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King of the Mountain (TT Style)
King of the Mountain (TT Style)
Price: £0.79

5.0 out of 5 stars ...if you like bikes, 2 Mar. 2014
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The TT's for nutcases right? Redline have provided the "mighty men" who ride it with both a theme tune and an homage. Good to listen to all year round....but especially in June.


Heaven And Hell
Heaven And Hell

5.0 out of 5 stars The world is full of Kings and Queens......, 2 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Heaven And Hell (MP3 Download)
Top lyrics, excellent vocal performance and great riff....everything you could want from heavy rock. As a single track it's great....as part of an album it's equally good.


Hackensack
Hackensack
Offered by Alemannenprog
Price: £10.74

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sweaty blues from the glam rock era, 11 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Hackensack (Audio CD)
You've got Nicky Moore on vocals, big guy....bigger voice. This is pre Samson, Tiger and Mammoth. Last track each side (that's 4& 8) are a bit throwaway but the rest are real gems. Northern Girl (that turns into Beethoven's 9th) is my favourite but I sing along to nearly every track.
From the early seventies when new bands were featuring glam and glitter Hackensack were a British band featuring long hair, denim and blues rock of a fine vintage.....


Don't Die with the Music in You
Don't Die with the Music in You
by Wayne Bennett
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars life, the universe and everything, 20 Jan. 2013
It's a small book but there's a lot packed into it. A continuous reference for life...You'll lend it to people and then nag to get it back. You'll leave bookmarks in it, post it notes and maybe a few pencil notes. The guys got a lot of things figured out....and you'll want to tap into that knowledge regularly.
He just happens to be the best coach in the world too.


A Storm of Spears: Understanding the Greek Hoplite in Action
A Storm of Spears: Understanding the Greek Hoplite in Action
by Christopher Anthony Matthew
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read....not entirely convincing, 8 Jan. 2013
As is so often the case these days new books have to challenge "old" ideas...otherwise we don't need a new book. To summarise the contest; this book argues that a hoplite normally used his spear underarm as opposed to the "normal" interpretation of an overarm thrust.
To do this the author puts a lot of faith in his re-enactment experience. There is a basic flaw in doing this....re-enactors are not trying to kill each other. Whether a spear can or can't penetrate a shield best with an under or over arm stroke does not add up to all that much when we know that the actual users weren't trying to penetrate a shield. In fact you could argue it's better to not penetrate and glance off than to have the spearpoint wedged fast. Successful thrusts to the exposed neck and face don't leave punctured armour and are easier to achieve overarm. Apparently the author's group of modern hoplites travelled to Marathon for the anniversary celebrations and were roughly handled when confronted with others using an overarm action....so the evidence is not as clear as he'd like us to believe in his conclusions.
It also seems that much of the discussion about formations (file spacing etc) is based on works describing later Hellenistic period pike phalanx operation. These are always depicted in art using their weapon two handed and underarm (which, strangely, contrasts with 17th century useage where pikes were levelled at shoulder height) so agree with his conclusions.
After reading the book my personal view is that both ways were used as appropriate, under arm when relatively passive (i.e. a long engagement where keeping your opponent at a distance is valuable)and overarm when you are aggressively seeking a quick resolution. I enjoyed reading the book.....I just found I didn't agree with it all.
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Etarlis
Etarlis

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dreamy & atmospheric, 21 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Etarlis (Audio CD)
A wonderful listening experience. fragile female vocals accompany and become one with soundscapes that build then soar then diminish beautifully. Definitely one to be listened to in a single sitting as the tracks work so well as a "whole".
I can't recommend it highly enough...


Lovedrive
Lovedrive
Offered by playanywhere
Price: £75.99

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ruined by re-mastering, 4 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Lovedrive (Audio CD)
One of my all-time favourite albums made all but unlistenable by a screwball (re)mastering engineer. Everything, every single instrument and vocal, is adjusted to be at exactly the same volume completely ruining the balance of the music. Without quiet bits you haven't got loud bits! It even sounds bad in the car it's that poor.
Unfortunately one of many albums given this treatment recently, apparently it's done to sound "lively" to people using ipod earphones.
Buy the old, unrematered, version if you can get hold of one to hear it how the Scorpions wanted it to sound....
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Embrace The Storm
Embrace The Storm
Offered by silver-tentacle-UK
Price: £9.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising, 8 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Embrace The Storm (Audio CD)
I have a theory. Albums that take a while to get into last you a lifetime and those with "instant" appeal end up being rarely played. This was a real slow burner. It took several listens at home and then more in the car.....and then it happened. So what am I actually hooked on? Atmospheric vocals for one, probably not as impressed with her voice as the other reviewers but it is haunting and suits her lyrics so well. They seem at times almost aloof and that's one of the things that took a while to get into so be warned!
Musically the variation in mood and tempo is brilliantly handled and is all well played. It can seem disconnected but all falls into place when you get a chance to listen at an appropriate volume. You won't get a proper feel for it by listening to poor quality snapshots on tiny earphones off the net. It's high quality music to fill a room (or your car at least) with.
It's also got some great riffs to remind you you're listening to heavy rock.
Hugely enjoyable, rewarding listening.


Hypothetical
Hypothetical
Offered by musea
Price: £13.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent rock out, 24 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Hypothetical (Audio CD)
A real favourite in my collection. Loved it when I first got it and still do. It's a regular on the hi-fi along with Darwin's Radio....somehow they go together.

Lots of guitar, very intelligent lyrics sung by Mac...one of the best voices in rock, powerful drums and bass rhythms. Think Dream Theater with better songs and singer, think Rush with rockier riffs.

I can't fault it. "Turn on Tune In" and "Narcissus" are highlights of an album lacking lowlights.

The album is currently available with Critical Mass (another classic) in a double pack at a bargain price.......buy it, you know it makes sense.


Montrose
Montrose
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £9.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great way to spend half an hour, 6 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Montrose (Audio CD)
This was a sixth form common room favourite in my youth. It was so loud that it had to be short (that's a groove thing......ask your parents!).

The tracks are all brash and exciting, played with energy and real ability. I never knew it wasn't a hit, probably never sold because of all the "home taping is killing music" going on amongst spotty teenagers.

As a young rocker I had to have it explained to me that Americans used "scooter" to mean motorbike, but once reassured I just loved that engine rev guitar intro...witty lyrics too, a rock song where the boy asks the girl to come see him on her "bad motor scooter" 'cos he's afraid of her dad!

Excellent.....


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