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Haiku (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)
Haiku (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)
by Peter Washington
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.15

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars extensive content, 19 Jan 2004
This is a lovely little hardback that's perfect for sticking in your coat pocket to get out at any moment for a quick read of.
It's split into chapters such as birds, plants, animals etc. which is why I only give it 4 stars. Ok Haiku usually come in themed chapters, but I feel that this is too narrow and you get say seven poems all about nightingales followed by three about swans and that does make it slightly repetative feeling where if they were mixed up it would be more pleasurable.
But that asside there's an extensive collection of themes from the classics like Basho through to modern verse too.
A pleasurable book indeed.

Grass Roots
Grass Roots
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 27.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic underground tracks, 19 Jan 2004
This review is from: Grass Roots (Audio CD)
This is an amazing double cd highlighting the music that shaped DJ Danny Krivit in his early days.
It's full of gems from The Loft and Paradise Garage so if you like the music that shaped modern 'dance' and disco this is a must have...better than the Salsoul compilations and on a par with David Mancuso's Loft cds this is full of great jazz/african/latin/disco classics that really get the emotions going as well as the feet dancing.
One of my all time favourite albums.

Grass Roots
Grass Roots

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic dance tracks from the underground disco scene, 22 Dec 2003
This review is from: Grass Roots (Audio CD)
If you've any interest in disco beyond its commercial face then this is a must for you. The tracks on this inspired Danny Krivit over the years and we find songs that were big with legends such as Davis Mancuso (The Loft) and Larry Levam (Paradise Garage). These are beautiful danceable songs ranging from disco (Philly) to funk, African and jazz. An eclectic mix that makes you appreciate every sound created here.

The Lover Speaks
The Lover Speaks

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sensual, dark and beautiful, 22 Dec 2003
This review is from: The Lover Speaks (Audio CD)
This is one of the most lovely etherial albums from the 80s that I have ever heard. It has a deep, dark romantic feel that stetches far beyond what most 80s gothicy/melancholic bands ever achieved. If you like Joy Division, Cocteau Twins and the like do try and hunt this gem down, it will be well worth it.
Beautfully arranged, layred songs with poetic lyrics make this a spectacular one off from the band.

Disco House
Disco House
Price: 9.36

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars modern disco vibes, 7 Dec 2003
This review is from: Disco House (Audio CD)
This is one of the best disco-esque house albums around. It has its roots well and truley fixed into the Salsoul sound with most songs here featuring samples from those classics.
Most of the songs here are well known hits, but mixed together here they make an unmistakeably happy, upbeat album that's bound to get you singing and dancing along.

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
by Frank Broughton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive essential read, 13 Nov 2003
Out of all the many books that I have read charting the musical evolution surrounding disco through to todays dance scene, this is by far my favourite one. It's not just for people who are into dance music, but is a good book for anybody who likes music at all. It discusses musical and cultural change.
The book is thoroughly enjoyable to read, full of great humour and affection for the scenes being discussed, right from nothern soul through to acid house and more recently.
The book is weighted with disco and hip-hop histories and the only gripe is that the last few chapters breeze through the 90s dance scene (for this try 'adventures in wonderland: a decade of club cuture'). But you couldn't hope to find a more insightful summary of 70s and 80s music.

Asian Lounge [VINYL]
Asian Lounge [VINYL]
Offered by Musical Notes
Price: 8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like you'd imagine, 30 Oct 2003
This review is from: Asian Lounge [VINYL] (Audio CD)
Ok, so it's called Asian'd think it would be some classic chill-out sounds from Asian artists, far from it. Looking at the track break down, it appears that just about every track is written by some Italian and all are performed by a host of artists I've never heard of. The tracks are fairly heavy on percussion and all very samey.
It just seems to be an Asian inspired second rate dance compilation.
Don't waste your money, there's plenty of good stuff on labels like Outcaste and Metro that is the genuine thing.

Haiku: Poetry Ancient & Modern
Haiku: Poetry Ancient & Modern
by Jackie Hardy
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful verse and art, 29 Oct 2003
This is a lovely book combining classic haiku anecdotes with contemporary verse and beautiful colour paintings. The poems are split into sections relating to the elements.
There's plenty of styles in here ranging from philosophical to nature loving and wit.

Zen Poems (Anthology)
Zen Poems (Anthology)
by Manu Bazzano
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful and relaxing, 29 Oct 2003
This review is from: Zen Poems (Anthology) (Hardcover)
This book mixes beautiful modern and classic poems that fit the zen thought with sumi-e paintings to create a wonderful little book that is inspirational and that is poignant too.
There is an abundance of haiku here, but there are other poems and quotes that have zen qualities included too.
The poems are in chapters reflecting seasons.
This is one of those books that I get out during lunch breaks or at the end of a manic day as reading it is a calming experince.

Hammam Cafe
Hammam Cafe
Offered by FastMedia "Ships From USA"
Price: 19.73

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of sounds from the east, 29 Oct 2003
This review is from: Hammam Cafe (Audio CD)
Don't be fooled by this cds claim of 'Oriental Lounge'...this is far from the milieaux of asian-flavoured chill-out that is popping up all over the place. The music here is far more meaty and rhythmic, so don't be expecting whooshy ambiance.
Here is a great mix of middle-eastern and further-eastern sounds presented in a great modern and somewhat wetsrnised way. There are the usual percussion fuelled tracks as well as guitars, saxophones and pianos giving rise to some thoroughly original sounds (Asian-jazz abounds). Each track is a stand out in itself and the musicianship and singing is quality stuff.
A must have for fans of world music, this adds a whole new level to the genre.

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