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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This truly is The VERY best of Steeleye Span-(At Present!), 5 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Present (Audio CD)
First things first:-
-This is a 2002 version of all their very best hits over the (almost) 35 years of Steeleye Span, and let me tell you it is a wonderful treat for both avid-followers & new-comers alike.
Steeleye are like a good wine, as they mature they simply improve!
Here are a few words to describe my feelings towards this album...
The energy with which they re-approach all the classics is amazing; a real highlight is the new version of 'Hard Times of Old England', slowed down to make quite a moving song, with a classical guitar-type interlude from Bob Johnson (best wishes to him by the way!)
Peter Knight uses his new deeper violin alot which changes the whole sound of some songs (which is very refreshing indeed!) Maddy of course, is tip-top. Rick kemp, recently returned is raw and rocky, Liam carries all songs very well.
In conclusion this is a product of 35 years of maturing, it's now ready to drink!

Access to Philosophy: The Philosophy Of Religion
Access to Philosophy: The Philosophy Of Religion
by Peter Cole
Edition: Paperback

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate text-book for Philosophy Students!, 14 Dec. 2001
This book is a Must-Have for all & I mean all philosophy/Theology students!
Having recently just sat my exams in AS Theology & being in the middle of the A2 course, this book was and still is the indispensible/definitive book for my studies! It can be used as a text-book or/& as I did as a revision book.
I assure you that it it will the best few pounds you ever invest!!!
It explains and explores the five classical arguments for the existence of God in an a coherant and understandable manner. (it even made me understand the Ontological argument easily!)
Then it explores in later chapters the Problem of Evil, the Mind & Body distinction, Life after Death and Religious Language. What makes this book unique is that it makes philosophy fun, yes FUN!
It claims to be an 'access to philosophy' (the series' name) and by using clear paragraphs, bullet points, 'Key Points', summary pages and concise/relevant quotes it certainly succeeds!
Please if you want to get an 'A' your first step is to buy this!

Steeleye Span: 25 Live [VHS]
Steeleye Span: 25 Live [VHS]

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb, timeless document of pure Steeleye, 14 Dec. 2001
This video is a great record of mid-nineties' Steeleye Span. Due to the fast-changing line-up of Steeleye this video provides a freeze frame insight into a group of musicians representing a Steeleye Span that will almost definately never be seen together (as a group) ever again. It is for this reason that this video is a must have!
Recorded in 1995, the great treat of this video is that both Maddy Prior & Gay Woods feature singing together. Along with lead guitarist Bob Johnson, Fiddlist Peter Knight, Bass/Keys Tim Harries & Drummer Liam Genockey.
My only criticism of this video is that it doesn't feature some more of the classic Steeleye songs, for Gaudete & Thomas the Rhymer are sadly ommited! Others though ARE included such as Seagull, Jack Hall and Padstow.
There are indeed many highlights, not least an up-to-date version of 'Dark Eyed Sailor', the medley 'All Around My Hat', the Epic 'Tam Lin' and then the final piece, the superb 'Let Her Go Down'.
All in all this video is a great record of Steeleye Span during the mid-nineties. The only other thing I noticed at the beginning was that now and again the voices of Gay & Maddy seemed unbalanced. Yet later I was proved wrong when the duo performed an invigorating 'My Johnny'. In the conclusion all the band member's voices and respective instrument playing are indeed truly superb. I would insist you buy it!
This video belongs on ALL true Span'ner's shelves and is a real treasure!

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