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Cleopatra [DVD] [1963] (Special Edition)
Cleopatra [DVD] [1963] (Special Edition)
Dvd ~ Elizabeth Taylor

5.0 out of 5 stars A Sumptuous Spectacle!, 21 Jun 2014
Hollywood blockbusters don't get any bigger than this. A sumptuous spectacle from start to finish with a great cast and the smouldering chemistry between Burton and Taylor who became lovers during filming. Both are excellent as Antony and Cleopatra. Rex Harrison makes for an excellent Julius Caesar and his relationship with Cleopatra is also well portrayed by both. The sets are stunning, the costumes extravagant, the grandeur of Cleopatra's entry into Rome is worth the price of admission alone. This film and the making of it is legendary and this boxed set does it justice. And bear in mind that this was all crafted before CGI. This is an awesome production and the film has been restored to its original 4 hours length as premiered in 1963. The DVD widescreen print is crystal clear with Dolby 5.1 sound. A must for any film buff and highly recommended.


Quadrophenia - Live In London
Quadrophenia - Live In London
Price: 10.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It, Crank It Up and Marvel!, 21 Jun 2014
'Quadrophenia' remains, for me, the Who's best album. It was a project that worked for Pete Townshend and the band, although he apparently was not entirely satisfied with the end result when it was first released way back in 1973. The various remasters culminating in the superb deluxe edition released in 2011 have served to enhance the album's reputation. Here we have the latest live rendition in London of this masterpiece and I have to say it's magnificent. Daltrey's vocals are still ace and Townshend weaves in fantastic guitar playing, harmonies, and takes lead vocals effortlessly in what is a rock masterclass. '5:15' is just storming!! The audience appreciation speaks for itself - enthusiastic, encouraging, enervating. This band have lost none of their drive, energy, enthusiasm or professionalism over the years despite losing Moon and Entwistle and they are on top form here. The music of 'Quadrophenia' will stand the test of time and it's a real pleasure to hear the whole album live. The gig also includes, amongst others, superb versions of the Who classics 'Pinball Wizard', 'Baba O'Riley', and 'Won't Get Fooled Again'. Buy it, crank it up and marvel at the one, the only, the Who! Highly, highly recommended.


La Petite Mort
La Petite Mort
Price: 9.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of Classy James!, 15 Jun 2014
This review is from: La Petite Mort (Audio CD)
A welcome return to James who have written some of the best pop songs in the canon. This is an excellent album with fresh, fabulous songs. A 6-year break has not diminished their artistic ability or enthusiasm to party. Stick this on in the car and your journey will just fly by. Superb stuff! Recommended.


Mr Top Hat
Mr Top Hat
Price: 6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless!, 13 Jun 2014
This review is from: Mr Top Hat (MP3 Download)
This collection from Fred Astaire is just perfect, covering some of his greatest hits, including from his films. Excellent sound quality and great arrangements, there is no filler here - it's simply some of the very best of Astaire. The man's natural rhythm comes across beautifully in his unique phrasing. Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Berlin - timeless! Recommended.


Blood Of The Sun
Blood Of The Sun
Price: 9.43

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's Life In The Old Dog Yet!, 17 May 2014
This review is from: Blood Of The Sun (Audio CD)
I usually approach such homages to the rock classics with some trepidation, but I took a chance on this. My goodness what a cracking album! It's a mix of tracks that you would not have believed could hang together, but it all works wonderfully well. Superb interpretations of songs from Sabbath, UFO, Rush, Cream and Nazareth and others, including 'Out In The Fields', 'Doctor, Doctor', 'War Pigs', and barnstorming versions of 'Finding My Way' and 'Politician'. Schenker is on top form and his 'friends' include Tommy Shaw, Leslie West, Joe Lynn Turner, Jeff Scott Soto, and Sebastian Bach. If you're a rock fan, you'll love this. Superb guitar work throughout and a good time had by all. Recommended (particularly with the volume cranked right up).


The Ancient Tale
The Ancient Tale
Price: 13.14

4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy, brash, melodic, mystical! Prog Rock on a grand scale!, 14 April 2014
This review is from: The Ancient Tale (Audio CD)
This album is a lot of fun to listen to. Great production and superb musicianship. Five tracks covering over an hour, with the first 'City Of Zerych' coming in at just over 18 minutes. Loads of synth, guitar and percussion, with a decent solid vocal. It's like a slightly less frantic Dream Theater, with shades of Blackmore thrown in. This album is a blast - if you like melodic prog rock with a heavy twist, then this is for you! Recommended.


Fanfare & Fantasy
Fanfare & Fantasy
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 18.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic!, 13 April 2014
This review is from: Fanfare & Fantasy (Audio CD)
This second album from the very talented Comedy Of Errors is a worthy follow up to 'Disobey'. Superb musicianship, particularly keyboards and guitar and a strong set of excellent songs make 'Fanfare & Fantasy' a first class prog album. If you're a fan of Marillion, Pallas or Pendragon, then you'll love this. Recommended.


Disobey
Disobey
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 21.29

5.0 out of 5 stars A prog album of sweeping majesty!, 13 April 2014
This review is from: Disobey (Audio CD)
If you like Marillion, Genesis (with Peter Gabriel), Pallas, and British progressive rock in general, then you are likely to love this. Great sweeping tracks with bombastic flourishes and great musicianship, there is much to enjoy here. 'The Student Prince', a 25-minute epic in 4 parts is particularly fine. Great keyboards, guitar solos, everything that makes this album simply majestic. Highly recommended.


White Clouds
White Clouds

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful progressive rock album!, 13 April 2014
This review is from: White Clouds (Audio CD)
Oh my goodness, but this is a wonderful progressive rock album. One of those that grabs you from the very first song. This is melodic, fresh and beautifully performed. Excellent songwriting with lyrics that have something to say - this is their first album (released in 2008) and was inspired by the First World War. The musicians are Paul Davis (guitars, vocals, piano, keyboards) and his brother Jack Davis (bass, piano, backing vocals), plus Russell Wilson (drums). Growing up in rural Wiltshire, the Davis brothers were influenced by Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Marillion, Neal Morse and The Beatles. But although the influences are there, they have not copied too closely, even during the various superb guitar solos. This is a band to watch and I definitely want to hear more from them. Highly recommended.


Perilous
Perilous
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 21.03

4.0 out of 5 stars Close To The Yes!, 7 April 2014
This review is from: Perilous (Audio CD)
Glass Hammer have an impressive back catalogue and fans have always acknowledged their many progressive rock influences, particularly ELP, Greenslade and Yes. The absence of quality material from any of those bands has meant that Glass Hammer have been free to experiment and create, developing their own style along the way. Early Tolkien influences served to cement their prog rock credentials but let's be clear - this band is very good indeed and their musicianship is first class. They are not a parody act, but serious musicians who create songs that are adventurous, well structured and superbly played. Perilous is a very good progressive rock album and a real treat to listen to. Everything from soft balladry to serious rock. The vocalist Jon Davison does sound a bit like former Yes vocalist Jon Anderson, but does not have JA's purity of voice (having said that JD is currently vocalist in Yes!). 'The Sunset Gate' and 'We Slept. We Dreamed' are particularly close to the Yes sound, but frankly, this is superb music and I'm happy to listen to it with the volume cranked up. This is a beautifully produced album - highly recommended for progressive rock fans of all ages.


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