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A Very Peculiar Practice - The Complete BBC Series - [Network] - [DVD] [1986]
A Very Peculiar Practice - The Complete BBC Series - [Network] - [DVD] [1986]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison
Price: £9.79

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time too!!!, 3 Mar. 2011
I'm not usually one for reviewing a product before it comes out but the one thing I can say here is ABOUT TIME TOO!!!!!

This series was a classic, in spite of antagonists having such unsubtle names as Ernest Hemingway and Jack Daniels.

The BBC re-ran the first series twice. The second series which saw things getting a lot more dark and twisted never saw the light of day as a terrestrial re-run or video release.

But now... we get the whole darn lot. For me this cannot come soon enough.

Bob's breathing space.
Rose's therapy group with everyone giving different names for their 'teapot'.
The fall of J G McCannon MD (quite literally).
Joanna Kanska.

Oh and not forgetting A Very Polish Practice. "Dr Daker of the doggy eyes - you haven't changed a bit!".
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Rolled Gold
Rolled Gold

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time too!, 24 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Rolled Gold (Audio CD)
I have to disagree with "SOG". Finally fans (well UK fans anyway) are given a proper Stones compilation, not the badly compiled Hot Rocks which was pretty US-centric and should never IMNSHO have been released in the UK. We had Rolled Gold from 1975 to the demise of vinyl, at which point Hot Rocks became available in the UK nineteen years on. The original Rolled Gold had all the UK hits plus at least one track from each of the eight Decca studio albums. With other classics like Play With Fire, Mother's Little Helper and No Expectations added, it's great to have Rolled Gold back - this is long overdue!

Alright then ABKCO when do we get the first two UK albums?

Did she mention my name/Back here on earth+Spin...
Did she mention my name/Back here on earth+Spin...
Price: £13.87

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the Warners stuff - get this first!, 23 July 2006
This CD from Bear Family includes the third and fourth Gordon Lightfoot albums, both released in 1968 and a bonus track called Spin Spin. It's also got the lyrics so it's easily the best edition you can get!!

It is a sheer delight to listen to. Those familiar with Lightfoot's work through compilations will be familiar with Wherefore And Why and the title track on Did She Mention My Name and Bitter Green on Back Here On Earth. But anyway...

DID SHE MENTION MY NAME is a diverse album. It suffers a little from the Granny music syndrome on some cuts but the opener Wherefore And Why is a delightful rumination on hopes and possibilities, and topical issues are covered in the hard-hitting Black Day In July (about the Detroit riots of 67) and Boss Man (unfair working conditions in mines, Sixteen Tons can go hang with these revolutionary politics). Then there's May I which turns children's party games into a new song far better and more humorously than P, P & M's Rocky Road and the sheer classic Pussywillows, Cat Tails, Gord's anthem of childhood nostalgia complete with clarinet and even a bass solo by John Stockfish at the end! This leads straight into the jazzy I Want To Hear It From You and the unassuming ballad Something Very Special. And then of course there's the classic title track which for some reason is the opener here whereas on the original it was the closer. Oh well.

But BACK HERE ON EARTH is easily the better of the two. There's no Granny music here, this is hard-hitting stuff. His story-song technique seems a bit weak on Long Thin Dawn and the opening Long Way Back Home but the fourth song on the fourth album is the bittersweet Bitter Green. That's followed by The Circle Is Small later rerecorded with full band and strings on Endless Wire (1978). Lightfoot makes his first visit to a pet topic, ships on Marie Christine. This has far more sonic variety than The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald albeit not the spine-chilling real-life story. Cold Hands From New York is a great rumbling acoustic song about the feeling of alienation in the Big Apple, but Gord stays there for the next song Affair On 8th Avenue (later rerecorded for Gord's Gold in 1975 but sadly omitted from the CD). Another rumbling acoustic, this time in 6/8 is Don't Beat Me Down, which shows again the political side of Lightfoot. Then there's The Gypsy, a humourous reversal of the stereotypical crystal ball tale, and on If I Could the fourth album ends with the same note of hope and desire for more from life as the third began with on Wherefore & Why.

These two albums are a perfect combination. Lightfoot's writing style had clearly matured and there is a powerful raw quality to it that you just don't get on his Warners stuff despite great albums like Summer Side Of Life, Don Quixote, Sundown and A Painter Passing Through.

After this came the live Sunday Concert. Then Gord switched to Warners, recorded If You Could Read My Mind and... the rest is history.

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £3.89

28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with Rumours, 29 May 2005
This review is from: Fleetwood Mac (Audio CD)
Fleetwood Mac shot back to fame with this 1975 album, the first to feature Stevie Nicks (vocals) and Lindsey Buckingham (vocals/guitar). Overlooked often in favour of the multi-million selling follow-up Rumours, this is a gem. While perhaps not quite packing the punch of Rumours, there is still a great lyrical diversity here with fewer love-gone-wrong songs and more evocative pictures.
MONDAY MORNING: A combination of Mick Fleetwood's drums and Lindsey Buckingham's voice kick off the rocking opener, the first of many vitriolic songs Lindsey would contribute to the band. The title is appropriate for this album was truly a new beginning for the Mac.
WARM WAYS: a lovely lovers lullaby from Christine McVie (vocals/keyboards), laced with delightful work from then-husband John McVie (bass) and Lindsey.
BLUE LETTER: an obscure country-rock cover but I'm sure the Curtis Brothers will be forever grateful to Lindsey for bringing their song to a wider audience.
RHIANNON: The single that brought Mac to US chart prominence and the first Stevie Nicks track. The lady in the title is a Welsh witch who makes birds and breathes life into them. Not for Christian ears like mine perhaps but a wonderful piece of music with all five band members bringing their talent to the fore.
OVER MY HEAD: Another wonderfully woozy Christine McVie track, oozing the kind of depth that sadly her songs grew to lack later on. "Your mood is like a circus wheel, you're changing all the time", rarely has a reference to a circus been used so darkly
CRYSTAL: Written by Stevie but sung by Lindsey. This gorgeous song with its hypnotic lyric of mountains, fountains and the sea is truly a hidden Mac gem.
SAY YOU LOVE ME: Christine starts rocking now and the harmony of the three singers comes to the fore in the chorus of this song. Oh and Lindsey plays the most beautiful, poignant guitar solo ever.
LANDSLIDE: Yes the same Landslide the Dixie Chicks covered, with just Lindsey's acoustic guitar accompanying Stevie's voice. A beautiful song of aging and changing. Stevie has rarely been this good since then.
WORLD TURNING: A jam based on The World Keep On Turning by the original Peter Green line-up, a wonderful Lindsey/Christine composition of needing to be loved more than needing to be corrected. Don't be fooled by the percussion fade-out, this is now Mick's solo spot on stage and involves a lot more noise. It's even gotten lewd on occasions...
SUGAR DADDY: Perhaps the most dispensable track on the album but fun nonetheless as Christine abandons her frustrated pining for a bit of a fantasy of a man on the side with wealth, whiskey and a big fancy car. Perhaps a little too telling, as she had already had an affair with their former producer and when her marriage to John collapsed in the ensuing years, a relationship with their lighting engineer Curry Grant (subject of You Make Loving Fun) would ensue.
I'M SO AFRAID: THE classic Lindsey Buckingham song IMO. I have to confess I never really associated the albums from this period with driving down a sun-drenched Californian freeway, far more with rain lashing your window as you head up the M1. This is perfect panic-induced rock. "I'm so afraid... slip and I fall and I die...", for anyone who has suffered from OCD or related disorders, surely a bit of an anthem.
So that's it. The first album by the megabuck Rumours/Tango In The Night line-up. Even if all you've got are Rumours, Tango and a compilation... get this one. I promise you will not regret it.

Greatest Hits III
Greatest Hits III
Offered by westworld-
Price: £9.38

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasted opportunity, 3 May 2004
This review is from: Greatest Hits III (Audio CD)
What is a hit? It might be a hit single or it might just be a live hit. While not every Queen single made the Top 20 I am painfully aware of the album being credited to Queen Plus and cannot help feeling that the album would have benefitted from fewer remixes and side projects. Much as I love the 3 Freddie tracks, all of them are available on his posthumous compilation The Freddie Mercury album so don't really need double taking here. And while the Elton John-led version of The Show Must Go On is a touching moment, you can't help thinking that that and the Under Pressure and Another One Bites The Dust remixes would have been better kept for a limited edition bonus disc. The George Michael-led Somebody To Love will forever and ever be a tear-jerking classic, and Brian May's Driven By You had to be represented somewhere on account of its hit status, but apart from these two I would have left off the remixes and side projects and included the following: A Winter's Tale (come on it WAS Top 10); I Was Born To Love You (Freddie's version - not on The Freddie Mercury album); Scandal; Body Language; Tie Your Mother Down (how did this live classic ever avoid being on GH1 or GH2?)
then either
Spread Your Wings (poor John Deacon only has a remix on the released version of GHIII)
or In My Defence (remix).
Then we really would have had Greatest Hits III rather than the Greatest Hits II and a half we have here.

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