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Under Milk Wood
Under Milk Wood
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Price: £12.99

54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be warned - wrong edition - not the film version !, 4 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Under Milk Wood (DVD)
Although Burton's voice is always worth a listen be warned that this is an ANIMATED film, NOT the one with Burton, Taylor and O'Toole. Amazon should be ashamed for mis-labelling product like this. Very disappointing ! If you want Burton's reading it is available on CD, so the DVD is pointless.
Since writing this warning I have realised that Amazon uses the same reviews for all versions/formats of an item, so my warning now appears on all the legitimate products as well ! Nice one Amazon (not) !
To be clear if the product cover shows four figures dancing iun silhouette against the sun, then that is the ANIMATED version. I assume the other covers are in fcat the actual film, if you're brave enough to try.
Hpe this helps someone from getting caught as I did !
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Trainsong: Guitar Compositions 1967-2010
Trainsong: Guitar Compositions 1967-2010
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning !, 30 Aug. 2011
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If like me you had never heard of Michael Chapman and weren't sure how an all instrumental album would sound, let me assure you that his acoustic guitar work is amazing and his compositions wash over you like waves. Don't miss out.


Breaking Silence
Breaking Silence

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one Janis Ian album this should be it., 20 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Breaking Silence (Audio CD)
Janis Ian had several careers, all but disappearing between each burst of success - first as 16 yr old child prodigy (1967's Society's Child was an anti-racism song ahead of its time), again as pop starlet with 1975's smash hit At Seventeen (perfectly capturing every young teenage girls angst),next as disco diva (1979's Fly Too High, The Other Side of the Sun) with help from Donna Summer's producer Giorgio Moroder. However by the mid eighties Janis was disillusioned with the cynical pop music industry and when she withdrew many thought that this was the end of her career. After surviving some difficult personal times and an unsuccessful marriage she eventually emerged in the early nineties, newly "out" as a lesbian and having written the songs that make up this aptly named "Breaking Silence" album. The break may have been difficult personally, but the songs written during this period are awesome, and in my view the best since At Seventeen. I was lucky enough to witness the 1991 Amsterdam concert where she premiered these songs ahead of releasing the album ion 1992. The audience reaction was one of stunned exhilaration. I cannot recommend this album strongly enough to anyone who loves great songwriting and beautiful acoustic guitar.

This is no mere lesbian celebration album. The songs concerning relationships ("Ride Me Like A Wave") are sensitively written and capture the real beauty and power of a great love. "Tattoo" is a stunning narrative of a Nazi concentration camp survivor and is one of the most powerful and moving songs I have ever heard. ("Surgeons took the mark, but they could not take it far.."). "HIs Hands" concerns spousal abuse and is equally compelling and disturbing. All the remaining songs are of equal quality, intelligent lyrics with beautiful acoustic arrangements. No weak links or filler here.

One of my top 10 albums of all time.


United Artists Collection
United Artists Collection
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.48

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four early Gordon Lightfoot albums for the price of one !!, 14 May 2007
Gordon Lightfoot is unbeatable at what he does. If you are new to him then Gords Gold (Vol 1) is the best introduction, but this United Artists Collection CD contains the complete tracklistings of the first four Gordon Lighfoot albums : 1966's Lightfoot, 1967's The Way I Feel , 1968 Did she mention my name, and 1968's Back here on earth, plus a version of "The first time ever I saw your face". 11 of the tracks on this CD are also on Gords Gold so for a tenner this looks like a bargain, unless you already have these albums !


The Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull
The Best Of Acoustic Jethro Tull
Price: £5.47

38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's more to Tull than Aqualung & Locomotive Breath!, 19 April 2007
As a serious fan and a completist collector of Tull I picked up this compilation as a matter of course. However , it strikes me that this particular compilation is the perfect selection for those who only know Jethro Tull for Aqualung or Locomotive Breath, who think that band leader Ian Anderson is really named Jethro Tull or who haven't listened to Tull since the seventies. Tull, at full force, is not an easy listen for the uninitiated and some of the rock bluster could put new listeners off.

This acoustic set, however, perfectly captures the delicate, disciplined music majesty of Tull and includes songs from across the nearly 40 years of their existence, including all the various genres that Tull dabbled with. The playing order is in chronological order so it offers a virtual walk through of the band's history from the early days (Fat Man etc),the heights of Mother Goose (off Aqualung)and Thick as a Brick from their commercial peak, Dun Ringill and Jack Frost from the "rural/folk-rock" period, Under Wraps from the (brief) dalliance with electronica and Water Carrier from the more recent world-music influences on Ian's solo album Secret Language of Birds (which is highly recommended). An eclectic journey indeed but all underlining the brilliance of the musicians making the journey!

Most of the classic acoustic numbers are here but inevitably my selection would have been slightly different. Missing (for me) is an acoustic version of Rocks on the Road from Catfish Rising which remains one of Tull's most special moments (IMHO). But the inclusion of One White Duck, Dun Ringill, Jack Frost and Broadford Bazaar restores one's faith.

The final track Pastime with Good Company is the only song not available elsewhere, and it is worth having, as it demonstrates (again) the Tull's musical palate is so much more extensive than their peer group, as they effortlessly do justice to this Henry VIII composition. Those who own the 20th Anniversary 3CD set will already have the other song from this genre, called King Henry's Madrigal, of which Anderson said "If Henry VIII had a rock band this is what it would sound like..".

For the convenience of having all the "gentler" Tull in one place this compilation is great, and a marvellous way to expose new listeners to the lesser known side of rock's most inventive band. (Not that I'm biased you understand).
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In Search of the Craic: One Man's Pub Crawl Through Irish Music
In Search of the Craic: One Man's Pub Crawl Through Irish Music
by Colin Irwin
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was also disappointed, 12 Mar. 2007
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Much like the previous reviewer, I bought this book in great anticipation as I am of Irish descent and a great fan of all Irish music. I too, persevered to the very end of the book, as the subject matter (irish music) is by definition compelling. I have to say that I completely agree that the humour was flat, often not funny and seldom well constructed. I think the author is trying to repeat the "McCarthy's Bar" formula, but Peter McCarthy he is not - that book was "laugh-out-loud" funny if you want a humorous book about traipsing round Ireland. If you want to know more about Irish music I don't think this book is worth the effort.


Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival
Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival
by Colin Harper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended - will have you relooking old albums..., 7 Mar. 2007
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Previous reviews are comprehensive so I won't repeat the content of the book, but I wanted to confirm the pleasure of reading a well written book about an underrated and underexposed artist. I had not appreciated the extent of his influence both on peers in the "folk-boom" and on thousands of steel-strung acoustic guitar players since. If, like me, you are a fan of acoustic music and the sixties musicians you will find yourself digging out old albums from Paul Simon, Al Stewart, Donovan, Martin Carthy, Pentangle and Bert himself to experience his influence in a new light!

The book is full of fascinating cross-references to the other artists of the time, and is constantly engaging. Highly recommended.


Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival
Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival
by Colin Harper
Edition: Paperback

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for fans of the sixties "folk-boom", 11 Aug. 2004
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The previous review is so comprehensive that I won't repeat the content of the book, but I wanted to confirm the pleasure of reading a well written book about an underrated and underexposed artist. I had not appreciated the extent of his influence both on peers in the "folk-boom" and on thousands of steel-strung acoustic guitar players since. If like me you are a fan of acoustic music and the sixties musicians you will find yourself digging out old albums from Paul Simon, Al Stewart, Donovan, Martin Carthy, Pentangle and Bert himself to experience his influence in a new light!
The book is full of fascinating cross-references to the other artists of the time, and is constantly engaging. Highly recommended.


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