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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3)
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3)
Offered by games-n-console-land
Price: £27.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic FF titles looking beautiful, 11 April 2014
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Some of the best Final Fantasy games (PS2 era was the peak for me) beautifully remastered in HD. The addition of trophies has given another layer of gameplay focus, and the re-recorded music (not just remastered) has its own character whilst retaining the brilliance of the original compositions. Playing this all over again has shown how it hasn't aged and the experience is as invigorating and exciting as it ever was.

I eagerly await the HD remaster of FFXII, the best of the series.


Sennheiser MX 375 In-Ear Headphones - Black
Sennheiser MX 375 In-Ear Headphones - Black
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sennheiser quality at a bargain price, 11 April 2014
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These earphones give a well balanced, fairly neutral sound, are comfortable and are extremely enjoyable to listen to. My only quibble would be the thin, microphonic cable, but for this price that isn't going to change. I have been listening to a variety of music and have been surprised at how well they play full scale classical and opera, something which most headphones, let alone earphones, do well. I write this as an owner of a pair of HD-25 Aluminium and HD-650 headphones.

As a result of buying the MX 375s I have now dedicated an iPod to classical and opera, music which traditionally I have always left to home listening on my hifi. Having Wagner on the move is fantastic!

Overall, a very pleasant surprise, so much so I have bought another 3 pairs to make sure I have a pair of these for listening for many years to come.


Doors (Vinyl Box Set) [12" VINYL]
Doors (Vinyl Box Set) [12" VINYL]

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted opportunity, 20 May 2008
The decision to digitally transfer these albums to LP was a large mistake. Comparisons to even standard pressings reveal a lack of presence (some people refer to this as warmth) and space, low frequencies sound like they have been filtered out to a certain extent, which then serves to over-emphasise high frequencies, the music has lost the life which it should have and comes across as a bit flat.

In the liner notes Bruce Botnick states that blind listening tests which the producers of this set did between the analogue masters and the digital copies revealed no sonic differences(!). Well Bruce, time to quit because if you can't hear this level of difference you are in the wrong profession.

Other issues exist also - the records are not quiet as the liner notes claim, some of the LP covers have badly digitised images which look horrible, and the chance to speed correct the 1st LP was not taken.

On the plus side the set includes a mono pressing of the 1st album, and the box itself looks nice enough. Such a shame that so many corners were cut and poor decisions were made which ultimately is an insult to the Doors' great art.


Flexi-Sex
Flexi-Sex
Offered by Hottest Sounds Around
Price: £18.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slice of 70s British filth - classic!!, 10 Jan 2006
This review is from: Flexi-Sex (Audio CD)
Trunk Records have come up with the goods again with this excellent compilation of 'hardcore audio' - British porn mag ladies from the 70s talking (very) dirty for the listeners' pleasure. Very funny (I hadn't laughed as much in ages), and something of a curiosity, with some rather good, funky background music to help 'get you in the mood', as it were. Word of warning though: this could easily offend some people. Enjoy!!


Annihilation Of The Wicked
Annihilation Of The Wicked
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £11.07

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty!, 8 Sep 2005
Nile must have surely felt the pressure to deliver after their last album, the masterpiece 'In Their Darkened Shrines', but it sure doesn't show when you listen to this album, which must go down as one of the most towering achievements not only of death metal, but of all modern music. The intensity and complexity of the music is mind-boggling at first, then just astonishing, the new drummer plays like a man possessed, the production quality is stunning, and Karl Sanders delivers 'Egyptology 101 a la Nile' with awesome, primal vox. The musicianship on offer here is the equal of anything in the world today. As my very good friend said to me, "If you can't appreciate Nile, then you can't appreciate music". That about sums this album up really - vital music. Check it...


Rossz Csillag Alatt Született
Rossz Csillag Alatt Született
Price: £12.02

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another inspired fork in the road which is Venetian Snares, 23 Mar 2005
I've been waiting a while for one of the best electronica artists to approach classical music in some way or other, and I couldn't have asked for a better album than this. Aaron Funk applies his very own brand of moodiness and awesome breaks to an electic mixture of classical samples, with a little bit of his own playing thrown in for good measure (apparently Aaron Funk learned to play the trumpet and electric violin for this album!).
Despite the usual doses of pure playfulness and humour, a predominant feeling of melancholy hangs over this album, and much like his earlier, apparently introspective album Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding (a masterpiece), this album gives the listener the feeling that they are getting deeper into the complex mind of Venetian Snares, and it is clear that he has the soul of a true artist. For me his mastery of sampling, cutting, audio manipulation and construction is unquestionable, and with Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett he is showing more than ever what a truly creative musical force he is. This is probably his most hearfelt, textured and moving music to date, another glowing example of the true potential of electronica, Snares manages to successfully straddle the gap between headbanging insanity, pure feeling and deep intellectualism. The way in which he uses samples of Elgar's Cello Concerto on track 8, Szamar Madar, is testament to this alone, and is an awesome centrepiece to an awesome album. Do not miss this if you care about electronic music.
By the way, the album and song titles are all in Hungarian, as the album was inspired whilst Snares was travelling through Hungary.


Everything Is Green
Everything Is Green

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, British, bargain electronica!, 3 Nov 2004
This review is from: Everything Is Green (Audio CD)
Okay, so there's a few non-British artists on this compilation, but in the face of stiff competition from some very good, consistent electronica lables from the US and Europe, Toytronic are continuing the line of great British electronica. Still overshadowed and presumably outsold by Warp, Toytronic have nonetheless still managed to carve out a niche with some awesome releases which have at their core beautiful sounds and beautiful melodies, and this CD provides nothing less.
In a time when a lot of electronica releases are becoming too cerebral, too experimental, too bland or just too cold, Toytronic is putting out albums which contain real emotion and warmth. Listening to Everything Is Green is an uplifting experience from the very first listen. The music appears deceptively simple because of this but the structures are every bit a complex and carefully woven as most Warp releases.
Artists featured on the CD include, among others, the always excellent Gimmik, Low Profile Society and Abfahrt Hinwil, who provides the brilliant title track.
This compilation comes in at over 78 minutes, with 16 tracks. When you consider the quality of music contained on this disc, and if you have any liking for electronic music, then this must be considered the best bargain around. This is an excellent doorway to the rest of the Toytronic back catalogue - don't miss this one.


Born on the Fourth of July [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Born on the Fourth of July [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £5.76

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern classic given worthy release...at last, 21 Oct 2004
Tom Cruise gives what I still believe is his best performance as Ron Kovic, the all-American kid who sacrificed himself and his ideals in the Vietnam War, and returned home to a mixture of on the one hand, massive civil unrest and opposition to the war and on the other, a public which didn't seem to care or want to know the realities about Vietnam or its veterans. The story of Kovic is indeed the story of America in these troubled times - idealism and belief systems challenged, smashed and built anew, violence, inner and outer turmoil. It could be America's adolescent years I suppose. The performances are very powerful and really do the material justice. Stone's direction seems almost restrained, certainly compared to his later films such as JFK, Nixon, The Doors or Natural Born Killers. The periods are captured very well, especially the early scenes in the 50s, and the later riot scenes make you feel like part of the pandemonium.
The DVD is finally presented anamorphically, and it is a very good picture, having been cleaned up remarkably well. We are treated to very good Dolby 5.1 and DTS 5.1 mixes, the DTS as usual stands out as the better one. Stone gives one of his usual commentaries, chatty, honest and informative. The featurette is a bit of a throw away item, unfortunately. It is a shame there is not more here though, as Stone mentions the outtakes on the commentary, and Ron Kovic's actual speech at the 1976 National Democratic Convention would have been a very valuable addition, even in text form. Overall though, this is a fine disc for a very fine film.


Drukqs [Special Edition] [VINYL]
Drukqs [Special Edition] [VINYL]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very special edition of Drukqs, 18 Oct 2004
Drukqs is one of Richard D. James' best albums, but then most of his other work is exceptional, so comparisons aren't too helpful. The only Aphex album which I have no trouble placing above Drukqs is Selected Ambient Works Vol. II, but that's another review (possibly).
This is certainly his most varied work, and that has caused some to dislike/misunderstand the album since it has an eclectic mix of drill'n'bass, Aphex beats, ambience and something new, his piano works, all of which understandably could prove frustrating. Upon my first few listens I thought that the intense stuff should have been separated from the piano and ambience onto the two separate discs, but continuing to come back to this brilliant music has made me realise that Aphex did indeed hit upon the correct track order, as it makes the album work as, well, an album in the traditional sense - a musical journey - rather than just a collection of tracks.
I remember reading somewhere that the attraction of Richard D. James' music is that in every track, even his most brutally intense, there is a hidden beauty somewhere, and I firmly believe this to be true. You can hear it in spades on this album, perhaps more than any other, with the exception of SAWII which overflows with beauty. The piano tracks are truly sublime, Avril 14th in particular being incredibly moving. Programming piano tracks to this level of emotional involvement, without any traditional musical knowledge or the ability to read music, takes a rare talent.
So what makes this special vinyl edition so special? At Richard D. James' request 1000 copies of the LP were pressed by RTI, a pressing plant based in California. Put simply, RTI press the best vinyl on the planet, and this makes a massive difference to this album. I own the standard and the special edition LPs, and the difference is significant. The detail, spaciousness, bass, dynamics etc are all superior, and the surface noise is far less, all of which makes for a much more involving listening experience. As for comparisons to CD, I won't even bother as they are so huge.
Get this while you still can, but don't get this for the collectable value, get it because it's the best you'll ever hear Aphex Twin's music.


Sturmgesten
Sturmgesten

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let the darkness embrace you, 18 Oct 2004
This review is from: Sturmgesten (Audio CD)
Reinhard Voigt, brother of Wolfgang Voigt (GAS), has created one of the most intense, darkest electronica albums I have yet heard. The premise is simple - take a collection of sounds and make eight tracks using only those sounds. By using what appears to be simple rearrangment R. Voigt has created one of the most engaging musical works made in the 90s - sparse, moody, inward and certainly uncompromising in its execution, these eight soundscapes take me on a troubling and provocative journey to a darker side of my mind. It is only by experiencing the dark that you can understand it and, therefore, understand the light. That's (very) probably a load of cryptic rubbish on my part, but there's no denying that this music represents a total, immersing musical experience which you will either love or hate, but if you can draw something from a dark experience like this, then Sturmgesten comes with my highest recommendation.


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