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Country Songs
Country Songs
Price: £2.75

3.0 out of 5 stars Lynn Anderson: More than just a Rose Garden, 3 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Country Songs (Audio CD)
This CD is a budget release, which as the artwork would probably suggest, but at least the title is 'Country Songs' and not 'Greatest Hits', which would have been inaccurate. For a compilation of hit singles which are the original versions, you should check Greatest Hits out instead.

This CD has re-recordings of a few of Lynn's biggest hits, including, naturally, her international early '70s smash 'Rose Garden' (a cover of a Joe South original). What I love here the most though are the songs 'Rodeo Cowboy', 'Someday Soon', and her own version of the weepy ballad 'Faithless Love', which I think are worth the price alone.

Lynn Anderson passed away on the 30th July 2015 and left behind a great legacy of catchy, upbeat and tuneful country music. She had a very sinecure voice, and she will be missed. Although she has been fairly poorly served with CD release, 'Country Songs' is a nice little taster of her sound.

Track Listing
01. Blue Bayou
02. The Devil Went Down To Georgia
03. Faithless Love
04. Gone At Last
05. Heaven's Just A Sin Away
06. Listen To A Country Song
07. Rodeo Cowboy
08. Rose Garden
09. Someday Soon
10. Stand By Your Man
11. Top Of The World

Scary Movie 1-3 Box Set [DVD]
Scary Movie 1-3 Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anna Faris
Price: £8.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Three films in one box set!, 2 Aug. 2015
If you're looking to buy the first three 'Scary Movies' in one batch, what is there to say about this sensibly priced box set? Accept that you should buy it. The third film here is the '3.5' version of 'Scary Movie 3', which is unrated version, and has several more deleted scenes.

The 'Scary Movie' franchise aren't films that will make everyone laugh, you'll either enjoy them until the very end, or you'll decide to turn them off quite early on. Fortunately, I do enjoy it, and they never fails to make me smile. These are perfect for what they are --- parodies!

'Scary Movie' (2000): A group of teenagers including Cindy Campbell and Bobby Prinze, accidentally hit a man whilst driving, and dispose of his body. Now though, they find themselves being stalked by a masked murderer, and as the victim count tallies up, Cindy must then survive the mayhem that has she has seen in many movies before. Largely parodies 'Scream' and 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'. 4.5/5

'Scary Movie 2' (2001): A group of teens (including some of the ones from the first) are invited to spend a night in a haunted house, convinced by Professor Oldman that it is for a school project. As you can imagine, the night does not run smoothly. The movie parodies 'The Exorcist' in the first scene, and the main plot is a mix of both 'Dracula' and 'Poltergeist'. This one, though not quite as good, actually succeeds in being more vulgar and crude than it's predecessor. 3/5

'Scary Movie 3' (2003): A mysterious video tape is circulating around, which results in just seven days left to live for the person or people who look at it. News Reporter Cindy Campbell (played by Anna Faris, who starred in the first two 'Scary Movies') witnesses this video tape and tries to work out a way to prevent her scheduled death. Meanwhile, there are crop circles popping up in a local farm, and Cindy suspects that the aliens may be linked with the killer tape. Can she work out both mysteries before it's the end of the world? The film heavily parodies 'The Ring', but there are also nods up to 'The Matrix' and the comedy '8 Mile', among others. 4/5

All of the DVDs include a wealth of special features including interviews with the cast and crew, deleted scenes and alternative endings.

Scary Movie 5 [DVD]
Scary Movie 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lindsay Lohan
Price: £4.54

4.0 out of 5 stars Throughly enjoyable, 2 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Scary Movie 5 [DVD] (DVD)
'Scary Movie 5' works as a stand alone film, because it doesn't build on any of the previous efforts. As with all the other entries in the franchise though, it parodies other movies, so you will have to have seen their main targets of 'Paranormal Activity' and 'Mama' first, in order to understand and appreciate the humour.

I am under no illusions, this 2013 flick certainly isn't as good as the first three movies, but I can't say that I disliked it either, in fact I really enjoyed it. After bringing home their lost nieces and nephew home, the happy Sanders couple (Simon Rex and Ashley Tisdale) begin to experience some unusual activity. With the help of home-surveillance cameras, they learn they're being stalked by an evil dead demon. This spirit looks set to disrupt new 'mama' Jody's aspirations of dancing in a production of 'Swan Lake', and threatens Dan's rise as an ape researcher. A host of familiar stars also feature like Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Snoop Dogg, and Mike Tyson.

This is more good light-hearted humour from the 'Scary Movie' canon, unapologetically stupid, over-the-top, but consistently amusing. The performances from the two centrals was good, and the story was fairly interesting, it really works. With plenty of side jokes, affectionate nods to pop culture and other movies, 'Scary Movie 5' succeeds for what it is - a parody.

Freedom Fields
Freedom Fields
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a new fan!, 1 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Freedom Fields (Audio CD)
Great impulse buy, an excellent singer and a good contemporary folk album.

Poetry Of The Deed
Poetry Of The Deed
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A more mainstream third album, 1 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Poetry Of The Deed (Audio CD)
I really love Frank Turner, and I mean almost everything that this great man has done so far. I admit though that it did take me a few listens to be able to fully appreciate his third solo album: 'Poetry Of The Deed', released in 2009. This was the first time that Frank had recorded a record with his full band that he plays with live, and although I initially liked a few of it's tracks on the very first listen, once I started to play the entire album a few times over, I grew to love this much fuller sound and the majority the songs. Although it is probably still my least favourite album, that is not in anyway a criticism, it's a compliment as to how good his other releases are. There are still some strong folk influences, but a more mainstream rock sound which was always likely to win a different audience over, and more fans.

As always, Frank's lyrics can't be criticised, his words are straight-from-the-heart, brutally honest, observant, witty and charming. He also possesses a great voice that really gives these great tunes an energy and passion which is sometimes lacking with some of the more chart-successful artists. The inclusion of more artists on board, means that Frank was able to expand his sound further with the aforementioned rock music, and also some country, but never trite pop tunes. A lot of the songs deal with the subject of friendship, and it's a very happy and uplifting work.

Sleep Is For The Week
Sleep Is For The Week
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Frank's infectious and personal first album, 1 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Sleep Is For The Week (Audio CD)
Frank Turner has admitted that his debut solo album is practically a snapshot of a year in his own life, and as 'Sleep Is For The Week' tells the story of a young man in his mid twenties, who is trying to make a living as a musician in London, this was always fairly obvious.

Although this isn't my favourite solo album of Frank's, it is a very good debut which becomes quickly infectious. It has a very raw sound, those trademark well-written songs that are soring with honesty and emotion, and always sang with the utmost sincerity. You can tell that Frank has clearly lived these words, detailing the ups and downs of life, and things that most of us can also relate to. Wisdom has also clearly been gained from his bad experiences, and because of this, often the lyrics are witty and amusing. My favourites are the excellent, candid breakup song 'Worst Things Happen At Sea', the charming 'Back in the Day', and the opening track 'The Real Damage', about the aftermath of a night drinking with his friends, which really hit home to me.

If this had been the first Frank Turner CD that I had bought, it would have encouraged me to seek out the others, and I think it will have the same impact on other people. This is a very personal, straight-from-the-heart album, and a strong sign that a new star had arrived in 2007, I believe that Frank Turner has the ability to become huge, and he truly deserves to. He has worked so hard to get where he is today, and has talent in abundance. Buy 'Sleep Is For The Week', it's contemporary folk-rock music at it's most addictive.

The Second Three Years
The Second Three Years
Price: £11.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great compilation of miscellaneous Frank Turner, 1 Aug. 2015
This review is from: The Second Three Years (Audio CD)
The second entry in the Frank Turner compilations series contains a further chunky helping of miscellaneous tracks that didn't make it onto his first two studio albums. For fans, this is a great way to own some these rarities in one place. As this collection contains 22 tracks that were only recorded between 2009 to 2011, you might be spectacle in thinking that the contents might possibly be 'rushed' and not very good, but this is Frank we're talking about - it's a treasure trove.

A handful of these studio recorded tunes were already available on either the 'Rock and Roll' EP or the deluxe edition only of 'England Keeps My Bones', and the live tracks are taken from the DVD 'Take To The Road'. The rest are more difficult to track down, and there are two previously unreleased tracks: 'Linoleum' and 'The Slow Train', both of which are cover versions.

Frank always does great covers of varied and interesting songs, and among my favourites here are his affectionate live rendition of the traditional English folk song 'Barbara Allen', his spin on the 1960s pop hit 'Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations, 'Thunder Road' by one of his heroes Bruce Springsteen, and 'The Greatest Day', the Take That song which he recorded for BBC Radio 1 Live Longue, and this live acoustic performance never made it onto any of the compilation albums.

There are of course many excellent originals as well, and my favourites are possibly 'Wanderlust', 'Rock & Roll Romance' and 'To Absent Friends'.

If you're looking for an introduction to the talents of Frank Turner, 'The Second Three Years' is as good as any. I don't think you can go wrong with this man and his music really, because all of his albums are quality. This is sublime contemporary folk and rock music from a real musician who can sure play the guitar and sing a great song. I think that Frank should be even bigger than what he is if I'm honest, but if you have yet to discover him, I predict that you'll soon become a fan once you hear his voice and lyrics.

The Best Of British Folk
The Best Of British Folk
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A fine introduction to British Folk - at a budget price, 1 Aug. 2015
I really enjoy this budget priced compilation which focuses on British folk music, mostly from the 60s and 70s. Every track, expect for the last one, which is a live version of 'Matty Groves' by Fairport Convention, are the original studio recordings. With twenty songs delivered by some of the biggest names of this musical genre at the time, 'The Best of British Folk' is a fine, and varied introduction to the simplistic brilliance of real folk music.

My personal favourites here are Ralph McTell's masterpiece of homelessness storytelling 'Streets of London', Donovan, one of Glasgow's finest with his dreamy hit 'Colours', fellow Scot Bert Jansch's single 'Needle of Death', and The Ian Campbell Folk Group's rendition of the Bob Dylan classic 'The Times They Are A-Changin'.

'The Best of British Folk Music' not only offers good value for money, but also very good sound quality. If you're looking to 'test-the-water' with a good playlist of some of the finest and mellow music that the 60s and 70s had to offer, then this is a great starting point. I adore the sound of acoustic music played by real musicians, and there isn't one song on this album that I'd deliberately skip past.

Who The F**k Is . . . [DVD]
Who The F**k Is . . . [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Doherty
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars An insightful look inside the mind of a troubled genuis, 31 July 2015
This review is from: Who The F**k Is . . . [DVD] (DVD)
As a massive fan of Pete Doherty, I think that I was always going to give this film, of which the man gave it his approval, a good review, but I do honestly believe that you don't you have to any respect for him to be able to enjoy it either.

This documentary contains a candid, full-length interview with Pete, as well as accurate stories from his band members and other people who have closely encountered him, building up a fascinating, and revealing portrait of a troubled genius.

Festivals - The Collection
Festivals - The Collection
Price: £5.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation for the summer, 30 July 2015
As the title of this triple CD set from Rhino records suggests, the music contained on these albums manages to capture the essence of being at a music festival.

The three discs are titled and have different themes. The first is called 'Main Stage', and contains a song by an artist, all of whom are virtually very well known, and the kind that you're likely to see performing live on the centre stage. From indie-rockers like The Wombats and The Enemy to '90s sensations who are still going strong today such as Ash and The Levellers, as well as Scotland's finest young crooner Paolo Nutini, and older hits by Fleetwood Mac and Echo & The Bunnymen. it's a good mix of talent and my favourite CD of the three.

The second album is called 'Dance Tent', and contains what is probably the least mainstream gathering of artists of the lot, and as such, there were plenty what were new to me. If you like indie-dance/electronic music and follow it closely, then of course you are likely to be familiar with a lot more of these tunes than I was.

The third disc is named 'Other Stage', and an interesting mix of talent. There's some vintage stuff with Happy Mondays and New Order, both of which are represented here with songs from the '80s, as well as some great indie-rock from the mid noughties, and recent stuff by Plan B and Birdy. This is the CD which provides the most variety.

In terms of a 'Festival' compilation, this boxset is pretty solid. With 60 tracks, if certainly offers great vale for you're money.

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