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Live At Winterland '68
Live At Winterland '68
Price: 5.38

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nonononono., 18 Jan 2001
This review is from: Live At Winterland '68 (Audio CD)
I'm a massive Jopin fan and this disc really disappointed me. The production makes the band sound flat and tinny and, consequently, gives Joplin's voice little to spar with.
A shame as the playing is good and the songs, of course, are excellent.
But, being a purist, you'll buy it anyway.
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Unified Theory
Unified Theory
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Price: 15.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating., 17 Jan 2001
This review is from: Unified Theory (Audio CD)
Yes, it's two-fifths of the Blind Melon beast, but the ound shares more with the Manic Street Preachers and Jeff Buckley than it does with good-time rock n roll. It's a good thing, too. The progression from Soup to this is fractured with only a glimmering remnant of Chris Thorn's previous employers. The record kicks off brilliantly with Cessna and California but sort gets lost in itself in the middle. It's a real grower and you'll have to work at getting it. This is not something that you can pick up and put down. The rewards are tremendous, though and in Shinn they have found a very special voice. Overall, it hangs together very well, but will take work to get the best out of. In time, maybe this will become a five-star record. I don't know and only time will tell. But please do not buy this expecting Blind Melon: it will leave you hugely disappointed and is unfair to the four very fine musicians who put this thing together. The second record will be very special.

Ringolevio: A Life Played for Keeps
Ringolevio: A Life Played for Keeps
by Emmett Grogan
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A corking book., 30 Dec 2000
You could spout theory on this book for ages. Yes, there's some very interesting notions of social history, myth-making and pro-active anti-capitalism mixed here. But that's not really the point. This is an astonishing feat of story-telling. Yes, you get a great deal to think about from the book, but the stories are fantastic. More than anything, you'll enjoy just tagging along with Mr Grogan on his very bizarre journey...

Steppenwolf (Twentieth Century Classics)
Steppenwolf (Twentieth Century Classics)
by Hermann Hesse
Edition: Paperback

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There are only two books., 30 Dec 2000
Hamsun's "Mysteries" and this one.
Yes, there are great books, staggering works of literature, phenomenal story-telling and revealing pieces of art.
But, for me, no matter how many other great books I read I always come back to these two.
Both are an attempt to capture in ink, the impossible imbalance of emotion and blood.
Every reading is different and causes you to react differently depending upon the baggage you bring to the book.
You won't come across anything better than this. And there's only one other that is AS good.

by Knut Hamsun
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless., 30 Dec 2000
This review is from: Mysteries (Paperback)
This book is one of the few that will genuinely change your life.
I have never read anything before that so acutely captures the absurd fluctuations within the human frame, and the difficulty of containing the ethereal within the human.
It's beautiful.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Individuality., 30 Dec 2000
This review is from: Soup (Audio CD)
It's still obviously guitar-rock, but it's infused with New Orleans jazz (not just in the opening and closing numbers) and a perverse amount of that much-whored music-press staple, "eclecticism". The songs ebb and flow with anger, self hate and breath-taking optimism. And in an environment that was making deities of Hootie and the Blowfish and Oasis, this was an extremely daring record.

Endless, Nameless
Endless, Nameless

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest-to-goodness freak of a record., 30 Dec 2000
This review is from: Endless, Nameless (Audio CD)
I'm not given to awarding much 5 stars but this overlooked little disc qualifies. Why? Simply because it represents a genuine progression in the appreciation of guitar-based music. Yes, it is swamped with white-noise distortion, looped sample and simply VAST bass, but this is not Nine Inch Nails territory. It is still very obviously guitar music but, thanks to some distinctive production work, the band manage to produce the most horrendous, filthy noise and make it very, very listenable. It seems like a very poor oxymoron but it really works. Much was often made of the Wildhearts activities outside the recording studio, to the point that the Press eventually tired of them. Which is a shame as this could have cemented them as Britain's premier band. From their early punk-pop classics, through the psychedelia of PHUQ to this colossal challenge of a record the Wildhearts demonstrated an unrivalled aspiration to grow. In this sense I would argue they are the closest we have come to seeing a band like the Beatles in the last 20 years. This album IS difficult to get your head around, but the longevity of the songs makes the effort entirely worth while. An absolutely essential record.

Good God's Urge
Good God's Urge
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Price: 11.89

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning., 30 Dec 2000
This review is from: Good God's Urge (Audio CD)
I never understood how this album never propelled Perry Farrell back into the limelight. It's a mix of so many differing styles, replete with samples and sub-audio murmurs. All the same, you never forget that it's Porno For Pyros. No weak material anywhere. If you're looking for something a bit, but not monumentally, different you should give it a go. You will be very quietly surprised.

The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman
The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman
by Bruce R. Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there nothing this guy can't do?, 30 Dec 2000
A fabulous first novel from the creator of Withnail and I. His prose is fluent and packed with a precise eye for detail, often grim detail. What really makes the book tick, though, is Robinson's peculiar sense of dialogue dynamics. The voice of each of the characters and the narrator is distinct but brimming with peculiarities. I've already given away seven copies. I suspect I'll be buying a few more.

Smoking in Bed: Conversations with Bruce Robinson
Smoking in Bed: Conversations with Bruce Robinson
by Alistair Owen
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read., 30 Dec 2000
Let's get the ratings in perspective. A five-star rating, I would expect from a book that would change my life. As a huge fan of Robinson, especially Withnail and I and the Penman novel this is an excellent companion. He is viciously witty and astonishingly erudite. The only thing holding this back is that most people who read it will already be fans so there is a fair whack of preaching to the converted. It is worth every penny. Buy for a relative and spread the word of this much overlooked filmaker and writer.

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