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Firehouse Rock
Firehouse Rock

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars is not enough, 28 May 2010
This review is from: Firehouse Rock (Audio CD)
This is a superb LP, the production is incredible, the songs and singing are brilliant. This is a LP which will quickly become part of your life; do yourself a favour and get it.


Soon Forward
Soon Forward
Price: £5.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic from his golden period, 23 April 2010
This review is from: Soon Forward (Audio CD)
This is another classic from the late 70's early 80's golden period of Gregory Isaacs.
More militant sufferers tunes and less lovers rock styles on this than on his later LPs.


Perry Boys: The Casual Gangs of Manchester and Salford
Perry Boys: The Casual Gangs of Manchester and Salford
by Ian Hough
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lois, Flickers and Man. Utd, 15 April 2010
This is a fantastic book, more of a social history of a particular place and time than just another hooligan book or a middle class "footy" thesis. This book brought back so many memories; the Manchester Liners building on the docks, Lois jeans, Flicker haircuts...Ignore the negative review posted earlier. If you are the type of person who rates a book called "30 years of hurt" at 5 stars, then this might not be for you. But if you really lived your football culture not just second hand emotion peddled by the media, then this is for you.


Love And Dancing
Love And Dancing
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Future than the Future, 4 April 2010
This review is from: Love And Dancing (Audio CD)
Can't add much to the miriad of 5 star reviews; just to say that I can still remember the time I first listened to this, it immediately made everything else sound old fashioned and tired. This was the sound of the future!It was so fantastic production wise that very little electronic music could compare to it subsequently. This remix LP is a genuine revolutionary record; the first of its kind. I still dont think the drum sounds and electronnic basslines have been bettered in nearly(OMG)30 years.


Once Ago
Once Ago
Price: £7.61

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reggae Fantastic, 4 April 2010
This review is from: Once Ago (Audio CD)
This LP is a compilation of 2 LPs from 79 and 80 : The Lonely Lover and More Gregory.
This really is Gregory at his total peak. Its not an exageration to say that every track is great. The drums,bass, keybords and of course the singing are top quality throughout. There is absolutely no filler on this LP. Every time I listen to it I change my mind about the best track. The only way this could have been improved is to include the track "Happy Anniversary" from the Lonely Lover. This is the only track from either LP that is missing. It's another quality tune which for some reason doesnt appear on any of the many compilations/ reissues of Issac's material.
If you are just getting into Gregory Isaacs, do not hesitate to by this Cd; superb music at a great price.
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More Gregory
More Gregory

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP OF THE WORLD, 4 April 2010
This review is from: More Gregory (Audio CD)
This LP is a total classic, the playing is flawless; the singing is Gregory at the height of his powers. Every single track is great and they flow seamlessly into each other. The songs are are mixture of wronged by a lover / wronged by the law tracks. This sets the template for but is superior to his more famous Night Nurse LP.
A must have LP.


Judge Not
Judge Not
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic, 18 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Judge Not (MP3 Download)
What a brilliant LP this is. Each track is hypnotic, with a really sparse production that emphasises the bass and drums. The songs blend into each other seamlessly, there is a real groove to this collection, which once it kicks in, stays for all the songs. Each track has a great instrumental section at the end.
Although Gregory Isaacs is my Favourite reggae artist, I think Dennis Brown has the best of the individual songs in this collection.


The Very Best of The O'Jays
The Very Best of The O'Jays
Price: £5.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bass Line!, 6 Mar. 2010
The opening bass line in For The Love of Money is one of the greatest of all time.
It's hard to believe it wasnt a hit in the UK when it was released.


Island Records Reggae Box Set - War Ina Babylon
Island Records Reggae Box Set - War Ina Babylon
Price: £16.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Affirming Tunes, 28 Feb. 2010
This is a fantastic compilation, covering a wide selection of styles.
For me the run of tracks from "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" through to "Oh what a feeling" are the cream of the crop. Massive Massive tunes!


Factory: The Story of the Record Label
Factory: The Story of the Record Label
by Mick Middles
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, 31 Jan. 2010
Apparently this is a virtual reprint of one of Mick Middles' earlier books. Hence some annoid customers. Since I havent read THAT book i'll comment on this book on its merits alone.
For me, who grew up on the same streets as Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner and Tony Wilson (when he was in Salford), I found it almost moving in the memories it brought back of life in the late 70s early 80s. Middles really brings home what it was like then.
I really enjoyed the stories and the way it shattered a few myths. Middles has a great grasp of the characters involved and doesnt seem to be involved in the inevitable bitchiness and backbiting that surrounds succesful artists. Joy Division and New Order have attracted mountains of pretentious tosh written about them, most of which I enjoyed but Middles steers clear of this and gives a great account of how Factory turned out the way it did.
I also like the way he gives Tony MIchaliedes loads of credit ; his local radio show was a massive part of the Manchester music scene in the mid 80s, giving so many local bands much needed exposure.
Tony Wilson is given loads of space to give his version of events( which is always a very entertaining version).
As mentioned in other reviews there is not much on the other Factory bands but as a recount of the development of the label and of how Joy Division/ New Order came to be so great, I think its a brilliant read.


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