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Irishman in Iraq
Irishman in Iraq
by Paul Graham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.24

2.0 out of 5 stars Don't give up the day job!!, 10 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Irishman in Iraq (Paperback)
I served in Camp Smitty on the Dutch contract at the same time as Paul was there working on the Japanese contract and remember most of the incidents referred to in this book. I was one of the two colleagues he travelled home with in December 2005 and can recall that he was able to change his ticket for the BA flight free of charge as he describes and also the clerk on the BMI desk at Heathrow changing all 3 of our tickets when I explained where we were travelling from!
Paul did have a hard time at Smitty and was indeed blamed (wrongly) for whistleblowing on the two guys getting drunk on ANZAC day but I have to say the book lacks cohesion and was a disappointment to read. It could have been so much better, but, fair play to him, he had the foresight to complete a diary entry each day which has resulted in this book. It's just a pity he took so much interest in the texture and frequency of his bowel movements during his final few days in Iraq and glossed over some of the more interesting events!

In any event I wish him well but if he ever writes an account of his life in the RUC I think I will give it a miss.

Elvis Presley: 15 Original Albums
Elvis Presley: 15 Original Albums
Offered by Music-Shop
Price: £11.71

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why do I feel Mugged?, 23 Jun. 2014
I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing this box set.
The music is brilliant as you would expect but I feel I am missing something - how do 10cds with 4 bonus tracks on each equal 15 albums.
One reviewer mentioned his disc 2 track listing was all screwed up - my disc 7 bears no resemblance to the album A Date With Elvis.
All in all, a pretty poor effort, but, the only saving grace is the music.

John Wayne: A Ballad for a Gunman, Vol. 2
John Wayne: A Ballad for a Gunman, Vol. 2
Price: £8.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Original music from John Wayne Films, 7 Jun. 2014
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I have always loved the music in John Wayne films and came across this series of soundtracks from many of his films when I was looking for something else. The three MP3 downloads in this series cover many of the westerns he appeared in from "Big" films like the Alamo and The Commancheros down to many of his less known films like Paradise Canyon and Texas Cyclone.

This particular volume contains what has to be the entire soundtrack of Rio Grande - one of the trilogy of Cavalry films he made for John Ford and imho is worth the purchase price alone. Also included are tracks from The Searchers and Rio Brave and the rest of the tracks come from films like the The Fighting Kentuckian and The Big Trail and many others.

There are 90 tracks on this download ranging in length from 30 odd seconds to over 6 minutes and most if not all seem to have been lifted off the original recordings and on some you also get snippets of dialogue while on others you might hear the sound of horses or footsteps. There are some lovely ballads included as well as extended orchestral pieces and I believe these 3 volumes to be superb value for money and will be enjoyed by many who enjoy listening to music from westerns and most particularly by John Wayne fans. Thoroughly recommended!

John Wayne: A Ballad for a Gunman, Vol. 3
John Wayne: A Ballad for a Gunman, Vol. 3
Price: £7.69

5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne Film Music, 1 Jun. 2014
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This is probably the weakest of the 3 in this series of JW soundtracks in terms of the films included as they were mostly from the early part of his career and some of them are not that well known but there are still some classics here including Stagecoach, Fort Apache and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon.
The music, however, from all the films is excellent and the sound quality is superb. I particularly like the Orchestral sequences and on the sequence from Yellow Ribbon you hear the wagons, horses and riders and even the dogs barking as the convoy makes its way through Monument Valley. Great stuff!!
I love these soundtracks and if you are a fan of the "Duke" you will enjoy them too.

John Wayne: A Ballad for a Gunman, Vol. 1
John Wayne: A Ballad for a Gunman, Vol. 1
Price: £8.89

5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne Film music at it's very best., 29 May 2014
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I have always been a fan of Western films in general and John Wayne Westerns in particular and when I came across this download of music from some of the many JW films at under £8 I thought it was too good to miss.
The music included here seems to be the entire soundtracks from The Alamo, How The West Was Won and The Horse Soldiers as well as the main titles and other excerpts from North To Alaska, The Comancheros, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and The War Wagon.
There are 101 tracks on this MP3 download which range in length from 20 or 30 seconds up to almost 5 minutes and I believe it is exceptional value. The tracks seem to have been taken off the original recording and the sound quality is superb.
I would thoroughly recommend this album to any fan of good western music - there are currently 2 other soundtracks in this series which include the soundtracks to the famous trilogy of US Cavalry films, namely She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, Fort Apache and Rio Grande directed by John Ford which are also "must haves"

The Fabulous Irish Showbands
The Fabulous Irish Showbands
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Irish Showbands, 30 April 2014
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If you like Showband music you will love this offering. It is the usual cross section of chart hits of the time covered by various showbands as well as Irish country songs. Fantastic if you, as I do, like this type of music but there will be those who don't.

Exceptionally good value for 4discs.

The Beatles: The Authorised Biography
The Beatles: The Authorised Biography
by Hunter Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An updated edition!, 6 July 2009
I am only reviewing this book to address the 1 star given by the only other reviewer as of July 2009. The previous reviewer seemed to be complaining about Amazon's lack of information about whether the book is a reprint rather than the book itself.

Hunter Davies' was the authorised biography and this is an updated edition of that biography. It is a hugely enjoyable read and much of the content of other books on the fabs is taken from here.

It thoroughly deserves the 5 stars and is highly recommended.

A Teenage Opera: Original Soundtrack Recording
A Teenage Opera: Original Soundtrack Recording
Price: £9.87

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 60s music, 24 Sept. 2008
A Teenage Opera [Original Soundtrack Recording]

I bought this album about 5 years ago having heard one of the tracks on Sounds of the 60s and hearing Brian Mathews talk about Mark Wirtz and his project that never came to fruition at the time. I think this album is really good and it is a pity the work was not completed at the time, but, it has to be said, it does not stand comparison to Sergeant Pepper, which is one of the finest albums of all time. One of the tracks - Excerpt from a Teenage Opera also known as Grocer Jack, - was a big hit in 1967 and is indicative of the rest of the album. If you like 60s pop music you should enjoy this.

Yangtse Incident (1957) [VHS]
Yangtse Incident (1957) [VHS]
Offered by stephensmith_426
Price: £19.00

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another heroic encounter, 9 April 2007
This film is a true account of a largely forgotten encounter in the late 1940s in which a British warship, HMS Amethyst, was illegally fired on by Communist Forces upon while making lawful passage up the Yangtse River. The ship sustained heavy damage and suffered 22 dead including the Captain, who succumbed to his wounds the following day. During this encounter the vessel stuck fast on mud flats where she remained for some time.

The film deals mostly with the aftermath of the incident and with the subsequent efforts made to secure the Ship's freedom before the famous dash to freedom was finally made some months later.

This a first class British war film in a similar vein to The Dambusters and countless other war films made in the 40s and 50s. If you are after a Hollywood blockbuster filled with special effects and improbable storylines then this is not for you. If, however, you are looking for a true and factually correct account of a story of British Naval derring-do, you won't get much better than this. Highly recommended.

Story Of Them Featuring Van Morrison
Story Of Them Featuring Van Morrison
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £67.95

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pity this is just about all there is., 9 April 2007
This is a fantastic double album of mid sixties R & B tracks from the Belfast based group which included Van Morrison in the line up. It is a pity that the group didn't stay together long enough to have made a bigger impact but they did have a number of Top 10 hits in the shape of Baby please don't go and Here comes the night which are both included here with their "B" sides.

Some of my favourite tracks are, I'm gonna dress in black; One more time; The story of Them; Richard Cory and Route 66. It has to be said that all the tracks are of a very high standard and I don't believe there is a bad track on the 2 dics, but, I do think disc 1 is marginally better than disc 2.

The music is reminiscent of the Animals and also of early Rolling Stones. If you like their music you will also enjoy this double album, and if you are a Van Morrison fan, you will certainly like it. Highly recommended.
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