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One Day I'm Going to Soar
One Day I'm Going to Soar

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wanderer returns, 8 Jun. 2012
Has there ever been a man in pop music like Kevin Rowland? Sure Morrissey, Bowie and even Lady Gaga inspire devotion and enrich their followers lives but if you follow the former Midnight Runners you get the man's soul bared open for all to see. At sometimes this is uncomfortable listening (especially if you share some of the same traits) but it is also beautiful, uplifting and so honest. This is soul music in it's purest form and feels like the natural follow up to the sublime 'Don't Stand Me Down' even despite the 20 odd year gap between them. The band are great and this certainly has a live feel to it but like previous reviewers have said there isn't the knockout punch of the 'Searching' era brass or slickness of 'Don't Stand'. This is a very minor niggle because under Mick Talbots (and how great is it to see him back?) stewardship they provide the perfect platform for the main man Rowland to inject his particular brand of passion into some great great songs.
The only album in recent years to come anywhere near this in terms of soul and honesty is Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black', but really Kev is out there on his own. Everything else sounds fake in comparison, welcome back's been too long.

Don't Stand Me Down
Don't Stand Me Down

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Italian's have a word for it', 13 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Don't Stand Me Down (Audio CD)
Words can't express how deeply I love this album. A Dexy's fan since hearing 'Geno' as a pre-teenage skinhead, this album was too complex for me when I first got it. However, upon rediscovering it in my early twenties (it takes a few listens to really get it) I have loved it ever since and wouldn't be overstating the case to say it has had a profound effect on my life. If you think of albums such as 'Astral Weeks' and 'Grace' by Jeff Buckley then this equals and maybe even betters them. It is as radical as it is beautiful. Listening to this makes me yearn for the days when pop stars came of the calibre of Jerry Dammers, Paul Weller, Morrissey and Mr Rowland. Even in that company a true visionary and maverick. Come on Kev, give us another one.

Just marvellous, just buy it.

The Mother [DVD] [2003]
The Mother [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Anne Reid
Offered by babsbargains *** WORLDWIDE SHIPPING ***
Price: £19.98

6 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of old toss!!!, 17 Sept. 2007
This review is from: The Mother [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
....and I'm not talking about the content of the film. I got this DVD as I thought it looked interesting and a bit different but it was dreadful. The plus points are: Anne, that's it. Everything else in this film was utter dross, Daniel Craig (is he the Hugh Grant of the noughties? this isn't a compliment) does his usual sensitive but smouldering bit which covers up the fact he is a sh*te actor. The characters & plot are laughably bad, when Dad dies on a visit to London, he is never mentioned again and his wife stays on in London - don't the middle classes bury their dead?. It's a film that thinks it's a lot more thought provoking than it is and a smugness hangs over the whole thing.
If you want a British film that tackles a diffcult subject well, with real characters try Gary Oldman's 'Nil By Mouth' not this cack.

In the Jungle Groove
In the Jungle Groove
Price: £5.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Go turn it loose, 'cos it's a Mother!', 7 Mar. 2007
This review is from: In the Jungle Groove (Audio CD)
As the review below said, this is a collection of extended jams from James Brown and his backing band the JB's at the end of the sixties / start of the seventies. At a time when James was single handedly creating a new form of music - funk, this compilation finds the probably the tighest, funkiest band there has ever been at the very top of their game. JB himself is almost like another instrument, giving orders and guiding where the groove goes rather than doing any conventional singing.

Quite simply, this is one of the most important albums ever made. Without it Funk, Disco, Hip Hop & any other form of music that uses breaks & beats would be very different & may not even exist!

But enough of the history lesson, get this CD and marvel at the playing (so tight & so familiar from samples, it actually sounds like breakbeats), special mentions for Bootsy Collins & Clyde Stubblefield who combined to create the best rhythm section ever - fact!

Get on up, get into it & get involved as the great man with the bizzare hair said himself, R.I.P James Brown.

More Specials
More Specials
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £6.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most influential album of the last 25 years??, 28 Jun. 2004
This review is from: More Specials (Audio CD)
OK, maybe that was a bit strong but this really is a CLASSIC!!! Like the previous reviewer said you really can trace a line from this group (and especially this album) to groups as diverse as Happy Mondays/Black Grape, Tricky, Massive Attack, The Streets, Plan B & Lily Allen.

The Specials were one of the biggest groups in the country when they released this and it was always seen as a bit of a letdown by the hardcode skinhead/rude boy fanbase compared to their debut. But, to those that love groups that mess with the formula it has become seen as a work of near genius.

Can you imagine the careerists of today like the Kooks or Razorlight doing an album of Bulgarian Folk Music or ambient house? Of course you can't, they are too worried about shifting units and marketing to risk real experimentation with the music. The Specials made an album featuring muzak, the sort of stuff you hear in hotel lifts and supermarkets and mixed it with lyrics about alienation, the futility of the saturday night beer boy life & paranoia about impending nuclear war and you could still dance to it!

If you haven't got this album - get it now! I bought it in 1981 aged 9 and I still love it to this day. The only slight grumble is that there are no extras. It must surely be worth the deluxe treatment including 'Bragging not trying to lie' & 'Rude boys outta Jail (version)' - the free seven inch that came with copies of the album back in the dim & distant. There is also some great B sides from that time and amazing live tracks (the Specials were the greatest live band ever - fact!!).

So, buy this and Enjoy yourself (it's later than you think).

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