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Summertime [CD 1]
Summertime [CD 1]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The B-sides are great, 30 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Summertime [CD 1] (Audio CD)
If you have the album then don't miss out on the b-sides, "Gone" has to be one of my favourite songs they recorded.

Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £5.28

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 'Mats do hardcore?, 9 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Stink (Audio CD)
Well.. not quite.

'Stink' is a punk rock masterpiece and for me the second best recording they made after the majestic 'Let It Be'. Replacements are clearly influenced by the Hardcore scene on this EP and belt out eight fantastic songs clocking in at just over 15 mins. I love the start of this record.... 'Everyone just grab your stuff and leave and nobody goes to jail'... classic!

'Kids Dont Follow' deserves to be up there with classic American Punk rock singles such as Black Flag's 'TV Party', Husker Du's 'Eight Miles High' and REM's 'Radio Free Europe'.

Why am I the first person to review this record? Very depressing. Five stars.

Tourist History
Tourist History
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £12.42

4 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad, sad, sad., 3 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Tourist History (Audio CD)
How did it come to this? "Indie" being packaged and sold in a product so devoid of anything alternative that it might as well be the company suits making it. This is a dreadful, soulless record made for people who think that Snow patrol are a bit leftfield. What makes it even more depressing are the all the postive reviews, oh come on! One song is even being used on a Debenhams advert!!!!... please lets stop this nonsense now and have a long hard look at ourselves...
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Hate Your Friends
Hate Your Friends
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Punk pop classic, 3 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Hate Your Friends (Audio CD)
Ignore the Amazon review, this has nothing to do with the Pixies or Green River. Lemonheads first album is clearly influenced by early Replacements and Husker Du. Pop punk played at breakneck speed......play loud!

Brave Noise
Brave Noise

5.0 out of 5 stars Pop/skate punk pioneers... cool!, 16 July 2012
This review is from: Brave Noise (Audio CD)
I bought this on vinyl in the early 90's and played it to death at Uni. Think Husker Du or early Green Day and you're not far off. I love the wig out instrumental tracks on this record. Moving Targets is a sadly now forgotten band who shared record labels with the Lemonheads back in the mid/late 1980's. Check out their debut album "Burning In Water" too. If you love punk pop then this is a must!

Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
Price: £5.83

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you ready for the country?, 25 May 2012
This review is from: Sweetheart Of The Rodeo (Audio CD)
It should be remembered that Roger Mcguinns orginal concept for the follow up to Notorious Byrd Brothers was a double album documenting 20th century popular musical development from primitive folk to eventually future moog space rock. As ambitious and eccentric as this may seem, the Byrds were desperately struggling to stay in contention with fellow bands that long since surpassed them if not creatively, then certainly as commercial equals.

The Bryds were no stranger to country rock, Mcguinn's "Mr Spaceman" had surfaced as early as 1965 and bassist Chris Hillman had penned the country tinged "Time Between" and "Old John Robertson", both of which showed his healthy respect for the genre. However it was a certain Mr Gram Parsons, hired to replace the sacked Dave Crosby, along with a convinced Hillman who persuaded Roger Mcguinn that country was not only hip, but prehaps more importantly could revive those flagging album sales.

The resulting record "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" has to be one of rock music's most famous disasters, not for the quality of the songs but for it's troubled recording and following aborted live tour of South Africa. All of these problems have been well documented (and I wont go into them here) but luckily for us this reissue puts right some of the recorded wrongs and we get to hear Gram's wonderful vocals fully restored. "Hickory Wind", "The Christian Life" and "Youre Still On My Mind" are still as sweet sounding now as they must have been then. "Sweetheart" never did take the Byrds back to the top of the charts and in retrospect is probably their last great album before a slow decline in quality and ill fated reunion put the final nail in the coffin.

"Sweetheart" deserves to be recognised as one of the most important, interesting and influential album of the Sixties, it's legacy is immeasurable. So what are you waiting for? Saddle up and enjoy the trip....

Murmur (Deluxe Edition)
Murmur (Deluxe Edition)
Price: £35.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about the passion, 22 May 2012
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This review is from: Murmur (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
Fans of the early party out of bounds REM tearing up the 40 Watt club just two years earlier were left scratching their heads, what on earth was this? Chronic town showed they had promise, Murmer delivered. Praise indeed must go to Mitch and Don who's production ideas, understanding love for REM's music and well.. concept.. makes Murmur a great us against the world record. Ok i'm sure you've heard some of it before.. Maybe in the Byrds, or Doors or in art punk bands like Wire, Gang Of Four or even Patti Smith. Yet it would be wrong to dismiss REM as mere followers, this album bravely takes us into the future and not with any crappy 80's moog synth or shiney golden suit either. Murmur is twelve wonderful, life affirming, timeless songs and..dare I say it? The birth of modern alternative rock no less! An impressive and important record.

The Libertines
The Libertines
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Price: £4.28

2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All hype from Strokes wannabes, 18 Feb. 2012
This review is from: The Libertines (Audio CD)
The Libertines...Oh they were so dangerous! They were 4real! They were the band that England were waiting for!.......... NO, THEY WERE A REALLY POOR IMITATION OF THE STROKES.

28 Days Later (2002) [DVD]
28 Days Later (2002) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cillian Murphy
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £2.37

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lazy British Dawn Of the Dead rip off, 17 Feb. 2012
This review is from: 28 Days Later (2002) [DVD] (DVD)
Having seen this film at the cinema when it was released I am amazed at the positive reviews it has subsequently recieved. The film is such a bad rip off of Dawn Of The Dead that it really should have an apology to George A. Ramero at the end. It even steals several whole scenes from DOTD which in my view is completely unacceptable. If the scriptwriter was unable to come up with an original idea, well that's fair enough, but to then market it as an original horror and expect us all to just clap our hands in appreciation is really not on. As for the people who have given this film five stars I can only guess they have never seen DOTD or have chosen to ignore the huge similarities between the two films.

Mafia II (PS3)
Mafia II (PS3)
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Price: £39.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Rent it, 10 April 2011
This review is from: Mafia II (PS3) (Video Game)
If you are fan of GTA Liberty City then you you may be interested in Mafia 2, but a word of warning: despite delusions of grandeur this game doesn't deliver anything like the same experience.

Mafia 2 tells the story Vito Scaletta, a young Italian who dreams of escaping poverty into the life of 1940s/50s organised crime. Returning from WW2 to his home in Empire Bay, Vito meets up with childhood friend Joe and begins his career of crime to help pay off his late fathers debt. Early missions include selling illegal cigerettes, collecting money and stealing cars and soon Vito is up to his neck in all kinds of dodgy dealings. Things start well but early tasks start to become repetitious after time and it's a relief when you start to get into the main story in later chapters. Empire Bay is great to look at with good detail in buldings and people, cars are fun to drive around and the authentic handling plus realistic damage are nice touches. Running red lights or driving over pavements is apparently ok but breaking the speed limit or crashing into another cars will wake up the local cops frequently patrolling both on foot or in cars, it takes a change of cars or clothes to shake your wanted status and this can lead to fun driving chases accoss the city. Combat is divided into melee and shooting with mixed results. The melee is an intersting idea but becomes far too easy after you suss out the counter punching. Shooting missions are much more fun, older readers might remember The Getaway: Black Monday on the PS2 and general feel of this is very similar. Vito can duck and crouch using crates and pillars to avoid the gunfire and the action is fast and exciting to start with but with the bad guys never doing much more than pop up/shoot/hide behind cover this also soon becomes sadly also predictable.

Empire Bay looks great but the lack of opportunity to explore it means that you have to restart the missions to get the collectable mags and posters. This is something I personally had very little desire to do and after completing the game I was soon looking to trade it. The main problem is that Mafia 2 often hints at bigger things just fail to develop, for example why are there phone boxes are on every street corner (and highlighted on the map) when you can't use them? Despite a good main story there are no subplots or side missions and the illusion of an open, free roaming Empire Bay seems like a big tease. The game is also way too short and you will be reading the credits after 15 hours and there is no online play. I picked up a cheap copy of this game for 12.99 but I still feel shortchanged, overall it's hard to shake the feeling that the developers may have had big plans for this game but then settled for something which ultimately never rises above competent.

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