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Birds Of Fire
Birds Of Fire
Offered by Rock&PopCDVD
Price: 4.78

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing, 16 Feb 2005
This review is from: Birds Of Fire (Audio CD)
This is, in two words, virtuoso musicianship. The ability to just pick a time signature out at random and play it is something only the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report can do well.
Mc Laughlin's woozy guitar and Cobham's lightning speed drumming are the force behind Birds Of Fire, Mahavishnu's best album. It knocks The Inner Mounting Flame and Inner Worlds for six. As I am only 14, I wasn't around when Mahavishnu were in full flight, but I can imagine the impression this record made.
If you want to try something modern in a similar vein, try "Deloused In The Comatorium" by The Mars Volta. This is an awesome record and they follow a lot of Mahavishnu's playing styles.
So, Birds Of Fire, awesome, five stars.

Surfer Rosa & Come On Pilgrim
Surfer Rosa & Come On Pilgrim
Price: 7.87

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange, strange music, 15 Feb 2005
There is something about the Pixies I just love. I think it is the unpolished rawness and passion in Black's voice.
It comes through more than ever on Surfer Rosa, "Bone Machine" and "Broken Face" being the best examples. The only no-go on Surfer Rosa is "Tony's Theme", Black's vocals indecipherable throughout.
C'mon Pilgrim is a totally different kettle of fish. Most of the songs involve incest in some form, with "Nimrod's Son" laden with the most references. "Caribou" is the best offering from this part of the album, with its almost marching guitar riffs. "Isla de Encanta", sung in Spanish, is the most punky track, and one of my favourites.
This is an awesome CD, but if you want the best the Pixies have to offer, buy Doolittle.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Painful but rewarding, 14 Feb 2005
I am a drummer and a rugby player so this gizmo does wonders for my wrist and forearm. I would recommend this product to any musicians or sportsmen, especially drummers, guitarists and people who play racquet sports, as this will improve your grip. It is fun aswell, and the sound it makes at 12000 rpm (the speed I use it at) is amazing. Make sure the starter string is included or you will find it very difficult to start up!
It is great fun, gets progressively harder as you improve, is beneficial and anyone can use it. Could you ask for any more?

Price: 8.22

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pinnacle of their careers, 14 Feb 2005
This review is from: Doolittle (Audio CD)
From the eyeball-slicing lyrics of Debaser to the cry of "Hey!!!" on the track of the same name, the Pixies are in top form on Doolittle. Francis has ditched most of the incest-obsessed songs from Surfer Rosa, and replaced them with perfectly credible indie classics.
"Debaser", "Here Comes Your Man" and "Monkey Gone To Heaven" are the most famous tracks, but I feel the best songs have to be "La La Love You" and "No. 13 Baby". Amazingly, the two tracks I have just mentioned didn't onto the Pixies Best Of album, "Wave of Mutilation", though they definitely deserved to.
"Silver" sounds like it was written by Clint Eastwood and "Crackity Jones" and "Mr. Grieves" sound like the Surfer Rosa Pixies of old.
By buying this album, you are buying a piece of rock heritage.

Kurt Cobain: The "Nirvana" Years - The Complete Chronicle (Eyewitness)
Kurt Cobain: The "Nirvana" Years - The Complete Chronicle (Eyewitness)
by Carrie Borzillo
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures, not much else, 12 Feb 2005
If you want Nivana In Pictures, this book fits the bill perfectly. This is also useful if you went to see Nirvana but just can't remember the date you went to see the greatest gig of your life.
Let's be fair, this account this very detailed, but repetitive captions like "Kurt Cobain: Spokesman for a dischanted generation" (fans, you know what I mean) grate on you after a while. A bit more opinion from Borzillo-Vrenna and few more better captions would give this book a 5.

by Kurt Cobain
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.65

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An insight, but at points illegible, 12 Feb 2005
This review is from: Journals (Paperback)
From what I can gather of the text I can actually read, this is an extremely good book, all be it a diary. The draft song lyrics are very interesting and the album cover and t-shirt ideas are, at points, hilarious. I'm not sure whether Kurt wanted his personal diaries released, but I'm sure Courtney would be able to find an excuse if called upon.
What would make this book 1000% better would be a version twice as thick, with the actual journal on the right hand page and a readable transcription on the left, like a Shakespeare play. This would make this an easy 5 star, where it rightly belongs.

Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain (Scepte 21's)
Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain (Scepte 21's)
by Charles R. Cross
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Remember this is a biography not an autopsy, 12 Feb 2005
It is strange how whenever a book about Kurt Cobain is released, many people expect it to answer the question "Did Kurt kill himself?". Without Seattle police reopening the investigation, nobody could possibly say.
So why do many people expect "Heavier Than Heaven" to stop being a biography start being an autopsy? I don't understand.
Anyway, the book is amazingly well written and the time spent in each part of his tragically short life is about right, although I would say a little too much time is spent in his childhood. This argument could be countered by people who say that his childhood made him the man he turned out to be, and I will let them have that view. If you already are a Kurtophile and know plenty of facts about his life, this is unlikely to open any new doors. This book is useful, however, to the average Nirvana fan who just wants to know a bit more about their favourite icon.

Envy [DVD]
Envy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Stiller
Offered by Jasuli
Price: 2.58

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Stiller flop (SPOILERS), 12 Feb 2005
This review is from: Envy [DVD] (DVD)
Not as bad as Zoolander, not as good as Meet the Parents.
In fact, Stiller isn't even the best actor in this film. Jack Black takes this title, as an average guy who has the idea for "Vapoorise", a spray which makes dog faeces simply disappear.
Working at the same company, Stiller dismisses the idea as a "dream", and when Black asks him for $2000 to help fund research, he declines. He is gobsmacked though, when a few months later Black comes up with a working spray. He makes millions of course, and the whole middle part of the film is about Stiller's envy at his best friend's fortune.
The funniest part of the film is when Stiller gets drunk and accidentally shoots Black's beautiful white horse with a bow and arrow, then buries the evidence in his recently excavated pool.
This is a feel-good comedy, and the slapstick humour is best watched with children. If you do not have kids, I would advise against buying.

Led Zeppelin 2
Led Zeppelin 2
Price: 13.67

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rifftastic!!!, 12 Feb 2005
This review is from: Led Zeppelin 2 (Audio CD)
Rifftastic; the only word suitable for describing Led Zeppelin 2. From the classic Whole Lotta Love to the cheeky, funny Lemon Song, the riffs are present throughout. If there is anybody reading this review who hasn't felt the urge to go "Bu da bu da bu da bu da bu da BER DER BER DER!" during the intro to Whole Lotta Love, they are not worthy of this CD. Even Moby Dick, basically a slot for John Bonham to show off in, has its own memorable guitar line.
Jimmy Page is the driving force behind this album, and Bonham is present throughout braying seven bells out of his Ludwig. John Paul Jones' bass mastery is flaunted on the Lemon Song and Plant's whine is pushed to the max on Ramble On.
There isn't a duff track on this record, and this is a feat not repeated by Zeppelin until 1975's Physical Graffiti. Now, if anybody nowadays could come up with an album which broke as much ground as Zeppelin 2 did, I would fall to my knees and pray at their feet.

Hail To The Thief
Hail To The Thief
Offered by Dirty Deals UK
Price: 9.00

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Huge, Depressing Step Backwards, 12 Feb 2005
This review is from: Hail To The Thief (Audio CD)
2+2=5, There There and Myxomatosis are the only reasons to listen to this album. The rest, especially the gloomy We Suck Young Blood, will make you want to do Kurt Cobain-style things to yourself.
This album was onto a downer as soon as I looked at the back cover and found strange second titles for all of the songs ("Softly Open Our Mouths In The Cold", anyone?). I thought "Ahhh, one of THOSE albums."
If this was another band, I would call it experimental, but this is Radiohead's SIXTH album. I would have thought they could possibly be able to make another Bends or OK Computer, but I fear those grand days are gone.

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