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Small World Big Band
Small World Big Band
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice rhythm and blues., March 6, 2002
This review is from: Small World Big Band (Audio CD)
With some brilliant songs by guest musicians George Harrison, Sam Brown, Stereophonics, Eric Bibb, Chris Difford, Mick Hucknall, Taj Mahal and Eric Clapton. As it says in the sleeve notes: 'For optimum results play as loudly as possible in comfortable environments.'
Just don't annoy the guests and neighbours.

Queen: Greatest Hits I & II
Queen: Greatest Hits I & II
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction to Queen, March 5, 2002
In some ways Greatest Hits is better and the sequencing of the UK catalogue, as seen here, seems to be better organised. Here are Queen's best selling singles in the UK and US up to 1991 and contains great classics like 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love', 'A Kind of Magic', 'We Will Rock You', 'We Are the Champions' and 'I Want to Break Free'

Queen: Greatest Hits III
Queen: Greatest Hits III
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fitting epilogue, March 5, 2002
Queen had enough material for a 'Greatest Hits III' without dipping into Freddie and Brian's solo catologue and it is disapointing they did not inc.. 'A Winter's Tale' however it is a fitting and cohesive final volume in the 'Greatest Hits' albums, with classics like 'You Don't Fool Me', and 'These Are The Days Of Our Lives'

by Roland Huntford
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Courageous Man, March 3, 2002
This review is from: Shackleton (Paperback)
Most people remember Shackleton as the man who headed the doomed Endurance expedition and lost not a single man. (In fact not one man died on any Polar expedition he led, save himself from a heart attack at the start of his last one) But he was also the man who beat Scott and Wilson's furthest south record by over 360 miles in 1908-1909 and got to within 100 miles of the Pole. When asked by his wife how he had withstood the temptation to go on and take a gamble on his life with the odds stacked heavily against him and his men on the return journey he replied: 'I thought you would prefer a live donkey to a dead lion'. Now that is sheer bravery. If Scott constantly saw him as an ally and not as a rival and enemy (Scott's cruelty to Shackleton during his Discovery expedition triggered off their mutual loathing for each other)then he would have learned much and probably would have lived longer.

Finding Forrester [VHS]
Finding Forrester [VHS]
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Connery's best, February 23, 2002
This review is from: Finding Forrester [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Apparently this film didn't do as well as expected, and some people have dismissed it as 'Good Will Hunting with literature' but that should not detract from the fact that it is a brilliant well written, well directed film. Connery gives one of his best performances as reclusive novelist William Forrester (based on J.D. Sallinger) who privately tutors a young Jamal who is starting out at a Prep School of high repute and who is encontering covert racism and academic jealousy from one of it's lecturers (F. Murray Abraham).

Milk and Honey
Milk and Honey
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent swan-album from Lennon.., February 18, 2002
This review is from: Milk and Honey (Audio CD)
'Milk and Honey' was in pre production and John was already making demo tapes for the album when he was assasinated on Dec 8th 1980. Yoko Ono wisely waited a few years afterwards and used five songs of John's from the 'Double Fantasy' sessions (some of which may well have been used for the album anyway)plus one of the demos ('Grow Old With Me') alongside new songgs by her, for the album which came out at the start of 1984 and which has recently been digitally remastered alongside some new tracks.
It's a good album in parts, and 'I'm Stepping Out' and 'Nobody Told Me' are songs that by their quality are begging to be released, 'Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him' (which was originally an Ono track on 'Double Fantasy') which has been put on the album for the remastered version with Lennon's vocals is also good, but there are parts which have an unfinished quality (note 'Forgive Me My Little Flower Princess')and the demo 'Grow Old With Me' has an almost complete hymnal style which is almost what John wanted, but he also discerned that it needed Orchestral background, which George Martin has provided for the Lennon Anthology.
Primarily though Lennon is doing what is was best at, natural Rock and Roll and R n Band, because it was not fully produced, lacks a slickness which might well have stifled it.

Eric Clapton Unplugged
Eric Clapton Unplugged
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the trendy unplugged albums...., February 17, 2002
This review is from: Eric Clapton Unplugged (Audio CD)
Relaxed, intimate, good quality R n B, a whimscal style.. Who could ask for more and Clapton certainly delivers the goods, and who can deny the quality emotion provoking songs such as 'Tears in Heaven' and 'Lonely Stranger'

Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon
Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good but could be better......, February 17, 2002
It is one of those rare Lennon collection albums with a comprehensive body of his work from 'Plastic Ono Band' to 'Milk and Honey', which is good, but sadly I think some of his best work, 'Woman', 'Starting Over', 'Nobody Told Me' was towards the end, true he did some classics at the start of the seventies and I wouldn't knock that but 1980 showed that Lennon was entering a new musical phase and attitude which was sadly uncompleted.
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The Last Place on Earth (Modern Library Exploration)
The Last Place on Earth (Modern Library Exploration)
by Roland Huntford
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4.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read but questionable, February 8, 2002
The gripping tale of the 'race' to the South Pole from 1910-1912 is told with a deft hand at narrative by Roland Huntford. It is one of those biographical pieces (It also serves as a bio on Scott and Amundsen) which makes you almost believe that you are there with these men.
In saying this however (And I stress that I am a Shackleton person and don't rate Scott much) I question how exact it is in that there is so much debunking of Scott that Huntford seems to just stop short of accusing him of murder (I am also amazed that Sir Peter Scott did not sue Huntford when the book first came out, it says much about the man)with regards to Oates walking to his death. I do agree that Amundsen was a brilliant tactician at Polar exploration and Scott was an arrogant incompetent, but Amundsen was also a bit of a glory-seeking oppurtunist and Scott did have some decent remarkable talents, telling a good story for one, that would have been best suited in areas other than Polar exploration. If the RGS, Markham, Scott etc.. had a dangerous fault it was that they allowed emotions pervade areas where sentimentality was destructive.

Paul:  A Novel
Paul: A Novel
by Walter Wangerin Jr.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging fictionalised account of Paul's life, February 2, 2002
This review is from: Paul: A Novel (Hardcover)
I found the book a great read and rather authentic, although I have to say that I wonder how close to the New Testament accounts it is and would have to study them very closely again in order to be sure. The Paul of this book certainly fits the physical and characteristic picture I have of him, small and gangly and yet the ability to hold people's attention within an instant. The account of his journeys and the Churches he set up certainly had me riveted.

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