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Live At The Academy Of Music 1971
Live At The Academy Of Music 1971
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You May Have All The Albums - Still Get This!, 7 April 2014
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This ranks with "Live At Watkins Glen" as showcasing one of the 20th century's most influential and enjoyable bands at their best.
A couple of the cover versions are a bit ropey, but all the original Band songs highlight how those disparate voices gel into an unforgettable whole, around a series of perfectly ramshackle musical masterpieces.
If you like this, do buy the Last two Levon Helm albums and the two Robbie Robertson solos, then wonder at how two such distinctive musicians could be in the same supergroup.

Seven Moons Live
Seven Moons Live
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Price: £10.07

2.0 out of 5 stars Plodding and Ponderous, 7 April 2014
This review is from: Seven Moons Live (Audio CD)
I have been listening to the amazing Mr Bruce, with many bands, live and on every possible form of media for 50 years. This album does nothing to enhance his reputation, no matter how much of a fan I may be.
I've always thought that Robin Trower was a "B-List" guitar copyist; this plodding, corny, erratic set confirms my feelings.
Jack is allowed a few missteps as one of the 20th and 21st centuries' truly major talents. This is one of them.
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Living Proof
Living Proof
Price: £5.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Living Proof Of The Durability Of The Blues, 23 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Living Proof (MP3 Download)
Buddy Guy: Living Proof

This is a great blues album by one of the great bluesmen.
Buddy Guy is "74 Years Young" as he says on Track 1 and can still blast out a heavy blues riff to put many younger guitarists to shame.
The voice is a classic bluesman's growl, still, though with the ability to rumble more softly when the song requires it.

"Stay Around A Little Longer" - the duet with 84-year-old B.B. King - simply has to bring a lump to the throat of any longtime blues fan. The Carlos Santana guest slot is less distinguished but still worth a listen.

This album won't change the world, but you will find yourself playing it often.

Braun Replacement Foil & Cutter - 31B, Series 3, Contour, Flex XP, Flex Integral - 5000/6000 Series - Black
Braun Replacement Foil & Cutter - 31B, Series 3, Contour, Flex XP, Flex Integral - 5000/6000 Series - Black
Price: £16.90

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Exploitative Packaging by Braun, 30 April 2010
It's very annoying to have to buy at great expense both foil and cutter. The cutters do need replacing to keep up the performance of the shaver, but the foil does not unless you damage it.
This is exploitative and blatant profiteering by Braun.
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Experience Hendrix [DVD]
Experience Hendrix [DVD]
Dvd ~ Various Artists
Price: £11.91

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Buy It, Hendrix Fans!, 30 April 2010
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This review is from: Experience Hendrix [DVD] (DVD)
Experience Hendrix is produced by the slightly dodgy Hendrix family to make more money out of Jimi's heritage, whilst mouthing platitudes about "bringing his music to the world".
But if you love the music and crave the very last vestiges of the legend that was The Experience and the Band of Gypsies, then this is for you.
It was the last tour ever by Mitch Mitchell - who seems strangely nervous at the outset - since he died just days after the tour ended. He's great, here - the last performances by one of the original three.
Billy Cox, Jimi's ex-paratrooper buddy who took over on bass when Jimi fell out with Noel Redding takes on the vocals as well as playing bass and MC. He's adequate.
Overall, though, the music shines through and the performances by the good roster of "guests" - including Double Trouble's rhythm section, Mick Taylor (looking terrible) and Paul Rodgers - are great.
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Watchmen - Tales Of The Black Freighter [Blu-ray] [2009]
Watchmen - Tales Of The Black Freighter [Blu-ray] [2009]
Dvd ~ Mike Smith
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Black Tale From Watchmen, 30 April 2010
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Tales of The Black Freighter is the story-within-a-story from Watchmen, the genre-defining graphic novel from the 80s and film of 2009.
In Watchmen, the story is being read by a young boy at the newsvendor's stand, throughout the main action. It was decided not to include it in the film for sake of brevity and manageability of the on-screen version.
The story is a black one, indeed, set around the animated travails of a pirate ship and its crew, the lead character voiced by Gerard Butler in a thickly-accented, throaty growl. Much death and mayhem ensues.
The limited animation technique and wash of thick colour treatment works well, but the atmosphere is not quite as well maintained as on the page.
I enjoyed it and am glad to have it for completeness of the Watchmen film.
The extras on the disc include a chapter of Watchmen itself in limited animation of the book. That's also worth having, but again, return to the printed page for the real thing!

Sea to North
Sea to North
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Price: £8.62

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Sea to the North is a bit cold, 22 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Sea to North (Audio CD)
Garth Hudson was the multi-instrumentalist who helped to define a whole new genre of American music through his time with The Band in the 60s and 70s. Ironically, although they single-handedly invented modern Americana music, they were Canadians; that perspective obviously helped them to take a dispassionate view of the American history and folklore that's woven into the Band's music.
Garth Hudson's arrangements, sometimes plaintive Hammond organ, sometimes fairgound-raucous sax and keyboards were (with three brilliantly "broken" voices) what defined their incredibly evocative sound.
Hence my purchase of his only studio solo album - with much anticipation.
It IS growing on me, but the drive and attack is missing, with self-indulgent, muddy and long-drawn-out sequences of keyboard and rhythm work. Vocals, provided by his wife (shades of Yoko!) are terrible.
Oh well, back to "Music From Big Pink", "Rock of Ages", "Stage Fright" and "The Band".
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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1 [DVD]
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ralph Meeker
Price: £12.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Good Evening.....", 22 Mar. 2010
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Alfred Hitchcock Presents Series One is one of a sequence of box sets of the famous 1950s/1960s TV programme.
The famous director actually directs a minimal number of them himself, but he introduces and signs off each one - deadpan and hilariously each time.
Unfortunately, the much-derided and lampooned (by Hitchcock - "and now a word or ten from our illustrious sponsors")ancient TV ads that came between his intros are not included - they should have been.
The quality of picture is superb - crisp blacks and whites - and with a couple of exceptions, the soundtracks are also clear and free of hiss. (Not always the case with old TV stuff like this)
Old famous faces pop up in the half-hour episodes (Gene Barry, Elizabeth Montgomery, Darin McGavin) who will be familiar to those of a certain age from TV programmes of the 50s/60s/70s and films.
Each episode is a quirky story with a twist - a bit like the much later and more self-conscious "Tales of the Unexpected Some are a little wooden, but most work well, despite an obvious lack of budget!
I'm using it one episode at a time as the "B feature" to proceed the watching of a new film on DVD.
It's a treat! I'd recommend it to nostalgics and will certainly buy the next set at some point.

Polaroid Zink Media 70 pack for PoGo Instant Mobile Printer
Polaroid Zink Media 70 pack for PoGo Instant Mobile Printer
Offered by Smart Shop UK
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Media, but old stock, 15 Jan. 2010
The POGO printer is a great gadget and worth the newly reduced price.
The film technology (ZINK) is brilliant for the purpose; good enough for the small, fun, instant prints.
This film pack, however, was bought in December and dated to expire in January!
I contacted the supplier, who says it should be OK, but did not offer to replace it, only guarantee that the results will be satisfactory.
We'll see..........

Pitch Black [Blu-ray][Region Free]
Pitch Black [Blu-ray][Region Free]
Dvd ~ Vin Diesel
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Pitch Black Diesel Oils the Wheels, 15 Jan. 2010
Vin Diesel is not the world's greatest actor, let's be honest.
However, in this one, he makes that growly, surly attitude and sub-Arnie persona work well as the super-dangerous criminal who comes good in an interplanetary crisis.
The tension of the film is well delivered and as long as you can roll with the cliches and the sometimes laughable dialogue, this is an enjoyable space-monster romp with a twist.
The blu-ray facilities are superbly used, here, with a super-crisp picture, BD-Live internet connection, lots of interesting extras, adjustable PIP (picture-in-picture) and "Maximum Movie Mode". This latter facility is movie-geek heaven, allowing customised PIP interactive extras to play while the film is playing in full. It's worth the price in itself.

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