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Guitar Strap Locks: Black Ultra-safe Strap Lock system for Guitar and Bass
Guitar Strap Locks: Black Ultra-safe Strap Lock system for Guitar and Bass

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain!, 3 Jun 2011
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OK, these are only straplocks and they are either going to be a 5 star rating or a 1 (if they don't work!) and these are really good. My original bolt kept loosening itself and wearing the inside thread away but these have solved the problem! Very useful and a good price.


Armed And Dangerous [DVD]
Armed And Dangerous [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Candy
Offered by hessleoldbooks
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good family comedy, 26 May 2011
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This review is from: Armed And Dangerous [DVD] (DVD)
Ah, the 80's comedy. An era and genre loved and hated by those who were there at the time and looked back at with amusement all these years later. Luckily, this film falls into the 'good' camp. Who can not enjoy seeing the usually mild-mannered-and-repressed-dad-from-American-Pie Eugene Levy dressed up as a gay biker camping it up for all he's worth with a transexual John Candy trading banter with each other while trying to evade the cops? This movie has loads of memorable scenes such as this with easily likeable characters, well defined good and bad guys and an easy to follow plot. Its not easy to create good character gags over a short space of time, but this film manages to do it and avoids a lot of the traps that other 80's comedies did by relying on visual and verbal gags alone. It's nothing new but its definately worth buying to see more than once.


D'Addario EXL170 XL Nickel Wound Regular Light  (.045-.100) Electric Bass Guitar Strings
D'Addario EXL170 XL Nickel Wound Regular Light (.045-.100) Electric Bass Guitar Strings
Price: £13.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite strings in the world!!, 18 May 2011
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Clean and bright is how I would best describe the sound of these bad boys. Whats more, they are long lasting and durable. I always used to use Rotosound or Elites (mainly because they were what my local music shop had in stock!), but by pushing the boat out and experimenting I came across these and have never looked back! I will continue to use these until I find something better and would recommend them to all electric bassists : )


Prison Break - The Final Break
Prison Break - The Final Break
Dvd ~ Wentworth Miller
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £12.99

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why???!!!?, 18 May 2011
Series 4's ending was a perfect way to end the show, this is absolutely pointless. I was distraught after sitting through years of my favourite programme to have it spoiled at the end by this. All I can say is - D'oh!


Bit Of A Blur: The Autobiography
Bit Of A Blur: The Autobiography
by Alex James
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Star shaped, 18 May 2011
If you would believe the hyperbolic reviews from the 'proper' newspapers, they would have you believe that is the TRUE story of britpop, romanticised and unflinching, as told by one of its key players.

How disappointed I was with those reviewers who should really know better!

This does none of the above, it's a trawl through the more glamorous parts of Alex James' charmed life but I have to say, it's still a good read. Mr James' way of looking at things is as humorous as it is shallow and his use of purposefully short, clipped sentences is appealing although maddening in their lack of detail. Damon Albarn himself has said he found the book a 'wasted opportunity' and I would have to agree. There is hardly any mention of the Britpop protagonists, hell, even his bandmates get nary a look in as Alex says things like (not a quote!), "When I first met Graham he was eating a banana. I liked Graham".
And that's it, it's back to him! Amusing but annoying.

Overall though, that's what his personality is like so at least the guy is being self-admittedly shallow in his honesty, which saves this book from shoegazing tedium and actually makes it an enjoyable read. If you want to know what it's like being in a famous band, get this!


Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines Book I: The Blues in 12 Keys - Double bass & Electric bass Method
Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines Book I: The Blues in 12 Keys - Double bass & Electric bass Method
by Steven Mooney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful and comprehensive guide to jazz bass, 3 May 2011
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I have been wanting to get into jazz bass for a while but was always scared because I find the music so hard to understand. I like music thats for people to enjoy....not just the people making it, but wanted to learn something new so I bought this. I'm glad I did! Its very straightforwardly written (for the most part) and doesn't dictate to you whats 'wrong' and 'right' to play - just shows you how it is. This is very good but the one downside is that I spend a lot of time asking why?! Why do jazz players play these tritones and substitutions? There's no help here for that so maybe a biog of the style like how it developed would have been good to help beginners like me understand the reasoning behind all these bizarre chord voicings and styles. Apart from that though, very well written and will get you thinking of new ways to play in a short time.

- Warning - You should be able to read music to a fairly decent standard for this to be useful to you but as i've said in other notation reviews - why would you not learn how to read music if you are a serious player?!


Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson (book and CD)
Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson (book and CD)
by Dr Licks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.61

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great book!, 28 April 2011
This is an excellent book, absolutely essential I would say for the aspiring bassist who is serious about their art. There are so many great basslines in here its hard to believe it all came from the soul and fingers of one incredibly talented man. A great biog, breakdown of his style, warm ups, equipment are all included - not to mention a load of great transcriptions of songs he played on, albeit as played by the bass stars of recent times. Its true, if you can't read music this book won't be of much use to you but my response is: ...learn to read music! I struggled with this book for ages myself until I learned to read and now I can play a lot of this book (not quite up to tempo but I'm getting there!).


Load
Load
Price: £5.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the critics would have have you believe, 25 April 2011
This review is from: Load (Audio CD)
....And the worst critics have been Metallica fans themselves. Now, I don't mean to be rude about old school Metallica fans who complained that this was a sell out album and were horrified by its departure from thrash metal but this album is not bad.....its just different. Okay, so the deft yet crushing musicianship has gone, the angsty lyrics are missing and the absence of any song played at 220bpm is suspect BUT!.....

What we get instead is a really great insight into the mind of Hetfield through the lyrics this time, which makes for a more interesting and realistic ride. And lets face it, during the mid 90's singing silly songs about devils was waaaaay out of date. And then theres Hetfields voice. Oh my God, can this man sing now! His voice here is fantastic and I suspect that is by design rather than accident. If Metallica had trod the same path as before they would have wound up playing the same clubs as Megadeth and Slayer ended up in the 90's. Instead they pushed forward, modernised their sound and brought it to a new generation of rock fans; THAT is why Metallica were able to keep opening doors for other, younger rock acts and all their peers disappeared into cult-dom.

'Ain't My Bitch', 'King Nothing, 'Bleeding Me', and of course 'Until It Sleeps' are all great songs. Of course there are going to be a few that even I can't get used to, 'Ronnie' for instance and 'The Outlaw Torn' (a great song that drags on for too long) baffled even me but again, Metallica did something new here. Usually a Metallica album has 8 songs on it, this one has 14 so you can forgive them for losing a bit of quality control.

Don't believe the metallers with their long hair and tassled leather bike jackets, this is a good album with some good songs and fantastic singing. If you don't like what Metallica did in the 90's you can go straight to Death Magnetic to see them back on form!
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Fright Night [DVD] [1986]
Fright Night [DVD] [1986]
Dvd ~ Chris Sarandon
Offered by FLASH
Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I have seen this film and I found it....most amusing!, 14 Mar 2011
This review is from: Fright Night [DVD] [1986] (DVD)
Chris Sarandon - sleazily brilliant! Roddy McDowell - hammily brilliant! William Ragsdale - naively brilliant! This silly vampire teen romp has everything you want out of a bit of fun entertainment. People who say its cheesy are missing the point, you can see from the way the actors completely over-act their parts that they are having a good time making this and its not to be taken seriously. There are no scary bits in this film (the only one that scared me was the first look at Amy in the cellar at the end), nor are there any pearls of wisdom or any extra mythology to add to the vampire story. It sure as hell is good fun to watch though! I would recommend this to anyone. The most confusing thing with the film is why it got an 18 rating as it's rather tame which could confuse people into thinking this movie is more adult than it actually is.


One Hot Minute [U.S. Version]
One Hot Minute [U.S. Version]
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The mad, the sad and the bad!, 24 Jan 2011
This album bridges the gap between the mental funk of the chili peppers early albums and the great songwriting of their newer stuff. There is no spirit of punk shining through here, instead we get psychadelic melancholy pop(if that makes any sense to those that have heard it!??) an intriguing idea indeed! There are some great songs here (Warped, Aeroplane, Coffee Shop, Falling Into Grace), crossed with some not so great ones (Deep Kick, One Big Mob, One Hot Minute). As we know now, the Chili Peppers were up in the air during the recording of this; with missing guitarists and nasty drug habits running amok. It shows. This album is not focussed but who cares? Theres still a load of good quality songs, erratic sounding ones; but as a snapshot of where RHCP were at the time, this serves as a nice look back at the mad days of the band's growing up in public during the 90's!


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