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The No.1 Movies Album
The No.1 Movies Album
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 5.65

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Compilation of Pop Hits, 12 Nov 2011
This review is from: The No.1 Movies Album (Audio CD)
Tony Blackburn played a track that caught my attention the other Saturday. The indispensable listing on the BBC site directed me to this compilation. I was best pleased to find the Dusty Springfield song 'Nothing Has Been Proved', one of 3 of hers listed as one of 'The 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die', here.
Each of the 38 tracks on the cd featured in a film and most were written specifically for same, for example, to name two rarer tracks, 'Love Song for a Vampire' sung by Annie Lennox, and 'Why You?' performed by Hazel O'Connor. The sound quality is excellent and the tracks do not appear to have been shortened from their original release. If you like 80's pop you may have a number of these tracks already, but I can guarantee that there are some rarer selections here too that should justify the purchase.


Rider On The Rain [DVD]
Rider On The Rain [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charles Bronson

3.0 out of 5 stars Crime film mélange, 10 Dec 2010
This review is from: Rider On The Rain [DVD] (DVD)
This film doesn't really have much of a plot instead it concentrates on keeping the viewer guessing from the off. Twenty minutes in, Bronson appears on the scene. His character is a bit of a post-modern concoction - an almost omniscient avenger-type who will play cat and mouse with his prey to the end. What his ultimate motives are and the unorthodox measures he seems prepared to take to get what he wants are really no more than a smokescreen for the twists and jousts of the plot. However, Bronson seems to be enjoying himself and Ms Jobert is good in the central role. French directors have always loved the bleakness and romance of film noir, and René Clement, despite having won two Best Foreign Film Acaacemy Awards, is probably now best known for his 1959 film, Plein Soleil (Purple Noon), an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 'The Talented Mr Ripley'. This film however is not a patch on that work.


Putumayo Presents Christmas Around The World
Putumayo Presents Christmas Around The World
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 12.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Small world, short player!, 10 Dec 2010
I like buying world music compilations and I have to admit to an occasional penchant for soft-soap nostalgia - hence this purchasse. Unfortunately the intepretaions of various Xmas carols/hymns/songs on this cd were mainly no better than elevator music to my ears. There were just two tracks of the 12 here that I bothered to rip to my pc: the Banks Soundtech Steel Orchestra from Barbados and flatpicking guitarist, Dan Crary.
The cd lasts under 38 minutes. Though, this is not that unusual with compilations on the Putamayo label from what I've seen previously. The title is rather odd considering that only one track is from outside the Americas, Los Reyes' version of 'White Christmas' - truly awful. Four tracks are from the US, and the remaining 7 from Cuba and the Caribbean. Seven of the 12 tracks were selected from Xmas albums, two tracks from the same one 'Cuba en Navidad'.


Viva Las Vegas: THE WORLD'S LARGEST THEATRE ORGAN CONSOLE
Viva Las Vegas: THE WORLD'S LARGEST THEATRE ORGAN CONSOLE
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: 7.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Aficianados Only!, 4 Dec 2010
I bought this cd on spec. The sound a theatre organ can make is close to that of a brass band and, in my opinion, has the same problem in diffentiating one piece of music from the next. The nature of the instrument is present in almost every note it emits - windy, echoey, squeaky. The music that ideally suits it is that of the music hall: a lively knees-up or a sentimental wallow. I would have liked it more if the tracks had a bit more life in them. I'm afraid it's all a bit forgettable.
The cd is 70 minutes long. Among the 13 tracks there are 4 long medley/selections of around 10 minutes each. It is issued on the bargain-priced Castle Pulse label.
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Simply Salsa
Simply Salsa
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 7.83

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality Latin compilation of old and new recordings., 29 Aug 2010
This review is from: Simply Salsa (Audio CD)
I bought this box set a few months ago. When I eventually read the reviews on Amazon, I was astounded that one (any) listener could award only one star for this compilation. Why? There are at least three reasons. One, the sound quality and the performances are all to a high standard - there's no filler here. Two, there's a good range of latin music and many great performers, past and present, big band and soloist. Admittedly, a group called Ritmo Alegria (perhaps, a London-based salsa band contracted to Union Square?) perform on 14 of the 52 tracks, and even though their sound is more reverential than incendiary, they are eminently listenable! Lastly, like all decent compilations this one provides a few stand-out tracks that will direct the listener to work by these performers in the future. A singer I will definitely be looking for again is the 'firebreathing' Lola Flores.


The Girls' Scene
The Girls' Scene

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and Dated Pop Music, 28 Aug 2010
This review is from: The Girls' Scene (Audio CD)
This cd has 25 tracks and a playing time of 62 minutes. Nearly all the tracks are by different performers. There are no hits on this compiliation and only three of those represented have had any lasting success in the business: Marianne Faithful, Lulu and Olivia Newton-John.
The songs were all produced, one feels, to feed off the trend set earlier in the decade in the U.S. Two of the songs here were written by Goffin and King. Many compilations, such as this, of mainly (now) forgotten singers and non-chart-hits can surprise us with songs that are listenable, however they are generally not memorable, as another reviewer observed elsewhere. Unfortunately, there are no forgotten gems in this batch and few that are even worth a listen. Keep searching! - elsewhere.


Original Hits - Sixties
Original Hits - Sixties
Offered by MasterDVD
Price: 8.27

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best value 60s compilation I've ever come across, 15 Aug 2010
This review is from: Original Hits - Sixties (Audio CD)
If like me you grew up in the 60s, you'll be thrilled to have this great value box set. An earlier review of this set, bemoaned the fact that there are no tracks by The Beatles, The Stones or other legendary rock groups included. This is surely a business decison made by the copyright holders. In any case, there are numerous collections of their hits available and their original albums continue in the catalogue. What's more we know their music inside out and it's the forgotten gems that you'll find here alongside the many familar smash hits that make this compilation special.
This set would also be a great introduction to 60s pop for younger listeners.


Tragedy at Law (Pan Classic Crime)
Tragedy at Law (Pan Classic Crime)
by Cyril Hare
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic literary crime novel, 3 July 2010
HRF Keating selected this book as one one of the 100 best crime novels in his book on the subject over 20 years ago. A classic is a timeless book in the sense that it will always bring enjoyment through its story and its language, plot and characters, and this book succeeds admirably in every respect. One of my favourite crime novels.


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