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Nice 'N' Greasy
Nice 'N' Greasy
Price: 7.08

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice N Greasy, 18 Oct 2011
This review is from: Nice 'N' Greasy (Audio CD)
What a strong album, we are wrong footed, if we think of Atomic Rooster as changing styles too often, surely its their strength. Heard "Goodbye Planet Earth" from a Dawn Comp CD, but to get the whole album, wow !
Great Jazz - Funk style, amply met by their guitarist Johnny Mandala. Its called moving with the times. Music made for Chris Farlowe's rich voice, who does it justice. Listen to the deserved Chart vibes for - "Save Me" , and the blue eyed soul of " Can't Find a Reason". Buy Buy !


The 1966 World Cup Finals: The Last 16 Teams In England [DVD]
The 1966 World Cup Finals: The Last 16 Teams In England [DVD]
Price: 10.89

3.0 out of 5 stars World Cup 1966, 31 July 2010
The footage is only as good as the source material, but I would have liked to learn about all the teams and their star players / Managers. Maybe some stats or charts were required. If we are going back 44 years it cannot be all about the winners, its got to be a celebration for those 16 teams qualifying (archival footage would be nice). After all we had the World Cup 2010 and I am sure most of us had a wider interest than just ones own country's team.


Bill Fay ~ Remastered with Bonus Tracks
Bill Fay ~ Remastered with Bonus Tracks
Price: 13.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Fay Debut, 6 Feb 2010
This has to be the most tranquil Album I own. The production values are first class. I first heard " Be Not So fearful" on a Nova sampler, but would never have guessed there would be such continuous quality on any Album. There is much to identify with this Album. It is a victory for fan of singer-songwriters. The " Narrow Way", with its cello is hypnotic and I applaud Michael Gibb's string arrangements that streams the songs " We have Laid Here", and " Methane River" into musical merryment. Bill Fay delivery is so earnest, as though he has glimpsed at the meaning of life. Certainly his anti militarism is compelling with " Sing Us one of your Songs May", as well as the sweeping uber Mantovani " Gentle Willie". Similarly the dark anti-drug song "The Room" echoes the decadent affliction to startling effect.

The "Garden Song", and "Goodnight Stan" seem to hold ones attention, with their earnest like missives This is as close to the gates of music heaven as possible." Down by the Bridge" with its captivating accordion closes the show. We have been well served. Wonderful


Time of the Last Persecution: Remastered
Time of the Last Persecution: Remastered
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Time of the Best Listening, 4 Feb 2010
When I first heard about the existence of this legendary Album, I was told it was music to slit your wrists to. It was described as being fairly depressing in its content. Yet this relates to the contrast, with his heavily orchestrated debut Album " Bill Fay". The music is sparse, led by Bill Fay's commanding piano and the able electric guitarist, arranger and producer - Ray Russell. Yet both Albums interlock, the debut was bouncy and heartfelt whereas "Time of the Last Persecution" is certainly darker, and fuller able to reflect the burning issues in Bill Fay's World . We are led in gently with "Omega Day", and the album continues the style of his double single " Scream in the Ears" "Some Good Advice" : Dylan inspired lyrics with downbeat melody. As soon as we hear " Don't let my Marigolds Die", we are veering into a deeper personal terrority, so doggedly continued with " Dust Filled Room", "Laughing Man",and "Inside the Keepers' Pantry" etc. I almost feel " Come a Day" matches the opening track, a sort of hymn to life. There seems to be an unrealised coherency to this Album. The Album's cover perfectly reflects the rugged tone of Bill Fay. He is as close as you have to a homegrown lyrical Messiah, imploring in his "Til The Christ Came Back" and inspective in "Release is in the Eye"

Contemporary Political commentaries are addressed " Pictures of Adolf Again", and the magnum opus " Time of the Last Persecution" both consist of lyrical blows against the State. Very counter culture. Yet "Tell it Like it is" is almost a resigned sigh to life passing us by, and the inevitabile powerlessness of life itself with "Plan D". Even his internal child is not afraid to emerge with "Let All the Other Teddies Know" . There is power to his Album, he is very raw, and we hang onto every word. Brave


The Emitt Rhodes Recordings (1969 - 1973)
The Emitt Rhodes Recordings (1969 - 1973)
Price: 14.47

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emitt Rhodes - his Farewll to Paradise !, 30 Jan 2010
The musical style herein is both reflective, plaintive and sincere. This self evident quality can never age, because it is from the heart. His able multi-Instrumentation and 4 track recording deck shows modern pop for what they are, running on empty and over produced. His "Emitt Rhodes" debut album has the song " Fresh as a Daisy" which represents the overall buzz of this flawless production.His guitar craft is riveting,just hear "Long Time No See". Also his lyrics featured on "You Should be Ashamed" and "Live Till you Die"" burst with narrative.Brilliant

My Stone classics are "Really wanted You", and ""Love will Stone You", both from "Mirror", which has been slightly underated over the years,relating to issues surrounding his recording time scales. The A & M issued "The American Dream" featured songs I was not familar with, recorded before his offical debut album. A great CD collection, also including " Farewell to Paradise" his swansong Album, with a contemporary singer-songwiter feel to it, check out his " See No Evil", "Trust No One" and "Only Lovers Decide". I suppose his own liner notes set out the reasons for this degree of introspection. Soaring !


Kid In A Big World
Kid In A Big World
Price: 8.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem, 4 July 2009
This review is from: Kid In A Big World (Audio CD)
This is a Lost classic, and cannot be missed. Released in 1974, it had a short CBS run, but each song clearly has a lyrical hook and bed sitter vignette. Stylish Album cover, so timeless ! Far superior to other contempary singer songwriters of the mid 70's. The title song "Kid In A Big World" is a stylish 20's homage. Additionally listen to his Wonderful "Goodbye Suzie". This single should have made him alone. Legend


Half Baked
Half Baked
Price: 13.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Half Baked, 28 April 2009
This review is from: Half Baked (Audio CD)
Jimmy Campbell changes the tempo a notch, compared to his debut Album. There is genuine Liverpudian Rock N Roll thrown in,alongside the lavish orchestrations, that lend themselves to Jimmy's uber melancholy. A lot of soul searching is contained here. Vertigo had high hopes for this Album, and released it in large amounts. It was his only USA release, but I will let you decide if the commercial response derailed its promise.


Son Of Anastasia
Son Of Anastasia
Price: 13.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Son of Anastasia, 24 April 2009
This review is from: Son Of Anastasia (Audio CD)
Jimmy's debut is a delightful acoustic pop-folk sensation. Just check out his moving song "Mother's Boy " ! Everyone will have a favourite. I like " Dear Marge", a clever homage to the famous Agony Aunt, and " Lyanna", a touching song about a prostitute. He has even got his own Beatlesque song " Lovely Elisa Cope is Dead". " Bright Side of the Hill" is his own lyrical poetry, whereas "Adrian Henri's Party Night" is his observation on Liverpool's Poetry milieu itself.
The recognised classics are featured " Another Vincent Van Gogh" and " Michelangelo", from this previous incarnation 23rd Turnoff. Jimmy's sense of humour on the uncertain quest for fame is perfectly illustrated with "Tremendous Commercial Potential" A very strong singer songwriter effort issued in 1969. Also the best Album to begin your recommended collection. The CD includes the bonus " Frankie Joe" a B side single from 1970. A big thanks goes to Esoteric Recordings for this timely homage.


Jimmy Campbell's Album
Jimmy Campbell's Album
Offered by positivenoise
Price: 11.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Album, 18 April 2009
This review is from: Jimmy Campbell's Album (Audio CD)
Very much a return to the simpler style of his debut " Son of Anastasia". His intervening " Half Baked" Album was more upbeat and Rock influenced. Stand out tracks here are the 1968 "Salvation Army Citadel", "Something In The Wind" and "Snow Covered Street". I feel the previously mentioned,"patchy" quality of this album does ring true in parts.The song "Baby, Walk Out With Your Darling Man", was altogether a stronger effort with his previous group - Rockin Horse. Additionally the song " Maudie" feels like it could have been written on auto-pilot. Until recently I had not appreciated that the vocals were hastily recorded in a single studio take, to fulfill his contract with Philips. However this singer songwriter's sense of melancholy has always been his unique style , and the Album does not disappoint . Check out his slightly erstwhistle song " By the Light of A Lamp". Yet the fact that this was Jimmy's last Album is cause for sadness. He seemed to be hinting a farewell of sorts, if the lyrics of "It never Rains But It Pours" are to be relied upon. Having at last purchased this final Album, I am suffering withdrawal symptoms, I wish he could have made produced similar riches, or had fulfilled his songwriting school wish, so he could have lived on in perpetuality. Buy and enjoy this impressive work


Nikon Coolpix P5100 Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 3.5x Optical Zoom) 2.5" LCD
Nikon Coolpix P5100 Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 3.5x Optical Zoom) 2.5" LCD

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon Coolpix P5100, 3 Aug 2008
I had thought about getting a DSLR, but was concerned about dust contamination and spending an endless amount of money on Lens accessories. However, you cannot go wrong with a Compact, with a massive 12.1 MP,the P5100 is a highly specialised Compact, more the Bridge end of the market. With Shutter, Manual , Aperture and Programme options, you have ample control ,although Auto is more than adequate for most tasks. It has comprehensive menu settings (inc 15 scene modes) that gets some getting used to, but it does everything a DSLR can do. The 2.5" LCD screen is bright and provides colour rendition of the first order. Also the highest ISO is 3200, so that should get you out of some dark lighting situations. The movie operation seems to only be in Sepia or Black and White. Trying to find the colour option still. Very impressed with close up shoots, the stabilization is superb. I have subsequently found out wide angle and telescopic lens extenders are available, but will add some cost to the original outlay ,because I know they exist, I feel there is a cost factor question about this camera, so why did not they have a better zoom range to begin with ?


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