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Gather In The Mushrooms: The British Acid Folk Underground 1968-1974
Gather In The Mushrooms: The British Acid Folk Underground 1968-1974

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird tales from forgotten folk., 13 April 2014
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If you are into hippy folk then this, together with it`s sister cd "Early morning hush" is probably the best compilation you can buy. Lots of long forgotten tales from long forgotten artists and a few from better known ones too. Standouts for me are: " Writing on the wall" by Buffalo and the astonishing "Graveyard" by Forest. Lots of conjuring up of misty mornings and lonely roads but really these songs are magical and timeless and will appeal to both older and younger fans of new folk. Incidentally, if you enjoy these compilations then you will love the contemporary folk/blues group "Smoke Fairies"


Made in Dagenham [DVD] [2010]
Made in Dagenham [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Sally Hawkins
Price: £3.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real British History, 2 Feb. 2014
There has been a tendency these last few years by historical revisionists to downplay working class collectivism in British history. Although this is a generalisation, the current agenda seems to be: Trade unions = bad, Downton Abbey style toffs = good. Trade Unions and collectivism have played a far greater role in creating modern society and standards of living than is given credit. Does anyone honestly think that universal suffrage, equal pay, safe working conditions, decent living standards etc were granted by beneficent bosses or lords of the manor! They had to be bitterly fought for over decades, with the attendant sacrifices people choose to make when the cause is just. This is why this film is important and worth watching. Athough not strictly historically accurate, it strives to give a flavour of the time and place. It shows the grottiness of many industrial workplaces back then caused by decades of neglect and the dawning realisation by a downtrodden but stoic workforce that things really could be better if they choose to fight for them rather than accept their lot In life. It shows the unfairness and bigotry that existed, both within companies and trade unions .It does this in a positive, light hearted way with charming performances from the actors and an eye for late `60s fashions and period detail. This is not just a feel-good film, these women won their battle (eventually). They did change society for the better (aided and abetted by Barbara Castle and a Labour government dedicated to social reform) and were inspirations to countless women in the decades to come. Forget the Spice Girls, this was real girl power!
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Zoostorm 7877-0422 Home PC (Intel Core_i3 3.4GHz, 8GB RAM, 500GB SATA HDD, DVDRW, Windows 8)
Zoostorm 7877-0422 Home PC (Intel Core_i3 3.4GHz, 8GB RAM, 500GB SATA HDD, DVDRW, Windows 8)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Desktop, 23 Jan. 2014
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Purchased this a while ago, it is a big upgrade from a windows xp laptop. I upgraded further via Microsoft to windows 8.1, which has turned out to be an excellent and intuitive operating system, which you can use in the new "apps" view or via the traditional desktop - your choice. The computer works well and is very fast, all credit to Zoostorm. I use it for photo editing, music editing and browsing the web with no problems. A good purchase.


Snailbeach Tails
Snailbeach Tails
by Julia Dean-Richards
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and Wonderful, 1 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Snailbeach Tails (Hardcover)
This is one of the strangest books I have ever had the privelege of reading. Suspend what we call reality and imagine a fusion of Mary Webb`s more folklorish writings with Lewis Carroll`s Jabberwocky, throw in some inspired Beatrix Potter - type drawings and it still manages to confuse and delight in equal measures. Wonderful! Read it and go for a long walk over the Stiperstones ridge in twilight to allow it to sink in and the landscape work it`s magic on you.
Just a pedantic note, The dark berries found all over these hills in this part of Shropshire in profusion in august and september and mentioned in this book as Whinberries are actually known locally as wimberries or wimbries, always have been, despite Natural England`s best intentions to rename them on their stiperstones information boards. The proper name for them is Bilberries. Sorry for that, but it`s a bugbear of mine!


Silverline 244979 Disposable Brush - Set of 5
Silverline 244979 Disposable Brush - Set of 5
Price: £2.60

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear!, 26 Jun. 2013
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Firstly, may I commend the seller who handled the order very efficiently. As for the paint brushes, well i knew they were cheap before i ordered them, but there is cheap and there is crap. These things shed hair worse than a mangy dog in moulting season. If you are tempted to buy some, don`t. If you have bought some and are about to use them, do yourself a favour and put them in the bin.


Buried [DVD]
Buried [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ryan Reynolds
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Price: £3.45

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deeply unsettling, 16 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Buried [DVD] (DVD)
I watched this film last night, in a darkened room, alone. It is probably one of the most unsettling and thought-provoking films I have ever seen. One man alone (played superbly by Ryan Reynolds), buried somewhere in a foreign country, in a coffin. The air is stale and running out and his mobile phone battery, his only contact with the outside world is running out. I see the whole film as a metaphor for an increasingly authoritarian, bureaucratic and uncaring society determined to keep everyone controlled and in their boxes, with the helpless man trapped, used, misled and eventually smothered by forces he has no control over. There is a heart-stopping, uplifting moment in the film where he manages to get in contact with the 911 emergency services in the USA and desperately tries to explain his circumstances to a bored operator who puts him on hold. You can almost see her applying her nail polish. The scene where his employment is terminated by remote, unseen and uncaring people who he trusted is truly terrifying and typical of the way society washes its hands of people that have served their use. The trapped man initially registers terror and confusion as to his circumstances, then rage and righteous anger and finally, acceptance and submission (the symbolic cutting off of his finger to appease his captors). The implication is that he had as little control over his life outside, in the "free" world as he did trapped in his coffin. As do any of us, in reality (how are you going to bust out of YOUR coffin). Superb film. Only recommended to those who like to think for themselves occasionally.


The Shadows' Greatest Hits
The Shadows' Greatest Hits
Price: £4.34

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Shadows, 16 May 2013
I have owned this greatest hits collection for almost 40 years on vinyl and have done my very best to wear it out! This cd has the original tracks plus the "B" side of "Apache", "Quatermasster`s stores", and yes, i`ve spelt it correctly! The title was a spoof on the then popular sci-fi tv series "Quatermass". There are mono and stereo versions of all the tracks for the purists. There is a perception these days, fostered by historical revisionists, that British pop music started with the Beatles and serious guitar playing started with Eric Clapton. However, if you were to ask Messrs. Clapton, Townshend, Green, May, Page, Neil Young etc., all guitar heroes in their own right, who influenced them, then Hank Marvin is usually near the top of their list. It surprises people when they find out that The Shadows and Cliff are, together and separately, one of the most successful acts the UK has ever produced. The Shadows started life as The Drifters, Cliff Richard`s backing group in the late 1950`s and changed their name in 1959. Few people realise how genuinely innovative they were in that era, Hank Marvin was the first guitarist in the UK to play a Fender Stratocaster (purchased and imported by Cliff), Jet Harris was one of the first in the UK to play a Fender precision Bass Guitar (most groups then used upright double basses), and together with Tony Meehan on drums and Bruce Welch on Rhythm Guitar they carved out a unique sound. Hank fashioned an almost-Hawaiian guitar sound with innovative use of the Stat`s tremelo arm and various echo units (he,in fact, popularised both of these), the band got the guitar amplifier manufacturer Vox to make a bigger amp, the legendary AC30, so that they could be heard over screaming fans. All of these things laid down the template for nearly all pop/rock groups that followed them in the 1960`s, including the Beatles. The first big hit "Apache" witten by Jerry Lordan, was a tour-de-force of Hank`s guitar technique and technical innovation, it stayed at no. 1 for six weeks and quickly became a rite-of-passage for every early `60s would-be guitar player. Hit after hit followed, "Man of Mystery" "Kon-Tiki","Wonderful Land", which set a record for most weeks at no. 1 during the `60s, 8-10 weeks (depending on record chart). Listen to "Wonderful Land" and marvel at Norrie Paramor`s arrangement, Hanks delicate, yet masterful touch lending gravitas to every note shaped and played, the tightness of the group sound, the sheer other-worldliness of it and i defy anyone not to be uplifted after the last notes die away. The group personnel changed, out went Tony Meehan, to be replaced by Brian Bennet and Jet Harris left, being replaced by Brian Locking, the sound mellowed a little and "Dance On" was the last no. 1 hit on this particular album. Buy This CD, play it loud and marvel at the finest instrumental pop music ever made.


Exit
Exit
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream of purple twilight, 3 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Exit (Audio CD)
I`ve been a Tangerine Dream fan since i first heard "Rubycon" back in 1975 and have collected their music (both official and unofficial!)since. I Won`t go into details of individual tracks as other reviewers have more than adequately described them, but I will say "Exit" is a superbly atmospheric album consisting of six relatively shorter pieces of music. The mood is reminiscent of a good spy thriller, half-lit foggy streets in a run-down part of a big city and not knowing what is lurking around the next corner! It has some of the best TD compositions, it is superbly played and is up there in my own personal top 5 core tangerine dream albums. Buy this with "Underwater Sunlight", "Phaedra", "Rubycon" and " Ricochet" and you will have a good starting point for further exploration.


Ramones: Expanded And Remastered
Ramones: Expanded And Remastered
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Gabba Gabba Hey!, 9 Dec. 2012
They say that you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when something truly startling happens. In my case it was october 1976 and I was listening to Alan "Fluff" Freeman`s saturday afternoon rock show on radio 1 (not `arf!) when "Blitzkrieg Bop" came smashing it`s way through my transistor radio. My first thought was that Fluff playing a Deep Purple track at the wrong speed, my second thought after time had frozen for two or so minutes was " what the **** was that!", at which point Fluff kindly pointed out that it was the Ramones. Being into progressive and psychedelic rock, especially Hawkwind and having endured the musical and summer drought of 1976, hearing this was a revelation. Over the next couple of years i bought their first four albums and saw them live at Birmingham Odeon in 1978 but i always returned to this, their first album. The aforementioned "Blitzkrieg Bop" kicks off proceedings in the most frenzied fashion imaginable, coming across like a shotgun marriage between Hawkwind,the Beach Boys ( the producer Craig Leon has said Hawkwind were a big influence and strove to capture their guitar sound for this record) and a chainsaw. The Ramones always had a warped sense of humour and this comes across on the following tracks "Beat On The Brat" and "Judy Is A Punk", further along, things turn creepy,("I Don`t Wanna Go Down To The Basement"), nasty (" 53rd and 3rd" is purportedly about male prostitution and murder for drugs money, but a disturbed Rambo-like wish for violence and retribution can also be read from the lyrics) and manic with the last two tracks. You`ll feel exhausted after this and yet wanting to play it over again. The Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Buzzcocks, etc. were great but this is the first and defining record of punk, the music, the front cover ( look how many kids go around now with this iconic image on their T- Shirts), the attitude, the humour always present so they don`t take themselves so seriously. It hasn`t dated, it still sounds as good today as 1976. Buy it.


Genesis 1970-1975
Genesis 1970-1975

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Box Of Wonders, 3 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Genesis 1970-1975 (Audio CD)
I came late to Genesis, preferring Barclay James Harvest, Pink Floyd and Hawkwind in my teenage years. Sure, i was aware of them but with albums being relatively vastly more expensive than now, choices had to be made and i didn`t really get into Genesis until about fifteen years ago when i started buying the Gabriel-era albums on vinyl from charity shops. The music didn`t really hit me between the eyes even then, but gradually, almost insidiously, it worked it`s magic on me and i found myself playing the albums more and more until the realisation dawned that Genesis, particularly their early albums, were a very special band indeed. Reading the reviews and owning an sacd player i purchased this box set for 70 quid from Amazon a couple of years ago. I have had two years of listening to the contents and i feel i am in a position to evaluate and review it now. Firstly, the sacd discs are superb, the clarity and full bodied sound are astonishing, the sound stage seems wider ( i can only comment on the stereo)compared to the vinyl albums. The cd layer and dvd audio are excellent too. There have been comments both in the Amazon reviews and elsewhere about the remixes and the amount of compression used on them, i can only offer my opinion that for the most part, they are a labour of love and a big improvement on previous versions. Yes, there are sections of music on the discs where you think that the remix could have been carried out more sympathetically, but if you think back to how Genesis fans listened to their vinyl in the early `70s when affordable hi-fi was in it`s infancy and most people still had mono record players with ceramic cartridges or caught the odd track on am radio with it`s interference and distortion, record engineers had to mix albums to sound good on these mediums ( i`m not knocking vinyl, i`m a big vinyl fan). Sacd and cd is a quantum leap forward in sound quality compared to early 1970`s reproduction media and deserves the best possible mix, which is why the original master tapes were sourced and new mixes made, both to improve on what had gone before and to create surround sound mixes. Trespass sounds lovely and probably benefits most fom the remix/remaster. Nursery Cryme sounds clear and full,perhaps slightly less dynamic than the vinyl, but thats nitpicking. Foxtrot is smoother and less edgy, which to my ears, is an improvement. Selling England By The Pound has a remix bloop at the end of Dancing With The Moonlit Knight when the lovely intrumental interplay gets underway, Tony Bank`s Mellotron sounds watery and fluttery as if over aggressive noise reduction has been applied. The rest of the album is fabulous. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is a big improvement too. The bonus disc is well worth having, with previously unavailable or hard to obtain tracks. DVD content is impressive, with band interviews about the making of each album, rare live footage of the band and last but not least, the chance to hear Lamb in it`s entirety, uninterrupted, with the original tour slideshow. The box set is expensive now but unless you have vinyl in pristine condition and a top flight deck to play it on, this is the best quality genesis media you can buy. It is worth every penny.


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