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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an overlooked gem, 7 May 2012
This review is from: Desperado (MP3 Download)
Everyone knows the later albums, but until 'Hotel California' this was the best album... Not the west coast rock they adopted with the arrival of Don Felder, but the country rock they perfected here. Do your ears a favour, give this a listen...
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Hotel California
Hotel California

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an American classic, 7 May 2012
This review is from: Hotel California (MP3 Download)
What else can be said about this album...? It combines grace and power, light and shade... The title track is an unbeatable classic, but don't miss 'The Last Resort', possibly the finest song the Eagles ever put on record.

Hama USB 2.0 Card Reader - 35 In 1
Hama USB 2.0 Card Reader - 35 In 1
Price: £8.34

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why pay more?, 25 Sept. 2008
This is the bargain of the year. This thing will read 35 (yes, 35!) different card types, and all you do is plug it in your USB port. It's fast, too - no lag on drag'n'drop at all. And it's less than a fiver... what more do you want? Jam on it?

Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith
Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith
by Mark E. Smith
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography, 20 May 2008
I have to declare an interest here - I'm named in the acknowledgements by the ghostwriter of this book, Austin Collings. As far as the book goes, it's good stuff; I suspect that Mr Collings has contributed more to it that Mr Smith, but that's the drawback to writing someone else's story for them.

The book confirms what I'd long thought: my admiration for Mark E Smith, leader and creative mainspring of The Fall, is still in place. The man has stuck to his vision of that band, weathering the storms of umpteen lineup changes, bankruptcy, drugs and alcohol as he's gone. The book even made me laugh out loud, not what I expected at all.

Unfortunately, the book also confirms that Mr Collings has had a hard ride himself trying to produce this book - what's the betting that Mr Smith couldn't tell you what's in it?

Entertaining - but not easy going.

Monty Python's: The Meaning of Life [DVD]
Monty Python's: The Meaning of Life [DVD]
Dvd ~ Terry Gilliam
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Price: £3.99

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - but could have been better..., 2 Feb. 2006
They couldn't find a theme that allowed the film to flow the way that "Grail" and "Brian" did. The film feels disjointed and uneven, and would always rate behind the other two movies for that reason.
Having said that, some of their finest and funniest stuff is in this film - "Crimson Permanent Assurance", "Every Sperm Is Sacred", & "Mr Creosote" leave me helpless every time. Other sketches have a fair number of laughs (especially when "Crimson Permanent Assurance" breaks back into the main film), though other sketches ("Fishy, Fishy, Fishy" for instance) make you wonder whether Chapman was back on the booze when it was written.
The piece de resistance, though, comes immediately after "Every Sperm...". Graham Chapman & Eric Idle play the Protestants who live across from Palin & Jones' Catholic Family; the writing and acting come together so perfectly that I'd have to rate that short sketch as the culmination, the zenith, of all things Python. Almost worth buying for that short sketch alone.

V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta
by David Lloyd
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory Reading, 2 Feb. 2006
This review is from: V for Vendetta (Paperback)
The arguments for and against "graphic novels" can take place elsewhere; this review is of a superb NOVEL, end of argument. The vivid creation of Britain in the grip of a fascist dictatorship, being freed by the actions of a Victim of that regime, is in turns horrifying and inspiring. I defy anyone with even the slightest idea of political history to not be affected by this work. I write this 400 years after the execution of the first chap to try V's explosive method of bringing about regime change - and it is only politically correct to use force in other countries now. Or am I getting as paranoid as Adam Susan?

Roger's Profanisaurus (2002)
Roger's Profanisaurus (2002)
by Viz
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Filth has never been funnier, 3 Mar. 2004
You HAVE to own this book. Never mind any other work of reference, especially the rather derivative Roget's Thesaurus (I think VIZ should sue for plagiarism), without this tome one is oblivious to thousands of funny comments made. Astound your friends, and offend your enemies, use these terms with care and attention - your life will be all the richer for it. I haven't laughed so much in years...

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Price: £13.53

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Only Buy One..., 9 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Duke (Audio CD)
Right. Let's get one thing clear: we do NOT lump Genesis in with Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer as Prog Rock dinosaurs. For one thing, Genesis were good... and for another, Genesis evolved as they went along (unlike the other two) so 'nuff said. This album is right on the dividing line between the almost exclusively individual songs of "And Then There Were Three" and the later band-written albums. This allows space for Phil Collins' to start to influence things, both as a solo songwriter ("Misunderstanding") and as part of the songwriting team. This is not to imply that Messrs Banks and Rutherford have no say in proceedings, just that Phil becomes a bigger part of the aural picture.
Look, this album has got "Behind The Lines/Duchess" on it, still the finest piece(s) on any Genesis album ever. Do your ears a favour, and buy the damn thing. You really won't regret it...

Physical Graffiti
Physical Graffiti
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best by The Best, 30 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Physical Graffiti (Audio CD)
Led Zeppelin were the ultimate rock band. They could play anything - from the purest folk music via heavy blues through to heavy metal that made your ears bleed, and just about any other style you liked in between. And they had a go at it all on this album. 15 tracks over 2 discs including 4 works of genius ('In My Time of Dying', 'Trampled Underfoot', 'Kashmir', and 'In The Light'), 11 songs that are merely of the standard that all other rock bands would have given their eye teeth to attain, with not a filler track in sight. Considering that a good half of this album is made up of songs that didn't quite fit on their preceding five albums, the standard of songwriting is remarkable; or maybe not that remarkable - this band just weren't in the habit of making bad albums. Just pick any track you like, you will hear a band who were the best in the business. They knew they were the best, and just kept raising the bar higher. After this album, they didn't quite manage to hit the same heights, but is that surprising when this is arguably one of THE 5 best rock albums of all time? Do yourself a favour - if you buy nothing else by Led Zeppelin (and I'm afraid you'd be mad not to buy the rest as well), buy this. You know it makes sense.

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Price: £19.95

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true original's best work, 30 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Stormcock (Audio CD)
It's easy to dismiss Roy Harper as, using his own phrase, "the loony on the bus". If you've never heard anything he's recorded, though, be prepared for a shock. Listen to "Stormcock", and discover why his contemporaries (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Dave Gilmour, Ian Anderson, Kate Bush et al) queued up to guest on his albums. The man has a wonderful talent for writing interesting, heartfelt (and heartbreaking), and sometimes aggressively beautiful songs. There are only the four on this, roughly 10 minutes each. Considering that, apart from Mr Page appearing on "Same Old Rock", it's just Roy and an acoustic guitar, these are four of the most powerful songs I've ever heard. "Hors D'Oevres" disects the critic who gave a bad review with languid efficiency; "Same Old Rock" is a savagely played flaying of organised religion; "One Man Rock'n'Roll Band" is as relevant and powerful in the age of Gulf War II as it was to Vietnam; and "Me and My Woman" is the man's journey through the women of his life, and for my money is the single finest thing he's recorded. At the time of writing (Sept 03) he is still playing these songs live, and they've lost nothing in the 30-odd years since they were written. He's made folk albums, rock albums, even dabbled in psychedelia, but has never made a better album than this. It's the sound of a man at peak performance on the guitar, on his vocals, on his songwriting. Enhance your life - buy this album.

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