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The Song Remains The Same
The Song Remains The Same
Price: £12.21

2 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What was the point?, 4 Nov. 2009
Zep had already faltered with the sub-standard Houses, and now they became believers in their own exaggerated sense of importance.

Double albums VERY RARELY worked, end of. Unless they were hung around a concept, or showed two completely diverse styles of a band, then self-indulgence was shrieking at you. The only exception was Exile On Main Street, which was lucky & inspired lunacy at once.

And, to make it worse, it was a live double. What's the point, please? If you were lucky enough to catch them live, you'll have your own memories and pleasures. And if you didn't, it's like trying to appreciate a painting with a blindfold on.

A single live album where they completely reworked their standards to totally different beats & rhythms or put their style on a dozen tunes from their teens would have been great. This is just a waste of talent and vinyl.
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Houses of the Holy
Houses of the Holy
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Price: £9.98

4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where the rot started!, 4 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Houses of the Holy (Audio CD)
After 4 of the most gloriously good albums ever(& they ALL still are nearly 40 years on),Zep made a sad error in releasing this album.

D'yer Maker & Over The Hills are superb, the right standard. Trouble is, the majority of the rest of the tracks are the band musically painting by numbers. Good, but very predictable. No longer exciting when you bought it on the day of release & rushed home to play it.

And the less said about The Ocean & that monstrosity Crunge the better-two rubbish filler tracks.

Sorry guys, but it was pretty much downhill from here, though not quite in the direction you'd expect.
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Girls! Girls! Girls! [DVD]
Girls! Girls! Girls! [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elvis Presley
Price: £10.46

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 very good reasons to watch this..........., 29 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Girls! Girls! Girls! [DVD] (DVD)
which we'll come to shortly.

Unfortunately, by the end of 1962, and this film's release, making 3-4 films a year was putting a lot of strain on the King. He starts looking a little chubby, off-colour and bored about here in his career.

A damn shame, but the Corporation was running out of ideas &, even worse shame, there were a lot worse films to come. The soundtrack does contain Return to Sender & Where Do You Come From.

It also contains some daft songs like We're Coming In Loaded,Earth Boy, and the immortal duo,Song of The Shrimp & Thanks To The Rolling Sea. The latter pair have a rare camp value-later films novelty songs do grate very much more.

And the 2 good reasons? They belong to blonde Stella Stevens. Elvis doesn't make any moves with her in the movie-see what I mean about a damn shame for the King!!

Braun E-Razor Pocket Twist Battery Shaver
Braun E-Razor Pocket Twist Battery Shaver

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-class!, 10 Sept. 2009
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I'm heavily-bearded, but this is ideal for cheeks & the strimmer brilliant for neck hairs.

It's great for keeping things in shape & if you aren't bearded, it's still a comfortable clean close shave.

Very impressed, highly recommended. If it can cope with my bristles(like Desperate Dan's, believe me), it's durable, too!

ivory tower
ivory tower

5.0 out of 5 stars Neither fish nor fowl but..............., 31 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: ivory tower (Audio CD)
..........Just about the best early 50's sound you will EVER hear.

They can't be defined purely as R & B or Doo Wop. Just look at the number of people who were covering their songs in 1953/4/5;that should tell you just how many classics they kept coming up with.

Their appeal has not diminished in getting on for 60 years. How many groups can you say that about, eh? AND they still perform!

The secret of their appeal & success was the voice of Otis Williams and how it meshed with the rest of the group. And I can't define it beyond that;it has a part amateur, part professional sound that all seems naturally, and occasionally laidback, although with a torch song like Save Me Save Me, you get another side altogether.

It's little wonder all those early singles go for £500+ in prime condition. Magic is an overused word these days, but it's about the best one I can give you to explain the appeal. It's rarely off my player, and you will find it just as contagious, believe me.

Kick Out The Jams
Kick Out The Jams
Price: £4.63

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't come any better!, 1 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: Kick Out The Jams (Audio CD)
Not just the best live album/set ever.

Also one of the most influential albums ever-without this, we would have had no Heavy Metal,Punk, Goth or Emo. 40-odd minutes of sustained ROCK, fuelled by the rage of a band that just blows the worst of hippy pretentiousness, American media smugness and anything else kids hated then and hate now off the planet.

People have been trying for 40 years to recreate this. Not a chance-magic just ain't a manufacturable product.

And just look at the Detroit the White Panthers(who adopted the 5)predicted would be the case-Motor City isn't just broke in half, it's totally smashed to pieces. So, it was politically and socially years ahead of everything else,too-as someone else sang(Johnny Cash,San Quentin)-Mr Congressman, you can't understand.

That's enough-get out & buy now;it's lost nothing of its' magic in 41 years & no one will get near it in the next 41,believe me.

Respighi: Roman Trilogy. Gli Uccelli. Trittico Botticelliano. La Sensitiva
Respighi: Roman Trilogy. Gli Uccelli. Trittico Botticelliano. La Sensitiva
Price: £7.07

10 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One not to miss!, 18 April 2009
It was Respighi's bad luck to be born Italian. A rich musical heritage from Montiverdi through Scarlatti & Rossini to Verdi was therefore at hand for comparison.

Doubly bad luck to begin his famous series exploring the glories of Ancient Rome when he did. And thus be continuing it as Benito Mussolini took over, seeking to revive those ancient glories in a new Roman empire.

Still, don't let that spoil things for you. The opening track proves that Respighi had other strings to his bow and could often write thoughtful and beautiful music.

However, the famous triology of Pines,Fountains & Festivals of Rome is what you're really after. And this is a fine recording of a most intriguing set of symphonic poems, which I play regularly.

Just remember, neither Benito nor Ottorino did subtle too often! If you believed it is impossible to annoy neighbours with classics, just try Circus Games for one at full blast and see!

And, joy of joys, the Pines of the Villa Borghese on here, like any decent interpretation, are filled with the totally incongruous blast of blaring trumpets as the children play. As you & I know, they're actually elephants left over from Hannibal's march over the Alps, but how they got up them pine trees remains a mystery.

Never mind, this is too good a rich, brash and sensuous listening experience to miss. So don't, in case those elephants are in YOUR pine trees now!

Seduction - The Society Collection
Seduction - The Society Collection
Price: £10.34

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not at all bad,but..........., 1 April 2009
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Danse Society were one of the very few bands on obscure Indie labels to benefit from getting to make records with a major label.

Like Red Lorry Yellow Lorry & The March Violets, they came from Yorkshire, and on this album, you'd be pressed to know it IS them & neither of the other 2 bands. You probably knew Red's lead singer never lost his Leeds accent in singing & that March's lead vocals are half female, but this album still slots in with those bands.

It's good, but it's formative, somehow not quite completed. The promise is there, but the Arista contract at least allowed them access to decent instruments and studios. The result was clear on Heaven Is Waiting-that themes were fully developed and the overall sound is ultra-dense and textured.

Seduction sometimes sounds like another amateur pub band, but it does have that winking green light visible in the distance; this band wanted to stretch itself beyond this material and did. The one problem was that the material here was much easier to reproduce live, and Society were not able to maintain their initially excellent live reputation later on.

But DO buy Seduction-it's too full of promise and good ideas to ignore. It's also lasted well, as it's now over 25 years old.

The Collection
The Collection
Price: £17.95

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd time-twice over!, 3 Mar. 2009
This review is from: The Collection (Audio CD)
The first way 3 enters here is these 2 were the 3rd natural duo like peaches and cream in pop history.

The Everlys were first chronologically, then came the immortal Edd Byrnes & Connie Stevens very briefly & then our boys. That was their 2nd go as a duo, as they'd previously had a hit (Hey Schoolgirl) as Tom & Jerry in 1957 as well.

After Paul Simon returned from bumming, busking & performing in England in 1964, they reunited as Simon & Garfunkel & made one very good LP before our number 3 comes up again.

This concerns Columbia records. They did 4 great things for rock in just 5 years; released every Robert Johnson recording in 1962, then signed Bob Dylan the same year & then signing Leonard Cohen in 1966 was the 4th great act.

The 3rd moment of inspiration concerned their 2nd album. Early in 1966, unknown to them, Columbia stitched on a orchestral backing track to Sounds of Silence from their 2nd album & a thoroughly deserved Billboard number 1 hit single resulted. The rest is history, and it's all here.

The set will show you these guys were top-class folk singers, excellent writers of their own stuff, and utterly at home in the pop charts, too. Both later had massive solo careers with a host of worthy releases apiece into the bargain.

But, however good they were as soloists, together they were simply mustard. Every album in this set is a classic & at this price, plus the DVD, you'd have to be a severly brain-damaged Boxer to miss out!

Don't let the Mrs Robinson in your life distract you-this is all just too good to miss!

Lord Of The Flies [1963] [DVD]
Lord Of The Flies [1963] [DVD]
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Price: £9.40

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Avoid like the plague!, 23 Feb. 2009
So, with a title like that for my review, why's it getting 5 stars?

Simple-it will frighten the wits out of you! It's one of the nastiest, sicker, but absolutely correct novels ever written & Peter Brooke's only directorial credit on film rather than the theatre brings the lot out.

If you believe that there is a basic self-survival and savagery in man, then what happens when a plane-load on English public school boys crash-lands on a desert island will come as no surprise. What does is that Brooke made no attempt to coach the child actors-good, because what they do comes over as natural, pleasant or not.

Even if the cinematography is a bit grainy and amatuerish on occasions, you can rightly say it adds to the documentary build-up to the complete collapse of any moral governance of any sort.

A true forgotten gem! I only went to a grammar school from 1963-70, but I can guarantee my lot would have been as evil in the situation-glad it never happened!

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