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Songs Of Innocence [VINYL]
Songs Of Innocence [VINYL]
Offered by MediaMine
Price: £21.99

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I got it free from iTunes but I love it., 18 Oct 2014
This review is from: Songs Of Innocence [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Somehow this seemingly 'irrelevant to 2014' group have made themselves relevant again thanks to an inspired marketing campaign and a bloody good album. Listen to the bass guitar throughout Volcano, have you ever heard a better sound and driving riff?

In a way its a tribute album to their back catalogue but of such quality that its no pastiche.

I saw them play at Friars Aylesbury on 6th June1981 £3.25 ticket supported by Altered Images. They, U2, were playing songs from Boy and it was obvious they had it all from the very beginning, the chops, the material, the guitar sound and charismatic lead singer.

Thirty three years on and they still deliver. Forgetting the petty sniping from the malcontents this is prime stuff.

Just ordered Boy and October CD's for cheap on Amazon, have Boy on vinyl from when it was released and October on a C90 from my "home taping is killing music" period so will be nice to get these 2008 remasters.


Roundabout And Other Hits [Us Import]
Roundabout And Other Hits [Us Import]
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £7.15

2.0 out of 5 stars Music good, sound quality severely lacking., 3 Oct 2014
Noticeable is the poor sound of this compilation by Flashback Records.

At 41 minutes long its hardly generous and the tracks are even edited for time!

I didn't pay much for this luckily and its not worth more than £2 if that.

I have albums by YES on CD and they are all good and all better than this with decent sound quality and mastering.

This is just poor.

Should have realised why there were no other reviews and its cheap.

Its a stinker of a CD.


Breakfast [Vinilo]
Breakfast [Vinilo]
Offered by actionrecords
Price: £6.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a Single NOT the whole Album., 6 July 2014
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This review is from: Breakfast [Vinilo] (Vinyl)
This is a 7" Single called 23 Floors Up not the 12" Vinyl Album called BREAKFAST.

I ordered on the basis it was the Album but the listing details have changed from that of the album and the artwork for the Single added (now removed!, now added back in!) but the Header still says BREAKFAST!?

If I get a 7" Single I'm sending it back as it would have been a mis listed not as described item.

Just delivered. IT IS A SINGLE, very warped at that. If anyone thinks they are getting the ALBUM BREAKFAST as per the title, you are NOT, so if you want a warped 7" vinyl SINGLE called 23 Floors Up for about £6 order this. I'm returning for refund.

THIS IS WRONGLY LISTED! IT IS NOT BREAKFAST which is the ALBUM by Teleman!


Ocean Rain [VINYL]
Ocean Rain [VINYL]
Price: £19.64

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Music great, outer cover thinner than card used in ready meal food packaging., 16 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Ocean Rain [VINYL] (Vinyl)
This is the June 2014 reissue vinyl from Vinyl 180.

Arrived warped in transit from Amazon Logistics must have had a hell of a journey!

The cover is made of the thinnest card imaginable, .35mm, thinner than a ready meal box, thanks Vinyl 180! The RSD Vinyl 180 release of Crocodiles had a decent thick card cover but this is a joke. Shredded Wheat box card is thicker at .4mm!!

I expect more for my money than this 'quality' Vinyl 180, who made this release under license from Warners.

Vinyl itself made of Silver vinyl is however OK and flat. Pressing fault at start of Ocean Rain track audible click each revolution. (OK on replacement).

Inner sleeve has a pronounced record shaped mark all the way round both sides.

It's going back. I've waited so long for this delayed release. Disappointed.

Today received the replacement this time c/o Royal Mail. This one bent over too on bottom right corner! Seems no carrier can manage not to damage in transit. The thinner than a Shredded Wheat box cover doesn't help. Amazons frustration free cardboard outer doesn't stand any rough handling either as evidenced by both copies received having the same type of across the corner bend/crease running 4" where the edge of the vinyl is. Geez what am I supposed to do, keep sending it back?
Hooray!
Sent it back and third time lucky, delivered by Amazon Logistics today and nothing is bent in transit. Will probably stick with CD's from now on, vinyl is too problematical to bother with.this and other releases more than 50% are duds or damaged.
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Led Zeppelin I  [Remastered Original Vinyl]
Led Zeppelin I [Remastered Original Vinyl]
Price: £18.04

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Faulty Vinyl received, 4 Jun 2014
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I was pleased when this album was delivered today, the cover was good quality and the inner bag is lined which is superior to most reissues.

Unfortunately the 180g Vinyl is dished 2mm so only contacts the turntable in the area of the label, and is also warped and off centre so to look at the stylus track the disc is like watching a big dipper trying to hold on.

I realise this isn't really a review of the timeless music, that will have to wait until I get this replaced and hope the replacement is OK, doesn't need to be perfect but this is abysmal.

Hope others have not had the same problem or I might just ask for a refund.

Returned the LP to Amazon for replacement. This is better but still a bit warped but at least this copy is playable!
Have found out that two pressing companies have been used in Germany Pallas and Optimal. Cannot verify but it has been said that Optimal pressings, which all mine are and all are warped to some degree, have HAND ETCHED marks in the deadwax beginning BD or BE. Pallas pressings are STAMPED beginning R1 in the deadwax reportedly.
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Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions
Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions
Price: £9.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality music from start to finish., 22 May 2014
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Would have liked this on vinyl from Record Store Day but at £488 less than the vinyl is for sale for on Amazon this CD is an acceptable alternative. Also at 70g the Digipack is a lot lighter than the 800g+ vinyl.

At nearly 70 minutes per disc each concert flows seamlessly from one great song to another, although its FALL ON ME from the 1991 concert that I keep coming back to.

As an acoustic record of a sample of their electric output this is nice to have and credit to the record company for releasing this as a CD and not just keeping it to the 'fans' who snapped up the vinyl on 19th April and then mostly sold it on ebay!

Update 15th June. Have found out that REM have posted on their Facebook page that due to demand they are working on releasing this Unplugged set on TWO vinyl sets, one double album each for 1991 and 2001 so good news for those of us who would have liked this music on vinyl albeit the RSD issue was one release of 4 albums which today is for sale on Amazon for £1,000!


The Stone Roses [VINYL]
The Stone Roses [VINYL]
Price: £12.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant music, poor pressing, Sony should be ashamed, but ££££££talks., 15 May 2014
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This review is from: The Stone Roses [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Made in the EU, cover and inner sleeve fine.

Vinyl as has been said was quite dirty/dusty. Also some strange swirl marks on the vinyl surface as if someone tried to polish and buff it up (with the sole of their shoes)! They are there for good I'm afraid. Record itself is flat and although a few snaps and crackles plays fine. Volume has to be turned up its a very quiet pressing but then you get all the attendant hiss and background hum so its not a clean sound at all. First side 22 minutes, second side 46 minutes.

Still after 25 years you can't really expect Sony to bother to get it right can you!?

180g still don't see the point apart from making the floor joists bend a bit more.

Overall happy to have a vinyl version of this great album as I didn't get it first time around but as Sony don't have to pay for recording a new album it would be nice if they could pay more attention to the actual quality and sonics of the pressing.

Well worth £9 of anyone's money, unfortunately it cost a lot more than that!

The CD sounds much better but its nice to have the vinyl. Excuse my contradictory review. Just played an original King Crimson LP from 1970 and its hugely better sonically and volume to background noise ratio as in there isn't any.


Integral LED ILA60E27S6.5N27KBEMA E27 Large Edison Screw 6.5 Watt LED Auto ON-OFF Sensor Classic Globe Bulb
Integral LED ILA60E27S6.5N27KBEMA E27 Large Edison Screw 6.5 Watt LED Auto ON-OFF Sensor Classic Globe Bulb
Price: £11.04

5.0 out of 5 stars It Works well., 10 May 2014
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Box has useful info on it. Bulb is very well made. Glad to see two light sensors so wherever bulb ends up facing after screwing in the Edison screw it will still sense the maximum light available so reducing coming on earlier than necessary.

Box states the cost savings using this LED bulb but I prefer to work out the electric use cost which at 12 hours a day for a year would be almost 30 kwh or £4.30 at 15p a unit. Not bad for a years running costs. The bulb claims a life of 25,000 hours which equates to 5 years 8 months at 12 hours use a day! Don't know if it will achieve this but if true its longer than the Osram CFL bulb at 20,000 hours.
Has. 3 year Warranty.

This bulb is made for use outside reacting to natural daylight but if used in a dark porch/ very shady place it will be on too long and same if used indoors where it makes more sense to use a timer and normal low energy bulb.

Will see how it goes, otherwise its back to the Osram Sensor dusk to dawn, another good bulb, my last one lasted 8 years! Earlier models of the Osram had an adjustable sensor for how dark it had to get before it came on and its a pity the ones from about 2001 onwards don't.

Addendum November after 6 months use. The bulb works but the sensor activates the bulb to come on before it is really dusk and stays on past dawn. Hopefully the lower power consumption offsets this failing as from past experience the Osram sensor works better even switching off when I park my car up in the dark and on again when I turn the car lights off whereas this bulb just stays on.


All Through The City (with Wilko 1974-1977)
All Through The City (with Wilko 1974-1977)
Price: £12.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic stuff!, 4 April 2014
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Saw Dr Feelgood live many times mesmerised by Wilko looking like a psychotic insurance salesman with his black Telecaster and HH Combo chopping away like a maniac, Lee Brilleaux playing lewdly with his microphone and adding a bit of slide guitar here and there, Sparko rolling on his back while playing his bass guitar and the Big Figure being Big. Somehow I didn't buy a Dr Feelgood album until Private Practice was released in 1978 by which time Gypie Mayo had become guitarist after Wilko left.

Now I've found this fantastic package and perfectly for me all the albums with Wilko presented in chronological order and not 'mixed up or selected by a fan'. Plus the extra tracks and DVD.

One of the best live bands I've ever seen and I will always remember the controlled chaos as these characters did their thing, funny riveting and powerful.

Bargain price too. Thanks Wilko and the band.


Ooh La La: An Island Harvest
Ooh La La: An Island Harvest
Price: £13.77

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice One, 28 Mar 2014
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Discovered this had been released by (slim) chance and glad I did. I ordered the Digipack which Amazon haven't bothered to mention in their Banner (yet!?) as this is the limited edition of 2000 copies and the other is the jewel case. Luckily I chose the one I wanted.

The music sounds fresh and clean, lovely mandolin sound on the opening track. Ronnie's music was always a bit low fi rustic anyway so I won't worry to much about whether its the perfect remaster or not, just listen to the great music. A few comments have been made about the crackles and supposed poor sound on Burnin' Summer. I believe Ronnie was fond of recording outdoors so on my tape of the original album I can hear on Burnin' Summer, a lot of birdsong, kids shouting, and things being banged into! It was already there! Looking at my vinyl copy of Anymore for Anymore the sleeve notes say,'Any rumble on "Anymore for Anymore" is wind in the microphone, please do not adjust your set. Ta all.' An insight into his down home attitude, but it suits his music I think!?

The two CDs are held without additional protection in the usual 'grip of death' card sleeves. Do wish they would use cloth inner bags which must cost very little and used to be used in the days when manufacturers introduced card covers instead of plastic cases, e.g. my copy of Gene's drawn to the deep end, released in 1997 on Polydor. Now that's how it should be done!

On opening the cover I was pleased to see the same picture cover that was used on my copy of the single How Come? which I bought in 1973. It says on the back of the single, Proscenium Arch by courtesy of Pollocks Toy Museum. So that's where it came from and a picture of Ronnie, Kate and child inside the arch as we like to remember him/them.

What comes through as much as anything is the warmth and enthusiasm for life he had and what a supremely talented tunesmith he was. I saw him play quite a few times including with the Faces recording a BBC In Concert at the Paris studios and with Slim Chance at a pub in London on the same day John Lennon was murdered. That was still a great gig but it was written on their faces how upset they all were. Believe Henry McCullough was playing guitar with them that night.

I would like to see a Nick Drake style vinyl reissue series of the first three albums if Universal could license Anymore for Anymore.

Ronnie, missed and not forgotten. Or as the rather scanty booklet says, And that is why he so missed. Pity they missed out the 'is'!!


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