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Disco Queen
Disco Queen
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £48.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap sounding, synth HI-NRG, 4 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Disco Queen (Audio CD)
Kelly Marie should know better. As the purveyor of such fine pop tunes as "Feels like I'm in love" and "Lovin' just for fun" in the early 80's, she knows what a good dance tune sounds like. So, as her star fades over the horizon (as they have a tendency to do with all good artists), she's resorted to the HI-NRG sound in the hope that her loyal gay fanbase will further her career. Now, don't get me wrong, I LOVE HI-NRG and was around in the clubs in the early 80's when it was all the rage, but this CD is totally unrelated to that sound. Anyone expecting high class production values will be sadly disappointed.

I love Kelly Marie and I love most of the songs on here, so I thought this album would be a perfect combination. Instead, you're treated to track after track of the same cheaply produced synth sound with Kelly's vocals (which incidentally still sound good). Unfortunately, her vocals aren't enough for me, because the constant banging of the synth sounds become SOOOOOO annoying after about track 4. Such a shame. On paper, this should have been a classic HI-NRG album from a great artist, but in reality, it's an annoying lost opportunity. I've given it two stars for the couple of tracks that I liked before selling it on eBay!!

Liquid Gold
Liquid Gold
Price: £7.11

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can we have a remastered CD please?, 3 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Liquid Gold (MP3 Download)
I too have a pristine copy of the vinyl LP and a few 12" singles and bearing in mind the comments of one of the reviewers on here, I won't bother downloading these tracks as I have already made my own CD from the vinyl. That said, these tracks are great and I want to add my voice to others who are asking for a CD release. Loads of other, older CD's are being released, some of which has little or no chart success at all, so why not this one from Liquid Gold, who had some considerable success with some of the singles off this album?

I love all of these tracks (although I'm not a fan of "Mr Groovy", which sounds a little trite) and they're great for cheering me up when I need it. Ellie Hope's powerful vocals and the pop rhythms make this funky, uptempo and just plain fun. You could do a lot worse than download these.

A Shirt Box Full of Songs: The Autobiography
A Shirt Box Full of Songs: The Autobiography
by Barbara Dickson
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and lacking in any great substance, 5 Dec. 2009
I hate to say this as I am a fan of Barbara's, but I really didn't enjoy this book. I'd been looking forward to learning more about Barbara's life, but I have to say, this book didn't tell me much more than I already knew. The problem with it is that it skims over things far too quickly. Barbara was at her most commercially successful during the eighties, but the recordings in this era are glossed over in a few measly pages. Where are the stories about the recording sessions, the songs she sang, the promotional tours and the incidents along the way? They're not here, that's for sure.

The main problem with this book is that it promises so much but delivers so little. It's a known fact that Barbara has turned her back on her pop years and doesn't really like singing many of the songs from this era, but surely an autobiography is about a person's life, so to gloss over whole chunks is a little unfair. While I was about two thirds of the way through this book, I did begin to wonder whether I should bother finishing it as I ran out of interest in the subject. I did finish it, only because I like to see things through to the end, but I was pleased when I could put it back on the shelf and start something else. Sorry!
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Pardon The Expression - Series 1 [DVD] [1965]
Pardon The Expression - Series 1 [DVD] [1965]
Dvd ~ Arthur Lowe
Offered by nagiry
Price: £7.20

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting look back at a slice of life, 5 Jun. 2009
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As a lifelong Coronation Street fan, I wanted to see this series, mainly because I think I am in love with Betty Driver. I adore Betty, having met her some years ago and finding out that she really is as nice in the flesh as she appears on TV.

I was only 1 year old when this was released so had never seen it before and bought it as a piece of 1960's whimsy. It shows Arthur Lowe at his most pompous, although interestingly as the Assistant Manager of the store (and therefore with less clout than the actual Manager), he gets the chance to show his more human side, which he does beautifully in an episode called "Wedding".

Betty Driver features strongly throughout as Mrs. Edgeley, a warm up role for her part as Betty Turpin if ever there was one, and there are some interesting character actors in there too - Barbara Young (who played Rita Sullivan's friend in Corrie recently), Helen Fraser and dear old Gretchen Franklin, who is a hoot.

With many scripts by Jack Rosenthal, this is a warm series which was fun to watch and is worth buying for the nostalgia value. It won't have you rolling with laughter - comedy has changed in the past 40 years - but it will have you smiling at times and enjoying a look back at times gone by.
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Satinin Black & White
Satinin Black & White
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £26.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total Rubbish, 5 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Satinin Black & White (Audio CD)
I've been a fan of Baccara for many years and while they may not be the best act out there, they remind me of my youth and don't we all yearn for a little nostalgia? Mayte Matee, the original black dress wearing Baccara member has now teamed up with Paloma Blanca and the resulting CD is terrible. Many of the tracks are written by the original Baccara composer, Rolf Soja and I had hoped for a return to the magic of 1977, but this was not to be.

Mayte's accent is as strong as ever, but this makes her sound that little bit quirky and there's nothing wrong with that. As a contrast to this, Paloma sounds shrill and like a little girl - she doesn't complement Mayte like her previous partner, Cristina Sevilla did. And Mayte knows about partners, she's had about 10 of them since breaking from Maria Mendiolo in the early 80's.

There is only one good song on this CD, "Simply forget", which is why this has one star. The rest are either very poor rehashes of their previous hits, which Mayte insists on rolling out on every new CD she releases, or just pathetic pop songs that should never have been recorded and sound dire..........."I don't want to lose Lautrec", written I'm sure, just to show how clever Rolf Soja is with his puns.

Don't bother buying this. If you want a slice of Baccara pop, buy Mayte's previous effort, "Soy tu Venus", which has some great dance tunes on and a solo by Cristina called "Eyes of a stranger" which is just perfect.

The Winners Song (DVD Single)
The Winners Song (DVD Single)
Offered by You Love a Bargain
Price: £0.98

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well deserved success, 14 Oct. 2008
So here we have a new Michelle McManus for the noughties - Miss Geraldine McQueen. It came as a complete surprise to me that she used to be a man. I quite fancied giving her my dinner money when I first saw her on TV - "Wot a stunna" as one of our favourite red topped newspapers would say. It was only when my partner reminded me that I'm gay and we're in a Civil Partnership that I realised I didn't fancy the lass at all.

What a journey she's been through, and anyone that can stand in the middle of a Northern Ireland town, snogging navvies in that raincoat/shoes combination deserves to be a roaring success. But while she may be a little lacking in sartorial elegance with her outer garments, her stage frocks were magnificent and showed off her comely figure in a way that put me in mind of the Irish potato famine of 1845 - 9.

You go girl. We'll be rooting for you to be Number 1 next week and I have everything crossed that your follow-up single will make more than one week at number 65, before you drop into obscurity once more, become a hopeless alcoholic and put on 160 pounds, dying tragically young from being so morbidly obese. We love you Geraldine. xxx
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Price: £5.77

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be brave Jane - put out an album of your own songs next time, 31 Aug. 2008
This review is from: JANE (Audio CD)
I can't say that I follow Jane in the devoted way that some other fans do. I did once put on her "Love at the movies" album that my mother has and I really didn't like it at all, although I do confess that I have her first two albums and "This is the moment" is a song I adore.

That said, I've just watched "Return to The Cruise" on the TV, as it was a series I enjoyed at the time and it made me think about buying this CD. I'm glad I did. I love the infectiousness of "Doctor's orders" and "Nine times out of ten", but I've been bowled over by her own compositions. I particularly love "Time for love", which has a wonderful rhythm and cadence to it.

Jane, from one Yorkshire person to another, the cover versions are great lovey, but next time, be brave and put out an album of your own stuff. You can cut it, I've heard the evidence on here. Even so, this has 5 stars for being a great album to listen to.

Benidorm - Series 1 [DVD]
Benidorm - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johnny Vegas
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.23

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, 11 July 2008
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This review is from: Benidorm - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
This is a fairly standard sitcom. Take a group of people, put them in a situation where they are all thrown together and can't get out and see what happens to them. As far as sitcoms go, that's a basic premise. So what makes this one funnier than, for instance "My family"?

Apart from the fact that "My family" is rubbish (IMHO), it tries to take itself too seriously. Benidorm doesn't fall into that trap and sees itself for what it is - a truly British romp around a fairly stereotypical group of holidaymakers in the tacky Solana resort hotel in Benidorm. It has no airs and graces and just sets out to make the viewer laugh.......and it succeeds. The jokes are just plain funny and while some are slightly near the knuckle, they're delivered with deadpan straightness rather than the nudge-nudge comedy of some comedians who like to flag a joke coming some time in advance. My favourite line has to be the one where Kate is talking to Janice about her rather nasty and particularly leathery old mother who sits out in the sun all hours and asks her "Isn't she worried about the 'c' word?" to which Janice replies, "Oh no, she's been called worse than that"

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Perfect Timing... Plus
Perfect Timing... Plus
Price: £7.95

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last!, 11 July 2008
This review is from: Perfect Timing... Plus (Audio CD)
I always loved the song "Perfect timing" and the five stars I've given this CD album is for that track alone. That said, I like this album and had it on vinyl, until the CD version came along. When Kiki makes a good album, she really makes a good album. Her version of "Loving you...." is wonderful and evokes thoughts of nights in front of a roaring log fire with the one you love. Beautiful.

Game Party (Wii)
Game Party (Wii)
Offered by bnhlmt
Price: £8.40

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish!, 7 July 2008
This review is from: Game Party (Wii) (Video Game)
What a waste of money! I agree with all the negative comments above - this game is the worst Wii game I have. I can't believe that they would allow a load of American questions on the trivia bit when this is coming to an English market - that has to be one of the most ridiculous decisions ever made. The games are boring and there wasn't one I enjoyed that much. I did try to play it again with friends to see if I liked it any more in a group, but I didn't. Don't buy this - you will regret it. Mine's going on an auction site as soon as I get round to it.

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