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Ultimate Dirty Dancing
Ultimate Dirty Dancing
Offered by Rikdev Media
Price: £2.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 1 Classic Song, 1 Good song and a bunch of oldies, 31 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Ultimate Dirty Dancing (Audio CD)
I've had the time of my life is an essential song that you don't find on many compilations or even best ofs. So here is a good place to purchase it. In addition to that there is "She's like the wind", which is a good song and the rest is filled up with oldies and some forgettable songs.


One-Trick Pony
One-Trick Pony
Price: £5.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No such thing as a bad Paul Simon album!, 7 Dec. 2011
This review is from: One-Trick Pony (Audio CD)
Paul Simon fans know this, but there is no such thing as a bad Paul Simon album. There are a few that I would call less than some others, but the man is a superb craftsman and even his lesser efforts are better than other artist's best. That being said, this is not one of them. There are at least 3 classic songs on "One Trick Pony" and, overall, it holds together very well. The lyrics are accessible but nevertheless continue to intrigue. I have always enjoyed listening to it. Now it is available in a remastered version, with bonus songs and it is, at the time of writing at least, very affordable. So yeah, go for it.


Making Sense of Japanese
Making Sense of Japanese
by Jay Rubin
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal help for the frustrated, 1 Oct. 2011
Let's face it, if you're reading this review, you're already learning japanese. Furthermore you're reading an english review of a book written in english. Which means that your mothertongue is probably alien to japanese. These two facts combined, guarantee frustration as you gradually have come to realise that the road will be long and that the obstacles are seemingly unsurmountable.

The first is undoubtedly true. The latter is not. This book is testimony to that. Whereas an ordinary textbook teaches you and hopes that insight will gradually grow. This book makes it its mission to provide you the insight and hopes that this will give you the extra push needed to scale some mountains.

However, make no mistake, the road will still be long.


Odessa: Deluxe Edition
Odessa: Deluxe Edition
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £29.71

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really lightfooted, 3 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Odessa: Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
First Off, I'm not a Bee Gees fan. As a matter of fact, my wife bought this CD and I listen along occasionally.

And when doing that my ears hear a "songcycle". So you should best be prepared to listen to the CD as a whole. "A little bombastic" is also a thought that, at times, pops up. And to continue the stream of thoughts: "moving", "achingly beautiful", "carefully crafted" and "overlooked" are also words that spring to mind.

The deluxe edition is "nice". Stereo and mono versions differ little to me and the extras CD is "interesting".

All in all, I would say "value for money".


Four Classic Albums: Anita Sings the Most/the Lady Is a Tramp/An Evening With Anita O'day/Anita
Four Classic Albums: Anita Sings the Most/the Lady Is a Tramp/An Evening With Anita O'day/Anita
Price: £5.99

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars 4 4 albums, 16 Jan. 2010
Chances are you know Anita O Day well if you read this review. So in that case, I think you ought to buy this double CD. It is great value for money. If you don't know her I think you should give this music a chance. Anita O Day is a great vocalist and there is some great music on these CD's.


Songs In The Key Of Life
Songs In The Key Of Life
Price: £5.00

11 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Genius indulges, 7 April 2009
First off, there's not a soul that would deny this album its status. It has been incredibly influential and it has some wonderful tracks on it. So why not grant it the full 5 star treatment like so many seem to be willing to do? The answer is simple. Songs in the Key of Life is an album where a genius indulges in all his interests without a lot of critical afterthought. This implies invariably that the songs are overstretched. Some songs could easily be cut in two without losing anything essential. The other problem is that the album could easily do without some of the lesser tracks. From a critic's point of view you are thus faced with a dilemma. On the one hand there is a near perfect album's worth in there. On the other hand it contains too much of everything. It depends on which view dominates. Stevie Wonder fans will undoubtedly accord five stars. I prefer to balance the scorecard a little, if only to warn the casual fan.
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The Kindly Ones (Sandman, Book 9)
The Kindly Ones (Sandman, Book 9)
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware Newcomers, 2 Sept. 2008
Just a little word of warning here. I read "the kindly ones" having read only one of the previous stories (seasons of mist). Although reading this story without knowledge of everything that preceded it, is possible, it soon became apparent that there are way too many references to previous stories to make the experience totally satisfying. So, I'll have to catch up here and I would recommend everyone to start at the beginning.


The Captain and The Kid
The Captain and The Kid
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.53

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elton tries to do it again, 10 April 2008
This review is from: The Captain and The Kid (Audio CD)
In all honesty it must be said that this is an excellent album. If a new artist would have come up with this album it would be the sensation of the year. But the trouble is "It isn't a new artist. It's Elton John!". He has done all of this and better the first time around. So all the rave reviews are just an indication of how much we miss the "classic" Elton and how lightweight some of his later albums have become.

It is certainly a return to form and nobody buying this album will be disappointed. Whereas most of his more recent albums rely on a few strong tracks this is a consistent effort with good to fine songwriting, inventive musicianship and a clean "Elton John" sound. In comparison with his classic albums however it falls short. At the time the great songs came easy to him. Now he has to work hard to approach that level and he doesn't succeed all the time. Then he was a great vocalist. Now he sings in a lower register and the range isn't anymore what it used to be. Then he had a innovative producer with Gus Dudgeon, but now we have heard it all before.

So yes, it is a great album, compared with anybody's standards, but no, it doesn't rank with the best of Elton John.


Victorian Lace Today
Victorian Lace Today
by Alexis Xenakis
Edition: Hardcover

63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting in a Victorian Perspective, 27 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Victorian Lace Today (Hardcover)
If there is still anybody who thinks knitting is stupid, boring or whatever, think again. This wonderful book puts knitting into perspective. First and foremost it clearly demonstrates that knitting has a rich and long history to it. Secondly, as with anything with a history, it tells us a lot about the society and the people who practised it. Case in point, the Victorian society. But if you think history is as boring as knitting, here is another thought for you. This is a beautiful book. This lace and its patterns richly deserved to be preserved. This is as much cultural heritage as the Taj Mahal or Shakespeare. This lace is breathtaking. The photography is ever so refined and the Victorian settings are so fitting. I assure you. You will not put this book away until you have seen it all. And finally, when the mind and the senses have been satisfied you yourself can partake in this grand tradition. The detailed patterns and clear instructions allow you to recreate all this romantic beauty and make it ready for a new age.


Divine Right Book Two TP
Divine Right Book Two TP
by Jim Lee
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing but forgettable, 11 Jun. 2006
I was drawn to this book by the name of Jim Lee. Since he was involved it was worth checking out I reasoned. Having read it. I find that it was a good read because the artwork was solid (though at times there's is some annoying experimentation with panel layout going on). Furthermore there is a quite interesting hypothesis at work here. What if an ordinary guy is accidently bestowed with godlike powers. This is like taking the superherogenre to the max. Unfortunately not a whole lot is being done with it. I suppose it would take somebody like Alan Moore to ball with this. So yes read it, enjoy it and then put it away, like we do with so many of our comics.


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