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The Sequel That Never Was
The Sequel That Never Was
Price: 11.53

5.0 out of 5 stars It's Caper Time....again!, 15 Jan 2014
Astonishingly good, brilliantly and sensitively executed - music awesome, well produced and matched by the imagination and presentation of the liner notes and synopses. A must for any aficionado of caper movie soundtracks and 60's/70's themes.

Liner notes and imagined movie plots, right down to dream casting for each of the 9 or so sequels to Get Carter, The Italian Job, Charade, Midnight Cowboy and more, are all lovingly and convincingly presented with the CD. Hugely recommended.


Mesrine - Parts 1 & 2  [DVD]
Mesrine - Parts 1 & 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vincent Cassel
Price: 7.27

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cassell magnificent in true tale of violent criminal, 1 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Mesrine - Parts 1 & 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Staggered that I hadn't heard more about Jacques Mesrine prior to watching this outstanding movie. Brilliantly researched, almost unbelievably true, with actual locations used throughout, the story of France's public enemy #1 is incredibly watchable despite the appaling violence of its subject character. For me the violence was justified in the telling of Mesrine's story of outlaw, prison escaper, gangster and bank robber. Cassell is on fire here, bringing to life the swagger that appealed to as many french people as it terrified. Hugely recommended viewing, if not for the faint hearted.


Memoirs of a Fruitcake: The Wilderness Years 2000-2010
Memoirs of a Fruitcake: The Wilderness Years 2000-2010
by Chris Evans
Edition: Hardcover

16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitivity and wisdom........, 18 Oct 2010
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....words that the average Daily Mail reader wouldn't easily attribute to the sometimes notorious, hell raising "Ginger Whinger".

But the overarching message that comes from reading this candid & revealing memoir is that Evans has found out exactly who he is and learned to put simple human qualities ahead of the scheming and single minded pursuit of financial success. His road to enlightenment is littered with a blurring of professional & personal relationships, leading to loss of perspective and purpose.

With a sincere nod to the teachings of Seneca & Marcus Aurelius, Evans reveals a hugely sensitive side in passages that brought a light mist to this reader's eye and which convey a man who knows that he nearly blew it and as a result is truly appreciative of life's blessings.

The book reveals a kindness and warmth of spirit that build throughout the tales of finding true love and a new found respect for his own achievements. As telling of this sensitivity as the romantic tales may be, a stand-out chapter conveys Evans's depth of feeling for the person who brought him back to the BBC and his reaction to the compromise of its Reithian principles at the time of 'Sachsgate'.

"Memoirs of a Fruitcake" is honest, witty, funny and compelling - hugely recommended reading.


Shure E2C-N In-Ear Headphones - Black
Shure E2C-N In-Ear Headphones - Black
Offered by thebookcommunity_fba
Price: 309.09

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound - cable cracks are a pain, 4 Aug 2007
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Have just ordered my second pair of these - the first pair cost me around 65 I think, so pleased to see the price fall. The reason for the second pair is the same cable crack problem that 'Royston Vasey' referred to. I use my Shure & Ipod at the gym and elsewhere and the cracked cable around the ear loop is a quality weakness that I should probably have referred back to the manufacturer. Ah well, if the second pair fails I shall do just that.

Otherwise, the delivered sound is as good as I could ever need for general listening on the move and the external sound isolation is also excellent. With the price now well under 50, these are a first rate buy for somebody looking to move up the curve from ipod headphones, without entering hi-fi purist territory.

Would have rated 5 stars but for the cable fault.


Curb Your Enthusiasm - Music from the TV Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm - Music from the TV Series

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musical accompaniment to a top show....., 28 April 2006
"There's two kinds of people that wear sunglasses inside - blind people and a***oles"....Larry David, scriptwriter and star of his very own semi-improvised comedy - a true genius if such a thing can be justified in describing a comedian. The perfectly observed situation comedy in this show plus the fact that he is unable to get through a day without offending those selected for 'constructive criticism'makes CYE a brilliantly funny show. Always filled with the best of intentions, Larry's character can screw up the most banal of situations, by opening his mouth just once too often - and that's probably what we can all relate to as viewers of this brilliantly executed series.

The plots, the dialogue, the acting from an outstanding ensemble and, of course, the music set this show head and shoulders above the rest of the pack.

This CD collects the library cues that accompany Larry's trips to the office, to meetings with manager Jeff and to any place where Larry can create mayhem through no real fault of his own.

Some have said that Larry brings a little of Maestros Fellini, Leone, Rota & Morricone to Hollywood, while playing out a Spaghetti Western in the synagogue and a comedy of modern manners in a noodle bar or dry-cleaner's. This is a perfect accompaniment to the CYE DVD's and the mostly Italian cue content menas that lovers of Italian cinema music from the 60's and 70's will also be pleased with what's on offer here. A satisfying collection that's well worthy of investigation - highly recommended.


State Of Mind
State Of Mind
Price: 8.38

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make sure that the world hears this man's voice....., 5 Mar 2006
This review is from: State Of Mind (Audio CD)
I first saw RM play at Tobacco Rd, Miami in 2002 and have now seen him twice in 2006 in London, playing small clubby venues. It's great seeing him achieve the recognition this side of the Atlantic that he deserves and has worked hard to achieve - there will be so much to come, of that I am sure.

The briliant older material from 'Blind to Reality' has been developed into a new collection of songs on 'State of Mind' that use Raul's positive lyrics to entertain and uplift in equal measure. RM's thoughts on moving to New York (State of Mind) sit happily alongside a tribute to his wife (Waiting all my Life), whilst the reggae infused Keep on Hoping crosses a confident line to pop territory and we get to hear RM at his life embracing best on Expressions of Love (supported on harmonica by Stevie Wonder).

Raul's late producer, the towering Arif Mardin has made the right decision to keep the production stripped down in the studio, allowing RM's immense vocal range, blinding guitar playing, those percussive finger taps and the simply amazing trumpet solo scat to balance one another in exactly the proportions that this modestly spoken genius employs when standing under a spotlight, without support or interference from any other musical backing.

At RM's first London gig he explained how his brother is a NASA scientist - there must be a very proud family back in Embudo, New Mexico!

The live experiences are moments that I shall treasure, along with RM's between song banter that displays grace and wit in abundance. For those unable to get to see this musical giant in the flesh, 'State of Mind' is a hugely valuable record of 21st Century American music's brightest new star.


We Are Povo
We Are Povo
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 25.95

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstandingly enjoyable debut that swings and tantalises in, 17 Jan 2006
This review is from: We Are Povo (Audio CD)
As a keen purchaser of 'world' dance and electronica collections, I discovered Povo on a quite superb collection called 'Inside Scandinavia', a two volume series of beats and dance tracks from the best of the Scandinavian house/jazz scene. Povo stood out as being worthy of further investigation, so I went for this with some confidence and was rewarded with one of the most satisfying listening experiences for some time. Tracks 'Good & Bad', 'We are Povo' and 'Million Ways' stand out from memory, with some of the sexiest vocals ever adding to the immense sense of well being that this beautifully crafted suite of jazz grooves delivers so effortlessly.
It's accessible jazz, that crosses over from house/dance/lounge with maturity and deep musical integrity. Can't wait for the next CD of work from this hugely talented duo.


Sideways [DVD]
Sideways [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Giamatti
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 2.99

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You either get it or you don't....., 15 Jun 2005
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This is essentially a study of the worst excesses of male behaviour, displayed by two characters that are flawed, self absorbed and very, very funny. Sideways delivers a high quality slice of US film making in this awesome thirty something show of men being men. Wine, golf, failed relationships, self doubt, bravado, deception, male bonding, hangovers in cheap motels, the thrill of the chase and never knowing when you're on to a good thing - they're all here in a brilliantly executed and perfectly timed story, supported by one of the coolest jazz scores to come out of Hollywood in ages.

As the preface to the Rex Pickett novel suggests, a passing nod to Withnail & I gives us a story and movie in which a lot of us see some of our less attractive traits. Clever and very funny to the very last drop.


Focus
Focus
Price: 7.38

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A voice like no other!, 11 Nov 2003
This review is from: Focus (Audio CD)
This is the Portuguese 'Queen of Fado' who set the Royal Albert Hall alight, billed simply as 'Voice' in the programme that accompanied the sublime Maestro Morricone's 75th Birthday Bash on 10 November 2003. And what a voice it is, with a range that startles and soothes in balanced measure.

Elements of that evening's programme are represented on this disc, in an extension of Signor Morricone's work that makes this an essential purchase for his legion of admirers around the world.


Global A Go Go
Global A Go Go
Price: 8.06

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The light has dimmed, but the legacy shines........, 19 Sep 2003
This review is from: Global A Go Go (Audio CD)
Awaiting the release of Streetcore and as a regular listener to Rock Art etc, I thought that I should investigate Global a Go Go....Amazing, exciting, provocative and downright melodic this will prove to be one of my Playlist favourites. There's still plenty of north London wit on display as well as the global eclecticism that was setting Joe up as a valuable contributor to all that is accessible in new World Music.....the balance of street hardened sneer in Joe's voice offset by the pleading yell for a better world makes this package an inspirational sound collage. So cruel that Streetcore will be an epitaph to a voice that has been dimmed by the Creator......the musical legacy will surely attract, entertain and inspire for decades to come. A must for anybody who appreciates intelligent, beautifully crafted music.


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