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Twelve Stops and Home
Twelve Stops and Home
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: 2.35

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Gold? Anyone say Andew Gold, 5 July 2006
This review is from: Twelve Stops and Home (Audio CD)
In addition to the other comparisons made add Andrew Gold. These boys had delved deep into that writer's catalogue and its clear. But they are not copycats. This music, as others have said, is flawless, hook-filled pop. And the musicianship is the real deal. They can play and they can sing. More importantly they can write an AMAZING song or twelve

From Croydon To Cuba ... An Anthology
From Croydon To Cuba ... An Anthology

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kirsty Finally Done Right, 1 May 2005
At last, a CD that properly addressess the diverse career of Kirsty MacColl. This boxed set is clearly a labor of love and we are finally treated to CD versions of the long lost 'You Caught Me Out' and the better cuts from her first album. Kirsty fans will have the LP cuts already but I'm giving this 5 stars for the fabulous demos and the tracks that have never appeared before. This CD set is worth the price for those tracks alone.

Kirsty MacColl: The One and Only: The Authorised Biography
Kirsty MacColl: The One and Only: The Authorised Biography
by Karen O'Brien
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, a missed opportunity, 2 April 2005
I'm really disappointed in this book. Finally there is an opportunity to read about Kirsty the songwriter and musician and the author wastes the opportunity. My main problem with the book is that it is dull dull dull. It's written like a news report and written, it seems, for a mass audience not fans of music. It's hard to tell if the author even has a grasp of music outside of the immediate MacColl sphere. Passages like the one where Kirsty's brother admits that he didn't like "They Don't Know" because it sounded too much like Twinkle go nowhere. In fact Twinkle doesn't appear to be referenced elsewhere. Nor are other MacColl influences. Steve Lillywhite mentions that Kirsty played records all of the time but never does the author explore what those records were. She does drone on about 80s bands and other music in MacColl's era but that's it. Frustrating. Even more frustrating are the long passages about the MacColl's trips to Poland. By the end of the pages and pages dedicated to those trips you're sure there will be some amazing revelation about the trips but... nothing! But hands down the most laughable part of the book, and the part that solidified this review, is where the author talks about Che Guevara having asthma... just like Kirsty. This is music writing at it's absolulte worse. In fact the book is more about Cuba than it is about music. It's written like a CNN report. Yuck! The only reason I'm not giving the book one star is that it is the only biography on Kirsty and perhaps will be the only one ever. Kirsty combined some diverse pop influences and while she is no longer here to talk about them there must be people who can speak to her love of records. It's sad that a biography of Kirsty never once mentions the Caravelles. Even sadder that Twinkle isn't even listed in the index when Che Guevara is. Get the EMI boxed set and enjoy the music but save your money on the book if you are looking for a book about pop music. RIP Kirsty, this book does you none of the justice you deserve as a songwriter.

Philwit & Pegasus
Philwit & Pegasus
Price: 9.90

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Buried Treasure Is Found!, 19 Feb 2003
This review is from: Philwit & Pegasus (Audio CD)
Don't let this one slip through your hands for a second time! Originally released in 1970, this long lost Mark Wirtz classic is an amazingly beautiful album but it was sadly ignored 33 years ago. Using the vocal talents of John Carter (Flower Pot Men etc), Peter Lee Sterling, Roger Greenway and Chas Mills, Wirtz plays out his fantasy of creating a movie on record. Aside from great singing, the songs are really the show piece. Though it's hard to offer comparisons if you like the Zombies "Odessy and Oracle" or "The Peace Album" by The Flower Pot Men you will like Philwit. No doubt this CD will confound the listening audience again... it's so rich in diversity. However, fans of great pop and memorable song writing should get this one now. If nothing else, how can you turn down a CD with a song called "Pseudo Phoney Mixed Up Croney?"

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