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The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man
The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man
Price: £14.35

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational rahsaan, 21 Nov 2009
if you don't know kirk check him on youtube. he was blinded young in an accident (the inflated tear) & i think had a kidney ailment, yet created the most extraordinary music playing 3 or 4 instruments at once, nose flute, whistle & saxes, including stritch & manzello.

this was not facile showmanship, despite the criticism of ignorant clowns, one of whom called him a clown. his goal was joy in music. one of his record titles 'rip rig & panic' was assumed by a group whose members included don cherry's daughter neneh & he was an inspiration to many, including trevor watts who is a superb exponent of the circulatory breathing technique which kirk managed so effortlessly.

late in his career, as if he had not already suffered sufficient adversity, he had a stroke & on recovery was paralysed, losing the use of one side of his body. undaunted he had his saxophone converted to be played with one hand & this is the recording that he made on his return.

you don't need to know this to appreciate this effortlessly beautiful music, but you should.

i am glad to find it available again because somehow i mislaid the vinyl copy i used to own & i'm going to buy it again, right now. you should too.


Wild Orchids of Surrey
Wild Orchids of Surrey
by Julia Gibson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing, 1 Oct 2009
This review is from: Wild Orchids of Surrey (Paperback)
Presumably the Julia who gave this book 5 stars is the author & the other reviewer a friend or avatar for no one could justifiably award this effort 5 stars. This book purports to cover the orchids of Surrey yet fails to mention 12 of the 27 species recorded from the county. The sparse text reads as if poorly translated from a foreign language; it is full of literals, half sentences & non sequiturs & even worse is scientifically inaccurate. It is amazing that someone has been credited with having proof read it. All in all a woefull & flimsy exercise which should be an embarrassment to all involved. One star is generous. I think the FSC might have some comment to make about the logo which appears on the outer cover.
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Limbo [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Limbo [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ David Strathairn

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sayles on form, 27 Jun 2009
The reviewer who said this film did not have an ending rather missed the point: check the title, the ending is perfect. John Sayles is a director unlike any other in the way he creates complex cross currents of character & motive which work on more than one level and leave a resonance which encourages you to return to the films over & again. I first saw this in a nearly empty cinema - a very strange sensation, I was totally alone at the beginning of the film & almost left for that reason, but am glad that I stayed for yet another uncategorisable & beautiful film. All manner of little details come back to mind, most memorably the early settler's diary they discover which the young girl reads excerpts from each day, a scheherazade touch with yet another little twist of its own. Lone Star is probably still my favourite of all John Sayles' films due to the skill with which he handles so many themes & interlinking stories & of course the acting, but Limbo has grown in my estimation to be a close contender. That said so has Sunshine State. With John Sayles you really can't go wrong, I am not aware of any film of his which deserves fewer than 4 stars.


Scarlatti, D - Keyboard Sonatas, Vol 1
Scarlatti, D - Keyboard Sonatas, Vol 1
Price: £12.86

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a revelation, 23 April 2008
one of my favourite composers, up till now i always preferred the piano transcriptions over the harpsichord originals - especially played by nikolai demidenko - but this cd is an absolute stunner & shows how little i knew. pierre hantai is clearly a master musician & his instrument has a magic of its own. the playing is muscular, subtle & dynamic displaying aspects of the music too elusive for the piano, especially the dissonances mentioned in a previous review. 5 stars are not sufficient. as they used to put on the covers of rock albums 'play loud'


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