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Mr. R. Spencer "boristhefish" (Manchester, lancashire United Kingdom)

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The Complete Album Collection
The Complete Album Collection
Price: £30.13

11 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get Mono....., 28 Jan. 2013
This is not a review for the music - as obviously is amazing. But these albums were recorded in MONO and should be listened to in Mono. The stereo mix is dreadful when listening on headphones. Its in seperate channels and leaves you feeling disorientated - 5th Dimension is impossible to listen to. Japan have released all these records in MONO and the sound is truly incredible, and blows you away...........................
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Cut From A Star
Cut From A Star

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful...!, 10 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Cut From A Star (Audio CD)
Skelly is the drummer with The Coral, one of the more underrated bands of the early-Noughties indie rock boom.

The apple hasn't fallen from the tree, and CFAS is an album of pleasingly downbeat English psych. There are hints of Arthur Lee and Nick Drake and even, on the courtly "Nickel and a Dime", medieval folk. It's unlikely to make Skelly or his parent band less overlooked, but will charm many who stumble upon it.

A truely stunning record - hope The Coral have a new one out soon

By the Sea
By the Sea
Price: £10.39

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HAZY.........................!!, 12 Nov. 2012
This review is from: By the Sea (Audio CD)
This debut album by Liverpool band 'By The Sea' is just wonderful!!!! Think early Stone Roses, The Go-betweens, merseybeat and a little slice of Shoegaze. Drift off to this album last at night, its just superb. I only wish it lasted longer and contained more tracks, as they have recorded some other beauties that did not make this record.

Also Bill Ryder-Jones is on production duties, and that dude is a genius.........(former Guitarist in THE CORAL)

Highly recommended.............

Lone Pigeon
Lone Pigeon

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wayward Genius...!!!!!!!!, 21 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Lone Pigeon (Audio CD)
Buried treasure aplenty

For those who've had their ear to the ground over the past decade-and-a-half or so, Fife has been one of the more consistent - and unlikely - of musical hotspots. This is largely due to the close-knit community record label Fence, helmed by Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) and Johnny Lynch (of Silver Columns and The Pictish Trail). From humble beginnings, selling home-recorded albums in local independent record shops, the label has gone from strength to strength while maintaining the sense of bonhomie that birthed it.

Anybody involved with Fence will maintain that Lone Pigeon (aka Gordon Anderson; pseudonyms are a must with this bunch) most embodies what the label stands for. Anderson first came to prominence as a founder member of The Beta Band and, though he was only on the scene for their earliest days, penned some of their most enduring material. Personal problems saw Anderson retreat from the spotlight and, despite reuniting with members of his old outfit The Aliens and releasing two solo albums, has not had the success that many initially predicted.

Until now the majority of Lone Pigeon's vast output has been a well-kept secret, either traded among Fence aficionados or thrust upon enthusiasts by the man himself. As numerous CD-R compilations with varying combinations of songs have done the rounds, word of his unique appeal has spread. Now Domino push the boat out with Time Capsule, a collection of seven full-length collections, five of which are previously officially unreleased, and the other two (Moses and 28 Secret Tracks) long out-of-print Fence releases. It's remarkable that a label would attempt to release such a luxurious offering these days - or at least it seems that way, until the myriad delights it has to offer worm their way into the subconscious.

Brother King Creosote's sleevenotes describe Anderson as "a wanderer, a pilgrim, a messianic Jew, a dervish, a vandal, a prophet, but mainly a lost soul". From the evidence of Time Capsule, it's hard to fault his judgement. At times Anderson sounds as if he's been locked in an attic with nothing but The Beatles' Esher demos, a guitar and a clapped-out keyboard with a broken beatbox. Elsewhere, on the likes of Unknown Yesterdays and much of the Baby Piano disc, he produces tender, fragile balladry that recalls the likes of Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers, Dennis Wilson or Neil Young. In fact, over Time Capsule's 159 tracks, there's little musical ground left uncovered, from ambient interludes to sci-fi soundclashes, gorgeous wordless harmonising and slightly demented imaginary cartoon theme tunes. If that sounds like difficult listening, don't be discouraged. Anderson has an intuitive pop suss and humour that makes visiting his world an absolute pleasure.

The fragmentary nature of a lot of these discs may leave some listeners unsatisfied and bemoaning Anderson's seemingly unfinished material, but that would be missing the point. These sketches are somehow so self-contained and pure that to try and smarten them up would be to lose their essence. Time Capsule is a perfect document of a stunningly gifted, witty and sometimes frustrating artist. Ultimately, the only way to really understand it is by listening - describing it is like trying to bottle moonlight.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Magical, Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!, 16 Feb. 2004
This review is from: THE RUNAWAY FOUND (Audio CD)
I don't normally do this sort of thing, but after hearing 'The runaway Found' by The Veils, I felt utterley compelled to do so.
This album is simply brilliant, one of the best debuts ever....i know that is saying an awful lot, but this album lives up to this accolade. Every song is magical, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry.. Tracks like Lavinia are quite fantastic..... With hints of The Verve, The Smiths and many other great bands, You must buy this album, and make this band huge.

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