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Lomography Supersampler Rubberized Blue
Lomography Supersampler Rubberized Blue

1.0 out of 5 stars nice idea but very poorly executed, 30 July 2012
Great idea for a toy 35mm film camera with four lenses which fire in sequence, thus splitting each frame into four narrow pictures taken split seconds apart, but I'm afraid this is a badly designed and poorly made piece of plastic junk. It just about worked for a bit, but the winding mechanism (a spring-loaded ripcord) continually jammed up necessitating opening the camera (in darkness) and freeing the mechanism with finger power. Not ideal. It ate the second film I ran through it and I gave up after that. I don't expect lasting quality for 40 but it would be nice if the thing actually worked. Avoid, and buy a super-cool Spinner 360 instead.
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Best of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour: Volume 2
Best of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour: Volume 2
Price: 11.54

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile companion to the authorised version, 3 July 2008
If you've been enjoying Theme Time Radio Hour then you might want to track down some of the music from the series. Ace have released an excellent authorised double CD package, and when you've bought that one you might want to consider this as a follow-up. There's not quite as good or as wide a musical selection here, presumably due to the selections being made from out of copyright material, but there is still a goodly amount of good music to be enjoyed. Worth having.
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The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield / Labyrinth of Sex [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] [1968]
The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield / Labyrinth of Sex [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] [1968]
Dvd ~ Jayne Mansfield
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: 4.62

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible...., 17 Feb 2008
I wonder if the other reviewer "got it". The merits of this incredible movie have not been exaggerated. If you are a fan of the most mondo of cinema, you'll already know about the divine Miss M. Come now with Jayne as she tours the wildest hotspots in Europe, dealing with all manner of grainy 16mm craziness from the Superimposed Island Of Somewhere Completely Different. Amazing, and it gets better the longer you can stand. A big influence on John Waters, I'll be bound.

Either 1 star or 5 stars, depending on your state of mind.


Blues For Dootsie - The Blue & Dootone Sides
Blues For Dootsie - The Blue & Dootone Sides
Price: 13.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blues is about right, 21 Sep 2007
Compilation of blues sides from the late '40s/early '50s. The usual Ace Records production values are here, with the expected high sound quality, useful sleeve notes and label scans, but despite what the CD cover says about this comp featuring a range of styles, most of what's here is on the downtempo, late-night blues joint tip. If that's your bag, you won't be disappointed. However if you're looking to cut loose to early rhythm-n-blues, give this one a miss and get the excellent "Gaz's Rocking Blues" CD (also on Ace) instead.


Unripened - Sweden
Unripened - Sweden

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For completists only, 20 Jun 2007
This review is from: Unripened - Sweden (Audio CD)
This is a "reissue" of the acetate of 1966 Velvets demos which was rediscovered in a 2005 New York yard sale for a few cents and then resold, amid much media ballyhoo, for a five-figure sum at online auction. The LP comprises some different mixes and/or takes of some of the songs which were later included on the first VU album ("And Nico"), but this material here is definitely only for the obsessives. The sound quality is muddy, the songs are not the band's best and the performances really aren't that great either. Stick to the original albums.


Joe Meek Freakbeat: You're Holding Me Down
Joe Meek Freakbeat: You're Holding Me Down

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad rave-ups from Holloway Road, 1 May 2007
Here's a new compilation of obscure freakbeat and rhythm-n-blues 45s recorded by the one-and-only sonic innovator Joe Meek in 1965 and 66 in his home-made studio famously located high above the traffic roar of London's Holloway Road. I think most of these singles are collected together here for the first time. Admittedly some of the material and playing, by largely unknown UK bands, is less than stellar on occasion, BUT most of the productions are nothing short of magical and on a Joe Meek comp thats what matters. Vocals weave in and out of the mix; drums are compressed within an inch of their lives; strange sound effects are layered on top of each other; guitars have more fuzz than ever before (check the rabid solos on "Crawdaddy Simone") and there's enough echo and reverb on EVERYTHING to cause a world shortage. And all this was done on a pair of two-track machines. Nobody else was making records like this at the time, and nobody can do it now either. Jaw-dropping.


Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 12.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great LP, but watch out for the CDs, 4 Feb 2007
Bop-Dwaedy Doop! Great album. I first got into this LP some 25 years ago and it wa a big fave; happily I have recently rediscovered it. The best and perhaps most accessible of the original 60s MOI albums, this LP features FZ and the band playing affectionate tribute to Frank's childhood love of 50s doo-wop. It's so much a spot-on steal, you wonder how much of a satire this LP was actually supposed to be. Great arrangements, playing and production, too - truly a labour of love. One word of warning though - the CD reissues do not feature the original album, which has been unavailable since the early 70s - go seek out the 1968 vinyl!


Swan's Soul Sides
Swan's Soul Sides
Price: 13.65

3.0 out of 5 stars Four killer tracks, lots of filler, 12 Jan 2007
This review is from: Swan's Soul Sides (Audio CD)
To my uptempo ears, anyway, this is another in the series of patchy Kent soul comps. There are three or four great tracks here, but not enough emphasis on the floor-fillers. But it's worth buying at the New & Used price just to get the top tunes, if you've not got them already: Tony Galla "In Love"; Mickey Lee Lane "Hey Saloney" and the fantastic Buena Vistas "Hot Shot" (these guys cut half a dozen instro singles in the late 60s and ALL of them are great!) are must-haves. The rest, though, is pretty forgettable.


Valentyne Suite
Valentyne Suite

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brit-jazz goes rock, 17 Oct 2006
This review is from: Valentyne Suite (Audio CD)
I'm only familiar with the original issue of this album, so can't comment on any extra material included herein, but if it's up to the standard of the main attraction then you need not worry too much. Originally released right at the end of 1969 as the first LP on the spiral Vertigo label, this is Brit-jazz beefed up for a late-60s rock audience. It's mostly instrumentals, and these are the best cuts: the 16-minute long title track allows everyone to, uh, stretch out (man) without descending into noodly pretension. Heavy on the Hammond and tenor sax, with a top-notch rhythm section propelling the whole show along: live, this lot must have been pretty hot.


Andy Smith's Northern Soul [VINYL]
Andy Smith's Northern Soul [VINYL]
Price: 19.13

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Northern Soul comps, 22 Sep 2006
Pretty good comp of mid'60s uptempo soul tunes. Some of them (e.g. Rodger Collins) are moving more into "raw soul" than "northern", but the dividing lines between the genres are often blurry. No big mainstream hits, but plenty of club sounds to keep your feet moving, and with some real gems too. The vinyl edition is the complete versions of each tune; there's also a mixed version on CD for those who like that sort of thing but personally I'll have the originals any time. Rubbish generic cover though!


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