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Bring the Family
Bring the Family
Price: 8.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album, 30 Dec 2011
This review is from: Bring the Family (Audio CD)
John Hiatt finally realised his potential with this stunning album. It was well worth him giving up the booze for. A crack band (Cooder, Lowe, Keltner) coil nastily around Hiatt's best songs to-date. The album is spare and sparse, no wasted notes, no 10 minute solos, but grooves beautifully. Hiatt's lyrics are also sharp and frequently witty. At the current price on Amazon, this is the bargain of the year - grab it now.

Original Album Series
Original Album Series
Price: 13.01

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Listening, 14 Dec 2011
This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
If you haven't got them, these are essential listening. Don't be put off by the 'first five albums' tag: Newman was already an accomplished songwriter and on these albums he enters his prime. There are a very large number of astoundingly good songs on these: Davy The Fat Boy, Sail Away, I Think it's Going to Rain Today, God's Song, Jolly Coppers on Parade, Suzanne, Let's Burn Down the Cornfield, Cowboy and Texas Girl at the Funeral of her Father amongst them. Even the better known, but slighter, songs (e.g. Simon Smith & the Amazing Dancing Bear, Political Science (aka Let's Drop the Big One Now), You Can Keep Your Hat On, Short People, Mama Told Me no to Come) will make most other songwriters jealous. All brilliantly augmented by Newman's own wonderfully evocative arrangements. It's a steal at this price, so grab it while you can.
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The Dream Machine: J.C.R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal (Sloan Technology)
The Dream Machine: J.C.R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal (Sloan Technology)
by M. Mitchell Waldrop
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Brilliant, 27 Jan 2011
I bought this book just on an off-chance, but it is a really great book - I was enthralled. A must for anyone interested in computer history or the development of the Internet.

Spank! Eric Wilkins' Spanking Photographs
Spank! Eric Wilkins' Spanking Photographs
by Eric Wilkins
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - if you like spanking with a sexual frisson, 27 Jan 2011
These are brilliant photos, beautifully reproduced on excellent paper. However, I know that many CP enthusiasts prefer not to mix spanking with sex, and that most CP magazines carefully avoid any sexual matter. Personally, I think this is rubbish - spanking is an erotic act, but each to their own. The one magazine in the UK that did sort of recognize this was Swish!, for whom Eric Williams took these photos. However, in the late 70's early 80's, Swish! could only hint and simulate the sexual element. Here, the photos are uncensored and many sets proceed to their natural conclusion. A must for everyone who enjoys spanking as part of their sexual life.

I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
Price: 5.40

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album of the Seventies?, 6 Dec 2004
Ignore any caveats about re-issues. It doesn't matter what version you get of this record. Just get it. Now. It is astonishingly brilliant. It always was, but unappreciated in the past. Attractive and intelligent from end to end, it is a record you will never regret buying. Following on from the attraction you will get on first hearing, you will continue to find more and more depths to the songs.
Richard Thompson is one of the planet's greatest songwriters, and also one of its greatest guitarists. You get more of the former here, but with tantalising flashes of the latter - for example the introduction to 'Cavalry Cross'.
Best Album of the Seventies? A contender, without a doubt. Complicated by competition with Richard & Linda Thompson's 'Shoot out the Lights' - another work of genius later in the Seventies.

The Best Christmas Album In The World ... Ever!
The Best Christmas Album In The World ... Ever!
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 6.23

7 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ho-Hum Its Christmas, 6 Dec 2004
Yet another Christmas collection revamping some of the tired old favourites. A mixture of the bad, poor, awful and predictable. Not everything is appalling; but you've heard the better ones so many times, you may well cringe. On a specific criticism of the title, as it fails to include Roy Forbes' seminal "Mincemeat Tart", it proves to be as inaccurate as the rest of contents. All readers could put together a better collection than this, so I advise you to do your own.
Possibly Amazon needs to add a no-star rating for dics such as these.

Rumor And Sigh
Rumor And Sigh
Price: 5.90

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Richard's Star Albums, 16 May 2004
This review is from: Rumor And Sigh (Audio CD)
Astonishingly brilliant: ballads, rock, polkas; wit, twisted humour, despair; reality, dreams and surrealism. Thompson shows his full range here and demonstrates why he is one best songwriters around, and also one of the best guitarists.

Mirror Blue
Mirror Blue
Price: 8.26

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outliving the reviewers, 16 May 2004
This review is from: Mirror Blue (Audio CD)
Mirror Blue initially got fairly weak reviews (though only by Thompson's stellar standards) when released: time has proved the critics wrong. Adventurous, erudite and challenging. Full of great songs, Beeswing is the most famous, but King of Bohemia and Taking My Business Elsewhere are other highlights.
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Must I Paint You a Picture - The Essential Billy Bragg
Must I Paint You a Picture - The Essential Billy Bragg

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best of Bragg? - No way Jose!!, 14 Feb 2004
This purports to be the Essential - presumably meaning the best of Billy Bragg. It's a great record - I have all his albums and I love his work - but I don't think it collects his best.
There are only three tracks from his best record, "Brewing Up" and the other earlier albums are also given short shrift: no "life With the Lions " or "The Short Answer". And no "Little Time Bomb"!
A fair selection from "Don't Try This At Home", but then too much from succeeding CDs, which aren't as good, and a lot of which are Woody Guthrie songs. Ok to listen to, but essential Billy Bragg - I think not.
I don't think you should do a Billy Bragg compilation without stuff like "It Says Here", "From A Vauxhall Velox" or "The Myth of Trust"
The best 2 CD introduction to Billy Bragg is "Back to Basics" and "Don't Try This At Home"; then you will want to buy all the rest.

Shoot Out The Lights
Shoot Out The Lights
Price: 6.80

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 14 Feb 2000
This review is from: Shoot Out The Lights (Audio CD)
Their final album together, and a masterpiece. After scrapping tracks produced by Jerry Rafferty, Richard & Linda re-recorded the entire album in a few days. Its got it all - anger, pain, misery, death, heartbreak, malice, backstabbing, falling, leaving, darkness. The darkness of the songs is reinforced by some of Thompson's most violent guitar and counterpointed by the beauty of Linda's vocals. If anyone tells you Richard & Linda are 'folk' singers, play them this. It makes Lennon's 'Plastic Ono Band' or Springsteen's 'Darkness at the Edge of Town' look like a sunny day in the country. However at the end, there is a glimmer of hope: "Let me take my chances on the Wall of Death". As the album ends with the cruching closing chords of Wall of Death, you too will be stunned by this album. Five stars? Should be Six.
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