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Microsoft Office 2003 All-in-one
Microsoft Office 2003 All-in-one
by Joseph W. Habraken
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.99

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A complete Ripp-off, 1 Jun. 2009
This thing sucks. There is less information than in Microsoft's help files . Its title should be"Office 2003 for OLD Dumbies.

That Mr. Hbraken gets a degree of professor (albeit assistant) of an USA University explains why Yankees are idiots and managed to get their country to economic colapse.


Mike Garson's Jazz Hat
Mike Garson's Jazz Hat
Price: £17.81

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good record, but really not Jazz, 7 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Mike Garson's Jazz Hat (Audio CD)
This record is in two points of view, excelent. Mike Garson can play anything well, from Chopin to Rock, but he is not a Jazz Pianist...

To justify this opinion track 7 "A Gershwin Fantasy" is not a fantasy al all. It's a classical musician's interpretation of "Rapsody in Blue", that is slower than The Gershwin's Piano Roll issued by CBS in 1976 (LP, of course) with a band directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, which I recomemnd to all Gershwin purists...

Another track that is questionable is Track 6 "A Night in Tunisia". My favourite version is the one of Great Jazz TRio (Hank Jones, Ron Carter, Tony Williams) in a Japanese Direct Cut Record (EW 10005).

Does this mean: Do not buy this record?. Not at all. What I wrrote before is just a warning to Jazz Collectors.

This is a Great Piano Record, that showcases one Great Pianist, recorded in HDCD which in my opinion is better than SACD or DVD Audio, if you have the right equipment.

But it is not a Jazz Record...

La Notte [Masters of Cinema] [1961] [DVD]
La Notte [Masters of Cinema] [1961] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michelangelo Antonioni
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £19.97

12 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best of Antonioni's Trilogy about loneliness, 15 May 2008
When I say "about loneliness" what I mean is that our western civilization has imposed individualism over solidariry. Of the French Revolution's motto "Liberté , Egalité, Fraternité" only the first one remains and not with the best results.

Antinioni was a very pessimistic man. It shows here too much. His earlier films like "Il Grido" and some of the later like L'Eclisse are superior.

I have the Fox Lorber American version of La Notte and that also compares badly with Crtiterion's "L'Avventura" and "L'Eclisse".

To me the Best of all is "L'Avventura".

As far as concerns "Jeanne Moreau" she made a great mistake. I do not know if, at that time, she spoke Italian. My opinion is she did not and was dubbed, but I may be wrong.... She should have asked "Luis Bunuel" beforehand. She took her own revenge by playing "Journal d'une Femme de Chambre" with Bunuel two years later... and that, my friends, is a Masterpiece.

Antonioni is a particular case of "dawnfall evolution". Almost every one of his movies is not as good as the preceeding one...

From This Moment On [Limited Superjewel]
From This Moment On [Limited Superjewel]
Price: £12.50

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lady is Back, 25 April 2007
I was afraid, that Diana Krall was travelling the downward slopes of becaming a syruppy pop singer.

I don't know who put her, temporarily, in that wrong path, but maybe it was Claus Oggerman. In the Paris Olympia Concert on DVD, despite all compliments, she is playing against Oggerman's orchestra and she shines with a small rythm section, even if her left hand cannot give us bass notes on the piano. With any good bass player, and sound engineer, it is easilly overcame.

Now, in this wonderfull album she devellopped the cooperation with great jazz musicians. Her voice has darkened a little and that is essential for a jazz singer (no pun intended).

Next time, even if it is still too early in what will be a long life, give us "Body and Soul", with Jack Clayton. Do it your way, do not try to copy Sarah Vaughan. Jack Clayton will play the darker deep notes, if and when he sees fit..

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5.0 out of 5 stars If the Sound is not enough, this video helps., 24 April 2007
First of all, I assume that this is the equivalent of Universal's release in Europe wit S/N 00440 073 4103, wich is also NTSC encoded . The Ninth Symphony's 4th Movement features Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Jess Thomas and Walter Berry.

Vocally, no other version surpasses this. Musically, some studio versions of the same work directed by Karajan, namely the 1977 with Baltsa, Tomowa-Sintow, Jose Van Dam are more polished and perfect.

But the Ninth is a theatrical piece. Beethoven always struggled with the Theatre. Made 3 versions of Fidelio, Leonore if you prefer and all failed on the Stage.

In my humble opinion, the Theatre is the ART of the Spoken Word, driven by Reason or the Head, if you prefer.

Music, even some operas, not all, is the language of the Heart. In the Ninth Beethoven tried and succeded to fusion both.

And no one matches Karajan if you agree with the above statement. There are more beautiful interpretations, and also more accurate musically.

But , if you take my view that the 4 th Movement is the last Act of a Grand Drama, nobody comes close to Von Karajan. Ever...

Beethoven: Symphony No.9 "Choral"
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 "Choral"
Price: £7.40

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another kind of Joy, 5 Aug. 2006
There are too many interpretations of this masterpiece.

The majority of critics, base their ratings on the perfomance of the singers on the final movement "Ode to Joy".

Based upon such criteria, Herbert Von Karajan wins on both versions (1963 and 1977). I have the later on vinyl.

It is a respectabe point of view, but not the only one.

If you look at Beethoven's biography his life went downwards, while his music went upwards...

This version is my favourite because the "Wiener Philarmonic" knows Beethoven by heart and they also knew that Karl Böhm was soon to die (it happened 9 months after).

If you like your Beethoven beautiful, don't buy this version..

If you want the truth, please do.

And forget Placido Domingo's and Jessye Norman's bad German. They are, simply, not German.

Schiller would forgive the tone, I'm sure. As for Beethoven the truth is that by 1824, he heard nothing....

Frank Sinatra - The Man With The Golden Arm [DVD] [1955]
Frank Sinatra - The Man With The Golden Arm [DVD] [1955]
Dvd ~ Frank Sinatra
Offered by justabimat
Price: £2.00

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible DVD, 19 Aug. 2005
This DVD is awfull. Fistly it is not PAL, but NTSC. It was made from an horrendous VHS, That has a green tint. No subtitles not even American closed captions.
If you watch it with a PC with Power DVD 6.0 on an LCD screen, lots of colours appear. The guy tht mastered this should be shot.. On a Pioneer Plasma is less bad, grut still greenish. You need to buy a Black & white 1960's TV probably...
I'm cannot comment on the film, since I could not see it entirely after 3 attemps. I think I will burn it....
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How Long Has This Been Going O
How Long Has This Been Going O

5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best Sarah Vaughan's studio recording., 10 Aug. 2005
Some people reach their peak in life in early years and fade away as adults. Others only reach their best late in life.
Sarah Vaughan is one of the rarest cases. She was wonderful as a beginner, declined in the adult years and rose to triumph in the later part of life.
It was mostly her fault because she switched, or someone did it for her, record labels too often and her musician partners where not top class in those middle years.
I've owned this record in LP format since 1979, and still do. With time, heavy moving coil cartridges, and some loans it became almost a relic...
This Japanese JVC CD pressing was transferred at a rather low level and you need quality equipment to hear every detail, but it is a pleasure. Everything nuance is there and it was mastered in 1991.
For the first (and only) time in her career she had the best companions like Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown. They had nothing more to prove to the world and quite wisely , perhaps lovely, supported Sarah, who, at 54 maintained the full powers of her voice, plus half-octave in the lower register. Oscar and Ray provided melody, when needed.
The exception is Louie Bellson who closes the session with faster tempo and stronger rythmics. It was always his style. Sarah's voice rises above...
This is my favourite record of Mrs. Vaughan and I own many.
If you don't own it, fill the gap.Urgently.

Traveling Miles [DVD AUDIO]
Traveling Miles [DVD AUDIO]
Price: £52.29

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad DVD Audio Mastering, 20 July 2005
The Left surround channel of this disk is around 20 db Lower than the other channels. I spent over two hours troubleshooting my ARCAM system, swapping cables, testing levels with other DVD Audio, using Soundmeters. It's definetely on the disk itself...
I advise people who like this music to avoid the DVD Audio and buy the CD...

Criterion Coll: Phantom of Liberty [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Criterion Coll: Phantom of Liberty [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Assorted tales of misuse of Liberty, 9 Jun. 2005
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Some people find it difficult to understant this movie, because it has no plot. Others think it is funny..
It is a series of "Vignetes" linked by a very tiny idea thread. The key to understand it is Goya's painting "El 3 de Mayo 1808 - Las executiones" about the executions of Spaniards in Toledo. Someone shouts "Vivan las cadenas" (hail to the chains). Bunuel himself plays a friar that faces the firing squad and dies. The French soldiers where supposed to bring freedom to the enchained Spanish people.
The same painting appears at the Police Inspector's office when the parents go there to report the missing daughter that is right there answering the Inspector's questions..
Later on, this same inspector arrests one "Prefet de Police" that went to the Cemitery and tried to open the coffin of his dead sister..A second "Prefect de Police" appears (played by Michel Picolli). He desmisses the inspector and both "Prefets", after drinking a scotch, go happily to the zoo to disperse a protest. We do not see the protesters, but hear the sounds of shots and cries of victims. Just before the "prefects" comment: "if some animals are killed, too bad for them..."
"Bunuel was everything, but arbitrary.." says (in French) Jean-Claude Carriere in a "Proposito de Bunuel" a documentary that accompanies the Criterion DVD of "Discreet Charm of the Bourgeosie".
I say Bunuel was never "funny, and in this movie he is crystal clear. Freedom only brings misery to mankind, except to a priviledged few who make stupid use if it...

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