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Steady J "Amateur DJ and Music Collector" (Upton-upon-Severn, United Kingdom)

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More Tales From The Orbservatory - Vinyl [VINYL]
More Tales From The Orbservatory - Vinyl [VINYL]
Price: £27.06

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's an EP really, but it's brilliant., 2 July 2013
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OK let's start with a reality check. This is not really another new album from the Orb and Lee Perry. In effect it is a 5-track EP extension to the Observer LP, (the sixth track being an interlude) and one of those tracks (No Ice Age) was already released as an itunes exclusive. So that's about 22 minutes of fresh sounds. The second half of the release is taken up with instrumentals.

But having got that out of the way, this is still a real treat; spacious dubbed out productions abound. It's a move away from the pounding grooves that dominated much of "Orbserver", but there's still plenty of bass to satisfy dub-heads, and in fact the traditional dub influences are stronger - shades of Rhythm & Sound to my ears. Perry's lunacy is on the same form - rhyming "apple" with "chapel", "crusher" with "Russia" on "Don't Rush I"

The green vinyl is lush and a high quality pressing, there's a download code included, and after all you have those instrumentals to hand as well. The Amazon price is about the most reasonable on the web, so get it while stocks last.

Philips DVP 762 Multi Region Capable DivX DVD Player
Philips DVP 762 Multi Region Capable DivX DVD Player

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great functionality, dead easy to use, can't fault it!, 5 Jan. 2005
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Needed a new DVD because my classic old Wharfedale was getting too awkward since the remote started to fail. Someone pointed me at this because of the card functionality, I have several CF devices including a camera and it seemed like a neat idea. It has played everything I've thrown at it from DVD-R movies and CD-R music, to MP3 and DIVx AVIs on CD-R data form, passing JPG CDs, VCD and R1 DVDs on the way (with a simple region hack that can be found on the web) A friend reports that with movie files of 1Gb in size held on DVD data discs it stops playing after 1Gb, which ties in with the documented limitation of 1Gb CF cards - presumably it has some sort of buffer or addressing that fails after this limit.
Switching between card and disc is dead easy, a single press on the remote, and navigating the file structure of data discs and cards is easy once you get the hang of it, although long file names are truncated
Other than that, the only features I can think of are that it does not seem to remember its place in a movie when it goes into standby, unlike the Toshiba models, and I don't think theres a slow playback function (but repeated pressing of pause jumps one frame at a time.)
Picture and sound quality are both excellent, easily a match for my old Wharfedale wcich was a budget standard-setter in its day. Also it plays DTS soundtracks if you have a suitable decoder. Sound and video are correcly synced and I have not seen a problem with layer-change pauses. Output is comprehensive - SCART, Composite, S-video, digital audio, stero pair, and it supports both forms of component video output, switchable from the menus!
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Encore Une Fois
Encore Une Fois
Price: £2.99

2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only reviewed by fans of the sound!, 7 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Encore Une Fois (Audio CD)
Sorry but I just had to pipe up when I saw that every review of this album gasve it 5 stars. Sash! is basically a bunch of the cheesiest, corniest, synthetic dance/trance cliches, all bound together in a shiny commercial pop package. There is no artistic integrity here, no underground sound, just pure cash in for pavlov's-dog style response from an easily-pleased audience. Yes, it's well produced, glossy, and superficially exciting, but if you want to know what dance music is really about, then AVOID this and head for a compilation or mix album on one of the more reputable semi-underground labels such as REACT, DATA or POSITIVA

Half Man Half Machine
Half Man Half Machine
Offered by CDandVinyl
Price: £0.96

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest thing I heard in ages, 17 May 2004
This review is from: Half Man Half Machine (Audio CD)
Great stuff this. The first time I heard it on Radio 1 I couldn't help grinning and thought "I gotta get this", and it stands up to repeated listening, partly to understand some of the vocals, and partly because it is simply so good. And another thing, the rapping might be deliberately corny, but the production is excellent. Making use of a break from Timex Social Club - "Rumors", slowed down to a doomy tempo is the ideal accompaniment to this track, setting the timeframe just right. Anyone who was into Terminator, Robocop, Star Wars, and Spectrum, Commodore, BBC Micros etc in the 80s will just love the lyrics. The B Side Track is hilarious also, very tongue in cheek not to be taken seriously but you just see yourself sat in a scummy rented digs with this bunch of clowns when listening to these tracks.


1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cold, abstract, minimal ambient soundscapes, 21 Mar. 2001
This review is from: Teimo/Permafrost (Audio CD)
absolutely incredible stuff, but be prepared for something very isolating and really rather inaccessible. On these albums Thomas Koner manages to artificially reproduce the sounds and of an arctic winter - wind, snow, cold, solitude. Really worth getting deep inside these recordings if you find most "ambient" too bright and jolly, or if you find the techno and dub leanings of his collaborative works too uptempo (unlikely, but possible)

The Brit Awards 2001 - DVD of the Year
The Brit Awards 2001 - DVD of the Year
Dvd ~ Anthony McPartlin

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why not more like this?, 19 Mar. 2001
Personally I'm not a big fan of the pop charts but I can see that this is a high quality compilation that offers excellent value. I just have to wonder why it takes an annual awards jamboree before we see a decent compilation of pop videos released on DVD - the ideal format for this surely!
Week in week out, beautifully produced videos are aired on MTV and TOTP but the poor public have to make do with dodgy off-air video recordings or over-priced single artist releases, with maybe one or two songs/videos they really like. Why can't there be a "Now"-type DVD compilation series of videos every month or so, and maybe parallel series for those more interested in guitar pop/rock, or R&B, or house/dance, so that everyone can get a look in. I'm sure the collective music industry mindset is missing a few screws somwhere.

Motion [VHS]
Motion [VHS]

4.0 out of 5 stars Seminal audio visual treat - let's see it on DVD, 20 Feb. 2001
This review is from: Motion [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is one of the seminal techno videos and should be seen by anyone with an interest in this area, as it makes mincemeat of all the early rave graphic videos that are its contemporaries. The graphics on here have now been bettered, but the atmosphere is still tangible - enhanced by the classic mellow techno tracks that accompany the visuals. Amazingly there is still no more coherent compilation techno video than this on the market - X-Mix is just what it says, a DJ mix with accompanying visuals from various sources, and the likes of "Sound & Motion" are disparate compilations of promo videos. This vid would have rated 5 stars when released but now that it looks a bit dated, and particularly because it is only on grainy old VHS (what no DVD ,WARP?) it can only merit 4.

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