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Spaced Out - The Very Best of William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy
Spaced Out - The Very Best of William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy
Price: £5.76

39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 3 Dec 2002
This CD just leaps from the shelf in its demand to be heard. The heady mix of songs, the stimulating lyrics, the understated delivery, all combine to create a jewel that will be treasured down the centuries. The mix of tracks encompasses melodic harmonies, safe in their banality. Protest songs with a hungry feel, like the kind you get from not eating for a while. Add all these factors together and you have a product that will be appreciated by people with an exquisitely refined artistic sense, like someone who can tell butter from "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter."
There are tracks that will leave your thoughts tumbling around your head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a tumble dryer. Others more melodic in style that remind you of a dandelion swaying in a gentle breeze like an oscillating electric fan set on medium.
Shatner transposes the original urgency of Dylan's "Mr Tambourine Man". He creates a sense of serenity, tranquillity even, but this is shattered (or maybe Shatnered) with a unique ending. It will surprise you just like one of those pointy hook latches that used to dangle from doors and would fly up into your eye whenever you banged the door open again.
Shatner supplies a rendition of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". Its melodies gently drift across the space between your speakers exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.
The Spock rendition of "Everybody's Talkin" is an ominous presence in a darkened room. The track reveals itself dramatically, sounding much like the sound of a thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene in a school play. His deep, throaty, voice will remind you of the dog you owned a few years back. Spock accompanies the instrumental solo with something that can only be described as the sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
Superb is the only adjective possible for the Nimoy version of "Where Is The Love?". Find a woman who is as easy as the Daily Star crossword and play this to her. It doesn't matter if this is your wife, girlfriend, neighbour, co-worker or whoever. If by the end their breasts are not heaving like a student on 31p-a-pint night, then you know you need to look elsewhere.
Nimoy supplies "Highly Illogical", and renders it as if it is a phrase he has used too many times before. It will walk into your aural senses like a centipede with 98 missing legs. This is really the only lame duck on this release. And it's not just a metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that is actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
Artful, considered, moody "Music To Watch Space Girls By" is Spock masterpiece. Words fail to allude to the elegance of this piece. Imagine, as a ballerina enters the room, and rises gracefully en pointe, then extends one slender leg behind
her, like a dog at a lamppost.
All too soon you will come to the end of this excellent compilation. I sat in the oppressive silence. It felt like I had fallen 12 stories and hit the pavement like a paper bag filled with vegetable soup.

Charlotte Gray
Charlotte Gray
by Sebastian Faulks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.79

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has Faulks fallen out with France of the French ?, 1 Mar 2002
This review is from: Charlotte Gray (Paperback)
We read that Faulks has lived and worked in France. I would imagine that to have moved to France in the first place he would have been in love with the place and its people.
I started reading further into Charlotte Grey, almost seeing her as the young Faulks. The love of France and things french come through the early sections of the book.
As time moves on Grey finds that the French are mostly distrusting of the British support, and seemingly all to ready to bite the hand that is trying to feed them. This was later fully played out by deGaulle who despite being supported by London never forgave the British for giving him his country back...

Kings Of Albion
Kings Of Albion
by Julian Rathbone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.00

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kings of Albion - tough going, 1 Mar 2002
This review is from: Kings Of Albion (Paperback)
Rathbone uses a number of devices to narrate this tale to us. Stories recounted by Ali, Letters from Prince HariHara, and that extra bit of spice added by the magnificent Uma (whom I should very much like to meet).
The three sources are knitted together well, and one is presented with a coherently told tale .... but; The tale of the Wars of the Roses is long and is complicated by the major protagonists switching sides, doing deals, and generally confusing the heck out of anyone trying to understand what is supposed to be happening.
In the end this story like the cannons of the Yorkists gets bogged down in lengthly descriptions of muddy English roads in January.
Rathbone is a master of this style of histoical novel, as anyone who has read The Last English King will surely agree. But, this time he has bitten of more than he can chew, and believe me the last 100 pages of this novel will take some chewing. I'm ashamed to say that with 40 pages left to read, I really couldn't care who wins or who loses.

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