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The Endless River
The Endless River
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Price: £9.36

5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Cut., 14 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: The Endless River (Audio CD)
I've been a fan of Pink Floyd for nearly 30 years now, and I must admit that to have been suddenly presented with brand new studio material from your favourite band after twenty of those years in 2014 was, well, rather disconcerting. Would this be a blot on an extraordinary and unique body of popular music or a wonderful surprise gift to be treasured?

Fortunately, and after living with this album for exactly 12 months, I do believe it to be the latter.

This is a wonderful album of thoughtful, unique, melodic instrumental music that can only have been created by Pink Floyd. The band were quoted at the time of it's release saying that they wanted to make 'a Pink Floyd album for the 21st Century', but in fact they've done what they've always done - ignore current musical trends, steadfastly done their own thing and made an album of unapologetic, immersive, timeless, classic rock.

For me, this is an album that is unashamedly created for the anti-itunes generation. It wants your attention. It wants you to listen - not just hear - but listen to it as a whole. It wants you to explore, dive in, to think, have patience, relax and enjoy.

But, say the critics, isn't this album just made of tunes from the cutting room floor? Discarded songs left to gather dust suddenly considered worthy of a Pink Floyd album? That's cheating isn't it? Well, sorry to say but the Floyd have a lot of 'previous' here; 'Us & Them' from Dark Side? Discarded from the Zabriskie Point soundtrack in 1969, resurrected for Dark Side in 1973. 'Raving & Drooling & 'You've Got To Be Crazy' performed live on their 1974 tour, discarded from the 'Wish You Were Here' album in 1975 resurrected in 1977 on the 'Animals' album. All these 'offcuts' are rightly considered classic Floyd songs.

Is this album as good as Dark Side, Wish You Were Here, The Wall? No.

But judged on it's own merits, I'm delighted it's part of the Floyd canon. As ever, they've made music without compromise, doing exactly what they want. A final, touching and heartfelt musical goodbye to a much missed band member (Rick Wright) and to the fans from a group that have given me so much pleasure over the decades.

So grab a pair of expensive headphones (or speakers), dim the lights, pour yourself a glass of something special, and enjoy this legendary band's final cut.

Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
Price: £4.85

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wherever Daft Punk lay their helmets, that's my home..., 4 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Random Access Memories (Audio CD)
'Random Access Memories' is a genre-bending brash, bold, bonkers, occasionally pompous, slightly overlong, aural feast of an album by a band who are right at the top of their game and who aren't afraid to experiment with sound.

For me, this album is quite simply astonishing in it's scale of ambition. I've quite honestly never heard anything like it. Yes yes, it's influences are apparent; shades of disco, funk, acid jazz, orchestral, country rock, even (dare I say it) prog rock. But Daft Punk have entwined it all to make this album sound new, fresh, genuinely exciting and - above all - fun.

In my opinion, Thomas and Guy-Manuel have created EDM's 'Dark Side of the Moon'.

Buy it. Your ears and imagination will thank you.

Zeit! 77-79
Zeit! 77-79
Price: £14.68

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value Bowie box set, 16 May 2013
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This a great value box set (at time of writing this set is priced at just over £12) for the casual fan looking to delve deeper into Bowie's eclectic back catalogue, or, like me, to replace worn vinyl and fill in gaps.

iHome IHM79BE Rechargeable Mini Speakers - Black
iHome IHM79BE Rechargeable Mini Speakers - Black
Offered by Decold
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little speakers perfect for taking on holiday, 25 Jun. 2012
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I wanted a light, portable pair of speakers with good sound to take on holiday, and I have to say these little beauties really hit the spot. Hooked up to the iPod, the sound quality is excellent for the size, nice bass and treble, with good sound separation.

If you're an audiophile looking for floor-shaking wall-of-sound bass, you won't find it here. However, if you want a decent pair of portable speakers that (for me) punch well above their weight on sound quality and price, then I don't think you could do better.

Wish You Were Here [Immersion Edition]
Wish You Were Here [Immersion Edition]
Price: £67.99

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars We call it riding the gravy train..., 9 Jan. 2012
Firstly, before I get bricks from the wall thrown at my head I'd like to to say that I'm reviewing the quality of the box set itself, not the music on offer. WYWH is a hauntingly beautiful, truly stunning album by a band right at the top of their game.

So what's with the one star review?

Simply put, I can't see how the contents of this box justifies such an eye-watering price. I just can't.

As a fan, I'm here for the music, so what's on offer? Two CD's (available to buy separately), two DVD's and a Blue Ray disc (the Blue Ray containing identical material to the two DVD's).

Am I prepared to pay a premium for rare, unreleased material? Yes.

Am I prepared to pay a further premium for such utterly embarrassing rubbish as a scarf (uh?) that will never be worn, coasters (eh?) that will never be used, marbles (??!) a couple of non-essential booklets and some fake 'memorabilia'? No.

This album contains a track called 'Have A Cigar' - a highly critical appraisal of the music industry. It's ironic that their faceless salesman on the cover of this boxset is finally having the last laugh with this release - "We're so happy we can hardly count".

Why on earth couldn't EMI do a similar package to the great job they did for The David Gilmour 'Live at Gdansk' set? (FYI That box set contained three CD's - a double live album and bonus disc of live tracks, two DVD's featuring a concert, documentary, extra live tracks galore and a 5.1 surround mix of the album. Chuck in a poster, booklet, backstage pass, guitar pick and photo prints - yours for - wait for it - £39.99)

Do what I (and many other fans have done) buy the Experience edition of WYWH (containing both CD's in this boxset) and order the SACD version of WYWH from Amazon US - even with tax and shipping you'll save yourself about £50.

You get all the music and none of the tat.

Don't waste your money on this.
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A Foot in the Door: The Best Of Pink Floyd [2011 - Remaster]
A Foot in the Door: The Best Of Pink Floyd [2011 - Remaster]
Price: £7.30

34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New to the Floyd? Get your foot in the door here..., 11 Nov. 2011
If you own most or all of Pink Floyd's albums, you don't need this 'Best Of...'.

If you own the 'big three' - 'Dark Side...' Wish...' and 'The Wall' you don't need this 'Best Of...'

I won't be buying it, because I have all the tracks already. I don't need it .


If you're new to the sonic pleasures of Pink Floyd and are after a flavour of what all the fuss is about, or a casual fan who simply wants some of their finest moments all on one disc, then this compilation is for you.

The track selection is first class, leaning towards their 70's heyday output that will hopefully whet your appetite to explore their more experimental catalogue.

Naysayers can moan (with some justification) about flogging the same old songs again and again, but they're really missing the point of this compilation; These musical gems are simply an entry-level taster to some (not all) of the highlights of a remarkably long and varied recording career.

If this album opens up the brilliance of Pink Floyd to a new generation of listeners, then surely that's a good thing, isn't it?
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Wish You Were Here [Experience Edition]
Wish You Were Here [Experience Edition]
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Price: £17.89

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raving and Drooling over this release...., 10 Nov. 2011
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For me, this two disc set has been a long time coming. This is one of my favourite albums of all time.

As someone who has regularly played this album over several decades, James Guthrie has done an astonishing re-mastering job. The sound is pristine. The opening refrain of 'Shine On..' is sonically more expansive than ever, and the whole album is polished to perfection. Nick Mason's percussion in particular has never sounded so good. The overall sound has a new warmth, depth and clarity combined.

Disc two starts with three stunning live tracks from 1974. 'Shine On', 'Raving and Drooling' and 'You've Got To Be Crazy'. All three tracks were due to appear on the following year's Wish You Were Here album - only 'Shine On' made the cut (the other two tracks were later re-worked to appear on their 1977 album 'Animals').

Track four 'Wine Glasses' is a real gem. You can hear the opening refrain from this track right at the start of 'Shine On', here, however the band doesn't kick in. This small piece of music to me, captures the essence of Pink Floyd - they are greatest purveyors of haunting, mournful, beautifully melancholic music... and they manage to perfectly capture that mood on just a few wine glasses.

Track five is a great alternate version of Have a Cigar, but track six is yet another jaw dropping gem that long time Floyd fans have always wanted to hear. An alternate version of 'Wish You Were Here' with virtuoso violinist Stephane Grappelli (who happened to be recording in the studio next door to the Floyd at the time). This is a fabulous version of a well known song, Stephane's playing is brilliant, but astonishingly, as great as this version is (and it really is!) I think the band were right not to use it on the final mix.

Overall, this 2011 edition really sets the benchmark of how a classic album should be remastered.

Logitech X-140 Multimedia Speakers (2.0)
Logitech X-140 Multimedia Speakers (2.0)
Offered by cloudselleruk

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A high pitched whine - and not all of it from this review., 1 April 2011
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First the good news - for the price, the sound quality is reasonably good (although not as outstanding as some reviews here) and I have no complaints there.

However, my big problem with these speakers was a quiet, but high pitched whine coming from the left hand speaker that starts as soon as they emit sound. Turn the speakers off and back on again, with no sound playing through them, the whine stops; play and then stop music, the whine is back.

This problem was present plugged into my PC and again in a completely different room with just an iPod attached to them.

If you work in an office with lots of ambient noise around you, I'm sure you'd be hard pressed to notice. However, in a quiet home office environment, this sound problem (for me) was very annoying and noticeable.

Monster Munch Roast Beef 85 g (Pack of 12)
Monster Munch Roast Beef 85 g (Pack of 12)

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper Old School snack really hits the spot., 7 July 2010
This is the Holy Grail of snacks.

Yes, I once attempted to go 'up-market' with my choice of snacks. I've flirted with rustic hand cooked crisps, dabbled with crisps in a tube, fussed around snacks that use the word 'balsamic' or 'sun dried' on the packet. I've even tried mini pretzels.

Never again.

Because, for sheer snack satisfaction, you cannot beat a pack of roast beef Monster Munch. Yes, they're smaller than they used to be. Yes, they make your breath smell for hours after you've eaten them, (but not as much as the pickled onion flavour). Yes, anyone over the age of 8 looks silly eating them.

But who cares? Because Monster Munch are the best.
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The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon)
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon)
by Dan Brown
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Plot, 5 Feb. 2010
Dan Brown is a lucky man.

For years he's been riding high on the phenomenal success of 'The Davinci Code'. The long awaited follow up would be (and was) a guaranteed critic-proof number one best seller.

However, having read 'The Lost Symbol' it's abundantly clear that Dan Brown's 'jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none' approach to writing has run aground.

With this book, his combination of fast paced adventure storytelling and slightly smug 'betcha-didn't-know-that' cod-philosophy-cum-symbology is akin to mixing oil and water; he's not very good at writing either genres, so ultimately fails at both.

This book contains a cartoon bad guy of laughable proportions, a one dimensional supporting cast, a plot full of holes and the dawning realisation that the only 'ancient myths' being 'exposed' here is that Dan Brown is skilled storyteller.

To sum up, most people (like me) read the Davinci Code and thought it was enjoyable, page turning nonsense.

Most people (like me) enjoyed the Davinci Code enough to seek out and read Angels and Demons, and maybe one or both of the other Dan Browns. Most people (like me) thought 'hmmmm okay, but not as good as Davinci Code'.

The Lost Symbol is the worst Dan Brown book of them all - by a very very wide margin.

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