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SPIRIT OF MAN
SPIRIT OF MAN
Offered by groove_temple
Price: £6.42

3.0 out of 5 stars OK, 9 July 2014
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sORRY TO BE THE ONLY 3 STAR REVIEWER here.....I often play a Bob Cd as a change from the wonderful Magnum cds that keep coming out. Of course, really Bob just adds the vocals to another band's songs, but I do like them. This, to me, is the weakest of all his solo cds. Some here say the songs are stronger than others but I would say after several listens over several years I cannot actually recall any. Production is 'good' but far too dense and dramatic, as with Ten cds; it needs thinning out. The next, and last, 'Immortal' is much better as far as songs are concerned, but production again too thick.


Outsider
Outsider
Price: £13.81

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good so far...., 11 Jun. 2014
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So, after 3 plays, I can rate this higher than after just one play. I suspect it will get even better, but will not be 5 stars; that's a rating for best-ever albums by whatever bands, not just pretty good. This album should be compared to the last 2. Wake the Sleeper, especially, is superb throughout, and of Heep albums I would mostly choose that, Sweet Freedom, and Sea of Light as my favourites. This is not as good. That doesn't mean bad! 2 tracks fade out which always spoils songs; I don't know why it is done...they end them on stage, and should do on CD. Anyway, the songs certainly rock and I am happy with no ballad! One song Rock the Foundation annoys a bit with the constant 'baby..' repetition.

I remember Trevor Bolder saying that after Different World that they simply had to go away and write 'better' songs next time. Production and playing was fine, but songs not great. They came back with Sea of Light, superb. I think this new CD compares to Different World; good in many ways, but some songs just needed to be 'better'. But I am enjoying it, just not as much - yet - as the last two.


Homo Erraticus (Deluxe)
Homo Erraticus (Deluxe)
Price: £12.99

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So good, yet again...one of the greats, 14 April 2014
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Hmm...just finished listening to it for the first time. It's always difficult hearing new stuff from people who have been doing it for SO long. Of COURSE it will sound familiar, especially when it is based around ONE guy who ALWAYS does the songwriting. I'm just back from Vienna, and they play Mozart everywhere! It is all so obviously Mozart, and in many ways sounds the same. This is bound to happen. Uriah Heep, say, sound a bit different over the years, although still clearly 'them', because they have had so many line-up changes. Sure, Ian's band is not Tull, but with Ian at the helm it will always sound similar to previous work. To me it sounds remarkably good, and I look forward to getting to know it better. 5 stars reserved for the best ever albums.

So, after a few weeks and after the gig in Cambridge...WHAT a gig. Somehow we got middle of front-row seats...amazing! MASSIVE video back drop for all songs in both sets, and lots of humour as always, starting off with as video of Ian in a lunatic asylum getting his injections before sort of breaking out. The band were in the video dressed up suitably, then came out on stage in same gear for the first song. The new album played straight through, and it was a visual and musical treat. Sure, Ian has another singer/actor with him, and he is used not so much to reach the high notes, because Ian still gets there, but more to just 'relieve' Ian as he has to play flute and guitar too, so quite exhausting, at 66. And he is still pretty active around the stage. No old fart here. And what a star, coming up with wonderful new music so late on.We would have been happy if he played all that in the second half of the show!! You groaners out there - what on earth can you be moaning about, really?!! Ian, and many others of his era are still producing wonderful new music - Magnum, Alice, Wishbone Ash, Ray Davies, maybe decades after we thought they would do so. Enjoy them all....while we can.
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Classic Rock Presents: Bad Company
Classic Rock Presents: Bad Company
Dvd ~ Bad Company
Price: £13.25

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but also strange...., 31 Mar. 2014
Well I have now watched the whole DVD and read half the mag. For a relatively specialised product I wouldn't say £12.99 (as it is now) is so bad, when you consider normal CDs cost £13 20 years ago!! Anyway, I enjoyed it. I was looking forward to the bit when it all fell apart to see what each would say they went on to do. Paul did solo and The Firm, then Queen etc. It IS very odd that the others just said they went on to do 'their own thing'. Why on EARTH were they not 'allowed' to ? If this is the case, shame on the 'producers' or whoever made the decision. Paul did say later that Mick Ralphs had a version of Bad Company a few years ago, and Paul was keen to protect the name and let ALL agree to only use the name with all 3 involved. Fair enough, but to ignore the MASSIVE success they had without Paul for quite a few years is VERY odd, just because Paul had no part of it - by HIS choice. Actually the second singer after Paul, Robert Hart, is very good, and 'Company of Strangers' a good album, just as Uriah Heep still produce great albums with a different singer. It's the old argument about when a band should or needn't change their name. But not to mention, however cursory, that period, is just bonkers.


Gravitas
Gravitas
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Price: £8.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars time will tell...., 27 Mar. 2014
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One listen so far. Not nearly as immediate as XXX and therefore not as enjoyable...yet. It may well be a grower, so I hope so. New guitarist is good but tends to appear for the solo in each song then disappears again, and I do so wish somany songs didnt just fade out.....thats just lazy. Listen to the new Magnum album out this week...thats how to end songs! They do all have great starts though. We will see, but so far the least promising of the 4 reunion albums....


Escape From The Shadow Garden (Cd+Dvd)
Escape From The Shadow Garden (Cd+Dvd)
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Price: £12.63

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, yet again., 26 Mar. 2014
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So, 18 months on, and another new album. Wonderful news! Probably my wife and mine joint favourite band, so we sat and listened non-stop, focussed. Loved nearly all of it straight away, and am determined not to over-play, however tempting it is. How Tony writes album after album, so close together, at his age,(67) I do not know. They should be known to millions but sadly are not. My only slight disappointment is that the 'ballad' Don't Fall Asleep, which is good, is followed by another slow song, Wisdom Had Its Day. It just slowed down the pace too much. Fortunately there is then the penultimate track Burning River which storms along before the nice but, again, a bit slow, finale The Valley of Tears, which will be a 'grower'. This album is probably as good as all since, and including, Brand New Morning (Breath of Life just doesn't do it for me-songs that I just cannot remember, which is odd when followed by every album since). Excellent. Not 5 stars as I feel that should be reserved for the rare all-time best albums. Now to play the new Asia CD, back to the new Wishbone Ash album, and looking forward to the new Ian Anderson and Uriah Heep albums, and the new I.Q. How they all keep doing this is amazing!!

I programmed the CD including 2 of the 4 songs, to keep up the tempo. That avoids too many slow ones, and it's still a whopping 50 minute CD, so no complaints at all.
Two reviews I read elsewhere mentioned that a track has 'borrowed' a well-known riff from Saxon. Tony Clarkin was unaware, and I must say having heard the album, I can't tell...yet...any ideas?
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Blue Horizon
Blue Horizon
Price: £7.49

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice, 16 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Blue Horizon (MP3 Download)
I had to cancel the order with Amazon as they did NOT have it in stock. Got it somewhere else eventually. I think 5 stars is reserved for the best albums, classics, and that takes time to realise, but 4 is certainly a good album. It's a real mix of their styles from over the years. The first listening I was a BIT disappointed after the raving reviews as I thought it might rock-out a bit more, but now I am enjoying it for what it is which quite classy. Lots of fluid guitar playing though not extended enough. Elegant Stealth finally gave us some twin-guitar workouts, which the band MUST have known we wanted, so I thought that would have continued more on this one. Anyway, a nice CD, and certainly better than Clan Destiny and the one before. Both pleasant enough, but this is better. Worth noting that Andy Powell actually only gets MUSIC credit for ONE track on the whole album, which is a bit worrying....

Now mid-June and I am enjoying it even more. Maybe 2-3 tracks not that essential, but mostly very classy. No - not Argus but better than some late 70's / early 80's albums. Martin may have been a vital contributor on the first few albums, but not his last 2. Maybe he will return with some new stuff. I hope so. In the meantime, whether this is Wishbone Ash in name only, it could only be that band when you hear it.


Plain White Plastic Toilet Brush, Fits All Holders
Plain White Plastic Toilet Brush, Fits All Holders
Offered by Bargain Genie UK
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely stuff, 7 Mar. 2014
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What a little beauty - gets into every crevice in the loo bowl; a joy to use...and then behold!

Best purchase I've ever made!


Jazz Alto Sax Level/Grade 3 Tunes/Part & Score & CD (ABRSM Exam Pieces)
Jazz Alto Sax Level/Grade 3 Tunes/Part & Score & CD (ABRSM Exam Pieces)
by ABRSM
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but..., 7 Mar. 2014
I have used this for nearly all my sax pupils, and I love the tunes myself. Many of them are better than some in the Grade 4/5 book. Yes, the backing tracks allow only once through the solo, but that's because they are designed to accompany FOR the actual exam. That's good and much better than having the hassle of finding a pianist etc. Rockschool now include 'exam length' backing AND a full length version, which is great.
The downside is that there is one song that has now been removed due to 'copyright' problems; there is now a blank page there! Stupid of the publisher who is not allowing that song to be included, as they are losing out. Such an old song, so what a daft way to behave. Strange though as the CD still includes the backing track!


Music Lover Saxophone Mug Gift
Music Lover Saxophone Mug Gift

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, 31 Jan. 2014
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The sax crook goes too far into the mug opening, so your nose hits hit....doesn't need to do that, so the makers should reduce that bit. Great otherwise.


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