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5.0 out of 5 stars Their second best album after Rumours!, 25 Mar. 2013
This review is from: SAY YOU WILL (Audio CD)
Unlike almost every other band I can think of, the enigmatic Fleetwood Mac seems to draw strength from fractious relationships, once channelling their emotional disarray into what many consider the best rock album of all time. But what is ever more remarkable is that in 2003, a quarter a century after their crowing achievement, they roll back the years to release this - an album that comes surprisingly close to Rumours and arguably is better than the 1975 issue of Fleetwood Mac, Tusk, Mirage or Tango In The Night, other excellent FM albums showcasing the talents of Buckingham & Nicks. This, however, is the first album since 1970 not to include tracks written by Christine McVie, but there are two songs in which she is featured, one of these being a studio version of the familiar Bleed To Love Her. However, the fiery Buckingham/Nicks combo rises to the occasion, joining forces to take up the slack almost seamlessly. Every song on the album is either written or co-written by one or the other, but never are the credits shared. The album was written in the wake of the 9/11 attacks as manifest in the reflective Illume and the ominous Peacekeeper. Stevie Nicks has lost none of her vocal talents and shines throughout. Overall, the band presents itself in fine form and the production is first class. Lindsey Buckingham delivers some great guitar workouts and has never been better, meanwhile the McVie / Fleetwood rhythm juggernaut delivers the goods as one would expect of these wizened journeymen. The album quite long at 18 tracks, among which there are a couple of "lesser" tracks, which, to clarify, is lesser by FM standards and not those of mere mortals. But strip out the brushwood, and what you are left with is nearly a whole hour of sublimely good music. My playlist reads: 1, What's the world coming to; 2, Murrow turning over in his grave; 3, Illume 9-11; 4, Thrown Down; 5, Miranda; 6, Say you will; 7, Peacekeeper; 8, Running through the garden; 9, Bleed to love her; 10, Destiny rules; 11, Silver girl; 12, Come; 13, Smile at you. Figuratively speaking, this is a tree dripping with cherries, so it's apt that the highlight might be track no. 11, Running Through The Garden. Overall, this album is a solid five stars and highly recommendable to lovers of FM music.

Post Electric Blues
Post Electric Blues
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5.0 out of 5 stars a truly great album, 26 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Post Electric Blues (Audio CD)
A multi-faceted, anthemic, idiosyncratic and eminently listenable album by a band that just seems to get better with age.

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4.0 out of 5 stars No such thing... as a bad Marillion album, 15 April 2010
Following in the wake of epic concept albums Anoraknophobia and Marbles, this album sees Marillion distilling its trademark sounds into a compact ten-track format with mixed but, overall, pleasing results. Honestly, we've become so accustomed to the band delivering sublime music with a regularity nothing short of prolific, anything less than absolutely superb is considered a tad disappointing. Aside from 2 tracks, "Most Toys" and "Last Century for Man", I loved it. True, it needs more than one listen to get you hooked, but that`s their great secret. My favourites are the opener "Other Half", which culminates in a lovely Steve Rothery guitar solo, and the stripped-down "No such thing". I thought the vocals sounded a bit like Led Zep's "No Quarter", but you might disagree. Had it been possible, I would probably have given this album a 4.2 rather than a straight 4. There are few dead certainities in life, but one of them is: there's no such thing as a bad Marillion album!

Tea with Mr Newton (Desert Island Athletics Histories)
Tea with Mr Newton (Desert Island Athletics Histories)
by Rob Hadgraft
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing tale of the man who took distance running to a new plane, 12 Aug. 2009
Who better to write the long overdue biography of Arthur Newton than Rob Hadgraft, author of that trilogy of eminently readable books about historic running legends Alf Shrubb, Walter George and Deerfoot.
Once again, Hadgraft has crafted a meticulously researched, well-illustrated and entertaining athletics biography, his subject matter this time being the `founding father' of ultra-distance running, Arthur Newton.
Newton died almost exactly half a century ago, so this is thus far the most contemporary of Hadgraft's athletic biographies.
"Tea With Mr. Newton" is the truly fascinating story of an English gent who, against all odds and on limited means, goes from obscurity to international acclaim as a record-breaking distance runner.
But there is evidently much more to the man.
Besides being the inspirational figure behind the world-famous Comrades" Marathon, Newton is credited with inventing what we today called LSD, which in its legal form is Long Slow Distance running, "slow" being relative because Newton clearly didn't hang around!
Hadgraft guides us expertly through Newton's formative years in England, but the story begins in earnest when his parents send him to Boer-war-torn South Africa at the age of 19.
Years later, now eking out a living as a farmer in the province of Natal, Newton finds himself embroiled in a land dispute with the South African government. Newton is 38, a committed pipe smoker and non-runner, but to draw attention to his grievances he decides to win the upcoming Comrades Marathon, a recently launched 54 mile footrace from Durban to Pietermaritzburg.
The rest, they say, is history.
Running on intellect and commonsense, he embarks on a quite remarkable journey. His first run, a mile down the road, leaves him exhausted and gasping for air. But within a year he is running on average almost a marathon every day. And yet, somehow, he contrives to fit all this training around a busy working life.
Hadgraft depicts Newton as a typical English gent with an extrovert bent, a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde all wrapped up in one. A quiet-spoken man who became one of the most outspoken athletics critics of the athletics establishment. For all his controversy, he was a generous and kind gentleman in the truest sense of the word. Despised by the establishment, adored by runners.
The author's enthusiasm for one of the most colourful characters ever to don a running shoe comes through on every page of this well-scripted story. Rob Hadgraft is not so much a biographer as an accomplished storyteller with a biographer's eye for detail. Hadgraft also manages to interview several former runners, including the great South African marathoner Jackie Mekler, who stayed at Newton's modest Ruislip home more than half a century ago.
Ambitious runners and coaches from far afield made the pilgrimage to West London to listen to the advice generously dispensed by this `Obi-Wan Kenobi' of marathon running. Tea with Mr. Newton was one date no-one wanted to miss!
This is a page-turner and an education. Get your copy now!

In Rainbows
In Rainbows
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything in its right place, 11 July 2009
This review is from: In Rainbows (Audio CD)
I`ll keep it short as, to be perfectly honest, I can't really add anything new to the other reviews, except give it a 5* rating. It`s always a bold statement to make, particularly with such a profoundly iconic band, but this is, I feel, their best album to date. Period!

Graffiti Soul
Graffiti Soul

5.0 out of 5 stars Still alive and kicking, 18 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Graffiti Soul (MP3 Download)
I don't subscribe to the view, read elsewhere, that this is their best effort since New Gold Dream. Granted, I thought they were on their last legs when they released the lackluster Neapolis some eight years ago. Now we know they were treading water. Since 2002's 'Cry', the Minds seem to have rediscovered a rich vein of form and fresh inspiration, not something you'd necessarily take for granted from a band that's been on the go for more than 30 years. I welcomed the decision on their excellent '2005 album Black and White' to up the guitar ante (as exemplified by Home), and this album seems to pick up seamlessly where they left off. The opener Moscow Underground with its rumbling bassline and some neat guitar work is probably my favorite. Other favourites: Stars Will Lead The Way, Rocket, This Is It, Blood Type O. There's a lot of very solid stuff here, and precious little in the way of 'filler'. In short, this album rocks nicely.

Decade in the Sun: Best of Stereophonics
Decade in the Sun: Best of Stereophonics
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4.0 out of 5 stars missing a few, 16 Dec. 2008
This is a strange compilation. It`s sizable to say the least, reflecting the great body of fantastic material the Stereophonics have released over the last decade or so. And yet, it falls slightly short of being a definitive stocktaking exercise - which surely it aspires to be. I`m not sure about the inclusion of new tracks that haven't been properly road tested (this is, after all, supposed to be a best-of). Adding (or swapping) a handful of tracks might have done the trick. For instance, Daisy Lane, Bank Holiday Monday and Lady Luck from the under-represented 'Pull The Pin'; Hurry Up And Wait, T-shirt suntan and the terrific Not Up To You from 'Word Gets Around'. So, overall, it`s 4 stars for the compilation, and not for the music itself, which of course scores max points.

You Cross My Path
You Cross My Path
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charlatans hit the high notes, 4 Aug. 2008
This review is from: You Cross My Path (Audio CD)
The Charlatans have come a long way since "The Only One I Know" 18 years ago. Sure, they've had their ups and downs in the interim, but who hasn't This album could described as a "return to form", for want of a better phrase. "You cross my path" is quite simply a superb album and its getting heavy rotation on my sound system right now. You could be forgiven for mistaking the album for New Order at times. There are five great tracks worthy of inclusion on a future re-release of "Forever": Oh! Vanity, Bad Days, The Misbegotten, Bird and The End. My absolute favourite is Bad Days with its rumbling bass intro and driving rhythm. The live version on Disc 2 sounds great, too.

Bright Idea
Bright Idea
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orson around, 2 July 2007
This review is from: Bright Idea (Audio CD)
I have no idea how this CD originally slipped under my radar but am glad I found it eventually. It's a masterful piece of work with hardly a dull moment. The musicianship is accomplished so I assume these guys are journeymen. They could have culled any number of tracks of this CD as singles. Hanging on to the end shouldn't be a problem, and then there's a real treat with the excellent ballad "Look Around". Look forward to more stuff from this band.

Never Say Die!
Never Say Die!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a good album, 22 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Never Say Die! (Audio CD)
The last of the albums by the original lineup might not match the sheer brilliance of earlier works like Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, but it's still well worth a listen, even for Shockwave and Junior's Eyes alone. The latter track begins as though its been taken straight off the sessions tape but builds to a beautiful crescendo culminating in a devlishly good Iommi solo.

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