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Douglas Miller "practical psychologist" (Pezenas, France)
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Aquatic
Aquatic
Price: 9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A Missed Shoegaze Classic, 6 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Aquatic (Audio CD)
I can't imagine how it must feel to make a great record, you know it's a great record, everyone who hears it says it's a great record and almost no-one buys it. The '60's US garage and late '80's shoegaze influences are obvious but this is outstandingly good and gets better and better as you work through the album. It finishes will a lovely piece of straight pop music 'Jokes on You' but before that there are some exceptional pieces including 'Sunraindown', 'Dusted' and the standout for me 'Standing on an Empire'. But even as I highlight the best (for me) pieces there's nothing here that I would skip to get to the next track.


The Career Coaching Handbook
The Career Coaching Handbook
by Julia Yates
Edition: Paperback
Price: 26.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, easy to read, practical., 4 Dec 2013
This is a much-needed, practical and well-written book in a rapidly developing field. There will always be a place for careers advisors but in many situations it's not advice that's needed but coaching - someone who can hold up a mirror to your own thoughts and help clarify and develop them.

As someone who has regularly used the Seligman/Peterson VIA 'strengths' questionnaire over the years I found the excellent 3-4 pages on this and its best use (and down side - the coach becoming the 'expert') particularly effective and the straightforward way Julia Yates writes helps those who (like me) want direct entry points into established coaching models such as GROW and theories around human communication such as Transactional Analysis.

The book combines theory and practicality well giving an overview of important areas such as 'the world of work' and '21st century notions of career' as well as deeper psychological tools that can be used in a career coaching session.

Highly recommended and sure to be an established resource in its field.


Desert Blues Volume 2
Desert Blues Volume 2
Offered by Music-Shop
Price: 13.88

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Compilation., 13 Aug 2013
This review is from: Desert Blues Volume 2 (Audio CD)
I have thousands of albums but I am not sure I have anything better than this. It's astoundingly good. It's also very hard to pick out the best tracks - there's no slack whatsoever. At a push I might just take 'Hakmet Lakdar' by Hasna El Belcharia to my desert island if I could only take one with me.

I bought Volume One after this but it is sadly nowhere near as good.


Person Pitch
Person Pitch
Price: 12.81

5.0 out of 5 stars There is nothing like this, 10 Jun 2013
This review is from: Person Pitch (Audio CD)
This is an absolutely wonderful album. Bursting with ideas, musicianship (and youtube reveals him to be a great musician) and beauty. 'Bros' is one of the great tracks of the last ten years.


End Times
End Times
Price: 10.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambient with added menace, 29 May 2013
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This review is from: End Times (Audio CD)
I saw this recommended by Pantha Du Prince on his Facebook page and bought it. It's outstanding. Best listened to as one piece though perhaps the last track 'Here Comes the Snow' is the highlight but the competition is stiff and other reviewers will no doubt think differently. Highly recommended.


Bloom
Bloom

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 3 May 2013
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This review is from: Bloom (Audio CD)
The album has a lovely melancholy and lots of great tunes. 'On the Sea' is the absolute gem on the album for me followed by 'Myth' but there isn't a weak track to be found. Each Beach House album is better than the last and my feeling with this one is that the guitarist is maturing quickly and adding extra dimensions to their music. I saw them live at the end of 2012 and although enjoyable I felt they needed a bassist to really beef-up the sound. Certainly one of my top 5 albums of 2012.


Substrata
Substrata
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 36.95

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 4 or 5 ambient albums made, 17 April 2013
This review is from: Substrata (Audio CD)
In a debate about the best ambient albums ever made this has to be included. The best ambient albums aren't passive listening experiences but ask you to listen and be involved and absorbed by the music and sound. I bought this when it came out and 15 years later I still listen to it. It sits alongside 'The Plateaux of Mirror' and 'Bordeaux' as one of the greats.


Rhythm Of Life
Rhythm Of Life
Price: 10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Top-class Jazz-Funk, 21 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Rhythm Of Life (Audio CD)
It has been said in other reviews...this is jazz-funk of the highest class. No weak tracks at all, excellent musicianship and a word of praise as well for the vocalist Clarice Taylor. Had this been released 7-8 years later in the UK or 3 years previously in the US we'd all know about it. Good to see the man himself acknowledging fans of the album in the UK here on this page. If you drop by again Mr Mason let us know what you're up to now?


Maiden Voyage
Maiden Voyage
Price: 5.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 11 Oct 2012
This review is from: Maiden Voyage (Audio CD)
I won't repeat what's been said in other reviews but this is one of the twenty of so jazz albums that every collection should have.


Ill Be Your Rainbow
Ill Be Your Rainbow

5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality mid-1970's Soul, 17 Sep 2012
This review is from: Ill Be Your Rainbow (Audio CD)
Sadly unavailable but if you can get hold of a copy you won't regret it. This, the only album from Bobby Wilson doesn't have a weak track with the highlights being 'Deeper and Deeper' (big on the Northern Soul scene at the time), the title track and 'Don't Shut Me Out'. It's of its time - some mid-tempo numbers and some slower pieces with lovely backing vocals, orchestration and the excellent voice of the man himself.


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