with something for everyone really – ballads and out and out rockers abound….take your pick!
The more interesting parts of this set come on cds 3 and 4. The first of these is the album usually referred to as ‘The Ties That Bind’ that was the original proposed follow up to ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ in 1979. Of the ten songs on this single album, seven finally made it onto the eventual release of ‘The River’, although some appeared in slightly altered form, with different arrangements, extra verses etc. The album would still have been a » Continue Reading.