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Dakota FLYER 27" x 1 1/4" 31-630 Amber Wall Road Tyre (PAIR) - P148 x 2
Dakota FLYER 27" x 1 1/4" 31-630 Amber Wall Road Tyre (PAIR) - P148 x 2
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Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value Tyres for Vintage Road Bikes, 29 Jan. 2015
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Rapid delivery of a pair of Dakota branded tyres fitted to a 1969 Carlton lightweight bike. I assume at this price (£9.99 for two) they are manufactured in the Far East, but they appear to be of much better quality and appearance than some of alternative tyres available in this size.Visually the first impressions are very good, they have a clean finish with no rubber residues from the tyre moulds and they have a contemporary road/racing tyre tread rather than the traditional zig zag tread common with this size of tyre. With the tan tyre walls they set off the retro look of my Carlton very nicely. I have not had an opportunity to road test them (far too cold!) but on the basis of their look and fit I am optimistic they will be up to the job.


Walk On The Wild Side - The Jazz Side Of Mod [Double CD]
Walk On The Wild Side - The Jazz Side Of Mod [Double CD]
Price: £4.21

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, 27 May 2014
A fairly blantant rip off by Not Now Music of the title, sleeve art and concept behind the series of Mod Jazz compliations issued by Kent Records since 1996. However if you want to dip your toe into the cool soul-jazz and latino vibe of mod jazz this is an accessible and cheap compilation. There are plenty of hammond groovers courtesy of Jimmy Smith, 'Brother' Jack Macduff and Jimmy McGriff and swinging vocals and finger popping are taken care of by Mark Murphy, Oscar Brown Jr and Mose Allinson. The one clunker track is Ray Bryant's Madison Time which has escaped from a 60's dance craze compilation. The running time on the second cd is a bit short; perhaps the compiler should have filled it out with The Sermon by Jimmy Smith - all 20 minutes of it!


Film Noir Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Film Noir Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Value!, 26 July 2013
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Spoiler Alert: You will need a Region 1 DVD compatible player to play these DVDs.

10 Film Noirs in an embossed presentation tin for £4.51 plus p&p. What an amazing deal. Check out the prices of the other film noir sets and you will see why. I was concerned whether it would turn up as the set was being sent from the USA but the suppliers promised a 28 day delivery and it landed on my door mat after only 10 days; so a pat on the back for them. All these films are out of US copyright so are available free if your downloading/torrenting skills are up to it; mine aren't so a nicely presented box set like this is most acceptable. if you are new to the dark and dangerous world of film noir this is an excellent introduction with DOA, Scarlet Street and Quicksand being stone cold genre classics. Sound and vision are acceptable with a few bumps and jumps here and there, so it is 1940's & 50's black and white not 21st century fim quality.


Telstar Anthology
Telstar Anthology
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Price: £5.53

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could do better?, 17 Jun. 2013
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As an earlier reviewer pointed out this is not the best Joe Meek anthology, indeed the 3rd cd in this compilation is almost superfluous if you have bought the previous Not Now Music 'Joe Meek Story' compilation as I counted an overlap of 23 out of 25 tracks between the two. Look like someone was up against a deadline...


Surf Beat
Surf Beat
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Price: £4.21

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surf Breaking Album Gets Its First Ofiicial UK Issue?, 1 May 2013
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Not Now Music the kings of the out of copyright back catalogue have come up with something a bit special here a reissue of Surfer's Choice the first groundbreaking album by Dick Dale together with a bonus CD of non-album singles. Dick Dale has an immediately recoginisable guitar sound and style and the really familar tracks beloved of TV and film producers are here, namely, Miserlou, Surfbeat and Let's Go Trippin'. If you ever wondered what Bo Diddley would sound like if he had ever turned up to a surf party check out Surfing Drums, and Death of a Gremie had me reaching for my air guitar and surfer slang dictionary. There is some filler on this album such as a couple of throw away doo-wop tracks and a version of Sloop John B with strings which doesn't work but Miserlou Twist is a frantic guitar versus violin battle which does. Dick Dale has an acceptable voice and his covers of Fanny Mae and Peppermint Man are fun. The bonus singles compilation doesn't really catch fire until half way through when Dale finds his own guitar sound and audience. Overall the sound quality is a bit variable with a noticeable drop out at the end of Let's Go Trippin' and some of the singles tracks have been mastered from scratched but no doubt rare 45's, but considering this album was (alledgedly) recorded at the Rendezvous Ballroom Balboa in 1962, it is a pat on the back to the original sound engineer. I read Dick Dale is still touring in the USA and I guess this is where surf music started. Hats off to a great guitarist.


Backbeats Artists Series - Willie Mitchell
Backbeats Artists Series - Willie Mitchell
Price: £6.74

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boss 1960's Memphis Soul Grooves, 1 May 2013
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Willie Mitchell really was the Memphis music everything man, a record executive and producer, a studio manager and a band leader. This collection of pulls together some of his best 1960's Hi releases, split between originals and contemporary 60's soul hits. Every musician is putting in a full shift, and the quality of these tracks never drops, the music really cooks. Mostly instrumentals but with one or two chanted vocals, the compilation includes the mighty 'The Champion' which must be a contender for the greatest ever Northern Soul instrumental stomper. The majority of the tracks are pure 1960's Memphis R&B and I suppose the nearest comparison band wise is with Booker T & the MG's but the horns on these Willie Mitchell tracks gives them a dimension that the MG's records don't have. Sound quality on all the tracks is excellent; unlike some budget complilatons time has been spent mastering these tracks properly. If your into 1960's soul and don't have any Willie Mitchell tracks, this CD is a steal at its current price of £4.47.


Designing The Wall Of Sound - "I Love How You Love Me"
Designing The Wall Of Sound - "I Love How You Love Me"
Price: £12.21

4.0 out of 5 stars Phil Spector - Jobbing Producer, 7 Jan. 2013
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If you are only familar with the Christmas Album and Wall of Sound hits this is a generous selection of copyright expired Spector productions from a young (only 22) Phil Spector. Sound quality on the majority of tracks is good to excellent but a warning that the Johnny Nash tracks seem to have been mastered from a scratchy 45; but as this is the first time I have heard them in 40 years of Spector listening it is better than nothing. The completist in me says there are a couple of Gene Pitney tracks that could have been included, but overall this is an interesting early 1960's hits and misses compilation of a young man learning his trade; some of the tracks are well known classics but there are also the obscure but interesting and some real duffers too.

BTW, If those currently managing the Spector back catalogue would authorise a CD reissue of the Phil Spector Rare Masters 1 & 2 albums from the 1970's it would make a few ageing Spector fans very happy.


Mod Life Crisis: 60s Mod Anthems for the in Crowd
Mod Life Crisis: 60s Mod Anthems for the in Crowd
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Price: £3.95

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Budget Price But Top Notch, 28 May 2012
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I am not sure why this compliation has not been reviewed yet, as for a cheapo CD it is pretty good. Ace compiler Dean Rudland (Blue Break Beats/ Kent Mod Jazz CD's) has come with a excellent selection of tunes avoiding the usual generic Mod tunes that seen to appear on every other Mod compilation - "In Crowd" anyone?!. Sound quality does drop on one or two of the more obscure tracks but as you are not buying a £14 Kent CD, give them some slack for your £3.79! Fave track is The Sharpees - Tired of Being Lonely, wonderful stuff but there is nothing duff to my ears here. Enjoy and Volume 2 real soon please.


Lee 'Scratch' Perry Presents Candy McKenzie
Lee 'Scratch' Perry Presents Candy McKenzie
Price: £8.63

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Candy But Patchy Perry, 28 May 2012
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Boy can this woman sing! No surpise that Bob Marley and Lee Perry took an interest in her early career. The recording itself seems to lack the final Lee Perry polish of other contemporary Scratch recordings with the sublime Black Ark reverb, echo and cross fading not being as up front and present as other period productions. The song selection is a bit off the wall ranging from oh dear,no thanks (Ice cream) to stunning (When the big say). But this woman could sing the telphone directory. At a current price of £3.74 it is worth a punt for the good stuff.


Super Eight
Super Eight
Price: £5.22

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee Perry at the top of his game, 28 May 2012
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Quite simply magic music from Lee Perry's Black Ark studio. This is an outstanding recording, easily matching Perry's other better known album productions from the same period such as Max Romeo's War in a Babylon and Junior Murvin's Police and Thieves. So how about a reissue of the Party Time LP by The Heptones?


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