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Come Cry With Me
Come Cry With Me
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2.0 out of 5 stars I'm sure though that his other albums must be better, the quality of the stuff I've heard online ..., 6 Dec 2014
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Weak material. I'm sure though that his other albums must be better, the quality of the stuff I've heard online certainly points that way. the last tue, recorded live is the only one with a spark of genius and beauty to it, the rest a limp pastiche of bygone country sounds, or self amusing dittys.. I will be buying more Romano, just wish I hadn't bought this particular one..


Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records
Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records
by Amanda Petrusich
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.59

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2.0 out of 5 stars Fondant Fancy Froufrou, 27 Aug 2014
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Let’s all get this straight from the start, I bought this book, I was not invited to give my opinion on it, but in the true tradition of peevishness, pugnacity and of irascibility I shall.. so nah!

I shall speak in perpetuum of the interminably un-ending indulgence of this writer’s fondant fancy froufrou, this lady’s lace work of metaphor and of the hyperbole of hype. The replacement of anything corporeal with the mere sweaty glaze of insignificancy.

There is something bothersome about the way in which this stripling (yes I’m downwardly ageist) seeks to engage with the very real world of the record collector. Seeking as she does to share in its glories and it’s potholed routes to discovery. Yawningly. In the terminating pages making reference to the fashionistas disposition for the veracity of the ancient and actual, as opposed to the fraudulent and counterfeit age of the binary digit, she I believe exposes herself for what, perhaps she is, a being lost in the porridge of ‘Bang on Trend’.
Simply Put

There is nothing to this book, it is smoke and mirrors, vapour lifts off it like the fog on page 192. There is no substance, no grit, no spunk (to coin a truly American use of nomenclature). It’s all chit-chat between occasional highlights of actuality, of record rooms and real people. The distance the writer takes to travel between these moments of joy are as tedious to me as no doubt the miles she assures us she travelled in pursuit of the substance of this padded pillow of a book were, to her.
Takes One To Know One

As you get into the real thing, real collecting and you just are, simply, a real record collector, you see lots of odd s***. People think you’re cool, people aspire to be like you, you see middle-aged guys wearing T-Shirts with Record Deck representations on, but who don’t own an actual player, and who have placed their platters in the attic. In short you learn how to recognise others that really truly and honestly share your interest. Amanda Petrusich claims on a number of occasions within the book that she is thrilled by the acquisition of an item or two, and of missing out on some Charlie Patton tunes on Paramount and other … stuff. I’m sorry, I know it’s churlish, I know it’s bad of me, un-generous and I feel like a schmuck saying it, but I don’t buy it, it doesn’t ring true. She’s a dabbler, and a dabbler can’t have the kind of insight into record collecting that it requires to write something a record collector should read about record collecting.

It’s notable that all the endorsements on the rear of the dust jacket are by other writers, not one is visible from a collector of tunes.
Are there any redeeming features?

Not really. She writes well, it’s just that this was in essence a short article for a magazine of momentary dabblers, not a book for people who want a serious insight. It doesn’t give that, it just scrapes a bit of dust off the surface of the record (metaphor alert) and plays the first bar, before removing it from the turntable; instead of cleaning it thoroughly, playing it, inverting and then re-equalizing the RIAA curve to something akin to the original mastering, playing it through filters to remove as much top end hiss and low-end background as possible, reading on its history, digitizing it and finally cataloguing it by matrices.

It feels like a quick fix, a soundbite, and thusly a product of the present generation. No wonder they struggle to comprehend the depth of the ‘groove’. I can’t help but see with sadness the writer’s work as representative of this present generations’ struggle towards a clear vision of the ‘real’ and of the past as obscured by the ongoing Tsunami of phone Aps, social networking, online content and data management.

It was great reading about Bussard et al though.
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2 Classic Albums Plus [Audio CD] Eddie Cochran
2 Classic Albums Plus [Audio CD] Eddie Cochran
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 26 May 2014
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A lot of the material is of the Country genre, tunes he recorded with his brother etc and frankly too high of a proportion of the set is of that, and it's not of the highest quality to be frank, the rest is okay, but only that.


Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs
Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs
by JP Bean
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.39

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3.0 out of 5 stars A collection of Vox Pops, 26 May 2014
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In their own words, a collection of interviews, you could have subtitled this either, and to be fair the 'author' doesn't claim that it's anything else, but it does start to get repetative and a little bit of a task to wade through by the last couple of chapters. However it puts the late 50s and 60s Folk scene in the UK into context and gives you a perspective on elements like the division between McCol lovers and Burt Lloyd supporters.


6 Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles [Audio CD] Gene Vincent
6 Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles [Audio CD] Gene Vincent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for cd one, 26 May 2014
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Some great music on this, worth it for Race with the Devil alone, cd one is packed with class tunes, not a bad one amongst them, the rest of the 4 cd set ain't bad either.


The Chitlin' Circuit: and the Road to Rock
The Chitlin' Circuit: and the Road to Rock
by Preston Lauterbach
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars haven't finished it yet... best musical read for ages.., 2 Feb 2014
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I’m always on the lookout for a new book to help indulge my musical interests and a friend recently recommended this to me. I’ve been in love with Black Rhythm and Blues for a number of years and that genre had its dancing feet firmly stuck in the backwoods mud of the Chitlin’ Circuit; the mildly derogatory term for the network of Black music venues littered about the (mainly) Southern states of the U.S.A.

This book seeks to tell the tale of these venues creation, a response to a virtually new phenomenon, the disposable income of a self determined Black population. It sets out to tell tall tales of the musicians and gig goers, the ingenuity of the venues creators, the shadowy background of their financing, stories of the back handers given to a white controlling force of politicking and policing. The book is littered with tales, lacework links, and histories of all those names you’ve come to know and love such as Louis Jordan, T-Bone Walker, Gatemouth Brown, Jimmy Lunceford, Amos Milburn, Dave Bartholomew, and Roy Brown.

These places, the timber frame buildings of Chicken Shack Boogie fame are where Rock n’ Roll was birthed. Louis Jordan once said that Rock N’ Roll was only a poor imitation by Whites of Black Rhythm and Blues and the more I listen and the more I learn, the more I’m agreeing with that statement. Lauterbach’s book just confirms it … yet again.

I haven’t got more than a third of the way into this, and I’m here telling you all about it, because it’s that good. It’s oozily wet, not dry, teeming with tales and hearty history. It beats with the sort of knowledge only an insider can ever get the low-down on, and luckily for us, the reader, it has been passed on with ’nuff style. Preston Lauterbach (I don’t know nothing more about him) is obviously a fan, and has a fine twist and turn of phrase. It feels like he won’t let stuffy academic research get in the way of a good story and the telling of it. I haven’t got a problem with that, let’s slightly suspend our sceptically critical natures and just wallow in the world that was the Chitlin’ Circuit.

Recommended!


Danelectro Reel Echo Effects Unit
Danelectro Reel Echo Effects Unit
Price: £111.09

2.0 out of 5 stars Nope, not for me.., 22 Dec 2013
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Muddy, poor imitation, one dimensional, battery hungry,lo-fi (in a bad way). Yes yes I know nothing is going to really ape tape dealy, and I knew that before purchasing, but this really was a disappointment. Next to useless, and I have stopped using it after very little action indeed. A missed opportunity.
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Blind Owl Blues: The Mysterious Life and Death of Blues Legend Alan Wilson
Blind Owl Blues: The Mysterious Life and Death of Blues Legend Alan Wilson
by Rebecca Davis
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for anyone with an interest in Blues Revival, 22 Dec 2013
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Alan Wilson is probably the most forgotten and over-looked but important figure of the 60s Blues revival. You can make good that mistake by reading this book. As with all essentially self published books it suffers from typo and gramatical difficulties, yet, everything in it completely outweighs any problems inherent. Read it..


Mento, Not Calypso! - The Original Sound Of Jamaica
Mento, Not Calypso! - The Original Sound Of Jamaica
Price: £9.66

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 22 Dec 2013
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A spread of Rural, Traditional, Urbane and Hotel Mento from the late 50s and early 60s.
It's simple, there are tunes on this cd you can't get anywhere else but on super rare 78rpm Jamaican released Shellac.


The Essential Guide to CSS and HTML Web Design (Essentials)
The Essential Guide to CSS and HTML Web Design (Essentials)
by Craig Grannell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 24 Mar 2010
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I wanted to know how to layout in CSS an how to Style in CSS and now I do, and easily too. Very well thought out and clear instructions and thoughts on CSS and HTML design issues.
Thanks


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