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'Round Midnight With Nelson Riddle And His Orchestra
'Round Midnight With Nelson Riddle And His Orchestra
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5.0 out of 5 stars Luscious Linda, 3 Dec 2012
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A wonderful collection of standards given first class performances by Linda Rondstadt.
Nelson Riddle's backing sets her voice off perfectly.
Whenever I play this to someone who knows it not, it is a sure thing he or she will buy it without delay.
Gorgeous late-night listening for anyone who likes classy ladies singing classy songs.


What Matters Most Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan & Marilyn Bergman
What Matters Most Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan & Marilyn Bergman
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1.0 out of 5 stars Plodding Barbra, 3 Dec 2012
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Oh, dear, what ever has happened to Barbra Streisand? Once her albums were full of life, and you felt she had enjoyed herself when recording them, but with this set she plods on from beginning to end. Get some fun back into singing, Babs!


James Taylor at Christmas
James Taylor at Christmas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth Taylor-ing for Christmas, 3 Dec 2012
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James Taylor's voice suits anything he chooses to sing, and here in his Christmas offering he sounds superb. Standout tracks are 'Some Children See Him', 'Who Comes This Night', and a very cheeky 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' with Natalie Cole. This CD, along with (I must add) Dan Fogelberg's own beautiful Christmas disc, are among the most played by me during the twelve days...


Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street [DVD] [1982]
Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street [DVD] [1982]
Dvd ~ Angela Lansbury
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4.0 out of 5 stars Smashing Sondheim!, 2 Dec 2012
Thank heaven this production was recorded, else we unfortunates who never saw Angela Lansbury as Mrs Lovett would have just the audio version to enjoy (which, by the way, is a masterpiece). Lansbury and George Hearn ham it up to the highest degree, but how else could such a gruesome tale be portrayed in a musical? To see the normally elegant Angela cavorting about as she does here, is something else! A gem as far as she and Mr Hearn are concerned.
The rest of the cast are somewhat overshadowed by the two leads, and (this is the reason for four stars and not five) the actress who plays Johanna is probably the most irritatingly forced soprano I have heard in my life. When singing, the poor dear looks as though she is about to burst!


Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic all the Way!, 2 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Sweeney Todd (MP3 Download)
A fantastic recording of Sondheim's dark and gruesome musical. After seeing the film, I wondered what all the fuss was about, for the two leads were too 'Hollywood-ised' for comfort. However, I saw the DVD with George Hearn and Angela Lansbury as Todd and Mrs Lovett, and was bowled over. Then I found the MP3 version and downloaded it as quickly as possible. What a masterpiece, with the original Todd, Len Cariou, having a slight edge over George Hearn (who is on the DVD). But for my money, it is Lansbury who shines, as she relishes every word and spits it out in a glorious Cockney accent. The London production (2012) is very good indeed, but nothing compares to this, the first, and the greatest.


Three Men in a Boat (Classic Fiction)
Three Men in a Boat (Classic Fiction)
by Jerome Klapka Jerome
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Jarvis reads Jerome, 2 Dec 2012
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I first read the book more years ago than I care to remember, and laughed from beginning to end. Every now and then, when comfort reading is the order of the day, out comes 'Three Men', and the laughter starts up again. When I began collecting audiobooks, one of the first I looked for was 'Three Men', and was delighted to find that the marvellous actor Martin Jarvis had recorded it in its entirety. As soon as it arrived, on it went, and the laughter, once again, came forth. His reading, as with his other audio work, is brilliant, and the characters and situations are as fresh as the day JKJ put pen to paper.


Dickens' Women
Dickens' Women
by Miriam Margolyes
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 9.14

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dickens + Margolyes = unadulterated joy!, 2 Dec 2012
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I heard this on the radio one Christmas soon after Ms Margolyes put the programme together, and sat riveted throughout. Her performance shows the deep affection she feels for the characters she portrays, and the sheer joy she gives the audience is almost palpable. If you think Dickens is stuffy, listen to this, and you will soon change your mind.


The Complete Mapp and Lucia Volume Two: Mapp and Lucia, Lucia's Progress, Trouble for Lucia (Wordsworth Classics)
The Complete Mapp and Lucia Volume Two: Mapp and Lucia, Lucia's Progress, Trouble for Lucia (Wordsworth Classics)
by E. F. Benson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 1.89

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite E.F.B. - part two, 1 Dec 2012
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Continuing on from the first three books, Benson sharpens both Lucia's and Elisabeth's knives. On every page there is a twist in the machinations of these two formidible women. Woe betide anyone who tries to stand up against either of these Titans.
Like Jane Austen's classics, nothing much actually happens of world shattering importance therein, but that which does happen grips Tilling Society (and the reader) like a vice.
A glorious read from beginning to end.


The Complete Mapp & Lucia Volume One: Queen Lucia, Miss Mapp, Lucia in London (Wordsworth Classics)
The Complete Mapp & Lucia Volume One: Queen Lucia, Miss Mapp, Lucia in London (Wordsworth Classics)
by E.F. Benson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite E.F.B., 1 Dec 2012
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The first three of the Lucia books in one volume, and at such a steal!
Lucia (real name Emmeline, but wife of Philip, so therefore Lucia), is the self-appointed leader of art and high thinking in the Society of Riseholme. It requires little effort to keep her subjects there under control, so she takes on London Society, and claws her way in and up...
Hilarious from beginnning to end.
The grande dame of Tilling - Miss Elisabeth Mapp - smiles constantly (to show how good her teeth are), but behind that smile, venom bubbles!
As camp as a row of tents, but absolutely marvellous from beginng to end.
The hilarity builds to even greater heights in the second set of books when, after Lucia moves to Tilling, the two formidable ladies clash, and clash again.


Song For A Carpenter (Album Version)
Song For A Carpenter (Album Version)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fogelberg!, 25 Nov 2012
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First rate collection of this (in the UK) VASTLY UNDERRATED singer/songwriter. If you don't know his work, this is a great introduction to the many sides of his talent.


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