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Live From Austin, Texas [DVD] [2008]
Live From Austin, Texas [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Steve Earle
Price: £14.99

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show, great sound, great Steve!, 8 Sept. 2008
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Oh dear, I was wondering why this had mediocre ratings being such a damn good show - then I found out it was me! Before buying this there was a listing error and I was not sure which of Steve's ACL shows this was and I expressed that in a one-star review not thinking what that would do to the ratings. So sorry!

But anyway this is a greatly captured concert of The Dukes at their most rockiest when the band's direction was driven almost as much by Eric Ambel (guitarist) than Steve himself, and even if it is slightly heavier than Steve would have liked I love it. A great dvd if you like the heavier side of Steve so buy it!

Sorry for the one-star rating,
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Sweet Warrior
Sweet Warrior
Price: £7.99

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Warrior...... SWEET JESUS!, 28 May 2007
This review is from: Sweet Warrior (Audio CD)
OK, I admit, I am not the most unbiased of RT critics, in fact, I believe he is the greatest musician on the planet. However, I can still see he has his weaker moments, like 2005's tranquil but dull 'Front Parlor Ballads' ,however, MY GOD, is this not one of them!! This is a return to the greatness of the electric earthy sound of 2003's Old Kit Bag, but yet better. It sounds like Richard's been trying to get back to a somewhat more folky sound for a while, and possibly that was his fall on FPB. However, here the sound could not be better, the electricity of his band on rocking form, plus a few more mandolins, violins, accordions and fiddles. On this album Richard is taking on the subject of war, with a touch of love gone wrong [Richard.... Never!!].

Particular highlights at first include the surprising pop perfection found in 'I'll never give it up' and 'Poppy Red', his sublime Iraq song 'Dad's Gonna Kill Me' (yeah, we may be bored of hearing them but to find one with a bit of humor attached is extremely refreshing!) and the swashbuckling 'Johnny's Far Away'.

To be honest, I'm not too keen on the rock&froll feel of 'Bad Monkey'... But every great rt album has one track which you often skip, mainly due to the outstanding greatness of the others!!


Rethinking the Russian Revolution (Reading History series)
Rethinking the Russian Revolution (Reading History series)
by Edward Acton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for us A levellers, and almost enjoyable!, 4 Jun. 2006
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For those who are struggling revising for the "Lenin and the Bolshevik establishment of power" OCR A2 paper, look no further than the 'add to basket' button at the bottom of this page. It summerises all the events you need while detailing HISTORIOGRAPHY [yes, on every event!!]. OK, it's a tad light on Libertarism, but aren't we all???!!

Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £7.85

14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just when you thought they'd lost it........., 4 May 2006
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This review is from: Chulahoma (Audio CD)
OK I will be honest, I found Rubber Factory fairly average and was disappointed in their new DVD, for me Thickfreakness was their last golden moment. So I ordered this with not much optimism but intrigued to hear them covering Junior Kimbrough (who I am not familiar with), and............

IT'S ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!! It has a very unique chilled vibe to it while still having that g'ole Black Keys sound. Tempo is fairly slow on all the tracks while theres lots of long windy guitar instrumentals, it just makes beautiful summer music,, and it's a wonderful coincedence that the weather has been so good on its week of release.


And, finally, I am extremely anti the whole 'Keys VS Stripes' thing, Dan and Jack are the most different blues based guitarists you can get, Jack's white-hot at rootsy stuff while Dan's much more inventive. BUT, now the Stripes have gone very wrong in their 'new direction' (and then split!) i can safely say in 2006 the Keys win!

Right, now I'm off to check out some JK stuff!

The White Stripes
The White Stripes
Price: £10.72

3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOH LORDY!, 16 Aug. 2005
This review is from: The White Stripes (Audio CD)
I have my theory that 'White Blood Cells' and 'De Stilj' were one album that got divided into an alt rock disc (WBC) and a blues(y) disc (De Stilj). If thats true it is safe to say each album has degressed in quality. Part of the evidence for my theory is like Elephant this mixes the bluesy side of the band and the 'other' side of the band. However, the 'other' side of Elephant was no longer wild, whacky and brilliant but fairly commercial to be honest. Whereas theres no sense of 'selling out' here, its totally wild and brilliant. so what if meg cant drum, Jack more than makes up for it!!!

Blues Singer
Blues Singer
Price: £5.37

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars-Blues version of 'Sleeps with Angels'(Neil Young), 16 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Blues Singer (Audio CD)
In 1994 Kurt Cobain died and Neil Young made a good but very dreery album in memory of him, and in 2003 Buddy Guy did the same for John Lee Hooker. Now sorry to sound highly insensitive but why should musicians always tone down when someone dies??? JLH was the BOOGIE MAN, therefore why not make an album full of blistering boogie for him??
And, no my problems not that its accoustic, i was quite excited when i heard that it was, its just too gentle, i doubt in recording this Buddy went through many sets of strings for his guitar. I just love it when blues guuitarists go accoustic and really rip the sh*t out of their 6 strings.
BUT this is a very pleasent cd, making perfect 'dinner-time blues'. Buy it, just don't be fooled like i was; as i am quite sure if i realised what this disc was like before hearing it, ill probably be giving it at least 4 stars.
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The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £5.63

6 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a solid 4 star album but i need to counter balance the hype, 6 Mar. 2005
This review is from: The Stone Roses (Audio CD)
Don't get me wrong, this is a great album with some great songs. BUT i cannot see further than that, it is NOT the best album ever, it might squeeze in to my top 30 at most! Maybe it might be coz i wasnt old enough when it came out, but i do have incredibly retro taste and i hate mainstream 80s with a passion! OK, not a lot of brits were making music like this in the 80s, however take a trip accross the pond and take a look at REM, their debut: '83... '89 LAZY!!!! They p&&& over this in so many ways it's unbelievable!
Yes, i'm not denying songs like 'Adored, 'Waterfall' , 'Made of Stone' and 'Reserrection' are damn good tunes. And when i flick past this cd in my 250 odd others i may consider playing them. But to hail this as the best album ever, PLEASE!!
But what really annoys me is the fact every1 slates 'Second Coming'. Now that probably is one of the best indi albums to date. They say it over-induldgent and full of long guitar solos........ SOUNDS GREAT TO ME!! Now tell me what's WRONG with it?
So, if you dont have the Stone Roses you may want to buy it, its a good listen and gives you a flavour of what came after; but don't go mad, plz.

Ricky Gervais Live 2 - Politics [DVD] [2004]
Ricky Gervais Live 2 - Politics [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Ricky Gervais
Price: £3.75

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars relax - and enjoy, 21 Jan. 2005
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May I first educate some of these reviewers that there is a difference between being politically incorrect and using language and material that contains offencive terms AND being genuinely offensive. Gervais does the first, and he does it in an extremely funny way. Why? Because he knows exactly what he is saying!
The intro to the gig is a short (called 'Ash' hehe) film which concludes in Ricky messing around with a guy in a wheelchair (who is incedently his producer Ash), Ash is quote "Leg mental, not head mental". Now, i myself have a physically disability, and i cracked-up when i saw this. After seeing the 'Hawking' sketch in 'Animals' a few times i was comfortable with Gervais joking about the disabled, it was funny, not offencive.
So, most of the gig keeps up the same feel of un-pc, while funny.
If you're happy with a few 4 letter words and like a laugh, buy this DVD! If you think its offencive and vile i advice you to get out of church and listen to the words beyond 'leg-mental', 'gypos' and 'spastic'!

The Richard Thompson Band - Live in Providence [DVD]
The Richard Thompson Band - Live in Providence [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Thompson
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £9.99

33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no Danny, but still fantastic, 5 Dec. 2004
l got the early through Beesweb because i couldnt wait, and its absolutely fantastic! Great set list, great performances, plus a great on stage presence! The young guy on drums is a legend, playing his heart out like the rest of the band. OK we dont have danny on bass, but Rory is definately a damn good second!
Favourite bits:
Can't Win
1952 VBL
Outside of the Inside
'Sting' gag.
What also amazes me, if l have 'ducknapped!' which was recorded on the same tour, but the performances are totally different. The amount of variation is superb, buy it!
ps, the extras are pretty sweet too!


9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (how do you add extra stars?), 19 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Deuce (Audio CD)
I have to admit I'm still building my RG collection and the other month I thought I'd treat myself to his 2nd album............ WOW! Essentially a blues-rock album, yes, but just listen to the folky vibe here, and the superb rythum section (listen to the intro of 'Maybe I Will'!)! You will be hooked on the 1st few bars you hear! 'I'm not Awake Yet' is just beautiful, with RG leading on accoustic but still with the band behind him. Its so slow and melodic, a perfect song to chill to! But don't become too relaxed because 'Used To Be' pounds out and is a great rocker.
The album continues with this superb sound apart from the accoustic 'Don't know where l'm Going' and 'Out of My Mind', which are both goergious, and the authentic-blues 'Should've learnt my Lesson' lurrvely!
The orriginal album concludes with 'Crest Of A Wave' which is just outta this world! So much energy here, fantastic tune, and rythmically contagious! TRY NOT MOVING WHEN YOU'VE GOT THIS ON!
But this album has a bonus track, Persuasion, slightly more poppy here, but a superb song with a country tinge to it! My only
complaint is the sleave doesnt say where/when its from.

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