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Wrecking Ball
Wrecking Ball
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking back, this is as good as it gets, 14 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Wrecking Ball (Audio CD)
I am going to see Emmylou perform this album in Brighton in May so I thought I'd go back to it. And it is unbelievably good.
She is a good - rather than a great - singer, and while Daniel Lanois' over-production might not be to everyone's taste, it is very much of its time. The choice of songs however is exceptional.
This isn't wonderful because it is Emmylou's best record, but because of the way it encapsulates its time: his production, the supporting musicians, the songs. It is it's period. Steve Earle. Neil Young. Gillian Welch - and Larry Mullen's magnificent drumming on the Dylan track.
And if you don't cry when you listen to Lucinda Williams' Sweet Old World, you need help.
My rap-loving son wouldn't get this record.
I hope he can treasure such things when it is his time.

The Flavour Thesaurus
The Flavour Thesaurus
by Niki Segnit
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.91

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so clever, so useful, 23 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The Flavour Thesaurus (Hardcover)
This is a wonderful book. It has recipes in it, but is not a cookery book as such. It links flavours together in pairs, sometimes based on chemical composition, sometimes on folk practice from around the world, but often in the most surprising of ways. This means that you can create variants of your own favourite recipes. It is entirely unpretentious and is written in a style that is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny.

On Johnny's time
On Johnny's time
by August Kleinzahler
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't know him, you don't know what you're missing, 24 Jun. 2011
This review is from: On Johnny's time (Paperback)
August Kleinzahler is a San Francisco-based poet, and a native of New Jersey.
He is one of the best poets writing in English - and an outstanding performer of his own work.
On Johnny's Time is a relatively early work published by a small press in Durham, England.
It is excellent - and the title poem is deeply moving.
I recommend all of his books - prose as well as verse. His latest 'Sleeping it off in Rapid City' is a chunky selected poems which includes pieces from 'On Johnny's Time'

Clifford Brown: Four Classic Albums (Brown And Roach Inc / Jam Session / Study In Brown / New Star On The Horizon)
Clifford Brown: Four Classic Albums (Brown And Roach Inc / Jam Session / Study In Brown / New Star On The Horizon)
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0 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me, 10 Dec. 2010
I knew Clifford Brown to be a vituoso player, and after hearing a profile of him on Radio 3, decided to buy this disc. I had previously bought the Sonny Rollins one in the same series. And they are astonishingly good value.
But the fact is, that really, despite years of trying, I don't like jazz, and part way through first listen, I knew I would never play this again.
So the two stars are no comment on the value of the disc. It was just not the right purchase for me.
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Sprinting from the Graveyard (Oxford Poets)
Sprinting from the Graveyard (Oxford Poets)
by Goran Simić
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Blame the collaborator, 27 Aug. 2010
Goran Simic is an excellent poet - a Bosnian Serb, married to a Muslim, who spent three years living inside the siege of Sarajevo in the 90s.
David Harsent is a fine poet too.
But his 'versions' of Simic's work are not ideal. It is not a matter of the quality of the translation (which was done by Simic's wife) - but the fact that Harsent has taken the work of a contemporary poet and radically changed it to produce what he wants. The ethics of his technique are highly questionable.
I would prefer a decent version of what Simic wrote in the first place.
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Live At The Fillmore East [U.S. Version]
Live At The Fillmore East [U.S. Version]
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Price: £4.68

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprise really, 13 April 2008
I have been a fan of Neil's for more than 35 years, and have been generally disappointed with his output this decade (never mind the Geffen years). Throughout his career his albums have been patchy. That's part of his appeal - crap and genius. But this album is wonderful. It sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday and is at the apogee of guitar rock - this is what it's all about. Neil Young has written some of the prettiest pop tunes, some of the most dissolute, and dragged out of himself some of the most moving noise. This set ranks with Weld - which for me is praise indeed. And the chance to hear the core Horse is an honour. While it often it feels a little sad to be raving over things from your youth, this is a real gem.

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