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The Very Best Of Cat Stevens
The Very Best Of Cat Stevens
Price: 5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff!, 26 July 2014
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This is a very decent collection of Cat's songwriting abilities, spanning 60's-80's Almost all of his best known, or hit material is here, and the sound quality is very good, cut at quite a high level, so very immediate. There's also a booklet giving some helpful background to some of the price he had to pay for fame, and an update on where his life/career is now.
Sadly, although his album 'Foreigner' is give a short paragraph, none of the tracks on it appear in this collection. I think 'Later' from that album much better than some of the weaker tracks on here. In fact, I still enjoy the album as a whole, particularly 'Foreigner Suite', but that's probably just me...

Still a very good collection & recommended.


7 Classic Albums Volume 2
7 Classic Albums Volume 2
Offered by MEGA Media FBA
Price: 9.58

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Getz, 26 July 2014
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This is another great bargain from Real Gone Jazz. Okay, the packaging & supporting information as usual leave much to be desired: you get recording dates (that for the Dizzy Gillespie album is out by two years!), personnel, track titles and their running times, and that's it. Oh, and the 4-cd jewel case may be prone to arriving with spindle damage.

However, with music & price this good, it's easy to say 'so what'! What we have here is another great selection of Getz albums, the majority highly recommended in 'All your Music' and 'Penguin Jazz Guide'. Getz' ground-breaking 'Focus' is here (where he improvises over an orchestral score; forty years ahead of Garbarek's own experiments with the Hilliard).

If you enjoy Bossa Nova, you have a choice of two albums: 'Jazz Samba' with Charlie Byrd (the album which started the trend with 'Desafinado' and 'One Note Samba'), while there's a surprisingly 'Big Band Bossa Nova' in which the delicacy of the music making survives being swamped by the brass section, in a subtly arranged production. The former album has an exquisite performance of 'Baia' to send shivers down the spine.

There's also 'Recorded Fall' with Bob Brookmeyer, with oustanding chemistry & playing from both the valve trombone & tenor sax (& Steve Kuhn on piano), and an even balance of bop & ballad. Another wonderful collaboration is 'At the Opera House' with JJ Johnson, with the interplay being a thing of tender wonder, helped by sensitive support from Oscar Peterson. 'Diz & Getz' is another heavyweight pairing, but less successful to my ears. Dizzy's rasping, edgy performance finds an echo in Stan's playing, and though there's no lack of energy here, it feels a ragged, uneven performance., even with Oscar Petersen's band providing the engine room.

This only leaves 'Getz in Stockholm' (1956), which is probably my favourite album here, despite the very stiff competition. The support from Gunnar Johnson (bass), Anders Burman (drums) & Bengt Hallberg (piano) is impeccable, and this is a beautifully rich & warm performance.

There's some lovely music-making here, across a range of styles, influences & collaborations, with Getz 'lovely sound' at its warm heart. Well worth investigating at such a modest price.


The Very Best Of
The Very Best Of
Price: 6.58

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Parker, 22 July 2014
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This review is from: The Very Best Of (Audio CD)
As a long-time Parker fan I'm delighted to celebrate this truly excellent 'very best of', a compilation which lives up to its name. There's some really lovely stuff here, with all Parker's classics culled from 4 albums.This representative collection includes the driving excitement of 'Heat Treatment' & 'Hey Lord, don't ask me Questions', the depth of 'Howling Wind' and 'You Can't be too Strong',to the langorous beauty of 'Watch the Moon come Down', and the rich, velvety texture of 'Black Honey'. A double album with 35 tracks, and a very decent booklet which gives helpful background, and even running times, is a superb bargain at such a modest price.

This is a great introduction to Graham Parker & his studio work,with very good quality sound, and if you enjoy this I'd suggest you explore his thrilling live performance on his sizzling The Parkerilla album, and some of his solo work.


Red Pump Special - 40th Anniversary Edition
Red Pump Special - 40th Anniversary Edition
Price: 13.11

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Stuff, 21 July 2014
Just realised that I've owned this vinyl album for almost 40 years (sigh), and can finally celebrate its arrival on cd. The sound quality is very good, and it's probably Rab's most upbeat album overall. Even 'Sittin in the corner Blues' has a bounce to it, while 'Branch' has a lovely lilting lift, and 'Clear Day' is just a gorgeous celebration of the feeling of being alive, while the philosophical 'Tomorrow is Another Day' shrugs off present disappointment.

However, it has its share of darkness, as in the affecting 'Wrong Joke Again', the homesick pull of 'Frisco Depot', and the elegiac 'Sketcher & the Last Train'. The only track which doesn't bear listening for me is the clunky 'Diamond Ring', but the rest of this album still has a fresh, newly-minted feel to it.

Nevertheless, I feel a little disappointed that a '40th Anniversary Edition with new artwork' doesn't deliver more. Bonus tracks only include 2 new songs, 'Wait Down Here' which is decent, and 'What's the Matter' which shouldn't have been included given Rab's very poor singing. The supporting notes add little, and the text is repetitive (editor needed), and the lyric sheet (which came with the vinyl album) is not included.

Still a lovely, lovely album, but only 4 stars to reflect an opportunity missed...


Berlin: The Downfall 1945
Berlin: The Downfall 1945
by Antony Beevor
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the End, 11 July 2014
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As masterful an account as Beevor's classic 'Stalingrad', this substantial history recounts in meticulous detail the last phase of the doomed Third Reich. Beevor's grip of strategy & its absence, tales of crucial contributions on all sides, the political & military perspectives, paint a rich & complex picture. However, it is the smaller more individual accounts which anchor the larger perspective, and infuse it with the colour, the inspiration, pain & suffering, and make this account come vibrantly alive. Superb.


Live in London The BBC Recordings 1972-1973
Live in London The BBC Recordings 1972-1973
Price: 9.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple & Intimate beauty, 11 July 2014
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Having discovered Judee's very impressive studio albums recently, I was attracted to her more stripped down recordings for the BBC, which rest wholly on her voice, & her guitar/piano for their effect. These recordings have a simple & intimate beauty, with some of her most affecting pieces, The Kiss & The Donor, having an even more powerful impact as a result. Her interview with Bob Harris, though a little clumsily handled by the interviewer, also gives a valuable insight into the creation & purpose behind the songs, and Judee's sensitivity & intelligence.

The production values of this set are also due praise, with a valuable & detailed booklet giving helpful background, and the artwork of the whole package is very sympathetic. My only reservation is the limited amount of material here, as some songs are repeated three times, and I feel only The Kiss is powerful enough to withstand this over-exposure. An achingly beautiful collection nevertheless.


Silverline HA03B Hardwood Claw Hammer 8oz
Silverline HA03B Hardwood Claw Hammer 8oz
Offered by Aceparts
Price: 3.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang on the Nail!, 7 July 2014
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I wanted a hammer which was less than a full-weight one, but heavier than smaller ones I use for putting up pictures etc. This one proved perfect, and is beautifully balanced, and weighty enough to perform a range of heavy & lighter work. Even my wife likes using it.


Oral-B - 64703701 - Pack of 3 Precision Clean Electric Toothbrush Heads
Oral-B - 64703701 - Pack of 3 Precision Clean Electric Toothbrush Heads
Offered by Everyday Pharmacy
Price: 7.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smile, 7 July 2014
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Top quality brushes which clean very effectively, and last about 3 months. Beware cheaper & lesser imitations, which fall apart much sooner than this.


'Live' Again
'Live' Again
Price: 14.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Music-Making, 7 July 2014
This review is from: 'Live' Again (Audio CD)
Originally saw this band in the mid-seventies, and loved their blend of fast-paced jigs & reels, softened by some exquisite ballads. I owned 'Golden, Golden' on vinyl, which forms half this cd, and didn't hesitate when I saw this was part of this live collection. If you love superb, deft instrumental musicianship linked to infectious jigs and reels, this is a wonderful album to discover. Similarly, if you're a lover of achingly beautiful ballads,passionately delivered by Andy M Stewart, this album delivers up some heartfelt examples, filled with yearning.

Lovely sound quality too: until the applause you'd think it was a studio recording. Hard to imagine that Phil Cunningham of the duo 'Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham', and performer/producer of 'Transatlantic Sessions', is one of the young 'wizards' on here. Truly sublime music-making.


Braun Oral-B Professional Care 1000 One-Mode Rechargeable Toothbrush (Packaging Varies)
Braun Oral-B Professional Care 1000 One-Mode Rechargeable Toothbrush (Packaging Varies)
Offered by Yachew LTD
Price: 47.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good enough for me to buy two!, 7 July 2014
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Originally bought this for my wife, as her more basic level Oral B brush had given up after years of faithful service. Having withstood her raving about how good it was for a few weeks, I gave in, and what a discovery... It's very effective, rotating at high speed, and my teeth are now even brighter/cleaner than before; even my gums seem healthier.

Only one small quibble; the battery light flashes as it re-charges, which can feel like you have a small lighthouse in your bedroom if you choose to charge it there!


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