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Clockwork Angels [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
Clockwork Angels [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Rush
Price: £15.71

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great set list, sonically flawed, 8 Dec. 2013
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Really enjoyed this from a set list which contains some tracks that have not been played live for some time in the first half and there are some moments that are truly memorable with the performance of Headlong Flight amongst the top from any Rush performance, and the sight of a headbanging cellist is not something you see everyday, and indeed with the strings it loosens the whole performance up, with this probably as close to Rush jamming live as you're likely to get, but it is all overshadowed by a poor audio mix - it's almost as if they said to Alex, here you go mix this how you like, as the only outstanding aspect is the openness of Alexs' guitar work which is quite stunning, but it is at the cost of the rest of the mix

Geddys' vocals at the start are too low in the mix but this does improve on later tracks but vitally and tragically Neils' drums are way, way to low in the mix, his bass drum is almost absent and the cymbals lack clarity. You can see what they were trying to achieve as the soundstage is at times stunningly transparent, but they have missed by a country mile ending up with a sound that is at the same time too bright and yet lacking in some vital elements - whether this was to accomodate the string section which still manages to get lost I don't know, but I've never known a live music track that relies on the rear speakers in the 5.1 mix as much as this. It's amazing sonically how variable the live dvds are - Rush In Rio was very poor, R30 is good, S&A better and Cleveland also very good - but this is a big step back.

Hopefully there will be a re-mixed version put out, or better still a 7.1 mix to accomodate the strings

Battleship (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy) [Region Free]
Battleship (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy) [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Liam Neeson
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Price: £5.77

4.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's really good !, 9 Jun. 2013
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Yes it has just about every cliché in the book and some of the CGI is just too CGIish (is that the right word ?) but for sheer dumbhead entertainment, it doesn't get much better than this - on Blu Ray, if you thought Transformers 3 was like being beaten up visually and aurally for 2 and a half hours, then whilst visually Battleship can't quite match the astonishing visuals of Transformers 3, aurally it is the full Mike Tyson compared to Transformers play fight with the kids - the soundtrack is absolutely astonishing, and takes the film into a different league just on that basis. Sit back with a beer or two, turn your phone off and just smile and laugh at the sheer absurdity of it all !

Clockwork Angels
Clockwork Angels

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the past, live in the here and now, 12 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Clockwork Angels (Audio CD)
When you are into your 5th decade of making music, the temptation would be to lean on what is a massively varied back catalogue and appeal to the purist fan - but that's the not the Rush way, and as a result, they have probably alienated many a fan that may hark for the sound of the past, but the story of Rush has always been of moving forward, not backwards, and whilst it is only my humble opinion, the result here is the pinnacle of an already monstrously distinguished body of work.

You cannot produce 20 albums of such varied musical styles without both appealing to and subsequently pushing away the listener - for me, Rush started with 2112, died again at Power Windows, flickered to life with the first half of Counterparts, a couple of tracks of Vapor Trails and then were resurrected with Snakes and Arrows - touching 60 years old themselves, it is preposterous that their music should appeal to the same audience as it did 30 years ago, and both stylistically and lyrically this album appeals to the more mature audience shall we say.

Having said that, it appears that the stand out tracks are pretty much agreed upon here, with for me The Anarchist just shading The Garden for top spot if only for the more catchy riff, with Headlong Flight a little way behind. With the Foo Fighters producer behind this record, it is not suprising that the mix is very much biased towards a "wall of sound" with Geddys bass much more to the fore than on previous recordungs, but the sheer size and breadth of the soundscape created here is just astonishing - it is a record where each listen will produce new suprises and nuances you missed before.

Much is said of Neil Pearts lyrics, but here with a theme to chase he is bang on target, with The Garden lyrically being worth the price of the CD alone.

If you yearn for your to re-live your teenage years with this record, then you will be mightily disappointed, but if you have grown alongside the band, this may just be the Rush album you have been waiting for.

4 week update : Someone has beaten me to the phrase, but I make no apologies for plagarism - this is a monster of an album !

However, it only really comes alive on top notch equipment, or as appears from other reviews here, in headphones. On my home setup, with 1300W and twin subs, it is dynamic and powerful, but having listened on lesser setups, the sheer amount of information contained in the bass / sub-bass tracks does make the whole thing sound very forced. So, good excuse to break the bank and splash out on some top notch audio !

Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland [Blu-ray]
Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Rush
Price: £16.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back and forward in time, 10 Nov. 2011
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Just to clarify, this is a review of the Blu-Ray disc

Okay, to get it out of the way, yes some of the distance shots are not HD quality but the way some people are going on about it, you would think it's unwatchable - be assured, after 30 seconds of the concert you don't give a monkeys.

The rest is all good news - prime for me is the return of Neil to absolute top form - I have listened to Rush for the last 30 years, and always tuned into Neils playing, and it is of little suprise that since the tradgedies that befell him, it could be heard in his playing, and seen in his demeanour on the previous DVD offerings, but whatever demons were once there have now flown and his playing is now an absolute joy to behold again, which in turn lifts the whole band.

Sonically, this is absolutely top notch, both in the playing and the technical presentation by the Banger Films crew - after the very patchy sound quality of Flight 666, this is in another dimension and there are numerous occasions where an element of playing leaves you breathless just because it has been captured so well - kudos to the Banger boys !

Everyone is going to have their own highlights as regards the set list, and for me the start of set 2 with the showpiece Moving Pictures tracks falls flat after the sheer diversity and energy of set 1, but it does pick up for me with The Camera Eye and Vital Signs

The impossibly heavy BU2B and superb Caravan (much better live) would seem to point to an outright rocker of an album in the forthcoming Clockwork Angels, and if you have ever wondered how Neil would sound as an outright rock drummer, watch during BU2B and the answer is he is awesome.

Other major highlights are Geddies solo during Leave that thing alone which is just stunning, the way the all try to outplay each other during Free Will, the new interpretations of several songs, but without givimg too much away, as mentioned by another reviewer, probably the most spine tingling moment comes within the last few minutes of this mammoth concert - if you have already watched it, you will know what I mean, if you haven't then it is a great end to a epic concert.

Some may take for granted what Rush offer, but I certainly do not, and after all these years, they are still striving to both improve and innovate and this is amply demonstrated here - along with a welcome return to all of them having fun on stage

And, when all is said and done, they continue to make more noise than any other 3 piece on the planet, and long may it be that way !
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Live At Brixton Academy (DVD+CD)
Live At Brixton Academy (DVD+CD)
Price: £8.25

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The easiest review in the world, 8 July 2009
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The short version - buy it, now, this instant, don't wait, don't think about it.

I am only talking about the DVD here as I don't have a CD system able to do this performance justice but do have a top notch 5.1 surround system, and there are not many times you can put on a DVD and genuinely be blown away by both the visuals and the sound, but this is one - I had listened to some of Pendulum on CD via friends, and whilst being of interest, I wasn't hooked - but they are one of the very few bands that are better live than in the studio - but their ace is that they are not just better live, they are in a completely different universe - I came across them first via the Download festival webcast where they managed to put on a great show to an audience that were not 100% behind them, and then like many others I was astonished by their performance at Glastonbury where the crowd were much more positive, and helped bring out the best in the band. The fact that you can bring the Brixton concert into your living room with full blown 5.1 quality is the icing on the cake.

All I can say is that if like me you were sort of interested in their music on CD, get this and you will not be disappointed, and more than likely you will be utterly and totally gobsmacked by how good this is - mark my words, if the next album is as innovative as the last two, and I'm already bored of the argument of whether they are drum and bass or rock/dance - who cares, they are creating something completely new here - Pendulum will be one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, band in the world in the next 18 months

Iron Maiden - Death On The Road (Three Discs) (DVD) [2003]
Iron Maiden - Death On The Road (Three Discs) (DVD) [2003]
Dvd ~ Iron Maiden
Price: £21.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blinding - in more than one sense, 22 Nov. 2008
Yes, as per previous reviews, it is edited at breakneck speed but to say it is unwatchable is rubbish - but I hope Steve takes note and slows down a bit on the next one!

Other than that, absolutely superb - it is a tribute to the band that two new songs, Dance of Death and Paschendale battle it out with old favourites to be the highlight of the concert - many thought Maidens finest days had past but this shows they are on top their game again - they even pull off an unplugged type display with Journeyman without it sounding cheesy.

Haven't listened to the stereo disk so can't comment on any faults (who doesn't have 5.1 these days?) but the 5.1 sound quality is faultless with no problem hearing Adrians or Yanicks guitars

Only slight downside for me is the Blaze era Lord of the Flies which doesn't even sound like a Maiden track and Bruce looks and sounds uncomfortable singing.

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