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The Marble Index
The Marble Index
Price: 7.40

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - but check out "The Frozen Borderline", 15 Oct 2007
This review is from: The Marble Index (Audio CD)
This has been remastered and reissued, along with the equally brilliant "Desertshore", as a 2 CD set called "The Frozen Borderline". The remastering on the new release is superior to that here, and there are bonus tracks as well. So, it's definitely worth considering getting that version instead (especially if you don't already own "Desertshore").

For completists: the versions of "Roses in the Snow" and "Nibelungen" are different on this disc from the ones on the "The Frozen Borderline". "Nibelungen" is particularly different, as here it is a short a capella version and on "The Frozen Borderline" it is longer and has instrumental backing. The version here is gorgeous but it also available on the "Classic Years" compilation and at the end of the "Nico: Dance Music" CD by John Cale and Ice Nine.
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Desertshore
Desertshore

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - but check out "The Frozen Borderline", 15 Oct 2007
This review is from: Desertshore (Audio CD)
This has been remastered and reissued, along with the equally brilliant "The Marble Index", as a 2 CD set called "The Frozen Borderline". The remastering on the new release is superior to that here, and there are bonus tracks as well. So, it's definitely worth considering getting that version instead (especially if you don't already own "The Marble Index").


Nico: Dance Music
Nico: Dance Music

4.0 out of 5 stars Check out the other listing, 12 Oct 2007
This review is from: Nico: Dance Music (Audio CD)
There's another edition of this disc with the ASIN B00000DD2S (you can search on ASIN using the "advanced search" in "music" - see the menu bar). Alternatively, check out my listmania list, below, which collates the three different amazon listings for this album.

At the time of writing this review, the ASIN B00000DD2S version has the cheapest 2nd hand copies available.


Nico: Dance Music
Nico: Dance Music
Offered by samurai_media_JPN4UK
Price: 26.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Title confusion., 12 Oct 2007
This review is from: Nico: Dance Music (Audio CD)
There's another edition of this disc with the ASIN B00000DD2S (you can search on ASIN using the "advanced search" in "music" - see the menu bar). Alternatively, check out my listmania list, below, which collates the three different amazon listings for this album.

At the time of writing this review, the ASIN B00000DD2S version has the cheapest 2nd hand copies available.


Chelsea Girl Live
Chelsea Girl Live

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Patchy, and available elsewhere., 12 Oct 2007
This review is from: Chelsea Girl Live (Audio CD)
Recorded live at Chelsea Town Hall, 1985 - hence the title (no songs from 1967's 'Chelsea Girl' are featured). The backing band is The Faction, from Nico's last studio album 'Camera Obscura'(also from 1985). It's pretty well recorded, but there's nothing especially compelling about these versions of the songs.

Also, this now makes up disc 2 of 'Femme Fatale: The Aura Anthology' - so I'd check that out before considering buying this edition.


Icon
Icon

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much irrelevant., 12 Oct 2007
This review is from: Icon (Audio CD)
This album is made up of:

1. outtakes from the 'Drama of Exile' album (tracks 2-7);
2. the single 'Saeta/Vegas' (tracks 1 & 10);
3. live recordings (tracks 8 & 9); and
4. interviews.

The single and the outtakes are also available on 'Femme Fatale: The Aura Anthology', which also includes all of 'Drama of Exile' and a 1985 live album 'Chelsea Girl Live'. I'd suggest this makes 'Femme Fatale' the better purchase, and this release pretty much irrelevant, unless you really want the interviews and a couple of live tracks.


The End
The End
Price: 6.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Start with 'The Marble Index' and 'Desertshore', 10 Oct 2007
This review is from: The End (Audio CD)
I was on the edge of giving this three stars; but I've relented because I think it's suffering in comparison to Nico's previous two albums, which have just been re-released in an expanded edition as 'The Frozen Borderline'. Partly it's because it's not as well re-mastered as the new release of those albums; but it is definitely the weakest of the three, regardless. It suffers from meandering tunes and too much busy accompaniment from guest musicians Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera. I think it works better with just Nico's harmonium and John Cale doing the rest. Also, I think the material was stronger in 'The Marble Index' and 'Desertshore'.

So, if you're looking to investigate Nico's austere, brilliant work after the folky 'Chelsea Girl', I'd start with 'The Marble Index' and work forward to this. I'd also investigate the live version of 'The End' on the Kevin Ayres/John Cale/Nico/Eno album 'June 1, 1974'

I'd say this rates 3 and a half stars, with the hope of a properly remastered version sometime. To hear the difference check out the same tracks from this album which also feature on the remastered 'The Classic Years' compilation.


Femme Fatale: The Aura Anthology/Drama of Exile...Plus/Live at Chelsea Town Hall 9.8.85
Femme Fatale: The Aura Anthology/Drama of Exile...Plus/Live at Chelsea Town Hall 9.8.85

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mainly a reissue of 'Drama of Exile', 10 Oct 2007
There are two discs in this set.

Disc 1 is a reissue of the 1981 album 'Drama of Exile' (tracks 1-9), with 6 alternative outtake versions of tracks from that album (tracks 10-15*) and the excellent 1980 single 'Saeta/Vegas' (tracks 16-17*). The outtakes are different enough to be interesting, but are hardly essential - however, they (along with the single) make up the bulk of the 'Icon' rarities collection, so this CD is a better purchase than that one.

*NB The Amazon track listing, above, erroneously lists 'Saeta' as "Track 10" when track 10 is actually the outtake version of 'One More Chance'. Thus, according to the Amazon track listing, tracks 11-16 are the outtakes and tracks 17-18 are the 'Saeta/Vegas' single.

Disc 2 is a live recording from 1985 and features 14 tracks (listed as tracks 19-32, if you click the "see all 32 tracks on this disc" link, above). As far as I can tell it is the same recording that was previously released on its own as 'Chelsea Girl Live' (despite not featuring any of the songs from the 1967 'Chelsea Girl' album - it was recorded in Chelsea Town Hall, though).

I quite like the post-punk/rock version of Nico here, but I'd advise people to check out the 'Frozen Borderline' set, 'Chelsea Girl' and 'The Velvet Underground and Nico' before this, even though those are all quite different from each other. I'd probably rate this a bit higher than 'The End' because that album sounds, to me, like a meandering, slightly muddled version of 'The Marble Index' and 'Desertshore' (now brilliant reissued together as 'The Frozen Borderline') - and I also prefer the much simpler verion of the title track on the 'June 1, 1974' Kevin Ayres/Eno/Nico/Cale live album.

'Drama of Exile', by contrast, I think succeeds on its own terms - you may well hate those terms, though.

I'm listening to Disc 2 as I write this, it seems to be very well recorded, and still quite rock-oriented (although the Harmonium is back in places). Nico isn't exactly in stunning voice, unfortunately. However, given that this reissue is much cheaper than the second-hand copies of 'Drama of Exile' and includes a the Saeda/Vegas single as well, I'm happy regardless of what's on the 2nd disc.

The inlay booklet contains a fairly generic account of the Nico story in the 80s and seemingly randomly placed selection of press clippings. From one of these we learn that Nico, at least for a while, loved Manchester (where she was living at the time), hated 'Coronation Street' and liked 'Brideshead Revisited'.


Drama of Exile
Drama of Exile

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Also reissued with a different title, 25 Sep 2007
This review is from: Drama of Exile (Audio CD)
This was reissued with some extra tracks as 'Femme Fatale: The Aura Anthology', so it's worth checking that release out as well. At the time of this review, it's still available brand new and the price is lower than those offered here.


The Illuminatus! Trilogy
The Illuminatus! Trilogy
by Robert Anton Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.79

11 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumb all over, a little ugly on the side, 27 Feb 2003
Much beloved of people who consider themselves to be alternative (pretty dodgy fashion statement, in my opinion), this pulls the x-files trick of using obscurity to fake profundity. It also shares the x-files weakness - the more it explains things, the stupider it gets. For the whole of the first book there's a hint that that it may have something to say about politics or new ageness or sexuality but by the end of the third you realise that it's an entirely pointless shaggy dog story. If you think that this book has anything useful to say about the world you're just plain stupid (or David Icke). The only entertainment is going along for the ride - but the book becomes increasingly tiresome as it progresses. What sums it up is the fact that the only decent quote they could get for the book jacket is from the New Age Journal.
I suppose some of it is quite entertaining if you like fragmented narratives but these have been done much better elsewhere (instead of bashing on about how Joycean this stuff is, how about reading some Joyce?).
A much better (and shorter) treatment of similar themes is Thomas Pynchon's 'The Crying of Lot 49'
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