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Women in Uniform / Invasion [7" Vinyl]
Women in Uniform / Invasion [7" Vinyl]
Price: £7.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Invasion is fine but WIU definitely sounds different to the version on ..., 10 Dec. 2014
Is it just me or have they used the wrong mix on this re-issue? Invasion is fine but WIU definitely sounds different to the version on the original 12" and subsequently on the first ten years and Killers 2cd 1995 issue. Anybody else spotted this?


Smash Hits
Smash Hits
Price: £8.38

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Original UK Version and why, 20 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Smash Hits (Audio CD)
Ok, a quick history lesson to explain why some tracks are missing.

Travel back in time to April 1968 when the music business was a very different beast from today. Back then artists used to release at least 2 albums a year plus various standalone singles in order to stay in the public eye. When the UK record company found out the that followup to Axis: Bold As Love (released in December 1967) was taking longer than expected they put out this compilation as a stopgap until Electric Ladyland (released in October 1968) was ready. At this time there wasn't any 'spare' stuff that was deemed in a finished enough state (unlike today's box set fillers) so the decision was made to compile both sides of Jimi's 4 singles and add on some stuff from Are you Experienced (Axis was deemed as being to recent to plunder).

Meanwhile over in the states, the US record company decided it was too early for a hits compilation and decided to wait until 1969 when again there seemed to be no sign of a new album on the horizon. This enabled them to include stuff from Electric Ladyland like 'Watchtower' and 'Crosstown Traffic'. As the US version of Are You Experienced didn't include 'Can You See Me', 'Remember' or 'Red House' they were finally released here but they didn't release the same version of Red House found on the UK Are You Experienced - the US had to wait until the 'Blues' cd in 1994 to get that.

Most Hendrix best ofs take this album's track listing as their starting point and rearrange/remove/replace some tracks at whim. I think at the moment it's the only place to get a remastered version of 'The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam's Dice' in it's original b-side mix (if you get one with the UK running order). It's hardly an essential tune though, and newbies would be better directed to either Are You Experienced or whatever the current best of Jimi is.
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Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £5.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Pious Bird under another name, 30 July 2013
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
This version of FM's Greatest Hits is basically the same as a compilation called 'The Pious Bird of Good Omen' and dates from around 1969/70. It has a couple of bonus tracks which weren't on the original vinyl of that album - Shake Your Moneymaker and Love That Burns. These 2 bonus tracks were on the original version of FM's Greatest Hits from 1971 so this is what probably confuses people who buy this album without checking and then wonder why some tracks are missing. The 1971 version of FM's Greatest Hits has the following tracks on it and can be found elsewhwere on Amazon for a higher price than this version: 1.Green Manalishi, 2. Oh Well Pt. 1, 3. Oh Well Pt.2, 4. Shake Your Moneymaker, 5. Need your Love So Bad, 6. Rattlesnake Shake, 7. Dragonfly, 8. Black Magic woman, 9. Albatross, 10. Man Of The world, 11. Stop Messin' Round, 12. Love That Burns. for those of you looking for that version try this:Greatest Hits


Solid
Solid
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Price: £6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Solid is not room enough?, 26 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Solid (Audio CD)
I'm a big fan of the Groundhogs UA period, specifically the albums Blues Obituary, Thank Christ For The Bomb, Split, Who Will Save The World? The Mighty Groundhogsand Hogwash. My old man had Solid on vinyl but anytime I tried to listen to it as a teenager previously, it never seemed to grab me like those albums did. So after nearly 20 years I decided it was time to try it again.

Solid continues the trend began on Hogwash to feature more prominent electronics in the mix of sounds but this is applied more heavy handed here. Even acoustic guitars have their sound manipulated and every track has at least one instrument which has been treated with some kind of sonic tricky. For me this has a detrimental effect as I find the production quite murky in places and the effect washes do nothing to help this.

My main problem with Solid though is that the songwriting just isn't up to scratch and I get the feeling that is the reason the effects were applied so liberally. Hogwash was quite patchy but still contained some great tracks (Sad is the Hunter, You Had A Lesson, 3744 James Road, Earth Shanty) but very little here seems to match up to those tunes, possibly due to the sonic overkill. I reckon that Corn Cob and Snowstorm could've been hidden gems had they been allowed to breathe a bit more.

So approach with caution, especially if you love the UA stuff as nothing here comes close (for me at least).


Plastic Colourful Kazoo for Children and Adults by JLM Music Accessories (1 piece - colour randomly picked)
Plastic Colourful Kazoo for Children and Adults by JLM Music Accessories (1 piece - colour randomly picked)

1.0 out of 5 stars Naff plastic rubbish - avoid, 11 Feb. 2013
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I got this for my daughter as a christmas present but you could make more noise with an empty plastic tube. Utter crap - do not buy. Get a proper metal one.


Iron Maiden Bass Anthology (Bass Recorded Versions)
Iron Maiden Bass Anthology (Bass Recorded Versions)
by Steve Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great testament to 'Arry!!, 11 Feb. 2013
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This bass book is great - completely ronseal (it does what it says on the tin). It has a decent selection of Maiden tunes from nearly all of their albums and so far they appear to be tabbed pretty accurately with all of Steve's twiddly fills in place. Make no mistake, some of these basslines are very difficult but then the guy's a phenomenal player and a cracking songwriter too. Some fans may gripe over what's not included (Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Genghis Khan, Journeyman, Powerslave, Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The Clairvoyant) and as pointed out in a previous review it does tend to stick to the really early stuff and the more recent latter day material but perhaps they are saving that for Volume 2. If you're a bass player and a Maiden fan then don't hesitate. You may not like every tune here but there are plenty of ideas here that you can learn from and add into your own playing.


Rush -- Clockwork Angels: Authentic Bass TAB
Rush -- Clockwork Angels: Authentic Bass TAB
by Rush
Edition: Sheet music
Price: £17.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that 'AUTHENTIC', 28 Dec. 2012
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Not overly impressed with the accuracy of this book. A lot of what's on the page does not tie up with what comes out of the speakers when playing along with the album, more like a simplified version of what Geddy plays. Neither has it been laid out to minimise page turning with lots of 'play Bass Fig.X' which makes playing along quite frustrating until you start memorising entire sections. A lot of what makes Geddy's playing special is the way he subtly varies sections at each pass, pushing this beat the first time and then a different beat the second time. This book has not been written to help you 'learn' that yet claims to be authentic. It's not all bad though - I thought the transcription for Caravan was pretty accurate for the most part but Carnies, BU2B and Clockwork Angels have whole sections wrong. Another flaw is the lack of open string usage - if you watch any live footage of Geddy you can see him using open strings to help him move around the neck smoothly. This book has too much of 5th fret tab laziness in it. If you're really having trouble getting started on learning these songs then book may help but you could find yourself getting very annoyed over the lack of care that's been taken here. Geddy himself obviously should've reviewed this before letting it hit the racks as he'd would've never let this go out in it's current form.


No Prayer for Dying
No Prayer for Dying

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The 1995 Version - Superior?, 16 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: No Prayer for Dying (Audio CD)
The version I've bought from Amazon is the 2 disc non-remastered edition from 1995 when Maiden first reissued their back catalogue on cd. The first disc is the original 10 track album. The second disc has 4 tracks which were the b-sides to the 'Holy Smoke' and 'Bring Your Daughter...' singles. These are 'All In Your Mind' (Stray), 'Kill Me Ce Soir' (Golden Earring), 'I'm A Mover' (Free) and 'Communication Breakdown' (Led Zeppelin). As far as I know the only other place you can get all 4 b-sides is on the Best of the B-Sides compilation in the Eddie's Archive box. It's already well documented how lacklustre the No Prayer album is so I won't go into that here (but it's not one of their best with Bruce). I've also noticed fans complaining about the 1998 remasters due to being affected by the so called 'loudness wars'. If you had to get a copy of this album and you can find the 1995 variant in decent condition then I'd recommend that over the other ones. The sound is more natural, the extra tracks ain't bad and the artwork is the original version.


Still On Top: The Greatest Hits (3CD)
Still On Top: The Greatest Hits (3CD)

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's cut to the chase, 3 Mar. 2010
What was/is this? - It's a 3 disc best of a musical icon's long and varied career. It was used as a taster for the remastering and re-issuing of Van's back catalogue, which started shortly after this album's initial release.
Who is it for? - the 2 Cd version of this is for the casual/curious fan who's heard a few songs but doesn't really have any of them in his or her's music collection (for those that don't want 2cds then buy The Best of Van Morrison Vol.1). The 3cd version is for already established fans who don't have everything or the exceedingly curious. Either version is good starter for 10.
Does it replace previous collections? - Yes and No. Most of the first 2 volumes of the "Best of VM" are here. The Best of Van Morrison Vol.3. issued a few months before this album came out was a bit more specialist, had more alternate takes and was mainly for the hardcore fan. All 3 volumes of the best of series and also this album were compiled by Van himself.
Does it have everything you'll ever need by this artist? - No. As has been mentioned in previous reviews you can never please every Van the Man fan with just one collection. There were no tracks taken from Astral Weeks (VM's most acclaimed album) because at the time of this release the original master tapes couldn't be found. This album has since been remastered but only reissued in Japan (not sure what tapes were used for the remastering). There are a quite a few other songs that could/should be here but exactly what they are will change from fan to fan. You could buy this and build your own playlist (something most fans will have done already). It does have a better overview of his output since The Best of Van Morrison Vol.2 than The Best of Van Morrison Vol.3 does.
You could do a lot worse than start here (Pay the Devil springs to mind) or perhaps buy it for the car if you're already a fan.


Harvest Festival
Harvest Festival
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £169.99

4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for those wanting Embryo by Pink Floyd, 11 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Harvest Festival (Audio CD)
Buy the compilation album Works by pink Floyd which used to be in grey cover (may even still be), it was an american/canadian import and should still be readily available and it also has quad mixes of brain damage and eclipse.


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