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Space Ritual (1) [VINYL]
Space Ritual (1) [VINYL]
Price: £29.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was expecting..., 8 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: Space Ritual (1) [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Well, this is slightly complex. Hawkwind's 'Space Ritual' album was originally released in 1973, and it's their masterpiece, a solid five-star record that no fan of psychedelic rock will want to miss. In 1985, a sequel of sorts was issued, called 'Space Ritual Vol. 2'. The release I am reviewing is based on the first of these, and is not really related at all to the second.

The item listed here as 'Space Ritual (1) [VINYL]' is not a straight reissue of the original 'Space Ritual' like you would expect. The fact that Amazon have listed this item with the original 'Space Ritual' cover reinforces that expectation. The cover of this record is subtly different, though - it clearly says 'Space Ritual Vol. 1' in the top left corner.

It actually only contains the first three-quarters of the original album, with a complete, unedited version of 'Brainstorm' as the last track. In other words, this double LP has exactly the same tracklist as CD1 of the 2007 'Space Ritual' remaster. Somewhere there is a companion to this set that contains the same tracklist as CD2 of the 2007 remaster. The suspicion is, though, that this set may well have been cut from the remastered CD, not from the original master tape.

In short, that what I was hoping for when I bought this was a vinyl copy of 'Space Ritual'. This is almost it, but not quite. Wouldn't it be great if record companies would just reissue albums in their original form? Wouldn't it also be great if Amazon listed items with the correct covers, so you'd at least have a clue what you're buying?


TC Electronic POLYTUNE 2 Electric guitar effects Pedal tuners
TC Electronic POLYTUNE 2 Electric guitar effects Pedal tuners
Offered by Fair Deal Music
Price: £64.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Great tuner, shame about the switch, 7 Mar. 2015
Excellent tuner, as other reviewers have stated, but the switch is low quality and will fail. Mine failed two months after the warranty expired, and my pedal is now useless. Getting it repaired would cost almost as much as a new pedal. Caveat emptor.


I'm A Man (Best Of The Wilko Johnson Years 1974-1977)
I'm A Man (Best Of The Wilko Johnson Years 1974-1977)
Price: £9.99

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The music is great, but who is this CD for?, 27 Feb. 2015
Longtime Feelgood / Wilko fans will have all these tracks already, and the uninitiated could get 'All Through The City' instead. It's cheaper, and contains everything Wilko recorded with the Feelgoods, not just a selection.


The Mammoth Book of the Rolling Stones: An anthology of the best writing about the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world (Mammoth Books)
The Mammoth Book of the Rolling Stones: An anthology of the best writing about the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world (Mammoth Books)
Price: £4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The cover of this book is misleading., 11 July 2014
The book presents itself as a collection of writing by many different authors, but in fact a good 75% of the book is written by Sean Egan, and the remainder consists of interviews and articles by others. This should have been made clearer.

Having said that, it's a fairly enjoyable read. Egan's chronological history of the band is thorough and contains a few details that were new to me, and his opinions on each record are mildly diverting, even when questionable ('Tumbling Dice' a bad choice of single? Live albums always rubbish?).

Workmanlike, but not outstanding, the book is cheap enough to be worth a punt if you're a Stones fan.


David Bowie - Best of - the Definitive Collection: Guitar Tab
David Bowie - Best of - the Definitive Collection: Guitar Tab
by David Bowie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Bowie, 24 Jun. 2014
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Excellent book on the whole. Transcriptions are accurate and detailed.

We could all argue about the songlist, but I think it's a pretty satisfying one on the whole. It's great to have full transcriptions of things like 'Station To Station' or 'Fame', and while we might argue that 'Rebel Rebel' is pretty much a waste of space because, thanks, we can work that one out for ourselves, you can see why it's been included.

I also love the fact that on the cover it seems as if Bowie is deliberately trying to look as if he can't play guitar.


The FJH Young Beginner Guitar Method, Lesson Book 1 with CD (NFMC)
The FJH Young Beginner Guitar Method, Lesson Book 1 with CD (NFMC)
Offered by examdots uk
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This book deserves recognition, 24 Jun. 2014
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I'm a guitar teacher, and this is the best guitar method for young people that I've found. By the end of this first book they'll have begun to read music (eight notes) and played a few duets. Because the pieces are quite short the kids don't get bored, and there are lots of different styles of music covered.

Other guitar teachers I've spoken to don't seem to know this book, but I've found it to be very successful.


Puttin On The Ritz (2cd)
Puttin On The Ritz (2cd)
Price: £12.04

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bootleg - Do Not Buy, 24 Jun. 2014
The FM recording of Frank Zappa's Ritz performance 17/11/81 contains some unfortunate edits, but it also documents one of the very best concerts of Zappa's career. It is well known to collectors and has circulated among them freely for many years.

The person responsible for this release has no connection to Frank Zappa and has no right to be making money from his name. All they have done is download this recording from a Zappa collecting site for free and then packaged it and attempted to make a fast buck. Do not support bootleggers like this.


Roxy & Elsewhere
Roxy & Elsewhere
Offered by MEGA Media FBA
Price: £9.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Among Zappa's very best, 4 April 2014
This review is from: Roxy & Elsewhere (Audio CD)
'Roxy & Elsewhere' gathers live recordings from the Roxy in LA, December 1973, as well as two tracks from shows in May 1974. The core band that Frank Zappa used for these recordings has become legendary among fans of his work, and the jazz-rock and funk influenced music that they produced on this record puts it among the highlights of his career.


The Complete David Bowie
The Complete David Bowie
by Nicholas Pegg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book, 7 Feb. 2014
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Not much to add to the other reviews here: this is an outstanding book covering every aspect of Bowie's career in fine detail. This edition was published just before the surprise release of the most recent Bowie album, 'The Next Day', so that record and its associated singles are the only recorded works that don't appear. For everything else, Nicholas Pegg's book is a good place to check first.


Finnegans Wake (Oxford World's Classics)
Finnegans Wake (Oxford World's Classics)
by James Joyce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best edition yet, 13 Oct. 2013
Joyce's last great work is a 628 page book of comic prose, written in a language that shares some elements with English as we know it, but relies heavily on multilingual puns and other effects that make it seem at first wholly impenetrable. The clues are there, however, and since the book's publication in 1939 a dedicated following of Joyce scholars have set out to elucidate its many difficulties.

This edition, in Oxford World's Classics, is the most helpful that I have found so far. Having tried the Faber (small print, no introduction), the Penguin (good introduction by Seamus Deane, brief chapter summaries) and the Restored (baffling introductory and afterword texts, questionable repagination), I've been enjoying Finn Fordham et al's expert handling of the text in this Oxford edition. The chapter summaries are particularly helpful, and no reader will want to be without them. More succinct than Campbell or Tindall, and inevitably less thorough than McHugh's 'Annotations', the Oxford edition is surely the quickest way into this deeply puzzling text.

As Anthony Burgess said about Jeri Johnson's superb edition of 'Ulysses' in its 1922 text (also in the OWC series), "this is the one to get".


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