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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 21 Jun. 2015
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Excellent "come back" album.

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
by Legs McNeil
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book about the origins of punk in the USA, 21 Jun. 2015
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Fantastic book about the origins of punk in the USA, prior to the variation developed in Britain. Never mind the Sex Pistols, this is the real story of Year Zero. If you thought you knew about punk, read this book to find out the real source of punk rock.

Waiting for Herb
Waiting for Herb
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Shane - No use., 20 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Waiting for Herb (Audio CD)
This was the FIRST Pogues' album without Shane McGowan, and boy does it show. There is one good song "Tuesday Morning", but the rest of it is a complete waste of time. Truly awful attempt to keep the show on the road without the genius of the original band. Stick to the five real Pogues' albums, and give this a body swerve. Of those, "Peace and Love" is the only dodgy one, but it is still miles better than this effort. The other four are really great albums.

Totem And Taboo
Totem And Taboo
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Terrific, 28 Sept. 2012
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Sometimes albums just work, coming together as greater than the sum of the parts. This one certainly comes up trumps, with all the elements gelling into a sonically sublime musical feast. The clarity of sound marks this out as one of Hugh Cornwell's finest albums. Everything is clear as a bell, so you can hear everything that is going on, as well as appreciate the collective performance. The songs are all really good, some hitting me immediately and other growers keeping me interested. I've been listening non stop to this album in the car since I got it. Every word is audible, and with lyrics as clever and thought provoking as these, no lyric sheet is required. Hugh uses his life experience to come up with cracking lines about all sorts of subjects. It's fun trying to work out the meanings behind his one liners. The guitar sound is superb, with some fine sustained, twangy Telecaster notes and quirky solos. Drum and bass sounds are also captured really well - no kitchen sink thrown in here, just fine bass runs and resonant drum and percussion noises. Hugh's voice has always been unique and enjoyable to listen to, and his vocal chords are obviously maturing nicely. All in all, a fantastic album that I will be playing a lot more in the future. Get it!

Killing Joke
Killing Joke
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5.0 out of 5 stars Driving Beat, 28 Sept. 2012
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"Driving Beat" was how a friend described Killing Joke after we had seen them play a storming gig at the time this album was released. A force of nature was my feeling, as this punk heavy album sprang upon us. The force and rhythm was quite amazing, as they delivered something different from the music of the time. Some really good songs on here. However, if you play it too much you might get a headache (in a good way)!

If I Should Fall From Grace With God (Remastered & Expanded)
If I Should Fall From Grace With God (Remastered & Expanded)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album, 28 Sept. 2012
This is the other classic Pogues album (the other being Rum, Sodomy And The Lash). The additional musicians added to the writing and playing skills, and came up with some amazing songs. After this album things were never quite as good, with Shane having less influence over the band. This is an all time Classic album of any genre. Some good additional songs added to this re-issue version.

Rum Sodomy & The Lash
Rum Sodomy & The Lash
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent re-issue, 28 Sept. 2012
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Probably The Pogues' best album, well the original band anyway. Raucous and wonderful, with the energy of punk, some fantastic songs on here played with energy and passion. While the later "If I Should Fall From Grace With God" album is more technically proficient and more rounded, it is this album that shows The Pogues' real spirit. The extra songs on here are well worth a listen also, mostly great songs too. A classic of its kind.

Animal Now
Animal Now
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait, 27 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Animal Now (Audio CD)
It's been a long wait for this one to be re-issued, and one of the few albums that I missed at the time that I have been looking for on CD. The Ruts were a brilliant band, and I was lucky to see them live one time back in the day - superb gig! So I was wondering what this would be like. It's a really good album with new influences on the old sound. Obviously without Malcolm's vocals it sounds a bit different, and with several singers it takes a bit of getting used to. I'm giving it 4 stars cos it doesn't quite compete with the original band, but as a next step it is well worth a listen. Would love to have seen how they would go about this in a live scenario. Long live The Ruts.

Fire And Water
Fire And Water

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1.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired waste of time, 10 Aug. 2010
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This came out on vinyl a long time ago, as a soundtrack for a film that never was. Most film soundtracks at least add something to the movie, though are not easy to appreciate on their own. This really has very little going for it. Don't be fooled by the Stranglers connection - this is way below par for members of the orignal band. This is my least favourite side project from those days. As a fan, I bought it on vinyl, and now have been reminded by my recent CD purchase why I could barely remember any of the songs. That is because I hardly played it at the time, as even then I thought it was a poor effort. I am still baffled why this was so bad, as I like Euroman Cometh (ahead of its time) and Un Jour Parfait, which I think is an excellent album. So I would advise extreme caution despite the low price. How anyone can give this 5 stars is beyond me.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh's finest album., 1 Jun. 2008
Luckily, I got my hands on a copy of this CD, so here goes my review along with what I know about the different formats that will be available.

As a listener since 1977 to all things Stranglers and related I can happily declare that the quality of this album is up there with the best early period Stranglers music and is certainly Hugh's finest solo offering.

This is very much an electric band album, using the current three piece touring group (Hugh, Caz Campbell on bass and Chris Bell on drums). It has the feel of a band going in to the studio and confidently knocking out the tunes in a pretty much live set-up, with minimal overdubs. The delivery is powerful, direct and tuneful with Hugh's inventive guitar work to the fore with lots of quirky chord changes and some great lead breaks. The bass and drums are right there in support to give a very satisfying overall sound. The production is spot-on, allowing all the instruments room to be heard, and Hugh's voice sits nicely on top of it all, with occasional backing vocals from Caz. The voice has been given some unusual treatments on this album, but you always know it's Hugh's, one of the most distinctive musical voices around. It is a complete album, with a consistent feel to it.

The album was recorded at Toerag Studios, who specialise in using old analogue equipment. As well as this CD and DVD package (more on that later), there will also be a limited edition vinyl version. I can't wait to hear the LP version blasting out the warm analogue sounds from the speakers, crackles `n' all! With the vinyl version in mind, this album has a definite two sides of a record feel, with the rockier tracks mainly on side one and the more melodic, quirkier stuff on side two. It takes you back to the days of listening to "Black and White" on vinyl, in all its schizophrenic glory. From the off, there's no messing around...

Slow Boat To Trowbridge - Energetic drums crash into short, yet full sounding guitar chords, with supporting bass well up in the mix. It's in your face and sounds fantastic. Hugh's voice is clear and unmistakable. Here he gives us a world tour of places he'd rather be than on the one-way system in Trowbridge. The tongue in cheek, eccentric lyrics are enjoyable.

Going To The City - Another rock `n' roller keeps up the tempo, with a great lead break of distorted, psychedelic guitar. Hugh brainstorms his thoughts on New York, in a similar lyrical style to Dylan's phrases on placards video (I dunno what it's called!), but this sounds a lot better.

Delightful Nightmare - Did Hugh have an erotic dream about a female vampire? This one is slower, darker and is bass heavy. Hugh's voice is given a psychedelic effect and this helps to make it a weird and wonderful piece, which would make a great soundtrack to a short horror film. Hints of Nosferatu about this one, but with a heavier sound.

Within You Or Without You - The pace picks up again with more psychedelic vocals over a skiffle type rhythm on snare drum and guitar, along with some nice trebly bass. Hugh talks the verses about a relationship break-up, including some universal frustrations that you can immediately relate to. Clever lyrics, catchy chorus and a fine tune.

Rain On The River - Rain, river, and underwater, fluctuating vocals. This grabs you immediately with some great guitar work and some very cool sounding bass from Caz. The repetitive chorus reflects the constant, flowing theme. Quite dark but really catchy - you'll be humming this one. River Phoenix is the inspiration. Side One is over in a flash.

Beat Of My Heart - Next we have a really beautiful, slow song. It's a bit of a grower in an "Always The Sun" kind of way - it takes two or three listens to appreciate how good this is. Psychedelic vocals are used to good effect. There's a great melody and Hugh treats us to a classy guitar break that has the Cornwell stamp of originality all over it. Great track, one of my favourites on the album.

Philip K Ridiculous - It's good to find an instrumental on here, this track being the closest link to Nosferatu. We get clear, pacey lead guitar work, counter-balanced by equally interesting bass lines from Caz, and solid, unobtrusive backing from Chris's drumming. Part way through there is an unusual change of tempo, slowing things down for a time, then it's back to the quick-fire riffing theme. Again it slows, until we finish off with a great looping guitar fade-out. Fantastic stuff.

The Pleasure Of Your Company - Hugh misses an ex... no, not a lover, but his old accountant! This is a slower, unusual sounding song that includes a lush, echoey vocal effect reminiscent of a Walker Brothers sound. It makes me think of singers from 60s black and white TV shows singing strange ballads. Somehow it all works, and would sit nicely on an Arthur Lee / Love album from days gone by.

Wrong Side Of The Tracks - The 60s theme continues with a faster number that pays homage to Hendrix, with references to "Crosstown Traffic," and maybe adds a hint of Cream into the pot. The psychedelic vocal effect is aptly used again.

Banging On At The Same Old Beat - Hugh proves that older rockers can still do it, with a nod to rock `n' roll tradition, yet still adding new ideas. He ain't for retiring just yet. Here we get a mixture of psychedelic and underwater vocal effects. This is a really catchy number, with a finale of a free-form sax solo, which takes the song into a fade out. It's a great closer and as the song drifts away you just want more.

All in all, this is an excellent album of quality songs. The running order flows really well, keeping your interest all the way through. All the songs are different, don't overstay their welcome and there are no filler tracks. I'm sure I'll be listening to this a lot.

You can hear it for yourself - all of it for free! - on Hugh's website (from early June, I think). The purchasable version of CD and DVD package contains the extra film footage of the band playing the tracks live in Toerag Studios, so you're also getting live versions of the songs. This is brilliant cos I love to see Hugh wig out on his Telecaster. The DVD also contains interviews with Hugh talking about the tracks. The DVD footage is being shown in selected cinemas right now as the film "Blueprint." I've not seen this yet, but will be going along to see it soon - can't wait.

So, there you have it. Hugh manages to pull off successfully another change of style, and I think this current direct, rocky approach will appeal to all Stranglers fans and anyone else with a taste for well crafted, song based rock music. Highly recommended.
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