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Power/Masses & Motets
Power/Masses & Motets
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Price: £32.95

5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful hilliards, 16 July 2012
This review is from: Power/Masses & Motets (Audio CD)
This is a fine recording. Given the price, you might want to look out the Virgin Veritas re-release, which includes the even finer Dunstaple recording.


Power & Dunstaple: Masses and Motets (Veritas x2)
Power & Dunstaple: Masses and Motets (Veritas x2)
Price: £7.01

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars marvellous polyphony, 11 July 2012
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I'm going to give this five stars because the Dunstaple - or Dunstable, if you prefer - is one of the rare glimpses into the work of one of the most influential composers of his time. He transformed the way that composers thought about polyphony and put the English composers into the forefront (though he actually spent most of his time in France). I've had an earlier release for some years and I still play it regularly. The Hilliard Ensemble have long been a standard by which other early music choirs can be judged. Their versions of Lassus, Palestrina and Gombert are simply superb. With the Hilliards, each part is performed with a single voice, which gives great clarity and demands that every voice be perfect. Which they are. The Power is also significant, but sounds just a little thin - I would have given it four stars on its own.


Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults, and Beliefs
Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults, and Beliefs
by Steven Hassan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.86

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for those with friends in a dangerous group, 11 July 2012
Three decades ago, Steve was the most significant innovator of exit-counseling. His first book was the best general introduction to the subject, but rather than resting on his laurels, he continued to expand his thinking, to our great benefit. This book represents an even better approach to indoctrination and exploitative persuasion. Steve is one of a handful of true experts on the terrible problems posed by destructive groups. It has been my good fortune to know him these many years and I can attest that his integrity and courage are unswerving, despite the extreme pressures of such work. Anyone who has been involved should put aside the prejudices instilled by their group and read this book. For that matter, as every life is now touched by fanaticism, everyone should read and discuss the compelling ideas that Steve puts forward here.


Breville VKJ111 White Compact Jug Kettle
Breville VKJ111 White Compact Jug Kettle
Price: £19.99

71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars watch out - breville don't give refunds, 26 April 2010
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I spent some time checking kettle reviews, to find a suitable kettle for my 93-year-old mum. It had to be light, with a very visible water scale. The only suitable kettle was the Breville VKJ111. Within a month, I had to call out an electrician, and we eventually found that it was the kettle that was blowing our circuit breaker - even when it wasn't switched on. I returned the kettle to Breville and was sent a full-size steel kettle, which my mum could not even lift. Breville next sent out a 1 litre steel kettle, saying the VKJ111 was out of stock.

I complained that this kettle was too heavy, and my mum could not read the scale - which is behind the handle. I was told that the replacement was `the same weight' as the original. Then I was told that the weight of the new kettle was 850 grams and of the original 750, with the peculiar addition `as stated they are the same weight'.

I bought a new VKJ111 - my mum has to be able to make tea, after all - and put it through an isolated circuit breaker (which it has tripped twice, already). It actually weighs 500 grams - not 750. The steel kettle weighs 680 - not 850. I asked for my money back and was told that the replacement was a `like for like' replacement. They are of different designs, made of different materials, one is significantly heavier than the other, and my mum could not read the scale. I was told to write to another department, and, six weeks later, have received no reply. Breville have also refused to return my original receipt (which has another item on it).

So, only buy this product, if, like my mum, you have no other option. And remember that Breville do not do refunds (whatever the law says...)
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Darlings Of Wapping Wharf Launderette
Darlings Of Wapping Wharf Launderette
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Price: £24.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top of the britpops, 1 Dec. 2007
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This album combines Ogden's Nut Gone Flake and the Autumn Stone with every additional recording made at Immediate Records. Ogden's was the best concept album of the sixties - a less earnest version of the Tommy story. The narration, by the Professor, Stanley Unwin, is a pure delight (check him as Johnny Saveloy's agent on the Church of Chemicalology in Ardman's wonderful Rex the Runt, too). Steve Marriot was one of the great blue-eyed soul singers. It's a shame that he abandoned the Small Faces to form Humble Pie, despite the Pie's achievements and those of the Faces - as the remaining members became with the addition of Ron Wood and Rod Stewart. The Small Faces were musically tight and wrote songs every bit as good as Ray Davies with the Kinks. With Itchycoo Park, they became the best psychedelic pop act in Britain. The only reservation is the lack of the marvellous cover from Ogden's, but this is the Small Faces' album to buy, and it is essential to any 60s Britpop collection.


Cradle Will Rock [DVD]
Cradle Will Rock [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hank Azaria
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Price: £4.58

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars right review, wrong rating, 23 Nov. 2007
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This review is from: Cradle Will Rock [DVD] (DVD)
I think that Emmie must have pressed the wrong button. I agree with her review - this is an outstanding film, both dramatically and cinematically excellent. It highlights the tensions of the New Deal years of the 1930s when corporate capital was shelling out vast sums to hinder the relief programmes of the FDR administration (for instance, paying a million bucks to successfully burn the slogan The American Way into the public consciousness). But this is far more than a slice of history - the interweaving stories are all quite magical. Bill Murray's ventriloquist, the hilarious Rockerfeller/Rivera battle (note the syphilis cells in the scandalous painting) and the tale of Orson Welles' drama all sit well with the reds under the bed paranoia that raged in the US long before Joe McCarthy and the House Unamerican Activities Committee (and their chief Hollywood stooge, Ronald Reagan). But, socially relevant though this is, it is also a fine and rivetting entertainment. Please change your rating, Emmie!


Lao Tzu and Taoism
Lao Tzu and Taoism
by Max Kaltenmark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an exceptional book, 14 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Lao Tzu and Taoism (Paperback)
In three decades, this is the best commentary on the Tao Teh Ching and Taoism that I have read. Kaltenmark opens out the meaning of fundamental terms as both a scholar and an enthusiast. The text is easy to read and full of warmth for the remarkable philosophy it helps to explain. Buy Jonathan Star's excellent Definitive Tao Teh Ching for an exacting, literal translation of the text, Gia Fu Feng's Tao for an insightful translation and D.C. Lau's for comparison.


Every Day I Have the Blues
Every Day I Have the Blues
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Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the great Blues pianists, 15 July 2004
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A fine introduction to one of the great Blues pianists, the eminent pupil of Roosevelt Sykes. Twenty-five of the best tracks recorded in his heyday between 1940 and 1948. Memphis Slim was guitarist Big Bill Broonzy's pianist of choice, and he had a fine Blues voice too. The songs range from risque humour to true lowdown Blues. There are a couple of good talking Blues, reminiscent of Nat King Cole's work at the same time, and a nod to the contemporary Jump Blues of Louis Jordan. This is the peak of Chicago Blues when Muddy Waters arrived in the windy city to electrify us all.


Chicago Blues: The City and the Music (A Da Capo Paperback)
Chicago Blues: The City and the Music (A Da Capo Paperback)
by Mike Rowe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a classic of blues history, 8 May 2004
A fundamental reference for anyone interested in the background of the urban blues. This is a reprint of the original Chicago Breakdown - advertised on Amazon for over £230! Read Robert Palmer's Deep Blues as an introduction, and after Chicago Blues go back into the Delta with Alan Lomax in The Land Where the Blues Began.


Islam: Empire of Faith [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Islam: Empire of Faith [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ben Kingsley

19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars splendid overview, 3 Dec. 2003
This is a well made series of three forty-minute films charting the history of Islam from the time of Mahomet to the early Ottoman Empire (in the 17th century). It dispels many myths, and shows that at a time when Christendom was in the Dark Ages, the Sufis were disseminating knowledge throughout Islam from the House of Wisdom in Baghdad. The West owes many things to the Sufi cultivation of knowledge - mathematics, anatomy, optics, the scientific method (borrowed by Roger Bacon), quarantine (and the hospital), cataract surgery, paper, and the Greek Classical texts that kick-started the Renaissance.
In the Moorish Empire in Spain, Cordoba was the glory of the world by the time of the Norman conquest. It had running water and a sewage system, as well as libraries full of books when Christian monasteries were proud to have half a dozen.
The documentary includes footage of several stunning mosques including that of Cordoba and the beautiful Alhambra. It is a revelation for anyone brought up in a country where the only mention of Islam is the Crusaders' attacks upon Palestine. Or the misapprehension that women are forced to wear veils in all Muslim cultures.
Ben Kingsley narrates, and historical scenes are well recreated. In the present anti-Muslim climate this is a good teaching aid. Excellent!


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