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Soul Mining (30Th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) [Dubbed From Disc] [VINYL]
Soul Mining (30Th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) [Dubbed From Disc] [VINYL]
Price: £86.17

5.0 out of 5 stars like everyone else (probably) i go through musical stages where ..., 19 Jun. 2017
A lot of records come and go in my life, like everyone else (probably) i go through musical stages where something that i once cherished sooner or later becomes tired and clichéd. Soul Mining is not one of those records, it is a work of absolute genius from beginning to end and probably a contender for my favourite of all time. Studio jams apparently were behind the composition of both the opening "I've Been Waiting for Tomorrow (all of my Life)" and the closing 9 minute "GIANT", which in itself is astounding, given the complexity of both tracks, the first being a frenetic rhythmical beast, the latter a slow-burner that finalises in an almost ecstatic tribal beat. Both are astonishing, and alongside "Uncertain Smile" (with it's utterly glorious Jools Holland piano solo) rank as the peaks of a record that never once fails to grab your attention. People have moaned at the meagre seven tracks on offer, but it works in the format of vinyl more so any other, and the deluxe version is lovingly done, the extra 12" of extended mixes and singles is pretty impressive as well.

It's all the more remarkable when you consider that Matt Johnson was 21 when he recorded this album.


Is This The Life We Really Want? [VINYL]
Is This The Life We Really Want? [VINYL]
Price: £23.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Lease of Life, 19 Jun. 2017
I do not understand the angry one star reviews here, this is an immediate, familiar album with some very strong tunes on it. Lyrically he is as bilious as ever, but musically the Godrich/Radiohead sound adds a lustre to the production that his previous solo efforts have lacked, i feel. Bird in a Gale, for example, would have sounded like an average Animals offcut but the brilliant production raises it to a new level. See also The Last Refugee, Wait For Her and the title track, all of which benefit from Godrich's subtle use of atmospherics and strings.

This is by far Waters best solo album.


Spirit [Deluxe]
Spirit [Deluxe]
Offered by FLASH
Price: £10.98

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spirit renewed., 17 Mar. 2017
This review is from: Spirit [Deluxe] (Audio CD)
Not brilliant but a lot better than some of the one star reviews given on here. Also much more immediate and listenable than anything they've done since Ultra. 9 out of the 12 tracks are well worth the investment. You Move and Cover Me are lovely, Going Backwards and So Much Love evoke classic 80's/90's Mode. Even the single,, which i thought was bland initially has grown on me. The production is also beautiful as well. I'm baffled as to the negativity as I've gone back and listened to it five or six times already, which is twice as many times as i listened to their last three albums.


AKG Y50 Portable Foldable On-Ear Headphones Earphones with Detachable Cable and In-line Volume Remote/Microphone - Red
AKG Y50 Portable Foldable On-Ear Headphones Earphones with Detachable Cable and In-line Volume Remote/Microphone - Red
Price: £75.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Hugely disappointing, 16 Mar. 2017
Hard to explain, but it felt like things were missing from albums i listened to, whether that be guitar parts, backing vocals, hi-hats etc. Just not a very good sound at all. A shame as the K451's were excellent as well. I wanted a bigger headphone but I ended up giving these to my son and sticking with the K451's.


Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future
Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return, 5 Aug. 2016
Let's not forget that both Karl Hyde and Rick Smith are in their late 50's. Most bands turn to mush at 40. Underworld haven't and kudos to them for it. This is a solid, if unspectacular album, with a couple of moments of absolute brilliance on it. Low Burn and Nylon Strung are fantastic tracks and would fit on a "best of" with ease. Even If Rah has grown on me, although it is still the weakest track on here by a long way.


New Gold Dream - Super Deluxe
New Gold Dream - Super Deluxe
Price: £42.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Physical box set is beautiful., 30 July 2016
Physical box arrived yesterday, disc one is definitely a new remaster.
Have listened to discs 4 & 5 (excellent) and the 5.1 surround mix (of which my favourite tracks Hunter and the Hunted and New Gold Dream are immaculate) i am very impressed so far. The packaging is spectacular as well, like the SitR box there is a new booklet and a copy of the tour programme from that era.


Ten Love Songs
Ten Love Songs
Price: £7.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyous, 19 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Ten Love Songs (Audio CD)
By far the most complete album I have heard in a long, long time. Folk, electronica, pop, classical, it's all here in ten diverse, beautifully constructed songs.And that voice, my God, its joyous. This album will probably be overlooked by most people as it requires you to actually listen to it, but then its their loss.


El Pintor
El Pintor
Price: £4.85

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Driven, 12 Sept. 2014
This review is from: El Pintor (Audio CD)
Interpol's 2002 debut album "Turn on the Bright Lights" remains my favourite album ever, it hasn't diminished one bit in the 12 years since it was first released.
Whilst each subsequent release has had it's moments ("Not Even Jail" from "Antics", "No 'I' in Threesome" from "Our Love to Admire", "Lights" from "Interpol"), the sum of the parts have never matched the cohesive genius of their debut. Their last album in particular seemed like a mess of half baked ideas and very little in the way of actual tunes, so when news broke that they were releasing a new album, i remained cautious.
The first single off the album "All the Rage Back Home" was arguably the best song they had released in a long time, energetic and driven, it really whetted my appetite for "El Pintor". Having listened to the album to and from work for the last week, and given it time to reveal itself fully, i can safely say that whilst not matching "Turn on the Bright Lights" (what does?), it is at least as good as "Antics" (if not better) and certainly a lot better than their last two albums. The only criticism i can level at it is that the final mix could have been slightly better, it's a little murky and not as clean sounding as it could be, but it is only a minor criticism.
Standout tracks are "All the Rage Back Home", "My Desire", "Same Town, New Story" and the sublime "My Blue Supreme", where Paul Banks employs a wonderful falsetto for the verse.

Definitely a return to form.
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Nesty
Nesty
Price: £0.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Shabnam Suraya's tear-jerking ballad regarding Nesty's departure from TATL is ..., 2 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Nesty (MP3 Download)
Shabnam Suraya's tear-jerking ballad regarding Nesty's departure from TATL is everything that our fuzzy chum would have wanted from a tribute.


Wicker Man - 3-Disc 40th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]
Wicker Man - 3-Disc 40th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Edward Woodward
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unsettling masterpiece, 30 Dec. 2013
StudioCanal have finally given The Wicker Man the treatment it deserves, from the existing material. For the most part, the picture quality is excellent, with only the 'inserted' scenes lacking somewhat in definition. I'm also glad that they have upgraded the soundtrack, but not given it a pointless and fake 5.1 mix. It's absolutely fine as it is.

The Wicker Man is a film that never fails to astound, regardless of how many times you view it. It gently builds up a feeling of dread, without resorting to any blood or violence. In fact, up until the denouement, it could be argued that it is a reasonably gentle ride, peppered with Sgt. Howie's ever increasing bouts of paranoia, anger and Christian superiority. It is a beautifully woven tale, and the viewer only begins to truly empathise with Howie at the end.

Edward Woodward is fantastic as the uptight Howie, whilst Christopher Lee is as unsettling as ever. The various Scottish locations have never looked so beautiful either, and with some excellent extras (including Paul Giovanni's superb soundtrack as a CD) and three versions of the film itself, it is a package that no fan should be without.


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