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The Dio Years
The Dio Years
Price: £3.99

18 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST era of Black Sabbath, 4 April 2007
This review is from: The Dio Years (Audio CD)
Ronnie James Dio has a great track record.

He was introduced to the masses in Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, a truely WONDERFUL incarnation of rock.

Okay, let's get this straight, I don't like Ozzy Osbourn, because I was introduced to Ronnie James Dio long before, and listening to Ozzy is a real step down. Ronnie's voice is absolutly amazing!

Ronnie has given a great performance on all the albums he's appeared on. But my favorite album of vocal perfection is Dehumanizer. Ronnie ROOOOOOOOARS out the songs in beautifully powerful fashion.

This album is a great introduction to the Dio era of Black Sabbath. But it's well worth getting the album's. They're all fantastic!

And this album is also worthy for Dio Era Black Sabbath fans because they're are THREE new tracks AND all the songs are remastered. Why they left out Sign Of The Southern Cross and Master Of Reality is insain.

I suppose they have their reasons. Seriously, buy this AND get the albums cos Sabbath without Dio is crappy. Ozzy sucks. Dio RULES!!! LONG LIVE RONNIE JAMES DIO!


Rainbow: Live Between The Eyes/The Final Cut [DVD] [2006]
Rainbow: Live Between The Eyes/The Final Cut [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Rainbow
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £11.31

29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD From a Great Band. Rainbow ROCK!, 14 Dec. 2006
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Well you sure do get your money's worth with this DVD. A live concert AND a video compilation. A much over looked line-up of Rainbow (featuring Joe Lynne Turner on vocals.) is a very tight perfomance from all members. But as usual you just can't get away from Ritchie Blackmore's genious. Just take a look at Difficult to Cure (Beethoven's 9th) on The Final Cut. All you wanna be guitarists out there, stop shredding for the sake of it and watch a master at work because there's a hell of a lot more to playing guitar than speed (even tho Ritchie's pretty damn fast anyway). It's almost like he fills every emotion he's got into every note.

Definatly a DVD i will watch over and over, Some of Rainbow's video's on The Final Cut maybe a little laughable by today's standereds but have an irrisistable charm. Enjoy!


Nintendo Wii Console (Includes Wii Sports)
Nintendo Wii Console (Includes Wii Sports)

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When will they learn..., 14 Nov. 2006
When will Playstation and xbox fans realise that games like Call of Duty and Pro Evo just don't cut the mustard anymore.

Same old boring crap. Nintendo have the answer with this dramatic twist.

Serious about gaming? Buy this baby.

A mate of mine recently bought a PSP. He was dead excited about this 'new revolution in gaming' as he called it. And what game did he get? Wipeout. WIPEOUT!!! I GOT BORED OF WIPEOUT 10 YEARS AGO.

Pathetic.

Good old Nintendo has shown us the way...


Live Cologne Sporthalle
Live Cologne Sporthalle
Offered by Soul&Sounds
Price: £26.60

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In my opinion, the BEST of the Rainbow Live CDs, 24 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Live Cologne Sporthalle (Audio CD)
Rainbow now have a bunch of great live CDs.

This being the latest, my expectations were high. I am pleased to say I wasn't dissapointed. Probably the best quality recording of them all so far, I was taken back at how much more sound was being thrown at me from this concert.

A must for Rainbow fans.
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Black Knight: The Ritchie Blackmore Story
Black Knight: The Ritchie Blackmore Story
by Jerry Bloom
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time too..., 12 Oct. 2006
If you're a fan of Ritchie Blackmore.

Don't argue, just by it.

You won't regret it!


Freddie Mercury a Life, in His Own Words
Freddie Mercury a Life, in His Own Words
by Freddie Mercury
Edition: Hardcover

38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful..., 7 Oct. 2006
This is the nearest thing to Freddie's AutoBiography as we're ever likely to get. A definate must for Queen and Freddie fans.

It must have taken some painstaking piecing together, but the hard work has paid off. What we have here is just about everything Freddie publicly said and it covers just about every aspect anyone could be interested in.

It's also refreshing to know that for once what we're reading is gospel truth at the time freddie said it. So no more crude opinions from people who have no clue what they're talking about, these words are from the great man himself. Because of the way it's been pieced together from recorded interviews and statements, it almost feels like Freddie is talking to you and is far more personal than anything that has been deliberatly written.

Freddie certainly had a lot of opinions and wasn't afraid to be blunt. But i'd prefer that to some wishy washy 'easy-to-forget' answers. I find myself hanging on his every word. As you read your way through the book, all his emotions come flooding out..his humour...his campness...his arrgoance... his passion and love and of course his love of music. It's all here and it makes for fasinating reading.

The most insightful and truthful Queen book out there, and it's from the horses mouth! Freddie remains a constant inspiration to millions. I don't know where i'd be without him.


Dehumanizer
Dehumanizer
Price: £5.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS ALBUM ROCKS! BUY IT! BUY IT NOW!, 26 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Dehumanizer (Audio CD)
No doubt about it. This album is very heavy (for Black Sabbath).

The review below this one has obviously no idea what he's talking about. How can he NOT like Mob Rules? I think it's better than Heaven & Hell!!

But that aside. Dehumanizer does take 2 or 3 listens before you get it's full effect. It's lyrically powerful and the guitar is just as great as it's always been (except heavier).

I ask anyone to listen to Buried Alive or TV Crimes and not wince at the sheer power the band creates.

If you're a fan of Sabbath, buy this. If you've a fan of Ronnie James Dio, buy this. If you're a fan of Rock or Metal, buy this. You owe it to yourselves.


Famous Last Words
Famous Last Words
Price: £5.68

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Supertramp's Very Best, 14 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Famous Last Words (Audio CD)
Vastly under rated album.

This album is just as good as Breakfast in America and Crime Of The Century. So easy to listen to and lovingly created it's hard not to be impressed. Even more catchty choruses than ever before and all the famous Supertramp trademarks well in place.

Crazy:

The first track gets off to a great start. Wonderful chorus with some great catchy piano and a irresistable plodding beat. Great harmonies.

Put on your Old Brown Shoes:

Nice playful song with clapping and gospel style vocals. Very sing-a-long. Great stuff.

It's Raining Again:

One of Supertramp's biggest singles, and it's obvious why. The piano chords drill into your mind and your certain to be whistling it all day. Despite it's subject matter, it's a very jolly, Summery song.

Bonnie:

A great epic track. Full of conflicting emotions in the lyrics and the tune. Nice vocal performance from Rick Davis. Wonderful piano work, as usual.

Know Who You Are:

Very relaxing and one of my personal favorites. This song needs to be listened to rather than just heard. Peaceful acoustic work. Very nicely done.

My Kind Of Lady:

Can't help but raise a smile when I hear this song. Jolly, fun-loving with an enlightening subject matter. One of Supertramp's best songs. Roger Hodgeson is a great sport for putting on woman's vocals like he does. Wonderfully crafted. Yet another fantastic song.

C'est le Bon:

Acoustic track much like 'Know who you are' but slightly more upbeat with an inspiring chorus. It's full effect doesn't hit you until you find yourself singing it later on in the day. Just try and get it out of your head!

Waiting So Long:

A great song with great texture. Wonderful plinky plonky piano work. I'd say it goes on a little too long but it's down to opinion really. Nice to hear Supertramp doing something a little more dark and different.

Don't Leave Me Now:

Superb calming intro suddenly kicks into on of the greatest piano riffs of all time, which then in turn bursts into great horns and vocals. Sounds so emotional and desperate. An epic track, up there with the likes of Fools Overture [although not as classy].

Simply superb album. If you're a fan of Supertramp and don't have this album, I strongly suggest you get it. May take 2 or 3 listens before you grow to love it as much as I do.


The Phantom of the Opera [DVD] [2004]
The Phantom of the Opera [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Gerard Butler
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.96

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECTION. PURE AND SIMPLE., 3 Jun. 2006
Andrew Lloyed Webber's Phantom Of The Opera has always been on of my favorite soundtracks to listen to.

I myself am quite a rock/metal head, so you'll be suprised to hear i am a huge fan of the stage production and sountrack.

When I heard a film was going to be produced I was overwhelmed. I finally get to see this amazing musical at leasure!

Upon seeing it at the cinema I was very very impressed...(obviously after seeing the origional musical I was a little taken back by the song being sung in this way,) But all the cast do more than a good job of reproducting the musical with great casting (ignore other reviews on this matter, the casting is superb).

As well as unexpected added scenes for the film version, Andrew Lloyd Webber has written a new song to accompany the new film. Now, when I first heard of this new song, I was instantly convinced that it wouldn't fit into the film and would merely be a 'pop record'. How wrong I was! I should never have doubted Webber and his amazing talent as he has produced not only a fitting extra score... ...but one of the best scores of the film, a beautiful song as sung by Mini Driver who finally gets the credit she deserves (after playing such a role in the film she hardly gets to show off her amazing voice).

In essence, The Phantom Of The Opera film is almost perfect in every way, and a faithful and truethful version of the musical. I absolutly love it.

I recommend it to anyone. 5/5.


Retrospectacle - The Supertramp Anthology
Retrospectacle - The Supertramp Anthology
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £7.00

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exellent Introduction to an Exellent Band, 30 May 2006
If you like Supertramp and want to hear more stuff, get this. But as most die hard fans will realise, they have missed out some classics. Where's 'Hide in your Shell' and 'Fools Overture'? Classics like those deserve to be listened to.

Hopefully after listening to these CDs you'll want to hear more...

The BIG 3 Supertramp Albums are:

Crime of the Century

Even in the Quietest Moments

Breakfast in America

These 3 albums are flawless but that doesn't mean the rest are not worth purchasing.

At that price how can you afford to miss this oppotunity to hear of the best bands ever?! Get it now!


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