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Lots Of Big Tits
Lots Of Big Tits

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying for the cover alone., 2 Aug 2013
This review is from: Lots Of Big Tits (Kindle Edition)
When I say that this piece is worth buying for the cover alone, I mean it quite literally - with absolute conviction.


Quadrophenia
Quadrophenia
Price: 8.62

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars best left as a wonderful inaccurate memory, 16 July 2013
This review is from: Quadrophenia (Audio CD)
hearing the original muddy vinyl mix in my youth changed my life forever (not necessarily for the better).
the 1996 remix didn't sound right to me, although it was interesting; i am similarly ambivalent about this latest remix.
the passage of time has not been kind to the album. the melancholy in Townshend's writing is too painfully pervasive to be taken seriously in a world of post-irony.
the only thing MOD about Quadrophenia is the male model on the cover; the music is totally Prog Rock. sadly The Who were not as good at Prog Rock as the best of the Prog Rock bands (and i know that Townshend would like to blame that on Keith Moon's haphazard drumming, but it is actually Moon who provides this album's most exciting dynamic peaks).
i also have to ask why it is that the engineers could never capture John Entwistle's bass sound on tape? Chris Squire didn't have a problem recording huge, raw bass with Yes; Entwistle never fares so well.
Daltrey, it has to be said, is magnificent on this record, bringing a very artistic sense of street theatre to the table that lifts Townhend's melancholia into a much needed realm of believability.
as a teenager i probably listened to the original muddy mix every day; now i listen to The Real Me, skip forward to The Rock and turn it off.
it's effect will never be the same as it once was.
it is best not to mention the appalling "Carry on Mod" film that the album was turned into in the late 70s.
rich in symbolism, but so are a lot of other things.
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Sisterhood of Dune
Sisterhood of Dune
Price: 5.10

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best written Dune prequel to date, 5 Jun 2013
better than the 3 books that outlined the Butlerian Jihad. Anderson and Herbert Jnr. have finally started to get it their act together; this is a worthy addition to the Dune universe.


Fantasy & Science Fiction, Free Exclusive Digest
Fantasy & Science Fiction, Free Exclusive Digest
Price: 0.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flacid Gibberish, 13 Jan 2013
I barely notice its arrival; perfunctory writing at best. It can't hold a candle to the great Sci-Fi compendiums of the past.


Pete Townshend: Who I Am
Pete Townshend: Who I Am
Price: 3.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars but is this the real Pete Townshend?, 2 Jan 2013
if you are lucky enough to find a copy of the Omnibus Press book, "The Who in Their Own Words", you will read Pete Townshend - at every stage of The Who's vastly successful career - wax lyrical in a most profound and intellectual manner; journalists at the time often considered him the most enlightened interview on the circuit. very few of them would say the same of the Townshend that wrote this new "Who I Am" book.
if you are knowledgeable of "facts" presented by Townshend in the past, you will consider "Who I Am" either a pack of lies, a misguided attempt at revisionism, or a sudden revelation of a somewhat dumbed-down truth (in which case he lied through his teeth whenever interviewed at the height of The Who's fame).
if you remember, for example, Townshend telling Melvyn Bragg that he had taken LSD "many" times, you'll be surprised to find him revealing in this book that, in fact, he took the drug on only four occasions. a minor detail, perhaps, but just one of many examples of previously established Townshend "facts" being turned on their head by this surprisingly insipid book.
throughout the narrative Townshend comes across as a dreadfully old fashioned man; he boasts about youthful sexual conquests in a manner that would leave today's youth entirely nonplussed. he justifies sexual objectification (and the consequent macho bragging) by reiterating constantly that he was an exceptionally insecure young man, as though that fact alone should render intellectually valid the archaic sensibilities behind such embarrassing phrases as "her breasts were proud".
perhaps Townshend's greatest crime here is the two-dimensional way in which he portrays his band-mates. of course, the book is about Pete, but presenting a character like Keith Moon as little more than a faintly drawn outline is surely a petty, pernicious act?
all in all, a hugely disappointing read.


Urban Abstraction
Urban Abstraction
Price: 7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars a stunning new direction in electronic music, 14 Nov 2012
This review is from: Urban Abstraction (MP3 Download)
this is the most exciting development in electronic music that i have come across in several years. just when i thought the Drum n Bass genre had said everything that it had left to say: i came across this amazing record.
the album's description talks about a "glitchy sci-fi landscape", and that's exactly where i found myself as i became absorbed in the music. a rich, post apocalyptic world in which machines seem on the verge of meltdown.
so many styles of music merge to create this recording. Drum n Bass, Dub, Jungle, Rave, Hardcore, Electronica, EDM, World Music, Ethnic Percussion, Analog Synthesis, all blend beautifully. and it's a mature, intelligent musical experience, carefully crafted by an excellent musician. and the beats are just plain bad, with some of the heaviest sub bass i've ever heard.
i became aware of the record by following some links on Facebook. i instantly became fascinated by the cover (which portrays a housing project as though it were an ancient monolithic monument). the music blew me away.
if this had big money promoting it, it could be a Sgt Pepper's, an Exile on Main Street, a Quadrophenia or a Joshua Tree for the year 2012.


The Butlerian Jihad: Legends of Dune
The Butlerian Jihad: Legends of Dune
by Kevin J. Anderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contextually superb extension of the Dune universe!, 18 May 2009
I have read many reviews of this book that give a very poor rating; the most prominent criticism tends to be that the quality of writing doesn't match the original Frank Herbert stories.
I think that people are forgetting the context in which this book needs to be placed.
Firstly, this story tells of a time before the mind-expansive propertires of Melange had been discovered -- and this directly influences the nature of the writing itself (because the characters are not as enlightened, spaced-out and transcendental).
Secondly, a significant proportion of the cast are thinking machines, whereas the original Dune stories were set in a time when such 'robots' had been outlawed -- this meant that Frank Herbert's originals had a greater human depth (a depth of humanity that would be out of place when machines so often take the centre stage).
The story was totally enjoyable for me (a great fan of the original books); i loved learning the origins of things that were only very small aspects of the original books (thumpers, crysknives, etc) as well as the origins of vital family conflicts that actually dominated the original.
My only criticism of this book is that the reference to the disparity between machine and man does get a little laboured at times, but it's a story that needs to be told if we are to understand how the Butlerian Jihad shaped the universe.
I love it, and i heartily recommend it.


Dallas - Season 3 [DVD] [2005]
Dallas - Season 3 [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Larry Hagman
Price: 14.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars epic, timeless classic, 25 Dec 2008
looking back at this is a special experience. we were encouraged in the 90s to remember Dallas as though it were little more than a tacky joke, but with a greater length of hindsight this show proves itself to be superbly written and engaging on a number of levels that today's programming simply refuses to address.
there are intricate plot twists, deep characterisations and a warmth that is hard to explain.
there are a few exceptions, but generally modern TV dramas are one dimensional and shallow. Dallas proves that glamour, sex and power were not enough to make a great show in the 1980s; clever storylines, sharp twists and a rich examination of the human psyche were also required.
the quality of this stuff forces home the sad truth that today's society is so dumbed down that all we want is mindless trash on our TV. Dallas had everything and -- compared to today's programming -- so much more.


Thousand Roads
Thousand Roads
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 15.95

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, 25 Dec 2008
This review is from: Thousand Roads (Audio CD)
this album just got my week-old baby to sleep.
perfect.
what more could you want?


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