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Through it All I've Always Laughed: Memoirs of Count Arthur Strong
Through it All I've Always Laughed: Memoirs of Count Arthur Strong
by Count Arthur Strong
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Through it all you'll laugh and laugh, 6 Jan. 2014
It's all here warts and all from Arthur's humble beginnings to his star role in Juliet Bravo. It wasn't always plain sailing as his suspiciously familiar stint in Borstal will testify but Arthur was born to entertain and this book is testament to that. The man not only opens himself up but provides the young reader with enough tips to emulate his wonderful career in showbiz. Buy this book, it's not rocket salad.


Bouncing Off The Satellites
Bouncing Off The Satellites

5.0 out of 5 stars A lost gem, 4 May 2013
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It's a shame the group choose to ignore this album because it's actually the finest collection of pop songs they ever put together. Very much the brainchild of founder member Ricky Wilson who sadly passed away during it's making it would be nice if the band could embrace it a little more. The only criticism you could level at it (and the band themselves do) is that it suffers a little from that early 80's kitchen sink production style. Aside from that there are nine killer tunes here (and one Fred solo filler) which range from the hook-laden Summer Of Love via the insanely catchy Wig to the achingly beautiful Ain't It A Shame. The best is saved til last with She Brakes For Rainbows, a song which proves that true happiness can be achieved in just 3 and a half minutes. It's a pity this album is linked with such a tragic event in the group's life because it's actually the most uplifting record they've ever done, a genuine feel-good joy.


The Best Of Split Enz
The Best Of Split Enz
Offered by leo of johnson
Price: £23.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crowded House with the safety catch turned off, 4 May 2013
This review is from: The Best Of Split Enz (Audio CD)
Sure some of the stuff here is experimental but any band worth it's salt WAS being experimental in the late 70's. What's also evident is that there is genuine songwriting talent on show and an ear for a killer melody. I Got You is a pop classic, History Never Repeats a joyous wall of sound and Six Months In A Leaky Boat is a work of genius, a genuine pop masterpiece that should've been massive. Listen to this album and you can see how Crowded House hit the ground running. There is genius at work here and you need to hear it.


Andromeda Heights
Andromeda Heights
Offered by westworld-
Price: £13.09

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reflective but addictive, 29 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Andromeda Heights (Audio CD)
On first hearing you'd be forgiven for thinking that this was a collection of pessimistic songs but in actual fact the recurring message is that life and love have more to offer than you ever imagined. Sure the balance of songs leans more towards the downbeat but the message is loud and clear and I think it's fair to say that this is probably the most rounded album Paddy ever wrote. It's full of hooks you could hang your hat on and it doesn't take long for the melodies to grab hold of you and hug you like old friends. Worth the money for the title track alone.


Pillows and Prayers Vol.1: a Cherry Red Compilation 1982-1983
Pillows and Prayers Vol.1: a Cherry Red Compilation 1982-1983

5.0 out of 5 stars where were you in 82??, 20 July 2011
Did you buy the LP as a kid? Does it lie forgotten with your old vinyl cos you've nothing to play it on? I suggest you buy it again cos it sounds even better now than it did back then. Ben Watt will bring your first broken heart flooding back, Tracy Thorn is coolness personified and Portrait by Five or Six sounds like it was recorded yesterday. One play of the album's standout track Eine Symphonie Des Grauens by the Monochrome Set will have you wondering why they didn't conquer the world. One play of the whole CD will have you singing along for weeks (except to Atilla The Stockbroker but you can rant along with him instead)


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