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Canon PIXMA iP2600 Photo Printer
Canon PIXMA iP2600 Photo Printer

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Value -Simple Set up-Fast print-Small Size, 16 Mar. 2010
My iP 1600 gave up the ghost after 5 years of use.Well actually it was working but was dragging three sheets of paper through at a time.Then it would only print alternate sheets.Then it had the habit of printing one sheet and the second one would get caught up and mangled halfway.So after seeing the reviews for the iP2600 I ordered one and it was delivered in two days.
I've just set it up.This was an easy task on Windows XP.Took about 10 mins.
I've just printed off a few test sheets.It's a bit noisy and clattery,like the iP1600 but I'd got used to that.However the print speed is faster and good quality.
Haven't tried colour yet but I'm not too worried as I don't print my own photos and mainly use it for B&W docs with the occasional Multimap.
Also as my desk space is limited it fits nicely on top.The footprint is about the same as the old printer.

Depend On Me: The Early Albums
Depend On Me: The Early Albums

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Early Motown Memories, 17 Sept. 2009
Ever since(due to lack of space) I had to put my beloved Tamla,Oriole and Stateside albums in to storage I have been waiting for somebody to compile this wonderful ,formative material from one of Motown's most gently soulful,wistful,melodic and romantic groups.
This well presented 2CD package covers the early sixties period,with some alternate takes and the bonus of raw live performances at The Regal Chicago and Apollo Harlem from the legendary Motortown Review shows.It is interesting to track the changes in the music,from the cusp period where doo- wop type group sounds,moved into soul on ''Hi We're The Miracles'' to the more string backed cuts on the later albums.
The influence of another great Detroit group,admired by Smokey,Nolan Strong and The Diabalos,can be clearly heard as well.
The typical early recordings had a sparse yet soulful instrumentation,often featuring unusual sounds like flutes,which were quite avant garde at the time except maybe for the uptown NY recordings on Atlantic and Wand/Scepter.
Berry Gordy's strategy of producing music that appealed across the racial and musical barriers is evidenced in the renditions of ''standards'' and show tunes like''I've Got you Under my Skin'' and ''On The Street Where You Live''.Big band backings and nice jazzy riffs prove the groups harmony skills and they come across like a blend of The Hi-Lo's and The Skyliners.
''Embraceable You'' and Kurt Weill's ''Speak Low'' are given the Smokey wistful treatmant with beautiful guitar infills from Marv Tarplin,while Claudette Robinson adds the femme touch to the gentle understated backing.
The ''Live on Stage'' material from 61/62 ,although not recorded with the best equipment and sometimes out of balance,are nevertheless priceless examples of emerging stagecraft from developing young talent.
Smokey's songwriting genius is more than well represented and his high tenor and mellifluous voice touch your soul.
Many of the early US hits like ''Shop around'' and ''You've Really Got a Hold on Me'' are all here plus the outstanding poetry on sweet soul ballads like ''Who's Loving You'',''The Only One I Love'',''I'll try Something New'' and ''I've Been Good to You''
The packaging is excellent and includes a concertina fold-out of all the LP covers plus a booklet of notes and session details from Stu Hackel.One thing I didn't know was that some of the recordings were not done in Detroit,but in Chicago under the direction of Riley Hampton.
For anyone who grew up with this sophisticated music at the dawn of Motown and wants to relive the experience this CD is a 'must have''

The Untouchables [DVD] [1987]
The Untouchables [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Kevin Costner
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £2.69

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to all the hype., 4 Jan. 2009
I can't understand all the praise for this film.Now I am a big fan of hard hitting American crime movies like Goodfellas,Mean Streets,Casino,American Gangster etc,but this one failed to move me.The music was intrusive and not ''of the time'',some of the outdoor sets looked like cardboard,and the main players were all stereotypes.Sean Connery as the old tired Irish cop mumbled his way through the film with a strange mid Atlantic Celtic(Scottish or Irish??) accent,and the guy who played the accountant just had to have a big pipe to smoke to scream NERD.Even he becomes a hero in the ambush at the Canadian border where they all miraculously turned in to expert horsemen.
All too obvious.And those silly episodes at Ness's home with his perfect American wife,the note in his sandwich box, and litte blonde kid made me reach for the sick bag.Too many of these in a lot of US films. If it was a boy there would have been Daddy/Kid baseball catching in the backyard.Ugh.
Even De Niro who I love in gangster roles,didn't convince me as Capone.
Ultimately dissapointing.Was it a serious film,a comedy film, or a parody?
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Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul
Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul
Price: £13.76

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Heaven from Miss 'Re, 10 Nov. 2007
This is a wonderful tribute to the most soulful and productive period of her career.
The outakes,and demos far from detracting from the performances, allow her voice,piano and supporting musicians to come to the fore.
And what a line up of backing players and singers.Absolutely stellar- The Sweet Inspirations ,Billy Preston,Melvin Lastie,Bernard Purdie,King Curtis,and the king of the guitar in-fill Mr Cornell Dupree are just some of the performers who grace this set.
For sheer soul,passion and yearning vocals ''Are you leaving me'' ''I want to be with you'' Bobby Womack's ''Thats the way I feel about cha'' are standouts.
Also we must not pass over- ''The Letter'' and a beautiful reading of Edna McGriff's '50s R&B hit ''Heavenly Father''
An excellent booklet and session notes complements this set,which for me is the soul CD release of 2007.

Neither One Of Us + All I Need Is Time
Neither One Of Us + All I Need Is Time

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great soul singers at Motown., 16 Jun. 2007
It was well documented that the real deep soulsters at Hitsville were rarely allowed in to the top echelons of Berry's empire.And so it was with Gladys,Brenda Holloway and Kim Weston.This twofer is a wonderful showcase for Gladys and The Pips.Her voice is yearning,flexible and emotional,and the interplay with The Pips is harmonically perfect.

''Neither One Of Us'',of course, is the ultimate break up song,but as with many of these compilations there are always hidden little unknown gems,that you discover.

For me these were ''I'll be here when you get home'' and the exquisite ''It's bad for me to see you'' penned by Gloria Jones and Pam Sawyer,with great production by Ivy Jo Hunter and Bobby Taylor.

Soul heaven.Wholeheartedly recommended.

Make It Happen & Special Occasion
Make It Happen & Special Occasion
Offered by soulsearchingplus
Price: £24.73

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokeytastic, 28 Jun. 2006
Although I had many of these trax. on vinyl this CD is absolutely emotionally overwhelming.

'You Must Be Love' is Smokey at his most ethereal.His take on Little Anthony's ''Outside Looking In'' sees his voice in the stratosphere,but the discovery for me was one I'd not heard before or overlooked ''Just Losing You''.From the opening jangly guitar to the introduction of Smokey's yearning,lost love voice,and the pleading poetic lyrics this is a hidden treasure.

Unreservedly recommended to all Smokey/Miracles admirers.

Ray Charles: O-Genio - Live In Brazil [DVD] [2008]
Ray Charles: O-Genio - Live In Brazil [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Ray Charles
Offered by MUSIC-2000
Price: £7.68

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Genius tells it like it was., 1 Sept. 2005
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The discovery of these tapes of Ray's Brazilian TV shows in '63 provides RnB/Soul addicts with a unique view of Ray and his band at the peek of his career.I first saw this show back in 62/63 at The Hammersmith Odeon and was bowled over by the incredible blend of blues n'soul,big band,femme backing singers and the shear professionalism and musicianship,that I had never been priveleged to see before.
You must make allowances for the wooden/static camera work and tacky sets and an audience done up in dinner dress and clearly not full of the loose swinging Brazilian enthusiasm we expect.
Ray's voice is in top form,the band is tight almost 'Basie like'
and for me the highlight is the prominence given to The Raelettes and Margie Hendrix in particular.
The reading of ''In The Evening'' is superb with solos for Sonny Forrestier(Gtr) a muted trumpet from Philip Gilbeaux and of course David''Fathead''Newman features on many tracks.
Another gem is ''My Bonnie'' The intro with Ray's gospelly piano and Margie Hendrix's gospel moaning and humming is soul heaven.
Like many other soul/blues fans at the time Ray's move in to C&W was seen as as a sell out to pop.But I must admit on re- hearing these live I've changed my opinion(slightly!!)
I've stopped short of awarding 5 stars only because of the poor quality of the recording on the second show.But overall a gem.
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The Best of the Kent Singles 1958-1971
The Best of the Kent Singles 1958-1971
Price: £13.97

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blues Boy's Best period????, 17 Feb. 2005
There is always going to be a dispute about what period or label was B.B's best.Well for me this is THE album that is B.B at the top of his form.The voice is ,bluesy and soulful.His guitar licks are the trademark King but played with an extraordinary clarity and the back up bands are tight and sympathetic,especially those with Lloyd Glenn's rolling piano riffs.Other names in the pack include Maxwell Davis arrangements and Pluma Davis trombone,as well as many of his touring band.Inevitably there are a few second rate cuts here,like some of the string backed ballads but more than compensated by ''Walkin Dr Bill'' ''Rock me Baby'',a rollicking ''Eyesight to the Blind'' and a humorous sly sexy ''Beautician Blues''
The final track cut in '71 is an amazingly dark and brooding song called ''Evil Child'' all minor key melancholy and blues strings like a precursor arrangement for ''The Thrill is Gone''
This is a ''must have'' for any blues afficionado.
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Bettye Swann
Bettye Swann

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too strong to take in one go!, 1 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Bettye Swann (Audio CD)
This is wonderful stuff.Honest Jon does it again.If you like wistful,achingly longing,heartfelt soul then check out this CD.
This is stuff recorded for Capitol in the 60's/70's when Ms Swann was leaning on the country side.Now I will be the first to admit that I was turned off 'country sung soul style' when Ray Charles abandoned his RnB/Atlantic roots in 1962.
However this is something else.Ms Swanns pure voice,over baying horns,plus some country picking and cooing soul sisters back- up,makes for soul heaven.Stand outs for me are ''Don't Touch Me'',''Little Things Mean a Lot'' ,a lovely version of The Casinos-';Then You Can Tell me Goodbye''.A dip in to the New Orleans style,complete with typical Crescent City rolling piano intro,and shes on her way with a lovely version of Aaron Nevilles''Tell It Like It Is''.And as a complete and wonderful surprise the pop hit by Classics IV ''Traces'' is given the Swann treatment.
Two gripes- the sleeve photos used by Honest Jon look like bootleg photocopies and despite extensive rambling sleevenotes,there is no mention of the backing musicians and singers.
Bettye's ''Money Recordings'' on Ace was good but this is less ''poppy'' and infinitely more soulful.
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Ray Charles Live
Ray Charles Live

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Genius ' in best ever live soul recordings, 8 July 2004
This review is from: Ray Charles Live (Audio CD)
After playing my Ray Charles 'Live at Newport' vinyl to death,I just had to have this one.All the stuff from the Newport gigs are here and well known.But the revelation to me was the Atlanta show on the second part of the CD.Recorded in front of a screaming,wailing,soul drenched black audience(compared with the staid white jazzers at Newport,who must have wondered what had hit them),Ray really lets go.His band is tight and swinging,The Raelettes are sassy,sexy and cool,and Mr Charles screams, groans,falsettoes,and emotes through the whole set.As a bonus rarity Zenas Sears the Atlanta DJ is heard on the fade after the finale-'What D'I Say'.
I first heard Ray Charles on disc back in 1959 singing stuff like 'Greenbacks' and 'The night time is the right time'Then live in London in 1962.It shaped my love of black music ever since and this CD brought it all back.Brilliant musician and much missed.

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