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Canyon Dreams
Canyon Dreams
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4.0 out of 5 stars From Coldwater to Grand...[MIRAMAR MPCD 2801], 1 Sep 2014
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This is the music of a video compilation of the same name, one of a series of nature-themed releases by Miramar, written in 1987 (audio only release 1991), as the accompaniment to various pieces of footage shot in The Grand Canyon, and earning TD their first Grammy nomination. There is a very slight yet unmistakable whiff of that particular brand of commercialised New Age or "chill-out" music so prevalent from the mid-eighties onward, but it is by no means so overpowering as to detract from one's pleasure of what is very evidently some of the finest synth-based rock music (with almost classical overtones) from the founders of The Berlin School of Electronica. To be entirely accurate, I should say that really the overwhelming force of the sheer artistry of TD subsumes any "outside" influences or directives from a commissioning/fee-paying body, and we are left with a work which is less of a departure from the norm and more of a concessionary tip of the hat. And there's thankfully little enough of it, which is probably not surprising when TD's accomplished record in film soundtracks would give them some considerable clout over any questions of musical direction. The music does appear to be entirely original and not merely re-worked material, which will be all the more welcome to collectors. The overall sound is very akin to the familiar "blue years" style, the Native American and wishy-washy (sorry) influences notwithstanding, when Froese, Franke and Haslinger were turning out some lovely music. This CD apparently contains the last (studio) orchestrations from that immensely talented trio, which is very similar musically to 1986's Underwater Sunlight, and I would not be at all surprised if the two were composed concurrently. Playing time comes in at about 36 mins, with a 4m 30s track from Jerome Froese coming in at the end. Despite the relatively short playing time, fans of TD should not be disappointed with this release and interested newcomers are in for a treat. Hidden gem!


Elric of Melniboné and Other Stories (Moorcocks Multiverse)
Elric of Melniboné and Other Stories (Moorcocks Multiverse)
by Michael Moorcock
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

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5.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning..., 1 April 2014
The title story is where the heroic account of the last of The Dragon Kings really begins, although it was written 7 years after Stormbringer, the awesome and bloody conclusion to Elric's struggle in the saga known as "The Chronicle of The Black Sword". It is an absolute classic of the sword and sorcery genre while at the same time being so much more than that; Mr. Moorcock always has a good knowledge of, and bases his stories on, or with regard to, certain periods of European and Middle Eastern history e.g. the Melnibonean battle barges have a direct correlation to actual ships used in the Middle Ages- perhaps it might not be untoward to say Elric is the thinking man's Conan. And there are no flippin' elves!!! The story remains fresh and original, as do most of Moorcock's writings in this genre, and the ultimate personification of the anti-hero in Elric will have you thanking your lucky stars that it's him not you as the tragic and doom-laden tale unfolds. You will want to read the next one immediately, and then the one after that...i've been reading and rereading Moorcock for 30 years and more. And if this review has not persuaded you as yet (without spoilers!) then perhaps the acknowledged debt to the writer, now accepted as one of the greatest Sci-Fi/Fantasy writers of all time, by such of his admirers as Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman will convince you to take your first steps into a new multiverse.
The prose rendering of a graphic novel prequel, "Elric:The Making of a Sorcerer", left me ambivalent at best as to my feelings about it's inclusion here. The story just does not grip and enthrall like the originals and adds nothing of any great import to the Elric canon. The saga was fine just the way it was imo and besides, there's a really obvious mistake regarding the state of the Melnibonean sea defences at Imyrr.
Buy this now and thank me later.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Released in 2011?, 28 Mar 2014
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This album is probably my favourite from Stevie Nicks and to my mind perfectly encapsulates the mid 80's soundwise and contains some of her best writing, though certain fans will remark on the vocal quality at a time when "the welsh witch" was seriously into her coke.
However, on receiving this item I immediately noticed that the package looked somewhat dated, not least the opaque (grey plastic) cd tray which I had thought went out sometime last millenium! I duly checked up on my suspicions by looking at the listing for this album on the discogs website where, lo and behold!, their records show that it had received neither a repress nor a rerelease since 1995!!! At least not officially that is.
A refund was obtained forthwith when I pointed out the incorrect listing of the item. This problem occurs more often than one might have thought so I make it my policy always to check and have uncovered other occurences since! It is always worth checking if the recording you seek was originally released over 10 years previously. Thank you DISCOGS!


Stasis: the UA Years 1971-1975
Stasis: the UA Years 1971-1975
Offered by TRUEBLOODLOVER
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Last released in 1993, not 2003!!!, 28 Mar 2014
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Check on the discogs website if "you don't believe it!" In fact, make it a policy to check your latest orders as this is a common "problem" in my experience.


Palace Springs (Expanded Edition)
Palace Springs (Expanded Edition)
Price: £14.60

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5.0 out of 5 stars Back in a new box!, 28 Mar 2014
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The two recordings here, which have never sounded better btw, perfectly capture the live Hawkwind experience from the 1990-91 period and the memories really did come flooding back. They encapsulate a new departure for "Starship Hawkwind" with their first female vocalist (the lovely Bridget Wishart, ex Hippy Slags) and the incomparable Simon House (violin) back in the line-up, with a splendid cross section of arguably the best of the newer material and some staunch HW fan favourites during the band's first foray to the States in years. These two releases are brought together for the first time so it's essentially BOGOF, and with the booklet images and liner notes to complement and set the stage you cannot really do better as a place to experience the wonders of the original and best space rock band in all the multiverse, particularly for a younger audience with contemporary sensibilities and expectations. Overall then, a lovely and imo a necessary addition to the atomhenge catalogue of remastered editions of what were always two of the best live recordings in the HW canon.


Elric: The Fortress of the Pearl (Moorcocks Multiverse)
Elric: The Fortress of the Pearl (Moorcocks Multiverse)
by Michael Moorcock
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the novel and NO EXTRAS!!!, 18 Feb 2014
I enjoyed this story on it's release but it does have a very different vibe from the early writings and does not quite feel like an Elric novel per se. Not really of the canon imho. I checked out this new edition at my local bookstore in order to suss out the extras but there are none, despite the description saying "including related short stories" or some such. The unmissable volumes of the Elric saga in the Gollancz 2013 edition are ELRIC OF MELNIBONE, SAILOR ON THE SEAS OF FATE, THE SLEEPING SORCERESS & STORMBRINGER.


Nightbombers [DVD]
Nightbombers [DVD]
Dvd ~ H.I. Cozens
Price: £7.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable., 31 Jan 2014
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Highly Recommended! This is some of the best footage of RAF bombers during WW2 and it's in incredibly rare colour format. Edited footage from this DVD is essentially ubiquitous in any programme on the subject.
I would also recommend "Target for Tonight" without hesitation.


British Isles: A Natural History [DVD] [2004]
British Isles: A Natural History [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Alan Titchmarsh
Price: £7.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, 31 Jan 2014
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There is never enough time to enrich and inform oneself in the natural beauty of this green and pleasant land and this series comes up trumps for when the inclement weather forces us indoors. I find these films a welcome respite at times from the standard style of the BBC Natural History Unit and the seemingly omnipresent sound of David Attenborough's voice


David Lean Collection [DVD]
David Lean Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ralph Richardson
Price: £20.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Classics!, 31 Jan 2014
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Nine of the twelve films here are acknowledged classics and the rest are interesting enough. There's not a lot else to say as the main titles are continually shown on television but if you haven't seen these before and want to immerse yourself in the best of british movie-making the don't hesitate to buy these. The remastered prints are flawless. Incidentally, if anyone wanted to see the British way of life (as was) or come to grips with it's historical and cultural basis, and even learn how the majority of us see ourselves, then you could do a lot worse than start here.


Trouble in Paradise [1932]
Trouble in Paradise [1932]
Dvd ~ Miriam Hopkins
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Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!, 31 Jan 2014
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An early Lubitsch classic, Trouble in Paradise is one of the wittiest and funniest films to come out of the pre-Code era. Deliciously wicked humour throughout with some great quick-fire one-liners from both the well-played leads (Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins), it always has me giggling to the end. This is Hopkins' 2nd film with Lubitsch and her performance simply sparkles. She has never appeared more beautiful and alluring than she does here, her 8th film in a 40-year career, her character requiring her to play the coquettish yet somehow innocent young girl to a passionate and all too wordly-wise devil-may-care girl from the wrong side of the tracks- this is her film for my money, though ably supported by all the leads.


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