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Never Enough
Never Enough
Price: £6.01

5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favourite track from the new Visage album so I was ..., 6 Dec 2014
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This is my favourite track from the new Visage album so I was pleased when it was chosen as a single. Of all the singles from the new album, Hearts & Knives, this one also has the best remixes. John Bryans Widescreen version adds an orchestra, that resulted in Visage being asked to perform for the Prague Ski Jumping Championships closing ceremony with the Czech Synthosymphonica Orchestra and concluded with the 'Orchestral' album. My favourite mix is Marc Mitchell remix, which makes it sound like an outake from the original visage album with lots of Billy Currie piano and sweeping synths (here's hoping he is invited to be involved in the recording or the next Visage album). I also particularly wanted to mention the Bottin remix which is another great synth heavy mix, but also to inform people that this led onto Steve Strange recording a track which was released as a single last August which weirdly was not mentioned on any of the Visage websites so went under my radar. Its called Poison Within and can be downloaded from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Poison-Within-feat-Steve-Strange/dp/B00LRP8UDQ/ref=sr_1_8?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1417880382&sr=1-8&keywords=bottin


Poison Within (feat. Steve Strange)
Poison Within (feat. Steve Strange)
Price: £3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem, 6 Dec 2014
Bottin did a remix of the recent Visage single 'Never Enough' and I presume that this vocal from Steve Strange was a thank you. It is a great synth heavy tracks with some fantastic vocals from Mr. Strange. Seems a shame that this single release missed everyones radar as I only found out about while idly searching on Steve Strange.


Star Trek: The Animated Series [DVD]
Star Trek: The Animated Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hal Sutherland
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars ... I wanted to remind myself of what they were like. The obvious thought that would come to mind ..., 24 Nov 2014
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I remember watching the animated series as a child back in the early 70's and though I'd never seen them since I wanted to remind myself of what they were like. The obvious thought that would come to mind would be 'childrens animated series'? Must be awful but in fact its not the case at all. The animation is obviously very dated but what is the real strength here are the stories themselves. The series starts with an amazing sci-fi story of a centuries old 'entity' which can take over electrical items (e.g. the Enterprise) which they find on an old spaceship. As they are shorter, under 30mins per episode, the stories are generally much tighter but also don't allow for much character development, but as we know the characters anyway its not a problem. Adding two aliens as crew members, the 3 legged Arex, and the lioness like M'Res, was much better than any previous or subsequent series did (no weird lump on the head to denote a whole new species) though many of the alien designs in the series seem to have more links to fantasy (griffins, cats, catapillars, dragons, etc.) than science fiction.


Fade To Grey - Orchestral
Fade To Grey - Orchestral
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... Ski Jumping Championships in Prague the prospect sounded a fantastic idea and I just hoped and prayed that they ..., 24 Nov 2014
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When I first heard about the line up of Visage being invited to perform with the Synthosymphonica Orchestra for a concert at the World Ski Jumping Championships in Prague the prospect sounded a fantastic idea and I just hoped and prayed that they would record and release it. Thankfully they are and the new album 'Orchestral' is now ready for pre-order. This single is the precursor to the album release and hearing this it's going to be a phenomenal album (an orchestral tour on the cards, Steve?).

There are a range of tracks here but it needs to be pointed out that they aren't all orchestral.
Orchestral Version - This is what I got the single to listen to. Starts with a wonderful orchestral adaptation of this world famous launcher of the new romantics movement, which literally gets the hair on the back of your neck standing up. A re-recorded version of the original with synths and French spoken lyrics then starts with the orchestra painting swaths of depth and emotion throughout. This is apt as it makes me think of it being a film score, which according to Steve Strange was exactly what the original Visage album was trying to achieve. Orchestral versions of well known songs can be very cheesy but this one is not, with a score that not only reflects but extends the original. (The Orchestral Instrumental is this version minus the singing)
Radio Version - This has a much shorter orchestral intro but keeps the mix of original and orchestral. Here's hoping this gets the radio play it deserves.
Orchapella - This is just the orchestra with no synths and shows the intricacy of the score in all its glory (you can envisage the end credits as Monsieur Strange walks away from his back drop poster)
Main Mix - this basically a note for note re-recording of the original version of Fade To Grey. Not very imaginative and it appears to have samples from the original (e.g. Rusty Egan saying 'Fade To Grey' and Billy Currie's violin, which seems to be a bit crazy when they have a whole violin section available here). Steve Strange has added a little change to his vocal line which works well though it is obvious in a couple of places that they've used vocoder to correct his voice, which is a shame.
Extended Version - This is an extended version of the Main Version, NOT the orchestral version and is pretty run of the mill and nowhere near as good as the original Dance Mix from 1981. (The Extended Instrumental is just minus vocals)
Felix Arrival Mix - again this is a remix of the Main Version NOT the orchestral version. It is much more imaginative than the Extended Version which has Steve's vocals centre stage (and shows off the nasty vocoder even clearer unfortunately). A nice synth, sweeping version though and the full orchestra is re-introduced over the violin fade out which works much better than just the sample. It then closes with another sample of a drum effect from the original dance mix of 1981. Nice if not ground-breaking.

So in conclusion the orchestral versions are more then expected (5 stars) though the 'exact imitation' versions of the original included here are weak (3 stars), but it has definitely got me excited about hearing the full album when its out.


Hearts And Knives
Hearts And Knives
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's Homage, 15 Jun 2013
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Rather than Visage they should have named themselves Homage as rather than a return to the original Visage sound this is more a homage to the sound of the 80's with swathes of synth and guitar that at times remind me of The Human League, Duran Duran, Japan, Ultravox and many other synth bands. Much is made in the marketing that this harks back to the first two Visage albums but as many reviewers have already said this is more reminiscent of Beat Boy. Not a surprise as the only member here who was involved in the first two albums is Steve Strange, with the only other past Visage member being Steve Barnacle from the Beat Boy era. As a big Visage fan it must be said that the sound of the first two albums had more to do with the input of the classically trained piano and synth players Billy Currie (+ violin) and Dave Formula and the creative production skills of Midge Ure than anything else and this is obviously missing on this album. The original plan of involving classically trained keyboard and viola player Chris Payne (ex-Tubeway Army and co-writer of Fade To Grey) could have re-created that sound but sadly it was not to be (maybe next time?). My biggest concern about this album was the problem with both Beat Boy and the Strange Cruise project, Steve's voice. It has to be said Steve Strange can't sing (just listen to any of his live performances on YouTube if you dare and you'll see what I mean) and it only sounded like he could on the first two albums due to Ure's recording methods and clever editing. Here he has reverted to what he did in Strange Cruise and has a girl singer to sing the melody line with him, a bit like a guide dog for the tone deaf. It's a shame as for many of the songs on H&K his singing isn't half bad. Overall the album is a lot better than I expected or even hoped. The songs are pretty catchy and after repeated listening I've yet to get bored and the bouncy 80's synth sound is great. The real gem here though is the involvement of guitarist Robin Simon (Ultravox/Magazine - quite apt as he was the guitarist after John McGeogh and before Midge Ure who were both in Visage). It's worth buying this album just to hear his masterpiece guitar playing which really does increase the quality of the music 10 fold. My fav's here are Never Enough, Shameless Fashion, She's Electric, Hidden Sign, On We Go (which sounds like early Human League) and Lost In Static. This is a great first stab at a retro 80's album and ornate, fur trimmed, leather hats off to Mr Strange for finally getting it together in relaunching the Visage project at last. I hope it will mean another album could be on the cards, I would suggest retaining the skills of Robin Simon and Steve Barnacle and bringing in the aforementioned Chris Payne and, of course, Rusty Egan, therefore ensuring an even closer match to the early Visage sound. I live in hope.


CNL BLACK LEATHER FLIP COVER CASE SKIN FOR BLACKBERRY CURVE 9320 MOBILE PHONE
CNL BLACK LEATHER FLIP COVER CASE SKIN FOR BLACKBERRY CURVE 9320 MOBILE PHONE
Offered by Accessoryworld
Price: £4.90

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted, 23 Jan 2013
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I am so pleased to have this mobile phone cover for one main reason, it was exactly the same as it is shown in the photo. I ordered one from another seller which showed this item but when I got it it was totally different. Well done to Checknet to sell what they advertise. The cover is exactly what I wanted, it is leather (not PVC as the one I got sent before was), the clip is in the lower half of the cover (so doesn't annoyingly fall over the phone when you're trying to use it) and the tan inner side does look pretty classy.


Destroy All Robots
Destroy All Robots
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robot Fun, 18 Dec 2012
The best way to describe this novel is `fun' and once you've got started it's going to be difficult to stop reading. I don't want to give the story away but if you like action packed, character led sci-fi influenced books then you're going to love this. It immediately reminded me of Jurassic Park and it's idea of being stuck on a tropical island with dangerous beasts, each one more powerful than the last, though this time its gigantic robots each with their own `killing' method. This book is obviously aimed at the teenage market but so was Harry Potter so don't let that put you off. What the writer does from the very start is get you involved in the central characters who then take you through action scene after action scene through to the climax. Though don't expect this to be formulaic as there are lots of surprises as you make your way through. The real coup de grace though is the amazing group of `team' characters. Each team has come to the island to `Destroy All Robots' before all hell breaks loose and they are made up of the wildest bunch of crazies and it won't be long before you have decided on your favourites (Bubba & Billy Bob are a hoot while the biker girls pack a punch). So if you like to indulge in some retro sci-fi shoot-em-ups then I would highly recommend this.


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