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Otto Versaut Hamburg
Otto Versaut Hamburg

5.0 out of 5 stars Jawohl!, 31 Jan. 2015
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Otto combines Goon-style humour with a German student cabaret style and has managed to do so for quite a number of years. His mile-a-minute delivery may put the German-language skills of non-native German speakers to the test, but his material is erudite and his diction fortunately good. Germans DO have a sense of humour, folks, and here's the proof. One of my favourite German-language performers.


Foyle's War - Series 8 [DVD]
Foyle's War - Series 8 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Kitchen
Price: £17.09

5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like?, 31 Jan. 2015
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If you're a fan (and I certainly am), this is a must-have fresh helping of this compelling series. Writer Anthony Horowitz says he has run out of ideas -let's hope not, but be sure to enjoy these 3 new episodes.


Snare Drum Stand Tama Roadpro HS70WN
Snare Drum Stand Tama Roadpro HS70WN
Offered by Omega Music (UK) Ltd
Price: £68.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, 31 Jan. 2015
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I have several Tama items - they all seem to be quite solid and well-made. This stand takes a 14" snare drum - a cheap stand that I had already was too small.


Denis Wick Trumpet/Cornet Extending tube Mute DW5506
Denis Wick Trumpet/Cornet Extending tube Mute DW5506
Price: £33.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful!, 31 Jan. 2015
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After a brief trial, this mute would appear to be useful for practice, giving a sound which is not as strangled as a pukka practice mute. Only one niggle - compared with other mutes, it apparently needs to be inserted into the instrument (cornet in my case) a little more carefully to ensure it stays in place and doesn't fall out.


Up Above My Head
Up Above My Head
Price: £4.96

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music but no electric guitar!, 22 Jan. 2015
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Some fine gospel singing and nifty acoustic guitar work from the earlier part of her career. Listeners new to Tharpe should note that this 2-disc set does not contain any of her legendary electric guitar playing!
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Last Man Standing: Tales from Tinseltown
Last Man Standing: Tales from Tinseltown
by Roger Moore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

3.0 out of 5 stars Lighter than air!, 7 Jan. 2015
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As others have noted, a collection of light and inoffensive anecdotes, many of which have been recounted on chat shows over the years. Not a biography, not in any way insightful, but OK as the lightest of light reading.


The American Folk Blues Festival: Volume 3 - 1962-1969 [DVD] [2005] [NTSC]
The American Folk Blues Festival: Volume 3 - 1962-1969 [DVD] [2005] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Various

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but a little subdued!, 1 Jan. 2015
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All 3 volumes of this series are valuable documents, younger listeners should be aware that the musicians are playing in what is for them the alien environment of the concert hall or TV studio, in front of a white European audience, and are above all being asked to play one or two numbers and then, just as they are warming up, vacate the stage for other artists. Compare for example the two bonus Muddy Waters tunes on Volume 3, where he is working with his regular touring band of the time (which I saw live at the Marquee Club London in 1968) and where energy levels are noticeably higher than elsewhere on these DVDs (but not as high as, for example, during Muddy's legendary performance at the 1960 Newport Folk Festival). Certain of the older acoustic musicians are well past their prime, and potentially volcanic artists like Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Koko Taylor are much more subdued than normal. The DVDs are well worth having, but they communicate only a fraction of what would have been going down if you had caught these artists on a good club appearance.


The Very Best of Bernard Cribbins
The Very Best of Bernard Cribbins
Price: £4.94

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 outstanding tracks!, 29 Dec. 2014
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Essentially this is "Right, Said Fred" and "Hole In The Ground" plus 28 more pleasant enough but forgettable tracks. Since however these two numbers are solid gold all-time classics, the album can be recommended.


Monty Python Live (mostly) - One Down Five To Go [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]
Monty Python Live (mostly) - One Down Five To Go [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Monty Python
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £5.92

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What do you want - blood?, 29 Nov. 2014
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Yes, it's true that seventy-somethings do not attack their material with the same energy as they did when they were 25. It's also true that certain cast members (particularly Palin) have developed highly successful and absorbing second careers and have correspondingly little interest in a Python revival (whereas Cleese, above all, has a keen and immediate need for cash). Enter a driving force in the shape of Eric Idle, whose greatest success in recent years has been re-packaging Monty Python material (most notably in Spamalot!) and who clearly enormously relishes the role of impresario. The result is the O2 shows, which I think, to judge by the DVD, were far better than anyone had the right to expect and (on the basis of the ticket sales) fully satisfied the fan community. Whether this disc will mean anything to someone who comes to their material fresh without already being a fan, I cannot say - if you have a problem with people of your grandparents' age trying to be funny, them simply don't buy the disc!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Allegedly with a best by date of October 2014 - not supplied with ..., 29 Nov. 2014
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Allegedly with a best by date of October 2014 - not supplied with outer carton as shown, so I'll never know!


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