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Angels & Ghosts
Angels & Ghosts
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the last one!, 23 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Angels & Ghosts (Audio CD)
'Angels & Ghosts' has more of an enhanced and ballsier sound than the last Gahan/Soulsavers album. The Morricone; blues and gospel influenced songs – really pack a punch – with their live sound. The general theme of the songs is more outward looking this time round. In all, a very good album.


All of This and Nothing
All of This and Nothing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweetest Perfection, 12 Sept. 2015
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Wow! This new song has a more enhanced and ballsier sound than the previously released Gahan/Soulsavers collaborative songs. Despite saying that, none of the emotion is lost and the video for the track is pretty stunning as well. I'm looking forward to the album!


Mo'Wax Urban Archaeology: 21 Years of Mo'Wax Recordings
Mo'Wax Urban Archaeology: 21 Years of Mo'Wax Recordings
by James Lavelle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.00

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We're going to need a bigger coffee table!, 2 Jun. 2014
This book weighs an absolute ton! The overall quality is what you’d generally expect of one of those limited edition music/art books that usually go for 10 times the price of this book. This weighty tome starts off with an in-depth interview with James Lavelle – that documents the rise and fall of Mo’Wax. From then onwards, there are pages and pages of sleeve art; rare and unreleased gems; photographs and interviews with many of the artists and people that were involved with the record label. Many art books tend to be flicked through and then left on the shelf to gather dust. Not this one! It is an absolute stunner and a fine tribute to a label that released some excellent and innovatively packaged music.


The Light  The Dead See
The Light The Dead See
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Price: £21.35

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redemption Songs, 21 May 2012
This review is from: The Light The Dead See (Audio CD)
Listening to albums made by Marvin Gaye; Led Zeppelin; Neil Young, can give the listener goosebumps as there are moments of pure emotion: when the voice of the singer and the music collides. "The Light The Dead See" is chock full of those sort of moments. When David Gahan sings about slaying the demons in his head whilst seeking redemption: the end result is highly moving.

This album has less of a rock edge than the last Soulsavers album and this time round the gospel and soul harmonies are very much brought to the fore. It is an album that works very much as a whole. The last three Soulsavers albums have all been good - but - this album is a truly magnificent and stunning piece of work!


I Will Set You Free
I Will Set You Free
Price: £10.66

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs of Misplaced Faith and Devotion, 31 Jan. 2012
This review is from: I Will Set You Free (Audio CD)
After listening to Barry Adamson's earlier albums it is not hard to discover why both David Lynch and Trent Reznor called on him for soundtrack work. He manages to make music that combines 'cinematic soul' with industrial dub and jazz, with an element of menace and occasional dark humour. 'I Will Set You Free' is his most immediate album yet. There is more of an emphasis on songs this time round, with Adamson baring his soul to the world, but the menace is still underlying. What exactly is he setting us free to? In all, a stunning album from a true maverick!


Just Can't Get Enough: The Making of Depeche Mode
Just Can't Get Enough: The Making of Depeche Mode
by Simon Spence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phil Spector?, 31 Oct. 2011
I've been a follower of Depeche Mode since hearing 'Speak & Spell' being blasted
out of a friends ghetto blaster in early 1982. So, I just had to get this book!

The book sets the scene in 1970's Basildon with a melting pot of Bowie freaks; soul boys; beer boys and punks, who turned 'electric' when Tubeway Army and the early Human League albums hit the shelves. There is background information on Gahan; Gore; Clarke and Fletcher's teenage years and influences, leading up to the start of Depeche Mode. This information has been gathered by the author interviewing people that were/are friends of the band and people in the music industry that helped Depeche get the worldwide recognition that they deserved. This book also covers the birth and early years of Mute records. The author has decided to interview people directly and steer clear of rehashing old articles from the press or previous books.

It is interesting to find out that Martin L Gore listened to delta blues rebel: Robert Johnson as well as Throbbing Gristle and there was also the time that Phil Spector and Depeche Mode crossed paths. The book ends on 'Black Celebration' and hopefully Simon Spence will write a sequel to this intriguing, informative and enjoyable read that answers many questions about Depeche Mode's formative and
later years.
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Industrial Evolution: Through the Eighties with Cabaret Voltaire
Industrial Evolution: Through the Eighties with Cabaret Voltaire
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made in Sheffield, 22 Oct. 2011
After ordering the 'redux' version of Peter Care's 'JOHNNYYESNO' film, I wanted to find out more about Cabaret Voltaire. Maybe I'm in a minority, but I actually prefer
their 1980's output to what they released during the late 1970's. The John Robie mix
of 'Yashar' still packs a punch today and influenced the Cabs future sound.

'Industrial Evolution' is a true story written by Mick Fish, who worked in a very tedious job for local government whilst being immersed in the Sheffield music scene
at the same time that Cabaret Voltaire struggled to keep their musical identity after signing to a major record label. Fish's story is fascinating and it also covers the birth of SAF Publishing, who could be described as being the Rough Trade of cultural and music book publishing. SAF have published books about Suicide; Can and Kraftwerk, as well as other mavericks and outsiders.

Any one with an interest in Cabaret Voltaire, Sheffield's music scene; the bad politics and cultural change within the age of greed, should buy this book.


Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir
Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir
by Pauline Black
Edition: Paperback

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating read!, 18 July 2011
This is a MUST HAVE for any 2-Tone fans out there. The Selector and days of 2-Tone records are very well documented within the pages of this book. But, what also makes this book great, is that you get a feeling of what it was like to grow up whilst searching for an identity in Britain during the 1960's and 1970's. Pauline Black's tome takes us back to that time with cultural references and some shocking and moving revelations.


Scott King: Art Works
Scott King: Art Works
by Jon Savage
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Northern Soul, 10 April 2011
This review is from: Scott King: Art Works (Paperback)
Peter Saville is a hero to many graphic designers of a certain age. His design work for Joy Division and New Order is highly influential and the subject of many a late night discussion. Is it graphic design or is it art? But who has there been since Saville that has made equally as good work and also been the subject of similar discussions?

There is Scott King!

This book documents King's work from Hull College at the start of the nineties to
the present date via ID magazine; Crash; Sleazenation; Suicide; Pet Shop Boys;
Earl Brutus. I am no art or design critic, but all I can really say is that this book is a worthwhile purchase. The work in it is thought provoking; clever and at times very amusing.


Metal Box: Stories from John Lydon's Public Image Limited
Metal Box: Stories from John Lydon's Public Image Limited
by Phil Strongman
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Axes to grind, 6 Nov. 2007
Mr Lydon is not interviewed in this book. Maybe it will provoke him to write a follow up to his own tome. Anyone expecting a full analysis of PiL's music could be disappointed, but for inside information and dealing hefty blows to some of the myths surrounding PiL and the people surrounding PiL -- this book is great. It is also good to see PiL's creative director: Dennis Morris getting a few words in for once, as well as some of his early photos. The original members of the group are interviewed, as are casualties from later incarnations of PiL.
Good book -- great band -- innovative music. But one thing for sure -- being a part of PiL seemed to be a nightmarish experience for all involved -- apart from the boss. Come on John Lydon, we want to read your side of the story!


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