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Coronation Street : The 1970's (10 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Coronation Street : The 1970's (10 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patricia Phoenix

5.0 out of 5 stars Corrie at its best!, 18 April 2011
Having being born in the eighties I only ever read of Corries impact with the viewing public in the sixties and seventies in various publications.The sixties were the first decade of the series so naturally a great deal more attention is placed on this era,while that is quite rightly justified given the quality of writing and acting in that era I found viewing this collection to actually bridge the gap between characters and events which took place in the sixties to now in the present day.Some of the most popular long standing characters made their first appearance in the show during this period namely brassy blonde bairmaid Bet Lynch,fiery red haired Rita Littlewood,nervous shop girl Mavis Riley,foghorn voiced machinest Vera Duckworth and her gobby friend Ivy Tilsley,confident teen Deirdre Hunt whose battleaxe mother Blance Hunt makes her debut in 1974 and fun loving but sensitive young Gail Potter whose flirty mother Audrey also debuts in 1979.Of course the classic Corrie characters are still here such as Ena Sharples [who has mellowed considerably throughout this decade in to a more wiser respected character who often provides emotional support to her neighbours in times of crisis].Elsie Tanner who marries Alan Howard at the begining of the decade,Annie Walker whose beloved husband Jack passes away at the begining of the decade,Ken Barlow,Emily Nugent,Albert Tatlock,Minnie Caldwell and much loved comedy duo Stan and Hilda Ogden.Billy Walker is also more prominant due to his increasing visits while characters like Betty Turpin and Ray Langton who arrived in the latter end of the previous decade are also central to the action.Key episodes and storylines in this collection include Elsie Tanners wedding to Alan Howard,Joe Donneli holding Minnie and later Stan hostage,Val Barlows death,Emilys weeding to Ernie Bishop,Stan being falsely accused of being a peeping tom,the ladies holiday in majorca,the warehouse fire,Elsies return after nearly three years away,Hilda unveiling her "murial,"Hilda holding a seance,Deirdre giving birth to Tracy,the streets jubilee celebrations in 1977,Rita and Lens wedding,The Ogdens second honeymoon,Ernies death,Ray Langtons affair and subsequent exit,Brian and Gail Tilsleys wedding day.There are many comedic moments and storylines not to mention cracking one liners courtesy of Annie,Bet,Stan,Hilda,Ena,Minnie,Albert,Elsie,Rita and Mavis.In short this is is classic Corrie at its best.


Coronation Street : The 1960's (10 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Coronation Street : The 1960's (10 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Roache

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Coronation Street.The begining, 18 April 2011
This ten disc box set collection features eight episods per disc.Eighty in total which makes for a rather comprehensive collection of Corrie in the sixties its first and arguably most loved decade on screen.Kicking off with disc one and the very first episode [we actually have on disc one the first eight]we meet charcters who would not only be ingrained in the public concious for decades after but also as famous as members of the royal family and icons of our age.Hairnetted battleaxe Ena Sharples is the acid tounged matriarch of the street and is down right terryfying,though she tries to uphold the moral values of the street on numerous occasions she does so in a way which often offends her neighbours,theres earthy tart with a heart Elsie Tanner who is the glamourous bad girl of the street with two grown up children and numerous suitors,snooty Annie Walker who is original landlady of the Rovers Return and who lords it over the other residents of the street.It is these three female characters who seemed to endeer themselves on an incredible level with the viewing public and whome would endure on the show for twenty years or more.Each of the discs present key episodes from the shows formative years and memorable storylines and characters.Some of the most remembered being the streets first death [May Hardman in episode seven],Ena and Elsie street row in 1961,Christine Hardmans breakdown,Ken and Vals wedding,Martha Longhursts death,The arrival of the Ogden family,The Train Crash of 1967,Elsie Tanners wedding to Steve Tanner,Elsies divorce and the coach crash episodes of 1969 which coincided with the street being broadcast in colour for the first time.Iconic characters like Ena,Elsie,Ken Barlow,Minnie Caldwell,Albert Tatlock,Len Fairclough,Emily Nugent,Martha Longhurst,Jack and Annie Walker and Stan and Hilda Ogden all light up the screen while we remember just how great others such as Kens kind natured first wife Val Barlow and Elsies wayward but comedic son Dennis Tanner actually were.This is the street where Ena,Minnie and Martha would dissect street gossip in the Rovers Return snug,where Jack Walker would always apologise for his wife Annies snobbish statements or where Ena and Elsie could be found having a outdoor slanging match on a regular basis.Miss this at your peril!
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Please Yourself (Platinum Re-Issue)
Please Yourself (Platinum Re-Issue)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Return to Pop!, 11 April 2011
Following the departure of Jacqui O Sullivan the girls were reduced to a duo consisting of founder members Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward but proove they are more then capable of delivering pop which still resonates with their fans and the dancefloor.Sadly the edge of previous album Pop Life and the mixed variety of styles and tempos from their 80s heyday is not to be found here rather a set of europop style songs mostly upbeat and catchy but not the girls at their absoloute best.Still their first record as a duo was a compitant one and it reunites them with the also reduced to a duo Stock and Waterman who create the concept Abba Banana which maybe explains the euro feel of the album and why some of the songs are tinged with a sense of melancholy.Movin On is the strongest song here and is the lead of release perhaps embodying what the album is about.Last Thing On My Mind follows and is the original version of an Abba esque song that Steps would cover,similar in feel to Movin On but with more sadness within the lyrics.Let Me Love You One More Time is a commercial pop ballad whilst the Andrea True Connection cover More More More is a return to the dancefloor vibe of WOW for the group,though the single mix is more inferior.Only Time Will Tell and Is She Good To You are similar sounding Pop/dance tracks whilst Give It Up For Love is interesting in its lyrical output as the girls sing maybe about pausing their high voltage pop careers for love and sounds quite personal.You Never Know What It Means and You Are Never Satisfied sees the duo asserting themselves over clubbish pop songs with the attitude driven approach they were known for.Glossy ballad I Could Be Persuaded is a decadent sounding slow jam laden with romance,a world a way from say Hey Young London or Boy Trouble from their debut some 10 or so years previously.This was their last record with London Records.The 2007 reissue includes the moody dance driven Treat Me Right the b side to Movin which really should have made the album and sounds like the missing link between Pop Life and Please Yourself.Another Lover a classy sounding dance pop number which again should have made the album,instead the b side to Last Thing On My Mind,single versions of Movin On and Last Thing On My Mind and the popular single mix of More More More.This although not Bananarama at their best is amongst their more fun albums even if the lyrics are quite sad,they still proove they can create perfect pop.


Pop Life [Platinum Re-Issue]
Pop Life [Platinum Re-Issue]
Offered by Mo's Music & Media
Price: 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bananarama enter the nineties!, 11 April 2011
The new decade bought a new sound and a moderately sexier image for the girls and this their fifth proper studio album embodied their developemnt beautifully with a set of upbeat yet moody and innovative dance pop cuts which renewed their clubland roots.The variety of styles on this record indicated their dissatifaction with the Stock Aitken and Waterman hitmaking machine and a desire to be taken seriously.Opening number Preacher Man,one of the four singles from the albums adds a cooler harder beat to their hallmark euro pop/dance sound with moodier lyrics and a catchy chorus.Whilst the acclaimed cover of Long Train Running sees them succesfully pulling of the latin pop sound whilst retaining credibility and not filling it with cliches.Only Your Love the lead of single adds rock guitars and a pulsating house beat which indicates that the girls had been investigating current trends on the dance floors at the time whilst What Colour R The Skies Where You Live is a haunting reggae inspired number with an electronic edge and whispery vocals which make it sound fresh and invigorating.Is Your Life Strong Enough opens with a set of chords reminiscent of Robert DeNiros Waiting but soon moves into a moody acid house/pop style track similar in feel to Preacher Man and Only Your Love except with a more slower tempo and an experimental edge.Tripping On Your Love,the last single from the album and a firm fan favorite is a hard edge acid house affair with a guest rapper and an almost eastern style baseline.Aint No Cure and Heartless both reunite the girls with Stock Aitken Waterman though the sound is noticebly more dance then pop the songs still sound more formulatic compared to the rest of the record but never the less great sing along tunes.The girls show the edge of the album on the next three tracks Outta Sight is retro rock and house Meglemaniac is a pulsating energetic dance track again with a acid house feel and I Cant Let You Go is a credible chunky slice of moody laidback house.This album was the only one to be recorded with Jacqui O Sullivan who exited after the release of Tripping On Your Love.The 2007 re issue contains several remixes and single edits.


Wow! [Platinum Re-Issue]
Wow! [Platinum Re-Issue]
Price: 4.67

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Pop fun, 14 Mar 2011
Whilst by no means the best Bananarama album this record was defiantley their most fun and a solid consistant pop record light on the ears and fire for the dancefloor.After the mammoth success of their hi nrg campy cover of Shocking Blues classic Venus the band decided to stick with producers Stock Aitken and Waterman for a polished gloss and some pure pop fun.The trio would be divided over this as Siobhan Fahey was clearly more inspired by the depth and artistry of her punk/glam rock/experimental pop sensibilities and would leave the band she helped to co found after over seven years mid way through the records set of single releases but despite a line up change and the addition of Jacqui O Sullivan for the fourth single I Want You Back the consistant success of the singles didn,t end.The record contains the smash hits I Heard A Rumour and Love In The First Degree which are amongst the most famous of all pop/dance hits ever and really put the Nanas on the map internationally.The pure pop fun of the rather sad I Want You Back released as the fourth single and given extra poignancy as Sionhan had left the band.I Cant Help It the last Bananarama single to feaure Siobhans vocal and music video/single sleeve appearance is a sexy dance track which kicks of the record.Also here are the uptempo anthems Bad For Me and Some Girls both of which would have made killer hits[not that they needed it at this time],the love ballad Once In A Lifetime,the bouncy Strike It Rich a song which as legend has it Siobhan objected to so much during recording that she covered her mouth whilst recording to signify her disapproval of the songs lyrics.The mid tempo Come Back and their famous cover of The Supremes classic Nathan Jones remixed and re recorded as the albums fifth single and incorporating Jacquis vocal.This 2007 re release contains the bonus dance driven b sides Clean Cut Boy,Ectasy ,Mr Sleeze and Amnesia [a song which appeared on The Roxy] the single versions of I Want You Back and Nathan Jones and remix of Nathan Jones with Jacquis vocals on the two single mixes and the remix.Siobhan would leave the group in Feb 1988 after appearing with the band at the BPI awards and releaseing I Cant Help It, she went on to form the hugely succesfull Pop art outfit Shakespears Sister but bandmates Sarah Dallin and Keren Woodward would continue with replacement vocalist Jacqui O Sullivan.As stated before the line up change doesn,t deter from both the pure pop exuberant fun that the group seemed to be about in this time and the success they enjoyed.This album is also great summer pop to listen to when the sun is blazing and as with 2005s Drama and 2009s Viva is a perfect for the dancefloor aswell.


True Confessions (Platinum Re-Issue)
True Confessions (Platinum Re-Issue)

5.0 out of 5 stars Could it be the best?, 14 Mar 2011
Though the previous two Bananarama albums both had their highlights and certainly there own distinctive characters their third album really saw the trio of Sarah Dallin,Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward come into their own as singer/songwriters with a unique often imitated but never bettered sound.The albums first single Do Not Disturb was a minor hit and was considered a stylistic transition from the rough around the edges DIY girl group of yesteryear with the more polished,sexier glamourous image they would make their own.Though the song itself is moody its also quite uptempo with a sexy but attitude drive lyric and vocal style.Though only two songs were co written and produced with Stock,Aitken and Waterman it was for the polished hi nrg anthem Venus for which this set would be remembered for.One of the biggets hits from the band,this Shocking Blue cover gave fans an incication as to where the group where heading.A uk top ten for several weeks and their sole US number one.The other track More Than Physical is funky dance number remixed with a hi nrg euro pop feel as a single.The rest of the album stands up as one whole piece of work ,even Promised Land which sounds a little like Do Not Disturb part two is a dark but fun new wave style pop/dance track.The title number is an epic whilst Ready Or Not a song written about lovers divided by the Berlin wall shows the girls at their most imaginative.A Trick Of The Night emerged as a highlight from the record a menacing fusion of rock and synth pop and with a lyric about male prostitution which continues the social concious themes previously explored on the last record.Dance With A Stranger and A Perfect World are both sophisti pop ballads with dark but classy feel and slightly menacing lyrics whilst A Cut Above The Rest is a song laden with street attitue and dare we say "girl power" but with a chanting style vocal which makes it sound distinctive.Closing number Hooked On Love is not a ballad but a striking and daring rap/rock/power pop style number with a hard edge that pushes the trio into heavier and grittier production and blood thirsty lyrics.Striking it is to contrast this song with say I Want You Back or Strike It Rich from the next album which are great but pure pop fun with that polished sheen that the girls where starting to explore with Venus and the single mix of More Than Physical.the 2007 re release comes with b sides and remixes with the b sides Ghost,Scarlet and White Train amongst the best and certainly in keeping with the albums darker,edgier more sophisticated pop feel and also the dance driven b side Set On You a campy hightlight.We also get the rare track Riskin A Romance a song penend around the time of the albums release but not included on the set,the single mix of More Than Physical and an inferior euro pop version of Trick Of The Night which pails in comparison to the darker tone of the album version.In short this is amongst the highlights of their career an album which stands the test of time and showcases their diverse style from euro pop,soft rock,dance,dark synth pop and new wave.


Bananarama [Platinum Re-Issue]
Bananarama [Platinum Re-Issue]
Price: 5.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mature second album, 14 Mar 2011
Bananaramas second album saw the trio of Sarah Dallin,Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey develop their sound and image down a more mature path.Stylistically the approach was still pop with a new wave /post punk/post disco feel but lyrically the girls were starting to get serious and political.The albums opening number and lead of single is the classic Cruel Summer a song written about the claustraphobic intensity of summer heat and lonliness,a state of mind song which everyone interpreted as love or anti love song.The follow up release Robert de Niros Waiting another smash hit self penned classic with an uplifting feel that disguises the dark menacing nature of the lyrical content.The song was actually about a date rape victim emmersing herself in a fantasy world were Robert de Niro was her ideal man but of course everyone assumes the song is a lyrical tribute to the actor.Meenwhile the rest of the album has a somewhat overt darker feel then the debut,State Im In sounds like a brash motown homage with an infectious chorus and angst ridden lyrics this would have made a more obvious follow up to the established smash hits Cruel Summer and Robert de Niros Waiting.Though the critically accliamed Rough Justice was a moderate hit and is still a highlight today this was the third release from the album and the first of three consecutive non top twenties for the group,an indication that the music buying public prefered a more lighter fun loving trio as opposed to a socially concious one.Still the simple,emotive and rather innocent song is amongst one of their best and is included here in 2007 re release in both album and single versions.King Of The Jungle a song written about the political situation in Ireland has a captivating production which sounds very jungle inspired and an intense vocal from the trio contrasting their girl group "ooooohs" with a darker baseline that would be one of the records most spine tingling moments.Dream Baby the only track on the album not to be written by the band is a dark motown inspired number whilst Hot Line To Heaven is a new wave style pop song about drug abuse and the high powered life which emerged as a minor hit from the album,Through A Childs Eyes is a soft sentimental ballad which closes the set and is a firm indication that the trio can write and perform ballads with a slightly serious yet accesible feel.The 2007 re release comes with single versios of Rough Justice and Hot Line To Heaven and b sides Cairo,Push and Live Now which fit in with the tone and feel of the album and what the group where about at the time.A less fun but still infectious and more edgier offering from the quintessential girl band,


Deep Sea Skiving [Bonus Tracks]
Deep Sea Skiving [Bonus Tracks]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential girl group album.the beginnings of Bananarama, 7 Mar 2011
This was Bananaramas long awaited debut album released in early 1983 after the trio of Sarah Dallin,Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey had been a pressence on the UK music scene and charts for almost a year,making their commercial breakthrough singing with the Fun Boy Three on Aint What You Do.Having gone on to release their own singles on London Records the inevitable debut album was just around the corner.Several songs on this set are credited as being written by the girls themselves alone and as legend has it the penniless trio wrote some of these whilst penniless in their London council flat.This album really stands up the test of time,especially in the aftermath of the eighties revival,for some of the best ideas in pop/dance,post punk and new wave can be heard on this rather innocent but bouncy debut.Aie A Mwana is an important single from the group,it wa stheir first ever release in September 1981 and manages to fit in with the other earthy DIY pop here,though being sung entirely in Swahili does give it a slight edge.The song was a cover of a track by a dance group named Black Blood and revived by the Nanas as a girl group anthem.Though this being an indie single it didn,t even dent the charts but still earned the trio a following on the club scene and a tiny article with a pic appeared in The Face magazine,a style bible of what was hip and happening in music and fashion.It was this picture and the song which brought the group to the attention of Terry Hall of Fun Boy Three and the rest is history!The album also contains their hit cover of the Velvelettes Really Saying Something which was reinterpreted as a cool urban sounding raw pop number with a detatched sounding vocal from the girls which [especially on this album]would become their hallmark.A gutsy cover of the anthemic Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye would also emerge a triumphant top 5 hit after the self penned Cheers Then failed to make a huge splash on the charts,in actual fact Cheers Then is possibly one of the more interesting tracks here.A moody yet sentimental mid tempo ballad with an Abba ish euro feel and high pitched vocal it talks of sentimentality and past times.Similary Wish You Here is sombre yet sweet ballad which ends the set.Boy Trouble,Hey Young London and What A Shambles are laden with the sullen attitude driven approach that the trio were also renowned for amongst fans whilst Doctor Love a track written by Paul Weller has hallmarks of electroclash and power pop.Shy Boy a motown flavored pop number written for them by producers Jolley and Swain is an all out out girl group anthem Bananarama style and as with Na Na Hey Hey and Really Saying Something another top 5 hit from this set.This 2007 includes b sides Girl About Town,Tell Tale Signs and Give Us Back Our Cheap Fares,a rare Sex Pistols cover No Feelings and the Japanese Honda ad theme Hes Got Tact a sweet poppy song which sounds like a TV ad jingle and which is a bit of harmless fun.In short the origins of a girl group who would achieve tremendous success throughout the decade.Earthy,fun,raw and catchy pop!


Pure Shores: The Very Best Of
Pure Shores: The Very Best Of
Price: 6.90

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive collection but no Under The Bridge, 4 Feb 2011
This double disc collection of All Saints is a must have for all fans of the stellar girl group,though many die hard ones will probably own most if not all the material on this set it does include some now hard to obtain b sides from there late nineties heyday.This could also serve as a re release of their smash hit second album Saints and Sinners from 2000 as it contains the entire album [though with tracks scattered about the collection and not presented in original order],we also get a good 75% worth of their self titled debut album from 1997 which adds to the most comprehensive career overview of the band thus far.The only startling ommison is the credible hit cover of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers classic Under The Bridge which is perhaps absent due to copyright reasons, also missing from the debut is the angst ridden Trapped and funky attitude driven Beg but perhaps their ommisin will attract more casual fans to picking up a copy of their classic debut.The inclusion of the now hard to find b sides I Remember,Get Down,No More Lies,Inside and If You Dont Know What I Know make up for any absent tracks and officially make this set a rather comprehenive and thorough collection.Also if that wasn,t enough the two singles Rock Steady and the shoulda been hit that wasn,t Chick Fit are both included from 2006s reunion album Studio 1 are included along with two stand out cuts Flashback and On and On from that era all of which make this career spanning compliation up to date.


Melrose Place - Season 5 [DVD]
Melrose Place - Season 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Thomas Calabro
Offered by Retro_Foundation
Price: 42.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Still addictive but the last of the best!, 30 Jan 2011
In the fifth season of the hit blockbuster soap Melrose Place we are introduced to two new characters hunky good natured chef Ryan Mc Bride and his materilstic and somewhat sly wife Taylor who replace the previously departed Jo Reynolds.Whilst the drama in this season is at a similar addictive fast pace as season four the absence of the much loved cool chick Jo Reynolds has left something of a void that later new arrivals fail to fill and which sets the tone for what happens later in the series when several long standing original characters depart.Midway through the season we say farewell to Jane Mancini albeit temporarily [the character will return in a later season] and then tragically the newly reformed Kimberley is killed off [for real this time!]in one last sensational storyline [though this time more emotioanlly charged and sensitive and which finally allows the audience to feel complete compassion for the former villaness].We are quickly intoduced to the new arrivals Megan Lewis,Samantha Riley and Michaels liittle sister the previoulsy unmentioned Jennifer Mancini and with several characters making there last appearance in the season finale [Jake,Alison,Sydney] its clear that this new bunch have been bought in throughout the season to fill the void left by departing characters sweet but tough Megan [the new Jane],girl next door Samantha [the new Alison or Jo],foxy and scheming Jennifer [the new Sydney],macho hunk Kyle [the next Jake] and the increasinly unstable Taylor [a replacement for the mentally unbalanced Kimberely].The drama is still intense,the storylines still juicy and the plot twists still gripping and unpredictable with Amanda again back to her bitchy best but slightly mellower than before,Sydney showing a sensitive side and Kimberley practically reformed whilst Jane,Taylor and later Jennifer have us hissing at the screens at various points with their gripping and crazy antics.We do then emphathise with the back to good again Jane when she discovers the truth about her parentage and are moved by Jake and Alisons attempts to start a family,Sydney falling in love and Kimberleys last act of real love to Michael.Later seasons are sill compulsive but this is the last of the real best and the last time we see some of the shows original classic characters in one place!


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