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Two-Man Blues Army
Two-Man Blues Army
Price: £7.49

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reinvented at last, 12 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Two-Man Blues Army (MP3 Download)
This is a great effort from GA, nice to see him moving with the times and widening his audience in the process whilst many of his contemporaries stay stuck in a classification. Probably his most adventurous album to date but the risk paid off, good production and classic vintage guitar sounds with some strong hooks - highly recommended
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The Secret
The Secret
by Rhonda Byrne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "The secret" was never a secret........, 9 Dec. 2007
This review is from: The Secret (Hardcover)
There never was a secret, this knowledge has been around since the rise of mankind. "The Secret" amounts to nothing more than a particularly shallow view of the real nature of our existence as seen through the eyes of a middle class dilettante and leveraged by quotes from positive thinking has-been gurus. If you are expecting enlightenment you will feel disappointment and emptiness - guaranteed. Look into the works of Esther Hicks for a more substantial and sincere guideline to improve your life experience in the physical form. Incidentally, unbeknown to many readers, the Hicks' segment was edited out because they wouldn't hand over their intellectual property rights to the author even though they are credited for input. Of particular annoyance too is the presentation - quite childish and more than a little reminiscent of the Da Vinci code. Capitalism, marketing-hype, and greed have no place in this domain, avoid this derivative pap.

Offered by ELA store
Price: £25.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless, raw, must-have, 22 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Free (Audio CD)
This album had immense impact on me having grown up with this band as a soundtrack to my early teens and later as a pro musician. The songs speak volumes and seem written by individuals far beyond their years - Apart from that, the album is a rock milestone and it's influence entirely underrated. Free were coming into their absolute peak with this record, along with Fire and Water, Highway, and Free Live. Everything about it is flawless, the cover, the production, the songs, and the delivery. Just buy it and hear for yourself, it's impossible to be disappointed.

Joe Bonamassa - Live At Rockpalast [DVD] [2002]
Joe Bonamassa - Live At Rockpalast [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Joe Bonamassa
Price: £11.05

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last......., 23 Feb. 2007
After years of derivative recyled pap that comes out of the blues rock fraternity, this kid comes forth with an energy and vigour that raises the bar and gives it the kiss of life rendering all other "luminaries" redundant. Apart from this the DVD is superb sound quality, I agree with a previous reviewer about the style of film making but I still think the atmosphere of the gig is captured impressively. This DVD is a worthy addition to fans of blues rock, highly recommended.

Living Out Of Time: Live
Living Out Of Time: Live
Price: £20.39

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! - his best Live effort....., 10 Jan. 2007
Robin Trower has always fascinated me as an innovator unfairly compared to Hendrix as the result of a flippant comment he made during an interview in the 70's. I was skeptical of this album after hearing so may Live recording releases over the years - all with varying degrees of quality and none capturing the true essence of this magnificently underrated guitarist - Until now! The quality of recording, production,his guitar sound, vocal delivery, and sheer intensity of his playing shine through on this album. Finally I have something that can grace my collection alongside Bridge of Sighs. Guitarists of any age should have this in their collection as a benchmark for when they turn 60!

Bravo Robin Trower!

Whitesnake-Live [DVD] [2006]
Whitesnake-Live [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Whitesnake
Price: £13.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Saved by superb film production, 5 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Whitesnake-Live [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
David Coverdale's vocals are still up to it, I agree with other reviewers that he does ham it up a bit with the Plantesque poses, and overuse of the F word, it's unneccessary and demeaning. For me personally it completely undermines the rock royalty persona he likes to project. The new lineup are all flash and pose,but deserve respect for their sheer professionalism and showmanship, the performance is definitely enhanced by the film maker's interpretation and capture of a great night for audience and band, nowhere near as tasteless as the big hair period but missing the authenticity of the Marsden-Moody era. You have to respect DC for his Kudos in hiring such a great director thereby raising the benchmark for other bands. An amazing comeback in the face of the lately emerging Jack Black pisstaking of rock culture. Although not his best vocal performance, the film work and atmosphere are truly amazing. A worthy companion to the California Jam DVD.

Electric Chubbyland
Electric Chubbyland
Price: £18.08

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor effort, 5 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Electric Chubbyland (Audio CD)
Avoid this album if you are a Hendrix fan. The album sounds like a second rate covers band thrown together to perform at someone's 21st. The production is poor, vocal interpretations tuneless and the guitar sloppy, despite the amazing equipment proudly listed on the album cover. I'm actually shocked at its release. I really wanted this album to be good because I heard this guy's studio rendition of "Wind Cries Mary" which blew me away. Save your money and Jimi's legacy.

Christmas Album
Christmas Album

10 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointing, 26 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Christmas Album (Audio CD)
This could have been a fantastic addition to any Tull fan's collection as a purely acoustic based album. Instead, Mr Anderson has served up a diskload of droll, over-produced,low-quality dross. The worst thing is the inclusion of cheesey synth parts and oversized reverb on the vocals. I am a HUGE Tull fan, I can only assume that the over production is due to some lack of confidence on Ian's part - which is insane because some of Tull's finest moments were with Ian and acoustic instruments. Avoid at all costs.

Live At The BBC (2CD)
Live At The BBC (2CD)
Price: £7.96

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captured at their absolute peak, 3 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Live At The BBC (2CD) (Audio CD)
This little gem should have surfaced years ago.Paul Rodgers and the band never sounded better, a must-have for Free fans and for any aspiring rock musicians, hard to believe they were barely out of their teens when these were recorded. Rodgers was the undisputed quintessential rock voice, definitely worth the investment.

Cream - Royal Albert Hall - 2,3,5,6 May 2005  [DVD]
Cream - Royal Albert Hall - 2,3,5,6 May 2005 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cream
Price: £12.08

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spoonful by comparison, 30 Aug. 2006
Firstly let me say that I absolutely love Cream, their music was the soundtrack to my high school days and we even had three guys who used to reproduce their Live stuff note for note at parties.

However this was a disappointment in one sense - Clapton's fiery playing through Marshall amplification is nowhere to be heard, the Gibson howl has been replaced with a very polite sounding Fender guitar amp combination that to my ears sounds too polite and at times mushy. On the other hand it is filmed magificently with fantastic views of Albert Hall and Cream on stage. I have to agree with the previous reviewer that a lot of the fire has gone but they are no less magnificent in their delivery, just the guitar sound detracted from the delivery. I bought this expecting more after reading the press reviews, I'll keep it for posterity and replace the audio CD version with Live at the BBC. For Cream fans it's a must-have and long may they reign.

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