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"Beatles" Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments from Stage to Studio
"Beatles" Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments from Stage to Studio
by Andy Babiuk
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Work!, 7 Oct 2010
As far as Beatles books go, this one is relatively specialist in content. The author has clearly spent a lot of time and effort to research the subject matter and produce a work of high quality on a topic which has not been covered elsewhere in anything like this level of depth. As such the author should be applauded for genuinely broadening knowledge of the Beatles. The book goes into lots of detail on all the music/recording equipment that the Beatles used throughout their career - even including lengthy sections which look at their pre-fame 1950's teenage years when they started playing instruments at home and performing at local fetes in skiffle bands. For anybody with a serious interest in the Beatles, and especially if you have ever tried to play Beatles songs and accurately recreate their original 1960's studio/live sound, this book is both incredibly interesting and useful as it goes into such detail on the instruments, equipment and recording techniques they employed. I am both a massive Beatles fan and a (struggling!) guitarist, so for me this book is a clear five star purchase and 100% recommended!


British Invasion Boxset [DVD]
British Invasion Boxset [DVD]
Dvd ~ VARIOUS
Offered by ZavviOutlet
Price: £32.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Box Set, 7 Oct 2010
As other reviewers have noted, this is a really well produced box set. So many '60's music DVD's I have seen are cheaply produced with tonnes of recycled and often poor quality footage. This DVD set is completely different. The producers have obviously spent a lot of time and effort trawling through the archives of film and television companies worldwide to (re)discover performances which I suspect in many cases will not have been seen since their original broadcast in the '60's. These performances are a mix of live and lip-synch; they have clearly been selected for their sound and video quality and cleaned up very well as the overall quality is as good as I have ever seen for original 1960's footage. A nice touch is that the artist performances can be viewed either as part of the main documentary programme or played totally separately (i.e. in full with no voiceover like a series of discrete music videos). The performances are accompanied by in-depth interviews filmed in the past couple of years specifically for these DVD's. These recent interviews feature both the artists (obviously only where they are still with us e.g Gerry Marsden filmed in the recreation of the Cavern in Liverpool) and/or people who were genuinely close to them (e.g. Dusty's backing vocalists). There are also well written booklets for each DVD and a set of postcards of the artistes as a bonus. Overall it is clear that a lot of love has gone into the production of these DVD's and they are simply the best I have seen on 1960's artistes - if you are hesitating about the cost then don't, they are well worth the money. I believe this series is produced by an American company (hence the Brit Invasion focus and series title) - I think it reflects pretty badly on we Brits that a UK production company did not previously take the time and effort to produce a set of DVD's like this. Regardless, the producers have done us all a great favour in creating these superb DVD's and in honouring these fantastic and timeless British artists - watching them I am reminded again just what a wealth of talent these small Islands exported to the world in the 1960's - makes me proud even today! I am now really looking forward to the next tranche of DVD's in this series which I believe are slated for release later this year (i.e late 2010).


Logitech Cordless Mediaboard pro (Bluetooth) (PS3)
Logitech Cordless Mediaboard pro (Bluetooth) (PS3)
Offered by Scan Computers Intl Ltd
Price: £32.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a very good PS3 accessory, 22 July 2008
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
I decided to invest in a keyboard for my PS3 to speed internet surfing. While this keyboard is not the highest quality (in terms of plastic quality, keyboard key depression feel etc) overall it is perfectly acceptable. The integrated touchpad mouse operates well (although it would have been better if was just a bit bigger). The Bluetooth functionality is excellent - it pairs with PS3 quickly and has operated flawlessly so far. I have also paired the keyboard with my Sony Vaio Bluetooth laptop and it works perfectly with this as well. Overall a useful Bluetooth accessory for PS3 or any Bluetooth enabled laptop which does exactly what it says on the tin! I bought it from gameseek_uk as they were the cheapest new price and their service was excellent. Logitech Cordless Mediaboard pro (Bluetooth) (PS3)


That Midnight Kiss & Toast of New Orleans [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
That Midnight Kiss & Toast of New Orleans [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Kathryn Grayson
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £12.60

32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First genuine studio DVD release for Lanza is a gem, 26 Jun 2008
My mum has been a big Lanza fan since the 50's and has amassed all his recordings on vinyl and then CD and his films on VHS over the years. However, I was able to buy this DVD for her from amazon.com last year when it was first released in the US. She was absolutely delighted! The quality is excellent - both picture and sound. Unfortunately this DVD is the only GENUINE studio released DVD of any of Lanza's films available at the time I write this (26 June 2008). Apparantly the Great Caruso is being planned for a proper studio DVD release in the US some time soon but there are still no firm dates. BEWARE...all the other Lanza DVD's (of Caruso, Student Prince etc) which you see currently advertised on the internet, eBay etc are NOT official studio DVD releases and the quality is very variable (at best you are going to get the same quality that you would get transferring your own digital copy of a TCM transmission to DVD disk or transferring a good quality VHS movie version to a DVD disk). The extras on these 2 disks are relatively limited but if you haven't seen the included documentary on Lanza originally broadcast by the BBC a couple of years ago, then this is a very worthwhile bonus. Overall, however this DVD is a gem and fully worth 5 stars just for the 2 movies as it represents the first time you can experience a really high quality print of Lanza's movies in your own home. Roll on the release of his other movies!!


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