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Great Lost Albums (Mammoth Book of)
Great Lost Albums (Mammoth Book of)
by Mark Billingham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Woeful, 26 May 2015
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A promising idea; but this is woefully, desperately, painfully unfunny.

Gilbert, Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance
Gilbert, Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance
Price: £2.97

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why mono?, 27 April 2010
This was the first of the D'Oyly Carte stereo recordings but beware, this version is in mono! Why?

The Mikado (1957 Vers)
The Mikado (1957 Vers)
Price: £14.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate labelling, 24 April 2010
This is the 1957 Sargent (not 'Sergeant') recording and it is certainly not by the D'Oyly Carte!
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Doctor Who: The Completely Unofficial Encyclopedia
Doctor Who: The Completely Unofficial Encyclopedia
by Chris Howarth
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars You wrangle and babble of pipes, 28 Nov. 2009
The original Useless Encyclopaedia was, then, the funniest book ever written about Doctor Who. This one maintains the standard and, refreshingly, is unafraid to take pot-shots at the Welsh series of Doctor Who and expose it for what it is - unlike the uniformly gushing tone adopted by all other publications since 2005. Anyone who has ever entertained any doubts about New Doctor Who - read this at once!

Passing Time in the Loo: Volume 2
Passing Time in the Loo: Volume 2
by Steven W. Anderson
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, wretched book, 31 Jan. 2009
The idea behind this book is excellent, but I was very disappointed with the result. It has a heavy bias towards American literature and culture which is not apparent from the cover. Its choice of 'great books' is decidedly eccentric and tainted with political correctness - Toni Morrison but no Dickens. Similarly there's a partisan feel to the selection of supposedly great people, for example in the gushing tribute to Mandela that makes no mention of his less-than-saintly early years. But worst of all are the numerous, glaring, laughable errors of fact. Here are a few, all taken from the same short article: Margaret Thatcher won Finchley "at age 32"; in the 1964 election Macmillan was "deposed" and Ted Heath "came into power"; Heath was "re-elected" in 1970 and "sailed through the 1974 election"; and Thatcher "won the nomination for Prime Minister of the newly formed National Coalition Government". All utter nonsense. This book ought to be a valuable storehouse of information, but how can you possibly assume any of it's accurate when you know it contains rubbish like this? Worthless.

Hits of the 70s - the Ultimate Collection
Hits of the 70s - the Ultimate Collection
Price: £31.67

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this trash!, 29 Jun. 2007
Don't be fooled by the boastful title, the generously-filled contents or the reclining babe on the cover, this is absolutely terrible. What the cover doesn't tell you is that practically none of the tracks on offer here are actually the original hits. The original vocalists may be there, but these are mostly ghastly, perfunctorily-produced travesties and anyone hoping to get a collection of the tracks they remember from the 70s will be utterly disappointed. One of the few originals is 'Mouldy Old Dough', and it's in mono. Was anyone still recording in mono in 1972? I know this is a budget-priced collection but that's hardly the point - nowhere on the packaging does it indicate that these are not the original hit versions. One star is too good for this.

About Time 1970-1974 Seasons 7 to 11 (About Time; The Unauthorized Guide to Dr. Who (Mad Norwegian Press))
About Time 1970-1974 Seasons 7 to 11 (About Time; The Unauthorized Guide to Dr. Who (Mad Norwegian Press))
by Tat Wood
Edition: Paperback

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book so far about the Pertwee era, 15 Jan. 2006
In this outstanding book, Lawrence Miles and Tat Wood analyse the Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who story by story. I must admit to having some misgivings beforehand, as Tat Wood is not exactly renowned as a Pertwee fan. I needn't have worried. The authors are overwhelmingly enthusiastic and fair in their assessment of the period. They also follow the example of the now-classic 'Discontinuity Guide' in their approach, combining a great love of the programme with a complete willingness to take the mickey - there are quite a few genuine laugh-out-loud moments in this book.
Above all I really must applaud the authors for the freshness of the book; I've been reading this kind of thing for twenty years now and I really thought that with the Pertwee era having been pored over for so long there wouldn't be anything new to say about it. I was utterly wrong - and there are even some fascinating bits of trivia I'd never read before. There's also a transcription of part of what Pigbin Josh says, and that's worth the price of the book alone.
There are some less welcome aspects. Firstly, the proofreading of this book appears to have been practically non-existent, leading to a lot of irritating mistakes and some unintentional humour such as a "continent" of Daleks attacking Auderley House rather than a contingent. Secondly, there are some alarming errors of fact that the authors really ought to have checked. For instance, Reginald Maudling wasn't Edward Heath's Chancellor, nor was he ever imprisoned, but both howlers are confidently asserted here in the section dealing with 'The Green Death'.
However, these shortcomings are easily outweighed by the wealth of fresh insights Miles and Wood bring to a much-discussed subject. To really prove its worth, reading this book prompted me to dig out Colony In Space and take another look - that's how thought-provoking it is. In my opinion this is the best book ever written about the Jon Pertwee era. On the basis of my enjoyment of this volume I've already ordered their next instalment about the early Tom Baker years and I believe their Hartnell volume is due soon. Let's hope enough DW fans buy them all to ensure that Miles and Wood get to cover the entire series and don't become the David Saunders of the Noughties. I recommend this book unreservedly to fans of Doctor Who, and especially to fans of the Pertwee years.
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Forever Changes In Concert
Forever Changes In Concert
Offered by momox co uk
Price: £3.20

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisited Masterpiece, 22 July 2003
Arthur Lee, together with a great backing band, strings and brass, revisits his 1967 masterpiece at London's Royal Festival Hall some 35 years after its first release. With a wonderful sense of atmosphere, great musicianship and those astonishing songs, this is a moving, exhilarating experience. I recommend it unreservedly to fans of the original 'Forever Changes' album.

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