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..It's Too Late To Stop Now...Vol. 2, 3, 4
..It's Too Late To Stop Now...Vol. 2, 3, 4
Price: £29.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Too Late, 13 Jun. 2016
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All the five-star reviews are correct - this is the VM Holy Grail, and is an essential purchase (The Fat Priest's comment about 'Sweet Thing' is spot-on). Incidentally, there must be still more in the vaults - the "It's Never Too Late" bootleg (from the same gigs) has a great version of 'Blue Money' - not included here - for example.
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The young lions
The young lions
by Irwin Shaw
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope your edition isn't the "British-ised" one!, 4 Dec. 2015
This review is from: The young lions (Hardcover)
OK, first off, this is one of the great WWII novels. One of the great American novels of the 20th Century, in fact. Up there with "From Here to Eternity" and "The Naked and the Dead" (no coincidence, as Jones, Mailer and Shaw all saw active service in WWII. Incidentally, the 'forgotten' partner to those three would be Richard Matheson's "The Beardless Warriors" - check it out). Much better than the Brando movie, too.

My only quibble was with the particular edition that I read - the 1980 UK reissue. For some bizarre reason, the publishers saw fit to meticulously 'Anglicise' it - every US spelling has been changed to British English usage, but even worse, actual words and phrases have been edited, so we get "semi-detached" for "duplex", "trousers" for "pants, "pavement" for "sidewalk", "lift" for "elevator", and so on, and so on. In what is a quintessentially American novel, this is downright bizarre, and constantly jars. An insult to the reader's intelligence, just as much as the "Americanization" (sic) of the Harry Potter books!

I Just Love Truckin'
I Just Love Truckin'
Offered by Special Interests
Price: £3.57

5.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds in the rough, 1 July 2015
This review is from: I Just Love Truckin' (Audio CD)
Dunno about truckin' - most of the truck drivers who would have played this stuff in the cab are probably dead or retired. I'd imagine they're listening to nu-country or metal these days. So, forgetting the lazy packaging, what we have here is a surprisingly excellent sampling of 1950s Americana - country, blues, r&b, rock'n'roll and the cooler reaches of chart pop. Sure, the ususl suspects are here - Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee, etc. - but dig a little deeper, and there are some lesser known nuggets that will fill gaps in most collections - Ronnie Hawkins and the (pre-'Band') Hawks, John D. Loudermilk, Earl King, Hank Snow, Vince Taylor, Johnnie Horton, Clifton Chenier, Gene Chandler and many more. It's a top-notch honky-tonk jukebox, 75 tracks for under a fiver if you shop around. Recommended.

North Hills
North Hills
Price: £11.04

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a let-down, 22 Nov. 2014
This review is from: North Hills (Audio CD)
Well, I fell for the five star reviews again - I really must start listening to the samples before purchasing.

As a huge fan (from the first time round) of the whole 'Laurel Canyon Mafia', I was quite excited by the comparisons with CSNY, Jackson Browne, Eagles, etc. But the reality fells well short of that standard. This is like so many of the 'new generation' - from Wilco to Fleet Foxes - who go for 'laid back groove', but achieve only 'lacklustre dirge'. The leader singer's voice I find rather irritating, the guitars never catch fire, and the songwriting is, frankly, dull. Very disappointing.

If you like this genre, stick with Deja Vu, For Everyman, Desperado, etc.

by Frederic Raphael
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Middlebrow short stories, 18 Nov. 2014
In a nutshell: better than Jeffrey Archer; not as good as Roald Dahl. The sort of thing you read on holiday and leave in the cottage for the next occupant.

The Quiz Addict Quiz Book
The Quiz Addict Quiz Book
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware or typos!, 14 Nov. 2014
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Pretty good of hard/easy questions (rather a lot about the Olympics, for some reason). But absolutely RIDDLED with typos and spelling errors. I was particularly amused by the American football team "The Green Pay Backers". But for the price, I suppose we shouldn't complain.

Storytone (Deluxe Version)
Storytone (Deluxe Version)
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £10.21

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An album of two halves - choose your corner, 6 Nov. 2014
Many of the reviews posted so far seem to be taking the line of "great songs, don't like the orchestra, the acoustic disc is better".

I have to say, I feel the exact opposite: I love both the string orchestra and the swing band arrangement, which recall the likes of A Man Needs s Maid and This Note's For You. And they serve to distract from the fact that these are (in my opinion) some of the worst songs Neil has written in years - and I speak as a huge NY fan. Most of the melodies are basic and repetitive, and the lyrics are downright excruciating - glaringly exposed in the solo recordings.

I'll play the big band disc, for the sheer power and novelty of it, but otherwise, the sooner he reconnects with Crazy Horse, the better.

Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £10.05

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars But what's missing?, 2 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Breaking Bad (Audio CD)
Well yes, excellent stuff. But where is 'Crystal Blue Persuasion'? And even worse, where is the most memorable piece of music in the entire series - Badfinger's 'Baby Blue'? BITCH!

Shadow Country
Shadow Country
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed masterpiece?, 5 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Shadow Country (Kindle Edition)
This book must be the ultimate in the use of the 'unreliable narrator'. Except that in this case there are dozens of narrators, all of them unreliable. Therein lie both the strengths and weaknesses of what Matthiessen clearly intended as his magnum opus.

The massive build-up of detail makes for a rich and immersive experience; by the end - if you get there - you'll feel you've spent a lifetime among these rough-hewn and violent Florida frontiersmen and women. And therein lies the problem - reading the same story three times in one enormous volume ultimately becomes too much of a good thing.

With hindsight, I wish I'd read the three original volumes when they were published, with 'natural breaks' between them.

Surprisingly, for an author who became famous for his nature writing, there are few extended descriptions of the Everglades landscape, climate and flora and fauna. That is to say, they are are frequently referred to, but always in the context of how they are of use or hindrance to the unsentimentally tough-minded locals. It's all about terse dialogue, rather than poetic flights of fancy.

And those locals - there are so MANY of them. I suspect that Matthiessens research was extensive and thorough (and effectively recycled in the guise of Lucius Watson's research in the second part of the book). It's as if he felt he HAD to bring in the back story of every single real-life person in involved in the Watson saga, to let them all speak, as it were. This may be laudable in its way, but leads to 'casting overkill'. After a while I found it difficult to form mental pictures of all the characters as they came and went with bewildering regularity.

All of which sounds like I didn't enjoy the book - which would not be true. For all its faults, it's quite an achievement, and well worth reading - particularly if you've ever enjoyed the writing of the likes of William Faulkner, Stephen Crane, Ernest Hemingway or Cormac McCarthy. As a western/southern gothic crossover there's nothing else quite like it. But be prepared for a long haul.

Incidentally, it surprises me that no-one has yet filmed it. A screenplay would - of necessity - have to take a more more concise approach to the story, but given the cinematic possibilities of the Everglades and Keys, and the classic anti-hero at its centre, this could (in the hands of the right director) make a great movie along the lines of 'There Will Be Blood'.

iZKA® - 360' Rotate In-Car Windscreen Or Dash-mount Suction Holder Mount For Motorola Moto G - Also Works With Motorola Moto X
iZKA® - 360' Rotate In-Car Windscreen Or Dash-mount Suction Holder Mount For Motorola Moto G - Also Works With Motorola Moto X

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 29 Jan. 2014
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I thought at first my phone wasn't going to fit - the spring loaded expandable section of the holder was fairly stiff. But it's fine. Have yet to use it in the car, so don't know yet how the suction attachment will perform.

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