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Exile On Main Street
Exile On Main Street
Price: £14.43

8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Life's too short..., 1 Jun. 2008
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This review is from: Exile On Main Street (Audio CD)
I like the Stones and I love raw blues and R&B but I somehow missed out on "Exile on Main Street". So, enthused by such great reviews, I was expecting something special... an earthy, pseudo-live album that, despite its origins in drug addled chaos, would grab my attention and be worth the effort of repeat listening while, on the way, delivering up some classic gems. Well I tried, but what I kept getting was a voice saying "look, matey, you could spend hours trying to get into this but the truth is it ain't that good".

Maybe, like Neil Young's "Tonight's the Night" - whose origins and chaotic structure are similar but which still grabs valued space in my music collection - you had to buy it at the time and then listen to it for many years for it to fully register or, is it in reality one of rock's greatest "king with no clothes" outings? Either way, life's too short and there's too much other genuinely brilliant music out there to waste huge amounts of time trying to work out which it is. Then again, maybe I'm simply not capable of appreciating such a complex and odd record.
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Logitech Harmony One UK - Advanced Universal Remote Control (discontinued by manufacturer)
Logitech Harmony One UK - Advanced Universal Remote Control (discontinued by manufacturer)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant..., 9 April 2008
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This is a superbly designed piece of kit that does exactly what the manufacturer claims - it's light, relatively small (given what it does), extremely stylish, fits perfectly in the hand and has an excellent combination of well laid out push buttons for quick, error free control over a large number of basic functions, and a very clear programmable colour screen for advanced functions. Once set up it's a joy to use.

Problems? None, other than - as with any programmable remote - it takes time to set up correctly. But, the process is about as clear & straightforward as it can be and it works. Once programmed, you can control multiple combinations of audio & video units and, for example, have full colour icons of up to 24 of your favourite Sky channels all immediately accessible by touching the on-screen display. Brilliant...


Ki
Ki

5.0 out of 5 stars Three slices of sheer brilliance..., 19 Mar. 2008
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This review is from: Ki (Audio CD)
You won't hear three better examples of how to marry multi-layered downtempo beats with superb jazz trumpet playing than "Toh-Sui", "Fu-Yu" and "Sun is Shining"... exciting, hauntingly addictive and superbly executed. So good that, if you don't watch it, you'll just keep playing them over and over again - which would be a shame because most of what's also here, while darker and more complex, fully deserves repeat listening. A brilliant, highly distinctive and wholly under-rated, "once-off" collaboration... find it and prepare to be enthralled.


Ki Oku
Ki Oku
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £22.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Three slices of sheer brilliance..., 19 Mar. 2008
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This review is from: Ki Oku (Audio CD)
You won't hear three better examples of how to marry multi-layered downtempo beats with superb jazz trumpet playing than "Toh-Sui", "Fu-Yu" and "Sun is Shining"... exciting, hauntingly addictive and superbly executed. So good that, if you don't watch it, you'll just keep playing them over and over again - which would be a shame because most of what's also here, while darker and more complex, fully deserves repeat listening. A brilliant, highly distinctive and wholly under-rated, "once-off" collaboration... find it and prepare to be enthralled.


Atonement [DVD] [2007]
Atonement [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Keira Knightley
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £2.49

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb interpretation of a brilliant novel..., 19 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Atonement [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
Novels don't come much better written or more complex than Ian McEwan's "Atonement" - a multi-layered, deeply thought provoking and beautifully structured exploration of the impact of human frailty on the lives of others, the nature of perception and misperception and, ultimately, the power of an author to make you believe that figments of their imaginations are in someway "real". So how on earth do you transfer this level of complexity to the screen?

Well, in this case, wholly successfully. Through beautiful cinema-photography, spot-on casting, a clever & brilliantly tense soundtrack, flawless screenplay that fully captures and, in parts, enhances the "feel" of McEwan's writing and, above all, direction of the highest quality that manages to recreate the atmosphere and twists & turns of the story, the film is as gripping, moving and reflective as the book. And the weaknesses? Only one... the reconstructions of Dunkirk and the soldiers' trek to it are too stylised and self-conscious and, as result, fail to reflect the bleakness and horror that McEwan projects. Which is a great shame as it's one of the novel's most evocative sections, but then, on the plus side, this is offset by a re-working of its closing scenes which is perfectly in tune with, but even more moving than the original.

All-in-all a superb interpretation of a brilliant novel... some feat and great credit to all those involved.


Dylanesque
Dylanesque
Price: £5.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth checking out..., 9 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Dylanesque (Audio CD)
Ferry does Dylan doesn't sound too promising... a lot of Dylan's catalogue has been covered by a huge number of artists and few are worth the effort. But this is different. First off Bryan Ferry's voice is perfectly pitched for the task - which is a really important factor in keeping the essence of the originals - and, the musicianship is excellent throughout. But best of all a lot of the arrangements are genuinely innovative, making numbers that you already know too well, come alive - his excellent straight rock versions of "Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues" & "The Times They Are A-Changing" just jump out of the speakers while his exquisitely delicate rendition of "Positively 4th Street" beats any other version out there and takes the song to a completely different level. Sure, some of what's here doesn't quite work but most does and, on the way, the album delivers more than enough delights to make it worth checking out...


Apple iPod classic 160GB silver
Apple iPod classic 160GB silver

19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great machine, but do you actually need all that memory?, 19 Oct. 2007
160 gigabytes sounds a lot better than 80 gigabytes but hold on there a minute, unless you intend to use this great piece of kit for storing large numbers of videos or as a portable hard-disk back up for your PC is there any real point to all that extra memory. 80 gigabytes will take a huge music collection (well over 10,000 tracks even at higher 256 or 320 kbps recording levels) plus an equally huge photograph collection. And, of course, the new 80 gigabyte version is much thinner and cheaper. Time for a bit of thought before shelling out the extra dosh...


Apple iPod Classic 160GB - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)
Apple iPod Classic 160GB - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great machine, but do you actually need all that memory?, 19 Oct. 2007
160 gigabytes sounds a lot better than 80 gigabytes but hold on there a minute, unless you intend to use this great piece of kit for storing large numbers of videos or as a portable hard-disk back up for your PC is there any real point to all that extra memory. 80 gigabytes will take a huge music collection (well over 10,000 tracks even at higher 256 or 320 kbps recording levels) plus an equally huge photograph collection. And, of course, the new 80 gigabyte version is much thinner and cheaper. Time for a bit of thought before shelling out the extra dosh...
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Apple iPod classic 80GB silver
Apple iPod classic 80GB silver

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to revolutionise the way you listen to music..., 19 Oct. 2007
There's a very good reason why the iPod is the market leader... it's a quite brilliant piece of technology. Beautifully designed, simple to use and incredibly powerful it's the only sensible choice for anyone who wants to carry their music collection with them wherever they go. And, of course, you can also add huge numbers of photos, your address book & diary and even compressed videos.

But to get the best out of this wonderful piece of kit requires thought, effort and expense. Thought, in that the creation of your iTunes database on your PC (which drives what's on your iPod) is something you'll use for years, probably decades. iTunes' and its MP4 format for music storage ain't going away but technologies (and music player hard disk sizes) will change and to keep pace with this in the future you need to ensure two things: firstly that your music is transferred into iTunes at the highest quality level - i.e. 320 kbps wherever possible (sounds over the top today, but it won't be in a few years' time... witness Apple's recent move from 128 to 256 kbps for its music store downloads) - and, secondly, that your iTunes database is organised logically, with consistent and relevant genres etc.

Effort, in that importing your tracks into iTunes needs real work to ensure that your music collection can be accessed quickly and effectively. In particular, you'll need to categorise your tracks into their correct genres & release dates and, ideally, into some sort of star rating system - all of which can take an enormous amount of time. But, if you're prepared to spend the time, iTunes will then produce as many customised playlists as you want, either automatically or manually, based on a huge number of possible criteria. Want to hear all your favourite rock tracks released in the past 5 years, or the best tracks from one or more artists etc. etc.?... iTunes will produce playlists for them and will automatically update them as you add more tracks. Not just incredibly clever but the key to a total transformation in the way you access your music collection.

Expense, because once you've done this and then had the fun of creating dozens of playlists that deliver exactly what you want, your iPod will very rapidly become your main means of listening to music and, as a result, you'll need additional kit. First off, you'll need some form of protective cover to avoid damaging it while you carry it around; next you'll need connections into your hi-fi & stereo units, ideally through one or more chargeable iPod docks, so that you can listen to it around the house; then you'll need an FM transmitter so that you can listen to it in your car plus a set of portable speakers so that you can listen to it in hotel rooms etc.; then, you'll probably want to upgrade Apple's bundled headphones to hear your collection in all its glory while walking, jogging or on the train or plane; and, finally, if you don't own one already, you MUST invest in some sort of back-up device to keep your precious iTunes collection safe from the vagaries of your PC's hard drive because, after all that time spent inputting and categorising your music, you most certainly don't want to go through it all again.

Sounds daunting? Well, the pay-offs for all this effort and expense are nothing short of sensational... you'll be able to listen to exactly what you want, how you want, virtually anywhere you go, forever... and all at the touch of your iPod's gloriously easy to use click wheel.


Apple iPod classic 80GB black
Apple iPod classic 80GB black

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to revolutionise the way you listen to music..., 19 Oct. 2007
There's a very good reason why the iPod is the market leader... it's a quite brilliant piece of technology. Beautifully designed, simple to use and incredibly powerful it's the only sensible choice for anyone who wants to carry their music collection with them wherever they go. And, of course, you can also add huge numbers of photos, your address book & diary and even compressed videos.

But to get the best out of this wonderful piece of kit requires thought, effort and expense. Thought, in that the creation of your iTunes database on your PC (which drives what's on your iPod) is something you'll use for years, probably decades. iTunes' and its MP4 format for music storage ain't going away but technologies (and music player hard disk sizes) will change and to keep pace with this in the future you need to ensure two things: firstly that your music is transferred into iTunes at the highest quality level - i.e. 320 kbps wherever possible (sounds over the top today, but it won't be in a few years' time... witness Apple's recent move from 128 to 256 kbps for its music store downloads) - and, secondly, that your iTunes database is organised logically, with consistent and relevant genres etc.

Effort, in that importing your tracks into iTunes needs real work to ensure that your music collection can be accessed quickly and effectively. In particular, you'll need to categorise your tracks into their correct genres & release dates and, ideally, into some sort of star rating system - all of which can take an enormous amount of time. But, if you're prepared to spend the time, iTunes will then produce as many customised playlists as you want, either automatically or manually, based on a huge number of possible criteria. Want to hear all your favourite rock tracks released in the past 5 years, or the best tracks from one or more artists etc. etc.?... iTunes will produce playlists for them and will automatically update them as you add more tracks. Not just incredibly clever but the key to a total transformation in the way you access your music collection.

Expense, because once you've done this and then had the fun of creating dozens of playlists that deliver exactly what you want, your iPod will very rapidly become your main means of listening to music and, as a result, you'll need additional kit. First off, you'll need some form of protective cover to avoid damaging it while you carry it around; next you'll need connections into your hi-fi & stereo units, ideally through one or more chargeable iPod docks, so that you can listen to it around the house; then you'll need an FM transmitter so that you can listen to it in your car plus a set of portable speakers so that you can listen to it in hotel rooms etc.; then, you'll probably want to upgrade Apple's bundled headphones to hear your collection in all its glory while walking, jogging or on the train or plane; and, finally, if you don't own one already, you MUST invest in some sort of back-up device to keep your precious iTunes collection safe from the vagaries of your PC's hard drive because, after all that time spent inputting and categorising your music, you most certainly don't want to go through it all again.

Sounds daunting? Well, the pay-offs for all this effort and expense are nothing short of sensational... you'll be able to listen to exactly what you want, how you want, virtually anywhere you go, forever... and all at the touch of your iPod's gloriously easy to use click wheel.


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