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Schtonk! [Import allemand]
Schtonk! [Import allemand]
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Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 6 April 2015
This review is from: Schtonk! [Import allemand] (DVD)
One of the funniest films in German or any other language. Brilliantly scripted and acted. The director, Helmut Dietl, sadly died last week.

Viaggi Organizzati
Viaggi Organizzati
Price: £18.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Pure pop genius, 21 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Viaggi Organizzati (Audio CD)
There may have been greater talents at work in the world of popular music over the last half century, but not many. This is a beautiful album full of really strong songs. The production is very much of the 1980s, but like all of Lucio Dalla's work from that decade it sounds intelligent, innovative and fresh rather than dated. For someone who doesn't speak much Italian and doesn't have a great understanding of the lyrics, the voice and the outstanding arrangements are easily enough to compensate. I wish I had seen this man in concert before his untimely death in Switzerland. Pure pop genius.

The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless, 19 Nov. 2014
The reviewer above who described this album as the high water mark of popular music had it just right. It doesn't get any better than this. Supreme musicianship, fantastic lyrics and at least five of the greatest songs ever recorded. As sophisticated as popular music could ever get, yet at no time too far removed from its roots, in turn soulful and jazzy. And within this career high for Joni Mitchell lies perhaps her greatest song, the utterly perfect The Boho Dance. I have loved this album since it came out and will never tire of it.
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The Classic
The Classic
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad timing, 16 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: The Classic (Audio CD)
Just as she looks as if she's about to make a major breakthrough ("Is this the coolest woman in pop?" on the front cover of one of The Times' weekend sections recently), Joan Wasser releases her only mediocre album so far - the stop-gap "Cover" apart. It's OK - the feel and the vibe are still there, it's just that the songs aren't as consistently good as she has managed on previous albums. I keep waiting to be knocked over by this collection of songs, but it's not happening. Still, roll on the Glasgow gig - I can't wait.
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Peat Smoke and Spirit: A Portrait of Islay and Its Whiskies
Peat Smoke and Spirit: A Portrait of Islay and Its Whiskies
by Andrew Jefford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, 9 Mar. 2014
I've never been to Islay before but have always loved its whiskies. This beautifully written, wise and heartfelt book has made me want to visit the island as a matter of urgency - the last week has been spent looking at accommodation and transport websites. There can surely be no better recommendation for this genre-hopping, meticulously researched guide to Islay's whiskies, history and people.

Price: £18.62

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't start here, 3 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Travelogue (Audio CD)
Well, this is a disappointment. Like others who've reviewed this, I've held off from listening to Travelogue for a long time since its release. I loved Joni's versions of standards with orchestra on Both Sides Now, but I wasn't expecting all that much from this. The choice of material is one reason for the apprehension; as someone has already mentioned, it includes some of her more unfortunately po-faced and melodically challenged songs from later albums (the appalling Yeats setting springs to mind). But the reality is worse than I imagined. The orchestration is mostly clunky and uncomfortable, obliterating the rhythm of the songs and removing rather than enhancing much of the melodic subtlety of the original versions. On the plus side, the voice holds up very well for the most part, but this pleasure apart it's an exercise in superfluity. It's a shame that the latter part of Joni's recording career is littered with misjudgements such as this double CD, the rather pointless themed compilations and the even more pointless Hits and Misses. If you don't know Joni's music and want to know what the fuss is about, don't start here. Anything from the beginning through to the marvellous Mingus should electrify you, while the 1980s' and 1990s' albums all contain moments of genius right through to the final flowering of greatness on Turbulent Indigo.

The Game on New Year's Day: Hearts 0, Hibs 7
The Game on New Year's Day: Hearts 0, Hibs 7
by Ted Brack
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good times, 22 Dec. 2012
I particularly enjoyed reading this account of one of the greatest days in our club's proud history. As one of what must have been around 20,000 Hibs fans to make the journey to Gorgie on that famous day, I found Brack's description of the game itself riveting. We may have one of the worst derby records in world football and have suffered countless humiliations at the hands of Hearts, not least recently, but there can be little doubt that 1/1/73 was the biggest derby of all time - far more important than the recent Scottish Cup final, for example. Another great feature of Brack's book is the historical background he provides on the club, from our being the first Scottish club to participate in Europe after others had turned down the invitation to being the first to wear the green to being the first to have floodlights - it's all there. His style and pace are entirely appropriate to the subject matter and I would heartily recommend this book to any Hibs fans who may still be a little down in the mouth after 19/5/12.
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Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers
Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £26.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 14 Sept. 2012
It's a great pity this collection is no longer available. Elvis Costello is one of the few artists whose B-sides and outtakes genuinely give his official album output a run for its money, and I've always felt that this disc is every bit the equal of his very best releases and possibly even better. There's an extraordinary range of styles on show here, yet the whole thing hangs together very well. You certainly don't have the impression of something hurriedly cobbled together. It's a treasure trove of remarkably strong songs, lyrically and melodically outstanding without exception. That these songs never made it on to his first few albums is testament to the embarrassment of riches at his disposal in this phase of his career.

I've always been of the opinion that This Year's Model was Costello's most compelling claim to immortality, but Ten Bloody Marys would be the one I yearned for on the desert island. Magnificent.

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