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The Sensual World
The Sensual World
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Album not Remastered -Do not make the mistake, 13 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Sensual World (Audio CD)
It was always going to be hard to follow the hounds of love, after selling so well and then the Whole story compilation.The Sensual World, brings everything back down to earth, and Kate Bush recorded her most personal album to date. Although some fans found it not as good as her older albums, everyone appeared to be unanimous, with This Woman's work, a beautiful song which has become a firm favorite.
However this album contains some great tracks the title track is still beautiful, as is the the Fog. Heads were dancing is a great insight of having a dance with Hitler, well only Kate could write something like that. Rocket tail is fun, and Deeper Understanding, about a boy in love with his computer for me is still better here than on the directors cut.
This is a reissue and Amazon have labelled in wrong do not fall into the trap of this being a re-master it is not, it is the same audio as the original. having bought the Directors Box set it clearly states only the Red Shoes is re-mastered, and checking the Directors cut version with the original CD there is no difference at all in volume or quality no matter what anyone says, so don't fall in the trap buying this thinking it has been re-mastered, Apparently one of the reasons is Kate is a lover of the Analogue sound, and therefore does not feel it necessary.
However expanded editions, perhaps with a little cleaning up work would be a step in the right direction. There are so many B sides and rare tracks which are hard to find, unless you shell out for This Woman's work box set, but that still has some rare tracks missing. I can only hope with all the interest with the recent dawn to Dusk tour Kate's back catalog gets the love it deserves
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Price: £11.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great listen, 5 July 2014
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It has been a while since I have bought an album that I have enjoyed from beginning to end. The first single Sing gave an incite as to the more up beat sound of this album compared to +. I have listened to this album quite a few times and its one of those that you know you are going to love.
There are tracks which are more acoustic like I'm a mess,, but when tracks like Don't where Ed Sheeran raps are brilliant (he' says he is not a rapper), and I am not a fan of rap at all but with the songs on this album it works. As the album goes through the tracks you expect a dud track, it does not seem to Happen, infact by the time you get to Photograph and Bloodstream, the album is just cooking.
Another highlight for me was Runaway, but there is still time for some Acoustic numbers, My dad does it and Artfire to name two. This is better than the first well it would have been easy to play safe and deliver more of the same, but like say Adele follow up 21, Sheeran has created a great full sound, quite soulful at times, but this is such a rewarding listen. He has now secured his future as an artist that will be around for a long time.


Xscape
Xscape
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Price: £11.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What this album really needs is Michael Jackson, 12 May 2014
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I have listened to this album a few times now and hoped it may grow on me, I read the mixed reviews how many think its great, but then it appears that if Mr Jackson had sung a shopping list they would still think its amazing. Jackson, was a perfectionist and that's why we waited so long for each great album, lets face it there is very little filler on many of his classic albums. This album without his careful eye on the quality control, mean we get such bizarre songs as "a place with no name" which is the same as a horse with no name.
The first single "Love never felt so good" stalled outside the top 40. This album is no way as good as anything he did when he was a live, and I am sorry its time to let him RIP, and stop putting out sub standard stuff in his name.
Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous are all fantastic albums, that he carefully crafted and embraced musical sound of the time and also influenced other artists. This like Michael before is a very mediocre collection of songs which neither grow on you or invite you to want to listen again, think of the many singles that could be lifted off his past albums, off this it hard to find one track that is outstanding and grabs you like any of his past classics.
The main question here, is this a money grabbing exercise, like many I find it hard to work out where all these track are coming from, when Michael Jackson was not the worlds most prolific artists.


Man On The Rocks
Man On The Rocks
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not his best work, 3 Mar 2014
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Like anyone who buys Mike Oldfield they are going to be a fan and know a lot about his music and probably like me have all the albums. Yes there are great albums beside Tubular bells,think of Ommadawn, Five Miles out and Crisis to name a few, and then the mediocre ones like Islands, and Heaven's open.
Man on the Rocks for me falls more into the Mediocre pile, starting with the very poppy and excellent Sailing, you get a very distinctive Guitar solo and and great vocal from Luke Spiller and is the strongest track of the album, and made the Radio 2 A Playlist.
The album seems to go on in a similar vain with Moonshine but gets a bit of a lift with the title track "Man on the Rocks" and to be honest this sounds like a very 80's,sound, infact you could be mistaken that you were back in the 80's, nothing wrong with that its just for me how I describe the general sound of this album.
This is not a bad album, but it is by no means a classic album hence the four star rating.I just can't say this is as good as Criss, Five Miles out or Tubukar bells, and saying it is, well that's a bit mad. If your looking for the classy sound of say Music for Spheres or the instrumental sound of Tr3 Lunas two of his more recent efforts which I have to say I prefer you will not find it here, if you love Islands Heaven's open or Earth Moving, this fits into that style. I have to say I was very much looking forward to this album, but have to be honest Mike Oldfield works better on his own as opposed to a cast of 1000's .
I love some of Mike Oldfield vocal tracks moonlight shadow, Five miles out, Tricks of the light all great, but sometimes like the lyrics from the latter 80's albums, the words are just not brilliant and that's apparent here.
The deluxe version gives you the album in instrumental form and it gives a different feel to the album, I would say for the better .I'm am glad I have purchased this but I am a little disappointed


Fantastic
Fantastic
Price: £4.15

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great album with rubbish instrumentals in-between the tracks, 16 Feb 2014
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I bought this album when it was out many years ago on LP and loved it, I always felt Wham were a lot more than just a boy band for starters George Michael did everything, from write, play and produce.
So why only 3 stars, well I am all for adding demo's, lost tracks, b sides to a CD or on a bonus disc, however what I don't like is the feel of the original album ruined, by placing instrumental tracks in-between the original track listing, so you get three surplice instrumental in-between tracks which ruin the flow of the album, yes you can programme your CD to skip them, but you should not have too, they should have been placed at the end of the original album. Anyway rant over, apart from that it was a great album.
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Marnie [Blu-ray] [1964] [Region Free]
Marnie [Blu-ray] [1964] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Diane Baker
Price: £7.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst blu-ray's I have ever seen, 31 Dec 2013
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Please note this is about the Blu-ray transfer not the film. Marnie for me was one of the last real classic Hitchcock films, and although not a massive hit at the time, the film has become well respected among, film buffs and Hitchcock loves alike.
Marnie was released on DVD with a awful pan and scan version, so I was looking forward to seeing and hearing the film in all its glory.
To say i was disappointed, is an understatement, the film starts by looking like a second generation video, very grainy, and in places almost out of focus. Before you might say but this is an old film, both Psycho and Vertigo look fantastic, which are both older 1958, 1960 respectively.
I have no idea what has gone wrong with the transfer here but I am surprised they were even allowed to issue the film like this, no I am not exaggerating it is bad, so much so I would rather not have the film in its present state.
The problem appears to be that, Vertigo, The trouble with Harry, Rear Window, The Man who knew to much and Rope have all be painstakingly re-mastered frame by frame By James C Katz and Robert Harris returning the film to its original look, On Marnie it appears that no work has been done, and by the look of the film it is in need of some restoration work...urgently.
The sound is mono and there is a making of documentary, the same as the original DVD.
This is such a shame, for such a great film.
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10th Anniversary Concert - Royal Albert Hall
10th Anniversary Concert - Royal Albert Hall
Price: £9.26

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw the concert re live it all, 26 Dec 2013
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Mcfly 10 years, in the making, it feels like quite a long Birthday celebration, but why not. Its feels like quite a long time since a new DVD/CD has come out (not counting the best of), so for me this Concert is very welcome.
Mcfly are a very confident live band having seen them now a number of times they never fail to entertain, energetic is one word, but they never keep still on stage and are just having as good a time as the audience.
This filmed at the Royal Albert Hall is the 10th Anniversary concert in its entirety, and includes the great Village people introduction, and all the documentary bits which were shown on the screen at the concert.
It was such a party atmosphere, at the concert and although it's sometimes difficult to recapture this on the small screen you do get the feel,of the celebration. A lot of the hits are performed, but you also get Little Joanna which as they state has never been performed live, it also nice to hear a few lesser played album tracks. They are joined by Busted, well James and Matt and then perform year 3000 and Air hostess and then shine a light, the crowd go mad with he energy that is on stage,its good but in fairness Danny and Tom have far better voices than the Busted guys, perhaps its the ten years of continual practice.
McFly entertain you throughout, and prove what good musicians they are Tom performs "McFly the musical" a history of the group with great wit, and Danny performs a great acoustic version of walk in the sun, which is still just beautiful.
If you missed the concert its a great concert to own, if you saw it re live it. McFly never appear to get the credit they deserve and no doubt will be knocked,but I can't think of any other group where the friendship oozes of stage. I went with a bunch of mates who came out loving it and surprised at how rocky they were. The new album is out soon and here's to another ten years.
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Doctor Who - The Enemy of the World [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Enemy of the World [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £10.49

18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing realese no extras at all, 25 Nov 2013
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OK I know how fantastic that any classic story is discovered and I was so excited when the DVD arrived this morning, then my excitement dropped no extras at all. The Enemy of the world, sticks out like a sore thumb with the rest of season five, which was known as the monster season, but it kept the promises to Patrick Troughton that he would get a chance to stretch himself as an actor, although for me not my favourite story it shows what a good actor he was.
I know many have given this 5 stars saying how great this was but this could have been so great, lets face it no Commentary when Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling have had so few stories to do. The importance of going from 405 line to 625 line for the preparation of colour, this such a lost chance to have such great extras.
Now OK this has been rushed out so we get no extras at all (bar a coming soon trailer),but to have no production notes, as well, and nothing extra. This should have been a celebration as well as being the 50th year of the show. Think of all the great release we have had, and with the discovery of such an important find you would have hoped we would get more. we could have waited a bit as it was available for download so some thing could be added.
The problem I have is I just know give it a year and we will get a special edition with extras just like all the other releases. No Doctor who DVD except the very first had no extras...oh it had subtitles!!.
please don't get me wrong, I love Dr who and the finding of any story is just "Fantastic",I just do not like being ripped off, as Dr Who fans. This is almost like the old double VHS issues back in the 80's. Yes it is my choice to buy it but, as BBC worldwide know we fans are an obsessive lot and like our collections complete. So This is a very poor show infact lazy for such an important discovery.
According to Worldwide it took on average two years to prepare the extras for the classic series, and this is obviously a rushed release, and yes as it has not been on TV since its original broadcast, I can understand the rush, however this is the 50th year, and a celebration of the complete series so to have nothing is, well pretty poor.
Please note I am not giving this 5 stars because the complete package is not up to the high standard of other DVD's and is not perfect at all and I want everyone to know what they are buying, and i am amazed people are defending the fact that it has no extras, are you nuts!
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James Dean - Ultimate Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] [1955] [Region Free]
James Dean - Ultimate Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] [1955] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ James Dean
Price: £22.50

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice collection but dodgy packing, 29 Oct 2013
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I received my box set today of six discs, as a fan, i am sure people looking into this set for the extras and quality of the transfer, as I am sure we all know about each of the films, so I will try and emplane what is in this set which makes it such good value. Starting with East Of Eden, for me my Favourite of Dean's three films. The transfer is good and very clear,for a film of this age and some of the outside scenes look fantastic, the sound is 5.1 DTS-HD and it appears a good remastering has been done on the picture. On this disc you also get the documentary forever James Dean, a good documentary although not as good as the Last American Teenager which is probably the essential documentary. No remastering was done here and the picture quality is quite poor on this extra.
Rebel Without a cause is also very good picture quality and also is presented in 5.1 DTS-HD, again this has been transferred very well, and is still a joy to watch.
Giant the final film is for me where the quality appears to have dropped I don't know if that was because of the negative, this was not a cinema-scope film, and is presented in the correct ratio and in stereo as per the original release. The picture just is a bit grainy in many places, but it is still better than the DVD which was released a few years ago. You then get a second disc with Giant with all the extras that were on the DVD with the George Stevens story, the making of Giant.
There are then two other discs of extras including a new documentary with Dennis Hoopper, out takes from Eden and Rebel and another documentary the Essential James Dean.
The other bonus material is very nice, copies of letters from Warner's to Elia Kazan, Nicholas Ray and George Stevens about the commission of each of the films, a lovely booklet about all the films, and replica original posters for each of the films.
This would have been a five star package as the content is good and the little extras are a nice touch. However the discs are contained in a very thin cardboard case which was creased on arrival, the housing for the discs, has two discs stored together, and they are so difficult to get out of the case. Considering the cost is negligible to manufacture, Warners should be ashamed at this, cheap Blu-ray covers. Any dean Fan will love the content of the discs, but I am sure will be disappointed with the package.
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The Essential Will Young
The Essential Will Young
Price: £4.00

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sony Cash in as Young leaves record label, 29 Oct 2013
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Ok first of all this is a great collection the only problem is only one album has been released of original material since the Hits collection, three years ago which is why I have knocked off a couple of stars.
Nearly all the tracks from that original collection are featured here, minus "it hadn't been for love". So this collection now includes the hits from Echoes and this time the Long and winding road (with Gareth Gates). You also get Don't let me down, which really is the only track you can not get else where. The hits collection was fine, and you also got the DVD of the singles too which was a nice bonus, this collection unfortunately is just taking the opportunity to make a little money from Young who has just signed to island records.
If you did however miss out on the hits collection and want a collection of Young hits than this is for you, Essential to the Fan well no it is not when its so close to the previous collection, and just adds the tracks from Echoes.
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