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King Kong Lives
King Kong Lives

4.0 out of 5 stars An impressive soundtrack, 6 Sep 2014
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This review is from: King Kong Lives (Audio CD)
In my opinion, John Scott is an under-rated film composer who deserves to be much better known. His soundtracks are always melodic and evocative of their subject, and this one is no exception. Although the film may not have been very successful, the music is suitably stirring. The only drawback is that the main theme is somewhat over-used, appearing in almost all of the tracks.

While not quite matching the quality of some of his other soundtracks such as "The Final Countdown" (my favourite) or "Greystoke", this can be recommended to anyone who enjoys great film music.


Alpine SleepSoft + Earplugs (for Sleeping)
Alpine SleepSoft + Earplugs (for Sleeping)
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable and effective, 6 Sep 2014
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Having tried disposable foam earplugs, I find this type to be much superior and worth the extra outlay. They are easily fitted easily using the special tool provided to ensure they go in straight, and very comfortable to wear for long periods.

In use they are effective in greatly reducing the amount of sound that reaches the ear. Quieter sounds are blocked, while louder sounds are muffled and therefore easier to ignore.

If you are looking for an antidote to noisy environments, give these a try. Highly recommended.


Bond on Bond: The Ultimate Book on 50 Years of Bond Movies
Bond on Bond: The Ultimate Book on 50 Years of Bond Movies
Price: £4.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Coffee-table Bond, 5 Sep 2014
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Many Bond fans will want to own this book, with the assured and witty text by Roger Moore linking the various people, themes and elements of the 007 saga. Supported by numerous interesting photos, he provides a variety of entertaining and informative anecdotes about the world of 007.

The only drawback is that little is explored in depth: however, there are other books that do this, and if treated as belonging on the coffee table (as was no doubt the intention) this one fulfils its purpose well. Recommended for all Bond fans.


Lost Voices of the Edwardians: 1901-1910 in Their Own Words: 1901-1910 in Their Own Words
Lost Voices of the Edwardians: 1901-1910 in Their Own Words: 1901-1910 in Their Own Words
Price: £4.38

5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable book, 5 Sep 2014
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Having read and enjoyed several of the "Lost Voices" series, I was a little doubtful about purchasing this one: the title seemed to convey a hint of milking a successful theme a little too much. However, I was wrong. The standard format of the series - letting people from the time talk themselves about their lives and world - worked very well indeed in shedding light on Britain between the death of Queen Victoria and World War One.

Specific key social issues of the time (such as universal suffrage) are given the attention they deserve. In addition, more general topics are covered. For example, the sheer physical grind of life for many people is something easily overlooked today, with all the readily-available labour-saving devices that are so easy to take for granted. And lawlessness and violence were maybe more commonplace than many would now think.

Highly recommended as a readable and educational account of a pivotal period in British history.


Up On The Roof - The Very Best Of
Up On The Roof - The Very Best Of
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection, 5 Sep 2014
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This is a very solid set of Drifters recordings over the decades, with all the major hits being included. Sounding great, the album is an excellent and inexpensive way to remember this pioneering group.


Star Trek: Into Darkness
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Price: £14.88

3.0 out of 5 stars A decent reminder of the film, 5 Sep 2014
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If you enjoyed the film, this soundtrack will help bring back the experience. The music does not, however, stand up quite as well without reference to the film: in my opinion, the hallmark of a great soundtrack is that it has a life of its own, beyond simply supporting the on-screen action. Also, the various tracks seem significantly less memorable than those of the Star Trek (2009) soundtrack (especially the magnificent closing music for that film).

Reommended for the serious soundtrack collector and Star Trek fan: maybe less so for the more casual listener.


Borodin: Symphonies Nos. 1/ 2/ 3
Borodin: Symphonies Nos. 1/ 2/ 3
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances and recording of undervalued works, 5 Sep 2014
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For some reason, Borodin still does not have the recognition he (in my opinion) deserves. These symphonies are colourful and melodic, conjuring up the flavour of 19th Century Russia. If you are not familiar with them, these spirited and lively performances should help convince you of their worth, especially with the typically excellent Naxos recording quality.


Sinfonia Concertante
Sinfonia Concertante
Price: £13.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Very solid and worthy performances, 5 Sep 2014
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Perhaps the performers on this CD are not quite such well-known names as some of the many others who have recorded these works, but they are assured, confident, and very talented.

f you do not have a copy of Mozart's timeless Sinfonia Concertante, you can go for this one with confidence. Even if you have other versions (as I do), it will still be a worthy purchase as a non-showy, solid performance that can be listened to over and over with just as much enjoyment each time. The same comments apply to the companion work, the Concertone in C.


Wagner: An Introduction to Der Ring des Nibelungen
Wagner: An Introduction to Der Ring des Nibelungen
Price: £8.97

5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful listening guide, 5 Sep 2014
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If you are at all serious about appreciating the Ring Cycle as a whole, this scholarly but very accessible look at the motifs and other aspects of the epic story will enhance your appreciation and understanding significantly. Highly recommended.


Star Trek: Into Darkness: film tie-in novelization
Star Trek: Into Darkness: film tie-in novelization
Price: £4.67

5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy novelisation, 5 Sep 2014
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This book elaborates on some aspects of the story there was no time to show on the screen, and can be wholeheartedly recommended to all who enjoyed the film.


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