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The Endless River
The Endless River
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars To end like this is a travesty!, 15 Nov 2014
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This review is from: The Endless River (Audio CD)
This tribute album to Rick Wright, who sadly died on the 15th September 2008, left me feeling like I had been listening to ambient murmurings at his funeral. I almost felt like I was attending it. It is the Richard Wright swansong, with a montage of old rehashed tunes from times gone by. With sways of sounds from the Albums "Wish you were here", "The wall", "Momentary lapse" & "The Division bell".

An album that took two years to make involving Phil Manzannera, Youth & Andy Jackson who produced it, & edited by David Gilmour & Nick Mason. Created from a pile of old tapes & jams from early 1993.

"The Endless River" by David Gilmour & Nick Mason under the "Pink Floyd" banner is lacking creative lyrics, drive, direction, & new musical ideas that the superb Roger Waters/David Gilmour collaborations used to provide back in the seventies. The "Endless river" is just ANOTHER reminder of how Roger Waters is sorely missed in the Pink Floyd line up. This album is not coherent, it's full of intro's that lead nowhere, & feels half hearted in it's making.

THERE WILL BE NO MORE ARRR! ARRR! ARRR! Waters/Gilmour collaborated music for the future. I've finally come to that conclusion, it's taken me years of wishing they would team up again to realise it! So this is the end I suppose, what a let down "The Endless River" is, to finish the great bands career like this is a travesty.

Goodbye blue sky! GOODBYE!

Paul H Mann
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Gents/Mens Seiko Kinetic Titanium Bracelet Watch - SKA397P1
Gents/Mens Seiko Kinetic Titanium Bracelet Watch - SKA397P1

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect? or almost perfect? it's just a size issue for me., 29 Dec 2013
This is a beautifully machined watch case that smoothly curves to meet the watch band seamlessly, unlike many other watches where the watch band looks planted onto the watch like an after thought, & never seems to achieve that uniformity so that the join sticks out like a sore thumb.

The band width is 20mm, this larger width than usual means the case has been widened to compensate & the crystal glass made larger to achieve a more larger chunkier look.

Seiko titanium watches usually weigh about 78gm's to 92gm's, this SKA397P1 model weigh's 110gm's, but the little extra weight on this model is hardly noticeable on the wrist in comparison.

The grey face dial shows great quality & style, & blends in perfectly with the titanium case & watchband.

Another bonus for me is that it has the reliable 5M62 movement.

It is also comfortable to wear & easy to adjust.

There is nothing here not to like & admire, it's a fantastic looking watch! But for me the watch CASE design is the star here, couple that with the grey dial making the rest of the watch stand out as a quality watch.

Seiko have achieved what they have set out to do, which was to design & create a chunkier looking watch than they usually produce, & managed to do it with quality & style.

Although I gave a well deserved 5 stars in this review, for me personally I would prefer this watch to retain all of the design qualities but be scaled down by 1mm or 2mm, dropping the larger chunkier size idea.

If Seiko incorporate this exact watch case to their usual sizes in the future, I will be first in the queue to purchase one, but in the meantime this one will do nicely thank you!

So if I was asked, is this watch perfect? or almost perfect?.
My response would be 'almost perfect' it's just a size issue.

Paul.H.Mann.


The Australian Pink Floyd Show: Live At The Hammersmith Apollo 2011
The Australian Pink Floyd Show: Live At The Hammersmith Apollo 2011

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KEEP ON GIGGING A.P.F!, 2 Dec 2012
I have supported this great Tribute band "The Australian Pink Floyd Show" more commonly known as Aussie Pink Floyd for many years now & have seen many of their shows. They formed in 1988 in Adelaide southern Australia.

I can honestly say they are tremendous. They are dedicated to the authenticity musically & stage laser light show with dedication to the point of obsession!

I cannot recommend the DVD & the CD enough. If you like Pink Floyd, you cannot help but like these. The DVD contains one extra track "Run like Hell" which is the last track. Obviously there was not enough room on the CD to include it.

If you decide to only buy one Aussie Pink Floyd DVD then this is the one, although I would not be surprised if it's NOT your last purchase of their musical tributes to Pink Floyd.

As the years go on we need Great Tribute bands like this to keep the Pink Floyd musical performances alive for future generations. Keep on gigging A.P.F!

Best Wishes Paul H Mann.


The Australian Pink Floyd Show: Exposed In The Light [DVD]
The Australian Pink Floyd Show: Exposed In The Light [DVD]
Dvd ~ Australian Pink Floyd Show
Price: £23.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars .ANOTHER GREAT LIVE CD & DVD FROM AUSSIE PINK FLOYD!, 2 Dec 2012
I have supported this great Tribute band "The Australian Pink Floyd Show" more commonly known as Aussie Pink Floyd for many years now & seen many of their shows.

I can assure anyone who has not seen them that they are not known as the best tribute band in the world for nothing. They are superb & do the great masters themselves a great service in their musical & stage laser light show. With a dedication to the authenticity to the point of obsession!

They even caught the eye of David Gilmour years ago who had them perform at his 50th birthday bash!

The CD has three less tracks than the DVD." Take it back" "One of these days" & "Sheep" but the tracks on the CD flow perfectly from beginning to end. The CD is all music as apposed to the DVD which gives you an introduction to the band & crew backstage in between the tracks. A fantastic performance & superb recording.

I cannot recommend "Exposed in the light" enough. If you like Pink Floyd, this is a must. Another great live CD & DVD from Aussie Pink Floyd!

Best Wishes Paul H Mann.


The Australian Pink Floyd Show - Live At Liverpool Kings Dock Waterfront Arena 2004
The Australian Pink Floyd Show - Live At Liverpool Kings Dock Waterfront Arena 2004
Dvd ~ Australian Pink Floyd Show
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Price: £119.73

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SUPERB DVD., 2 Dec 2012
I have supported this great Tribute band "The Australian Pink Floyd show" more commonly known as Aussie Pink Floyd for years and seen many of their shows.

Formed in Adelaide Southern Australia in 1988. Although the band line up has come & gone over the years it still retains three core original members; Steve Mac/Guitar, Colin Wilson/Bass guitar, Jason Sawford/Keyboards with Paul Bonney/Drums who joined in 1998.

I can honestly say they are tremendous, they are dedicated to the authenticity musically & stage laser light show with dedication to the point of obsession!

They have even had join them on stage from time to time some of the original musicians that have toured with the Great Pink Floyd.

I cannot recommend this "Live at Liverpool Kings Dock Waterfront Arena" DVD enough. If you like Pink Floyd, you cannot help but like this. Don't be put off because it is a 2004 recording this is a superb DVD!

I am surprised to see this DVD on Amazon, it is quite rare! You cant even purchase it on Aussie Pink Floyd's website.

Best Wishes Paul H Mann.


LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH APOLLO 2011
LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH APOLLO 2011

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOLLOW THE PINK KANGAROO!, 2 Dec 2012
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Over the years I have seen The Australian Pink Floyd, also more commonly known as Aussie Pink Floyd on numerous occasions, from "The Lea's cliff hall" Folkestone to "The Royal Albert Hall" London.

I can assure anyone who has not seen them that they are not known as the best Tribute band in the world for nothing, they are superb & do the great masters themselves a great service in their musical & stage laser light show. Constantly touring and performing a perfect concert every time. The group even performed & headlined the "Isle of wight festival" in 2008. During their live shows they normally adopt a giant pink Kangaroo instead of the giant floating pig adopted by Pink Floyd.

Formed in Adelaide, South Australia in 1988 Aussie Pink Floyd have come along way, & their dedication to Pink Floyd's music is to be admired they are perfectionists to the point of obsession. As the years go by we need Tribute bands like APF to keep the fantastic "Live" Performances alive for future generations to appreciate. Long may they reign!

They caught the eye of the great David Gilmour years ago. He had them perform at his 50th birthday bash!

I highly recommend this "Live at the Hammersmith Apollo" CD & the DVD version. It is a fantastic performance & superb recording.

I will be at the "02" London in February to support their next Tour "Eclipsed by the moon" European tour. Would not miss it for the world. I may see ya there!

Best Wishes Paul H Mann.


GRRR!
GRRR!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SOMETHING SPECIAL NEEDED!, 27 Nov 2012
This review is from: GRRR! (Audio CD)
This year to celebrate 50 years of The Rolling Stones we get a triple cd & poor packaging of the CD's. GRRR!!!

The three CD's included in Grrr lose that flow normally felt by a purposely created studio album, although that is usually typical of most compilations.

To comment on each track Individually is not necessary as most people know these songs inside out & backwards, or at the very least know the great rock sound of The Rolling stones.

I do recommend Grrr as a good purchase if you are a casual listener or new to the Rolling Stones. This is a good recording & snapshot of their musical history. It has a reasonable solid line up of tracks & they run in a good year order of release. It is the newest & best compilation reflecting their whole career in a small package SO FAR. But I'm sure there will be another one along soon.

It loses one star for the combination of poor packaging and a few unwelcome tracks, but don't they all. We all have different tastes & you can't please all of the people all the of time.

BUT! 50 Years as a rock and roll band is no mean feat, surely something special should have happened here!!!!!!!

Surely everyone already owns their favorite era of the Stones either on Albums or compilation. Something different was needed, something special this time around. Perhaps the release of five separate Single cd's each covering a different period of their history. So you could purchase any gaps in your own personal collection, or purchase all of them if you want.

Perhaps as an example; CD 1; 1964 "The Rolling Stones" - 1967 "Between the buttons". CD 2; 1967 "Their satanic" - 1971 "Stick fingers". CD 3; 1972 "Exile" - 1974 "It's only Rock & Roll". CD 4; 1976 "Black & Blue" - 1983 "Undercover". CD 5; 1986 "Dirty work" - 2012 The present time. Using only good tracks & good singles from each album. Not just putting a single on a compilation because it was a single.

Example; Using the CD4 above; "Black & blue" "Some girls" "Emotional Rescue" "Tattoo you" & "Undercover" to create one flowing CD with all the tracks in keeping with each other. Renaming the CD to give it a new Identity instead of calling the compilation, "Best of", or "Greatest hits" etc. With all the tracks cherry picked from each album for musical merit alone rather than adding tracks that were simply released as singles. Not to omit the good singles just the very average ones. This would Possibly produce a great album instead of five very average ones, and so on. Consolidate a number of albums in the same vein for more ease and flow of tracks. Also some albums should be by passed all together, ie; Not take tracks from them just for the sake of making a token gesture. Perhaps the Rolling stones could have been the pioneers to start a new trend of compilations.

A compilation that does not need renewing or updating years down the line. Renamed titles but as a possibility known as "Silver Permacomp CD'S" (Permanent Compilation CD's). Perhaps there could be ("Gold Permacomp CD'S"), where the band revisit the recording studio to rework & reproduce the material the same as described in the example above. That would give the new CD a natural fluency & fresh feel with a definite new Identity.

May'be some of these aforesaid five Single cd's could have competed & complimented the likes of "Beggars banquet" "Let it bleed" and "Sticky fingers" as all time greats.

If you have any Ideas on updating the Compilation system or like some of my Ideas please do not hesitate in commenting on this review. If not I can only assume that everyone is happy the way it is! (Please see my review on David Bowie/Aladdin sane CD & The Rolling Stones/Jump back CD)( A Trilogy of my reviews regarding this subject.Including this one).

Although I was hoping for something extra special I think it was "just my Imagination running away with me"! I am very disappointed in the lack of Imagination that has gone into this landmark in history & should only give it 2 stars, but it is the actual Tripple CD Grrr I am reviewing not the disappointment!

Now I know how this cd' acquired it's name GRRR!

Best Wishes Paul.H.Mann.
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Jump Back: The Best Of The Rolling Stones: '71-'93
Jump Back: The Best Of The Rolling Stones: '71-'93
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3.0 out of 5 stars GET FOCUSED & REWIND!, 27 Nov 2012
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What happened here? I am a fan of The Rolling Stones, I like a fair amount of their Music & admire their energy. My favorite period of their's regarding creative album output is 1968 to 1971. I have got all of those albums between them years, you know the ones I mean.(Saving on ink).

From "Exile on main street" released May 1972 through to "Tattoo you" Released Aug 1981, you could create one solid Album worth listening to. That is the Album I am looking for! Wait! Wait! they almost achieved that, did'nt they? with the release of "Rewind (1971 -1984")" Released in June 1984.

Lets rewind, "Rewind" was supposed to carry on from "Hot Rocks (1964-1971)" released in December 1971 just in time for Christmas. That begs the question why was "Rewind" not from 1972-1984? If so "Brown sugar" would not have been included, that would have been a good thing, I've got that one well covered. Now I think the single "Undercover of the night" Released in November 1984 on the album "Undercover" is under par. "Rewind" is from 1971-1984 but without "Brown sugar" & "Undercover of the night" it would have been a compilation album from 1972-1981, Wooh Hooh! Perfect! They could as an example have added "Far away eyes" from "Some girls" & "Can you hear the music" from "Goats head soup".

Now all that said, at least "Rewind" came close. The problem is now, "Rewind" has been superseded by this album "Jump Back" which has extended the album coverage to 1993. Although you can probably get a copy of "Rewind" second hand or possibly new it will not have any remastering.

The extra tracks on "Jump back" not on "Rewind" are; Harlem shuffle, Mixed emotions, Rock and a hard place, Hot stuff, Wild horses & Bitch. The later two tracks are on "Sticky fingers" 1971 & surely everyone has that Album, don't they? The other four I would prefer not to be on it at all quite frankly.

The two extra tracks on "Rewind" not on "Jump back" are Hangfire from "Tattoo you" & Doo Doo Doo Heartbreaker from "Goats head soup", which I can also live without. So what next? "Jump Back Two" from 1971-2012? All this continual updating of compilation CD'S gets to be a real pain.

If you have any Ideas on updating the compilation system or like some of my Ideas please do not hesitate in commenting on this review. If not I can only assume that everyone is happy the way it is! (Please see my review on David Bowie/Aladdin Sane & the new CD from The Rolling Stones/Grrr) (A trilogy of my reviews regarding this subject. Including this one).

In conclusion neither "Rewind" or "Jump Back" perfectly fit the bill, but we are heading in the wrong direction so all hope is gone for a decent compilation between 1972-1981. This year with the 50th anniversary of the stones we get a triple cd Grrr. Surely everyone already owns their favorite era of the stones with either albums or compilations. Something different was needed this time around, perhaps the release of five separate cd's would have been preferable.

Best Wishes Paul.H.Mann.


Aladdin Sane: Remastered
Aladdin Sane: Remastered
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5.0 out of 5 stars IT ALL ENDED WITH ALADDIN SANE!, 24 Nov 2012
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Not many reviews acknowledge the great & Imaginative lead guitarist Mick Ronson who sadly is no longer with us.

When David Robert Jones killed the band at the Hammersmith odeon that night in 1973 he extinguished & sacrificed a potential great wealth of material that could have been produced with the collaboration of Mick Ronson.

This album from David Bowie & the spiders from mars plus Mike Garson on piano is for me the last great album from Bowie.

39 years on from 1973 the glam poppy song period has for me lost its appeal, although I still remember the excitement I felt in 1973 as a 17 year old buying the single's "Drive in Saturday" & then "Life on mars" which was released after. Subsequently I purchased the album's "Aladdin Sane" & "Hunky Dory" followed closely by the other three previously released album's "Ziggy stardust" "The man who sold the world" & "Space oddity". Although in 1972 the single's "Starman & "The jean Genie" were released they did'nt really grab my attention, it was "Drive in saturday" that did it for me some month's later. Which is probably why I have a soft spot for "Aladdin Sane".

At that time David Bowie was mainly new to the vast majority & very different from the norm. It was quite cool to be a Bowie fan then, I only new one other person that liked him. Contrary to popular belief & how history has reflected his popularity at that time, most people preferred "slade", "Barry blue", Gary Glitter (sorry for mentioning him) "Sweet" "The jackson five" and " The osmonds" they all used to make me cringe, so Bowie was a welcome breath of fresh air.

I have to say that these days I only play the early David Bowie songs for more nostalgic reasons rather than an in depth listen. Perhaps David Bowie could get back in the studio to rework & reproduce a new fresh Double CD to cover this period in his history using the more Imaginative Rock style songs of the Ziggy period.

Thats not to say that all the music from 1969 to 1973 from Bowie & the spiders was glam & poppy & have lost their appeal, far from it, there are many examples of great rock songs from this period that have lasted the test of time. Unforchanately all compilation cd's that cover this period ignore the best rock songs & concentrate on the released singles plus they go beyond 1973 when Bowie went solo. To find them you need to buy all these five albums.

If you have any Ideas on updating the compilation system or like some of my Ideas please do not hesitate in commenting on this review. If not I can only assume that everyone is happy the way it is! (Please see my review on The Rolling Stones/jump back & the new Rolling Stones/Grrr CD). (A Trilogy of my reviews regarding this subject. Including this one).

I do think that "Aladdin Sane" has the edge on the previous four albums though mainly because of the superior production, not necessarily due to the content as all of these five albums have something special to offer.

Give me a compilation of the Spiders with the timeless recordings re-worked & reproduced & I'll gladly part with more money 39 years on. Best wishes Paul. H. Mann.


Alice
Alice
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5.0 out of 5 stars TOP OF THE HEAP!, 6 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Alice (Audio CD)
Starting with the title track "Alice". It's gentle laid back jazz with clear vocals & compares warmly with 1970's Tom Waits.

"Everything you can think of" which starts & finishes with a toot like a steam train with deeper stabbing vocals & a light sounding fairground backdrop with pleasing arrangements making it an excellent track.

The next two tracks "Flowers grave" & "No one knows I'm alone" are more subdued & mournful, full of emotion where Tom's vocal blends in superbly as an additional instrument as only he can. Splended vocal timing!

"Komienezuspadt" for me is full of visual imagery, with a stand up base, plucking away at the strings. Making it difficult not to roll you're head & tap you're toes. Tom squeezes out the vocal with the saxophone running along the beat like a pattern through a stick of rock. Great stuff!

"Poor Edward" which along with that downbeat vocal drifts along to violins & creates an air of foreboding.

"Table top Joe" takes us back up on the high beat, a real toe tapper, a jazzy tinkling sounding piano with light brush stroke drum beats & Tom's vocals squeezed out in 1920's style.

"Lost in the harbour" with string accompaniments to a slow downbeat tone with swirling instrumentation which keeps the interest before we are treated to "We're all mad here" A chirpy number with eerie sounding wailing violins creating cartoon style imaginings, difficult to describe but pleasantly different.

"Watch her disappear" is vocal style narration mindful of Tom sitting in a private eyes office. It contains plucking strings & swimming musical sounds.

"Reeperbahn" with banjo picking & intermittent clarinet & Tom's gruff vocal sounding like a good old sing song evening at a German beer Keller. Then perhaps comes the hangover as "I'm still here" starting with piano & full of reminiscences to the wife.

"Fish & Bird" another mournful song that like all of the others on this cd have beautiful arrangements to keep them more than listenable.

"Bacarrolle" is a soft jazzy track with piano & saxophone accompaniments to a tender lyric. "Fawn" is the final track, a violin instrumental, sounding like a bluebird singing at dusk.

Although the tracks seem & are varied in their make-up, the whole thing gels together in a surprising way. It feels like a well oiled machine. A well thought out production with excellent arrangements, it is lyrically potent with the professional musicians welding together nicely to create this inventive masterpiece.

My Favorite Tom Waits offering it has to be said. "Alice" has managed to topple "Raindogs" & "Mule Variations" off my top slot. But only just. For me TOP OF THE HEAP! Best Wishes P.H.Mann.


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