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Most Of Lulu / Lulu's Album
Most Of Lulu / Lulu's Album
Price: £16.30

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lulu's Great!, 31 Dec. 2006
Personally, I really love some of the tracks Lulu recorded for Mickie Most. These two albums don't belong together and that was a mistake to put them on one disc. I do agree with another reviewer that it would have been much better to put "Love Loves to Love Lulu" along with "Lulu's Album". The latter has some excellent renditions of songs such as "Gimme Some Lovin'" while the compilation album has some superb songs along with some that we could all do without such as the dreadful "I'm A Tiger", "Boom Bang A Bang" (which Lulu doesn't like herself). Lulu is a great singer and while this is worth getting for "Lulu's Album" I agree that it is wiser to get the Taragon album for her entire recordings while she was under contract to Mickie Most. This is not very expensive and it is worth getting for "Lulu's Album" which is not available elsewhere. When will her two albums on Atco be reissued?! "New Routes" and "Melody Fair" are among her most mature works when she was still very young. They are classic albums along with the singles which were released at the same time. They were recorded in the states and she followed Dusty's example and garnished hits such as "Oh Me, Oh My" and other superb songs from those albums. A 2-CD set with all her Atco (Atlantic)material is due from this great artist.

Where Angels Fear To Tread [DVD] [1991]
Where Angels Fear To Tread [DVD] [1991]
Dvd ~ Rupert Graves
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £11.99

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Superb Work, 13 July 2006
This may be E.M. Forster's first novel but it is a faithful adaptation and a very fine film. I don't see what others finding lacking in this excellent motion picture. The cast works marvelously together. Helena Bonham Carter gives a very superb performance acting against her usual more glamourous roles. Rupert Graves and Judy Davis are excellent as the son and daughter of the great Barbara Jefford who is extremely memorable as the manipulating mother-in-law of Helen Mirren. Judy Davis is extraordinary as a mirror image of Barbara Jefford without the latter's cunning devices.

The story is captivating and the scenes, costumes and direction are all first rate. I find that this film is of great quality and belongs perfectly well with the other E.M. Forster adaptations. Perhaps some are biased because this isn't marked Ivory Merchant? I wouldn't know that it wasn't Ivory Merchant. It is of equal quality. The direction, script, and actors make this story very plausible. It would have been a greater box office success but it was not publisied as much as "Howard's End". I still find it a superb film and highly recommend it.

White Heat
White Heat

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars White Heat: A Hot Dusty Album!, 31 Aug. 2005
This review is from: White Heat (Audio CD)
This is not the Dusty of the 60s whatsoever. This is a really great album which received absolutely no promotion from Casablanca, the original label in 1982. Dusty was doing what she wanted to do and the results are astounding. The opening track, "Donnez Moi" should have been a dance hit internationally. Every song is great and this album should have done for Dusty what "Broken English" did for Marianne Faithfull and that is to break the mold both artists were pegged in. If there were any tracks that did not make it to this album and are in the vault, no one seems to know. I'd love to hear more from the sessions from this album. It deserves to have been remastered and reissued. Don't just stick with the 60s Dusty material. Go for this one and just try to sit still! I find it odd that the only two reviews are from Americans! "White Heat" is hot and it is Dusty branching out into new terrain and it is worth a Five star rating. This is a classic album that few heard when it was released. Now is the time to buy it and love it. "White Heat" is a Hot Dusty Springfield album!!! Give it a go!!!
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Reviewing The Situation
Reviewing The Situation
Price: £18.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sandie Shaw Breaks the Strings: More than a Puppet!, 21 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Reviewing The Situation (Audio CD)
When I discovered Sandie Shaw's music, I was collecting all of her material. This was in the late 70s and this album was one that didn't fit in with the others. Mind you, "Love Me, Please Love Me" was an album that tried to put her in the mold of doing cabaret standards. Given a choice, I took to this album much more. Sandie was doing what she wanted to do at the very end of the 60s, and why shouldn't she have the right to break out of the "Puppet On a String", "Monsieur DuPont" string of singles that her label and manager wanted her to forever be identified with? I say, "You Go Girl!" I only wished more albums like this had followed. She does a great job on most of the tracks that have been reviewed justly by others. I only find one unsuitable for her voice and for the album and that is "Sympathy For the Devil". It has never been a song I cared for and while the production is good, I don't feel it suits Sandie's voice while she does a great cover of "Your Time Is Gonna Come" and a gorgeous rendition of Donovan's "Oh Gosh". Nevertheless, Sandie was rebelling against her image and finding herself musically. Instead of the album being ignored, I wished it had been promoted and that Pye would have encouraged more of the same (ie. letting Sandie be herself!). It is a great album to have and even with two bonus tracks, it is a short album but a treasure to have. I highly recommend it and I am glad that Sandie is proud of it. When she had a glorious comeback with The Smiths in 1984, she was nobody's puppet on a string! She is her own person and still a great artist.

Paled By Dimmer Light
Paled By Dimmer Light

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melanie: A Truly Great Singer/Songwriter!!!, 20 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Paled By Dimmer Light (Audio CD)
This is a superb album by Melanie who is among America's finest singer/songwriters. She is much, much more than "Brand New Key" and this is her finest album in years. This is THE Melanie album to purchase! She is up-to-date and there is nothing on this album which will take you back to the Woodstock era. Every song is a highlight. She can sing up-beat songs such as "I Tried to Die Young", "Nothing is Real", "Smile" as well as heartfelt songs with power such as "Extraordinary"and "Elements". Perhaps the finest song is "The Ballad of Crazy Love". I love this album and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Forget all the compilations of her earlier material and meet Melanie for the first time by buying"Paled By Dimmer Light".Like all great artists, Melanie has evolved. She is an extraordinary talent and this album proves it. Time has not diminished the power and subtleties of her superb voice or her songwriting skills. I recommend to check out her website and for further information. In the meantime, meet Melanie for the First time with "Paled By Dimmer Light".

To Sir With Love!: The Complete Mickie Most Recordings
To Sir With Love!: The Complete Mickie Most Recordings
Offered by BestSellerRecordshop
Price: £18.30

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lulu Is Absolutely Fabulous!, 2 Mar. 2005
This is a very important collection of Lulu's history. She was all the rage on both sides of the Atlantic and justifiably so. Her voice is ballsy and she has soul. Most of the tracks are really wonderful from that 60s era. There are some songs that Mickie Most pushed Lulu to record and they are dodgy ones: "March", "I'm A Tiger", and the painful "Boom Bang A Bang"
which was a Eurovision Winner. It is Lulu's voice that makes so many songs superb such as "Boy", "Sad Memories", "Morning Dew". She has recorded mature songs at a very early age and I hope someone will see it is time to remaster and reissue the complete recordings she did for Atco following her work with Mickie Most. Her two Atco albums, "New Routes" and "Melody Fair" (and the single tracks) are extremely mature and superb albums for a 21 year old performer to have recorded. Lulu is a gifted artist and this collection is a must-have. The best is happening now. Lulu is a current recording artist and songwriter. Nevertheless, her history in the music industry is well worth having. She was a very important artist during the British Invasion. Add this two CD set to your collection. The sound quality is excellent and it is extremely enjoyable.

A Boxful of Treasures
A Boxful of Treasures

34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sandy Denny: England's Finest Folk Singer!, 16 Jan. 2005
This review is from: A Boxful of Treasures (Audio CD)
This is indeed a boxfull of treasures. I have some of the more familiar items on inferiour sounding CDs but the sound quality in this collection is excellent. I am especially grateful for the many outtakes and home demos. Sandy never needed big production in her recordings. Her voice, so clear and pure, only needed a guitar or piano both of which she played with brilliance. When Sandy died we lost a truly great artist whose talent will never be replaced. I am grateful for the research done to find the obscure material in this box set. Sandy is gone but her legacy of music will live on forever. This set is one that honours her music which remains timeless. I am grateful to have this superb set of Denny's music. It is worth the price because her music is priceless! Get this while it remains available. You will revel in this brilliant collection of Sandy Denny's music.

Nothing Comes Easy
Nothing Comes Easy
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £62.95

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Sandie Shaw Collection!!!, 8 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Nothing Comes Easy (Audio CD)
Sandie Shaw is much more than a 60s icon. She recorded into the 70s and returned with some superb recordings in the 80s urged on by The Smiths' Morrissey and Johnny Marr. Hers is an illustrious career and this amazing four CD set includes all of her singles (both 'a' and 'b' sides, no less) and the lavishly illustrated book includes Sandie's notes on the tracks. It is a blessing that Sandie owns the rights to all her recordings because she has insisted on a first rate job in sound quality and packaging. This is not a Woolworth's cheap product. The sound of her massive string of 60s singles is superb! Never before released tracks on CD or anywhere are included! Every which way you win if you admire the girl from Dagenham who made good. I am rightfully delighted with this set and I am doubly delighted that Sandie included ALL of her singles from her first to the last which, hopefully, won't be her last recording. This will make a wonderful gift and I know, I treated myself to this gem of Sandie Shaw music.

Twiggy - London Pride
Twiggy - London Pride
Offered by Disco100
Price: £15.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twiggy: A Broadway Star Sings London Gems, 12 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Twiggy - London Pride (Audio CD)
I enjoy this CD a great deal. Twiggy is a fine singer who sings with emotion and sincerity. This collection is marvelous with Twiggy singing a wide range of songs from London musicals. Those who are dubious that Twiggy is a "real singer" will find this album evidence that she really should do more recordings! I saw Twiggy in "My One and Only" when she was on Broadway and she is a professional singer, actress and dancer. She was a Tony nominee for Best Actress in a musical. Purchase "London Pride" and you will be in for a joyful and poignant array of songs sung by a singer who is a delight to listen to. Twiggy is truly great. I wish more realised this.

Back On Track
Back On Track

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lulu's Back On Track!, 25 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Back On Track (Audio CD)
Lulu is at the peak of her artistic creativity and "Back On Track" is strong evidence of how great she truly is. This is not a dance album like the material she put out in the 90s. Instead it is a return to the type of music that made her a household name during the British Invasion. This is a strong voiced Lulu who is calling the shots and the result is an album that draws the listener in to really listen. She has never sounded so good and that is because she is using her voice in the manner she wants to use it! She has always had it but there were some songs she shouldn't have recorded that became hits. She is now a truly current artist and not a 60s icon. I love this album and I only wish it was longer than forty-five minutes. When it ends, I want more! That is a sign of a great album. You can't go wrong with this Lulu album, after all, the title is appropriate: Lulu is Back On Track! And how!!!

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