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Searching for Jupiter
Searching for Jupiter
Price: £15.02

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Searching for the next EST ?, 27 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Searching for Jupiter (Audio CD)
Like many people, I still miss EST dreadfully - so does Magnus Ostrom evidently. Magnus of course, was the EST drummer, and whilst there are parts of this album that are reminiscent of EST at their finest - the way some tracks grow and build to a crashing and powerful crescendo being one - this is a progression from EST in many ways.
Progressive is a good word in fact. When I saw Magnus at Ronnie Scotts recently with a couple of friends, we all 3 agreed that the sound could best be described as 'progressive jazz'. Some reviewers have hinted at a Pink Floyd influence and certainly some of the guitar playing - on the latter stages of the title track in particular - are Dave Gilmour like. On other tracks the guitar is more akin to Snow Goose era Camel - smooth and mellow. Neither of those prog rock comparisons are meant to be pejorative - quite the opposite - this album bridges jazz and progressive rock admirably.
The drumming, as you would expect, is excellent throughout, but its the guitars, both electric lead and bass, that represent the real leap away from the EST formula. All of the playing is first rate and the compositions are varied, some powerful - Hour Of the Wolf being the prime example - and others, such as the ballad Mary Jane Doesn't Live Here Anymore, really moving. Overall, this is a fine album. Not the new EST maybe, something rather different, but a damn fine alternative.


Beware of the Dog: Rugby's Hard Man Reveals All
Beware of the Dog: Rugby's Hard Man Reveals All
by Brian Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.33

4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Moores personality shines through, 2 Sept. 2013
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I like Moores honesty and robustly argued opinions. This brutally frank book does not disappoint. He pulls no punches and he argues his opiniated views withs considerable style.


The American Civil War: History in an Hour
The American Civil War: History in an Hour
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but too repetitive, 2 Sept. 2013
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I wanted a short introduction to the American Civil War - this was OK but for such a short book I found too much repetition. It needs a robust edit.


SHAKE THE WALLS
SHAKE THE WALLS
Price: £14.62

4.0 out of 5 stars Great musicianship - if a little formulaic, 2 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: SHAKE THE WALLS (Audio CD)
Having seen Marcus several times at Ronnie Scotts I knew he was a great musician with a very bluesy voice. Both are evident on this very good album.My only beef would be the slightly formulaic subjects - women and booze. But maybe thats the blues ?


Nhs Sos: How The Nhs Was Betrayed – And How We Can Save It
Nhs Sos: How The Nhs Was Betrayed – And How We Can Save It
by Jacky Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes You Angry !, 1 Aug. 2013
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Read this and get angry at the betrayal of the NHS. Lied to and misled by our leaders its a coherent and compelling history of deliberate political double-speak. Its also a call to arms to act now and save the NHS.


BLACKBERRY 9320 BLACK FLIP CASE / COVER/SKIN WITH SCREEN PROTECTOR AND CAR CHARGER
BLACKBERRY 9320 BLACK FLIP CASE / COVER/SKIN WITH SCREEN PROTECTOR AND CAR CHARGER

5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous value for money, 1 Aug. 2013
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The case alone was worth the money but to get the in-car charger too makes this a genuine bargain. Recommended whole-heartedly.


Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls
by David Sedaris
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Funny easy reading, 24 Jun. 2013
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Sedaris is always entertaining and humorous. This is a bit patchy with a few very average pieces but at his best, he is brilliantly funny.


The Hunters (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Hunters (Penguin Modern Classics)
by James Salter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.83

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good (not great), 24 Jun. 2013
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People rave about this book. The writing is undoubtedly very good and some of the descriptions excellent but the story rather stutters along for me and I couldn't engage with the lead character. It didn't make me want to rush and read more Salter.


Night And Day
Night And Day
Price: £5.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remember, 24 May 2013
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This review is from: Night And Day (Audio CD)
I used to play the vinyl version of this all the time many years ago but hadn't listened to it for many years. Bought the CD and remembered just why I loved it so much. Jackson was very under-rated and this must be his best work.


Man Ray
Man Ray
by Sir Roland Penrose
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value, 24 May 2013
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Bought this after visiting the Man Ray exhibition and not disappointed. Excellent value for money and a great summary of his work.


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