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The UFO Files: The Inside Story of Real-life Sightings
The UFO Files: The Inside Story of Real-life Sightings
by David Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe the Hype, 25 Nov. 2009
David Clark is one of the best UFO authors this country has ever produced, he might not be the best known but that is mainly because his work is based on solid factual research. You won't find too many 'space aliens stole my baby,' kind of claims here, but you will learn a lot about events that lead to UFO reports, and you'll get intelligent and solid investigations of Britain's best known UFO cases. One of most welcome things about this book is the way it's written in a no-nonsense, informative style. A lot of other UFO books appear to think breathless claims and rambling arguments are the way to go.


Angel in the Dark
Angel in the Dark
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Price: £15.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Soul, 6 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Angel in the Dark (Audio CD)
The other reviews here make it obvious this is an assured collection of covers and originals. A couple of things worth adding for anyone looking to pick up a few of Laura Nyro's albums are that these are her last significant recordings, not available on the other compilations. They are also slower, more-meditative, and more intimate than most of her other work. There may be a band used on some of the tracks but even when they're all playing the sound has Laura way out front, in full voice. The feel is something like watching a superb performance in a very small venue.

Well worth investigating.


Derailroaded - Inside The Mind Of Larry Wild Man Fischer [2005] [DVD]
Derailroaded - Inside The Mind Of Larry Wild Man Fischer [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Josh Rubin
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £4.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a Kind Mind, 2 Nov. 2009
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For years Larry 'Wild Man' Fischer was a curio, loved by a handful of fans, mocked by a few others and mainly ignored. Given the freakshow appeal of his music there was always a danger that someone would exploit him, so this documentary is little short of a blessing. A sympathetic portrait of a paranoid schizophrenic that shows the man in live action, covers his brief flirtations with fame, and lets those around him, notably his brother - who is a dead-ringer for Harpo Marx - tell their stories. You get enough of the unique music to know why his appeal will never die for some, and enough of the facts of his troubled life to understand why he may never perform or record again. Most of all, you get to hear Larry talk, and share intimate moments with him. Well worth the trouble and one of the few 'rockumentary' movies that takes the 'documentary' element seriously.


The Higher They Climb, The Harder They Fall
The Higher They Climb, The Harder They Fall
Offered by samurai media
Price: £41.55

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless and Strange, 1 Nov. 2009
Cassidy's loyal audience have stayed with him through the ups and downs and the other reviews here speak directly to them. If you are one of the handful of people who discover this album through discussions of the rare and unusual then this review is for you. This album took a critical slating on release, mainly suggesting the harder he tried the more he flopped. Unfair in my opinion. This is a concept album with the added bonus of an easy to follow story, the rise and fall of a pop star. It has its shortcomings, notably the self-conscious and needless spoken word track 'Massacre at the Park Bench' in which David Cassidy and a tramp find themselves sleeping in the same park. Elsewhere, it's full of surprises. The covered classics - Darlin' & Be Bop-a-Lula - stand up really well and if the trio of cod-Bee Gees disco workouts in the second half sound dated, he does - at least - handle them well. The gorgeous country rock ballad 'Love in Bloom' co-written with ex-Poco Richie Furay is a lost gem.

Overall this album stands up well and resembles a couple of other famous oddities - The Turtles' 'Battle of the Bands' and Todd Rundgren's 'Faithful' - collections in which the artists change style with confidence. Probably the one David Cassidy album those who don't like the man would benefit from owning.


Re-Ac-Tor (Reactor)
Re-Ac-Tor (Reactor)
Price: £6.08

4.0 out of 5 stars Download if you don't own...., 11 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Re-Ac-Tor (Reactor) (Audio CD)
The other reviews hereabouts lay out the main points, this was the end of his first stint on Reprise, the album is largely a fuzzed-out, rapid-fire ragbag of rockers notable mainly for its quirky twists and fleeting moments of extreme glory. So, it's inconsistent and the best moments are overlooked in his canon largely because he didn't tour this one and it didn't get the promotion that would have turned the would-be anthemns here into the standards they deserve to be. There's a great story about the recording of Re.ac.tor in which Reprise ring up Neil to ask how the overdue final album is going and he assures them he was laying some tracks as they rang, failing to mention the tracks in question were for a model railway!

That off the wall attitude pervades here. When it hits the target it's worth the trouble. If you don't buy this for the best moments you'll get a lot of music for your money downloading the epic 'T-bone' (moronic to the point of mind-numbing and still played with a ferocity that indicates he was onto something). He once kept a straight face when asked about the repetitive lyrics on this one, claiming he was thinking of something different as he sang each verse. 'Shots' is a must too, pretty much the heaviest rocker in the Young canon and something of a sidekick to 'Hurricane' and 'Free World.' Elsewhere the US single 'Southern Pacific' and 'Opera Star' are catchy character songs that wouldn't have been out of place on Rust Never Sleeps and the rest is full-on clanking rock, probably a little too reliant on slogans rather than deep thoughts lyrically but still grat fun cranked up loud in the car.


In The Wee Small Hours
In The Wee Small Hours
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands Up Well, 4 Oct. 2009
This review is from: In The Wee Small Hours (Audio CD)
The other reviews say most of what is required about the history of this album. Over half a century later its sales, critical standing and discovery by generation after generation put its classic status beyond doubt and if you're a Sinatra fan,this is an essential purchase, end of. If I could add one more thing to the tonnage of comments here it would be; the production and sound of this collection stands up superbly, considering the limited technology available in the mid-fifties. The main melodies are direct, simple and always supported by the backing. The genius here includes the arrangements which have the various backing instruments fading in and out with little flourishes of melody to create the mood of lonely, melancholy, introspection. I was prompted to put in this review after dropping this album in the changer alongside Joy Division's 'Closer', the third Portishead album and a couple of Mazzy Star CDs. Set on shuffle Frank's tracks didn't sound out of place at all because the moods and ideas are, near-enough, timeless


Substance
Substance
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!, 25 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Substance (Audio CD)
The reviews already posted on here combine outpourings of love and nostalgia and mini-essays on New Order. But at their best they WERE that good. If you were around you don't need telling. If you're checking out New Order to find out why they mattered then I strongly suggest you start here, and not with the one disc best of. This twofer is the essence of what made New Order great, it lacks later singles but it packs extended work-outs, ambitious b-sides and the big fat restless mixes that made them a dance sensation. The lengthy tracks simply make it more obvious that this band wrote hypnotic melodies, laid just enough instruments on each track and used the tricks and technology of the time with intelligence. There are compilations out there offering up 80s 12" singles so thick with electronic keyboards and fussy knob-twiddling production that the original songs are all but lost. This assured collection shows New Order were up there with the best for most of the decade and they never lost sight of the need for a good lyric, a timely guitar lick or a slamming tune. Classic!


The Wizard's Gown - Rewoven: Beneath the Glitter of Marc Bolan.: 1
The Wizard's Gown - Rewoven: Beneath the Glitter of Marc Bolan.: 1
by Tony Stringfellow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brave Attempt to Revise Bolan's Reputation, 31 Aug. 2009
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I've heard a range of comments on this book from different Bolan fans. The criticisms often slam the book for failing to be a definitive account of his song-writing. In other words, they blame it for failing to do things it never attempted to do. Taken on its own merits 'Wizard's Gown' is a brave attempt to investigate the roots of Bolan's poetry and a work that throws new light and new research on the writing abilities of a man often over-looked as a wordsmith. By far the best work is the analysis of Bolan's most ambitious prose work and the biographical details that present facts where half-truths have previously been believed. So - for example - the glib assertion he loved the eco-fantasy work of writers like Tolkein is tackled head-on, revealing Marc to be much more at home in Narnia than Middle Earth, and taking the trouble to explain the reasons for this. This work is less impressive when the author analyses some of the better known songs and I'm not sure his reading of Metal Guru is accurate, but the main point here is to engage with Marc Bolan the writer and establish the level of skill, insight, ambition and accomplishment we can all find in his work. On that level much of 'Wizard's Gown' reads like a well-argued post-graduate thesis, and sustains itself throughout the argument.


The Maintenance of Headway
The Maintenance of Headway
by Magnus Mills
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead-pan Comic Wonder, 31 Aug. 2009
The words 'demented dead-pan comic wonder' were quoted in publicity material for Mills' first novel; 'The Restraint of Beasts.' Since when the collision of dead-pan humour and plot tension based on simmering undercurrents have sustained all of his novels. This short novel is something of a departure, more a resigned meditation on the impossible collision of perfect systems and imperfect people. Because his last two novels have pulled the same stunt, dropping a monumental revelation casually into the narrative once it is well underway, this book surprised me with the lack of such a twist. It is certainly up to his dead-pan standards, the best laughs arise naturally, there is a strong senst that Mills knows this material and these people inside out and - probably - a sense that now he has returned to bus driving this book is personal. It lacks the stunning twists of his best works, and doesn't really try for the fully demented element of the plot at any point. So it sets less ambitious targets than 'Explorers of the New Century' or 'The Scheme for Full Employment' and it's over inside 160 pages. It's still worth the time and effort, though.


Live From San Quentin
Live From San Quentin

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneasy Listening, 22 July 2009
This review is from: Live From San Quentin (Audio CD)
The Amazon review above pretty much nails this. It's low-fi, rambling, and not a patch on Manson's other recorded output. For all that a combibation of ghoulish fascination and lack of other material make this a likely buy for anyone hell bent on collecting the CDs others wouldn't touch, or simply having the album because it's Charlie and he's a rock 'n' roll dude. Speaking of which, isn't it time somebody admitted that his best musical moments are in that curious combination of slightly surreal wordplay and those mellow melodies he crafts. Without the infamous crimes he coulda been - like - Gordon Lightfoot, or somebody like that.


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