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Resistance Is Defence
Resistance Is Defence
Price: £10.10

4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous music; unfortunately, this copy may be missing a song, 28 Aug. 2015
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Great album! Unfortunately, the version I ordered was unexpectedly missing the opening track, "Chris the Doyen" - if you can find that version, I strongly recommend getting it, as it is a very powerful and emotive bit of oratory before the joyous South African grooves begin. Mzwakhe Mbuli is fabulous.


Singing Detective
Singing Detective

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic selection of oldies, 28 Aug. 2015
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A fantastic selection of songs, from the greatest TV drama ever made in Britain.


Betron RK300 High Quality Earphones Headphones with Noise Isolating Technology and High Grade Reinforced Cable with Gold Plated Connection (Black)
Betron RK300 High Quality Earphones Headphones with Noise Isolating Technology and High Grade Reinforced Cable with Gold Plated Connection (Black)
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Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality headphones - great value, 10 April 2015
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Great quality headphones, and speedy delivery! At first I thought they were worse than my £15 Sony Ericsson ones - but that was because a) I wasn't used to them, and b) It soon transpired that my ears were too full of wax to be able to hear properly. I've been deriving a lot of pleasure from the Betrons, and will be recommending them to people as good value headphones.


The RCA Albums Collection
The RCA Albums Collection
Price: £106.46

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest box-sets in music history., 7 April 2015
What a phenomenal product. 14 original studio albums and 3 discs of formidable outtakes. It is rare for me to obsess over an artist to the extent I did over Nilsson; I've been listening to his music for at least two hours a day (often quite a bit more) for about six weeks, and am not tiring of it.
It has been said that Nilsson's voice shaped songs the way Jimi's guitar did; this is a good way of putting it. 'Nilsson Sings Newman' (1970) comprises some of the greatest vocal performances ever committed to tape, and the three discs of outtakes are full of vocal calisthenics of the highest order. But the way Nilsson constructed songs - he never constructed a poor melody, and his sonic/aesthetic taste was immaculate - makes him, all told, the greatest singer-songwriter in music history. And I say this as a staunch fan of the Beatles, Dylan, Young, Mitchell, Reed, the Clash, and Jake Thackray.
Shell out for this product: it will not disappoint.


Anthem of the Sun
Anthem of the Sun
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Price: £9.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THE 2003 RHINO RELEASE, 24 Mar. 2014
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This version is the one to get. The original album is great, but the bonus tracks on the re-release actually have a longer running time than the original album, and they're phenomenal.

Side 1 of the original LP ('That's It For the Other One', 'Cryptical Envelopment' and 'Born Cross-Eyed') is an innovative, unusual, compelling blend of voodoo, rock, jazz and musique concrete, and took a long time to sew together. Side 2 is wickedly fun - 'Alligator/Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)' is, like most of Side 1, pieced together from disparate live and studio sources. As well as being rhythmically compulsive and propulsive, 'Alligator' kicks off with a somehow FUNNY blues riff, and a kazoo. Yeah, a kazoo. Welcome to '68.

*But the bonus tracks are the real reason to get this record.* There's a nice single version of 'Born Cross-Eyed' (with killer bass-playing from Phil Lesh), but the 35-minute 'Alligator Jam' is one of the most incandescent, rip-roaring, orgasmic, bombastic, cathartic things the Dead or anyone else laid down on tape - ever. About 10 minutes into 'Alligator' things begin to seriously heat up; by the 18-minute mark you're practically weeping with joy and fear at the insane, supernal heights Jerry's reaching on his guitar, and mere minutes into the 'Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)' section you're in percussion/rhythm heaven.

The Dead can take you places you've never been before. This album isn't one of their most famous, but if you buy the 2003 edition and listen properly to the bonus tracks, you'll be a changed (wo)man. Who needs LSD when you have this 'Alligator Jam'? Buy it - if you even slightly like guitar music, you won't be disappointed.


Dirty Mind
Dirty Mind
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect album, 24 Mar. 2014
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I'll keep this short, like 'Dirty Mind' itself. I'm fairly parsimonious when it comes to spending money on a particular item, and so spending a fiver on a mere 30 minutes of music would usually be unthinkable. But you'll never find a 30-minute gem this aesthetically perfect by anyone - not by the Beatles, not by Steely Dan, not by anyone. This is the ne plus ultra, and possibly even the sine non qua, of poprockfunk.

The lyrics are wicked, Prince's delivery is infectious and impossibly natural, the whole record was hugely influential, and it's the most fun you can have without laughing. BUY IT NOW, and impress all your friends when you tell them that what they're obviously digging was released in 1980.


Live - Evil
Live - Evil
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funkrockaltjazz, 24 Mar. 2014
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I wouldn't know where to begin when it comes to trying to categorise any of Miles' endeavours from 1969 to 1975, but pretty much all of the Macero-produced output from that period is stellar.

This would be a tough starting point if you're not into electric Miles - perhaps start off with 'In A Silent Way' (1969) or 'A Tribute to Jack Johnson' (1971), or even the second disc of 'Bitches Brew' (1970). Still, 'Live-Evil' is, on the whole, less dense and challenging than 'On the Corner' (1972) or 'Agharta' (1975).

'What I Say', a 20-minute maelstrom of percussion and keyboards and continual blasts of energy, will knock you off your feet; you'll have serious trouble finding harder rock than this. 'Sivad' is dirty funk, 'Funky Tonk' is kinda what it sounds like, and 'Inamorata' is interesting enough. Together, these 4 live tracks would pretty much fill up an 80-minute disc, and they're the main reason to buy this disc.

There are also some studio tracks, which function as calming but altogether less impressive [this isn't a bad thing - they're inherently more modest] oases.

If you like the insanity that was early '70s Miles, you'll love this. If you're unsure, start with 'Jack Johnson', or even the heady, dense 'On the Corner'.

Spoilers: "Selim" and "Sivad" are "Miles" and "Davis" backwards ;)


Aja  Remastered
Aja Remastered
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smooooooth stuff, 24 Mar. 2014
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Not their best record, perhaps, but very accomplished nonetheless - great licks from Larry Carlton et al., and although many complain of its polish and shine, it's certainly more than just a cold husk. 'Deacon Blues' is warm and compassionate, 'Black Cow' has a killer bassline, 'Peg' is a perfectly subversive little pop song, and the title track is the Dan at their elegiac prettiest.

I'm not sure it deserves to be their highest-selling album; lyrically, all of their previous ones are more interesting (save perhaps 'The Royal Scam', which is also underrated). But it's a great album nonetheless - their last of the decade. Buy!


The Woody Allen Collection [DVD] (1971)
The Woody Allen Collection [DVD] (1971)
Dvd ~ Woody Allen
Price: £16.49

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth it if you can get it cheaply, 31 Oct. 2013
This one features some real classics, but not everything; some are certainly sorely missing. None of his 1960s work is here - chronologically, it kicks off with 1971's 'Bananas' (a fine farce) - and it also misses his post-2004 work, ending chronologically with 'Melinda and Melinda'. Inbetween, we miss 'Deconstructing Harry', 'Bullets Over Broadway', 'Husbands and Wives', 'Mighty Aphrodite', 'Manhattan Murder Mystery', and 'Play It Again, Sam' - and those are just the good ones that were omitted.

To have the films ordered chronologically would be far more satisfying; one could track his substantial development as a filmmaker, from the hit-and-miss gagfests to his sublime farces ('Sleeper', 'Love and Death', 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex...' etc.), moving into his mature period ('Annie Hall', 'Manhattan'), and then into his serious, Bergman-esque period ('Husbands and Wives', 'Crimes and Misdemeanours'). Instead, the films are arranged alphabetically, making the progression seem surprisingly arbitrary.

Still, one must consider the box's purpose - it's just a 'collection', and probably intended as a convenient box of movies for people who are already fans. I managed to get it in Fopp for £10 - that's right, £10 - about a year ago, and I'd recommend it if you could get it for under £25.

Of course, if you're just getting into him, you could do much worse than buying this. Overall, despite its flaws, the quality of the films - many of which are among the greatest films ever made by anyone - recommends this item to you.

Enjoy.


Wigwam (Album Version)
Wigwam (Album Version)

4.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 7 April 2013
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Such a cute track! I love it when he vocalises wordlessly - he can be relatively mellifluous... One of the few great tracks from 'Self Portrait'. Thanks, Wes Anderson!


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