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The Decca Tapes (Clear Vinyl) [180g VINYL]
The Decca Tapes (Clear Vinyl) [180g VINYL]
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Price: £11.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Release of the Full Decca Audition, 9 Jan. 2017
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Ordering this LP was a bit of a gamble as it's clearly an unofficial release. Sadly, the fab two have not yet seen fit to put out a full release of the Decca tapes - the Anthology only offered selected highlights - so we have to resort to bootlegs to get hold of the full audition tape.

The good news is that not only does this LP collect together all of the audition tracks (including the lesser heard 'Love of the Loved'), the audio quality is excellent. Highly recommended. (I bought the clear vinyl variant - I can't vouch for the others.)


JETech 2-Pack iPhone SE 5 5S 5C Tempered Glass Screen Protector Film - 0314
JETech 2-Pack iPhone SE 5 5S 5C Tempered Glass Screen Protector Film - 0314
Offered by JEDirect UK
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality Product, 7 April 2016
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Great quality screen protectors. Not the cheapest, but a decent price for an excellent product.


Life After Kes
Life After Kes
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, if flawed, 26 Aug. 2015
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This review is from: Life After Kes (Kindle Edition)
If you're a fan of the classic film Kes, there's a lot to be said for this book. The author has tracked down many of those originally involved in the film, and their contrasting experiences during and after the making of it are, at times, fascinating. I discovered a huge amount about the making of it that I hadn't known before and found the story of its production an interesting mini-history of the British film industry at the end of the 60s.

There are some issues with the book. The prose style is clumsy in places, and there are a significant number of typos. I'm not sure if the same problems occurred in the print edition, but the Kindle edition makes for an irritating read at times. I could also have done without the author endlessly ruminating on the subject of the education system in Britain and his occasionally laboured descriptions of the process of tracking down the subjects interviewed in the book; it feels like there's an awful lot of padding.

I wouldn't dissuade anyone from buying the book who loves the film, but I can't help but feel that a decent editor could have made a good book at lot better.


Before the Waves Roll in
Before the Waves Roll in
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Undiscovered Treasure, 9 Dec. 2014
An act and album I stumbled on accidentally thanks to Google Play. This is one of the most beautiful, weird, moving and life-affirming albums you'll hear this decade. Criminally, you need to search online for a physical release which has to be imported from Europe.

How are these guys not massive? Wonderful songwriting, more melodies and hooks than you can shake a stick at. Highly recommended.


Electric Arguments
Electric Arguments
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Macca Pleasure, 31 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Electric Arguments (Audio CD)
Have had this album on a loop on my iPod since it came out a couple of months ago. Whilst there's no doubt that 'Memory Almost Full' was a fine album, it was a slight disappointment after the wonders of 'Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard', possibly Macca's strongest album since the Fabs.

'Electric Arguments' raises the bar again. Macca's flirtations with experimental pop have met with varying degrees of success in the past - McCartney II, anyone? - but this album is a cracker from start to finish. Experimental, yet accessible. Rocking out, yet full of the sublime melodies and hooks we've come to expect from the master.

There are numerous highlights, but the standout track for me is 'Dance 'Til We're High', a track that's made me smile again and again as it builds and builds; its joyous refrains will have you tapping your feet, shaking your thing or singing along inappropriately on the tube or bus within a couple of listens.

There's plenty for the more traditional fans - for want of a better expression - to enjoy too.

The man's come in for plenty of criticism over the past couple of decades. Despite his detractors - or in spite of them - he's never stopped trying, never stood still. This album sees him moving into new territories again, but unlike the previous two Fireman albums, completely and triumphantly successfully.

My only criticism is of the fact that this has been released under the 'Fireman' moniker and has, chartwise, underperformed as a result. Make no mistake - this is a Paul McCartney album, and Paul McCartney at his best. Those looking for the 'Frog' song or 'Mull of Kintyre' should look elsewhere. Those looking to hear Macca at his eccentric and brilliant best should buy this now.
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The Tony Hancock BBC Collection (8 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1956]
The Tony Hancock BBC Collection (8 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [1956]
Dvd ~ Tony Hancock
Price: £16.55

97 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jumping the Gun..., 8 Oct. 2007
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Stone me, it seems a few reviewers on this page have jumped the gun in their criticisms of this set. For a start, the 'Face to Face' interview will be included in this release and a number of episodes have newly recorded commentaries with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Whereas the original DVD releases sometimes featured 1980s edits of some of the episodes, I'm led to believe that the original, uncut versions of some or all of the episodes have made it onto this set. Having sold my copies of the original discs online I now have more than enough money to purchase this superb collection. £40 for all Hancock's BBC shows, 'Face to Face' and commentaries to boot? Sounds like a bargain to me.
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