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Heaven and Earth
Heaven and Earth
Price: 8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the collector but not for first exposure to Martyn, 25 May 2011
This review is from: Heaven and Earth (Audio CD)
Any posthumous new material from the much missed Big Man is welcome and, as such, I'm pleased I bought it immediately.
In a way this work reminds me of the lesser-known Church With One Bell.
Not a bad production, but I agree with some of the other reviewer comments that Martyn's sometimes gravelly, sometimes melancholic heart-wrenching voice (still there) is somewhat over shadowed by too foreward and contrived percussion, occasionally irritating backing vocals, and somewhat sugary sax solos.
But the Big Man still shines through and raises a smile and a tear.
If you are new to Martyn, then please buy The Island Anthology first - then knock yourself out by buying everything else!


PURE EVOKE Flow, Portable DAB/FM/Internet Radio
PURE EVOKE Flow, Portable DAB/FM/Internet Radio
Price: 129.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A geek's dream, maybe a "normal person's" nightmare?, 10 Mar 2009
I have read the many differing reviews on this product with great interest. Some of the longer reviews are very well-considered and point out some of the home truths about this product's "foibles".

I got mine yesterday, set it up easily, was impressed by its versatility and performance and quickly learnt how to use the unintuitive interface and the rather "odd" Lounge website.

There are issues; all well-documented by previous reviewers, so I will not follow with an essay, but shorter statements, hopefully of help:

1) USER INTERFACE - unintuitive and clunky but spend a bit of time with it and get used to it. It works.

2)DAB RADIO - superb

3)THE LOUNGE WI FI:'

Stations- amazing amount of internet radio stations! all displayed alphabetically.

Listen Again- BBC programmes are easy to access- there is a mind-boggling amount of material, all easily accessed. Easy search, easy to assign to favourites. Push the select button to pause playback. It would be nice to have a ffwd facility.

Podcasts - same comments as Listen again! This of course accesses worldwide material not restricted to the BBC.

PURE Sounds - why have this at all? ...... nonsense!

MEDIA PLAYER- the most difficult to get to work well. Seems not to enjoy recognising 5 or six level deep music files folder tree containing 12,000- plus songs. Eventually works OK after a LOOOOOONG data read time! A quick workaround to get things going is to access one or two folders deeper, or simply select by artist or by genre, or by album. Sometimes prone to freeze with message "select a track". Would be nice to have a search facility to be able to type in keywords.

CONCLUSION- THUMBS UP!!
Great product, decent sound, nice looks. Utterly amazing value for what it does. Some "quirks" of operation and complicated interface (therefore just misses five stars!) Amazing multifunctional abilites. Finally a warning- NOT for technophobes; buy something simpler or spend some time learning how to use it!!


The Seldom Seen Kid
The Seldom Seen Kid
Price: 5.50

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How on earth did this band pass me by until now!?, 17 Sep 2008
This review is from: The Seldom Seen Kid (Audio CD)
I have to admit that the Mercury award publicity was my first exposure to Elbow. Of late I have largely ignored "newer" music through being largely uninspired by the whole state of the music scene....... any modicum of new talent seems to be overhyped too quickly and artists seem to burn out too quickly (if you know what I mean).........
Shame on me ..... this album is fantastic, also of recording quality DO NOT simply consign it to compressed iPod music- get a chance to listen on a decent real hifi system (an all too forgotten essential)!
As for Elbow's music- reminds me of a whole load of intertwined British styles dating from way back to the 60s and through.
Excellent lyrics too.
The Seldom Seen Kid has hardly left my CD tray over the last weeks.
It has restored my faith in "new stuff" and inspired me to add to my 5,000 plus strong CD and vinyl collection!
Bravo.
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Nirvana Lounge 02 (2CD)
Nirvana Lounge 02 (2CD)

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! Claude is back!, 15 Mar 2004
This review is from: Nirvana Lounge 02 (2CD) (Audio CD)
After the relative disappointment of the last one in the "series"- Buddha Bar IV - I wondered if this genre had really burnt out...... but no!...... to my delight this is a wonderfully original and flowing compilation.
Getting bored with all too many thoughtless chillout compilations on offer nowadays?.......worry not - BUY THIS!!
Claude "The Master" is back - hurrah!


Buddha Bar - Volume 6
Buddha Bar - Volume 6
Price: 23.93

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uninspiring but easy listening, 15 Mar 2004
This review is from: Buddha Bar - Volume 6 (Audio CD)
Listen up: I own ALL the Buddha Bar compilations, and as a previous reviewer has stated, it's all getting a bit "Cafe del Mar" bland.
Previous Buddha Bars have featured challenging Arab themes and great surprises, cleverly interweaved. But this latest would grace any middle England dinner party; in fact the dreadful 1st CD would probably encourage negative comment for total pretentiousness (I mean, fancy calling a CD "ReBirth"- YUK!)- it is only the fact that the second CD "ReJoice" hangs together quite well in a non-offending sort of manner that the compilation does not receive a big fat ZERO.
Do yourself a favour - if you have not got them, go try Buddha Bars 1 or 2. Or the excellent Nirvana Lounge 3 if you are looking for something spacy-yet-thoughtful, which Buddha Bar VI tries to be, but alas fails.
As a rule of thumb, I recommend seeking out Claude Challe stuff before Ravin.


Chocolate and Cheese
Chocolate and Cheese

5.0 out of 5 stars So refreshing and entirely new-sounding, 30 May 2002
This review is from: Chocolate and Cheese (Audio CD)
Usually a chillout and soul/reggae buyer, I bought this on the strength of being played the marvellous guitar tune "A tear for Eddie"..... good enough, I thought, to buy the whole cd.
To my delight I found the whole album to be an eclectic mixture of styles and very witty too..... pretty well mixed too.
As Rolling Stone quoted- "Zappa is their ultimate Papa"
Nice one!


Nirvana Lounge: By Claude Challe & Ravin
Nirvana Lounge: By Claude Challe & Ravin

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yet another belter!, 6 Dec 2000
As I own all the other Claude Challe CDs (even the one not mentioned on Amazon.co.uk - Les Bains Douches), I consider myself fairly qualified to comment..... First hearing and I thought "hmmmmm- this guy has run out of the brilliant cutting edge inspiration"...... i'll give it only 4. HOWEVER- a couple of plays of the whole thing soon elevated it to 5 stars: different from the rest, Challe now chooses intially chooses an Indian flavour, particularly on cd1..... a flavour which does not instantly appeal..... but listen harder and longer and all those brilliant eclectic Challe traits are there- but they have just metamorphised into a slighly different thing. Another essential purchase!! Float away - dance - enjoy. Looking forward to Challe's next offering.


Buddha Bar Vol.2
Buddha Bar Vol.2
Price: 22.14

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challe can do almost no wrong....., 3 Dec 2000
This review is from: Buddha Bar Vol.2 (Audio CD)
Arguably the best yet- a masterpiece - where does Challe find all these guys? Highlights on this compilation are cd2 #04 La Roca; Drama of Japan and cd2 #12 Attaboy; New world........ but hey it's all addictive stuff and wonderfully mixed together...... in fact much more interesting than Cafe del Mar stuff, which unfortunatley gets more and more bland the more they bring out. Look out for Challe's first "Buddha Bar" and also his double cd "Les Bains Douches" from about 1 1/2 years ago- although strangely amazon is not listing this great cd.


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