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Reggae Girl
Reggae Girl
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Fast Reggae For Afficianados, 6 April 2017
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Great early 'fast' Reggae, most of these tunes are scarce and expensive on 7", Cd two is my fave, but all of it is good and sound quality isn't too shabby either.


Brother Dusty Feet (Red Fox Older Fiction)
Brother Dusty Feet (Red Fox Older Fiction)
by Rosemary Sutcliff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy not to be missed, 6 April 2017
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Read every year virtually since being given a first edition at the age of 11, I'm 50 and I still read it most years. A joy not to be missed.


Original Album Series: Tim Buckley / Goodbye and Hello / Happy Sad / Blue Afternoon / Lorca
Original Album Series: Tim Buckley / Goodbye and Hello / Happy Sad / Blue Afternoon / Lorca
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1.0 out of 5 stars Over indulgent self poop... from an era when record execs were so out of touch, they'd open the cheque book to anyone., 5 May 2016
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He's one of those 'artistes' you're told you need to check out, I love singer songwriters, Nick Drake, Roy Harper, Dylan, Ron Sexsmith, 'songsmiths', and Buckley is meant to be one, one you should according to the 'cognecenti' listen to at some point, he's one of those names bandied about as a benchmark of the genre. I found this to be un-so.

Frankly I found his music to be self indulgent naval staring tripe of the first order, drug addled poop, and elementary school songwriting that has all the touch of an Elephant with concrete slippers on smoking a crack pipe bent on indulging his every whim with all the self editing of someone with tourettes syndrome. I listened to all of the Lps in quick succession, found not one song of worth and immediately gave the entire collection to someone, someone I'm meant to care about.... not sure why I did that, but she said she wanted it.
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Golden Stone: The Untold Life and Tragic Death of Brian Jones
Golden Stone: The Untold Life and Tragic Death of Brian Jones
by Laura Jackson
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for it's info, but poorly written.., 24 July 2015
Interesting for it's info, but poorly written..
Simply put, the book is amateurishly put together, poorly told, frustratingly over indulgent, an obvious homage from a star struck female fan, grammatically it's shot to bits, and at moments frankly a laugh out loud read. The only reason I haven't finished it is that I haven't got to the end yet. I wondered if it was a vanity publish.. feels like it.

Pulling out the same interviewees throughout, telling the same one dimensional story of persecuted misunderstood soul, though even through the mists of a blinkered vision that tries desperately to get you to 'like Brian a bit', you're left with the between the lines feeling that he was a complete git. For that I guess it does it's job, but in a befuddled, wolly tank top around the head listening to humpback whale music kind of way.

As an example at one point it introduces his adiction to various drugs, with no pre-amble, no movement, no motivation, nothing, just a kind of 'and then Brian was taking lots of drugs'... it's poor.


Adapter USB to Midi In-Out
Adapter USB to Midi In-Out
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 18 July 2015
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Rotten useless rubbish


Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll
Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll
by Rick Coleman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fat book!, 11 Mar. 2015
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One of the best books about popular music I've read. Though as it takes a linear form it does suffer from Fat's slowing down and quietening of career. however it's indespensible for anyone wanting to get a handle on New Orleans, R&B and Rock N' Roll.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Burn up on re-entry?, 10 Mar. 2015
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During the recent endurance testing and clinical trials of my newly purchased Fleshlight I found the Super Slik Lubricant to be the perfect partner to the aforementioned; being that it provided the requisite slipperyness, was easily re-hydrated and yet came off easily, as did I.

There was a slight odour I felt, which though not unpleasant was indicative of useage, though of course it may have been the extreme heating of latex and/or the melt down of my new man toy that caused this.


Fleshlight Lady Vortex Male Masturbator - Pink
Fleshlight Lady Vortex Male Masturbator - Pink
Price: £33.04

11 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerously Risky!, 12 Feb. 2015
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Absolutely amazing. Though dangerously risky! Read on...
Having utilised various masturbation devices for some years this is without doubt the Daddy, Da Bomb, and the Real McCoy. The Fleshlight is a perfect alternative to years of tedious relationships, children, divorce, alimony, child maintenence and/or total sexual atrophy and the fossilisation of your 'John Thomas' through lack of use. The Fleshlight is easily maintained, relatively inexpensive, and will let you utilise it's pleasures any day of the week regardless of it's mood, or your ability to wine and dine it. It has no demands intellectually or finnancially as it neither eats nor responds to sweet nothings. What a joy! How refreshing!
All these added extras are great, but of course in the end you're just looking for the cheapest thrills and the most ulitimate orgasm, aren't you?
In that case you have found yourself a close friend for life, just purchase now and you like I have can enjoy the excitement of a little extra help during your extra special 'me time'.
But, if you recall I urged caution at the beginning of this review, as I think I just burst both my testicles!


Come Cry With Me
Come Cry With Me
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm sure though that his other albums must be better, the quality of the stuff I've heard online ..., 6 Dec. 2014
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Weak material. I'm sure though that his other albums must be better, the quality of the stuff I've heard online certainly points that way. the last tue, recorded live is the only one with a spark of genius and beauty to it, the rest a limp pastiche of bygone country sounds, or self amusing dittys.. I will be buying more Romano, just wish I hadn't bought this particular one..


Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records
Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records
by Amanda Petrusich
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fondant Fancy Froufrou, 27 Aug. 2014
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Let’s all get this straight from the start, I bought this book, I was not invited to give my opinion on it, but in the true tradition of peevishness, pugnacity and of irascibility I shall.. so nah!

I shall speak in perpetuum of the interminably un-ending indulgence of this writer’s fondant fancy froufrou, this lady’s lace work of metaphor and of the hyperbole of hype. The replacement of anything corporeal with the mere sweaty glaze of insignificancy.

There is something bothersome about the way in which this stripling (yes I’m downwardly ageist) seeks to engage with the very real world of the record collector. Seeking as she does to share in its glories and it’s potholed routes to discovery. Yawningly. In the terminating pages making reference to the fashionistas disposition for the veracity of the ancient and actual, as opposed to the fraudulent and counterfeit age of the binary digit, she I believe exposes herself for what, perhaps she is, a being lost in the porridge of ‘Bang on Trend’.
Simply Put

There is nothing to this book, it is smoke and mirrors, vapour lifts off it like the fog on page 192. There is no substance, no grit, no spunk (to coin a truly American use of nomenclature). It’s all chit-chat between occasional highlights of actuality, of record rooms and real people. The distance the writer takes to travel between these moments of joy are as tedious to me as no doubt the miles she assures us she travelled in pursuit of the substance of this padded pillow of a book were, to her.
Takes One To Know One

As you get into the real thing, real collecting and you just are, simply, a real record collector, you see lots of odd s***. People think you’re cool, people aspire to be like you, you see middle-aged guys wearing T-Shirts with Record Deck representations on, but who don’t own an actual player, and who have placed their platters in the attic. In short you learn how to recognise others that really truly and honestly share your interest. Amanda Petrusich claims on a number of occasions within the book that she is thrilled by the acquisition of an item or two, and of missing out on some Charlie Patton tunes on Paramount and other … stuff. I’m sorry, I know it’s churlish, I know it’s bad of me, un-generous and I feel like a schmuck saying it, but I don’t buy it, it doesn’t ring true. She’s a dabbler, and a dabbler can’t have the kind of insight into record collecting that it requires to write something a record collector should read about record collecting.

It’s notable that all the endorsements on the rear of the dust jacket are by other writers, not one is visible from a collector of tunes.
Are there any redeeming features?

Not really. She writes well, it’s just that this was in essence a short article for a magazine of momentary dabblers, not a book for people who want a serious insight. It doesn’t give that, it just scrapes a bit of dust off the surface of the record (metaphor alert) and plays the first bar, before removing it from the turntable; instead of cleaning it thoroughly, playing it, inverting and then re-equalizing the RIAA curve to something akin to the original mastering, playing it through filters to remove as much top end hiss and low-end background as possible, reading on its history, digitizing it and finally cataloguing it by matrices.

It feels like a quick fix, a soundbite, and thusly a product of the present generation. No wonder they struggle to comprehend the depth of the ‘groove’. I can’t help but see with sadness the writer’s work as representative of this present generations’ struggle towards a clear vision of the ‘real’ and of the past as obscured by the ongoing Tsunami of phone Aps, social networking, online content and data management.

It was great reading about Bussard et al though.
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