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My Name Is Earl - Season 3 [DVD]
My Name Is Earl - Season 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jason Lee
Price: 9.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Substandard for Earl but still better than current UK sitcoms, 26 Sep 2008
Got to agree with the other reviewers here. This was a BIG mistake of the writers and producers having Earl banged up. I mean, the central theme of the series was the list. Without it and it's just like any other US sitcom except replace smug good looking New Yorkers whatever with southern trailer park trash. Fortunately things pick up once Earl discovers Billie's not the girl for him after all. However, that's just a handful of episodes out of 20 plus. Even so, a sub-standard series of MNIE is still better than any current and recent UK sitcoms hence the 3 stars.
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Radio Retaliation
Radio Retaliation
Price: 8.20

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine effort by TC....BUT, 24 Sep 2008
This review is from: Radio Retaliation (Audio CD)
Another top notch offering of African-Latin-Indo-middle eastern influenced downtempo grooves. Although it doesnt veer far from the TC template there is more of an Afro vibe while the lyrics are more political than before. If you're already a fan get this pronto. If you dont like their previous releases you sure wont like this either.

And now for the big BUT....the quality of the packaging. Sorry to say this but it is the worst packaged CD in music history, alright.. since the mid 80s. Its a pretty shoddy cardboard sleeve which is a bit larger than your standard plastic jewel case. The CD itself is loose and inside a folded poster with a picture on one side and credits and all sorts of bumf on the other. What's going on fer Gawd's sake? I dont think I am being petty because packaging is almost as important as the content.
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The Courts of the Morning
The Courts of the Morning
by John Buchan
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Courts of the Yawning more like, 15 Sep 2008
On the strength of 39 Steps and Greenmantle I thought I'd give this a go..and heavy going it was until I gave up after around 100 pages. It's plodding, contrived, dull with the prose verging on the purple some times. I get the impression that Hannay/Buchan is a bit of a misogynist or at best inexperienced with or not interested in women as the female characters as here are either few and far between or sketchily drawn. A bit of a man's man to say the very least. If you're look for good old fashioned adventure yarns set in far flung lands Id go with the Flashman stories any day over this yawn inducing turgidness.

Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 7.74

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George Thoroughlygood.., 4 Sep 2008
This review is from: Live (Audio CD)
There are those acts that do their best work in the studio but are pretty dull live and there are those who are in their element in intimate live venues. GT is a perfect example of the latter. IMO his studio albums are pretty so-so as the tunes are all quite similar as the instrumentation is fairly basic and the production quite flat. The live recordings, of which this is marginally the best, are another kettle of fish. With 'Live' you get to feel the vibe of the gig. The energy just pours out from start to finish and the versions of the one dimensional studio recordings are made meatier, gutsier and much more fun. I've heard scores of live albums and this one is considerably better than many highly rated (and often doctored)live recordings. In fact I'd put it on a par with Dr Feelgood's legendary 'Stupidity' and the Allman Bros classic Fillmore. So, if you're not that familiar with GT's stuff but are interested in checking him out futher, this is the one to get, no question about it.

Price: 5.67

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Badly needs the zebras, 4 Sep 2008
This review is from: Kilimanjaro (Audio CD) those of you saying Liverpool was a dismal pit in the early 80s, did you actually live there? Well I did as a young teen. Granted you'll never see images of the 'Mersey Funnel' or Smithdown Road on tins of shortbread or fudge but it had a great vibe and it was an exciting time to be there. Part of this was due to Liverpool FC dominating European footie and a major contribution came from a vibrant music scene, which has never been as good since 1985 or thereabouts. The Teardrops were very much one of the half dozen bands at the centre of the scene. At the time I had Kilimanjaro on vinyl (Zebra cover!!) and played it to death. However, these days I find I cant listen to it all the way through as Cope's vocals dont have much variety and the non-single album tracks sound quite samey. Highlights are the singles - i.e. Reward and Treason - and When I Dream, these 3 tracks holding up much better than the rest. It may seem superficial but I knock off 1 star for the dismal sleeve design. It's not often that cover art makes a contribution to the overall enjoyment of an album but in this case the Zebra photo did. IMO the bonus tracks are interesting but not particularly essential. Overall it's a decent album but not quite deserving of the superlatives heaped on it by the other reviewers.

The Very Best Of War
The Very Best Of War

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars War..what are they good for...well top notch latin funk for a start, 11 Aug 2008
This review is from: The Very Best Of War (Audio CD)
I'll cut to the chase and start off by saying that it's 5 stars for the music but knock off one for the edited versions of some of the best tracks, best of all being City Country City. It's a shame that classic funk has become a bit of a forgotten genre having been superseded by genres it spawned i.e. hip hop and funk-rock. However, War were more than just a funk band but like Earth Wind and Fire incoporated other styles, notably latin and jazz, although funk was the bedrock of their sound. CD1 pretty much captures the best tracks off their first(more critically acclaimed) half dozen albums. CD2 comprises cuts from the other 8 or so later releases that generally got bit of a critical panning and as such have not been included in the 2008 re-releases. Four tunes come off the very underrated outlaw album but these are the best as it happens. The Galaxy album got one of the worst drubbings but it produced the great title track which IMO is one of the highlights on this compilation.
If you are newbies to classic funk/r n b from the 70s and want to go check out some of the best acts of the time I'd definitely say this is one of the best places to start.

A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
Price: 13.84

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pink Floyd for non fans, 31 July 2008
I generally dont care much for Pink Floyd and get irritated by fans who write this compilation off with pretentious comments to the effect that you have to listen to the albums in their entirity, that you cant listen to tracks in isolation. That's complete bull. I happen to only like around half a dozen or so Floyd tunes and most happen to be here, particularly as all tracks showcase Dave Gilmour's guitar work at its best e.g. the great solo at the end of Another brick..and the brilliant riffage on Sheep. Comfortably Numb - which is there - always gets the nod for being his best solo, as well as one of the best of all time - but that honour should go to Money. On the downside there are 2 or 3 other decent tunes that should've been included, these being Comfortably Numb (strange omission!)Time and Us & Them. However if you're not into PF but might be prepared to lend an ear, this is still the best place to start
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The New "Rolling Stone" Album Guide
The New "Rolling Stone" Album Guide
by "Rolling Stone"
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.04

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lopsided, 25 July 2008
On the one hand there are some amusing reviews particularly by RS who justifiably has it in for the dross that was 70s US AOR. On the downside there are some curious omissions of bands that I cant say I like but who really should've been included e.g. Metallica and Deep Purple. It's very biased towards US acts in that it features many indie, grunge/post grunge and hip hop acts that few outside the US will have ever heard of. It's also fairly uncritical of big name rock bands, when in fact some of the albums given 5 star ratings generally dont warrant more than 3.
Also there are many strange omissions in the coverage of the UK punk/new wave scenes. You'll find mention of second division acts like Generation X but nothing on the Stranglers or Simple Minds for example. Although this can be an entertaining reading, informative and encyclopaedic it is not.

Step It Up
Step It Up
Price: 9.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very authentic but.., 22 July 2008
This review is from: Step It Up (Audio CD)
I heard this playing in a local music shop and thought it was a remastered lost Meters or JBs album. On the one hand it's very authentic sounding and I guess these guys would be well worth checking out live. Thing is though, re the Bamboos, Quantic Soul Orchestra and their ilk is I'm not sure why you'd necessarily want to buy their albums when you can still easily get hold of albums by the Meters, Funk Inc, JBs, Headhunters etc who seem to be the main sources of inspiration, more so than P-Funk or Sly. That said it's a decent album and a good way of getting into the genre but if this is your first taste of funk you should then seek out the originals.

The Mystery
The Mystery
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 8.81

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great but even better live, 6 Jun 2008
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This review is from: The Mystery (Audio CD)
If you cant get to see TE in his natural environment - i.e. live rather than the recording studio - his acoustic solo albums are of some consolation. I give this 4.9 stars because it's live that he's a 5 star player. It's live that his personality really comes into his playing as well as his jaw dropping technique. IMO this album's even better than Endless Road and Only and that's saying something as both those albums are essential purchases for anyone serious about becoming a better guitarist. Dont waste your time with all these 'rock god' numpties and their batteries of effects units etc. TE's the man to TRY to emulate, not that most of us will get anywhere near him.
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