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London Calling - 25th Anniversary Edition [2CD + DVD]
London Calling - 25th Anniversary Edition [2CD + DVD]
Offered by stevecaptainkirk
Price: £19.95

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a rip off but a question of choice !, 22 Jan 2010
In general all previous reviews amount to fair comments however the packaging is entirely diferent and amounts to a complete (as complete as the difference between CD and vinyle can be)reproduction of the original release packaging, as well as new liner notes, which include a rough sketch of the album's iconic front cover, and yes of course it is a little cheaper. Probably best not to buy it if you have the 25th anniversary edition already however as it is different(ever so slightly for most but significantly enough for others) it might still be worth it for you?

Past Masters
Past Masters
Price: £17.60

8 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for sonic obsessives but not so good for fans!, 9 Sep 2009
This review is from: Past Masters (Audio CD)
I have no doubt that for the "connoiseurs" of sound the remastering is great but for those who do not appreciate such things, who are fans and had all the CD's before this momentous "remastering" event the "new" CD comes as a dissappointment.

I was only every interested in the extras not the new improved, sonic quality. So what are the extras? The answer to this question is "not much!"

1) An information booklet with little information saved by several (perhaps as many as three) not seen before photographs.

2) On top of this if you take the trouble to put the Cd into the CD ROM of your computer you can hear the Beatles commentary (nothing new all from the appropriate "Anthology" DVD),see snippets of the Beatles (again all on the Anthology DVD) and hear some studio (in my mind completely new but, unfortunately, ridiculously short. In all no more than 5 minutes worth of mini documentary.

A marketing con to keep the coffers in the Beatles industry melting pot bubbling anyone?
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Tubular Bells - The Ultimate Edition (2009)
Tubular Bells - The Ultimate Edition (2009)
Price: £57.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You pay your money and your take your choice, 15 Jun 2009
Make no mistake this product will cost you alot of money BUT if you regard Tubular Bells as a work of art and you are a collector of musical box sets (as I am) you might find it worth it?

First things first....the packaging:

As it something of an oddly shaped monstrosity it is almost impossible for it not to be damaged when it arrives if you order it by post as mine was albeit very slightly. When it arrives you will find it comes in the form of a slimline encyclopedia more suited to a spacious book case rather than a slimline CD rack.

Secondly what's in the packaging.

Well you'd expect "bells and whistles" wouldn't you particularly as it does say ultimate on the tin. What you really get is something between worthwhile and superfluous. For instance unless you still use a record player and some of us do I imagine what's the point of having a vinyl version of TB in an essentially CD package? The book looks pretty good and is bound very handsomely. Some of the pictures, mostly all black and white, are good and the reviews of TB all seem to be from well reputed music journos (even including some positive comments from the dearly departed John Peel). There are other bits of fluff such as a postcard, a colour leaflet of the recording studion, plectrums with the TB logo on them, a very good reproduction of a concert ticket, a poster and a rather pointless facsimile of a 24 track recording desk.

Finally what about the music?

Well as we know it's all rather good..demos, the plummy Viv Stanshall being lost for words, re-recordings, the whole things been remastered and there's a DVD showing apparently rare footage of a concert I have already on another DVD (and in better quality too).

It is rather a marvellous artifact to put on your coffee table & marvel at. If you like that sort of thing...and i do...!

Doctor Who: The Legend Continues
Doctor Who: The Legend Continues
by Justin Richards
Edition: Paperback

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for every Dr Who fan, 10 Oct 2005
A truly comprehensive BBC overview of all things Doctor Who.In short this book is something of a bible consisting of story summaries from each episode,including the 10th Doctor's stunning debut,an appraisal of each Doctor, a potted history of this groundbreaking series, loads of trivia and lots of glossy pictures!

Festival Express [DVD]
Festival Express [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bob Smeaton
Price: £8.62

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Rock's Lost Treasures, 3 Mar 2005
This review is from: Festival Express [DVD] (DVD)
Consisting of live performances from the late 60's American Rock Royalty on their eccentric boozy train ride through Canada - The Band, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead being the main players - this DVD is a must buy for any connoiseur of popular modern music. The picture quality is good and the sound is excellent. Narration of events comes from the surviving members of the Grateful Dead,Janis Joplin's backing band, some of the lesser known acts and the actual organiser - a man who stopped the train to go hunting for a bear! However, the Jewels in the crown here are the extras that include: 50 minutes of "extra" performances, a making of documentary and extended interviews of all concerned in putting together this vital document of the Canadian Woodstock...on wheels!!

The Tenko Club
The Tenko Club
by Elizabeth Noble
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Train Read!, 20 Jan 2005
This review is from: The Tenko Club (Paperback)
Having enjoyed her previous offering "The Book Club" I had high expectations of this which,thankfully,were met! A real page turner, full of fun and unputdownable!
If you liked "The Book Club" this one is a must buy!

George Harrison - The Dark Horse Years [DVD] [2007]
George Harrison - The Dark Horse Years [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ George Harrison
Price: £14.99

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An honest man!, 23 Sep 2004
In the 73 minutes you get to know alot about George as the promotional videos of songs and performances are interspersed with George telling it as he sees it,namely - life is essentially about generating love, gardening & formula 1 were great interests of his and music was an inessential but enjoyable distraction at this time (namely 1976-1992 "The Dark Horse Years" that the DVD solely focuses on). You also learn of his close kinship with Eric Clapton, his love of comedy, his serious and thoughtful nature and his changing hair styles amongst other things. To the fan this is nothing new and you would have read about this already in his biography "I Me Mine". However the live performances of 2 solo numbers and "Taxman" that old Beatles classic will be more diverting to you. Other highlights include the 2 videos of "Got My Mind Set On You" and the promo of "When We Was Fab" (both very ELO/Jeff Lynne influenced). The songs from the film "Shanghai Surprise" are at best disappointing and the booklet it not as good as it says it is on the packaging although there is an interesting article on the evolution of the Dark Horse logo. Certainly recommended for fans but you have to be at least very interested in 76-92 era Harrison to properly appreciate it.

Planet of the Apes (Special Edition) [DVD] [1968]
Planet of the Apes (Special Edition) [DVD] [1968]
Dvd ~ Charlton Heston
Offered by produXa UK
Price: £2.97

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First And The Best!, 3 May 2004
This 2 disc anniversary release is a suitable celebration of a groundbreaking sci-fi franchise and contains a host of extras - from the interesting ....see the numerous featurettes,to the unusual (Roddy Mcdowell/Galen's home movies!), to the proverbial... commentary,making of and theatrical trailer etc.Not to be forgotten is the fantastic quality of the film itself! A must buy for all "Planet Of The Apes" fans.

The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Live 1964: Concert At Philharmonic Hall
The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Live 1964: Concert At Philharmonic Hall
Price: £19.22

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post Protest Era Acoustic Bob, 30 Mar 2004
This release marks the continuation of the excellent Dylan bootleg releases here the maestro performs at the New York Halloween 1964 concert which took place between the release of the "Another Side" and "Bringing It All Back Home" Albums.
The 100 plus minutes include a vast array of his protest portfolio along with cuts from "Freewheelin'" and "Another Side" LPs. He also performs 3 duets with the mournful sounding Joan Baez (who sings "Silver Dagger" - the only non Dylan song - accompanied by Bob on harmonica) and makes "cool" comments to the baying crowd who he can clearly do no wrong performing in front of.
A must buy for all Dylan completists it is also a great demonstration of Dylan's charisma when he performed at his acoustic peak enunciating his epic lyrics in clear and powerful style.
*This release also comes with a glossy "photo" booklet containing an appreciation of the concert from an American music historian who was there.

Love Actually [DVD] [2003]
Love Actually [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Rowan Atkinson
Price: £3.00

11 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap,actually!!, 22 Mar 2004
This review is from: Love Actually [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Oh come on people this film was absolute pants! An unassuming no brainer that if you have even the remotest sign of intelligence you will want to end pretty quickly(even the romantic fools we females are supposed to be, actually).
In short this amounts to a sprawling series of vignettes where a handful of couples are desperate to find love around Xmas time:
Colin Firth plays his usual clueless terribly English romantic -here he is a writer who falls for a Portugese lodger unable to speak a word of English in a French retreat presumably for lovesick poodles (very realistic eh!)
Hugh Grant plays his usual terribly English character too this time he is the Prime Minister who falls for Eliza Doolittle sorry Martine McCutcheon (again very believable).
Bill Nighy is an ageing rebellious rock star who falls for his portly manager.I have to say his rendition of "Xmas Is All Around" to the tune of "Love is All Around" was mildly assuming.
Emma Thomson is treated atrociously by Alan Rickman - her husband- who almost falls for a tarty femme fatale in his office.
Andrew Lincoln,the one who played Egg in "This Life", falls for a petulant blond bimbo married to his best friend.
Liam Neeson falls for Claudia Schiffer (don't all men?)whilst his bratty step-son (played by a little boy unable to act)falls for the class Pop Idol.
An American woman falls for a young bespectaled male who looks as though he has popped out of a clothes catalogue but their love is not consumated because of the commitment she has for her mentally ill brother.
All the characters are either dim-witted or dislikeable and in basic form the whole thing is ridiculous inane trash!!!
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