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Hill Street Blues - Season 3 (region 2 compatible dvd)
Hill Street Blues - Season 3 (region 2 compatible dvd)
Offered by wmdservices
Price: £19.84

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5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking police procedural, 12 Mar. 2016
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A groundbreaking police procedural from the early 1980's that rewrote the rule book for many shows that followed, Hill Street Blues was a fixture on the fledgling Channel 4 and deservedly won many awards. Made in a then original fly on the wall style each show is a composite of a number of tales, some which run just for the length of the episode, some that span over several. The main focus is the Hill Street Precinct with the underfunded but fiercely loyal police just about keeping their heads above water coping with the chaos the day throws at them, from dealing with petty criminals, public defenders gangs and each other. Heading up the precinct is Frank Furillo, sometimes referred to as Saint Frank by his colleagues from other precincts for his firm belief in doing things right. Aside from dealing with the officers and issues under his control he also has to deal with regular visits from his partner Joyce Davenport who doubles as public defender, often leading to conflicts; and his ex-wife Fay, often due to issues with unseen son Frank Junior. Conflict of interest is a theme throughout with Detective J.D.LaRue who often bends the law a little in another failed get rich quick scheme batted down by partner Neal Washington. There's also the conflict of devotion to duty of Detective Belker with loyalty to his unseen, aged 'Ma' who regularly rings when he's in the middle of booking another suspect. The action often starts with the initial shift meeting downstairs presided upon by Sergeant Esterhaus, and this often chaotic meeting is cleverly used as a device to set up stories. The action moves from story to story in a series of vignettes, often cleverly intertwined. Series such as The Wire and CSI owe this programme a huge debt of gratitude, there really was nothing like it before. Great storylines, believable characters you care for and naturalistic acting make this show a masterclass. For years only the first two series were available on Region 2 before a complete box set was issued. Now despite this Australian import stating it's Region 4 on the box it's Region 2 compatible, and at a reasonable price. A great memory, and good, solid transfers to DVD make this a winner

Get Off Spray Repellent For Cats And Dogs
Get Off Spray Repellent For Cats And Dogs
Offered by Cambridge Pet Store
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed results based on sex of cat, 11 Mar. 2016
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Mixed results here. I've tried pretty much every make, including this, available via Amazon. The male cat ignores it and carries on regardless, both female cats take heed and avoid the sprayed area. A distinctive, but not unduly unpleasant smell. Avoid spraying anywhere near an aquarium however as it will affect the fish.

Shaws Repel All, 300 ml
Shaws Repel All, 300 ml
Price: £4.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed results based on sex of cat, 11 Mar. 2016
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Mixed results here. I've tried pretty much every make, including this, available via Amazon. The male cat ignores it and carries on regardless, both female cats take heed and avoid the sprayed area. A distinctive, but not unduly unpleasant smell. Avoid spraying anywhere near an aquarium however as it will affect the fish.

Move On Up: The Singles Anthology 1970-90
Move On Up: The Singles Anthology 1970-90

4.0 out of 5 stars Prolific socially aware commentator, 11 Mar. 2016
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I'm almost ashamed to say that Curtis Mayfield had almost passed me by until this point. This superior compilation rights that shortcoming, containing a comprehensive round up of every single released between 1970 and 1990. Aside from Move On Up which opens this collection I knew a small number of tracks from BBC4 programmes, namely Freddie's Dead, Keep On Keeping On and We Got To Have Peace. It was these repeats that alerted me to what I was missing. Mayfield's sweet falsetto voice makes a beautiful counterpoint to socially aware lyrics, almost the iron fist in the velvet glove. Whilst politics in music can sometimes jarr there's no such issue with Mayfield, who together with Marvin Gaye in the early 70's spearheaded social awareness in music. There's no better example than in his soundtrack for the film Superfly with the eponymous title track and Freddie's Dead doing exactly the opposite of many blaxploitation films by not glorifying the characters but actually deriding them. And that's the key thing throughout, Mayfield's lyrics are always honest, always from the heart, always tell it like it is. The majority of these tracks are soulful, many are also funky, although there's a small detour into disco along the way. There really isn't a bad track in this superb value 39 track compilation, it's an even ride throughout showing just how prolific Mayfield was. On the strength of this I will certainly investigate his back catalogue further, including his work with The Impressions where he appears to have been just as prolific.

20 Greatest Hits
20 Greatest Hits
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £3.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Probably Aretha's 20 Greatest Tracks, 8 Mar. 2016
This review is from: 20 Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
There are plenty of Aretha Franklin compilations out there, but this really does contain arguably the 20 greatest tracks from The Queen Of Soul. If you want to know just why Franklin deserves that moniker you will find no better starting place. Covering the Atlantic years 1967-1974 the tracks are presented in roughly chronological order with a few programming liberties to aid the flow. Huge covers such as Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Spanish Harlem and I Say A Little Prayer sit comfortably alongside some great self-penned work such as Think, Call Me and Dr Feelgood. Franklin's peerless voice bleeds soul, often revealing her gospel roots with performances that never fail to ring the very best from the material, with many of these versions definitive despite alternate versions being available by the likes of Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and Dusty Springfield. Franklin inhabits these tracks, stamping her authority all over them. Having purchased this from HMV last year it's an album I come back frequently to.

Track Listing:

† 1. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
† 2. Respect
† 3. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
† 4. Dr. Feelgood (Love Is Serious Business)
† 5. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
† 6. Chain Of Fools
† 7. Save Me
† 8. The House That Jack Built
† 9. Think
† 10. I Say A Little Prayer
† 11. See Saw
† 12. Day Dreaming
† 13. Call Me
† 14. Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
† 15. You're All I Need To Get By
† 16. I'm In Love
† 17. Spanish Harlem
† 18. Rock Steady
† 19. Angel
† 20. Until You Come Back To Me [That's What I Am Going To Do]

Original album:

I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You (1967) tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
Lady Soul (1968) tracks 5, 6
Stand alone single (1968) track 8
Aretha Now (1968) tracks 9, 10, 11
This Girl's In Love With You (1970) track 13
Spirit In The Dark (1970) track 14
Aretha's Greatest Hits (1971) tracks 15, 17
Young, Gifted And Black (1972) tracks 12, 18
Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky) (1973) track 19
Let Me In Your Life (1974) tracks 16, 20

Live At The Apollo (1962)
Live At The Apollo (1962)
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £4.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Throughly deserves it's reputation, 7 Mar. 2016
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Often cited as the greatest live album of all time, curiosity finally made me succumb and hear for myself what all the fuss was about - I wasn't disappointed. Recorded in 1962 at Brown's own insistence and paid for personally after King Records resistance this short album captures the excitement of a James Brown concert perfectly and catapulted him to stardom. The audience are as much of the star as Brown and his terrific backing band The Famous Flames, with atmosphere dripping down the walls. This was soul performed in a manner never captured before in radically different performances to those recorded in the studio with Brown perfectly at home in his natural habitat. This was a watershed for both Brown's career as well as the live album format which barely existed outside the world of jazz up to this point. The introduction of Brown and the band is an essential part of the album, with announcer Fats Gonder whipping the crowd into a frenzy before Brown takes the stage to perform I'll Go Crazy. It's an unrestrained, joyous release for Brown who milks the audience with screams and hollers. The centrepiece of the album is a 10:40 version of Lost Someone, stretched out beautifully and showing Brown off at his best. This is followed by superb eight song medley changing the pace masterfully over just over six minutes framed by big hit Please, Please, Please. This really is an astonishing album capturing Brown at his youthful peak. It thoroughly deserves it's reverential reputation.

Shaft: Original Soundtrack
Shaft: Original Soundtrack
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £9.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Stax's biggest seller, 3 Mar. 2016
This really is a groundbreaking album. The first double album of original material by an R&B artist. Stax's biggest ever selling album. The first Oscar to a black artist in a non-acting category for Theme From Shaft. That theme tune opens the album and sets the tone for much of what is to follow. Forget about the film, this soundtrack album towers over it. 12 of the 15 tracks are instrumental with Hayes leading a class Stax line-up including The Memphis Horns. Those horns give great backing on full on Stax tracks like Be Yourself. Anyone familiar with Stax's house style will not be disappointed with the pumping brass this track exemplifies. Yet there are lush orchestrations too, ringing the changes stylistically in a varied soundtrack evidently ringing the changes to fit the scene on film well. Soulsville, one of the other vocal tracks sees Hayes at his most soulful, reigning in the power in his voice in a performance seeping soul from every pore. Special mention must go to Michael Toles and Charles Pitts, whose lead and rhythm guitar work respectively adds so much to the album. Running to 69 minutes, not all the music made the final cut of the film, instead being a very early instance of music inspired by a film. The key instance is Do Your Thing, clocking in at a huge 19:38 but just one example of Hayes stretching the length of the song form throughout his career. It's not hard to see why this is Stax's biggest seller, it's both of its time but has also stood the test of time due to the sheer quality of Hayes' vision for the project.

BT 4-Tone Loud Indoor Ringer - Easy Plug In & Use - Tonecaller II Loud Extension
BT 4-Tone Loud Indoor Ringer - Easy Plug In & Use - Tonecaller II Loud Extension
Price: £22.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Loud auxiliary ringer, 2 Mar. 2016
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Purchased on recommendation after missing a number of phone calls due to a mild hearing issue, this indoor ringer simply plugs into an existing phone socket or via a signal splitter. Most households allow 4 REN to be used on a single phoneline, so as a phone typically = 1 REN you can have up to four around the house. This device also uses 1 REN, so make sure you aren't exceeding that allowance before purchase. There are two dials on the device, one to adjust volume, the other to select one of four preset rings at different pitches, simply select position 1-4 to choose the ring that best suits you. I can see two purposes for this device, either the louder ring I require or to plug in to a socket in another room to alert that the phone is ringing elsewhere in the house or, for instance whilst out in the garden. It's certainly loud enough to provide an alert for me as I no longer miss calls.

BT Telephone Socket Doubler/Splitter
BT Telephone Socket Doubler/Splitter
Offered by Northeast Cables Ltd
Price: £1.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Well made, low price, 2 Mar. 2016
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At £1.14 and free P&P this really can't fail. There are several reasons for requiring a phone line splitter - having a phone either side of a bed, in two locations in a lounge, on two office desks, for a phone and fax using the same line for instance. Mine was for a louder, external ringer due to missing some calls. It's a well made, simple piece of kit I can't find fault with at a bargain price.

Best Of Bowie
Best Of Bowie
Price: £5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb summary of a musical giant's career, 27 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Best Of Bowie (Audio CD)
Revisiting this CD following David Bowie's untimely passing reveals a breathtakingly accomplished overview of his career between 1967 and 2002. It's important to note that this is in fact 21 different albums depending on which part of the world you buy it in, with track listings varying depending how well tracks did in those territories. I'm reviewing the UK version. 39 tracks reveal a remarkably consistent high quality, featuring many highlights. With well over 100 singles to choose from its perhaps not surprising that there are some omissions - no Cat People, John I'm Only Dancing (Again), Knock On Wood, DJ, or Alabama Song for instance; and perhaps thankfully no Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth or The Laughing Gnome either. At yet despite those omissions there's room for a few well known album tracks like The Man Who Sold The World (a hit for Lulu), Oh! You Pretty Things (ditto Peter Noone) and Ziggy Stardust. Disc 1 is chock full of the big early to mid 70's hits, though kicks off with 1969's Space Oddity and ends with 1976's cover of Wild Is The Wind - though not released as a single until 1981. Along the way we take in Life On Mars?, Changes, The Jean Genie, Sorrow, Rebel Rebel.... it's almost too hard to contemplate that one man could hit the spot so well so often. Disc 2 starts with 1977's Sound And Vision, showing the the album hasn't been sequenced in strict chronological order, rather in a rough time line with liberties taken to please the ear stylistically. We get "Heroes", Let's Dance, Ashes To Ashes and Fashion in the early part of the disc, huge tracks all. The most notable feature is collaborations, with Queen popping up on Under Pressure, Mick Jagger on Dancing In The Street, The Pat Metheny Group on This Is Not America, and Pet Shop Boys on Hallo Spaceboy. With many artists' Best Of compilations there's an almost inevitable tailing off of quality on the latter tracks - not here. Whilst tracks like Little Wonder and Jump They Say might not be as familiar to these ears they don't dip in quality. If you are new to Bowie or simply looking for a fine summary of just why he is so highly regarded this is a great place to start.

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