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We Want Groove
We Want Groove
Price: £17.17

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funky Stuff, 22 Feb 2013
This review is from: We Want Groove (Audio CD)
Is there any music style that Joe Bonamassa can't do? We all know he can do the blues, he knows his way around prog, then there's classic hard rock with BCC, his collaboration with Beth Hart and now this, jazz funk straight from 1972. One of the other reviewers has wittily written about how this could be the soundtrack to a 70's German porn movie. Now of course I have no idea what one of those looks like (The wife might be reading!!!), but to me this seems to be the perfect accompaniment to a 70's blaxploitation movie. Remember those? Movies like Shaft. If you close your eyes whilst listening to this you can just see New York city, back in the '70's with those huge cadillacs driving down the street, and Richard Rowntree chasing the bad guys. Joe has clearly been listening to Herbie Hancocks Headhunters, Grover Washington Jr. Miles' 70's output and Isaac Hayes. Not only has he been listening to it but he's got it down perfectly. Ok there might be a slightly more 'rock' edge here than those 70's recordings but nothing that takes the funk out of it, you'll be hard pushed not to want to shake your 'thang' when listening to this.

I'm finding it hard to stop listening to this album at the moment, it is an excellent example of 70's jazz funk and very infectious. If you're familiar with those artists and recordings I've listed above you'll have a very good idea of how this sounds. And if you like those recordings you will like this. Give yourself a treat and get this album.


Live At The Gorge (International Version)
Live At The Gorge (International Version)
Price: £28.63

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam at their best, 20 Feb 2013
I always believe you should go through life with as few regrets as possible. Last summer I had the opportunity to get a ticket for PJ in Manchester. I had a few other gigs on the go at the time and although I had their first four albums I had lost interest in them over the years and so decided I'd save my money for another gig. Last week I was in a certain well known high street cd store and noticed this at a knock down price. I thought about it and decided to go for it, 7 discs at £22 it had to be good value, didn't it? Well, I certainly don't regret paying that £22 but now after listening to this collection I do regret not buying that ticket last summer, hell it wasn't even expensive compared to most major bands these days.

I won't go into too much detail, but basically you get 3 full gigs at over 7 hours of music. All the favourites are on there including 'Alive', 'Even Flow', 'Yellow Ledbetter' etc and yes many of the songs are repeated but bands like Pearl Jam don't merely repeat what was recorded and there are extended jams on a number of the songs with quite a few interesting covers thrown in for good measure. Eddie's between song banter is quite amusing especially on the first concert where he tries to get the crowd to tempt Tom Petty out of his nearby hotel. You can tell that everyone's having a great time and that this is not a band who are just going through the motions. Each of these gigs is important to them and they are playing with a passion that only the very best live acts can match. So, if you're wondering whether to go out and invest in this collection, wonder no more, even at £30 this is excellent value for money, you won't regret it. As for the next time they come to Manchester, I will buy that ticket.


Born To Run
Born To Run
Price: £8.18

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic, 20 Feb 2013
This review is from: Born To Run (Audio CD)
It's simple, this is one of THE classic albums and Springsteen's greatest achievement. I suspect there maybe some Springsteen fans who will disagree with the second part of that statement, but none of his subsequent albums come up to the heights that he reached with this one, his third album. That's not to say his career from here on in was full of duff albums, in fact far from it, there have been other classics but 'Born To Run',to paraphrase one of the tracks on here, is the one.

So what's so good about it? Well, it has eight perfectly crafted rock/pop songs starting off with Thunder Road. It opens with just harmonica and piano, then Bruce's melancholy voice comes in and finally the rest of band join in and the song slowly builds to a classic rock love song. This is followed by the funkier 'Tenth Avenue Freeze Out' a title even Springsteen admits he doesn't know what it means. Things keep on moving along until we get to the title track and if you've not heard this one you must have been living in a cardboard box in outer Mongolia for the past thirty years. Suffice to say it is a true classic that captures perfectly the Phil Spector Wall of Sound Springsteen was looking for when making the album. The Bo Diddly style shuffle of 'She's The One' follows. The album finishes with the epic grandeur of Jungleland, that builds in a not dissimilar way to Thunder Road. My own favourite track from the album is 'Meeting Across The River', I love the melancholy trumpet that plays in background. Whenever I hear that sound I can always picture Bruce in a cold New York down by the Hudson waiting to go across the river.

So there it is close to 40 minutes of near perfection. And perhaps that's why so many of the true classic albums come from this era before the CD. Artists were pretty limited as to how much music they could lay down on vinyl, and were quite happy to limit it to 40 minutes or less. These days they seem to feel they have to fill up a cd to 50 or even 60 minutes and inevitably some dross gets put on there. They need to listen to albums like this, and many more from this era, and realise that often less is in fact more. If you've not got this album I suggest you get out there and add it to your collection.
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Permanent Waves
Permanent Waves
Price: £4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect Rush, 18 Feb 2013
This review is from: Permanent Waves (Audio CD)
This was the first Rush album to be released after I had discovered the delights of this band. I was fifteen, had saved the pennies from my paper round and was down at the record shop (Eclipse Records in Mold) on the day of release. I even managed to get a copy with the 'Dewey Beats Truman' cover that quickly had to be withdrawn. At first I wasn't too sure, this was a different kind of Rush to the one I had discovered 10 months earlier. No side long epics about priests or spaceships in black holes. But this was back in the days of paying for your music. Now with Spotify if an album doesn't grab you right away you just move onto the next one. That might explain why so much music these days is so bland. Back in 1980 if you'd been delivering papers through the wind, snow and rain to get the money to buy an album there was no way you were going to give up after one listen. And this was no exception.

After a few listens it became apparent that this might be a different Rush but it was still a Rush worth listening to. There might only have been six songs but these were pretty well perfectly crafted rock songs. Starting things off was perennial concert favourite 'The Spirit of Radio', followed by 'Freewill' both excellent rockers with the latter having one of my favourite guitar breaks, one that impresses even more when you hear it in concert. Side one (Remember those, vinyl enthusiasts?)finished with 'Jacobs Ladder' a song about a thunderstorm, which like a real thunderstorm builds up slowly and then quietens down as the storm moves away. Side two had 'Entre Nous' and 'Different Strings' two songs that don't rock out quite like side one's openers but match them in many other ways. In fact it is these two songs that when I hear them take me back to those winter days in 1980 when I first heard this album. And finally the magnificent prog rock loopiness of 'Natural Science'. This is a wonderful album, which, in my honest opinion is better than 'Moving Pictures' but that's just my opinion if you don't believe me check them both out for yourself.


Live In Germany
Live In Germany
Price: £5.66

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live ZZ low down and dirty, 23 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Live In Germany (Audio CD)
What I like best about these live albums that are released many years after the event is that there is no fiddling around with them. They sound just as the band did on the night, it's like a top grade bootleg, they capture the whole atmosphere and excitement of the event in a way that official live albums often fail to do. And this album is no exception. Right from the opening chords of I Thank You you know that this is a band who are not going to take any prisoners tonight. It's a whole lot grittier than the album version and things just get better and better from there. The setlist contains most of Deguello and a good smattering of other favourites from that particular era. As the show goes on you can feel the excitement building, the band get tighter and tighter and Reverend Billy just peels off one excellent guitar break after another. So what if the guitar goes out of tune on a couple of occasions, that's what happens at gigs folks. This really is the ZZ Top album I've been waiting for for years. So why four and not five stars? Two reasons, this is not quite up there with ZZ's best albums, which in my opinion are Tres Hombres and Deguello, and secondly, as pointed out in Classic Rock magazine, there was quite a bit more from this show that could have been included (As those who have the DVD will know). Even if they wanted to restrict it to one disc, this only lasts 56 minutes so they could have got another 14 minutes on there. But I don't want to end on a negative note, if you like 70's ZZ this is an excellent purchase, I can assure you when you hear those opening chords to I Thank You you'll know you've made the right decision and you will thank me for convincing you to buy it.


Il Processo Del Lavoro
Il Processo Del Lavoro

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!, 8 Jan 2013
The slight negative first. These phones are clearly designed for home listening. As has been pointed out elsewhere they leak sound like a sieve leaks water and are therefore not suitable for using on the bus or train. As such then they could have made the lead quite a bit longer, unless you're listening on your ipod you'll have to make sure you're able to sit pretty close to your sound system. Some people have said they are uncomfortable, but I've found they need to be worn in, like a pair of new pants. Not that I'd put a pair of pants on my head!! As for the design, well you can see the photo, you either like it or dislike it, personally I think the retro look is really good. Hey, what do I know about style, I'll be 50 next year!!!!

But what about the reason I've given these 5 stars, the sound. Well I think the sound on these cans is really excellent. Everything is clear, beautifully clear, and I've started to hear sounds on tracks that I've never heard before, even tracks I've listened to many many times. As some other reviewers have said, having these is encouraging me to re-visit many of my cd's. If like me you've seen the recommendation in What Hi-Fi, and are looking to see what 'normal' people make of these then I really do recommend them. If this is what Grado's low end product sounds like I can't imagine what their top end cans sound like.


2112 - Deluxe Edition
2112 - Deluxe Edition
Price: £18.14

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What the Doctor Ordered, 28 Dec 2012
This review is from: 2112 - Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
Despite the five star scoring I've given this there are some negatives I need to get off my chest. Firstly, the new cover. Why? oh why? The original cover might not have been the greatest album cover ever but it wasn't bad either. It didn't need changing, I could have understood if they'd have come up with much better album art, but they haven't it's pretty bland really. Should have stuck with the original, let's face it there's not many that will proudly walk around with this piece of artwork blazened across their chests!!

The second grumble is the marketing ploy. Why did we need to have the cd with this edition? For those of us that forked out for the Sector 1 boxset this is the same remaster. We don't need it again. Why couldn't they have done what Zeppelin have done with the Celebration Day release and offer up different editions, that way those with Sector 1 could have purchased the Blu-Ray/DVD only edition. It just leaves a slight feeling of being ripped off. If you haven't got Sector 1, by the way, there is an improvemnt on this cd to the old '97 remaster.

So, you're asking, if he's grumbling so much why the 5 stars. For me A Farewell To Kings has always been my favourite Rush album but 2112 has always run it a very close second, very little in it to be honest. I love this album, as I do all Rush's output up to 1981. This is a true classic rock album, and the opportunity to hear it in full 5.1 was too much to resist, afterall the Moving Pictures Blu-Ray had been pretty impressive. This is why it gets the 5 stars, the sound is quite remarkable. You feel like you are being enveloped in the music. A couple of reviews have complained that the 5.1 effect is not best used here. I would disagree, yes it is front loaded but you do feel like the music is all around you, and when a sound is required to be behind you it is there, such as the waterfall in Discovery, you begin to think you've got water pouring down your back wall. The whole album has been brought to life and I'm thoroughly enjoying listening to it again (and again).

If you're wondering whether or not to spend some of that Christmas money your Aunt Ada gave you on this, wonder no more. If you're a Rush fan this is the perfect Christmas treat, even Aunt Ada will enjoy it.


Head Down
Head Down
Price: £8.94

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!!!, 18 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Head Down (Audio CD)
Question. Can four Krishna following vegetarians be the future of rock'n'roll? On the evidence of this album, and last years Pressure And Time, perhaps they can, but they're managing it by looking firmly to the past. Anyone who has heard Pressure And Time, or their debut, knows that there is more than a touch of Zeppelin and Free to their music. It's perhaps unfortunate that the lead singles off both this album and the previous one are amongst their most Zeppelinesque tracks. Unfortunate, because the Sons are not another Kingdom Come. Yes, the Zeps clearly influence the sound but there is so much more to their music. It is certainly firmly based in the late sixties, early seventies with nods to The Who, The Pretty Things and Grateful Dead but it is done with such enthusiasm that it somehow feels fresh. When they rock these guys certainly know how to rock, the guitar playing is excellent throughout and the rhythm section are tighter than than a strippers thong. There are a couple of beautiful acoustic tracks here that allow Jay Buchanan to show what an outstanding singer he is. Again more than just a Robert Plant clone. All in all this is a wonderful rock album that takes you back to a time when musicians knew how to play and followed their muse instead of the dictates of desperate record companies. So if you're unsure whether or not to buy this album, hesitate no longer it's a corker. If vegetarianism can get you to make music this good, it's time to drop the steaks and get on the mung beans!!!


Marvel Avengers Assemble (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) [Region Free]
Marvel Avengers Assemble (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Robert Downey Jr.
Price: £19.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I feel shafted, 18 Sep 2012
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Just quickly got to say how much I agree with what many others have said about this release. A great, very enjoyable film, that shows how super hero movies should be done. Unfortunately the Blu-Ray release is a prime example of how not to release a film on this format. No extras worth mentioning. For those of us who have gone out and bought Blu-Ray players it was for two reasons. Better sound and picture quality (Which I'm sure this release will have) and more room for extras. It seems my disc has plenty of spare space. Well done to those of you who have returned your copies or cancelled your orders, it might explain why I've just had an email from amazon pointing out that I had a price reduction from my original order. I'm only holding onto mine because it's a birthday present for my 8 year old son, who doesn't give a toss about extras. He just loves the action, of which there is plenty in this film.


La Futura
La Futura
Price: £6.49

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ZZ Got Their Mojo Back, 11 Sep 2012
This review is from: La Futura (Audio CD)
For some 2012 will be remembered for the Olympics, for others a British man finally winning a tennis major will be the highlight, or perhaps a Brit finally winning the yellow shirt (Without illegal substances)at the Tour De France will be what sticks in the mind. But for those of us who love our classic rock 2012 might well be remembered as the year of the comeback album. Firstly, in February Van Halen gave us the album we thought they no longer had in them. Then in June along came Rush with Clockwork Angels just to show that they not only have not mellowed with age but improved. And now in September that L'il Old Band from Texas serve up this delicious concoction of classic blues rock.

As with Van Halen with 'Tatoo', we got an early taster of the album with the single and lead off track 'I Gotsa Get Paid'. The track is an interesting mix of their '70's sound and their Eliminator sound. Low down and dirty with a more modern edge thrown in every now and then to show that they still listen to what's going on around them. Then we have 'Chantreuse', straight out of the same mixing bowl that 'Tush' was produced in. 'Flyin High' has an AC/DC sound to the guitar along with a catchy as hell chorus, to be followed by 'It's Too Easy Manana' who's guitar progression sounds a little too close for comfort to 'The Boys From Alabama' by Drive By Truckers, you half expect Patterson Hood to break in and start telling us about crooked cops, but once it gets going it's ZZ all the way. Of course there is the obligatory slow blues track, 'Over You' the albums 'Rough Boy' but without the over production. And speaking of production, credit must go to Rick Rubin for managing to get these guys to do what Metallica did, get back to their roots. He really has encouraged them to dig deep into their back catalogue and pull out all the ingredients that made them a great band in the first place and throw them together again to produce classic Top.

So the gauntlet has been thrown down, three great bands showing that middle to old age is no barrier to producing great music. Aerosmith, it's up to you now to finish the year in style and make it a quartet of classic comeback albums.
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