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The Best of Juluka / Savuka featuring Johnny Clegg
The Best of Juluka / Savuka featuring Johnny Clegg

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very popular with South Africans!, 14 May 2011
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Johnny Clegg was a trailblazer with his multi racial group(s) in the apartheid years. This retrospective is an excellent cross section of his work. It contains Impi which is an incredibly popular track with South Africans. Anyone who enjoyed Paul Simon's Graceland with its infectious African rhythms will enjoy this album. Take a listen to the samples and I am sure you will wish to hear more.


On the Slow Train Again (Slow Train 2)
On the Slow Train Again (Slow Train 2)
by Michael Williams
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.39

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb whimsical read, 14 May 2011
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This is a wonderful book and improves on volume one by including route maps. I have only docked a star because I think the book could be improved by photographs although, on one level, it might risk spoiling it. The descriptive text invites the reader to use imagination.

The author not only describes attractive rail journeys in the UK, some in very unexpected locations, but also characters met along the way. There are bags of historical facts from each location and the narrative is in a charming whimsical style. The story of each route is self contained making this a perfect book whether you have 10 minutes or two hours to spare. Rail buffs will love it but it is also an excellent travel book packed full of ideas for short breaks. Buy, read and enjoy!
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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Singapore
DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Singapore
by Jennifer Eveland
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could do with updating, 10 April 2011
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I have found that the Top 10 guides offer a really handy way to pick out the things to see on a short visit to any city. While new big attractions will open occasionally, the main ones will remain unchanged. This book indicates (in 2011) that certain metro stations are due to open in 2009. The recommendations for accommodation and restaurants must remain a little suspect given the lack of a recent update. There are other more recent guides to Singapore but DK Guides do have the benefit of being on nice glossy paper and having great colour photographs which make them excellent keepsakes. For an up to date guide to Singapore in 2011 I suggest you look elsewhere. For a guide to highlights, this pocket(well handbag!) sized guide still has merit.


The Golden Age of American Rock 'N' Roll Volume 12
The Golden Age of American Rock 'N' Roll Volume 12
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Price: £9.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to the stndard of the rest of the series, 10 April 2011
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This album suffers slightly from having tracks that have been done to death elsewhere; Bill Justis - Raunchy, Jimmy Jones - Handy Man, Marvelettes - Please Mr Postman, Marvin Rainwater - Whole Lotta Woman plus the truly awful 'Dinner with Drac' by John Zacherle. While it is not my favourite in the series Ace continue to give us wonderful sound quality and absolutely brilliant accompanying booklets containing pictures and narrative of immense interest. Rather than the 'Golden Age' of Rock and Roll, I think of the series as the 'History' of Rock and Roll. Seen in this light, I consider that volume 12 is a worthy successor to earlier releases.


100 Hits Legends - Dean Martin
100 Hits Legends - Dean Martin
Price: £8.33

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of Dean Martin at a bargain price, 10 April 2011
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This 5 CD box set offers a lot of Dean Martin for your money and would be a treat for any fan. Most of his big hits are included, Memories are Made of This, Kiss, Sway, Volare, Return to Me, etc. but Everybody Loves Somebody is a 1949 radio version rather than the 1964 hit. 'How D'Ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning' featured in a TV ad is included and lots of other interesting tracks. The recordings are of good quality considering their age. Tony Watts' summary of Dean's career is a thoughtful and sympathetic introduction to the box set. Relax and enjoy!


Cameo - Universal Masters
Cameo - Universal Masters
Price: £9.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good resume of their peak success, 10 April 2011
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This is a very good album for any UK listener wanting all ten of Cameo's UK Top 75 hits covering their hot streak between 1984 and 1988. The album also contains earlier material which predates the move of the group from New York to Atlanta when they changed from a 13 piece funk band to a quintet. This album may be a surprise to anyone whose consciousness of the group does not extend beyond their biggest hits Word Up, Back and Forth, Single Life, She's Strange and Candy (Look for 'Candy Dance' on You Tube!!). Cameo were once a top rate funk band in the Funkadelic, Ohio Players style. This album is a good introduction to their talent and changing style over the years. If you like what you hear there are more extensive retrospectives available. 'Anthology' released in 2002 covers a lot more ground and does even more justice to the surprisingly good and varied career enjoyed by Cameo.


Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor
Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor
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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute joy of a listen, 7 Mar 2011
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Having worked for a Dutch company for many years I have a great love of the country and its people. However, I've never thought of it as a source of great music, an opinion reinforced by Mouth & Macneal, the Vengaboys and others! This album deserves all its plaudits from other reviewers and it has been a delight to discover it and also a very lively Dutch music scene. My ear was first caught by 'A Night Like This' a really catchy jazz/pop tune. My research took me to You Tube where there are excellent videos of this and a number of other tracks from the album. I suggest you see and hear them for yourself. The big surprise was that 'Caro Emerald' is in fact Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw from Holland. Nothing wrong with that of course! Part of me hopes she gets a wider European and world success while part of me delights in surprising other people with her great music. If you've stumbled on this review you can buy the album and share a 'secret' musical gem - in the UK at least. She's extremely famous in the Netherlands!


Lonely Planet Oman, UAE & Arabian Peninsula (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Oman, UAE & Arabian Peninsula (Travel Guide)
by Stuart Butler
Edition: Paperback

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely useful and informative guide, 27 Feb 2011
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I have recently returned from a cruise round the Arabian Peninsula starting and finishing in Dubai and calling at Fujairah and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and Muscat in Oman. This guide was exceptionally useful not least for its excellent maps. It made the cruise city tour in Muscat totally redundant. I was able to catch the shuttle bus from the ship to the dock gate, walk 100 metres to the fish market and a further few hundred metres to the museum and souk in the Mutrah district. I also made a 5 km walk to Old Muscat to view the fort, Sultan's palace and other sights. Jenny Walker and her fellow authors clearly have excellent knowledge and great affection for all the territories covered in the book which includes Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and all the gulf states. The book covers history, politics, economy and facts and figures as well as all the holiday requirements such as hotels, beaches, restaurants and places to visit.

It was perfect to help select the best shore excursions from the cruise ship (or to go it alone) and it would be even more useful for anyone staying in one place and perhaps hiring a car to visit other parts of the peninsula. This guide may lack the glossy photographs of others but for country coverage and depth of information I don't think it can be beaten. The current edition was published in September 2010 and, despite the turmoil in Bahrain and Yemen, remains a brilliant reference book as well as a tour guide. It's probably the best guide book I have bought and I can thoroughly recommend it.
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South Africa
South Africa

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyous collection of South African music, 9 Dec 2010
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This review is from: South Africa (Audio CD)
I first heard this album in the World Music section of the entertainment provided in British Airways cattle class. I liked the album so much that I ordered it on the internet soon after arriving in Los Angeles. If you have enjoyed listening to Paul Simon's 'Graceland' album you will find this album full of similar uplifting rhythms, but by largely unknown (in the UK) artists.

The presentation by Putumayo World Music is superb. The album comes in a gatefold sleeve with liner notes in 3 languages, English, Spanish and French. They not only tell you about the historical perspective of each song but the artists as well. The music is primarily South African, although some of the artists are now based as far away as Sweden or USA.

I would like to have known the musicians on each track, if only to discover what instruments are being played, but this is a minor omission. I strongly recommend a little visit to www.amazon.com where you can read 2 excellent reviews (at the time of writing) and have a listen to samples from each track. You will then not have to rely on my word of how good this album is.


Frommer's Hawaii 2010 (Frommer's Color Complete)
Frommer's Hawaii 2010 (Frommer's Color Complete)
by Jeanette Foster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide if you plan to stay in Hawaii, 2 Nov 2010
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I have recently returned from a cruise to the Hawaiian islands. This book was very useful in helping to select shore excursions. The book is mainly aimed at travellers planning to stay on one or more of the islands. It contains extensive listings of accommodation, restaurants and places to visit. It suggests one week itineraries for each island. The author Jeanette Foster clearly has an extremely good knowledge of her subject. The book contains a foldout map and also detailed maps throughout the text.

There are many colour photographs but, if you are looking for a book that will provide an extensive photographic souvenir of your holiday, other books do it better. If you want a book to help you decide which island(s) to visit, and how to make the most of your time while there, you will find this a very good purchase.


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