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Selfhood
Selfhood
Price: £7.38

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swansong Album, 9 Sept. 2013
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Shame this seems like it may be the last material from Sharks. Band split May 2013. Strong album to finish their career with.


Down To Kill [2 CD/1 DVD]
Down To Kill [2 CD/1 DVD]
Price: £11.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Junkie Business!, 9 Sept. 2013
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Includes the legendary lives album TDK. The Heartbreakers at their best. Killer album. Sound quality good for such an old master.


Go Let It Out
Go Let It Out
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Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Lets All Make Believe, 9 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Go Let It Out (Audio CD)
Bought for the B side. Lets all make believe. A single in its own right. One of the best Songs they wrote.


Comedown Machine
Comedown Machine
Price: £5.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brave album, 26 Mar. 2013
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A new direction for the band that's been together for over a decade. The album should have been born in the eighties. Top songs are welcome to Japan and one way trigger. Oh and check out 80's countdown machine. Brilliant.


Forever Until Victory
Forever Until Victory
Price: £9.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lobsters bite back, 16 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Forever Until Victory (Audio CD)
A career spanning best off finally reaches the market place.
Singles and B - sides.
Three quarters of the tracklist never having been on CD before.
Re-engineered by Andrew and Womble summer 2008.
Do yourself a favour and buy it.
Would be nice to see the band do a few dates on the back of this
release.
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The Darkness
The Darkness
by Bill Kirton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Darkness - One Way Ticket To Hell & Back, 30 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Darkness (Paperback)
Bill Kirton's latest novel The Darkness is set in the fictional town
of Cairnburgh near Aberdeen.
Things are not as they seem in this quite little town.
A gripping read with exciting characters and a novel to give Stuart MacBride a run for his money.


Bramble Rose (CD)
Bramble Rose (CD)
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Price: £19.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ethan jones produces yet another classic, 7 July 2003
This review is from: Bramble Rose (CD) (Audio CD)
In his short story Billy the Kid, Steve Earle spun the tale of a fresh-faced kid who arrived in Nashville with a handful of brilliant songs, cut a stone classic album, scored a record deal most musicians would give their eye teeth to get, and married the girl of his dreams, all in a few weeks before cruel fate caught up with him. While one can only hope the powers that be have a more generous final act planned for Tift Merritt, listening to her first album, Bramble Rose, is a reminder that such things could possibly happen in the real world. If Bramble Rose is a bit short of perfect, it leaves no doubt that Merritt is already a talent of the first order. As a singer, she has a simply gorgeous vocal instrument (imagine the passion of Lucinda Williams and the real-world twang of Iris Dement fused with the silky beauty of Emmylou Harris), and her songs are nearly as impressive as her vocals. At 27, Merritt's lyrical perspective speaks of the often-unfortunate twists and turns of fate, but without bitterness or spite, and she can jump from the wistful sway of "Virginia, No One Can Warn You" to the R&B-influenced bite of "Neighborhood" and back to the classic weeper style of the title cut without missing a step or ever sounding less than committed or convincing. Merritt also has the good fortune of having a superb backing band who support her songs with grace and impeccable taste, and producer Ethan Johns gets this music on tape with a sound that's at once intimate and comfortably wide open. It's difficult to imagine that an artist whose previous recording experience amounted to one self-released 45 and a split EP could turn in an album so strong and well-crafted, but it's even harder to imagine that listeners are likely to hear many debut albums nearly as good as Bramble Rose in the final six months of 2002, and by all rights this should be the first offering in a long and successful career for Tift Merritt.
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How The West Was Won: Live (3CD)
How The West Was Won: Live (3CD)
Price: £14.99

52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heavy weight, 19 Jun. 2003
For years, Led Zeppelin fans complained that there was one missing item in the group's catalog: a good live album. It's not that there weren't live albums to be had. The Song Remains the Same, of course, was a soundtrack of a live performance, but it was a choppy, uneven performance, lacking the majesty of the group at its peak. BBC Sessions was an excellent, comprehensive double-disc set of their live radio sessions, necessary for any Zeppelin collection (particularly because it contained three songs, all covers, never recorded anywhere else), but some carped that the music suffered from not being taped in front of a large audience, which is how they built their legacy - or, in the parlance of this triple-disc collection of previously unreleased live recordings compiled by Jimmy Page, How the West Was Won. The West in this case is the West Coast of California, since this contains selections from two 1972 concerts in Los Angeles: a show at the LA Forum on June 25, and one two days later at Long Beach Arena. This is the first archival release of live recordings of Zeppelin at their peak and while the wait has been nigh on interminable, the end result is certainly worth the wait. Both of these shows have been heavily bootlegged for years and while those same bootleggers may be frustrated by the sequencing that swaps the two shows interchangeably (they always prefer full shows wherever possible), by picking the best of the two nights, Page has assembled a killer live album that captures the full, majestic sweep of Zeppelin at their glorious peak. And, make no mistake, he tries to shove everything into these three discs - tight, furious blasts of energy; gonzo freak-outs; blues; and rock, a sparkling acoustic set. Like always, the very long numbers - the 25-minute "Dazed and Confused," the 23-minute "Whole Lotta Love," the 19-minute "Moby Dick" - are alternately fascinating and indulgent, yet even when they meander, there is a real sense of grandeur, achieving a cinematic scale attempted by few of their peers (certainly no other hard rock or metal band could be this grand; only Queen or David Bowie truly attempted this). But the real power of the band comes through on the shorter songs, where their sound is distilled to its essence. In the studio, Zeppelin was all about subtle colors, textures, and shifts in the arrangement. On-stage, they were similarly epic, but they were looser, wilder, and hit harder; witness how "Black Dog" goes straight for the gut here, while the studio version escalates into a veritable guitar army - it's the same song, but the song has not remained the same. That's the case throughout How the West Was Won, where songs that have grown overly familiar through years of play seem fresh and new because of these vigorous, muscular performances.
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Southern Rock Opera
Southern Rock Opera
Price: £6.99

34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet home alabama, 29 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Southern Rock Opera (Audio CD)
Don't be deterred by the rather misleading title. Not a rock opera in the sense of Tommy or Jesus Christ Superstar, this sprawling double disc is more akin to a song cycle about Southern rock, in particular Lynyrd Skynyrd. Almost six years in the making, the Drive-By Truckers have created a startlingly intelligent work that proudly stands with the best music of their obvious inspiration. Largely written and conceived by lead trucker Patterson Hood (son of famed Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood), who sings the majority of the songs in a torn, ragged but emotionally charged twangy voice somewhere between Tom Petty and Rod Stewart, these 20 literate tracks encapsulate a remarkably objective look at what Hood calls "the duality of the South." Rocking with a lean hardness, the story unfolds over 90 minutes, but the savvy lyrical observations never overburden the songs' clenched grip. While bands like the similarly styled Bottlerockets have worked this territory before, never has a group created an opus that's thematically tied to this genre while objectively exploring its conceptual limitations. The two discs are divided into Acts 1 and 2; the first sets the stage by exploring aspects of an unnamed Southern teen's background growing up as a music fan in an environment where sports stars, not rock stars, were idolized. The second follows him as he joins his Skynyrd-styled dream band, tours the world, and eventually crashes to his death in the same sort of airplane accident that claimed his heroes. The Drive-By Truckers proudly charge through these songs with their three guitars, grinding and soloing with a swampy intensity recalling a grittier, less commercially viable early version of Skynyrd. A potentially dodgy concept that's redeemed by magnificent songwriting, passionate singing, and ruggedly confident but far from over-the-top playing, Southern Rock Opera should be required listening not only for fans of the genre, but anyone interested in the history of '70s rock, or even the history of the South in that decade. More the story of Hood than Skynyrd, this is thought-provoking music that also slashes, burns, and kicks out the jams. Its narrative comes to life through these songs of alienation, excess, and, ultimately, salvation, as seen through the eyes of someone who lived and understands it better than most.
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Every Grain of Sand: Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan
Every Grain of Sand: Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars oh dear, 29 Jan. 2003
If you like Bob Dylan don't buy this CD.
I've played it three or four times and it is now beginning
to grind.
Barb is a decent enough singer it's just the arrangement of
some of the songs are 'cheesy' to say the least.
The only stand out track is 'things have changed'.
If you want to listen to a better version of the title song 'every grain of sand' buy Emmylou Harris's album 'wrecking
Ball' and for a better interpretation of a female singing Dylan's work listen to Joan Baez.


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