G. Armstrong

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The Acquisitive Society by R. H. Tawney
The Acquisitive Society by R. H. Tawney
The central argument of The Acquisitive Society (1921) is that Britain is infested with a false philosophy that prizes material accumulation over civilised values. This is not merely a modern occurrence, but one that can be traced back to the 17th century, with the gradual displacement of a body of ethics from the economic realm that affirmed our essential humanity by limiting exploitation and preserving communal ties.

Prior to the ascent of capitalism, economical activity was merely one compartment of existence, with its operation regulated, albeit imperfectly, by an overriding moral consensus; the retreat of the Church and the Christian Casuistry, allowed the market to be… Read more
There Is Only One Roy Orbison ~ Roy Orbison
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is Only One..., 11 Aug 2013
Roy's first album for MGM had a more easy listening sound than his Monument predecessors. While songs such as Two Of A Kind and This Is Your Song are hardly poor, they lack the drive that defines the beat ballad sound that he originated. The other tracks compensate with songs like I'm in a Blue, Blue Mood - listen for the speaker cracking wail towards the end; If You Can't Say Something Nice and Afraid to Sleep displaying Orbison vocal prowess in all its glory. The opening track, Ride Away, which was released as a single, is one of Orbison's finest. Although its chart performance was disappointing on both sides of the Atlantic, it has a compelling narrative and a beautiful melody, as… Read more
Many Moods & The Big O ~ Roy Orbison
Many Moods & The Big O ~ Roy Orbison
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This double set is a fine audio embodiment of the cliché "from the sublime to the ridiculous". Many Moods is one of Orbison's finest albums, albeit that it demonstrates the decline in his song writing ability, with only three Orbison originals included. The three Orbison compositions are, nevertheless, superb. Walk On sees Orbison on familiar territory, imploring a former lover to ignore him if their paths should cross. The steady building of the song to a frenzied crescendo, in which Orbison unleashes his big voice, equals anything he produced in his career, and deserves to be bracketed with Crying and Running Scared. Heartache is more erratic, demonstrating Orbison's weakness for… Read more

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