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Amaray 6 way dvd/cd case - 2 pack
Amaray 6 way dvd/cd case - 2 pack
Offered by Atronica
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars space is getting smaller these days, 4 Jan. 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
i recently bought csi vegas on dvd and found that the box sets come in 6 way dvd cases so i decided to see if i could buy blank versions. to my delight they are for sale and i bought several as i needed to reduce space on my dvd shelves. the great thing about these cases is that you can use them as 4 or 6 way as the central leaf is removable. i use them to group likewise dvds or if there are several sequals and i want to create my own box set. they are no thicker than standard cases therefore you can save 6 times the dvds without using up anymore space. the transparent cover means that you can back to back the dvd covers and not have to worry about not being able to read the information printed on them.
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How to Wreck a Nice Beach
How to Wreck a Nice Beach
by Dave Tompkins
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars from world war to street wars, 9 Jun. 2010
usually i write the odd review on vocoder music artists and electro cds so writing a book review is new to me so please be patient.

i was recommended this book by someone who knew the auther in some way and also knows that i own a classic E M S SYSTEM 2000 vocoder. i immediately reserved my copy and waited for it to arrive on my door step.

firstly the book is really 2 books in one. the first book talks about and deals with the time of the 30s and the 2nd world war and how these military machines were used by the likes of Churchill and his allies not to mention stalin in the 2nd world war to communicate thier voices in a decoded and compressed manner to avoid the enemy from detecting them, as they talked war plans over the telephone lines. later we find ourselves hearing about the Jonzun crew and their o v c and pack jam. miami sound of maggotron and dxj.

book 2 starts in the 60s with J F Kennedy and such subjects as nixon and the vietnam war. the vocoder was there too. this leads nicely to the 70s and 80s as regards music from E L O and later electro and the hip hop scene not to mention stevie wonder and herbie hancock and also the talk box and roger troutman. finally a piece and autotunes.

the whole book lets old beat boys like me find out how and where the vocoder came from and who used it and how the sounds came about. i found out all sorts of stuff like who invented the "AH THIS STUFF IS REALLY FRESH" smaple came from and what an O V C was regarding Jonzun crew.

generally i couldnt put the book down and when i read or saw pictures of the albums featured in the book that i have in my collection i felt compelled to play them just to hear the voices. i do have a couple of points to point out though.

firstly i wish the book was more linear in time i.e. start with the world fair of 39 and move on through time to hip hop and not split things up a bit.

secondly i wish the 'mini autobigraphies' could have kept mor to the point. for example there is a whole chapter on ramelzee and not much mentioned on vocoders and why he used them. (i wanted to skip this chapter but didnt in case i missed something.

thirdly sometimes you find yourself off the beaten track as regards the auther's writing (one minute you are in war torn europe then in some other time and place).

overall i love my vocoder bible and although more science in bite size bits would be nice as to how the whole device works, i would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest or owns a vocoder.

welldone for giving me the the chance to own a book like this.

its just a shame there isnt a cd with the book giving people the chance to hear samples of the voices talked about. i can 'picture' the voices because i have heard and collected vocoder music in all its forms for 25 years but to those who havent it would have been nice to hear daisy daisy.


Dad's Army - The Complete Collection [DVD] [1968]
Dad's Army - The Complete Collection [DVD] [1968]
Dvd ~ Arthur Lowe
Price: £18.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars don't panic don't panic, 27 Jan. 2010
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i like so many others have taken the plunge to buy the complete collection of dad's army on dvd and found that it was worth every penny of the £35 spent.

firstly i would like to say that the box set itself is of good quality and the discs housed in a booklike fashion which saves a lot of shelf space. only 3 inches (7.5cm wide) there are 14 discs in the whole set and each one has the characters of dad's army printed on the disc.

all the episodes in this collection are pure gold and although the first few episodes are in black and white they don't detract from the comedy. in fact i think they add a certain nostalgic feel to them. as you go through the discs you are pleasently surprised by the extras which have been sprinkled throughout the collection. there are for example 7 featuretts concerning the actors who played the characters. (these i might add, add yet more sense of nostalgia and loss as they don't make em like that anymore). i just wished that the programme producers included bill pertwee as hodges was just as important as the boys themselves.

missing presumed wiped is a lovely programme about finding 2 episodes found in a film can in a garden shed. also 2 episodes which are audio only due to the fact that no footage remains. every episode has its hilarious scene and build up to it which i might add cannot find any episode i like more than others. the equality of the writing and timing is impecable and isn't seen these days as far as comedy writing goes. the final disc contains several small extras and the christmas episodes. i find that after watching these i feel that we have lost something in terms of television entertainment. all in all the whole package is well worth the money.

my only slight critism is that there is no dad's army 'the film' after all it is supposed to be the complete collection. that said full marks for the box set. to those of you out there that remember watching these programmes the first time around on tv it takes you back to slower simpler time. to the new kids on the block this is how comedy should be.


Go Go's Crazy Bones THINGS Single Packet
Go Go's Crazy Bones THINGS Single Packet

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars old bones, 12 Jan. 2010
see my review on sports crazy bones as this applies to sports things and new generation and also mutants as they are all similar in nature


CRAZY BONES - MUTANTS 3 X SEALED PACKS
CRAZY BONES - MUTANTS 3 X SEALED PACKS
Offered by MustBeBonkers!
Price: £8.75

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars crazy bones mutants another bone in the toy box, 11 Jan. 2010
see my review on crazy bones sports as all these styles of crazy bones are similar. things, sports and mutants.


Go Go's Crazy Bones SPORTS Single Packet
Go Go's Crazy Bones SPORTS Single Packet

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars crazy bones original bones, 11 Jan. 2010
it seems that some people out there are asuming that the crazy bones things and for that matter sports and new generation crazy bones are some kind of follow on to the very popular gogos. this is not the case as they are the original bones and although they seem to be of poor quality in moulding and production they are made differently as they moulding process is injectional and the two halves of the mould come together to produce the item. this creates the mould marks around the sides. the new gogos are seemless by comparison therefore giving the impression that they are superior. the gaming rules for the things sports and new generation are also different. they are meant to be tossed and depending on the way they land determines the scoring. anyone who has bought the old style bones and moved onto the new gogos will appreciate this. those customers who are new to the old style bones and games will find them a step backwards. my advice to anyone buying or thinking of buying the old bones is to expect a totally different toy to gogos. these old bones do not have the details printed on their front faces nor do they have the roundness of the gogos. their details are moulded into the toy and happen to be the colour of the plastic itself. the shape is more bottom heavy and tend to stand up easily on most surfaces as opposed to gogos who are top heavey. one other thing to remember is this, they tend to be packed with more or less 4 toys per pack and stickers too, along with game rule cards or collector guides (small cards with the actual pictures and numbers of characters) so that you can see what you need to finisch your collection.

the reason for my star rating is that i don't know how educational these toys are supposed to be and the fun rating depends on the child playing the games along with the collectability of the product. as an adult who for some reason bought some a few years ago out of curiosity i cannot judge the product in the same way a child would.

i hope this will help those out there who are new to crazy bones and not gogos.


Best Of Electro Volume 1
Best Of Electro Volume 1

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars back to old school (the real old school, 25 Jun. 2009
back in the early 1980s i was buying the original tape versions of all the electro/hip hop tapes and was always seen going to and from college with my twin deck stereo. i still have all of the streetsounds tapes although they are pretty much kept just for the antique value and not played much.

that said, i was happy to see that some of my altime favourate tracks have been re-released on this the only true electro cd out there. (there are others but, without the legendary yellow strip and black letters it just isnt the same. i was glad to see that the tracks were electro and not hip hop re-labeled as electro as this confuses the issue some what, as i always saw rap music more hip hop and the vocoder synthy sounds of say al naafysh as true electro. Yes i know newcleus raps on their jam on it classic but what i realy mean is artists like public enemy and the like are hip hop and not electro (not in any stretch of the imagination). all the tracks on this album will have the old school fans wishing that they could go out there with their various blasters and re-live the moment. for the late 30 somethings and 40 somethings this album is pure music nostalgia without a doubt.

the combination of classic 80s sounds and melodies with strange sci-fi voices largely created by the vocoder make this genre special. the stories told in the lyrics of dancing in space or just simply breaking to the beat seem to have largely gone now a days and have been replaced by more aggressive subjects. the innocence of the music and the promise of that kraftwerk based sound seemed to promise the listener with something cool to take out onto the street. now i guess the best we can do in an age of ipods is simply quietly listen to it at home. (this music was never meant to be kept in the bedroom or living room).

to the new kids out there, if you want to see or hear how it all started and get a tast of real old school then buy this cd. you will hear sounds that still influence today's sounds. so put the disc on and turn up the volume and brrrrrreaaak dance.

one last thing to all those who said in th mid to late 80s that electro was dead and laughed at you for not moving on to gangster rap and house, whose laughing now??? long live electro.


We Are Not A Rock Band
We Are Not A Rock Band
Offered by momox co uk
Price: £2.98

5.0 out of 5 stars HE IS NOT A ROCK BAND BUT HE ROCKS THE HOUSE, 24 Aug. 2006
This review is from: We Are Not A Rock Band (Audio CD)
FIRSTLY IF YOU HAVE READ MY REVIEW ON DIRECTOR'S CUT (SI BEGG) THEN THIS WILL FOLLOW NICELY. IF NOT, THEN HERE'S A RECAP... I WAS LOOKING FOR BUCKFUNK 3000 STUFF AND VOCODER ITEMS TO BUY FROM SI BEGG. AFTER BUYING THE FORMER MENTIONED ALBUM. IT ARRIVED IN THE POST AND, AS ANTICIPATED I EXPECTED VOCODER WORK AND FOUND IT. (TO MY DELIGHT). THE CORDS HE USED FOR THE VOICES WERE MIND BLOWINGLY MELLOW WITH A NICE ROBOTIC CORUS. THERE ARE SVERAL MIXES ON THIS CD WITH AN INTERESTING ENTRY 'BUCKFUNK 300 MIX' (HE ADDS HIS OWN ALIAS TO HIS OWN CD MIXES) AND BEST OF ALL FOR ME AT LEAST AS A VOCODER MUSIC COLLECTOR HE HAS GIVEN US AN ACCAPELLA VERSION SO THAT WE GET TO HEAR THE VOCALS CLEARLY ON THEIR OWN. THE ONE THING I GOT CAUGHT OUT WITH WAS THE OUTRO. IT WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A JINGLE (BIT CHEEKY SIMON BEGG)LASTING A FEW SECONDS. IF YOU HAVE BOUGHT DIRECTOR'S CUT THEN THIS CD WILL COMPLIMENT IT NICELY. MY ONLY LET DOWN ON THE CD FRONT IS THAT TRACK ONE IS TOOOOOOOO SHORT. STILL THAT SAID IT WAS WELL WORTH MY MONEY. LETS HOPE THE NEXT ALBUM BY SI WILL "ROCK THE HOUSE" TOO. AUDIOTRON


Directors Cut
Directors Cut
Price: £7.64

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars director's cut a definate buy, 23 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Directors Cut (Audio CD)
i was looking for more Buckfunk 3000 and found a whole world called simon begg. i bought this cd from HMV and liked it. i wanted to see if there were any vocoder trax and i found loads. what i realy like about this artist is the fact that he has sooo many influences and styles and i have spotted a few (kraftwerk, tangerine dream, telex and electro but to name a few) i was so impressed i have ordered more stuff by this guy and i hope it will be the same. after collecting vocoder music for 23 years i have an unending apetite for more. (he filled me up) if you like electronic music of the heavy dance variety you will love this. technology and airports are my favourites but i love the 10th track. it sounds a little like sting meets t-power. the use of vocoders and distorted voices realy gives this album something interesting to those of us who love kraftwerk style music or electro of the old skool variety. if your out there si i begg for more keep the robotic music coming regardless of the genre.


Trancewerk Express Vol.I: A TRIBUTE TO KRAFTWERK
Trancewerk Express Vol.I: A TRIBUTE TO KRAFTWERK
Price: £16.28

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TRANCE WERK VOLUME I THE BEGINING, 12 Jun. 2006
AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF TRYING TO OBTAIN THIS CD FROM THE UK I FINALLY MANAGED TO GET IT. ALTHOUGH I HAD VOLUME 2 FOR SOME TIME I WANTED VOLUME 1 TO COMPLETE THE COLLECTION. THE CD STARTS WITH AN ATMOSPHERIC BEGINING AND THEN A SLOW LOW VOICE SAYING "MUSIC NON STOP" LEADS YOU INTO THE WEARD AND WONDERFULL WORLD OF ELECTRONIC DANCE WE KNOW AS KRAFTWERK. SOME OF THE TRACKS AREN'T SO TRANCEY AS I THOUGHT BUT AFTER SEVERAL LISTENINGS I GREW TO LOVE THEM TOO. MY FAVOURITE TRACKS ARE COMPUTER WORLD AND RADIO ACTIVITY. ONE LAST POINT TO MENTION IS THE INTERESTING VERSION OF THE CLASSIC 'THE MODEL' THIS IS SUNG USING A VOCODER. ANYONE OUT THERE WHO LIKES THIS KIND OF MUSIC WILL NOT BE DISAPOINTED. JUST GIVE IT A CHANCE AND SEE.


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