John McCartney, Amazon Customer

An ancient mariner
Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,682
Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (827 of 909)
Location: Norfolk

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,682 - Total Helpful Votes: 827 of 909
Knosti Disco-Antistat Record Cleaning system (Late&hellip by Knosti
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I found this to be an excellent product. Having decided to rescue the four or five hundred lp records which have been sitting in boxes in my garage for the past ten years I bought a new turntable, cartridge, and antistatic cleaning brush. But when I actually looked at the discs they were filthy - some even had a mould-like growth on them. Not having a lot of cash left after buying the machinery, I opted for this system as an acceptable compromise between a vacuum record cleaning system costing hundreds of pounds and a bowl of water and washing up liquid. And this is brilliant. I have cleaned 50 records in the past week - doing a few each evening - and every one is at least playable, indeed… Read more
CFP 40013 Tchaikovsky Symphony 6 Philharmonia Cons&hellip ~ Constantin Silvestri / Philharmonia Orchestra
CFP 40013 Tchaikovsky Symphony 6 Philharmonia Constantin Silvestri vinyl LP ~ Constantin Silvestri / Philharmonia Orchestra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, 15 July 2014
Few conductors have injected so much passion into Tchaikovsky's 6th as Silvestri in this 1957 recording. Only available on vinyl, the recording is a simple affair from the early days of two channel recording - and is all the better for that. The sound stage is wide and clear, instruments placed precisely, the only flaw being a slightly "toppy" balance in the sound. Find a good copy, play it on a decent turntable and you'll be surprised. So many of these orchestral recordings from the 1950s now sound so real, so fresh, that one wonders what we've lost the advent of multi-miking and digital editing and reproduction.
Ghosting Home (Strong Winds Trilogy) by Julia Jones
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The first thing I have to say is that you really need to read all three of Julia Jones' "Strong Winds" trilogy in the right order. I'm not sure how well this would work as a stand alone book. That may sound like a criticism but it's not meant as such. Just that it would be like reading "The Return Of The King" on its own, without the benefit of the synopsis at the beginning of Tolkien's third volume.

This is another white knuckle ride which kept me reading late into the night. All is explained as far as the back-story of the leading "Goody" characters is concerned, and a pretty satisfactory resolution arrives. (The tributes to Arthur Ransome come thick and fast, too.) If I'm… Read more