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4.0 out of 5 stars DUB CHILL OUT, 3 Mar. 2002
Ryan Moore's second outing in his Twilight Circus incarnation, which finds him mixing up dub stylings with elements of "world" music. Nine sparsely arranged tracks with consistently strong, authentic sounding rhythms on which Moore superimposes eerie, slowly evolving themes and melody lines (sometimes with "exotic" sounding vocals thrown into the mix) to achieve a blissful chill-out effect. The perfect soundtrack for a summer's day.

Tunes from the Missing Channel
Tunes from the Missing Channel
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £39.52

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5.0 out of 5 stars A DUB LANDMARK, 3 Mar. 2002
An influential mid-80's dub set from Adrian Sherwood's On-U-Sound label. Dub Syndicate is primarily Roots Radics drummer Style Scott, producer Sherwood and a fluid list of collaborators from inside and outside the fraternity of other On-U-Sound collectives (African Head Charge, Creation Rebel etc).
Apart from the usual suspects this album is notable for the of contributions ex-PIL members Jah Wobble and Keith Levine and took dub into some previously unchartered waters, using innovative production techniques and incorporating an eclectic mix of musical elements.
It features sometimes disorientating but always meticulously assembled layers of sound built around On-U-Sound's trademark heavy bass and drums, punctuated with liberal doses of fx and vocal samples, and was ahead of most people's tastes at the time. Artists like Ryan Moore (Twilight Circus) and Sub Dub are still catching up.
I'm not sure if this or "Stoned immaculate" is my favourite Dub Syndicate album, but as I'm a Yorkshireman, the fact that it contains a track called "Geoffrey Boycott" probably swings it for "Tunes from the missing channel". Go forth and purchase!

African Anthems
African Anthems

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5.0 out of 5 stars Neglected classic, 3 Mar. 2002
This review is from: African Anthems (Audio CD)
The considerable output of Jamaican dj, producer and radio presenter Mikey Dread embraces many different styles. After leaving Jamaica for the UK at the end of the 1970s he became an associate of the Clash, and toured with them as well as appearing on their "Sandanista" album. The Clash's 1980 single "Bankrobber" was backed with a version side by Mikey Dread entitled "Rockers Galore UK Tour"....

"African Anthem" is a somewhat neglected dub set from 1979, although it's as good as any you can buy from that era. It features some radical remixes of his own work by Campbell, King Tubby and Prince Jammy and also includes many of his flamboyant radio jingles, samples of which have been appearing on other people's records for years. Great stuff!

Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust
Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust
by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

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1.0 out of 5 stars UNCONVINCING, 2 Mar. 2002
Whatever the merits of Goldhagen's scholarship, the first thing to make clear about this book is that his ponderous, repetitious writing style does not make its 600-plus pages an easy read. However, his basic argument can be summed up as follows....

Because antisemitism was so integral to the psyche of ordinary Germans, Nazi policy unleashed their latent desire to exterminate the Jews, which they did with willingness and enthusiasm. Although most Germans would never have consciously considered acting in this way before the Nazis ascended to power, all the latter effectively had to do was provide the spark which then produced the fire (ie turned "normal" German antisemitism into "eliminationist" Nazi antisemitism).

To back this up the author first of all provides us with evidence that antisemitism was deeply ingrained in German society. Next, he tries to demonstrate that the perpetrators of the Nazi holocaust were basically just typical Germans (ie they were a fairly representative sample of the German population as a whole). Furthermore, they willingly participated in atrocities against the Jews even though they could have avoided doing so.

From these postulations he infers that, if placed in their shoes, the average German would have behaved in exactly the same way as they did.

It's all seems so simple doesn't it?

Too simplistic by far in my view....

Ad hominem attacks on entire nations or races are rarely justifiable - and although Goldhagen does manage to show that the number of German perpetrators was underestimated in the past, even if we believe his figures, they were still a small minority of the total population. His assertion that the rest would undoubtedly have behaved in a similar manner because they were equally imbued with antisemitism is dubious to say the least.

And does this mean that members of other nationalities would not have acted the same way?

Or that Germans never acted with equal cruelty against their non-Jewish victims?

I don't think it could logically be claimed that non-Germans who wore the Nazi uniform and were directly involved in carrying out the final solution were less cruel to the Jews than Germans were. Goldhagen avoids examining this topic in any detail, but would presumably still ascribe their actions to antisemitism. However, there's no shortage of evidence of excessively sadistic behaviour towards their fellow-Jews by Jewish police in the ghettos and Jewish kapos in the camps, whose cruelty often went far beyond what was required of them by their Nazi masters. Try reading (for example) the accounts of ghetto police atrocities in "Judenrat" by Isiah Trunk....

And are there really no examples of Germans acting with similarly excessive brutality towards non-Jews? In my experience they're quite easy to find. Try reading (for example) "Forgotten holocaust: the Poles under German occupation 1939-44" by Richard C Lukas or "Did the children cry?" by the same author....

How does German antisemitism explain Nazi massacres of disabled people, gypsies and of course, millions of Slavs - all of whom were being killed by the same Germans at the same time as the Jews?

Goldhagen fails to shed any light on this for the simple reason that he seems to be in a state of outright denial about the genocidal policies of the Nazis towards Slavs, and also appears to consciously minimise both the scale and the importance of Nazi crimes against non-Jews in general.

According to his blinkered viewpoint, German antisemitism and Nazi atrocities against the Jews are not just the only things that mattered during the existence of the Third Reich, but they also apparently happened in a vacuum.

However, isn't it just possible that antisemitism is only part of the story - just as Nazi policy towards the Jews was in fact just one part of a bigger picture?

And although Goldhagen asserts that the Nazi holocaust of the Jews is the most shocking event of the 20th century, are there really no other examples of equal degrees of cruelty (or public culpability) in any of the 20th century's other genocides, whose total victims number in the tens of millions?

These are just some of the questions that Goldhagen's ultimately worthless thesis leaves unanswered.

Strange Celestial Road
Strange Celestial Road
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Price: £11.17

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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!, 2 Mar. 2002
This review is from: Strange Celestial Road (Audio CD)
This was the first Sun Ra album I ever bought and is still my favourite. Not quite as far out as some of his 1960s material and perhaps the most accessible of his truly great works, it features a formidable late-1970s version of the Arkestra on 3 extended tracks, each of which develops beautifully and spontaneously into a spaced out mantra half way between John Coltrane's "Ascension" and Funkadelic's "One nation under a groove".

Everything about this album is totally brilliant - cosmic lyrics, freaked out solos scattered over a musical landscape always on the verge of chaos but continually steered into new directions by inspired musicians at the peak of their powers, even the artwork and OTT hype in the sleevenotes (which for once is fully justified)....

Absolutely essential!!!!!

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