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Kate Bush: The Biography
Kate Bush: The Biography
by Rob Jovanovic
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.72

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cut and Paste, 27 Sep 2008
Agree totally with the review posted before this. What you have here is a cut and paste run through press comments combined with detailed break downs of her albums. It's ironic that an artist so careful to craft all her work is served by an easy to assemble bio that still gets facts wrong. It's predictable at best and often lazy and sloppy. The author notes that Kate signed to EMI home to some of the 70s biggest bands including Deep Purple and Iron Maiden....check the dates of Iron Maiden's hits if that one passed you by. Similarly a musician called Robin Trowe gets a mention and the book frequently repeats facts quickly, citing the chart position of one single twice in two pages. It also came out around the time of Ariel but - of course - has nothing to say about it. The last one is probably simple bad luck for the author, the many other slips and typos aren't.


Spike Milligan: Adolf Hitler - My Part In His Downfall [DVD]
Spike Milligan: Adolf Hitler - My Part In His Downfall [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jim Dale
Price: 4.22

12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid, 21 Sep 2008
If you're a Milligan obsessive and this is going cheap second hand, it is probably worth a punt for the fleeting moments when Spike appears playing his own father. Otherwise take heed of the other review and avoid. If you want to see Spike onscreen most other DVDs available are funnier. If you want to engage with Milligan's humane and hilarious insights into the war; read the book that inspired this insipid film. The frustrating thing this late in the day is that Milligan's memoirs are - if anything - more needed now the WW2 generation is dying out and shattered veterans are returning from other insane battles to uncertain futures. It's time for an edgier script and an ambitious director to get together and give Milligan's memoir the movie it deserves.


Lost Experimental.. [VINYL]
Lost Experimental.. [VINYL]
Offered by winny_records
Price: 29.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the Psychedelic Crowd, 17 Jan 2008
This is available digitally from e-music. It claims to be lost recordings from his early period but is really an odd collison of various Twink styles, some flashes of acid folk with his usual intelligent take on the 'hello trees, hello sky' type lyrics of the period and some of the tracks sound similar to his seventies trio with Syd Barrett. However, the hard sheen of the production suggests everything has been given a digital going over and some of the later tracks are full-on sound experiments much closer to the lunatic end of the dance market that John Peel was playing in the mid 90's than 60/70s Twink. The whole album is full of his gloriously off-the-wall ideas and if any sense of commercial potential emerges here it's probably by accident. So definitely worth checking out if you like your psyche with no compromises.


Country Porn
Country Porn

5.0 out of 5 stars Standing Up Well!, 29 Nov 2007
This review is from: Country Porn (Audio CD)
Last time I looked this album was on offer at 100 or thereabouts. Damn shame, it's great, The nudge nudge humour and the sheer inventiveness of Chavin's songs which suggest the man has a mind that collides literary genius with one section of his brain that will forever remain a sewer hold up well decades after he recorded his masterwork. It's laugh out loud funny, and played pretty well too. Surely someone will see sense and get out an affordable reissue.


Daylight Again
Daylight Again
Price: 8.77

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Patchy, 24 Aug 2007
This review is from: Daylight Again (Audio CD)
There are four great songs here: Southern Cross (brilliant), Delta, Wasted on the Way and Song for Susan. Definitely worth chancing if you're working your way back through their catalogue. Art Garfunkel's appearance is also worth a listen, simply because he blends in so well you get the feeling that Crosby's - then quite possible - death might have not been the end of this durable outfit. Not their best, but nowhere near as bad as some would have you believe.


Steak... Diana Ross: Diary of a Football Nobody
Steak... Diana Ross: Diary of a Football Nobody
by David McVay
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars He's a Somebody as a Writer, 20 Aug 2007
This is an honest look at the lives of an unfashionable team in the mid-seventies. Notts County never had class, they did have organisation and an unlikely bunch of heroes chronicled here. McVay's book is punchy, pithy and unrelenting on the day to day stuff from the birds, the beers and the dangers of getting deep heat treatment too close to your reproductive organs. Funny and all the better for not being over-long, highly recommended.


If I Don't Write It Nobody Else Will
If I Don't Write It Nobody Else Will
by Eric Sykes
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, But Needs a Good Edit, 11 Aug 2007
Given Sykes' massive contribution to early television and his lengthy writing career this book is a window on a world almost forgotten now. In that department and in terms logging his lengthy career it is hugely revealing. For all that, it could have used the services of a good editor. It's great on detail and short on issues, revealing very little of what motivates him. For example; he makes repeated references to depression and lost sleep but there's little insight into how his personality informs his work. It's also meticulous in listing restaurants, drinks ordered and other notable stars met whilst Sykes' wife of over 50 years takes up less words than his descriptions of golf games!


Ghetto-Ology/Dub
Ghetto-Ology/Dub

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle Gem, 24 July 2007
This review is from: Ghetto-Ology/Dub (Audio CD)
For all its lovers rock melodies this is an album of passionate songs with messages as strong as his peers - Tosh, Wailer etc. Sugar was badly overlooked as a roots pioneer but the release of this collection; original album plus dubs, is a much needed second chance to check out one of the better seventies reggae albums. Well worth a listen.


Gone Troppo
Gone Troppo
Price: 12.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vastly Under-rated, 12 July 2007
This review is from: Gone Troppo (Audio CD)
This is a watershed album for George Harrison and generally over-looked. A real waste. Cut at a time when a lot of his contemporaries were embarrassing themselves with attempts to sound in touch this is a quiet, intimate and soulful collection. Lazy in places but melodic, warm and honest and packing fully half an album's worth of gems. The radio friendly production that made Cloud Nine and Brainwashed better sellers is missing but this album does have the effortless and thoughtful charm that drips from Harrison's well regarded later work. If we're going to have no new albums at least this one remains out there to be discovered by those who've overlooked it so far.


Paperclips And Sand
Paperclips And Sand

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, 27 Mar 2007
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This review is from: Paperclips And Sand (Audio CD)
This is a beautiful, sensitive and restrained collection that presents simple and catching melodies with well-crafted arrangements. Each track has a haunting beauty, and most stand up to being played over and over. Above all, it's a really emotional and sensitive debut, I hope the band/Jo remain a fixture of the music scene for years.


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