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Fender Telecaster Manual: How to Buy, Maintain and Set Up the World's First Production Electric Guitar
Fender Telecaster Manual: How to Buy, Maintain and Set Up the World's First Production Electric Guitar
by Paul Balmer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.59

5.0 out of 5 stars TELE-VISION!, 9 Feb. 2015
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If you own an electric guitar and play at home, in a pub or are in a rock band, you need this invaluable and well detailed book. I bought the Stratocaster manual in a shop last week and then after that excellent book I could hardly wait to get my hands on the Tele manual as I have, and love both of these Fender classic guitars. This book clearly shows you how to set up, tune and get the most out of your Tele with regular maintenance and tips on hardware and necks. It's all here. Don't be afraid to dive in, it may even save you taking your axe to a guitar shop and paying out to get a minor problem fixed. These manuals are a great way to get into guitar repair and if you love your axe, then you'll absolutely love this book for helping you discover what is in it's heart and soul. Well worth every single penny and a book you will never want to part with!


Elton John 17-11-70
Elton John 17-11-70
Price: £6.51

5.0 out of 5 stars 17-11-70 magnificent at 8-12-14, 8 Dec. 2014
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I'm a long-time Elton fan and I am revisiting the classic stuff, I won't say I forgot how good he was, as I know how good he was, but I'm re-appreciating his albums. I just bought this and it's a blaster. I never heard it before as I never bought it. I'm sorry I didn't as it is astounding. The power is great with the trio of piano, bass and drums. I'm glad there is no guitars as this gives a stripped down snapshot of how Elton sounded in the early years. The sound is fantastic on the remaster with superb clarity, punch, and his piano playing and singing is on fire along with Olsson's explosive drums. This is a treat for fans that never heard it before and I'm ashamed I didn't as I have all his output up to the mid 90s. This is a must for fans of the Classic 70s Elton John!


Empty Sky
Empty Sky
Price: £6.33

3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Shoot Me I'm Only Beginning!!!!, 8 Dec. 2014
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This is Elton's first LP! This is an overlooked album simply because it is a bit rough sounding, it did not have any stand-out hits. While the music is similar in style to his rock/blues/gospel style the vocals are not as clear as they should be, often the phrases see muffled as you try to hear what he's saying. The opening 'Empty Sky' is a bulldozer of a piano-driven rock song that's 8mins in length. Elton John has arrived. There are folk-style ballads and jazzy experiments in here too. It's a novel LP for fans that warrants investigation just don't expect the classic sound and style because this is embryonic Elton landing and finding his feet. This remaster contains 4 bonus tracks.


Revell German Infantry WWII Plastic Model Kit
Revell German Infantry WWII Plastic Model Kit
Offered by Toy&Modelmarketuk
Price: £7.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Achtung Baby!, 23 July 2014
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Another great set reissed in superb style by Revell. You all know the story by now, these were issued by Matchbox of England back in 1976. This 9 pose set has 15 figures and the plastic is soft and very similar to the originals bar the colour which is now very dark, almost black green. They used to be a blue/grey colour. The set is correct with all pieces correct. It represents the Wehrmacht infantryman and weapons include Kar 98 rifle, MG34 light machine gun, stick grenade, officer with Walther P38, flame thrower, but the man with the machine pistol, presumably meant to be an MP40, looks odd as the weapon he is firing does not look like the MP40 at all. I always found this strange, but it's a small thing with overall quality and sculpting very good. The new box artwork is very cool, but has a Photoshop look to it and it is slightly unrealistic with troops exposed in the open field. The prone machine gunner on the box is firing an FG42, this was used by the fallschirmjäger and rare enough even throughout the war! It's great to see this set issued again in the age of internet and apps. They are very reasonably priced and well worth acquiring again even if you have the originals.


Revell British Infantry WWII Plastic Model Kit
Revell British Infantry WWII Plastic Model Kit
Price: £5.34

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5.0 out of 5 stars Revell reissue Matchbox 1/32! Hurray!, 23 July 2014
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Originally issued by Matchbox in 1976, this 11 pose set came with 15 figures. These were competing with the excellent Airfix range at the time. They were then issued again in 1983 but unfortunately Lisney products went bust and were bought by a Chinese company. The first time a British company was bought out by foreign investors, so the story goes. Recently, these have been reissued again by some Chinese sellers and offered on eBay, the original style box has 8+ in the top right corner. I heard the quality is poor but I have no proof. So, it's 2014 and a big surprise as Revell from Germany relaunch the British, Germans and Americans from this series, in new packaging and for a good price. The first thing you notice when you open the box is that these are now a butter colour plastic and not toffee brown like before, that's no big deal, but the great thing is the plastic is soft and very similar to the originals in feel. This is good as the Hornby Airfix reissues, as any collector knows came in hard K Resin. This was disappointing as the hard, brittle clink of the plastic was a let down, plus some figures came out of the box with warped weapons. This is a great set representing the British 'Tommy' of WW2, there is a great selection of arms including, Lee Enfield rifle, Bren gun, Vickers machine gun, Bazooka, man throwing a Mills grenade, it's all here. The artwork is vibrant if a little unrealistic, depicting a squad out in the open, but this is a minor quibble as it is to show the poses and colours. This is a great set and a must for any collector into 1/32 figures, and it's amazing to think in the time of 'iJunk and apps' that Revell had the bottle to reissue this great set! Now, lets hope that the British 8th Army, Afrika Korps and British Commandos, which in particular sell for shocking high prices online are reissued, then we can get back to the fight! Well done Revell for re-making a dream come true!


Last Dance
Last Dance
Offered by MEGA Media FBA
Price: £14.59

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4.0 out of 5 stars Save the Last Dance for me!, 11 July 2014
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This CD contains music from the 2007 meeting between Jarrett and old time band member from the American Quartet, the world class bassist, Charlie Haden. The first sessions were released on 'Jasmin' a few years back and this pretty much contains more of what was recorded at Jarrett's Cavelight studio, at his home in Pennsylvania at that time. This is not a recent pairing up as some of the hype tends to lean towards. Anyway, first impressions. It sets up a mellow mood and is not really too demanding on the listener, most of it is at a downbeat tempo and sometimes I wish they would cut loose and swing a little harder, but apart from one upbeat track it stays on dream street. There are some great solos by Haden I must add, and his deep, muscular, energetic tone is very alive on these recordings. I find that Jarrett's piano lacks the depth and timbre it portrays on his live recordings. This is the same on 'Jasmin' and I noticed it on 'The Melody at Night with You' album from 1999. It seems a little sterile in sound. On the bright side there are moments of sheer joy as their combined sound is almost identical to their quieter moments on some of the recordings by the American Quartet from the mid 70s. There is no bassist that sounds or feels like Haden and these sessions are pretty special indeed. Now I just wish they would team up again with a drummer and record a trio session. Now that would be a very interesting prospect! Overall 'Last Dance' is a nice accompaniment to 'Jasmin' and any fan of Jazz, Jarrett/Haden will be interested no doubt.
Over and out! A. July11, 2014


Bionic [Deluxe Version]
Bionic [Deluxe Version]
Offered by beaches_music_canada
Price: £4.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Christina goes Gaga!, 1 July 2014
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Aguilera's voice has been growing on me over the years and I firmly believe she is one of the finest vocalist of the last decade and her generation. I'm even confident that she will go on to do some great work in the future. Millions of X Factor wanabees the world over want a slice of the Aguilera pie but it's not that easy for she has the very voice they love but can never imitate and why, because she is too good a singer. Now with her late 90s pop starlet stuff long behind her, and the R 'N' B bombast of 'Stripped' which brought her international acclaim in the can along with the funk of 2006s soul-driven 'Back To Basics' she dares to go electronic with this 2010 album, and where is that? Well you could say it's into Lady Gaga territory. As a fan of Aguilera, electronic music, and Gaga herself I had to hear this out of sheer curiosity. I popped it in the machine (sounds robot!) and hit the play button. The first thing that struck me was the production which was bass heavy, with some great drum patterns and big fat analog sounding synths. Then the vocals, Aguilera tried a lot of new things here which has further broadened the scope of her great voice and overall the album kept me entertained with techno-dance songs and chill-out nu jazz-style ballads. It's a long album with 23 tracks in all (Deluxe edition, well worth it for the 5 extra tracks) but it definitely contains some of the best vocals she has done. The themes covered in the songs are nothing new, but pop has a built in recycle system anyway so it's the usual love, fashion, sex and money we have come to expect by now. If you like Christina Aguilera you may find this album is good but if you like Christina Aguilera and electronic pop music you may find this album is excellent. I did!


Live - In The City Of Light
Live - In The City Of Light
Price: £6.51

5.0 out of 5 stars City of Blinding Light!, 1 July 2014
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What can you say about Simple Minds that has not already been said? Not much. This live album, from the band at it's peak in 1986 is a great way to celebrate them live. This is from the 'Once Upon A Time' tour, and people say they had sold out by then but that's a matter of opinion. They did create some artistically great music in the early 80s but by the mid 80s the band was one of the biggest in the world. Big band, big sound. I wouldn't say I am a fanatical fan but I am really rediscovering them and will delve in deeper in the future. If you want to rock out to this great band then this live outing is the perfect way to do it! It's a time capsule back to the great music of the 80s! A. Murray


Miles At The Fillmore: Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3
Miles At The Fillmore: Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3
Price: £15.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles and Miles of Miles!!!, 11 April 2014
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Ok, so you may have the Fillmore CD from the late 90s, or even the original LP. Fair enough. But when you hold this in your hand and see the lavish packaging, 4 CDs, great artwork, thick booklet and poster with newspaper cuttings you will be glad you bought it. This is the complete picture of the Fillmore East, June 17-20, 1970 concerts. It has been remixed and remastered for the better. There are even 35 mins of bonus Fillmore West tracks from April 11, 1970. All I can say is this, get it, get it, get it! But I guess if you are a Miles Davis fan you will have already bought it!


No End
No End
Price: £19.84

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3.0 out of 5 stars No End to Jarret's Creativity!, 22 Nov. 2013
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There has been a lot of activity in the Jarrett camp in the last six months and ECM have released no less than four albums from him. Last May gave us 'Somewhere', an excellent trio live recording. September gave us a double CD collection of Bach Sonatas with Jarrett on piano and Michelle Mararski on cello. This month sees the full release of Concerts (Bregenz/Munich) from 1981 as a full three CD (Bregenz only made it to CD), and also 'No End' a collection of 20 tracks that Jarrett recorded in 1986 at home. When I first listened to previews of this on Amazon I was very excited because it was Jarrett playing electric bass, guitar and drums/percussion. It was recorded and overdubbed on two Tandenberg cassette decks at his home studio and it is more or less Jarrett jamming with himself. While the quality is clear for such an old recording, it has a slightly brittle hissy cassette deck quality, but I don't mind that as I feel modern recording techniques are very sterile and can often make music sound tiring. I am also a musician myself and I have recorded a lot of 4 track demos over the years before I went digital so this sounds fine to me. What about the actual music? There are a lot of styles and rhythms here and while the guitar tone is always nearly the same clean tone, his guitar playing is pretty one dimensional. You won't find any John McLaughlin licks here. The drums are pretty good though and Jarrett has got that swing no matter what he plays. His bass playing is pretty simple too but this is deep on the recordings and offers sufficient bottom end with groove where it's needed. The percussion scratches and shakes away just like on his early 1970s albums and this gives a tribal effect to this album. I can't help imagining a Steinway grand when I hear some of the guitar notes. You can always hear Jarrett through the notes. It's a long album that seems to slip by fairly quickly but I've only listened to it a few times. In the sleeve notes he tells how he's always loved percussive instruments such as drums and guitars, speaking of the latter, it would have been nice to hear some overdrive on the 'deep red Gibson solid-body (presumably a Les Paul?) but he keeps the tone clean throughout although I'm sure I can hear a chorus pedal on a guitar on track 2, CD2. There is piano on track 10 on CD1 and this immediately feels like the missing element on some of the other tracks. Jarrett has said this was like some unreleased follow up to the 1986 double LP Spirits (another lo-fi affair recorded the previous year in the same fashion but with a different array of instruments) but I guess it's alright to say that in retrospect, after all it is nearly 30 years ago. This album will probably not delight listeners and fans of the Trio, or fans of Jarrett's solo piano work but it is what it is, and that seems to me to be the work of a man taking time off from the constant composing, recording and touring he was doing year in, year out, up to that point and after. There is a lot of freedom in the music recorded here and it could have been easily recorded a decade earlier as there is no technological references in the recordings to suggest the mid eighties. Well, is it a masterpiece? No. Was Spirits a masterpiece? No. But 'No End' is what it is and it is another facet of the creativity of Keith Jarrett which in itself seems to have no end.

A. Murray, November 22, 2013


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