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Musicman "waggstar" (Truro, Cornwall, U.K.)

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It's Complicated [DVD] (2009)
It's Complicated [DVD] (2009)
Dvd ~ Meryl Streep
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £2.46

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's Atrocious., 25 Oct. 2010
One of the worst films I have ever seen. It offended me that somebody must have thought us 'anoraks' will watch anything we are spoon fed. The actors clearly know it's bad but are happy to pocket the cash for it anyway. And Steve Martin, one of my all time comedy heroes, looks really scary. Like he's already died. Horribly awful.


Live With The Jan Hammer Group
Live With The Jan Hammer Group

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, 23 Sept. 2010
The dude that's given this a three star rating is the reason I now right this. I had this album when I was a kid (what kind of kid listens to mid-seventies jazz funk workouts?) of about 12. I purchased it as I liked the synth stuff Hammer was doing at the time, and of course the Miami Vice music. This concert is one of the things I would go back and see if I had a time machine. The level of musicianship here is absolutely phenomenal. Beck and Hammer are mind blowingly good, and both sound about twenty years ahead of their time. To complain about the singing is ridiculous. It's very easy to tell that they are singing (when they do sing) just for the fun of it. In fact the whole concert is a joyous (and for us mere mortal musicians intimidatingly dextrous) expression of musical freedom. The opening of Full Moon Boogie is the downright funkiest thing I have ever heard in my life. Who cares that it doesn't have Loena Lewis on it? A truely awesome live album, and for me now an old freind.


Pineapple Express (Double-Disc) [DVD] [2008]
Pineapple Express (Double-Disc) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Seth Rogen
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £9.92

2 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One boat that left me on the island..., 9 Dec. 2008
I love Talladega nights, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and especially Superbad, but this film was flat and unfunny with no discernible plot-line. The characters are one dimensional and as such unloveable which gives them no distinction from the bad guys (who are the same) so that one finds oneself watching a dozen idiots running round with too large a pyrotechnics budget and not caring a jot what happens to any of them. When this whole mess finally draws to a close it's just a relief. Sorry Judd.
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L.A. Story [DVD]
L.A. Story [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Martin
Price: £5.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars L.A. Story, 14 Nov. 2008
This review is from: L.A. Story [DVD] (DVD)
This film is a classic because it works on many levels. Stupid jokes sit comfortably alongside comedic pearls of wisdom. Slapstick set pieces give way to real moments of moving self unawareness portrayed by the likable main characters. Surreal sight gags give us small insights into life in L.A, fondly puncturing the very ridiculousness of it at the same time as thinly veiling Martins' absolute love for the city in which he grew up. Martin delivers classic lines with his usual straight-laced collar-loosening agitism. Richard E Grant is both pompous and lovable as the Englishman abroad and Sarah Jessica Parker is joyous in a very early career role. A GREAT film highly recommended. Get it.


L.A. Story [DVD] [1991]
L.A. Story [DVD] [1991]
Dvd ~ Steve Martin
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £10.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars L.A. Story, 14 Nov. 2008
This review is from: L.A. Story [DVD] [1991] (DVD)
This film is a classic because it works on many levels. Stupid jokes sit comfortably alongside comedic pearls of wisdom. Slapstick set pieces give way to real moments of moving self unawareness portrayed by the likable main characters. Surreal sight gags give us small insights into life in L.A, fondly puncturing the very ridiculousness of it at the same time as thinly veiling Martins' absolute love for the city in which he grew up. Martin delivers classic lines with his usual straight-laced collar-loosening agitism. Richard E Grant is both pompous and lovable as the Englishman abroad and Sarah Jessica Parker is joyous in a very early career role. A GREAT film highly recommended. Get it.


Sloe Gin
Sloe Gin
Price: £8.99

7 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as this lot say it is, 13 July 2008
This review is from: Sloe Gin (Audio CD)
I have nothing against dear old Joe but twenty-seven five star reviews? Come on. I only write this to refute that hype really. I got hold of this album after reading the said rave testaments and have to say the songs are cliched and predictable and Joe isn't anywhere near as good a guitar player as everyone is chuffing on about. The solo's are long and tiresome and he really does not compare with somebody like Jeff Healey or SRV.
I recommend purchasing 'See The Light' by Mr Healey or 'Texas Flood' by SRV if you REALLY want to hear outstanding blues guitar playing.


Victims Of The Future
Victims Of The Future
Price: £5.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still his best, 13 July 2008
This review is from: Victims Of The Future (Audio CD)
Not the first Gary Moore album I owned - that was actually still got the blues - but whilst learning guitar I got seriously into his stuff and purchased pretty much all his work. Back On The Streets is more imaginative I guess but this is the one I have the biggest soft spot for and the one I would recommend. It's pretty much four guys busting away in a hot studio over their instruments and pounding out proper four/four rock songs. Cozy Powell on drums is as reliable as ever but it's actually the strength of the songs and of course Gary's by turns venomous and beautiful guitar playing that make this album just so bloody good.
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Here 'N Now
Here 'N Now
Offered by Sound and Vision
Price: £7.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine lost classic, 26 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Here 'N Now (Audio CD)
This album should have sold millions and made superstars of these four brilliantly talented lads. Why it did not is anybody's guess, but I suppose for now it can be yours and my secret.

A collection of great songs performed inventively by three musicians at the top of their game and a front man with a set of pipes to give anyone a run for their money, this album has long been a firm favourite of mine, and has I have to say been forced upon the ears of many an unwitting listener - but is always received positively.

Get it!


Guitar Zeus
Guitar Zeus
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £17.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome guitar playing but more importantly awesome SONGS, 16 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Guitar Zeus (Audio CD)
You'd think that this would be all about the shred - with Malmsteen, Slash, Gilbert, Morse, May, Nugent, Batten, Schon and even Edgar Winter contributing to the album one could be forgiven for expecting Carmine Appice to have been talked into ditching vocals entirely and just having ten minute guitar-solo wig-outs instead. Thankfully everybody here has checked their ego at the door and instead made the contribution to the album that was requested from them in order to make it the best album it could be. So we instead have a focus on songs and melody, lyrics and feeling. That's not to say that there aren't any solos on it - far from it. Everyone gets plenty of space to show what they can do with a guitar and of course between them this bunch can do pretty much anything.

The guitar playing on the album is fantastic and particular favorites with me are Paul Gilbert's blistering scattergun solos on album opener Dislocated, and Jennifer Battens almost free-form funk noodling on instrumental Guitar Zeus - Part 1. But you'll have your own favorites - every song is stand-out in it's own right, the guitar players are only adding to that, and that's the point.

A great album.


In Rainbows
In Rainbows
Price: £8.76

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sickeningly good..., 1 Jan. 2008
This review is from: In Rainbows (Audio CD)
...as usual.
Don't Radiohead get on your nerves? They're just so bloody good. This is my album of 2007, coming in late to beat off stiff competition. There's no skipping tracks on this one - the ten beautifully crafted songs are over too soon as it is. Personal highlights are the outstanding opening track 15 Step, and Weird Fishes. But that's if I was forced to pick.
Awesome.


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