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Sound Affects
Sound Affects
Price: £5.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic Punk, 7 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Sound Affects (Audio CD)
Music historians will always site "All Mod Cons" as The Jam's greatest achievment because of its significance in the scheme of things. But this record has to be my favourite from the Wheller collection. It's the variety that gets you first. Compare the pounding bass of the opener "Pretty Green" to the melancholy of "Monday" and then the thrashing rhythm of "I'm Different Now" or the psychedelic post-punk of "Set The House Ablaze". And then there's the Beatles/Harrison tribute "Start" (the bass line is affectionately nicked from "Taxman"). And don't forget the classic "That's Entertainment", a song that elevates Wheller from punk rocker to voice of a generation (and a few generations to come). I don't understand why The Jam didn't become the biggest band in the world...i suppose the music is just too good for the american market.

Do yourself a favour and buy this album...you will never ever ever regret it. Trust me on this one.


Stars of CCTV
Stars of CCTV
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars, 7 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Stars of CCTV (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic debut, but with a couple of flaws. The singles off of the album are classic anthems that will be aired on the radio for years to come (Living For The Weekend" and "Cash Machine" in particular), but the album looses steam in the album tracks somewhere (track 6 in particular). There is a good amount of variety on the album (which is very good for a new band) and so it requires repeated listens...but it's not quite a 5 star achievement. I can't wait for their next release (a long time in the making it would appear) because i want to see whether this band can produce better (just think how good it could be!)I think Richard Archer (singer/songwriter) is a Joe Sturmmer in the making, and could easily be a house hold name by the end of the decade if the band capitilises on their succes.


Five Live Yardbirds
Five Live Yardbirds
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars raw R&B, 30 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Five Live Yardbirds (Audio CD)
Before Eric Clapton was a household name, and before he had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a record 3 times, he was in a small mid-sixties British R&B group known as the Yardbirds. Now although they did not push sonic boundries or change how we see the world, they did do one viatally important thing - bring R&B to the young British audience of the 60's. The playing on this record is firey and untamed. A quintet of angry young musicians are playing their hearts out for a cramped, sweaty, teenage audience, and they're loving every second of it. Captured here is an intensity of music that could not have been reproduced in a studio, and that's what makes this record so important. This record is the essence of rock and roll - raw, untamed emotions brought out through music. It's also nice to hear a young superstar taking his first steps along the road to fame and fortune. Listen out for the solo on "Five Long Years" - it's a sign of things to come.

This should be a part of any true music fan's collection, especially blues and R&B fans.


The Village Green Preservation Society
The Village Green Preservation Society

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God Save The Kinks, 29 Dec. 2006
Well to be honest i had very high hopes for this album on perchasing, and on first listening i was very, very, very, very, disapointed. I totaly understood why this had been overlooked by the music fans of 1968 who bought "The White Album" by The Beatles, "Electric Ladyland" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience and "Begger's Banquet" by The Rolling Stones instead, and it seemed reasonable that TKATVGPS hadden't charted. You will not be blown away by this album. It's not revolutionary. It's certainly not commercial. But it wasn't intended to be. Ray Davis' vision for this album was to just create a collection of songs for himself, something he would enjoy listening to. Slightly selfish maybe, but he was bored of making commerical records.

And so the listener is offered a collection of charming, quintisentially british songs, all of which are impossible not to fall in love with. They feel like your friends, and after a few listeners you won't be able to leave the album alone. My personal fave track is "Last of the steam powered trains", because of it's sheer originality. "Picture Book" is another standout track. I don't know if it is worth buying the dulux edition, because three disks is slightly boring. But by all means buy the album.


Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very special special edition, 29 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake (Audio CD)
This is very good album, and the wonderful packageing and extras does it justice. I'm not sure whether a stereo and mono version of the album were both needed, as the stereo is far superior, but it's nice to know your getting your money's worth. The BBC documentary is very interesting if you have an hour to spare. The tin packageing is very aesthetically pleasing, but it is a bit awkward when trying to get the C.D.'s out when in the car. But if you buy it for one reason, it should be the fun packed songs, all of which are wonderful in their own quirky, late 60's way (espically "Lazy Sunday"). Buy and enjoy.


Bat Out Of Hell
Bat Out Of Hell
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bat out of hell, 28 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Bat Out Of Hell (Audio CD)
this is a brillient album...it's fantastically silly and cheesily over the top, but in a good way. the song writing is witty and operatic and the singing is larger than life.

this is a fun album and doesn't deserve the negative critisism it sometimes gets.


OK Computer
OK Computer
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars greatest ever?, 26 Oct. 2006
This review is from: OK Computer (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic album. It's beautiful, and beauty is hard to come by in rock music. This is my generation's equivalent to "The Dark Side Of The Moon" by Pink Floyd.

Having said that, this is not the best album of all time as a recent channel 4 poll claims. do not expect to listen to this and become a reformed and changed human. The music is just very good, not god like.

This should be a welcome addition to anyones collection, however it shouldn't have received the ungodly praise that it did. Personally i think "The Bends" is better and if that had come atop of the poll, then i think there would have been fewer complaints.


ESPN International Winter Sports
ESPN International Winter Sports

5.0 out of 5 stars how can something be sooo bad and good at the same time!?!, 29 Sept. 2006
Awful graphics and terrible game play should make a game an instant failure, but ESPN seems to have these two flaws and yet still be the most fun u'll ever have. just checkout the figure skating or the bobsleighing or even the fantastically slow pace curling!!! definitely worth all the money (trust me!)


Young Americans
Young Americans
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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what's this?...sounds good, but is it Bowie really?, 25 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Young Americans (Audio CD)
after the slightly disapointing "Diamond Digs", Bowie heads in a different direction (and not for the last time either). As you may have gathered from the albums title, this was aimed at breaking David into america, and it succeded triumphantly. This is a very good collection of songs, there isn't a filler here. Dispite not being the greatest singer, the souly pop makes this David's most accesible album. He did do better things before and after this, but this is what made him a global superstar as aposed to just a superstar in his own country.


Scary Monsters
Scary Monsters
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18 of 71 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars grossly overated album, 25 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Scary Monsters (Audio CD)
after slowly building up my 70's bowie collection i decided that it was time for me to move into the 80's. After hearing the singles off of "Scary Monster", and especially the classic "Ashes to Ashes", i decided to buy what has often been described as one of Bowie's best works.

However "Scary Monsters" is far from a classic album, containing noisey, over the top and frankly awful songs. It pretents to be like the avent-guarde classic "Heroes" album, but fails miserably. Bowie is unable to recreate the fantastic albeit strange music of his Berlin trilogy, and the listener is just left with a horrbile mish mash of would be songs. The album does have redeeming features however, the singles "Ashes to ashes", "Fashion" and "Scary monsters (and super creeps)" make the album almost worth buying, however as these could be found on any singles collection or greatest hits, it is perhapse plausible to save the money, and spend it elsewhere on anything Bowie did from 1971 to 1977, all of which is fantastic.

This album has confermed my opinion that most music from the 80's is awful.
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