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H.M.S. Fable
H.M.S. Fable
Offered by westworld-
Price: £14.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Albums, 10 Aug. 2014
This review is from: H.M.S. Fable (Audio CD)
This is brilliant. I Bought this at the time and it has grown and grown with the passing of time with more and more tracks being revealed as the gems they are. I don't have anything else by Shack and liked the Pale Fountains OK but this album has nothing to do with them. It is way better than that band ever were. Top tracks Comedy, Streets of Kenny, Captains Table but really could have listed any three. It is that good.

Fisherman's Blues
Fisherman's Blues

5.0 out of 5 stars Whoosh, 30 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Fisherman's Blues (Audio CD)
I saw the Waterboys live inbetween This Is The Sea and the long wait for Fishermans Blues to appear when they played a lot of the songs here, to me the time when they were right "on it." They were great. Mike Scott said in a early interview that great music goes "whoosh". There is plenty of music on this, This is the Sea and A Pagan Place that goes whoosh. To me they were never really back again but back then they were magnificent.

by William Peter Blatty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.18

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tangential Thoughtful & Succesful Sequel, 22 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Legion (Paperback)
This book diverts away from straight sequel territory. The actual link only becomes apparent close to 200 pages in. Instead it is a thoughtful, intruiging mystery with good strong, likeable characters. The pace is surprisingly slow, there is much space for rumination in the main players. This is very well done, interesting. Then the final quarter does eventually play out as a sequel to the excellent Exorcist, incidentally the scariest book I have ever read. Top notch.

Sparkle In The Rain
Sparkle In The Rain

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turning Point, 12 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Sparkle In The Rain (MP3 Download)
Simple Minds and U2 got acquainted during the break between New Gold Dream and War (or Under a Blood Red Sky)respectibely. There seems to have been a bit of musical envy on both sides. However the trade off seems to have been more beneficial to the Irishmen who were away with Eno producing the likes of the(very NGD era Simple Minds)track Unforgettable Fire. They found grace and subtelty to go along with their more raw attributes.

Simple Minds meanwhile recruited U2 producer Steve Lillywhite and mega drummer Mel Gaynor and ditched demos that were shaping up to be New Gold Dream part 2.

I agree with other reviews that have said this is one half a killer album. Side 1 is brilliant, Side 2 not so good. And, while I love Upon the Catwalk to bits, the mere fact that anything even slighlty reminescent of the majesty of New Gold Dream, seems forever beyond them from this point on, well it makes you wonder what would have happened had they gone with their New Gold Dream part 2 demos instead?

Their next release Don't You Forget About Me was reasonably nice, inconsequential, and a massive hit. Derek Forbes then left as the original band began to splinter.

Jim Kerr said at the time of NGD that people would be talking about 2 different bands, pre NGD and after. Very true, literally and subjectively. My favourite Simple Minds were the band on Sons and Fascination, New Gold Dream and side 1 of this record.
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New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Price: £2.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of 1982, 12 Jun. 2010
Best album of 1982 ( a very good year incidentally)but not Simple Minds best album. That honour goes to its predecessor, Sons and Fascination(/Sister Feelings Call).

While firstly bemoaning the loss of the drummer from the previous album and acknowledging Jim Kerr's own criticism of this as somehow a "coffe table" album, I must say this is amazing stuff.

This is an album that holds together as a single entity more than any other I can think of, you really have to listen to it all the way through. Each track is a killer, the music is beautiful and, well, golden. Jim Kerr is at his absolute mystical best and I really can't recommend this highly enough. It is magnificent.
What a great band they were.

Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call
Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call
Price: £7.79

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Minds Greatest Album, 12 Jun. 2010
Empires and Dance was a great title and concept with a small smattering of good and one great track that live up to the premise. This album(s) is/are really Empires and Dance Part 2 with the same concept in place (another great title) but much more fully realised here, and the music has become more muscular, more dance-orientated, confident and cohesive. The drive / aggression of the rhythm section propel each track, the keyboards and the spare guitar work add colour and atmosphere and Jim Kerr is at his absolute inspired best here. Each track is a European mini epic. My favourites are In Trance As Mission (love these titles), Love Song, 70 Cities as Love Brings the Fall, Theme for Great Cities and, my absolute favourite, Seeing Out the Angel.

This is drummer Brian McGee's last album with the band and he is greatly missed, even on the following majestic New Gold Dream.

Belushi: A Biography
Belushi: A Biography
by Tanner Colby
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting Tribute Redresses the Balance, 3 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Belushi: A Biography (Hardcover)
Firstly the picture doesn't do justice to what is a great lavish tribute in hard cover and coffee table style with great photos and insights from everyone who was there and knew John Belushi.

I read Wired years ago. It left a bad taste in my mouth. I was hoping this would redress the balance, and it does.

Definitely worth seeking out. I know it is rare and expensive but you won't regret it.

The edning is the same sad one as in Wired of course but the journey is immeasurably motre enjoyable here.

Separate Ways
Separate Ways
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Price: £6.10

8 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Record Sleeve of All Time, 22 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Separate Ways (Audio CD)
Elvis Presley was an absolute twenty four carat gold talent. But somehow the good stuff, the sexy, blusey, vibrant, low down and dirt stuff that should have made him one of the most revered of singers often gets lost among racks of dodgy film sountracks and rip-off cash-in live albums all with practically the smae set list. Sadly the King had one of the worst managed careers of all time. This record is possibly the very nadir of a squandered career. Look at that cover - is that not just a disgrace ? No wonder people think he was a joke. Avoid and seek out the Sun Sessions and the RCA debut and following couple of albums instead.
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