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Merry Christmas - Volume 2
Merry Christmas - Volume 2
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for a rare Lene Lovich track!, 9 Mar 2014
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There are so many Christmas albums out there I can't really rate it for that aspect, but I bought for one reason, a very rare track by Lene Lovich 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus'. This was her first ever solo single, on a Christmas ep which pre-dates her recordings for Stiff and hit single Lucky Number. Worth buying for this alone.


Strange Tales
Strange Tales
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 strange, but brilliant tales, 2 Mar 2014
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The Humans have produced yet another brilliantly diverse and unique sounding set of songs. Refreshingly, with each album, and each track from this band, you can only expect the unexpected. From the last LP 'Sugar Rush' this is a much more upbeat and extravert sound. I was almost going to have a moan about it being more of a 'mini-LP' than a full album, but maybe it's best to not dillute what is a well executed and intriguing handful of songs. In terms of songwriting this is the hugely underrated T.Willcox at her creative best and finding a new place in contemporary music.

The struggle as ever will be to convince the wider press and public in the UK, who find it easiest to stick her work in a box labelled '1981'. I hope this great little album and the band get the quality exposure needed to break through, perhaps a well deserved spot on Jools Holland or Glastonbury would do the trick? Nice work, that deserves to be heard.


Shine
Shine

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5.0 out of 5 stars An easily missed classic, 25 July 2008
This review is from: Shine (Audio CD)
As per many other reviews, this CD is well worth hunting down as it's packed full of great songs with the quality only Cyndi can bring. Great vocals and production, and brilliant songwriting. A good mix of dance, rock and the 'Cyndi' ballads. Uplifting and heartbreaking throughout. High point for me is 'Higher Place' - turn up the volume especially if you're in the car. I almost want to remain one of the lucky few to own it but it really does deserve a re-release in the UK and USA, especially after her latest 'Bring Ya to the Brink' is getting Cyndi back up front again. Japan has been lucky too long with this one to itself.


Safari Records Singles Collection Part 2: 1981-83
Safari Records Singles Collection Part 2: 1981-83
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the hits you know, plus hear others you missed, 5 Sep 2005
Part 1 of the collection showed Toyah in her true 'indie' moments, with a raw and more band orientated sound, whereas this covers the point 'post It's A Mystery' where maybe the image took hold and she became a little over-killed on TV. But this is a great collection for both new and old fans alike. The classics such as I Wanna Be Free and Thunder in the Mountains are there, plus some other successful but less remembered singles such as the dramatic 'Rebel Run' and upbeat 'Be Proud Be Loud'. Highlight for me is 'The Vow' - a beautiful ballad (not something you would expect from her at the time). For old fans you've pretty much heard it all, bought the t-shirt etc, but you'll be buying it anyway! For newcomers, buy both volumes to hear how Toyah moved and changed over the 5 years - you'll get all the hits, plus some others you'll wish you heard earlier and it may just inspire you to see, and hear what happened next. By the way, for those too young to remember, this contains a & b sides of little plastic discs called 'singles' which spun round on a turntable, and were played through a needle. The b-sides usually had new tracks, and some singles weren't even on albums! It's true.


Minx... Plus
Minx... Plus

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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the quality, feel the width!, 5 Sep 2005
This review is from: Minx... Plus (Audio CD)
Sadly I remember this when it was highest new entry in the album charts on Radio 1 in '85, and own the original CD which up to this release could fetch 100 plus! I never thought I'd see Minx re-released as it was slated (as was the trend) in the press although a big seller at the time. This re-release contains great sleevenotes including an honest piece by Toyah - putting this album in its place as a piece of true mid-80's production. But it does have a few outstanding tracks - for me, All in a Rage, I'll Serve You Well, and the never more poignant America For Beginners are still very listenable and solid songs. For fans the inclusion of some fab and rare 12" mixes and b-sides make it well worth the already bargain price (hence the 5 stars). CBS rather killed Toyah at the time (appear at Live Aid? - no we don't want you associated with a charity project!), but at least she got to wear Issey Miyake power outfits.


Warrior Rock - Toyah On Tour
Warrior Rock - Toyah On Tour

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CD at last!! A great example of how a live album should be, 28 Jan 2005
So glad to see a CD release of this album at last. Toyah's material came off so much better live, and this was really the peak of her popularity. Musically she had a great band for this tour, including the brilliant Simon Phillips on drums. At the time (though many people forget in favour of jests about her lisp) Toyah was a hugely successful recording artist, but not many could touch her live gigs. This album captures all her energy with some great songs, from all the hits like Thunder in the Mountains, through to dark and demonic album tracks like 'The Packt'. If you like Toyah, it really represents her early work and a must have, for anyone else, it might just make you admit - 'actually Toyah was pretty damn good'.
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Derek Jarman's the Tempest [1979] (Region 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]
Derek Jarman's the Tempest [1979] (Region 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jarman brings glamour to Shakespeare - a must see, 23 Dec 2003
Finally a UK DVD release for this brilliant adaptation of The Tempest.
Fans of Jarman will recognise a few faces from his 'Jubilee' a few years before, in particular Toyah Willcox, who at the time was just starting out in the rock world, puts in an enviable performance as Prospero's daughter Miranda and this aside from her more recent theatre work is her best performance - notably winning her a best newcomer nomination at the time.
It was brave of Jarman to have seen a potential Miranda from the orange haired punk pyromaniac of Jubilee and thank goodness he did. Heathcote Williams is a convincing prospero holding order over his monstrous servant Caliban (Orlando) who fancies the island for himself, only to end up looking rather drunken and foolish with Christopher Biggins (well who wouldn't!).
If you are expecting a traditional Shakespearian luvvy type film you may be dissapointed. Jarmans's film really does capture the 'sounds and sweet airs' of the island, with the eeriness dramatically contrasted by some brilliant moments such as Elisabeth Welch's amazing finale of 'Stormy Weather' possibly the beautifully campest thing ever seen in Shakespeare.
Let's hope this sparks more of the very much missed Jarman on DVD, and also that it reminds people that Toyah is much more than just 'that woman who sang It's A Mystery'. A beautiful film.


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