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Love In The Age Of War
Love In The Age Of War
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Price: 11.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant electro-rock/pop classic, 20 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Love In The Age Of War (Audio CD)
If you ever wondered what happened to Men Without Hats or like Sisters of Mercy or Kraftwerk/ Ultravox etc. then get this CD. After a couple of plays most of the tracks have become instant classics for me - Everybody Knows, Love's Epiphany, Your Beautiful Heart, Live and Learn, The Girl with the Silicon Eyes...this CD is a work of genius and deserves 6 Stars at least.How about some more tour dates in the UK, Ivan? A stunning album!


Everybody Knows
Everybody Knows
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly catchy pop tune, 6 Dec 2013
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This track - and a few others on this 2012 release - is as good as anything in their 80's heyday.


Alfresco -The Complete Series [1983] [DVD]
Alfresco -The Complete Series [1983] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephen Fry
Price: 12.23

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars They may be great now but how did they get away with this?, 9 Aug 2013
Like most people I enjoy the work of most, if not all, of these individuals - or have done, but this is poor stuff from their early days (1983). Better to catch Hugh and Stephen in Jeeves and Wooster or Fry and Laurie, Robbie in Cracker or Siobhan in Bullman.


Death in Paradise - Series 1 [DVD]
Death in Paradise - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Miller
Price: 8.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant comic detective series, 18 Nov 2012
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One of the very best BBC productions of recent years. Ben Miller is excellent as the unpopular British detective who is transfered to the West Indies and who succeeds despite being a fish out of water and constantly bemoaning the drawbacks of paradise. The rest of the cast are also first rate - Sara Martins, Don Warrington, Danny John-Jules (well known to Red dwarf fans)and the others help to make this a memorable show. The writing is also great with a fine combination of slick whodunnit and tongue in cheek/character comedy. Ben Miller's best vehicle so far for me. Loved the show.


Richard III: England's Black Legend
Richard III: England's Black Legend
by Desmond Seward
Edition: Paperback

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A plausible account of a brief and troubled reign, 23 Sep 2012
It has become fashionable to try to resurrect Richard III's reputation as a maligned but unfortunate monarch in a time of civil war. Seward refutes this by reference to the limited historical evidence of the time. As much as some people may want to blame Tudor propagandists for dragging Richard's reputation through the mud there is precious little contemporary support for him from his own lifetime. Richard was a ruthless character who had survived through the various "Wars of the Roses" as they were subsequently called and there can be little doubt he was complicit in the deaths of Henry VI and his nephews, whether directly responsible or not. At least he went down fighting at Bosworth Field - the last English king to do so.


May Contain Traces of Magic
May Contain Traces of Magic
by Tom Holt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.65

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confused? You will be, 4 Jan 2012
Tom Holt is an interesting writer - at times brilliant, at other times (as here) too damn clever for his own good. Like other readers, I spent most of this book wondering what the hell was going on and who half the characters were - some people may like that, I don't (that's what I go to work for). I've been reading Tom Holt for longer than I care to remember (there's a compliment in there somewhere) but for me, he still hasn't written a better novel than "Flying Dutch" (sorry to depress you, Tom).
I did like the bit towards the end where Chris Popham turns around and tells the shop owner he's just sold x dozen of the book that tells you what you need to know that they're crap and don't work.


Dig It To The End - Tonbruket
Dig It To The End - Tonbruket
Price: 13.83

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good!, 12 Sep 2011
I enjoyed EST so much that I just couldn't imagine Tonbruket being anywhere near as good - but they grow on you. The first album was clearly in search of a new sound and only sporadically successful - but this is an excellent album with some really catchy, jazz meets prog-rock tracks. Balloons, Lilo, Draisine Song and Decent life stand out for me. A pleasant surprise. Shame about the cover design!


Back to the Tracks
Back to the Tracks

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the unsung greats of Tenor Sax, 23 Aug 2011
This review is from: Back to the Tracks (Audio CD)
I agree with the other reviewers - Tina Brooks had a great tenor sax tone and in a chronically short and sparcely documented career at Blue Note (all of which is well worth a listen, including other sessions under Freddie Hubbard i.e. Open Sesame)laid down some fabulous jazz tracks. He seemed to work particularly well with Freddie Hubbard. The ruby and the pearl is the stand-out track on this CD but it's all good (classic Blue Note hard bop).


Gentle Rain
Gentle Rain

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb relaxed piano trio, 23 Aug 2011
This review is from: Gentle Rain (Audio CD)
It's a pity this CD is so hard to find as it contains one of my all time favourite jazz performances - John Hicks' take on Mingus's tribute to Lester Young (Goodbye Pork Pie Hat)- simply sublime.


Jeeves and Wooster - Complete Collection [DVD]
Jeeves and Wooster - Complete Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephen Fry
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: 25.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 16 Feb 2010
If you like the work of P G Wodehouse or Fry and Laurie, it doesn't get any better than this. The definitive Jeeves and Bertie Wooster for the small (or any) screen. The performances are crisp and perfectly judged, the adaptations - by Clive Exton - are superbly crafted and true to the marvellous writing, and the whole production bears the hallmark of quality. Even the sets, the costumes and the music are great. I don't think Stephen Fry or Hugh Laurie have ever done better work - either individually or together - so if you haven't seen these entertaining TV comedy dramas, I would definately recommend them.


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