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Love Songs
Love Songs
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A nice selection of love songs, 17 Sep 2014
This review is from: Love Songs (Audio CD)
This 1996 compilation is an interesting gathering of Tanya Tucker's romantic songs, all from her lengthy (just over ten years) period on the Capital record label. Although they can all be found elsewhere, some are harder to find than others.

The opening track, 'Two Sparrows in A Hurricane' was a number two hit in the US country music charts, and one of Tanya's favourite songs, it can be found on her 1993 'What Do I Do with Me' album, and many other compilations. 'Strong Enough to Bend' was a number one smash in 1988, and 'Hangin In'', a top 5 in 1994, is another common one. Less so is 'Right About Now' one of Tanya's best ballads from her biggest selling album to date: 'What Do I Do with Me'. This song wasn't chosen as a single, but I always believed it had potential, so was glad to see it making another appearance on a budget CD.

What makes this CD of particular interest to even a devoted fan, is the inclusion of several tracks that remain quite rare. 'I'll Take Today' was never a single, but a song on Tanya's 'Fire to Fire' album that didn't sell as well as expected in 1995. The most uncommon songs are 'I'm In Love And He's In Dallas' and 'Your Love Amazes Me', which were only included on the four disc box set 'Tanya Tucker', which is quite expensive at the moment. So, if you wish to own these two rarities, you can get them here at a cheap price. The closing track is a re-recording of 'Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)', which was one of Tanya's early hits as a teenage star. This comes from the album 'Greatest Hits Encore', where Tanya re-recorded her old standards in 1990, and since then, Capital have been able to include these on further compilations, because the originals belonged to another label.

'Love Songs' serves as a nice ten track disc of some of Tanya's finest romantic songs from a great period in her long and successful career. There's some hits that the casual fans might want to own, but to the more serious admirer, there's a few rare recordings that you might wish to get your hands on as well.

Tanya Tucker: In Concert [DVD]
Tanya Tucker: In Concert [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tanya Tucker
Offered by Books2anywhereUS
Price: £5.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant!, 17 Sep 2014
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this DVD, as I could only find very little information about it online, but as I didn't already have a Tanya DVD in my collection, I just went for it. I am so pleased that I bought it, it's better than I ever imagined.

The main concert was recorded live at the Reanissance Centre, Dixon in December 2006. There, Tanya performed some real old chestnuts, I was particularly happy that she performed the lovely forgotten weepy 'Spring', as well as 'Soon', another of my favourites. Tanya served up a generous helping of her greatest hits from all eras of her extensive recording career, including 'Here's Some Love' and 'Don't Believe My Heart Can Stand Another You', to more recent ones like 'Little Things' and 'Old Weakness (Comin' On Strong)', and hit duets with T. Graham Brown and Delbert McClinton, who join her on stage. The only minor disappointment was that there was no 'Delta Dawn'. This was a terrific concert from Tanya, whose' voice has never sounded better, with a now pleasing added rasp.

There is also a bonus concert recorded at the Casino Rama in Orillia, Canada in 2007, where Tanya performed 'Just Another One', 'You've Got Me To Hold On To' and 'One Love At A Time'. Other features include interviews, a photo album, a biography and a discography - yes, it has everything.

'Tanya Tucker in Concert' is an absolute must for Tanya fans, with excellent sound and visual quality, it's a class act, just like the lady herself.

Hanging Around
Hanging Around
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: £6.11

4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Britpop, 15 Sep 2014
This review is from: Hanging Around (Audio CD)
A quirky one-off single that peaked at no.19 in the UK top 20 in August 1996. 'Hanging Around' is a happy, catchy little tune from the band Me, Me, Me, never heard off them huh? Their line-up consisted of Blur's guitarist Alex James, who did the bass and provided vocals, as well as Duran's Duran's Stephen Duffy playing on guitar, and Justin Welch of Elastica fame on the drums.

I'm a fan of Alex's, and was glad to find this CD, their only single, on Amazon. As it was a respectable hit, I'm surprised it doesn't pop up on any compilations, it's better than the standard filler. 3 songs on it, including 'Hollywood Wives' which was good enough to become a A side.

If you like the music typical of this time, you'll like what your hear.

My Soul to Take [DVD]
My Soul to Take [DVD]
Dvd ~ Max Thieriot
Price: £2.98

4.0 out of 5 stars A good supernational teen slasher, 14 Sep 2014
This review is from: My Soul to Take [DVD] (DVD)
I am a big fan of Max Thieriot, who is currently starring as Dylan in TV's 'Bates Motel', and bought this movie purely to see another one of his performances.

2010's 'My Soul To Take' is no ground breaking thriller, but it is watchable, and nowhere near as bad as some reviews would lead you to believe. It was written and directed by Wes Craven, who gave us 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'The Hills Have Eyes'.

Snow White (2012) DVD
Snow White (2012) DVD
Dvd ~ Eric Roberts
Price: £12.46

2.0 out of 5 stars An oddball movie!, 14 Sep 2014
This review is from: Snow White (2012) DVD (DVD)
If this movie didn't have 'Snow White' as the title, or if the misleading picture on the DVD's cover, you probably wouldn't be here looking at the reviews now. It's a very strange one, with some awful acting, and bares no resemblance to the classic fairy tale. As for being certified a 15, it should probably have been given a 12.

The only similarities of the fairy tale here is that the leading lady is called Snow, and she has a nasty stepmother, that is all. Wisely, prolific talent Eric Roberts' name has been put on the cover, he plays Snow's dad, but his appearances are so brief and infrequent that if you put all of his screen time together, it would probably only be just over five minutes of footage.

The plot sounds interesting on paper, troublesome young girl clashes with her demented stepmother, the latter is so jealous of her relationship with her father that she packs her off to an isolated discipline camp. There she meets seven fellow teenagers, and learns about a series of unsolved murders that took place there, and now it looks like the murderer has returned. But in reality, whilst you'll probably be able to see it through the end, it is very slow, tiresome, and becomes so ridiculous towards the end that I didn't really care anymore.

The acting from Maureen McCormick as Snow's stepmother is hammier than a sandwich, and just not scary, or even threatening in the slightest. The teenagers aren't much better, although Snow actress Shanley Caswell is okay considering the poor script. The end result is an oddball movie that just isn't for your older teen or adult, but more suitable to younger ones to give them their first taste of horror. Perhaps they were the targeted audience?, but the certificate and cover suggests otherwise.

The fact that it is almost shot almost like an 'adult' movie only adds to the comedy for this farce. It really isn't very good at all, but as I said, the younger ones might just enjoy it.

What Do I Do With Me
What Do I Do With Me
Offered by Country Sounds
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Tanya album!, 12 Sep 2014
This review is from: What Do I Do With Me (Audio CD)
If you are looking for your first Tanya Tucker album, you will be well served with this 1991 masterpiece, which is Tanya's most successful album to date.

'What Do I Do With Me' spawned four top five hits in the country music charts, including the tender title track, never a favourite of mine, but a good song, the rocky and bouncy 'Down to My Last Teardrop', the bluely 'Some Kind of Trouble' which has opened Tanya's act in recent years, and the up-tempo and fun 'If You Heart Ain't Busy Tonight'.

All these songs are great, but the rest of the album is of the same high standard, and my two favourite songs weren't even singles. 'Right About Now' is a gem of a love song, and could easily have been a hit, sounding just as fresh today. The other, 'Bidding America Goodbye' is an excellent old school country standard with a story, quite similar to her earliest recordings in the '70s.

Tanya finally received a long overdue CMA Female Vocalist of the Year award for this record in 1991. It was obviously well deserved, but she should have won this title time and time again, she didn't, and there's no justice in that.

To her fans though, we all know Tanya Tucker is something else, and 'What Do I Do With Me' is just another example of this.


5.0 out of 5 stars Tanya - in top form!, 12 Sep 2014
This review is from: Tanya (Audio CD)
Anyone who has ever loved a Tanya Tucker record will enjoy this CD. Released in 2002, this eponymous album continues the style that made her popular in the '90s, a combination of heart warming ballads and rockers. Her voice really does sound incredible, and this is one lady who can be enjoyed by listeners who don't even like country music.

'Tanya' opens up with the fiery 'Old Weakness (Coming On Strong)' which really rocks and deserves to be slipped in on her next official greatest hits CD. If there was any justice, and if country music radio stations had pushed it - the first single 'A Memory Like I'm Gonna Be' would have been a major hit, instead of peaking at #34, which was no mean feat, but this driving rock track deserved to hit the heights. Other highlights include the stunning ballad 'Over My Shoulder', and 'We Had It All', which looks back to the beginnings of new relationship when nothing really mattered apart from love.

This brilliant album was Tanya's first in five years, and should have paved the way for more. The only studio album that has followed since is 2009's 'My Turn', where Tanya paid tribute to her late father by singing some of his favourite songs. My advice to you is to buy this album, and as many more as you can find for this incredible lady, you may just happen to love music all over again. I'll finish this review by saying, Come back Tanya, Country Music needs you!

Best of My Love
Best of My Love
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £5.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Tanya's earliest gems, 12 Sep 2014
This review is from: Best of My Love (Audio CD)
Surprisingly, there aren't that many compilations available devoted entirely to Tanya Tucker's first phase as a recoding artist. The ten songs here were all recorded from 1972-1974 for the Columbia Records label. She was produced by Billy Sherrill, had several big country music hits, whilst barely into her teens. Three albums were released, Delta Dawn, 'What's Your Mama's Name' and 'Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)', the latter are available on the two-on-one CD: What's Your Mama's Name/Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone), although it's now deleted and very expensive at the moment.

'The Best of My Love' mixes in most of her most popular singles of all time, as well as deeper cuts from her albums. The big hits 'Delta Dawn', 'Love's the Answer', and the number one country charters 'What's Your Mama's Name', 'Blood Red and Goin' Down' and 'Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)' are all here. In fact, the only essential songs that aren't here are 'The Jamestown Ferry' and 'The Man That Turned My Mama On', which was a top 5 country hit.

The remaining five songs are all taken from her LPs, and some are quite rare. 'The Best Of My Love' is a cracking cover of The Rolling Stones hit, the up tempo gospel ditty 'Song Man' is excellent, and the wonderful ballad 'How Can I Tell Him' makes a welcome appearance.

This is an interesting and varied snapshot of Tanya Tucker's early music, when she notably sang songs with lyrics and stories far beyond her tender years. These recordings are gems, and story telling country music at it's finest, all sang in Tanya's unmistakable husky voice.

The Factory [DVD]
The Factory [DVD]
Dvd ~ Semi Anthony
Price: £7.54

2.0 out of 5 stars An unintentional comedy, 11 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Factory [DVD] (DVD)
I surely can't be the only one who believes that a film which has notorious real life serial killers like Albert Fish, Jack the Ripper and Ed Gein come back to life again is in very bad taste. Nevertheless, I decided to give 'The Factory' ago, despite it's storyline leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

Following a storm, a busload of strangers (all real stereotypes, so much so, it's actually hilarious) have no choice but to take shelter in a museum - dedicated to serial killers. Supernatural forces pave the way to ensure that these villains come to life again, and start killing.

The opening credits feature pictures of the actual murderers alongside newspaper cuttings with sensational headlines. From there, things do get a little bit better, but not much.

There are some genuinely funny moments, notably a randy bus driver checking out two female passengers at the beginning. The acting is generally wooden, but the characters are strangely really likeable, almost for that reason alone.

In short, it's so bad in places it's funny, but really isn't worth anything more than three pounds. I still think it was an insensitive idea anyway, and cringed when I heard the line spoke: ''Albert Fish wasn't a bad man, he just liked killing people" - I mean really?

The DVD box's cover is misleading, and typical of low budget straight-to-video horror movies, in that the location on the front doesn't even appear in the film. Once again, it was made to look much better than it is.

'The Factory' probably won't scare you, but it might make you laugh. 2.5 Stars.

Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams
Price: £9.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Ryan!, 8 Sep 2014
This review is from: Ryan Adams (Audio CD)
After a three year wait (a long time for Ryan) since his then latest album 'Ashes and Fire', the prolific Ryan Adams has returned with an excellent eponymous album. He has tried his hand at many styles, usually with great results, and album number fourteen falls into classic rock and alternative country. Here we are a mixture of sad songs and solid rockers, which are reminiscent, and in the same league as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. With the usual trademark killer hooks and reflective lyrics that make Ryan's music his own, his song writing is as strong as it's ever been.

Nevertheless, I can't imagine it becoming my favourite Ryan album, which has always been Easy Tiger, followed by Gold.

I'm glad to hear that Ryan is now still sober, and his career is back on track with such a polished new release, and songs that are obviously based on his own thoughts and past experiences. He appears to be more in control of his career than ever, as this is the first full studio album that he has self-produced. He deserves to have another big hit on his hands, and perhaps it's just early days for me to decide this, but my favourite tracks on 'Ryan Adams' at the moment are the bittersweet ballad 'My Wreckin Ball', and the closing song 'Let Go'.

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