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Gravitas
Gravitas
Price: £9.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on form, 19 May 2014
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This review is from: Gravitas (Audio CD)
I've been waiting years for Asia to produce an album as good as their first two - this is it. Catchy singalong melodies, bombastic symphonic pop/prog, power ballads... it's got it all in spades. I've heard Phoenix, Omega and XXX but none are consistently up to this standard.

More please!


Np Foot Switch Black
Np Foot Switch Black
Offered by SENDERCITY
Price: £7.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No instructions included, 1 May 2013
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Worked well once I found online wiring instructions for another foot switch:

In-Line Foot Press Switch For Floor Lamp For 2 or 3 Core Flex - Black - 50mm Diameter


Samsung S2 - 1TB  USB-Powered 2.5 Portable Hard Drive -Midnight Black
Samsung S2 - 1TB USB-Powered 2.5 Portable Hard Drive -Midnight Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet, sturdy and excellent value, 26 Mar. 2011
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I bought this drive to store my music collection for listening on my laptop. It replaces an Iomega Prestige 1TB USB drive which is a bit too noisy for this purpose and is powered by a mains adaptor.

I'm absolutely delighted with the Samsung - it's virtually silent from 60cm away, appears to be solidly built and, unlike the Iomega, is powered by the USB port (no power problems with a Vaio and single USB lead). In common with other 1TB drives the available space is about 930GB. Installation files for backup and encryption software are included but can be deleted if not required (and are downloadable from Samsung if you change your mind).

The case has a smooth finish on one side rather than the dimples shown in the picture and I love the blue LED indicator too! Comes with a snug pouch for storage or transport, and a short USB lead (about 30cm) which is perfect for laptop use.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the comfortable boot advertised, 26 Feb. 2011
I've had the Hillmaster for 5 months but it took 3 of those before they started to feel comfortable. The cushioning wasn't as good as I'd expected (or as advertised) but a gel insole has helped a little. They also crush the base of the toes but this can be remedied by experimenting with lacing tensions.

I use these every day to walk to work (7 mile round trip) on a variety of surfaces - pavements, grass and rough canal towpaths. Grip isn't great - quite slippery on muddy ground and wet tarmac, and I abandoned them in icy weather in favour of rubber-soled wellies.

Having said that they do feel like solid boots which will last, their waterproofing is excellent and, being leather, are very quick to dry.


In Search of Ancient Gods
In Search of Ancient Gods

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Search of a Good Reproduction, 26 Jan. 2011
I first discovered this album 25 years ago and fell in love with its atmospheric interpretation of Daniken's books, evoking memories of softcore occultism in the 1970s. Though most famous for featuring Bill Bruford on drums, for me the album's highlight is the extensive use of the ARP Solina String Ensemble, a lush synthesizer which gives the album a spacey feel - perfect for the subject matter.

The first CD release I bought was from Arcangelo, a Japanese mini-LP facsimile from 2006 faithfully reproducing the original vinyl cover and inserts. It's downside was the CD mastering from a crackly vinyl copy, as has been mentioned in another review here. This is a problem during some of the quiet passages but isn't prevalent throughout the album. Otherwise the sound quality is pretty good - airy, detailed and dynamic.

Woundered Bird's CD release in 2009 used the original master tapes and so should have been a huge improvement over the Arcangelo. The crackles are obviously missing, though some tape hiss is evident. The real problem, however, is that the sound quality suffers from poor reproduction of the above mentioned ARP, which wobbles in a way I don't hear on the Arcangelo CD or my own vinyl copy, and a compression of the soundstage which sucks the life out of the album. It may be that the original tapes were in poor condition and that the sound has undergone considerable processing to compensate. If this is the case I can see why Arcangelo chose to issue a vinyl rip and it is more pleasing to listen to, despite its shortcomings.

It's a shame neither release includes Aeromancy (from the album Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Other Great Space Music). This is the only other track I've found by Absolute Elsewhere and would have made ideal bonus material.

In terms of star ratings then I would give 5 stars for the music, 4 stars for the Arcangelo release and 3 stars for the Wounded Bird CD, giving an average rating of 4 stars.


Octoberon
Octoberon
Price: £6.00

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, disappointing bonus tracks, 19 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Octoberon (Audio CD)
If, like me, you're already familiar with this album but decided to purchase it for the improved sound quality then you won't be disappointed. All instruments and vocals are crystal clear, as you'd expect from a modern remastering, though at times it's like a different album after years of listening to an inferior copy.
If you're just interested in the bonus tracks then I'd save your money. To be honest I couldn't tell much difference from the original versions, with the exception of the TOTP recording of Rock 'n' Roll Star. In fact I began to think they'd put the same tracks on twice by mistake.
Highly recommended for the sound improvement but loses a star for the bonus tracks.


Panchang Moon Astrology: How to do the right thing at the right time
Panchang Moon Astrology: How to do the right thing at the right time
by Michael Geary
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A long advert, 10 Feb. 2003
Unlike the previous reviewer I found this book to be a complete waste of time (!). Never have I known a book to waffle so much and the gist of the content could have been condensed into page. It doesn't really tell you much about charting the good/bad days, except to use your intuition and look for the signs. The only useful guide was the suggestion that the few days before a new moon and full moon are unstable.
There are constant references to the website [...] which apparently contains a lot of useful information. I'm afraid I'm not prepared to pay the £40 p.a. necessary to access it though.
A long advert for the website, save your money.


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