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The 2nd Law [Digipack]
The 2nd Law [Digipack]
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Price: £11.37

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthemic crowd-pleaser ready for another tour!, 22 Jan. 2013
This review is from: The 2nd Law [Digipack] (Audio CD)
Their latest album has 5 big anthems varying from an epic James Bond-style opener, extremely infectious beautifully-written 'Madness', Queen-Style stadium dance track 'Panic Station', Olympic anthem 'Survival' and the very U2 'Big Freeze'.
Along with these, the bass player gives a 'Pendulum' style vocal to 'Liquid State'.
There are some very serious and personal lyrics, but rather than feeling depressing the album has an energising effect that will certainly work well live at their stadium shows in Summer 2013.
Definitely worth buying the whole album, but if downloading individual tracks 'Save Me', 'Liquid State' and 'Animals' are probably the weakest tracks.
The last 2 tacks - 2nd Law work as a stand-alone piece, but need the rest of the album to put into perspective.
Part One has 'Jean Michel Jarre - Revolutions' style robotic vocal and noisy 'transformers-style' samples that you either like or hate.
Prt 2 is a beautiful digi-classical piece reminiscent of Mike Oldfield's 'tubular bells' - again with samples, it is 'like it or hate it' territory.
Not for everybody, but if you don't like 'Madness' - there is something seriously wrong with you!

Price: £18.84

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disc 2 of these sets are worth buying album again!, 10 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Gish (Audio CD)
Currently listening to disc 2 of this set which blows away the original album.
If you love the amazing 'Siamese Dream' you have to get this set as disc 2 has the same extreme energy and playability and also brings new life to the original album.
The perfectionist production makes the music on this disc sound like it was recorded this week.
I know the DVD disc 3 will not disappoint.
Any Pumpkins/Corgan fan needs to get this and the Siamese Dream set.
Amazon is currently the cheapest place to buy.
Get it onto your Xmas or New Year gift list now!

Whale Wars - Series 1 [DVD] [2008]
Whale Wars - Series 1 [DVD] [2008]
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Price: £16.99

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real action from real people to save whales, 23 April 2009
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This is one of the most entertaining DVD's you could ever see.
There is action, real relationships, compassion, aggression, arguments and in the end hundreds of whales saved by a mostly volunteer Sea Shepherd Crew in the freezing waters of Antarctica.
Captain Paul Watson askes of his crew what he askes of himself:
'Are you willing to risk your lives for whales? - if not you don't belong on this ship".
A veteran of hundreds of battles to save marine wildlife, Captain Watson wages war on the Japanese Whaling Fleet in the Southern Ocean.
Stars of the show (other than the Captain) are ace helicopter pilot Chris Aultman and the two guys (Giles and Ben) who risk everything for the cause.
Whale Wars II was filmed recently - from all accounts it is going to do what few films can - be even better than the first.

The Whale Warriors: The Battle at the Bottom of the World to Save the Planet's Largest Mammals
The Whale Warriors: The Battle at the Bottom of the World to Save the Planet's Largest Mammals
by Peter Heller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.15

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real-life adventure in the icy Antarctic waters., 16 Jan. 2009
Peter Heller spent the Christmas and New Year of 2005-6 on board an ageing, all-black roller-coaster of a ship in the Soutern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
He observed the personalities of the crew with comic genius while rarely missing the action, tension and triumphs on board the Sea Shepherd ship Farley Mowat.
With the ship due for retirement several years ago and a mainly volunteer crew, the icy waters of Antarctica seem a terrifying place to be. Will the passion and determination of the crew led by Captain Paul Watson be enough to defeat a seven-strong armada of Japanese whaling fleet?
Real-life twists and turns and a description of the sorroundings that makes you shiver.

Trap Door Series 1 & 2 [DVD] [1984]
Trap Door Series 1 & 2 [DVD] [1984]
Dvd ~ William Rushton
Price: £3.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rushtons's Inuendo on this is hillarious!, 16 Jan. 2009
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There are many nostalgic reviews of this series - but none have touched on the episode devoted to 'bonking' or the 'cleaning out his orifices' sketch.

'Nothing like a good bonking' is my favourite Willie Rushton quote and I can't control the laughter every time I hear it.

I had the two videos that make up this collection, but my niece (5) has stolen them, so I'm going to get her the DVD and ask her to swap so I get the unedited versions of the series!

Seal Wars: My 25 Year Struggle to Save the Seals
Seal Wars: My 25 Year Struggle to Save the Seals
by Paul Watson
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The No.1 Eco -Warrior tells it like it is., 30 Sept. 2008
Paul Watson was brought up on the East Coast of Canada in a fishing village. He is a great story-teller and does not hold back on uncovering the mass-slaughter of thousands of baby (6 week old) harp seals each season in the ice-floes.
He was instrumental in shutting down the seal 'fishery' for 10 years and now battles to have it stopped again.
This is not a 'nice' book - it is a 'necessary' book and anybody interested in fishing, seals, ocean travel or conservation will be handed a graphic and much needed lesson in how so many can be so ignorant and how so few can make a difference.
For another example of Captain Watson's great story-telling, the much sought-after 'Ocean Warrior' is a must.

A Merciful Release
A Merciful Release

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All their 'pop' stuff in a cool black box, 30 Sept. 2008
This review is from: A Merciful Release (Audio CD)
Pureists will prefer the old 12" singles from the early 80's that were assembled into 'some girls wander by mistake', but anybody who heard just one or two tracks on the radio or saw an epic video on MTV should start with this.
It includes the extended versions of all 3 mainstream studio albums with my personal choices being the very first track 'black planet' which gives you a taste of most of which will follow, the epic 'some kind of stranger' the non-single tracks on Floodland and 'Ribbons' on Vision Thing.
Don't go cheap and get 'a slight case of overbombing' (singles album) as the sly genius of the more testing tracks will be missing.
Once you are hooked - search out 'The Gift' by the Sisterhood (vinyl only).
These are 3 different albums with individual feel, recorded over 15 years - find your own gems in the best box set I own!
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Staring At The Sea - The Singles
Staring At The Sea - The Singles
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Most played album In Antarctica, 15 Oct. 2007
With the exception of 'the walk' which we skipped whenever we could, this was the album that kept the Captain and I awake while steering through Icebergs at night.
Killing an Arab is perfect if you forgive the title, 10.15 could be put on repeat play to clear the bridge, Boys Don't Cry has a melody hard to dislike, A Forest is menacingly brilliant and the closing trio of songs from the 'Head on the Door' album paint a rich and deep picture of the mind of the writers.
If you don't have a Cure album, you need this one plus thier last 'great' album 'Disintigration'.
Unless you are into bland pop - stick to the 70's and 80's Cure!

Darren Collis - Sea Shepherd Quatermaster

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