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Whiplash [DVD] [2015]
Whiplash [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Miles Teller
Price: £5.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for your collection, 6 July 2015
This review is from: Whiplash [DVD] [2015] (DVD)
There is very little to add to the excellent reviews already published....two stunning performances. The drumming is brilliant but relentless , but it may serve to show aspiring drummers that the drums are the most difficult of all instruments to play properly, and dispel the illusion that you just have to hit them randomly to be a musician. When you have watched and admired the two central performances may I suggest that you buy the film "All Night Long" and see what the great British drummer Alan Ganley has to offer, and "The Gene Krupa Story" which made a complete hash of the biographical details but featured Gene's drumming on the soundtrack. Buddy Rich , the hero of the young drummer in "Whiplash" ,once said "Gene was my man.....a truly great genius of the drums". "Whiplash" is certainly one to add to your collection.


Funny Bones: My Life in Comedy
Funny Bones: My Life in Comedy
by Anthony Teague
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars ... getting on to the X Factor and sounding just like every other electronically-enhanced singer, 4 Nov. 2014
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In an age when being a so-called celebrity means having appeared on some vacuous reality show or getting on to the X Factor and sounding just like every other electronically-enhanced singer , how lovely to read a book by someone who has actually served a proper apprenticeship in the entertainment industry.
Freddie Davies has done it all........tough Working Men's Clubs , Butlins Holiday Camp, the Royal Shakespeare Company , T.V. shows including his own show, variety ,and series like Harbour Lights and Last Of The Summer Wine , and films like the classic "Funny Bones" (much of which was based on Freddie's own experiences and in which he demonstrates some fine and touching acting) and Harry Potter.
He writes of it all in an entertaining manner , is not afraid to chronicle his failures as well as his successes , and is still performing in his own live show at the age of 77.
This is a vastly entertaining and well written book , and the author ain't finished yet !


Four Classic Albums (Sing, Sing, Sing / Gene Krupa Quartet / Krupa Rocks / The Jazz Rhythms Of Gene Krupa)
Four Classic Albums (Sing, Sing, Sing / Gene Krupa Quartet / Krupa Rocks / The Jazz Rhythms Of Gene Krupa)
Price: £8.27

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He could play like a monster with the big band, 16 Oct. 2014
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Buddy Rich once said of Gene Krupa "He could do it all. He could play like a monster with the big band , then come down front and play with subtlety and taste in the trio. He was my man." Gene powered the Goodman band between 1934 and 1938, and then led a succession of his own big bands until 1951. They were all excellent and disciplined units. When the big band era effectively died Krupa joined Jazz At The Philharmonic and led his own trios and quartets until his death in 1973. This CD presents four of the numerous albums produced during that period ,with a variety of sidemen including Eddie Shu, Milt Hinton, Teddy Napoleon ,and Bobby Scott. Where there is no bass player Krupa compensates with patterns on the bass drum whilst the pianist plays in a more syncopated manner. These albums demonstrate great technique and taste in both ballads and up-tempo numbers , and give ample space for all the sidemen to prove their worth. Buddy Rich was not a bad judge!!!


Funny Bones [DVD] [1995]
Funny Bones [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Jerry Lewis
Price: £5.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Other reviewers have almost said it all about this terrific film. I can only add that the stand-out ..., 16 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Funny Bones [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
Other reviewers have almost said it all about this terrific film. I can only add that the stand-out performances come from Freddie Davies and George Carl. Anyone who only remembers Freddie in his "Parrotface" days will be amazed at his sensitive acting , and veteran George Carl is perfectly teamed with him. George revives the act he used to do at the Crazy Horse in Paris and in variety all over the world and the result is hilarious. Other reviewers have mentioned the scenes where Oliver Platt is auditioning acts in Blackpool.......if you can watch it without crying with laughter then you are in urgent need of medical help!!!!! A great film.


Anthony Newley Newley Recorded & Who Can I Turn To?
Anthony Newley Newley Recorded & Who Can I Turn To?
Offered by Vocalion/Dutton Epoch Direct (Crazygreen8)
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ranging from novelties like "Smile, darn ya, 23 Aug. 2014
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Once again Vocalion have come up trumps with this CD featuring two albums that I had on vinyl back in the 60s. "Newley Recorded" amply demonstrates Newley's constant striving to be original and not pigeon-holed into any one category. Ranging from novelties like "Smile,darn ya,smile" and "All Together" through to classics like "I Have Dreamed" and "Old Devil Moon" this is a great showcase for the singer. The second album is the score from "The Roar Of The Greasepaint....." which Newley co-authored with Leslie Bricusse. All the songs benefit from Newley's unique interpretation ......some have become standards ("The Joker" ,"A Wonderful Day Like Today") but who would have guessed that "Feeling Good" would become the classic that it has? Everybody from Nina Simone to Michael Buble have had hits with it , and it seems to be almost obligatory for contestants on X Factor to have a crack at it. Newley's rendition eschews all the dramatics and remains the definitive version. This album clearly shows why Leslie Bricusse regarded Newley as Britain's greatest musical star..........and he was right !
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Dear Tony (Anthony Newley)
Dear Tony (Anthony Newley)
by Sue Selfe
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Valentine's Gift, 15 Feb. 2014
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Appropriately, my lovely wife gave me this book as a Valentine's Day present. It gives a perfect insight into a man whose talent was so multi-faceted that he frequently lost his way. More than that, Sue's book relates the thread of love that was sustained from a childish crush to an adult relationship that did not shy away from the fact that Tony was flawed , as we all are, and human. Now that he has "gone on ahead" (as Tony once said) her loving prose reveal that love gives life and strength to memory. A loving tribute to the greatest musical entertainer this country has produced.


Gene Krupa: Swing, Swing, Swing! Dvd
Gene Krupa: Swing, Swing, Swing! Dvd
Dvd ~ Gene Krupa
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Genius At Work, 19 Oct. 2013
So much has been said about Krupa that it is hard to add anything new , but amongst all the good stuff on this DVD are four live performances which show that Gene was indeed a genius at work , and in his prime had chops equal to his dear friend Buddy Rich. Check out his appearance on the Donald O'Connor Show where he powers his way through Drum Boogie with the studio band. Rightly described by O'Connor as "too much!!"
Likewise a trio performance of "Dark Eyes" with Charlie Ventura and young Bobby Scott played at a tempo that would make most drummers give up. A jam session with Louis Armstrong shows Krupa soloing brilliantly but also swinging like mad and not missing a beat on a cymbal that ends up hanging vertically when the stand breaks in mid-performance ! For sheer hilarity see the live performance with the Goodman orchestra on the Sid Ceasar Show,in which Sid plays a sax solo. The audience are going berserk , so much so that when the great Charlie Shavers gets up to do his tremendous trumpet solo there is a look of sheer terror on his face and the old fashioned studio camera nearly collides with him.But through it all Krupa keeps everything in order and swings like mad.
Whether you play drums or not this DVD is fantastic value.


Je ne regrette rien
Je ne regrette rien
Price: £6.08

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Sparrow, 19 Aug. 2013
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Another collection of classics for which a knowledge of the French language is not required. These recordings by The Little Sparrow create a marvellous ambience , and her passion and unique voice need no interpretation.


La Mer
La Mer
Price: £8.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mais Oui, 19 Aug. 2013
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All the classics from Trenet.....................you don't have to understand the lyrics to love the sound and feel of these recordings.Lovely as background music or to accompany an evening of French cuisine. Vive La France !


The Last Song - The Final Recordings
The Last Song - The Final Recordings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully NOT the last song., 27 Nov. 2012
In 1992 Tony Newley recorded an album entitled "Too Much Woman". Fine album though it was I thought his voice was showing some strain and that he was not comfortable or at ease in some parts. This current album consists of recordings made between 1993 and 1998( with a live recording from 1980 thrown in),and the difference is amazing. Newley has adjusted his voice to a deeper and more resonant pitch and the result is an album which will rank with the greatest of his recordings.Ten of the fifteen tracks were composed solely by the singer,with the other five being co-authored with Leslie Bricusse and Ian Fraser. Duets with Petula Clark and Marti Webb are excellent and one with Julia McKenzie is pure theatre. The live performance of "Beware The Night" is not only dramatic but incorporates a powerful soliloquy. Two tracks were recorded live in London and were witnessed by many of us who admire him.
One word of warning.........if you are not inclined to let your family and friends see the tears rolling down your cheeks , then only listen to "Love Has The Longest Memory" on your own !This track alone makes the album worth the money and may be the finest of Tony's recorded work.
Paul Goodhead and Stage Door Records are to be thanked for this fantastic CD,and Paul's last words in the liner notes are "There is STILL more Anthony Newley to come!"
I can only add..YAHOO!!!!!!!!


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