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Simon Malia "Simon Malia" (Liverpool, Merseyside England)

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And So It Went 1979-1981
And So It Went 1979-1981
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1.0 out of 5 stars Smiths fans and completists only, 23 May 2014
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The punk era gave us many exciting, invigorating, ground-breaking bands. And also dull, plodding derivative rubbish ones. Manchester had its fair share of both - Buzzcocks being a great example of the best, Slaughter and the Dogs an extreme example of the worst. This lot are just limited, dull plodders. Hey ho.


The Chronicles Of Modern Life
The Chronicles Of Modern Life
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weather beaten, witty and warm, 6 Mar. 2014
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Henry Priestman has been round the block a bit. Been round a few blocks, in fact, having worked with bands and artists as diverse as The Yachts, It's Immaterial, The Christians and Eleanor MCEvoy, to name just a few favourites. Common denominator? Quality.
Henry knows the in and outs of how to construct a song, and is more than happy to share that knowledge with fellow artists, aspiring musicians, the young at heart, and the morose and the grumpy middle-aged too.
These songs capture the essence of a life lived well - tales not from the fast lane, so much as the middle one, where you're content to let the daft youngsters in the flash Audis whizz past, with the occasional rueful glance in the mirror at a face no longer youthful nor brimming with confidence.
It's as if Pete Townshend had woken up one day and re-written 'My Generation' - not for snaky young Mods, but seasoned pros, mums and dads who've known highs and lows, and are living in their empty nests with passions dimmed but still latent.
In short, it's where Elbow are heading: songs of experience. And it's lovely.
If you want to spend a morning or evening in the company of a gently mocking, self-deprecating songsmith of depth and craft, offering wry, warm and gently uplifting songs that will make you smile and sigh, you'll love this.


Dymo LetraTag Labelling Tape 12mm x 4m Paper - Black on White
Dymo LetraTag Labelling Tape 12mm x 4m Paper - Black on White
Price: £5.93

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile, 21 Aug. 2013
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Not only does this tape do the job in terms of making labels, it can be used to bind the wrists of burglars until the police arrive, should the need arise.
Be aware though that, not being plastic, you would need to use several strands, or wrap it round and round the wrists, and ankles, of the overpowered ne'er-do-well or footpad.
Buying suggestion - why not combine this product with a cheap, but sturdy, baseball bat? Home security has never been more important.
Recommended.
Also makes clear, legible labels for my collection of coshes, gags, and brass knuckles.


Tales from Terra Firma [VINYL with CD]
Tales from Terra Firma [VINYL with CD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking album from my favourite birders, 29 April 2013
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Stornoway are an acquired taste: you need to hear an album or see them play live, and then you're hooked. This second album builds on their debut - the songs are more mature and carry greater depth.


Airs And Graces
Airs And Graces
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely voice - imperious performances, 29 April 2013
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This review is from: Airs And Graces (Audio CD)
June Tabor has it all - presence, a great voice, and total sincerity. This album captures most, if not all, of that which makes her special.


Endless Wire [VINYL]
Endless Wire [VINYL]
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl Edition of 'EW' - better than the CD, 29 April 2013
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This review is from: Endless Wire [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Could have been a disaster - but wasn't. Could have been a triumph, but isn't. PT can still write great songs - but there just aren'rt quite enough of them here to make this album great. The vinyl edition adds warmth that's very much missing from the CD pressing.


Solitude Standing: Live at the Barbican 2012
Solitude Standing: Live at the Barbican 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting 'Solitude' - with good friends and warm memories, 29 April 2013
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Just a delight. A reminder of exactly why I fell headlong for Suzanne Vega's first album, and was then bowled over by 'Solitude Standing' - and have been a devoted fan ever since.


Not Nineteen Forever [DISC 1] [7" VINYL]
Not Nineteen Forever [DISC 1] [7" VINYL]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Anfum for a generation, innit, 22 Feb. 2013
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In 1965, Pete Townshend penned 'My Generation' for the young mods of Shepherds Bush - and it became an anthem for a you lost in the post-empire decline: proud, defiant and incohate.
Since then, there've been many other generational cries from the heart from youths expressing their feelings of alienation ('Once In A LIfetime', 'Anarchy In the Uk', 'White Riot' and 'Your Generation' spring to mind) or solidarity with each other 'She Bangs The Drums', 'Panic' etc etc).
This is the latest - it's 'School's Out' for now. And it's a belter.


Ten Man Mop
Ten Man Mop

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great albums from early Steeleye, 22 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Ten Man Mop (Audio CD)
It's easy to forget just how influential Steeleye Span have been on the whole folk scene - both in the UK and further afield.
The pop years, when Mike Batt produced hit albums and hit singles, have tended to obscure (and for some people, ruin) their reputation.
But those early albums - Hark! The Village Wait, Please To See The King and this one, Ten Man Mop, form a solid template for the songs - and styles - that many, many others would follow in the years to come. Everyone from Kate Rusby to Bellowhead owe much of their repertoire and opportunities to these albums.
Great performances, of their time and yet also transcending their times. If you've even a hint of an urge to hear echoes of the weird old Britain / Ireland - track down these records. They're all wonderful.


Best Blues and Originals
Best Blues and Originals

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpest Blues on the Block, 22 Feb. 2013
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Blues, done right. Great voice, great musicianship. Cracking album.
I love her live performances, and this album gives a great, comprehensive overview of her work.


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