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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty in a Stark Landscape, 23 Mar 2013
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Track 2, 'Access Denied ', is crap.
Still its less than 4 minutes and can easily be skipped.
The rest is just jaw droppingly wonderful. The sonic landscapes are of a stark, barren beauty with fantastic playing, cut down and uncluttered.
Enjoy!
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The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Everyone's allowed their own opinion - I just don't like it!, 23 Mar 2013
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Technically one cannot fault this, the playing and production are excellent.
But...
I just don't like it.
One could compare it to going to a fine dining restaurant, excellent chefs and ingredients but despite all the accolades and awards, to my palatte it doesn't work.
The Raven is good, the Watchmaker starts fine but drifts into self indulgence. The rest are examples of why Prog Rock in the 70s was so derided, too clever by half. If ELP and most of King Crimson, the exception being In the Court of the Crimson King - a classic of the genre, are not to your taste then be careful of this one.
One of his teachers may sum it up as follows: Steven has produced some excellent work previously, see Insurgentes, In Absentia and Recordings, but seems to have lost his focus, perhaps through new friends that have led him astray. Can, should, do better.
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Toshiba BDX3300KB Smart Blu-ray Player With WiFi (2012 Model) (discontinued by manufacturer)
Toshiba BDX3300KB Smart Blu-ray Player With WiFi (2012 Model) (discontinued by manufacturer)
Offered by MTC Direct
Price: 95.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good little player BUT..., 8 Jan 2013
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A respectable piece of kit that does what it says on the box, Blu Ray excellent and the way it improves DVD playback is exceptional. Access to the BBC iPlayer is also good.
But heres the thing...
It comes at a very reasonable price but its the kit you have to get around it that will get expensive. Don't have a full HD TV then why get Blu Ray? Most sound quality from TVs is just not that good so you'll have to export to your HiFi system. Oh and your amp is old so you'll have to get one that can taken HDMI input which will give you full surround sound. That means more expense on centre and rear speakers. And thats before you add in the extra cost of Blu Ray discs over DVDs. Its the age old problem of going down the line of HiFi upgrades. Worth it in the end though!
Oh, and the remote control will drive you to despair!


Insurgentes
Insurgentes

5.0 out of 5 stars Get all you deserve..., 9 Dec 2012
This review is from: Insurgentes (Audio CD)
It takes its time but this really grabbed me and is now a firm favourite.
I would recommend playing this on a top notch Hi-fi system to get the best out it, see the sleeve illustrations for Mr.Wilson's opinion of MP3 players. The guitars are phenominal, boy do they cut in on 'Abandoner'; if you system was up at 11 it would register with the British Geological Society! Also the quieter mood of the production comes across particularly on the last three track, with the fading of the title track just sublime.


Source Code  [DVD]
Source Code [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jake Gyllenhaal
Price: 3.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather good really, 3 Dec 2012
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An avid Sci-fi fan I rather enjoyed this fast paced and good looking romp, an intelligent script well handled. Must go back and re-read Philip K Dick's Ubik after watching this, which I enjoyed many years gao and has been mentioned in other reviews. Also enjoyed the aspect ratio the film was shot in as it fills the screen perfectly and not the 2.35-1 letterbox format. Good job Duncan Jones, keep the intelligent SF coming.


Thunder Road (Live)
Thunder Road (Live)

5.0 out of 5 stars Cut down and brilliant, 20 Nov 2012
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I first came across this version of Thunder Road back in the 80s when the boxed set first came out and was immediately entranced by it. Just piano and vocals it is radically different from the studio version, to such an extent that this was the version I feel in love with - I don't even own Born to Run anymore as I had it on cassette, now long gone. Bruce has always been better live, I saw him at Sunderland and he was amazing, and several songs have always been done differently and better live; Wrecking Ball is infinitely better than the rather limp studion version, whilst No Surrender from this boxed set again is a stripped back version giving it so much more gravitas. This 1975 version of Thunder Road for me is a classic.


Where The Bodies Are Buried
Where The Bodies Are Buried
by Christopher Brookmyre
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised...., 14 Aug 2012
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First thing - as noted elsewhere, this is Chris not Christopher. Bad move....
New characters, no Jack Parlabane, and a more serious approach. Last time you tried this was the deepily disappointing Blood and Hard Black Pencil.
Still, I really enjoyed it. OK, its not Be My Enemy or Boiling a Frog, few books are that good, but it romps along and is good fun. Recommended.


In Absentia [European Edition]
In Absentia [European Edition]
Price: 7.64

4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, 24 May 2012
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I am of the Phillips/Banks/Rutherford school of 12 string guitar prog rock, Sleepfall from The Geese and the Ghost would be one of my dessert island discs, and when I first came across the Porcupine Tree, Stars Die (The Delirium Years), I was instantly taken with the delights of 9 Cat, Stars Die and Waiting.
In Absentia is my first venture into their more recent releases. What first struck me was how very like earlier, pre-Snow, Spock's Beard this sounded, especially the power chords and the vocal harmonies, but without some of Neal Morse's more outlandish lyrics, 'I am the Catfish Man' springs to mind.
Still on further listenings I have become entranced by songs such as Gravity Eyelids and Collapse the Light Into Earth.
So, some strong progressive metal tracks but some delightful gentle prog rock.
Listen and enjoy to a band described as the best you've never heard of....


Vision and Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (Voices That Matter)
Vision and Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (Voices That Matter)
by David DuChemin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 22.80

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why do you take Photographs?, 9 Oct 2010
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If you require a nuts and bolts guide to how to use all the facilities available in Lightroom 3 then look else where. Do you need to know how to improve your workflow and how to replicate effects over many different images then this is not for you. Interested in slideshows and how to create web galleries then... kind of a pattern developing here.
The image you take on your digital SLR is what is important here and what you wish to do with it. David du Chemin opens the door and invites you to play and create, searching for what is important to you within your images. Nowhere does he say "This is what you do" but it is all about what you want do say with your image and he does explain what tools are available and how they can be used, illustrating these with 20 examples of his own work and how he achieved the end result he wanted. All in all, he asks you to think - dangerous stuff - so enjoy and see what your vision and voice have to say.


Nikon D3000 Digital Field Guide
Nikon D3000 Digital Field Guide
by J. Dennis Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.74

2 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tell me something new, 26 July 2010
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I have been using an SLR for 10 years and understand the basic concepts of how one works and photographic composition. I expected so much more and was disappointed in this book. Hence, if you have been using an SLR and have moved on to a DSLR the all I can say is shoot RAW and use a good RAW processing package. Save your money, spend time learning how to take a good image and then process your images at home; after all, the best work with photography is done in the darkroom and when printing from a well composed and exposed negative.


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