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Laurel and Hardy (Pocket Essentials)
Laurel and Hardy (Pocket Essentials)
by Brian J. Robb
Edition: Paperback

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thats another fine book i've read!, 3 April 2003
Essential guide to all of Laurel & Hardys' films (over 100 different films), both shorts and features. Gives a synopsis of each story, production in-sights, and a review of the story by the reviewer. All this plus cast lists, writers credits, and production dates! This is a great book to dip into, find your favourite film and find out some interesting facts. Great price too!


Live in the East Village
Live in the East Village
Offered by groove_temple
Price: £13.33

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PTV Live - again!, 2 April 2003
Bought this in HMV in Hong Kong today - didn't even know it existed! Now i find that a whole load of new Psychic Tv albums have been put out by the lovely folk at Voiceprint! Great! Ok, the review. This (well, some of it - maybe?!?!?!?) was originally issued under the title of Live @ The Pyramids in 1990. Its a live recording from 1989 and shows Psychic TV in their 'acid rock' phase. Its not bad - a lot of their live albums were pretty poor and you really didn't need to own them all. However, this show was well recorded, featured some interesting material and you get a full 73 minutes. The first three tracks went on to form part of 'Towards Thee Infinite Beat' - but here, as they are live, they sound little like the versions from that album. Next up is a longish dancey-improv piece, which is quite interesting. Then you get a track which originally appeared on the 'Force The Hand of Chance' album, but in a much more mutated form. After that you get 2 more improv tracks, the last of which is a 25+ minute jam, which incorporates the pan pipes of Jejouka - its pretty damn good. Overall, although this cd has its flaws, its well worth hearing. At present there are 9 new Psychic TV albums out via Voiceprint, with a promise of 30 altogether! I will definitely be buying more!!!!!


Virgins Tale Vol.1
Virgins Tale Vol.1

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine compilation!, 1 April 2003
This review is from: Virgins Tale Vol.1 (Audio CD)
Interesting compilation album from Marc Almond's Virgin years, during the mid-80's. Mainly single tracks (b-sides etc), but due to Marc's interest in the obscure, these are just as relevant as most of his other work. You get remixes of 'Stories of Johnny' and 'This House Is Haunted', which are ok. A version of 'Love Letters' featuring a choir, which is even more melancholic than the original and pretty beautiful to boot. 'Broken Bracelets' - a b-side - is a great number, whilst 'Cara a Cara' & 'Blonde Boy' are not as good, but still worth a listen. Finally you get 6 of the tracks from the 'A Woman's Story' ep. 'Salty Dog' is an old Procul Harum song, which Marc attempts with great aplomb. 'Plague' is an old Scott Walker song, which is very well covered here. However. my 2 faves are the last 2 tracks, covers of Lee Hazlewood's 'For One Moment' and Peter Hammill's 'Just Good Friends' - these are brilliantly performed by Marc and are worth buying the cd for alone. Overall a pretty fine release - check out Virgin's Tale 2 which is just as good.


Some Product - Carri On Sex Pistols
Some Product - Carri On Sex Pistols
Price: £11.68

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rotten in a good way!, 30 Mar. 2003
Rather under-rated album of interviews etc. Often seen as a cheapo-rip-off album - a bit unfair really. Some interesting, and, at times, highly amusing words from the lads, regarding fame, record company politics, the Queen and large breasted ladies. This album has a great sleeve also, so order now!


An Awkward Pause
An Awkward Pause

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best, 20 Mar. 2003
This review is from: An Awkward Pause (Audio CD)
Released in 1999, this album shows that NWW were still making brillaint music 20 years after their first album came out. 'Intravenous' lazily grows stronger and stronger, using occasionally strummed electric guitar. '2 Shaves and a Shine' is fantastic - it starts with a rumbling bass guitar parts and finger clicks - David Tibet of Current 93 spits out some killer lines, some are rather unintelligable, but it sounds hillarious, yet scary. The track builds into a mass freak-out, with bass, drums and scathing psyche guitar shining - then the unexpected - the addition of a bouzouki, turning the whole thing into Greek-psyche jam! Didn't expect that did you! Track 3 is rather long - around 25 mins, fetaures some sparse electronics and includes a computerised voice talking about beards - hmmm! Its a nice piece though. Tracks 5 is quite similar to track 1 and is a nice come-down to what is a wonderful album!


The Ladies Home Tickler
The Ladies Home Tickler

5.0 out of 5 stars YES!, 20 Mar. 2003
This review is from: The Ladies Home Tickler (Audio CD)
This is a brilliant NWW release. Just under 30 mins, containing 2 tracks from their more experimental period - 1979-1981. These 2 tracks were taken from compilation albums. Here we get the 2 best versions. This is all out sonic noise, at times the noise is quite restrained The samples of speech are quite hillarious at times and make this cd well worth buying.


Live at Bar Maldoror
Live at Bar Maldoror
Offered by groove_temple
Price: £11.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live? Errrr........ ok!, 20 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Live at Bar Maldoror (Audio CD)
This hardly sounds like a live album! NWW only played live about 5 times (from 1984-1986), if my memory is correct - enclosed here is the results from these shows. An oddity in the NWW back catelogue, as its not very cohesive - however some tracks stand out pretty well - most notably 'Shatterin' Man Falling', with its large pneaumatic pulses - wonderful! 'Hymn For Konori' goes on a little too long, but overall this album is worth well hearing.


Sugar Fish Drink: A Layman's Guide to Cod Surrealism
Sugar Fish Drink: A Layman's Guide to Cod Surrealism
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £95.78

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I know, I know...., 20 Mar. 2003
...I give all the NWW releases 5 stars out of 5, but I genuinely belive that they deserve it. I can't think of a bad NWW album - I'm sorry if this seems wrong to you, but what can I do? Anyway, back to the review. This - yet another compilation - album, like 'Large Ladies...' mops up various hard to find NWW releases - these include 'Creakiness', 'Drunk with the Old Man of the Mountains', 'Cooloorta Moon', 'Alas the Madonna Does Not Function', 'Soresucker' etc (although with some tracks have been tampered with by Steve Stapleton). As a bonus you get a remix of the 'Brained By Falling Masonry' track, which is just as groovy as the original. Another totally essential release.


Treasure Box
Treasure Box
Offered by BestSellerRecordshop
Price: £18.02

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rare and beautiful things!, 20 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Treasure Box (Audio CD)
Nice collection of rare single only b-sides and remixes, which, if you have the vinyl releases, means that you don't have to keep getting up and changing 12"s over. There are also some demo tracks from the Enchanted album which are really nice, as i think that some of that album is a little over-produced. Overall, a worthwhile collection which proves that Marc also wote some great b-sides as well as a-sides.


Jehovahkill
Jehovahkill

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm..........., 20 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Jehovahkill (Audio CD)
This was a bit of an oddity at the time - we were used to 'electric Julian', and had not really heard a lot of accoustic stuff from him. That saying, there is a fantastic rave/dance workout called 'Poet Is Priest' which is worth the five stars on its own! Other highlights are the opening 'Soul Desert', which builds from accoustic guitar to restrained freakout. 'Give Me Back My Flag' is a bass heavy, spacey track, which is really compelling and 'Fa-Fa-Fa Fine' is a top pop track. Takes a few listens, but when it hits the spot, it REALLY hits the spot!


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