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Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround / Percy
Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround / Percy
Price: £14.49

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lola given the Deluxe treatment, at last!, 27 Aug. 2014
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For those Kinks fans (including myself) that bought all of The Kinks deluxe editions over in 2011, it has been a frustrating three year wait for this album to be given the same treatment. Has it been worth the wait? A massive yes. The album is a classic showing Ray Davies’ growing frustration at the music business. A number of artists have also written songs on the same subject but few have match Davies’ ability to match biting lyrics with such tuneful melodies. As an added bonus, there is the soundtrack to the largely forgotten (or make that forgettable) film Percy. This is mostly filler but even here there are hidden gems such as God’s Children and The Way Love Used to Be. In terms of bonus tracks, there are some previously unreleased alternative versions of some songs as well as Anytime, a moving song that has never seen the light of day before. Two gripes though. A couple of songs from the previous reissues of these two albums back in the 1990’s are not available here. Even though none of them was essential, it would be nice to have had these included. The other is the packaging. Why is it different from all of the other deluxe editions? Is it me or isn’t it a little bit annoying when record companies do this? Overall, a well worthwhile purchase.
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Star Wars Omnibus - Episodes I-VI  The Complete Saga
Star Wars Omnibus - Episodes I-VI The Complete Saga
by Archie Goodwin
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Value for money, but what about the original artwork???, 11 Dec. 2011
It has been a most welcome addition to the Star Wars cannon having loads of the comic book stories collected into these Omnibus collections and after reading all of them so far, this is by far the most disappointing. I thought the aim was to publish the hard to find books as well as some of the better known. However, the disappointment for me is that the comic of A New Hope is from 1997 and the Greedo shots first scenario. Where is the original Marvel adaptation from 1977? I know that this is in the Long Time Ago Vol.1 Omnibus but what about some consistancy. The ESB andf RotJ are both the 80's Marvel version. Either have all of the Marvel versions or all of the 1997 Special Editions. The second gripe for me is in the Empire Strikes back which is the second edition of the classic Marvel comic from 1980, it is the updated Yoda which made him look like the one in the films. In the original comic, Yoda looks blue and skinnier. Isn;t this just a repeat of the comic that is published in the A Long Time Ago Omnibus. It would have nice for us older readers to read the comics as they were when we were younger. A shame, but maybe, just maybe, they will appear in future.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Two [DVD] [2010]
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season Two [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Various
Offered by Assai-uk
Price: £8.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The episodes are good, but the presentation doesn't compare to Season 1, 17 Jan. 2011
I quite enjoyed the first season of the Clone Wars cartoon. Not just for the episodes but for the detail in which the set had been put together. Each episode had a documentary; there were a couple of episodes with Directors Cuts and a couple of Easter eggs thrown in. The same cannot be said of season two. The episodes still zip along nicely but it is missing all of the additional features that made the first set so good. A couple of documentaries and Easter eggs are contained but it seems a bit of a let-down after the first season set. Come on Lucasfilm, maintain the quality throughout the series, not just with the first one.
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Other Way Out (Deluxe Edition)
Other Way Out (Deluxe Edition)

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 90's Psych At Its Best (even if the outtakes are not up to the same standard), 4 Jun. 2010
I bought the original vinyl edition of this album on a whim many moons ago and it has been one of the few albums I pull out every so often just to remember how good it was. Five stars for the original album (first six tracks on disc 1). However, I bought the Other Way In outtakes album (represented on Disc 2) and I left me a bit cold. None of the tracks have the sparkle of the original album and are just not as memorable, which is what I can say for the rest of this deluxe edition. There is a good reason folks why they were outtakes in the first place. However, don't let me put you off because ones man's poison is another man's nectar and anyone who bought the Children of Nuggets boxset will no doubt get a good deal of pleasure from this album. It is also nice to see a proper deluxe version of an album from an artist who cares about their back catalogue with loads of studio takes and not just a disc of live material. Good work!


Sun Dial
Sun Dial
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £6.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure if this is any good or not, 1 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Sun Dial (Audio CD)
Sun Dial has not just been the psych drenched band that was Other Way Out (in fact, it could be argued that it was only that album that sounded that way). For those with long memories, there was the original indie sounding Libertine before Gary Ramon remixed it, but this is a real departure. Gone are the wig outs and long guitar solos and in are short songs with a really heavy edge. Some of the tracks reminded me of the early Smashing Pumpkins with a bit of Pearl Jam thrown in for good measure. It is a bit of a dirge and is a bit heavy going. I found it difficult to listen to the whole thing in one sitting. Is this the Sun Dial everyone was expecting? Well, no but bands should be allowed to try going in different directions without their fans bemoaning the fact that their band have done so. However this is a major departure from what has been before. I am not sure if I like it or not but I don't think it will hold my attention enough to buy the deluxe edition if they ever make one.
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Clone Wars: Wild Space (Star Wars Clone Wars)
Clone Wars: Wild Space (Star Wars Clone Wars)
by Karen Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another dull Star Wars book, 25 Feb. 2010
Over three hundred pages and what did I learn about the Star Wars Expanded Universe. That they are now stealing ideas from the Lord of the Rings. Reading the adventure of Obi Wan and Senator Organa was like reading the travels of Sam and Frodo in the Return of the King, except without the drama. We both know that these people will survive this ordeal because we know the futures story lines of these characters. Overall, this is another poor story. I also felt that it had been fleshed out somewhat. I am sure there could have been a cut of about 100 pages and it would have been a tighter, more interesting story. I also hope that Karen Miller is the new Karen Traviss with an insistence of lots of talking and not much action. Please start to deliver some more interesting Star Wars books soon like the Darth Bane series.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season One [DVD] [2009]
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season One [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Matt Lanter
Offered by Assai-uk
Price: £14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable dip into the Star Wars universe, 5 Jan. 2010
Having suffered much of the naffness that was associated with the prequel trilogy, I was not overly optimistic about the cartoon series even though I did enjoy the one from 2003. It was nice to be pleasantly surprised by the film and the first TV series which were very enjoyable. This DVD boxset is excellent with each episode having its own documentary. Throw in a couple of easter eggs and this kept me entertained throughout Christmas. As with the films, the series is let down by any appearance of Jar Jar Binks, but he doesn't raise his head very often. One final thing, but is the cartoon Anakin less of a wooden actor that that bloke who played him in the films?


Family Guy - Season 8 [DVD]
Family Guy - Season 8 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seth MacFarlane
Offered by Magic Movies Ltd
Price: £4.25

4 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well past its sell by date, 5 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: Family Guy - Season 8 [DVD] (DVD)
I have been an avid fan of Family Guy since the first season was released on DVD back in 2001 but this will be the last series I will be buying. It just isn't funny anymore as the jokes are conspicuous by their absence here. It seems that the writers feel that the way to get laughs to be offensive. If you are unsure what I mean, just watch some of the episodes from the first three DVD box sets to see how funny this show use to be. Jokes that weren't that funny in the first place are repeated once again (how is someone holding onto a knee having fallen over once again funny?) and then wrung out until you just wish the next scene would arrive. Like the Simpsons, it seems that this show has gone well past its sell by date but it seems that Fox has found itself another cash cow so it unlikely to be cancelled again in the near future.


Star Wars: Imperial Commando: 501st
Star Wars: Imperial Commando: 501st
by Karen Traviss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Star Wars book equivalent of prog rock, 29 Dec. 2009
I may well be in a minority of one with this but having read all of the Clone Trooper books, I am glad that this is the last one Karen Traviss will be writing. I have found them all tedious to read and they are all the same. There are pages upon pages of dialogue that meanders to the point of tedium. There is hardly any action and when there is some, it tends to be over within three pages and then we are back to chapters of dialogue. Another point on the dialogue, if I wanted to read James Joyce Ulysses, I would have bought that. The Mandalore language is used far too often, especially when the meaning has never been revealed. The characters blend into one and the plots unmemorable. Others seem to enjoy them but they are not for me. Boring.
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Star Wars: Death Troopers
Star Wars: Death Troopers
by Joe Schreiber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Old Fashioned Star Wars Romp, 15 Dec. 2009
I really enjoyed this and thought it to be the best Star Wars book I had read for a while, especially after the sludge that are Karen Travis books and the awful Coruscant trilogy. It did start off a little slowly but once it got going, I could not put it down. I do have a couple of gripes though. Firstly, what the hell was Han Solo and Chewbacca doing here? The story would possibly have been better if they were not in it because their inclusion felt a little forced. Secondaly, the end was just a little to neet with people sacrificing themsleves all over the place so the main characters could escape. Zombies might be the big noise at the moment, but we need to remember that Star Wars has gone beyond setting the trends and now follows them. Enjoy this romp for what it is. A bit of a blast from the past where the action is everything.


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