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The Mammoth Book of the Beatles (Mammoth Books)
The Mammoth Book of the Beatles (Mammoth Books)
by Sean Egan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 15 Aug. 2014
As with the Rolling Stones Mammoth book, author Sean Egan presents a (very) handy history of the band, using single and album releases as chapter points. Where thought relevant, contemporary writings are included, but again add little to the narrative.

Also, there is no preamble/pre-band biography to clog up and clutter the story. We first meet the Beatles as seasoned live performers, playing at the Cavern Club in 1962, full of confidence but without the stardom.

Sean Egan puts his own critique of every song recorded by the band - surprisingly a large amount of album-only material which I have not - and no doubt never will - hear (just the many hits for me, thanks). Thankfully he does, otherwise it would be just a dry-as dust compendium. You do not have to agree with the author's views to appreciate this book, and on a few occasions opinions do differ.


The Mammoth Book of the Rolling Stones: An anthology of the best writing about the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world (Mammoth Books)
The Mammoth Book of the Rolling Stones: An anthology of the best writing about the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world (Mammoth Books)
by Sean Egan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Rank, 1 Aug. 2014
Highly readable and informative history. This will be of interest to anyone with even a casual affinity to Mick & co.

Sean Egan's text dominates, offering in chronological order a history of the band using key album releases as chapter reference points. The additional writings mainly back up what's already been laid out, so are really superfluous e.g. the interview with Keith Richard(s) loses interest well before the end.

There's no starry-eyed view of the band here - if the author thought things sucked, he says so.

Having read the book I am keen to find out more from the Stones, from their recordings and films.

Great stuff.


The Italian Job - 40th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [1969]
The Italian Job - 40th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [1969]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine
Price: £4.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They've done it, Mr Bridger..., 24 July 2014
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Great timeless movie. As good as it gets. Perfect, even. Enjoyable extras include revelation that Noel Coward was a mentor (or something) to the director. Incredible how life plays out sometimes.

Michael Caine is Michael Caine. An enjoyable persona. Not right for every role, but here totally suited.

Minis rule!!


Redeemer of Souls
Redeemer of Souls
Price: £10.48

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Call for the Priest, 15 July 2014
This review is from: Redeemer of Souls (Audio CD)
Initially I thought the Priest could carry on without KK Downing. Halford after all brought out the best Priest album with Resurrection.
Tipton's solo stuff sounds nothing like Priest, but he is Tipton after all and without whom Priest would not be Priest.

But on reflection this is nothing like the Priest we know. Downing must have been the key ingredient after all.

After a few spins I can't listen to this album any more. It just seems bland and below par.

Nostradamus was a classic Priest record. Little did we know, getting on a decade ago, that it would be their finale.


Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath
Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath
by Tony Iommi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Conversational tone, 26 Nov. 2013
For me this lacks detail and an understanding of WHY Tony Iommi is the musician he is. There was nothing to influence him into becoming Black Sabbath other than Bert Weedon and The Shadows?? The desire to play very loud was no more than to stop people chatting through the live set??

The sniping at Tony Martin does come out of the blue and is surprising. Martin is a great singer. spent years with Sabbath and made several albums with the band. Martin and Iommi seemed (musically) well matched. But its all pretty much negative comments about him from Iommi and they do jar, and seem very one sided. Why work with him in the first place, then? I'm sure the "Cat" issue is also backward - Martin was "the Cat" before joining Sabbath, then dropped it, not becoming "the Cat" afterwards?? Miaaoow. (For a more balanced account of this era read Never Say Die by Gary Sharpe-Young - that is an excellent book full of the detail so sorely missing here).

Why did Born Again sound like it did? The answer is here. It was all Gillan's fault.

Why was Forbidden so awful? Not so easily answered.

You get the impression Iommi spent hours being recorded talking about his past, then someone had the job of transcribing it down into a chronological narrative. But transcribed too literally at times. Reading it isn't always the same as hearing it. Sometimes the inflections of speech get lost on the page. Thoughts behind the words - these are missing??
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Blues Deluxe
Blues Deluxe
Offered by Disco100
Price: £18.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Blues, 20 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Blues Deluxe (Audio CD)
A good album to listen to right through. A few standout moments to grab the attention but works well as a background noise.

Time flies so still think of this as a recent release. Prefer it to Rick's last, which had the great Sometimes and If 6 Were 9 but the rest was not as enjoyable as Deluxe.

More please Mr Derringer.


Big Birthday
Big Birthday

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam's last ?, 20 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Big Birthday (Audio CD)
This is a favourite of the children. Yes heard most of it time and again in other products, but this offers a good collection (all live plus some new studio inserts).

I think this might be the last CD Sam was the yellow Wiggle before leaving.


Dedication: The very best of Thin Lizzy (Off the record)
Dedication: The very best of Thin Lizzy (Off the record)
by Thin Lizzy (Group)
Edition: Unknown Binding

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cant read it!!, 20 Sept. 2013
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The print is too small and rather than have one or two staves (I think they be called) per section of music, we are treated/swamped with half a page of clutter. Does anyone need this much detail? Just tab the two main guitar lines - thats all we want.

I feel mean for knocking this, as there is precious little Lizzy stuff out there. But even the song selections are not enough - not even the Dedication track itself. And even Sarah is the wrong version!!

Should have been very good, but really this is destined to stay unread/unused.


ORIGINAL GARY MOORE: An annotated guide to the guitar technique of Gary Moore
ORIGINAL GARY MOORE: An annotated guide to the guitar technique of Gary Moore
by Wolf Marshall
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I still had my copy!!, 20 Sept. 2013
I remember spending hours/days working on the End OF The World solo.

Wish I still had the book now. Still can't play but a very good book. Gary Moore and Randy Rhoads were great - which makes Wolf Marshall incredible.

At a fair price this would be worth buying again (clue: less than £20)


Jack Reacher (One Shot)
Jack Reacher (One Shot)
by Lee Child
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Get Reacher..., 12 April 2013
I always use those words when I finish one book and need another.

Reacher says nothing.

With the fortune of time on my side, there's about 16 Reacher books to be discovered and read, one after the other.

Reacher says nothing.

One Shot was the first and got me hooked straight away. Thank you Tom Cruise for creating the marketing to pull me in.

Reacher says nothing.

Wham Bam! The bad guys get it right in the nuts. Every time.

I reckon a showdown with Nick Stone would be a franchise winner.

Reacher says...


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