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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT The Beatles at their best but still fascinating, 2 July 2007
These Tokyo concerts are famous amongst Beatles collectors for a number of reasons, not least because two of them were filmed in colour and have circulated as good quality bootlegs for many years.

Unfortunately,they are also famous for the below-par peformance turned in by the Lads. It is well-knon that they did very little rehearsal for their 1966 tour, having lost interest in live performing by this time, and it shows, particularly on George Harrison's vocal performance of If I Needed Someone.

Compounding the problem is the Japnese audience who remain pretty quiet throughout the gigs, allowing The Beatles' occasional sloppines to be heard with unaccustomed clarity.

Better examples of the Beatles live exist on film, particularly the excellent performance from Paris 1965. However, if the Tokyo concert/s is finally getting an official release then this is to be welcomed, as even a sub-standard Beatles performance is better than most other live offerings available from this period.

A fascinating and rare glimpse of The Beatles live concert experience.

Live At Leeds
Live At Leeds
Price: £7.93

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest live album; greatest band ever, 28 Mar 2007
This review is from: Live At Leeds (Audio CD)
There has never been anything to compare to the original 4-piece Who from 1968 to 1978, particularly live on stage. This is the greatest live album of all time, bar none.

They absolutely wipe the floor with The Stones and Led Zeppelin and any of the "legendary" bands which have appeared since, such as Queen, Police, U2. The only act which could rival them for live presence, power and musicianship was Hendrix.

This sheer power and energy, coupled with superlative instrumental and vocal ability (from all four members) and superb songs is, in a nutshell, what sets The Who apart. Add in incredible charisma and a dose of humour (so sadly lacking in today's music scene) and you have all the ingredients needed to make the greatest rock band of all time.

To the previous reviewer who said Pete Townshend's solos were a series of "bum notes", he must be listening to a different guitarist. I have played guitar for 30 years and, take it from me, the guy is incredible. Of course, he's very different to Hendrix and Clapton, who are both technically better players, and a host of heavy metal idiots who play millions of unnecessary notes to distract from their useless songs.

If you haven't heard Live At Leeds, you haven't yet heard what live rock is/was capable of. Thank God the tapes were rolling on that night in 1970. GO AND BUY IT.

Stewart Granger: The Last of the Swashbucklers
Stewart Granger: The Last of the Swashbucklers
by Don Shiach
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable overview of career, 1 Dec 2006
The other reviewers have said it all really. Sparse on detail and short on insights from family and friends, particularly concerning Granger's later career from the 60s onwards.

However, it does provide a reasonable run - through of the basic facts of Granger's life.

In my opinion, he was an excellent actor and deserves to be regarded in the same league as David Niven and James Mason. If only he had chosen (or been allowed to appear in) a wider variety of non-action roles.

The definitive book on this neglected and underrated actor remains to be written.

Endless Wire
Endless Wire
Price: £8.11

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth the wait, 17 Nov 2006
This review is from: Endless Wire (Audio CD)
Positives: Superb, highly memorable songs throughout, easily wiping out the competition, and showing once again that Pete Townshend is still the greatest songwriter in popular music.

Negatives: Obvious lack of Moon's and Entwitle's power and innovation. Daltrey's voice is showing slight signs of wear. Insufficient development of one or two song ideas leads a "demo" type feel on some parts of the album.

Conclusion: The sheer quality of the songs overcomes most of the negatives. After 4 or 5 listens, many of those songs will stay with you for a long time.

Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.11

11 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Whingeing, dreary & bland, 13 Oct 2006
This review is from: X&Y (Audio CD)
What is it with this band? Why all the respect and suceess from the music press, music industry and others who should know better? Whingeing, dreary lyrics; boring, plodding tunes with almost no melody; unbelievable self - importance and lack of humour pervading the whole proceedings. And don't forget the pompous over -production to cover up the lack of genuine ideas.

Don't believe the hype and don't waste your money. Get hold of some classic rock from the 60s and 70s.

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