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Rock For The Rising Sun [Blu-ray] [2013]
Rock For The Rising Sun [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Aerosmith
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £9.68

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great performances but very poorly organised Blu-ray..., 2 July 2013
Although not yet released in the UK, this title has been on sale in Japan since mid-June (and I managed to purchase a Blu-ray copy there during my recent trip). Filmed in Japan back in 2011 (while the country was still recovering from its earthquake/tsunami tragedy), this concert film is pretty much the band's tribute to their legion of Japanese fans.

On the positive side, the performances are awesome and very nicely filmed (as one would expect from seeing Aerosmith performing live). And the focus here is more on the 'hard rock' songs from the band's catalogue (none of those cheesy ballads that they have become so famous for since the 1990s... don't worry, that irritating song from "Armageddon" is not here). So, if you prefer the harder and 'bluesier' side of the band, this one is for you. It is possible though that some fans may be unhappy about the omission of some of the band's better-known songs from this collection (eg. "Janie's Got A Gun", "Dream On", etc). The Japanese edition contains 4 bonus tracks ("Train Kept a Rollin" - full version, "Lord of the Thighs", "Lick and a Promise" and "One Way Street") but I am not sure whether these are included in the UK release.

Now, to the negatives. Although I love the performances here, I really hate how this Blu-ray is organized. First of all, this is a 'collection of performances' from various shows rather than a single complete show. Ok, there's nothing wrong with this from my perspective... however, why on earth do they have to mix short interviews/comments/tour footage in-between almost every song??? WHY, WHY, WHY??? Most of us buy a live DVD/Blu-ray because we want to watch the band perform... we want a continuous, non-stop 2-hour live show. Instead, there is disruption after every song with all those interviews, comments, etc. This has been promoted as a concert film and so it should have been released as such. At least, the disc menu should include an option that allows the viewer to decide whether to play only the live performances or to play everything. Or, why not put together those interviews and commentaries as a separate 'Japanese tour' documentary? Why mix everything together? After all the complaints received for their previous concert release ("You Gotta Move" DVD), this latest release has not only repeated the same mistake but has multiplied it by ten times (now we get an interruption after every song, and this means that most of us are unlikely to leave this in our Blu-ray or DVD player for repeated viewing, simply because it is so damn irritating!).

'5 stars' for the songs and performances. BUT... '0 star' for the Blu-ray!!!


Playing the Angel
Playing the Angel
Offered by the_record_factory
Price: £11.95

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mode is BACK... with one of their most defining albums ever!, 17 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Playing the Angel (Audio CD)
Having been a fan of DM for ages (since my introduction to them during my high school days back in the 1980s), it was good news to me when I heard about their intention to record a new album as afterall, it has been 4 years since their last effort. But on the other hand, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Their last few albums have had mixed reviews... 'Exciter', though a well-recorded album, was considered by many as being too experimental and lacking in Mode-styled, powerful dark-electro-dance tunes that have made them so popular... 'Ultra' contained some excellent tracks but was criticised for lacking uniformity and direction... 'Songs of Faith and Devotion' brought them to the height of their career but was a more rock-powered and less synth-laden experience. Although 'Songs of Faith and Devotion' and 'Ultra' are actually 2 of my favourite DM albums (despite some who hate them and prefer their older albums), I can't say the same for 'Exciter' as I did not particularly enjoy it when it was release, and up till today, I still feel that 'Exciter' is their weakest album to date. So, I was pretty worried about a similar sounding new album. But just a few seconds after putting the new CD into my CD player... listening to the griding industrial intro of 'A Pain That I'm Used To' and I thought... yes, definitely some potential here... and scrolling through quickly track-by-track, I wasn't disappointed. From a creative synthed-up adaptation of the traditional 'John the Relevator', to the classic Mode sounding 'Suffer Well', 'Precious' and 'Lilian', and the slower and darker tracks like 'I Want It All' and 'Damaged People', this new album does not disappoint. YES, they are definitely BACK! And most interestingly, we now have not only Martin's songs but Dave's as well. This is probably the album that will rebuild their reputation as one of the pioneers of synth-industrial pop, an album that reminds me very much of 'Violator' and 'Black Celebration'. Old fans who have given up, try this and you'll definitely forgive their past misadventures. And those from the younger generation who are unfamiliar with Depeche Mode, this is an album worth exploring if you love Nine Inch Nails. And those who love Marilyn Manson's 'Personal Jesus', also check out the aforementioned 'Violator'.


Listen, Learn, Read On
Listen, Learn, Read On
Offered by BookFozz
Price: £128.65

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Deep Purple collection! Highly recommended!!!, 24 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Listen, Learn, Read On (Audio CD)
It is not uncommon for many rock groups with a long career to release boxsets after being around for quite a while, but boxsets have often been disappointing and a waste of hard-earned cash. Why? Most boxsets tend to be highly priced, with CDs containing all the songs that an ardent fan would already have in his/her collection. However, this is DEFINITELY NOT the case for this Deep Purple boxset. Listen Learn Read On is a little piece of treasure in its own right. Unlike most boxsets that tend to compile a 'greatest hits' package, this 6-CD collection goes through every aspect of Deep Purple's career in the 1970s, from its pre-existing days (looking into the previous works of individual band members prior to joining the band), and through its evolement from MK1 to MK4. This collection not only contains rare, previously unreleased tracks but also hard-to-find live performances. Accompanying the 6 CDs is a book that serves as an excellent companion to this boxset. From lead vocalist Rod Evans to Ian Gillan to David Coverdale, from guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to Tommy Bolin, from bassist Nick Simper to Roger Glover to Glenn Hughes, and of course not forgetting our favourite organist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice, this accompanying book leaves nothing out and can arguably be described as one of the best Deep Purple autobiography ever written. Listen, learn, read on... as this boxset's title aptly described, is exactly what one should do. Buy this boxset! Trust me... you will never regret!


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