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Alter Bridge - Live From Amsterdam [DVD]
Alter Bridge - Live From Amsterdam [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alter Bridge:

5.0 out of 5 stars ALTER YOUR WORLD..., 9 Dec. 2009
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This is mind-blowing stuff!! The whole thing looks so good; how its made, the sound, the editing. I got my copy today and sat down to watch a couple of songs after work. I watched the whole thing from start to finish completely mesmerised. I saw them on this tour and they were good, no, they were brilliant but not as good as the dvd!! 18 tracks, mostly from the Blackbird album, and not one duff one amongst them. Fans of good rock music should buy this cos you will not be disappointed. Catchy, chunky guitar riffs; blazing solos and shredding from Mr. Tremonti; great vocals from Myles; pounding drums from Scott and a thundering bass performance from Brian. These guys are surely gonna be massive. Myles just gives them that extra force- watch Blackbird for a perfect example. 5 stars does not do this product justice and the only criticism is that there aren't more songs cos this will leave you wanting more and more and more and more and ...

Full Circle (Dig)
Full Circle (Dig)
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £14.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen and listen again, 17 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Full Circle (Dig) (Audio CD)
Creed's new album 'Full Circle' is a long awaited release with just one, make that two, problems... They are 'One Day Remains' and 'Blackbird'. Especially 'Blackbird'. Its taken a few plays of the album to appreciate how good it is, and it is a good album. 'Overcome', 'Fear', 'Time' and 'Away In Silence' for me the 4 stand out tracks. Creed fans will be happy, originally I was going to give this 3 stars and if I'm honest 3.5 stars is nearer the mark. Personally I'm waiting for AB3, which has the same 2 problems!!
I've now listened to this album over and over and its worthy of 4 stars easily, but 'Bread Of Shame'? Awful track, the worst song Creed has recorded by far!!

Pride & Glory
Pride & Glory
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Masterpiece, 3 April 2009
This review is from: Pride & Glory (Audio CD)
Back in the day when you could buy albums on casette I purchased this little gem and quickly wore it out. I then replaced it with the CD and then bought the CD + bonus disk and if they brought out a CD + bag of nobbly bits I'd go and buy that too!!

This is classic rock and then some. This has raw emotion pumping through it in every song. I don't think Zakk has sung better in his life. All three musicians are on top, top form as they thunder through the songs. Mr. Wylde proves his consumate musicianship by playing various instruments to the mighty high standard that we all expect.

This album has a country/southern rock flavour, mashed with a touch of blues and delivered with soul and emotion. Go to You Tube, watch Zakk's acoustic version of Machine Gun Man, and you'll know what I'm talking 'bout brother.

Buy now, you will never regret it. You will then know the greatest lyric ever written from 'Horse Called War'...
'If the end be a coming, I'll soon be a bumming, all you Jesus Freaks...'

Genius, nuff said :)

Oxford Take Off in Spanish (Paperback with CDs)
Oxford Take Off in Spanish (Paperback with CDs)
by Rosa María Martín
Edition: CD-ROM

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mi casa, su casa..., 20 Mar. 2009
I am an absolute beginner when it comes to Spanish. After years of 'one day I will learn...' I found this little package (in the half price sale at a famous high street retailer) and became inspired to make an effort.

If like me, you are not very good with languages, but are willing to put the effort in then this is a brilliant introduction. Building slowly from basic greetings, you find yourself able to order drinks, ask where the hotel is and follow simple directions very quickly.

There is no quick fix; making time and putting in the effort is paramount to how much you will get out of this. The book recommends half an hour, 3 or 4 days a week. I found it enjoyable and as the book gets deeper into the structure of the language I took my time and went over where I needed to stregnthen.

There are 4 CDs which take you through the book. The book is split into 14 sections and there are various exercises within each unit. After each section there is a test to gauge how you have done. I take my book to work and run through a previous section or two for revision.

Remember though, its a bit of fun and try to enjoy it. Somedays it seems that it doesn't make sense, the next day its tripping off your tongue like a native!!

Also included is a 5th CD that can be played in the car which is good for refresher purposes and a 'travel dictionary/phrasebook'. Compared to other products out there, this is great value for money and worth a dabble to see if you'll enjoy learning a new language.

Not 4 Sale [Us Import]
Not 4 Sale [Us Import]
Offered by music_by_mail_uk
Price: £20.02

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Rocker Rocking on, 11 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: Not 4 Sale [Us Import] (Audio CD)
Sammy Hagar produces another fine studio album that has his stamp all over it. This guy knows what his fans want and he gives it to them on this album without fail. Not only is the Van Halen split a distant memory its a dimming, fading light as his re-newed solo career burns brightly forward.

This album has rockers, sing-along choruses and a Led Zep tribute to boot!! His voice is as superb as ever and you get the feeling he is really enjoying his life now with the Warboritas. Stand out track for me is 'Hallelujah'. Not For Sale is a must buy for ALL Hagar fans!
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The Poet : Every Rhyme Means Death
The Poet : Every Rhyme Means Death
by Michael Connelly
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars What, no Bosch??, 11 Jan. 2009
I confess to being a massive Michael Connelly fan. He has real bite and grit to his writing, probably helped by his stint as a crime reporter. His main character, Harry Bosch, is as flawed as they come in the hero market!

This book though does not contain Mr. Bosch but a one-off main character, Jack McEvoy, who is a crime reporter for his local rag. He is also the twin of Sean who has been found dead, apparent suicide.

Sean was a cop who had been working on a harrowing child case and seemingly couldn't take any more. Jack finds this hard to believe and begins an investigation into an apparently obvious suicide.

He unearths some facts to disprove the suicide and then using his journalistic talent, delves deeper into other cop 'suicides'. Keeping his cards close to his chest he builds up a gruesome portfolio of unsolved murders that are not being investigated.

Before long though the F.B.I. step in and want to know what Jack has found and try to cut him out of any further investigations. Threatening to put his findings on the front pages Jack is allowed inside the F.B.I. where he can observe the investigation as it moves from state to state.

Twists and turns ensure and before long Jack comes face to face with his brother's killer 'The Poet' (so called because he leaves a line of a poem as a suicide letter). Only trouble is, there's still another fifty pages left in the book, and the guessing game is played out until the end.

Fans of crime will love this. Connelly is top of his profession and his books are modern classics. A warning though; he is highly addictive and before long one book will turn into two, then three...

Seven Wonders Of The Industrial World [DVD]
Seven Wonders Of The Industrial World [DVD]
Price: £27.58

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Series, Enthralling, 22 Dec. 2008
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The BBC still do good quality drama and this is definitely top drawer. I watched this on release on BBC2 and was engrossed. Each 'wonder' is put together using actors to portray the significant players in a 'talking head' format, with the eloquent Robert Lindsay as the voice over.

For those who are interested in how the great engineers of yesteryear built their amazing projects, these seven 'wonders' are compulsive viewing. The story from the beginning to the end is woven with intrigue, danger, personal sacrfice but the biggest battles are against nature itself.

Seven Wonders of The Industrial World is rivetting and won't fail to impress. The Seven Wonders are...

The Great Ship - Isambard Kingdom Brunel
The Brooklyn Bridge
Bell Rock Lighthouse
The Sewer King - London's sewer system
The Panama Canal
The Hoover Dam
The Line - The building of the railway, from coast to coast, in the US.

The Sting (Special Edition) [DVD]
The Sting (Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Newman
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £9.77

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best... do ya foller!?, 21 Dec. 2008
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5stars for this film in every aspect. The feel, the story, the characters, the music , the sets, everything. Redford and Newman are awesome as they try and pull off the big con. Two of the biggest names in Hollywood and they make great acting look effortless. Their on screen chemistry is fantastic.

Robert Shaw is superb as the vicious crime lord who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. His subtle hints as to what will happen if his 'customers' don't obey his word are legend, do you follow!

This film is 35 years old now and the beauty of it is it will never fade, its a timeless piece and a must for any fan of the silver screen, young or old. When they say 'they don't make them like this anymore' its never more true for this classic.

True Grit/The Sons Of Katie Elder/Man Who Shot Liberty Valance [DVD]
True Grit/The Sons Of Katie Elder/Man Who Shot Liberty Valance [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Wayne
Price: £6.40

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Messing Around, 20 Dec. 2008
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3 great films in one case. Nothing fancy here. No extras, just the films. I guess we get spoilt with all the extras provided on DVD's these days! The films themselves are brilliant, no doubting that, and the price makes this a quality bargain purchase.

Special mention for 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance'... John Wayne, James Stewart and Lee Marvin all on top, top form.

Marching to Mars
Marching to Mars
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Price: £5.97

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marching on and on..., 20 Dec. 2008
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This review is from: Marching to Mars (Audio CD)
This was Sammy's first record after THE split. I was one of those Van Halen fans who thought VH were alright but DLR couldn't sing.(I know there are VH fans who think DLR is God but he didn't do a thing for me!) Then I heard 'Why Can't This Be Love' in the summer of '86 and everything changed. Obviously it was a great song but that voice...

Amongst other things Sammy Hagar can sing. He has a powerful voice, with a touch of grit and soul! For me he made Van Halen better and so I am a big Sammy fan. Marching To Mars was his first release (after splitting from Van Halen, he had a solo career before he joined) and does not dissapoint (I also bought VH3 and I no longer know where it is- or care!).

The album kicks off with 'Little White Lie', an accoustic/slide guitar intro that builds into a foot stomping finale. 'Salvation On Sand Hill' takes it up a notch (there are some 'different' song titles on this album!!), 'Who Has The Right' is a ballad about capital punishment that gets the Hagar vocals working, 'Would You Do It For Free' a funky number... the title track 'Marching To Mars' has a catchy riff and has Hagar's upbeat humour thrown in!

There isn't a bad song on the record at all. This was make or break (not only for Sammy) and The Red Rocker proves he doesn't need the Van Halen vehicle. What has happened since is a shame. Eddie seems to have lost his way, where as Sammy Hagar built on a brilliant 'debut' release.

Sammy fans will love this record. Van Halen Hagar fans will too. Go and get your Space Suit on and get yourself 'Marching To Mars'.
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