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Command Performances: the Essential 1960's Masters Vol.2
Command Performances: the Essential 1960's Masters Vol.2
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Price: £66.57

4.0 out of 5 stars All You Need From The Movie Years., 1 Nov 2012
Elvis' movie years are widely. and often correctly, derided. Yet across numerous soundtrack albums from 1960-69 there was some fine material to be found for those prepared to sift out the chaff. This excellent (and sadly now deleted)collection is the best ever distillation of this difficult period of the King's career. Here we have at least one trsck from each of his 60s movies, and from his more deserving ones several, that round up pretty much all that is required for all but the most rabid fan. This compilation provides ample proof that even the most lacklustre Elvis movies included some top notch material. The only slight disappointment is that 'Follow That Dream' is included in an alternate take-great for collectors, but the master take is truly essential.


Animalisms
Animalisms
Price: £10.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great album but..., 1 Oct 2012
This review is from: Animalisms (Audio CD)
'Animalisms' was the third UK album by the Animals, originally released by Decca in 1966. This edition on the German repertoire label boosts the original album with 13 further tracks drawn from Decca singles and an EP of early recordings released by Decca without the bands permission and hastily withdrawn. 1966 was a landmark year in rock music, in just a few months there were seminal releases such as 'Revolver', 'Aftermath', 'Pet Sounds' and 'Blonde On Blonde'. Judged against these milestones, 'Animalisms' comes up well short, however, judged on it's own terms it's a hugely enjoyable slice of blues rock and contains some of the best vocals Eric Burdon ever committed to tape. Sadly, the band were unable to keep up with the rapidly changing times and splintered shortly afterwards.
So why only 2 stars? Well, as I've said the music is great, if hardly revolutionary, and probably deserves 3 and a half to 4 stars, but the sound quality of this remaster is awful and makes it pretty tough listening! 'Animalisms' was never released in stereo in the UK, quite unusual by 1966, but my old battered vinyl copy sounds far superior to this, the vocals are very muddy and most of the instruments are reduced to a tinny clatter. This only applies to the original album, the bonus tracks are fine. I can only assume that repertoire have used a very poor quality source tape for the album tracks. Although long out of print, the Sequel label released a far superior sounding collection of the Animals Decca output several years ago, the only real benefit of this version is it includes the original (front cover) artwork.


Jefferson Airplane
Jefferson Airplane
Price: £9.85

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear!, 17 Sep 2012
This review is from: Jefferson Airplane (Audio CD)
I'm about as big a fan of Jefferson Airplane as it's possible to be, but this 1989 reunion album by 5/6ths of the 'classic' line up is one of the worst albums I've ever owned. Terrible 80's production mars the album but the real problem is the glaring lack of decent songs. It really is toe curling to listen to once great artists floundering on such terrible material but 17 years after the band broke up the well of inspiration had run cruelly dry. This unexpected reissue is nicely presented but can't in any way compensate for the terrible music it contains. File under 'ill-advised'. Actually, forget that, just file in the bin. Sad.


Roundup Ready to Use Weedkiller Gel
Roundup Ready to Use Weedkiller Gel
Price: £5.70

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Weed Food, 9 Jun 2012
I put a hefty dose of this product on a number of pesky weeds in my back yard about 5 weeks ago. Since then the weeds are flourishing, they appear healthy and hearty and show no ill effects whatsoever. I'm not sure this was the intended effect but if you're looking to help your weeds grow rapidly, this may well be the product for you.


White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s
White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s
by Joe Boyd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Memoir, 26 April 2012
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Just finished reading this and felt instantly moved to contribute a review. Joe Boyd was deeply involved in many of the key events of the late 60's Underground Scene, from the Newport Folk Festival to the UFO Club in London and then to managing and producing the likes of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake and the Incredible String Band. In this lively book he tells his story with a refreshing sense of honesty (for example the list of bands he failed to manage!)while providing excellent insights into the people that he worked with. Joe never loses his sense of humilty, you are left with the impression that he was honoured to work with the artistic talents that he did and he does full justice to their memory in this fantastic book. A must read!


Sweet Soul Music: 1961
Sweet Soul Music: 1961
Price: £16.41

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part Of A Definitive Series, 11 Feb 2012
This review is from: Sweet Soul Music: 1961 (Audio CD)
I must admit I'm a sucker for various artists compilations themed around a specific year. Hearing classic songs in the context of other records released around the same time can really shed light on why certain records stand the test of time so well. This collection is the first in a series covering the period 1961-1970, charting the rise and rise of soul music over a decade. I was pretty familiar with just about every track included in this volume to begin with but was seduced into buying it by the sumptous packaging. This is one area where internet shopping falls down over the experience of holding somethging in your hand before deciding whether or not to buy. I'm sure there will be people who've looked at this set on Amazon and been discouraged by the fairly hefty price tag for what is, after all, a single CD. However, for your money you also get a 78 page booklet which is brilliantly written and beautifully illustrated. Then there's the actual music! 31 selections that actually cover quite a diverse range of styles-blues, soul, pop-and each one painsakingly remastered. Quite hoestly, I must have Will You Love Me Tomorrow on a dozen or so albums as well as the original Top Rank 45, but I've never heard it like this before! Even some of the tracks which were recorded on pretty primitive equipment have a whole new lease of life here. Take my word for it-this disc is an absolute treat for the ears and the eyes-very, very highly recommended!!


Five Guys Walk Into A Bar... (4CD)
Five Guys Walk Into A Bar... (4CD)
Price: £80.11

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's All You Need!, 26 Jan 2012
Quite possibly the best concieved and compiled box set ever to have been released! The Faces are one of THE great bands of the 70s but are often unfairly overlooked due to the solo career of their lead singer Rod Stewart. This box provides ample proof that the Faces were far more than a footnote in the career of the spikey haired one.
With a slim catalogue of 4 (shortish) studio albums, this set almost doubles their output by adding a raft of unreleased live, studio, demo and BBC recordings. Presented by keyboard player Ian MacLagan in a deliberately non-chronological order, these tracks build up a superb overview of this rough and ragged band. Each individual disc is a thoughtfully ordered listening experience. Throw in a fantastic booklet with loads of rare photos and you have a package which provides the definitive statement on it's subject. That's , quite frankly, all you need!


Red River Blue
Red River Blue

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fulfilling His Promise, 1 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Red River Blue (Audio CD)
Blake Shelton has been chipping away for several years now, scoring occasional hit singles without ever really being anyones favourite artist. However, recently he has stepped into the big league, his greatest hits collection 'Loaded' suprised many people who'd never really noticed how many great songs he'd recorded and Red River Blue is the album that will see Blake cement himself into the top rank of country singers. A thoroughly enjoyable set which showcases a very sly sense of humour, Red River Blue is the kind of album that could easily cross over to a wider audience if only Britich record companies didn't have such cold feet about promoting country music to a non-specialist audience. A delight from start to finish, recommended.


Airfix A01031 Boulton Paul Defiant 1:72 Scale Series 1 Plastic Model Kit
Airfix A01031 Boulton Paul Defiant 1:72 Scale Series 1 Plastic Model Kit
Offered by kingkit
Price: £4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality Kit, 16 Sep 2011
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
I suppose it's quite appropriate that such a deeply flawed aircraft should be represented by an equally flawed kit, but this is well below the standard I would expect from Airfix. As other reviewers have noted, there are major problems with the fit of the wing sections of the plane which leave very unsightly gaps. It is also quite difficult to fit the parts to make a 'wheels up' version of the plane. Unfortunately, I have never come across a model of this particular aircraft by another manufacturer, so for the time being this will have to do. hopefully Airfix might see their way to creating a new tooling of this model before too long.
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Here For a Good Time
Here For a Good Time
Price: £15.64

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ..and a good time it is!, 9 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Here For a Good Time (Audio CD)
It's difficult to know what to say about George Strait's latest album! After all, he's been churning them out with remarkable consistency since the early '80's and has yet to release a sub-standard effort. Yet it sounds like faint praise to say that this is just another great George Strait album. But that's what it is-every bit as enjoyable as each of his others. A Showman's Life is the standout track for me though, worth the price of the CD on its own.


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