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Hibari Misora Premium Package Best 70+1 Songs
Hibari Misora Premium Package Best 70+1 Songs
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Compilation of Japan's beloved singer, 8 Feb 2014
Think the eastern equivalent of Dusty Springfield or Peggy Lee.

I can't understand a word of what she's singing but I still find myself affected by it. A wonderful singer who sadly passed away in 1989.

She's a great singer with a really strong vocal range - sounding almost masculine on some songs and wistful and girly on others. Her back catalogue can be quite daunting to dredge through (over 200 albums listed - mostly of repackaged material) - this compilation pulls together her best stuff. The first 20 or so songs are from her early career and quite crackly but I really got into her midway through, her 60's and 70's work (which is surprisingly quite funky!)

Got into her quite by accident on a troll through youtube and havent looked back since. Love her! Thoroughly Recommended.


My Secrets
My Secrets
by Joan Collins
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CAMP BOOK!!!, 5 Nov 2013
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I especially loved the chapter on her morning routine - crowned by a picture of her sat up in bed as though just woken, with perfectly styled hair and a full face of makeup! Lol. There is actually some good advice in here as well though. Well worth the amount its going for on here - its quite a substantial book and full colour throughout.


Electric
Electric
Price: £6.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relentless 2013, 16 July 2013
This review is from: Electric (Audio CD)
A really really good PSB album. It reminds me of "Relentless"; their limited edition dance EP from way back. Contains a lot of sounds not heard from them since the 80's and early 90's: bells and handclaps, tiny snare sounds. It has an air of experimentation and creativity about it that's really refreshing. Dance music with SUBSTANCE and SOUL.

The album is however not a retro fest or retreading of old ground - it feels completely new and full of energy - it really gets your blood going and makes you want to dance. The tempo rarely lets up and their is always a lovely sad melody in the background undercutting it all in that complex Pet Shop Boys ways their fans love em for.

Some favourite moments:

1. When Neil goes up from the chorus and sings some bizarre chords in "Bolshy".
2. "Love is a bourgeouis construct" (the entire song).
3. "Fluorescent"'s wobbly synths that threaten to come apart at any minute.
4. "Inside a Dream"'s drop into a gorgeous wall of moody string pads.
5. "Shouting in the Evening" - when it goes all Skrillex (yes, SKRILLEX!) on us!!!
6. "Thursday" - Chris's deadpan delivery (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday - delivered in his best droll Blackpudlian)
7. "Vocal" - one of their best moments ever - "Pet Shop Boys go trance" - what could be better?

A Pet Shop Boys album is always something to look forward to and this is a really great one. Up there with "Very"...


Play...Peter Gabriel's Top 20 [DVD] [2008]
Play...Peter Gabriel's Top 20 [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Peter Gabriel

5.0 out of 5 stars Really good surround mix!!!, 23 May 2013
Really classy DVD. Nicely put together. The surround mixes are mostly excellent - I got a shock when Kate Bush's voice came out of the rear speakers only on Don't Give Up! You can make out the instrumentation much clearer on all the songs. Growing Up made my flat floor vibrate! I loved Shock The Monkey the best - it was a bit overwhelming lol! Best music DVD ever!


Paris, Texas [DVD]
Paris, Texas [DVD]
Dvd ~ Harry Dean Stanton
Offered by DVD Vault UK
Price: £5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous., 2 Feb 2013
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I'd never seen this film before and bought it on impulse. Was very pleasantly surprised. It's a lovely, slow burning film. Strangely it clocks in at two hours and twenty minutes but seemed much shorter - I was so emotionally invested in what was going on throughout.

Loved the performances, loved the photography; It's a very human, gorgeous gorgeous film!

DVD is superb - great film-like appearance with grain, lovely reproduction of colour plus great sound and some worthwhile extras.

Anyone reading btw - are their any recommendations for other Wim Wenders films? I'm becoming a bit of a fan!x


Bish Bosch
Bish Bosch
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £13.31

19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult but rewarding., 22 Dec 2012
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I don't understand people's reaction to Scott's later work. would people really prefer it if now he was crooning his old 60's hits on a stool in an argyle jumper? It's just not what makes him great - he's always pushed himself and his audience.

Anyways onto the album - just like the Drift this took ages to latch onto. They're at first listen is no common theme or impetus to the songs, but they reveal themselves with repeated listens, and when they click it's a revelation. "Zercon" becomes quite touching and is the stand out track - the monologue of a downtrodden person and his hatred for his employers/taunters and his low place in society - he eventually transforms into a star - but the irony is that this life defined by hatred has rendered him the coldest object in the solar system! Not usual song matter but Walker's modern work will be better enjoyed if you look at the songs figuratively and not literally and find meaning for yourself. I like to imagine I'm listening to an audio avant garde opera - an image Walker would perhaps appreciate himself.

The album is beautifully recorded and produced and genuinely amusing in parts - the humour is quite broad at times.

A concept album about decay - (decaying empires/decaying bodies/bodily function/ageing) - are the main theme of the album and quite fitting for an artist of Walkers years to contemplate their own mortality. If Tilt was a haunted wood and Drift an abattoir Bish Bosch is a twisted macabre carnival - the ominous last party before it all falls apart.

While not light listening theirs a lot to like here if you're at all open minded about your music - ignore the snotty reviews claiming Walker's lost his marbles, quite the opposite - his early work and later work seem to me one piece - Scott's songs have always had a heart of darkness - I really enjoyed Bish Bosch - one minor criticism is that it's not as shockingly new as Drift was, but as usual Walker only ever competes with himself - a true original and a dark minded maverick to cherish. LONG LIVE SCOTT!!!
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Leaving
Leaving
Price: £1.99

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant single and three great b-sides for £1.69? Bargain!!!, 14 Oct 2012
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"Leaving" should have been the lead single.
"Hell" is becoming a favourite b-side of mine...very funny and clever as only they can be.
"In his imagination" is too close to my own life for comfort(lol) hence how touching I think it is (especially the reverbed vocals at the end)...
"Baby" is pleasing enough but sounds like PSB on auto-pilot.

Another top notch EP from the boys.
Can't wait for the next single!!! (Hopefully "Memory of the future")
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Yes
Yes
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great pop album - Xenomania featuring Pet Shop Boys though..., 21 Aug 2012
This review is from: Yes (Audio CD)
Not a duff track (other than "more than a dream" - which is very forgettable). Chock full of classic PSB moments. Who else can walk the knife edge of humour and tragedy such as on "vulnerable" or the relentless perfect pop of "Pandemonium" or "All over the world"? Plus there are two fan favourites "Building a wall" and the astounding "Legacy" - surely a contender for their best "last track" on any album.
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Dr. Phibes Rises Again [DVD]
Dr. Phibes Rises Again [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vincent Price
Price: £7.40

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful disappointment after the near perfect first film. Can't even be enjoyed ironically. AVOID!!!, 20 April 2012
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Poor editing and pacing. Confusing as hell (are we in Egypt now? A boat? Or back in England?). Looks rushed and cheap without any of the design sense or quirky charm of the first film. The only saving grace is Price's performance - but this time round his killings have no logic or reason and no ironic payoff. The film was literally like watching random scenes pasted together that made no sense - and not even in a "so bad it's good" way - just bloody awful, flat and clunky.

I love the first film and see it as a true classic, beautifully made and sumptuous to look at, managing to walk the knife edge between comedy and horror in a wonderful way...this sequel backpedals over it and sullies and contradicts it.

If you have the first film don't bother with this one - it's a dud!!!


Les Maîtres du temps [Masters of Cinema] [1982] [DVD]
Les Maîtres du temps [Masters of Cinema] [1982] [DVD]
Dvd ~ René Laloux
Price: £17.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great presentation on dvd, 19 April 2012
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Firstly the film looks (never seen this in widescreen!) and sounds (front speakers dominated surround) AMAZING on this dvd.

Theres been a lot of controversy over the english dub not being included. Personally I'll take this jewel of a film any way it comes but it would have been easy to include the dub on a seperate audio track. It should have occurred to EUREKA that this type of film is going to have a nostalgia factor for people who saw it as a child and for it not to be presented in that same version some may feel disappointed.

This is my favourite of Laloux's criminally undervalued and unfortunately relatively obscure films.
It's touching without being sentimental, has a beautiful languid pace which pulls you in and has some vividly beautiful images quite unlike anything else.
I generally stick it on when I want a chillout (it's a great hangover movie - lol).

Some sort of extras would have been a bonus but the booklet thats supplied contains a great essay and some lovely pictures.

The dvd's very well presented and reminded me inparticular of Criterion's dvd's - a classy package.

Well done to Eureka for releasing a delight for fans of intelligent, artistic cinema that deserves a new generation of fans to appreciate it!x


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