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Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar
Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar
by David Millar
Edition: Hardcover

44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sports book of the year?, 21 Jun. 2011
I had this pre-ordered for nearly two years, but it has been well worth the wait. Largely self-authored, according to what I have read, this is a beautifully written account by someone who really does have a story to tell. It reveals more about the doping era in pro-cycling than any number of enquiries or investigations could ever achieve. It also puts Millar's own misdemeanour into clear perspective. One of Britain's all-time greats, deserving of the status of 'legend' when he eventually retires, Millar may, with this book, have produced the greatest legacy of his career. Anything that beats it to the 2011 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award would have to be truly exceptional.
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The Great American Songbook Box Set
The Great American Songbook Box Set

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars S'Wonderful!, 21 Jun. 2011
Irving Berlin said that he always preferred his songs to be sung by Fred Astaire because his straightforward, uncomplicated delivery allowed the melody and lyrics to speak for themselves. Well, this is exactly what Rod Stewart achieves here. The clarity of his diction, pitch perfect singing and simple accompaniments and arrangements make every single one of these tracks a joy to hear. I have recordings of all the items in the set by the 'greats' -Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, etc - but in a number of cases, the Stewart version compares favourably with any of them. Did you ever hear better interpretations of 'Embraceable You', 'Long Ago and Far Away' 'Time After Time' and 'S'Wonderful'? Even 'Manhattan', a superb duet with the inestimable Bette Midler, runs the Ella classic pretty close. All in all, if you want a complete review of the goodies from the golden age of American popular music, this is it!


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