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Faust / So Far
Faust / So Far

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mamie is blue, 22 Mar. 2001
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This review is from: Faust / So Far (Audio CD)
This is useful, as it's the only way to get these two albums on CD at the moment (apart from the 'Wumme Years' boxed set, which is more expensive). 'Faust Clear', the first thre tracks, is odd semi-ambient noise-rock mixed with strange marching-band music and lots of shouting and wobbly tape effects. It's good, but 'So Far' is better, as it has more ideas. It's a series of smaller, poppier songs that are nonetheless strange and experimental, but they get the point across quicker. 'It's a Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl' is like a weird glam-rock number, with a brilliantly simply drum pattern that just goes DUM dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum DUM dum dum dum dum dum dum dum throughout the entire song. 'No Harm' is a loud rock number with the lyrics 'Daddy take a banana / tomorrow is Sunday!', and 'I've got my car and my TV' is really weird - a kind of nursery rhyme with a cheery tune that is unfortunately much too short. 'Picnic on a Frozen River' was also on 'Faust IV' in slightly different form. 'So Far' is a lounge song, but by that time nothing will surprise you. All in all it's very experimental, but not boring and earnest, and 'So Far' is actually closer to twisted pop music than acidic krautrock.
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Experience !!
Experience !!
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Price: £5.96

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Innajungle, innainnajungle., 12 Mar. 2001
This review is from: Experience !! (Audio CD)
Whilst other acts from the period sound dated and dull nowadays, the Prodigy's first album still sounds exciting and fresh. It's very 1991, but that just adds to the charm - the prodigious use of samples, the sped-up drum loops and cartoony voices are extremely old-fashioned, but in a good way. At the time they were criticised for being too poppy and commercial, 'the death of house', but now that nobody cares about that 'Experience' can be appreciated for what it is - a great set of rock tunes, with no pretentions to being anything other than a fun fifty minutes. 'Out of Space', 'Jericho', 'You Love', 'Fire' and 'Charly' are all classics, 'Death of the Prodigy Dancers' anticipates their later, rock-orientated direction (and shows that, unlike many of their peers, they could put on a show), and 'Weather Experience' is a hidden gem. All in all it's more consistent than the patchier 'Jilted Generation', and fondly-remembered.

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
by Andrew Chaikin
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full moon, 6 Mar. 2001
Probably the most useful and best-written account of the Apollo project that anybody needs, this even manages the seemingly impossible feat of making missons 12, and 14-17 interesting - no mean feat, as they were essentially lengthier re-runs of earlier missions. According to the blurb it took the author 8 years to write, and he interviewed all the then-surviving astronauts (a couple have passed away since then), including the reclusive Neil Armstrong, so kudos for all the hard work. It would have been wasted if the book had been a dry textbook, but it's well-written, dramatically-paced, and compelling. As somebody else mentions, it makes the silly 'faked moon landing conspiracy' seem extremely childish and silly. There's a spartan set of pictures (check out Michael Light's 'Full Moon' for many more) and a useful set of appendices which summarise the facts in compact form.

Stick Around For Joy
Stick Around For Joy
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Price: £5.95

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable, 1 Mar. 2001
This review is from: Stick Around For Joy (Audio CD)
'Hit' was - hey - a hit, and is good fun, and 'Gold' is nice, but the rest of the songs are pretty dull. I can't even remember the second side of the LP, except for 'Chihuahua', a strange track which consists of Bjork repeating the word 'Chihuahua-huahua' several times, with music. 'Hetero Scum' is a good name for a song, but I can't remember how it went, and in general I find it hard to recall this album, which is a shame. 'Gold' has Einar shouting 'Bloody fingers, dig!'. And that's it, really. Go and buy 'Life's Too Good'.

Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week
Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week
Price: £7.50

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic, 1 Mar. 2001
After 'Life's Too Good', this received lots of bad reviews and turned out to be the band's last album. It's not actually all that bad - it sounds like a quirkier version of the B52s - but if you hated Einar's bizarre shouted raps you'll hate this because he's in almost every song. 'Water' doesn't have him at all, and is the best song of the lot. A lot of the other songs seem to blur into each other, although 'Plastic' and 'Eat the Menu' are perky.
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Penthouse: Pet Of The Year Play Off [VHS]
Penthouse: Pet Of The Year Play Off [VHS]

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Urgh., 12 Feb. 2001
This suffers from the problem all UK Penthouse videos suffer from - it's heavily censored for domestic consumption, with the end result that it's essentially five short films of unattractive, square-breasted women, filmed almost exclusively from the waist up. Given that Penthouse's entire existence centres on the fact that it's much naughtier than Playboy, the end result is completely neutered, with copious slow-motion and cloddish editing to disguise the fact. It really is totally devoid of any redeeming factors.

Stockhausen: Mantra
Stockhausen: Mantra
Price: £15.71

3 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the call of duty, 6 Feb. 2001
This review is from: Stockhausen: Mantra (Audio CD)
A fantastic collection of rare grooves, this rivals Charles Wright and Sly Stone in the pantheon of early funk. Eliminating key changes and chords, Stockhausen concentrates on jazzy solos over driving basslines and a thumping rhythm reminiscent of 'Funky Drummer'. Note that this CD also includes the rare 137th Street mixes, a stripped-down rendition of the final segment.

Zed and Two Noughts
Zed and Two Noughts
Price: £16.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fiddly, 6 Feb. 2001
This review is from: Zed and Two Noughts (Audio CD)
Shorter and less varied than the other Greenaway / Nyman collaborations, this is the least interesting, being based around essentially two pieces of music. It's very strange for Nyman, and for the film itself - it doesn't appear to be based on existing classical music, and the pieces are frantic and near-hysterical, with some stunning fiddle playing. As listening music it suffers from not being varied enough to hold the interest, and the most interesting segment is included in superior, live form in 'The Best of the Michael Nyman Band'.

Draughtman's Contract
Draughtman's Contract
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Price: £10.98

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scratchy, 6 Feb. 2001
This review is from: Draughtman's Contract (Audio CD)
This was the first of the mainstream Greenaway / Nyman collaborations, and although it has a few rough edges it's only bettered by 'Drowning by Numbers'. It's shorter and more deliberately experimental ('The Disposition of the Linen' is built around an electric bass guitar) that the later works. Whereas 'Drowning' was based on Mozart, this is apparently based on Purcell, although as I know nothing about Purcell I can't comment. Having not seen the film either I can't comment on the suitability of the music as a soundtrack, but listened to on its own it's bizarre, original, and highly recommended.

Drowning By Numbers
Drowning By Numbers
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Price: £16.73

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summation, 6 Feb. 2001
This review is from: Drowning By Numbers (Audio CD)
Probably the most consistent of the Greenaway soundtracks, this is an aural delight from beginning to end. Less frantic than 'A Zed and Two Noughts', lighter in tone than 'The Cook, etc', and more polished than 'The Draughtsman's Contract', it's based heavily on cut-up, altered extracts of Mozart, although I know nothing about Mozart and can't comment on the faithfulness or otherwise of the adaptations. It's very floaty and melancholy, and as I remember it fitted the film perfectly, being both gorgeous and slightly odd, although after seeing the film it has a melancholy air to it.

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