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Political Ideologies: An Introduction
Political Ideologies: An Introduction
by Andrew Heywood
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.29

5.0 out of 5 stars An accessible guide to our complex political world., 30 April 2014
This is an engrossing, intellectually stimulating and comprehensive guide to political ideologies.
After an illuminating introduction there are 10 chapters on Liberalism; Conservatism; Socialism; Anarchism; Nationalism; Fascism; Feminism; Ecologism; Religious Fundamentalism & Multiculturalism. Each chapter contains boxed material giving information on major thinkers and key concepts and concludes with a further reading list. The final chapter discusses whether we are living in a post-ideological age.
This thoroughly revised and updated 5th edition(2012) is a coherent and jargon-free guide to political ideologies which is ideal for the student as well as the general reader wishing to make sense of our complex political world.


The Stylings of Silver: Rudy Van Gelder Remaster
The Stylings of Silver: Rudy Van Gelder Remaster
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Price: 19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Horace Silver's overlooked BLUE NOTE album from 1957., 29 April 2014
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This excellent, but neglected Horace Silver Quintet album was recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey on May 8, 1957 with Silver(piano); Hank Mobley(tenor saxophone); Art Farmer(trumpet); Teddy Kotick(bass) & Louis Hayes(drums).
The six varied tracks include five originals by the leader and highlights are Silver's 'Home Cookin'' and a stunning version of the standard 'My One And Only Love'.
Mobley and Farmer complement one another beautifully and the soulful and swinging hard bop on this BLUE NOTE RVG Edition(2002) deserves to be much better known.


The RPM Blues Story
The RPM Blues Story
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Price: 5.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars 40 fascinating tracks from the RPM label., 25 April 2014
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This review is from: The RPM Blues Story (Audio CD)
The RPM label - a subsidiary of MODERN RECORDS - was formed in Los Angeles in late 1949 by the Bihari brothers.
This excellent bargain 2-CD set contains 40 RPM tracks recorded over the period 1948-1956 featuring bluesmen such as B.B.King, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Roscoe Gordon, Lowell Fulson and Johnny 'Guitar' Watson along with more obscure artists.
'The RPM Blues Story' is a varied and entertaining compilation and and a fascinating 2-hour snapshot of post-war blues.


Essential Concepts in Sociology
Essential Concepts in Sociology
by Anthony Giddens
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An accessible guide to our complex social world., 24 April 2014
This is an engrossing, intellectually stimulating and concise guide to sociology.
After a brief introduction there are 10 thematic sections on Thinking Sociologically; Doing Sociology; environment and Urbanism; Structures of Society; Unequal Life Chances; Relationships and the Life Course; Interaction and Communication; Health, Illness and the Body; Crime and Social Control & Political Sociology.
About 70 sociological concepts ranging from capitalism, mass media and deviance to conflict, the environment and class are explained clearly and placed in their historical and theoretical context. A further reading list is given after the discussion of each concept.
'Essential Concepts in Sociology' is a coherent and jargon-free introduction which should appeal to the general reader wishing to make sense of our complex social world.


Howlin' Wolf: The Complete RPM & Chess Singles As & Bs 1951-62
Howlin' Wolf: The Complete RPM & Chess Singles As & Bs 1951-62
Price: 13.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb overview of Howlin' Wolf's recordings(1951-1962)., 23 April 2014
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This marvellous 3-CD set contains 64 'A' & 'B' sides in chronological order recorded for RPM & CHESS in Memphis or Chicago between 1951 & 1962. In addition there are 16 tracks from 1951-1953 which were not released as singles.
Howlin' Wolf's intensely powerful and primal singing is well displayed on these 80 tracks with stellar sidemen such as Willie Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon & Earl Phillips.
Howlin' Wolf aka Chester Burnett(1910-1976) had a huge influence on many British blues/rock musicians in the '60s. This collection is a superb overview of the first decade or so of his recordings and an affordable alternative to the hard-to-find HIP-O SELECT 4-CD set.
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Jody Grind
Jody Grind

5.0 out of 5 stars Horace Silver's overlooked hard bop classic from 1966., 22 April 2014
This review is from: Jody Grind (Audio CD)
This excellent album by the pianist/composer Horace Silver(b. 1928) comprises three quintet pieces(recorded in New Jersey on November 2, 1966) with Silver(piano); Tyrone Washington(tenor sax); Woody Shaw(trumpet); Larry Ridley(bass) & Roger Humphries(drums) plus James Spaulding(alto sax & flute) on three sextet pieces(recorded in New Jersey on November 25, 1966.
All six memorable compositions are originals by the leader with superb playing from all members of the quintet/sextet.
'The Jody Grind' , sadly now hard to find, is an unjustly overlooked Horace Silver album which should appeal to anyone who enjoys swinging and soulful hard bop.


The Complete Africa / Brass Sessions
The Complete Africa / Brass Sessions
Price: 12.35

5.0 out of 5 stars John Coltrane's overlooked IMPULSE! debut in 1961., 22 April 2014
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'Africa/Brass' by the great saxophonist John Coltrane(1926-1967) was his debut album for the IMPULSE! label recorded in New Jersey on May 23 & June 4, 1961.
This overlooked 2-CD set is an expanded version with five extra tracks including two alternative takes of 'Africa', one of 'Greensleeves' plus the traditional 'Song of the Underground Railroad' aka 'The Drinking Gourd' and Cal Massey's 'The Damned Don't Cry' all of which remained unissued until the mid-1970s.
The quartet features Coltrane(tenor & soprano sax); McCoy Tyner(piano); Reggie Workman(bass) & Elvin Jones(drums) augmented by a large mainly brass ensemble with minimal but effective arrangements by Coltrane & McCoy Tyner and orchestrations by Eric Dolphy.
Coltrane is in powerful form throughout and this fascinating, enthralling music deserves a place in any serious modern jazz collection.


Booker Little Complete Recordings
Booker Little Complete Recordings
Price: 14.60

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive and moving hard bop on four Booker Little albums., 17 April 2014
The trumpeter Booker Little died of uraemia on October 5, 1961 at the tragically early age of 23 but created some magnificent music during his short life.
This excellent 2-CD set combines four of his best albums.
CD1, tracks 1-6('Booker Little 4 & Max Roach') were recorded in New York City during October, 1958 with drummer Max Roach(1924-2007) plus tenor saxophonist George Coleman, pianist Tommy Flanagan and bassist Art Davis.
CD1, tracks 7-13('Out Front') were recorded in New York City on March 17 & April 4, 1961 with a superb sextet featuring Eric Dolphy(alto sax, bass clarinet, flute); Julian Priester(trombone); Don Friedman(piano); Art Davis or Ron Carter(bass) & Max Roach(drums, tympani, vibes).
CD2, tracks 1-6('Booker Little') were recorded in New York City on April 13 & 15, 1960 with Wynton Kelly or Tommy Flanagan(piano); Scott La Faro(bass) & Roy Haynes(drums).
CD2, tracks 7-13('Booker Little and friend*') were recorded during August, 1961 with a superb sextet featuring George Coleman(tenor sax); Julian Priester(trombone); Donald Friedman(piano); Reggie Workman(bass) & Pete La Roca(drums).
Booker Little's brilliant and melancholy trumpet is on display throughout these four albums which should be heard by anyone who appreciates inventive and moving hard bop.


The Singles As & Bs 1952-1960
The Singles As & Bs 1952-1960
Price: 11.97

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5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal introduction to Little Walter Jacobs., 17 April 2014
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'The Best of Little Walter' on the distinctive red and yellow PYE R & B label was one of the first blues LPs I bought in the early 1960s.
All the tracks on that famous album can be found on this excellent 2-CD, 50-track compilation which is a collection of all his CHECKER/CHESS singles, 'A' & 'B' sides, recorded in Chicago over the period 1952-1960.
The great jazz trumpeter Miles Davis was an admirer of Walter's thrilling and expressive harmonica playing which can be heard on these 50 tracks along with stellar sidemen such as Robert Lockwood Jr., Luther Tucker, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon & Fred Below.
CD1 contains most of his hits while CD2 features his lesser-known material. The only blemish is the inclusion of a 1960 remake of 'My Babe' with an overdubbed chorus.
The hugely influential bluesman Little Walter Jacobs was a volatile and violent character and, sadly, died after a street fight when he was just 37.
This 2-CD set is a fitting memorial to him and an ideal introduction to his work.


The Real Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues
The Real Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 10.03

4.0 out of 5 stars Two albums featuring lesser-known Howlin' Wolf tracks from 1953-1965., 15 April 2014
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This excellent reissue pairs two albums by the great bluesman Howlin' Wolf aka Chester Burnett(1910-1976) which were originally released in 1966 & 1967.
All 24 lesser-known tracks were recorded in Chicago over the period 1953-1964 and feature Wolf's intensely powerful and primal singing with stellar sidemen such as Hubert Sumlin, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, J.T.Brown & Earl Phillips.
Howlin' Wolf had a huge influence on many British blues/rock musicians in the '60s and this superb 66-minute CD makes a fascinating companion to his more familiar material such as 'Smokestack Lightnin'', 'The Red Rooster' etc.


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