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The Complete Matrix Tapes
The Complete Matrix Tapes
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Set Now Made Even More So Due To Vastly Improved Sound Quality, 31 Mar. 2016
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I am so glad that these recordings have finally been made available, and having been a fan of them for over forty years - I bought the 'Live 1969' as a double vinyl import album back in the day (still got it -wasn't cheap then!). The sound of that album was very hissy, due to the source material. However, the four intervening decades have resulted in much improved technology in recorded sound enhancements, and 'The Complete Matrix Tapes' is a real beneficiary of these innovations. The sound is incredibly full with real instrument separation, an improved and depthy bottom end, and the guitars ring and zing beautifully. The music has been reinforced and rejuvenated, glittering like a fresh cut jewel. Absolutely worth every penny to the Velvets fan, though I can understand why its' not necessarily an essential purchase for a casual browser.


Taj Mahal: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
Taj Mahal: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £29.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Taj In Abundance, 29 Mar. 2016
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Taj Mahal is one of the great explorers of roots rock and beyond styles, but I think he perhaps suffers, unfairly, in comparison to his former band mate in The Rising Sons, Ry Cooder (A CD of their recordings is included within). This nicely packaged box of his Columbia Recordings is a real trove of some fantastic music. Selling for under £50, it will more than repay its outlay in the sheer unalloyed pleasure it will bring. The Blues, Jazz, Calypso and Reggae are all in Taj's musical register, and he doesn't just shuffle his pack of styles - he OWNS them. There's also a double disc of rarities / unreleased stuff and a superb Albert Hall concert recording from 1970. This is all good stuff, and too much of a good thing to turn down. Buy, please.


1 The Beatles [Limited Edition]
1 The Beatles [Limited Edition]
Price: £33.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabs Looking and Sounding More Fab Than Ever, 29 Mar. 2016
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I suppose one could argue that reviewing a Beatles release is fairly pointless. In many ways, they're beyond criticism - quite rightly, their music occupies such an important part of the lives, the whole fabric of the everyday to anyone who lived through the sixties and seventies, and through regular reissues, on into the present day, that they're just about inviolate. This set is fantastic, though. I recently acquired a Blu-Ray player, and watching the promo clips of things like 'Rain' or 'Strawberry Fields Forever' or 'Hello Goodbye' are simply a revelation. Blimey, you can see the pores of John Lennon's skin and George Harrison's spots. The music also sounds so fresh and beautiful, it all sounds like new. Oasis wouldn't have a career without 'Rain', frankly. But don't blame The Beatles for that. This is a fount of great music, innovative visuals and magnificent sound. A treasure


Original Album Series
Original Album Series
Price: £12.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, Well-Priced Intro to Be Bop - With Just A Slight Note of Warning..., 29 Mar. 2016
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This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
Be Bop Deluxe - primarily a vehicle for singer / songwriter / guitarist Bill Nelson - were kind of a missing link between Glam Rock and New Wave. Their emergence in 1973 presented the world with an aggressive guitar sound and some occasionally overly wordy songs. Their debut album contains much of what is great and not so good about their sound - Nelson was / is a tremendous guitar player (not always that great a singer) with a sound akin to that of Mick Ronson in The Spiders From Mars.They had one foot in Glam Rock, and another kind of pointed at the future. When it works, it works spectacularly well, but when he gets carried away with his lyrics, it loses focus - the words - and there are often a lot of them - get in the way, on occcasions. This economically priced five CD is a great introduction to the band's EMI recordings, but I have to just inject a slight 'Buyer Beware' Caveat as regards some of the over-egged lyrics.


Canny Collar Size 4
Canny Collar Size 4
Offered by Pet-Bliss - Delivering WORLDWIDE
Price: £20.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Patience Required, But It Will Be Rewarded!, 29 Mar. 2016
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This review is from: Canny Collar Size 4 (Misc.)
How do you stop a dog from pulling on the lead? It's been a perennial difficulty for me. I have a five year old Border Collie, who is very nervous, skittish, and on a standard lead and collar, will pull mercilessly. The other issue is that he is very strong, and controlling him requires a lot of patience and occasional brute force. However, I may well have found a lasting solution with this - the Canny Collar. It's basically a strong, nylon loop that goes around the dog's snout, going through a plastic bracket, and with two loose ends ending in two sturdy metal loops to which the lead is attached. It also has a standard buckle collar to keep the snout harness attached around the dog's neck. The theory is, if you can control the direction of the dog's snout - it's led by it's nose, after all - then the control rests in your hands. Now, the dog won't necessarily like it at first - it'll try to pull the loop from its snout, so persistence is required. However, having done so, I have now a level of hitherto unknown control over my dog's direction. At the start of every walk, he does try to remove the loop, but by pulling on the lead it pulls his nose down, and after a few minutes, he gets used to it and behaves. It's by far the best bit of kit I've ever used in controlling his pulling, and making the walk an altogether more pleasant experience - for me and for him. Well worth trying for a dog that pulls - but you must be prepared to be patient.


Sony BDP-S3700 SMART Blu-Ray and DVD Player with Wi-Fi and Built-In Apps (new for 2016)
Sony BDP-S3700 SMART Blu-Ray and DVD Player with Wi-Fi and Built-In Apps (new for 2016)
Price: £84.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class Blu-Ray Player - Even DVDs are 'Upscaled' In Quality!, 28 Mar. 2016
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This latest modelSony Blu / Ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi is a high-quality player. The first Blu-Ray I played on this machine was The Beatles '1'. I was amazed at the quality of the images! The detail revealed was staggeringly impressive. Similarly, I played an old, fairly poor quality DVD movie, which I have previously not viewed all the way through, because of the scratchy picture reproduction and woolly sound - and it was vastly improved.

The player is operated via a small (but not fiddly) hand set, with two AAA batteries supplied to get you up and running. The player itself is compact, almost noiseless in operation, and fits unobtrusively on a shelf.

The player also has Wi-Fi capability, and the set-up - done through a simple few 'click-through' menus - and there was, again, no problem. Within a few minutes I was watching the second season of 'Daredevil' on NetFlix. You can also access You Tube, and again it was simple enough to search and locate pop video clips, movies, etc, in excellent quality.

In short, I wholeheartedly recommend this Sony Blu-Ray player - at a retail price just under £100, but with some useful add-ons (which must, admittedly be subscribed to (Amazon, Wuaki TV, Netflix and others), it represents good value for money.


BETA Dry Dog Food Mature Adult with Chicken 2.5 kg (Pack of 4)
BETA Dry Dog Food Mature Adult with Chicken 2.5 kg (Pack of 4)
Price: £29.96

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality Kibbles, Eagerly Consumed, 26 Mar. 2016
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I know some dog owners may find that a somewhat measly '4% Chicken' on the contents of these dog kibbles is underwhelming, but that doesn't really matter to my two dogs - not the fussiest of eaters, I grant you, but eager consumers of this and other BETA products. I mix my biscuits with a little meat or fish, and the clean dog bowls stand in true testament to how they taste.

As I say, I have fed my dogs BETA products before, and they have yet to turn their wet noses up at them, and will continue to do so. Price point not excessive, either.


BETA Dry Dog Food Adult with Lamb 2.5 kg (Pack of 4)
BETA Dry Dog Food Adult with Lamb 2.5 kg (Pack of 4)
Price: £24.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Beat a Bit of Beta, 26 Mar. 2016
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BETA Dog Food is a fine quality dry dog food that has been gratefully consumed by my two dogs - a four year old Border Collie and a three year old Lakeland / Jack Russell cross. This variant - with Lamb - has thus far presented no digestive issues with the dogs, which admittedly are not fussy eaters in the main. I usually mix them with a little meat or fish, and the occasional glug of olive oil on the biscuits to help keep a healthy sheen on the dog's coats. The price point isn't too punitive either. One reviewer has pointed out that the actual meat content is only 4%, but I don't have a problem with that, especially as I regularly incorporate a little meat. Happy to recommend and use again.


Wonderful Crazy Night
Wonderful Crazy Night
Price: £8.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely Enjoyable Elton Excursion!, 23 Mar. 2016
This review is from: Wonderful Crazy Night (Audio CD)
Given that Elton John has been a huge star for well over forty years, it is indeed remarkable that this far into his storied career he can still come up with an album as honest-to-goodness enjoyable and finely crafted as 'Wonderful Crazy Night'. It is simply a superb restatement of his keynote values - incisive lyrics, strong melodies and fine arrangements coming together to produce a set of concise, memorable and hugely appealing songs. Whilst he's not breaking any new ground here, there's an immediacy and a sense of energetic urgency that is compelling. Songs like 'Blue Wonderful, Claw Hammer and I've Got 2 Wings are up there with the best he's ever done, and his re-employment of several former band members makes this something special. No wonder he looks so happy on the sleeve! no-brainer solid purchase, this one.


Brabantia BBEK1031 Four Slice Stainless Steel Toaster
Brabantia BBEK1031 Four Slice Stainless Steel Toaster
Price: £37.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality, Attractive Looking and Efficient Toaster, 22 Mar. 2016
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The brushed steel body of this Brabantia 4 Slice Toaster is stylish; as such it lends itself to a modern-look kitchen (mind you, I've never seen a half-timbered toaster that would fit in with a Mock Tudor kitchen), and what it sets out to do, it does more than adequately well. The Bagel function - which toasts one side - is efficient, and for those of us who grew up having their toast done under a grill - ie on one side - it also brings back that nostalgic frisson (a bit like Sting in 'Englishman In New York' - "I like my toast done on one side"). Others have complained of the rather cheap looking dial knobs on the front of the toaster, and whilst I agree, I do think that this item is pretty good - it's not budget price, but it is efficient. I've not had it long enough to attest to its durability, but I have had other Brabantia products that have proved long-lasting. A very good product that I recommend.


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