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Neulife Health and Fitness - Tribulus Terrestris 95% Saponins - 240 Capsules
Neulife Health and Fitness - Tribulus Terrestris 95% Saponins - 240 Capsules
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great product. I was skeptical that it would raise ..., 28 Aug. 2015
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Great product. I was skeptical that it would raise my libido since I've been in some heavy antidepressants over the last few years which knock the life out of your sex drive. Have taken these for 3 weeks now and have noticed a huge surge in my libdo. Buy!!!!


Hot Licks - Ronnie Earl: Blue Guitar With Soul [DVD]
Hot Licks - Ronnie Earl: Blue Guitar With Soul [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ronnie Earl
Price: £17.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best Blues instructional DVD Available, 8 Oct. 2013
Ronnie Earl is reportedly the only man Stevie Ray Vaughan was scared to jam with. A player with such a huge and wide variety of blues styles and tones this DVD plays like a Who's Who of all the great Delta (and particularly Chicago) bluesmen.
The into 4 minutes is still what I consider to be some of the best guitar playing of any style recorded on film. This DVD never 'gets old'. Every time I put it on I pickup something new. Not only is Ronnie a great player, but he's also a great teacher - having a degree in teaching from Boston University i'm sure helps and contributes to his natural 'relaxed' teaching style.
This is not a beginners DVD if you are looking to get 'started' on learning a basic twelve bar shuffle. Here some of Ronnie's topics can get a little advanced as he talks about adding beautiful and unique voicings to your chords as well as ninth and thirteenth extensions. I would say this DVD is mostly suited to the intermediate to advance Blues player.

His tone throughout is also fabulous as he pours out the licks on a Fiesta Red 1962 Strat and Super Reverb.

Ronnie has had his fair share of medical and substance problems over the years. And while he had been clean and sober for over 3 years when this was filmed, he consequently scaled down his touring, particularly in Europe which would explain why many folks in the UK may not have heard of him. Make no mistake though. Ronnie Earl is one of the greatest Blues guitarist's of all time. You owe it to yourself to check out Blues Guitar With Soul.


Bringing It Back Home
Bringing It Back Home
Price: £12.93

4.0 out of 5 stars Robben Ford - Stripped back, bare, and all the better for it., 2 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Bringing It Back Home (Audio CD)
Despite being one the worlds most gifted guitar players Robben Ford has always been a hard one to categorise. To jazzy for the blues guys - not jazzy enough for the jazz guys. Lacking in a gusty Jack Daniel's soaked Gregg Allman voice, the rock guys didn't seem to want to know him either. Despite all this Robben Ford is so much more than a great guitarist. He's also a good (not great) singer, a decent song writer and an effective band leader; always having the knack to put together great bands either for touring or recording purposes.
On this release Robben strips it all back to basics, keeps it simple in terms of the arrangement of these classic songs and eases back on his guitar playing. Unfortunately not to many will be interested in hearing this album unless you are a guitar player and thats a little sad, because there is a lot on offer here. From the stripped back simple groove of 'Everything I do gonna be funky' to the great rendition of the Bob Dylan song 'You go your way and i'll go mine' at no time does this album ever feel forced and deliberately 'retro'. It all seems very natural and it is indeed refreshing to hear Robben's guitar tone go from the thick overdriven Dumble tones he is well known for to a clean sparkling tone (still Dumble but more classic Fender sounding with a tone of reverb). All the guitar parts were reportedly done on one mid 60's Epiphone Riviera on the neck pickup. This of course limits a guitar players 'voice' immensely but Robben never fails to come up with deliciously well constructed and inspired parts and as always knows when to play and when not to play. With Robben Ford 'taste' is always king.

So where does 'Bringing It Back Home' rank amongst Ford other offering from his extensive career? Very high up indeed. Not as good as 'Talk To Your Daughter' or 'Handful Of Blues' but easily as good as 'Tiger Walk' and light years ahead of 'Supernatural'. Try it. It's a new direction, unchartered waters so to speak, but a direction I will be following over the next few years and releases.


Paradise Valley
Paradise Valley
Price: £5.99

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Middle of the road, trite and utterly disposable. Mayer can do so much better..., 1 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Paradise Valley (Audio CD)
Alarm bells began to go off with the internet release of the first 'single' from this album - 'Paper Doll'. Lacklustre, uninspiring and possessing an almost unbearable 'twee' as displayed in the lyric video release on Mayer's Vevo page. I prayed things would get better with the official release of Paradise Valley. They didn't.

This album, to me as a huge Mayer fan and a follower for 9 years is not only disappointing but in many ways enraging. The point being I know how capable he is of incredible song writing, lump in throat lyrics and stellar guitar playing. On this album he fails on all these levels. I'm not going to provide a song by song deconstruction of this album, there are other reviews that will provide you with that information. What I will make clear is this; I am not one of these John Mayer fans who dislikes his new direction and longs for Continuum Part 2. As a matter of fact I felt Born and Raised was one of his strongest releases to date. That album had a deep melancholy to it as well as some of Mayer's most thought provoking lyrics. This album doesn't even come close to Born and Raised, not by a long shot. The whole thing feels thrown together and rushed. In many instances it seems Mayer has gotten to the stage where he feels he can release anything and the fans will buy it. I dearly hope this is not the case. It is of no surprise to me to see his increase in UK popularity over recent years due to his much publicised entanglements with famous females... I have no doubt that many of these tabloid reading casual music fans will love this album all the while unconscious of the fact that at one stage a few years ago Mayer wouldn't have been noticed walking down a London street. All the while making stunning music that only those who cared enough about could find in the UK.


DVD - Matt Schofield: Blues Guitar Mastery - DVD - Region 0
DVD - Matt Schofield: Blues Guitar Mastery - DVD - Region 0
by HAL LEONARD
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Matt's one of the best, but DVD is lacking., 19 Sept. 2012
I've been a big Schofield fan for about 6 years now. I have seen him a couple of times live and feel he is undoubtably one of the finest guitar talents to ever come out of the UK. At present i would rank him top 10 in the world.
This DVD however left me a little wanting. Matt gives it his all in terms of his enthusiasm for the blues medium and the guitar in general, however i found the various segments to have a little 'rushed' feel to them, almost like the editor has decided to cram as much information as possible into the 70 or so minutes on offer. What we are then left with is quite the opposite of a bucket full of concepts, licks and advice and more like a bunch of 'blink and you'll miss it passing tips'. The 'interview' style camera work also doesn't work and adds another negative to the heavily edited and clipped 'free with magazine DVD' style.
Many of the topics Matt did talk about about I found i was already in much familiarity with, being a player of the same age as Schofield. I couldn't help but think there must have been other topics and concepts that Matt could have got into if he was allowed to take 3 or 4 ideas and greatly expand on them. Perhaps that is for a different DVD.
As always Matt is easy to listen to with his soft, unassuming Manchester accent and simply stunning in the musical segments. This alone gives the DVD it's 3 stars. As for learning this style of blues in more depth and with more authority I would advise one to checkout any of the excellent Robben Ford instructional DVD's. Especially Back To The Blues part 1 and 2. I have had these tapes for years and still feel I can come back to them now and pick something up each time.


They Live [DVD]
They Live [DVD]
Dvd ~ Roddy Piper

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Prophecy of today's society..., 29 Dec. 2011
This review is from: They Live [DVD] (DVD)
An intelligent, thought provoking message wrapped up in a 'tongue in cheek' Ed Wood style B movie.
This sly stab at modern day consumerism and greed is wonderfully played out with the literally 'faceless aliens' slowly brainwashing the poor (via TV) and negotiating with the rich (via their wallets). The film still looks and feels timeless and the message is as strong now as ever with the recent banking crisis fallout still around us while the youth of today stay at home and watch reality TV. This should be a wakeup call for anyone who isn't already woken up. The sign of low star reviews simply reflects people who did not understand the message of the film and were looking to see an all out amazing special effects Sci-Fi experience. Reminds me of all the people who thought 'It's A Wonderful Life' was a 'great little Christmas movie' and failed to realise the dark and deep anti capitalist message within.


Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton
Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, Timeless Blues, Great Deluxe Package, 17 Jun. 2011
This is one of my favourite albums of all time. You know you have a favourite album where you can just put it on anytime and it sounds good. Every track. You don't skip a track, you don't feel there is one element that is not just beyond spellbinding.
Yes I am a guitar player, and yes a huge Eric Clapton fan, and while I love some of his other work and loath some of his other work, I can honestly say that this (along with Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs) is his finest moment. But the rest of the band are all also stunning and even Mayall's 'pushed' vocal abilities (while at first sound strained) appear glorious after repeated listenings.
Album opener 'All Your Love' just has one of those intro riffs that just sticks in your head before going on to a stunning solo breakdown. 'Hideaway' is still the quintessential guitar workout for any self respecting blues guitar player along with 'Steppin Out'. Mayall composed 'Little Girl' is catchy and cute as the name suggests while the solid blues of 'Have You Heard' (Clapton's greatest ever solo) and 'Key To Love' leave you under no illusion that live (the way the recording was cut with a few overdubs) these guys must have been absolutely unstoppable on the British club circuit in 1965/1966.
With regard to this Deluxe edition having the Mono and Stereo editions it is great and in no way a con. As I am profoundly deaf in one ear and can now listen to this on my Ipod without missing anything panned hard right! The 2nd CD is also great, albeit perhaps more for the Mayall diehards, with it's BBC recordings and live 'Bootleg Quality' cuts. Don't let the one bad review here put you off, you can tell this is Clapton playing on all the songs even if his guitar tone is completely different on the first few. My guess is that the engineers at the BBC didn't let him crank his Marshall in much the same way as is heard on the studio recording therefore he doesn't get the sustain and tone of the Les Paul that he fought for (and won) on the studio recording.
I have 3 copies of this, The regular CD, this Deluxe Edition and the 180g Vinyl edition. And while the Vinyl is my medium of choice for listening to at home, this Deluxe Edition CD for the extra money is well worth it if you plan on listening to it in your car or uploading it to your MP3.
If you don't have this album and like Blues, Guitar music, or even Rock / Hard Rock in general, buy it. It is timeless and classic and you will not be disappointed. It also IMHO has the greatest guitar tone ever recorded to tape, and the beginning of the Marshall / Gibson pairing that we are all so familiar with seeing/hearing today.

5 Stars. 6 If I could....


Guitar Heaven: Santana Performs The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time
Guitar Heaven: Santana Performs The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time
Price: £3.99

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the most revolting album of all time., 6 Oct. 2010
As a big Santana fan, and a big rock fan I have to say I always look forward to Carlos' new releases. He was a great pioneer in the guitar field with albums like Abraxus and Moonflower being some of the best guitar playing ever recorded.
This album of absolute drivel however isn't fit to grace the same CD shelf as those other releases.
Here, as you most likely know the 'Guitar Legend' is covering some of the greatest guitar songs of all time... says who? ' I found it truly offensive hearing songs like 'Sunshine of your love', Back in Black, and 'While my guitar...' trashed to sub standard 'bad wedding band' level.
For lovers of Santana's guitar playing... well I'm afraid even that had slipped to the murky depths of repetitive pentatonic fills and 'stock licks' with nothing new on offer. Even his guitar tone sounds processed and sterile. I laughed when I saw all the photographs of the classic guitar amplifiers on the inside of the CD booklet. Where where they? The guitar sounds like it was recorded into a Line 6 POD.
THIS ALBUM NOT ONLY DISAPPOINTED ME BUT ALSO MADE ME FEEL ANGRY, because of the wasted talent here and the absolute con of getting people to buy this garbage.
If you have any self respect, never let this CD be in your possession.
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Inside Man [DVD]
Inside Man [DVD]
Dvd ~ Denzel Washington
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.97

4 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 'By The Numbers' thriller., 4 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Inside Man [DVD] (DVD)
A dreadful waste of talent.
Script straight out of 'Cops and robbers by numbers'
Denzel sleepwalks the entire movie.
Clive Owen is there for the dough.

Ending is laughable.

A waste of time...


The Good Shepherd [DVD]
The Good Shepherd [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £3.04

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection... They just don't make movies like this anymore., 22 July 2007
This review is from: The Good Shepherd [DVD] (DVD)
Anyone interested in viewing this picture expecting a Bourne/Bond movie is going to be very disapointed. In fact what this film does and does exceptionaly well is reveal what the cold war was really like... A war fought without tanks and without guns. A war fought through the hearts and minds of the 'well tailored' servants of both superpowers.
Matt Damon is a revelation as Edward Wilson, the CIA's loyal servant, struggling to serve both his family and the country that he loves, all the while longing to fill the deep void left by the suicide of his father.
Alec Baldwin, John Tuturro, William Hurt and Michael Gambon have all rarely been better. They may all be playing small charactor driven roles but director De Niro ensures they are never under used.
Angelina Jolie is also excellent as the once fiesty but soon emotionaly wrecked wife, and De Niro even ensures he gets a rewarding cameo.
Some reviewers have said that at 2 hours 40 minutes this is a slow and boring film. I don't agree. I simply did not want it to end. However one must pay close attention at all times and not let the mind wander, because with so much going on it is very easy to miss parts and loose track.
Stick with it. It is not meant to be easy viewing. But rewarding in the long run it most definatly is.


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