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BIO Psyllium Dietary Fibre Husk Soluble Powder 300g
BIO Psyllium Dietary Fibre Husk Soluble Powder 300g
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Price: £7.80

5.0 out of 5 stars It clears out the bad stuff and suppresses appetite at the same time, 29 Jun. 2015
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There is nothing unpleasant about this...in fact, it doesn't taste of anything at all. It clears out the bad stuff and suppresses appetite at the same time. I consumed 1.5 tsp in the morning and 1.5 tsp in the evening yesterday and ate two extremely healthy meals (not large). Yet I went for quite a long swim in the morning and played four sets of tennis in the afternoon and still did not go to bed feeling hungry.


The Albums 1980-2012
The Albums 1980-2012
Price: £13.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ... for your money and the two live LPs are excellent. If you don't already have 'Monument' on CD ..., 23 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: The Albums 1980-2012 (Audio CD)
This is clearly a bargain for any Ultravox fan because you are getting a tasty nine CDs for your money and the two live LPs are excellent. If you don't already have 'Monument' on CD (I didn't), the set is terrific value because you pay very little more than you would for buying the double CD set Live at the Roundhouse. In the latter, the boys give an amazing performance, starting with Astradyne and finishing with The Voice and the extended drum sequence, as we have become accustomed to. From my perspective, it is slightly disappointing that there aren't more live tracks from the Vienna LP on the live discs (need to bear in mind that Monument was recorded on the Quartet tour and Return to Eden deliberately revisits Rage in Eden. The other drawback is that you don't get any of the extra tracks that appear on the regular CD versions of the album. For example, 'I never wanted to begin' is the b-side of 'The Thin Wall' and is an absolutely belting track. Buy the 'Rage in Eden' CD separately and you get it, buy this and you don't - the choice is yours!


Now Then ...
Now Then ...
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Price: £4.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply outstanding, 11 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Now Then ... (Audio CD)
The first point to make about this is that you are getting a wonderful package for your money. This CD combines both the original LP and the 'Listen' EP which preceded it. When it came out, the EP reminded me of 'The Cost of Living' by the Clash. Not just because the two bands had similar musical influences but also reflecting my joy that each EP contained four really good songs rather than one standout and some dross space fillers. In my humble view, 'Sad Eyed People' is better than the EP's title track and that is saying something. The LP itself contains some of my my favourite SLF material. I saw them live at Camden and loved wailing along to 'Gotta Getaway', pogoing to 'Alternative Ulster' and belting out 'Nobody's Hero' but the highlights of the band's recording career surely came with 'Bits of Kids'. This song is the perfect post-punk fusion of slow melodious beginning and high impact chorus with raucous harmony. OK so it might not be as 'heavy' as their earlier material but neither is it a Stranglersesque change of direction. There are still plenty of great guitar riffs elsewhere on the LP and Jake balls out 'Is That Why You Fought The War?' with all the passion of yesteryear. Similar product, more maturity. Buy it!!!


The Only Ones
The Only Ones
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Price: £3.55

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Space travel's in my blood, 30 Oct. 2008
This review is from: The Only Ones (Audio CD)
I have yet to forgive Blink 182 for covering 'Another Girl, Another Planet' but then again perhaps it will help inspire a new generation to explore the work of one of the standout fringe-punk bands of the era? What really made The Only Ones special is that they could actually play a really tight set live and this knowledge helps one appreciate how good the studio albums are. I doubt if there were two many takes - just play it like we would on tour and get it down on an 8-track! Another Girl, may be the best song the Only Ones ever recorded but unfortunately this is definitely not the best collection. There is just a bit too much slow stuff going on for my liking. However, it's well worth persisting with because it finishes with two great songs. 'No Peace For The Wicked' is a down tempo number but it is light on instrumentation and gives the listener a chance to appreciate Peter Perret's unique slightly-vexed sounding vocals accompanied by a light but catchy guitar riff. The Immortal Story is a belting number to finish off with and gives us a taste of what is to come on 'Even Serpents Shine' - good tempo, inventive instrumentation and a double-dose of Perret vocals. If you're only going to buy one Only Ones CD, get a compilation. However, it's fantastic that you can get all of the three original studio LPs on CD and it's well worth completing the collection!


It's My Life
It's My Life
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a difference a couple of years makes, 24 Oct. 2008
This review is from: It's My Life (Audio CD)
It's My life is the second Talk Talk studio album and it's so much more grown up than the debut. One of the most interesting aspects is the realisation that some of the bands earlier recordings were actually incomplete. The first time that I heard Talk Talk on a Radio 1 concert back in 1982 they played a version of 'Renee'. The song appears on this album with more grown up instrumentation, a really good production and an astonishing vocal performance from Hollis that brings out all the pain and passion of unrequited love. Another throw back is 'Call in the night boys' which was either a b-side or an extra track on the 12" of one of the single releases on their debut album. At that time it was a strange mix of classical piano and a very slow (and pretentious) vocal arrangement. The new version on this LP is an upbeat anthem with full instrumentation which matches the grandeur of the title track. 'Such A Shame' is the same classic that it was in 1984. The album version differs from the single in that it has this delicious patient intro that builds in intensity to the opening of the song...as Hollis begins the vocal, the hairs on the back of my neck literally stand up. It is amazing to think of the lack of commercial success that the band were facing at this time. I remember a school friend saying that he thought 'Such a Shame' was the best song on the LP and never realised it had been a single. Sadly, the epic 'Dum Dum Girl' received the same fate in terms of lack of acclaim in the singles chart. What you get on this LP is three of the best singles the band ever produced intermingled with some intense and engaging album tracks ending with the anthemic 'It's You'. From start to finish this is a winner...one of those few original studio LPs that you will have the patience to listen to all the way through without wanting to skip a track. Absolutely fantastic!


21st Century Boys - The Best Of
21st Century Boys - The Best Of
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of imitations, 24 Oct. 2008
So much has been written about Sigue Sigue Sputnik over the years... the talk of overhype in 1986, the amount that their contract with EMI was worth, Tony's pineapple haircut and the sexuality of Martin Degville.
What all of this nonsense neglects is the fact that music is an entertainment business and these boys delivered the goods. So, here we have a chance to get your hands on a good slice of their back catalogue on one easy to access CD and well worth the money it is too. It's genius to start with the trailer mix of Love Missile because it sounds as if the guys are having a laugh back at all the media attention. What grabs you all the way through this collection of songs is the catchy guitar riffs, Tony James's space bass lines, the relentless tempo and Degville's unique vocals. Lot's of these tracks are both catchy and memorable. Moreover, the lyrics are witty and amusing. Most of the tracks from the first two studio albums get an airing on here along with a couple of b sides. From an era where CD singles were relatively uncommon, it's great to see a flip side like Frankenstein Cha Cha Cha getting included on a CD compilation for posterity. Whether this is default or design, there is one glaring omission though; Hidden away on side 2 of Dress For Excess is the fabulous 'Orgasm'. This is one of the highlights of the Sputnik cannon and was always a belting live track but it doesn't find it's way on here. Never mind, you can't have everything. At the end of the day this is priceless, good old fashioned rock and roll dressed up with late 80s technology. The 'Elvis 1990' slogan was bound to wind a few people up but it's not that far from the truth. Buy it and enjoy it for what it is...excellent entertainment and just great to drive along to.


The Story Of A Young Heart
The Story Of A Young Heart
Price: £10.40

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seagulls flying high, 22 Oct. 2008
This album marks the pinnacle of the career of one of the best known syntho bands of the 1980s. A chronological trip through the first three seagulls albums is a bit like taking a journey through adolescence. I still like the first album for its catchy simplicity, but 'Listen' was a clear improvement in terms of maturity. The single 'Transfer Affection' (from 'Listen') was a taster of what was to come on 'Young Heart'. Songs with pure melodies that you'll want to hear again and again but the robotic monotones of earlier material are gradually being usurped by vocals with substance, soul and passion. The title track from 'Young Heart' is a good opener which leads us into the two standout singles from the LP. 'The More You live, The more You Love' and 'Never Again (The Dancer)'. I don't think AFOS ever recorded a better track than the former - it sounds like it could have been an early single by a band like 'The Adventures', while 'Never Again' is a song that you'll want to belt out at the top of your voice. Two further singles 'Remember David' and 'Living In Heaven' are much less anthemic but very listenable. You also get some good 12" mixes as extra tracks. All in all this album is a must have!
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Dream Come True
Dream Come True
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Price: £18.21

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A complete turkey, 9 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Dream Come True (Audio CD)
It gives me no pleasure at all to completely diss an album by one of the best bands of the 1980s, but this is one of the worst collections of songs that I have ever heard. Quite what the guys are doing holding violins on the front cover is a complete mystery...you will find more classical music influences on a Beastie Boys LP. As far as I remember, two singles were lifted from Dream Come True. The second of these 'heartbeat like a drum' will be familiar to some as the worst track on one of the compilation albums. It sounds like a cheap demo recorded on an 8-track by a bunch of schoolboys. The first single lifted from this dire collection was 'Who's That Girl'. This has a really irritating keyboard riff that sounds like a rabbit running across a xylophone and an unmelodic chorus that repeats the words 'Who's that Girl' and 'She's got it' ad nauseum. What exactly it is that she's got is a matter of conjecture, but if the song refers to her having a copy of this album she would have got rid of it ages ago! If, like me, you are a big Seagulls fan, you will need to buy this so that you can complete the suite of original studio recordings. However, if you are simply hoping to hear more memorable material like that delivered by the first three albums, you're going to be severely disappointed.
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The Party's Over
The Party's Over
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars And now the hangover begins, 26 Sept. 2008
This review is from: The Party's Over (Audio CD)
To begin with, I would like to state that I am one of Talk Talk's biggest fans and the gig I attended at Hammersmith Odeon in 1986 remains the best concert I have ever been to. However, there is no point in writing a favourable review for an LP simply because you like the band that recorded it. I don't recall Talk Talk playing any tracks from this album at Hammersmith - they had already recorded 'It's My Life' and 'The Colour of Spring' by this time, and the omission of any debut album material tells you all you need to know...the band had moved on in terms of maturity and depth. I really liked 'The Party's Over' when it first came out, but it just hasn't stood the test of time like their later material. The album starts with the eponymous 'Talk Talk' which is the best track. This is followed by It's So Serious which is the b-side of their third single 'Today'. It's not a bad b-side but it marks the start of an irritating and recurring theme on this album which is vocal lines that go 'Ohhhhhohowohhhwo'. The song' Today' is typical of its era - not bad, slight overtones of Bronski Beat with a lower voice. 'The Party's Over' is an electronic ballad - a bit of passion in the execution of the line 'name the crime I'm guilty of' but otherwise quite forgettable. 'Hate' is certainly one of the better tracks...if the tempo was slightly faster and the production more full-on it could be a standout. 'Another Word' was actually released as a single in Europe but it's difficult to understand why. The chorus line is "Woooor---oor---oor---oor--or-or--d'. I guess it's quite catchy but it is also very shallow. I almost forgot to mention the debut single 'Mirror Man'. It is quite well executed but somewhat contrived with its quaint little violin tweaks...and the 'oh-ho-ho-oh' vocal lines are back with a vengeance! The album finishes with another electro-ballad 'Candy' - the drum sequence is OK but it's a largely forgettable song which conveniently takes up quite a bit of playing time. Frankly, there were many worse debut albums recorded in this period, but given the heights that Talk Talk rose to, it is probably best forgotten. If you're really into Talk Talk, it's worth having but otherwise you might as well buy a remix compilation containing an extended version of 'Talk Talk'. At their best, this band can produce music that is both original and elegantly crafted - sadly this is neither! The party is over and in the morning you will struggle to remember the highlights.
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12'' Mixes
12'' Mixes
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Price: £15.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Too bad there ain't ten of you, 26 Sept. 2008
This review is from: 12'' Mixes (Audio CD)
This CD is worth buying simply for the mix of 'Beat The Clock'. This is the version that was released in the UK way back in the summer of 1979 on a limited edition coloured vinyl 12-inch single. This gives Ron the chance to showcase his self-indulgent style with some innovative keyboard arrangements. There is also some excessive use of the catchy drum sequence but I have never sickened of it. Having reached the pinnacle of this collection relatively early, there is not really a lot left to recommend the album. 'Young Girls' is a great song but it does not particularly lend itself to an extended version and the same can be said of 'Cool Places'. I found the new version of 'The No. 1 song in heaven' particularly difficult to fathom. If we could have had one CD which featured the original long versions of 'No.1' and 'Tryouts for the human race' together with this 12-inch version of 'Beat The Clock' and a few other tracks thrown in, it really would be heaven. Unfortunately, you need to buy the album 'The No. 1 in Heaven' (which irritatingly includes the short version of 'Beat The Clock') and this one to get three of the best 12-inch singles of the 1970s added to your CD collection. Overall, this is a disappointing collection, but its worthy of four stars for 'Beat The Clock' alone.


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