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The Bristol Babe; the First 100 Years of Bristol F.C.
The Bristol Babe; the First 100 Years of Bristol F.C.
by David. M Woods
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book covering the history of the City up to ..., 11 Nov 2014
An excellent book covering the history of the City up to the glorious Liverpool FA up victory season in 1993-94, this book gives all the stats you need as well as fantastic team photos and well-researched background information. There is no substitute for the detail in this book, something the internet won't provide - I've tried! Top book in a top series.


NORTHERN SULPHURIC SOUL
NORTHERN SULPHURIC SOUL
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £16.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Play On (Jungle Bro'sephs!), 25 April 2011
This review is from: NORTHERN SULPHURIC SOUL (Audio CD)
10 out of 10 people gave this 5 out of 5. And with good reason. It has some real class (Play on with the MIGHTY Jungle Bros is a behemoth of a tune), but wait, wait...slow down. Let's consider this: how much of this did they actually write (I was there when they didn't write it, in Fat City), how much of this now sounds a bit dated (er, a lot) and how much have they disappeared from existence since?

True (I speak da troof - so don't criticise me) - it was (fairly) ground-breaking at the time and GB hip-hop always sounds a bit naff (let's be honest) compared to our US cousins' oeuvre (hence the use of some Stateside vocals/help) - but if you really wanted some proper British beats check out Derek B and Blade and Slick Rick).

Unfortunately, for me, the quality of the production here (and it is quality) is overshadowed by the attitude and personality of Manchester music, the Northern Quarter and Grand Central in particular.

Nothing against them personally, just the whiff of over-rating overbears the tunes found therewithin.

Still, Play On, as I say, is immense!
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Sacred Sierra: A Year on a Spanish Mountain
Sacred Sierra: A Year on a Spanish Mountain
by Jason Webster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth-stories from the sierra, 24 April 2011
If you have read any Jason Webster (his fabulously researched and eruditely written journeys into the heart of Spain via flamenco, the Moors and the Civil War) and enjoyed his determination to get to grips with what makes Spain so Spanish, then this will further your admiration of his oeuvre. If you haven't previously read any Jason Webster, but appreciate Spain/european folklore/getting to know nature/travel writing, then this is a book for you. Forget all those disastrously rigid and turgid accounts with "A Year in Tuscany/Provence/etc" in their title. This is not in the same league, and nor does it try to be.

Whilst there are similarities to the wonderful Chris Stewart 'Lemons...'/Annie Hawes 'Olives...' trilogies (if you enjoy this book but haven't read those sets, GET THEM NOW!) Jason Webster is his own man, forging a path of writing that combines elements of diary, story-telling and acute observation, weaving the whole into a well-formed narrative following the seasons of the land that he shares with the mountains, animals and plant-life, all of which he acknowledges has long existed before him and will long outlive him, too.

As with his earlier boooks, he has a knack for spotting, questioning and searching elements of indigenous life and experience, taking the reader on a discovery tour of all that surrounds him. Using ancient moorish texts and local wisdom to guide him, he sets out to live not ON the land but WITH the land, existing in harmony and tandem with all that survives the harsh weather on the sierra. With other writers what might have been incongruous, he intersperses more daily routines of planting and harvesting with tales and talk with which the locals infuse and enthuse him. There is an air of spirituality and symbiosis with the earth, in particular through his encounter with Faustino ("the part-time hermit"), which takes this book away from the ordinary travel writing that breeds upon the bookshop shelves.

This book makes a wonderful companion to his other writings, as well as to the aforementioned Chris Stewart and Annie Hawes books, and it would be lovely to think he might furnish us with a sequel of sorts one day, the better that we may know how his olive trees, truffles and arboretum fare.

Truly splendid.


DJ-Kicks: The Black Album
DJ-Kicks: The Black Album
Offered by scotty46
Price: £19.55

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Steppas Crew!, 3 Jun 2010
As yer reviewer from Bristol says, this album has darkness b-lining through its reggea-dub-veins, swirling in atmosphere like dry ice building round your stoned feet. (It is NOT a 'nice' album, as states "A Customer" [great name, mate: step out of the shadows if you are going to criticise, and learn to spell definitely correctly, too, while you are at it, please]. This is a skanky, skankin', duplate stylin' album. Nice albums are W*stl*fe or whatever. Get a grip, mate). From the opening incantation of Farda P MC ("Put da needle 'pon da record!") through the slow and building grooves of Kid Loops and Grizzly, past deep-veined dub of Prince Far I and the Arabs and Cee-Mix meandering to the closing nigh-urgent sounds of Lida Husik and More Rockers, it twists and turns, taking you up and down and underground. An epic journey, up there in the K7 DJKicks series with Smith & Mighty (if you like Rockers Hi-Fi you'll love Smith & Mighty and you MUST MUST MUST catch the latter Bristol duo djing live, too). As Farda P MC says, "Massive respeck t'each and every one". Mellow vibe scene!!


Cream Live 2
Cream Live 2
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £49.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars James Lav... THE PSYCHONAUTS ROCK!, 31 May 2010
This review is from: Cream Live 2 (Audio CD)
The best of all the Cream Live mixes here. Oakenfold's is standard house (his standard, ergo good), Nick Warren's is superb mixing and includes two of Way Out West's best tracks (The Gift and Domination)...then comes Mo'Wax supremo/Unkle head-honcho James Lavelle. Or so he and Cream'd like you to believe! Five minutes listening will convince you otherwise and read the sleevenotes closely and you will notice that 'production' is by Somerset's finest, The Psychonauts. Flawless, inspired and at the time unmatched turntable wizadry (can't be Lavelle! He can't mix paint!). The choice of tracks for 1996 reflected Cream's expanding eclectic playlist and dj roster and the triple pack comfortably showcases the club's rightful place among the UK's better nights out of the 90s. For a while. Like all clubs, though, it went pants after a time. I saw all three of these disc jockeys at Cream in the 90s and it was one big party, I can tell you! Memories, memories... (One star missing because whilst Oakenfold was a big name, other djs were better at the time).


These Were the Earlies [Limited Edition Digipak]
These Were the Earlies [Limited Edition Digipak]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's one they made earlier..., 11 Jan 2007
For a moment, contemplate this: two guys from the musical backwaters of Burnley, Lancashire (UK) have some new and wonderfully twisted ideas on how to put an album together. They're halfway (or so) there with the songs, but something's missing. Ever ones to embrace the rapidly changing technology of our world, they put what they have recorded out there, into the musical-ether, on the internet. It's worth a shot, see what comes of it. And what comes of it, I hear you collectively cry? Two geezers from Texas (the place, no the blinkin' band!) pick it up, and 8000 miles away say, "Hey, we love this, man; let us get involved!" So they did. And this is the result. Part ranch-music, part cotton-mills. Part Fort Worth, part pint of Worthingtons. Part Beach Boys, part Northern Boys. Truly beautifully harmonic, properly crafted songs, with weirdy-samplery-trickery and organic instruments. This is only half of what they are capable of achieving, and if you even slightly like this album, YOU HAVE TO SEE THEM LIVE. I guarantee my friend (and you must be one of my friends, if you're still reading this), you'll be blown away. All the way to San Jose.


A Season With Verona
A Season With Verona
by Tim Parks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Per sempre Gialloblu!, 23 Oct 2006
This review is from: A Season With Verona (Paperback)
I won't bore you with my loquacious opinion on this magnificent book (other people have done that probably better than I can among these readers' reviews). No, I will simply tell you the truth.

When I finished reading the book in May 2003, I booked a flight to Verona and a hotel near l'Arena, and went to the stadium for the last game of that season (Bari, 1-1, for the statiticians among you). I had to see la Curva Sud for myself. Since then, having made friends with one or two members of I Piu Mati (ciao Christian, ciao Alberto, ciao Fabio!) I've been back several times (including a memorable 5-3 win over rivals Vicenza [di merda!]) and they've even been over to see my humble bunch of sleeping giants (the West Country's top team, Bristol City. Well, excluding Yeovil). In short, the book inspired me, it coursed through my veins and I was like a junkie, needing a fix of the Brigate Gialloblu (minus the violenza!). A terrific, vibrant, inspiring read. Forza Signor Tim!

(PS If you liked the social/cultural/non-football parts to the book, make sure you read his Italian Neighbours and Italian Education books. The description of which coffee to drink when in the former book is as good as the opening chapter of A Season With Verona)
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Journey to the South
Journey to the South
by Annie Hawes
Edition: Paperback

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Southern delight, 23 Oct 2006
This review is from: Journey to the South (Paperback)
Despite a healthy love of all things Italian, I try to avoid books entitled "A Year in..." so I hadn't read any of Annie Hawes' material. Two pages in to this, however, and I was hooked. Enough and probably everything has been written about life in Tuscany, villas on the hills, blah, blah, blah; this book takes you to the underbelly of daily existence, southern Italian style. Calabria is a region deprived of its northern cousins' fame, yet exudes a life from days of yore, and Annie Hawes captures the intricacies of morning coffee, preparing mountains of lavishly described food and how/when/why to eat, with social and well-paced historical comment. Ms Hawes has a delicate eye for the detail and takes you on a journey not just to the toe of Italy, but to the heart of the mezzogiorno. Bravissimo!


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