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Genesis Revisited II
Genesis Revisited II
Price: £8.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good but a little quality control on the vocalists still required, 3 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Genesis Revisited II (Audio CD)
I really enjoy listening to this album, but just wish Steve Hackett had exercised some better quality control over the vocalists

Right back to the days of Please Don't Touch he had such greats as Richie Havens and Randy Crawford, on Revisisted I we had Blunstone, Wetton and Carrick, but although thankfully Steve has stayed away from the vocal duties most of the time the choice of vocalists seems a bit on the cheap to me. Surely he could have commanded a better list

Francis Dunnery and Nad Sylvan do their best and I must admit to being pleasantly surprised by Nik Kershaws attempt at The Lamia, but I am afraid Conrad Kelly, Simon Collins fail to impress while the less said about the deadful vocal performance by Amanda Lehmann on Ripples the better!!! A beautiful song killed stone dead by a very poor and weak vocal, she is little better on Shadow of the Hierophant

That said I like the album alot, these are revisits rather than reinterpretations so it does what it says on the tin, Hackett remains a brilliant guitarist and hopefully there will be another of these albums in the future

Finally next time you do a solo album Steve you could do a lot owrse than use the underrated John Wetton as your vocalist, brilliant performances form John on both Revisited albums to date


R-Kive
R-Kive
Price: £7.99

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor and a waste of your money, 27 Oct. 2014
This review is from: R-Kive (Audio CD)
After the awfully biased documentary that all but airbrushed Steve Hackett and Anthony Phillips solo works out of the bands history I find it impossible to give any of the associated releases any credence at all - this is clearly in my opinion a Tony Banks driven vehicle.
I love Genesis and the solo works of Hackett & Phillips as well as early solo efforts from Mike Rutherford and Banks, but this three CD is a shoddy effort I feel from the horrible cover to the equally weak title it is as unbalanced as the documentary

Across 37 tracks we get seven tracks from the original band, only three from the excellent Trick of the tail through And then there were three period and a massive eleven tracks from the 'pop' era of the band. Solo wise it's Hackett three, Rutherford three (nothing from the superb and underrated Smallcreeps Day), Banks three, Gabriel you've guessed three!! from a massive archive of great music and Phil Collins wait for it ............ three. Equal dibs whilst quality control at a minimum, No solo Anthony Phillips, the stunning God If I saw Her Now - with Collins and Viv McCauliffe would have fitted well

Yes I know we could all come up with different tracks but this is not for me, and I don't know who it would appeal to?

If the idea was that in twenty years time this would be the definitive Genesis compilation showing their finest work within the band and as solo artists it fails miserably

Buy
Selling England by The Pound / Wind and Wuthering
Please Don't Touch
The Geese And The Ghost
Smallcreeps Day
The 3rd Gabriel Solo album
A Curious Feeling
if you want a little bit if top quality from each member (sorry none of Collins solo work is worthy)


Quoted Out Of Context - music by Paddy McAloon
Quoted Out Of Context - music by Paddy McAloon

5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem from the first note to the last, 14 Aug. 2014
An album of total beauty! The talented Joakim Milder and his friends have revisited some known and some lesser known songs by Britains greatest songwriter Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout.
The result is scintillating a wonderful mix with Milder's light touch bringing a totally different view of these lovely songs
Personal favourite is I Trawl The Megahertz from McAloons solo album of the same name, but everything here is worth revisiting again and again. Classy, sensitive and tasteful, the follow up is eagerly awaited


Alex Ferguson My Autobiography
Alex Ferguson My Autobiography
by Alex Ferguson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

13 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Typical of the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!, 28 Oct. 2013
This could have been a fine read, like him or loathe him Ferguson was a wonderful football manager, supremely succesful with doubt, the stats don't lie.
This book shows though without doubt that he is a small minded, I'm always right, unpleasant man, certainly no gentleman in the mould of Robson, Lyall, Mee, Nicholson etc
Petty arguements, point scoring and pathetic mind games rule with Ferguson.
Yes this book will sell, but dont waste your cash it will be in the chepo book shops before you know it!

The only thing that you learn, or should I say confirm from reading this book is that Ferguson is an unpleasant character and maybe his real story will never be told as he is incapable of telling it without attacking others.
Very poor!


A Wrenched Virile Lore
A Wrenched Virile Lore
Price: £12.36

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An absolute waste of time, 18 Jan. 2013
This review is from: A Wrenched Virile Lore (Audio CD)
Thankfully I chose to listen to the tracks on you tube and the like first.

The result I will not buy or listen to this rubbish again. Mogwai are a fine band but this is a serious own goal!

If you are a fan please listen for free before purchasing, and if you are a newcomer start somewhere else!


Lowdown: The Story of Wire
Lowdown: The Story of Wire
by Paul Lester
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as suggested! But could have been better!!, 23 Jan. 2012
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There certainly seems to be some strong feelings on this book particularly on the Pinkflag.com website forum! Questions are raised about the validity of the information within the book, the quality of the writing and the haste in which the period after 1980 is dealt with.

Personally I can see the arguements against this book, but there certainly are a number of positives.

The opening chapters up to and including the release of 154 I found fascinating, good copy from the band members and Mike Thorne, plus comments taken from other publications and websites, for me anyway, filled a number of the gaps in my knowledge of this excellent band. That said I did find myself thinking on a few occasions haven't i just read this part, and certainly tighter editing would have improved the story.

As for whether the band like or dislike the book, who really knows. A previous reviewer with maybe an axe to grind? thinks not. Personally as the book has quoted interviews with the band, I imagine they were not too against the book initially, but it seems that between that point and publication this changed.

My biggest grip is the period after 154 which is dealt with in unacceptable haste. The splinter groups, solo projects and the reincarnations of Wire deserved much better treatment and this part of the book leaves many more questions unanswered than answered.

However, in the absence of any other Wire reading, I would say 3.5 stars would be fair, but as you cannot be so sophisticated as to use .5's :) I will be generous and say four stars because basically this is all there is at this time.

For me until Messrs Newman, Gilbert, Gotobed and Lewis either individually or together decide to tell the whole story, this is as good as you can hope for. If nothing else it has got me listening to all Wire albums, plus He Said, Duet Emmo, Githead etc again and reminding myself that Wire were and remain one of the most important bands of the last 50 years!

From Pink Flag to Red Barked Tree there is rarely a dull moment!


The Wisden Collector's Guide
The Wisden Collector's Guide
by Andrew Renshaw
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £34.18

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed Opportunity from Wisden, 20 May 2011
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This book is titled the Wisden COLLECTORS Guide, however sadly little over a quarter of the book actually covers the collecting of Wisdens.
Most of this book is more of a brief glimpse at notable items from each year, which whilst fine in itself is not what the book could/should have been about in my opinion.
Also there is not one photograph in this publication, surely some pictures of early editions, rarieties or even photos of repairs undertaken would have been more useful to the collector whilst adding to the general style of the publication.
This book could have been £20-25, 200 pages and full of interest to the collector, sadly it is not.

A Missed Opportunity!


Queen Of Denmark
Queen Of Denmark
Price: £7.96

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Album of 2010, 20 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Queen Of Denmark (Audio CD)
At last and most deservedly the ex Czars frontman is getting the notice he deserves. A previous reviewer states it is available for £4, yes £4, at Fopp records so there is no excuse for this not being in any discerning record collection.
Grant has the most wonderful voice, a deep rich baratone that along with wonderful backing from Midlake gives a soothing almost relaxing feel to this album, but dont be fooled the lyrics bite and dont let go.
Personal favourites are the superb title track The Queen of Denmark, Where Dreams Go To Die and Caramel, but the other nine tracks are of equal interest and this is one album you want to hear from start to finish. Much of the edge to the album, having read a number of interviews with Grant, comes from his upbringing and to some extent self loothing of recent years. That said he has somehow transferred these negatives into a truly great album.
I was lucky enough to see him in Cambridge recently and the voice really is that good!!! No doctoring in production here. Hopefully now established more with this album Grant will go from strength to strength and i'm already looking forward to the follow up!
Definately the 2010 Album of the year.


At the Heart of English Cricket: The Life and Memories of Geoffrey Howard
At the Heart of English Cricket: The Life and Memories of Geoffrey Howard
by Stephen Chalke
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Chalke!, 5 Oct. 2010
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Maybe he is just lucky with his choice of subject?
Of course that statement is totally unfair, Bomber Wells, Bob Appleyard, Tom Carwright, Geoffrey Howard, everyone through their conversations with Chalke, have helped him create books that are full of wonderful memories of Cricket from a different era. Never though are these stories written through rose tinted glasses, just with a respect and understanding of his subject so often missing from todays none event back page press style biographies (Alistair Cook and Kevin Pieterson's poor efforts spring to mind).
This book sat in my collection for some time before I read it, maybe because I knew little of Geoffrey Howard as a cricketer, his main career being that of an administrator, he played just a couple of matches for Middlesex CCC as an amateur. Once I started reading it though it was hard to put down. A warm, compasionate man, who has had a life worth telling, and at 90 sat down with Stephen Chalke to piece it together.
The Hutton led tour of Australia takes up alot of this book, and the insights from Howard of this tour are well worth reading. A tour that saw Huttons decision to put Australia in to bat in the 1st test see England beaten out of sight only for Tyson, May, Cowdrey et all to step up to the plate to such an effect that England returned home 3-1 victors! It could well have been 4-1 had rain not interviened in one test.
Other stories of tours to the sub continent are equally fascinating, as is Howards private life outside County / International cricket first working for a bank, then his life during the war years, through into later life.
All in all a definate 5 star book as for that matter are Stephen Chalke's books on Bob Appleyard, Bomber Wells and Tom Cartwright. His efforts with Keith Andrew and Ken Taylor are not far behind.
I whole heartedly recommend all these books plus his first two Runs in the Memory and Caught in the Memory.
Few writers on the game have ever maintained such a high standard and a new book from Stepehn Chalke is always most welcome.


A Last English Summer
A Last English Summer
by Duncan Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.96

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of Cricket!!, 19 Aug. 2010
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This review is from: A Last English Summer (Hardcover)
For many, sadly, Cricket is just about T20, The Barmy Army, fancy dress and corporate days out! But like a considerable number of us who still love this great game, like Duncan Hamilton, it is about so much more.

As a member of Cambridge University CC, days reflecting in the sunshine, whilst watching a game of cricket slowly unfold is near to a perfect form of relaxation as you can find, unless Facebook, Wii's, computers games etc are your bag!

Within this book Hamilton looks at so much that is being lost in Cricket, the wonderful outgrounds around the UK for example, rarely used by some counties now as they hold every event at their County Ground, maybe to pay for a monstrousity of a new stand? Stand up Lancashire CCC.
The way the once vibrant Lancashire league has slowly slipped out of the consciousness of the local population, great summer festivals such as Cheltenham College, Colchester and Scarborough. Sadly though these are becoming fewer year on year.

I guess this is a little bit of a 'marmite'book, if you like the smash and grab of a few pints and a T20 slog you may get little from it, however if a day at Arundel Castle watching a County Cricket match unfold(players in white), is your bag then you will get so much from it.

Cricket at this level still has something unobtainable I believe from any other sport and rather than deride it, we should look to promote it and encourage people back into watching the county game. I fear though in reality that with so many other attractions and what seems many people's short concentration span these days, a day at the cricket will become the enjoyment of fewer and fewer people year on year.

Call me nostalgic and a romantic, i've no problem with that, in fact I hope to remain that way for the rest of my life as I continue to enjoy the greatest of games!


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