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Supernova [VINYL]
Supernova [VINYL]
Price: £15.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warped Vinyl, 27 Aug. 2014
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Copy i ordered, the disc was warped on side one. I have been having a lot of problems with warping on new release vinyl recently: manufacturers not taking enough care over vinyl production, taking the vinyl off press to quickly, creating warping? i didn't bother ordering a replacement, as i know a friend who had same issue with this vinyl: will go for a cd copy instead.

Peggy Suicide (Deluxe Edition)
Peggy Suicide (Deluxe Edition)
Offered by onepeecd
Price: £19.56

44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Cope deluxe edition - another balls up!, 14 Sept. 2009
After the massive disappointment of the 2006 Jehovah Kill remastering (a sonic disaster)you might have thought that island might have ensured they got this one right? Right? WRONG! UNBELIEVABLY SO VERY WRONG!
On first listening to disc one at least, the remastering seems to have avoided the distortion problems of the Jehovah Kill remastering which made the latter probably the worst remaster i had ever heard. Sonically, the Peggy Suicide reissue is ok:certainly brighter and crisper than the original, a tad more detail retrieval, but losing some natural warmth and depth compared to the original; a common trait in remastered discs. I guess this is just a matter of personal taste.

So my main problem with the new deluxe edition? The track inclusions, or rather the lack of...Where is 'uptight', the track which was on the original vinyl release of the album, but missing on the original cd due to time limitations of the cd format. All pre-release track listings for Peggy Suicide deluxe edition have included 'uptight' as track 15 on disc one. Never having owned the vinyl copy of this album i was so happy to be finally getting my hands on this long lost Cope track. So imagine my frustration and sense of betrayal when i arrived home from work today to find my amazon delivery waiting for me...only to look at the track listing and guessed it, no 'uptight'!!! AAAARRGHHH!!!! What is the problem with these idiots at island records? Are they so incompetent that they are prepared to misinform all musical retailers/publicists of an incorrect track listing? There are even discrepencies on the track listing for disc two: my cd has eleven tracks on it, amazon listed 13, hmv 15!!! What is going on?!!! Its an utter joke, and truelly unprofessional and shoddy in the extreme. On further inspection, checking out the amazon downloads, there is indeed no 'uptight' available to download and only eleven tracks as per my 2nd disc to download. But why the discepencies? I feel like a victim of false advertising! But more importantly, why has island wasted the obvious oppurtunity to finally put out on cd the complete Peggy Suicide album, ie, inclusive of 'Uptight'? If a deluxe edition is incapable of putting such a historical anomaly to rights, then really, what the hell is the point in the whole process anyway?

To say i am cheesed off with this is an understatement. My review still has to concede 3 stars simply on the strength of the music, as this is one of my favourite albums of all time, but really, what a total anticlimax! Shame on you, yet again, island records.

The Thames Path (National Trail Guides)
The Thames Path (National Trail Guides)
by David Sharp
Edition: Paperback

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed guide, but not without merit., 21 April 2009
Clear os explorer mapping is a positive, extending (at times) just enough beyond the actual trail to give you a view of your surroundings. There is some attempt to mention available accomodation upon the route although no contact details are present. Campsites barely seem to register in the authors consciousness but at least these are marked on the os mapping. My main point of criticsm? No mention of water taps along the route! How can a serious walking guide for a long distance national trail omit the location of water taps? Utterly ridiculous! A serious oversight which i feel makes the book hard to recommend with any degree of enthusiasm. Transport links are mentioned but relatively scantily; no bus service contact details are listed so you would have to research this yourself.
So overall my verdict: not a total loss but i do feel this book could have been better, more through. Trailblazer guides seem to provide far more practical detail for trail walking. Unfortunately they do not have one published for the Thames trail yet!

The Greater Ridgeway (Long distance trails)
The Greater Ridgeway (Long distance trails)
by Ray Quinlan
Edition: Paperback

22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A walking guide which seems to miss the point!, 21 April 2009
I bought this book having recently walked the ridgeway national trail and thought that undertaking other sections of the greater ridgeway might be fun. But i have to say that having dipped into this book quite extensively to research another long distance trek i am left very disappointed: it really does seem to miss some of the most important fundamental points that any long distance walker requires.

For myself i undertake walks with the idea that i will be as self-sufficient as i can, camping along the way and predominantly self-catering. In planning such a trek one of the first things i base my daily itineries upon is the availability of water points upon the trail without having to wander off several miles to the nearest town/village/pub to find one. This book makes no systematic attempt to highlight water points which i find utterly exasperating: how can any guide book proposing the undertaking of a long distance trail fail to recognise the importance of water availability. It really makes me wonder what the author, Ray Qunlan, is thinking of; how does he go about planning a walk? I can only imagine he is a walker who sticks to pub, b&b, hotel accomodation and does not consider the need of walkers who are more interested in doing things on a budget and who do not intend detouring into pubs or other facilities just to top up on water. Compare this book to the Trailblazer guides,including their Ridgeway guide, and you will see what i mean. The latter guides clearly cater for all types of walker and clearly mark out all available water taps upon these national trails.

This is not the only problem i have with this book. Again compared to the Trailblazer guides this book is very poor on listing available accomodation, particularly campsites. I could find no reference to three campsites i stayed on the main ridgeway, campsites which were no further than 500 yards from the trail! Again I have to confess i am totally exasperated by this oversight. The author claims that making recommendations about the availability of accomodation (or transport links for that matter) is impossible due to changes in availability. But again compare this attitude to that of the Trailblazer guides and it begins to strike you as an excuse for poor research and lack of thoroughness. The Trailblazer guides list comprehensive details of accomodation and full contact details, likewise for transport links: the contact details mean that you can check on the current availability of these services. Ray Quinlan in this guide meanwhile simply suggests you research such information on the internet without giving any contact information or relevant internet sites: all very well, but if i wanted to research every last detail on the internet i would not have bothered purchasing this book.

Any positive points? Well the route descriptions are quite thorough, very detailed infact. Personally i find them too detailed and ponderous but at least they are thorough. However the mapping is poor i feel: the book uses os landranger mapping rather than more detailed explorer maps. Moreover the mapping is limited to just an incredibly small area around the actual trail so that getting a feel for what is around you is impossible.

Finally, the author does offer some decent insight into the history of the trail and locations upon it. These anecdotal stories and factual insights, surrounding the locations on the trail would certainly make interesting reading whilst indulging in relaxing moments along the walk.

But overall, i find this a very flawed guide which i cannot recommend to the serious trail walker, and one which i would not have purchased if i had the oppurtunity to examine it more carefully before buying. A pity, a real missed oppurtunity.

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