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Symphony 6 " Pastorale "
Symphony 6 " Pastorale "
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5.0 out of 5 stars OUT IN THE COUNTRY, 3 May 2016
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If there is any symphony that makes you feel as if you are out in the countryside, this is it. You can almost smell the grass, feel the sunshine, hear the thunder, feel the indent of fat drops of storm rain on your skin.

Ashkenazy's interpretation is fulsome, spacious and as smooth as velvet and you cannot help but be enveloped by the pure joy of this piece. Rattle has his plaudits but it can be a little clinical. There is a warmth here that feels totally genuine.

How to Speak Money
How to Speak Money
by John Lanchester
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars ONE RULE FOR ONE..........., 16 April 2016
This review is from: How to Speak Money (Paperback)
This is a great introduction for the layman to get to grips with some of the arcane terminology that surrounds finance today. If you want a simple understanding of 'Quantitative Easing', a much voiced catchphrase in the current era then this is your book. It makes me wonder at the ease that Government seems to be able to add zeros to the end of any figure that they like and then tell everybody else to tighten their belts, save etc.. But, they don't really mean because as this excellent book points out if everyone did that, they would have no money and they would add more zeros to make more money. And what about 'Government causes inflation'? Yes, folks, it raises more questions than it answers. 'Lanchester' also provides an excellent further reading guide to enable the reader to wade joyfully deeper into the shark swamp!

King Crimson Live in Toronto - November 20th 2015
King Crimson Live in Toronto - November 20th 2015
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MEMORIES, 3 April 2016
This brought back many great memories of the concerts I attended last year.

People may say it was a Greatest Hits tour but I would disagree. 'Elements' was the right term as it takes a broad sweep of the different manifestations of King Crimson across the years and presents them in an interesting way. At no time did I think that they were just regurgitating the past.

Here, the recording is superb with excellent musicianship, the placement and balance of the different personalities of the drums, in particular, spot on.

High points: Who else would start a concert with something as angular and spiky as 'Larks Tongue in Aspic Part 1''.??!!!! Wonderful!!!!
'Epitaph', 'Starless' and the percussive polymath, Gavin Harrison. His drums solos are beyond belief and different every night too.

I did feel that in the concerts Tony Levin's bass was a little anonymous at times but this recording shows what a great bass player he is!

The only thing I miss in comparing with the older KC recordings is the lack of an improv. instrumental in the middle, named after the city that they are playing like 'Providence' or 'Asbury Park'.

It would have been good to use a P.J. Crook artwork for the cover also.

But, these are small points: Great band, great musicians, great music!

4 1/2
4 1/2
Price: £9.96

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOW AND THEN, 23 Jan. 2016
This review is from: 4 1/2 (Audio CD)
Advancements in technology mean that this is not seen as a standard album but as a mini-album but that is not to diminish the quality of the material therein.

'My Book of Regrets' has an upbeat and modern vibe with XTC moments in the chorus against a riff which reminds me of the guitar chops of Alex Lifeson in 'Vital Signs'. The tempo alters after two circles and a grown up 'Time Flies' riff expands the song with some rocker guitar soloing from Dave Kilminster. But, the highlight here is the slower section, better than that in 'Luminol', leading into a slow solo from SW which may his most affecting since 'Dark Matter'.

'Year of the Plague' feels like a coda from 'The Holy Drinker' with its' jaundice through the ice cubes keyboards from Adam Holzman or maybe the monochrome acoustic repetitions of 'The Watchmaker'. The sound of traffic leads into 'Happiness III' which begins as an acoustic piece which expands into a more conventional track like some of the works from SW's 'Covers' album.

'Sunday rains sets in', another instrumental with a smoky suffocation to it with some beautifully subtle keyboards from Adam Holzman. 'Vermillioncore' is another instrumental but one which has some keyboard work more reminiscent of Richard Barbieri and is up tempo in the manner of Porcupine Tree's 'Up the Downstair' or 'In Absentia'.

And it is a Porcupine Tree track which may be the best of this album. It is slightly faster than the 'Stupid Dream' version and Ninet Tayeb's vocals act as a lovely melancholic counterpoint to SW's low, gravelly sound. I do prefer Gavin Harrison's dripping restraint on the 'Arriving Somewhere' recording and the middle section of the track is a little too busy for me on the percussive side but Craig Blundell has a fine timbre on this recording. Theo Travis's sax solo sounds much more confident here than on the original and much further up in the mix. SW caps the track with the standard solo which only he can play this way.

When 'Fear of a Blank Planet' was released, some fans complained that it was too short and 'Nil Recurring' was released with some of the material that could not find a place on the main album. But, the songs there did hold up on their own but I can't say there were any classics on 'Nil Recurring'. But, 'My Book of Regrets' and 'Don't Hate Me' should be fan favourites in the live show now.
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The Ritchie Blackmore Story [NTSC] [DVD]
The Ritchie Blackmore Story [NTSC] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ritchie Blackmore
Price: £34.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ABOUT TIME!, 7 Dec. 2015
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I really enjoyed this and it was so good, at last, for so many other musicians to credit the man as an influence. There has always been the Page, Clapton, Beck worshipping, and as good as they are, RB has to be up there with them all!

It is a shame that this did not happen before and much of the controversy regarding his behaviour was left aside. It is the musician that matters first and foremost.

Highlights for me: The narration about the California Jam appearance which is told with great humour and his first meeting with Jerry Lee Lewis.

There could be less of a grudging attitude towards Ian Gillan, David Coverdale et. al., They have to be given credit for the sound of Deep Purple during their tenure. For this reason, I knock a star off. It is all in the past and even though they don't want to work with each other, the hatchet could be buried with their seventieth year now reached.

Acana Carpet and Fabric Moth Killer and Lavender Freshener Spray 500ml from Caraselle Direct
Acana Carpet and Fabric Moth Killer and Lavender Freshener Spray 500ml from Caraselle Direct
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THOROUGHLY APPLY!, 17 Aug. 2015
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I've been holding off in reviewing this because I thought I might have spoken too soon.

But, I had moths everywhere and after a thorough application of this product over six weeks I appear to have eradicated these pests.

You have to make sure that you pull out the heavy furniture and don't miss a carpet edge. Do that, and this product will work!

Lakeside Walks: Classic Lakeside Walks in Cumbria (Top 10 Walks) (Lake District: Top 10 Walks)
Lakeside Walks: Classic Lakeside Walks in Cumbria (Top 10 Walks) (Lake District: Top 10 Walks)
by Carl Rogers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB LAKESIDE WALKS., 11 July 2015
For those people who don't want to get high in the Lake District some of the lakeside walks are excellent. 'Buttermere' and 'Crummock Water' walks are superb in this guide. The only niggle I have with this and other books is that the lakes do not always look like the perfect mirrors on the water that this book portrays. People may be disappointed as the ripples, the wind and the grey sky can make you feel shortchanged at first. But, if you're anything like me, you'll fall in love with the rugged beauty of the region.

All Burn
All Burn
Price: £12.48

3.0 out of 5 stars AMBIENT VOICE, 28 Jun. 2015
This review is from: All Burn (Audio CD)
Some great vocal work here. It is a surprise that it is only one voice. Resonates similar to North Atlantic Oscillation and The Engineers. Bitter sweet tunes but for me they all begin to sound the same.

Until All The Ghosts Are Gone
Until All The Ghosts Are Gone
Price: £17.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GUITAR-MELLOTRON-FLUTE, 27 Jun. 2015
If you liked the retro sound of Opeth's 'Heritage' and mellotron washing through languorous guitars then you may like this album. 'If it all comes down to you' is a wonderful track and probably worth the price of the CD alone. Theo Travis adds some judicious flute flurries here and there and the general tempo and lilt of many of the tracks is similar to Airbag's 'The Greatest Show on Earth'. It has the classic prog feel of which it is most influenced and many of the tracks would not be out of place on some of the classic albums of the '70's.

Epson Stylus S22 Printer with Individual Ink Technology
Epson Stylus S22 Printer with Individual Ink Technology

1.0 out of 5 stars This is not one to buy! When the software ..., 20 Jun. 2015
This is not one to buy!

When the software needs updating it is not a simple exercise to update. It appears to need a computer expert. I've had printers in the past that needed a patch and the job was done. Epson are not very helpful either. It's also very thirsty for ink.

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