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Barefaced Lies and Boogie-Woogie Boasts
Barefaced Lies and Boogie-Woogie Boasts
by Jools Holland
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No real boasts, 24 Nov. 2007
Some great anecdotes here, including the time he first met Bob Dylan at George Harrison's house.

Jools' humble manner is such that he drops names like Dylan and Harrison with the same love and affection that he recalls pub landlords, and friends and neighbours.

As a great fan of his music, I loved his insights on the music, and those he has worked with throughout the years.

One (small) gripe is the way that the last 15 or so years are crammed into about 20 pages, (possibly) leaving scope for a second half of the memoirs?

You get an overall sense of the honesty, and humble upbringing of Jools throughout, and I found it very hard to put this one down.

On The Edge: My Story
On The Edge: My Story
by Richard Hammond
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How the Hamster was mended, 24 Nov. 2007
This review is from: On The Edge: My Story (Hardcover)
A great read, which had me run the full gamut of human emotions in the approximately 2 minutes it took me to read the book.

Without wishing to give too much away, I was heartbroken at how his eldest daughter was trying to be strong for her mum, laughed out loud when James and Jeremy met him when he first regained consciousness, and marvelled at the strength and love between Mindy and the Hamster.

A compelling story.

Led Zeppelin - Mothership - Very Best Of (2CD/DVD)
Led Zeppelin - Mothership - Very Best Of (2CD/DVD)
Price: £14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great educational Christmas present, 11 Nov. 2007
Die hard Zep heads with the price of a CD in their pockets won't be rushing to get this, instead probably choosing to shell out for the Song Remains The Same CD or DVD.

I may get a copy of this or two to give as Christmas presents to music fans who have no Zeppelin, as that is what this album is best for.

I like the pared down sampler of 2003's DVD included in this edition, serving as a really great value intro to the sights and sounds of the greatest band in the world.

As others have said, this is definitely not for the real Zeppelin fan, but that doesn't make it bad!

Best Of Friends [CD + DVD]
Best Of Friends [CD + DVD]
Price: £12.99

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album - but not much for the long time fan, 11 Nov. 2007
I can't argue with the sound of this music. It is all of the highest quality.

Tuxedo Junction always makes me smile, as do most of the other tracks. I would suggest people hunt out the three 'And Friends' albums, as I reckon they could pick those up for not much more than this best of, and have three times as much music, without missing much.

The only issue I have with this album (hence missing the fifth star) is that there is not much incentive to buy this album if you already own the three aforementioned 'And Friends' albums. A better idea would have been to do a retrospective of Jools' solo (or non Squeeze) career, which spans the best part of 25 years, thus giving more 'new' material to more people.

That said, the music is all good, and if you want to smile like a loon, and dance like one too, this album is for you!

Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same [Special Edition] [DVD] [1976]
Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same [Special Edition] [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ Led Zeppelin
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £14.99

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Song Remains (largely) the same, 11 Nov. 2007
I think the best way to look at this is as the b*stard offspring of the original DVD release of The Song Remains The Same, and 2003's DVD.

Present here are the film footage of Celebration Day, Misty Mountain Hop, Over The Hills and Far Away, The Ocean, and a full version of Heartbreaker. Whereas we've all heard Celebration Day (from the original Soundtrack) and seen Misty Mountain Hop and The Ocean on 2003's DVD, it's great to see them inserted into the show in context.

I am hoping to see a nice remastering job visually, and will be very intrigued to compare the sound of the new DVD to the old, as I believe Jimmy Page and Kevin Shirley will have done a bang up job.

As far as I'm concerned, the fantasy sequences make the film.

I was going to give this four stars, but remembered how good the whole of Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll, and (the now full version of) Black Dog were. And there's two of Jimmy's finest solos in Since I've Been Loving You, and another cracking extended solo on Stairway to Heaven.

Just buy the thing!
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The Best of The Proclaimers
The Best of The Proclaimers
Price: £8.48

41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 for the songs, 0 for the cash in!, 1 April 2007
If you already own the Proclaimers greatest hits, you will have no need to purchase this - just buy the comic relief single.

This is a shameless re-packaged cash in of a 5 year old album with the current hit tacked on to the end.

If you don't own the old greatest hits, then I would waste no time in ordering this. It rocks.

Walk This Way
Walk This Way
Price: £1.24

8 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Creditable, but why?, 12 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Walk This Way (Audio CD)
If you're going to do a cover, why not have something a bit less 'edgy'.

For example, the title line is not about walking with ones feet, but with ones fingers in a lady's private regions. As previous reviewers have said, the Aerosmith version was about possible underage sex. I always thought the Run DMC re-imagining to have slightly more sinister group related overtones...

No real complaints about the execution of the song... Although they do sound somewhat bored. There's not the fun that surrounded say the Bananarama cover of Help from a while back.

Would it not have made more sense to do a decently recorded version of 'I Bet you look good on the dancefloor' with both girl bands?

This Is The Story
This Is The Story
Price: £3.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flatten all the vowels and throw the R away!, 13 Feb. 2007
This review is from: This Is The Story (Audio CD)
What can be said about the Reid brothers that hasn't already been said?

Just have a listen to this album and you will find a number of things to be true, firstly - these guys REALLY MEAN IT! next up, there is no 80's style over production to get in the way of these songs. Finally no other band can have you smiling and laughing at one moment to be crying the next, only to repeat the whole exercise over and over throughout the whole album!

Just buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best worst CD in my collection, 10 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Volare (Audio CD)
Let me get this straight from the off...

The CD is pants, however will never ever be thrown away!

The memories of the day will go with me to the grave, and this song with it. The only thing which really rankles is that this is the only time we are feasibly going to get to the FA cup final, and the official song is a Bontempi organ version of Volare...

Still, what a day!

Offered by Musical Notes
Price: £17.89

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 23 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Whatever (Audio CD)
This single is absolutely essential to anyone with ears.

It's not often that I wax lyrical about the qualities of anything, but this single is amazing.

Whatever is a 'not on the album' single, which copies a tactic used by The Beatles with 'Hey Jude' and more recently Blur with 'Popscene'.

Whereas the A side is fantastic, the B-sides are the killer point for me. Half the World Away is known by millions as 'That tune off the Royle Family', and is another example of Oasis as a killer band and Noel as a great singer. 'It's Good To Be Free' is amazing, with one of Noel's best guitar solos. Slide Away was of course on the first album, and needs no further analysis.

In short, this is a geat microcosm of the world class band Oasis were in the mid-90s, and a copy should be sent to Noel to remind him how he used to do it!

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