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King's Road: The Rise and Fall of the Hippest Street in the World
King's Road: The Rise and Fall of the Hippest Street in the World
by Max Décharné
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book..., 28 Nov 2012
This is a brilliant book, wonderful detail about the history of Kings Road especially from the 1950's onwards. Packed wth so many facts it almost feels like you're being informed what happened on a daily basis.

If you enjoy this go and buy Max's other books and all the records by the Flaming Stars, there's worse ways to spend your money ;o)

Notes On: Death
Notes On: Death
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £3.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give this woman some support!!!, 11 April 2012
This review is from: Notes On: Death (Audio CD)
After 2005's 'Notes on Love' I thought PJP had retired or something as she seemed to completely vanish. Then snippets of news came through and then a great small intimate show at the lovely St Pancras Old Church where I picked up a copy of this cd.

It doesn't exactly open in a very catchy way, 'Underworld Tubeophany' is 12 minutes of weird Tuba led noise, not very Take That but it sounds very good and creates a mood. Then it's straight into the actual songs as it crashes into 'City of Lost Angels', a straight forward rock song. The rest of the double cd is brilliant, '3 Men , 3 Mothers Dead' and 'All at Sea' are quite folky, 'Dark Night of the Soul' is a beautiful song that needs to played to death by everyone and the rest of the songs are beautifully eerie and atmospheric in turns.

Petra Jean is totally unique and I can't think of anyone who actually sounds like her or vice versa, PJ Harvey springs to mind, not that she sounds like her but both are totally unclassifiable.

Lets hope this sells a few more units and we don't have to wait until 2018 for her next record

In The Region Of The Summer Stars
In The Region Of The Summer Stars
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £8.49

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.., 11 April 2012
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Saw this at a bargain price of 2.99 so snapped it up immediately.
I've had the original on vinyl for ages plus the re-recorded version from 1984.
This is an excellent re-release and the re-mastering is superb, it really brought out all the qualities of the all the playing that I never picked up on from the original release.
The only thing wrong with this is a lack of extras (there's an original vocal version of the title track that would have been a great addition) and the notes are very basic alas..

Apart from that it's great!!

Price: £12.35

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent..., 26 April 2011
This review is from: Epic (Audio CD)
Brilliant album that's just started to get hold of me, 'Peacesigns' is just wonderful and I can't get it out of my head and other tracks are coming close.

The only reason I've not given 5 stars is because it's not long enough..

The Penny Arcade
The Penny Arcade
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £7.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Like PJ Harvey having tea with Hank Williams......, 10 Mar 2011
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This review is from: The Penny Arcade (Audio CD)
Given that Anna Calvi, Imelda May are suddenly very big it's a bit astonishing to find out the world hasn't taken Ms Breeze to it's collective bosom.

I've been into her since I heard her Badlands ep from a few years ago and most of the tracks appear here in a re-recorded form. `Badlands' itself sounds as if PJ Harvey had been more into Hank Williams than Captain Beefheart

Standouts would be `Badlands', `Money' (which in a just and fair world would be a Top 10 single), `Visceral Thrill' and `Mondays Right Hook' plus a fine rendition of `Lonesome Highway.'

Excellent album and she is well worth seeing live as well

This Is the Magic Mile
This Is the Magic Mile
Price: £14.52

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally under rated, 10 Mar 2011
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This review is from: This Is the Magic Mile (Audio CD)
I don't have this cd any more for the sole reason that after I listened to it I went out and collected all of Ed Kueppers releases.
This is a perfect introduction to his releases and it's a healthy selection from everything he's done post -Laughing Clowns.

Price: £10.02

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sort of...., 21 Jun 2010
This review is from: CA VA (Audio CD)
Peter Blegvad mentioned in the sleeve notes to another cd that Slapp Happy fans are an 'exclusive club', which is probably the nice way to describe a cult following.
Have been into this band for ages and they've always delivered brilliant music, off kilter pop in the best tradition and it was great to see them live earlier this century.

This album is well up to the standard of previous efforts and it's a great surprise that 'Scarred for Life' hasn't been covered to death.

One of the few groups to give quirky a good name! ;o)

The Bones Of All Men
The Bones Of All Men
Price: £9.52

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Under -rated, 21 April 2010
This review is from: The Bones Of All Men (Audio CD)
I remember buying this in 1998 & being very impressed with this and was also amazed that it seemed to disappear under the radar so quickly. I don't recall there being any shows to support the release (I would have thought it would have been great to see it done at Cropredy or the South Bank in London)

Either way, if you're a fan of RT and Fairport or folk-rock in general it's a must buy. Great old tunes performed exquisitly....


0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear......., 4 Feb 2010
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This review is from: 1974-1976 (Audio CD)
If you like 3cds of what sounds like the Klangers doing the Hoovering then this is for you (actually that's just the first two cds, I didn't have the strength to listen to the 3rd cd)

PS. To be fair the Japanese live stuff did sound a lot better from the samples available on Amazon & the 'Bored' cd with Ron Ashton is fab!
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Past Imperfect
Past Imperfect

5.0 out of 5 stars Aussie Rules...., 1 July 2009
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This review is from: Past Imperfect (Audio CD)
I'd never heard of the Wreckery until I looked on the Citadel records home page & chanced upon them & was intrigued by the description & pictures therein, they seemed to fit the whole Melbourne/Birthday Party/Heroin chic/Berlin ambience (ironic as it appears they never played outside of Austraila) .The band also included Hugo Race (from the original Bad Seeds) . I'd recently brought a compilation of his solo material that was excellent. So thought I'd take a chance & buy a copy without even hearing it but I had a feeling just from looking at the cover that I'd like the music.

The music is mostly excellent, reminiscent of the Birthday Party, Scientists, Crime & the City Solution & all those other great Australian bands that were around at the time. Favourite tracks so far are `Ruling Energy', `No Shoes for This Road' , `Crooked Tree' , `Bending the Bars' , `Bending the Bars'

If only they'd have been able to make it over to Europe or the States then the press might have picked up on them & they'd be more known instead of one of Australia's best kept secrets, the notes (from Hugo Race) are excellent & this is well worth adding to your collection if you're into 80's alt rock

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