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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NEW OLD, 20 July 2012
This review is from: Americana (Audio CD)
Well I thought the concept of this album was hideous when I heard about it BUT it turns out ole Neil has created another BRILLIANT RECORD!
Traditional folk songs but in the style of the 'old' Crazy Horse - as you'd expect are gutsy, rocking, raunchy even.
I love every song except the last one (god save the queen) - I just can't stand it, not even from an ironic standpoint - for me it totally ruins the album but hey, just leave that one out, at least it's on the end so that's easily done!
If it weren't for the latter it would have been 5 stars (I never would have believed it!)
If you are humming & harring about buying this CD, DON'T - just trust Neil Young - you know you can!

Mancunian Meander: Gorton Girls Know All the Words to Songs by Chaka Khan
Mancunian Meander: Gorton Girls Know All the Words to Songs by Chaka Khan
by Mike Garry
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great poetry!, 16 July 2012
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I fulfilled a lifetime ambition recently: I went to see John Cooper Clarke perform live! How great that was!
The real bonus was that Mike Garry, a poet I'd never heard of before, was the supporting act at the Taunton Brewhouse Theatre. Mr Garry was a perfect choice for this.
Though this book obviously does not capture the nuance of the poems in live performance, it is the next best thing!
Mikes poetry is 'in-your-face' no messing, tells it like it is but with skillful insight & a subtle dry humour and in 'real' English.
Urban Poetry.

Janis: A Film ( Janis )
Janis: A Film ( Janis )
Dvd ~ Janis Joplin
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Price: 9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Gr8 Film - Naff subtitles!, 19 Jun 2012
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Enough's been said already by the other reviewers about how BRILLIANT this film is but has anyone mentioned the EXTREMELY ANNOYING INTERMITTENT SUBTITLES which keep appearing at the bottom of the screen which are impossible to turn off - that is the only bad thing about this film tho it is ANNOYING!

Howl [DVD]
Howl [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Franco
Price: 8.12

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, 11 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Howl [DVD] (DVD)
I was so surprised by the brilliant quality of this film it actually moved me to tears in an absolutely GOOD WAY!
Not many films manage to do that to me these days.
Not only does this wonderful film reveal and to some extent demystifies the extraordinary life of Allen Ginsberg, it is often dreamlike and entertaining but also, the court scenes and their philosophical debate about the poem/poetry and literature in general is extremely educational for anyone interested in the wider subject of poetry and how it is percieved by society and the law.
James Franco is absolutely superb in the main role as Allen.
Considering this poem was written in 1956 it is still stunningly relevent and could have been written yesterday!

Banga (Special Edition)
Banga (Special Edition)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matured Excellence!, 6 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Banga (Special Edition) (Audio CD)
This is a gorgeous album in all respects!
The package of this 'deluxe' edition is in the format of a proper hard back book, complete with dust jacket, the CD housed in a card sleeve/page at the rear, which appears to be quite durable and ok. The lyrics and writings by Patti are beautifully presented as are the numerous black & white photographs that accompany them. It is quality.

The music:
Well this is a definite progression from it's two brilliant predecessors 'Gone Again' & 'Trampin' and shows off a measured maturity whilst still managing not to sound staged or boring or too 'polished' - she somehow manages to retain plenty of her usual edginess.

The 10.19 minute colossus that is 'Constantine's Dream' is by far my favourite track at the moment and is truly hypnotic and powerful, a 'bit' like 'Gandhi' in stature but less overtly angry. (I say 'at the moment' as is usually the case with Patti's albums that they are so multi faceted and have such depth that my favouritism varies with the passage of time & circumstance). Bearing this latter effect in mind, I can tell this album is going to be a long lasting and ever increasing favourite among my collection. You immediately know quality when you hear it, even if you also immediately know that much of it has yet to reveal itself to you.

Her voice seems to just get better & better and the instrumentation is just so blooming good!

All in all this is an utter delight, well worth the money and to anyone who likes Patti Smith it is absolutely ESSENTIAL!
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Le Noise [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Le Noise [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Neil Young
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ole Neil!, 18 April 2012
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No extras and in a horrible thin sleeve (so annoyingly, you can hardly see the spine amongst your other dvd's on the shelf)
as usual Neil delivers in spades, great tunes and some atmospheric filming all in grainy black and white, which actually fits really well with the album's 'feel'.
Basically it's reall good to whack it on the DVD player, (wired up to your stereo being obligatory) and having some visuals to look at whilst you listen to this great Neil Young album.
It definately is region free too by the way.

Reggae Singles Anthology, The
Reggae Singles Anthology, The
Offered by giag-uk
Price: 16.11

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB CD - AT LAST!, 3 Mar 2012
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After seeing Black Roots play at the Bridgwater Arts Centre in the 80's I was an instant fan and having 'given up' vinyl some years ago now, I always longed for the time when they would release their albums on CD. AT LAST they now have at least this compilation available.
I must admit I am not a huge reggae fan these days, I used to play bass in a local reggae band in the 80's and grew a bit tired of being restricted to that one style of music but Black Roots have been the one band (along with LKJ) that I have never grown tired of listenning to.
The sound on this CD is as brilliant and authentic as I remember the old vinyl albums used to be. Black Roots have a truly solid reggae style all of their own that is full & tight whilst remaining gritty, not over-polished and have lyrics than touch your heart and soul!
I'm looking forward to their release of the 'Frontline' CD soon!

Before the Poison
Before the Poison
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5.0 out of 5 stars A full bodied bruiser of an album!, 2 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Before the Poison (Audio CD)
Another superb album by the one and only gravel voiced Marianne.
Though to say it's her best since 'Broken English' either reveals someone who has not heard all her albums since that magnificent milestone in popluar music OR reveals someone with extremely bad taste!
Try listenning a few times to 'DANGEROUS AQUAINTANCES' or 'A CHILD'S ADVENTURE' and see what I mean!
'BEFORE THE POISON' is a brilliant & very well rounded album with the dark depths one would expect from Marianne, PJ Harvey & Nick Cave but also retains numerous foot tapping grooves and 'sing-along' moments of joy!
A must for fans of any of those three artists I just mentioned!

The Oak Grove: A Collection of Pagan Poetry
The Oak Grove: A Collection of Pagan Poetry
by Melanie A Huggett
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not great, 26 Sep 2011
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Didn't think much of this book to be honest.
It felt one dimesional and weak, thin, bland, twee.
Just my opinion.

Crass Art and Other Pre-postmodernist Monsters
Crass Art and Other Pre-postmodernist Monsters
by Gee Vaucher
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNIQUELY BRILLIANT, 26 Sep 2011
Superb artwork in this excellent collection from the artist who most infamously gave the 1980's Anarchist punk band 'CRASS' their unique & MASSIVE visual presence in that decade.

You must remember that these masterpieces were created decades before the advent of 'photoshop' (or any other computer graphics program for that matter). With this in mind, she was (and still is) clearly at the cutting edge of powerful, thought provoking, ORIGINAL imagery.

Gee Vaucher is a hugely talented ARTIST in the true sense of the word. Just take a long close look at the hands in her 'OH AMERICA' image and remember how they always say that hands are one of the very hardest things to draw well!

PS. It does seem more than slightly ironic though that her work, like this book, now sells (or at least is priced) for such ridiculous sums of money, when capitalism and class were among the main targets that Gee (& CRASS) attacked/criticised in her/their work!

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