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John, Paul, George, Ringo and Me
John, Paul, George, Ringo and Me
by Tony Barrow
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The insider's view, 2 Oct 2006
I had been waiting for years for Tony Barrow to tell his story and he doesn't disappoint. It's fascinating to watch the Beatles rise to stardom through the eyes of an unpretentious PR man with no axe to grind. Barrow manages to avoid the myth-perpetuation of some eyewitnesses and, as a result, the Beatles and Brian Epstein emerge from the book as ordinary people who suddenly find themselves making history. The book is especially strong on the 1962-63 period, conveying the dizzying pace of that first year, and there is also an utterly compelling behind-the-scenes account of Lennon's 'more popular than Jesus' remark. Recommended - even for the most jaded Beatles fan.


Solo for Horne: the Biography of Kenneth Horne
Solo for Horne: the Biography of Kenneth Horne
by Norman Hackforth
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity, 22 Mar 2004
This book was a grave disappointment to me. Sadly, it is the only biog of Horne to emerge and will probably remain that way as very few of his peers and colleagues are still alive to be interviewed. Hackforth loves his subject - justifiably so, as Horne was a charming, witty and warm-hearted man who delighted almost everyone who knew him. However, Hackforth stops short of exploring the more complex side of Horne's nature. Kenneth Horne was clearly a character and had a complicated personal life. Whilst this book does a competent job of giving you the details of his life, you will probably not come away feeling that you know him any better. Also - and this is a personal view - Hackforth's style is, at times, insufferable. Liberal use of "Anyway!" and similar exclamations at the start of paragraphs and innumerable references to how 'lovely' Horne was will wear you down. All in all, this book is more of an affectionate, sepia-tinted tribute rather than a serious attempt to get close to one of the more enigmatic figures of 1950s-60s British light entertainment.


Zombie Heaven
Zombie Heaven
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 32.84

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most under-rated band of the 60s, 22 Mar 2004
This review is from: Zombie Heaven (Audio CD)
At last the Zombies music is allowed to be heard for what it is -a collection of unique and distinctive songs which are up there with the best of 60s pop. As the previous reviewer states, you're probably already a Zombies fan if you own it - but even if you're a fan of the more melodic side of that era, you should still treat yourself. There are so many songs on here that should be better known - and several should have been hits in their time. Unfortunately, their story is a familiar one - as the excellent accompanying booklet states - that of the great band undone by bad management and a record company which had no idea how to promote and nurture them. Sad stuff and the music is a constant reminder of what might have been. Buy this and discover a band for whom long-overdue respect is growing all the time.


The Beatles - Four Complete ed Sullivan Shows [DVD] [1964] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
The Beatles - Four Complete ed Sullivan Shows [DVD] [1964] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ed Sullivan
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 37.95

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historic Beatles performances are a must-have!, 2 Dec 2003
The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show four times in 1964-65. This is the first time that the shows have been available in their entirety, so this is an essential purchase for any serious fan. Never mind launching them in America, it was one of THE cultural events of the century. You now have the chance to relive it.
It’s fascinating to see these performances now – and also to get a glimpse of US popular entertainment as it was then. The band appeared on a bill which included now-forgotten comedians, magicians, boxers, and second banana 50s musical stars. This in itself is unique – you can almost put yourself in a middle America living room on a Sunday night, even to the point of watching the original ads which are hilarious. Against that backdrop, the Beatles look almost futuristic. The sound balance is slightly wrong – apparently, the technicians marked the microphone volume settings with chalk, went for a break and returned to find the cleaners had been in… As a result, Lennon’s mike is barely audible. Yet nearly 40 years on, that first appearance still jumps out of the TV. The reaction of the audience at the first show is something to see: a mixture of surprise, delight, confusion, and sheer joy.
The other 1964 appearances don’t quite match its impact – how could they? - but they are still memorable. Great versions of This Boy, Twist and Shout and Please Please Me...it’s early period Beatles at its best. Their next appearance was recorded eighteen months later on Aug 14 1965 – the day before the historic Shea Stadium concert. It’s like watching a different band – the energy of the ’64 shows has been replaced by a knowing hipness. You get Lennon playing the organ on I’m Down, McCartney doing Yesterday on acoustic...it’s a band jaded by fame but still able to turn it on and charm the pants off anyone with a pulse.
Buy it and know why.


In Hollywood (1940-1964)
In Hollywood (1940-1964)
Offered by FastMedia "Ships From USA"
Price: 96.65

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of rare Sinatra, 18 Mar 2003
This box set is an essential purchase for any serious fan of Sinatra. Quite simply, it is a triumph. It holds nearly 150 Sinatra performances which have never had a prior CD release, including the film versions of many of his most well-known songs and first-time airings for several that he never recorded elsewhere. Some of the film takes even surpass their commercial equivalents and breathe new life into familiar material - such as the breezily-swung main title version of "The Tender Trap". OK - not every song on here is a classic but even the obscurities are enjoyable and are an important part of the story. Remastering is also top-notch - wherever possible, the compilers have gone back to the original source. Add to this a terrific hardback book which relates the tale of how the source tapes were located and includes many rare photographs, and you have an extremely impressive package. Even if you already know and love Sinatra's recorded oeuvre, this boxed set of his film music will surprise and delight you all over again.


In Hollywood (1940-1964)
In Hollywood (1940-1964)
Offered by FastMedia "Ships From USA"
Price: 96.65

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of rare Sinatra, 18 Mar 2003
This box set is an essential purchase for any serious fan of Sinatra. Quite simply, it is a triumph. It holds nearly 150 Sinatra performances which have never had a prior CD release, including the film versions of many of his most well-known songs and first-time airings for several that he never recorded elsewhere. Some of the film takes even surpass their commercial equivalents and breathe new life into familiar material - such as the breezily-swung main title version of "The Tender Trap". OK - not every song on here is a classic but even the obscurities are enjoyable and are an important part of the story. Remastering is also top-notch - wherever possible, the compilers have gone back to the original source. Add to this a terrific hardback book which relates the tale of how the source tapes were located and includes many rare photographs, and you have an extremely impressive package. Even if you already know and love Sinatra's recorded oeuvre, this boxed set of his film music will surprise and delight you all over again.


Forty Licks
Forty Licks
Offered by Formats
Price: 35.49

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag that weaves a seductive spell, 7 Nov 2002
This review is from: Forty Licks (Audio CD)
Forty Licks is a compilation you will want to play again and again. Well, at least the first CD, which is a revelation. Believe everything you've heard about the remastering and prepare to rediscover the Stones as a band. The sound is more focused and detailed, but never loses its punch. If, like me, you bought the ABKCO reissues, this CD will show just how shoddy the mastering was on those CDs. I found myself hearing new things in almost every song...the acoustic guitar that drives Satisfaction...the fabulous bass guitar line in Under My Thumb...etc etc The songs themselves need no description - ok, We Love You is absent, but it's still an impressive catalogue of songs. One thing that comes across is how the Stones varied their approach with every song - this was a band that did not tread water.
Unfortunately, the sheer quality of CD1 means that CD2 is something of a let-down. True, there are some great songs here, but the overall effect is of a band losing its hunger and bite. They (particularly Mick) almost descend into self-parody too many times for comfort and it's hard to ignore the feeling of disappointment. The much-touted new tracks really are nothing special, and I don't understand the fuss about Losing My Touch - it's a formulaic torch ballad. Best to stick with the first CD, put yourself a programme together from CD2 and it's 12.99 well-spent.


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