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Burning Your House Down
Burning Your House Down
Price: £10.52

4.0 out of 5 stars Best band in Britain, 6 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Burning Your House Down (Audio CD)
Well, they've done it again. The second JJR album pretty much picks up where the last one left off. Piling-driving rock'n'roll that effortlessly fuses the piano-driven boogie of early hell-raisers Little Richard and Jerry Lee with the intent and attack of punk rock.

Bad Seed Jim Sclavunos has done a fine production job cleaning up and streamlining JJR's chaotic sound while losing none of its impact.

There are no covers this time and the songs take a little longer to bed in than those on the first album. But after a few listens tracks such as Premeditated, Dishonest John and the mighty Righteous Wrong become every bit as addictive as their predecessors.

The only reason this didn't get five stars is that if you've bought the excellent singles compilation Here To Save Your Soul and the latest 7inch High Horse, you already own three of the songs here, including the title track. But this is a tiny quibble with what is an amazing album.

Burning Your House Down cements JJR as the best band in Britain but if you really want to appreciate what a revelation they are, you've got to see them live.

I'm sure I will play another record again - but it's not going to be for a few weeks yet. This one's all I need to be getting on with...


Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns and Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing
Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns and Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing
by George Kimball
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Four King awful, 7 Sept. 2009
Having read the other reviews here I found Four Kings incredibly disappointing.

The writing style is both clunky and prosaic. Kimball lives in a world where ringside reporters are "enterprising scribes" and fighters "repair to their dressing quarters" after bouts - language that would suit a Victorian historical drama but sits uncomfortably when applied to the brutal sport of boxing.

But it gets worse. The book's structure is all over the place. Admittedly it is necessary to jump about between the four protagonists but this is so sloppily done that there's absolutely no narrative flow whatsoever and whole chunks of information are repeated again and again. And again.

But perhaps the worst style issue is the way Kimball insists on giving away the result of all the big fights in the first couple of paragraphs of their build-up. Whether you're familiar with the stories of these great boxers or not, this literary tic kills any tension stone dead.

And why Roberto Duran's fantastic victory over Iran Barkley to win back a world title at the age of 37 is dashed off in a single sentence is beyond me. Especially when so much of the book is devoted to trudging through the results of meaningless undercard bouts and the tedious machinations of the sport's governing bodies.

But Kinball's worst crime is the fact that he was actually there at ringside, in the fighters' training camps and at their press conferences throughout this golden era of boxing and yet he offers so little insight into the events and personalities involved. When he does stray into the first person his accounts are limited to some painfully unfunny exchanges between himself and other "scribes" and some smug back-patting about the journalism awards he's won. The whole thing reads like it was knocked together from press cuttings by an unimaginative hack to a very tight deadline.

There is a fantastic book to be written about what was an extraordinary era of boxing populated by more than its fair share of legendary fighters. Unfortunately, this isn't it.

If you want to find out how it should be done, buy Norman Mailer's terrific account of Ali vs Foreman, The Fight, instead...
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The Jim Jones Revue
The Jim Jones Revue
Price: £11.33

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock 'n' roll masterpiece, 7 Feb. 2009
This review is from: The Jim Jones Revue (Audio CD)
An ear-bleedingly loud, dirty, bug-eyed, vein-popping rock 'n' roll masterpiece. Sounding like it was recorded in one take in a telephone booth, The Jim Jones Revue's eponymous album is easily 2008's greatest debut. With all the power of the Stooges and the MC5 mixed with the boogie of Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, this is the perfect antidote to the bed-wetting indie introspection of Keane, Coldplay and their ilk. Thirty minutes of mayhem that will restore your faith in rock 'n' roll.


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