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Community Service 2
Community Service 2
Price: £20.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep them locked up! Please!, 21 Nov 2008
This review is from: Community Service 2 (Audio CD)
I loved the first Community Service mix by TCM, but I really do think this one surpasses it. There is so much to recommend on the record, although it is arguably a bit more commercial than the first (not that you hear a lot of Evil Nine and Koma & Bones played on the radio, but if you listen a lot of breaks, most of the artists will be very familiar). I don't think the commercial factor detracts from it though - if anything, it is a retrospective of some of the really great tunes that have been floating around for the last few years.

Amongst the highlights are cracking mix of Roadhouse Blues by the Doors mixing sublimely into We Have The Energy by Evil Nine, the welcome return of Keep Hope Alive (the first TCM tune I ever heard and which made me buy the first album) and stunning build up and execution of Reign by Unkle and Ian Brown.

The only one that lets it down for me is the New Order track. I will probably be vilified for saying so, but I have never been a huge New Order fan, and I found it didn't sit that well with the rest of tracks on here, especially coming after the tough industrial sound of Starting Over and Bound Too Long. Still, it is a niggling point and just down to personal preference.

Overall, a superb compilation, long may the Crystal's community sentence be enforced!


Paul Gayler's Sauce Book: 300 World Sauces Made Simple
Paul Gayler's Sauce Book: 300 World Sauces Made Simple
by Paul Gayler
Edition: Paperback

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, if you have the time, 21 Nov 2008
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I got this book as my wife is enjoys her cooking and I thought this would cover an area that most people take for granted. Making sauces! Alas, I thought, these days we are far too used to getting the sauce straight from a jar so how good would it be to make your own fresh mayonnaise or chocolate sauce for deserts!?

Well, yes... and then we realised that there's a reason why we generally reach for the jar rather than the frying pan - it takes AGES! Sauces in the book look great on the whole, and I am sure that the majority of them taste better than their supermarket counterparts, but these days most people are already pushed for time to even do their cooking, let alone create the sauces to accompany it. It's a shame, as this is a very nice book well put together and laid out with some lovely illustrations, but on the whole I think it is one of those books that destined to stay on the cookery book shelf your kitchen and maybe brought out once or twice a year, rather than a regular "sauce" of inspiration (ooh, I almost got through the whole review without a terrible pun!)

High marks for the look and feel of the book, low marks for the practical value. So we'll settle on three stars!


The Rough Guide to the Dodecanese and East Aegean: Includes Rhodes, Kos, Sames and Lesvos (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
The Rough Guide to the Dodecanese and East Aegean: Includes Rhodes, Kos, Sames and Lesvos (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
by Marc S. Dubin
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rhodes... and more, 14 Jun 2005
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I am always a big fan of the Rough Guide books. They save you so much time, effort and money and have never let me down in the past (onto my fifth one now). So it was with no hesitation that I ordered my Rough Guide for our latest trip to Rhodes. I was a little disappointed that Rhodes did not warrant a book in itself (having been impressed by the wealth of information contained in the Crete edition last year), and that presents my only minor gripe - the main areas had a lot of information, the smaller towns and villages not so much. We tend to drive all over the place exploring the places that others don't see in addition to the tourist areas, but some of the smaller places had only a paragraph or two, where the Crete book would have 2-3 pages for an equivalent place.
Still, the areas that were covered would be fine for most people, the maps are as great as always and the background is well researched and reliable as ever. I can't comment on the islands covered in addition to Rhodes, but I see no reason why they would be any different. Always recommended.


Now and Them
Now and Them
Price: £17.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Focus on the moment..., 25 Feb 2005
This review is from: Now and Them (Audio CD)
Adam Freeland has created a real little gem of an album here.
The samples are excellent, containing philosophical musings, commentary on modern pop culture and greed and exploitation. All of this happens to the backdrop of some excellent break beats. Squelchy synths, fat basses and crisp percussion all combine to give a real depth to the sound and keep you coming back again and again.
The album may have got four stars for a few of its more meandering tracks (LIFE and Nowism go on a bit too long for my liking), but the fantastic Heel And Toe just tips it over to the five camp. Superb stuff!


The Cosmic Game
The Cosmic Game
Offered by Side Two
Price: £5.49

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Around the world in 60 minutes..., 22 Feb 2005
This review is from: The Cosmic Game (Audio CD)
The Thievery Corporation have really cornered the market in their blend of chilled breaks, dub-influence, a bit of psychedelia, and a globe trotting selection of sounds! The good news is that they have never sounded better than on this album - the large number of collaborators has certainly paid off!
The album is diverse in its influences, but hangs together really well. The sublimely gorgeous Satyam Shivam Sundram will send shivers down your spine, and the dub sounds of Amerimacka will remind you how much you miss the early nineties incarnation of Massive Attack! The latin-influenced tracks blend together really well, and the celebrity guests do a great job of sounding like themselves without breaking the spell that TC create with their sounds (in fact, Flaming Lips seem to have found a whole new career guesting as an entity on other people's albums)!
The Cosmic Game is probably not best appreciated on your MP3 player whilst doing the morning commute - rather, get the lights on low, relax your mind and enjoy another slice of Thievery Corporation doing what they do!
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Going Postal (Discworld Novels)
Going Postal (Discworld Novels)
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Stuff, 21 Feb 2005
Genuinely the best Pratchett book I have read for a long time - the characters are the usual assortment of Discworld rag-tags and there are some excellent spoofs and pastiches (without wanting to spoil anything, particularly the flaming eye in the omniscope and the Terminator references for the Gollums!)
For long time fans of the series it's good to see a few old favourites back - it's been too long since we set foot inside the Unseen University, and even the Mended Drum gets a look in!
In addition, when I first picked it up and found that Pratchett was writing in chapters I was a little shocked, but they work really well, and it's amazing how well the brief summary at the start of each chapter tells you everything that happens, but really tells you nothing at all!
Highly recommended, can't wait for the next as always...


Employment
Employment
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.88

60 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I predict a riot..., 21 Feb 2005
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This review is from: Employment (Audio CD)
Hype, hype, hype, and errr a bit more hype. "Grown up" music these days (by that, I mean indie/alt rock etc) is turning into just as much of a publicity contest as the Pop-Idol stuff. Another year, another clutch of 5-star debut albums from NME - "the best debut album since... oooh, last week!" You can rely on them almost as much as you can rely on the second album being slagged off, no-one buying it, and the band drifting into irrelevance. But people, I am here to tell you that Kaiser Chiefs are genuinely something different.
As a whole, the sound is so old, it's new! It's also a real mixed bag - there are elements of The Jam, XTC, glam rock, 80s electronic music, the list goes on. The first three tracks alone are probably worth the price of the album, and the sheer energy from a loud play of I Predict A Riot is probably enough to power your house for a few weeks!
But I have request to make: PLEASE don't let this album get hyped up too much, go out, buy it, enjoy it, but don't push them up only to let them crash again - it happens far too much these days...


Vanguard Leather Case for Olympus Mju 300, 400, 410, 500
Vanguard Leather Case for Olympus Mju 300, 400, 410, 500

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough little thing.., 21 Feb 2005
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I like this case a lot - my Mju300 fits nice and snugly into the large pouch and there's a nice little front compartment to slide that extra memory card into. Despite other reviewers concerns, I found the velcro to be pretty secure and the design is a sturdy shape and well covered. It won't win any excitement awards, but it's designed to protect the bit that IS exciting, so in that case (haha) it works perfectly!


Aerosmith: You Gotta Move [DVD]
Aerosmith: You Gotta Move [DVD]
Dvd ~ Aerosmith
Price: £7.20

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but could have been better!, 23 Nov 2004
In summing up the Aerosmith sound, it was once said "we make music that really speaks to the groin" - that, in a nutshell, is what Aerosmith have always been about, and 30-plus years into their career it doesn't look likely that's ever gonna change (we hope)!
Aerosmith are a pretty polarising group - you either like them or you don't, so you'll either relish the prospect of this first official live DVD or you won't see what all the fuss is about. As I fall very much into the former category this review takes the initial assumption that you an Aerosmith fan wondering whether to shell out for a nice shiny platter of your favourite band?
Well, first things first, the DVD description is a little misleading. This is Aerosmith Live - but it isn't simply an Aerosmith concert, it's an expanded version of the TV special that was shown on A+E in the USA earlier this year. Therefore, the live footage is regularly interspersed with short interviews, behind the scenes footage, the recording of Honkin' On Bobo and other pearls of wisdom from the Boston Bad Boys. Personally I found this method of filming was more distracting than beneficial. With the use of a DVD this footage would have been far better wrapped up into a documentary than cut into the songs - occasionally the songs are even faded down halfway through to drop a bit of split-screen interview into the mix. The most criminal use of this technique was during Draw The Line - Joe Perry's blistering guitar work is suddenly interrupted by.... Joe Perry talking about gigging with the band. In the words of a not-unrelated song, Let The Music Do The Talking!
Musically, the boys are as good, if not better, than ever. Joey's powerhouse nature whilst drumming has to be seen to be believed - particularly during the opening tracks when the band uses the small stage, you can almost hear the drums screaming with the pounding they receive! Joe's guitar work is some of the best I've heard, and Steven seems really energised throughout (watch out for that trapeze)! However, I feel the format of the DVD will leave most people feeling frustrated. It is not in-depth enough to work as a documentary, and the stop-start nature of the concert footage breaks up the flow of live atmosphere.
Aerosmith are no strangers to the live CD - 1998's A Little South Of Sanity was their last official foray into the genre and, as always, proved their mastery or the game. Film of those performances or a complete show from the latest tour would be a much better option, but as live Aerosmith performances are pretty thin on the ground in the UK I guess beggars can't always be choosers.


A Bugged Out Mix By Felix Da Housecat
A Bugged Out Mix By Felix Da Housecat
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £17.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Disco to Disco, 12 Nov 2004
You have to feel sorry for ol' Felix - one of the most well known purveyors of the electro-disco sound (I hesitate to use electro-clash with memories of that old Fischerspooner album still sitting on my shelf!) he has never really got the recognition among the general public that his work deserves. He creates a sound that simultaneously straddles the joyous and faintly sinister, like a sadomasochistic Johnny 5 in a Disneyland parade! This CD shows off some excellent mixing but more importantly, as noted in previous reviews, great song selections. The Droyds' Remix of Ladytron's Seventeen is definitely my highlight, followed closely by the infectious From Disco To Disco by Whirlpool Productions. If they don't make you want to shake your mechanical ass then get your circuits checked!


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