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All In Time
All In Time
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning debut..., 11 May 2016
This review is from: All In Time (MP3 Download)
Best debut album by a British rock band in years. Self-released, "All In Time" will appeal to lovers of classic hard rock, mining the best of bands like Theory of a Deadman, early Nickelback, and Black Stone Cherry and re-inventing them as their own. Stone Broken has the energy and songwriting savvy to hit the heights, and are already being championed by influential rock radio stations nationwide, including Planet Rock. The US could also prove to be a lucrative market, given the exposure of radio play and a high profile tour... watch this space. There's no filler on "All In Time", with standouts including "Stay All Night", "Be There" and the future mega-hit "Wait For You". Catch them on tour because they're great musicians who can cut it live too. Stone Broken has a massive future and deserve to be huge. And on top of all that, they're really nice guys too!

Palladium Pampa Hi, Men's  Slouch Boots, Beige (Grey), 9.5 UK (44 EU)
Palladium Pampa Hi, Men's Slouch Boots, Beige (Grey), 9.5 UK (44 EU)
Price: £47.25

3.0 out of 5 stars quite nice style and fit though, 7 Oct. 2015
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Ordered grey but look beige... quite nice style and fit though.

Ashlie Leather Cheque book Holder AC123 Black
Ashlie Leather Cheque book Holder AC123 Black
Offered by Ashlie Craft
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars good quality, 8 July 2013
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A nice, good quality product at a time when banks seems to have stopped supplying these to customers. A bit odd to see the embossing on the back rather than front - not sure if that was deliberate or not!

Setlist: The Very Best Of Cheap Trick Live
Setlist: The Very Best Of Cheap Trick Live
Price: £6.97

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic collection, 4 July 2013
Back in February 1979 I saw an up-and-coming American rock band from Rockford, Illinois tear the roof off a packed Barbarella's Nightclub in Birmingham, England, on their first full headlining tour of the U.K. The place went nuts and the band was simply awesome. Singer Robin Zander was the perfect front man, with flowing blond locks and silver tonsils; guitarist Rick Nielsen was a flailing cartoon character with riffs to die for; bassist Tom Petersson played a jaw dropping twelve-string bass that sounded like nothing you've ever heard; and drummer Bun E. Carlos resembled a chain smoking middle-aged accountant but laid down a backbeat that left many of his illustrious influences in the shade. The band was Cheap Trick and I became a disciple. Cheap Trick took up where the Beatles had left off - four great individual musicians with their own unique and highly distinctive personalities - a marketing executive's dream. They had a cool image but didn't take themselves too seriously. And they produced great music. Reputation is a fragile thing, and over the years there were one or two patchy studio releases, but just when you thought Cheap Trick had reached a watershed they'd bounce right back with yet another gem, showing a resilience and quality that set them apart. But it is in the live arena that the band has consistently delivered. Cheap Trick's 1979 album At Budokan, re-issued in extended form in 1998, was a landmark and iconic release - often hailed as one of the best live albums of all time - and the band's career has been punctuated by other impressive reminders of their peerless on-stage splendor. These have included 1999's Music For Hangovers, 2001's anniversary Silver CD/DVD and the band's bold but victorious reworking of Sgt. Pepper Live in 2009. This special Setlist compilation includes a powerhouse idiosyncratic cover of Bob Dylan's "Mrs. Henry," an early gig staple, which allows Nielsen and Petersson full rein to demonstrate their fretboard dexterity. "The Ballad Of TV Violence," also recorded at the legendary "Whiskey" in Los Angeles, gives Zander the perfect platform to show off his phenomenal vocal talents. The band's profile soared in 1979 with the release of the hit single "I Want You To Want Me," included here. This collection also features that pinnacle of power pop, "Surrender," taken from the aforementioned milestone Budokan release. Other memorable selections include Petersson's lead vocal on "I Know What I Want," originally from the Dream Police album, and a stunning live version of Cheap Trick's smash number one hit single "The Flame." Rick Nielsen, with tongue firmly in cheek, describes Cheap Trick as "four great guys with three great chords." But in truth this is one of the most talented and criminally underrated bands to have survived the musical convulsions of the last four decades. These days, fellow musicians and critics alike laud Cheap Trick as one of the most influential rock bands to emerge from the late Seventies and their influence remains every bit as strong and vital today. This Setlist perfectly showcases the power and diversity of Cheap Trick's material in concert, with expansive renditions of some classic songs.

Original Album Classics (5CD)
Original Album Classics (5CD)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars pick five... any five, 29 Mar. 2013
It's difficult to fault much of the material on offer here, but the selection of the band's first three studio albums and then their fifth and seventh is entirely illogical and random. Why not just package together their first five albums, for heaven's sake? It's typical of the shabby and thoughtless way much of the band's excellent back catalogue has been treated over the years, sadly. For those wanting a first taste of Cheap Trick at their best, buy 'Dream Police' and 'At Budokan', neither of which are included in this strange collection.

Music From Another Dimension!
Music From Another Dimension!
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Price: £2.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars don't expect miracles..., 20 Nov. 2012
Jack Douglas is a great producer, witness his contribution to albums by Cheap Trick, John Lennon and early-period Aerosmith, but even he can't make average songs great. What we have here is the long-awaited new album from Boston's finest, with 5 really good songs and 5 pretty average songs. Unfortunately, the disc contains 15 tracks. The quality here is mixed at best. From promising opener "Luv XXX" and the Bolan-esque "Oh Yeah", to the funk-inspired "Out Go The Lights" and authentic "Street Jesus", Tyler and Co. hit a familiar groove. But when Joe Perry takes the mic for the disasterous "Freedom Fighter", you just hope and pray that the remaining three tracks are going to end this collection on a high. In truth, they really don't.

The Truth Is...
The Truth Is...
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars The truth is, it's nothing special, 29 July 2011
This review is from: The Truth Is... (Audio CD)
I really loved "Scars and Souvenirs"... It's one of the best rock albums of recent years, and offered a springboard for Theory of a Deadman to escape the shadows of their tutors, Nickelback, and ascend new heights. The only minor disappointment with that album was the occasional tendency to throw in juvenile lyrics and bad language, presumably in the belief that this was what "the kids" needed to hear. Sadly, on this, their follow-up, it is that very tendency that the band have milked mercilessly, swamping some good ideas in a mire of childish innuendo and vulgarity. Disappointing.

Fly Me To The Moon (Feat. Robin Zander)
Fly Me To The Moon (Feat. Robin Zander)
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2.0 out of 5 stars misguided, 17 July 2011
Robin Zander is a great rock vocalist.... but whoever thought it would be a good idea to create heavy rock and metal versions of Frank Sinatra classics must have been seriously troubled. It doesn't work. "SIN-atra"? Oh dear.

Junie B. Jones First Boxed Set Ever!
Junie B. Jones First Boxed Set Ever!
by Barbara Park
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 17 July 2011
Very American but very funny.... great for reading to your 5,6,7,8 year old. The language and Americanisms may cause some confusion amongst British youngsters reading this for themselves (eg 'bestest', 'blucky', 'dumb') but it's hugely entertaining fare and if it encourages them to pick up a book, that has to be a good thing.

Price: £21.30

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the power pop masters, 23 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Latest (Audio CD)
The heroes on the Latest album from Cheap Trick are undoubtedly vocalist Robin Zander and producer Juilan Raymond. Zander has rarely sounded so convincing and played a major part in writing the material too. His voice is simply magnificent on this album. Raymond, on the other hand, has done a marvellous job in making a disparate collection of re-worked tunes and abandoned demos sound like classic Cheap Trick.

Song by song?

"Sleep Forever" is a brief but beautiful memorial piece dedicated to the band's old chum and merchandise overlord John Candas. It's a song guaranteed to be played at every fan's funeral from this point on!

"When The Light's Are Out" is on a different subject, thankfully, and is Cheap Trick's fusion of a seventies' Slade cover and their own debut album opener, "Elo Kiddies". Already familiar to most fans through its earlier exposure via this website, but hugely enjoyable nonetheless.

"Miss Tomorrow" was penned by Robin and Dave Stewart in the early nineties, but omitted from Zander's excellent solo album. It eventually surfaced as an extra track on the European "Show Me Heaven" CD single. The version here is quite similar and finally gives the song the exposure it deserves.

"Sick Man Of Europe" is described elsewhere as Cheap Trick meets The Hives, and it does somewhat epitomize the Scandinavians' pop-punk stylings. Tom Petersson's bass is to the fore here and it's a highly infectious number, albeit clocking in at a little over the two minute mark.

Indeed, one criticism that might be levelled at "The Latest" is the brevity of some of the songs, with half a dozen less than three minutes long.

"These Days" is an early contender for standout track. A wonderful, evocative and memorable tune that sadly ends a minute sooner than it should! I suppose it falls loosely into the power-ballad category, if pigeon-holing is necessary.

"Miracle" is another slower tune, with an obvious nod to John Lennon. I wasn't too smitten at first but it's a grower...

"Everyday You Make Me Crazy" varies the tempo but, I'm sorry, it's the just the throw-away Pepsi jingle with new words. A bit of fun, no more no less, and under a minute-and-a-half.

"California Girl" takes the Scotty Moore tribute song "Bad Little Girl" and updates it, fortunately for the better, but it's just a rock-n-roll-by-numbers ditty to show the band haven't abandoned their fifties roots.

"Everybody Knows" is sheer class. A brilliant Zander tune with a wholly appropriate kitchen sink production and Beatle-esque harmonies. Highlight of the pre-release widget and one of the best tracks the band has recorded in recent years.

"Alive" takes a widely circulated nineties demo and finishes it off nicely, picking up the pace again.

"Times Of Our Lives" reminds me of nineties-era Cheap Trick - the better stuff of course! It's a sing-along song with an infectious hook.

"Closer" is an outstanding cut with fabulous overlaid vocals and another nod to the fab-four, but again it ends too abruptly when the song really deserves to be elongated by another minute or two.

"Smile" is a syrupy ballad to close but another commercial proposition with a soaring melody.

And then it's over and you'll want to play it all over again.... surely a very good sign.

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