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New York in The '70s
New York in The '70s
Price: £7.49

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The final instalment, 22 May 2014
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Another year and another concept album from Luke Haines. Including the North Sea Scrolls collaborative effort, that's four within the past three years. A mythical re-imagining of the New York Rock 'n' Roll scene 1972-1979, lyrically this album is reminiscent of his '9½ Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling' album - mostly favourable and sympathetic towards the many people that he sings about but with no shortage of his usual wry observations and razor sharp one liners. Musically, Haines broadens his palette and the synths & keyboards found on his early solo work make a welcome return. Loads of name-checks, including Lou Reed (so good he names him twice and also mimics 1975's 'Lou Reed Live' for the album's cover), Suicide's Alan Vegas, The New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders, CBGB, Max's Kansas City, writer and sometime musician Jim Carroll and even Dorset's very own Cerne Abbas Man. This is the final instalment of Haines' psychedelic concept trilogy and it's the second best of the three, just behind the wrestling one. It'll be interesting to hear what he does next.

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Price: £12.88

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trippy, pyschedelic, motorik and cinematic wall of sound, 22 May 2014
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This review is from: Entropicalia (Audio CD)
Imagine a band that incorporate elements of some of the best sounds of the late Sixties and early Seventies - Krautrock, sunshine pop, Serge Gainsbourg, acid folk, David Axelrod, Tropicalia, psychedelia, European cinema - and combine those influences into a cohesive, original sounding and addictive 48 minute album of genius. The Soundcarriers are that band and this is their best album yet.

The bass guitar sounds amazing and it dominates throughout and together with the percussion it underpins the sound of this album. Add in the keyboards, lush multi-tracked vocals, guitars, flutes, an Elijah Wood monologue, etc and the result is a totally absorbing trippy, pyschedelic, motorik and cinematic wall of sound. If you enjoyed the sound of Broadcast and Stereolab you'll find much to enjoy here but with this album The Soundcarriers take it to an altogether different level. Buy it, play it loud and prepare to be astonished.

External USB Floppy Drive - Black
External USB Floppy Drive - Black
Offered by Storage Depot Ltd
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Plug and Play simplicity, 19 May 2014
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I bought this after finding some old floppy disks after a sort out. With both Windows 7 and Ubuntu the drivers were automatically downloaded and installed within a few seconds and, in Windows 7, it shows as the "A" drive. There is a 3" CD with drivers and there's also a user manual should you need them. It works just as expected with whirring noises and the LED on the front of the drive flashing intermittently (it's like the 1990s all over again!) and, for the asking price (£9.99 at the time of writing), it's a bargain.

Tefal BL142A42 Fruit Sensation Blender - Silver
Tefal BL142A42 Fruit Sensation Blender - Silver
Price: £25.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well designed juicer / chopper / grinder combo, 15 May 2014
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The main part of this blender is a juicer - chuck in any soft fruit and it will give it a smoothie finish. It's ideal if you want to jazz up, for example, a glass of fresh orange juice with banana - half fill the blender with orange juice, throw in a couple of bananas, give it a 10 second blast and you have a perfect orange and banana smoothie. The mini-chopper copes fine with fresh parsley and coriander and the mini-grinder comfortably grinds almonds (for a curry topping!).

None of the three jars have a handle and that's a bonus. If you juice something in the large jar, you can simply unclip the cutting element and replace it with a secure lid (there's a couple supplied) and store the jar in the inside of the fridge door shelf next to the milk until you're ready to use it. It works the same for the Mini-chopper and grinder too and they both take up next to no space in the fridge. Well made, easy to store and easy to clean too, it has two speed settings - fast and faster.

Dylan's Gospel
Dylan's Gospel
Price: £11.17

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gospel celebration of the words and music of Bob Dylan, 7 May 2014
This review is from: Dylan's Gospel (Audio CD)
Conceived, produced and recorded by legendary producer Lou Adler in Los Angeles and originally released on the Adler owned Ode label in 1969, this is a very welcome reissue. Recorded over four days, the raw energy, spontaneity and enthusiasm from the recording sessions is perfectly captured and presented on this disc.

The Brothers & Sisters consisted of 20 female and eight male vocalists and they were not an established group in any shape or form - they were brought together by Adler solely to record this album. All of the lead vocals are undertaken by female singers who, amongst others, feature Merry Clayton who sang on The Rolling Stones 'Gimme Shelter', Edna Wright and Carolyn Willis who went on to sing in Honey Cone and Gloria Jones of 'Tainted Love' fame.

Musically and lyrically the Dylan songs Adler chose to record lend themselves really well to a gospel makeover and, unexpectedly, this is at times a very uplifting and joyous listening experience. Beautifully arranged, both the lead and backing vocals are immaculate throughout and some top session musicians provide the music. There are many highlights but 'All Along the Watchtower', which starts as a sensual soul number and builds up to something very powerful when the backing vocalists join in, is truly outstanding. Nothing here is better than the Dylan originals, they're just different interpretations with a more spiritual vibe.

Remastered from the original stereo tapes and with a playing time of 36.50, the sound quality is perfect. The CD is housed in a digipak (near) replica of the original vinyl release and includes a booklet with newly-commissioned liner notes and some archive photographs. Whether you're a Dylan aficionado or a fan of soul and gospel music, there's much to enjoy here and this is another first class reissue from Light in the Attic Records.

Bowie Heard Them Here First
Bowie Heard Them Here First
Price: £13.67

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Mathis, The Velvet Underground, Eddie Floyd, Iggy Pop..., 1 May 2014
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...they're all here, along with The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Pixies and many more. Consisting of 24 tracks covered by Bowie between 1964 and 2002, the most noticeable thing is how similar many of Bowie's versions are to these. It seems that he liked these songs so much that he mostly (but not always) recorded straight-forward facsimiles. In a few instances his versions are better but overall I'd suggest that the songs on this compilation have the edge but, given the similarities, there isn't too much in it.

I'll take Martha & The Vandellas 'Dancing in the Streets' over Bowie & Jagger hamming it up any day and I'd have included Scott Walker's English language cover of Jacques Brel's 'Amsterdam' given that Bowie is a notable Walker aficionado (and possibly heard Walker's version first). Nonetheless, Brel's live recording included here is the ultimate version. I do prefer Bowie's cover of 'Kingdom Come' (he sings it better than Tom Verlaine and the backing vocals are superior) and his version of 'Wild is the Wind' will forever remain definitive. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy's 'I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship' from 1969 sounds like a B-side by The Fall and Iggy Pop's 'Don't Look Down' is almost unrecognisable from the song that appears on Bowie's Tonight album and is reggae free.

There are omissions - The Beatles 'Across the Universe', Lennon's 'Working Class Hero', Morrissey's 'I Know it's Gonna Happen Someday', The Beach Boys 'God Only Knows', The Rolling Stones 'Let's Spend the Night Together', etc - but I suppose you'd need a 2/3 CD set to include everything and in the case of the former it's probably due to copyright restrictions.

Featuring a diverse range of artists and songs, whether you're a Bowie fan or not there's something for everyone to enjoy. Clocking in at 76 minutes and housed in a jewel case, the liner notes feature a biography of Bowie's career from 1972 onwards and reproduction photos of record sleeves.
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EC Technology® 17W Dual USB Car Charger (2.4A & 1A) for Apple iPad Air, Mini, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Note2; Google Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, One plus; Motorola; HTC; LG; Nokia and most of the USB Charged Devices
EC Technology® 17W Dual USB Car Charger (2.4A & 1A) for Apple iPad Air, Mini, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Note2; Google Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, One plus; Motorola; HTC; LG; Nokia and most of the USB Charged Devices
Offered by EC Technology UK Store
Price: £10.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely fast charger, 10 April 2014
**Amazon are cross posting reviews. This is a review of the 2 port version**

It's got a longer overhang than similar in-car chargers, but this is the FASTEST charger I've used. Connect your device(s) to the charger, start your car engine, plug the charger into the car lighter socket and you're good to go. Scores on the doors after charging two devices simultaneously for 2½ hours whilst driving around Snowdonia:

iPad 2 - Start of journey charge 18%. Finish charge 96%
Galaxy Tab 3 7" - Start of journey charge 22%. Finish charge 100%

Solidly built, for the asking price it's an absolute bargain (I received mine gratis in return for a review) and despite the product info stating that it's not compatible with the Galaxy Tab series, I can confirm that the 17W 1-2.4 Amps model is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7". It's worth noting that if your lighter socket is fitted on the dashboard and in line with the gear stick the overall protrusion of this, including the USB heads on the charging cables, is about 95mm.
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Come Spy With Us ~ The Secret Agent Songbook
Come Spy With Us ~ The Secret Agent Songbook
Price: £10.10

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Agent Soundtrack, 4 April 2014
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Featuring 25 spy-themed tracks from the cinema and TV of the Sixties when the world was obsessed with the very real threat presented by the Cold War, this is first class compilation from Ace Records. Given that it's not genre themed in a music sense, there are are many different styles of music on offer. From the seductive pop of Dusty Springfield's 'The Look of Love' to the icy cool of John Barry's 'A Man Alone' via a couple of Motown cuts from The Supremes and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and some big orchestral and easy listening tracks (and a healthy helping of kitsch!), there really is something for everyone. Perfectly sequenced and featuring extensive liner notes with reproduction images of film posters and record covers, it's an enjoyable and memorable 62 minute mission.
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Let The Music Play: Black America Sings Bacharach & David
Let The Music Play: Black America Sings Bacharach & David
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Price: £9.98

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and enjoyable compilation, 1 April 2014
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This compilation from Ace is, as stated on the back cover, a celebration of the songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David as sung by some of soul's greatest artists. In all honesty few of the versions here are superior to the better known and definitive versions but considering some of these songs are amongst the most popular ever written, there's still much to enjoy and it's interesting to hear the different arrangements, instrumentation and vocals.

Nina Simone's 'The Look of Love' features (unsurprisingly) faultless vocals and has a mid-tempo jazz arrangement and Gloria Gaynor's uptempo take of 'Walk on By' has a brief spoken word intro and is clearly aimed at the dancefloor. Isaac Hayes' slowed down 'I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself' is almost unrecognisable from Dusty Springfield's definitive version and Aretha Franklin's sublime 'I Say a Little Prayer' needs no introduction. Brenda & The Tabulations 'Don't Make Me Over' remains faithful to Dionne Warwick's original and Irma Thomas' 'Long After Tonight Is all Over' although not dissimilar, is no match for Jimmy Radcliffe's definitive version. Mavis Staples closes the album with the beautifully sung 'A House Is Not a Home'.

Clocking in at 74:12 minutes and housed in a jewel case with excellent liner notes on all of the songs featured and archive photographs, this is a worthwhile and very enjoyable compilation. All of the tracks are in Stereo except 1, 8, 12, 17, 18 & 23 that are Mono.

SanDisk Clip Sport 4 GB MP3 Player - Black (SDMX24-004G-G46K)
SanDisk Clip Sport 4 GB MP3 Player - Black (SDMX24-004G-G46K)
Price: £34.98

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive but flawed MP3 player, 22 Mar. 2014
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Out of the box and switched on, the first thing you are presented with is the 'Regional Settings' menu. If you like your music loud, select either 'North America' or 'Rest of the World'. Select 'Europe' and the volume will be restricted due to EU regulations.

This is a tiny MP3 player (not too much bigger than the iPod Shuffle), it weighs next to nothing and it has a built-in clip. Transferring music onto it is simple - just connect it to your PC and drag and drop files onto it. One of the best features is that you can expand its capacity with a MicroSD card. I slotted a 128GB MicroSDXC card into it not sure if it would accept such a high capacity card but it did and within a couple of minutes I had approximately 800 CDs worth of music available to play.

I'm quite obsessive about tagging my MP3 music correctly and was surprised that when attempting to playback albums from both the internal storage and MicroSD card, it played the tracks in alphabetical order! I'm not sure why but if you have this problem too, there is a simple workaround - instead of selecting the 'Music' folder when accessing your music, select the 'Folder' folder and play your music files from there and albums will then playback in the correct sequence. However, when accessing music from this folder, albums stored on the MicroSD card are not listed in alphabetical order and it can be difficult to find the exact album you want to listen to. It's an unexpected flaw from such an established brand but not an all out disaster given the workaround. One thing that I really like is that when switched on it carries on playing from exactly where it was when you switched it off and it's ready to go within a couple of seconds of being switched on - it doesn't have to re-scan the MicroSD card.

Sound quality is SUPERB - it goes way louder and sounds better and clearer than my Samsung MP3 player and the supplied earphones are OK too but not particularly comfortable (I'm using it with Sennheiser earphones). It has a number of pre-set EQ settings (Rock, Pop, Jazz etc.) and you can also custom set the EQ too. It's very easy to navigate using an LCD menu and a few simple buttons, displays (tiny) album artwork and you can shuffle and repeat tracks and set-up playlists. The FM radio works well with a surprisingly clear reception and you can pre-set stations. It has a sleep mode and there's also a timer and stopwatch in the 'Sports' folder with the option to save your logs. The battery lasts a reasonable 17-18 hours when playing 320kbps encoded MP3 files with the volume at approx 70%.

If you're in the market for a basic, small and affordable MP3 player this is OK and the fact that it supports 128GB MicroSD cards is a big selling point. The only real faults I can find are the playing of album tracks in alphabetical order kerfuffle (albeit there's a workaround), displaying albums in random order when using the workaround and there is NO Lock button. Not having a Lock button is not too much of a problem if you clip it onto your clothing but put it in your pocket and it skips backwards and forwards between tracks VERY easily.

Overall rating: 3½ stars.

***There's a firmware update for this player available from the Sandisk website. The quickest and easiest way is to download the upgrade.hex file to your PC and then drag and drop it into the player's Root folder. Once done, tracks play in the correct order. See link in the comment below for full details***
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