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STRONG BROWN KRAFT WRAPPING PARCEL PAPER 90GSM FREE P&P
STRONG BROWN KRAFT WRAPPING PARCEL PAPER 90GSM FREE P&P
Offered by PolyPostalBags
Price: £3.03

5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT PAPER, 13 Feb. 2016
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I have to give them full marks here. I send out hundreds of parcels from my shop and this is the very best brown paper that i have come across - strong, durable and robust.

I wish they packed it a little better when dispatched, but I can overlook this detail as the value is excellent.


Live in Boston , 21.8.1978
Live in Boston , 21.8.1978

5.0 out of 5 stars LIVE IN BOSTON 1978, 12 Feb. 2016
There are currently four Bon Scott-era radio shows doing the rounds at the moment and this is certainly one of the best.

The band are on roaring form here and the quality is highly respectable for a release of this nature.

Check out the 4-CD 'Hot as Hell' collection which contains all four shows and represents better value.


Live '79- Towson State College Maryland (VINYL) [VINYL]
Live '79- Towson State College Maryland (VINYL) [VINYL]
Price: £21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars MARYLAND 1979, 12 Feb. 2016
Radio shows should always be approached with caution but you have no need to worry here - this is a good recording of a terrific show from the Bon Scott era.

The sound quality falls a little short of album standard but it is still pretty good and well worth investigating.

For value, it can be found on the 4 x CD 'Hot as Hell' collection.


Back To School Days
Back To School Days
Price: £8.69

5.0 out of 5 stars BON SCOTT-ERA LIVE SHOW, 12 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Back To School Days (Audio CD)
Radio shows should always be approached with caution but you have no need to worry here - this is a good recording of a terrific show from the Bon Scott era.

The sound quality falls a little short of album standard but it is still pretty good and well worth investigating.

For value, it can be found on the 4 x CD 'Hot as Hell' collection.


Live '79- Towson State College, Maryland October '79
Live '79- Towson State College, Maryland October '79
Price: £5.57

5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BON SCOTT-ERA SHOW, 12 Feb. 2016
Radio shows should always be approached with caution but you have no need to worry here - this is a good recording of a terrific show from the Bon Scott era.

The sound quality falls a little short of album standard but it is still pretty good and well worth investigating.

For value, it can be found on the 4 x CD 'Hot as Hell' collection.


The Very Best of AC/DC: Hot as Hell - Broadcasting Live in the Bon Scott Era 1977-1979 (4CD)
The Very Best of AC/DC: Hot as Hell - Broadcasting Live in the Bon Scott Era 1977-1979 (4CD)
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars 4 X BON SCOTT-ERA RADIO RECORDINGS, 12 Feb. 2016
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For fans of the original Bon Scott-era AC/DC, this is a dream come true. Having been starved of recordings for so long, we are now presented with four live radio shows in one box at a respectable price.

The shows cover the period from 1977-79 and catch this classic incarnation of the band on great form. Scott's rasping vocals are unmistakable, the sound is heavy and the riffing is deliriously enjoyable!

The sound quality is generally good, though falls short of album quality. Nevertheless, these are precious recordings which have been held back for far too long and are a veritable feast for all AC/DC fans.


The Collection
The Collection
Offered by Rikdev Media
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars YES LIVE IN THE NINETIES, 12 Feb. 2016
This review is from: The Collection (Audio CD)
This is a budget priced live double album released on the Prism label.

The recorded quality is good and the performance accomplished. The band (a Nineties incarnation I believe) showcase a diverse selection from their back catalogue.

For a few quid, it is a sound purchase for any Yes fan.


England's Lane by Peter Sarstedt
England's Lane by Peter Sarstedt
Offered by FHL Store
Price: £127.76

5.0 out of 5 stars ENGLAND'S LANE, 29 Jan. 2016
This is a delightful album from Sarstedt, which is re-released by Angel Air Records in January 2016.

It is melodic, well written and folksy - the style and voice are unmistakable from those glory days of 'Where Did You Go To (My Lovely). Peter had a stellar cast of musicians and producers to help him - the result is gem which needs to be discovered.

These are the sleeve notes I have written for the Angel Air re-release which I am happy to share with you:

ENGLAND’S LANE

Peter’s story begins in Delhi, India where he was born in 1941 during an era of transition and flux. He only lived in the City for a few years before his parents relocated to Kurseong near Darjeeling to administer a large tea plantation. When he was old enough, Peter was sent to the nearby Victoria Boys' School.

Peter, his two brothers Richard and Clive, sister Lorraine and half-sisters (Pam and June) spent a total of four years in this extra-ordinary jungle setting, the beautiful Himalayan Mountains serving as a fitting backdrop to this idyllic location.

In 1947, the Sarstedt family moved to Calcutta but with the uncertainty, violence, cruelty and bloodshed that went with Partition, they spent most of their time living in the comparative safety and solitude of the hills.

The Sarstedt’s eventually took the decision to return to England in 1954. Their Father went on ahead to prepare for the return of his family but tragically died before they could join him. Nevertheless, the rest of the family followed and settled in South London.

This cultural change must have been a revelation to the Sarstedt Brothers who landed slap bang in the middle of the rock 'n' roll boom, a world away from the sights, sounds and smells of colonial India. The boys embraced the new music they heard and like so many other young men up and down the country, formed a skiffle band (the Fabulous 5) so they could be part of this musical revolution. They had in many respects caught the musical bug from their late Father, who could play a number of instruments and from their Mother (and her Mother) who were classically trained.

In 1961, Peter’s eldest brother Richard entered, and won a talent contest. He was spotted by Decca and signed a record deal, changing his name to Eden Kane. Peter and Clive joined him in his new band and Kane stormed the charts with a succession of hit singles, including the number one single ‘Well I Ask You’. Other top 5 hits included ‘Get Lost’, Forget Me Not’, ‘I Don’t Know Why’ and ‘Boys Cry’. It was an amazing time for the brothers but when the time was right, Peter struck out on his own.

Peter initially changed his name from Peter Sarstedt to Peter Lincoln, releasing the 1967 single ‘In the Days of My Youth’ (backed with ‘My Monkey is a Junkie’) which unfortunately failed to chart.

Peter soon ditched the Lincoln moniker and reverted to Sarstedt, releasing two further singles the following year (‘I Must Go On’ and ‘I am a Cathedral’), still without any commercial success. However it was the next single which sent Peter’s career stratospheric!

He had written a beautiful song called ‘Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)’ about a poor girl who joined the jet set. It was a heart-warming and exceptional composition, well-constructed, catchy and instantly recognisable.

The public took it to their hearts and it went to number one. In fact it reached the top spot in fourteen countries and earned Peter an Ivor Novello award which he shared with David Bowie for ‘Space Oddity’. It sold a staggering 14 million copies, a figure bands can only dream of nowadays.

The follow-up single ‘Frozen Orange Juice’ was also a top ten hit and the corresponding album sold well, peaking at number 8.

Staggeringly, the youngest brother, Clive, found chart success as well. He was part of a group called the Deejays who had two massive hits in Sweden. His big moment in the UK came in 1976 when he reached number three in the charts as Robin Sarstedt with the Hoagy Carmichael song, ‘My Resistance is Low’. There can be few brothers who have scored so many individual hits in their own right on this scale.

Throughout the Seventies and Eighties, Peter’s recorded output had been reasonably consistent. However, by the Nineties this had stopped…that is until an old friend had other ideas.

The genesis for ‘England’s Lane’ came from Brian Hodgson, who was to produce the album. Peter and Brian had known each other since they were teenagers and their friendship had endured and flourished over the decades.

Brian’s pedigree and experience in the music business can be traced back to the Sixties as a songwriter, producer and bassist. He worked with Marty Wilde, Billy Fury and amusingly, appeared in one of the last scenes in Carry on Camping (1969) as the bass player in the flower power band, the Flowerbuds (he’s the one in the orange shirt!)

In the early Seventies, Brian formed a band called Compass, which featured Billy Bremner, Roger Rettig and Peter Kircher (previously of Honeybus who had scored a major hit with ‘I Can't Let Maggie Go’). Compass made an appearance on Top of the Pops in 1974 with their song ‘No More Whiskey’.

In the mid Seventies Brian (along with Billy, Roger and John Halsey - Kircher had now joined Status Quo) teamed up with Eric Idle and Neil Innes on the celebrated ‘Rutland Weekend Television’ series. Brian regularly appeared in the series as part of the band Fatso. Famously, the band was hijacked by George Harrison when he segued from the opening bars of ‘My Sweet Lord’ into ‘the Pirate Song’. This was the genesis for the Beatles spoof band, the Rutles. Brian is very proud to have been one of the original Rutles and played on ‘I Must Be in Love’ on the Rutland Weekend Television series.

Brian has also written/produced for (amongst others), Mike Berry, Billy J. Kramer, Lonnie Donegan, Van Morrison, Johnny Hallyday and Shakin’ Stevens. He also had a stint playing bass with Eighties rockabilly rebels Matchbox and wrote and produced a number of their songs including the hit single ‘One More Saturday Night’:

“‘One More Saturday Night’ was one of the easiest songs I wrote – it just flowed off the guitar. Amazingly, it cracked the notoriously difficult French market and was a number one hit in France for a young artist called Billy under the title ‘Tous Les Samedis Soir’. The song was also a hit in Spain for Little Pedrito.”

He also co-wrote and produced ‘Why Do I Always Get It Wrong‘, which won the 1989 UK Song for Europe.

As well as being an established and well-known figure in the music business, Brian is an elected member of the Council of BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors), the organisation responsible for the Ivor Novello Awards and the British Composer Awards.

Perhaps Brian’s most unusual hit came in 1993, as he explains:

“If ever there was a case of being in the right place at the right time, then this is it. I was watching my son playing football – he played in the same school team as David Beckham, when he was spotted by a talent scout. We got chatting and he said that there was an opportunity to write a song for Manchester United, particularly if they won the first ever Premiership. So I co-wrote ‘United (We Love You)’ and prepared a demo. We took it up to Old Trafford, they liked it and sure enough United won the Premiership. The player’s vocals were added to the song and it became a big hit.”

Brian is a co-founder of the band Hogan’s Heroes who back the legendary guitarist Albert Lee. He has also played live with Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Edmunds, Bruce Welch of the Shadows and Don Everly.

Another driving force behind ‘England’s Lane’ was none other than…Peter Lincoln, who had in fact provided vocals on the original demo of Brian’s ‘United (We Love You’). Peter is well known for his broad repertoire of songs but perhaps better known nowadays as the lead singer of Sweet. The two Peters met when they were on a package tour together, as Lincoln explains:

“It was in the winter of 1993, while touring Germany with Shakin' Stevens (among a multitude of other acts) that I eventually met Peter Sarstedt for the first time. I boarded a minibus bound for a sound check and sat next to him.
He said ‘So you're the real Peter Lincoln?’ I was confused. ‘The real McCoy ...The one and only real Peter Lincoln?’ he continued. I thought he was taking the piss! He then went on to tell me that when he was signed as a recording artist for the first time, the record company thought that Sarstedt wasn't an appropriate name for a star, so they changed it to Lincoln. Apparently his first recordings were made as Pete Lincoln and the Sundowners. Bizarre! We became firm friends and it has been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to work with him. It’s fair to say that I was heavily involved in the recording of ‘England’s Lane’, playing guitar, some keys and backing vox.”

‘England’s Lane’ also featured drummer Gerry Conway (Fairport Convention) and the talented multi-instrumentalists Laurie Harper and Simon Mayor. An extra-ordinary addition to the personnel was Martin Taylor, a remarkable jazz guitarist who Pat Metheny described as ‘…one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument.’
Praise indeed.

The melodious and distinctive sound and vocals you are hearing on ‘England’s Lane’ are classic Sarstedt. The quality of these recordings owe as much to Peter’s distinctive vocals as it does to the high standard of production and musicianship throughout.

With the release of ‘England’s Lane’, songs such as ‘The Last of the Breed’ in many respects evoked echoes and memories of Peter’s Sixties hits. Poignantly, he was joined by Brothers Richard and Clive on ‘Altogether Now’, a clever song name-checking famous skiffle songs and lyrics which featured Albert Lee on guitar, in many respects closing the circle and transporting the three brothers back to the days of the Fabulous 5, long before the hits flowed.

Sadly, Peter is now in poor health which is why he has been unable to contribute to these sleeve notes. However, his wonderful legacy to us is a truly inspiring catalogue and of course, England’s Lane, arguably his finest hour which is made available to us by Angel Air Records.

James McCarraher
Autumn 2015
With sincere thanks to Brian Hodgson, Peter Lincoln.


Life on Mars
Life on Mars
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5.0 out of 5 stars RICK WAKEMAN PLAYS BOWIE IN AID OF MACMILLAN, 29 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Life on Mars (MP3 Download)
Not a cash-in but a genuine and heartfelt tribute to a dear friend, all in aid of Macmillan.

Rick Wakeman is a fabulous keyboard player and these two cover versions are terrific - well worth buying for all the right reasons.


Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars RICK WAKEMAN DOES BOWIE FOR MACMILLAN, 29 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Life on Mars (MP3 Download)
Not a cash-in but a heartfelt tribute to an old friend with all funds going to Macmillan Cancer.

Rick Wakeman is a fabulous pianist and these versions are beautiful - well worth investigating.


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