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The Urban Beekeeper: A Year of Bees in the City
The Urban Beekeeper: A Year of Bees in the City
by Steve Benbow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.75

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and Inspirational, 5 July 2012
Steve's infectious enthusiasm covers the pages of this warm and fascinating book.

Ultimately it's a cross between a monthly guide/book of tips for the amateur beekeeper, and a love-letter to the bees he farms.

This is one of those books that makes you stop and think about where you are in your life, where your priorities lie and wether you have the guts to have half the character of Steve and follow your dream.

Hats off to him, not only a talented beekeeper but an extremely natural and engaging writer. You'll love it.

Price: £1.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent value for a beautiful album, 6 July 2011
This review is from: Akimatsuri (MP3 Download)
This album is up there with the best that Windy and Carl have created. Warm, lush and soulful, chiming guitars and lapping keyboards, it's a perfect introduction to 'ambient' music - and for this price.... well they're practically giving it away. If you're not sure about wether this is the music for you, buy it anyway and you'll soon see that it's the best £1.58 you've ever spent.

And their Refinement of the Decline
And their Refinement of the Decline
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £15.42

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very very important piece of music, 5 July 2011
It's fascinating reading the reviews of this album, and it's great to see how much it means to people - if only because it's heartening that it means as much to others as it does to me!

For my two-pennies worth, I'd just add that I think this album is extraordinarily fulfilling. Great care is taken over the tempo and key of waves of sounds, almost reverberations, gently overlapping and continuously changing. I can't say more than that without you becoming bored! Simply, It has the power to evoke feelings of great humility, reflection, happiness and calm. God knows how. It's just intensely moving, and no other album I own can provide such a combination of emotions as this one can. To provide a visual image I see this almost as post-apocolyptic music - cleansing, fresh and invigorating. It's so hard not to get pretentious! aah well...

I dont say this lightly as I listen to a lot of music, but this is pretty much the most important album I own, and I believe it is unquestionably the finest 'ambient' album I've ever heard. Congratulations on discovering it and I hope you find it as rewarding as everyone else seems to. Just make sure you listen to it on a decent sound system!
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Forever Dolphin Love
Forever Dolphin Love
Price: £12.16

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something a bit special, 5 July 2011
This review is from: Forever Dolphin Love (Audio CD)
This a wonderful CD - chock full of imagination and creativity, Puck-like enthusiasm and otherworldly melodies. It's slightly different, and it might take you out of your comfort zone at first, but it wont take long until you fall in love it.

Imagine the music Pink Floyd might have made if Syd Barratt hadn't lost the plot, and cross that with some obscure New Zealand Indie records from the 80's and 90's (such as Dadamah's 'This is not a Dream' - which he is clearly influenced by) and you are getting close to Connan Mockasin. Brilliant.

Beachcomber's Windowsill
Beachcomber's Windowsill
Price: £7.99

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic in the making, 14 May 2010
This is a fantastic album full of warm, unusual indie janglings that are utterly infectious - they're doing their own thing and it sounds great. Influences might well include Teenage Fanclub and certainly the wonderful Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, an inspiration to some of their more left-field moments...

If this is your first time listening to Stornoway you are in for a treat.

If it isn't though, and you own any of their previous material, this album has a tinge of disappointment attached to it as half the songs are already available dotted over the 3 EP's they released prior to this. Oh well. It's still excellent.

Spirit Of The Golden Juice
Spirit Of The Golden Juice
Price: £10.42

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quiet masterpiece, 23 Feb. 2010
There were many talented American singer/songwriters around in the late 1960's, but few of them actually went to Vietnam and experienced the horrors of the war they protested about. FJ Mcmahon did. He was also one of the most talented, and not so much underappreciated as 'sank without a trace'. This, his sole album, will quietly hit you in the chest and become a personal favourite that you'll treasure. It's songs are warm, intensely melodic, cynical, lost and questioning, as he documents his troubles amidst the lunacy of the West Coast circa 1969/1970. The first time you hear Black Night Woman, it'll be your new favourite song, a song off an album that'll sound as if you've known it the whole of your life whilst you thank your lucky stars that it's been reissued.

Shooting At The Moon
Shooting At The Moon

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Experimental and ultimately rewarding, 29 July 2009
This review is from: Shooting At The Moon (Audio CD)
An album of much experimentation, this probably isn't the best place to start on first listening to Kevin Ayers. Begin with Banamour. However saying that, Shooting at the Moon is a rewarding record if given time. A good endorsement for this would be a note in a Gorky's Zygotic Mynci's sleeve for an early album of theirs: Tatay. It cites Shooting at the Moon as "The best LP of all time" - It certainly was a major influence on their earlier material, and indicates how much it could mean to you if given a spin...

The Golden Band
The Golden Band
Offered by Disco100
Price: £15.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Amanset at their best, 4 Sept. 2007
This review is from: The Golden Band (Audio CD)
I'm a little annoyed. This is possibly The American Analog Set's finest work and it's the last of all their albums that I have bought! The band's earlier records are more otherworldly, repetitive and contemplative pieces of music, where their later recordings are generally more concise and strongly structured. The Golden Band is somewhere inbetween the two - almost a transitional work. It's hard to recommend an album to start listening to if you are new to The American Analog Set as they all have their moments, maybe chronologically is the best way. I think this album would be your most rewarding purchase though.

Offered by am-auction
Price: £5.76

5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy!, 18 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Malinche (Audio CD)
A wonderful wonderful album of delicate duelling harmonies and pastural elegance. A pair of accoustic guitars, occasional drums, organ and vocals. This isn't floaty hippy whimsical stuff but empowering, contemplative music for those quiet moments, I can think of very few bands that have achieved such utterly beautiful melodies. Malinche is THAT good, and I'm shocked that it hasn't been reviewed!

Quicksand Memory E.P.
Quicksand Memory E.P.
Price: £3.35

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great taster, 18 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Quicksand Memory E.P. (Audio CD)
If you are a big fan of Ulrich Schnauss, then it is certainly worth buying this EP. More shimmering ecstatic feel-good music from the master of whatever shoegaze/electronica hybrid you decide to label his music. Sure, there are a few covers/reworkings of old tunes but they sound fresh, intricate and sweeping in a way that gives them a character of their own.

If you are new to his stuff best work chronologically through his back catalogue as it's all very very good.

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