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1 Hopeful Rd.
1 Hopeful Rd.
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Live Band Makes Tame Studio Album, 27 Aug. 2015
This review is from: 1 Hopeful Rd. (Audio CD)
VT are a great live band and I've enjoyed several of their shows. That raw energy, excitement and drive is largely dissipated on this new album. The Bomb Shelter Sessions rocked far harder and was more representative of the band on stage. VT seemed set to ignite and step forward as a major headlining act, they just needed some stronger songs to appeal to a broader audience. Whilst being very well recorded and produced the band sounds tame and slightly hesitant on this new album. The lead vocals are excellent, but the songs just don't move the game on much from the first album. Several of the tracks are quite laid back and start to feel a bit samey and, despite being well crafted, none of them, including the few upbeat numbers. sound likely to set the world on fire. That said, the new songs definitely came across better for me on stage, but they need to write better material. I was hoping for songs that would top Blues Hand Me Down, but there is nothing that comes close. It's as if the band can't decide quite what direction to go in and is in danger of going no further than being a high profile support act when it has the potential to be so much more. Perhaps they should try working with some other writers to produce some stronger songs for them to deliver in the sort of stunning style they muster in concert? This album could have and should have been so much better than it is, given the time that they've had to come up with new songs. As it is, the album is okay, but definitely not what I'd hoped for, or what I believe the band needs to become more than just a great cult live band. Maybe their next outing should be a live DVD or album to show how extraordinary they are in concert?
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Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia with Alfie Boe  (CD & DVD)
Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia with Alfie Boe (CD & DVD)
Price: £13.99

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - Listen Before You Buy, 18 Jun. 2015
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I found this to be a rather disappointing recording. The orchestrations are very good and sympathetic to the original album, working most effectively on the main instrumental pieces of Quadrophenia and The Rock. However, the song cycle really hasn't enough depth to cross over to being a serious classical work. Songs which were punchy rock tracks driven by over the top drumming and bass playing sound very tame in orchestral form and the available, traditional percussion isn't really sufficient to drive many of the songs. However, it falls apart most for me when Alfie Boe sings. He's a fine singer in his own field and was clearly brave to take this project on, but the net result sounds more West End musical than operatic. This is made all the more awkward by his vocals being juxtaposed with those of Pete Townshend, Billy Idol and Phil Daniels. Perhaps if all of the singers had been classical performers the results would have been more cohesive? As is plain from reviews already posted, this recording is something of a Marmite proposition and, much as I normally enjoy Pete Townshend's work, it wasn't to my taste. I would recommend that you listen to it before you decide to buy.
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Gemini Force I: Black Horizon
Gemini Force I: Black Horizon
by M. G. Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All a bit too familiar., 2 April 2015
I'm another who backed the Kick Starter campaign to get this book published in tribute to the late Gerry Anderson. It seemed a fitting idea to help bring his story to fruition. Unfortunately, the book is not a particularly good read and amounts to a Thunderbirds knock off, from the co-creator of Thunderbirds, with a bit of his Regor The Rescue Dog thrown in. Quite how much is original Anderson and how much is M G Harris is unclear, but the net result feels a bit disjointed and some of the more contemporary references included may make the story date more quickly than it might otherwise have done. Hopefully the next book in the series will create a more unique identity for Gemini Force and allow M G Harris to put more of her stamp on things, but I'm not sure how the rebooted Thunderbirds TV series will colour young readers' attitude to a format that will obviously be very similar.


Play Townshend [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Play Townshend [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by uniqueplace-uk
Price: £6.66

1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor indeed., 28 Mar. 2015
Very poor indeed...this tutorial sets out some basic ideas and executes them in a manner which is far from convincing in outlining aspects of Pete Townshend's playing style. You would do better to pick up far more details tips for free from YouTube, or, better yet, buy the Lick Library Learn To Play The Who, which will actually get you playing some of Townshend's most famous guitar parts accurately.


Guardians of the Galaxy [DVD] [2014]
Guardians of the Galaxy [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Chris Pratt
Price: £10.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... well tried and tested plotline but superbly executed with fantastic CGI, strong characters and a great sense of ..., 30 Nov. 2014
A well tried and tested plotline, but superbly executed with fantastic CGI, strong characters and a great sense of humour throughout. Add to that an excellent retro soundtrack and you have a sci-fi fantasy film that doesn't take itself at all seriously - in contrast to much of the po-faced Marvel canon of work. Looking forward to the next film in the franchise.


Fender HN148572 Bag for Guitar
Fender HN148572 Bag for Guitar
Offered by RST Music
Price: £15.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't buy another like this and suggest that you shop around for something ..., 18 July 2014
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The padding is far thinner than that of the old gigbags that used to come supplied with mid priced Fender guitars. I wouldn't buy another like this and suggest that you shop around for something that offers greater protection.


Guitar Player: Repair Guide
Guitar Player: Repair Guide
by Dan Erlewine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Book, 18 July 2014
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An excellent reference book. It will guide you through best practice with regard to set ups and repairs and for those repairs that are beyond your personal DIY skill level, you will have a good idea of what is required of a professional repairman and so can better judge whether you feel trusting your repair to somebody. The text is very well set out with plenty of photographs to illustrate points. For instruments that are in generally good condition, the fine tuning, set up process to get them playing at their best to suit your personal taste and maintain them is quite straight forward and provided that you have some basic tools and patience you can achieve very good results.


What's Mayfair Got to do With It: Mayfair Recording Studios' journey through the financial meltdown: 1
What's Mayfair Got to do With It: Mayfair Recording Studios' journey through the financial meltdown: 1
by Kate Hudson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.16

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There must be more to this story than meets the eye., 18 July 2014
I had imagined that this book would focus on Mayfair Studios and was curious as to how it had gone bust, but from the outset much relates to the downfall of a genetic cattle breeding business that was effectively owned by the studio business. Following a fire at the studio which resulted in far greater damage to the business than could initially have been envisaged, the tale is one of a tortuous insurance claim, cashflow struggles nervous bankers and the author repeatedly switching banks to refinance the business to escape what she perceived as poor banking relationships and to keep things afloat. The tone is one of how the author feels that she and her husband were treated terribly by bankers and professionals who were out to skin them at every turn or who were incompetent. Sadly the tale also suggests that the author was proabably rather out of her depth in managing the businesses and the couple's legal and financial woes were most likely exacerbated by her acting as a litigant in person opposing experienced lawyers in David and Golliath type court cases, where she either fell foul of the due processes, or was outflanked by professionals in her naivity. The message seems to be that everyone was being beastly to the author and no professionals are worth their salt. It may be that at times the Hudsons were poorly advised, but one wonders to what extent the author was actually listening to any good advice she may have received. The story is a very sorry mess and it's a real pity that it led to the failure of such an excellent studio business.


Pure Bees Wax Blocks Beeswax - 2 x 1 oz blocks
Pure Bees Wax Blocks Beeswax - 2 x 1 oz blocks
Offered by Norfolk Candle Company
Price: £1.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain, 9 Jun. 2014
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If you want to drill and screw woodwork then buy some of this to make the job easier and reduce your chances of splitting timber.


Billy Connolly - You Asked for It [DVD]
Billy Connolly - You Asked for It [DVD]
Price: £5.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction, 9 Jun. 2014
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This title was very cheap and is a good reminder of some of Connolly's career highlights. Be warned, th ebonus feature - hi sfirst TV special, is pretty constrained and ropey and gives little clue as to how he would develop once he broke free of one liner gags.


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