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Bitches Brew (Legacy Edition: 2CD+DVD)
Bitches Brew (Legacy Edition: 2CD+DVD)
Price: £11.49

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Controversial After All these Years, 18 Oct. 2010
This 40th anniversary edition of Miles Davis Bitches Brew is beautifully produced and a reminder of the furore that greeted it on its release .Many used to the melodic records of the previous decade or more did not understand it or like it much though they recognized Davis, virtuosity and inventiveness.Even today it has none of the accessibility or wide appeal of the previous decades Kind of Blue.Even after 4o years it is not exactly an easy listen but parts of it are works of genius Some tagged this the first Jazz Rock Record,some one of the greatest Rock records ever made and more still would see it as one of the most influential recordings ever made.I am certain that Davis himself would have had no patience with any attempt to pigeon hole him and went on developing his music until the end of his life.

Bitches Brew is not an easy listen.You,like me,might start by hating it but with repeated listening you will hopefully, like myself ,grow to love it.Someone once spoke of the 'shock of the new' Even after 40 years and much imitative music since this still has the power to shock. It is an essential purchase,but please don't throw it in the bin after the first listening


The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better For Everyone
The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better For Everyone
by Richard G. Wilkinson
Edition: Paperback

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does Equality = Happiness ?, 17 Oct. 2010
The renewed relevance of this book when there has been much talk of fairness at a time of impending cuts in public expenditure and the relationship of 'fairness' with 'equality'can scarcely be overstated.Russell and Pickett are strongly of the opinion that equality is better for society.More equal societies are not only happier but healthier,less violent ,less crime ridden,less drug addicted,better educated and live longer.The methodology that they use to support their case is largely statistical and can be very heavy going but they make a very powerful case especially for state action'

I suspect that the book will not convert many,those of broadly left wing opinions will love it,those of a more conservative bent will hate it.Either way it is one of the most important political tracts of recent times.Essential reading,not least for Ed Miliband to remind him of why the Labour Party was brought into existence and remind him that ,unlike Lord Mandelson Labour Governments should not be utterly relaxed about the extremely wealthy
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Love and Summer
Love and Summer
by William Trevor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The deceptive genius of simplicity, 23 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Love and Summer (Paperback)
An,yone who has read previous novels of William Trevor's such as Felicias Journey or The Story of Lucy Gault or collections of short stories such as A Bit On The Side will need no other recommendation other than that this is well up to the high standards of those books.It is set in the rural Ireland of the 1950's and tells the story of Florian,a young stranger who one summer wanders into the life of Ellie a young convent educated girl who has contracted a marriage of convenience to a decent but unexciting widower farmer.The two gradually fall in love and conduct an illicit affair. This against the background of a claustrophobic ,nosey and judgemental rural society.The story is scarcely original and you just feel that it must all end in disaster ,or will it? What makes it stay with you long after you have finished it is Trevors marvellous prose ,so elegant with its understated evocation of character time and place.He has the rare gift of making the universal from the personsal. Cliche ridden comments ? Probably,but you will not find them in Trevors writing.Put simply this is a beautiful book.Highly recommended. Enjoy
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The Sorrow and the Pity [DVD]
The Sorrow and the Pity [DVD]
Dvd ~ Georges Bidault
Offered by musicMagpie
Price: £5.60

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorrow Plus Pity make Masterpiece, 19 Jun. 2010
Ophuls examination of the fall of France in 1940 and life under the Nazis for the next five years will leave a lasting impression on your mind 'He marries archive film with later interviews over the whole range of participants from collaborators to resistance fighters. This marrying together of archive and interview is brilliantly done and far superior to the ghastly historical reconstructions that TV often goes in for. Although the film deals with France its impact is universal in that it shows the height and depths to which mankind can reach.At the same time it is always entertaining, its emotional impact is greater than most dramas.Not to be missed it truly is one of the all time documentary greats
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