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Dizzy Heights
Dizzy Heights
Price: 9.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great solo Finn record, 16 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Dizzy Heights (Audio CD)
I first saw Neil with Split Enz in London in 1977, replacing my hero, Phil Judd. No easy job.

Bought everything him and / or his brother Tim have produced since Mental Notes. So no surprise I bought this on release. And I love it.

Track by track, it starts with Impressions, which is a slow, moody track that has Beatles overtones.

Sequences into the title track, which is pure Neil pop, and worthy of any great pop writer. Could have been any time in the last 50 years, but also very current. Terrific.

Fly In The Face Of Love is more up tempo and has echoes of so many great pop songs. Great single material. Very infectious and has great hook.

Divebomber sounds like an attempt at a Beatles circa Revolution No. 9. Not convinced.

Better than TV. Return to form and another pop classic in the making. Hooks. Infectious. A hit.

Pony Ride. Strange title. Sounds like a late period Split Enz song and would fit a Brit Pop revival album. No bad thing. Nice guitar.

White Lies and Alibis is less pop and more experimental, which is why it's here and not on a Crowded House. Love it.

Recluse. Great track that has interesting a compelling lyrics and a piano led hook that would fit on a Beatles album.

Strangest. A grower in the Beatles mould. Great guitar. Lovely chorus.

In My Blood is the most Crowded of any song here. Pure pop.

Light Of New York. Fairy tale of New York more like. Can imagine Shane McG sing / slurring this. Weak last track. Average at best.

So four stars. Next? Album with Tim. Crowded. Split Enz uk tour. Please


Lost Bodies
Lost Bodies
by David Manderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read, 11 Jan 2014
This review is from: Lost Bodies (Paperback)
Very black and intense though it is, I did enjoy reading Lost Bodies very much. It did take me a while to get used to the staccato writing style but then I was away and had difficulty putting it down. It is an unusual approach from inside the head of a maniac.


Ninth
Ninth
Price: 16.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. The ninth day!, 5 Sep 2013
This review is from: Ninth (Audio CD)
Really like this lp. Listening on headphones in holiday with the wife. Epic stuff. Shades of his big influences as in Bowie and Iggy. Vocals sound like both at their best. Listening made me want to okay The Next Day next, then some vintage Iggy and The Stooges. Terrific. Buy.


The Deserters
The Deserters
Price: 10.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful experience..., 5 Feb 2013
This review is from: The Deserters (Audio CD)
Listening to this now (for the 20th time) as I write, and still enchanted by its beauty... Sort of haunting, very melodic and very sixties in ways, but bang up to date in other. Reminded of Nick Drake at times, Donovan at others. very special record.


Reason To Believe: The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings (3CD)
Reason To Believe: The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings (3CD)
Price: 8.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic stuff, 31 Jan 2013
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bought this after buying The Faces two disc collection, which I love. This is Rod at his best, and he never made a good record after this, just average to dross. The reasons why this is so good are numerous; Ronnie, the rest of The Faces, Rod's voice, the arrangements, the songs, the production - all superb!

Rod should listen to this lot twenty times before he does another gig or record to remind himself of what his capable of.

Brilliant.


5x5 Live
5x5 Live
Price: 19.93

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 21 Nov 2012
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This review is from: 5x5 Live (Audio CD)
Listening to this as I write, and trying to work as well! Fantastic 2012 interpretations of classic Simple Minds period. The playing is excellent, can't single out anyone one player, but Charlie is terrific. Vocals are wonderful. What makes it is the quality of the material, so adventurous for its time, and still as fresh as ever! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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The Ukulele Album
The Ukulele Album
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Price: 12.02

5.0 out of 5 stars What is there NOT to love about this!, 7 Nov 2012
This review is from: The Ukulele Album (Audio CD)
We've seen Joe live every December in Henley for about 5 years and love him to bits! He has done loads of these songs live for us many times, so I'm familiar with him and his (Pete's) arrangements of the songs. To put this into context, today I've listen to Joe and the Alt-J - both have there own place.

This is a lovely record, beautiful played, sung, arranged and produced - and it's a fun record as well. What is there NOT to like?


Little Red Lung
Little Red Lung
Price: 3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 3 Nov 2012
This review is from: Little Red Lung (MP3 Download)
I love this record. Atmospheric, classy, stylish, exotic, beautifully played and even more beautifully sung. Perhaps comparable to Kate Bush, or Alt-J.


Stay With Me: The Faces Anthology
Stay With Me: The Faces Anthology
Offered by Side Two
Price: 11.49

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, 14 Oct 2012
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Forgot what a great band these guys were. What a terrific collection of their best stuff to jog the memory! 10 - It's a no brainer - buy it and relive the boys in all their glory!


When I'm President
When I'm President
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Price: 7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 11 Sep 2012
This review is from: When I'm President (Audio CD)
ok, here goes... Loved it on first listen, very immediate LP. Track by track as I listen on my train journey from Scotland to London... Well, Comfortable (Flyin' Scotsman) seems very apt seeing as I started the day in Scotland and would have worked great on a MtH album, love the piano. Bet this is a live classic for years to come.

Fatally Flawed slows things down a bit, and I immediately think Dylan Blood on the Tracks era, especially the vocals. Great lyrics, and 70 seconds in and we are rocking again. Great keyboards on this LP. And Ronno must be looking down from heaven andloving the guitar player. This is a real band!

When I'm President. Love the lyrics, spot on Ian. Revisiting some ideas from previous LP's. Great chorus. Don't think this will be adopted by Romney as a campaign song do you?

What For. Ian does the New York Dolls. The piano anyway. The guitar is pure Ronson. Up there with most of Ian's best MtH work and solo / Ronson.

Black Tears. Ronno guitar again... Great track, but it's a killer live.

Saint. Hints of Springsteen here, and I like the hook, but not the best track here.

Just The Way You Look Tonight. Terrific - pure Springsteen. He should cover this. Can't wait to see this live, bet it's amazing. Ian's voice is still tremendous and his phrasing and lyrics are world class. A CLASSIC.

Wild Bunch. a MtH type track, it could even be about them! Love the chorus.

Crazy Horse.Can't get into this yet as it's a different type of song to the rest of the LP. A grower...

I Don't Know. Great track. Doesn't sound like Ian, more like Joe Elliot. Great chorus, and a real rocker. Will be great live when I see them in October in Shepherd's Bush.

Life. MtH territory, perhaps because this a real band LP. Reflective lyrics as ever. A great closer.

In summary, this is really great album. Can't wait to play it back with the new Dylan Tempest...


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