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Trojan Roots Box Set
Trojan Roots Box Set
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: 14.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laud me back slip out to dis won., 3 Jan 2006
This review is from: Trojan Roots Box Set (Audio CD)
If you have been a long term roots reggae fan like me, you will know the vast array of material available in the market place doesn't always match the billing. This box set however, does exactly what it says on the tin and more.
If you like your reggae crackly and rare, this is the one for you. New Town Sound limited steal the show with the bassiest, gruffest tune you will ever hear, however, most tracks on each of the 3 cds are classic rarities.
Buy it, and don't look back, this is the real deal for those like the revival style.

Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon
Price: 5.67

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rediscovered gem, 30 July 2004
This review is from: Harvest Moon (Audio CD)
Being a huge NY fan, I've had this album tucked away in my collection for a while. There are probably albums that I would reach for before this one, however, one dark night I decided to give it a spin.
This album has definately matured, and maybe in my haste before, I missed the absolute acoustic gem 'You and me'. The lyrics are emotional, the guitar playing that of an acoustic genius. If you're an folky NY fan, this album is worth this track alone. 'Such a woman' and the live track 'Natural Beauty' are also crackers. In my eyes, Neil Young is king, and this album sets him on the way to his corination.

Red Riding Nineteen Eighty (Red Riding Quartet)
Red Riding Nineteen Eighty (Red Riding Quartet)
by David Peace
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's oh so dark, 21 Jan 2004
There are those authors who strive to scare with writing vicious gore packed novels... However, David Peace has written a masterpiece here, the cloak of a real life horror story shrouding this book with out even trying. A fictional tale surrounding the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, Peace's unique style of writing gives this an edge that only a few dare to replicate. 1980 is a crime classic, and an unputdownable but uncomfortable read. To sum up - Think the film 'seven' set in Yorkshire!

Modern Girl
Modern Girl
Offered by booklore
Price: 9.54

5.0 out of 5 stars Let the Melody ring out, 22 Dec 2003
This review is from: Modern Girl (Audio CD)
It might be 3 days before Xmas but it's certainly come early having read that Amazon can import this amazing album. Normally being a veteran of acoustic music (Neil Young/Sunhouse), I suppose deep down I have always been a roots reggae man from a young age. And unless you have delved deeply into reggae's fountain of plenty, I expect you would never have heard of Courtney Melody. However, Modern Girl is truely one of the great reggae albums, and certainly should be up their with the likes of Dennis Brown, Frankie Paul, Gregory Isaacs and John Holt. Although it is not a traditional roots reggage album with crackly background noise and monsterous bass, Courtney Melody has made a classic with a difference. You can imagine Melody's nasal vocals and cool lyrics ringing out across the packed dancehall in Kingston JA, and the title track is certainly one that will stay in the jukebox of your mind for ever more. Trust me, 5 weeks delivery time is worth the wait!

Cky: 2k [DVD]
Cky: 2k [DVD]
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: 5.46

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bam Bam thank you Mam, 3 Sep 2003
This review is from: Cky: 2k [DVD] (DVD)
This is an artistic Jackass. Most of the cast are in action during this flick, however, there is slightly more input from the director with CKY, so rather than focusing on the sheer stupidity of the stunts, there's also some nice camera angles to compliment it all as well! Too many comedy moments to report on, especially the chaos the CKY crew reap in Iceland, but my absolute favourite moment on this is Brandon Dicamillo's rap. The stuff of legend!

Nine Queens [VHS] [2002]
Nine Queens [VHS] [2002]
Price: 19.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars World Cinema ago-go, 3 Sep 2003
Cracking film this one. Nine Queens is everything Hollywood strives to be - intellegent, funny, sophisticated. It's a film that you have to concentrate on, but once you are lost in the shade dodgy dealing Buenos Aires underworld, you're hooked. Fantastic dialogue and character interaction that leads up to the mother of all twists at the end.
Broaden your mind to another Country's cinema, it won't disappoint!

Greendale (Int'l Release)
Greendale (Int'l Release)
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 6.14

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Greendale, 1 Sep 2003
I usually rate a Neil Young album on musical content before I move on to the lyrics, however, there is a subtle underlying angryness about the 'concept' album Greendale, that makes you sit up and listen to this fictional story.
The majority of the tracks are played in the gritty/dirty Crazy Horse Style, however, something tells me that NY wants to keep his message clean instead of losing it in haze of white noise.
Stand out track is most definately 'Bandit' which NY switches from the electric guitar to the faithfull acoustic, however, 'falling from above' certainly sets the tone of the album.
Maybe those of you who saw NY play this album live from start to finish throughout Europe on a selection of acoustic guitars would be a bit disappointed, and I was definately was expecting something more downbeat, however NY certainly is getting back to his best. Greendale certainly eclipses the lackluster 'Are you passionate'. A must for any NY enthusiast, but I doubt it's for a beginner.

The Second Prison
The Second Prison
by Ronan Bennett
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gawd 'n' bennett, 11 July 2003
This review is from: The Second Prison (Paperback)
I love Second Prison. Probably won't win awards for being a classic but there's something about it's dark atmosphere of a winter London that set's it up for a riveting read. No doubt that Kane is an anti-hero but you find yourself wrestling between good and evil as he pits his wits against the 'bend cop'.
Maybe the Catarophist will be more your cup of tea as it is more intellegently written, but the 2nd prison certainly one the best crime novels you'll likely to read.

Silver & Gold
Silver & Gold
Price: 7.43

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Young back to old, 11 July 2003
This review is from: Silver & Gold (Audio CD)
Vintage Young, best way to review Silver and Gold. You can't fault old Shakey for going off and trying something new, but unfortunately it hasn't always worked. Having said that, with this album NY has gone back to his folky roots, and could be mistaken for being recorded at the same time as 'Harvest' and 'After the Goldrush'.
Probably the two stand out songs would be 'Razor Love' which is regular in NY's live collection but never before put to the studio test, and 'Without Rings' which finishes the album of with poignant lyrics of lost love.
For those starting out with NY's extensive collection, maybe this album can never be construed as a classic, however, if you are a fan of NY's earliest offerings, they'll be at least 4 or 5 tracks on here for you.

Crazy on the Weekend
Crazy on the Weekend

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gavin Clarke and the world of Sunhouse, 11 July 2003
This review is from: Crazy on the Weekend (Audio CD)
Maybe its because I'm in a band, and this album has influenced everything we've done. Maybe it's because this album is always the first on the stereo when we get home from the pub. Maybe it's because Sunhouse split after this album was made. Maybe because this album is truely a classic.
If you are reading this review, and you are a fan of acoustic guitar based music, give it a try. Gavin Clarke's tortured lyrics could not fail twang at even the toughest heart strings, and track 6 'lips' is possibly the simplest, most beautiful love song ever written.
Sunhouse are totally under rated and the fact that Gavin Clarke et all have not gone on to truely better things is a tragedy. If you are a music lover, and want something exceptional for your record collection, you could do a lot worse than purchase 'crazy on the weekend'.

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