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1987: 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition (CD & DVD)
1987: 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition (CD & DVD)
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Price: £8.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the greatest albums ever........Garbage Bonus Features, 30 Aug. 2015
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Lets get the bonus features out the way first,because they are crap.Sorry,but for an album of this magnitude & signifigance,they are simply not good enough.On the c.d. we have 'live versions' of the 4, 1987 singles,as previously released on the Live in the Shadow of the Blues album.Save, for Doug Aldrich's lead guitar work,they are pretty unremarkable ,hardly essential versions,at all.On the DVD,we have the promo videos for Still of the Night,Is this Love,Here I go Again '87 & Give Me all your Love Tonight, which feaure Ms.Tawny Kitaen doing,no doubt,what she did best,ahem.It all looks rather dated now,but at the time groundbreaking no doubt,I'm sure.Particularly in North America,where the image of the band was re-imagined for MTV in mind.Also on the DVD are live versions of these 4 singles.Yet again,these are already available on the 'live in the Still of the Night' dvd,so please bare that in mind before you part with your cash for this.........Now to the main event;the album itself.It's apparently re-mastered & certainly has a different running order to the original album,although no reason is given for this.Personally,again,I'm disappointed with the mix.The bass is way,way too low in the mix & at times,the backing guitars seem to drown the solo's.Just my view.If your a Whitesnake fan you will have this album.If your a rock/metal fan you will know the lead tracks.Trust me,the rest of the album is very,very strong also.Bad Boys,Children of the Night,Straight for the Heart,fantastic stuff.Completists will notice that Here I go Again (Radio Edit),& the reworking of Standing in the Shadow 87 are NOT here,neither is Need your Love so Bad.Strange that.The most intriguing thing here is found in the booklet.Geoff Barton is responsible for the notes,obviously Dave Coverdale features heavily,& talks at detail about his health problems,not about how he & John Sykes wrote together,who brought what,what influences they had,etc, but there is far,far too much emphasis on the line-up that toured the '87 record,which to this fan,is a nonsense.Coverdale is very cagey on the actual specific,exact, details that led to Sykes,Murray & producer Mike Stone's sacking.He also talks at length about marketing the video's for MTV USA,yet seems to forget that in 1987,virtually no-one in Britain had access to it!!!Thanks Dave.As is usually the case with Coverdale,there is selective memory syndrome & some contradictions with his story telling of how events evolved,certainly compared to some of his notes made on the Slide it In Deluxe Re-master,which is why this project cries out for another voice/viewpoint from someone else involved with the album.Again,just my view.To conclude;This remains 'the' greatest album of 1987,bar none.Please refer to my original review for more detail.In all honesty this remaster sounds no different to the original,& the bonus/additional features are lame,yet the booklet that comes with it, is okay.


Black Masquerade [DVD] [2013] [NTSC]
Black Masquerade [DVD] [2013] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Mr.Page.Now take note,James..This is how you age gracefully,not talking about past glories,again,& again,& again & again....., 16 July 2015
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I'm not the biggest Blackmore fan,or Rainbow fan,but Hendrix & Kossoff aside, of the old brigade that came from the late 60's early 70's Ritchie was my favourite player. For the most part, I really enjoyed this.Blackmore's playing is very good & the band here do an excellent job,as does vocalist Doogie White.Sure,White isn't RJ Dio,but who is?White's singing & crowd patter are very amiable & enjoyable.There are some Deep Purple tracks here also , but sadly no Mistreated & Rainbow's Stargazer doesn't get played either,but hey-ho.This was recorded in 1995.Ritchie would have been 50,his mastery of the white Strat showing virtually no signs of leaving him.Not only that,in'95 many major Classic Rock acts had capitulated to Grunge,(trend over quality,whinging over talent), or bands would milk/re-work their old songs via the acoustic/unplugged formula.Or they'd just disappear,arses well & truly kicked.Anyway, to this proud Classic Rock/Metal fan it was horrendous,so fairplay to Rainbow for sticking to their guns and carrying on regardless,without compromise.Negatives???The keyboard & drum solo are turgid & the female backing vocals are annoying at times,certainly in the opening tune,hence not 5 stars to this reviewer.Still damn good though!!


UK High Quality New Orthotic Arch Support Massaging Gel Silicon Insoles - Mens 8-12
UK High Quality New Orthotic Arch Support Massaging Gel Silicon Insoles - Mens 8-12
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Price: £3.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality product., 22 Jun. 2015
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Superb product.I use them in my work boots & they are excellent.The best I've ever used.And,most importantly they DON'T slip,they STAY in position.


Braquo Trilogy [DVD]
Braquo Trilogy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jean-Hugues Anglade
Price: £21.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted TV., 21 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: Braquo Trilogy [DVD] (DVD)
Fantastc cop thriller drama.Gritty,violent,stylish.edgy & at times,in all honesty a little bit daft.However,for the main part, it's really entertaining which is the main thing. Series 1 & 2 are the strongest, series 3 doesn't hit the spot,as previously.Make sure though,that you pay full attention mind, & do not blink,as there is a lot going on, & as it's in French avec English subtitles,so sometimes it can be a bit tricky identifying who is who,and on who's on who's side,particularly in series 3,but don't let this put you off.It isn't perfect,the plot does beggar belief at times,& the acting of Roxanne is very one dimensional, & her sultry character is clearly a liability to the group,but hey-ho.....If like me, you are sick of the same cop shows on British TV & crap like Midsommer Murders,Morse or Poirot just leave you bored senseless,then try this as there is nothing like it being made in Britain at the minute.


The Purple Album
The Purple Album
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Price: £15.55

8 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Purple album,will leave you feeling Blue! VERY BLUE!!!!!, 18 May 2015
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This review is from: The Purple Album (Audio CD)
I'm a huge Whitesnake fan.Slide it in,1987 & Forevermore are superb.In fact all of the Snake albums have their quality moments & top tunes on them.Apart from Slip of the Tongue,which in my view is *ucking horrendous. Lets not go there!!Here we are then,Whitesnake's new studio album,the follow-up to the fabulous Forevermore.Notable changes in the personnel;Tommy Aldridge is back yet again on drums, however,the biggest change/loss is that of Co-writer & lead guitarist Doug Aldrich.He is replaced by Night Ranger's Joel Hoekstra.No,me neither.So what do we have here?Well,we have an album ENTIRELY made up of Deep Purple mark 3 & 4 tunes,thats what we have.Yep,a covers/tribute album.Dave Coverdale,as only he can,has put his unique spin on the reasons why he's done this, with some 'media-in-mind' quotes & soundbites,such as him originally contacting Blackmore,following Jon Lord's death,as it was Lord's wish for the band to work together,apparently.Alas,the 2 mega-ego's couldn't agree on the project.Nonetheless,Coverdale,buried the hatchet with King Ritchie,& expressed his gratitude for being brought into the band,& hey-ho here we are in 2015,with the Purple album,by Whitesnake.Davy Coverdale has every right to play & sing these tunes.These are the beginning of his career.His History.Yet does that alone,make it right, or necessary even, to do this album as a Whitesnake-the-band project??Doesn't this just just reinforce the belief that the Snake isn't a band/group,just an out of step, ego driven leader surrounded by salaried hired hands ?Anyway, Why not do a project like this when Jon Lord & Ian Paice were still in the group,to add a bit of credibility??Or get together with Glenn Hughes,do it that way.Or maybe, Cov knows he couldn't live with Hughes,these days,from a singing perspective.Who knows???Anyhow, Whilst,there is no doubting the musicians competence & ability here,playing these very famous tunes,frankly this is just awful.These tune's have been badly hair-metalized in the studio by modern era Whitesnake.Yes,big production & new recording equipment,no doubt,etc/etc,in this case that does more harm than good.Dave's voice has changed over time,& here is voice,is nowhere near his previous high standards.Huge Pity,but .Not only that,those persons singing Glenn Hughes' parts,are just not upto it.Sorry.The guitarists widdly,diddly,squiddly overplaying all over Blackmore/Bolin's tunes,totally inappropriately & Aldridge bludgeons the hell out of his drums,where as Paicey played with great skill.The bass is very low in the mix,the keyboard splashes come & go,what would Jon Lord think???. In conclusion,this is an awful idea,badly executed.I don't know if Coverdale got writers block or simply had no faith in what the others came up with.This is really lazy, & cynics might say it's all about money/publishing royalties.Who knows??Doug Aldrich is 'well rid 'of this, if this is where the Snake are at in 2015.Backward step/own goal, call it what you want.All the momentum of the last 2 very decent studio albums, is totally lost by this travesty,& insult to Deep Purple. If you love Coverdale- era Purple,avoid this.If you love Coverdale regardless of what he says/releases you will buy/love this regardless.If you love Whitesnake objectively, then why are you buying this then??? In the 80's when there was line-up turmoil as the entire 87 studio band was fired,Coverdale preached that;'The concept of Whitesnake is the utmost important thing,regardless of who's in the band'.Fast forward to 2015,where does recording a Deep Purple covers album,'fit in' to the concept of Whitesnake,with the line-up as it is today??Wretched.Truly Horrendous.Great songs,totally ruined, & which did not need re-doing,regardless of Coverdale's controlling megalomania & pompous verbal procrastinations.When promotional obligations for this shambles are complete,Coverdale needs to eat some serious humble pie,be honest with himself (if that's possible in his little world) that this was a total mistake & if he's to salvage Whitesnake he should start making amends to those he treated so horrendously,that did wonders for the band,back in the 80's.He should look in his phone book under M,then S.Dave, get on YOUR knees,beg for forgiveness & get your wallet out!! Terrible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T2inUoTLrs ***REVIEW UPDATE June 18 2015***Despite playing this album for a month,I STILL stand by all my comments of this review.Not only that,I think this is the worst sounding/recorded/mixed album since Metallica's St.Anger.These metalized versions of these incredible tunes sound abysmal,recorded by musicians(Coverdale aside) who have absolutely no connection with Deep Purple whatsoever.Can anyone imagine Robert Plant,RJ Dio R.I.P,Paul Rodgers or Freddie Mercury R.I.P doing an album like this?Seriously??Not only that,no surviving member of Deep Purple has either verified Coverdale's claims about a mark 3 reformation, OR commented on this albums artistic merits,regardless,even though apparently the Deep Purple back catalogue is selling again,on the back of this album.David Coverdale doesn't converse,he preach's,he soundbites AT YOU,the fan/the reader/the journalist.Thus,this time, manufacturing a NON-EXISTANT culture of so-called 'haters',if you 'dare' to have an alternate,different view to him.So Sorry DC,but some of us don't like what you've done here at all.OR when he doesn't get his own way,for example in a recent interview with respected rock journalist Dave Ling in the hit & miss magazine Classic Rock .I don't Hate PER-SE,I just really don't like,or see the point,of this album.That simple,and I'm just exercising my free & democratic opinion,as a fan,that has bought, & listened to this cd.Nothing else.I look forward to the eventual,proper follow-up to Forevermore.
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War Of Kings
War Of Kings
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album will take some beating., 2 Mar. 2015
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If you love Europe's previous 2 studio albums Last Look At Eden + Bag Of Bones,you will love this.Bold,Epic,Heavy & Melodic.More hooks than you can shake a stick at!!If you think of the 3 great British Rock bands of the 70's that featured keyboards such as UFO,Deep Purple & Rainbow (plus a very little glimpse of Hendrix & pre-Slide it in Whitesnake,plus maybe a little Gary Moore),cranked up to 11, yet at times tender & subtle too ,then these are the major influences here.There is NO re-inventing of the wheel ,& no need for that either.Europe are in significantly rude health,fuelled by great influences,& they confidently swagger forward with this set of consistently strong tunes.If ,however you want to hark back to the 80's,& 'that song',you will (thankfully) not find it here,or anything like it,so you have been warned.This band are on fire.Credit to them 30 plus years into a career,still hungry to write great tunes & evolve gracefully.Highlights;Difficult to say,as it's all so good.Current fav is Praise You,then Light me up & the title track also. Great performances from all,special praise mind to Ian Haughland on the drums & the hugely under-rated John Norum on lead guitar.Credit too to Dave Cobb on production duties.I'll be honest I was a bit perplexed that Kevin Shirley wasn't involved,after the Brilliant Bag of Bones album,but Cobb has done a fabulous job,fair do's. Strong contender for album of the year,already.


Only Fools And Horses Metal Keyring 'Lovely Jubbly'
Only Fools And Horses Metal Keyring 'Lovely Jubbly'
Offered by Only Fools and Horses Fan Club
Price: £3.25

5.0 out of 5 stars BONAIT DA DOUCHE!, 15 Feb. 2015
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Lovely jubbly.This does what it says on the tin,if it came in a tin,that is.


Ozzy Osbourne: Memoirs Of A Madman [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]
Ozzy Osbourne: Memoirs Of A Madman [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ozzy Osbourne
Price: £14.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lazy compilation & What might have been!, 14 Feb. 2015
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I love the 1st four Ozzy solo albums & No More Tears has some quality tunes on it too.This 2 disc DVD set is one disc of Promo videos,the other of live footage,with some 'words of wisdom',ahem, from Osbourne himself.I haven't watched the promo disc,as I've no interest, & anything that has a bonus feature that includes the truly wretched Kelly Osbourne (albeit duetting with her dad),really is NO BONUS of any sort,to me.Spoilt,needy,deluded,talentless little brat,I wonder which Sharon, she gets it from??/The live footage however is of concern to this fan.The entire 'After Hours' footage is here featuring 4 live classics from Blizzard of Ozz,featuring Randy Rhoads on lead guitar.As this is the only proper footage of Randy playing,some proper insight from those there at the time, should have been offered up & not just from Ozzy.Rhoads' to this day remains the greatest player ever,in this genre of music,in my opinion.There's some other Randy footage for Over the Mountain,but it's not the best quality.The next thing of major interest to myself is the 1986 footage from the Ultimate Sin era,featuring the hugely under-rated Jake E Lee,the highlight of which is his playing on Bark at the Moon,then Secret Loser.Jake delivers the ultimate,definitive performance of BATM,proving beyond any doubt,it's his (& Bob Daisley's too,check the book!) song,regardless of Ozzy's bogus publishing claims.Ozzy makes it clear he wasn't keen on those glammy,hair-metal times,but he was clearly following the trends of the era,of which other bands had already had some considerable success.Why choose to follow that style,then?Ozzy was the boss,wasn'the?? .To be honest,that's pretty much it for me as much of Ozzy's later albums sounded the same as the next one & his songs pretty mediocre & dull.Just my view,mind .Stuff like Tattooed Dancer,Bloodbath in Paradise,Miracle Man then Road to Nowhere are pretty mediocre to me & certainly were NOT long stay's of Ozzy's live set,fair do's!Zakk features on a lot of the other footage.He's a good player,but I'm not keen on his sound,but that said Ozzy clearly had one eye on the changing sounds in Metal,& the rise of Metallica,Megadeth,Testament,Anthrax & Slayer which may've been why he picked such a heavy sounding player as Zakk.However, many of his songs are not of the strength of the early stuff,in my opinion.Why they've included stuff,available on the Live at the Budokan DVD,I've no idea. Good to see Joey Holmes on some footage too!He did a great job for Ozzy in the live arena.Criticisms;Bonus feature is Zakk- era playing Believer & Flying High Again, previously available & these are not even Zakk compositions!! No footage from the 84 tour from Salt Lake City concert video,maybe because Bob Daisley features on it & the legal confrontations that have peppered Oz & Bob's relationship,might be the reason for this???Check out Bob Daisley's book For Facts Sake Ozzy's on screen quotes are quite random, at times not really of relevance to the songs, & some of which are irritating & incoherent.He appears to lack gratitude & grace to those musicians & songwriters that have helped him achieve such huge succes.Some of his quotes feature on other DVD releases too,which is a lazy rip-off & maybe some proper sound editing with new technology, could've brought the best out of the old footage & sound.If your a completest,you will note no Shot in the Dark.Again,that could be for legal reasons due to the issues Ozzy had with bassist Phil Soussan over the songwriting credits.All in all, great to see footage of the great guitarist's, Randy & Jake from Ozzy's best solo years,but this compilation could've been much better,with proper time,care & effort put in,& in-put from those that were actually there,back in the day.


Celebrate - Live From The SSE Hydro Glasgow (Bonus DVD)
Celebrate - Live From The SSE Hydro Glasgow (Bonus DVD)
Price: £13.79

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Bono,this is how you age with Class,Grace,QUALITY & Skill!, 20 Jan. 2015
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Cards on the table;Simple Minds were always my 2nd favourite band,back in the day,2nd to certain Irish band(God,If I only knew then,what I know now,yep,I got that wrong,big style!!!) & I lost touch with Jim & the lads around the time of Hypnotised & She's a River.When I saw this package came with a live concert DVD,I had to have it,as I always felt 'Live in the City of Light' footage,was'nt the very best representation of this great band,just my view.This however is a total revelation.The picture & sound quality is supreme,the crowd are 'well up for it' too.MOST of the hits are here,& most fans will be happy,however Belfast Child is not on here,odd as it remains the Band's only U.K. no.1.Personally,I would've liked more tunes off Sparkle in the Rain,the inclusion of 'All the Things she said 'is to me a mistake,never liked it,hey-ho that's just me! The band for most part are super,but on a couple of Charlie's solos( See the Light & Sanctify) there seems to be a bit of a feedback/noise interference maybe, & Sarah Brown's microphone needs to be louder at times,but these are uber,minor quibbles.Highlights;virtually all of it,but Someone,Somewhere...... is sensational.Incredible stuff.This isn't just a hits compilation,early stuff such as Love Song,I Travel & The American are all here as well as Most of all the chart hits from the 80's & early 90's.To conclude,this is incredible stuff,mature arena pop/rock nostalgic maybe,but definitely an essential purchase if these lads did it for you,back then.Once you've watched this,your copy of U2 360 tour,will now be totally redundant,just as U2 ARE these days.Simple Minds = Simply Brilliant!


Nokia 515 Sim-Free Mobile Phone - Black
Nokia 515 Sim-Free Mobile Phone - Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS RUBBISH., 30 Dec. 2014
I'm a longtime Nokia user.I like simple,basic phones.And I like phones with buttons too.This phone is terrible.The button's are unresponsive & unlike my previous Nokia's this phone DOESNT have Nokia's music manager facility,so if you do put music from c.d. to your phone via your laptop,it goes all over the place & not into the music player!In TRYING to offer a positive about this,this phone does let you edit tunes,so you can have a riff/solo as a tone without having the singer spoiling the piece.But that really is it!If you like easy to work mobiles,& if you can get hold of it,then get the Nokia ASHA 300 or the Nokia x2-00 but avoid this rubbish like the plague!!!Really surprised at Nokia,allowing such a poor product to be 'out there',when many of their superior ones they've deleted.


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