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Sheer Heart Attack (2011 Remaster Deluxe 2CD Edition)
Sheer Heart Attack (2011 Remaster Deluxe 2CD Edition)
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £13.51

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should Have Done Better !, 11 Sept. 2011
My first ever Queen album purchase back in the day. Living in a flat with a Queen devotee it took a while for me to be convinced but this one seemed to be a much more consistent whole with hardly a duff track on it. So - looking forward to the remaster with bonus material and ended up disappointed. Is it the lack of material by Queen from the time or reluctance by the record company to put all their apples in one basket. The Bonus EP, in my opinion, doesn't add much to the Queen oeuvre and the amount of extra background information is confined to four short paragraphs on the five bonus tracks and some lacklustre black and white photographs of the band. Pretty poor compared with other remaster series. Maybe material is being held for future releases to milk the cash cow which Queen must surely be. 5 stars for the original album. One for the remaster.


John Barleycorn Must Die
John Barleycorn Must Die
Price: £11.77

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fairly Essential Album, 11 Sept. 2011
I remember listening to this album in a record shop in Edinburgh in 1970 and not being convinced enough to buy it. Time has changed my opinion. The album is worth it for the title track alone. Looking back it was a big change in current musical trends. Groups were going to the country to get back to their roots but it was probably Fairport Convention and Traffic who looked most to our folk heritage, albeit in a slightly more rockier and jazzier style by Traffic. I swithered about buying the cheap remaster which Island brought out a few years ago but when I heard it was getting the Deluxe Edition treatment I decided to wait for it. Most of these editions have informative and evocative material which add to your understanding and appreciation of the music and often include unheard gems. It is slightly disappointing with this album that there isn't a greater variety of tunes on the bonus disc, most of it being the original album live at the Fillmore East but that shouldn't detract from such an otherwise enjoyable record.
One gripe is the cost-cutting cheapskates at Universal who have decided to do away with the obviously expensive protective cover and 'replaced' it with a strip of tape which when cut is never straight, never sticks back down properly and is often applied badly as is the case with my copy with kinks in the tape which certainly cheapens the deluxe experience.


iGadgitz Neoprene Sports Gym Jogging Armband for Apple iPhone 4/4S - Black
iGadgitz Neoprene Sports Gym Jogging Armband for Apple iPhone 4/4S - Black
Offered by iGadgitz
Price: £10.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good Value, Effective, Slightly Disappointing, 11 Sept. 2011
For the price, compared with similar products, this sportsband is excellent value for money. Ignoring the problem with the volume controls, the iPhone fits snugly, the armband is comfortable and I have never had any problems with it when out running. There is one major drawback for me as a runner compared with those who may use it in the gym or around the house and that is the great difficulty in actually reading controls on apps like Runkeeper. At first I thought the problem might be confined just to sunny days but prolonged use in typical Scottish weather confirm that it is quite difficult reading and locating buttons most of the time. For the price I suppose I cannot expect polarizing, anti-glare film but I am surprised that I haven't seen a similar complaint from other runners in any of the other reviews of this product which I have read.


Nileism: The Strange Course of the Blue Nile
Nileism: The Strange Course of the Blue Nile
by Allan Brown
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars By The Rivers Of Glasgow, 2 May 2011
As a relatively late arrival to the music of the Blue Nile there was much I did not know about their early days despite being a Scot and this book certainly filled in the gaps in my knowledge about the band. While they have made some truly marvelous, atmospheric music I am not a blinkered, die-hard fan and perhaps can view the book from an unbiased perspective. As informative as the book is, it suffers from the lack of balance in 2 ways. While it could be argued that Paul Buchanan was the main creative force in the band there is very little 'input/observations/comments' from Robert Bell and PJ Moore. Also, while Hats might have seen the Blue Nile at their peak, the amount of space devoted to and the analysis of Peace At Last an High is woeful in comparison. The Blue Nile have only released 4 official CDs - spending a little more money on this book might add to your insight and further enjoyment of a wonderful band.


Discreet Repeat
Discreet Repeat
Offered by trec002
Price: £29.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Discreet Repeat - Health Warning, 2 May 2011
This review is from: Discreet Repeat (Audio CD)
A CD I had been waiting to obtain for ages so very pleased when it became available. A great collection of tunes from an underrated songwriter and fine interpreter of other artists' songs too ! This product should carry a warning however - It does not contain all of the tracks on the original 1980 double LP. A bit of a let down when I found that out !
5 stars for the music, 1 for the missing tracks.
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Discovering Scotland's Lost Local Lines
Discovering Scotland's Lost Local Lines
by Julian Holland
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Discovering Scotland's Lost Local Lines, 2 May 2011
I also have the author's previous publication, Discovering Scotland's Lost Railways, and this book maintains its high production values. The illustrations past and present are excellent, particularly the contemporary colour photographs. The book obviously will appeal to railway afficionados but the information Mr Holland provides will also interest people wanting to know more about the social history of Scotland. The one area which is disappointing is the maps. The cost of obtaining permission for them may have prevented their inclusion but the lack of detailed maps lets both these books down. It would have made the journeys that more enjoyable if you could have followed them in the book rather than searching on your laptop or digging out your OS maps.


The Charisma Years (1970-1973)
The Charisma Years (1970-1973)
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £8.23

4.0 out of 5 stars Lindisfarne - The Charisma Years 1970-73, 2 May 2011
Good points from both S.C. Trump and Dan Glaser. This collection shows how talented Lindisfarne were, particularly on the first two albums. The US remixes while interesting unfortunately show the band trying to play in a style which doesn't suit them. For anyone who hasn't heard them this CD is very good value. The only complaint, but it is a major one, is the paucity of information and the lack of decent original cover art.


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