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Uncloudy Day
Uncloudy Day
Offered by nagiry
Price: 13.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Genius of the highest order, 27 Aug 2014
This review is from: Uncloudy Day (Vinyl)
One of the greatest albums ever made, and I don't say that lightly. Every home should have one, this is absolutely essential to life.


Requiem Mass & Other Experiments
Requiem Mass & Other Experiments
Price: 3.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 July 2014
Greg Ashley's best album by quite some way, brilliant from start to finish.


Another Generation of Slaves
Another Generation of Slaves
Price: 11.96

1.0 out of 5 stars He's one of those musicians who seems to have no idea if he's made something good or something terrible, 17 July 2014
Very disappointing album from Mr Ashley. He's one of those musicians who seems to have no idea if he's made something good or something terrible, and this one is terrible. It's full of trite bar-room rehashes, a million miles from the sombre brilliance of Requiem Mass, his high water mark. He can do so much better.


Brave Words
Brave Words
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: 209.17

5.0 out of 5 stars Night Of Chill Blue, 4 Jun 2014
This review is from: Brave Words (Audio CD)
The Chills first 'proper' album after the Kaleidoscope World compilation, and their best studio album. This is near-enough pop genius from start to finish; dark, brooding, confessional and beautiful. A dark carnival.


Black Gipsy
Black Gipsy
Price: 13.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable, 1 April 2014
This review is from: Black Gipsy (Audio CD)
Originally released in 1969 on the America label, this is the best of many fine Shepp albums from his most interesting period, stretching from Mama Too Tight in 66 to Coral Rock in 72. Featuring the inimitable brilliance of Dave Burrell (piano) and Sunny Murray (drums), along with great brass from Shepp, Noah Howard and Clifford Thornton, the feel of these tracks also relies heavily on the wailing and screeching viola of Leroy Jenkins and the emotive, driving harmonica of Julio Finn.

Impulsive, energetic, pulsating, repetitive and dynamic from start to finish, this is a much under-rated album, which for my money is up there with, and possibly even better than Mingus' Black Saint. In other words, a work of genius.


Head Over Heels
Head Over Heels
Price: 9.17

5.0 out of 5 stars I Took Bulbiform, 14 Sep 2013
This review is from: Head Over Heels (Audio CD)
It's hard to pick the best Cocteau's album, but for me this is it. You know when an album starts with a song titled When Mama Was Moth and then delivers the dark, brooding cascades of sound, the beautiful, eerie vocals and the atmosphere to match, that you're in for a winner and this album delivers from start to finish. This was the first Cocteau's album I bought (their second album), on vinyl, and it blew me away completely. Other than Psychocandy, there's no other album by a Scottish band that comes close to this. Musical perfection, which fills me with weepy old-man nostalgia for my lost youth like no other can.


Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles
Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles
by Ray Daniels
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 25 July 2012
This is a really well written book, jammed full of useful and pertinent information. It's not a book on how to brew but it certainly is a book on how to make better beer. There's a lot of technical detail but equally the historical background information on different beer styles is very well researched and really interesting.
I'm pretty new to brewing but use this book all the time as a reference point and a guide, for me it provides a good launch pad for trying new styles with plenty room for experimentation. As at least one other reviewer has mentioned, the lack of a section on Belgian beers is a shame but there's plenty other books on that subject out there. Highly recommended, a book I will continue to use for many years.


C
C
by Tom McCarthy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.52

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All Fur Coat And Nae Knickers, 15 May 2012
This review is from: C (Hardcover)
Just finished this but I have to admit I skipped through much of the last section because it was so contrived. The novel starts off pretty well; the father, mother and sister characters could have been developed into something more interesting, particularly the sister, whose dallying with chemical experiments is the most interesting part of the book, but after the 'major incident', the book spirals out of control, becoming little more than a ham-fisted attempt at a modernised boys-own romp. The main character Serge is little but an empty shell, careering through radio enthusiasm, dispassionate soldiering, utterly disinterested sex and dull jet-set drug taking, none of which imbues him with any character at all, save a penchant for being a smart arse and a stoical bent, neither of which make him in any way interesting.

The book is also peppered with screeds of researched facts, which do little if nothing to advance any plot or interest and end up sounding forced and more than a little like showing off.

How this became nominated for the Booker I will never understand.


Home Brew Ingredients - Real Ale - 40 Pint Homebrew Beer Kit
Home Brew Ingredients - Real Ale - 40 Pint Homebrew Beer Kit
Offered by Pure Class Interiors
Price: 26.25

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 23 Mar 2012
This is a truly fantastic kit, producing an amazingly good bitter that nobody I know could tell from a high quality shop-bought product. I would go so far as to say that I've rarely tasted such a good beer, bottled or draught, it's that good. I dry-hopped mine with some Fuggles for a more hoppy aroma and it worked a treat. Thoroughly recommended.


Ratcatcher [DVD] [1999]
Ratcatcher [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Tommy Flanagan
Offered by Discs4all
Price: 4.46

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great British Film, 17 July 2010
This review is from: Ratcatcher [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
This is without doubt one of the best British films of the last twenty years. Stunningly shot, subtle, moving, tragic and funny. Recalls 1970s Glasgow with an uncanny accuracy. The central performances are perfect. All in all a stunning debut for Lynne Ramsay.


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