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There is no doubting the fun to be had from these CDs. Our plucky heroes battle smugglers endure terrifying ordeals are captured, make hairsbreadth escapes to be captured again to emerge (of course) victorious. The language and somewhat different mores of the time are as entertaining as the stories - unPC but somehow innocent. This gives a flavour of another era better than any newsreel. Of course it is a time and a set of values probably better off gone for the most part. Curiosity value and nostalgia do not really sustain a 3 CD set and the charm does wane well before the end, especially as the story structure, as I hinted earlier is somewhat repetitive. It is a piece of history… Read more
The three Quatermass series are rightfully acknowledged as milestones, not only of Science Fiction, but of intelligent televisual drama in general. This audiobook is a facinating look at those pieces of broadcast history. The narrative has three strands - Nigel Kneale talking about the creation of Quatermass, setting it firmly in historical context; a linking drama involving a female journalist interviewing Quatermass, and judiciously chosen clips from the original programs. For myself the mix does not quite come off. The original stories are presented in somewhat perfunctory manner, losing much in atmosphere and suspense. The Nigel Kneale sequences are much more satisfactory and I was… Read more
A truly marvellous confection - swirling strings oboes and a voice, such a voice. Fade Away is Nils Lofgren done Mummers style, opening with a quote from their own March of the Dawn. Call Me Rainbow will follow you round for days. My favourite - Cherry Heart. It is good that the late keyboardist/ arranger, Mark Horwood leaves his considerable mark on this mini album (or maxi e.p.) and those tracks completed without him carry on his adventurous work. This is a happy record, in spite of Mark's death. I love the Mummers. Perhaps you will too.