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Some of These Were Hooj Vol.2
Some of These Were Hooj Vol.2
Offered by sdiscs.
Price: £28.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Piano House, 12 Nov. 2013
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This excellent disc from the Hooj Choons label originallly surfaced in 1995 and captures perfectly the moment when Piano House, with all it's ecstatic breakdowns and soaring highs, added a touch of melancholy and delved deeper into the heart of the computer to conjure sounds of the nascent Prog House scene that would be omnipresent by the late90s, but here in its more singular version, drafts in elements of Trance and Techno to create a wholly otherworldly sound that is full of emotion and for those that were there, is a perfect slice of nostalgia that will summon many memories of friends forgotten and long-ago amazing nights. A superb compilation that I recommend to anyone interested in 90s vinyl/dance music culture.


Hot Buttered Soul
Hot Buttered Soul
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Item of Study, 12 April 2013
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This review is from: Hot Buttered Soul (Audio CD)
Along with seminal albums of the era by Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder and Al Green, this prime slice of Funk'd up SoulJazz by Isaac is an essential part of any study into the Black rhythms and sounds of the early 70s, providing a comfortable, grounded counterpoint to the more airborne efforts by Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Donald Byrd and adding musical context to the more wordy-but-no-less-groovy efforts by Gil-Scott Heron. This is an album in the sense that we know an album to sound like in 2013, with all the benefit of the proceeding 40-odd years since to give us evidence of its value and influence. It's a 4 track collection of extended wig-outs on familiar themes, a nod to Jazz and the evolution happening in that genre, and provides many, long and uninterrupted sections of pure, unsignposted, eyes-closed-and-headz-nodding groove-heavy chill-out music, a template that was sped up and given a 90s rush 25yrs later and renamed Trip Hop, Downbeat/tempo and Balearic.
So what we have here is the album as meditational tool and technology of relaxation on the one hand, and on the other, a glimpse in time of a genre previously centered around the 3min single stretching out and making itself at home in our retro 70s lounges, propped up next to the leopard-skin wall hanging and lava lamp, and awaiting further use as trendy artifact of early90s turntablism and beat compiler.
No complete archive of Beat music should be without this Solid Gold album.


Acoustic Solutions CDVD-1B CD/DVD Player (Plays MP3/CDs & Surround Sound Compatible) - Black
Acoustic Solutions CDVD-1B CD/DVD Player (Plays MP3/CDs & Surround Sound Compatible) - Black

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled....., 8 Jun. 2012
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If you are buying this to use as a cd player, don't be fooled into thinking it will actualy work as one, as stated in all the blurb about it.
As a dvd player, it may be great, it may not. I didn't buy it for this purpose so cannot comment.
However, as a cd player, it is simply an appallingly bad piece of kit. The majority of the controls are for dvd use and do not work on cds and the contorls that are relevant are disjointed, confusing, misleading and take an age to work. The repsonse time is so long you will find yourself pressing the same button 3-4 times and shouting loudly asking why nothing is happening. The manual provided is slight and patronising and needs no further explanation.
The display is rubbish, no text for cds with text on them, no option to change the counter form time elapsed to time remaining, no indication of how much volume up or down has been selected and not even an obvious description of what track is currently being played.
BUT....I have saved the very worst to the last. The reason that this is an awful, awful product which should be AVOIDED at all cost is :- I listen to mainly dance music which comes in the form of mix cds of endless music. Jazz and Classical also have cds of endless music where the track number changes but the sound doesn't stop in between tracks. This so-called cd player does not recognise this as a feature of modern music listening and automatically inserts a 1 second gap in between tracks, thus breaking the spell of the music and completely ruining the listening experience.
It is a cd player designed for people who don't listen to very many cds and who don't really care about music. If this describes you, then great, this product will not disappoint.
For music lovers though, please do not buy this shoddy bit of kit.
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