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Dawn: Live At Century Theatre, Buffalo, Ny(2cd)
Dawn: Live At Century Theatre, Buffalo, Ny(2cd)
Price: £15.98

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Mahavishnu, 7 Nov. 2015
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This is a fantastic record of the original Mahavishnu orchestra , crystal clear recording and near perfect balance of instruments .The band are on top form with near telepathic communication . I particularly like the dramatic use of loud and quiet parts which is even more noticeable than on their studio albums . John Mclaughlin,s playing when he turns his volume down is exquisite, and fierce when he turns it up . The rest of the band are excellent of course . Rick Laird gets to show why McLaughlin wanted him for the job .This is a must have for Mahavishnu fan,s and very different from the official live album , between nothingness and eternity. The packaging is the same as the recent Santana live release,Going home [1973],which is a replica of an old album gatefold album cover , i like it . .


Going Home: Live At Dillon Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut (2cd)
Going Home: Live At Dillon Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut (2cd)
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Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic from the best Santana line-up, 7 Nov. 2015
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excellent from start to finish ,Santana had such energy and inventiveness at that time . The recording is very good and the packaging an exact replica of a vinyl album , complete with inner sleeves .Anyone who can,t get enough of Lotus has to have this one .


San Francisco 1976 (3Cd)
San Francisco 1976 (3Cd)
Price: £12.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good recording of an excellent show, 8 Oct. 2015
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This is a very good recording of an excellent show .The band are on top form with a near perfect mix of songs and quality jamming . I rate this to be equal to any of the official releases so would recommend it highly .


Noza Tec Truck GPS Sat Nav 7 Inch with Lifetime UK and EU Map Updates
Noza Tec Truck GPS Sat Nav 7 Inch with Lifetime UK and EU Map Updates

4.0 out of 5 stars Good satnav, 8 Oct. 2015
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i,ve been using this for a short time as newly qualified class 2 driver and as far as i can tell it is a good satnav . It doesnt warn you of low bridges or width/weight restrictions but i,m assuming that it doesnt send you on a route which doesnt comply with the details entered .Nice big screen , it could do with more volume as it is quiet with the window open .I havent used the other applications it has such as bluetooth or playing music or videos etc so cannot comment . I,m happy with it so far .


Real Drum Beats for Song Writers
Real Drum Beats for Song Writers

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good value sampled drum beats, 9 Feb. 2015
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this set of drum samples has quite a good selection of real sampled drumbeats , from 60bpm to160bpm .most of the samples are at least two beats long so making a pattern is quick and easy .as with previous drum sample cd,s i found that they are not always organised in a logical way ,making finding fills for the pattern you have made not that easy (some of the fills also double as endings ,having cymbal crash at the end ,which don,t work as fills ) i personally use the beats in a Boss cd900 , so do not see them laid out on a computer screen.I suppose for computer music makers these issues may not arise .this disc is very good value , as similar ones from USA are very expensive (up to $100 ) .recommended if you intend to use sampled drums but want as natural a sound as possible .


Back on the Controls (Grammy 2015 Nominee) (2CD)
Back on the Controls (Grammy 2015 Nominee) (2CD)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wasted opportunity, 21 Jan. 2015
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an excellent set of rootsy reggae , somewhat let down by the decision to have lee perry "sing" on all selections . i was imagining how good it would have been if they had given , say , the congos the vocal job .Nice but could have been better, as it is i only listen to the dubs , which are heavier than mr. Perry,s 1970,s output , more akin to the kind of heavy tunes we used to hear at Shaka .


Extraction
Extraction

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars but it shows that there is more to a good cd than clever musicians, 8 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Extraction (Audio CD)
the quality of musicianship on this is undisputed ,but it shows that there is more to a good cd than clever musicians .This has no real soul or character and i cant see myself playing this again , it may be of interest to guitar freaks because greg howe is an amazing guitarist ,no doubt .
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Illuminations
Illuminations

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful spiritually inspired music with orchestration, 8 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Illuminations (Audio CD)
beautiful spiritually inspired music with orchestration , harp and keyboard from the late alice coltrane ,featuring carlos santana on restrained but lush guitar , this album got slated by the critics when it was released but the music has stood the test of time and prooved that most of the music critics did,nt know what they were talking about ,no change there then .


Dub To Africa
Dub To Africa
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars rather a dull dub cd, 8 Jan. 2015
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rather a dull dub cd , bearing the name of prince fari , but most of the tunes are completely instrumental , without even an echo of fari,s gruff vocals , i was quite disappointed


Disco Devil: The Jamaican Discomixes
Disco Devil: The Jamaican Discomixes
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic rockers reggae, 8 Jan. 2015
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great selection of some of lee perry,s toughest tunes from the black ark .i already had most of the tracks on the vinyl boxset , from the ark , but i could,nt resist getting them again on this cd .anyone curious about the amazing sound that perry got from his very basic equipment should listen to this as it contains some real classics and showcases perrys production perfectly .


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