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Asia - Spirit Of The Night Live In Cambridge 09 [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]
Asia - Spirit Of The Night Live In Cambridge 09 [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Asia
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Total is Not The Sum of the Parts, 12 April 2014
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Although the band seemed to be on better form here than on Fantasia - John Wetton's voice in particular - this DVD is let down by 2 items. The running time on Amazon claims to be 85 minutes; it is not. There is a little over an hour of the Cambridge concert and the "bonus" of In The Court of The Crimson King with Ian McDonald brings it up to less than 70 minutes. The latter item looks like it was filmed on a dodgy camcorder, with poor colour and below average sound; not the best advert for the band.


Shine on Live
Shine on Live
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Price: £8.97

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Information!, 24 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Shine on Live (Audio CD)
I didn't know that there were 2 versions of the concert from which these songs are culled, but found out the hard way! Given that a review of the 2 CD version had been posted under this title, I thought I would get 2 CDs, but no, a single CD only. This accounts for a 4 star rating becoming a 3 star one.

Musically, the recording is good and the recording quality better than some had suggested, but the latter is not top drawer. More OK, than great, then.


Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie / Festliches Praludium
Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie / Festliches Praludium
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5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic!, 7 Sep 2013
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History has been more generous to the Alpine Symphony than its companion piece, the Festival Prelude. The latter is a much better piece of music than some critics would suggest and the recording here achieves an excellent balance between a large orchestra and the organist. This is one of the best "Alpines" on the market, all topped off by excellent production values. Buy before you lose the chance!


Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality offering from a quality group, 7 Sep 2013
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This is a very well-recorded and played concert, a reminder of how talented a songwriter Justin Hayward is. The main group members are ably supported by their excellent keyboard players, additional drummer, backing singers and fine orchestra. Good cross-section of songs too. I have deducted 1 star because some of the vocals show how much age has caught up with the band, the more surprising when you consider Hayward and Lodge were in their early 50s when this recording was made. I'm Just A Singer (In a rock and roll band) is an all too obvious example. Musically, though, this merits 5 stars.


Nylon Rope Trigger Hook Colour: Olive Green
Nylon Rope Trigger Hook Colour: Olive Green
Offered by Toy and Gift Shop
Price: £4.76

5.0 out of 5 stars Robust and reliable, 7 Sep 2013
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Quite apart from offering excellent value, this lead is well made, secure; in short everything you would want in a product of this type. Highly recommended!


The Essential Paul Dukas
The Essential Paul Dukas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond The Sorcerer's Apprentice, 3 Jan 2013
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Typically premier performances from Chandos stalwarts. Dukas was much more than The Sorcerer's Apprentice, as this fine pair of discs shows. Warm, clean Chandos sound. There may be echoes of Franck in the symphony, but not such that you think "copycat!". Worth a try, folks!


Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies - Karelia - Lemminkäinen - Violin Concerto
Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies - Karelia - Lemminkäinen - Violin Concerto
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Sibelius!, 3 Dec 2012
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This is a wonderful survey of the symphonies, violin concerto and some top drawer fillers. Exemplary playing and typically high quality BIS sound and production values. It is easy to hear why these recordings won so many awards. No more from me, beyond saying I can recommend without reservation. Let these performances speak for themselves!


Wojtek the Bear: Hero of World War Two
Wojtek the Bear: Hero of World War Two
by Aileen Orr
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How the Unthinkable Is Possible!, 17 Sep 2012
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It would spoil things if I said too much about the contents of this book, but I can say that it is a remarkable story, reflecting how a usually wild creature can react to kindness and affection. Both my wife and I read about Wojtek in another book, but there his story only occupied one chapter. This is a worthy read, well told and sympathetically written. Buy it, people!


Horse Miracles: Inspirational True Stories of Remarkable Horses
Horse Miracles: Inspirational True Stories of Remarkable Horses
by Brad Steiger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Stories of a Noble Creature, 17 Sep 2012
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This is a great collection of individual, true stories, whioh demonstrate the best and worst of mankind and the wonder of these intelligent creatures. You can feel the positivity and optimism in every chapter. Well worth buying!


The History and Management of the Mastiff
The History and Management of the Mastiff
by Elizabeth J. Baxter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Noble Account of a Noble Breed!, 17 Sep 2012
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This is an excellent book, well-informed and informing, from an author who is wholly at one with the individual characteristics of this ancient breed. I can wholeheartedly recommend it.


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