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Universal Religion 7
Universal Religion 7
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £14.81

3.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for CD2, 24 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Universal Religion 7 (Audio CD)
Only seems like yesterday since I was listening to Armin's first BBC Essential Mix via Sir Pete Tong. Since then, I drifted away from Armin's mixes are there simply was nothing that could top that quite extraordinary work. Yeah, sounds pretentious, but that is what I think of it. You only have to listen to the transition into the Solarcoaster track on that mix to understand where I'm coming from. CD2 on this album is interesting and I am finding more and more "good stuff" in it. I even like the fact that in some rare instances, the beat matching goes slightly out of synch, contributing to the live feel. It's one of those mixes that takes a bit of commitment, but it shows that Armin still can select songs that go from gentle, to bangin' and, then, to really bangin'. Just like the second hour of that incredible first Essential Mix. I call it the "afterburner" section.

The Stornoway Way
The Stornoway Way
by Kevin MacNeil
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.18

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will you be staying?, 9 Dec. 2012
This review is from: The Stornoway Way (Paperback)
As the son of a "Hearach" (person from Harris), whose psychologically distant uncle (I was too young), drowned in Stornoway harbour at a young age, the book hits. It's not always easy to articulate how the disatisfied with life feel, but Kevin MacNeil pulls it off brilliantly in this wonderful book (this guy has the X-Factor!). "A few (pint) glasses later . . . " (p. 166) captures the tone of the book and admits both the casual, non-Scottish reader and pulls the cursed into the story. Funny, too.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice introduction to one of the masters., 15 May 2010
This review is from: GO! (Audio CD)
Guiseppe is a true talent when it comes to producing that sound -- you know what it is when you hear it: often in PVD sets. Clean, tight, pure. Masterful production that punches through a good set of speakers and gets that "I wish I was on holiday in some sunny place" feeling going. Guiseppe stands beside Arksun as two of the best dance music producers out there, along with Activa, Temple One, John O, Stoneface and Terminal . . . Get the album, then buy the origanal tracks. Ciao!

Therapy Sessions Vol.4
Therapy Sessions Vol.4
Price: £21.41

5.0 out of 5 stars A super, 2-CD installment of techy, glitchy, proggy stuff!, 25 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Therapy Sessions Vol.4 (Audio CD)
This 2-CD set could have been sold as two separate albums. It's that good. There's none of this "at the beach or "at the club" distinction here, just two fantastic mixes that do their thing. Wanna' know what progressive really means? Kick of a CD with a Mandarin vocal (Side 2) and, after a middle section with some heavy, digital blips, finish it off with 3 or 4 outstanding tracks. This last part of Side 2 just seems to arrive out of the blue and "BAM." Very, very nice. Side 1 starts off on a real high and motors on nicely. Not too many vocals but just enough to keep the album accessible. Can't rate it highly enough. Love it. (I'm not naming any of the individual tracks here, because it really isn't that important -- these albums need to be listened at one-hour-plus sittings). Terrific work Mr. Seaman.

Above & Beyond: Anjunadeep 01
Above & Beyond: Anjunadeep 01
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, modern, chunky and fresh., 21 Mar. 2009
I like this CD because each CD in the set has its own distinct vibe. CD 1 is a bit more mellow and touches on some house elements -- but only touches. The first track on Side 1 is pure class (I only just looked up who it was by) -- very nice indeed. CD2 is my favourite, though, because it has such a fresh sound: lots of producers on this one coming up with some great sounds. Nice, long mixes also -- none of this chop, chop, four-minute, "I was just getting into this" bosh. The album lets the tracks reveal themselves and do their thing before moving on. Patience boys and girls! The mixing is not that inspired, however, and seems somewhat stitched together without that much passion. Small gripe. But, on the whole, a great album of tidy tunes. Should sound fantastic on a top-notch sound system due to the high-quality production contained within the tracks.

The Wee Book of Calvin: Air-Kissing in the North-East
The Wee Book of Calvin: Air-Kissing in the North-East
by Bill Duncan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book For Yiz All, 14 Mar. 2005
If you're walkin' aboot wi a droopit moo in some far off land; and need a bit of a lift, this is the book fir you.
Plenty of aphorisms that you have probably not heard or used for a while but understand completely as Bill Duncan resurects them in his "Wee Book of Calvin."
Whenever you're surrounded by PC, "happy" people; pick this up and have a wee greet ti yirsel. You'll feel the better fir it!

Pure Intec
Pure Intec
Offered by J4G
Price: £9.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Good on ya Carl Cox., 7 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Pure Intec (Audio CD)
I love this CD. When I first stuck it in the CD player, I knew it was going to be a good one -- very accessible yet still solid enough to get the old noggin' moving. Some awesome stand-alone tacks on this CD, and the songs have been nicely placed with a nice "real" feel to the mixing, which is a nice change from some of the super-slick stuff you hear. I was a bit hesitant to buy this since I find some of Carl's stuff a bit too bangin' and full on -- even though his mixing is brilliant -- but I needn't have worried. This album is excellent. Keep em comin' Carl!

The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth
The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth
by Clayton M. Christensen
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Growth, 10 Dec. 2003
Christensen and Raynor argue that growth is not only to be found in sustaining innovation strategies (i.e. incremental improvements made to existing products for a firm's current most profitable customers); but also through disruptive innovation strategies (i.e. seeking out ways of developing, often simpler products targeted at over-served customers, non-consumers, or both).
Christensen and Raynor stress that the challenges facing many CEOs today are managing the two types of innovation strategy simultaneously within the same firm; and being able to resist the forces such as resource allocation criterion that force companies to maintain sustaining innovation strategies in industries that may be displaying signs of imminent disruption.
This book is excellent if you wish to understand the forces that can drive or hinder a firm's growth with numerous real-life examples throughout the text.

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