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Kossoff Kirke Tetsu Rabbit
Kossoff Kirke Tetsu Rabbit
Price: £13.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but misses Rodgers signing, 13 April 2017
Listened to this a lot when it first came out as part of my "Free" phase. This album came after the first Free split when Fraser and Rodgers went off and formed Toby and Peace respectively. Kossoff and Kirke, who had been buddies from before Free in Black Cat Bones joined up with Testu and Rabbit, doing session work in London. The original intention was for Paul Rogers to sing on the album and when this didn't happen Kirke and Rabbit shared the singing, with Kossoff also singing, not entirely coherently, on Colours.

Stylistically is a bit confused with the songwriting split between Rabbit and Kirke and/or Kossoff highlighting some American/English differences. The use of steel guitar by BJ Cole too makes for a more mellow album at times - Yellow House and I'm on the Run are both lovely. Stand out track is Dying Fire, with easily the best guitar on the album and one that upholds his Free legacy. Kirke's Anna ended up on Bad Company's Straight Shooter album but its a limited piece.

You can start to see the influences that went into the third version of Free for the Heartbreaker album, particular around the use of keyboards, and this is more than a completist album, although with Rodgers it could have really brought out a different side to his singing and been much more.


Live From The Basement [DVD] [2012]
Live From The Basement [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Radiohead
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £17.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Blisteringly wonderful., 4 Mar. 2016
Blisteringly wonderful and way better than the studio release, this is arguably Radiohead's third best album. Codex is achingly beautiful with a stunning horn (yes horns) climax. Separator too has a real depth missing from the official release. I love Bloom too and use all three as part of my going to sleep routine too. Yes I too less than impressed with the Kings of Limbs studio release, and it was seeing the songs performed live on the tour that converted me. Don't be put off - played live the whole DVD is way more impressive.


On Your Feet Or On Your Knees
On Your Feet Or On Your Knees
Price: £6.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed masterpiece., 17 Jan. 2016
Like other reviewers I first bought this second hand for about £1.50. The cover is soso - not sure I really like the hooded Klu Klux Klan figures shown inside.

Anyway it starts with a great version of Subhuman. Love the guitar and keyboard solos. Nice and sleazy. Then it gets sleazier still with Harvester of Eyes including a lovely scary synth sound going through it. I don't think I've heard this included on liver versions since. Side 1 finishes nicely with Hot Rails to Hell with some good dual guitar sounds. Side 2 pick s up well with the Red and the Black which is the best version they did - frantic and with again some great dual guitar sounds. Then it nose dives with some frankly dull riffing, aimless guitar solos and, worse, drum backing. Ignore 7 diz busters and bucks bogie. You'll live.

Then side 3 gets going with a sublime version of Last Days of May, again with some nice synth effects which seem to have disappeared from future versions. And gets worse again with Cities on Flame (easily their most overrated song) before picking up with Me262. Side 4 really doesn't sustain itself but the finale of Born to Be Wild is monstrous.

There is a fantastic single album here - and the top 6 tracks are the best they did. But a double album is too long. Sorry fans!


The Warriors [1979] [DVD]
The Warriors [1979] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Beck
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Warriors, come out to play......, 20 Oct. 2015
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This review is from: The Warriors [1979] [DVD] (DVD)
Wonderful stuff - cult status for this great film. The Warriors collect with other New York gangs where the charismatic leader appeals for unity and is shot. The Warriors wrongly get the blame and get chased as they try to return to home at Coney Island. Iconic use of gang identities and shifting relationships within the gang.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, 1 Feb. 2015
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How hard can it be to produce a watch that starts, stops, tells you how long and how far? Well Garmin have failed. This watch takes 3-5 mins to get a GPS signal, gets stuck on settings you don't want and is only slightly more accurate than my runtastic device on my mobile. The settings problem was the final straw - I don't want to be messing around I want to run!! Don't buy this!!


Re-Licked (Cd/Dvd)
Re-Licked (Cd/Dvd)
Price: £18.07

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine farewell to the Stooges, 15 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Re-Licked (Cd/Dvd) (Audio CD)
Like the few of us who inhabited the Stooges cult zone I avidly rifled the frequently bewildering series of post (and pre) Raw Power Stooges offering over the past 30 years. And for us completists this brings together everything from that time that hasn't already been issued on Raw Power and Kill City.

There are two time eras covered - pre Raw Power with the Tony Defries rejected tracks: I Got a Right, Gimme Some Skin, Scene of the Crime, I'm Sick of You (Tight Pants having resurfaced as Shake Appeal) and post Raw Power with all the stuff from Rubber Legs and a handful of other assorted bootlegs.

The first point to note that is that James Williamson has recorded these with guest vocalists. No Iggy Pop who seemed to have some hissy fit when this was propose for release. With the release of Re-Licked and Iggy Pop going off on solo dates again these recordings mark the end to the Stooges chapter.

And what an end it is too. The guest vocalists tackle the tracks with gusto and some, notably, Wild Love (transformed from an indifferent plodder to a majestic offering), She Creatures of the Hollywood Hills (lounge jazz with the B52s singing overhead) and Til the End of the Night (slow and moody) point to a different way forward for the Stooges. There can be some quibbles over the singing of Bobby Gillespie and some originals, such as Open Up and Bleed, still feel better.

The production is slick and whilst featuring Williamson's guitar allows space for the other instruments. For the past 37 years since I bought a Embassy Raw Power for £1.49 I've loved the Stooges. Time to say goodbye.


Smiley's People [1982] [DVD]
Smiley's People [1982] [DVD]
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stuff., 25 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: Smiley's People [1982] [DVD] (DVD)
Wonderful stuff indeed as Alec Guinness steers his way through the only way to beat his arch nemesis Karla through painstaking details and unearthing Karla's sole vulnerability. The end scene, when its wall over, is so poignant and tells Smiley that his lives work is now over. Barry Foster is truly slimy at one point too a sharp contrast with the urbane and calm Smiley.


Soldier
Soldier
Price: £16.46

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid!, 25 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Soldier (Audio CD)
Awful album and one of his worst by a long way. The vocals are consistently poor and Paul Trynka's book explains why it was such a mess. The odd Barry Andrews keyboards is about the only thing worth looking out for. Sorry.


A for Andromeda BBC [DVD]
A for Andromeda BBC [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jane Asher
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Larger than the sum of its parts, 6 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: A for Andromeda BBC [DVD] (DVD)
Yes its creaky, some of the plot lines are weird and the pacing a bit odd. But hidden away here is a classy remake of an original. The Judas-like betrayal and then the reverse girlfriend swapping. The rising from the dead. How does Jane Asher know where Tom Hardy's whiskey bottle is hidden - has there been a prior relationship? The music is great and the tone of this deserted listening station hearing from intelligent life in another galaxy is eerie.

Not everyone will like it but this is good stuff.


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