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McFly - Behind The Noise [DVD] [2010]
McFly - Behind The Noise [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ David Spearing

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare DVD well worth a look if you can find it., 8 April 2013
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Having read Un said things, watching this DVD, with the knowledge of Dougie problems is a real eye opener. This is the documentary of a band who are great friends, but even by there admissions, not knowing everything that is going on with the members. As we now know Above the noise was not the album the group wanted to make but went down the road to far to turn back, That is not to say all the tracks were sprinkled with Dallas Austin's dance magic, Shine a light and Nowhere left to run are brilliant track, recorded with out Austin's influence.
Not all the tracks are bad, infact most are very good, End of the world, I need a woman are up there with the classic McFly tracks, and as a pop album it hits the mark and the writing is very strong. This is a great insight to the way the album was made and it is great, and having to wake Dougie up on many occasion as he is a sleep due to a heavy night before, bring home now the problems no one new.
Had this been another group this may have been the end but as the group is made up of four solid friendships they were always going to get throw the low times, and album six looks like it will be a new beginning.


Piledriver
Piledriver
Price: £4.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quo as they always should be, 8 April 2013
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I was lucky enough to see the original line up of Quo (Rossi, Parfitt. Lancaster and Coughlan at Hammersmith in 2013. Now I knew the hits obviously but not the early albums, this the groups fifth and first for Vertigo was the turning point and the album I decided to start with. paper plane was the only single from the album, but having heard many of the tracks live I looked forward to hearing the studio versions.
The songs sound fresh and full of life like they were recorded yesterday,and the depth of sound is so much brighter and sharper than the best of collections. On this album there are none of the disappointing covers from the modern albums this was Quo as they should be rockers with a great beat, the tracks like Don't waste my time, roadhouse blues and Big fat Mama are great, this led me to buy every Quo album up to Just Supposin' and I have to say the 70's sound i can only recommend this album and the others that followed this was like listening to another group, brilliant stuff.


Doctor Who: The Ark In Space - Special Edition [DVD]
Doctor Who: The Ark In Space - Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £6.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Tom Baker stories, 2 Jan 2013
The ark in space was the story that got me into Dr Who. it's amazing now that just three actors can keep the story moving for the whole of episode one, but they do and it works very effectively. For its time the set's were very impressive. I remember watching a documentary where Philip Hinchcliff stated that Tom Bakers voice was so good you could use it to move a story on wards or increase the suspense with just him describing something without seeing it, he was right. The Dr, Sarah and Harry land on the space station Neva which had been previously visited by a Wirrn, an insect life form. It has laid its eggs in the solar stacks and absorbed the body and mind of one of the sleeping humans. The Doctor's reactivation of the station's systems causes the humans to start to revive. Their leader, nicknamed Noah, becomes infected by one of the emerging larvae and is slowly taken over. On the extras you find out all about how bubble wrap became a favorite for the manufacture of monsters, at the time it worked well, and now it still looks effective. As for the Wirrn, they were a little clumsy, however its proof when you have an excellent script that you forgive such things. The commentary is the same as the original issue and the CGI effects are still included as an option. You also get the original 70min edited together omnibus episode broadcast around Christmas 1975, and a nice making of documentary. Other extras are a news item of the time, and 8mm behind the scenes film from Robot. The main feature is the same as the original with the same option to have the CGI effects recreated in 2002 the original release of this story.So this edition is for about an hour of extra not on the original disc. 2013 is going to be a very re-release year, as well as the Ark in Space we will be getting the Aztecs, Inferno, Green death and Visitation, funny how things change when we are reaching the end of the schedule of releases role on the Mind of evil.


Goodmans Freeview Digital Set Top Box Recorder with 320GB Hard Drive
Goodmans Freeview Digital Set Top Box Recorder with 320GB Hard Drive

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Goes wrong in weeks, 27 Dec 2012
I bought this for my Mum, i fell into the trap that it was a cheap price. Unfortunately buying cheap is not always the best. At first the box work OK, then after a few weeks pictures started to freeze. At first it was just the TV picture, then the menu would freeze so you could not pick programmes. The only way to re set this was to un-plug the machine. Then you try and delete programmes and the menu would freeze again. The machine is a nightmare in every sense of the word. Goodmans were not interested, I am and now buying a new recorder and reading the reviews carefully like i should of in the beginning and buy a good working recorder.


Breakfast In America (Deluxe Edition)
Breakfast In America (Deluxe Edition)
Price: £16.82

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great album disappointing deluxe version, 2 Dec 2012
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I am old enough to have bought the original Vinyl version of Breakfast in America, and for me it's still a fantastic album with no dud tracks. although this was the sixth Supertramp album, this one ended up being the biggest seller, Although anyone new to the group should also check out Crime of the Century.
I have bought many deluxe versions of my favourite albums and on the whole they have been pretty good, some containing not only a extra CD but a DVD as well. For me things have started to go down, since my purchase of Tears for Fears songs from the Big Chair. The packaging is nothing but awful, Universal have decided to get rid of the plastic slip case and replace it with a piece of tape wrapped around the box, which you have to cut to get into the set, and if you try and remove it(as it looks tacky now) it takes of the plastic cover of the picture!.
As for sound of disc one it appears to be re- mastered by Greg Calibi and is fantastic, however while searching on Amazon I found it has been issued as a stand alone so you do not need to purchase this deluxe version to enjoy the fantastic re-master. The second disc is live tracks of most of the album, however, they are technically inferior to the Paris live album, which is fine, but to be fair there is not much to interest a hard core fan here. If you wish to spend your money wisely my advise would by the single disc and then buy Paris live, you can not go wrong at all.
So to sum up although Breakfast in America is and Outstanding five star album, the deluxe is not an improvement on the original, and the packaging at full price is very bad, shame on you Universal, and bring back the plastic slip case!


Memory Lane - The Best of McFly
Memory Lane - The Best of McFly
Price: £11.67

40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hum it you may know it, 26 Nov 2012
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This is the second greatest hits collection, however it is far Superior than the first. Like many I dismissed McFly as another boyband, but after taking the time to listen to albums like Radio-active, I changed my mind.
This collection is sort of end of part one, and what was interesting after reading "Unsaid things" the groups biography is the group disliked the album "above the noise" and felt it was just to pop, bearing that in mind only two tracks make it on this collection the excellent "shine a light" and "Party girl" which is disliked by the group in its form according to the biography.
McFly first came to notice with "five colours in her hair" a song I have to admit I never liked, it was not until "Obviously" that I took notice. The hits kept coming as did the number one singles and although McFly are more than singles band it is on the second disc on the deluxe version you get "No worries" a beautiful song, Lola with Busted and some great live tracks like "memory lane". Like all writes, McFly got better as they got older, lets be honest even the Beatles got better, would you say Love me do was a classic like Hey Jude, I doubt it.
The first track "love is easy" is very catchy and it's difficult to get the tune out of your head, however "do Watcha" played on the last tour is a rocker and is far more what McFly are about, the other new track is "Cherry cola" is also back to the Radio-Active style. It's a shame that many people don't see beyond "all about you" McFly are so much more, listen to Falling in Love or on the second disc, POV (point of view) they are both very mature songs and show Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones to be excellent writers. Although the media still refer to McFly as a boyband, it is a confusing term, as most people think that means the group is manufactured, have all the songs given to them and can't play any instruments,and just sing and dance. McFly do everything themselves, just like other bands who are not tarnished with that tag. They and far more like Green day than say one direction, Danny Jones is an awesome guitarist as is Tom Fletcher, although he always seems to put himself down, when he is still the backbone to the band, the vocals blend perfectly together with Dougie also supplying the occasional lead with Transylvania and the new "do watcha". The now famous rhythm section of Dougie Poynter Bass and Harry Judd drums complete a very solid unit.
I have no idea if this collection changes peoples minds, but the new material premiered on the last tour does feel like a return to form and is more "radio- active" than "above the noise", which is a good thing. There will always be doubters as they will always think of the fact the group was marketted like a boyband, however listen and you may be very surprised, no boyband ever sounded like McFly.
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McFly - Unsaid Things...Our Story
McFly - Unsaid Things...Our Story
Price: £3.95

28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars laugh Cry and enjoy, 11 Oct 2012
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Boybands have there haters, and many people still think of McFly as boyband. However they are not in the sense of pretty boys dancing,or sitting on stools and just singing along to backing tracks. As it say's in the book McFly started out wanting to be like any other "cool" band who played and wrote their one material. However being young the record company and management presented them as a boyband to grab female fans. The band hated it as they lost credibility and this led to people believing they were miming their instruments and had no idea they wrote the songs. I would argue that they are a real band and always were. It is nice that they have waited quite a while to do a Biography, instead of putting a book out in the first year, its been nearly ten years and that's a long time in the music industry.
This book is unlikely to change anybody's mind a they won't bother to read it anyway. When i sat down and started to read it was a joy, amusing sad and very interesting. The introduction about a trip to Indonesia and a masseur has you laughthing, and then the story starts, in order of who joined the band first. Tom starts off and from a young age his musical talent started to show,from playing Oliver in the West end opposite Jim Dale and what amazed me is how dedicated he is at making the band work, he describes himself as mediocre at everything, he's not he is amazingly talented.
After the experience of being in Busted for a couple of days and being told he was not and feeling his world falling apart, the management saw something worth while in him and keep him on as a songwriter with James Bourne. We also discover Tom's dislike of crowds and to think this guy must force himself to meet fans for there pleasure not for his is very commendable. Tom suffered from depression and he admits near the end of the book that he was diagnosed with Bi pola in 2010.
Tom meets Danny who he may never have met had it not been for his mum, lucky Danny turned down the chance to be in V which was very short lived. Then Danny teamed up with Tom to write the first album with help from James Bourne. Deciding they wanted to start a group and needing a Bass player and drummer they put out the adverts.
It's Dougie who will bring a tear to your eye, bullied picked on at school for being small and a father that just disappeared one day leaving a note. He failed his original audition playing the first bars of Billie Jean but the manager saw something in Dougie. He practiced at his craft and was the last to join beating the other guy nick named "Vandermolt" from Harry potter, and Tom's story about that makes you chuckle but not sure it made Tom Laugh at the time. Dougie get's in the group even though he had lied about his age, but they loved him for that.
Harry was the most confident, like Danny having sport to fall back on was always going to help. However the cockiness as he said got him isolated at school, and having to win back friends. Harry like Dougie and only started playing drums about a year before the audition, but managed to get in even though Danny wanted the other drummer at first. The three were thrown together in a house until Dougie finally joined them and getting the smallest room in the house however it was apparently much bigger than his room at home. It's clear that Tom was the leader and was the driving force as the others hid there little weed habit from him in the house. This is a book you will not want to put down to you finish it's well written and the guys have waited until they had a lot to say and they do.
There are times i even had tears in my eyes, and you will find out when you read when Dougie's Secret when he hit's rock bottom. In the end you just wanting to be part of there gang,or at least have friends as close as theses guys. It is this friendship that the group have that will keep them together. Am I a fan well I was not at first but as there music grew up (they were always rockers at heart) I became one,I also met them on occasions when I was working and you can't help but like them. If your a fan you will love this book if you want a good read its a great amusing story with emotion. This is so worth a read and you find out the truth about a lot the lows the highs a real story, McFly will be around for a long time because of friendship hats off to you guys.
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Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra
Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra
Price: £17.39

55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different view, 9 Oct 2012
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This CD was advertised as a reworking of the old hits with today's technology Supposedly to give a brighter and all round better sound than the originals. Personally however, ELO always sounded good, and other recordings that were made in 50's like Frank Sinatra still sounds fantastic. I am one of those people that still feels Analogue recordings are far brighter than digital, remember "Out of the Blue", it still sounds great.
This reworking of hits by Lynne on his own has divided fans, Please don't get me wrong I am a massive ELO fan and so wanted this to be great but, how do you improve on greatness?. Would you want Paul McCatney to re-record some Beatles hits? and then put them out saying they are better now than then probably not.
The album kicks of with Mr Blue Sky, yes its OK but stops before the brilliant final ending, so that's one that just can't be better than the original. However one thing Lynne still has is a great voice and he is a great musician. However considering all the tracks from "A New world record" onward's were recorded on 48 track tape recorders giving such a sound-scape I felt some of the tracks sound a bit hollow compared to the versions we all know. So for me the best tracks that do work well are the earlier recordings like "can't get you out of my head", "Evil Woman" and "showdown".
After watching the BBC4 documentary and hearing Lynne and Richard Tandy perform a lot of the songs on piano and guitar, perhaps taking a completely different slant on the hits may have been a better idea than trying to do better than the originals. Although ELO was Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy provided great keyboard and arranged the strings section, Bev Bevan was always a reasonable drummer and in there hey day Kelly Groucett not only provided Bass but also supported Lynne on the vocals. I suppose that's what you do miss, although Lynne can do wonders with his voice.
One thing has always amazed me is that it took so long for Lynne to be recognized as a great songwriter. Even out of ELO his contributions to George Harrison, Tom Petty and of cause the Travelling Willbury's were next to none. At least now he is recognized as a true great. So don't buy this expecting an exact copy of the ELO hits, because its not,it is how Jeff Lynne sees them now, and why not he wrote them. This collection is still worth investigating as a fan, but as a new person to ELO stick with the originals and the classic albums.
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Tusk
Tusk
Price: £6.25

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars buy the double this has edits on it, 2 Oct 2012
This review is from: Tusk (Audio CD)
Tusk was Fleetwood mac's answer to Punk or should I say Lyndsey Buckingham's answer to not doing Rumours part 2. Although not as successful as Rumours, Tusk has some great highlights including the title track. However Be warned of the single disc version with a single edit of Sara. When this was originally issued record companies felt it better to edit tracks or omit tracks so that a double album would fit on one disc. This was all rectified with the re-mastered double set, with the full version of sara restored. The second disc has demos and out takes and is quite interesting as well.So don't fall in the trap I really think this should be deleted as it has now been replaced with the complete version of the album.
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Bad - 25th Anniversary Deluxe [3 CD/1 DVD]
Bad - 25th Anniversary Deluxe [3 CD/1 DVD]
Price: £14.00

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Again not the orginal album dissapointed, 20 Sep 2012
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When I saw this was coming I ordered it hoping bad would be restored to it's original cd and LP issue it has not. The album is the same as the remastered version, so you again do not get the original version when you are shelling out a massive thirty pounds. So "I just can't stop loving you" omits Michael's spoken intro, "Dirty Diana" is the single version, the breathing has been taken off "smooth criminal" and "The way you make me feel" is slightly remixed with the vocal being more up front. So I was then hoping that these original versions would find there way onto the second disc of bonus material, "wrong" they don't" The bonus disc contains the three bonus tracks that were tagged onto the end of the original remastered issue and a few other demos and tracks from the period and remixes including a remix of Bad.
Bad for me was Jackson at his peak and is a great album with almost no filler. Why oh why will Sony not give the fans the original version, this was a chance to correct things.
The Wembley concert is a great DVD to have having never seen it, it show's what Jackson gave to his fans a great show, you also get a CD of the concert which is also very nice and is 5.1 as well. The package is good and it should be at this price two fat booklets one for the DVD and one for the CD which have loads of information pictures and lyrics. So my only gripe although it is a very big one is how disappointed I am that the album has not been restored to its original glory. I would state this is a five star album I have given three as this was a missed opportunity to correct the album back to its fantastic original glory.
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