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Lonely Planet Austria (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Austria (Travel Guide)
by Mark Honan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Hard core but informative, 7 Jan 2013
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This book is quite hard core and I was disappointed at first. However, when you begin to delve, it is a wealth of information and stories and history. Very well researched. A great companion to the DK guide to Austria which is more pictures.

Let's Go Out Tonight
Let's Go Out Tonight
Price: £13.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mature sound from an artist at the height of his powers, 2 April 2012
This review is from: Let's Go Out Tonight (Audio CD)
Curtis Stiger's new album is an album that takes time to appreciate. His previous outings have been as accessible as a Buble album but the most recent album has a very different sound. As with all Stiger albums the choice of material is the key to its charm and there are some ecletic sources on this CD from country (Chances Are, Goodbye)folk (Richard Thompson's Waltzing for Dreamers)soul (Eddie Floyd's Oh How it Rained, Mavis Staples' You are Not Alone and Dinah Washington's This Bitter Earth) to rock/pop (Blue Nile's Let's Go Out Tonight, Crowded House's Into Temptation). There is the obligatory Dylan song with Things Have Changed and up and coming songwriter David Poe's Everyone Loves Lovers written specially for Stigers. The sound is sparse and intimate punctuated with John "Scrapper" Snider's muted trumpet. Stiger is currently promoting this album with a very jazzy lineup but the album is very different to the live sound and it feels much more like a somnabulent and introspective country album than his previous jazz forays. There is a lot of maturity here and one gets the feel of an artist at the height of his powers with enough confidence to plough new ground without the fear of alienating his existing fanbase. This is a very fine album beautifully crafted, expertly executed and an album that warrants repeated listening and which lingers in the mind like a haunting world cinema classic. Exceptional.

Electric Soul
Electric Soul
Offered by disks4u
Price: £2.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime soul album, 7 Jan 2011
This review is from: Electric Soul (Audio CD)
I have no idea who tipped me off on this album but it is a masterpiece. There is not a bad track on this album. Mixed by supremely talented Mancunian DJ's, The Unabombers, they have crafted a sublime mix of soul, funk, dance tracks. Highlights of the album are Peven Everett's "Testin' Me". This man has the voice of an angel. Also love the Jazzanova track "Soon". Buy it. You will not regret it.

Bare Bones
Bare Bones
Offered by Hot Cakes
Price: £6.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 23 Sep 2010
This review is from: Bare Bones (Audio CD)
Another superbly crafted album from Madeleine Peyroux. This shows an immense maturity and subtlety. Almost darker in tone but still with the achingly beautiful vocals that we have grown to love and admire. Billie Holiday reincarnate. A jazz classic.

Monsoon Wedding [DVD] [2002]
Monsoon Wedding [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Naseeruddin Shah
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £6.47

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic, 11 Oct 2005
This review is from: Monsoon Wedding [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Mira Nair has shown flair as a director ever since she shot into the public eye with her 2 classics Salaam Bombay and Mississippi Masala. Monsoon Wedding is her masterpiece though. Events appear to revolve around a couple of days leading up to the wedding of a wealthy Delhi couple. There are bursts of English but its mainly Indian dialogue with English sub-titles. The characters are accutely observed and there are a couple of sub-plots bobbing around the main plot to add poignancy to the overall picture and to boost the film's climactic wedding ceremony. There is social comment on arranged weddings and almost documentary footage of Delhi in the Monsoon season but this film is so full of joy, colour and life that you are still left with warm feeling at the end. I personally cannot get enough films and literature about India and this is a sheer visual feast for the eye. It will move and amuse you in equal proportions.

A Positive Sweat
A Positive Sweat
Offered by music_by_mail_uk
Price: £10.35

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the new Jazz?, 27 Sep 2000
This review is from: A Positive Sweat (Audio CD)
James Hardway whose real name is David Harrow, has been involved with some of the best names in the dance business including Dreadzone and The Orb. He is a DJ, producer, remixer, arranger, musician, vocalist and prolific recording artist. His early albums were very dance-rooted but his future direction was flagged by his "Welcome to the Neon Lounge" release which fused drum and bass and jazz loops to create a new development of drum and bass music. "A Positive Sweat" takes this further and should properly be regarded as a jazz album. It wouldn't surprise me if the legendary Blue Note label didn't try to lure him away from Hydrogen Dukebox as has happened with St. Germain and their previous label and their recent "Tourist" release on Blue Note.
Hardway now has some very gifted jazz stalwarts who appear on his albums including Theo Gordon on saxes,flutes and trumpet and Miles Danso on acoustic bass. This is supplemented by the vocal and songwriting talents of Amanda Ghost who co-wrote four of the tracks on this release.
The vast majority of the tracks on this CD utilise hard-driving drum and bass loops which works well with the jazz licks being played over the top. Many of the tracks are beautifully crafted with layers of jazz flute and sax spiralling over the pounding D n B rhythms. Danso's string bass accompanying this music is so much an integral part of the sound and the playing is superlative.
You get a lot for your money on this CD as well with the playing time taken nearly to the CD limit.
This is high quality jazz with a strong dance sensibility and is amongst Hardway's finest releases. A must for all Hardway fans and a strong recommendation for jazz and D n B fans.

Moors and Christians
Moors and Christians
Price: £7.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Hardway's finest work, 20 Sep 2000
This review is from: Moors and Christians (Audio CD)
James Hardway has always pushed the boundaries with his earlier forays into drum and bass and jazz and funk but this album is his meisterwork.
First of all he laid some basic arrangements in London using his trusty Apple Powerbook and then he flew out first to Cuba and using local engineers he recorded hours and hours of music. As the Wim Wenders' film Buenavista Social Club testifies, Cuba is a country caught in a time warp with some of the finest musicians in the world purveying their unique blend of Afro-Cuban music taking in latino and afro influences. All this is captured on Hardway's LP. The Cubans laid down their polyrhythmic slendour accompanied by what the Cubans dubbed "La Machina" (the Powerbook).
He then caught up with some of his old contacts in Jamaica and laid down some sublime tracks in Havana. The result is without question Hardway's finest work and to my ears some of the best music I have heard for years. It is difficult to single out any track for praise as there is isn't one weak track on the album. Hardway says there wasn't a note that he recorded that he didn't have to edit (which process took several months of painstaking work). He enlists the support of his staple London jazz musicians on drums, string bass and sax and this all melds seamlessly with the caribbean contribution. Listen out for the latin funk paradise of Choco Blanco (which appears to be an ode to white chocolate, the dubby/clubby Moving On and the rappin' Jamaica stylee, Crystal Ball. Quite flawless. I urge you to buy it. This is the music of the new millennium.

For Your Ears Only
For Your Ears Only
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Price: £2.99

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Masters of Zany Sampling Funk Deliver Again, 14 Aug 2000
This review is from: For Your Ears Only (Audio CD)
When Bentley Rhythm Ace unleashed their first CD, "Bentley Rhythm Ace" on the unsuspecting public in 1997, little could have prepared us for the new territory being charted. Their witty blend of sampled funk loops, quirky sound bites and tub-thumping melodies was quite ahead of the pack at the time. Since then there have been a number of acts who have pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved with a trusty Akai A3000 and a mixer. Most of the artists on the Ninja Record label roster spring to mind as well as artists such as The Full Moon Scientists.
BRA's second release is treading much of the same ground although in addition to the speaker-shattering funk loops, they have added touches of latin, jazz and rock. Played at the correct volume (loud) the tracks hit the senses as a torrent of creative imagination and humour. Humour is one of BRA's hallmarks as evidenced at their recent festival gigs and it sits well with the rest of the music.
If one is looking for them to break new ground, this is not the CD to do it but if you need more of their quirky brand of music, then this will satisfy your appetite but I suspect will not stand the test of time as one of the landmarks of sampling history.

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