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Land Speed Record
Land Speed Record
Price: £13.75

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do You Remember what good punk sounded like?, 13 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Land Speed Record (Audio CD)
Land Speed Record is a fabulous example of early hardcore in action, and surely if I'd been alive back then live would be the best way to listen to the compressed fury of the music. The sound quality is relatively scuzzy, but compliments the abrasive sound of the trio, and the performances are incendiary.A definite worthwhile purchase for all who are disillusioned with the commercially orientated 'indie' press'sstranglehold over the virtues of what is ostensibly good and bad, or truly what is awful and what is excellent

The Original Rumble
The Original Rumble
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £42.95

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rumble, 13 Jun. 2003
This review is from: The Original Rumble (Audio CD)
Certainly one of the key artists in the development of second generation rock n roll, Link Wray will forever be remembered for 'Rumble', the distortion fuelled instrumental that was said to have inspired the most abrasive of the garage rock bands and in turn heavy metal. For neophytes to the name, most people will still have heard this track at some point, a surf-style guitar hook with a marching beat and descendent bridge. The rest of the material on this album runs along pretty much the same lines, all without vocals with Wray being a pioneer of the 'instrumental' style of rock n roll, but though the tracks might not differ much from one to the other, the sound contained within them as individuals is like a hotch potch of the sounds of pre-psychedelic 50's/60's rock, with elements of country from Link Wray's beginnings in rockabilly, surf in the reverb guitar and the embryonic sound of My Generation, You Really Got Me and Satisfaction


4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic, not hype- notic, 13 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Loveless (Audio CD)
Be careful of the hype. The HYPE? Nevermind by Nirvana, there's is an album where you'd better be careful of the HYPE. Yeah. Because with that one, the hype could suddenly leap out of a tar pit and drag you down inside then spit you out like a cigarrette made of penicillin. On fire.
This deserves all the hype it got, and it was thankfully saved from the mauling shoegazing got when the commercially-orientated indie press realized it was just too good. But still, just another shoegazy indie album? Not so. Whereas in the field of early 90's Britpop, guitar 'hero' Bernard Butler was content just to blandly imitate Johnny Marr, the sheer vision and innovation of Kevin Shields guitar work parallels that of Thurston Moore but with its own distinctive style, creating a hypnotic wall of sound which is like the flip of Spacemen 3's darker sonic experimentation.
What can be said is that people looking for more experimental work should find Ecstasy and Wine, the only compilation yet available of MBV's early EP material, but with Loveless they got the balance just perfect between dreamy noise and ethereal melodicism.

Vocal Studies and Uprock Narra [VINYL]
Vocal Studies and Uprock Narra [VINYL]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-fusion Jazz circa 1973 brought upto the new millenium, 24 April 2002
Very rarely is it I give a five star rating, and even rarer is it that I give on without feeling guilty about it. But, this gets the full five, which says even more about it considering the nature of the music.
Originally having heard Radio Attack (the standout track, a distorted, edgy piece of electronica combined with rough hip hop rhythm) rather aptly on the radio, I was intrigued to find out more.
While the music is original and compelling, the two other factors that contribute to the 5 star rating are the packaging and the vinyl aspect. Never have I seen such unconventional, cool packaging as this, and with it on vinyl it adds more authentic feel to the scratchy, fuzzy rhythms and sounds of the album.

Essential Hard House
Essential Hard House
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.99

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Duh Duh Duh Duh Duh Duh Duh Duh, 27 Mar. 2002
This review is from: Essential Hard House (Audio CD)
Be thankful that you can at least listen to this in the comfort of your home, doing an activity more fulfilling than dancing manically in a sweaty, pulsating club.
You buy this, 6 CD's with ten tracks each, and these tracks aren't you're two minute punk songs either. They're long. And you think to yourself, perhaps smugly, that you actually ripped off the music store by getting these so cheap, rather than the usual vice versa.
And then you play one, but one, track, and it hits you. Literally. Duh duh duh duh. The whole way through. Like someone smashing a bat against a wall for god knows how long. It seems eternal. And this is dance music? For robots then?
All the way through, the four four beat. Never changing rhythm, no change of tempo. Nothing.
Do yourself a favour, maybe it would be better to dance manically in some sweaty club, at least then you have a reason to have your brain bashed and mashed simultaneously.
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How to Succeed in the Music Business
How to Succeed in the Music Business
by Allan Dann
Edition: Paperback

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pop Idol, 26 Mar. 2002
A fairly standard guide to the basic wheelings and dealings of the music industry.
Overall, the book is poorly laid out, and leaves a lot of specific questions unanswered. You would expect, coming from two 'knowledgeable' professionals within the music industry that you would get a lot of valuable information, but their writing is drab and skimd briskly over major questions and points. The basic common question and answer format gets tiresome after a short while as well.
If your looking to go into the music business, then you should really look else where...

"Times" Compact Atlas of World History
"Times" Compact Atlas of World History
by Geoffrey A. Parker
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...A compendium of important chapters of world history..., 26 Mar. 2002
...A compendium of important chapters of world history, atlas as in it has many well presented maps and diagrams, compact as in not small enough to fit in your pocket (wouldn't it be nice if the history of the world could) but lighter than full size and compacting only the most important details on the history.
Overall, it is an interesting study, but a book that could have been better broken down into different volumes, for ancient, classical, medieval and modern history.

Price: £17.52

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sun continues to rise, 26 Mar. 2002
This review is from: Symphonica (Audio CD)
When you think of world music, images such as Bob Marley, bongos, didgeredoos and flamenco dancers all come to mind, which are of course all great in their own right.
But world music as in the blending of other world cultures with Western underground dance and hardcore punk is amazingly different, if you would ever get a chance to advance beyond the Rough Guide to Samba in your local record store.
Ruins are one of the premier, so to speak, Japanese underground bands who recently toured small theatre venues, bringing together the said fusion of underground dance music and hardcore punk. It is rather overwhelming at first listen, and certainly a different class to Ibiza and Green Day, jazzy in its arrangements and noisy in its execution.
But music is a fickle thing. You see a keyboard, it has 12 notes within so many octaves, depending on which keyboard you look at. From this you can construct chords, melodies, harmonies, and dynamics to create a song. If modern music is to outgrow Verse Chorus Verse, then surely this is the way forward.

The Book of Rock
The Book of Rock
by Philip Dodd
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pyrite, but no real gold, 26 Mar. 2002
This review is from: The Book of Rock (Hardcover)
Right, first thing first, I must clear up the fact that Slade don't belong in any rock compilation book, not even a book on the hundred greatest bands to emerge from Birmingham in 1969...
500 doesn't even sound a lot, and certainly doesn't materialise that way, considering how many bands have graced the planet since the rock n roll revolution began, and still the author seems to need to put people like Julie Driscoll (who it only mentions 1 album from) and a rather disproportionate number of singer songwriters in to fill up space. All this while leaving out many notable ommissions (from my perspective, two of the leading lights of the original 'Seattle Grunge' sound, Tad and Alice in Chains) in the eventual product.
Overall, not really recommended

Doctor Adamski's..
Doctor Adamski's..
Offered by Disco100
Price: £12.76

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The guy lives in Italy now ; what more do you need to know?, 25 Mar. 2002
This review is from: Doctor Adamski's.. (Audio CD)
Really, there is only one word you need to hear about this album: Killer.
For all trendy Londoner's who first heard Adamski in the acid house clubs, killer would be the word to describe the eponymous track.
The most important track on the album is a beautifully haunting piece of bleak electronica, and though it became and unwanted hit around 1995, it is the Prodigy rather than Adamski who can take the flack for introducing the strictly underground techno sound to chart audiences.
The rest of the album is rather an acquired taste. Most of the vocal and hip hop tracks are ill advised, but the compelling minimalism of the basslines, the haunting effectiveness of the synths, and the all important funky keyboards combine on the instrumentals to create the ultimate dancefloor mix, a world away from the modern Ibiza sound.
Certainly a perfect introduction to the acid house craze that swept Britain in the late 80's and early 90's, and pretty much developed all further techno styles in the genres adopted homeland, sulphuric in style, hydrochloric in substance.

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