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Jawbone (Music From The Film)
Jawbone (Music From The Film)
Price: £9.89

5.0 out of 5 stars He likes to score. . ., 25 July 2017
Engaging and original, amongst Weller's recent best for these reasons alone. Comparable to bits of '22 Dreams' as others have noted, the film also looks well worth a look. Good work Paul, looking forward to your next film score!

Your Funeral... My Trial
Your Funeral... My Trial
Price: £12.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Trial whatsoever. . ., 13 Mar. 2017
The best NC&tBS album I have heard.
Atmospheric and haunting, poetic and beautiful.
Reminds me a little of Echo and the Bunnymen in production after a few listens, it is an awesome album with absolutely no discernable weaknesses.
Essential mid-80s music.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, Experimental Marillion, 2 Aug. 2016
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This review is from: Radiation (Audio CD)
Some of their best and most interesting work; 'Three Minute Boy' is a truly great song and 'Cathedral Walls' is menacing and fierce. Much more experimental than most of their albums, I hope that the forthcoming 'F.E A.R.' is in a similar vein.

High Land Hard Rain
High Land Hard Rain
Price: £18.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Back on Board: 2014 Domino version is the Bees Knees!, 17 July 2014
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This review is from: High Land Hard Rain (Audio CD)
2014 Domino remaster is amazing! Sound quality is top notch with a great bass tone.

Extra tracks are high quality and glitch-free on this 2014 version, authorised by Roddy Frame himself.

Standouts: 'Back on Board' and 'We Could Write Letters' but there aint a duff track- if there is an 80s album worthy of its reputation, its this one (along with 'The Queen Is Dead')

Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10
Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10
Price: £15.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cover Art. . ., 8 Sept. 2013
. . .Looks like Mick McCarthy, I never knew he'd covered all these Dylan tracks. . .Seriously, 'All The Tired Horses' is an absolute corker, original and great :-)

Jellycat Black and White Puppy Comforter
Jellycat Black and White Puppy Comforter

5.0 out of 5 stars So cute!, 31 Dec. 2012
Bought this as a spare for our 4 month old son just in case anything happened to the original. Thank goodness it came as quickly as it did as he got a sickness bug the next day and we definitely needed the spare!! Great quality product and perfect for him to snuggle up to. Such a relief to have two as well..just in case!

Sorry Ma, I Forgot To Take Out The Trash (Deluxe)
Sorry Ma, I Forgot To Take Out The Trash (Deluxe)
Price: £14.60

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Balanced Perspective?, 11 Aug. 2012
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Any album with 'If Only You Were Lonely' (a classic drinking song) plus about 30 post-punk/hardcore classics must be worth 5*s.

The 'Mats are my favourite band and this was the album I 1st heard, strangely- 'Don't Ask Wny' is a case in point, sounds a bit like the Pistols (on a really good day), well crafted, great guitars and lyrics. Same goes for opener 'Takin' A Ride' which just explodes from the stereo. Lots of these songs crop up in their sets through the years so theres no 'embarassing early material'-issues here.

These guys are the ultimate in self-deprecating genius (who wants to be famous when its all handed to you on a plate) and there's nothing finer than that, in my opinion

Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth
Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth
by Andrew Smith
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't every product appeal to a different market?, 5 Feb. 2008
This book appealed to me straight away, dealing with a subject that I have long been fascinated in- Man landing on the moon- but that I have not yet had the inclination to wonder about any further than the fact that this amazing event happened 5 years before I was born (my wife would debate this latter point, but anyway. . .)

Therefore I would have to say that, with the added concept of interviewing the last remaining humans to have walked upon another celestial body (literally a dying breed), I enjoyed this book like no other I have read in a long time.

The writers style is relaxed, he injects just enough technical detail into his writing to make you want to find out more and I think it was great to have his own experiences linked to the unfolding story of Mankinds greatest achievement.

Overall, a triumph. The wife even read it after me. . .

Because Of The Times
Because Of The Times
Price: £5.32

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer ENJOYMENT. . ., 24 April 2007
This review is from: Because Of The Times (Audio CD)
Don't write many reviews, wrote a 4* for 'Aha Shake. . .' but that record faded in my estimations and I wound up selling it!

So, why now? Because at the Time of writing this is a definite favourite, ousting 'Sam's Town' from the car stereo at last! (So maybe its true, Killers fans might like this but I'm not a complete Killers fan!)

The Band and classic southern rock-boogie-blues bands of the 70s are still clearly an influence, but again The Band are a real favourite ('The Band' (brown album) being an all-time favourite).

Bands should be judged on Individual albums, so. . .

'YaYM' was great, wonderful songs that they obviously (in true 1st Album tradition) had stored up, BUT the production was pretty muddy and it did start sounding a bit same-y after a while.

'A-S H' had the production but weaker songs (far weaker infact. . .) BUT it did also start to vary the KoL sound.

SO (finally) we have the perfect balance from a truly talented band. I was thinking just the other day before I bought it that one thing lacking in modern bands is quality backing vocals and they're all over this! True, it sounds a bit more 'Commercial' and (having just reacher No1!) will seell by The Bucket(load).

But isn't music just about enjoyment? THIS is SHEER enjoyment from start to finish.

'On Call' is great, from synth-led intro to that killer bassline and stabbed-guitars.

'Knocked Up' doesn't get boring at all over its 7mins, an audacious thing to try and it works!

'Black Thumbnail', 'My Party' and 'True Love Way' are excellent up-tempo tracks and 'Fans', 'Runner' and 'Trunk' are more introspective, down-tempo numbers but all are excellent and varied in their style(one minor gripe is that, unless there is a 'concept' (maybe in 4albums time for Kol!), the album is a bit 'Uptempo'/'Downtempo' in its 2 halves and could be mixed-up a bit more?)

BUY and ENJOY. . .

Ultimate Collection
Ultimate Collection
Price: £6.99

4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than The Baetles/The Who, on a par with The Stones. ., 3 Mar. 2006
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This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)
Well, thats my view! The Small Faces are, it could be argued, a more influential band than ANY of their 60s peers.
Fantastic 1st CD; UK R&B with 'All Or Nothing' its fair to say being the stand-out track but all of this is stunning! And, of course, The Small Faces are a band of 2 halves, something this compilation does unlike any before it. CD2 is psychedelic pop but, whereas I initially preferred CD1, this stuff really grows on you! 'Get Yourself Together' (as covered by The Jam), 'Tin Soldier' and 'Afterglow (Of Your Love)' are the key cuts but again The Small Faces seem to exel regardless of the stylistic shift.
Without them? No Blur, certainly, but also no Jam and a few dozen other bands. Any fan of 60s music, Modernism, Britpop whatever should invest in what is a top compilation (and I dont ususally go for them!)

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