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3.0 out of 5 stars Is it just me ?, 26 Aug 2013
This review is from: Friends (MP3 Download)
Am I honestly the only person with ears on the internet ? I'm not an audiophile by any stretch of the imagination but the version of "Black vibrations" on this album is terrible. I've heard three or four versions on the net and they're all the same ~ they start off beautifully sonically bright then approaching the 4 minute mark, the quality starts to go and by the 6 minute mark, it's dull and by the time of the approaching climax at 10 1/2 or so minutes, it's like someone has just poured mud all over it or it was taken from a 29 year old piece of cassette that had been played all but three days of those 29 years. Yet people write in to various sites with comments amounting to "great album !". I bought the download of the song on Amazon hoping for a clear version, but no. It starts with great clarity {the drums are ever so clear}and deteriorates in sound quality very quickly with the drums and bass becoming one dull mush of sound. The question in my title is not me being arrogant; it's a genuine question because the song's dullness stands out so obviously to me.
I used to have a vinyl copy of this and I don't recall such a drop in quality. It's a shame because it's the best track on the album.
In terms of early 70s electric jazz, the rest of the album is worth hearing and offers an interesting take on one of the directions jazz rock or electric jazz based music was going at the time. It's rawness and 'jamming' mindset helps it stand out from some of the more composed stuff that was being released at the time. That could also be it's great weakness though.


While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison
While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison
by Simon Leng
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The quiet Beatle, LOUD AND CLEAR !, 28 Dec 2012
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Initially, I bought this meaning only to focus on the first 50 pages or so as I was really only interested in the Beatle years. And Leng puts Harrison's contribution to the entire Beatles' ouvre in context ~ indeed, no other writer I've come across in 36 years comes close to showing so factually and intimately just what his role was. Ray Newman in his online book "The complete story of Revolver" comes close and actually, his chapter "Hunting tigers in India" makes a great companion to the facts revealed in Leng's book.
A good, balanced, critical appraisal of George Harrison's contribution to the Beatles, the 60s, rock and popular music and culture has been long overdue. Those connected with the Beatles {George Martin, John Lennon, Geoff Emerick} haven't exactly helped the matter over the years with their dismissive comments that fly in the face of the facts although to be fair, Lennon did acknowledge that Harrison was the one that brought Indian music and western rock together and McCartney did acknowledge that George did more than just stand around with a pick in his hand, waiting to do his 20 second solo.
So, the first section covering the 60s is brilliantly done and had the book stopped there, I would have been more than satisfied. But that comprises only a tiny fraction of the overall book and the rest of the book, covering 1970 till his death in 2001 is superb. Leng shows how he developed and regressed and developed and doesn't try to portray Harrison as either hero or villain, but as a man on a journey, sometimes certain, sometimes not. As a result the man comes across in a way that enables the reader to make up their own mind.
It's superbly written and pretty much captivating all the way.


Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust: Off the Record with the Beatles, Bowie, Elton & So Much More, Hardcover Book
Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust: Off the Record with the Beatles, Bowie, Elton & So Much More, Hardcover Book
by Ken Scott
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Scott !!, 28 Dec 2012
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It is a fascinating modern happening to read the words of people who were living through history in the making though they didn't know it at the time.There have been a few long awaited biogs for me recently and along with Pete Townshend's, Keith Richards' and Norman Smith's, this was right up there.
And it did not disappoint, not at all. Literally from page one I was engrossed as Ken Scott describes how he came to be interested in sound recording, ended up working at EMI, came up through the ranks and engineered on sessions by the Beatles. What's far more fascinating, however, are his other stories and believe me, there are plenty. I was fascinated just how many records I have that he was the engineer on that I hadn't known.
His work on the Bowie albums is covered in detail, especially LPs like "Hunky dory" and the not so well known ones.
He includes many technical and equipment details too, so if, like me, you're a lover of this kind of stuff, then you hopefully, won't be disappointed.
He also wisely steers clear of the controversy that arose when Geoff Emerick's book "Here, there and everywhere" {in itself a really good, if sometimes somewhat fanciful, read} came out. He doesn't mention it at all. Smart man.
All in all, this is most definitely a book worth reading and hanging onto. One day it will sell for ridiculous amounts.


The "Pretty Things": Growing Old Disgracefully
The "Pretty Things": Growing Old Disgracefully
by Alan Lakey
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bloody cosmic !, 28 Dec 2012
The author, Alan Lakey, has done a remarkable job in the writing of this book. Considering Phil May, first drummer Viv Andrews, Skip Alan, Twink, Vic Unitt and Mark St John refused to be interviewed or couldn't be found, the story has a well rounded depth to it and is a great read, those that did get involved really balancing things out.
As with most biographical accounts involving different people, it's impossible to determine the actual truth as wildly differing accounts of the same events occur regularly. Certain myths are debunked however, such as the one on the liner notes of the "SF Sorrow" CD that said that the album was recorded at the same time at Abbey Road as the Beatles were doing "Sergeant Pepper" and the Pink Floyd were doing "The piper at the gates of dawn". This regularly appears on internet sites and has become more than urban legend, yet a cursory glance at facts like studio dates, record contracts and record releases show this to be an impossibility, not to mention the producer Norman Smith in the book saying it wasn't true.
Also surprisingly interesting is the chapter dedicated to the bands' legal dispute with EMI. Usually, these kind of detailed wranglings are the stuff of snorefests, but Lakey's approach is anything but boring and reads as a sinister piece of subterfuge with much fascinating thrust and counter thrust.
His general dislike of the band's manager, Mark St John, unfortunately comes through very strongly although he tries to be fair by including many balancing quotes from others.
Someone earlier mentioned the poor punctuation and that really is prevalent. Whoever proof read the book wasn't on the ball ! But it's not sufficient to spoil what is a fantastic read.

The prices I see quoted for this book are pretty ridiculous but if you can get a copy, do. As a rock biography lover, I have to say this is one of the best.


Icarly: Season 2 V.1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Icarly: Season 2 V.1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Nathan Kress
Offered by supermart_usa
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Developing plotlines, deceptive bends, 7 Aug 2010
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Having thoroughly enjoyed the first season, the second season builds on it and unlike the first season where the only friction occurs between Freddie and Sam (except in one episode where Carly and Sam fall out), this time around a variety of underlying tensions start to poke through which makes for good viewing and move the stories on. More realistic, still funny and entertainingly ridiculous ! Love it !!


Many False Prophets Shall Rise
Many False Prophets Shall Rise
by Al Perrin
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars More scary than Chuckie !, 7 Aug 2010
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This story is scary. You don't hear so much about cults these days because we're all supposed to be more tolerant and one isn't supposed to say anything like a religion or a philosophy is "wrong" any more. Well, read this. To be honest, I hope that these kind of groups no longer exist, that it was a product of the spiritually seeking 60s and 70s....but I don't know.
As a christian who has had cause to more than question some of the practices within the church, some of the similarities between what Al Perrin encountered and general life in the church made uncomfortable reading !
It's a book worth reading however.


Thin Lizzy
Thin Lizzy
by Larry Pryce
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Thin Lizzy, 7 Aug 2010
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To be honest, I only bought this book because I had it in the late 70s/early 80s but was parted from it in 1981 and I was curious as to whether it had been any good. It wasn't !


The Gift of Sex: A Guide to Sexual Fulfillment
The Gift of Sex: A Guide to Sexual Fulfillment
by Clifford Penner
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different perspective, 7 Aug 2010
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Given that Christians believe God created the world and therefore sex, this book gives alot of good info without being prudish (it's nicely graphic, actually) from a different perspective that it does no harm to understand, even if one doesn't agree.


Shankly: The Story Of A Soccer Legend [VHS]
Shankly: The Story Of A Soccer Legend [VHS]
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5.0 out of 5 stars The fans want action....not waffle !, 7 Aug 2010
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There's a good two prong approach here with lots of interesting chat from great Liverpool faces from the past, but crucially, great football action. Anyone with early 70s memories of Liverpool as they were becoming great but before they fully got there, you will love this.


West Bromwich-The Atkinson Era [VHS]
West Bromwich-The Atkinson Era [VHS]
VHS
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Price: £11.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Wabba wabba wabba !, 7 Aug 2010
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If you love late 70s English soccer and want to see probably the best team in the late 70s not to win anything, this is for you ! Informative chat, lots of action !!


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