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Mozart: Coronation Mass, K 317; Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K 339
Mozart: Coronation Mass, K 317; Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K 339
Price: £9.99

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious, 21 Jun 2010
Amazing, amazing, amazing music. Listening to this makes me feel it's all been downhill since Mozart. The Coronation Mass is surely one of Mozart's best works and Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music do it full justice - well, I think they do; I can't imagine it sounding better - great voices and a lovely bright full instrumental soune.


Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos
Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos
Price: £7.25

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy yourself some good speakers, 21 Jun 2010
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S Murphy is correct - BUY. You can do a lot worse than buy this in a bargain threesome with the Bach violin partitas and sonatas, also played by Grumiaux. I just bought some new speakers and CD2 of this set was the fist thing I played - luminous, shimmering, brilliant music. .


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
by Stieg Larsson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The author with the hyped reputation, 11 April 2010
I'm with the naysayers on this one. I couldn't even finish this book (or the hornet's nest, which I also tried) as I found them both boring at best, more often irritatingly flawed.

I found the characters clichéd and unconvincing and the plot-line predictable and dull.

Stylistically the prose is wooden and the dialogue stilted and trite.

All in all it's a mystery to me how this book has been such a hit - most unsatisfying.
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Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981
Virgin Ubiquity: Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981
Offered by Hausmusik
Price: £29.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, nice, 5 Feb 2010
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Can only agree with the comments of the other reviewers - this is a superb album; five stars all the way,no doubt about it. Deep Soul, disco beats, jazz, funky grooves. Great vocals -

The only question is why this stuff was never released


Adam's Apple
Adam's Apple
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £19.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wayne and Herbie Show, 12 Nov 2009
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This review is from: Adam's Apple (Audio CD)
All Wayne Shorter's 1960s albums are great. This one is no exception - it's lighter than the rather introverted and brooding Juju (also brilliant).

That's in no small part due to the fact that Herbie Hancock is the pianist here, and as was often the case in his early days provides a jaunty, gospel feel to the groups he played with. As the above review says, the first track is excellent, but I disagree about the rest of the album: for me it gets better with each track.

It's hard to describe Shorter's playing without resorting to cliche - he's just a brilliant saxophone player, intense, textured, delicate, wild. Just buy the CD - and all his other 1960s ones... And all the Miles Davis quintet CDs, where he wrote more and more material with each CD release.


Tales From The Beach
Tales From The Beach
Price: £13.57

4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth, funky, very groovy, 12 Nov 2009
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This review is from: Tales From The Beach (Audio CD)
I really like this album. It's the first Incognito CD I bought and I was impressed by the high quality of the musicians playing in the band and - above all - the arrangements.

The vocals are very soulful, and i like the way the band use a range of lead singers, it provides variety and enables them to incorporate an impressive array of styles.

There are a couple of tracks that I think are not quite as strong as the average, but on the whole this is very strong song-writing, funky soulful playing and singing and polished instrumental performances.


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
by John Le Carré
Edition: Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philby, 18 Sep 2009
An excellent book which transcends the spy genre and dissects brilliantly the moral condition of human beings in the iciest days of the cold war: an atmosphere of ethical and political confusion/ambivalence, petty ambition and careless treachery pervades the whole work and provides a convincing backdrop for the examination of the nature of patriotism and the defence of a limited and faulty but ultimately worthy western liberalism.

And yet it is a book in which very little happens - it feels like a collection of dusty papers, assiduously compiled reports found in a filing cabinet in the corner of a room in Whitehall two decades after the fact... The ponderously procedural and bureaucratic nature of intelligence work, and the consequent difficulty of accessing "truth" are very well manipulated by LeCarre who develops the plot as a series of episodic vignettes, hazily recollected by some unseen witness.

The characters, their conversations and innermost thoughts, the themes and the all-too real denouement are utterly convincing, precisely because Le Carre is able to portray the mundane, humdrum nature of intelligence work and, above all, the plain, bitter-sweet patriotism of his hero, George Smiley.


Under the Volcano (Penguin Modern Classics)
Under the Volcano (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Malcolm Lowry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

10 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars boring, 30 Aug 2009
I don't know what all the fuss is about with this book. I put it in the same category as James Joyce's Ulysses - novels written by people who were too lazy, arrogant or pissed actually to craft their rambling thoughts and undigested lists of the mundane details of their daily lives into actual stories.

Under the Volcano reads precisely like you would expect of a self-absorbed drunkard: repetitive; obsessive; shallow in characterisation; emotionally unengaging; stylistically vulgar and overblown.

Borges said that detective stories were the most pure form of fiction, because they require the author to produce genuine artifice, invention, trickery. Under the Volcano is the polar opposite of this - a pseudo-poetic diary, the rambling, self-justifying, confessional notes of a loser and a waster. It has no plot to speak of, the themes have no real universal application (it's about the torment of being a useless drunk) and the dialogue is wooden and boring.

If the tedious self-obsession and dreary self-pity of drunks are your thing, you'll probably enjoy this. If you like to be told a story, give it a miss.


Soul Of Things
Soul Of Things
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £13.33

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb jazz, 20 Nov 2008
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A great album.

The album title is apt - Stanko is a really soulful trumpet player, and mention in the previous review of Miles Davis Kind of Blue is spot on. It has that minimalist bluesy feel, subdued but deeply emotional.

The supporting trio of young Polish jazzers is very accomplished, as can be seen by the number of other ECM albums they've starting appearing on. Like Stanko himself, they seem to be adherents of the "less is more" principle - lots of space, control, nothing rushed or frenetic.

Recommended.


Ulysses (Penguin Modern Classics)
Ulysses (Penguin Modern Classics)
by James Joyce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No big deal, but lots of pages., 20 Sep 2008
Some people are very touchy about this book. I wrote a review which said why I didn't like the book and that I didn't think it was particularly good literature. This attracted quite abusive comments from the sensitive souls who so adore Ulysses - and I've noticed the same in comments on other reviews.

So, long preamble to a re-worked review:

"Since Ulysses-lovers are so defensive about this book I won't elaborate too much. I really liked Dubliners and the first half of Portrait. But I found Ulysses very boring and self-indulgent. However, read it if you like - maybe you'll enjoy it. I hope you do."

There - Ulysses fans. Is that better? Hope it doesn't offend your sensibilities.
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