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Sound of the City Experience
Sound of the City Experience
Price: £12.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost and found, 19 Jan 2014
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Originally released on Tiger Lily Records in 1976, this album was pressed in very limited numbers and was never available to buy because Tiger Lily was a record label on paper only. Set up by notorious music mogul Morris Levy, Tiger Lily 'released' records (often without the consent or knowledge of the artists) and the sole purpose of the label was to act as a tax scam. The idea was that Levy would write off non-existent hundreds of thousands of LPs as unsold, submit a tax loss claim that in turn would help his main label - Roulette Records - remain profitable. To make the scam appear plausible a few dozen copies of each release were run-off.

Regardless of its history, this is at times an extraordinarily good album that encapsulates the sound of late sixties US soul, early seventies Modern Soul, funk and disco and it would more than likely have been a success had it been afforded a proper release. Although most of the vocal duties are undertaken by women, the cover is misleading - Sounds Of The City were not a girl vocal group - instead they were a well drilled mostly all male band that had been together for a few years when the offer from Levy came along. They had enough music recorded to fill an album when they cut the deal and according to band leader Mario Sprouse, they knew exactly what they were signing-up to and intended to use the LP as a "calling card" to get gigs and to attract interest from genuine labels.

The musicianship throughout is faultless and there are some really tight grooves and ear-catching arrangements and vocals. Album opener 'Getting Down' is all choppy rhythm guitars and horns and sounds like it could've been lifted straight from a Blaxploitation soundtrack. 'Through No Fault of Our Own' is a sublime slow-tempo doo-wop inspired track featuring gorgeous female vocals and 'It's So Wonderful Baby / Gina' is perfect Salsa disco. 'Judgement Day' is three minutes of chaotic funk and 'Come and Stay With Me' is silky smooth soul.

Given that these were self financed and produced recordings, the production is occasionally a bit messy but the overall sound is very good. I took a punt on this record and I'm knocked-out at the quality of the music and it's good to see it finally getting a long over-due genuine release by Jazzman Records.
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Child's Pose [DVD]
Child's Pose [DVD]
Dvd ~ Luminita Gheorghiu
Price: £12.23

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Talking heads and dizzying camera work, 16 Jan 2014
This review is from: Child's Pose [DVD] (DVD)
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Filmed almost entirely using hand held cameras, this emotionally charged film makes for a dizzying viewing experience especially when coupled with the near constant subtitles. Focussing on a ruthless upper middle class mother's obsession with her adult son, it's VERY dialogue heavy. Luminita Gheorghiu, in the role of the mother, dominates throughout and appears in almost every scene.

Following a traffic accident where her son is responsible for the death of a young boy, the mother goes to every length possible in her attempts to get him cleared and absolved of any blame. From bribing a witness, paying off the dead child's family and altering her son's police statement, she will stop at nothing. Her attentions - one scene leads the audience to believe that her obsession may be more than emotional - are unwanted by her thirty something son who feels suffocated by her.

Many of the scenes are unnecessarily over-long and tiresome and at times it all begins to drag. It's easy to see why it won the Golden Bear - it ticks many of the right boxes - Eastern European, hand-held cameras, non-mainstream, Gheorghiu's outstanding performance, etc. Whilst it's a watchable film, it probably works best if you speak fluent Romanian (you almost have to speed read the subtitles at times) and enjoy emotional dramas that contain very little suspense and nothing in the way of action whatsoever.


SanDisk Mobile Ultra microSDXC 64 GB UHS-I Class 10 Memory Card 30 MB/s + SD Adapter + Memory Zone Android App (SDSDQUA-064G-U46A)
SanDisk Mobile Ultra microSDXC 64 GB UHS-I Class 10 Memory Card 30 MB/s + SD Adapter + Memory Zone Android App (SDSDQUA-064G-U46A)
Price: £27.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Huge capacity at a reasonable price, 14 Jan 2014
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I purchased this direct from Amazon to avoid the possibility of receiving a fake one. It arrives formatted in exFAT and both my Samsung Android devices didn't recognise it - they only appear to support FAT32. Therefore, I wouldn't necessarily read too much into the 'Android' marketing blurb. To change the format to FAT32 I put it into my Samsung Android MP3 player and hit the 'Format SD Card' tab in the Settings menu and it was then good to go. Copying MP3 files from my PC was a slow process (average speed of 4.25 MB/second) but I suppose it depends on your equipment. Holds close on 500 CDs worth of music encoded at 320kbps. The included adapter is very handy.


Case Logic Snap View Folio for 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab - Black
Case Logic Snap View Folio for 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab - Black
Price: £26.91

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but over-priced, 12 Jan 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Whilst I do like this case, it's not perfect. It securly holds the Galaxy Tab in a hard plastic recess and all the buttons, inputs and camera are accessible apart from the Micro SD card slot. The fold over cover folds back nicely and makes it comfortable to hold. It has three landscape gradient slots to prop it up when watching video. Overall, it's solid, fairly light and adds a reassuring level of protection.

However, the advertised magnetic sleep function does not work, the material cover is a dirt magnet that, unlike leather or faux leather cases, cannot be easily wiped clean with an anti-bacterial wipe and it's a bit tricky when you want to remove your device from it.

The price this is selling for is staggering. You can get decent cases for less than a tenner and given that the cost of the 7" Galaxy Tab 3 is edging ever closer to the £100 mark, it seems an excessive amount to pay for a case. It's good, but it's not that good.


Huawei E5331 High Speed 3G 21.1Mbps Mi-Fi Unlocked Modem
Huawei E5331 High Speed 3G 21.1Mbps Mi-Fi Unlocked Modem
Price: £44.17

4.0 out of 5 stars Mobile Broadband, 30 Dec 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This Mi-Fi is so easy to use. Insert a data SIM card (not supplied) and the battery, charge it up for a couple of hours and you're good to go. Getting connected to the Internet is also very easy. Switch it on, open up the Wi-Fi settings on your tablet, select the Mobile Wi-Fi SSID that corresponds with the number on the inside cover of the Mi-Fi and when prompted for a password enter the Wi-Fi key (also on the inside of the back cover) and that's it. I had no problems whatsoever connecting both my iPad and Galaxy Tab. The speed is good - not lightening fast but acceptable and I suppose it depends on your location.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch - (Black, Wi-Fi)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch - (Black, Wi-Fi)
Offered by Digital.Camz
Price: £114.99

26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average... Performance can be unacceptably slow, 25 Dec 2013
Given the 8GB capacity, overall performance (see below) and the non-Gorilla Glass screen, the RRP of £229.99 is WAY too expensive (I paid £99.99 at PC World) for what is ultimately a very average 7" tablet. Compact, lightweight, upgradable up to 64GB with a micro-SD card (which I've done) and with plenty of useful pre-installed apps, if you're in the market for a budget hand held device this might fit the bill but only if you're prepared to compromise. Considering the RRP, it's no competition for the iPad Mini which beats it hands down.

Although I have 3GB of the internal capacity of 8GB to spare on my Tab, the overall performance is very sluggish for extended periods to the point of irritation and it uses two-thirds of the RAM even when there are no apps or background tasks running. On a 40Mbps Wi-Fi network the browser (both the pre-installed one from Samsung and Google's Chrome) just crawls along.

When it comes to apps, unlike the Kindle Fire there's no ring-fencing with this device - you have FULL access to the Google app store. It has a reasonable battery life of 6-7 hours whilst surfing the web and it connects seamlessly with my Bluetooth speaker.

In summary, this is an average tablet. The extended periods when it crawls along at a snail's pace and for no reason whatsoever maxes out the RAM is unacceptable. If you can spare the extra outlay opt for an iPad Mini instead - it's far more responsive, faster, smoother and with a better build quality and 16GB on board (although unlike the Tab, you can't upgrade its capacity) - you won't regret it.


Norton Internet Security 21.0 - 3 Computers, 1 Year Subscription (PC) [2014 Edition]
Norton Internet Security 21.0 - 3 Computers, 1 Year Subscription (PC) [2014 Edition]
Price: £24.45

120 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effortlessly taking care of business, 9 Dec 2013
I've been using Norton for years and it more or less runs silently and unobtrusively in the background just taking care of business and has never once let me down. There are plenty of user options for when you want it to update virus definitions, run scans, etc and it all just happens effortlessly once you've set your options. If you want a more comprehensive package with backup facilitation and PC maintenance options then opt for Norton 360 but if you just want peace of mind against nasties lurking on the web, opt for this - that little Norton logo with a green tick displayed in the task bar is very reassuring.

***Beware of auto-renewing your subscription online with Norton - you could (but not necessarily) be charged well in excess of the cost of buying a copy from Amazon. Norton quite often employ the widespread tactic of exploiting the loyalty of their existing customers by charging them over the odds when it comes to renewing***
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Dettol Anti Bacterial Multi Action Power and Fresh Sparkling Lemon and Lime 72 Large Wipes (Pack of Eight)
Dettol Anti Bacterial Multi Action Power and Fresh Sparkling Lemon and Lime 72 Large Wipes (Pack of Eight)
Price: £24.10

5.0 out of 5 stars A household essential, 30 Nov 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These are almost as good as having an extra pair of hands in the kitchen. When it comes to cleaning surfaces and kitchen appliances, including the inside of the microwave and fridge, the draining board, sink and oven hob etc, they're indispensable. Keeping their moisture well and capable of effortlessly cleaning very greasy and grubby surfaces, they're handy around the rest of the house too.

Additionally, they're EXCELLENT for cleaning tablets and touch screen devices - I clean my iPad using one of these and buffer it with a lint cloth (the sort used for cleaning glasses) afterwards and the screen is gleaming like new and germ free.


Rockey's Style Movie Album
Rockey's Style Movie Album
Price: £9.17

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rockey's world, 28 Nov 2013
The story of Palmer Rockey is a curious one. With a PhD in Philosophy, Rockey decided that he wanted to be a movie star and in the early seventies he self-financed, produced, directed, wrote, edited and starred (as twins!) in 'It Happened One Weekend' and premiered it at a drive-in cinema in 1974. Over the years the film was re-cut and re-titled a few times and was again briefly played at a few drive-in cinemas. By all accounts the film was both a creative and financial disaster and Rockey passed away in 1996 with little to show apart from a lot of debt, a failed film and this album, the soundtrack to the film.

Privately pressed and released in very limited quantities by Rockey in 1980, original copies of this album are scarce and command three figure sums amongst vinyl collectors. Whilst I'm unable to vouch for Rockey's film making and acting skills, I can confidently state that this soundtrack isn't half bad at all. Alongside re-workings of 'Blue Christmas' and 'Are You Lonesome Tonight', Rockey produced, composed and wrote the lyrics for almost everything here and although the cover portrays him as some sort of rockabilly singer, he very confidently covers a range of styles (including a couple of rockabilly style numbers). Obviously a wannabe jack of all trades, he did stop short of playing the instruments but the session players he used provide some superb accompanying music - their musicianship is extraordinarily good. Whilst Rockey's voice is not particularly strong, he could certainly hold a tune and on mid-tempo album opener 'Longing For You' he highlights how emotive his vocals were.

Gloomy in places and sleazy elswhere, the music is, in the main, a mix of ballads and up-beat rock 'n' roll piano led numbers where Rockey sings about his rocky love life. 'Smile Pretty Baby' is a soulful funky number and the tense instrumental 'Scarlet Moves' sounds like it could have been lifted from an early 70s crime film. His cover of 'Lonesome Tonight' is full on Peter Skellern that takes in a spoken monologue as does 'Sunday Love'. Although a soundtrack, the overall impression is that Rockey's off screen love life, much like his film career, was prone to failure. On the acappella 'Sunday Love' he mournfully sings "Having dinner at one at a table for two; just won't be the same babe if you're not here with me" and you just can't help thinking that it's more autobiographical than fiction. Either that or he was a convincing actor.

Clocking in at 31:14 and accompanied by Jonny Trunk penned liner notes, this is another weird and wonderful release by Trunk Records. If you're a collector of Trunk records, file it next to Bob Chance. 3½ stars.


HMDX Jam Party Portable Bluetooth Speaker
HMDX Jam Party Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Offered by Trusted-Goods
Price: £37.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good sounding speaker let down by appalling Bluetooth, 27 Nov 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Design
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Weighing 700g and made from hard plastic, this speaker has some cool design features. It has a handy retractable carrying handle and on the underside there is a flap that folds out and raises the front of the speaker. On the top are two buttons that allow the listener to skip back and forth between tracks and Volume Up and Volume Down buttons. It has a line in for a 3.5mm jack lead (not included) and is charged using a 3-point plug cable. A couple of rubber pads on the base and the flaps keep it stable. Overall, it's a compact and smart looking speaker.

Battery
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A full charge takes approximately 2 hours and I'm getting on average 7 hours of playback.

Bluetooth
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Whilst this paired seamlessly with both my iPad and Android device and connects seamlessly every time, the Bluetooth is its biggest failing. It's appalling. Even when the device is within 2 metres of it, the sound is forever dropping out and when sitting even closer, if you tilt your iPad slightly in the 'wrong' direction the connection starts cutting in and out. If you move 5m away the interruption starts to sound like you're trying to tune in an AM radio and move any further away (but within the 10m advertised distance) and the connection drops out totally. Judging by a couple of other reviews here, it's either an inherent design fault or cheap Bluetooth technology is to blame. Either way, it's a disaster.

Sound
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The sound from this speaker goes extremely LOUD, way in excess of any other Bluetooth speaker I've used and, on the whole, the quality is good. The bass is more than adequate but overall playback does suffer (but not too much) from a lack of depth and finesse. At the RRP, there are better sounding portable Bluetooth speakers around but at the reduced price (at the time of writing) it's a very good deal. Beware though, it plays a brief jingle when its switched On or Off and for some reason, it plays it at the loudest volume!

Overall
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This could have been a really good speaker but it's let down badly by its Bluetooth deficiencies. The design, features and battery life are very good and the sound is good. If you're prepared to sacrifice the Bluetooth technology and use it more as a dock by connecting a device directly to it using a 3.5mm jack lead then it's a worthwhile purchase at the current asking price (£43 at time of writing). However if you want a Bluetooth speaker that functions properly as a Bluetooth speaker, look elsewhere. Because this is advertised as a Bluetooth speaker, my overall rating has to be 2½ stars.


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