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Monster High Dot Dead Gorgeous Operetta
Monster High Dot Dead Gorgeous Operetta
Offered by OnePack Ltd
Price: £9.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Crushed in post, 7 Jun. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
My problem is not particularly the product but the use of a thin plastic pocket envelope to post it out. Needless to say it was crushed and looks a mess. It is a birthday gift and there isn't time to return it, otherwise I would. Check who you buy from, free posting means cheap packaging as well.

Solomon Burke: Everybody Needs Somebody [DVD] [2007]
Solomon Burke: Everybody Needs Somebody [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Solomon Burke
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £3.49

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost but not quite, 20 May 2007
Solomon Burke is an all time great. Time will show just how great but the real problem with this DVD is that Solomon is in every sense larger than life. His career, the events in his life, his current girth, his humour and most of all his music are super-sized. No-one can tell a story like Solomon but that's the problem.

No one film, especially one like this that isn't actually that long, can convey the sheer size of his achievements and the sheer quality of his voice and music. A film like this needs talking heads because that's the nature of the beast. However, talking heads mean less music and less Solomon talking and that inevitably detracts. If ever there was a story that just needed to be told by the protagonist then this is it.

Don't get me wrong, every fan of the King of Pop and Soul needs to own this and they inevitably will. However, if you're looking for the definitive film documentary then you'll still be waiting at the end. There simply isn't going to be a film big enough to accommodate this man.

Good try though.

The American Dream
The American Dream
Price: £18.92

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost genuis available at last, 28 Jun. 2006
This review is from: The American Dream (Audio CD)
Yeah, yeah. We all know the Emmitt Rhodes story, right? Oh, maybe not. Lost genius, McCartney soundalike etc. etc. Well anyway, you can find out the back story from elsewhere. He now appears to have regained control of his catalogue and several decades of injustice are slowly being put right with a sensible reissue programme that should highlight someone who simply deserved to be a star. Here, there is only one thing that matters - the music. This is simply one of the great debut solo albums and it's a must have.

Want to know why? It's simple. ER has the gift. He can make you stop what you're doing and listen and he can make you laugh or cry. More to the point, you'll sit and wonder how such great music has been "lost" for so long.

The proof is in the pudding. Was there ever a better 70s non-hit than 'Pardon Me'? Did McCartney do anything in the 70s that could equal 'Someone Died'? Equally, we all know that 'Let's All Sing' is silly but McCartney has stooped lower and left less of an imprint. Me, I just want to sing along. Ditto, 'You're A Very Lovely Woman'. Simply a great, great lost song in the same way that is simply a great, great introduction to Emmitt Rhodes.

Now, where's the rest of the catalogue please?

Nuggets - Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-68
Nuggets - Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-68

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Nuggets!, 28 Jun. 2006
The original vinyl version of this was stunning and a must have. The reissues have been very good but have tended to substitute in favoured or classic tracks like Louie Louie rather than the original track listing. The boxed set included the original tracks and a great deal more but somehow, despite the inclusions of many classics not on the original, like Love for example, it lost some impact. It was too much of a good thing if you like.

Now, here for the first time in several years is a reissue that is both beautifully packaged (albeit that you'll need a magnifying glass for the inside of the gatefold) and does no more or less than reproduce the original on CD in mini gatefold and at a ludicrously cheap price. As such it makes a fantastic artyfact in its' own right. However, it's the music that's the real revelation.

This is a classic compilation. It has highs and lows, something for everyone and the real status of being an iconic, important historical artyfact (sorry, I have to keep using their spelling) , however, unlike many influential records, its' biggest asset is that it has the music in spades. It's corny, hard, soft, tacky and obscure. Fundamentally it's a record no collection should be without. It's not perfect. Everybody will have at least one track or more that they hate but they'll also have at least half a dozen tracks that lead them to explore new musical avenues and a lifetime of pleasure.


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