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Still Dreamin' Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979 - 81
Still Dreamin' Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979 - 81
Price: £10.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dream Worth Dreamin', 29 July 2014
Over 30 years after the release of their one and only album, Donnie & Joe Emerson finally tasted success when Light in the Attic re-issued it a couple of years ago. This new collection from LITA features a further 12 songs they recorded in their $100,000 studio that their father financed by mortgaging most of his farm land. Initially I didn't have much interest in this album - lost songs are normally lost for a reason i.e. they're not very good - but when I saw it on the shelves in HMV I was reminded just how much I enjoyed Dreamin' Wild and took a punt. And I'm glad I did. Much like Dreamin' Wild, this is more or less a Donnie Emerson solo affair (Joe co-wrote one song and plays drums on a couple of others) and once again it highlights what a talented musician and songwriter he was.

Missing much of the naive charm found on Dreamin' Wild, Donnie's sound has evolved and these teenage symphonies are a lot more confident and assured. Admittedly the production and instrumentation, particularly the drum machines and synths, sounds very much of its time (very early 1980's sounding!) but nearly all of these songs are immediate, catchy and well crafted pop songs. The overall sound isn't too far removed from that of Hall & Oates from the same period and you can also hear the influence of the music Donnie was probably listening to at the time, including The Cars, Rick Springfield and Tom Petty. Strong melodies, addictive choruses and even some political commentary ('Big Money'), this is every bit as good as Dreamin' Wild. Housed in a gatefold cardboard sleeve, it clocks in at just over 40 minutes and once again features excellent liner notes.


Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker
Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker
Price: £23.65

5.0 out of 5 stars So simple & effective - coffee never tasted so good, 27 July 2014
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This will be the best £25 I'll spend all year and I wish I'd taken the 'plunge' earlier. Simply put, this is the quickest, cleanest, easiest and best way to make coffee. The is no residue in your cup like you get with a cafetiere, just the smooth and full-bodied taste of coffee. It's such a simple but clever way of getting the full flavour from your coffee. It's also a very clean method - just eject the spent coffee and filter straight into the bin.

I've found that I achieve the best tasting coffee using the "inverted" method - check out the videos on YouTube to see how it works. Finally, don't be put off by the size. It compacts to about the same size as single cup cafetiere (and I've binned the funnel because you don't really need it).


Breett 8000mah Power Bank, Slim Dual Ports Li-polymer External Battery Pack USB Charger for iPhone, Samsung, Cellphone, Tablets
Breett 8000mah Power Bank, Slim Dual Ports Li-polymer External Battery Pack USB Charger for iPhone, Samsung, Cellphone, Tablets

5.0 out of 5 stars Light and inexpensive with a decent capacity, 24 July 2014
Lightweight (190g) and not much bigger than a smart phone, this power bank takes approximately 8 hours to charge from empty using a USB-Micro USB lead (included) and has enough power to charge an iPad to 70% from empty or an iPhone twice over. It has two output USB sockets - 1Amp (for smart phones) and 2.1Amp (for tablets and smart phones) and it charged both my iPad and iPhone simultaneously.

Made from a rubber/plastic hybrid material it's great for carrying around in the event that your device's power starts running low. It's has four lights on the front (25%, 50%, 75% & 100%) that indicate how much power it has and these are very useful when both charging and discharging.

There are higher capacity models available but if you're just after something very light and portable to top up your device at the end of the day then this is the one to get and at the asking price of £12.99 (at the time of writing), it's a bargain. I received this gratis from the manufacturer in return for this honest review.


Breett Multifunction Fm Radio Stereo Transmitter Car Mp3 with Bluetooth4.0 Handsfree Calling and Standard USB Charging Port (Black) (Black) (Black)
Breett Multifunction Fm Radio Stereo Transmitter Car Mp3 with Bluetooth4.0 Handsfree Calling and Standard USB Charging Port (Black) (Black) (Black)
Offered by Amazing-deal
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Bluetooth FM transmitter that enhances car audio capability, 23 July 2014
I drive a 2010 Vauxhall Astra SRi and whilst the speakers are good, it has limited functionality with just a CD drive that plays MP3 CDs and a radio. It has no USB connection or 3.5mm jack lead connection points and it's built into the dashboard as part of the design so it would be expensive to change it for something else. And that's where this magical Bluetooth FM transmitter comes in handy.

With this transmitter I can play music directly from any Bluetooth enabled tablet or phone over the car speakers, charge a USB device and receive hands free telephone calls. It's all very, very clever.

Set-up is simple. Plug it into your cigarette lighter socket and switch it on and pair it with your device - both my iPhone and iPad recognised it immediately and the Bluetooth paired seamlessly. Next, using the frequency control knob on control hub, select a free FM frequency (it has an FM frequency display LCD) and then tune your car radio to the exact same frequency. Finally, select some music to play on your device and you'll hear the music playing over your car speakers. And that's it! When switched on thereafter the Bluetooth reconnects flawlessly with my iPhone / iPad and the FM frequency remains the same.

The hands free phone call facility is faultless. Leave your phone in your pocket playing your tunes and if it rings, you'll hear the ringing over your car speakers instead of the music. Hit the unmissable multi-function button and you'll hear the person calling you over your car speakers and they'll be able to hear you. At the end of the call hit the multi-function button again and your music will carry on playing.

The USB charging port is a really handy feature allowing you to keep your device charged up and not drained from playing music. I can put my iPad in my glove compartment and have it charging whilst listening to the music on it.

The sound quality is excellent. Occasionally you have some very light static but it's negligible because it's drowned out when driving and the Bluetooth connection has never dropped out. There are buttons for skipping backwards and forwards between tracks and a rotating volume control button and the multi-function button pauses the music.

It is quite a big device and it's worth bearing in mind that you're looking at a 95mm (including the head of a USB cable) over-hang of the main body when it's plugged into the cigarette lighter socket. The goose neck is adjustable and the control hub, which connects magnetically (and securely) to the goose neck, is fitted with a battery and when fully charged, via the cigarette lighter socket, you can disconnect it and play your music back for a couple of hours without having anything plugged into the cigarette lighter socket. So effectively, if you've got a a charging socket in your car boot, you could charge it in there and then use it in the front of the car.

In summary, I love this Bluetooth FM transmitter. It's given my car extra audio capabilities and it's easy to set up and use, with excellent audio quality too. I was given this device by the manufacturer in return for an honest review but I honestly cannot find fault with it and with an asking price of £23.99 (at the time of writing), it's a bargain.


Inateck® Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Wireless Bluetooth & Audio Wired) with Built-in Rechargable Battery Works With iPhone, Samsung, Nexus, iPod, iPad, Mp3 player, Tablet PC, Notebook, Android Smartphones And more Bluetooth Enabled Devices, Powerful Loud and Clear Sound with Bass, Black
Inateck® Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Wireless Bluetooth & Audio Wired) with Built-in Rechargable Battery Works With iPhone, Samsung, Nexus, iPod, iPad, Mp3 player, Tablet PC, Notebook, Android Smartphones And more Bluetooth Enabled Devices, Powerful Loud and Clear Sound with Bass, Black
Offered by Inateck
Price: £39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound and amazing Bluetooth range, 22 July 2014
Weighing just 150g and able to sit comfortably in the palm of my hand, this tiny speaker gives out a lot of sound and it has features you wouldn't expect for such a small speaker. Whilst you're not going to get the same quality of sound that you get from a £200 Bose speaker, the sound is comparable to other Bluetooth speakers in the £50 price range that I've used. It handles the bass well and the overall sound is clear and balanced and it doesn't distort too much even when you have both the speaker volume and your device volume at their highest. It's not quite large enough to fill every corner of a room but it's not too far off.

It paired seamlessly with my iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and laptop (running Ubuntu) and connects every time with no problems. The Bluetooth range is superb - I can carry this speaker upstairs and around the house and to the far end of the garden and the connection never, ever drops out. I've not known a Bluetooth speaker to have such a good range and couple this with its size and it's perfect for carrying from room to room and into the garden. If your device is not Bluetooth compatible it can be connected using the included 3.5mm audio cable. It's charged using a USB cable, also included.

It also has a built in microphone and works perfectly as a speaker phone and you can also pause music and turn the volume up or down using a scroll button on the rear of the speaker. With a full charge I'm getting around 5 hours of playback.

In summary, this speaker is a steal at the selling price of £15.99 (at the time of writing). When taking the three main considerations when buying a Bluetooth speaker into account - cost, sound and Bluetooth range - it succeeds on every level. I was given this speaker by the manufacturer in return for a review but I honestly cannot find fault with it. Finally, if you're thinking of gifting this, it comes in a classy looking box.


Country Funk Volume - 2 1967 -1974
Country Funk Volume - 2 1967 -1974
Price: £12.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Country Funk and Blue-eyed Southern Soul Goodness, 15 July 2014
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With lesser known acts rubbing shoulders with household names, this is another fine compilation from Light in the Attic. There are soulful country vibes aplenty but it's not as funky as the first volume. Nonetheless there's still an impressive and diverse array of songs on offer and much to enjoy.

Billy Swan opens the album with a dramatically re-worked cover of Elvis' 'Don't Be Cruel' where he slows thing right down - it works perfectly and it very soulful (but not funky!). Bobby Darin's 'Me and Mr Hohner' is underpinned by a heavy bass line and takes in a cool organ break and Jackie Deshannon's turns in a powerful cover of 'The Weight'. Lady of the moment Dolly Parton gets happy on the up-tempo 'Getting Happy' (check out the sample friendly percussion and bass break on the intro) and 'Rising Sign' by Jim Ford sounds like deep southern fried Sly and The Family Stone and it's the best song here.

Clocking in a couple of minutes shy of the hour mark, special mention must be made of the sound quality - it's superb. Where other labels fail with the mastering, LITA releases always sound amazing. Housed in a sturdy gatefold cardboard sleeve alongside a booklet with original release details and images of record sleeves, there's little in the way of liner notes but I suppose the music speaks for itself. Put on your headphones, turn up the volume, kick back and enjoy!


Motown Northern Soul
Motown Northern Soul
Price: £4.61

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 25 Motown Northern Soul Floorshakers, 14 July 2014
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This review is from: Motown Northern Soul (Audio CD)
Billed as the follow up to 2012's Motown Floorshakers, this is another impressive budget release. There are dozens of Northern Soul compilations released every year but you can't go far wrong with one bearing the Motown logo. Clocking in at 68:52 and featuring 25 tracks, this is no exception.

Tammi Terrell sings the superb mid-tempo 'Tears at the End of a Love Affair' perfectly with some beautifully arranged backing vocals drifting in and out of the mix. As acknowledged in the sleeve notes, Brenda Holloway at last sings about a misery free love affair on 'Keep on Rolling' and The Monitor's 'Crying in the Night' is a joyous dance floor filler (despite the lyrics!). Motown in-house band Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers provide an instrumental take of 'I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)' (commonly known as The Funk Brothers, they were credited as The Soul Brothers on this 1965 single release) and Diana Ross & The Supremes close the album with the cool and elegant 'Stormy'.

There are some overlaps, but if you enjoy this then the Cellarful of Motown and Tamla Motown Connoisseurs budget compilations also released by Spectrum are well worth checking out too.


Bolse® 25W (5V/5A) 4-Port USB Wall/Desktop charger With SmartIC™ Technology for iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 4S, 4; iPad Air, mini, retina mini; iPad 4, 3, 2; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3; Galaxy Note 3, 2; LG G2, HTC and Android Devices With 5FT/1.5M Power Cord-Black
Bolse® 25W (5V/5A) 4-Port USB Wall/Desktop charger With SmartIC™ Technology for iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 4S, 4; iPad Air, mini, retina mini; iPad 4, 3, 2; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3; Galaxy Note 3, 2; LG G2, HTC and Android Devices With 5FT/1.5M Power Cord-Black
Offered by T.M. Enterprise
Price: £25.99

5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Into 1 USB charger, 8 July 2014
This is smart, compact and very clever multi-USB charging device from Bolse. Plug four USB devices into it and it will regulate the power needed by each one. iPads, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, MP3 players, Bluetooth speakers, camera - I've tried just about every combination and everything charges at more or less the same rate as when they're plugged directly into a wall socket, even when there are four of them plugged into this.

The lengthy 5' mains cable is an extra bonus - it doubles as an extension lead when I'm using my iPad when it's low on power. I was lucky enough to receive this gratis in return for a review but, for the asking price of £12.99 (at the time of writing), it's a bargain and a good excuse to clear out the assorted USB-mains plugs I've collected over the past couple of years.


LuguLake Portable Bluetooth Speaker, With Stand / Dock , Wireless Stereo Speaker Built-in 3.5mm Aux Port For IPhone 5S, 6, IPad Air, IPod, Samsung Galaxy S5, Mobile Phones, Tablets, PC, Laptops, Ultrabook, MP3 Players (Silver)
LuguLake Portable Bluetooth Speaker, With Stand / Dock , Wireless Stereo Speaker Built-in 3.5mm Aux Port For IPhone 5S, 6, IPad Air, IPod, Samsung Galaxy S5, Mobile Phones, Tablets, PC, Laptops, Ultrabook, MP3 Players (Silver)
Offered by LuguLake Direct Europe
Price: £89.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Bluetooth speaker / stand combination for mini home cinema, 8 July 2014
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Sound wise, ignore the list of devices that this is compatible with in the product description because it will work with any device that has either Bluetooth capability or a 3.5mm headphone socket. Bearing in mind that it is a stand and not a dock (you cannot charge a device from it) it works best with 7"-10" devices where you get the benefit of a larger screen. My iPad slots perfectly into the groove and it's held firmly in place.

It sounds good given that the speakers are at the side of the stand and although it won't fill a room, it goes loud enough. There are better sounding Bluetooth speakers in this price range (£46.99 at the time of writing) and below but the real advantage is the combination of the speaker with a stand. If you're cooking in the kitchen you can use this to watch TV or, best of all (for me at least!), when washing-up sit it on the window sill and watch TV. It looks stylish, charges within two hours and the battery lasts a reasonable 8 hours. If you're going to be using a handheld device to watch TV then this is the Bluetooth speaker to get but, if you're after a speaker solely for listening to music, I'd suggest looking elsewhere.


KabelDirekt 5m Pro Series Stereo Jack Extension Cable 3.5mm Male > 3.5mm Female
KabelDirekt 5m Pro Series Stereo Jack Extension Cable 3.5mm Male > 3.5mm Female
Offered by KabelDirekt

5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality 3.5mm Extension Cable., 3 July 2014
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This is a review for the 5m cable. Whilst you can get cheaper extension leads for as little as a couple of quid, it's worth splashing out the extra cash for this one. The cable is thick and uncoils without any kinks and the connecters are solid and well built. Sound quality is in no way impaired and I can now watch films whilst wearing headphones late at night without fear of waking up the rest of the house. Recommended.


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