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Guide to Landscape Painting (Dover Art Instruction)
Guide to Landscape Painting (Dover Art Instruction)
by J.F. Carlson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Guide, 7 Mar 2013
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This is the real deal. Look no further for guidance on painting the landscape. Clear, concise, practical, effective. Buy it.


Sheik Yerbouti
Sheik Yerbouti
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Zappa in his Prime, 1 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Sheik Yerbouti (Audio CD)
There was only ever one Frank Zappa, and he made an aweful lot of albums. I love his early stuff, like 'Lumpy Gravy', and 'Hot Rats', which hit me like a freight train when they first came out. But 'Sheik Yerbouti' shows him at the height of his powers. There are the scathingly sharp - sometimes acerbic - lyrics, and his sublime guitar work, all set against the musical background of the tightest of rock bands. If you've recently discovered Frank's music, and wonder which album to explore, this one has some of his best songs ever. I nearly wore my vinyl version out over the years; it's great to have it on CD now. What a treat!


MERCHANTS AND THIEVES
MERCHANTS AND THIEVES
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just short of five stars, 6 Nov 2011
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This review is from: MERCHANTS AND THIEVES (Audio CD)
Sandi's voice is so outstanding it seems churlish to criticise. It's only the material that lets her down. First two trax are weak but she starts to warm up with 'gold dust' and Lindsey Cleary's backing vocals are of the first order. Listen to 'ghost town' to hear some of the best harmonising you're likeley to find anywhere. They work well together live too, by the way.
Joe Bonamassa's contribution is professional as you'd expect, but Sandi's no mean guitarist herself. Like the promotional photos in the album sleeve, sometimes she tries too hard to impress. She doesn't need to try so hard; she's a natural singer of rare quality.
The material here suits her phenomenal voice better than previous offerings, but I look forward to seeing her find her stylistic niche. This recording shows she really does have a five star voice.


Goodnight Ginger
Goodnight Ginger
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost too good, 6 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Goodnight Ginger (Audio CD)
This guy's instrumental virtuosity is truly outstanding. Trouble is, it's almost too good - tends to be trying too hard to impress.
Ok, I'm impressed!


The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Eckhart Tolle
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars DAZZLINGLY BRILLIANT, 4 Oct 2011
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This is a work of dazzling brilliance. This review must contain at least twenty words, but there really isn't antything more to say.


Prodigal Son
Prodigal Son
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yet!, 6 Nov 2007
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Martin Simpson's unequalled guitar technique has now begun to take its place with a quality of lyric and voice, rather than being there just to dazzle, which it always has.
This is a truly great album rewarding repeated listening. There are many and varied excellent songs here, as well as some enchantingly beautiful instrumentals.
Notably there are very welcome new versions of three traditional favourites - 'Lakes of Champlain', 'Little Musgrave' and 'Andrew Lammie' - which stand comparison with any version heard in forty years by this reviewer.
Martin's fabulous self-penned songs here are almost eclipsed by his 'Never Any Good' - quite simply a mucking fasterpiece!
Unless you happen to be of that unfortunate species, for whom folk music is like fingernails on glass, 'Prodigal Son' is compulsory.
No, I mean, don't think about it, buy it NOW! I promise you won't regret it.


Jigzup
Jigzup
Price: 12.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGH OCTANE FIDDLE MUSIC, 5 May 2003
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This review is from: Jigzup (Audio CD)
Seldom, if ever, will you hear such a coinciding of power, wit, sensitivity, sheer virtuosity and even humour in an all-instrumental album. This young man has everything going for him. The self-assurance of the technique in these tracks has to be heard to be believed. The arrangements, too, are fabulous; the occasional introduction of brass is masterful and just makes me smile, such a luscious sound! Oliver and his friends don't miss a beat - and what a beat! I'm almost scared to hear his subsequent albums as it's almost impossible to imagine him improving on this one.


East to West
East to West

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yet!, 15 Oct 2002
This review is from: East to West (Audio CD)
For those who are devotees of the music of Baka Beyond, not to mention their live performances, this CD is simply their best yet. All the familiar elements are here with a few new ones. Their fusion of Celtic with mainly African sounds and instruments is here achieved with even greater subtlety and sheer artistry than ever before. Every track is a gem; you just can't see the join even when tumultuous African drumming leads into Irish reels and slipjigs on the uillian pipes, the effect is startling but not incongruous. No one else can blend so many different sounds the way Baka Beyond do and, though they are definitely at their best experienced live, this album surpasses all their previous recordings for sublime melodies, stunning rhythms and enchanting - well, there needs to be a new term for the quality of atmospheric joy these musicians create.
I would attempt to describe each in turn but I would soon run out of superlatives and you might begin to think I were on their payroll!
For those who haven't heard Baka Beyond before, just buy this - you won't be disappointed - you will be uplifted.


Live in Germany
Live in Germany

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to hear Steve in his later heydays live, 23 Sep 2001
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That fabulous late lamented voice, not to mention one of the most powerful lead guitarists ever. I well remember his singing and playing during the eighties, with the Packet of Three and various other combinations with which he went on the road playing clubs and pubs. One of the best memories of all was the night in the Five Bells in Northampton when he first encountered Simon 'Honeyboy' Hickling, who was doing the support act that night with his own band, the DT's. Steve was so taken with their sound that he came out on stage and joined them for a majical set - the only time I can remember him singing without his guitar round his neck. That was the beginning of many gigs and several tours with Simon who appears on this album live in Germany. It's not the best sound balance you've ever heard, which is why I dropped a star in my rating of it but the live atmosphere and sheer power of Steve's performance comes over well enough to raise a hair or two on the back of the neck and to remind this fan at least just what an amazing voice, guitarist and personality we lost that sad night when Steve Marriott's home burned down. They don't make bluesmen like him any more.
On second thoughts, it's still good enough for five stars, never mind the sound balance! Thank you, Castle Music, for putting it out.


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