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Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch AT4007-54E with a Black Dial and a Black Stainless Steel Bracelet
Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch AT4007-54E with a Black Dial and a Black Stainless Steel Bracelet
Price: £389.00

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Picture Does Not Do It Justice!, 14 Aug 2012
Having owned a succession of timepieces, the biggest gripe I always had was battery replacement - i.e. the cost, the inconvenience and, if not using the approved watch retailer, could you trust someone to ensure that the waterproof integrity was not broached. So with my current Seiko Titanium fast becoming worn out, I decided that either a solar powered or kinetic powered watch would be the order of the day and set about looking for it's replacement.
After quite a bit of research, I finally went for the Citizen Eco-Drive watch although I did have reservations about the size of the dial - but having seen it in a local jewellers, decided that although larger than my current timepiece it was not of the "big Ben" variety that some people wear these days! And, I have to say that this watch is certainly worth the outlay, and apart from it's solar powered Eco-Drive which eliminates the need for battery replacements, the piece comes with perpetual calendar and radio control meaning that once the timepiece is set, you need never bother with it ever again if you don't want to!( although there is a facility for automatic US time zones etc should you have the need)
Operation of the watch is very simple and intuitive and the CD rom and instruction book which come in the packaging will virtually be unused!
The alarm facility is also simple to use although as to whether it would prove to be useful is doubtful as it really has no volume to it and there is no volume gain control..but this is a minor quibble.
Having chosen this watch in black, rather than natural stainless steel , it will be interesting to see just how hard wearing the bracelet colouration will be - particularly that I tend to wear my watch all the time, rarely removing it - but if the overall quality of this watch is anything to go by, I am sure that the smart people at Citizen will have made sure that the bracelet is as durable as the main attraction should prove to be.
Footnote: 03/09/2013
1 year on and this watch remains pretty much in pristine condition even though worn 24/7. The fear that the black ion coating would not be durable enough has proven to be ill founded!
Footnote: 09/08/2014
And now 2 years on and having only come off my wrist a couple of times, the watch hasn't missed a beat and the strap and case remain in almost pristine condition - you can certainly buy this beautiful watch with confidence!
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Price: £12.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Slick!, 10 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Slipstream (Audio CD)
I have to say that I did hold back from pre-ordering this album, simply because some of the material released since the Road-Tested album, hadn't, for me, lived up to what had gone before....and, mixed reviews had me holding back further, but, in the end, I capitulated and purchased a copy - and am I happy - you betcha!
For me, Bonnie has always been right up there with the best of the US country/blues artists and her slide playing always, sublime, but in recent releases, while the material has been a little soggy, the guitar playing had all but disappeared into the mix, which was very strange because with her last couple of tours to the UK where the material was being aired, the numbers suddenly came to life. So, it is a matter of great joy that Slipstream has returned Bonnie to her absolute best - witness the vocals on the achingly beautiful Not Cause I Wanted To or the slide playing on the rocking Marriage Made In Hollywood and Split Decision and you'll hear exactly what I am talking about.
I cannot wait until Bonnie puts her UK tour together to highlight this little lot, in the meantime, this CD is going to spend quite a whiles stuck in my player!

Street Rats
Street Rats

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Curtain Closer, 8 Aug 2012
This review is from: Street Rats (Audio CD)
This album, for me, was a curtain closer and epitaph for the great band that was Humble Pie (I know that there have been other releases but I see those as curiosities only..!)
However, by the time that this album was put out, Steve was becoming increasingly bored with the pure rock genre with it's incessant album/tour/album scenario, and this is telling in that much of the material on display here is not self penned, merely doodles of other people's material (Rock N Roll Music, We Can Work It Out, Drive My Car etc) which add nothing to the originals and therefore serve only to really pad this album out - HOWEVER, sitting right at the end of the album is a little number entitled Queens & Nuns, and for this track alone, the album is well worth the patience of a saint to listen's just one of those little ditties that only the Mighty Midget could come up with and it's just an ear worm number that drills it's way into your's not even representative of what Humble Pie were all about, but it's certainly what Mr Marriott was all about and for that alone, I would recommend this album on four stars....(4.5 stars really, but there you go!)

Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore
Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Only All Live Albums Were As Good As This!, 26 July 2012
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How does one review such a towering testament to the power of rock? A very, very good question and not easily answered - but suffice to say that of all the live albums that I own (and that's many hundreds) this is the one that I will always come back to as it really set the bar height even though it was recorded over 40 years ago!
For those not in the know, Humble Pie were one of those bands that always produced the goods live although their studio output never did quite portray just how good they really could be but, when you have a vocalist/guitarist of the quality and power of Steve Marriott, the excellent guitar/vocals of Peter Frampton underpinned by the powerhouse rythmn section of Greg Ridley and Jerry Shirley, live was always going to be where the band were at, as this album glaringly shows.
The album (originally a double vinyl album) had Four Day Creep/I'm Ready/Stone Cold Fever on side one, Walk On Gilded Splinters on side two, Rolling Stone on side three, finishing with Hallelujah I Just Love Her So and the ever fresh; Don't Need No Doctor to batter the audience into true submission - so whatever your taste in rock, be it power chords, boogie, vocals or fluid soloing all with a storyline to keep you well amused, then this will take some beating - the only thing to just remind yourself is that you will no longer be able to witness it live yourself (except in video form!) - if only time really could stand still!
But, if you are going to play it, then crank it up, and live (re-live!) a gem of a British Rock Band!!

Future Past
Future Past
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good 'Un, But With Some Reservations!, 27 Jun 2012
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Never having heard of Michael Thompson and his band, Future Past, turned up in my recommendations and, listening to a couple of snapshots, I went ahead and purchased the album - and any regrets - nope, just the odd reservation as I still cannot, after quite a number of plays, understand some of "twee" numbers thrown in!
The opening track is an absolute killer, hitting it's stride within moments and hitting you straight between the eyes. The riff, the singing and the production quality just showing what a formidable band we have here - and certainly, on this track alone, beggars the question why they are not more played on the airwaves?
Can't Be Right and Future Times continue the rocking but now coming more into the Mike & The Mechanics sounding zone - nothing wrong with that as it shows quite a degree of maturity - but then it's the likes of Beautiful Mystery and Can't Miss that take us off in the twee direction, which had me pressing the "skip" button. But this is only minor niggling as this album has quality in abundance!
So, if you like to rock without too much in the way of raw edges, then you won't go far wrong giving this a spin - especially if you can pick it up at a knock down price - certainly looking at the earlier album How Long which is commanding very high prices due to scarcity!

Jimmy Bowskill Band
Jimmy Bowskill Band
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5.0 out of 5 stars Balls Of Brass!, 16 Jun 2012
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Think: Free meets Humble Pie meets Thunder......all primary Brit blues/rock outfits of the vintage calibre.
So - what the hell is a young Canadian three piece doing emulating such quality? Beats the hell out of me BUT, Jimmy, only just scraping his early twenties, has produced a quality 5th (yes - 5th!) album that is so strong in content that you would never guess his tender years!
Kicking off with Take A Ride, we hear the strutting style of Free right down to the Kossoff choppy chords and the gravelly vocals a la Paul Rodgers - kid you not! Linger On Sweet Time rolls Free and Humble Pie together as Jimmy displays the vocal talents of the mighty midget, Steve Marriott, himself. All very derivative, you might think and yes, Salty Dog is a straight lift of the Pie's stadium rocker classic; I'm Ready - but, you have to admire what's on display here as it is all executed with such a great live feel that it's almost like you're listening as it is being recorded - a rare sound indeed!
Spirit Of The Town slows things down with Jimmy and bassist Ian McKeown attending to a soulful brass section while Jimmy plays a wicked slide over the top of Marriottesque baleful vocals - just sublime!
The Thunder influence comes in with the acoustic opening to Sin's Is A Good Man's Brother, particularly as it gets into it's riff laden stride. In fact there is not a bad track all the way to the closing; Least Of My Worries - derivative it may well be but it'll certainly have your feet tapping for 3/4 of an hour until you hit the replay button again, again and again.
Yes indeed, this is a band to watch as they can only improve with age and more touring will hopefully bring them to the attention of a wider rock/blues audience - but for now, they have left this ageing rocker with a great big grin on his face...

Live In Germany
Live In Germany
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Reminder, 31 May 2012
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So what can you say about that "L'il ol' band from Texas" that hasn't already been written? Not a lot - and that's for sure!
I first caught onto these guys when they released their very first (blues) album back in 1970 and have continued to listen to their simple, blues oriented sound ever since and, although there has been nothing since the Mescalero album in the way of new tunes, there has been quite a lot of DVD's released which have proved just how much noise three guys can make, proving that sometimes the whole can make up more than the sum of it's parts!
So what about this offering........well, it starts off a little tenuously, shaky presentation and vocals with the odd bum note, but once we get to Waitin' For The Bus, we are treated to the big hitters from Tejas, Tres Hombres, Rio Grande Mud and Fandango! with Billy, Frank and Dusty proving just how hot (cool!) they really are.
Certainly, if you don't have any of the aforementioned studio albums then, this is a good "Best Of" place to start, but in truth, it's not an essential collector's album either (although they have never really released many live albums during their lengthy time at the top of their trade!) - so a bit of a curiosity really as I am sure that ZZ Top must have far newer (and probably far better) live material available to them for release!
Oh well, be thankful for small mercies and enjoy at full blast!

Elemental Journey
Elemental Journey
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divisive?, 31 May 2012
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I cannot believe that it's been 4 years since the last outing from the slidemaester - which in itself had been a relatively long time coming....but then I guess quality cannot be rushed!
So what have we got here then? One neat little package of instrumentals which, in view of who is helping out, doesn't surprise one bit but, make no mistake, this sound could have been generated by no other exponent of the slide guitar! Beautiful in it's sound and crisp in it's delivery, it will tickle the taste buds of afficianados and newbies alike!
Opening with Gaia Tribe, Sonny sets about laying down the foundations for the rest of the album with one Mr Satriani taking up an aggresive duelling role, a track that doubtless will get a lot of airplay on Planet Rock, simply due to Mr S alone - but that would be completely wrong as this album is all about Sonny and the different kinds of music that have influenced his style over the years!
Running on we get Heavy Heart Rising, the title track itself and Opening Sky all clearly showing off the virtuosity of all the musicians involved in making this quality product.
So, well worth the wait - You Betcha! Whatever your taste in music, I think that you will find more than enough here to keep your attention for (hopefully) less than the 4 years it may take before the next album sees the light of day.....!

Driving Towards The Daylight - Ltd. Digibook
Driving Towards The Daylight - Ltd. Digibook
Price: £27.32

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back To Basics, 25 May 2012
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The last couple of years have been a little bit busy for Mr Bonamassa, what with his various projects and appearances - it almost started to become "spot the album without special guest, Joe Bonamassa" and I think to a certain degree this has been starting to show in his music!
HOWEVER, Driving Towards The Daylight, is a recognition of Joe's roots and is a return to basics with a bang as this album is a towering testament to the man, his guitar, his vocals and his music!
If you like straight blues, there is plenty here to entertain. If you like your blues with a rockier edge, there is plenty here to entertain. Indeed, even if you like your blues with a jazzier feel, there is also plenty here to entertain.....from the opening lines of Dislocated Boy to the closing out of Too Much Ain't Enough Love, Joe gives you his very,you know the drill, get on line or down the shops, pick up your very own copy and immerse yourself in truly emotive blues music!
(and while you are listening, the digibook that this album comes with will entertain too, with it's photos and history from the man himself!!)

Lost in the New Real
Lost in the New Real
Price: £15.56

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Eclectic Do You Want It?, 26 April 2012
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First off - I love the music of Mr Lucassen, be it Star One, Ayreon, Guilt Machine or early Stream Of Passion.....he's alway been right on the money, for me at least........right, that's out of the way then!
So what have we here - well a wonderfully packaged, intelligent bit of soft rock opera with country, jazz, blues, classical, heavy rock all peppered in, for good measure, and all bound together with the voice of Rutger Hauer...this really is one of the most eclectic offerings from Arjen to date.
I remember reading about how Arjen had hawked his original rock opera around the record companies going back a number of years ago and finding no takers - all saying that rock operas were rather passe and there was no market for it...and here we are many years on and Arjen is still knocking them out and, moreover gaining quite a following of his operatic themed music too!
Kicking off with The New Real, this sets pretty much the standard for the whole album with a wonderful acoustic backdrop for Arjen's understated vocal work intermingled with electric power chords for emphasis before we roll onto a tongue in cheek recognition of late sixties music in the form of Pink Beatles In A Purple prizes for guessing what that sounds like..nor, indeed, When I'm One Hundred-Sixty Four! Sublime!
On disc Two, we also get additional acknowledgements to Arjen's heroes in Welcome To The Machine, Battle Of Evermore and I'm The Slime....all played with the unmistakable sound that is Arjen's own - so there is music for all tastes here be it to dib in and out of or whether you want a serious bit of listening to do too - it really is all here!
And, as for the packaging - as I've said before, Insideout records have made this their very own artform so that you have a quality product to read and admire whilst listening to the music - brilliant! Don't just take my word for it, treat yourself and experience it yourself - you will not be disappointed!

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