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JOYO JF-09 Tremolo Guitar Effect Pedal
JOYO JF-09 Tremolo Guitar Effect Pedal
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars JOYO TREMOLO - An effect pedal of pure class..., 14 July 2015
This pedal is another one of the JOYO range that matches other top of the range pedals in performance and durability. This is just as good as the Demeter Tremulator in my opinion. It's sturdy in it's die-cast casing, sounds awesome (no volume decrease when activated unlike many tremolo pedals) and is durable. I've been using this pedal for "live" gigging and studio recording and it's hasn't let me down once. This is a great pedal which I guess isn't widely sought after at present but one day it sure will be. It's far classier than the price tag would have you believe......

Just one thing, I wouldn't order from China direct if I were you, mine took forever to get here....It would of probably been quicker if I'd walked to China to get it! My advice would be to find a UK distributor and there seems to be quite a few.

New ENO DR-1S Efficient Guitar Distortion Effect Pedal Vintage Turbo Black
New ENO DR-1S Efficient Guitar Distortion Effect Pedal Vintage Turbo Black
Offered by 2012street
Price: £31.70

5.0 out of 5 stars ENO DR-1S - This is a real classy pedal!, 31 Mar. 2015
Excellent distortion pedal based on the pro rat pedal. I've never owned a 'Rat' Pedal but the few people who have tried this so far say it comes very close in comparison. Regardless, to my ears it sounds great and the 'filter' control gives it some great tonal qualities. The Distortion effect is clear and precise with great sustain. There's also a vintage and turbo section depending on what kind of gain of tone you prefer. If you've never owned one of these smaller design pedals you may be surprised at how small it really is! But with that comes the ease of slotting it in with other pedals. I can see many other guitarists trying one of these out for themselves once the 'word' gets spread around.

JOYO JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Pedal
JOYO JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Pedal
Price: £29.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Overdrive at it's best, 13 Mar. 2015
Awesome pedal and built really well too.

Price: £3.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte Church at her best: TWO, 13 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Two (MP3 Download)
This is the second in a series of EP's released by Charlotte Church simply titled "Two". The days of her hit and miss pop songs are long gone and along with it the constraints and control of record label management. She now has total creative freedom as she currently records music in a studio that was built in her garage at home. There's been some changes going on since her radio friendly albums of 'Tissues & Issues" and "Back to Scratch". Together with her new partner Jonathan Powell as well as other talented musicians they have collectively set about to try and create some progressive/alternative music delights and they have succeeded in my opinion.
It's all so cleverly done as the fusion of highly emotive alternative/gothic rock arrangements wrap around Charlotte's vocal capability like a silk glove. For me personally it's the songs "Glitterbombed" "Nerve" and "Lasts of Eschaton" that stand out on this EP. Charlotte mixes her classical singing style together with the singing style of pop/alt rock etc and as with the fusion of music styles it all works perfectly. There are even touches of r&b/dance/electronica going on here too.

"Glitterbombed" is a soaring fairy tale of a song that mixes electronica & alternative rock and blends them together perfectly. "Nerve" gives a hint of old skool r&b on the vocal lines of the verses before it surges forward into spiky indie guitar mayhem and back down to the solitude of a drum beat. "Lasts, or Eschaton" is another ambient dreamscape affair that is beautifully arranged and blends together dance/alternative rock this time around.
Charlotte's vocals are priceless, every song is delivered with conviction, passion, skill and emotion. There's nothing new in that respect however, she was singing like that at the age of 12! Still, somehow you fell Charlotte has finally found where she wants to be musically and it shows.

The other songs on this EP,"Breach of Peace" and "The Mistress" are good too (You may like them more than the ones I decided to highlight) but we all have our favorites. Charlotte Church seems to be in a great position at the moment musically; she's doing what she wants to do when she wants to do it and the results speak for themselves. This is a fantastic EP...
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Learning to Flinch
Learning to Flinch
Offered by 5records
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Warren 'live' and at his best! - Learning to flinch, 26 Jan. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Learning to Flinch (Audio CD)
An excellent CD proving what a talented singer/songwriter/musician Warren Zevon was. 'Learning to Flinch' is just Warren on his own playing Piano & Guitar and was recorded 'live' in Australia and Germany. It features fantastic performances of some of his songwriting achievements and the recording quality is great too. My favorite 'live' album by anyone.....

Black Christmas [DVD]
Black Christmas [DVD]
Dvd ~ Olivia Hussey
Offered by JAY MAKER
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Horror Film, 26 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Black Christmas [DVD] (DVD)
A classic slice of Horror/Suspense from 1974. I always watch this on Christmas Eve as well as other times. it's a great atmospheric piece of film making and it's way better than the remake that followed in 2006. In my opinion the remake was terrible!. This original 1974 was directed by Bob Clark. (The guy behind the 80's sex comedy 'Porky's' believe it or not) He even manages to add some great moments of humour in this creepy and suspenseful film. It's a true classic in the Horror genre and matches the classic 'Halloween' in every way even though it's not so well known.

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2-Disc Collectors Edition) [DVD] [2013]
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2-Disc Collectors Edition) [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ The Stone Roses
Price: £16.12

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5.0 out of 5 stars Made of Class! ....Review of Shane Meadows 'Made of Stone' DVD Release, 23 Oct. 2013
Bought it, watched it, loved it. Director Shane Meadows ( 'This is England' 'Dead Man's Shoes') doesn't go down the biographical route in his documentary which celebrates the reforming of 90's Icons The Stone Roses. There are no probing and intimate interviews with Ian, Mani, Reni & John its simply all about the music and fans as it should be.

However for 'newbies' to the music of the Roses their history gets documented in narration by the band themselves with revealing archive footage and TV interviews. Shane Meadows has been unfairly criticized by the the odd reviewer for not adopting the inquisitive journalistic approach in this documentary but for me and countless others I'm sure he was perfectly right to focus on the music and fans and not the personal lives of individual band members There are countless biographies around on 'The Stone Roses' so the message is resoundingly clear, if your after more in-depth personal information on the individual band members go buy a book or surf the Internet and rightly so.
Shane, a huge Stone Roses himself, lets the camera roll and lets the music and fans do the talking. There is wonderful rehearsal and warm up gig footage that ends with their culmination gig at Heaton Park. When a free gig at Warrington is announced on the day the gig was to take place itself Shane is there with camera in hand to capture devoted fans arrive unceremoniously as they queue in hope and sheer desperation to get one of only 1000 tickets issued.
There are some great moments here as fans talk candidly about their love of the Stone Roses and how the music has meant so much to them in their lives. As with the age of the band members many are middle aged people now. Some arrive with their various memorabilia from back in their youth when The Stone Roses first exploded onto the British music scene with the debut self-titled album in 1989. Stories of children being quickly dumped at childminders, people coming in their paint covered overalls, lies being told to employers to get out of work, all for the chance of being one of the lucky few to acquire a ticket.
Later on during their warm up gigs in Europe an incident in Amsterdam results in drummer Reni walking off stage and things unfortunately go from bad to worse as he decides to go home. Shane decides to bypass the details of this event in the film other than suggesting it could have stemmed from a monitor problem that Reni had experienced on stage. I think Shane was right to do this as things behind the scenes were clearly volatile at this point and I'm sure Ian, Mani & John as well as their band management had more important things to do at the time rather talking about it on camera.

Its then onward's to Film's finale at Heaton Park as Shane films the band in all their reformed glory as they perform a guitar fest 15 minute version of' 'Fools Gold'. John Squire may be 50 years old now but he hasn't lost one ounce of his talent. He's even better. He demonstrates yet again what a dynamic Guitarist he is and why he deservedly came 13th in a BBC poll of the most influential guitarists from the past 30 years.
Its John's guitar playing that defined the Roses sound as with Liam's voice in 'Oasis' without either musician both bands wouldn't have climbed to their respective musical heights.

Shane Meadows documentary is a job finely done and explores a reunion of a glorious band consisting of what are now middle aged men but who still have more than it takes to influence a new generation as they did in the early 90's. Whether they'll stay together long enough and write new material for this to occur is another question. Their comeback album 'The Second Coming' from 1994 after a 5 year hiatus may not have appealed to every debut album Roses fan and music critique who were waiting with bated breath for their much delayed follow up. However after listening to a lot of British guitar music around these days its clear and evident it wasn't that bad after all.
The only one negative aspect to the Film is that Shane didn't ask a few questions pertaining to new material. In one scene during their rehearsal sessions the band have a blackboard setup with a list of their familiar songs to work on but clearly noticeable on the list is one scribbled 'Newie'. Shane spots this and makes reference to it but unfortunately doesn't pursue it with band members at a later stage. Shame, that would've surely made for an interesting talking point.

I suspect you wouldn't get favorable odds at the bookmakers of The Stone Roses reformation having any chance of lasting a decent time span as historically things haven't been that lasting. However in the meantime if you are a fan of The Stone Roses or just come across the band as a young and new fan you need to own this film......9.5 /10

Dave Griffiths
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