Profile for Jess Ratcliff > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Jess Ratcliff
Top Reviewer Ranking: 20,003
Helpful Votes: 193

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Jess Ratcliff "Jess Ratcliff" (Lincoln, UK)

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
pixel
OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Turner
OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Turner
Price: £4.76

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality Utensil..., 31 Mar. 2015
Having purchased the nylon turner and finding it completely inadequate to the task, (see my review), my faith in Oxo Good Grip products had been shaken. I am glad to say that this utensil has restored that faith somewhat with a turner that is a vast improvement over the previous model. As this turner is made of silicon rather than nylon, it resists the heat better and is less prone to marking or melting, (although I don't think that the handle is made of silicon so can melt or mark easily if you are not careful). It is also more rigid than the nylon turner, making picking up even heavy foods easier as it doesn't bend under the weight as much but is still flexible and will bend so it won't mark your pan. Easily cleaned and dishwasher safe, this is another exceptional product from a very good company.


OXO Good Grips Flexible Turner, Black
OXO Good Grips Flexible Turner, Black
Price: £5.50

2.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Fail from a Good Company, 30 Mar. 2015
i am usually a fan of Oxo Good Grips products, having purchased a number of utensils over the years (see my other reviews), and always found them to be of good quality. Unfortunately this turner does not continue that tradition. Made of nylon, it quickly became apparent that it was too flexible and weak to be of much use. Even flipping something as light as an egg was beyond it, as it soon became a 'chase around the pan', trying to pick it up but slipping off the turner as it bent under the weight. The nylon also melted too quickly as it came into contact with the pan. Oxo also appear to have recognised the weakness of this product as they have released another version, this time made of silicon. I purchased that as a replacement and my love for Oxo Good Grips products was restored as it rectified all the problems I had with this turner. I recommend you purchase that utensil instead and avoid this one regardless of how cheap it is.


SOUNDS GOOD Music Books: Exceptional CD Remasters - BLUES, VOCALS GROUPS, RHYTHM  'n'  BLUES and ROCK  'n'  ROLL...
SOUNDS GOOD Music Books: Exceptional CD Remasters - BLUES, VOCALS GROUPS, RHYTHM 'n' BLUES and ROCK 'n' ROLL...
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable Guide from a Master in His Field, 28 Sept. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
For those of us audiophiles, attempting to navigate the murky world of CD reissues can be difficult, tracking down that illusive copy that is now OOP or selling for eye watering prices. What about the sound quality? Are their bonus tracks that are worth the investment? is it worth replacing my previous edition or should I just buy it on vinyl?

Over the past couple of years I have enjoyed reading Mark Barry's reviews on his website as well as here on Amazon. As a former manager at Reckless Records, before a serious illness forced him to retire, (see his collection of poems on the NHS, also available as a Kindle download) as well as contributor to Record Collector, his knowledge of many different genre's of music is impressive. He is particularly recognized as an expert on Blues, Soul and Pop/Rock.

From the moment I learnt he was intending to release a book of all his reviews of Blues, Vocal Groups, R&B & Rock n' Roll CD reissues, I was salivating. From Albert King to Buddy Holly to The Flamingos to Howlin' Wolf (whose compilation 'Complete Chess Recordings 1950-1960' is on the cover) there isn't a single corner of this diverse genre that isn't mentioned somewhere. Alongside the artists you will have heard of such as Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, there are many others you won't have, leading you to scurry to you nearest online (or High Street) record store to investigate further. Never head of the Jacks or the Cadets? Neither had I until I read their reviews for a compilation released on Ace. What about Smiley Lewis? Or Hadda Brooks? It's this kind of guide that not only helps you navigate the murky world of reissues for established stars but also leads you to new discoveries that you may never have made otherwise.

What makes Mark's reviews such as valuable resource is that he doesn't provide a generic ("this is brilliant", "this is rubbish") type review but actually provides the details that you need. He regularly lists who remastered the album, provides a breakdown of the track list with the corresponding original LP/vinyl catalogue numbers/release dates, what bonus tracks there are, whether there are better alternatives and how it compares with other releases as well as a review of the sound quality. The time that Mark must spend collating all the data must be colossal and demonstrates that this is a labour of love for him and as such we should all be grateful for this, (especially as many record companies seemingly can't be bothered, I'm talking about you Hip-o Select!!)

As a buyer who regularly pays attention to what Mark says and have benefited from his reviews in the past in purchasing CD remasters I can't recommend this more highly. For the price of a Latte from an upmarket coffee shop you can have in indispensable guide that you will find yourself returning to time and time again , helping you discover a wealth of musical treasure. Here's hoping there's a vol.2!


SOUNDS GOOD Music Books: Exceptional CD Remasters - CLASSIC 1970s ROCK...
SOUNDS GOOD Music Books: Exceptional CD Remasters - CLASSIC 1970s ROCK...
Price: £4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You Wanted to Know About 70's Rock & Pop But Were Afraid to Ask..., 5 Aug. 2014
For those of us audiophiles, attempting to navigate the murky world of CD reissues can be difficult, tracking down that illusive copy that is now OOP or selling for eye watering prices. What about the sound quality? Are their bonus tracks that are worth the investment? is it worth replacing my previous edition or should I just buy it on vinyl?

Over the past couple of years I have enjoyed reading Mark Barry's reviews on his website as well as here on Amazon. As a former manager at Reckless Records, before a serious illness forced him to retire, (see his collection of poems on the NHS, also available as a Kindle download) as well as contributor to Record Collector, his knowledge of many different genre's of music is impressive. He is particularly recognized as an expert on Blues, Soul and Pop/Rock.

This book here collects his reviews on CD remasters of 70's Rock & Pop, mainly collated from reviews he has written over the years. There are artists you will have heard of before such as Long John Baltry, John Martyn and Pink Floyd (whose album 'Wish You Were Here' adorns the cover). But their are many others you will never have heard of before, leading to the essential nature of a guide like this, to discover artists you may never have come across otherwise.

What makes Mark's reviews such as valuable resource is that he doesn't provide a generic ("this is brilliant", "this is rubbish") type review but actually provides the details that you need. He regularly lists who remastered the album, provides a breakdown of the track list with the corresponding original LP/vinyl catalogue numbers/release dates, what bonus tracks there are, whether there are better alternatives and how it compares with other releases as well as a review of the sound quality. The time that Mark must spend collating all the data must be colossal and demonstrates that this is a labour of love for him and as such we should all be grateful for this, (especially as many record companies seemingly can't be bothered!!)

As a buyer who regularly pays attention to what Mark says and have benefited from his reviews in the past in purchasing cd remasters can't recommend this more highly. Roll on the Soul/Funk and Blues editions!!


Joie Aire Travel System - Poppy Red
Joie Aire Travel System - Poppy Red

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptionally well built and cleverly designed pushchair, 25 Jan. 2014
With my two older children we used a travel system from Graco. Although good and I had few complaints, for my third child my wife and I decided to look elsewhere. Our eyes quickly fell on this travel system by Joie. An eye catching poppy red and black we gave it a try in a local superstore, comparing it with other makes and came to a decision very quickly that this was the pushchair for us.

Firstly it is well built, sturdy but light, it does not feel that bits will fall off or break easily. Even parts that you would expect to be flimsy, such as the hinges on the rain cover, are robust. Every piece that is supposed to move, moves easily with little resistance or sticking. This big selling point was its weight as my wife struggled with our previous pushchair when it was fully loaded to manoeuvre it, for example, on and off buses. There is no comparison with this which is incredibly light and responsive that it can be push quite easily one handed. In fact It is so light and easy to use that my five year old daughter is able to push it easily, even managing to get it up the front step and into our house with no help!

It is fairly basic with little of the additions such as a cup holder or the ability to adjust settings that you can find on other makes. The handle can be lowered or raised depending upon how tall you are and there's a small basket underneath for a few items but that's about it. This though I believe is a strength rather than a negative as I found with the other pushchairs we owned that many of the settings were superfluous and unneeded. It also means that there are fewer things to go wrong on this pushchair, again contributing to the impression of a product that will last. The size it folds down to is quite impressive, We own a small hatchback (Vauxhall Astra) and therefore would struggle with a large pushchair, but this fits neatly into the boot with little fuss.

There are a number of design features that indicate whoever designed this has put plenty of thought into it. For one, it is easy with a little practice to be able to open or close the pushchair one handed; pressing down on the main switch built into the handle whilst moving the safety open and then just flick it open. An absolute boon when I think of how many times when I want to get it in or out of the car quickly when it's raining, or am trying to juggle holding a shopping/changing bag whilst trying to get it open. The hood to the pushchair has a little flap to enable to you peak in and check everything's ok with your child without having to push the hood right back; this is also removable. The back of the pushchair has a small plastic handle which makes it very easy to recline completely flat to get the car seat in quickly, or position at an your child will be comfortably. The arm rest can pivot or is removable to help in putting in or removing your child without their legs getting caught up. When folded up it also balanced upright without needing to lean it against a wall; again a nice touch that makes storing the pushchair a little easier.

The 'Juva' car seat that comes included is like the pushchair, sturdy and well built. The straps can be adjusted easily round the back as your child grows bigger and it isn't fiddly to strap them in, tightening and loosening the straps again using a one pull system to help get your child in and out is very simple and intuitive to use. There are shoulder pads on the straps and a removable pad around the buckle to avoid any rubbing or undue pressure put onto your baby at these points. The carry handle is easy to adjust with a easily identifiable switch on each side and the car seat clips in and out of the pushchair very easily and with minimum fuss. Everything seems to have been designed to be found quickly so that you don't waste time scrabbling round when in a rush. Strapping the car seat into the car can be tricky at first, especially as the seat belt can come trapped around the handle; there is a car base Joie Infant Car Seat Base that you can buy separately from the pushchair but as we haven't bought this I can't comment on how well this works. The travel system also comes with a foot muff for when your child is bigger.

In conclusion, this is a versatile and well built pushchair, admittedly with few frills, bells or whistles, but for a family on a budget worth the investment.


Stax/Volt: The Complete Singles Vol 5: 1965-1966
Stax/Volt: The Complete Singles Vol 5: 1965-1966

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Year The Label's Sound Finally Coalesced...", 22 Oct. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is vol.5 of a 9 CD series that you can buy as a complete box set from Amazon, but it might make sense financially to buy them individually as I did. The series aims to provide exactly what it says on the tin, that is every single (excluding B-sides) released on the Stax/ Volt label, between 1958-1968.

This CD includes all the singles released between 1965-66. Otis Redding ramped up hit after hit, the first of two covers to hit it big was 'Respect', a hit for Aretha Franklin just a year before and then 6 months later, 'Satisfaction'. Both of these were top 10 R&B hits and broke into the top 40 of the Pop chart. The other big R&B hit, along with its B-side, was 'I Can't Turn You Loose' and 'Just One More Day'. The other artists to really make inroads in the charts were Sam & Dave, who achieved success with 'You Don't Know What I Know' before ending this vol. with the sublime 'Hold On, I'm Comin'' (the latter the definition of serendipity in the circumstances how it was written!) These embarrassment of riches alone make this CD a must buy, but they make up less than a 1/4 of the songs here.

Booker T and the MG's slumbered with only one release, which wasn't a hit, 'Be My Lady'. This was a real shame as it's lovely instrumental but considering how busy they were with other artists (including Wilson Pickett, down from New York) is probably the reason why. The resurrected Mar-Keys were more successful, hitting out at first with their release 'Grab This Thing (Part 1) before 'Philly Dog', based on Rufus Thomas' hit from a few years previous, carried them to no.19 on the R&B Chart.

Rufus Thomas' career continued with solo releases as well as duets with his daughter , Carla. His first release was a bit of silly nonsense, (that he hated by all accounts), call 'Willy Nilly' whilst his second of the year 'The World Is Round' certainly was more serious. Neither of these were successful, as were his collaborations with the daughter Carla. She did achieve better success with 'Let Me Be Good To You', although all her releases deserved better. It would be later this year and next that she would finally return to the top of the charts, both as a solo artist, and duetting with Otis Redding.

The Mad-Lad's continued their chart run with great singles, 'Don't Have To Shop Around' and 'I Want Someone', both of which were top 20 R&B hits. The other male vocal group, The Astors, fared less well with their release, 'In The Twilight Zone'; a great pity as this is a great tune, complete with weird sci-fi effects. The arrival of newcomers, Johnny Taylor and Eddie Floyd, (the latter thanks to the arrival of Al Bell), on this vol. hints at additional riches to come.

As ever though it's the one hit wonders and the `also-rans', which make this compilation such a great listen. Top of the pile must be Ruby Johnson with her hit 'I'll Run Your Hurt Away', virtually unknown today it got to no.31 on the R&B chart and is wonderful ballad with an achingly vulnerable vocal. Other wonders include the Four Shells with 'Hot Dog', the Premiers with Make It me' and finally a brilliant instrumental 'Blue Groove' by Sir Isaac & The Do Dads. The last selection was a one off for Isaac Hayes and hinted at what was to be a prolific and highly successful solo career in the future.

The liner notes are detailed and informative, providing a potted history of the label as well as explaining how the songs developed. Well written they have the odd spelling mistake or grammatical error (e.g. 'Mr Pitiful' by Otis Redding is spelt 'Mr Pitful') which could have been picked up with more judicious editing. They also tend to overlap with other CD's in this series so sometimes they mention songs which appear on other vols. or don't mention songs at all, which unless you have the whole set can be a little annoying. They also provide a detailed discography with serial numbers, release dates and chart position at the back of the notes.

This was the year that Stax nailed down it's distinctive sound (as indicated in the quote in the title for this review) which would define them forever. The sheer quality of material on this CD is a very solid argument that this year was the start of a golden era for soul in the deep south. Vol.6 would continue and strengthen that argument.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 22, 2014 10:52 PM BST


Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B
Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B
Price: £32.24

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Standard By Which All Boxsets Should Be Judged By..., 26 May 2012
When this came out in the 1990's, it immediately set a new standard in artist career retrospective box sets. Nearly 20 years later very little has changed, this is how all artist box sets should be compiled and presented. (Take note the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, etc.)

The box set is presented in a cardboard long box with four CD's inside, with a picture of a different member of the Who on the front of each. The pictures reflect the two stages of The Who's career with a shot of each member from their time as a Mod band and then as 70's Rock Superstars. It also comes with a glossy, heavy weight booklet with the front made to look like a wreaked Hiwatt Amp, a great design and homage to the Who's destructive live prowess. Inside, there is a witty and poignant introduction from Pete Townsend, a overview of the Who's early career by Keith Altham (their publicist), a timeline of the Who's Career by Chris Charlesworth (long time fan and editor of a Who Fanzine), an account of how the Who broke America by Dave Marsh and a detailed discography for their singles, albums and compilations, as both The Who but also any solo material released by the members of the band, (anything post 1993 though is not covered re: 'Wire & Glass'). Chris Charleworth concludes with an explanation for their reasons for choosing some tracks over others (thereby explaining why no tracks were included from the Isle of Wight festival). There are also many colour photos from throughout the Who's career making this a fantastic and informative read.

The discs are roughly divided up into the four main stages of the Who's career. CD 1 traces their journey from the time as the High Numbers to their role as style setters for the Mod generation. CD 2 then continues the story as they morph into a Psychedelic/Hard Rock band and rocket into the stratosphere on the back of their rock opera 'Tommy'. CD 3 mainly focusses on their early 70's success upto Quadraphenia and then CD 4 documents their slow decline at the back of the 70's and their pottered output post the tragic death of Keith Moon (thankfully kept to a minimum with only two tracks from 'Face Dances' and 'It's Hard').

What makes this collection such as stunning success is not just the inclusion of all the big hits such as 'My Generation', 'Pinball Wizard' 'Won't Get Fooled Again' and 'Who Are You' but the choices of alternative versions and rare goodies. The set starts off with three tracks they recorded as the High Numbers and then moves onto the early output of the Who from their debut album 'My Generation' and 'A Quick One' including most of their singles, a few B-sides, a version of 'Substitute' from 'Live at Leeds' and 'A Quick One' in a unique mix featuring both the original version and their performance from the 'Rolling Stones Rock n Roll Circus'. This format is continued across all the CD's and the almost unerring choice of Chris Charlesworth, makes this a pretty infallible summation of the Who.

The music is mostly all the 1993 remastered versions, including the High Numbers stuff, the exception being the tracks from 'My Generation'. This was due to the Who's long running battle with Shel Tamy, producer at the time who owned the rights, and which was only resolved after this box set was released. The inclusion of many live tracks and, (although since this was released some of them have appeared as bonus tracks on the individual Who albums), previously unreleased rarities will have most Who fans salivating. To top it all, interspersed amongst the music is excerpts of dialogue highlighting the wit and humour of the Who, the best being some scripted Keith Moon recordings on CD4, but we also hear about Roger admiring his arse, John's career as professional survivor and how Pete deals with intruders onstage at Woodstock.

If you are looking for an argument why the Who were one of the greatest bands on the planet (and the loudest), and want to hear more than the usual 'best of' then this is the place to go. For bangs for yer bucks, this is a bargain, the best you'll ever have.


Chess Blues
Chess Blues
Price: £34.41

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Introductions to Chicago Blues Out There... Still., 20 May 2012
This review is from: Chess Blues (Audio CD)
Having purchased this boxset's companion Chess Rhythm & Roll, and being suitably impressed I then bought this. I'm glad to say that I did.

Dedicated to Willie Dixon, bass player, producer and song writer for Chess for nearly 20 years, who sadly passed away the same year that this was released, the set comes housed in a strong cardboard long box in the shape of a crocodile skin guitar case. The music is spread over four CDs, the tracks arranged chronologically, disc 1 1947-1952; disc 2 1952-1954; disc 3 1954-1960 & disc 4 1960-1967. It also comes with a 62 page booklet with detailed discographies of the tracks, intersperced with a short potted history of Chess Records, and quotations from the major players such as Phil & Marshall Chess. Written by Mary Katherine Aldin, the notes are informative and helps to put each track in its context. There are lots of photographs as well of the individual acts and trade advertisements.

Unlike its companion 'Chess Rhythm & Roll' you don't get the breadth of artists. This does not mean though that the quality is any less, in fact the exact opposite is the case. Considering Chess is synonymous with Chicago Blues, the music doesn't disappoint, it is simply brilliant throughout. You have the usual suspects such as Muddy Waters (represented by 11 songs including 'I Can't Be Satisfied' & 'Hoochie Coochie Man'), Howlin' Wolf (10 songs including 'Moanin' At Midnight' and 'Evil', Little Walter (8 songs, 'Juke' & 'Blues With a Feeling') Sonny Boy Wiilliamson (7 songs including 'Your Funeral & My Trial') and Willie Dixon himself on two tracks. But it is the lesser known artists and their songs, some never released on CD before, which, even 20 years later, are difficult to find anywhere else that really make this collection special. Artists such as Sunnyland Slim, Lafayette Leake, Jimmy Rodgers, Otis Span & Walter Horton who were an integral part of the Chess house band are all represented here, as are John Lee Hooker (both his 50's and 60's sessions) & Elmore James from their brief stints at Chess. There are plenty of previously unreleased or alternative mixes to found throughout the set even for the big artists such as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson & Little Walter; although a few of them have since been released on other sets (such as the Little Walter The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967) from Hip-O Select) the scarce nature of these collections means that this is still the best way to get hold of them.

The sound is excellent, considering the age now of the remasters. The engineer is Erick Labson who has since this set masterminded most if not all the Chess re-releases and even though some rare recordings (Forrest Sykes 'Memory of Sonny Boy' & Dr. Isaiah Ross 'Dr. Ross' Boogie') had to be taken from 78's as the original masters had gone missing, even those have been handled with the care and respect they deserve. As a detailed primer for Chicago Blues there is simply no better set out there for the price, even after 20 years.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Sep 28, 2014 11:03 PM BST


The History Of Rhythm & Blues, Volume 1 The Pre-War Years 1925-1942
The History Of Rhythm & Blues, Volume 1 The Pre-War Years 1925-1942
Price: £28.62

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction to R&B by an Independent Label, 13 May 2012
[May 2012: This boxset was originally released in 2008 and since been re-released as a 4 CD bargain set. I have posted here my review for the original boxset, I don't believe there have been any changes apart from the packaging but if there has please let me know.]

The brainchild of Nick Duckett of Rhythm & Blues Records, this set is a comprehensive overview of the music scene in America between 1925-1942. From the opening primal blast of Austin Colemans' 'My Soul is a Witness' to the smooth West Coast Blues of 'Mean Old World' by T. Bone Walker, this four CD set takes you through the development of one of the most influential musical forms of the 20th Century, R&B.

Most casual listeners will know something of the usual suspects and songs of this period, so Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Bessie Smith & Blind Lemon Jefferson are all here. But what makes this compilation such a joy is the inclusion of artists that are not so well known but were huge back in the day. Pettie Wheatstraw? Leroy Carr? Blind Blake? No, I didn't know much about these artists as well but they were the superstars of their day and this set includes them all to give a truly representative picture of the popular music scene in the 20's & 30's. I found reading Elijah Walds' Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues to be a perfect accompaniment whilst listening as a number of chapters cover this period of musical history and provide a vivid and engrossing picture of what people were listening to at the time.

The set mainly focuses on the development of the Urban Blues in Chicago in the 30's. The first disc entitled `Country Blues, Spirituals, Jug Bands and Hokum' looks at some of the influences, specific songs or artists as well as genres that would eventually coalesce and fuse together into R&B. We are treated to Spirituals in the shape of Blind Willie Johnson & Byrant's Jubilee Quartet, Country's Jimmy Rodgers, The Jug Band of Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers, Ragtime of Blind Blake and Hokum of Georgia Tom & Tampa Red.

The second disc focuses on the rise of Boogie-Woogie piano, Low Down Jazz of New Orleans, The Jazz influenced Classic Blues, & Kansas City Style Jazz. In essence what you hear is the transition from Country Blues to the more Urban Blues of the 30's. The breathtaking list of artists stretches from Pinetop Smith, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Leroy Carr & Cab Calloway.

The third disc finally introduces us to the Urban Blues of Chicago, particularly Big Bill Broonzy, Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell, Sonny Boy Williamson & Tampa Red. The fourth disc charts the rise of Gospel, Jive, Swing and the Big Bands of the late 30's-early 40's, particularly the music of The King Cole Trio, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton and Louis Jordan which led on the rise of West Coast Blues of T Bone Walker and Jump Blues in the 40's (see The History Of Rhythm And Blues 1942-1952 : The Pre Rocknroll Years).

As is always the case for compilations such as this there are a few niggles with the choice (or absence) of certain artists. Did we really need three tracks by Sonny Boy Williamson? Why is only Bessie Smith included as representative of Classic Blues, why not Ma Rainey or Victoria Spivey who were also incredibly popular? More importantly where's Charley Patton & Son House?! Possibly they were not included as the sound quality of their recordings are pretty poor, but then again Skip James' recordings have the some problem and he is included, (although the track included on this set is probably the best quality one we have).

The booklet is detailed and informative with extensive notes for each track explaining how each track chosen helped influence and shape the future direction of R&B. As some other reviewers have noted the contrast of black lettering on a grey background doesn't make for the easiest read. There were also a few layout issues with lines being repeated and diagrams overlapping text. (Both these issues were addressed for future volumes). The information in the booklet can be accessed and read on the Rhythm & Blues Records website if you still struggle. There appeared to have been a mastering issue with disc three so a replacement is provided, a nice touch and shows that Rhythm & Blues Records listen to comments/ criticism and respond promptly for the benefit of the customer. (How we wish that some of the majors could be bothered!!)

The mastering is superb and really brings out the warmth, complexity, and sometimes rawness of the music. Overall for the price this is an extraordinary labour of love and a great introduction to what has become one of the best series released on R&B. For the price you really can't go wrong and I cannot strongly recommend enough that you purchase this now.


OXO Good Grips Lettuce Knife
OXO Good Grips Lettuce Knife

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly versatile..., 20 April 2012
When I purchased this knife and brought it home, my wife's reaction was "why on earth have you brought that!!" Her argument was that it was such a specific utensil that it might get used once or twice and then put in the bottom of a drawer never to be seen again. Contrary to her fears I have used it often with many different foods and found it to be more than capable. Using it to cut lettuce is just one of the vegetables it can cut, it also cuts tomatoes easily (although they will need to be big, not cherry tomatoes), peppers, cucumbers, etc. You name it, it cuts easily and with minimum bruising. As also advertised it cuts baked goods very easily as well, particularly sponge and fruit cakes. As always the oversized handle makes handling and using the knife painless and easy. The plastic is hardwearing and doesn't stain easily when coming into contact with strong foods. This is another winner from Oxo Good Grips, don't hesitate to add it to your collection.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4