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The Clash Hits Back
The Clash Hits Back
Offered by davehopetrading
Price: 5.58

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very odd track listing, 9 Nov 2013
This review is from: The Clash Hits Back (Audio CD)
I very much doubt if the track listing for disc 1, as posted here, is accurate: although a Clash version of Ave Maria would certainly be intriguing.
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The King's Jockey
The King's Jockey
by Lesley Gray
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.27

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story with unexpected turns, 23 Jun 2013
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This review is from: The King's Jockey (Paperback)
This is an excellent novel that should have a broad appeal to just about any reader, even if you're not a huge fan of 'historical' writing.

It is obviously well-researched, and takes us very much inside the world of flat racing, yet it avoids overloading the reader with an excess of technical details and terminology. Instead we get the feeling of 'being there' through the author's skillful use of selected racing highlights and of the sights, sounds - the smells - of professional horse racing.

This being a tale about a Royal jockey, but central characters are everyday country folk. Much of the narrative style seems to suggest the POV of the central character, and is straightforward, unsophisticated, naive even - s is a lot of the dialogue - but both manage to avoid the usual "country bumpkin" cliches. What we get instead is a vivid insight into a simpler, more certain age, when just about every aspect of life was profoundly different from our current experiences. We might think of the Edwardian Era as recent history, but the events described here took place a century ago already. For example: Bertie's reaction to meeting (probably his first) "Chinaman", and the description of the house where they meet, is a very eloquent snapshot of the shock of the new as experienced by the decidedly conservative King's Jockey. He does not come away cross-culturally enriched.

The New Idea that drives the events in this novel is, of course, the Suffragette movement, especially as the movement starts to entangle key members of Bertie's family and close friends. While the author makes it clear that the Suffragettes suffered horribly for their just cause - both at the hands of the authorities and at the hands of members of the general, vigilante public - she makes it very clear that some within the movement could also be extremely difficult people when they wanted to be.

This characterization is one of the key strengths of the book. Although it has its fair share of bounders, cads and bully-boys in the background, none of the central characters is particularly evil - but neither is any one of them perfect or overly-virtuous. Bertie in particular, who is great with horses but not very good at reading people, shows some very unappealing behavior patterns as he tries to come to terms with the critical event of the 1913 Derby.

Whether or not he obtains 'closure' is for the reader to decide, and I will only say that help comes to him from a very unexpected source.

This is a very well written first novel with a strong story arc. It is a quick read, but creates a compelling atmosphere. I can imagine it transferring to a screen adaptation very successfully. It is also a very family-friendly text, and you don't need to be a racing fanatic or a political history buff to enjoy this work. I look forward to the L. Gray’s next offering.


Ableton Live 6 Power!: The Comprehensive Guide
Ableton Live 6 Power!: The Comprehensive Guide
by John Von Seggern
Edition: Paperback
Price: 23.47

2.0 out of 5 stars More forest, fewer trees, please..., 7 Jan 2008
This book is certainly comprehensive, but is not really a guide through the complexities of Live 6 - and that's the pity.

Live already has a substantial, up to the minute User Manual. This book definitely adds more depth and color to the explanations in the official manual, but its rather plodding, linear, feature-by-feature layout doesn't offer any shortcuts or useful roadmaps. There are plenty of illustrations, but these are almost exclusively screen captures, which you can see for yourself in full color on-screen.

What I was hoping for was a more 'top down' approach, with just, perhaps, a few flow charts showing you quickly the basics of starting from scratch and ending up with a rendered CD (as a for instance), and the various options along the way, and how these all fit together. Then a dive down into the details of each facet of Live as separate chapters. For instance, all the stuff at the start about MIDI, sound cards, etc. is excellent - but surely could have been an Appendix, not the first 50+ pages of the handbook.

(BTW: This is the first 'real' DAW that I've used, so my perspective is newbie/novice. I need all the help I can get.)

Another minor gripe: Having already bought the product, I don't really need to be told in every third paragraph what a great piece of software it is. I'm sold already!

A more major gripe: some rather dodgy proof reading is evident. The words 'Row' and 'Column' are used interchangeably from time to time, which is confusing to say the least, and some of the basic advice on optimal sample rates, encoding standards and so forth is just not consistent.

This is a very well-intentioned reference book, and the author is an obvious expert, and it definitely has its uses; but using it as your primary tutorial reference is an endurance event (and anyway, Live 7 is now here in all its glory).

I ordered this book 'sight unseen'. Had I sneaked a peek inside I would in all probability have kept my cash in my pocket.


Redemption Song: The Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer
Redemption Song: The Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer
by Chris Salewicz
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you read a better rock biography this year......., 29 Jan 2007
This is probably the best-crafted rock biog ever. It really is that good.

Whether you love(d) or hated The Clash and everything that came after, you will get total satisfaction from Redemption Song. Chris Salewicz's love for his subject runs deep, but (or maybe because of this fact), he pulls no punches. Joe Strummer comes across as a complex, not always likeable, individual or even collective(!), who never came to terms with who he was or what he had started - or what he had finished. Building from this foundation, Redemption Song is as insightful and valuable when it is describing the supporting actors and the bit part players as when it describes the leading man.

The end result is that the reader is put at the centre of the action (or inaction, depending on which chapter your reading). As well as tying in all the myriad threads of Joe Strummer's legacy, the attention to detail and Salewicz's human touch generates a sense of time and place that is unparalleled - better still, he captures the thoughts, the words, and the emotions of each moment and key episode so that you feel as if you were actually there.

We should be so lucky!

Buy this book.


Filthy, Rich And Catflap: The Complete Series [DVD] [1987]
Filthy, Rich And Catflap: The Complete Series [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Adrian Edmondson
Offered by babsbargains *** WORLDWIDE SHIPPING ***
Price: 19.99

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed emotions, 26 Jan 2007
This series really is as good as I remembered it, and was unjustly underrated at the time. It definitely should have gone to a second series.

So why only 3 stars?

Firstly, because you `had to be there': many of the topical references and the lampoons of specific `celebs' just won't mean anything to a newer generation of viewers. Equally sadly for comedy writers, we no longer live in a time where political targets (on both the Left and the Right) so clearly define themselves and their dogged, cartoon beliefs that they practically write their own gags every time they open their mouths. That Golden Age of Self-parody has passed, and doesn't look like returning any time soon - Doublespeak and fractured English notwithstanding. (On the other hand, some of Richie's game/reality show ideas are spookily prescient of modern times, and perhaps should have remained in the realms of fantasy. Imagine, a world free of BB. Bliss!)

Secondly, despite what some other reviewers have said, I think the cuts on this DVD really do spoil the experience. Punch lines are left in where the set up has been edited out (huh!), and butchering the Richie-in-the-Nolan's-shower scene is nothing short of criminal.

Nevertheless, if you can live with these shortcomings, buy the DVD. The live feel and the pace of the gags (both verbal and very, very physical) is excellent most of the time, and the show-within-a-show talking and mugging to camera only adds to the fun. One thing I never noticed from the original broadcast is that Richie Rich tends to morph into Kenneth Williams really quite often. Was this planned?

OK, on second thoughts: 4.5 stars for fans, 3 for newcomers. Is that a fair deal, daughters?
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Classic Trance Anthems
Classic Trance Anthems
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: 7.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin, 27 Oct 2006
This review is from: Classic Trance Anthems (Audio CD)
There is absolutely nothing new here. All these tracks have been played to death. Every classic tune you could want from the Golden Age of Cheese is present and correct. True, as one reviewer points out, you probably have most of them already - somewhere - but this set saves you a lot of digging around down the back of your record boxes.

The even better news is that this is a compilation, not a mix - so it is very DJ-friendly. Note: most of these tracks are singles versions, not extended mixes, remixes, whatever. Probably no bad thing either.

The three CDs are pretty much all thriller, no filler. Great for replacing those long-lost tunes, and an excellent snapshot for anyone who missed out the first time round.

So, no fancy art work, no bonus tracks, no 'exclusive' remixes; but with fifty-eight 'reach for the lasers' classics for ten quid in one box - what's not to like?

(caution: white gloves and whistle not included in purchase price.)


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