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Musicology [Digipak]
Musicology [Digipak]
Offered by themusicmerchant
Price: £10.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Prince strikes back!, 23 April 2004
This review is from: Musicology [Digipak] (Audio CD)
This is the return of a legend. Prince is back after years in selfsatisfying wilderness. I would also have to say this is arguably his bestall orund album. His music seems to have taken a step forward in evolutionwith a delightfully modern and at the same time classic Prince style.There aren't any classic songs to compare with Purple Rain, 1999, WhenDoves Cry and Prince's other best but they are a great standard and thealbum altogether is a great, albeit brief, near 40 minute pleasure tolisten to. I equate this album to Terence Trent D'arby's WildCard. Thatwas marked down as a comeback album for TTD and like Prince he is amusical genius, writing, performing and producing all the tracks. Alsolike Prince he literally performs 90 percent of all the instruments andbacking vocals on all the songs, as well as having a unique talent vocallyand lyrically. WildCard was also arguably TTD's best all round album,without having a song that could be argued as one of his best ever. Theboth like to experiment and have a very personal style, they don't bleivein making producers happy just to sell records. It is because they do itfor the art of music solely that their albums are so musically rich intexture.
Musicology is my favourite album of the year thus far. It is a greatlisten and some of the songs are fantastic. Call My Name is superb and hasthat feeling that Princes Nothing Compares to You had. Also Cinnamon Girlis another great song. I believe that if any songs from this album areargued as one of his best in twenty or so years then Call My Name has thebest legs to stand up against the likes of what is my favourite song ever,Purple Rain. For any Prince fan this must be a delight and also for anymusic fan.

Dance Of Death
Dance Of Death
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Price: £6.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album, Maid-en Heaven!, 17 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Dance Of Death (Audio CD)
This is perhaps Maidens best album yet. The way their music has developed is excellent. The depth musically is far more than their early days. The use of synthersizers and orchestral sounds is very good.
Not only that but the classic Maiden guitar riffs and harmonies between the guitarists are un-rivalled and unique. Bruce Dickinsons voice is unique and poweful as well.
This album is superb. The songs are great, particularly Dance Of Death, Paschendale, New Frontier and The Rainmaker. This album features one of my favourite guitar solos ever, in Paschendale, featuring a masterful and poweful key change.
This album is a must buy for any fan of Maiden or hard rock in general.

Odyssey - The Definitive Collection [Digipak]
Odyssey - The Definitive Collection [Digipak]
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: £19.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album., 22 Nov. 2003
I bought this having seen it on offer and mainly because I was a huge fan of Blade Runner. I didn't know much of Vangelis's other works except for obvioulsy Chariots of Fire.
This was a very good album, good chillout stuff. He is a musical maestro and as far as I can remember the only composer to win an Oscar with a synth score. Really the only complaints I can give is that a lot of his songs uses the same sounds. Musically they are different yes but his synth sound effects are very similar on a lot of songs. The two bonus tracks were a little eccentric but the rest is a great chillout album with some particularly memorable soundtrack songs, such as Chariots of Fire and the End titles from Blade Runner. This is a good album.

Symphony Or Damn
Symphony Or Damn
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Price: £6.20

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful album!, 22 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Symphony Or Damn (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic album from a musical genius. TTD is so un-appreciated in the music industry, but to get in the charts and sell millions of albums is not always about talent. Of ocurse he had problems after the massive success of his first album. His arrogance and very experimental follow-up album has caused a backlash from the media and general public.
Anyway any critic or music buff having listened to Synthony or Damn would hae regarded it as one of the best albums that year. This is TTD's most musically adventurous album, his most poetic, and all round a great listen. For those who don't know, TTD writes his own songs, he has an amazing voice and fnatastic range, he is a great lyracist and original at that and he performs a lot of the instruments on each track, some tracks he does it all. In terms of musical talent he ranks with Prince and Stevie Wonder, and other superb all round talents, although he is less commercial.
Overall this is a must buy for fans of TTD or any fan of soul,rock, r&b and ballads.

Lee Evans: Wired and Wonderful - Live at Wembley [DVD] [2002]
Lee Evans: Wired and Wonderful - Live at Wembley [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Lee Evans
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £3.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comic gold!, 18 Nov. 2003
I was lucky enough to see Evan's Wired and Wonderful show when he played in Wycombe. That was just an amazing night, I have never laughed so much in all my life and actually being there made it all the more funny, not to mention as it was a minor gig compared to the Wembley one he did some test material and overall it was nearly a three hour show.
I will review the DVD version however. It is still very funny. Lee is a comic master. His material, like Peter Kay is so relatable it's scary and that makes it all the more hilarious. Lee is one of those stand ups who can have me in tears of laughter, it's great British comedy while remaining universal and not being too British.
There is also the usual showending musical number and in this case there is a special guest, Lee's dad Dave. You'll be laughing till it hurts I garuantee.

Peter Kay - Live At The Bolton Albert Halls [DVD] [2003]
Peter Kay - Live At The Bolton Albert Halls [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Peter Kay
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £6.92

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I nearly died from laughing, I might sue!!, 18 Nov. 2003
I am a nearly inducted fan of Peter Kay. It's one of those things, I never saw his first series and saw little of Phoenix Nights even though I ofund it very funny, it was just out of bordem I watched his first stand up show on Paramount and laughed my nads off.
Much like top of the tower this is pure hilarity start to finish with him making comic gold out of typically inconsequential stuff. As well as being a great mimic and phyisical comedian to pull off his material which is good stuff. All his routines every piece of material is so true, when he talks about his family, you can relate to it. I was in stitches when he talked about his emergency chairs and the typical family wedding. I was sat on emergency chairs as a young lad, I was sliding on my knees on the dance floor at a family do, and so on and so forth.
Of course it's not just what you tell it's how you tell it and Kay is a genius on that respect. I've seen his two live shows now and enjoyed them both immensely. It's instantly quotable. Overall any fan of stand up comedy will love this. Garlic Bread! Frig Me!

Price: £6.45

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Music: Return of the King!, 12 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Wildcard (Audio CD)
Terence is back. It is been a long time in development this album and after serveral foreign releases with different track listings it has made it over to Britain. I think that this version is the definitive version as well.
D'arby's lyrics have always been original, innovative and imaginative and once again his skills as a lyracist excel. Of course not only that he is an experimentalist and a musical genius with an amazing voice, few have his vocal range. The combination of his voice, writing, the fact he plays most of the instruments and does 95% of everything on his albums, puts his on a par with Prince and Stevie Wonder. Of course commercially he has been a cult artist post Hardline so fe know this. He is far more experimental and less pop than Prince and Wonder for a start not to mention a slighty brash attitude when he hit is big in 87 which got him on the wrong side of the press, big mistake career wise. Had he been in the Top pf the Pops his whole career though, would his albums have been as diverse? Perhaps they would have been more poppish and safe, perhaps a restrained and less personal TTD.
WildCard is a great album and must be listened to. Every album is critically praised and indeed publicly but not enough people buy them. It is one of the shames of the music industry. People don't buy this, one of the best albums released in years, but the Cheeky Girls get a top ten album, go figure!?

Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby
Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The start of the legend!, 12 Sept. 2003
This album is fantastic. I think that this is a superb introduction to Terence and his music. This is soulful, funky and unlike his career onwards there just seems to be a bit of pop in there to. This isn't as personal or daring as his future albums but there is still good depth, the trademark intelligent lyrics and D'arby as almost a one man band in most of the songs.
The songs are great, yes the album is somewhat dated in terms of sound, but the songs themselves and D'arby's voice are timeless. This is definitely a first rate album.

Rocky (PS2)
Rocky (PS2)

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolph Lundgren, Mr T and Carl Weathers in a game!! Class!!, 3 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Rocky (PS2) (Video Game)
It is plain to see that this is the best and most enjoyable boxing game ever! It has a great one-player mode where you play through the movies, including the four main opponents Apollo, Clubber, Drago and Tommy Gunn. There are great little FMV sequences taken from the movie and the characters genuinely look like their real life counterparts. The game even features minor characters that Rocky has thought, such as Spider Rico, the guy he is fighting at the start of Rocky. It puts you into to the movies and is an absolute delight.
Similarly the multi player is great fun, all fans of the films have often wondered who would win out of Drago and Clubber Lang, or even Rocky 1 against Rocky 5. This is a must buy game for boxing fans and Rocky fans alike. Great gameplay, top of the line graphics and the fantastic soundtrack.
One of the few minors are that there are only four or five characters you are likely to want to play as, those being the famous ones of the movies, made up characters like Burt Judge or Joe Chan aren’t gonna “scream play as me!”. Of course if you look at Ready to Rumble, they only had brand new made up characters.

Crying Freeman [DVD] [1995] [1997]
Crying Freeman [DVD] [1995] [1997]
Dvd ~ Mark Dacascos
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £11.85

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best comic-big screen movie ever made!!, 6 Sept. 2001
Quite simply this relatively unheard of movie has become one of my favourites, for years i have awaited the DVD release and finally it has arrived. The film itself is based on japanese comics and the Manga cartoon and although i have not seen any of them from every available source it seems the film is a pretty accurate representation of the Mangas, anyway the plot is about a man who was kidnapped by a an ancient Chinese warrior cult called the Sons of the Dragons, who have turned him into a perfect killer. The killer of their group is called the Freeman, and Jo (Dacascos) carries a curse which cause's him to cry when-ever he has to kill. Jo who was formely a potter is a compassionate, and heroic character and his capturers/bosses begin to lose control of his mind when he falls in love with a beautiful woman Emu o'Hara who he is supposed to kill after she witnesses him kill some people, so on comes gun battles, romance, Kung Fu and sword fights aplenty in this wonderfully shot action movie directed by Christophe Gans, a director with a visual flair as good as any and a sense of style and artistry greater than even John Woo's, he is at the helm here and directs with surperb skill there are some superb shots, brilliantly staged and captured action sequences and some of the romantic scenes are outstandingly shot. The films other strengths were the brilliant score from Patrick O Hearn and the performances of Dacascos and Condra in particular they had a real chemistry on screen and its hardly a surprise that they became Man and Wife after this movie. Overall about the movie i must say that its pure class, it features one of the best Sword fights ever capture on film and a very good cast, the only downer would be that the end action sequence was not long enough and the film at times very nearly bordered on the chessy but this was based on a comic. A word on Mark Dacascos the should be king of action, well he is amazing in this he plays the role with such intensity and despite not having many lines his face brings out a wealth of feelings at times, he is superb and is helped along by the direction of Gans and when it comes to the action Dacascos really shines, he leaps off buildings, he flips off buildings, off the top of doors, at times he jumps high into the air and this is all performed himself, he is extremly graceful and aside from Drive his talents have been pretty much wasted by talentless directors with the possible exception of his films with Tibor Takacs, and he shows a natural charisma many action stars lack. The film gets a definate 5 stars but the DVD only gets a 3 the lack of features is dissapointing after such a long wait especially when the French have released a special edition two disc DVD set with booklet aswell, yes the english have sadly been... out of a DVD worthy of the films class.
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