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The Capone Investment [DVD]
The Capone Investment [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Thaw
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £9.69

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early '70s whodunnit (and it will have you guessing...), 8 Dec. 2009
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I really enjoyed this, and bought it knowing little about it other than it was made by Southern TV in 1973/74 and the cover had John Thaw upon it. It is a whodunnit centred around a £60,000,000 investment made in the 1920s and those who will murder to get their hand on it. John Thaw is good in it, but the person who really shines in Peter Sallis, best known in these enlightened times as Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine. His performance here is quite outstanding and makes one wonder why he spent the mid 70s onwards in a Mac with a flat cap, when he was capable of such wonderful acting. Money, I guess. Anyway, filmed in the Hampshire area (with some shots of Kensington), and also starring Glyn Owen, who plays a wonderfully grumpy DCI. Someone should have told Peter Sallis how to pronounce Capone, but that aside, this is a great bit of viewing, and comes highly recommended. More like this please.
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Musical Guide to In The Court Of The Crimson King by King Crimson: 1
Musical Guide to In The Court Of The Crimson King by King Crimson: 1
by Andrew Keeling
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An observation on an observation by King Crimson, 4 Dec. 2009
This is a much overdue little book; no one can deny that 'In the Court of the Crimson King' was a ground breaking album, perhaps overlooked on its release, but certainly had a marked effect on many bands, Genesis, Yes, the list goes on and the thoughts of musician Andrew Keeling makes for an interesting read. Mr. Keeling certainly knows his onions in terms of music and some non-musicians may find some chapters somewhat alienating, but it's nice to have them all the same.

It has present day interviews (albeit, somewhat scant affairs) from some members of the initial King Crimson line up, looks at the period it was made and the background to the 5 songs on the album. If I was to have a critical view of the book, it skims over the use and the background of the mellotron- this is rather unusual, as the mellotron is fairly widely used on this album, infact a more mellotron soaked album is hard to think of, so to not acknowledge it in more detail is to leave a bit of a gap in the book for me. It also uses the phrase zeitgeist rather more frequently than necessary and has a fairly humourless feel to it, but given the subject matter, I think we can expect a lack of belly laughs.

All in all, a good effort, and if you are a fan of In the Court of the Crimson King (or ITCOTCK as Andrew sensibly calls it), then this is well worth investigating. I doubt it will be around in print for too long. I look forward to his thoughts on In the Wake of Poseidon and Larks Tongues in Aspic (we can expect them to be termed ITWOP and LTIA respectively!)

Nick Drake: Complete Guide to His Music
Nick Drake: Complete Guide to His Music
by Peter K. Hogan
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant little tome on Mr. Drake..., 30 Nov. 2009
There are now (including this book) three publications that look into detail of the life of Nick Drake. The first being the rather doomy and serious Nick Drake: The Biography by Pat Humphries, the second being the lighter and more balanced Darker than the Deepest Sea by the wonderful Trevor Dann, and now this publication. Less detailed than the other two, but still a nice reference piece; I like to dip into this book while I am listening to Drake's music; the other two books are more in depth analyses of his work and attempt to get to know the man behind the music, which is always going to be tricky, as he's been dead for 35 years and those who knew and worked with him have either waxed lyrical about him endlessly or have left the planet.

As a book it is concise, to the point, full of facts rather than conjecture and if you are looking for more on the man, but don't want a more sizable book on the subject, this is the one for you. I approached it cautiously (due mostly to it's size; it is a fairly small book), but have been pleasantly surprised, mainly as it is not at all flabby in its detail. A criticism? The title, as another reviewer has suggested, is all wrong; want a complete guide, you'll probably be disappointed. But want a sound overview and you may well be in luck.

The Black Arrow - The Complete Series [DVD] [1972]
The Black Arrow - The Complete Series [DVD] [1972]
Dvd ~ Simon Cuff
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Price: £13.59

30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very much a period piece, 20 Nov. 2009
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So, it's 1972. You are a shaggy haired child, scuffed knees in short trousers and have a plate of Heinz beans and sausages on toast on your knee, in front of the TV. What's on? Well the Beeb would likely to be Noakes, Perves and Singleton, either making something out of a plastic bottle and cotton wool, but on ITV, there were programmes amongst some of the more suspect shows was Southern's Black Arrow. Based on an old tale, that is not overtly dissimilar to Robin Hood, but set a few centuries later, it is an enjoyable romp and ran for 3 seasons, up to 1975.

Of note here are the location shots (of which there are many and wonderful they are too) and a very young looking Nigel Havers. If TV from the 70s, or period dramas are of interest to you (and it isn't really a kids programme at all), then this is for you. It is surprising it missed the axe of those employed in the 70s to wipe shows, by is a welcome release none the less.

Fragile [Expanded & Remastered]
Fragile [Expanded & Remastered]
Price: £5.98

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonkers lyrics, breathtaking music..., 20 Nov. 2009
I first picked this album up some 25 years ago on holiday in Guernsey and have been consistently wowed by it ever since. It truly shows a band that, with an average age of their early to mid 20s (incredible fact in comparison to today's out put by young scamps) effortlessly producing their arguably best album and then chasing that zenith ever since.

The album's opener, `Roundabout' is a catchy number, with a spring-driven very trebly Rickenbacker bass courtesy of Chris Squire. A staple of their live shows ever since I think, and a good intro what Yes are about. Followed by the first of an idea that was I think a success; each band member produces heir own track. Due to contractual reasons, Rick Wakeman plays some Brahms, which is pleasant, if slightly out of character with the rest of the album and makes one consider what he would have done if his hands weren't bound by red tape (he had only just joined the band at this point). Secondly, and more satisfactorily we have alto Jon Anderson makes a wonderful multi-tracked, if mantra-like song called `We Have Heaven'. A wonderful dreamy soundscape and very easy on the ears. This is thrown into sharp focus by `South Side of the Sky', a jagged, hard hitting effort with some wonderful piano in the middle, this song seems to match the wonderful painting on the cover of the album.

Next is a drum riff called `Five Percent for Nothing' (a title that was a dig at their previous manager) in which the band accompanies drummer Bill Bruford and has a very strong jazzy feel (Bill joined Yes, thinking it was a jazz band!), followed by another classic Yes track `Long Distance Runaround', again which sums up Yes rather nicely; strong vocals, accomplished playing and an imaginative feel. Steve Howe then plays `Mood for a Day', one of his finest solo pieces, very classical in flavour, which leads up to the tour de force `Heart of the Sunrise', my fave ever Yes track. Quite dizzying in its speed and mood changes, but never feeling lumpy or fast for its own sake. Squire and Bruford sparkle here in particular.

All in all, a wonderful example of Yes, and why Prog Rock, despite lazy journalists still using the same opinions written about when punk came along (it's boring etc - no mate, you're boring for not having open ears or a fresh opinion!), is still a wonderful and thought provoking style of music.
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Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, 2009 Easter Special   [DVD]
Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, 2009 Easter Special [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: £3.99

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another unspecial 'special', 20 Nov. 2009
Foreign location, a bus and a pretty ropey actress in a tight cat suit does not a Doctor Who special make, and this is beautifully realised here. One aspect of RTD's work on Who (which, aside from the majority of the specials, has been excellent, and we must be grateful to him for being the catalyst that brought Who back to our screens), is his constant 'bigging up' of the specials and the end of season stories. Since returning, Who has been best when it is less 'crash bang wallop' and more surrupticious in its appeal (Blink springs to mind). Here we have a typical special, aiming to please everyone and failing to do so. And it seemed it wasted its extra 15 mins it got too; this could easily been a 45 min story and probably been better for it. Oh, and a snog for a very flimsy reason seemed just a repeticious and yawnsome exercise in making the programme a wee bit more racey.

I enjoyed The Waters of Mars and look forward to Tennant's finale (he seems to have been leaving for aaaaages now), but look forward even more to Smith's tenure in the role under the superb guidance of Moffatt.

Doctor Who - Kamelion Tales Box Set: The King's Demons / Planet of Fire [DVD]
Doctor Who - Kamelion Tales Box Set: The King's Demons / Planet of Fire [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison
Price: £12.99

13 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can this be Lilith? Nope, it's a silver mannequin with a wobbly head..., 19 Nov. 2009
A strange couple of stories, tied together by the wobbly and unconvincing Kamelion character. The Doctor first meet this robot in The King's Demons, a tale set in the 13th century featuring The Master in his most Pantomimic creation, that of the late Anthony Ainely. Not, if we are honest, the best Master by any means, this is a typical effort from the period. In it's defence, it is only a two parter (it would drag if it were a four part tale) and historical stories were rare at this time in the show's history. But it is pretty flimsy and a ginger beard does not hide Anthony Ainley's Master anymore than a false nose or a hat with an arrow in it. Kamelion is pretty poorly realised, despite it being a reasonable idea.

The second story here, despite Kamelion being sat in the TARDIS (doing what???) for some 5 stories pops up again, as does, wait for it... The Master, this time being shrunk in size and working from a shoebox. This tale nicely introduces Peri Brown, one of the 1980s stronger characters, played admirably by Nichola Bryant. Well known through the fans of the programme as the story with the bikini and provocative shots there of. I on the other am not going to stoop to that level. Anyway, filmed in Lanzerotti (a rare trip abroad for Who) and marginally better than The King's Demons, saved by a typical over the top performance by Peter Wyngarde this is a passable release of classic Who before it went down hill. Kamelion by this point looked even more wobbly and no amount of silver gaffa tape was going to save him. Remember him in the first tale in this release; he looked marginally less rubbish.
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Doctor Who: Peladon Tales (The Curse of Peladon / The Monster of Peladon) [DVD]
Doctor Who: Peladon Tales (The Curse of Peladon / The Monster of Peladon) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £12.00

5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Venusian lullaby anyone? No?, 19 Nov. 2009
Peladon; a strange place that looks like a hybrid of the middle ages in Eastern Europe and contempory 1972-4. The locals look like badgers and the politics are mostly corrupt. All in all, a fine setting for two Jon Pertwee tales from the early 70s. The first is arguable the best of the two, The Curse of Peladon is from the 9th season back in 1972. Here we have the return of the Ice Warriors (for the first time in glorious technicolour), Alpha Centuri (what hasn't been written about this character's appearance? If you are unfamiliar, check him/her out) and a very young son of the second Doctor Patrick Troughton as Prince Peladon. A fun run-around with a dash of whodunit, and the first outing of Agador, the local monster, who's statue looks powerful, huge and scary, but in actuality, looks like an extra in a bear suit. That aside, this is a good story and Jo Grant, The Doctor's companion is particularly good.

Secondly is The Monster of Peladon, which I can remember at the time and it scaring me greatly. The Ice Warriors again (well, if it works, do it again; that was the ethos back then), and a story that could be 4 episodes, but is stretched to 6. Pertwee looks noticeably a bit older in this his penultimate tale, and despite being seen by some as not a great tale, it still manages to entertain considerably more than the series' later efforts.

This is a welcome release by 2Entertain and a long overdue one too. Should take the edge off a post Christmas depression.

Doctor Who - The Masque Of Mandragora [DVD] [1976]
Doctor Who - The Masque Of Mandragora [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £5.95

13 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Italian story, with cockney geezers, filmed in Wales. Er..., 17 Nov. 2009
This is great fun and has some lovely sparking between Tom Baker as The Doctor and Lis Sladen as the recently resurrected Sarah Jane Smith. Set in Italy and with lots of tights and similar medieval period costumes, it is the story of The Doctor accidentally bringing an energy called the Mandragora Helix to Earth in the TARDIS, and him then trying to get rid of it, as it is hell bent on destruction (no change there then). Why we have what sounds like an East-End villain as one of the guards is, sadly, not explained in the story. Filmed in Portmerion in North Wales (of The Prisoner fame, and not really much else - it has been dining out on this fact for over 40 years now), it looks good and is an entertaining romp. In no means a gold star classic, but a good yarn from a period that was almost uniformally of a high standard. A recommended purchase.
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Doctor Who - Myths And Legends Box Set: The Time Monster / Underworld / The Horns of Nimon [DVD]
Doctor Who - Myths And Legends Box Set: The Time Monster / Underworld / The Horns of Nimon [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £17.99

20 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh???, 15 Nov. 2009
This is a really odd release; the stories, packaged together under the title of 'myths and legends' is a weird bit of marketing. That said the stories here go from the sublime to the ridiculous. Firstly, from 1972 is the Time Monster, with lots of UNIT, a crapy new TARDIS interior that warped in storage between series and was therefore not able to be used again (phew- looks like someone's washing up glues to the wall), some weird concepts (Time Ram anyone?) and Sargent Benton in the nuddy. Not seen as a brill tale, but its nice to have some Pertwee as opposed to the 80 rubbish that has been released.

Underworld is a very typical late 70s effort with little to make it memorable. Not one you will rush back to I think.

Horns of Nimon is a very laughable romp with chaps in platform boots and bulls head mask things stomping about and shouting in deep voices. Oh, and Janet Ellis in a pre Blue Peter performance. No location work (therefore lotsof corridors) and Graham Crowden being pantomimic. Still, makes one wonder what he would have been like as the 4th Doctor (was offered the role before Tom Baker said 'yes, get me off this sodding building site!'). Again, not a great tale, but some amusing moments.

A definite curate's egg of a release, but a fairly welcome on none the less.
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