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Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy
Price: £11.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen To The Urban Cowboy, 1 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Urban Cowboy (Audio CD)
Urban Cowboy, released in 1973, was started before Andy joined Plainsong and finished, after the demise of said band, a year later. As a consequence, there are two songs, the title track and All Round My Grandmother's Floor, that were recorded by Plainsong for their shelved follow-up to Amelia Earhart. Both tracks are stunning, as is Richmond, a beautiful evocation of being young and going to concerts, in London, in the early sixties. Given the piecemeal way it was put together, the final product has an impressive cohesion and side 2 [of the old vinyl version], from Home At Last to Poison Apple Lady, flows with a sinuous beauty. This isn't just my favorite Andy Roberts record, it's one of my favorite records, period, a true lost classic.


Two Steps From the Middle Ages
Two Steps From the Middle Ages
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Price: £18.77

5.0 out of 5 stars This could be what the whole world needs., 15 Mar 2011
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I listened to 2 Steps, for the first time in a while, recently. Then track two, It's What The Whole World Wants, came storming out of the speakers with a riff so addictive it was impossible not to sing along at the top of my (off-key) voice. The ability of music to lift the soul is something to cherish and this cd is packed full of such lovingly crafted songs - sharp hooks, big fat riffs, propulsive drumming - coming at you from all different angles. It's sort of nice (if grievously unjust to the artists) that such treasures lie buried, in the Amazon website, waiting for the perservering to dig them out. To anyone reading this, you've just struck gold.


Beautiful Girls [DVD] [1996]
Beautiful Girls [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Matt Dillon
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Price: £6.34

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 2 May 2007
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This review is from: Beautiful Girls [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
Having spent the best part of forty years watching hundreds of films on screen, tv and dvd, I`ve come to the slightly surprising conclusion that Beautiful Girls is quite possibly the one I enjoyed the most. It's a film about thwarted ambitions and trying to get the most out of life in small town America and, within this modest remit, it's just about perfect. The dialogue is smart and involving without being patronising or clichéd, and it is matched by some faultless ensemble acting from the cast The direction is so good you don't notice it, and I can't think of any higher praise than that. The only thing I can fault is the banal title, which was probably meant ironically but grates nonetheless. It's one of those priceless films that leaves you with a good feeling inside no matter how many times you watch it.
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Live At The BBC
Live At The BBC
Price: £27.97

17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars [almost] all together now, 16 April 2007
This review is from: Live At The BBC (Audio CD)
I won't repeat the same details as the reviewer below, although the version of Tam Lin he mentions is on this set but was not mentioned in initial track listings of CD4.

For the committed early Fairport fan there is little here that's new [if you are familiar with the Heyday cd, Ashley Hutchings Guvnor series, Richard Thompson's Doom & Gloom tapes and some "unofficial" cds] and a lot that is disappointing. The early sessions on CD4 are from rough radio tapings and this is annoying because an acetate of the very first session exists and though it probably degraded rapidly, a decent tape of it must surely have been made. Secondly, 3 or 4 sessions that have never come to light, still haven't and must be presumed gone. The BBC famously wiped all but two and what we have here are mostly tapes saved by the band as well as BBC transcription discs found in radio archives in far flung corners of the globe (hence the DJ chatter on some intros).

On the plus side, Jack of Diamonds and a lot of Full House era material have been discovered and it is good to have almost everything in one place [As mentioned below, it is frustrating that Mr Lacey seems to be the sole omission - an oversight?].

Other tracks that are missing, that I've heard [albeit in mostly less than CD4 quality], are astonishing versions of Morning Glory, She Moves Through The Fair, I'll Keep It With Mine, Sickness & Diseases and the Christmas oddity Orphan Billy's Lonely Xmas - it's very sad that these haven't turned up.

This collection feels like the final word on the matter and has been nicely put together, but, for the reasons above, I can't give it a 5 star rating.


Futtock's End [1969] [DVD]
Futtock's End [1969] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ronnie Barker
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £6.34

38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where are the rest?, 25 July 2006
This review is from: Futtock's End [1969] [DVD] (DVD)
The format of Futtocks End is very well described in the other reviews here, and I would only add that this piece, though dated, has retained it's charm and the ability to entertain through the sheer strength of the comic timing of Horden, Barker et al. But Ronnie Barker made two other dialogue-free short films in what could be described as a series. To have put "The Picnic" and "A Day Out" on the dvd would have given a total running time of just over two hours and made a very attractive package. What we actually get here is a missed opportunity and it has resulted in a poor value-for-money product.
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Pulse [DVD]
Pulse [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kumiko Aso
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Price: £8.73

5 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not in the same league., 27 Jun 2006
This review is from: Pulse [DVD] (DVD)
As someone who loved Ring, Dark Water and A Tale Of Two Sisters, I found Pulse a bitter disappointment. This was to horror films as Antonioni's Blow Up is to the thriller genre, slow and opaque, but, where Blow Up was beautifully put together, Pulse is a ragbag of ideas (some very good indeed, it must be said) assembled with a wilful lack of coherence. Perhaps approaching this film as an Art-house meditation on the theme of alienation, rather than as an atmospheric chiller, would bring greater rewards.


On The Shore
On The Shore
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Price: £15.13

36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deserved reputation., 27 July 2005
This review is from: On The Shore (Audio CD)
Released in 1970, this record soon disappeared and became a sought-after cult "classic", a status often conferred more by scarcity rather than actual quality. Trees were inspired by, and initially in awe of, Fairport Convention and some of their early recordings audibly lack confidence but, with On The Shore, they took wing and flew. Their version of Sally Free & Easy is a highly original and haunting updating of a trad song that sounds even more impressive today than it did when first released, while Geordie and Streets Of Derry take electricity to folksongs in a very satisfying way. Bias Boshell's fluent bass playing is at the beating heart of everything, embellished by Barry Clarke's deft electric guitar and Celia Humphries hypnotic vocals. Most seventies folk-rock was heavily orientated towards the folk element, this album is one of the few to start from a "rock" viewpoint, and it succeeds brilliantly.
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Just For The Record, Solo Anthology 1969 - 76
Just For The Record, Solo Anthology 1969 - 76
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Price: £27.46

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Talent, 26 July 2005
Andy Roberts solo recording career has been poorly represented on cd with only one compilation available in 20-odd years, not a fitting tribute to a talented and underrated musician. But now, on this release, we have his Home Grown, Nina & The Dream Tree and Urban Cowboy albums in one good value package plus the songs from the Everyone lp and various other bits and pieces; AR's other record, The Great Stampede, is to be released separately. The music herein is varied and delightful, from chronicling life on the road [Gig Song, Bluebird Morning] to stunning guitar playing [Richmond, Lonely In The Crowd] and almost mystical reflections [Queen Of The Moonlight Hour, The Raven]. There is one puzzling omission, given that disc two has plenty of space on it, and that's All Around My Grandmother's Floor from Urban Cowboy - granted, it's more of a Plainsong track [and can be found on their 2cd] but it is one of AR's finest moments and should have been included here.


Teenage Symphonies to
Teenage Symphonies to
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Price: £12.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enduring Classic, 19 July 2005
This review is from: Teenage Symphonies to (Audio CD)
The point at which pop and rock collide can be an awkward place but when the balance is right, as on this cd, the result can be very enjoyable indeed. Hold Me Up gets things off to a rip-roaring start and there's no let up in melody or intensity thereafter. Best of all is the achingly beautiful Time Wraps Around You, one of those rare songs that hooks you the moment you hear it and yet you could never tire of hearing. Bursting with energy and great tunes, Teenage Symphonies To God is a landmark record.


Plainsong
Plainsong
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Price: £17.30

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's been a long time coming., 19 July 2005
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In 1972, after the release of "In Search Of Amelia Earhart", Plainsong went into the studio to make another record. It was completed, white label copies were made, one of the tracks, "Goodnight Lovin' Trail", was issued on an Elektra sampler, and then...nothing - for 33 years! Iain Matthews, who had grown to dislike the sessions, was offered a solo recording contract and jumped ship to USA - the project was abandoned and never released - until now. On CD2 of this issue, the "lost" lp is presented in all its glory. Iain and Andy did release some of the songs on solo projects, mostly re-worked, but this record is a real joy to hear. Goodnight Lovin' Trail" is a moving song about the old West, Andy's version of John Hartford's "First Girl I Loved" is the golden glow of nostalgia encapsulated and "All Around My Grandmother's Floor" is nothing short of a masterpiece. Apart from all this, you have the legendary version of "Along Comes Mary" that inspired the formation of the band in the first place plus several other tracks from radio sessions etc and, of course, the original ISOAE album. Everything you need from the heyday of this great and innovative band is here - it's been worth the wait.
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