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Mystics
Mystics
Price: 13.67

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buried Treasure, 20 Jan 2012
This review is from: Mystics (Audio CD)
Ah, the Mystics, they weren't around very long and they were messed around by a major label who seemed to have no idea how to market them, they released a string of great twisted pop songs as singles (See You, Who's That Girl, Lucy's Factory) before being dropped by said label, thankfully Oxford Independent label Rotator picked up the album and finally released it in 1997, it shouldve sold thousands, the Mystics were 4 individuals (Sam Williams, Mark Wood, Matthew Steer and the late Kate Garrett) all incredibly talented and at times all pulling in different musical directions which just added to the musical fun, they were incredible live and this album has lost none of it's spark 15 years on, in addition to those 3 cracking singles other highlights included Happy, Star and my personal favourite "Dead". You can pick this up online for next to nothing, it's well worth getting.


Anyone Can Play Guitar
Anyone Can Play Guitar
Dvd ~ Radiohead

5.0 out of 5 stars A great purchase for any music fan, 18 Jan 2012
This review is from: Anyone Can Play Guitar (DVD)
Oxford isn't that big a place and yet over the past 20 or so years it's produced a wealth of musical talent, the likes of Ride, Radiohead, Supergrass and more recently Foals have all scaled the charts and the national press but that's only part of the story, there's many more Oxford and Oxford based acts who've more than delivered the musical goods over the years, this film tells the story.

I've spent most of the past 20 years living in Oxford and am familiar with all the bands and the personalities involved, however even if you don't have that close an affinity to Oxford this film will still more than deliver. The guy behind this (Jon Spira) worked tirelessly for a number of years putting the story together to produce a completely independently funded film, the end result is a well produced, well informed and thoroughly enjoyable documentary about the Oxford Music Scene, the stars of this film for me are The Candyskins, Oxford's best kept secret, the band who really should have gone places, I hope the exposure they have got through ACPG will lead people to seek out their 4 fine studio albums, I also hope ACPG will encourage people to seek out the likes of ATL, Swervedriver, Dustball/Dive Dive and The Daisies and seek out the new acts coming through the scene now.

Buy this film, you really won't be disappointed, I've seen it several times already. Good work Mr Spira and fair play the Oxford Music Scene.


Fireproof
Fireproof
Offered by HANG LOOSE Records
Price: 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Petrol's finest hour, 13 Jan 2012
This review is from: Fireproof (Audio CD)
One of the most consistent bands of the mid 80's-mid 90's quite how That Petrol Emotion managed to not sell millions is one of life's mysteries, they had the songs, the musical talent, the energy (they were a fantastic live band) the lot, I still listen regularly to all of their albums of which their 5th and final album "Fireproof" remains their best.

"Heartbeat Mosaic" "Last Of The True Believers" "Shangri La" "Detonate My Dreams" "Catch A Fire", the songs on here are so consistent it pretty much plays like a greatest hits album.

This is a real buried treasure of an album and well worth getting, it stands up well, the sounds sound as fresh now as they did then.


Mayflower
Mayflower
Price: 53.36

4.0 out of 5 stars A lost classic, 13 Jan 2012
This review is from: Mayflower (Audio CD)
Pete Astor deserved to have been a star back in the late 1980's, his first band the Loft released two classic singles before breaking up onstage during a high profile gig in London in 1985, he soon bounced back and along with the Loft's drummer Dave Morgan formed The Weather Prophets not long afterwards, "Mayflower" was the band's first studio album released through the WEA backed Elevation Records in 1987 and whilst the 80's production dates it slightly the songwriting is excellent throughout, re-recordings of both their first single "Almost Prayed" but also the Loft's "Why Does The Rain" alongside the likes of "Sleep" "Head Over Hells" the near hit "She Comes From The Rain" and "Faithful" are highlights for me.

The album sold fairly well but not in the eyes of their then (major) label who dropped them soon afterwards, there was a further (also very good) album the following year (Judges, Juries and Horsemen) before the band folded.

If you like jangly late 80's Indie with more than a nod to the Velvet Underground you'd almost certainly like the Weather Prophets.

Rather annoyingly "Mayflower" was never been reissued on CD in the UK, infact it's only available on CD through WEA Japan and copies are hard to find and extortionate (I was lucky I found an Amazon.com seller in the states who sold me his copy at a very fair price) hopefully one day Cherry Red (who seem to own the rights to the rest of their material) will be in a position to make this fine album available again.


Blue Skies & Free Rides - The Best Of 1986-1989
Blue Skies & Free Rides - The Best Of 1986-1989
Price: 10.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy, 23 Dec 2011
First things first, Pete Astor is a brilliant songwriter, The Weather Prophets were a brilliant band and Cherry Red are an excellent label when it comes to reissues, however if you are looking for a comprehensive overview of the Weather Prophets, this isn't the purchase for you. It has some cracking tunes on here (Worm In My Brain, the original Creation Records single version of "Almost Prayed", later classics such as "Chinese Cadillac" "Hollow Heart" and "Joe Schmo and the Eskimo").

However (and I suspect this was a result of licensing issues) there is nothing from the band's best studio album "Mayflower" other than radio session versions and very rough demo's of some of it's tracks which results in a very inconsistent album.

Hopefully the band and Cherry Red will get around to giving "Mayflower" a proper reissue at some point as presently it's only available on CD in Japan which generally means paying upwards of 40 a copy.

This album is a bit of a wasted opportunity really.


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