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Son Of Anastasia
Son Of Anastasia
Price: £11.52

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First ever reissue of classic debut solo album, 18 Feb 2009
This review is from: Son Of Anastasia (Audio CD)
In an age where some albums are being reissued on CD for the umpteenth time, it is refreshing that the Esoteric label is still digging for genuine buried treasure that has yet to be unearthed in the digital era. Esoteric are to be applauded licensing the entire solo works of the relatively unknown singer-songwriter Jimmy Campbell. Having long revered these albums on vinyl, it is a real treat to finally have CD versions - all lavishly packaged and remastered from the original analogue tapes.

Born in Liverpool in 1944, Jimmy Campbell was a member of The Pulsating Panthers, a group of school friends who supported The Beatles in Huyton in 1962. Becoming The Kirkbys in 1964, they later changed their name to 23rd Turnoff and released the psych-tinged `Michelangelo' single for Deram in 1967.

The Merseys, whose bassist Billy Kinsley had developed a friendship with Jimmy when 23rd Turnoff supported them on tour, recorded two of his compositions (`Penny In My Pocket' and `Dreaming') for a 1968 single. This in turn led to Fontana's A&R man and producer Dick Leahy signing him to a three-album recording contract with Philips.

His debut solo album "Son of Anastasia" was recorded during the summer of 1968. The aforementioned `Michelangelo' was re-recorded (a haunting version which, in a parallel universe, would be as highly regarded as `While My Guitar Gently Weeps'), while a number of other older songs written during the Kirkbys / 23rd Turnoff years also made it into the set. Arranger and musical director John Cameron brought a session team in to accompany Campbell - among them was bassist Danny Thompson. Reissued here for the first time, the highlights of this 16-track album (admittedly most of the songs are very short) are many. Campbell's Liverpudlian accent shines through in his vocals throughout.

The other worldly opener `When I Sit Down To Reason' features a frail vocal and is followed by the whimsical `Mothers Boy' which sounds like an outtake from The Beatles "White Album". Psych gem `Vincent Van Gogh' shuffles along courtesy of Ray Carr's drumming, while the kazoo makes an appearance on the acoustic `Penny In My Pocket', the upbeat `Tremendous Commerical Potential' (a title that could sum up Campbell's career at this point) and `Adrian Henri's Party Night'.

There's a folky feel to several tracks - the standouts being `Bright Side Of The Hill', notable for some lovely guitar, and `You'll Break My Heart In Two' which features a distinctly aching vocal. `They All Come Marching Home' has a nursery rhyme simplicity, while the groovy single `On A Monday' features female backing vocals, lively strings and funky percussion. The original album closes with the melodic nugget `Painting A Sign' (mistakenly titled `Painting A Song' on this reissue) which only lasts for a mere 1:13 but sits among Jimmy Campbell's greatest compositions.

In addition to the original album, the bonus track `Frankie Joe' (the B-side of the delayed `Lyanna' single and influenced by The Band) is a real rocker, which includes a Lennon-esque vocal and features backing from Billy Kinsley and Dave Harrison.

The follow-up, 1970's Half Baked (released on Philips' subsidiary Vertigo), was an upbeat and somewhat raucous album. His third and final album, 1972's Jimmy Campbell's Album, was a contractual obligation which sank with little fanfare or support from Philips - and that was Campbell's career pretty much finished. He would continue to write songs and occasionally play with a house band at local Liverpool venues. The Swinging Blue Jeans recorded some of his songs on their 1979 album "Jump N' Jeans", but he would never record for another record label. He passed away in 2007 after suffering with emphysema.

Esoteric mark Jimmy Campbell's fine musical legacy magnificently with these three sumptuous reissues. The booklets are packed with original artwork, photographs, memorabilia and detailed sleevenotes by Campbell expert Mark A. Johnston.

Braun Silk-épil Xpressive 7781 Wet & Dry Rechargeable Body & Face Epilator
Braun Silk-épil Xpressive 7781 Wet & Dry Rechargeable Body & Face Epilator

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality piece of kit!, 18 Feb 2009
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Being a first time user of an epilator I did expect some pain but it was not as bad as I thought it would be. If you can cope with a plaster being pulled off with some hair stuck to it, then you will cope with this. However, that is for the first couple of times, after this it does get better.

The best selling point for me is that it can be used both wet and dry. I always use mine in the bath or shower as my skin can be lathered up and softened before use and I can be relaxed.

When used on dry skin, it is still a good sensation due to the massaging rollers to relax the skin. It's so much softer than other epilators that it's also suitable for underarms, the bikini line & the face.

However, if like me and at first you're nervous about using it on more sensitive areas, like these, you can remove the epilating head & attach the (included) razor + trimmer head. As well as the massaging rollers & the razor head, you'll also get 3 different caps for the epilator, to ensure the best results.

As if all the above was not brilliant enough, it also has a built in light so that you can literally see all of the hairs and nothing can be missed!

I stayed hair free for about 2 weeks and then it was a case of a `touch up' job to catch them when they come through. Because the epilator can get rid of tiny hairs, you don't have to wait for them all to get to one length before starting again.

The BRAUN SILK-EPIL XPRESSIVE 7781 WET & DRY may not be the lowest price on the market but sit back and add up all the costs of waxing, razors and other hair removing products and see how quickly you reach the price of the BRAUN SILK-EPIL XPRESSIVE 7781 WET & DRY. In my opinion, there is no competition.

Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £7.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First time on CD with 7 bonus tracks, 7 Feb 2009
This review is from: Jackpot (Audio CD)
Jack The Lad formed in 1973 following the break-up of the original line-up of Lindisfarne. Rod Clements, Si Cowe and Ray Laidlaw were joined by new recruit Billy Mitchell, and their debut album was "It's...Jack The Lad". Clements's departure paved the way for Phil Murray and Ian 'Walter' Fairbairn, both of whom had been in Hedgehog Pie.

This new five piece recorded a further two albums for Charisma before signing with United Artists. Si Cowe left the band prior to the recording of the 1976 "Jackpot". However, Si can be heard on the four pre-album demos that the Market Square label have added to this reissue.

One of the demos is his song 'See How They Run', which was left off "Jackpot" and remained unheard until the reformed Lindisfarne released their 1978 version as the B-side of the single 'I Must Stop Going To Parties'. Si and Billy share the vocals on this track, while Si plays piano on the demo of 'Trinidad' - a part that was played on steel drums on the finished album. The 'Amsterdam' demo is completely different from the "Jackpot" version, while the other demo here is 'Eight Ton Crazy'.

Another ex-Lindisfarne man was on board. Ray Jackson had initially teamed up with Jack The Lad on the "Rough Diamonds" album and he contributed harmonica and backing vocals to "Jackpot". He also appears on three previously unreleased live bonus tracks, recorded in Plymouth in 1976 - the 'Buy Broom Buzzems / The Tender / The Marquis Of Tullybardine' medley, and covers of Woody Guthrie's 'Will You Miss Me' and 'Hungry For Love' which was written by Gordon Mills and a hit for Johnny Kidd & The Pirates. Also guesting on "Jackpot" was Status Quo's keyboard player Andy Bown (formerly of The Herd).

By the band's admission there was a conscious effort on "Jackpot" to move to a more contemporary rock sound. With Si's departure, Billy's songwriting skills came to the fore and he penned six of the tracks.

The album kicks off with the first single - Andy Fairweather Low's 'Eight Ton Crazy', which features some stunning harmonica and mandolin and a joyous Billy Mitchell vocal. Next up is the epic 'Amsterdam' which features some killer lead guitar at the end, and this is followed by a cover of John Hartford's 'Steamboat Whistle Blues' which features some terrific instrumentation from the whole band and an American twang to Billy's vocal.

'Walter's Drop' is more in tune with the style of the two previous JTL albums and is a good example of everyone's ability and musicianship, with Ian (Walter) Fairbairn's fiddle work a standout. 'We'll Give You The Roll' closes the original side one and boasts a Billy vocal tour de force, some great piano playing by Andy Bown and a couple of lyrical Beatles references.

Side two opens with what would be the second single lifted from the album, 'Trinidad'. An uptempo track with some distinctive Jacka harmonica, it was described as a "Geordie reggae song"! 'You, You, You' features another impressive Mitch vocal, while 'Let It Be Me' has a jaunty groove, some driving melodic bass from Phil Murray and lively keyboard work by Andy Bown which is high in the mix.

The second traditional song on the album is the remarkable piece of folk rock 'The Tender' - a relentless heads-down boogie with mandolin, blended with heavy guitar riffs! 'Take Some Time' is the perfect album closer, with some thoughtful and poignant Mitch lyrics and the organ playing adding a psychedelic swirl to the chorus.

"Jackpot" would prove to be Jack The Lad's final album. This sumptuous Market Square reissue has been put lovingly together with the full involvement of all band members. It comes with a bumper 16-page booklet, which contains original artwork, rare images and photos, extensive sleeve notes, and lengthy track-by-track analysis by Ian Fairbairn, Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell.

The Complete Singles Anthology
The Complete Singles Anthology
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £47.95

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin!, 16 Jan 2009
As this value for money 3CD set ably demonstrates, Buzzcocks were a fine singles band and many of their best tracks were tucked away on B-sides.

CD1 begins with the four tracks from the `Spiral Scratch EP' that were recorded before Howard Devoto (later to form Magazine) left the band. The remainder of the disc chronologically spans the band's singles for EMI from 1977 to 1979. The list of killer cuts is endless - `Orgasm Addict', `What Do I Get', `I Don't Mind', `Love You More', `Ever Fallen In Love...', `Promises', `Everybody's Happy Nowadays', `Harmony In My Head' - what a run of A-sides! The pick of the B-sides on here are `Whatever Happened To?', `Autonomy', `Noise Annoys', `Why Can't I Touch It?' and `Something's Gone Wrong Again'.

CD2 opens with the tracks that made up "Parts 1-3", the pick of these being `Are Everything', `Why She's A Girl From The Chainstore', `Airwaves Dream' and `Running Free'. After that, there's a gap of a few years before the band reformed and released `Alive Tonight'. There are some gems here too, notably the tracks from 1993's superb "Trade Test Transmissions" album - `Last To Know', `Isolation' (here in live form), `Innocent' and `Do It' + 1994's non-album track `Libertine Angel'.

CD3 features a further 9 songs, the standouts being 1999's `Soul On A Rock' (from the "Modern" album) and 2004's `Sick City Sometimes'. The set concludes with a specially recorded interview with band members Steve Diggle and Tony Barber. There's an accompanying 16 page booklet which contains numerous photographs and sleeve notes.
If you're looking for a more extensive collection than the classic "Singles Going Steady" then this is a must-buy.

broken heart
broken heart
Price: £12.46

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two original Babys albums on one CD, 16 Jan 2009
This review is from: broken heart (Audio CD)
The Babys came together in 1975 around bassist/singer John Waite, a veteran of several amateur British bands but most recently a member of pop band The Boys (from Cleveland, Ohio), and guitarist/keyboardist Mike Corby.

Chrysalis emerged as the highest record company bidder, and The Babys went on to release a total of five albums for the label. The only two of those albums completed by the original line-up, their self-titled debut and "Broken Heart", are reissued here in re-mastered form by BGO.

1976's "The Babys" veers from the hard rock of opener 'Looking For Love', 'Rodeo' and the ferocious 'Read My Stars' to the ballads 'Laura', 'I Love How You Love Me' and 'Over And Over'. Their debut single 'If You've Got The Time' has a classic power pop feel while, as David Wells suggests in his sleeve notes, the epic rocker 'Wild Man' was surely an influence on Bon Jovi's 'Wanted Dead Or Alive'.

The standout tracks on 1977's "Broken Heart" are the power poppy title track, the melodic rock of 'Give Me Your Love' and 'I'm Falling', the dark and broody album closer 'Piece Of The Action' and the classic 'Isn't It Time' which became a major international hit, although it only reached #45 in the UK.

The band eventually split after a late 1980 tour, with Wally Stocker and Tony Brock subsequently going on to join Rod Stewart's band. John Waite embarked on a solo career, the peak being 1984's smash hit 'Missing You'. Jonathan Cain and Ricky English (who had joined The Babys when Mike Corby departed in 1978) later linked up with Waite again in Bad English.

Overall this is a good introduction to the band's output. BGO's excellent value for money package includes a 12 page booklet with photos of the band, along with extensive and informative sleeve notes.

Babylon [DVD]
Babylon [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brinsley Forde
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £4.65

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not quite a classic, 15 Jan 2009
This review is from: Babylon [DVD] (DVD)
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As a big fan of 'youth culture' films from this period such as Quadrophenia and Scum, I was curious to see Babylon having read so many great things about it.

Like the aforementioned movies it's a gritty and, in places, violent movie that is generally regarded as an accurate snapshot of what times were like back then in certain areas of London.

As other reviewers have pointed out, some of the dialogue is hard to follow but this doesn't detract from the overall feel of the film and it's still pretty easy to follow.

The plot wanders off at tangents and in places is not that strong - parts of the movie have quite a 'random' feel. My initial feeling was that I'd enjoyed it, but because of some of the rave press reviews I was expecting a classic and in my opinion this falls a bit short of that.

I must mention the sterling soundtrack which features contributions from Aswad, Dennis Bovell, Michael Prophet, I-Roy and Yabby U. The soundtrack was re-mastered and reissued on CD by EMI in 2005: Babylon

Overall I'd thoroughly recommend this DVD to anyone with a passion for 1970s youth culture films.

One Track Mind 1994 2001 2008
One Track Mind 1994 2001 2008
Price: £10.33

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remaster of 1994 album with extra tracks, 13 Jan 2009
"One Track Mind" was originally released in 1994 when Rod Clements was still a member of Lindisfarne. This new edition boasts a crisp remaster and six extra tracks, together with a smart booklet containing extensive notes by Rod and old/new artwork.

The album is a rootsy mixture: there are solo versions of three of Rod's Lindisfarne songs ('Train In G Major', 'Road To Kingdom Come' and 'Meet Me On The Corner'), a brace of traditional numbers ('The Train That Carried My Girl From Town' - based on Doc Watson's recording - and 'Ain't No More Cane') and interpretations of Woody Guthrie's 'Hard Travelling', Leadbelly's 'Bourgeois Blues', Bob Dylan's 'Down In The Flood' (aka 'Crash On The Levee') and a groovy take on 'Evil Hearted Woman' by Oscar Woods.

In addition, there's the Bert Jansch co-write 'Leather Launderette' and the instrumental 'No Turning Back' - an additional home recording of the latter is among the bonus tracks.

Of the other extras, there's 'Piston Broke Again' (loosely based on 'You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond' by Blind Willie Johnson), the dreamy 'Long Vehicle' which was conceived as the theme for an as-yet-unmade road movie, and an instrumental rehash of Dr Feelgood's 'Sneakin' Suspicion'.

The highlights of this reissue are Rod's new recordings of two songs from his back pages. The psych-folk nugget 'A Dream Within A Dream' was part of a long-lost 1971 Lindisfarne session for John Peel, while the dark and haunting 'Blues For A Dying Season' was recorded in 1969 for the unreleased album by pre-Lindisfarne group Downtown Faction.

The laidback atmosphere of this album lends itself to late night play with the lights down low, so kick back and marvel at Rod's guitar playing while enjoying the diversity of the material on offer.

Talk Talk - Live At Montreux 1986 [DVD] [2008]
Talk Talk - Live At Montreux 1986 [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Talk Talk
Price: £13.93

37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 86 minute live performance from 1986, 15 Oct 2008
This DVD captures Talk Talk live at a hot and sweaty Montreux Jazz Festival on 11th July 1986. The band were on a major world tour to promote their album "The Colour Of Spring" and the core trio of Mark Hollis (vocals), Paul Webb (bass) and Lee Harris (drums) are augmented by John Turnbull (guitar), Ian Curnow (keyboards), Rupert Black (keyboards), Phil Reis (percussion) and Leroy Williams (percussion).

The concert begins with a slow and funky `Talk Talk' and a version of `Dum Dum Girl' that stays true to the studio recording.

`Call In The Night Boy' comprises a powerful and aggressive Mark Hollis vocal and searing lead guitar from John Turnbull (who is sporting a very 80's mullet haircut!), underpinned by a real groove from the Webb-Harris axis. The track breaks down into a jazzy piano / percussion rhythm before building back up into a relentless and powerful climax. The mood then changes immediately with a solo piano passage that leads into the slow tempo of `Tomorrow Started'.

The band immediately finds its groove on the stunning `My Foolish Friend' and there's virtuoso guitar playing from Turnbull throughout. `Life's What You Make It' has absolutely everything - rhythmic (almost tribal) drums and percussion, killer guitar and THAT piano riff.

Hollis delivers a flawless vocal and is ultra-focused and passionate throughout this show. He wears dark glasses and stoops over his microphone and grips it tightly for most of the set (as per the image on the front cover of this DVD).

A few lines of `Mirror Man' precede a fine rendition of `Does Caroline Know' where Paul Webb's melodic bass playing locks in with some light drumming and percussion - all topped off with more virtuoso guitar, a stunning vocal and a range of different keyboard / piano sounds which are high in the mix.

The rhythm section once again supply the power behind `It's You', before a brief snatch of `Chameleon Day' is followed by an awesome six minute version of `Living In Another World'. This song demonstrates the sheer power and intensity of Mark Hollis's vocals, combined with a fiery groove from the rhythm section and incorporating an instrumental passage that is notable for John Turnbull's guitar solo. A similar vibe continues with another song from "The Colour Of Spring", `Give It Up'.

The impressive `It's My Life' features some lively piano, distinctive Webb bass, solid drumming and more tribal percussive beats, a range of keyboard effects and another fine vocal. The band members then leave the stage to rapturous applause before returning for the encore, where the dark and brooding melancholia of `I Don't Believe In You' is followed by a storming nine-minute take of `Such A Shame'. The show climaxes with a sombre and beautiful performance of `Renee'.

The screen format of this DVD is 16:9 and the sound options are PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround Sound. The footage is multi-camera, professionally shot - picture quality is sharp and the sound quality is superb throughout.

The packaging is also impressive, with a brief history of the Montreux Jazz Festival on the back inlay and a foldout booklet which features brief sleeve notes, a reproduction of the original 1986 Montreux Jazz Festival poster and several black and white stills from the show.

The concert itself features Talk Talk at the very peak of their powers and with a fantastic line-up of musicians, on what would sadly prove to be their last ever tour - an essential purchase.

Julian Cope And The Teardrop Explodes - Copeulation [1989] [DVD] [2008]
Julian Cope And The Teardrop Explodes - Copeulation [1989] [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Julian Cope
Price: £8.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A collection of 14 original promo videos, 14 Oct 2008
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The "Copeulation" video was released by Island in 1989, and this new DVD is a straight transfer with no extras or discernable improvements to the sound or picture quality.

It's a collection of 14 original promo videos, 4 by the Teardrop Explodes and 10 which are Julian Cope solo. Cope himself was involved in the original selection and vetoed the use of 'When I Dream' and 'Sunshine Playroom'. Writing about the collection in his "Repossessed" book, he recalled that "it seemed quite a relief to discover the songs were all good and the videos merely nothing bad".

There are two tracks which appear in live form - 'Reynard The Fox' and 'Spacehopper - while the rest were either filmed in the studio or on location (or a mixture of both). As with a lot of promos from the 80's, many look dated today but nevertheless are still fascinating viewing if you're a fan. Highlights include 'Laughing Boy' which has a home movie style and features Julian roaming around with the turtle shell from the "Fried" album cover on his back, and 'China Doll' which stars the late Echo & The Bunnymen drummer Pete DeFreitas.

The full tracklisting is as follows: Reward, Colours Fly Away, Treason, Sleeping Gas, Greatness And Perfection Of Love, Laughing Boy, Reynard The Fox, World Shut Your Mouth, Trampoline, Eve's Volcano, Charlotte Anne, Five O'clock World, China Doll, Spacehopper.

Evening Conversation
Evening Conversation
Price: £18.13

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live recording from 1999, 13 Oct 2008
This review is from: Evening Conversation (Audio CD)
The 14 tracks here were recorded in September 1999, in front of an appreciative audience in Hamburg - a place that Long John Baldry first visited in 1962. He was accompanied at the Downtown Blues Club by bluesharp player Butch Coulter (whose song 'Moon Dance In Tajikstan' is featured) and young English guitarist Matt Taylor. Baldry himself played 12-string guitar and his distinctive raw vocal shines throughout this set of largely acoustic blues.

The recording, Baldry's fourth for Hypertension, begins with 'Good Morning Blues', the first of five traditional songs arranged for this show. Another, 'Black Girl', features Christina Lux guesting on vocals. There are a number of cover versions including Randy Newman's 'Burn Down The Cornfield' and Tim Rose's 'Morning Dew'. Matt Taylor takes over with soulful lead vocals on a rendition of Terry/McGhee's 'Walk On' and Tom Waits' 'Blue Valentine'.

Two more covers and a Baldry original 'Maggie Bell' are followed by the closer 'Flying', a song co-penned by Rod Stewart from the Faces album "First Step". Stewart and Baldry were associates in the `60s in The Hoochie Coochie Men and Steampacket, and Baldry toured with The Faces in 1973. 'Flying' rounds off a memorable set and the package is completed with a booklet which contains a full career biography.

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