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Now I'm A Cowboy - Expanded Edition
Now I'm A Cowboy - Expanded Edition
Price: £14.54

5.0 out of 5 stars Just Buy It, OK?, 2 Oct 2014
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The old adage about 'difficult second album syndrome' is comprehensively blown out of the water by this, The Auteurs second album. After their 'New Wave' debut, this perhaps comes across on first hearing as being a little 'heavier', certainly in terms of the sometimes monumental chunks of hard rock guitar that pierce the audio fabric of the album. However, after a couple of plays, the subtle beauty of songs such as 'A Sister Like You' - a distant cousin of The Kinks' (a major influence on Auteurs main man Luke Haines) 'Two Sisters' work a real musical charm. even the album's original closing track, 'Daughter of a Child', which Haines has dismissed as something of a throwaway, is a gem of uncluttered and subtle song craft. This is one of the finest albums of the nineties, and in this incarnation, with a disc of extra material, as well as 'B' sides, radio sessions, etc, offers conclusive proof that Luke Haines is one of British Music's most gifted of singer-songwriters. Highly, highly recommended indeed...


Kiss Me on the Apocalypse
Kiss Me on the Apocalypse
Offered by MUSIC-4-THE-MASSES
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Latter day British Beat - a Tune fest!, 18 Sep 2014
The Accidents released a fine single in 1979 called 'Blood Spattered With Guitars' on their own label, Hook, Line & Sinker Records. I heard it on Mike Read's old BBC Radio 1 Saturday night show, and I loved it from first hearing.They also recorded an album - and this is it - and although test pressings were made up, it never got released. The Accidents in part renamed themselves Gene Tryp, and they were very good, too. This album gets bracketed into the 'Mod' area, but they had more in common with The Flamin' Groovies (in Merseybeat mode), Big Star or The Byrds. It's a shame that they never got a proper release at the time, and the album, recorded at the Spaceward studios in Cambridge (where The Soft Boys used to record), was self-financed, and if a label had stepped in and put up a little money to finesse it a little more, it could've been great. The songs are tuneful, melodic and tight, and there's some minor gems scattered throughout it. Detour put it out nearly twenty years ago, and it's now quite hard to find (and will cost you a few bob when you do!), and I'm glad they did. It's excellent!


The Studio Albums 1972-1979
The Studio Albums 1972-1979
Price: £14.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Value For Money, 12 Sep 2014
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The Eagles were always a smart band; they found a way of marrying Gram Parsons' 'Cosmic Country Music' with hard-rocking values, and cleaned up, commercially speaking. Apparently their original 'Greatest Hits' album is the best-selling album of all time (Citation Needed!). This far into the twenty-first century, music - at least in the shape of compact discs - doesn't have the value it once did. For less than the price of a double CD twenty years ago, you get all of the Eagles original recorded works (give or take the odd track), in miniature album sleeves (not reproducing the original gatefolds, sadly), in a funereal black clam shell box. Seems like good value to me; listening to the albums again after a long, long time, I was surprised to find how comparatively raw the first album was, how gutsy 'Out of Control' from 'Desperado' was, and how much of this music stands up. 'On The Border' has some little gems; for example, I wonder how much Tom Waits made from the royalties of their cover of 'Ol' 55'? 'My Man', their homage to Gram Parsons, is a really sincere tribute, and even when things got really slick on 'One Of These Nights', there's still music of great quality. 'Hotel California' is excellent, too - having heard 'New Kid In Town' on the radio so many times, I never thought I could really listen to it again, but it is such a polished gem that it sounds fresh to me. 'the Long Run' isn't so good, however, and I've docked this one star because I think the packaging could be a bit better, maybe with an annotated booklet. In the end, though, it's the music that counts, and this set is chock full of very good stuff.


Original Album Classics
Original Album Classics
Price: £11.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably priced Pop Music..., 9 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Original Album Classics (Audio CD)
After Iggy made a successful return to the fray with the David Bowie produced 'The Idiot' and 'Lust For Life' albums, he ended up on Arista Records, then label to Lou Reed, The Kinks and Southern Rockers The Outlaws, amongst others (later the label would be home to Whitney Houston). Strange bedfellows indeed, and, well, Iggy has always been something of an uneasy fit, whichever label he's been signed to. Arista was ran by the American music business legend, Clive Davis, and he could hear a hit in a room full of static. However, how he could channel such an unusual and idiosyncratic a talent as Iggy chartwards was a task even beyond him. I've reviewed 'New Values' on it's own, and that's the pick of the three in this nifty little box set. 'Soldier' was never a great Iggy album, and although most fans reckon on 'Party' as being Iggy's worst album, in some ways it has worn very well - he gets to use his 'crooner' voice on the fifties hit 'Sea of Love', and 'Bang Bang', produced by Tommy Boyce, one of the songwriters for The Monkees, of all people, is a decent stab at making a Hit Record. Iggy's next album, 'Zombie Birdhouse', produced by Blondie's Chris Stein for his own, short-lived label, is pretty thin gruel, to me, but I am surprised to find that it's no longer available. This mini box set overall represents good value - whether it's old or 'New Values', and is too good to avoid, 'cause these sets don't tend to hang around too long


Oral-B Trizone 4000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Trizone 4000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: £43.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent teeth cleansing product!, 31 Aug 2014
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In the past, I have used electric toothbrushes, and always went back to the standard (acoustic?) type. However, recent trips to my dentist and dental hygienist have made me aware that, too vigorous a tooth-brushing regime have meant that, as I enter my latter fifties, that my gums are starting to recede, and I'm making 'notches' in my teeth. They recommended, therefore, that I use an electric model, to ensure even and consistent pressure in brushing, and being able to access back teeth with greater ease. I must say that, even having used the brush for just a few days, that the effect has been both noticeable, and, I think, beneficial. The brush has an in-built timer, which allows you to brush in areas for thirty seconds, before moving on, There are also different brush head speed settings which allow for different brushing modes. There's also a handy pressure indicator on the barrel of the brush that lights up if you apply too much pressure. All in all, a very good product, highly recommended, and manufactured to a high standard. If they could only make the replacement brush heads a bit cheaper!


The Complete Epic Albums Collection
The Complete Epic Albums Collection
Offered by ScreamingCd
Price: £71.98

5.0 out of 5 stars A great band, justly celebrated, 5 Aug 2014
Sony Music have really got a good thing going with these box set collections. In the last couple of years, I've acquired their complete Byrds recordings, Leonard Cohen, Bill Withers and Nina Simone sets, and they really are a splendid way to get all of a band or artists' recordings for Sony / BMG under one roof. With Cheap Trick, you get the peerless run of superb albums - from their 1976 debut, In Color (1977), Heaven Tonight (1978), Budokan (late '78) and Dream Police (1979). It starts to go awry with the All Shook Up album of 1980, and then the eighties albums are at times woefully patchy, culminating in the 1986 album, 'The Doctor', an uneasy mix of the bands' acknowledged melodic gifts with synthesiser programming and a lack of great songs. Commercial salvation came in the shape of the power ballad 'The Flame' and its parent album, 'Lap of Luxury', as well as the return of founder-member bass player Tom Petersson, but then it fell apart again with Busted, an attempt to reprise the success of 'Lap of Luxury' with the law of diminishing returns setting in. They have made good albums since, but the real treasure is to be found within this superb, deeply rewarding set. Original gatefold sleeves are reprised, there are bonus tracks, and the box is sturdy enough. At their best, Cheap Trick harnessed the power chord rage of The Who with the tune-rich sensibilities of The Beatles - they never quite convinced when they tried to go heavy metal (check out the 'One on One' album, if you must), but overall, their catalogue is a must-have, and at this price, it represents extremley good value for money.


Philips GC2048/80 Easyspeed Steam Iron with 120g Steam Boost and Ceramic Soleplate, 270 ml, 2300 Watt, Purple
Philips GC2048/80 Easyspeed Steam Iron with 120g Steam Boost and Ceramic Soleplate, 270 ml, 2300 Watt, Purple
Price: £27.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A great product...it depends what you think about the colour, though!, 4 Aug 2014
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This Philips iron is a remarkably efficient and very user-friendly clothes iron - even if the rather garish purple colour may not suit everyone's taste! Colour aside, I found that the iron coped with a decent-sized pile of ironing efficiently well, from sometimes difficult cotton shirts (some a bit worn and resistant to the skills of the ironer!), and the box boasts five ways to speed up the ironing - firstly, it's quick warm-up (check), continuous steam for fast crease removal (check),Steam boost up to 120 G (check) even steam distribution across the soleplate (check - very good, in fact) and a triple precision tip (check). Fine product, good value for money, and well worth checking out.


100 Astra Superior Platinum Double Edge Razor Blades and 20 Shaving Factory Styptic Matches
100 Astra Superior Platinum Double Edge Razor Blades and 20 Shaving Factory Styptic Matches

5.0 out of 5 stars to be able to get good use out of it (a few shaves at least), 21 July 2014
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What do you want from a razor blade? Well, to be able to get good use out of it (a few shaves at least), no rough edges, ease of handling, etc, and Astra blades do fulfil these criteria particularly well. I've gone back to using a single blade razor after years of the multiple types, and so I can say that the Astra blade has made that change both pleasant and seamless!


Apple IPAD AIR WI-FI 16GB 16 GB 1024 MB 9.7 -inch Retina display
Apple IPAD AIR WI-FI 16GB 16 GB 1024 MB 9.7 -inch Retina display
Offered by DigidealUK
Price: £319.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful bit o'kit, 2 July 2014
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Bought for the missus, and she hasn't put the flippin' thing down. Peace at last!


ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER
ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER
Price: £13.53

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4.0 out of 5 stars Exotic, unusual, not scared of being different, 17 Jun 2014
I first heard Gabby Young perform on an edition of Clive Anderson's 'Loose Ends' show on BBC Radio 4. The song was 'Fear of Flying', which features on this album. At first, I thought "here we go - another flippin' female singer-songwriter", but as the song unfolded, and Young's wonderfully strong, clear voice came through, I found myself being genuinely moved by the music, and the simple, impassioned but heartfelt rendering of the lyric really had quite some emotional punch. I checked out some live performance footage on You Tube, and was impressed still further. Young is a writer who pens songs in a very direct style, and has quite an at times strident voice, but there is something about her music that is hard to ignore. She's not really like any other performer I can name, and I hope that she gets the breaks her talent (and her equally talented band) deserves.


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