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Philips QT4040 Turbo Vac Beard Trimmer
Philips QT4040 Turbo Vac Beard Trimmer

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good beard trimmer, 19 Feb 2006
Rechargeable, trims down to very close stubble, comfortable to use. The vacuum feature works well, collecting almost everything and is easy to empty. Only slight niggle is it is quite fiddly to remove and replace the cutting guide if you want to line the edge of the beard, or even just clean the blades, but not enough of a problem to frop a star.

Creative WebCam Live!
Creative WebCam Live!

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK camera, lousy mic, 19 Feb 2006
This review is from: Creative WebCam Live! (Accessory)
Bought this to use with Skype. The camera is ok, definition and video is good, but colour is poor. Problem for using it with Skype is the mic is attached to an earpiece, hanging on the lead like a mobile phone headset. This means the mic is normally hanging level with your shoulder and it isn't sensitive enough to pick up voice from there. So you have to hold it in front of your mouth, which makes "handsfree headset" an inaccurate description. And even then the sound quality is dreadful. Really this is just a cheap webcam, no use for phone or messaging at all.

Second Winter
Second Winter

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable Winter, 12 Mar 2005
This review is from: Second Winter (Audio CD)
I completely missed this album, and Johnny Winter for that matter, in the 70s, and now I'm kicking myself. Winter is just the master of blues guitar, but with heavy rock overtones. In addition to well-chosen covers, there are great self-penned tracks too.
The band includes brother Edgar, who has led bands in his own right, and Tommy Shannon on bass, who latter played with Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The (studio) first CD is marginally the stronger of the two, but there's some good live tracks on the second. I'm not a fan of Tobacco Road by anyone, and you probably don't need two versions of Johnny B Goode. But don't let that put you off, the majority of the tracks are oustanding and the weaker ones are excellent by anyone else's standards.

Ahead Rings Out
Ahead Rings Out
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 14.95

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A piece of rock history, 11 Mar 2005
This review is from: Ahead Rings Out (Audio CD)
Blodwyn Pig was formed when Mick Abrahams, the original guitarist with Jethro Tull, fell out with Ian Anderson over the band's musical direction. They didn't speak to one another again for something over 20 years. Tull went on to be megastars; Blodwyn Pig made a couple of albums and ran out of steam.
"Ahead Rings Out" was the first Pig album and as well as one of the best album covers ever, it also has some great songs based on heavy blues/rock riffs. With Abrahams on guitar and the remarkable Jack Lancaster on sax, Blodwyn Pig had a sound that has its roots in 60s R&B, but that no other band at the time could match.
Turn the stereo up loud and try "Its Only Love", "Sing Me A Song That I Know" and "Aint'Ya Coming Home Babe". And, I can't remember which track it's on, but try to ignore the rather feeble attempt at humour, which detracts from an otherwise classic album.
If you're a dedicated rock historian, also buy Jethro Tull's "This Was", which features Abrahams. Fine guitarist, but no Martin Barre.

Songs For A Tailor
Songs For A Tailor
Price: 7.30

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The man's a genius, 14 Feb 2005
This review is from: Songs For A Tailor (Audio CD)
I had this album on vinyl and hadn't listened to it for years, so my first reaction was surprise that it still stands up so well. Liberated from Cream, Jack Bruce could finally do what he wanted, with that fabulous bass to the fore, driving the melody as well as the rhythm. Great songs that are still different and challenging, and the added delight of Jon Hiseman's drumming on a few tracks. The bonus tracks are also enlightening, especially the almost punk Clearout and the Ministry of Bag demo. The uninitiated may take a few hearings to get into it, but persevere, it's worth it.

How The West Was Won: Live (3CD)
How The West Was Won: Live (3CD)
Price: 8.30

14 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 14 Feb 2005
I bought this hoping for a similar experience to the brilliant live 2-DVD set, but this isn't in anything like the same class. The best disc of the three is the first, with at least a decent version of Heartbreaker, but there isn't really anything here you won't get from the studio albums. The second disc is mostly taken up with an interminable rambling version of Dazed and Confused, which lacks direction and energy and suffers from Plant's unfortunate habit of rewriting the lyrics as he went along. On the third there's an equally long and unfocused Whole Lotta Love, which drifts off into a sequence of pointless covers. I guess at this stage Zeppelin could do what they liked, but I wouldn't have been happy paying to hear them busk Goodbye Mary Lou. Completist collectors will have to have this, but anyone else should pass.

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