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Doctor Who: Endgame
Doctor Who: Endgame
by Terrance Dicks
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars The Final Game, 7 Nov 2014
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The final book in a trilogy written by Terrance Dicks involving The Players [immortal bored beings who play games with human history] the first book was called The Players and involved the Sixth Doctor and Churchill, the second book [World Game] involved the second Doctor with The Duke Of Wellington. This book stars the Eighth Doctor with the spy Guy Burgess along with Harry Truman and Stalin as with the other books the narrative moves along at a great pace and the story is well told helped by Dicks liking for the more morally ambivalent characters in history [Burgess in this book, Talleyrand in the second book]. So this is a good story well told and although it helps to have read the other books it is not essential as the narrative carries you along. so in conclusion a good and enjoyable Doctor Who story written by an author who knows his subject well.


Doctor Who: Players
Doctor Who: Players
by Terrance Dicks
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Let The Game Begin, 7 Nov 2014
Terrance Dicks was the script editor of Doctor Who during the end of the Patrick Troughton years and all of the Jon Pertwee era as well as stories for Tom Bakers Doctor and Peter Davison's. This story follows on from a script he wrote with Malcolm Hulke called The War Games [well worth checking out] this told the story of beings using human soldiers from different periods of history. This story one of three from Terrance Dicks about beings interfering in human history as part of a game [the other books are World Game and End Game]. The story involves the sixth Doctor and Peri with Winston Churchill through out his history as the beings try to alter history by removing a major player in history, with a cameo appearance by the Second Doctor. he writes as you would expect a script writer to write letting nothing get in the way of the narrative so the story moves along at a good pace I enjoyed the story as Dicks enjoys his playing with history. However a word of advice this particular edition is an old print and a new edition was issued in 2013 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the series with an introduction by Terrance Dicks that will tell you about the origins of the story. So there is nothing pretentious about this book it's just a good story well told, i have also read the other two books and they are equally entertaining.


That's The Way It Is (Legacy Edition)
That's The Way It Is (Legacy Edition)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis: That's The Way It Was, 4 Oct 2014
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August 1970 Elvis was enjoying a second musical peak after his 'Comeback Special' and the Memphis sessions that yielded 'From Elvis In Memphis' and 'Back In Memphis'. Needing to do one more film to complete his M.G.M. contract what resulted was a documentary of his first Las Vegas shows and this album made up of live and studio tracks. To back him a crack band was assembled with people like guitarist James Burton, bass player Jerry Scheff [who would both play with another Elvis on his 'King Of America' album] and Glen Hardin on keys and arrangements. The album being a mixture of live and studio tracks is a bit of a mish mash but there are some high points including the hit single 'I Just Can't Help Believing', a great version of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and 'Patch It Up'. The album marks the time where Elvis was at a tipping point in his career and this probably marks the beginning of the decline in his fortunes this can be heard in the accompanying live album from an afternoon Vegas show where Elvis sounds at best complacent at worst disinterested. So what you have is an album that like the film gives you a glimpse of what Elvis was capable of and what would eventually led to his end.


Antibalas
Antibalas
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4.0 out of 5 stars AFROBEAT VIA USA, 26 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Antibalas (Audio CD)
This album is on Dap tone records which usually deals in soul music with artists such as Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley. Although this album uses some of the personnel from the soul records this albums soul is not American but African it sound is that of Afrobeat a sound like that of Femi and Seun Kuti as well as their father Fela, it is a funky horn driven sound made for dancing. The Kuti's music in this style has a political edge, but this album does not have that political aspect so is just great fun. I enjoyed the album and it doesn't overstay it's welcome as the sound can become monotonous. So to sum up this album is good time music played with passion and verve.


The Dreaming
The Dreaming
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Start Of What Makes Kate Kate, 22 Sep 2014
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This review is from: The Dreaming (Audio CD)
This is probably Kate Bush's worst selling album yet it is perhaps the album that would define our image of her and her music up until the present. The album is experimental some parts work better than others, the single 'Sat In Your Lap' points to the sound of her next albums songs 'Running Up That Hill [A Deal With God]' and 'Hounds Of Love'. With this album she plays with the sound of her voice using a cockney accent on 'There Goes A Tenner' and a very odd sound on the marvellously idiosyncratic 'The Dreaming' which marks a tentative step into the influence of world music that would flourish on the album 'Sensual World'. This is the album which finally moved away from the image established by the success of 'Wuthering Heights' showing us an artist with her own unique vision and starting on the path that would bloom with her next album 'Hounds Of Love'. So not the finished article but well worth investigating.


That's It!
That's It!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Jazz/Soul Gumbo!, 9 Sep 2014
This review is from: That's It! (Audio CD)
This album could only have been made in one place, New Orleans. If you have heard the works of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and The Rebirth Brass Band you will no what to expect a horn driven music with that rhythm familiar from the work of Doctor John and Bobby Charles that appears to be just behind the beat giving the music that unique New Orleans sound. So what you have is a sound that is not quite Jazz but rather a funky hybrid, I particularly enjoyed 'That's It' and 'Rattlin' Bones', it is a glorious sound that seems to be the preserve of New Orleans musicians as I love the music of Doctor John and the late Bobby Charles I loved this album.


Elgar & Carter: Cello Concertos
Elgar & Carter: Cello Concertos
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too Different?, 7 Sep 2014
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I find this recording rather confusing because of the contrast between the two main works that show the shift in classical music in the 20th century. The Elgar is a beautifully melodic work with stormy passages reflecting the time at which it was written [1919], the Carter work was written in 2001 and is a very different work with jagged rhythms and the orchestra occasionally bursting through. The work is of course wonderfully performed by Alisa Weilerstein and Daniel Barenboim [with the Staatskapelle Berlin]. my problem with the album lies with the choice of material although it may be an interesting choice for the performers and aficionados, but for the general listener who likes Elgar they might find the Carter piece too much of a change, the extra piece by Max Bruch is a better fit. So for the general listener I feel this is a bit too much of a contrast, but I must say that I found the contrast of two pieces almost a century apart an interesting experience.


The Who By Numbers
The Who By Numbers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raging Against The Dying Of The Light, 4 Aug 2014
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This album is the closest The Who ever got to producing a sort of personal sensitive record of a singer songwriter, of course any album that has Keith Moon and John Entwhistle involved was never going to be that sensitive however there are moments on this album which are self examining songs such as 'However Much I Booze', 'Dreaming From The Waist' and 'Blue Red and Grey'. The album is not blighted by any Townshend concept. This is The Who raging against its own demise Moon was really in no fit state he had actually collapsed during a concert after taking an elephant tranquiliser!! but the album is great despite these handicaps 'Slip Kid' is excellent, there is a piece of Entwhistle cynicism with 'Success Story', the hit single 'Squeeze Box' and the glorious clatter of 'However Much I Booze'. This is a great band defying/raging against its problems and that is what makes this the last great Who album.


Minute by Minute
Minute by Minute
Price: £11.20

3.0 out of 5 stars A 'Nice' album, 4 Aug 2014
This review is from: Minute by Minute (Audio CD)
This is the third album by James Hunter I have bought and my reaction to this album is the same as to the other two. They are beautifully played and Hunter is a good singer, however there is just no fire to the music it sounds like a pastiche of something that was done better 50 or 60 years ago by B. B. King and others. So what you have here is a Sunday afternoon album, a pleasant and relaxing listen. To damn it with faint praise it is polite music.


Everybody's Rockin' [Us Import]
Everybody's Rockin' [Us Import]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Neil enjoying himself, 28 July 2014
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80's Neil Young is perhaps the most infamous decade of his career. At the beginning of the 80's he signed for Geffen records run by his former manager David Geffen six years later it would result in Geffen suing Young for making music that was not representative of Neil Young!! The 80's was Young experimenting with his music and also his persona with 'Trans' it was computers that influenced his music, with 1985's 'Old Ways' Young took on the persona of a country singer both these albums have songs to recommend them and then there is this album. Everybody's Rockin' is an album of rockabilly covers interspersed with Young originals this was not a particularly original concept The Band had returned to their roots with the wonderful 'Moondog Matinee' and John Lennon with his album 'Rock 'n' Roll'. What this album has in it's favour is that it is Young having fun, the music is joyous if not Young's best I particularly enjoyed ,Wonderin' , Kinda Fonda Wanda and Mystery Train all are played with a verve and a sense of fun. So this album is not Neil Young's best but is for me one of his most enjoyable. As for the lawsuit well Young made two more albums for Geffen that to say the least are lacklustre ['Landing On Water' and 'Life'] he left the label and returned to his natural home at Reprise beginning with the great blues influenced album 'This Notes For You' .


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