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Simple Minds
Simple Minds
by Adam Sweeting
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Simple Minds book, 19 Feb. 2014
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Great book, real eye opener and I wish Adam the very, very best of luck and success. Highly recommended indeed.


Envy [DVD]
Envy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Stiller
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite films, 19 Feb. 2014
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I loved this, the sense of humour is wicked, had me laughing at the time and I laugh when I think of some of the scenes. Vastly under-rated film, love it.


5x5 Live
5x5 Live
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blindingly good, 19 Feb. 2014
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An absolutely superb collection from a wonderful wonderful tour. If you only buy one Simple Minds CD make it this. Unmissable.


Stand and Deliver: My Autobiography: The Autobiography
Stand and Deliver: My Autobiography: The Autobiography
by Adam Ant
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, 19 Feb. 2014
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Great book, real eye opener and I wish Adam the very, very best of luck and success. Highly recommended indeed.


Comedy and Error: They Really Were Marvellous Times
Comedy and Error: They Really Were Marvellous Times
by Simon Day
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 19 Feb. 2014
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Made me laugh, made me happy, thoroughly entertaining and found myself itching for more from the author. Highly recommended indeed, really glad I read it.


The Old Pubs of Lichfield
The Old Pubs of Lichfield
by John Shaw
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb & Comprehensive, Factually correct, 4 July 2013
One of a growing number of books on the history of Lichfield.
This is an excellent tome full of pictures and illustrations.
I'm grateful for this work.


Espedair Street by Banks, Iain New Edition (1990)
Espedair Street by Banks, Iain New Edition (1990)

5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest book ever, 4 July 2013
Simply brilliant, changed my life and thinking.
Iain Banks was a huge inspiration and will live on through his words.


Graffiti Soul
Graffiti Soul

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Simple Minds album for two decades..., 19 April 2009
This review is from: Graffiti Soul (Audio CD)
...and it's well worth investing in. Graffiti Soul marks a 'real' return to form, as opposed to a claimed one. This album begins less with a bang but more with a 'wow!' with the magnificent opening track (and my personal favourite Simple Minds track for some significant time and also Jim Kerr's favourite track of the album) 'Moscow Underground'. Full of Charlie Burchill's trademark hooks, it haunts it's way through your ears, the drving bass of Eddie Duffy beating away, into another world of Simple Minds music, one that they last visited around 1981. Yes, it's that good.
Rockets, the lead single is very catchy pop, not my favourite on the album (see Moscow Underground above!) but still a good track and single choice nonetheless. You'll never get the 'ne ner ner ner ne ner' loop out of your head!
Stars Will Lead the Way is dramatically good, such a rythm to it, like being hit in the ears with an axe at the beginning! Could easily have been the lead single.
Light Travels is slower, but beautiful. Jim's voice is more exposed to great effect on this track, with some more great guitar work going on behind it. This hooks you in, and moves along building as it goes. Hello hello! Is anybody home?
Kiss and Fly is more of an album filler for me, not outstanding but fits in perfectly well amongst some legendary songs.
Graffiti Soul - the title track is a real grower. It takes two or three listens to appreciate it's full beauty.
Blood Type 'O' is fantastic, derived from the Far Eastern held belief that those of blood type 'o' are born to be stars. Delicious end to the track.
This Is It: This is indeed 'it'! Rocks yer boots off this track does, another that oculd easily be a single, and caps the ballsy pop sound of the whole album marvellously.
Shadows & Light is a bonus track, believed to be different in style to the album.
Rockin' In The Free World is another bonus track, plucked from the accompanying covers album 'In Search of the Lost Boys' - this Neil Young classic is given the full Minds treatment, almost forcing you to join in. The covers album, incidentally, was put together in harmony with Graffiti Soul, at Rockfield just outside Ross/Monmouth. Watch out for the Minds cover of The Call's 'Let the Day Begin' which is scarily good.
Buy this album, satisfaction guaranteed for your ears. You will struggle to buy a better album all year than this. Take That's Gary Barlow wrote Pray to make a record to sound like Simple Minds - as good as he is, he needn't have bothered, he has his nice, the Minds have theirs and this is cutting across both boundaries.


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