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Mens Maverick Flat Sandal 'A1103' - Grey - Size 8 UK
Mens Maverick Flat Sandal 'A1103' - Grey - Size 8 UK
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Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light & Comfortable., 28 July 2015
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These are comfortable sandals to wear, and the velcro strap only takes a moment to fasten/unfasten, so you can get them on/off quickly.
My feet are slim, but broad, and I found the size 8 a little on the roomy side without socks (though fine with). Quality of finish was a little untidy inside (had to cut a small protruding piece off), but the sandals are very light to wear, and quite satisfactory overall.


John Rutter: Requiem
John Rutter: Requiem
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Sublime., 27 July 2015
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This review is from: John Rutter: Requiem (Audio CD)
This is a mesmerising account of Rutter's Requiem, and various anthems, blessings & organ pieces. The sheer beauty of the singing from Clare's College has a profound depth & sense of blessing, and the recording is in the demonstration bracket. Whenever I listen to it I find it one of the most moving pieces of music I know.

Nor is this just my opinion. 'Gramophone Classical Guide' rate this recording as 'outstanding', and it not only achieved a 'rosette award' & 4 star review in Penguin Guide, but also made it into their 1000 best recordings of all time. Simply sublime!


Symphony No. 14
Symphony No. 14
Price: £7.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Songs of Love & Death, 26 July 2015
This review is from: Symphony No. 14 (Audio CD)
This is an impressive 'song-cycle' symphony throughout. Two strong soloists (bass & soprano), plus some wonderfully characterful/atmospheric orchestration from Slovak & the Czech-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (some great timpani & bells).
Powerful songs of love & death, warmly recorded. This recording is a 'Penguin Guide' 3 star choice, seen as " one of the finest" accounts of this symphony. Well worth exploring at such a modest price.


Shostakovich: Symphonies 5 & 9
Shostakovich: Symphonies 5 & 9
Price: £8.05

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Performance & Recording., 25 July 2015
This is a very effective double-bill of 5th & 9th Symphonies. Rabhari captures the weight & atmosphere of both these symphonies to perfection. He takes time over the slow movements, but subtly builds the sense of ominous menace & emotional foreboding brilliantly. Performance & recording are excellent. This was highly rated in the Penguin Guide, a rare 4 star review for an 'attractive issue'. Enough said? Essential listening.


In The Skies
In The Skies
Price: £4.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Peter Green Essential., 22 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: In The Skies (Audio CD)
This is a lovely album in the limited recording career of one of Britain's finest guitarists. It begins exquisitely with three gorgeous numbers, 'In the Skies', 'Slabo Day' and 'Fool No More', all of which feature really lyrical guitar work (from Snowy White on 'Slabo Day'), then I feel it goes a little flabby in the middle with the very average 'Seven Stars' & 'Just For You', but ends strongly with 'Proud Pinto' and 'Apostle', which return to the strength & beauty of the first part of this album. Lovely stuff.

If you couple this with the 'Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac' and John Mayall's 'A Hard Road', then you'd be well on the way to having most of this superb guitarist's best work...


Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf
Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf
Price: £11.86

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4.0 out of 5 stars Richly Melodic Stuff from the Songsmith, 22 Jun. 2015
For me, Ken Hensley was the songwriting genius behind Uriah Heep, both melodically & lyrically. When this vinyl album first came out I was looking forward to hearing 'Rain', which he'd originally decided to record with a heavy drumbeat backing, until outvoted by the rest of the band, as they liked the simple beauty of the song as it stood, so I was looking forward to comparing both versions. To my disappointment, the version here is similar to the 'Heep' version.

Overall though, this is an impressive album, with some lovely guitar, keyboard & synthesiser work, strong melodies & lyrics. The weaker pieces, such as 'King Without a Throne' don't rise above the pedestrian, but these are well outweighed by some really strong numbers, such as 'Fortune', 'When Evening Comes', 'From Time to Time', 'Black-hearted Lady', and 'The Last Time', which feature richly melodic guitar, strong unforgettable melodies, and great lyrics, well delivered.

I've never tired of this album, and feel the best tracks (like the best of Heep's output) are ageless.


At Large - Complete Sessions + 9 Bonus Tracks (2CD)
At Large - Complete Sessions + 9 Bonus Tracks (2CD)
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Price: £11.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Silky Stan, 28 Mar. 2015
This is a lovely collection of mid-tempo & ballad material, with Getz sounding really impressive. Throughout, there is a lustrous quality to Getz playing, and his interplay with Jan Johannsen on piano is very sympathetically realised. The sound quality is good, the rhythm section perfectly in tune with the mood of each piece, and there's an overall warmth to the recording.

These relatively rare albums showcase a musician in wonderful voice; the highly-rated Penguin Jazz Guide review talks of Getz' delivery being a thing of "heavenly grace", and his performance being "concentrated & inspired throughout", and the All Music Guide gives a similar high rating. Well worth exploring: lots of fascinating material at a relatively modest cost.


At Large
At Large
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Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silky Stan, 28 Mar. 2015
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Although I'm torn between giving this lovely double-album collection 4 or 5 stars, I've gone for the latter to counteract (a little) the ludicrous 1 star review, based wholly on a mistaken photograph, rather than the quality of the music. Throughout, there is a lustrous quality to Getz playing, and his interplay with Jan Johannsen on piano is very sympathetically realised. The sound quality is good, the rhythm section perfectly in tune with the mood of each piece, and there's an overall warmth to the recording.

These relatively rare albums showcase a musician in wonderful voice; the highly-rated Penguin Jazz Guide review talks of Getz' delivery being a thing of "heavenly grace", and his performance being "concentrated & inspired throughout", and the All Music Guide gives a similar high rating. The cd booklet is a disgrace, giving no information whatever (not even personnel) apart from the wrong photograph, but the quality of the music inside is close to 5 star heaven, and that's why I bought this in the first place, at a very modest price for such riches inside. If you love Getz, you'll love this. If you don't know him, but enjoy hearing some beautiful sax tones without distortion, this is also for you...


Ochre
Ochre
Price: £12.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serene Beauty., 23 Mar. 2015
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This is a blissful mix of music & instruments from across Europe. Although based on seven 'traditional songs sung in England within the past century', this doesn't mean they originated here, and the mix of exotic instruments help reflect that richness. Apart from the clear, crystal tones of Cronshaw's zither (an exquisite, almost harp-like tone), this mesmerisingly beautiful album also features quanun (a form of box zither), oud (a type of lute), fujara (a type of large upright whistle), soprano sax, double bass, triple harp, clarinet, piano & much more.

The pacing of the pieces gives them plenty of room to 'breathe', and gives the music a serene, meditative quality, where you feel you could almost 'walk round the notes'. At times I was reminded of the clear crystal notes of Toumani Diabate's superb kora playing, but this album is a beguiling, and addictive, highly original treasure. Listen to the samples above if you need convincing.
An essential purchase for music lovers everywhere.


Casio MQ24/7B Unisex Quartz Watch with White Dial Analogue Display and Black Resin Strap
Casio MQ24/7B Unisex Quartz Watch with White Dial Analogue Display and Black Resin Strap
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic & Lightweight., 17 Mar. 2015
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Really lightweight (hardly know it's on my wrist!), attractive, classic appearance. Superfast delivery. Shall update on reliability once I've had it for a while longer. Excellent, inexpensive buy so far.


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