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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead good., 23 Feb 2014
This review is from: Ramshackled (Audio CD)
A dead good album, much under-rated, it seems. Released nearly 40 years ago, this eclectic, interesting album must have been a brave move at the time being largely unlike anything Yes did and so varied that it might well have alienated many listeners, Yes fans or not. Ooh Baby is a funky groove with smooth vox; One Way Rag is a mellower funk with nice female backing singers; Avakak is a jilted Zappa / Gong-esque number with a bitta jazz; Song of Innocence is gorgeous with Anderson on vox a very beautiful piece; Giddy is a stone groove with soulful vox; Silly Woman is reggae stylee, very catchy but I can see it irritating some; Marching Into A Bottle is a brilliant track, acoustic guitar, woodwind and percussion; Everybody is syncopated, soulful very groovy; Darkness is an atmospheric, down tempo ending to the album, trumpet plays blues kinda thing. Yes, the drumming throughout is very good, but never in your face hogging the limelight, the production is well balanced; overall, it has a very 70s feel - naturally - but for me this makes it even better.
Set aside any preconceptions you may have of this album and do your best to avoid any prejudice when it comes to genre-fication, this elpee is a really good, eclectic and interesting opus even if it takes a good few listens, you will not regret the time.

The Belbury Tales
The Belbury Tales
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of the unex-spectred..., 18 Jun 2012
This review is from: The Belbury Tales (MP3 Download)
Belbury Poly's finest album so far. A really strong record with some superb tracks; Goat Foot with its cracked, dancing funk; Chapel Perilous, psychedelicische and toothsome; A Pilgrim's Path, mellow and inspiring, and The Geography, mellifluous, absorbing, wonderful, are amongst the stand out tracks for me. With much that is excellent on this album, strange noises and weirdness a-plenty, Belbury Poly continue to bring brightness and joy as one of Blighty's best bands. The album cover would make a splendid t-shirt / placemat set, also.

Sony MDR-V150 Headphones with Reversible Housing for DJ Monitoring
Sony MDR-V150 Headphones with Reversible Housing for DJ Monitoring
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WTF?, 3 Jun 2012
Perfectly good as headphones ... but the construction is shoddy beyond words. Each earpiece is held in position by a tiny piece of PLASTIC - not metal - that is about 1mm in size and once this breaks, it's impossible to repair them yourself. So now I'm left with a pair of headphones that work, but cannot be worn. A joke and a waste of money. Really hacked off about this - what a waste. No wonder this company's going down.
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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou [DVD]
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bill Murray
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jump in and feel the pathos., 14 Oct 2011
A cinematic masterpiece. Excellent pace, great characters, superb locations and sets, the actors are great, the direction spot on. I can't imagine that Anderson et al were not anything other than dead chuffed with this piece of work. The Little Ping shoot is particularly good, Zissou's offhand comment about a previous visit provoking thoughts of what the place must have been like in its heyday, the people there, the sounds, the life ... a wonderful contrast with the reason for Team Z's presence on the island. A film with many, many marvellous set pieces, a fantastic example of cinema. I've read the low scoring reviews on Amazon; it's all down to personal preference. The Life Aquatic is a fine piece of craftspersonship.

The House of the Dwarves / La Casa de los Enanos (Short Stories for Studying Spanish Book 5)
The House of the Dwarves / La Casa de los Enanos (Short Stories for Studying Spanish Book 5)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Corto, 7 Jan 2011
Very short. Of course, the Spanish and English is useful, but I'd pay a bit more money for a book of decent length. This is about 3.5 pages of story on the K3's smallest font size setting. A few months since the K3's release and Amazon still aren't offering a good range quality product for it and a lot of what is on offer has little or no description. It's pot luck with Amazon's ebooks.

House of Apples & Eyeballs
House of Apples & Eyeballs
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AM/FM, 28 May 2010
Absolutely marvelous, freaky mellow. A right gem and no mistake. A gestalt entity, more than the sum of its parts. Smashing. If you like BMSR, OP, Flaming Lips, Bent, Goldfrapp, Beefheart, the Damned, Barnes and Barnes, Kate Bush, Acid House Kings, Yes, different, interesting music, then check this. If you like Michael Boob, then you'll probly (sic - ed.) think this is "weird".

The People's Record
The People's Record
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mmmeh.., 22 May 2010
This review is from: The People's Record (Audio CD)
I love Club 8, just about everything they've done is ace. This album is a complete departure, more or less, from their not-so-standard fare, sounding largely influenced by Brazilian music. You might think this music is excellent ... but it does little for me. Maybe I'll feel different after a load of plays, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. Really disappointed. It doesn't sound like Club 8 are developing or evolving, but rather, it's a new Johan project. (I'm also a fan of the Acid House Kings.) I'm loathe to denigrate such an excellent band, but I do not like this album very much.

Forgiveness Rock Record
Forgiveness Rock Record
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound., 1 May 2010
This review is from: Forgiveness Rock Record (Audio CD)
BSS are one of those bands that are so special that you don't want them to put a (collective) foot wrong. Their music is difficult to categorise, pigeon hole, classify, even describe, so in some respects, comparing any of their music is a moot point. Having said that, this album compares very nicely with the rest; it's got some nice mellow tracks, some 'rock' tracks, and that indefinable BSS flavour which always promises something good. World Sick is an excellent track.

Head First
Head First
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Coldsnapp., 20 Mar 2010
This review is from: Head First (Audio CD)
Yeaeh, this is something of a disappointment. There's little on this "long" player that stands out. Rocket is a good track but the others, while being inoffensive, quite good in parts and with some lovely noises courtesy of ELO and early Vangelis, are fairly unremarkable by Goldfrapp standards, which, it must be said, are high. Black Cherry is an amazing album with some truly astounding music on it, a real treasure; 7th Tree also has lots of excellent stuff on it as has their other albums, each of which has plenty that's outstanding. The only track that comes close on 'Head First' is the last track, Voicething, by far the most interesting track on here, it sounds like it's from Philip Glass's soundtrack to the film, Koyaanisqatsi. It's really good. 'Head First' is underwhelming and very short. But you might love it... Really nice cover, though.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Überausgezeichnet., 20 Dec 2009
This review is from: Autobahn (Audio CD)
The track, Autobahn, is a sublime, seminal, exciting, interesting, fascinating and above all, excellent piece of work. This music sounds great now - imagine what it must have sounded like in 1974! You're in your bedsit, monging out to Yes when yer mate comes round and puts this on the turntable; it must have been a tremendous experience. It's a little symphony of superb sonics, a coherent opus that can blow you away with its amazing noises and fantastic weirdness, excellent rhythmic progression and, let's say it again, great noises. Side two is a departure, but has some interesting stuff on it. But it's Autobahn itself which is the golden treasure. This should be studied by students of music. Maybe it is. If you like this, you'll also like Kraftwerk's TEE, also ace.
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