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Praise Poems
Praise Poems
Price: £10.66

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow and deeply funky!, 23 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Praise Poems (Audio CD)
Really great album! Definitely a mellow vibe but deeply funky, this is a slow burner (as all the best ones are!) with absolutely no duds. I'm finding new favourite tracks every time I listen to it: Praise Poems is the obvious catchy (first track); Alone Again is great (Bobby Womack fans will love this); Black Velvet Soul, what a great horn section; Strawberries, Rasberries gets really jazzy, some great guitar and e piano solos. But, as I said, no duds!


The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Oxford World's Classics)
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Oxford World's Classics)
by Robert Tressell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Historically interesting but ultimately a poor novel, 17 Feb. 2012
It's extremely hard to disentangle the novel in the Ragged Trousered Philantropists from the political manifesto - which, indeed, seems to be as the author intended! So, you get tons of glowing reviews from socialist-types, and a few extremely negative ones from those at the other end of the political spectrum. The reality sits in the middle, I think. I personally found the book extremely tiresome. Yes, there are moments of comedy and engrossing dialogue (some of the workers' banter is brilliant!) and, yes, as a historical text it's extremely interesting. But all too often I found myself sighing at the repeatedly predictable and long-winded political points the author was trying to make, and this ultimately drags the whole book down. I find myself comparing it to other similar accounts of the working class oppressed by a capitalist elite (most notably The Grapes of Wrath or In Dubious Battle which have far more powerful and personable accounts of similar social issues without the political baggage - indeed, Steinbeck was not a socialist!) and find the this book comes off extremely poorly, particularly in its emotional impact. My other issue with it is that Owen's economic argument is founded on an extremely shaky premise (The Great Money Trick a.k.a. The Labour Theory of Value a.k.a. "surplus profit is unpaid labour") and the book would have worked better were it not so tightly bound to a flawed idea; for there is another, possibly more valid, economic analysis you can develop in response to the problems presented in the book that lead you to sharply different political conclusions. All in all, while not a great novel, it's an interesting piece of social and political history.


Welcome To Montego Bay
Welcome To Montego Bay
Price: £10.13

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern reggae classic, 29 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Welcome To Montego Bay (Audio CD)
This is great stuff, deep rhythms, conscious lyrics, it's a real modern classic! Queen Ifrica is a great artist and there are some outstanding tracks on this CD, which are worth the price of admission alone: Montego Bay, Lioness on the Rise, Daddy (which is a massive achievement, particularly considering the social issues), Keep it to yourself (despite the contentious subject). Buy and enjoy!


Mind Driving: New Skills for Staying Alive on the Road
Mind Driving: New Skills for Staying Alive on the Road
by Stephen Haley
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, great material, shame about the typesetting, 17 Sept. 2008
This is probably *the* most valuable book out there - it literally may save your life!!! Really good material and it differentiates itself from, say, Roadcraft, by focusing on the mental processes involved in driving. As I read it I came across many, many, "wow, I hadn't thought about it like that" moments! Every driver should buy and read this book; I've been recommending it to friends and family.

However.... the typesetting of the book is absolutely dreadful, and this is a real shame because it makes the material visually quite hard to read. Ironic for a book focusing on mental processes! Hence the 4 stars but don't let this stop you buying it, because I can guarantee you'll learn a great deal from reading it.
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Son De La Frontera
Son De La Frontera
Offered by J4G
Price: £37.95

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Flamenco with a distinctly Cuban sound!, 14 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Son De La Frontera (Audio CD)
I ordered this album with a bit of trepidation... Flamenco played with a guitar and Tres Cubano together... it was either going to work well or go horribly wrong. Well, it's not worked well, it's worked *really* well!!! I've played this album through a good many times now and it keeps getting better! The artists play superbly, they have a great feel for the music and a great edge. I love hearing the dancing on this too, it adds rhythmic interest and (played loud enough in a dark room, late enough in the evening, with a glass of wine or beer!) makes you feel like you're hearing it live. Shames there's not more sining because the little that's on there is excellent. It's worth noting that the album is a homage to the great guitarist Diego del Gastor. He almost single handedly gave birth to the Moron-style of flamenco, and this album features his pieces and falsetas. This almost makes it worth buying alone - I love the Moron Soleares and Bulerias and Diego del Gastor made very few recordings, and there are only a handful of albums by other guitarists in this style. Throw in the Tres, and you get a really special sound that's still totally flamenco: you almost don't notice the tres after a while, it fits so well and then you hear a phrase that's particularly Cuban sounding and it makes you go, "ahhh"!! This album is a virtual must have. Congratulations Son de la Frontera, an outstanding debut!!!


Coleccion Quejio
Coleccion Quejio

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flamenco Classics!, 24 April 2007
This review is from: Coleccion Quejio (Audio CD)
This is truely a classic album, containing a collection of recordings by Bernada and Fernanda de Utrera, two of the greatest female singers around. There are so many great tracks on here I don't know where to start! Well, first off are the titanic recordings made with Juan Maya "Marote", a guitarist who developed a strumming technique now used so commonly that you never hear the phrase "Marote rasgueado". It's used to great effect on the stunning buleria "Todo el mundo nos separa", featuring simply great guitar playing and forceful singing. The following solea, "Mi mal no tiene cura" is another exceptional performance. Melchor de Marchena plays guitar on another handful: "No Soy de Madera" and "Romance de al Reina Mercedes" are two more absolutely outstanding bulerias. Finally, there are recordings made with Juan Carmona "Habichuela", a superb yet underrated guitarist with a great subtle rhythmic sense: "Donde andara mi muchacho" is another great track. Throughout all this, the sisters sing with feeling, depth, and force and this is an album that I keep coming back to. Great stuff!


Diablo Suelto
Diablo Suelto
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £9.68

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one awesome album!!!, 20 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Diablo Suelto (Audio CD)
Right, where do I start... Wow!!! This is a really awesome album!!! The album is a collection of Venzuelan classical guitar pieces. Laura is possibly the only well known composer featured but there's virtually not a duff track here - the whole album sits together really well, it's well produced and the pieces flow naturally into one another. And then, boy, can Williams play! He's technically flawless yet he plays with real spirit and feeling, managing to make his guitar really sing the melodies while keeping a really tight and strong rhythmic backbone together. The combination is electrifying!!! The only slight critiscism is that some of the pieces are played quite fast (at least faster than other recordings I've heard) - but, judging by the end result (in particular the amazing rythmic pulse of the music!) and the precision with which Williams plays, I'd say this sets a new benchmark!

Buy this album, you won't regret it!! Especially if you're into latin american guitar in any way!!! This has gone straight to the top of my favourite's pile.


Do Sheep Shrink in the Rain?: 500 Most Outrageous Questions Ever Asked and Their Answers: The 500 Most Outrageous Questions Ever Asked and Their Answers
Do Sheep Shrink in the Rain?: 500 Most Outrageous Questions Ever Asked and Their Answers: The 500 Most Outrageous Questions Ever Asked and Their Answers
by 82ASK
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, a super stocking filler!, 4 Dec. 2006
This is great little book, not particularly verbose, just packed full with interesting (and completely wacked out!) questions and their answers. It's put together well, with themes being well linked together - it makes it easy to read (and get carried away reading) and easy to dip into. Perfect if you like trivia, perfect if you like a laugh! Guess what my family are getting for Christmas...!


Cante Gitano - Gypsy Flamenco from Andalucia
Cante Gitano - Gypsy Flamenco from Andalucia
Price: £12.35

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning flamenco, 6 Jun. 2005
Wow, this album is something else! This is raw, intimate, passionate flamenco by some of the best gypsy artists around. The singing is amazingly powerful, the guitar backing is continually inventive and the recording of this album in the intimate setting of a flamenco club, in "secret" with just a few people present - this really is a private performance! - leads to this amazing interaction between the performers and the audience, the performers singing and playing from the heart, and the appreciation shown by shouts of encouragement from the audience. "Ole!", "Que bonito, Jose!" A really remarkable album.


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