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The Trials & Tribulations of Nelson the Cat: (Blessed is the cat that remains steadfast under trial)
The Trials & Tribulations of Nelson the Cat: (Blessed is the cat that remains steadfast under trial)
by Rick Vaughan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Not for you if your cat demands peace and quiet..., 23 Feb. 2015
Was delighted to receive this for Christmas and proceeded to torment my family by reading large sections of it out loud to them.
The family cat wasn't too amused by all the belly laughs it induced either, as he is rather fond of a quiet snooze on me...
By turns barking and brilliant it's a great read!!!

Circus Life
Circus Life
Price: £12.02

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Circus Life - high-wire thrills, high-voltage rock'n'roll!, 27 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Circus Life (Audio CD)
Dan Baird, Warner E. Hodges, Mauro Magellan and Keith Christopher (Dan Baird & Homemade Sin) are 75% of the original Georgia Satellites, 25% Jason & The Scorchers and 200% proof pure rock'n'roll magic. They're rock'n'roll lifers, and they've just released what is quite possibly the album of their collective careers, Circus Life.
I should confess that I may be slightly biased in that I've been listening to Dan (and Warner) since their respective bands' early records came out in the 80's and was also part of the 'crowd-funding' project that brought this record to fruition. That said, I listen to one heck of a lot of different music, and I can tell an 'exceptional' record from a 'good' one.
So yes, I'll admit I'd probably have found much to enjoy if this record was another one like the 2008 Homemade Sin album which first got this lineup on record (and that is darned good record, make no mistake). But it is so much more and so much better than that, and the miles / playing hours that the band has put in since 2008 really show.
To be fair, Baird's career has been a bit like this anyway. The Satellites' first album was great fun, but their third 'In The Land Of Salvation & Sin' was a truly inspired record. Solo debut 'Love Songs...' was great, but Buffalo Nickel, the follow-up was a far more mature and enduring work.
And now in 2013, there's Circus Life...
Sonically this is a fantastic piece of work; producer Ben Strano deserves a major tip of the hat for getting the band's live-in-a-room sound to tape so beautifully.
Lyrically the album is an artistic triumph; Baird has always had a winning way with words (he's one of those writers who seems to be able to turn an overheard everyday phrase into a compelling Everyman story with apparent ease) and this album is, I reckon, his best yet.
Performance wise, it is simply outstanding; each of the four members of this band is an extreme talent, but put together they are simply unbeatable;
Mauro Magellan and Keith Christopher are one of the tightest, swinging-est rhythm sections on the planet.
Warner and Dan's guitar-weaving is right up there with Keef'n'Mick's late-sixties / early-seventies prime, while their individual playing (Warner's solos in particular) are an absolute master-class in taste, tone and - er - tunefulness.
Most impressive of all, however, several decades into his career are Baird's vocals, highlighted to tear-inducingly heart-breaking perfection on the ballad / blues Thousand Little Pieces.
Ultimately, writing about music is like dancing about art (or whatever the quote is) and the only way to really appreciate this record is to buy a copy (and I really would encourage you to buy a physical / CD copy as the artwork and the packaging are a seriously high quality piece of work in themselves...a novelty in this age of disposable digital downloads) and play it loud (well, reasonably loud, anyway). Like Exile On Main Street it'll grab you by the lapels on the first listen; unlike so many other records, Circus Life just keeps getting better with every listen
Oh, and then get out and see the band playing live if you get the chance; a great night out is guaranteed!!!
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Shinin' Live
Shinin' Live
Price: £11.35

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern rockin', harp-howlin, twang-bangin' rock'n'roll? Oh yes!!!, 13 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Shinin' Live (Audio CD)
Let me first of all confess that unlike Billy B Damned, whose unreasonably critical review is also posted here (I mean, really, why bother?) I've seen the hard-working Stacie Collins & The Almighty Three play several times. I've never seen them do anything less than bring a full-force rock-show to the stage whether playing European festival stages or small British clubs. I've seen them turn crowds of 'first-timers' into cheering, screaming converts who've bought CDs and t-shirts at the show and wondered out loud why Stacie isn't already a massive star.
This set was recorded live over two nights in October 2012 at Kendal's Bootleggers Bar, towards the end of the band's second or third tour of the year; they were well and truly road-readied and blew the roof off the place, to the delight of a polite (come on, this is England) but passionate crowd of hardcore fans, of all ages!
Stacie's sound is one part country, one part blues to two parts rock, and the band hit the ground running with self-penned rocker Baby Sister, scarecely pausing for breath before tearing into I Don't Who Knows and never lets up throughout a set which a) takes in blues, Stonesy-rock'n'roll, Parson-country and Creedence-styled swamp rock and b) really did go down just like this, without retakes or after-show editing!
Hard-hitting drummer Brad Cummings swings, rocks and grooves, bass-player Al Collins (Stacie's husband, and a current member of roots rock barnstormers Jason & The Scorchers) joins him in laying a solid foundation and keeps on pushing things along, while Americana gunslinger Jason Graumlich excels himself, alternating between country-picking, swampy-slide and flat-out rock with casual aplomb and the minimum of fuss.
The real star of the show is Stacie herself, though, obviously. She's a great stage presence, sings balls-out (!?!) rock and sweet, sad country with plenty of passion, and blows amped-up blues harp like a hellcat. The missing-link between Patsy Cline and Little Walter? Quite possibly...
So, basically, do yourself a favour and get out to see the band if at all possible. Drive, fly, walk, swim, whatever you have to do, get there!!!
Failing that, get yourself a copy of this DVD/CD two-fer, get a beer, a bottle of JD, a mug of coffee - name your poison - turn down the houselights, turn up the volume and blow your cares away with a great show from a genuinely original talent, the one, the only, Stacie Collins Band!

Please note - I bought the DVD/CD direct from the band at a gig, but it's the same great item as is for sale right here on Amazon!

Designacable Van Damme Blue Series Jack to Jack Speaker Cable, Neutrik 1
Designacable Van Damme Blue Series Jack to Jack Speaker Cable, Neutrik 1
Price: £10.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar player? You need this..., 20 May 2013
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Guitar players, stop what you are doing! Don't run your speaker cab using standard guitar cables (they're not up to it) get one of these instead... I've got the one meter cable running from my combo to my extension cab. It's long enough to have the amp on top of the cab, or the two next to each other, and most importantly, it sounds so much better than before!

Apple iPod touch 16GB 4th Generation - White
Apple iPod touch 16GB 4th Generation - White
Offered by RB Deals
Price: £135.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect item at a cracking price!, 20 May 2013
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Bought a pair of these from Kingdom Electronics for my two daughters' birthdays. Both are delighted with their presents, and describe them as being 'awesome' and so much better than their older (2nd Gen) Touches. So, all round, satisified customer with two happy daughters! Thanks!!!

Ultimate Rebel
Ultimate Rebel
Price: £14.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge!, 25 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Ultimate Rebel (Audio CD)
Wow! The first album was great fun, the sound of humming Marshalls and scorching SGs, the second had songs like 'Fill Your Head With Rock' and this, the Swedish quartet's third album is their 'Powerage' and deserves to be huge. Recorded and mixed in a week by the now road-hardened rockers there's nothing not to love about this sounds a bit slicker than the first album, the band has solidified around frontman Pontus Snibb, and every song's a winner; if there's a more enjoyable 40 minutes in 'classic rock' in 2012 (and probably 2013 for that matter) I'll be amazed! If you've ever driven too fast to keep up with a rock'n'roll beat, played air-guitar (or an actual guitar) or even just sung along with Malcolm, Angus and Bon (or Brian) then this is for won't be disappointed!

Sometimes Ya Gotta
Sometimes Ya Gotta
Price: £13.83

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm "digging on this new old sound"!, 29 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Sometimes Ya Gotta (Audio CD)
With one foot in the honky-tonk and the other in the blues club, Stacie Collins' music could fall between two (musical) barstools, but blues and country are the foundations of rock and roll, and this is a truly barnstorming rock and roll record!
The production is top-notch and the performances outstanding; guitars by the mighty Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites) and the astonishing Warner E. Hodges (Jason & The Scorchers) and a rhythm section featuring Scorchers bassist Al Collins ensure that Sometimes Ya Gotta... really swings.
But despite these riches, two things set this CD apart from the competition; Ms Collins herself and a truck-load of really great songwriting. Her voice is equal parts Loretta Lynn and Janis Joplin and her musical harp playing is truly first class.
Ultimately though, it's the songs that will keep you coming back to this CD. Great tunes, and genuinely interesting lyrics; I've been listening to this album for about a month now, and it's still an exhilarating ride, like the cover art suggests!

I WANT IT Docking station IW300 for iPod 3G, iPod 4G, iPod 5G, iPod mini, iPod nano 1G, iPod nano 2G
I WANT IT Docking station IW300 for iPod 3G, iPod 4G, iPod 5G, iPod mini, iPod nano 1G, iPod nano 2G

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap as chips, and a bit of a bobby dazzler!, 29 Mar. 2008
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Looked at all sorts of docks, including the £35 apple universal dock with remote, but I have to say that for £15 the iw300 is a great bit of kit.

I'm using this for audio only, running into a really good Rotel amp and mission speakers, and i'm very happy with it thus far.

For those of us with audiophile ears, playing your ipod this way does highlight the fact that mp3 is simply not as wonderful a medium sonically as it could be, but leaving that aside, it's given me easy-peasy 'at home' access to the 17000 odd tracks I've crammed my ipod classic with.

And unlike the apple universal dock I can run this off the mains to charge my ipod, and I got all the cables I needed in the box, which makes it even better value, as far as I'm concerned.

Given the strength of feeling expressed in the other review on here, maybe iWantit are really inconsistent in the quality control department? As I say, for not much cash this is well worth it from my point of view.

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