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A.F.T.
A.F.T.
Offered by Ginger Music - Progressive Rock
Price: £11.25

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!!, 21 Sept. 2010
This review is from: A.F.T. (Audio CD)
This is the 1976 debut album from 'Automatic Fine Tuning', and unfortunately their only album.
It's an instrumental guitar based album with the exeption of one short vocal song. The main track is 'The Great Panjandrum Wheel' which is in two parts and is separated by an track called 'Gladioli'
'The Great Panjandrum Wheel' consists of many changing sections of music which flow together as one complex continuous piece. The last track is a vocal piece titled 'Queen Of The Night'.
I was fortunate enough to have seen AFT back in 1977, and they performed the whole album brilliantly. The twin guitar parts played by Paul MacDonnell and Robert Cross are excellent throughout, and anyone who loves instrumental guitar based rock music will certainly love this album. I am a guitarist and have many instrumental guitar albums, and I can honestly say that this is one of the very best! The musicianship is excellent. The guitars parts are fluid and clear at all times, and ocassionally sound like early Wishbone Ash. There is one short section where effects are used to make both guitars sound like violins. The bass played by Trevor Darks is very good and can be heard clearly as it provides the bottom end while at the same time complementing the guitars perfectly - Trevor plays a Rickenbacker bass which was very popular at the time for this type of music, and has enough treble edge to cut through the mix. The drumming, played by Dave Ball, while not exceptional, does the job very well. All in all this is a brilliant instrumental album which I thoroughly recommend to all guitar lovers and rock fans.


Space Ship One
Space Ship One
Price: £14.55

5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT, 7 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Space Ship One (Audio CD)
This is an excellent cd by Paul Gilbert.

Those who know of PG will know that he is one of the worlds best guitarists, so the music on this

cd may be dissapointing if you're expecting a typical instrumental shred cd which this is not.

It is however, a cd full of excellent pop/rock songs, each different and ranging from

hard rock to power pop and bluesy rock, and there is also an excellent cover of George Harrison's 'It's

All Too Much', sounding somewhat similar to the excellent 1976 cover by Steve Hillage.

There is one instrumental which clearly demonstrates Paul's ability to shred as well as, if not

better than every other shred guitarist around today.

Where Paul stands out from his contemporaries is in his ability to write great songs.

The songs on this cd vary in style and all are sung by Paul who has a great voice which is perfectly

suited to all of the songs.

The guitar solo's do not dominate the songs, which clearly shows that PG applies a mature attitude

towards the music and his guitar playing.

PG knows that he can shred better than most when he wants to, but also knows that a good

song should not be a vehicle for lengthy guitar solos, but that the solo should compliment the song,

which is exactly what all of the solos on this cd do - they compliment the song perfectly.

The solos are all just right for each song, and are all perfectly constructed, demonstrating Paul's

mastery of composition and musical knowledge.

For guitar lovers, the solos are always very enjoyable to listen to and never boring making you

want to listen to each song again and again.

Being a guitarist myself, I generally listen to most rock music waiting for the guitar solo's, but I

can honestly say that this is not the case with this cd. As brilliant as the solo's are, the songs are

always strong enough to enjoy even without the solo's. (Can't say that about many guitar based cd's

around today).

PG is Unique amongst most current shred guitarists in that he has a good voice and can actually sing

very well, writes great songs that even non-guitar lovers can enjoy, and even writes good lyrics which

are never cheesey or corny, but never too serious, showing that he also has a good sense of humour,

which is at times clearly evident.

All the songs are very well constructed with good riffs and a strong sense of melody throughout.

Standout tracks for me are 'Space Ship One', 'Every Hot Girl Is A Rock Star', 'Terrible Man',

'Mr Spock' and 'Boku No Atama' which is very melodic and sung in Japanese and is my favourite song.

(Although I really do love every song).

All in all, this cd has everything - Great music, great musicianship, enjoyable fun lyrics and

brilliant guitar solo's.

The music on this cd proves that PG is not only a brilliant guitarist, but also an intelligent musician.


Space Ship One
Space Ship One
Price: £19.97

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT, 6 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Space Ship One (Audio CD)
This is an excellent cd by Paul Gilbert.

Those who know of PG will know that he is one of the worlds best guitarists, so the music on this

cd may be dissapointing if you're expecting a typical instrumental shred cd which this is not.

It is however, a cd full of excellent pop/rock songs, each different and ranging from

hard rock to power pop and bluesy rock, and there is also an excellent cover of George Harrison's 'It's

All Too Much', sounding somewhat similar to the excellent 1976 cover by Steve Hillage.

There is one instrumental which clearly demonstrates Paul's ability to shred as well as, if not

better than every other shred guitarist around today.

Where Paul stands out from his contemporaries is in his ability to write great songs.

The songs on this cd vary in style and all are sung by Paul who has a great voice which is perfectly

suited to all of the songs.

The guitar solo's do not dominate the songs, which clearly shows that PG applies a mature attitude

towards the music and his guitar playing.

PG knows that he can shred better than most when he wants to, but also knows that a good

song should not be a vehicle for lengthy guitar solos, but that the solo should compliment the song,

which is exactly what all of the solos on this cd do - they compliment the song perfectly.

The solos are all just right for each song, and are all perfectly constructed, demonstrating Paul's

mastery of composition and musical knowledge.

For guitar lovers, the solos are always very enjoyable to listen to and never boring making you

want to listen to each song again and again.

Being a guitarist myself, I generally listen to most rock music waiting for the guitar solo's, but I

can honestly say that this is not the case with this cd. As brilliant as the solo's are, the songs are

always strong enough to enjoy even without the solo's. (Can't say that about many guitar based cd's

around today).

PG is Unique amongst most current shred guitarists in that he has a good voice and can actually sing

very well, writes great songs that even non-guitar lovers can enjoy, and even writes good lyrics which

are never cheesey or corny, but never too serious, showing that he also has a good sense of humour,

which is at times, clearly evident.

All the songs are very well constructed with a strong sense of melody throughout.

Standout tracks for me are 'Space Ship One', 'Every Hot Girl Is A Rock Star', 'Terrible Man',

'Mr Spock' and 'Boku No Atama' which is very melodic and sung in Japanese and is my favourite song.

(Although I really do love every song).

All in all, this cd has everything - Great music, great musicianship, enjoyable fun lyrics and

brilliant guitar solo's.

The music on this cd proves that PG is not only a brilliant guitarist, but also a great musician.


Sonic Firestorm
Sonic Firestorm
Offered by westworld-
Price: £14.70

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly awesome - 6 stars, 4 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Sonic Firestorm (Audio CD)
The music on this cd is absolutely brilliant. From the opening bars I was instantly hooked and remained so to the final closing note.

I have been listening to rock music for over 40 years, (yes, I'm old), and Dragonforce are the best band I've heard in the last 20 years.

Taking into consideration the fact that the general level of rock musicianship today is of a very high standard, the musicianship on this cd is truly outstanding. The vocals are excellent, powerful, melodic and perfectly suited to the style of music. The Drumming is truly awesome, (how on earth does he keep up this pace???), the keyboard playing is excellent and the guitars just have to be heard to be believed.

Herman and Sam are the best twin guitar duo since Brian & Scott of Thin Lizzy, only 100 times faster, technically more proficient and far superior.

There are many speed metal bands around, the difference here is that Dragonforce are very melodic, and for those of us who appreceiate some melody in our music instead of drop-D death riffs and monotonous screaming vocals, the music here is a most welcome and very refreshing change to the boring speed metal currently around.

Dragonforce are a very melodic speed metal band. if you've not heard them yet then my advice is to buy or borrow a cd of theirs and hear them for yourself. I'll be surprised if you're not impressed, (if not blown away) by what you hear.

The best way I can describe them is to take Iron Maiden, Rainbow and Thin Lizzy, mix them together and speed the whole thing up (a lot).

Believe me, this band are going to be huge.

I'm a guitarist of many years (36) and have heard the very best of just about every known style, yet I was left in awe of the truly breathtaking guitar playing when I first heard this superb band.

If you like fast, melodic, kick-ass rock with awesome guitars and great musicianship, then treat yourself to this cd NOW!

Taking into account that most speed metal bands currently around are from the USA, a note to all you Americans out there:-

Dragonforce are a BRITISH band, and this is how we do it across the pond!!!

Thanks Herman & Co for putting us back on top.


Argosy HD-360 160GB (7200RPM) USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Disk Drive
Argosy HD-360 160GB (7200RPM) USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Disk Drive

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT, 15 Dec. 2004
Arrived within 48 hrs. Worked straight from box without any config. It was backing up my files on a Windows XP box within 5 minutes of my receiving it, and it even worked on my Windows 98 SE box (just the driver needed). I can now easily transfer files between PC's without hassle. Can be connected/disconnected without having to shutdown the PC's. It's fairly quiet, lightweight and looks great. Highly recommended.


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