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The Remains: Deluxe Mono Edition [VINYL]
The Remains: Deluxe Mono Edition [VINYL]
Price: £39.15

5.0 out of 5 stars How To Do Reissues With Style., 2 Oct 2014
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The Remains were one of the acts who opened for The Beatles on their final tour of the States. For some groups that would have been enough of an accolade to carry with them for the rest of their days. Not the Remains. The music was their main raison d etre.

This double vinyl mono Deluxe version of the debut LP has just about everything on it that the band recorded in their short existence. Lovingly reissued by Sundazed Records, the cover is made of thick cardboard and the vinyl black n heavy. They have done an excellent job.

Now, the music. Classic line up. Guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and the familiar RnB Jaggeresque vocals are all present and correct. Kicking off with 'Heart', a glorious anthemic song which starts off at a slow pace before kicking into a top notch 'rave up', this LP just flys on by. 'Don't Look Back', 'Why Do I Cry' and the standard 'Diddy Wah Diddy' twang, rock and rattle the cage whilst slower songs like 'Thank You' and 'Lonely Weekend' fit into the tracklisting effortlessly. The oft overlooked gem 'Once Before' is here in all it's monaural glory and is a standout track on side 2.

Sides 3&4 complete the picture. The covers of 'Mercy Mercy' and 'I'm Talkin Bout You' hold their own in amongst a bunch of Barry Tashian penned numbers. 'Me Right Now' is as catchy as flu in an igloo as is 'Baby I Believe In You' which borrows the middle section from 'Why Do I Cry'. Well, if a song's good why not use it twice! Especially when it's your own. Non LP A&B sides, (which would have made a fine follow up LP on their own merit) various outtakes, alternate versions and an unreleased instrumental, 'Morning Song', make this an absolute necessity for any 60's music lovers' collections.

There's no need to track down the originals when reissues are done as tasty as this. Treat yourself. You deserve it.

Mouth Atomizer
Mouth Atomizer
Offered by Hyatt's All Things Creative .
Price: £8.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snazzy!, 2 Oct 2014
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This review is from: Mouth Atomizer (Kitchen & Home)
Great little extra for your artistic endeavours. Adds a bit of panache to your work with minimal effort. Easy to clean and maintain. A word of caution. It is adjustable at the hinge and if it's not set right you will blow yourself dizzy.

Southpaw Grammar (Expanded edition)
Southpaw Grammar (Expanded edition)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Did his best, didn't worry!, 27 Aug 2009
In 1995 liking Morrissey was a euphemism for condoning right wing thuggery, or so the press would have had you believe. The man had fallen from grace in a style only he could just about upsetting everyone. A commendable effort, as the last time anything or anyone had rocked the boat of the fickle British Music press was in 1977 when Johnny and the boys sneered and spat their way into history's less desirable annals.

Southpaw Grammar was originally released in August 1995, sandwiched in between the underrated `Boxers' and the criminally overlooked `Sunny'. It reeks of the same glam rockism's which lent themselves to `Your Arsenal' but unlike that peach of an album there is no room for sentimentality here. Moz is clearly asking the public to have a go if they think they're hard enough! A revised running order here helps things move along at a nice pace and choosing the mighty `Boyracer' as the opening track is like blowing the whistle in the trenches of the Somme. With a riff clearly lifted from `Action' by The Sweet, this storming beauty reflects Morrissey's annoyance at not being able to convert to the seemingly indestructible mindset of the everyday John who gets away with everything and bats not one eyelid in the process. `Dagenham Dave' is a similar take on the same subject and as singalongable as anything else Morrissey has turned out. Both were single releases from the original album. Nobody Loves Us, the B-side to Dagenham Dave is at last given it's rightful place on the remastered album and it is astonishing to think as to why it was relegated to the flip of a relatively poor charting single. Singing as though he were trapped in the body of a 14 year old, it is without doubt up there with Morrissey's finest recordings and is lyrically amusing and astute.

A point often overlooked on this album is the standard of musicianship shown by Morrissey's backing band of this period. The roles of Whyte, Boorer, Cobrin et al are phenomenal throughout here and a shame it is that they are seldom more than a footnote on a glittering page. The melodies and breaks which run through `Do Your Best and Don't Worry' and `Reader Meets Author' are refreshing on the ear and considering how many bands the `Britpop era' flung into the frontline around this time, few managed to even come close to competing with these boys. Speaking of Britpop, the extra track `Honey You Know Where To Find Me', is very Pulpish for want of a better expression, and is indeed `of it's time'. Listenable nevertheless.

The epics `The Teachers Are Afraid...' and `Southpaw', once condemned for exceeding 2mins30secs, are here in all their proggish glory and admittedly deserve the odd `skip'. That having been said, without them there would have been no cake to ice and they eventually become an integral part of the LP if you let em'. The other two extra tracks are by no means throw aways. `Fantastic Bird' is very glammish and punkish at the same time while `You Should Have Been Nice To Me' is at least good B-side material.

The original package was covered in early 70's RCA repro logos, an obvious nod to the influence of Bowie (whom he supported, albeit briefly, on the back of Southpaw remember) and The Sweet, as well as a homage to Morrissey's Glam Rock shrine. The booklet contains much of the same alongside an interesting as well as frank essay from the man which makes this reissue complete and to this fellow, a worthy purchase. I have to admit to not really being a Morrissey fan until `Vauxhall and I', and `Southpaw' was the first album I purchased by him. It's as powerful now as it was then and fits in nowhere else. Just like it's artist. Try it on for size ol' pip.

22 Dreams
22 Dreams
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Older, wiser, mellower?, 2 Sep 2008
This review is from: 22 Dreams (Audio CD)
This has been going around my stereo for the last six weeks which means it can't be at all bad. Infact once you get past the cover, which I thought resembled the set off of Teletubbies, there's some good stuff here. Catchy tunes and introspective poetry in abundance.

Opener 'Light Nights' has that 'Wickerman' soundtrack feel to it and works well as an intro track, before '22 Dreams' kicks in like a brass heavy soultrain to throw you completely off the scent. Singles 'Have You Made Up Your Mind' and 'All I Wanna Do' are simply structured pop songs with those catchy little riffs that Weller and his band of choice always seem to capture so effortlessly. 'Push It Along' and 'Echoes Round The Sun' are soul/psych babies and it comes as little surprise that they have appeared on the single releases from the LP as extra tracks or B sides.

The other side of the sixpence includes the acoustic drenched 'Why Walk When You Can Run', the Style Councilesque 'Cold Moments' and the very esoteric poem 'God' (which features a slightly disturbing narration from guitarist Aziz Ibrahim who contributes to several tracks on the collection). Not everything here sticks in the head instantly but I think that is to be expected. After all, how much of the 'White Album' (to which this LP has been constantly compared to, albeit 'Weller's White Album') was considered to be garbage before the Beatles Renaissance declared everything touched by the hand of the Fab Four musically and artistically infallible? 22 Dreams, like The White Album, works because the tracks belong together on it, in it and around it and nowhere else.

This is a hotch potch of styles stuck together on an LP made by a man whose music has guided a million once angry young men into worldly and mellow middle age whilst picking up younger affiliates on the way. To me this sounds like the creation of someone enjoying their work and it does indeed for the most! Give it a blast on it's own merit as opposed to judging it on what's been before. Shame to cut one's nose off to spite the face, wouldn't you say?

Another Perfect Day
Another Perfect Day
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Price: £25.33

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Perfect Album, 12 Jan 2008
This review is from: Another Perfect Day (Audio CD)
Oooohhhhh how this LP got slated when it first appeared in 1983. And now? Well to these ears it's as raucuos and enjoyable as anything else Motorhead had done prior, but perhaps a bit more! Following hot on the heals of No Sleep Til' Hammersmith and Iron Fist, it was always going to have it's critics though. Brian Robertsons' chorus heavy guitar playing is stamped all over it which I think gives it bags of character and a quality all of it's own.

'Top Notch' shouts Lemmy at the beginning of 'Back At The Funny Farm' and off we go with a barb wire on fretboard bass intro. Class stuff and classic Motorhead. You then have the single 'Shine' (which kicks off with a punkesque beaut of a guitar riff) and personal fave 'Dancing On Your Grave', which has melody and power galore. (Bearing in mind that Motorhead are not meant to be played below Vol. 11! Go and listen to Judas Priest if you want armchair metal!). Other high points here are 'Rock It' and the other single release 'I Got Mine'.

Disc 2 is a live performance by this short lived line up and is nothing short of excellent. Everytime I play it I wish I had been there. Listen to the guitar playing on the top drawer cover of 'Hoochie Coochie Man' and you'll see what I mean. The well documented 'musical difference' and other problems with Brian Robertson aside, this sounds like a band approaching the same arena from a slightly different angle. Fast Eddie Clarke was obviously a hard act to follow but to have the individual approach that you don't have to copy what your predecessor has done before, as employed by Robertson, it was quite a bold move.

In a nutshell, the production is a bit more polished than previous LPs, the guitarist liked to wear cycling shorts on stage and Motorhead fans jumped ship in droves. Listen to it with hindsight and make up your own mind. They released a few less innovative LPs after this baby, believe me. And if you still have your reservations don't worry about it. As Lemmy said 'You got yours, and I got mine'!
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Voice Of A Generation
Voice Of A Generation
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Price: £24.95

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Those were the boys..., 1 Sep 2007
This review is from: Voice Of A Generation (Audio CD)
Blitz were one of the most uncompromising and unforgettable 'street punk' (or Skunk...remember that tag...awful eh?)bands to come out of the 80's and a listen to this CD proves that they have lost none of their clout in today's technological cyberworld!

This is punk rock at it's rawest form and from the opening rasp of 'We Are The Boys' you know it's gonna be a brutal and savage joy ride through 22 real gems. 'Voice of A Generation', 'Propaganda' and 'Bleed' are undoubted highs here whilst 'T.O?' with it's 'Watcha think yer doin', touchin' me there?' refrain is just plain the nastiest sense. 'Warriors' is nothing short of absolute class and starts with one of those 'bass lines you need to learn'. The lyrics, considering they are 25 years down the line are in most cases as relevant to today as Orwell's 1984!

Nidge's underated guitar work is far from a straight 3 chord workout too. There's ample chorus, reverb and soaring lead breaks here to keep your average muso rubbing their chins. Listen to the crisp intro to '4Q' or the chugging rhythm employed on the top notch cover of Lou Reed's 'Vicious'. Brilliant! Nidge's tragic and untimely death earlier this year means that punk rock has lost one of it's great innovators. Infact many of the USA's top punk bands of today are quick to emphasise the influence the guitar work on this LP has had on them.

Blitz came out of the Manchester suburbs with more arrogant swagger than the Gallaghers could ever hope to muster. They were, to coin a phrase, 'For Real'. Having shifted bucketloads of their first three 45's on No Future, the legendary 'All Out Attack EP'(included here), the anthemic 'Never Surrender' single (which was coupled with the oft overlooked masterpiece that is 'Razors In The Night' which for reasons best known to the compilers is criminally omitted from this CD) and the 'Warriors' 45, Blitz unleashed their debut LP onto the world in 82. The sound and formula of the music contained here has never been recaptured and therefore remains unique.

Get this CD in yer rack sharpish if you haven't got it already...then, in the word's of the song, be prepared to 'SCREEEAAAMMM'!!!!'ll be so glad you did.

Greatest Hits Vol. 1...Plus
Greatest Hits Vol. 1...Plus
Price: £12.75

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bootiful....truly bootiful!, 20 Feb 2006
Alright John? Wind back the clock 20 odd years. "Sounds" was the rock music paper, Two Tone is on it's way to being a national obsession, new romanticism is still hiding in its closet and The Jam are at the helm of a mod revival. Great stuff. But what of punk? The phenomenon which only 2 years ago terrorised the nation to it's very foundations had fallen on sterile ground. The anger, the rage and the "Anyone can do this approach" had gone. Enter The Cockney Rejects, bang on time!
This is real street punk which epitomised real life. Kicking off with the marvellous opening riff of "I'm Not A Fool", this CD really does get you right where it counts. It says on the rear of the original LP "all your faves are here" and although that was down right impudent arrogance at the time it has proved to be quite prophetic. "Headbanger", the timeless wonder that is "Bad Man", "Ready to Ruck" and the wonderful "Join The Rejects" are indeed still faves now. As far away as Mexico! We never got to find out where Babylon was but it didn't matter cos' the East End was all around. As a 13year old kid a million miles away from it all it meant the world to me.
Tagged on at the end of the CD is the debut single "Flares and Slippers", "Generation Of Scars", a track from the first Oi! LP plus four tracks from the first BBC session. Spot on quality and total value for money.
The Upstarts and The Rejects were always my top bands as a kid. They wrote songs that I could identify with, dressed in a manner you could copy on your paperboy's wage and in Mond and Mick Geggus produced guitarists who were really in touch with the true meaning of the word "punk" and who inspired thousands to pick up guitars and write songs for themselves again.
The Rejects though were always first past the post (infact they're still running like all good thoroughbreds)! The main reason being that they kept clear of politics and concentrated on the crack. And without the crack, where would we be?
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Beat That
Beat That
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Been a long long while, 1 Feb 2006
This review is from: Beat That (Audio CD)
Is it really that long ago? 20 odd years have passed since this beauty of an LP was purchased in the local record shop and it's innocence and presence still instigates a regular spin whenever I'm at a loss as to "what to stick on next". See the Hearts were different. They toyed with psychedelia, R'n'B and punk, and forged them together in the fires of what we now recall as the first mod revival. But mod, and there ain't no shame in the word, is too little a pigeon hole in which to place Bob Manton's merry men.
The songs which make up "Beat That" are as sing-a-longably memorable now as they ever were. The first three 45's with their respective B-sides are all here so it is very much a full stop to the first chapter in the band's history.

'our Music Is Red - With Purple Flashes'
'our Music Is Red - With Purple Flashes'
Price: £7.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Poppish Art, 20 Dec 2005
AAAAAGHHH!! The Creation come booming out of your speakers via this superbly compiled and value for cash CD. They looked cool, detested each other, experimented with all kinds of (for it's time) groundbreaking stuff, wrote instantly memorable 3 minute classics absolutely nowhere for their bother!!
"Making Time" is the obvious hit here with it's clanging riff, violin bow solo (I wonder if anyone has tried to play the violin with a plectrum) and straight to the point lyrics. It is deservedly a recognised "mod classic" now and has stood the test of time with ease. Eddie Phillips has to go down as one of the sharpest dressed and underrated guitarists ever, executing his innovations on other classics here namely "Biff! Bang! Pow!" alongside the artschool disillusionment echoed in "Painterman", (which thanks to Boney M packs em' in at backstreet Karoke bars the length and breadth of the country)! "How Does It Feel" rattles your fillings and boasts one of the best intros and spontaneous guitar solos I have ever heard (Ride actually did a quite faithful cover of this a few years back which is proof enough that you can't kill a good song!) and not forgetting the simplicity of "Try and Stop Me", as elementary a lesson in the three minute pop song as "I Can't Explain" was for The Who. Uncomplicated, catchy and in the case of "Through My Eyes", malevolently beautiful. The Creation had so many facets.
The line up changed often and at one point included future Face and Stone Ronnie Wood. The single "Midway Down", which features the fuzzed up annihilation of the aforementioned Mr Wood, is a class tune telling the story of a Victorian style travelling circus whilst the surprisingly adept cover of "Hey Joe" portrays a musical capability often overlooked when under scrutiny by the trainspotters. There is of course the odd dud here. "Bonie Maronie" is simply nothing less than an awful choice of cover version, as is "Like A Rolling Stone" which I would class as being remembered predominantly as the moment Dylan went electric rather than for being a ground breaking tune...maybe you had to be there. Who cares?
The Creation have been classed as also rans, the band who perhaps "should have but never" and even Shel Talmy's replacements for The Who . Rubbish. If you like your bands in the classic four piece bass, guitar, drums and vocals style then this is a must for you. And thankfully at least a dozen of the selections here transcend the sour taste in the mouth left behind by a bunch of young mods who deserved so much more than the often tepid accolade they have been afforded in the present day.

The Collectors' Guide To Rare British Birds
The Collectors' Guide To Rare British Birds
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Price: £5.50

57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They could have been bigger than the...., 3 Jan 2005
History has not been fair to the Birds. No major hits appear on tacky compilations, no LP was recorded in their short time together and constantly dismissed as being nothing more than Ron Wood's first bite at the cherry. Yet there is something malevolently beautiful about the three official 45s which came out on Decca in the mid 60s which almost outWho the Who!
All three singles are included here along with the b-sides, with various demos and unreleased recordings thrown in for good measure. The first single for Decca, "You're On My Mind" apart from being a self penned effort is also a fine slice of brutalised r'n'b which equals anything the Pretties or Who were doing around the same time, as does follow up "Leavin' Here", which is probably the most savage recording of the old Eddie Holland song you are likely to hear. (At least until Motorhead covered it a decade later). But it's "No Good Without You Baby", the bands third and final release in this incarnation that really cuts the mustard. A Telecaster intro shatters you're ears before the arrogance of Ali MacKenzie's sneering vocals take over, turning this tame Marvin Gaye filler into something which pre-empts punk rock ten years too soon. Pure class. The flip "How Can It Be" is a real gem too and a fine showcase for the guitar style Ronnie Wood later perfected in the Faces and Stones.
The next thing the band recorded (on Reaction) under the dubious moniker of Bird's Bird's was the marvellously dysfunctional "Say Those Magic Words" which out garages the majority of American garage without breaking sweat. Alas, it was here the story more or less ended....what a damned shame.
There is also a few early demos included which illustrate how much the band changed in a few short months as well as several pointless covers (Run Run Run by the Who), and the wonderfully camp "La Poupee Qui Fait Non" (Which is included twice with different lyrics and title).
A fan's compilation or a completists paradise?....either way it's worth it for the packaging and most of the content. So if early/mid 60s r'n'b is your thing then this compilation comes highly recomended.
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