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Pieces
Pieces
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4.0 out of 5 stars Need more like this, 18 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Pieces (Audio CD)
Stephen Stills is one of the most intersting and skillful musicians of the past fourty plus years. Having had some experience of success with Buffaloe Springfield, only to see that dashed away by rifts in the band just befor they peaked, he went on to mega stardom with Crosby, Stills & Nash where he contributed many great of their most popular songs. He then began a solo carear, with the classic Stills (Love The One You`re With/Church etc.) album and Stills 2 (Bluebird Revisited/Change Partners etc.) , and then back on the road with his Country Rock baand Manassas.
Unfortunately, there were only two Manassas albums, hinting at more great things to come, but alas no. It has taken thirty years for these excerpts of out takes and live cuts to be issued, but boy was it worth the wait! This band is tight! There is a good selection of album tracks and some stuff never heard before, which show off his various guitar styles and vocals, some in Spanish, that make you wish that there had been more live recordings made by these musicians.
If you have followed Stills career wishing he had realised more of his potential, this album will show what could have been at his peak. There is only one weak song "Like a Fox" rejected by CSN, but all the others are a joy. SOund quality is good, often very good.


Shakespeare in Love [Blu-ray]
Shakespeare in Love [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Gwyneth Paltrow
Price: £7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a great film, 18 Jun. 2013
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You don`t need to be intimate with Shakespears output, but it certainly helps as there are many quotes, mini backgrouond scenes and characters to be found.
You don`t need to even like Shakespear to enjoy this film - but it would help or may even lead to to delve further into his artistry..
This films main conceit is that Shakespeare in London, has writers block. He also has creditors, and other playwrights to worry about, and he doesn`t quite know what to do about it all. He has the beginnings of new plays, but just can`t seem to get them going. Meanwhile the heroine is a young unmarried lady from a wealthy family who loves the theater - not a good attribute for any Tudor suite/man to consider - and desires to take part in a play (totally forbidden by the Laws of the time - all female parts were played by young boys in that period).
Under pressure from his very successful competitor Christopher Marlow and the people he owes money to, Shakespear hurridly starts his new play without any idea what he will come up with, assembling a cast and making it up rather ameturistically on the way. The wayward heroine, desperate to become a `player` drags up to look like a boy and presents herself at audition, and gets the part of Shakespeares latest heroine! Shakespeare feels uncomfortably aware that there is something very likeable about this new player . . . he is falling in love!
You all know what is going to happen next don`t you. Well it is drawn out in a very refreshing way, and developes like Shakespears Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet, inspiring him to write this play from his own experience. But it must all turn out badly, as there is no future for the lovers - a case of life imitating art?
Sumptuously filmed (glorious colour pallette) superb sound, clear witty dialogue, superb writing throughout the cast all extremel;y well played all the way down to bit parts, this is superb cinema.
I defy anyone who sees this not to laugh out loud, or shed a tear at some points throughout this film.


Rock 'n' Roll Party - Honouring Les Paul [Blu-ray] [2011]
Rock 'n' Roll Party - Honouring Les Paul [Blu-ray] [2011]
Dvd ~ Jeff Beck
Offered by Hardliner-music
Price: £8.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Back to his roots, 18 Jun. 2013
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OK, all you Beck fans and all you old Teds, open up your wallets and buy this.
Jeff Beck goes back to his roots, choosing songs that turned him on to playing guitar. His backing band - the Big Town Playboys are perfect in support. the sound glorious (unbelievable in fact) just like an old school gig. And the song selection, from Les Paul to Gene Vinvent, Elvis et al., are all crowd pleasers. Some excellent guest artists, Emelda May, Brian Setzer (Stray Cats), Gary US Bonds and Trombone Shorty all add to the show with Beck happy to play just the notes required - an almost supporting role himself, thought he does give the flash of his skillful playing throughout.
Recorded as a tribute to Les Paul an the Irridium Jazz Club in New York - Les paul continued to play there almost to the day he died. It is both a fitting tribute to Les Paul and many other Rock`n`Rollers, and to the skill, love and artistry of Jeff Beck. A labour of love and it shows.
This will become a classic Blu Ray - buy it now while you can.


Railway Breakdown Cranes: v.2
Railway Breakdown Cranes: v.2
by Peter Tatlow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.70

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get hooked up with this, 18 Jun. 2013
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This is a well researched and presented follow up to Vol.1 covering the larger Breakdown Cranes from pre-WWII up to almost today. I have only given it four stars because it omits discussion of the three giant Kirow Crane currently used by Railtrack.
There are a good selection of factory and in use photographs, with good data and facts about virtually all the major cranes and their manufacturers in use during the period covered, from the smaller 10t designs up to the 75/100t cranes some of which can still be see in use. This includes why there was a need to build bigger and heavier cranes, with a good selexction of background stories abouot their use and sales etc..
If this subject is of interest to you, from a Railway, Historical or Engineering point of view, then you will not be dissapointed.


The Girl Who... Millennium Trilogy (Extended Versions) [Blu-ray] (Digipak)
The Girl Who... Millennium Trilogy (Extended Versions) [Blu-ray] (Digipak)
Dvd ~ Noomi Rapace
Price: £16.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 18 Jun. 2013
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I had read only the first book from this series, so having the complete story well acted and filmed is a massive bonus. It is not hard to see why the Millenium Series was such a success throughout Europe.
This is a modern drama for adults only as there are no holds barred. The sex scenes are not over played, but sufficiently gritty to push the story on.
"The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" proceeds leasurely for about 50 minutes before you realise who the title is all about. Noomi Rappace plays the part to perfection. At once surly and withdrawn, then aggressively involved, hers is a life where many things have gone wrong and she has been betrayed by almost everybody it seems - one of life`s loosers - only she is not prepared to be that person. She has her own agenda and manages to fend for herself in decisive fashion. This is a modern tale that will shock you and uplift you as it proceeds.
In English with subtitles if you want them, the dubbing is very well done. Superb acting from all the cast, all of them ordinary flawed people with lives that are messed up, and a group of dispicable thugs, pimps and pushers aided by the establishment, to carry out their greedy appaling lives without remorse of care for anyone else. The hero and heroine must find a way to get the truth out into the open and nobody wants them to succeed.
The following two films are not there to stretch out a money spinner. Each has a definate place in the story, each have their own almost unbelivable expansions of the storyline - it is hard to imagine that for some people this is their way of life.
I am not going to give out spoilers - this series of books and films are a mjor achievement. You will be in turn - in tears and then cheering the protagonists. Great thought provoking entertainment.


Dire Straits: Alchemy Live [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Dire Straits: Alchemy Live [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Dire Straits
Price: £16.23

5.0 out of 5 stars In their pomp . . ., 18 Jun. 2013
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Having owned the DVD with all its problems (poor sound and picture) I purchased this Blu Ray more in hope than anticipation.
Apparently I had forgotten what a top band Dire Straits were in their prime, in a club rather than an Arena. Here you will see Straits at about the time of "Love Over Gold" (one iof their best albums in my opinion) in all their pomp and power, giving their audience what they wanted - a great night`s entertainment. Don`t be fooled into thinking this has no frills - it does, but without the excess of the `Brothers . . Tour` There is a great selection of nearly all of their best early songs, superbly played in a cosy atmosphere (they hadn`t become fed up with playing the same old thing every night at the time of this show) and well filmed without being too arty. The sound is very good and even the pictures are good too! I have no regrets buying this, and have played it several times already, one of my top Music discs. Now, where is "On The Night" for the other end of their existance?


Hunchback of Notre Dame [DVD] [1939] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Hunchback of Notre Dame [DVD] [1939] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £6.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Definative, 18 Jun. 2013
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For me, there can be no other film likely to top this one for the story and performances. With some outstanding acting and superb direction, this story opens out into one of great tragedy and loss. There are some amazing exteriors and interiors scenes, the story has good pace and the soundtrack is reasonably clean and clear to hear. Lost love, betrayal, murder and greed. These blend into a well told tale that will entertain you. You will want the characters to make good even though you know they cannot.
This is a great film that should be in every film lover`s collection.


Anne Boleyn (NHB Modern Plays) (Shakespeare's Globe)
Anne Boleyn (NHB Modern Plays) (Shakespeare's Globe)
by Howard Brenton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Don`t lose your head over this - but. . ., 18 Jun. 2013
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I saw this play (that is what the book is - a play guide without stage directions) peformaed by a local am-dram group. To say I was impressed would hardly be adequate - I was stunned.
The play is opened by Ann Boleyn telling us haw she saw her life ending, and the fades into a recreaction of scenes from her last days and all the major characters involved. She neither admits or denys the historical view, but rather leaves us to make up our own mind about her complex character and the problems of her time.
Book which are play guides can sometimes be dry and laboured, but I can only say that I was as entranced by reading the book as when I saw the play. Strangely, among the audience on the night I went was a certain Ian Mckellen, who came specifically to see the play!
Interesting from both the drama and history aspects it is also a thought provoking read. If you get a chance to see the play - please go - you will enjoy it.


Remember That Night [Blu-Ray] [2007] [DVD] [2012]
Remember That Night [Blu-Ray] [2007] [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ David Gilmour
Price: £31.42

5.0 out of 5 stars Unmisssable, 18 Jun. 2013
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With the passing of Syd and Richard, and the still existing ill-feeling between the survivors, we will not see any new Pink Floyd. But here is a eminently excellent alternative. Recorded on a tour to promote "On An Island", David Gilmour shows that he is still able to put on the next best thing to a Floyd show.
He performs the whole of "On An Island" with a good selection of favourites from the PF back catalogue and a couple of unknown items thrown in for good measure. Add some top names (Crosby & Nash and Bowie) to help out. Some solid long standing supporting musicians and you can`t go wrong can you. The Blu Ray is a major step up from the lossy DVD with good pictures and excellent sound.
You gotta have it - you know it makes sense don`t you . . . Now EMI/Gilmour, what about Pulse on Blu Ray?


Blues For Jimi [Blu-ray] [2012]
Blues For Jimi [Blu-ray] [2012]
Dvd ~ Gary Moore
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As near as you are gonna get, 18 Jun. 2013
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I approached this Blu Ray with some trepidation, as a big Jimi Hendrix fans from the 60s when I was lucky enough to see Jimi live on several occasions. I also admire Gary Moore for his techniques, but know that he does sometimes thrash to the max (beyond eleven!).
But fear not, this turns out to be a fitting display of near Hendrix as we are now likely to see. Performed before a crowd of Music Business hacks (some who unfortunately came with thier preconceptions and got short shfit from GM), to promote the release of the `JImi Hendrix Plays Monterey` Blu Ray. We are given a masterclass of all the sounds and skills of JH but without (too much) excess from Moore. Gary Moore manages to play almost note for note some quintessenetial sounds by Jimi H, in a live performance that may make some Gary M detractors think again. The sound is superb, the grimacing not too overwhelmming and what a performance! By the end of the show even the die hard hacks had come around to this selection of delights.
This Blu Ray serves to show what losses the passing of these two superb artists has brought us. Recommended for both sets of fans and music lovers everywhere. Fly on sweet angels . . .


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