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Chi Self-Massage: The Taoist Way of Rejuvenation
Chi Self-Massage: The Taoist Way of Rejuvenation
by Dena Saxer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh really?, 28 Aug. 2008
This very interesting and useful book is spoiled by the "don't try this at home" type caveat of the author. Apparently you need to sign up to his Universal Healing Tao System. Quite apart from it being a commercial puff, the author says you'll need to get in contact with one of his agents, or you might do yourself an injury by working unsupervised on the exercises. Anyone who has read Stephen Russells stuff, e.g. "Return of the Urban Warrior", will know that these claims are pretty much bs. If you've practised a martial art, are currently on a practice based spiritual path, etc., you can essay these exercises without fear.
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The Heart Of Saturday Night
The Heart Of Saturday Night
Offered by MUSIC-2000
Price: £13.90

5.0 out of 5 stars More like it, 16 July 2008
Its hard to believe that this album comes from the same artist who performed on "Small Change"; this is more like it. In contradistinction to the desperately awful vocals on that album, Waits is here a mellow-voiced, yet bluesy edged vocalist entirely in tune with some fine piano work and the rest of the musicians, elements largely lost on the earlier album. The songs are finely crafted, elegantly phrased and perhaps ultimately timeless. Comparisons with later Joni Mitchell are not out of place here - think "Hejira" - and in places even Dylan and the Eagles more world weary stuff, but then they all draw from the same well, so perhaps it's not so surprising. Thoroughly recommended to almost anyone with a taste for the eclectic. So I look forward to more like it.
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Small Change
Small Change

6 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You cannot be serious, 15 July 2008
This review is from: Small Change (Audio CD)
I came to Waits music via Duke Robillards excellent cover of "Low Side of the Road" and on the back of this I bought "Small Change", further encouraged by the reviews here. Waits is a fine wordsmith, his lyrics quirky and atmospheric. He may also be a decent pianist too, but the voice was too much of a distraction. However it has to be said that the guy simply cannot sing, unless that is one counts the sound of a chain harrow being dragged over granite rubble as singing. It also sounds contrived, rather than natural, like the guy is creating his own myth.Frankly I found it painful and embarassing to listen to and I think most other people would too. As someone who is a fan of Howling Wolf, Robert Nighthawk, Lightning Hopkins, Link Wray etc. and other gravel voiced blues singers, I'm used to the rough, rocky and rasping, but this is simply ridiculous and it goes in the skip today.
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Bone Marrow Nei Kung: Taoist Techniques for Rejuvenating the Blood and Bone
Bone Marrow Nei Kung: Taoist Techniques for Rejuvenating the Blood and Bone
by Mantak Chia
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars When?, 25 Feb. 2008
When is Amazon going to remove the utterly wrong synopsis of this book? Does Amazon take note of reviewers concerns/comments? The current synopsis refers to another book entirely, please fix this so that we can actually get a line on Mantak Chia's book: Bone Marrow Nei Kung. This book is absolutely NOTHING to do with Catharism!
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The Healer Within: Using traditional Chinese techniques to release your body's own medicine
The Healer Within: Using traditional Chinese techniques to release your body's own medicine
by Roger Jahnke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A padded account, 13 Feb. 2008
This book promises much, but actually delivers rather less, being padded out with sort of case histories, accounts of various US institutions and a near endless repetition of the same exhortations/allegations. This book could have been reduced to the "how to" essentials and a clear, uncluttered, well-structured programme of exercises. Providing you have plenty of time it would be possible to do this yourself after weeding out the chaff. My copy is going back to Amazon after having been in possession of it for c. six hours. Clearly written for the US market and people who don't do a lot of joined up thinking, this book represents a missed opportunity.


Roadstar DVB2012 - Ultra Compact Freeview Set Top Box with 12v/24v/230v
Roadstar DVB2012 - Ultra Compact Freeview Set Top Box with 12v/24v/230v

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A class act, 10 Dec. 2007
This is a tasty piece of design: a small footprint, a quality finish, all parts well packaged, an easy to understand manual and a dream to set up. Of the several freeview boxes I've set up this was by far the easiest, and unlike some instruction manuals, what is written is what happens when you step through the set-up procedure.


Against the Day
Against the Day
by Thomas Pynchon
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars .....and then some!, 31 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Against the Day (Hardcover)
Sure it's all that most reviewers have claimed; its also Indiana Jones meets the giants of modern physics in the company of conspiracy theory and a cast of anarchists, cowboys, uber-capitalists and everyday folks just trying to get by. Like Vineland set in a later era, Pynchon shows that he knows where the bones are buried and how they got there, how America came to be the monster we know/love/hate today. Stylistically a world away from the studied urbanity of DeLillo, this novel is also a smorgasbord of American social history in the early years of the 20th century. Pynchon here (and elsewhere), offers us the post modern novel constructed in the Grand Baroque style in which he excels, in which he has no equal. The scholarship underpinning this book is awesome, but above all, reading this book is, as Miles Davis remarked in another context, about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.
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Jj Cale Featuring Leon Russell: Live In Session [DVD] [2005]
Jj Cale Featuring Leon Russell: Live In Session [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ J.J. Cale

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A player at the top of his game, 2 Mar. 2007
This is JJ Cale at the height of his powers and it remains a mystery as to why he and his recorded output are so little known. If you ever wondered about Cale's playing style, whether he was in fact the guitarist on classics like Naturally, Okie etc. look no further, it's all in full view out in the open; a rhythmic blend of jazz, rock and blues influences. Although Cale is in the studio (with Leon Russell and other friends), this is very much a live set and the material played quite representative of Cale's output up to the mid 70's and beyond. The weakest element on this session is Cale's voice, and then only occasionally, by and large it is still, together with the laid back, smoky, bluesy songs, what one reviewer in Melody Maker once referred to as "the sound of swamp dredging". Think Lynrd Skynrd crossed with Ry Cooder and John Hiatt. This DVD can be recommended to anyone with a taste for blues or country-rock. Minute for minute, blow by blow, there are few performers in this or other genres who deliver the music so well, so authentically and seemingly effortlessly too.


The New York Trilogy: "City of Glass", "Ghosts" and "Locked Room"
The New York Trilogy: "City of Glass", "Ghosts" and "Locked Room"
by Paul Auster
Edition: Paperback

19 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pseuds corner, 20 Sept. 2006
I had been reading rave reviews of Austers work for maybe 10 years when I bought this book. It may be that there are a number of clever ploys in each story, I wouldn't know, because basically these are stories where nothing happens. Reading this volume was as much fun waiting a week for a bus. I read because I want to be entertained, provoked, stimulated, enriched or informed, i.e. intellectually or emotionally moved, Haruki Murakami does most of these things for me. Subsequently,whenever I see in print, the usual gushing encomiums about this guy, I mentally reach for a gun.


Halfbreed
Halfbreed

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Things we used to do, 30 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Halfbreed (Audio CD)
I own this album on vinyl and find it incomprehensible that it remains unavailable on CD. At 60 I've heard pretty much everything of significance in the blues genre, yet this album remains timeless and stands out head and shoulders above most of the stuff recorded around this time and on down to the present, across the blues tradition.
Every one of the musicians on this album stands out, yet there is no grandstanding, just a bunch of muso's playing as a band. The sound is tight, together, big, fat and warm and oozes the kind of juice that defines the blues.There isn't a duff track among the the seven on the LP.

Eric Clapton? Peter Green? Spit James was playing every bit as good as these guys, and then some, yet he seems to have walked off into the sunset as it were. Everywhere I've been around the world, when the talk turns to blues, the name of this album comes up again and again and people ask: who was this guy and where is he?
This album is a salutary reminder of all that the blues can be and how good we used to be in the UK at making music and setting the pace, yet with very few exceptions I can't think of another album which comes even close to "Halfbreed".
With only a modest marketing budget and todays cost-cutting technology this album could become even more of a cult classic than it is at present. Any takers out there?
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