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100 Hits Legends - Dean Martin
100 Hits Legends - Dean Martin
Price: 8.61

7 of 7 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
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Price: 9.85

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
Price: 17.43

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: 13.54

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.


Crazy Love
Crazy Love
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the rut, 23 Mar 2010
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Crazy Love is a welcome end to a series of Michael Buble albums that had begun to sound rather 'samey' While Michael continues in fine voice on this album the backings are far more dramatic than recent fare and all the better for it. It makes for less of an 'easy listen' (although there are some mellow tracks) and more sit up and take notice. The album has a stunning opening track and 'Hold On' has already established itself as a choice of opening dance at wedding receptions. It's Michael's best album for some time.


Britain's First Number Ones 1945 - 1952
Britain's First Number Ones 1945 - 1952
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Piece of musical history, 21 Mar 2010
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This is a brilliant triple album if only for the wonderfully informative booklet written by Bob Stanley, Ossie Dales and Brian Henson. The Radio Luxembourg top 20, based on sheet music sales, is the source of song titles and the authors have selected the most memorable version of each song. In some cases more than one version of a song appears where they are very different. This may be where there was an instrumental version and a vocal version. Also included is Patti Page's 'Tennessee waltz' which is regarded as the 'definitive' version of the song even though it post dated the Jo Stafford version which coincided with top sheet music sales.

The booklet gives a potted history of each song and artist and highlights where songs were hits by different artists at a later date. It even refers to Dame Vera Lynn being the oldest person to top the UK album chart in 2009 at the age of 92!

For anyone who played with an older relative's wind up gramophone and 78s, the album presents a very nostalgic listen. If you are old enough to remember the songs first time round even better! The Beatles admit to being influenced by songs such as these (as their recording of 'Fool on the Hill' demonstrates) so this album represents a real piece of musical history.

The quality of recordings is remarkable given how old they are. With a few exceptions, such as Pee Wee Hunt's '12th Street rag' this is very much an album from the ballad era. With legends such as Bing Crosby, Perry Como and early Frank Sinatra this is a fascinating musical tapestry of post war Britain.

The Music Factory in Leeds has issued CDs of every UK chart number one from Al Martino's 'Here in my Heart' in 1952 onwards - which it regularly updates. With the issue of this triple album, it is now possible to own 65 years (at the time of writing) of UK number ones all on CD! Which ever way you look at it the issue of this triple album is something special.


Now That's What I Call Music! 75
Now That's What I Call Music! 75
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Price: 3.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good track listing, 15 Mar 2010
Two weeks ahead of release, the compilers have come up with a very strong and topical track listing including 22 of the 14 March 2010 top 40 singles and 7 of the top 10. They have anticipated 2 of the 3 top 10 new entries from Gabriella Cilmi (On a mission) and McLean (My name). With past number ones including Iyaz, Owl City and Joe McElderry and versions of 'Don't Stop Believin' by both Glee Cast and Journey, Now 75 is a terrific buy for anyone interested in Britsh chart music in the first quarter of 2010.


Moment in Time
Moment in Time

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous album, 4 Jan 2010
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I have purchased several Lorrie Morgan albums after first seeing her on Country Music TV. I was very interested to read that she had recorded this new album 'in the old way' in the studio with a few friends and with no recording tricks of overdubs, etc. It is reported to have been recorded in just two live to tape recordings. The group of friends turns out to be a big one with one drummer, one upright bass player, one pianist, one tic tac bass player, 2 electric guitarists, 3 acoustic guitarists, 2 fiddlers. one pedal steel guitarist, 10 violinists, 4 viola players and 4 cello players although not all playing at the same time!

The album contains 14 covers of classic country songs although the choices are far from obvious and all sound fresh and new. In true country spirit there are a couple of duets with Tracy Lawrence and Raul Malo. Lorrie Matgan has never sounded better and the background vocals are also superb. This is an absolutely gorgeous record from beginning to end and one of my favourite 2009 purchases.
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