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Sources: The Sam Records Anthology
Sources: The Sam Records Anthology
Price: £14.22

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic compilation by the team at Harmless, 20 Aug. 2015
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Another fantastic compilation by the team at Harmless. The sound quality, as expected, is excellent with some great sleeve notes from the compiler, Bill Brewster. It would cost a fortune to collect this lot on vinyl. A welcome addition to the collection of any fan of soul, funk and early 'electrofunk'.


Run Wild
Run Wild
by Boff Whalley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on. One of the best running books i've read., 6 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Run Wild (Hardcover)
It's obvious from reading all the reviews that you either get the message of this book, or you don't. If, like me, you love to get up at the crack of dawn, just get out in the hills, enjoy watching the occasional hen harriers on the moors, or a family of stoats playing in the riverside meadows, while you run...then yes, you'll get this book. Boff obviously loves running, for this enjoyment of being out in the wide open spaces, away from the masses.

However, the book is also aimed at those who run purely to get faster, or those who really don't see the point of stepping off the road or pavement because (a) they might lose valuable seconds in doing so and (b) why would anyone want to run on grass or through mud, because all that happens is that you run more slowly and get muddy brigade type of thing. And its more the pity that some of those have been so offended by the book as to give it one star and a 'shocked and disappointed' review. And why, because someone has made them question their motives?

Go out over the country for a couple of hours or so, you'll come back with less aches and pains and a bit more mud, but far more relaxed than you would if you go out on the road. I'm pleased that someone, in this case Boff has challenged the whole notion of why we run in the first place.
He offers an alternative, this is his argument, and hopefully many more will be broad-minded enough to appreciate what he has written.

I loved the book. it is well written, accessible and straight from the heart. Definately one of my favourites over the past few years. Worth every penny. Well done Boff.
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Mr Zachaponti and his extra fizzy, multi flavoured lemonade.
Mr Zachaponti and his extra fizzy, multi flavoured lemonade.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A realy pleasant & cheery read, 3 Jan. 2013
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This short story is one of those enjoyable, unpretentious easy to read type of books. Aimed at kids, but just as enjoyable to older sorts it is worth every penny. Looking forward to one or two more from this author.
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The Very Best Of
The Very Best Of
Price: £4.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All this for very little money....., 24 July 2012
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This review is from: The Very Best Of (Audio CD)
There are always going to be those who complain, but for little over a fiver you have 2 CDs, both consisting of nearly 80 minutes of music, a whole host of singles...remixes.....demo's .....tracks that have never been on CD before and a host of damn fine album tracks. The casual listener will recognise, and love the hits, the collector and the fan will appreciate the others. A perfect addition to any music collection, especially if you have their first 3 albums and their brilliant recent offering 'blanc-burn' already.

....and how many bands actually listen to what their fans want....many of the tracks on here being requested in recent months by those very people.

Most pleased.


Play To Win: The Best Of Heaven 17
Play To Win: The Best Of Heaven 17
Price: £4.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't really beat this for value, 12 Jan. 2012
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If you want to hear a little more of heaven 17 other than their well known singles then you can't really go wrong with this compilation - 33 tracks for less than £4.50 is certainly value for money. The well known tracks are there, as well as fan favourites such as I'm Your Money and Lets All Make A Bomb, and a selection of album tracks from through the years. The inclusion of the more recent Hands Up To A Heaven (a huge club hit in the States) proves that Mssrs Ware & Gregory still have that magic touch.

Of course fans like myself will buy this, and you can debate at length about which tracks should or shouldn't have been included, but for the casual music listener it's really worth grabbing hold of while you can.


12" 80S Alternative
12" 80S Alternative
Price: £15.89

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THEIR BEST YET !, 15 Aug. 2011
This review is from: 12" 80S Alternative (Audio CD)
I was lucky enough to have this cd set delivered a couple of days early.

Whatever 'alternative' might mean to you (less mainstream? indie? not Duran Duran?) 12"/80s have again hit the right balance between the 'well known' and 'less well known' tracks, which was a strength of their 12" dance & 12" grooves compilations. There is plenty there for the casual buyer who wants to listen to some classic 1980s tracks from the likes of New Order, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Soft Cell (Memorabilia, cracking track), and again plenty to keep those who prefer the more obscure tracks from the greatest decade ! Not everyone will have heard of the likes of Anne Clark & Yah Wobble, but there is not a single filler on this compilation.
As it becomes harder & harder to compile a good quality 12" compilation that offers something different, you have to credit the 12"/80s team. We all have our favourite alternative tracks that maybe didn't make it onto this compilation, She Sells Sanctuary for me, but in light of the fact that many such tracks are almost impossible to licence (or far too expensive to do so in the case of the rarer Frankie Goes To Hollywood & Propaganda mixes)they have still managed to unearth some unexpected treasures.
Also good to see some of the lesser, but nevertheless fantastic, hits from the likes of Soft Cell, Julian Cope & The Cure.

Spot on, and I can't wait for 12"/80s alternative volume 2.............


Supermagic
Supermagic

5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic tribute to Bobby Orlando, 23 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Supermagic (MP3 Download)
If you're not sure about this one - just download the first track, take a listen....and then download the rest. John & Amii's exciting lead track from their latest album presses all the right buttons. And seek out that video - Amii looks stunning.

Keep up the great work Parralox !


Metropolis
Metropolis

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine offering from Parralox, 23 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Metropolis (MP3 Download)
Parralox's third offering, and deservedly number one in several end-of-year synth music countdowns. Having seen them play live quite recently I was really looking forward to this, and am not in the least bit disappointed - Amii's vocals matching John's awesome bass-lines perfectly. There are some great Dep Mode & Bobby Orlando influenced tracks in there on an album that, in keeping with other parralox offerings, runs in at a running time far longer than your average album.

Well done John & Amii, can't wait for the next one.............


Our Man in Hibernia: Ireland, the Irish and Me
Our Man in Hibernia: Ireland, the Irish and Me
by Charlie Connelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Connelly pulls it off again, 9 Sept. 2010
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Not very long ago I picked up a copy of 'Stamping Grounds' by football writer Charlie Connelly. Never have I laughed to loudly before while reading a sports book. So I decided to grab a copy of 'Attention All Shipping'. Surely a book about the shipping forecast couldn't be as funny as following the luckless Leichtenstein national football team. I was wrong, Connelly once again found the balance between fact, imagination and humour. I'm not a big fan of Mr.Presley, yet I found couldn't put 'In Search of Elvis'down, and then Connelly went all historical on us, and STILL made us laugh with 'And Did Those Feet'.

This time Mr C writes about Ireland. Why ? Because he loves the place and is just as Irish as the current American president, who makes rather a big deal about his Irish roots. And because he lives there. And he has always 'felt' Irish. You'll understand when you've started reading it - i won't spoil it by detailing each chapter. Perhaps this book is a little more personal than his others though, and there are lengthy stretches when Connelly makes a point of being serious and slightly less light-hearted - but just when you think things ARE getting all serious, he throws in one of his hilarious, and entirely appropriate one liners that leaves you rolling around hysterically again.

I read lots of books, yet I find only one writer is capable of such a broad scope of writing, without ever straying from his unique, light, chirpy banter. Well done Charlie Connelly, really can't wait for the next one.....
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Aerial Britain - The Pennine Way [DVD] [NTSC]
Aerial Britain - The Pennine Way [DVD] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Aerial Britain

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars lovely footage with but with some flaws !, 13 Aug. 2009
Really enjoyed watching this as I am planning an assault on the Pennine Way soon. The background music is a bit dodgy, and the long section between Hebden Bridge and Lothersdale is almost entirely neglected (save for brief footage of Top Withins). There is also a glaring error - the village of Thornton-in-Craven is referred to a the borthplace of the Bronte sisters - wrong Thornton !!!!
However, I did get a great insight into the more northernly aspects of the route, of which I am not familiar. Glad I purchased it.


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