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Stir It Up: The Anthology (1965-1979)
Stir It Up: The Anthology (1965-1979)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny's Got Soul, 16 Aug. 2017
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By far the best Johnny Nash compilation there is. The remastering is excellent and each of his albums (up to 1979) is well represented, together with a decent smattering of worthwhile B sides.

It gets only 4 stars though because of the blunder that's been made with Johnny's best known song, 'I Can See Clearly Now', which isn't the original from the 1972 album (the version that reached number 1 in the States that year), even though the notes in the booklet say it is. Instead, it's the 1989 pop-reggae re-mix, which, with the best will in the world, is inferior to the original in every way.

Still, would I recommend this collection? Certainly. Great sound, great songs, great voice.


DN-Technology Apple iPad Air 360 Degree Rotating Black Smart Premium Leather Flip Wallet Stand Case Cover
DN-Technology Apple iPad Air 360 Degree Rotating Black Smart Premium Leather Flip Wallet Stand Case Cover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good product at very good price, 14 Dec. 2016
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Very speedy service and product just as described. Bought one two years ago for someone and after constant use is still in great condition (this one's for a different family member). Recommended.


Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior
Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior
by James a Gray Professor and Chair of Religious Studies Bart D Ehrman
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ehrman does it again, 11 May 2016
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A terrific read. Makes you wonder how anyone can believe the gospels or anything in the Bible given the unreliability of the much-vaunted oral tradition - on which the reports of Jesus relied for their first forty years. As Ehrman demonstrates, word of mouth produced only 'distorted memories' and unadulterated make-believe. And this is (still) the foundation of the Christian faith! Readable, engaging and persuasive, this is Ehrman back on form.

Note to publisher: this title needs to be more widely available; when I ordered it (in April 2016) it was available only as an import in the UK.
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Holy Holy (Original Mono Single Version) [2015 Remastered Version]
Holy Holy (Original Mono Single Version) [2015 Remastered Version]
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just a little bit quiet..., 27 Oct. 2015
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Of course it's great to have this rarity available at last (after 45 years!) It isn't as good as the slightly later Spiders' version but it is the original; an embryonic version of one of Bowie's under-rated gems from the Ziggy era. My gripe with this particular download, however, is that it's just too quiet; it's been digitised at low volume. It's not even as loud as other Bowie releases, which are already quieter than most other artists'. Is this because it's a download or is all of the 'Five Years' collection like this? If it is, I'm more than glad I didn't fork out £89 for the same old, same old - now at lower volume! Isn't it time there was some sort of standard volume for music? It's very irritating listening to MP3 tracks, even those by the same artist, and having to adjust the volume repeatedly because of the variability. So, the original 'Holy Holy' - 4 stars for the song, 1 for quality of download.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great price - no need to buy a more expensive ..., 1 Oct. 2015
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Great price - no need to buy a more expensive cable, this one works brilliantly. Plugged it into the TV/hi-fi and it worked immediately, no messing. Service was excellent too with next day delivery. Recommended.


Always Guaranteed
Always Guaranteed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cliff delivers, 8 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Always Guaranteed (Audio CD)
The start of Cliff's late 80s revival (he has one every decade, after all), 'Always Guaranteed' is a terrific album made all the better by some excellent remastering. Four singles were originally released from it, including 'Some People' and the wonderful 'Two Hearts', with varying degrees of success. All four are, nevertheless, superb. Several of the other songs - like 'This Time Now' - are strong enough to have been singles too. There are some interesting bonus tracks, particularly 'Wild Geese' and 'Another Christmas Day', both penned by Cliff himself. The latter really should have been added to one of his later Christmas albums. Perhaps 'Always Guaranteed' isn't quite as strong as its successor, 'Stronger', which seems to have a slightly wider variety of songs, but it is, nonetheless, a five star release.


Short & Curly: A Collection of Tails  for Grown-ups
Short & Curly: A Collection of Tails for Grown-ups
by Neil Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.55

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, highly recommended!, 8 Feb. 2015
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In my completey impartial opinion this is a brilliant collection of short stories. (Well, Amazon asked me to review it and what else am I going to say?!)


Stronger
Stronger
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5.0 out of 5 stars They don't come much stronger than this, 8 Feb. 2015
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One of Cliff's best albums, this is a collection of very, ahem, strong songs mostly written by Alan Tarney. Even the Stock-Aitken-Waterman production of 'I Just Don't Have The Heart' is palatable within the context of the whole album. The remastering is superb - if you're going to buy 'Stronger', make sure you get this remastered version with bonus tracks. Mostly 'B' sides, these aren't quite as good as the album's original songs, though the strangely haunting 'Lindsey Jane' is a welcome addition. Cliff has never sounded better than during this, his late 80s renaissance. Highly recommnded.


A Sting In The Tale: A Collection Of Short Stories
A Sting In The Tale: A Collection Of Short Stories
by John Nevinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars any reader will recognise something of themselves in these beautifully constructed tales, 25 Jan. 2015
'A Sting In the Tale' is John Nevinson's first published collection of stories, each with the proverbial twist at the end.

This is a very satisfying collection of thirty-eight short stories that explore a wide range of themes and introduce an interesting collection of protagonists, from surprisingly modern medieval maidens and a Pomeranian survivor of the Titanic to present day murderers! As this last suggests, there's a darkness to some tales, reflecting a wry take on life, while others reflect a warmth towards, as well as an understanding of, human frailties and idiosyncrasies; 'It's About Time' captures some sardonic Cumbrian humour while 'He Practised To Deceive' finds a local lothario dig himself deeper into a pit of his own making! The local connection – local to Carlisle that is, where John is a member of a writers' group – is evident in a number of stories, though this need not deter anyone who's not from the area. John's characters are universal; any reader will recognise something of themselves in these beautifully constructed tales. There's something for everybody in 'A Sting In The Tale'.

I must also declare my special interest here - I helped edit the book.


Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life
Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life
by Eric Metaxas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.37

3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be sceptical, be very sceptical..., 29 Nov. 2014
Do you believe in miracles? Do they happen? Author Eric Metaxas thinks so. He also says that anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is closed-minded and intolerant, which is his Christian persecution complex speaking. Metaxas and other believers who accept unusual events as miracles are, apparently, ‘open-minded’, while the sceptic who looks for a rational or scientific explanation isn’t.

But isn’t the reality the opposite of this? Isn’t the seeking of rational explanation and analysing the evidence, the open-minded, imaginative act? And isn’t blindly accepting on faith that a particular event is the Christian God (naturally) messing about with ‘the laws of physics’, the closed-minded, unimaginative response? By definition, closing down all other possible explanations is the closed-minded response. It takes no imagination, no being open to possibilities, to refuse to look for an explanation beyond ‘God did it.’

Most miracles are, in any case, very mundane, trivial affairs. They’re never the regrowing of severed limbs, the eradication of Ebola or the holding back of a tsunami. Why not? Why are ‘miracles’ always so unimpressive, like the ‘inner healings’, visions and coincidences Metaxas writes about? Why do they have far better scientific or rational explanations than supernatural ones? And when it comes to it, why do we more often hear about miracles than see them for ourselves? Why are most miracles nothing more than hearsay, rather like ghost sightings? It’s uncanny how miracles always happen to someone else, who swears they really happened just as they describe them (this is where the exercise of imagination comes into play.) The miracles in Metaxas’s book seem to be just this; second hand accounts of largely unspectacular coincidences and hallucinations, none of which happened to the author himself nor were witnessed directly by him. Why should any thinking person accept such spurious testimony? Why indeed should we be ‘tolerant’ of such woolly wishful-thinking?

If, for you, second-hand reports of unremarkable events qualify as miracles, then so be it. Like Eric Metaxas, you should just close your mind and accept. But don’t tell those of us who are considerably more sceptical that we’re the ones who aren’t open-minded or tolerant.
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