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20th Century Blues (Digipak)
20th Century Blues (Digipak)
Price: £11.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 25 Mar. 2016
Released in the mid-90s this was the album that marked Robin Trower's return after the lost 80s when his releases seemed increasingly bland and MOR. With Livingston Brown on bass and vocals RT found a worthy successor to Jim Dewar and the songs marked a real return to form, especially the astonishing 'Precious Gift' which remains one of my favourites. This and Go My Way which followed soon after are every bit as good as the albums from his 1970s haydays. Highly recommended.


TRP0353 Troop London Heritage Canvas Backpack (Black)
TRP0353 Troop London Heritage Canvas Backpack (Black)

5.0 out of 5 stars Best small backpack ever, 17 Mar. 2016
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This is quite simply the best small backpack I've ever bought. Well made, thoughtfully designed, really comfortable against my back, straps that don't slip; it's got all I need (double zips, inner lining, handy inner pockets) and nothing I don't. Immediately bought another.


When Breath Becomes Air
When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 18 Feb. 2016
I started this book halfway through, after Paul Kalanithi knows that cancer will kill him. Once I reached the end I read from the beginning. I'm glad I read it this way because his life expands rather than narrows to death. If you're bothering to read reviews, you'll know what this book is about. Get it. You won't regret it. He was an English grad who became a brain surgeon but could have been a writer. This book shows he was that too - writing about possibly the biggest and least approachable subject of all: our very own mortality.


John le Carré: The Biography
John le Carré: The Biography
by Adam Sisman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.75

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly entertaining, 12 Jan. 2016
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This book is full of surprises: how rich JLC's writing has made him and from so early on; how dreadful his childhood was; what a terrible and ever-present shadow his con-man father cast over his life; what JLC actually did as a spy; how complex his friendships and other relationships have been. You can see why he is by nature secretive and had misgivings about any biography. But actually, for such a complicated and scarred man, he emerges from this as engaging company and strangely honourable; someone for whom being a famous writer (and it's easy to forget just how famous) has not been easy. This bio does a good job of taking you through his life and each successive novel. The pacing is right, the space devoted to each part of his life is in proportion, and the background information (for instance about the secret services in the UK or what the plot of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold is really about) just right. This book has attracted a bit of criticism - for instance that he's referred to as David Cornwell throughout (but that's how he sees himself and what those who know him call him). But if you like any of his novels (Tinker, Tailor is for me a masterpiece) then this biography is first class.
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Bass Play-Along Volume 40: AC/DC (Hal Leonard Bass Play-Along)
Bass Play-Along Volume 40: AC/DC (Hal Leonard Bass Play-Along)
by AC/DC
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 9 Dec. 2015
Got this to check I was playing Highway To Hell properly and because it had other favourites such as You Shook Me and For Those About To Rock. On the whole the guitars are pretty authentic and much better than I'd expected and the CD has full demo tracks and the same again but with the bass dropped out. (The book plus CD are great value).

But the icing on the cake was the realisation that, at least in the Brian Johnson era, I've always loved the riffs and guitars and absolutely hated his cheesegrater vocals. But here the full demo tracks are better than the originals because they're instrumental. Not the point of getting this book and CD, I admit, but an unexpected bonus.


Orca Bay - Malvern-Elk-46
Orca Bay - Malvern-Elk-46
Offered by Yarmo Group
Price: £72.99

5.0 out of 5 stars If the shoe fits..., 2 Dec. 2015
Shoes are such a particular purchase and our feet are all so idiosyncratic (even pairs of feet are often not pairs IYSWIM) that I don't want to mislead anyone into buying shoes that aren't for them. But I absolutely love Orca shoes. My first exposure to this Australian company was through their Sydney sandals which I wear around the house as slippers. Best, hardest wearing sandals I've ever had. These shoes (mine were in Elk - a wonderful deep, nutty brown) were comfortable straight out of the box, no wearing in, no blisters, no rub points - and I have large, wideish feet, size elevens (UK). I use them as ordinary shoes about town, especially in winter because they are warmly lined. They have thick soles and while I wouldn't use them as hiking boots (I have others for that) they are great for country walks. These days I don't buy any other make. They deserve to be more widely known. In terms of this supplier, the shoes arrived very quickly and earlier than expected. Five star service all round.


Blues Bass: A Guide to the Essential Styles and Techniques (Hal Leonard Bass Method)
Blues Bass: A Guide to the Essential Styles and Techniques (Hal Leonard Bass Method)
by Ed Friedland
Edition: Sheet music
Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Good for rock bassists too, 18 Nov. 2015
I'm a rock bass player and only picked this up when the band I play with decided to do more blues numbers. This book made me realise the obvious: since much rock is blues-based you need to know this stuff to underpin standard rock bass playing. Where this guide really scores is in explaining the different turnarounds as well as the use of different octaves (where you start on the neck) and alternate patterns. It's fine for bassists just starting out but for people who already know their way round the neck it wastes no time in pulling you in. Wonderful variety of rhythms and blues standards. Fantastic value for a book with CD. Just the right length. Highly recommended for all straight-ahead bass players everywhere.


Firm
Firm

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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor for Page fans, 15 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Firm (Audio CD)
Aside from his Death Wish 2 soundtrack and Jugula with Roy Harper, this was Page's first proper album post-Zep and expectations were high. Apart from Paul Rodgers he had the highly talented Tony Franklin on bass and reliable Chris Slade on drums. But the truth is: it doesn't work (the follow-up was even worse). Having seen them live twice my conclusion at the time was that Rodgers, gifted singer though he is, can't extemporise a vocal line over a riff the way Plant can and tends to sing best over chord-based songs. Page duly obliged but the song writing is weak. Page had a better return to form with Coverdale Page. Give this a miss and get that instead. If you do get this then Money Can't Buy and Satisfaction Guaranteed are good - but no patch on what Page had done before.


Seventh Star Featuring Tony Iommi
Seventh Star Featuring Tony Iommi
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £6.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Great straight-ahead rock, 8 Nov. 2015
It's well-known that this was meant to be a Tony Iommi solo album and for those who like his playing but find Sabbath a bit too cartoonish, this is actually a really good album. Sab it ain't. It's less metal than Fused, the more recent Iommi / Glenn Hughes collaboration, and is closest in feel to Brian Howe era Bad Company with its US-style rock. Stand out tracks include the title track (a sort of sub Kashmir), Heart Like A Wheel (a six-minute bluesy guitar work-out), No Stranger To Love and Angry Heart which segues into the final track In Memory. In fact my only real complaint is the album's brevity - clocking in at 35 minutes it feels a track too short.


Crosseyed Heart
Crosseyed Heart
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Only for Keef fans, 25 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Crosseyed Heart (Audio CD)
If you don't like Keef's voice or were hoping for a Stones album, don't bother with this. You'll only be disappointed. But if you enjoyed his previous solo albums, you like his voice (I prefer it to Jagger's) and you admire his eclectic influences, then this is a must-buy - and infinitely preferable to the tosh that Gilmour produces these days.


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