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Charlie
Charlie
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Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Little known gem, 12 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Charlie (Audio CD)
Agree with the reviewers of this on Amazon.com (see theirs for more details) this is energetic, guitar and synth driven 80's up tempo rock that I really enjoyed. A bit different to earlier effort "No Second Chance" which sounded a little more sophisticated, even at times a little like Supertramp possibly, but this is a good listen for fans of the 80's style of commercial rock music. I've only got three of theirs including the previously mentioned and the release before this "Here Comes Trouble" which is pretty commercial stuff also, but not quite as good as this. Check out the song This Time and see if you don't find a similarity to Steve Winwood's "If You See A Chance", but still a great song in its own right. I had no idea they had so many albums out so looking forward to one day owning more.
Footnote: I think the track listing on Amazon uk is incorrect for this album unless its some kind of different release.


Big Brother Is Watching You: The CBS Recordings Anthology
Big Brother Is Watching You: The CBS Recordings Anthology
Price: £17.79

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Unknown but should be heard., 6 May 2013
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I bought the first Skin Alley album in about 1972 and immediately took a liking to it. It's not for everyone, given that it has jazz/soul influences, even though other bands were also branching out at the time with various instruments, and is not a mainstream type of record, but it has enough good rock music in amongst the jazz/soul passages, and quirky old English bits (harpsichord, mellotron, flute, sax, and very well suited here) to satisfy if you are patient. It's not heavy, but has some fairly driving moments, and some of it will have your feet tapping. I found the second album "To Pagham and Beyond",(once again in a bargain shop) and it has the same style as the first, but is just as good. The third album is a definite change of style but that is for another revue. I found nothing wrong with the production on the record or cd re-release, and there is no doubt they are good musicians, unlike the opinion of another reviewer. They may not comprise the greatest band of the time but are definitely worth a listen.


live! LP
live! LP

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 10 Mar. 2013
This review is from: live! LP (Vinyl)
Bought this album long ago mainly because i noticed Ginger Baker was on it and it was a budget price. It certainly had its pluses, and probably what you would expect from an African musician, lots of percussion, very rythmic, with electric guitars, lots of horns, and although uncredited i'm sure i remember electric keyboard in there as well, probably by Fela himself but not sure, havent played it in a long time. Ginger is introduced at some stage of the record (in an amusing way) but not sure what part he took musically on the album, probably some kind of percussive role (you'd think) so i'd say he was exploring African rythms and music at the time and helped promote the album. An interesting purchase. Only four tracks on it so there are long passages of perhaps slightly repetitive but still enjoyable music. Kuti has done much other music which i have not heard so dont know how indicative this is of his overall work.


Muscle Of Love
Muscle Of Love
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unheralded Classic, 10 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Muscle Of Love (Audio CD)
I have never been able to understand why some critics, and even the band itself, maligned this album as being disjointed, and indicative of the falling apart the band was experiencing at the time (it was the last of the original bands recordings and Glen Buxton took little part). It has always to me sounded very cohesive, well produced, and in my opinion is pretty much as good throughout the album as anything AC has ever put out. There is not a dull spot on the record, ans it has some nice variations , as some early AC albums did, in terms of ragtime, jazz, and popular influences, as well as the usual great AC rock tracks. Never Been Sold Before as far as i'm concerned is a bona fide Alice Cooper classic. Most of the other reviews here are pretty much in agreeance so i'll leave it up to others who havent heard it to make up their own minds. Perhaps it doesn't have a Schools Out impact in some people's opinion (and that song is a hard act to follow) but be patient and this will grow on you.


Party Tested
Party Tested
Price: £10.53

4.0 out of 5 stars DNA one-off, 10 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Party Tested (Audio CD)
This album released in 1983 is a fairly curious record, consisting of pretty straight up very much beat driven, but not all that intense, rocknroll. The two collaborators who are DNA are Rick Derringer and Carmine Appice, two great musicians well known to fans of rock music.There is a bit of interesting synthesizer in there actually played by Duane Hitchings who has played on a who's who of great acts recordings since the sixties including Hendrix, Joplin, Rod Stewart etc, and bass is played by Jimmy Johnson who also has played and done technical work on a wide variety of top class artists. This may be a little different to a lot of Derringer's and Appice's work but still has a good sound and feel to it, including a slower but enjoyable version of Gary Glitter's Rock and Roll pt 2, and the rest original stuff by the two mains and a couple of others chipping in. If you like up tempo, beat driven, slightly techno rocknroll (well it was from the '80s) you may enjoy this. At about 31 minutes its short and sweet. I actually bought 2 copies of this and kept one in mint condition for some reason, you never know it may become a huge collector's item. Has an insert too with lyrics and photo, info etc.


Nantucket Sleighride
Nantucket Sleighride
Price: £9.55

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unanimous (so far), 19 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Nantucket Sleighride (Audio CD)
Only 6 reviews here but all are 5 stars....so what does that tell you? That this is a CLASSIC rock album as the others have stated and they aren't wrong, this record is as good as anything i've ever heard and i've heard a fair bit. The music ranges from hard rock (check the opening track it just grabs you right away) to a couple of soft rockers (notably the classic title song). Production on this, at least the vinyl and hopefully this later rerelease, was very good also. I first heard Mountain Climbing (their first album) way back about 1974 or so and really liked it, then bought this and oh my heavens what a band. They do not get the recognition that they so richly deserve, for whatever reason, but they rank, or should rank, alongside the best, and this album, which most Mountain fans i'm sure would agree, is their best. In amongst some very good others. They were never the same without Felix Pappalardi though, his vocals and songwriting were as much a part of Mountain's sound as is Leslie West's incredibly booming and gruff voice (perfectly opposite to Felix's) and instantly recognisable guitar. I couldn't believe when i read some band info on a cheap part Woodstock compilation dvd "Woodstock The Music" that Mountain's music didn't date well -- WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP !! It sounds as vibrant and fresh and pounding as it did on release, the more pity is that Mountain didn't put out more studio albums with Pappalardi and Steve Knight, who as one reviewer has already noted was an important member of the band. Always preferred them with keyboards. Still like them as a trio but their best days were the first half dozen or so recordings. They will remain one of my all time favourite bands.


Goats Head Soup
Goats Head Soup
Offered by BestSellerRecordshop
Price: £6.87

5.0 out of 5 stars still great as ever, 19 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Goats Head Soup (Audio CD)
Just pulled this one out and it is even more enjoyable than i remember it. No bad tracks (Stones didnt do too many bad ones anyway). Several Stones classics, with a great intro to the album with the dark "Dancing with Mr D". "100 Years Ago" has to be a very underrated song with some excellent instrumental breaks that you can't help jigging to. And "Heartbreaker" is one of the best they ever recorded. More great songs and musicianship throughout the album. If you are a Stones fan you've gotta have this, I reckon its as good as any of the "big four". Only problem, and it was the case with the original vinyl release, is that the production isn't great, the tracks all have a slightly muffled sound to them that obviously could not be tidied up in the remastering, to answer someones critcism of the re-release.


Twilight People [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Twilight People [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.0 out of 5 stars Good b movie., 19 Oct. 2012
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I first saw this in the seventies late at night with my brother and we both thought it was entertaining enough as we both loved this type of monster movie which is essentially a remake of Island of Lost Souls from the H.G.Wells book The Island of Dr. Moreau. Sure it's cheaply made in the Phillipines, the makeup is pasty, but it still manages to entertain in its own way, but don't expect too much, like I said it's only a B movie, some might say a C, nevertheless i'm giving it three stars, although probably should be 2 for the film, but it is a surprisingly excellent copy and transfer, I expected an old Vhs transfer but it's very clear and unblemished for the most part.


Man Hunt [DVD]
Man Hunt [DVD]
Dvd ~ Fritz Lang

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars B & W classic !, 5 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Man Hunt [DVD] (DVD)
I read this book back in about 1970 and really enjoyed it (Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household - if you're a reader get it, very engrossing) but had only seen parts of it on TV as a younger kid and was very curious about it all these years later, especially as I had seen and bought a copy of the excellent Peter O'Toole made for TV version from the '70s (actually titled Rogue Male). Well I was not disappointed, sure it's from the early 1940's, which may turn some off but not old movie enthusiasts such as I, but it still holds up, as a lot of Fritz Lang's films do. That atmosphere that only some B&W films can create is there with a great story and relative fast pacing. Walter Pidgeon is usually good to watch and George Sanders has always been one of my family's favourite villains (and a GREAT comedy actor as well). If you are into this type of wartime (or in this case just PRE-wartime) intrigue style of film give this a look, got it cheap too, a bargain.


This Island Earth [DVD] [1955]
This Island Earth [DVD] [1955]
Dvd ~ Jeff Morrow
Price: £4.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Extras for a classic Sci Fi?, 1 Sept. 2012
I'm not going to review the movie itself as there has already been a lot written about this classic 50's sci-fi earth-to-space adventure, my four stars is indicative of my opinion even though I was tempted to give it 5, it's that good for its time, especially the effects. Gave it four just for the fact that it has no features which I always look for particularly in older films. We all know about CGI effects, they are on most newer dvd's as extras, it's the older ones that I would love to know more about the processes involved in matte painting, super-imposed shots, animations etc, these can be a lot more interesting than some more recent featurettes. Someone out there please dig up some lost footage or info on this film and put out a special edition, I for one would pay whatever was asked.


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