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Stay With the Hollies
Stay With the Hollies
Price: £22.84

4.0 out of 5 stars The Hollies' debut, 12 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Stay With the Hollies (Audio CD)
The Hollies first album is far from their best or most sophisticated work but is a very enjoyable album all the same.

Like most beat groups first album this is basically a lo-fi, high energy run through their club set (to be filed alongside Please Please Me and Meet The Searchers). Some of their attempts at r&b are a little creaky and unconvincing although enjoyable enough (Talkin' 'Bout You, Memphis) and their signature harmonies aren't quite there yet (mainly Clarke singing lead with Nash singing extremely high falsetto).

On the plus side the group show they can handle a much larger range of styles than many of their contemporaries and the best tracks (Stay, What Kind Of Girl Are You) easily equal anything else from that year, except maybe The Beatles.

The Hollies would very quickly move on to greater things, as well as greatly developing their songwriting (the only original here is ok but no classic) but this album remains a charming relic of its time and is certainly recommended to anyone with a serious interest in the Hollies or merseybeat in general.


Hop Around
Hop Around

2.0 out of 5 stars FAR from Dee Dee's best, 7 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Hop Around (Audio CD)
There's not much to say about this album. Most of it is weak rewrites of old Ramones songs or turgid forgettable new songs. The only high points are the cover of Johnny Thunders' "Born To Lose" (not included on all editions) and the closing track "I'm Horrible", a fantastic bouncy song that would have stood tall on any Ramones album. Sadly the rest of the album is so weak that 90% of listeners would most likely have turned if off long before this lost gem comes along.


If Music be The Food of Love
If Music be The Food of Love
Offered by Bear Family Records GmbH
Price: £12.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album from an underrated band, 6 Nov. 2014
DD, D, B, M & T we're responsible for some of the best pure, simple pop singles of the 60's. Like many of their contemporaries their albums weren't nearly as consistent but are well worth hearing.

This, their second album, is probably their best album and certainly my personal favourite. There are fewer throwaway novelty tunes (only one in fact) and the songwriting overall is of a much higher standard.

This is certainly helped by the inclusion of four singles ('Hideaway', 'Bend It', 'You Make It Move' and their non-charting second release 'All I Want').

Elsewhere the highlights are the fuzztoned power pop opener 'Bang' (surely a contender for a single), 'Master Llewelyn' (a wistful minor key song about schooldays) and Hands Off (a Nuggets-like R&B tune that's much grittier than most of their material). The other tracks, although not quite as strong, are all solid and pleasant enough.

The only track I don't personally care for is the aforementioned novelty tune 'Loos Of England', a medieval flavoured song that celebrates the invention of the toilet. No, really. It was a popular song at the time but personally I think it should return to the toilet from whence it came.

The bonus tracks here are superb, consisting of all of the concurrent single and EP tracks (often in both mono and stereo versions).

Although all four of their albums have their moments this album is their most consistently enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone looking to dig a bit deeper than the greatest hits.


Hidden Treasures
Hidden Treasures
Price: £4.99

36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue release, 4 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Hidden Treasures (Audio CD)
If you're interested in this album you're presumably already a big fan of the Kinks and have already bought the new deluxe Kinks reissues.

In keeping with the deluxe Kinks reissues this set has stunning sound quality throughout (far better and fuller than they've ever sounded before)

Most importantly this set features the first official release of Crying, Do You Wish To Be A Man and Are You Ready. These songs have only previously been available in bootleg form with appalling sound quality. This set also features the tracks that were included on the 1990s reissues but left off of the deluxe reissues and a handful of interesting (but inessential) alternate takes and mixes. The studio version of Good Luck Charm that as previously only available on the Picture Book boxset is also featured here.

This album may only attract hardcore fans but would be every bit as enjoyable to someone who had only previously heard Death Of A Clown.

Buy with confidence.


Percy
Percy
Price: £7.13

3.0 out of 5 stars Remember, it's a soundtrack - not an album., 3 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Percy (Audio CD)
As this is purely a film soundtrack rather than a proper album over half of this album is forgettable instrumentals that don't bear repeated listening. In fact some of them I never made it through once. Two further tracks (Just Friends and Willesden Green) are fairly average filler. Despite that this album does include some true classics: God's Children, Way Love Used To Be, Moments, Animals In The Zoo and Dreams are truly worthy of any of their best albums and make this album well worth your cash if you find it for about a fiver.
The bonus tracks are alternate versions of the album tracks that are lifted directly from the movie's soundtrack.


Flipper: Live Target Video 1980-81 [2008] [DVD]
Flipper: Live Target Video 1980-81 [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Flipper
Price: £11.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FLIPPER STILL RULES OK, 4 Mar. 2008
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The wait for this DVD since Target first announced it seemed endless. It seems everything Flipper get involved gets dragged down in legal delays and problems. Anyway, no matter cos it's finally here and it's great.

The DVD comprises of two very early live gigs (from 1980 and 1981 respectively) plus a bonus video of Flipper performing Sex Bomb on cable TV. The picture and sound quality is top notch (suprisingly good for Target Video) and the performances are equally spot on. The only downside I can really see is that as these are very early gigs they were filmed before many of their classics were written. This is only a minor gripe though as what is here is fantastic. It was also nice to hear the song 'Friends' as I've never come across this one before on any bootleg. The highlight of the set though is the Sex Bomb video from 1983. The band have really gelled into their classic sound and the performance is as ramshackle and rocking as you could possibly hope for.

Overall this DVD is a real punk / alternative rock gem. It must be owned.


Lamps
Lamps
Price: £14.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another obscure gem, 23 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Lamps (Audio CD)
I picked this record up when I stumbled across a review that described them as being a cross between Flipper, the Electric Eels and the early Cramps (all bands I love). To my total astonishment I wasn't in the least disappointed by it. It does carry a flavour of all of those bands but it also has something special and unique. I hold the Lamps in the same high regard as another new favourite of mine, Pissed Jeans. If you a fan of any of those bands (or any bands along those lines) you won't be angry that you parted your cash.


Generic
Generic

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 20 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Generic (Audio CD)
This is easily one of my top ten favourite albums. The record is based on heavy hypnotic and repetitive bass riffs, steady simple drum beats and superbly written, heart wrenching lyrics adorned with thrashy and quirky noise guitar.
It doesn't sound like a winning formula but this record really does transcend it roots and becomes something beautiful and unique.
The overall mood of the record is quite down but it's laced with wry humour and witty lyrics that make the record still enjoyable to listen to.
I can't imagine this record being any better. If you like punk / post-punk / grunge and you don't own this it's time to sort yourself out and buy it now.

P.S. If you can get your hands on the follow up 'Gone Fishin' that's nearly as good too.


Loose Nut
Loose Nut
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £11.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real under-rated LP, 1 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Loose Nut (Audio CD)
This album seems to have slipped through the cracks in recent years yet it is one of their most consistent and enjoyable albums of all. It's about as close to convential rock as the Flag ever got.
The album opens with three killer tracks "Loose Nut", "B*****d in Love" and "Annihilate This Week" that admittedly overshadow the rest of the record. However the rest of the record does stand up well and for once there's no filler on this album.
A truly classic record from a truly classic band.


Family Man
Family Man
Price: £11.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Black Flag's most bizarre record, 1 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Family Man (Audio CD)
This has to be the oddest record of Black Flag's career. The first half is solo Henry Rollins spoken word material. The second half is instrumentals in the vein of 'The Process Of Weeding Out' EP.
Some of the spoken word material is very good (the title track and 'Let Your Fingers Do The Walking' in particular) but some of it is real filler.

The instrumental side is very much the same deal. 'I Won't Stick Any Of You...' is Black Flag at their dynamic, adrenalin fuelled best but some of the cuts are too short and too bland to make any real impact.
The only full band track 'Armageddon Man' isn't bad but is barely essential. In fact it sounds not unlike randomly playing one of the spoken word tracks over one of the instrumentals!

This is one of Black Flag's four album releases from 1984 (the others being My War, Slip It In and Live 84) and to be honest it does sound like the leftovers from those other records.

If you're a fan of Black Flag's other albums there's plenty here that you will enjoy but this certainly wouldn't interest a casual fan.


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