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The Adam and Joe DVD  [DVD]
The Adam and Joe DVD [DVD]
Dvd ~ Adam Buxton
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £2.20

5.0 out of 5 stars A-dam good DVD..., 27 Jun. 2011
This review is from: The Adam and Joe DVD [DVD] (DVD)
I really don't know how I missed Adam and Joe first time around - but I'm very glad I stumbled across their brilliant BBC 6 radio show and podcasts a month or two back. This DVD was the logical next step, and it's equally fantastic. Spilling over with gallons of creative juicings, it's a gloriously silly concoction, brewed with the pair's obvious intelligence and spiked with gentle (sometimes not so gentle...) barbs of pop culture critique. Oh, and it's very VERY funny. At the current low price, it's a no-brainer.

Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World
Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World
by Harry Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm..., 19 Dec. 2010
I can't be too rough on this book, as it was a posthumous release (the author might have polished it further had it not been for his untimely death) - but I have to say, given the Harry Thompson's fantastic pedigree, I was a little disappointed. The book is rendered largely charmless by the extensive name-dropping, and, at times, by a barely-disguised sense of unforgiven rancour between the author and various other players in the Captain Scott XI; rather than sympathetic characters, most of the team come across as braying moneyed twerps with way too much holiday time.

I was surprised by the fawning critical reception. OK, it's not terrible, but I certainly wouldn't go as far as to say it's a hilariously funny book; to be fair, though, it does succeed in providing light entertainment. There's some vaguely amusing cricket-based anecdotery (as you'd expect), as well as some interesting travel nuggets. Overall, it's probably worth a couple of hours of your time if you've got nothing better to read.

Tears Roll Down [Greatest Hits 82-92]
Tears Roll Down [Greatest Hits 82-92]
Price: £5.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have No Fear!, 12 Aug. 2010
TFF were an excellent band. Some might find them slightly grandiose in an '80s stadium way (in the same way that Simple Minds and U2 were) - but when it works (and that's most of the time), the large sound mixed with heavy philosophy-influenced themes and a liberal dose of Roland Orzabal's middle-class lyrical angst works fantastically well. Everyone knows about "Shout", "Rule the World", "Seeds of Love" etc, but special mention needs to be made for "Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)", which was written for this compilation - it's a really brilliant track.

The main reason I'm writing this is to point out to the berk who wrote the official Amazon review that "Saturnine, Martial and Lunatic" was, although released in 1996, actually a compilation of B-Sides from the same period as the band's biggest hits, and NOT "later work" as he suggests...

Tubular Bells 2003
Tubular Bells 2003
Price: £9.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too-many-bloody-bular Bells!, 5 July 2010
This review is from: Tubular Bells 2003 (Audio CD)
I'm not really sure what "Tubular Bells 2003" is supposed to add to the sum of human experience and achievement, apart from keeping Mr Oldfield's coffers bulging by means of yet another good scrape of the Tubular Bells barrel.

Don't get me wrong, it's nice enough - but then it would be, it's TUBULAR BELLS. This was the first piece of music I ever heard properly and repeatedly (thanks to my foresighted parents), and thus it can't help but retain a large portion of the magic of the original. But why re-record it? Why polish it? Surely half the aforementioned magic is the fact that it was stitched together with Oldfield's pure childish ingenuity despite a fairly low budget and massively recalcitrant valve-based technology. This project is tantamount to taking down the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and giving it a good photoshopping / airbrushing - pointless, and bordering on heretical.

Fans will already know what I'm talking about. Newcomers to Mike - do yourselves a favour, skip this and listen to the original Tubular Bells, then go on to Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn and Incantations. (Thereafter Mike and I part company.)
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Summer Sun Ep
Summer Sun Ep
Offered by CD-Blitzversand
Price: £13.11

5.0 out of 5 stars Sun-sational!, 23 April 2010
This review is from: Summer Sun Ep (Audio CD)
Kula Shaker were firing on rocket fuel in 1996 / 1997. This is a USA EP containing a new version of "Govinda" (which is really not massively different to the original), plus 5 b-sides, all of which are well up to, and maybe even beyond, the standard of the "K" album; plenty of fantastic harmonies, brilliant guitar work and Crispian Mills' trademark roar. "Moonshine" and "Troubled Mind" especially are little works of genius. If you like "K" but missed these tracks on the original single releases, you ABSOLUTELY MUST buy "Summer Sun".

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit [DVD]
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit [DVD]
Dvd ~ Geraldine McEwan
Price: £8.72

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic BBC Drama, 13 April 2010
A classic, from the golden age of BBC drama when the corporation was not scared to genuinely push boundaries on mainstream television and yet, paradoxically, everything seemed so much more innocent. Briefly, the story centres around Jess, an orphan (played brilliantly by both Emily Aston and the late, lamented Charlotte Coleman) who grows up in an evangelical Christian family in the '50s. As she grows older, Jess realises that her sexuality and intelligence need broader horizons than her small town and strict religious upbringing can provide. It's gripping, wonderfully atmospheric and ultimately heartwarming. The acting is absolutely top-class, the treatment of the conflict between religion and sexuality is hugely engaging, and it has the classic feel of so many BBC TV period pieces, capturing small-town post-war Lancashire perfectly. My only minor gripe was the rather tame and hurried ending. Other than that - massively recommended.

The Hidden Step
The Hidden Step

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ozrics, 3 Feb. 2010
This review is from: The Hidden Step (Audio CD)
Nothing for Ozrics fans to be afraid of here - the usual mix of soaring guitar work, a driving drum / bass section, sequencers aplenty, the occasional eastern-influenced track and fine, fine musicianship throughout. Exactly what was required. Let's hope they don't ever find a "new direction" or anything...

State of Fear
State of Fear
by Michael Crichton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute tripe. Sorry., 24 Nov. 2009
This review is from: State of Fear (Paperback)
Whatever your thoughts on global warming (and personally, I think that a proper, dispassionate, science-led debate needs to be encouraged), this is a terrible novel. The "action" sequences are like something which would have been rejected from the Hardy Boys; the love-interest is about as passion-inducing as the gunky bit under my kitchen sink, and the clumsy crowbarring of anti-global-warming propaganda into the narrative is as ham-fisted as a gigantic boxer made entirely of ham. Worst of all, the characters are all pathetically one-dimensional, especially the two "inspirational" figures; the all-action super-knowledgeable Kenner, who makes an GI Joe doll look deep, and the "nutty professor" Hoffman, who is basically given an entire chapter to spout views that you would only otherwise find find on the silliest, crudest, conspiracy-theory-driven anti-global-warming blog.

On issues as big as global warming, thinking people should of course review all evidence and make their own judgements; sadly, instead of encouraging that process, Crichton was trying to force his own extremely partisan views on the public through the dumbest, clumsiest, categorically-worst book I've ever read. He has succeeded only in dunking his legacy and repuatation into a bucket of organic, free-range, rainforest-friendly manure. Irrespective of the damage it might do the environment, this bilge is only fit for chucking onto a huge bonfire.


6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality Art..., 3 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Breakeaway (Audio CD)
A fantastic album, steeped from beginning to end in top-notch session musicianship, high-quality "L.A." production and great songs. The only vaguely duff track is the slightly whiney "Looking For the Right One", but all the others are perfectly tailored to suit Art's effortless, angelic tenor.

Standout tracks - a brilliant cover of the Beach Boys' hymn to a remembered 1950s youthful American ideal "Disney Girls", a quite breathtaking vocal performance on the old classic "I Only Have Eyes for You" (if the finale doesn't bring a lump to your throat, you're probably made of wood) and "My Little Town", which gives the listener a clue as to what Simon and Garfunkel might have produced had they stayed together.

Very, very highly recommended.

Play Your Cards Right - Interactive DVD Game [Interactive DVD]
Play Your Cards Right - Interactive DVD Game [Interactive DVD]
Dvd ~ Play Your Cards Right
Offered by rightpricediscs
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 24 Dec. 2008
I think the phrase I'm after rhymes with "butter clap". Snail-paced, stupid audience questions, antediluvian graphics, and no sense of competition or excitement whatsoever. The only thing that saved it from an instant trip to the bin was the brief amusement value of taking turns to do Bruce Forsyth impressions during the "higher" / "lower" bits.

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