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No More Sad Refrains: The Life of Sandy Denny
No More Sad Refrains: The Life of Sandy Denny
by Clinton Heylin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TMI, 28 May 2014
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Clinton Heylin tells us nearly everything we wanted to know, and a few things we didn't want to know, about Sandy Denny. We still ask ourselves, why did she drink herself to destruction? Why could she not accept the fact of her huge talent? I think the truth must be that, like so many talented people, Sandy suffered from what we now call a bi-polar disorder. Her friends are understandably protective of her memory and seem to want to play down this possibility but surely there is no stigma involved.


Sandy
Sandy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LESS IS MORE, 20 May 2014
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The curse of overproduction strikes again. As far as Sandy Denny's solo outings are concerned, less is definitely more. Full orchestras and brass bands do not, sadly, translate into increased audience appeal. For example, compare the overwrought version of Bushes and Briars on this album with the stripped down BBC Radio version on A Boxful of Treasures to see how overproduction has robbed this wonderful song of its power. Sorry to give it only 4 stars but we don't need the "bells and whistles". All Sandy's voice needs to accompany it is a piano or a guitar- that's perfection.


19 Rupert Street
19 Rupert Street
Price: £15.18

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4.0 out of 5 stars JUST FOR FUN, 25 April 2014
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Imagine if Sandy Denny came round to your house, had a few drinks, picked up a guitar and started singing. This CD gives you a chance to experience something a bit like that. OK, the sound quality is not great, but not unlistenable (it works best for me with headphones) and the choice of material is perhaps a little...eccentric, but this is a wonderful opportunity to hear people at the very top of their game doing what they loved to do, and doing it just for fun.


The Colors of War: The Siege of Warsaw in Julien Bryan's Color Photographs
The Colors of War: The Siege of Warsaw in Julien Bryan's Color Photographs
by Julien Bryans
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.45

5.0 out of 5 stars SHOULD BE SEEN, 24 April 2014
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Amazing colour photographs of an aspect of World War II two usually seen (if seen at all) in grainy black and white. Some of these images are brutal but they should be seen to remind us that Poland was the first to fight, for their freedom and ours.


1939 Battle of Westerplatte [DVD]
1939 Battle of Westerplatte [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michal Zebrowski
Price: £6.72

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...and unusual, 4 April 2014
This film is an odd mixture of Private Ryan-style realism and staginess- the German infantry attacks in particular are a bit like the "alarms and excursions" in a Shakespeare play. The plot seems to be a series of repeated cycles (Poles squabble among themselves about whether to surrender, the Germans attack, are repulsed, Poles start squabbling again, eventually they agree to surrender and that's the end). There is a suggestion that to some extent the Poles were the authors of their own misfortune, which is maybe why the film was not universally well-received in Poland. It's an interesting and unusual war film.


Essen 1970
Essen 1970
Price: £16.69

4.0 out of 5 stars (MORE THAN) GOOD IN PARTS, 3 April 2014
This review is from: Essen 1970 (Audio CD)
Beautifully-packaged if rather dodgy recording of a rough n' ready gig in a noisy German beerhall. But listen to Sandy's voice on The Sea- so clear, so pure, it sounds like the work of no human agency.


Lotna [1959]
Lotna [1959]

5.0 out of 5 stars ALLEGORY NOT HISTORY, 31 Mar 2014
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Poor Lotna tried to do her best but got little thanks for it... of course Lotna is Poland in this highly allegorical film. Yes, it shows Polish cavalry charging tanks which people now say never happened but remember this is an allegory and Wajda is probably using the cavalry charge as a symbol of the hopelessness of Poland's heroic struggle. In any case, I know of at least one German veteran who claimed that his tank was on the receiving end of a Polish cavalry charge- he said it was a terrifying experience even though he knew he was in no real danger. So I guess the jury is still out on this one! Wonderful, moving film but don't treat it as a history lesson.


Old Spice Original Aftershave Lotion 150ml
Old Spice Original Aftershave Lotion 150ml
Offered by All Day Pharmacy
Price: £10.49

4.0 out of 5 stars ORIGINAL?, 31 Mar 2014
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Very nice scent but I'm not sure if its exactly the same as I remember it in the 70's/80's. "It's Old Spice but perhaps not quite as we know it Jim".


Men's Black Silk Scarf (MS58) - Mens Evening Dress Scarf by The Excellent Scarf Co.
Men's Black Silk Scarf (MS58) - Mens Evening Dress Scarf by The Excellent Scarf Co.
Offered by Tim Garner
Price: £24.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE, 31 Mar 2014
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Very nice scarf and good value. I recommend this comfortable and great-looking item. Wear it with evening dress or as a 1970's Rod-Stewart style cravat.


Blue
Blue
Price: £4.14

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2.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SONGS SOUND AWFUL, 31 Mar 2014
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Well, I think Joni Mitchell is a great songwriter (This Flight Tonight being an outstanding example on this album) and I loved her singing on the Clouds album but for some reason the vocals on Blue just come across as sheer caterwauling. It really set my teeth on edge and I couldn't listen to it more than half way through. Is it a recording issue maybe? PS I should make it clear that this review refers to the CD rather than the vinyl version. I recall buying the LP as a present for a friend in 1971- maybe I should have stuck with vinyl to avoid disappointment!


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