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Frank Chacksfield Orchestra-Love is in the Air
Frank Chacksfield Orchestra-Love is in the Air
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £16.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what it seems!, 24 Jun. 2015
The music is great with excellent arrangements but you don't have to be an expert to tell that this is a vinyl to cd transfer with many pops and small crackles. This is unfortunately all too common a practise these days and to me is unacceptable. The sound is far from studio quality and the pops are not cleaned up in any way either by CEDAR processing or remastering. I couldn't believe it when I played the cd for the first time as I was expecting a lovely clean sound as one would expect from a good quality cd. Buyer beware!!!


Keeping Time: The Photographs of Don Hunstein
Keeping Time: The Photographs of Don Hunstein
by Jon Pareles
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £40.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing in content., 11 May 2015
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Slightly disappointing but a great book. Although there are many truly wonderful photographs in the book which capture very special and often nostalgic moments, there are far too many Columbia artists missing from the book and oddly a few "artists" who,quite frankly, shouldn't have been included. Whenever was Cassius Clay a major recording artist? Curiously interesting though the photo's of Clay may be,many of Columbia's main roster artists are just not included,one thinks of Ray Conniff,Percy Faith and many other great artists. A number of the photographs are quite uneccessarily spread across 2 pages begging the question that perhaps this may justify making it a bigger more expensive book and therefore paying less royalties for using less photographs,who knows?
Don Hunsteins photographs are easy to access online and there are many,many equally good photographs which in my opinon could have been included. This is a huge book with a lot of pages containing only a short descriptive paragraph of the photograph on the opposite page.There should have been more photographs of great interest and less blank spaces to make this book a "must have at all costs" publication.If you don't mind paying for some almost empty pages and double spread photographs then you may love this book, but do check the content of the artists contained as your favourite artist may very well not be included.


Poncho At Montreux
Poncho At Montreux
Price: £12.61

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing for a DualDisc, 6 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Poncho At Montreux (Audio CD)
I bought this DualDisc primarily for the 5.1 Surround Sound format on the DVD side of the disc but although the music is really great the surround sound is not. There is hardly any sound coming out of the rear channels and I feel quite let down as the information on the CD case states " stunning 5.1 surround sound ". Well it's stunning alright but for all the wrong reasons !

As other reviewers have already stated their disappointment I can only agree with them and say that at best this DualDisc is mediocre for the format but do be careful when choosing to buy DualDiscs as it clearly states on the back of the jewel case that the CD side of the disc does not conform to CD format and some players and even computers may not be capable of decoding the disc.
As one reviewer correctly advises,go for the CD disc to be completely certain of compatabilty with your equipment.

All that said.....the music is great and The Watermelon Man will blow your socks off!!!


Big Band Christmas
Big Band Christmas
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £12.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent disc but be careful., 20 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Big Band Christmas (Audio CD)
Like a previous reviewer I also have the surround sound version of this very good disc but be very careful if you are a collector of surround sound 5.1 discs. The DVD Audio version of this disc has exactly the same tracks as the DTS Digital Surround disc but with the band mysteriously acquiring a different name. This present disc gives the artists as The Cool Yule All-Stars and is on the Silverline label. The DTS Entertainment disc however which is titled Big Band Christmas Volume One carries no names of the band but my understanding is that it is the Nashville Big Band as this name appears on Volume Two in the same series on the DTS Entertainment label. As I have all three discs I can assure potential purchasers that the tracks are the same on both discs but in different surround sound formats.


Traditional Wooden CHRISTMAS NUTCRACKER SOLDIER Decoration - SET OF 3 - 20cm
Traditional Wooden CHRISTMAS NUTCRACKER SOLDIER Decoration - SET OF 3 - 20cm
Offered by BuzzBase
Price: £28.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Nutcracker Soldiers., 3 Nov. 2014
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These three little chaps will make a wonderful addition to your Christmas decorations over the festive season either stood together on a shelf or on your Christmas table surrounded by a few sweets or wrapped chocolates. The Nutcracker story is a classic favourite and this set of 3 beautifully crafted and hand painted Nutcracker soldiers are just so cute and adorable.

At just 20cm (8") tall they will fit neatly onto any shelf, table, inside a display cabinet or even stand guard under your Christmas tree.Made from wood with beautiful colourful detailing, these little Nutcracker soldiers will look superb throughout the festive season.


The Greatest Songs Of The Sixties [DVD AUDIO]
The Greatest Songs Of The Sixties [DVD AUDIO]
Offered by marxwax
Price: £10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Greataaa recordingaaa from Barryaaa!, 17 Oct. 2014
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I've never been a great fan of Barry Manilow but this album is wonderful. Great songs sung well with superb orchestrations and arrangements done by Barry himself. I just wish he would train his voice to control his diction better. Singing words like "love" and "now" for example should not be sung as "loveaa" or "nowaa" etc. etc. etc. For me this is most annoying and careless and I am very surprised a voice coach did not point this flaw out to Barry years ago.Only for this fault and an uncontrollable vibrato in his voice which makes him sound off key, I would have been a loyal fan. His albums of the 50's 70's and 80's songs are also to be recommended but more for the quality of the songs and orchestrations and great sound of the recordings than for Manilows voice unfortunately.He is undoubtedly a great singer but has for many years not taken full control of the obvious flaws in his performance that turn a great singer into a super super star. The present recording is from 2006 which I fully recommend to all Barrys fans.Also please note that this is not a DVD AUDIO disc as stated but a dual disc which is CD on one side and a DVD on the other.The DVD side contains an enhanced super stereo soundtrack of the recordings with a DVD featuring the making and recording of the album.Happy listening!


Christmas Instrumentals
Christmas Instrumentals
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £28.33

1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware!, 17 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Christmas Instrumentals (Audio CD)
WARNING. THIS IS NO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BUT ELECTRONIC SYNTHESIZERS AND KEYBOARDS.
If you are expecting the full glorious sound of a symphony orchestra in full flight playing gorgeous Christmas music then the music on this album will give you quite a shock. In fact it made me laugh it sounds so amateurish in the extreme. Had the discription said that this was a Sooty and Sweep soundalike Christmas album one would at least know what to expect. DJG Symphony Orchestra is a false discription of this product and should be avoided unless you like electronic synthesizers and keyboards. Reviews are honest opinions of the product and to protect the unsuspecting public as well as to praise and recommend items to purchase.Please feel free to listen to the samples before you make up your own mind.


Rodrigo's Guitar Concerto
Rodrigo's Guitar Concerto
Price: £0.99

1.0 out of 5 stars You must be joking!, 15 Sept. 2014
Latin Music Strings???

This is absolutely awful....a complete and utter con!
This is no lush orchestral album with soaring, swirling strings set against exotic pulsating Latin American percussion instruments . This sounds more like an awful day with Sooty and Sweep playing about on the keyboards.
I may have been tempted to buy this album but I was saved a bitter disappointment by the fact that Amazon have loaded samples on a try before you buy basis and thank heavens for small mercies!
I once had a review taken down for objecting to this awful deception but I honestly believe that nobody at Amazon takes the trouble to listen carefully to these samples before loading them otherwise they would notice at once that these tracks are electronically produced and very badly at that.
Leave well alone and save your hard earned cash to buy music played by a real orchestra with real musicians. Latin Music Strings my eye!


Bach-St John Passion [DVD]
Bach-St John Passion [DVD]
Offered by The Source
Price: £5.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful recording., 8 July 2014
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This is a wonderful recording of this sacred work by Bach. The music and performance are exquisite and the surround stage is expansive and detailed.A great deal of work has gone into the editing and mixing of the recording to give a marvellous listening experience and the end result is truly spectacular. The soloists,choir and orchestra never sound too distant and the separation of the performers is evenly balanced. At this price you can't go wrong and this DTS disc will show off your surround equipment to the very best effect.


6 Plus 6
6 Plus 6
Price: £7.08

5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Plus 6 makes 12 of the best!, 8 July 2014
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This review is from: 6 Plus 6 (Audio CD)
Fabulous modern sound of Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra. Recorded in the 1970's with a great line up of tunes to reflect the era this album will please all Fips loyal fans.Wonderful recording quality and remastering this CD sounds as fresh as if it had been recorded today. One to enjoy over and over again.


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