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James Seaward
James Seaward
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is really good album full of songs that walk the line between ..., 19 Jun. 2015
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This is really good album full of songs that walk the line between pop and rock with with dose of Americana drizzled over the top. Think of Bon Jovi and other bands that have the feel of the long dusty heighways, an open top roadster and a crying heart and you wont go far wrong. I have the CD version from the man himself, do yourself a faviour, have a listen and then buy it.


Out There Somewhere + Close Yo
Out There Somewhere + Close Yo

5.0 out of 5 stars Out There And Every Where, 12 Jun. 2015
This is just fabulous music, a mix of psych rock, festival sounds, dub and ethnic thrills. The first album has less guitar shedding and a more mellow feel, but whatever, if you like the Ozrics, and other bands found around every free festival and rave in the 1980's and early 1990's then is is a doulbe album you should own. I just wish that scene still existed, killed by the joyless suits and trampled by fear of enjoyment and dancing in a field.


Days In The Life: Voices from the English Underground, 1961-71
Days In The Life: Voices from the English Underground, 1961-71
by Jonathon Green
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.50

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great read as it is voices from the people who ..., 8 Jan. 2015
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This is a great read as it is voices from the people who were there and brought about the "Underground" whether they intended to or not. It took me back to the day my elder brother came back from the first Aldermaston march which he had done in winkle-pickers, to finding my dad's badge which said "Free, Stuart Christie - Franco's prisoner, (I still have it) or being recruited into the "White Panthers" whilst I was at college. There are other books that try to tell why the counter-culture ended by the mid-seventies better than this but if you want to wallow in nostalgia, put on some heavy sounds, free your mind and read it in one seating. Far out man!
However, I think that peoples views on how the "underground" changed or didn't change the culture is a little narrow. The people interviewed for the book form a tiny clique who were the ruling elite of the times and they didn't train the telescopes much further than the "Grove". People were doing stuff all over the UK, you only had to read the letters page of IT to realise that. Also the "counter-culture" didn't just role away with the three-day week and the Tories with their "Night Assemblies Bill" etc, it changed location, firstly to the Windsor Free Festival in '74 and then Watchfield in '75.
I feel it was from these events that the Peace Convoy, 'Henge and other counter-culture events like the "Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp" and on into "Rave Culture" evolved. The "underground" is not dead it just doesn't look the same as in did within the smoke filled walls of "UFO", or "Friends" office. Just thought I'd mention it.


Quit Dreaming (And Get On The Beam)
Quit Dreaming (And Get On The Beam)
Price: £7.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I agree with everybody else that this a class piece ..., 23 July 2014
I agree with everybody else that this a class piece of work. I have the original vinyl copy of this album and mine came with a free album called "Sounding The Ritual Echo (Atmospheres for Dreaming) which was recorded on either broken or faulty recorders. The disc has 15 tracks of weirdness that takes a bit of hard listening but even so Bill Nelson heart and humanity shine through. It's worth checking out for completists.


Captain Blood and Other Swashbucklers
Captain Blood and Other Swashbucklers
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashing blades and high romance, 10 Jun. 2014
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This is just beautiful, lush and sweeping film muisc and a good corrective to some modern film composers who don't thing beyond "sturn and drang" stylings, or maybe the present day scripts don't allow for such music. This music is perfect for doing nothing to, just dreaming back to the days of my youth when a garden cane became a rapier and the school raincoat a cloak and a little boy became Robin Hood, William Tell or a Musketeer.
Too much infomation I fear, just by the cd if your a fan of classic film skills, you won't be disapointed. Sorry, got to go, I hear the sound of hoove beats and it might be the Cardinals Guards! En garde.


The Second Science Fiction Megapack: 25 Modern and Classic Tales by Masters
The Second Science Fiction Megapack: 25 Modern and Classic Tales by Masters
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good collection, 15 May 2013
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here are 25 tales from some of the best writers in science-fiction. The pack is easy to read and well indexed and very cheap, you've nothing to lose and everything to gain buy getting this selection.


Vol. 8
Vol. 8
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5.0 out of 5 stars get your gear and listen to this, 14 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Vol. 8 (Audio CD)
Gygafo were another band that time and the music scene just rolled over. Often lumped in with "prog rock" they had more going for them than that. The best track is No 3 which is divided into three parts and has a lovely rural feel to it, more "phun city" than "Reading Rocks". The CD comes with extra tracks, including a later incarnation as a band called "Ark", but Gygafo is where my heart lies. Favorite song is "Waiting for the Rain", simply beautiful..


The Princess Bride - Special Edition [DVD]
The Princess Bride - Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cary Elwes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swash my buckle, 14 Feb. 2013
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Just fun from start to finish, this is a movie that tells a great story and fills the screen the best comedy, action and romance. Nobody over eggs the pudding or tries to make something that defies the imagination. Also the camera can maintain a shot for longer than 2 seconds, whats the point of all the set designs,costumes and props if everything goes by in a haze of CG I and fast editing. Just go and buy the movie and watch it


Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
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5.0 out of 5 stars from your correspondent somewhere in the outer rim worlds, 14 Feb. 2013
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This is a first rate soundtrack for sci-fi games or painting miniature to. Games Workshop have always employed soundtrack composers who understand the genre and "Space Marines" is no exception. If there is "only war" you now have some tunes to whistle as you hunt down the Emperors enemies.


Themes From The Lord Of The Rings
Themes From The Lord Of The Rings
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3.0 out of 5 stars Goodness what did you expect, 13 Oct. 2012
I bought this album knowing full well what it was, yes it's not the original. However, the Orchestra do not do a bad job of the film score and they make a difference, the reading is a lot darker and less misty-eyed than other versions. The story of "Lord of the Rings" is not some childs fairy tale and the mood here is very fitting. Now I agree that the original soundtrack albums are the best but to merely trash this because it's not is strange. Many people have tried to interpret Tolkien's story and all have brought someting new to the mix. Stephen Oliver's music for the BBC production is unjustly ignored and both Patrice Deceunick and Mary Jean Holmes should have a wider audience. As far as I'm concerned the more music the better. Mara mesta


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