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Killer Klowns From Outer Space [DVD]
Killer Klowns From Outer Space [DVD]
Dvd ~ Grant Cramer
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £17.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Pleasure, 22 Aug. 2010
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It's riddled with cliches that were old before the 50's ended. The comic relief characters and situations are excruciatingly unfunny. The acting is uniformly awful (this despite the presence of veteran character thesps John Vernon and Royal Dano). The special effects range from low budget to no budget...

...but for its sheer inventiveness and macabre sense of humour this 80's absurdity deserves its "so bad it's good" cult classic status. Back in the day it had me with its spoof Alien tagline "In space no one can eat ice cream".

If you're of a strong disposition I'd recommend pairing it up with 'Howard the Duck' for an 80's Creature Feature double bill that's as painful as a mullet, but not as public.
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The Very Best of Uriah Heep
The Very Best of Uriah Heep
Offered by ELITEUK
Price: £5.99

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A British rock institution for a mere pittance, 9 Nov. 2007
Despite keeping an eye open for a Heep compilation that contained both 'July Morning' and 'Sweet Lorraine' for some years I still faltered when I saw this on Amazon. The logo, the derivative cover art... and then, having taken the plunge, my suspicions were further aroused when seeing that the same photo of the band is run several times. Here's the classic Heep line-up in colour; here's the same picture, only smaller and in black and white; here it is again and look! The Heep are now silhouttes and reversed. Bitter experience has taught me that CD's with sleeves so cheaply produced are often "rare" live versions of beloved songs or, worse, re-recorded.

Happily the old adage about books and covers applies. At less than four bucks this is value for money cranked up to eleven.

'July Morning' on its own is worth the price of admission. It is far better than I remembered and must surely rate as one of the best prog songs ever. And therein lies a surprise: I had forgotten the prog aspect of Uriah Heep and only remembered them in terms of heavy.

Other songs impress. 'Bird of Prey' features a bonkers vocal by David Byron, and one can just imagine a young Freddie Mercury taking notes. 'Look at Yourself', 'Gypsy' and the afore-mentioned 'Sweet Lorraine' all add to this being probably the best introduction to Uriah Heep on the market.

Things slacken off two-thirds of the way through with a handful of tracks culled from the post-Byron years. No less than four other vocalists appear on the last third, showcasing songs from a time that found the Heep shifting styles (although never too radically) in an attempt to stem an ever-dwindling fan base. The set closes with a cover of Argent's 'Hold Your Head Up' which is so note perfect in copying the original it renders itself obsolete.

The third-rate third act and dodgy presentation lose this disc a couple of stars, but the rest is stellar stuff from a bygone age.

The Wind
The Wind
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £9.43

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man Rocking, 31 Aug. 2003
This review is from: The Wind (Audio CD)
"If you don't know what to write, then write what you know" runs the old adage, and so Warren Zevon - diagnosed with inoperable cancer last summer and given months to live - wrote about mortality and farewells on The Wind, the album that will inevitably be his last.
This is not to say that the album is mawkish (in fact, it marks a return to form after last year's disappointing My Ride's Here); it only highlights poignancy in lines such as the opening lyric "Some days I feel like my shadow's casting me" that could previously have been dismissed as 'merely' clever. The inclusion of Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" is evidence of Zevon's black humour and sense of irony rather than maudlin sentimentality, even if the listener can't help but be moved as Zevon implores said door to "open up for me".
Although supported by an all-star cast - Bruce Springsteen is especially strong on "Disorder In The House" - this is definitely Zevon's show, and it is in the slow songs he particularly excels. "Please Stay", featuring a beautiful Gil Bernal sax solo, and "El Amor De Mi Vida", Zevon's farewell to the woman he loved and lost, are as effective slices of heartache as anything this consummate balladeer has committed to record.
Zevon's condition may have rendered his voice weak throughout, but The Wind is a strong entry in his catalogue and will not disappoint either long-time fans or those who, after he's gone, are curious about the obituaries overuse of the word "genius".

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