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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works a treat with the 160GB iPod Classic, 28 Jun 2010
When you consider how much a 160GB iPod Classic costs I find it shocking that Apple doesn't provide the buyer with a mains charger as well as an USB charger. Surely by now they must realise that not everyone is using a computer 24-hours a day and charging their iPod's or MP3 players as they go.

Thankfully, this product does exactly what it claims to do, and for the price it's an absolute bargain. Highly recommended.


Western Vacation
Western Vacation
Price: 12.12

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE: THIS IS NOT A STEVE VAI ALBUM!, 28 Jun 2010
This review is from: Western Vacation (Audio CD)
This is in fact a Western Vacation album, which is 'presented' by Steve Vai, and Vai is credited as being the executive producer.

While the album features some Frank Zappa alumni such as Tommy Mars and Bob Harris - with Steve Vai performing a short solo on the title track - Western Vacation is Marty Schwartz's band as he acts as the bandleader, guitarist and songwriter. Schwartz has a hand in eight of the nine compositions, with Bob Harris co-writing five of these, and Tommy Mars composed the 'other' song.

Steve and Marty have been the best of friends since 1978, and this is very much a case of a friend trying to help out another friend by remastering the original album and presenting it as a 'Deluxe Reissue' (I fail to see what's 'Deluxe' about it though). Why else would the album be promoted on sites such as Amazon, CD Wow! and Play.com as a Steve Vai album when it patently isn't?

The quality of the songwriting and the music is average to say the least, and I for one feel completely ripped off by this album when I was led to believe that I was buying a new Steve Vai album rather than a Western Vacation album. Avoid.


LUPO IGO GREEN USB Mains Charger Power Adapter for Apple iPhone 5S 5G 4S 4G 3GS iPad 1 2 3 4 Air Mini Retina, Samsung Galaxy S4 S5, HTC One, Sony Experia, Nokia Lumia, + Tablets
LUPO IGO GREEN USB Mains Charger Power Adapter for Apple iPhone 5S 5G 4S 4G 3GS iPad 1 2 3 4 Air Mini Retina, Samsung Galaxy S4 S5, HTC One, Sony Experia, Nokia Lumia, + Tablets
Offered by LUPO STORE
Price: 10.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works with the Sansa Clip, 24 Mar 2009
I recently bought an 8GB Sansa Clip and the only drawback that I could find with it was that I needed a PC to charge it. Thankfully, not any more! This USB charger from LUPO works from the mains, is incredibly easy to use, and more importantly, does the job. Highly recommended.


Kickups, Hiccups, Lockups: The Autobiography
Kickups, Hiccups, Lockups: The Autobiography
by Mickey Thomas
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who can forget 4/1/1992?, 22 Sep 2008
This is a thoroughly enjoyable read from beginning to end, detailing Noddy's exploits - so far!

From his humble beginnings in Mochdre to the breakthrough at Wrexham in January 1972 and the first of his 51 international caps for Wales against West Germany in October 1976, through his spells at Old Trafford, Goodison Park, the Goldstone Ground, the Victoria Ground, Stamford Bridge, The Hawthorns, the Baseball Ground, the Kansas Coliseum, Gay Meadow, Elland Road, the Victoria Ground (again) and back full circle to the Racecourse.

He achieved the height of his fame after his wonder goal for Wrexham against Arsenal on the 4th of January 1992 and then, a mere seven days later, he was arrested at his mum's house in Colwyn Bay and faced incarceration at Her Majesty's Pleasure for distributing forged tenners to trainees at Wrexham football club.

And as if that wasn't enough, there's also the tale of a secluded country lane, his sister-in-law, her husband, some screwdrivers and some hammers. Oh, and there are a few chefs dotted around as well.

Also comes with forewords by Mark Hughes and Ryan Giggs.

With a paperback version due out in May 2009, I can only hope that the obvious mistakes - Amlwch not Amlych, Clwyd not Clywd, Brian Flynn not Brian Fian, and Ian Rush was brought up in Flint not Ruabon - are corrected.

Nice one Mickey, and good luck for the future.


An American Prayer
An American Prayer
Price: 6.34

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give the singer some, 17 Oct 2007
This review is from: An American Prayer (Audio CD)
What a gem of an album this is. I've had a vinyl copy for years, and although I'd updated the six studio albums and Absolutely Live to CD versions a few years ago, I'd left this one behind. Having listened to it again a few weeks ago, I have to ask myself - Why?

This is an excellent album with John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek having reunited in 1978 to record backing tracks to Jim Morrison's poetry from a session in 1970. It works beautifully, and is a fitting finale to the main canon of The Doors' musical output.

Not suprisingly, I'm now the proud owner of a CD copy of the album.


The "Cramps": A Short History of Rock' N' Roll Psychosis
The "Cramps": A Short History of Rock' N' Roll Psychosis
by Dick Porter
Edition: Paperback

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is for all you Gucci bag carriers..., 28 Feb 2007
As 'The Wild Wild World of The Cramps' by Ian Johnston is now virtually impossible to get hold of (unless you're willing to fork out anything between 116.50-158.95 - see Amazon Marketplace), this offering by Dick Porter is a very welcome addition to any Cramps fan's collection.

Well written and nicely illustrated throughout, it covers the band's history from their early releases all the way up to How To Make A Monster. It's a great introduction to the band for new fans and should also please established fans. Not only that, it also features exclusive new interviews with Lux Interior and Poison Ivy.

Enjoy the journey into the weird and wonderful world of The Cramps and remember, Don't Eat Stuff Off The Sidewalk!


Push The Button
Push The Button
Offered by MMT-UK
Price: 17.55

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Soulless and Disappointing, 11 Jan 2007
This review is from: Push The Button (Audio CD)
I bought this CD many years ago and after listening to it a few times I put it in a pile containing albums to 'come back to'. That time has come, and this album is still as soulless and disappointing as I'd first thought all those years ago. I picked up on MM because of his work with the Beastie Boys who remain, in relation to this album at least, a great deal more inventive and interesting than MM.


SanDisk Sansa m240 1Gb MP3 Player
SanDisk Sansa m240 1Gb MP3 Player

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent item, 12 Dec 2006
Being a bit of novice when it came to MP3 players and iPods, I decided to plump for the Sansa MP3 player on the strength of the posted reviews and of course the price. Not only is it a bargain, but it's so simple to use, and on current performance the battery life is quite impressive too. This is a brilliant purchase for the first time MP3 buyer.


BOMBAY DUB ORCHESTRA / BOMBAY DUB ORCHES
BOMBAY DUB ORCHESTRA / BOMBAY DUB ORCHES
Price: 19.16

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blissful sounds from Bombay Dub, 8 Sep 2006
The two-CD Bombay Dub Orchestra does exactly what it says on the tin. Nearly two hours worth of music, with a little bit of Bombay, parts of the album were recorded by Indian musicians at Empire Audio in Mumbai, a little bit of Dub, check out the enhanced remix disc, and a little bit of Orchestra, utilising violins, violas, celli, sitar and tabla.

The 12 tracks on disc one are beautifully produced, layering the lush string arrangements over gentle but hypnotic beats and haunting melodies. My favourites are To The Shore, Dust and the wonderful Beauty and the East.

While the first disc will put you in a laid back mood, the second disc will take you to a dub induced chill-out heaven.

The enhanced disc two is a fantastic bonus, with more than 50 minutes'-worth of remixes which saves you having to wait for the expanded version of the album when it's re-released in a few years' time. The highlights are Rare Earth: The Forest of Thieves Mix, Feel: The Diamond Cake Mix, and Beauty and the East: The Marine Drive Traffic Jam.

If you're looking for an album to get you in the mood for a raucous night out, this isn't it. But if you're looking for an album to give you a chilled-out and `feel-good' feeling, then this is definitely for you.


Welsh Rare Beat
Welsh Rare Beat
Offered by steelwheels
Price: 19.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Casgliad Ardderchog, 5 May 2006
This review is from: Welsh Rare Beat (Audio CD)
What a wonderfully eclectic collection of gems from the vaults of Cwmni Sain. This CD brought back such great memories with tracks by Y Dyniadon Ynfyd Hirfelyn Tesog, Edward H., and Tebot Piws. But the main reason I bought this CD was for Tich Gwilym's unforgettable version of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau. Cysga'n dawel Tich.


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