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Letters from Iceland
Letters from Iceland
by W. H. Auden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware - bootleg edition, 13 Nov. 2014
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My copy just arrived, and it isn't the Faber & Faber paperback edition at all - it's a cheaply produced print-on-demand style bootleg. I'm speechless. Is this even legal? Or are Faber knocking out duff copies of old classics? I already own a 'real' copy - this was going to be a present for a friend and Iceland fan. It's going on the fire.

The Family Amusement Centre
The Family Amusement Centre
Price: £14.48

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The vision realised, 15 Nov. 2011
This is undoubtedly Misty's masterpiece, the culmination of everything this extraordinary band have been working towards for many years. It has everything - funk, pop, lounge, ska, trademark punchy brass, epic string arrangements, children's choir, some of the best drumming I've heard since Pierre de Strasbourg's outlandish achievements on Gong's 'Angel's Egg' album, and even a narrative voiceover courtesy of The Sky at Night's Sir Patrick Moore. Oh, and the album is chock full of ludicrously catchy melodies that grab you and won't let go.

There's a maturity here too. The album seems to question the way we live, the fragmentation of older values, of community, of family, friends, and an elegy for the slower paced life that used to offer time for reflection and the appreciation of the finer things. It could almost be described as a concept album, in fact.

There are hits on this album. Seriously. Proper hit singles. If there's any justice in this world this album could see Misty's Big Adventure finally break through and enjoy some much-deserved limelight. They make an awesome sound.

If you already love Misty's this album will blow you away.
If you've never heard Misty's before this album will make you question why on earth they're not better known.
Either way: buy it. It's wonderful.

Sleep Dirt
Sleep Dirt

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Probably not the album you remember, 10 Feb. 2011
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I recently upgraded this album from my old vinyl (along with Studio Tan and Orchestral Favourites - I wanted the 'separates' from Läther as I still find the latter too much of a jumble, and the 'separates' always had a nice cohesion, so...)

This used to be a mini-masterpiece of some of Zappa's most exquisite instrumental pieces, all performed meticulously. It still is, but now we have the dubious bonus addition of grating female vocals all over Flambay, Spider of Destiny, and Time is Money. Ruined. Seriously. To me it's an act of vandalism. This new production hugely diminishes a once-fine album, indeed an album that was originally slated to be called Hot Rats III.

Regyptian Strut is still intact, as is the beautiful perverted lullaby Sleep Dirt (three minutes of Zappa soloing on acoustic guitar). Filthy Habits and The Ocean is the Ultimate Solution are also preserved appropriately. These tracks win two stars. The rest can go away - they throw the whole affair off-balance.

Really. Shame.
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Panasonic DMW-PSS13KK Leather Case for FS Series
Panasonic DMW-PSS13KK Leather Case for FS Series
Offered by Picsio
Price: £5.69

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not fit FS30, 12 Oct. 2010
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Amazon will direct you to this item if you're looking for a case for your Panasonic Lumix FS30 camera. Read the small print on the tech spec information - this case is NOT designed for this camera. It doesn't fit and the case won't close if you try to make it fit.
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Map Addict
Map Addict
by Mike Parker
Edition: Hardcover

102 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cartophilia!, 19 Jun. 2009
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Mike Parker, a Rough Guide editor and Welsh-TV travel presenter, has written an enormously and endlessly fascinating book about everything of or pertaining to the British Life of Maps. It's a history, memoir, polemic, paean, psychogeography, and love poem dedicated to the Ordnance Survey map and all things cartographic. And, because Mr Parker is a dryly amusing chap with some fairly cutting observations and insights to share, it's also laugh-out-loud funny in places.

This really is the perfect book for map lovers, and the perfect read for people who didn't even know they cared about maps at all. Written very much from the same stable as books like Cod, Longitude, Salt, The Surgeon of Crowthorne etc, it takes one seemingly small subject and explodes it into something kaleidoscopically fascinating and revealing and inspiring. I couldn't put it down.

The Sunday Sessions: Philip Larkin reading his poetry
The Sunday Sessions: Philip Larkin reading his poetry
by Philip Larkin
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £9.47

44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, 10 Jun. 2009
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Why hasn't this new release had more coverage? I only found out about it because my miserabilist chum who works in the City received it for his birthday recently. It's a joy. Every Sunday, after the pub (one hopes), Pop Larkin went into the garage and laid down a few tracks on the old reel-to-reel. Skip forward a few decades and the tapes are discovered on the shelf, gathering dust and growing a rind. What a magnificent discovery. They're all here - The Whitsun Weddings, Church Going, Toads, The Old Fools, Vers De Societe - around 45 minutes in total. Larkin reads them with a droll, conversational panache that makes you (well, me anyway) laugh out loud at their mordant wit and charm. He is the Dad. Buy this CD.
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Way to Salvation
Way to Salvation
Offered by CAC Media UK
Price: £15.44

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor indeed, 7 May 2009
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Juvenile US college-radio rock with tiresome facetious lyrics, from the early 90s. If you're here for the nostalgia leave now: this is nowhere near as entertaining as you remember it, in fact it's appalling. Scratch the itch by buying some old Ween or Bongwater or They Might Be Giants instead if you want a trip down American Indie memory lane. This is just drivel.

Imperial Wax Solvent
Imperial Wax Solvent
Price: £15.90

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On first listen..., 29 April 2008
This review is from: Imperial Wax Solvent (Audio CD)
As a complete newcomer to The Fall I've been eagerly awaiting this as my first contemporary Fall purchase. It may be because I've been listening to nothing but The Fall for about two months now, but I have a qualm with this album...

Whether you're back in the glory days of The Fall (for me that means everything without exception up to - but excluding - This Nation's Saving Grace (I think the Brix era is vastly overrated)) or mooching around the glorious renaissance of The Unutterable, Extricate, Code:Selfish, Country on the Click etc, the one truism for me is that every Fall album is an immense grower. You may not like it on first listen, you might hate it on second listen, you might dread every track...but after a while you find that you can't live without it.

And that's my qualm. On first listen I love this album to bits. It worries me. Will it endure? Will it improve? Or will I get bored of it?

Alton Towers is a weak opener, but tracks like 50 Year Old Man (an awesome 11-minute anchor), Wolf Kidult Man, Can Can Summer, Strangetown, and Tommy Shooter strike me as instant bona fide Fall classics. Even Senior Twilight Stock Replacer, despite being a pale and anaemic version of the stormtrooping song they opened with at Hammersmith Palais, gets me in the head and the spine.

So, MES bounces back yet again with an instant classic. It's that word 'instant' that worries me though...

Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith
Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith
by Mark E. Smith
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mein Kampf for the Hollyoaks generation, 22 April 2008
I am delighted to learn that Mr Smith and I concur on most issues. I thought I was alone in thinking that Owen and Shearer look like coppers.

Buy this book.

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