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A Question of Belief: (Brunetti 19)
A Question of Belief: (Brunetti 19)
by Donna Leon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ends too quickly, 14 April 2010
As always these books make you feel like you are in the middle of Venice. Character development continues and a the dual level plot absorbs, although this book is a bout 50-100 pages too short. Just as one is getting into it the book is over.


Under the Dome
Under the Dome
by Stephen King
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best King for a long long time, 3 Dec 2009
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Read most of his books and for some years regarded him as the guy that wrote The Stand. This is a great fast paced and highly imaginative story.

Sometimes King doesnt end books that well but this ends very well

This is one of the best books he has done - perhaps, just perhaps his finest.


Absolute Greatest (2CD Slipcase)
Absolute Greatest (2CD Slipcase)
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Price: 11.95

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great collection but drops clanger in track listing, 14 Nov 2009
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Big Queen fan and these songs are immense - great to have a 1 CD selection - but its stone cold stupid to issue a "absolutely absolute best" and omit one of their number 1 singles Innuendo. Who wants to live forever and show must go on are great songs but were not among the bands top 20 hit singles. To do this compilation with the innunendo clanger makes a nonsense of this CD set.


Absolute Greatest
Absolute Greatest
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ...BUT, 3 Oct 2009
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Greatest band ever - and an interesting idea to put the very best together on one disc.

BUT and a huge but ... BUUUUTTTT!!!! Where on earth is Innuendo - a single that entered the chart at number 1 (lets not foget they had three UK number 1s during Freddie's lifetime)

This omission should lead to the album being reissued with Innuendo on it and the couple of tracks on it that didnt even make the top 20 replaced.

Bottom line - if you are going to issue Roger and Brians favourites OK, but if you are issuing the biggest 20 hits, get the right 20 tracks on the disc. Who Wants to Live forever didnt even make the top 20, nor did who wants to live forever (great song but peaked in the mid 20s).

Also interesting that Winters Tale didnt appear here or on greatest hits 2, when it should have done. It's a hard life should be on the collection with Innuendo.

Also interesting that the single version of who wants to live forever (quite different to the longer album version) doesnt appear

5 stars because the music is so good, it really is - but thumbs down to the marketing people who've dropped a clanger.

Greatest Hits 1 +2 are better buys - they give a truer sense of the hits catalogue and the CD booklets talk about each song and its impact. This new offer has a poor inlay booklet
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The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
by Alex Ross
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.19

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like the music the story starts well, 18 July 2009
Read this book over a number of sessions. The first half I thought was super - the second half was hard work. Reviewing the releationship between music and politcal and cultural events between 1900 and 1945 was fascinating - Shostakovich's relationship with Stalin possibly the best chapter in the book.

Post 1950, the book becomes much less interesting. The modernist/minimalist movements are less interesting (as is the music) and the book seems to jump from the 1960s to the end of the Millenium a bit too quickly.

Intended or not there is also too obvious a USA bias in the writing the history of the century. Post 1950 far too much attention is given to US composers and too much from Western Europe seems trivialised. The author seems to struggle writing his musical history of the century without making the USA more central than it should be to the history (usual Old World New World stuff).

For me very much a book of 2 halves. 1900-1950 chapters were excellently presented, fluent, thought provoking and with a good pace. In contrast I found the second half of the book a bit laboured, 20 years of history arguably missed out, too much focus on New York City and US composers - and links to the pop and rock genre overstated.

Also find it bizarre that the BBC Proms - the world's biggest music event that spans the century - doesnt event get a mention.

The result - an interest read but would certainly not see it as the best reference book on the subject


Into The Valley Of The Moon King (Cd+dvd)
Into The Valley Of The Moon King (Cd+dvd)
Price: 10.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on!, 20 Jun 2009
After the deserved acclaim for the last Album - Princess Alice - which drew associations to Storyteller's Night, a follow up album is always going to be tough. But this fits the bill, its a natural next step and it is just SO playable! Great riffs, classic magnum, a great album in its own right - a must for any rock fan this summer. This band just get better with age


J.S Bach: Well Tempered Clavier
J.S Bach: Well Tempered Clavier
Price: 38.52

5 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars confusing new and re-issue product, 20 Jun 2009
Not impressed that this new recording coincided with the old recording being reissued in very similar new packaging. As a result I ended up buying the old set again in the new packaging. By the time I realised the receipt had long since been lost. Not the most clever move by the people at hyperion
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The Cosmos Rocks
The Cosmos Rocks
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Halfway there, a rushed album, 7 Sep 2008
This review is from: The Cosmos Rocks (Audio CD)
I have had a love hate relationship with this album, it remains in my view a bit of a lost opportunity for Queen, whose two world tours with Rodgers were wonderful successes. There was too much unintelligent debate about whether Rodgers was Mercury, but the very simple big issue is that Queen's catalogue is simply too good not to be played live, and by a band who even now as a two-some can still resurrect a fair degree of that magic that made Queen the best live act that has ever walked on stage.

This album was clearly motivated by the huge success of the first world tour and the pending demand for the second tour.

My view is that this album is a product that was rushed, it doesn't fill finished and would never, in my opinion,have been released in the old days as a finished, polished album. there are a number of highlight tracks that really could have become super had they been a bit more polished - ' call me' stands out here, a great song that still feels here like its a session take. 'Some things that glitter'is a wonderful song and is much better on its second outing on the Kerry Ellis and Brian May album, this later version a sign of what could have been with this song. Also 'small' is very nice.

In contrast to half a dozen good seeds of songs there are some horrors. The opening song sounds like Quo karaoke my least favourite queen song ever. the last song is a bit of a pointless filler song and Still Burning's only highlight is trying to spot the 'we will rock you' that's mixed in. Voodoois a song that doesn't belong on a queen album, all I ever do with this song is press the 'skip' button. Queen doing blues, no thanks.

So if I was to take the best six songs on this alibum and imagine ithem having a bit more of a polish this had the making of a stand out album. consider Taylor's later penned 'unblinking eye' which is the best song he's written for ages and Brian's 'dangerland' from his Kerry Ellis album and you can see something shaping up that's a match for anything queen put out in the 80s

From a marketing perspective I also thing queen showed a moment of terrible judgement in its single releases. This is something that queen always did well and maybe the absence of Deacon and Mercury is telling here. Celebrity was never a hit single, the chorus lines too rough, and lacking the queen power harmonies to make this commercially appealing. In contrast 'we believe' the stand out song on the album is classic Queen in the 'we are the champions' / 'friends will be friends' mould and has top 10 written all over it. The second single, a jazzed up Call Me also screams hit single.

So this album has been consigned to the sale price CD category and is something that Queen seem to distance the self from. The album didn't hit the heights, but there's no reason why queen couldn't take the best songs and rework them maybe with lady gaga or someone else like Kerry Ellis proving the voice.

The sad thing about this album is it totally fails to capture the chemistry that Queen and Rodgers delivered on stage. An album collaboration between them could have been really exciting. Had it been given more time this may well have happened,

A lost opportunity


The Death of Faith
The Death of Faith
by Donna Leon
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Below par for a great series, 23 Mar 2008
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Big fan of the series but this is the most disappointing I've read so far. The last 70 pages are quite gripping but its very slow starting, the plot isnt as good as usual and the ending is a bit crow barred. Death at the Fenice and Acqua Alta are much better reads for anyone getting into this fun Venetian series


Exit Music
Exit Music
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.27

4.0 out of 5 stars A good conclusion, 2 Mar 2008
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In recent years I've read the full Rebus saga and this is a great final novel. The way ther series is concluded is done well - although the epilogue rather spoils a great book (hence only four stars) - an unnecessary final twist to a book that warranted a low key retirement party.

Whilst the early Rebus stories had superb plots, it was the character development and interaction that become more engrossing than individual storylines as the series unfolded. The plot in this novel isnt the best but the characters are great and this is what makes the Rebus novels well worth reading.

Recommended


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