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Selling England By The Pound [Hybrid SACD + DVD]
Selling England By The Pound [Hybrid SACD + DVD]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars selling remasters by the pound, 3 Nov. 2012
This remaster/remix is for the most part, terrific, giving the album both a clarity and warmth at the same time. The 1994 remaster, although excellent, sounds a bit thin by comparison, this version is full-bodied. The sacd layer is superb, the video extras a must-have for Gabriel-era Genesis fans. BUT, and it`s a big BUT, some of the remixing is insentive to the original music, particularly at the end of Dancing With The Moonlit Knight when the song gives way to the gorgeous instrumental section. Tony Bank`s Mellotron sounds very watery and fluttery almost as if too-aggressive noise reduction has been applied to the Mellotron track, and it totally ruins it for me. I`ve checked the cd, sacd and dvd versions and they are the same, compare it to the various versions available on cd or the original vinyl and you`ll see what i mean. The music (and video) on these discs is amongst the finest recorded by anyone and is a must buy for any discerning music lover. Slip the sacd into the player, select The Cinema Show, settle back and just try to stop the hairs rising on your body as it washes over you. Just sublime.

Wolf Creek [DVD]
Wolf Creek [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Jarratt
Price: £2.88

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don`t bother, 2 July 2012
This review is from: Wolf Creek [DVD] (DVD)
This film is truly awful. It makes the slash and murder films of the `80s look intelligent. It is boring for the most part, cartoonishly violent in sections and utilises the usual stock horror film cliches everywhere else. If you are into voyeuristic sadism you might enjoy small parts of this film, otherwise don`t waste 90-odd minutes of your life.

Solo [1974-1983] The Virgin Years
Solo [1974-1983] The Virgin Years
Price: £14.88

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars five stars for the music, 6 May 2012
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I thought long and hard before buying this box set because i`ve got it all on other lps and cds, but the lure of extra tracks and remastered albums swayed me so i ordered it and it arrived yesterday.
Aqua sounds lovely, like nothing else on the planet, full of gurgles and swooshes and eerie electronic soundscapes. Upland, especially, is wonderful with it`s gothic organ drones and is something to put on to scare trick or treaters away at halloween - they won`t come back!
The main draw for most Edgar afficionados to buy this set is Epsilon, unavailable in original form for many years, and his finest work. Both Epsilon and Maroubra Bay are a genre on their own, probably nearer to Vaughan Williams than Tangerine Dream. Both tracks send shivers down my spine every time i hear them with Edgar giving a masters demonstation on how the Mellotron and analogue synths should be played. But,and it`s a big but, what happened to the bottom end on the remaster, my original Brain lp has got loads more oomph in the bass department. The remaster has a lovely clear sound for sure, but sounds a little weaker than the lp. And why oh why didn`t the engineer doing the remaster take the opportunity to get rid of the prominent tape hiss on the album. And who made the balls up of including the alternative version of Capricorn where the alternative Epsilon should be! Criticism apart, it`s lovely to see this masterpiece available again.
Ages sounds better than on previous releases and has some good tracks but the general consensus seems to be that it is a matter of taste.
Stuntman is a classic with Edgar showing what could be done with the then new digital synthesisers. It would be like Samoa and A Dali-esqe sleep fuse are breathtaking.
Pinnacles is Edgars experience of the australian outback in musical form and is very spacious and laid back with a very different feel to it than previous works, very nice in it`s own way but heading off into the blander territories which Edgar would soon explore.
All in all this is a very important box set, both for fans of Edgar Froese and students of electronic music who can trace the development of it led by one of it`s masters. The musical world of today would be very different without the genius of Edgar Froese.
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In The Skies
In The Skies
Price: £4.99

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter`s long awaited return, 16 Mar. 2012
This review is from: In The Skies (Audio CD)
By 1978 most Peter Green afficionados had given up on him ever playing again. Various rumours about him having mental problems, working as a gravedigger, ending up in prison for brandishing a shotgun at his accountant etc. had been circulating for seven years. Then without fanfare, in mid 1979 "in the skies" was released. Fans like myself, eager to hear if Peter still had the magic touch rushed out to buy the lp. We were not disappointed. Sure the album is mellow and has some spiritual feel to it, but the man`s gift was still there. Apparently, if the stories can be believed, Peter had not picked up a guitar for five years and had given his beloved les paul to his friend, Gary Moore. He was coaxed out of musical retirement by his brother, Mike, who worked for PVK records, owned by Peter Vernon Kell. Peter Kell carefully persuaded Peter Green to record a few tracks with a few old mates of Greeny`s (and top session musicians), Snowy White, Peter Bardens, Reg Isodore etc. Kell realised that although initially rusty, Peter Green was soon firing on all cylinders again. An instrumental track "Apostle" was recorded and released ahead of the album. Reminiscent of the acoustic part of "Oh Well", it had Mick Fleetwood crying when he heard it. Snowy White takes lead guitar on two tracks, the title track and the superb "Slabo Day". The rest is Peter Green showing what he can do on tracks like "Tribal Dance", "Funky Chunk" and others. The standout track is the new interpretation of his "A fool no more", which to my ears, is one of the finest slices of blues playing ever laid down, his guitar (a Fender Jazzmaster, i believe) just drips with the emotion, feeling and tasteful playing that made Green the finest blues guitarist of his generation. Much has been made of Snowy White playing lead on two tracks, but that is Peter`s generous spirit all over, in much the same way that, in Fleetwood Mac, he let Jeremy Spencer,on the first two albums, and then Danny Kirwan on "Then Play On", have their chances. In an interview with Steve Clarke for the NME in 1979 Peter stated that his playing was better than it had ever been, which puts paid to the naysayers theories about his ability and other musicians covering for him. The fact is that Peter Green was exploring musical directions other than the blues whilst still in Fleetwood Mac and after a seven year hiatus, continues to do so here. No, it is not an earth shattering album, neither is it Fleetwood Mac but it is an album that given the circumstances, no one had any right to expect,and it certainly exceeded my expectations.
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Where There's Greed: Margaret Thatcher and the Betrayal of Britain's Future
Where There's Greed: Margaret Thatcher and the Betrayal of Britain's Future
by Gordon Brown
Edition: Paperback

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spot on, gord., 16 Mar. 2012
I see the propaganda arm of the right wing blue rinse brigade are having a field day here, giving a thoroughly good book by one of the giants of recent political history one star reviews in order to undermine it`s credibility. Ho,hum, so predictable. Most thinking people have woken up to the fact that Britain has been left in ruins by the decade or so of wilfully reckless politics that thatcher and her far right cronies inflicted upon this country. The destruction of the post war consensus, the destruction of british manufacturing industry, the break up and sell-of for private gain of industries and utilities you and me used to own. I grew up in the sixties and everywhere there was hope, optimism and the taking for granted that we could never go back to the the dreadful spectre of life in pre ww2 britain, a better future was there for the taking. Then there was Thatcher. We are left with a divided, crime-ridden wasteland of a country where corporate vultures pick over the bones of what`s left of our economy and culture and ordinary, decent people who`s only aspiration is to lead a family life, find and keep a well-paid job and salvage some hope for their children`s future can go and pick over the leavings. Don`t listen to the one-star propagandists, Gord did all right, both with this spot-on book and with his handling of the british economy and the banking crisis.
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Doremi Fasol Latido
Doremi Fasol Latido
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing on the runway waiting for take off, 3 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Doremi Fasol Latido (Audio CD)
1972 was when it all took off for hawkwind. A massive hit single, "Silver machine", the proceeds of which were used to record this album and to finance the "space ritual" extravaganza. Lemmy and simon king had arrived giving Hawkwind a much tighter, heavier sound. The album kicks off in the strongest way possible with "Brainstorm", a Nik Turner tune which had been kicking around as a jam for a while. Here,it is presented as a massive collision between Pink floyd`s "Astronomy Domine" and Grand Funk Railroad at their heaviest, with Dave Brock`s stoner riffs and psychedelic leads weaving through the mix and merging with Lemmy`s rock solid bass lines, Dikmik and Dels primitive electronics and Simons metronomic drumming to form a swirling, trancey behemoth of a track. Nik `s vocals give it an otherwordly aspect as it builds up to the nearest thing you can experience to an orgasm aurally. Exhausting,but fabulous. But,this is the only track which isn`t bettered by versions on the "Space Ritual". "Lord of light" makes a good stab at it -- but no cigar! Elsewhere, Del contibutes a short but beautiful instrumental " One change", and Lemmy`s excellent "The watcher" ends the album. 5 stars then for "Brainstorm" and the bonus material "Urban guerilla", "Brainbox Pollution" and the superb "Ejection". All in all a rewarding album with a dense, swirling production and perhaps the definitive Hawkwind sound and feel to it.

Offered by nagiry
Price: £14.50

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the `mac go their own way, 4 May 2011
This review is from: Tusk (Audio CD)
After the success of "Rumours" which was one of the best-selling lps of all time, a heavy weight of expectation lay on the band to repeat the magic formula, from record company executives and fans alike. Instead of taking the easy route they holed up at the village recorder in los angeles and created a very different and possibly their finest album. They embraced the new digital recording technology which was still in it`s infancy and applied it to some of the best material they had written to date. Stevie Nicks is at the top of her game here with absolute stand-out tracks like "Storms", "Sisters of the moon" and the lovely "Sara". Christine McVie contributions are equally outstanding with "Over and over", "Never forget" and "Brown eyes" vying for top honours. Curiously, Lindsay Buckingham, who, received wisdom has it was the genious and creator beind the album, doesn`t fly as high as on the previous two albums although he contributes the mighty "Tusk" and "That`s all for everyone". All too often his contributions seem like filler. He was probably trying too hard to be too different and the country-punk of "It`s not that funny" and "that`s enough for me" are just embarrassing. But his guitar work, especially on "sisters of the moon" was rarely bettered. Yes, "Tusk" would probably have made a better single album but there are more treasures here than on any other late `70s / `80s era fleetwood mac album and it bears repeated listening. For me the greatest buried treasure on the album is at the end of Christine`s gorgeous "Brown eyes", where, right on the fade out,Peter Green contributes a trademark solo, as only he can (apparently he was visiting L.A. at the time and stopped by to say hello).If, like me, you are Peter Green fan, this is worth the price of the album alone! Many people consider this album a failure, if you call four million worldwide sales a failure! I personally think is is the best body of work they created ouside of the Peter Green years. Highly recommended!

Saucerful Of Secrets
Saucerful Of Secrets
Offered by rotationdiscs
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars set the controls for the heart of the floyd, 6 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Saucerful Of Secrets (Audio CD)
" A saucerful of secrets" is probably the most neglected mainstream album in the floyd canon, It came after syd left the floyd and follows on from their 1967 psychedelic classic "The piper at the gates of dawn". I won`t go into a track by track analysis of the album because it has already been done in other reviews. What i will comment on is the overall sound and feel of the album, which is still psychedelic but also folky and experimental. Rick wright shines brightly here with his innovative use of the farfisa organ and effects to produce swirling techniclour soundscapes that start to define the floyd sound for years to come. The floyd created an album which was very unusual and innovative in 1968 and also hugely influential (future krautrock musicians such as Klaus Schulze, Edgar Froese, manuel gottsching etc. were taking very careful notes.), most of the space rock genre, not to mention experimental ambient can trace their roots to this album. " Saucerful" was so strange and otherwordly the first time i heard it that i did not know what to make of it, but over the years it has become my favourite floyd album. Later floyd albums are great but none are as interesting as "Saucerful". I just keep returning to it again and again.

by John Fowles
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars landscape photography at it`s best, 16 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Land (Paperback)
If, like me, you are a photographer and lover of landscape, you need this book. photographed exclusively in black and white it is a collection of brooding, often bleak, images of the british landscape.Unlike many glossy coffee table photo books it is totally unsentimental in it`s outlook, concentrating on light, shade and form, which is what photography is all about, and yet it is exquisitely beautiful at the same time. if you like the photographs of Ansel Adams you will find much to like here, for the late Fay Godwin had a natural, intuitive feel for landscape. If this marvellous collection of photographs doesn`t inspire you to become a better photographer then you are probably better off giving up on it! Buy it, you won`t regret it.

In Search Of Space
In Search Of Space
Price: £5.99

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hawkwind at their grooviest, 29 Nov. 2010
This review is from: In Search Of Space (Audio CD)
for years i wasn`t sure about this album, being a fan of space ritual onwards hawkwind. but this is a different, pre-lemmy hawkwind who were still ladbroke grove freaks, still gave free shows almost anywhere and still indulged in long freakout jams wherever and whenever the mood took them. this is exemplified on the opening cut "you shouldn`t do that" which is a laid back groove for 17 minutes (their longest ever album track), powered by dave brocks insistent fuzz-box power riffing, delicate percussion and nik turner`s avant-garde jazzy sax playing. "you know you`re only dreaming" is a real psychedelic freakout of a track, the revelation being dave anderson`s funky bass playing. this extends to the next track, "master of the universe", quite different and very funky compared to later versions. (this laid back groove disappeared with the arrival of lemmy and resurfaced briefly with the paul rudolph/allan powell rhythm section on "astounding sounds, amazing music" before dave brock put it to rest once and for all). "we took the wrong step years ago" is basically an acoustic dave brock busking tune, but very effective. "adjust me" is the wierdest track on an album full of weird tracks. basically it seems to be coming from the point of view of someone who is going insane and leads to an excellent jam with dave brock delivering some superb psychedelic guitar (he is the most underrated psychedelic guitarist on the planet!). this end abruptly and nik turner`s lovely "children of the sun" ends the album. his flute solo is superb. bonus tracks include "silver machine" (released in 1972), "seven by seven" (slightly different to the "b" side of "silver machine", the guitar solo on that version faded in rather than the abrupt, clanky start to the solo on this one).still a top hawkwind track, though. " born to go " is here in an edited version of the "greasy trucker`s party" recording and is superb , as always. "(x?)in search of space should not be compared to other hawkwind albums. it is a one - off, all on it`s own. they were at their most freaky and experimental on this album and with the departure of dave anderson on bass and terry ollis on drums would never sound the same again (interestingly, nik turner`s space ritual captures some of the feel of this album, in particular, their excellent "satiricon" live dvd recorded in 2004.). i grew to love this album perhaps more than any other hawkwind album ,with the exception of "the space ritual", it has such a laid-back power and rhythm to it that sets it apart. highly recommended.

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