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Top Trumps - The Hobbit 2
Top Trumps - The Hobbit 2
Offered by Smart Games Online
Price: £5.28

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cards, but where was the set for the first Hobbit film?, 19 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Top Trumps - The Hobbit 2 (Toy)
These are just great. Having collected all three for the LOTR films I was expecting similar sets for the Hobbit films. However, nothing happened for 'The Journey begins' and then this set appeared for the 'Desolation of Smaug'. Very happy with these but disappointed that one film did not get the Top Trumps treatment.

Steve Trump (yes that's my surname!)

Smallcreeps Day
Smallcreeps Day
Price: £22.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compression, 24 May 2010
This review is from: Smallcreeps Day (Audio CD)
Seems like this cd was released ages ago. Tony Banks' recent re-release of 'A Curious feeling' gave us a superior (remixed sound), extended sleeve notes and complete lyrics. Here we have none of that. The dreadful 'Compact price' is splashed across the sleeve, no lyrics, no idea who is playing on the songs (Noel Mcalla sings, not Mike) and only the high quality songs make this a worthwhile package. Of particular note are the last two tracks of the title track Opus; 'Out into the light' and 'At the end of the day'. The first track being a pacey instrumental workout with signature guitar and the latter a slow ballad remiscent slightly of the closing section of 'Suppers Ready'. Mike also released 'Time and time again' from what was side 2 of the record as a single in edited format. Here the moving ballad is uncut and more the better for that.

A re-release is long overdue - the obsure B-side 'Compression' should be included to enhance the package.

Wishful Thinking
Wishful Thinking
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Price: £19.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Obscure classic, 17 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Wishful Thinking (Audio CD)
You've probably never heard of this band, but hidden amongst the track listing here is a progressive classic called 'Hiroshima'. Also worth a listen is WTs excellent cover of the Lindisfarne song 'Clear white light'.

Price: £6.19

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden track no-one has mentioned, 12 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Tormato (Audio CD)
Most of the previous reviewers have summed up pretty well this album. I won't go into much detail myself other than to say I hated this on release in 1978. Subsequent appraisal shows it to be a varied and rewarding album in places with the usual high standard of musicianship that you'd expect from Yes.

The Rhino release actually conatins 18 not 17 tracks. The final track is a three minute instrumental version of 'Onward' with Chris's bass being accompanied by a lush orchestral sound. Very soothing and a nice way to end the album which clocks in at an excellent value for money 79 minutes - the maximum a cd can hold.

One curiosity I have is this ; given that Jon Anderson is involved and credited on the early demo version of 'Does it really happen?' which featured on the subsequent album 'Drama' (when he had left the band), why does his credit then disappear and get replaced by Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn ?

Keys to Ascension Vol.2
Keys to Ascension Vol.2
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Price: £12.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Further upward unlocking, 7 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Keys to Ascension Vol.2 (Audio CD)
I suppose this album would get overlooked in the Yes catalogue. However, it should be purchased if only for some stonking live tracks and the much played down at the time ' Mind Drive'.

From the first live disc I particularly recommend the beautiful rendition of 'Time and a Word' with Rick Wakeman's keyboards delivering a peaceful, soothing introduction and a sumptuous instrumental break. An astonishing take on a much loved early song which takes it to boundaries beyond. I also welcome a cd first for a live version of the classic 'Turn of the Century' from the chart topping 'Going for the One' album.

On the studio disc the epic 20 minute 'Mind Drive' is a must. The band belatedly performed this in their 2004 concerts, but really at the time its presence was not made known sufficiently.

A great double album of both live and studio Yes music.

This Way Up
This Way Up
Price: £9.31

4.0 out of 5 stars That was the way up, 30 April 2008
This review is from: This Way Up (Audio CD)
After the disappointing recent compilation release it was time to dig out one of my favourite albums from Chris. Was it really 14 years ago this came out ? The album features four classic tracks; 'Here is your paradise' is just a wonderful piece of music with Chris playing at the piano and a very luscious orchestral accompaniment. 'Oh my brave hearts' has been a live staple for Chris and it's a majestic piece of music that creates a stirring impact. 'Up here in heaven' ? Well what can I say. One of the BEST songs Chris has EVER recorded and it's probably never played on the radio, never played live and never heard of by most. Astonishing. In contrast, the last track is quite well known; 'The snows of New York' is a rousing piece spoilt only by its somewhat abrupt fade out. Elsewhere, 'The silent world' is a typical up-tempo track from Chris to open the album followed by the catchy and mellow 'This is love'. 'Blonde hair, blue jeans' has possibly the sexiest lyric (and video) ever produced by Chris whilst there is more laid back reflection on 'The Son and the Father'. I quite like the up-tempo 'This weight on me' whereas the only other tracks I haven't mentioned 'You are the reason' and 'Loves got a hold on me' are fairly ordinary.

In summary an album of contrasting tracks with some hidden treasures if you seek them out.
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Now And Then
Now And Then
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11 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars High on duplication, 22 April 2008
This review is from: Now And Then (Audio CD)
Oh dear, here we go again. Another 'best of' to add to our collections of 'best ofs'. You get all the hits again. I must have 'The lady in red' on about a dozen assorted collections by now and every Christmas we get 'A Spaceman came travelling' played in every shopping mall. A couple of songs make their debut on a Chris de Burgh compilation but it's business as usual for the likes of 'Don't pay the Ferryman', 'High on emotion', 'Borderline', and 'Missing you'. May I recommend any listeners to what for me is the definitive compilation from Chris; 'Spark to a flame'. I think it's still available.

The Singles Collection
The Singles Collection
Price: £10.17

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue collection, 21 Sept. 2007
This review is from: The Singles Collection (Audio CD)
Most people would struggle to remember one hit by Chicory Tip and that one would almost certainly be 'Son of my Father'. Great song, a product of its time but nonetheless a wonderful pop song co-written by the then unknown Georgio Moroder.

Before that release, Chicory Tip had released four unsuccessful singles. All are included here and are not the rubbish that one might think. 'Monday after Sunday' sounds like a slice of 60s pop that you think you've heard somewhere before. 'My girl Sunday' (why the fascination with days of the week ?) is in similar vein. 'Excuse me baby' is pure music hall theatre and was apparently used by Alan Freeman as a jingle on his 'Pick of the Pops' show although I have no recollection. The final song of the early four is 'I love Onions' and as you would expect this is not a serious piece of music and is sung in a very strange accent.

The hits 'Son of my Father', 'What's your name' and 'Good grief Christina' are featured and fine they sound too. However, 'The future is past' is a glorious piece with great harmonies that was released around this time but failed to chart despite heavy radio play and an appearance on 'Top of the Pops'. OK it's not in quite the same vein as the other three singles but sounds superb despite that. 'Cigarettes, Women and Wine' was a victim of Mary Whitehouse bans and again should have been a smash as should 'I.O.U.' - two more wonderful Moroder compositions each featuring that synthesiser sound.

The final two singles are also good songs - 'Take your time Caroline' has a great hook and 'Survivor' is possibly the weakest of the singles and the last featured here.

That only leaves the b-sides, all of which are included here. 'Pride comes before a fall' appeared twice, most memorably on the back of 'Son of my Father' and sounds like something the Love Affair might have recorded whilst 'Memory' on the back of 'Whats your name' is pure Moody Blues. Some rather dodgy band compositions feature here and are best skipped but the uptempo 'Move on' which appeared as a b-side twice is worth a punt.

Great sleeve presentation showing lots of picture sleeves from different countries plus the UK CBS label releases. Sleeve notes comment on each single release and are well informed.

Another great release in the 'Glam 70s' series well worth adding to your collection.

Price: £6.98

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hacketts chart summit, 4 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Defector (Audio CD)
What an album from Steve Hackett ! Starts off with the superb 'The Steppes' which always reminds me of the advert for Denim in the 70s ! The music runs seamless into 'Time to get out' and the odd sounding "slow" song (Steve was always big on humour when live !) 'Slogans'. My favourite track on the album comes next - Pete Hicks' vocals and harmonies on 'Leaving' are fantastic and lead nicely into the acoustic treat 'Two vamps as guest' which reprises the theme from 'Leaving'. Side two of the original album somewhat sagged for me but does contain an upbeat instrumental 'Jacuzzi' and a film-theme sounding 'Hammer in the sand'. 'The Toast' relegated to a b-side is quite atmospheric whilst 'The Show' (described as a "plodding dirge" in one review I read at the time) is pure disco - quite a change in style for Steve. Not half a big change in style as the last track on the album 'Sentimental Institution' which sounds like an electrically recorded 40s song ! Weird but it works.

This cd reissue contains some bonus tracks including 'Hercules Unchained' the rocky b-side to the single release on 'The Show'. Vintage Hackett.

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