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Lady In The Water [DVD] [2006]
Lady In The Water [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Paul Giamatti
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £2.40

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Keep off the grass man., 12 May 2007
It is hard to review this film, because it is so hard to remember it and that was just a couple of hours ago. If director M. Night Shyamalan was telling this story to his children as a bed time story? Was it to keep them from the pool, so that won't drown and to stop them playing on his expensive manicured lawns? If not, what was the bloody point to this exercise, because to entertain was not one of them.
Caretaker Cleveland Heep played by a very good Paul Giamatti, finds a person in his pool late at night, no it's not at Barrymore's place, it is at an apartment complex. This girl/women/nymph and her name is Story { I wish } played Bryce Dallas Howard. She has to get back, where? Frankly who cares, a creature that is trying to stop her lives on the lawn. Hold on, caretaker, lawn, surely you would think it would be his duty to mow it, end of story or is that too simple...

The best bit of this film is when you go on the caretakers rounds and meet the people living there, the story about this nymph creature is so tedious, that it gets in the way of empting bins and fixing lights.....

Topography: The Yes Anthology - Studio, Live & Solo Classics
Topography: The Yes Anthology - Studio, Live & Solo Classics
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £5.51

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spot The Mistakes?, 10 May 2007
Not a bad selection and some gems, if you are an ardent Yes fan then you got 'em all. But being an ardent Yes fan you will have to get it, won't you?

The Outer sleeve of what the plastic CD cases slips into is a plus point. The artwork is great, Roger Dean on his best form. It is a 2 disc CD and what caught my eye was the Excerpts from 'Tales From Topographic oceans'[live] Excerpts by Steve Howe. I adore that Dinosaur[the album]. Reading the comprehensive booklet you get with this, over 2 pages on their history{wow?}, it is a wow if you are new to Yes, if not? Sorry, yawn. The best bit about this booklet is finding mistakes. Check out The gates Of Delerium[live] track one CD2, in the booklet it has TAKEN FROM THE YES ALBUM 'MAGNIFICATION' 2001.
Where's the quality control? If some sad fan can spot that in 30 seconds, what does it say about the love and care that was used putting this compilation together?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Spartacus, 9 May 2007
This review is from: Spartacus (Audio CD)
It could only be Jeff Wayne who is audacious enough to try this. He made a modern masterpiece with War Of The Worlds. What's to stop him trying with a story that is 2080 years old? Did he pull it off? Surely he could not have a star studded line up like he had on WOTW.

The answer is he tried his best! It is great in parts, good in most parts and then there is the odd weak part. But with WOTW he just had a Book to take on, a thirties Orson Welles radio show and a not so good science fiction film. Meaning most people hadn't either read, heard or seen. This time he was take on Hollywood legends, Kirk Douglas and the rest, Stanley Krubicks vision and one of the most famous lines from a film. So most people have seen the film either at Christmas or some other past bank holiday. Also if men in skirts wearing sandals is not your thing?

It was released in 1992, the single from it flopped, wrong decade for such a grand idea. He has the best voice he could get with Anthony Hopkins as the narrator, such a rich and distinctive voice. Catherine Zeta Jones does a great job in the female role and sings OK. Which was a surprise as I got it in back in 93, long before Moulin Rouge. There is the Ladysmith Black Mambazo singing on the fantastic song Going home. Fish from Marillion plays the part of Crixus the Gaul.

The CD is a joy, when you are in the mood. The narration and the music is excellent and paints the pictures of Roman Life and the journey of Spartacus. It is very exciting in parts, edge of your seat stuff, even though you know the outcome. It is just let done by some lame songs that's all, there are the odd dance number{for All Time} or the power ballad[Two Souls with a Single Dream ] that fail. The booklet I got with this CD is a mini novel, with some really good graphics and the printed words spoken and sung, also has a rogues galley so you can put faces to the voices.

Overall it is very good CD, seeing you have seen the film. So it won't ruin the plot, skip the weak bits if needed, in my case there are about two disappointments, but I can grin and bear it. Otherwise it would be 5 stars.
Appian way is truly great.... Does the album work, yes definitely!
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Sunburst Finish
Sunburst Finish
Price: £7.07

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Finish, 8 May 2007
This review is from: Sunburst Finish (Audio CD)
Just to add my tuppence, I agree entirely with all the positive reviews. This is the album to get from this very good 70's group. The quality is 5 star on SunBurst Finish. The music and lyrics are intelligent, witty, powerful and so true.

"Your youth is a mask, that is not made to last"

Bill Nelson voice is at it's peak, he puts meat to the words with his inflections, nuances and pace. My favourite track, if I have to chose just one, is Life In The Air Age. I can relate or could to the hero in the song when I was younger.

The booklet is good, it has an interesting read and has all the lyrics to the album, but not including the bonus tracks though, odd? Not in my opinion as the original album was better as it finished at brilliant point. Good evening Blazing Apostiles can I help you.......

Lizard (30th Anniversary Edition)
Lizard (30th Anniversary Edition)
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £8.49

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beguiling masterpiece, 7 May 2007
Gordon Haskells vocals on Cirkus is one of the many high points to this brilliant album. also the brass instruments that gives cirkus an almost sinister feel, but mainly down the lines of bizarre, remarkable, intriguing, peculiar, odd, strange, and unusual. Would you go to this Circus?

This album does have a jazz feel, but at times a northern brass band feel. So it doesn't disappear too far into that annoying free form stuff. The ending of Indoor Games is quiet disturbing and it might be the first time He-Hoy has been heard on record. Years ahead of it's time.

Then you have the brilliant Jon Anderson singing away with the baleful and ominous King Crimson supplying the darkest mood. Never knew that drums could sound so threatening and intimidating, and the haunting trumpet.

I think this album might be the poorer relation to the In The Court Of The Crimson King, but in many ways has so much more to offer. Granted it is not as easy accessible as the ITCOTCK, so it might need the odd play. But the song Lady Of The Dancing Water is so moving and enchanting. The flute playing is so good that it could put James Galway to shame. The voice is great, the whole package is Arthurian in nature.

Just buy it, close the curtains and open your mind and find out what you have been missing all these years. Be afraid, be very afraid at times.........
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Heaven's Open
Heaven's Open
Price: £6.08

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Heavens, 6 May 2007
This review is from: Heaven's Open (Audio CD)
This is a strange Mike oldfield CD, the first time you hear it. It sounds like nothing before, it took me a couple of plays to get into it. But it was worth it, the first 5 tracks have Mr Oldfield singing. What a fine jobs he does, if I have to pigeon hole the sound, sorry. This is for the people who don't have it of course! Sacrilege I know forgive me, it is Mike and the Mechanics at their best. All the vocal songs are very good, No Dream: has some nice violins sawing away in the background, Gimme Back: is not reggae[a bit Carly Simon WHY-ish] the best vocals and lyrics. Heaven's Open: starts with an almost Jim Steinman piano feel.

Music From The Balcony all 19 minutes 44 seconds. It starts off well and has lovely tunes punctuated with harsh loud guitar and drums. There is a lovely bit where a monkey and a parrot in the jungle have a duel using their calls end up sounding like a female opera singer. Or that is how it sounds to me, maybe I should take less medication as the rash has cleared up? Overall it does work in bits and pieces, but in my view it is too fractured, splintered and disjointed.

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Price: £4.95

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lifting Music, 6 May 2007
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Put this pretty boy music on and it will lift your mood. If you like your music happy go lucky and shallow then this is for you. I don't mean that as bad, it is just that, soft rock, middle of the road. It has some good bits and his voice is very good. If I ever want a good looking man to sing to me the odd sad love song?? I will slip this on also, Now And Forever is a classic, but I don't want to snuggle a cushion with a handful of tissues and remember past loves.

It is just something I won't be playing often all the way through. I got it as it was cheap and I liked his singles Hazard and Right Here Waiting.

Essential Elements
Essential Elements
Offered by aardvark-games
Price: £6.47

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Essential? Not really., 6 May 2007
This review is from: Essential Elements (Audio CD)
I wonder if they have a person at Eagle records who's sole job is to trawl through a thesaurus? Looking for interesting words rather then best of or classic as they have used them already, for new titles of Yes's old material, that is put on CD's at an increasing speed.

We have only ourselves to blame, many years ago in the their early career we bought Yesterdays that was basically there early stuff, but with the great Paul Simons America on it.

This Compilation has the essential elements to it this time, yeah right, but haven't they already done that with Yes and relatives whatever!! The main question is it is any good? YES in parts, no pun intended. If you don't have any Steve Howes solo efforts. So do that with every member of Yes, apart from Alan White. But there again, which line up?


The awful cover to this CD turns into a booklet charting the history of Yes, but this has been done to death as well. They might have been better of putting a list of all the albums the tracks had been poached from. So I will do a quick selective rundown of what is interesting or not! But just using one word

Don't Think Twice It's Alright -Steve Howe. Good

Umberto II- Rick Wakeman & Mario Fasciano. Pointless

Owner Of A Lonely Heart-Jon Anderson(98 remake). Disco

Dream River- Steve Howe. Great

Merlin The Magician-Rick Wakeman. Dreary

Dancing Fool- Jon Anderson. Dreadful

No Rhyme-Chris squire & Billy Sherwood. cheerless

Tron Thomi-Esquire. sundry

There are 7 Yes songs from the not so good to the new Yes at it's best with From The Balcony. I will just use a few words to describe this song....

Luminous, Radiant, Dazzling, Sparkling, Gleaming, Shining, Bright, enchanting, delightful, captivating, and the best bit flimsy.
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The Voyager
The Voyager
Price: £5.88

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pipe Dream, 5 May 2007
This review is from: The Voyager (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic album, with the celtic influence. Haunting guitars and bagpipes and ghostly pipes. Wonderful, every track is a stand alone masterpiece. Traditional Celtic songs given the Oldfield's touch, a few more words to describe the CD exceptional, terrific, stupendous, dazzling, marvellous, awe-inspiring, breathtaking, remarkable, picturesque, scenic, exquisite, magnificent, gorgeous, and not forgetting charming

On An Island [Bonus DVD]
On An Island [Bonus DVD]

15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pow.........................Pow...... Double whammy, 5 May 2007
Sorry to say I feel rather ripped off with this offering. On An Island CD, now with a red spine and a DVD as well. Great I thought, surely the On An Island CD will have something new to offer? Also it has Limited CD + DVD in silver letters stamped on it. So it can not just be directed at people who haven't been bothered to buy the original CD? Sadly it is, I hope Mr Gilmour was naive and didn't do this to rip off his fans who will buy his work no matter what.

So Now I am the not so proud owner of 2 On An Island cds 1 dvd. If this was the plan, then I am hurt. I know that Mr Gilmour does a lot for charity, like giving away his London House. If he wanted money? I would donate. I do buy the big issue from time to time......

So what are you getting for this reasonable priced CD+DVD, cheaper then I paid!! Well if you haven't got the CD anyway, it is a must then. The really great CD On an Island....

The Dvd is well, what can I say, basic, no, a let down, ummm. it is hard to say, depending how the hurt still stings.

Take A Deep Breath filmed at the Royal Albert Hall, very good.

Astronomy Domine. Abbey Road Session. Brilliant, fantastic, wonderful, the best, better then the Pulse version and I was there so I now what I am talking about.

Then basically a promo session for AOL. So forgive me for being a bit jaded. So this was done for promotion for the album or they were paid. Good selection though. Pity you didn't go for the AOL T-shirt and base ball cap, may I say you look nicer in a shirt!!! Couple of Floyd numbers, great. But Bloody annoying that the AOL logo is in the corner all the bleeding time. And That is it!!

I don't know if you saw that Brilliant BBC series Three Men in A Boat. The first episode you had them rowing down the Thames and stopping off at Gilmours truly beautiful recording studio barge. Really you can not call it that, it is a palace. What am I moaning about, well Mr Gilmour, seeing you allowed them to film for this as another small promo for On An Island release. Why couldn't your true fans who bought this CD+DVD, have a small guided tour by yourself on this DVD.

Don't worry I am not a crazed fan who hangs about his gate! I would just like to see what my hard earned cash has helped him to buy, doubly.
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