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Roman Roads IV - XI
Roman Roads IV - XI
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Price: £8.22

4.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully evocative and shimmering guitar pieces, 2 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Roman Roads IV - XI (Audio CD)
Think Durrutti Column, think Eno, think ambient, lush and textured guitar tones, think kosmiche, think soothing mental spaces. If those thoughts are appealing to you then you should get involved with this lovely offering from Land Observations. Listening to it again on a bright winter morning it was wonderfully evocative and infused with the spirit of being in its wordless repetitive riffing and spangled arpreggios. Sweet as you like. 4.


Tomorrow -Jap Card-
Tomorrow -Jap Card-
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best UK psych records ever made, 19 Jan. 2015
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First time reissue of the mono version of this psychedelic classic. Add in the fact that its a Japanese SHM-CD remaster in an exact repro paper sleeve and you need no other excuse to buy this even if you have the stereo reissue. One of the best UK psych records ever made. Buy, buy buy!!!


The Soul of All Natural Things
The Soul of All Natural Things
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Being a big fan of 'Parallelograms' I was wary of the hype surrounding this record and now having heard it I am mildly disappoin, 27 Nov. 2014
I waited some time to listen to the new Linda Perhacs outing. Being a big fan of 'Parallelograms' I was wary of the hype surrounding this record and now having heard it I am mildly disappointed but not surprised. The beauty and mystery of the first record has been replaced with a beautifully recorded but ultimately unsatisfying record that I would describe as 'New Age' radio friendly AOR. Fine if you dig this sort of thing but not for me. 3.


Det Gar Runt Igen [VINYL]
Det Gar Runt Igen [VINYL]
Price: £23.74

5.0 out of 5 stars The amazing title track is worth the price of admission alone, 16 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Det Gar Runt Igen [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Top class psych/prog/electronica from Finland. If you can imagine a combination of Air, Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, Eno and The Radio Dept you are beginning to get there. The amazing title track is worth the price of admission alone. Buy.


Jamie Oliver Quick n' Easy Garlic Press
Jamie Oliver Quick n' Easy Garlic Press
Price: £8.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy cheap get cheap..., 2 Aug. 2014
You ultimately get what you pay for and this garlic press is cheap but not cheerful. It is pitifully weak, incredibly irritating to clean and I am amazed that Jamie Oliver has put his name to it. Maybe it was done through 'his people'? Don't bother with this, get a decent garlic press, It's worth the effort. 1 out of 5.


Sir Ollife Leigh & Other Ghosts
Sir Ollife Leigh & Other Ghosts
Price: £28.88

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hauntology and plain old fashioned great songwriting. There are probably a number of influences ..., 12 July 2014
Oliver Cherer is a talented man as his recorded output under his Dollboy moniker ably attests. This, first I think, uting under his own name takes a detour into the realms of acid folk, hauntology and plain old fashioned great songwriting. There are probably a number of influences at play here - C.O.B. and the kind of early 70's acid folk fund on the wonderful 'Gathering Up the Mushrooms' compilation and maybe some stuff like Bonnie Prince Billy and even possibly the spectral moments of Neil Young and Alex Chilton refracted into a very English and individual collection of very lovely songs. Whatever sources I try to link to this suite of songs is a little futile. This is simply a great set of songs from one of England's hidden treasure. Track it down and fall under its spell.


A Taste Of Pink! [VINYL]
A Taste Of Pink! [VINYL]
Price: £17.97

3.0 out of 5 stars The start of something special, 7 Jun. 2014
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I love The Prisoners with a huge passion and have done ever since seeing them on the long gone Channel 4 music programme The Tube 30 years ago, playing the amazing "Reaching My Head" dressed in Star Trek outfits in front of a bunch of maniacs that may well have been the also long gone Clarendon Ballroom in Hammersmith. I first picked up a copy of "Taste of Pink" in 1985/6 when it was repressed on pink vinyl in a pink sleeve - I think the first press was black vinyl/white sleeve. No matter, the point is the music. And the music is good, occasionally on tracks like 'Better in Black', "Morning Light" and "Don't Call My Name" they transcend good and become great. Great in a way that every song on their masterpiece, "The Last Four Fathers" is GREAT and is really where anyone coming to their illustrious back catalogue should start. "A Taste of Pink" is the start of something special, embryonic, the band hadn't quite hit their stride on this first outing. There's quite a lot of filler on this record for me, good filler but filler all the same. By the time of the second lp "Wisermiserdemelza", the band had already come on light years from this debut, their chops were pretty much there and their attack was right on it. I wouldn't put anyone off buying this record, I just think in terms of The Prisoners career, its easily their weakest and that is a very good thing in my opinion. Most bands shoot their bolt on their first record. The Prisoners just got better and better. Investigate this record with that thought in mind. Three.


Plasticland
Plasticland
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece - what a pity its not being repressed on vinyl too, 8 May 2014
This review is from: Plasticland (Audio CD)
Plasticland could make a strong case for being one of the best psychedelic bands ever. This is their first lp which in actual fact isn't an 'lp' at all. The debut lp is largely a collection of 45's previously put out on local Milwaukee labels in the early 1980's. Enigma and Bam Caruso saw the potential in pulling these together as did Lolita in France, licensing them from the band. These songs are mindblowing, literally. There are no weak numbers on this record, there is no prog, there is no r'n'b, there is only lysergic pop of the highest possible quality. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.This record is the best thing Cherry Red have put out since the first Dead Kennedys lp. And that was a very long time ago. Buy it. Now.

Note to Cherry Red: I know you hate vinyl editions but if you are reissuing the entire Plasticland back catalogue (its all great) give it a limited vinyl repress too. Preferably on coloured vinyl (this one was originally issued in a beautiful pink edition) as a complete recordings boxed set, with any alternate takes and suchlike you can gather. Thanks
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Original Album Series
Original Album Series
Price: £6.89

11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Collapse into the void, 28 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
These last 5 REM studio outings present a stark picture of a band in terminal decline. Bloated by years of major label comforting, stripped of a pivotal member of the original line up and grasping around in the dark for a new direction (or even a rediscovery of their old, lithe, mysterious early/mid 80's selves), REM clunk their way to a grinding halt across these 5 increasingly poor studio efforts. If I were to pick one record as being the best of a miserable crop that honour would go to "Reveal" which at least has some uplifting moments to make it worth a little of your time. The rest is pretty awful and not even the bargain basement price of the set saves it from being a waste of money. Remember them kindly as the band from Athens Georgia who helped redefine intelligent and beautiful guitar driven music three decades ago. REM were important and beautiful and a Godsend to a generation of teenagers desperately searching for new vistas to explore from their bedrooms (like me). By the end they were a parody of themselves, taking advice on song titles from Chris Martin from the bedwetting Coldplay, making music by numbers and needed putting out of their obvious misery. That much can be clearly heard on this set. It was over long before this series of presumably contractual obligations arising from their mega bucks resigning to Warners took place. Bereft and for completist REM fans only. 2/5
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Crashing Dream
Crashing Dream
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Time has not been any kinder to the final Rain Parade lp.., 7 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Crashing Dream (Audio CD)
The Rain Parade were (briefly) one of the great guitar bands of the mid-80's, their debut lp "Emergency Third Rail Power Trip" remains one of the great records of any era and the follow up mini-lp, "Explosions in the Glass Palace" is similarly arresting. If you don't own these records then get them now. They remain untouchable.

The final phase of the brief Rain Parade career trajectory is far less satisfying. The loss of David Roback was a massive blow to the musical palate of the band and led to the axis being tilted irrevocably toward the worthy but frankly uninspired songwriting displayed on Crashing Dream, their only major label outing. The songs here are monochromatic where earlier they had been dazzlingly technicolour. The tempos are plodding, the melodies firmly rooted in early 70's rock and the production is pallid and reeks of a band being spraypainted by their corporate paymasters. It's (prematurely) middle aged and uninspiring AOR to be honest (replete with synth washes for chrissakes). There are no low points or high points on this record, songs become indistinguishable from each other as the record grinds to its unsatisfying conclusion over what feels like an age.

I remember buying this as a teen and being gutted at how poor it was after devouring the thrilling records that announced the arrival of Rain Parade. Now some 25 odd years later I am revisiting it and feeling similarly disappointed (if somewhat less cheated as an old fart).

The Rain Parade made records that deserve your love, sadly by this point they had ceased to be loveable. I guess even they recognised that the game was up as they dissolved shortly afterwards. Save your money and get the debut lp. 2/5.


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