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Queen II
Queen II
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great early Queen classic, 16 Oct 2007
This review is from: Queen II (Audio CD)
Queen II is the first of the classic 70s Queen albums. The first side (White Side) is written by Brian May (apart from Taylor's Loser In The End) and features the excellent White Queen (As It Began) and the powerful Led Zep-like Father To Son. Some Day One Day is a bit of a hidden treasure as well. Things really start to get interesting on the second (Black) side of the album. Written by Freddie Mercury, all the tracks lead into each other, which, because of the diversity of the tracks, shouldn't work, but does. The March Of The Black Queen is an obvious stand-out but the lighter songs Nevermore and Funny How Love Is are also very impressive. The single Seven Seas Of Rhye is added on at the end and almost seems out of place on the album. Overall though, this is a firm favourite with Queen fans and is well worth purchasing.


Close To Paradise
Close To Paradise
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Price: £10.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden classic, 25 Sep 2007
This review is from: Close To Paradise (Audio CD)
This album is special. It's an album which needs to be listened to - I tried to listen to it first time in my car but that didn't work. You need to be in a quiet corner so that you can hear all the intricate bits of music. He has an unusual voice which reminds me of Jeff Buckley. I can also hear traces of Pink Floyd in there as well. Each track has its high points but the standout track is the unbelievable Great Escape.


Jazz
Jazz
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Price: £12.40

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy 70s Queen album, 3 Sep 2007
This review is from: Jazz (Audio CD)
Like many, I was disappointed when I first heard Jazz. It's not a total write-off but it seems a lot more inconsistent than their first 6 albums. Standout tracks are Bicycle Race, Dead On Time, Let Me Entertain You and (best by a country mile) Don't Stop Me Now. The rest is ok'ish. The worst of all is the dreadful Roger Taylor song "More Of That Jazz" which plods for England then finishes with a montage of the album - the montage sounds like it has been edited on in someone's bedroom using a tape-recorder.

So in summary, it's not bad but it would have been so much better if 1 or 2 weaker songs were removed (especially the last track!).


James Bond - For Your Eyes Only (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set)  [DVD]
James Bond - For Your Eyes Only (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Roger Moore
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Price: £14.22

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad - but the music....., 3 Sep 2007
For Your Eyes Only brought Roger Moore's Bond back to earth after the sometimes ludicrous Moonraker. The film isn't bad at all and there are some terrific sequences, including the raid on Locque's warehouse (one of the best scenes ever to appear in a Roger Moore Bond film) and the Rock Climbing scene.

Now the negative aspects - Roger Moore is starting to look too old for the role, so when Bond is skiing down a bob-sleigh run, you start to chuckle. The opening sequence starts well with Bond visiting his wife's grave but the Helicopter scene is pretty dull and doesn't explain much - is that Blofield? But the worst aspect of the film is the truly dreadful Music Soundtrack. I know Bill Conti provided great music for the Rocky films, but his soundtrack does not belong in a Bond film.

So, not a bad Bond film but it could have been so much better. It's worth noting that Topol, Julian Glover and Carole Bouquet are great in the film.....Lynn Holly Johnson's character though is totally pointless.


News Of The World
News Of The World
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Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The last of the classic Queen albums of the 70s....., 28 Aug 2007
This review is from: News Of The World (Audio CD)
Although this album is not as high-profile as A Night At The Opera or A Day At The Races, there is much to admire on News Of The World. But once again, a Queen studio album is let down by 2 or 3 very weak tracks.

The opening 5 tracks are superb. The opening salvo of We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions is followed by 3 "under-valued" Queen tracks - Sheer Heart Attack (pretty good for a Roger Taylor composition, especially after the dire Drowse from the previous album), All Dead All Dead (a lovely Brian May song) and Spread Your Wings (John Deacon penned single).

The second half of the album is less consistent. It's Late, Get Down Make Love and My Melancholy Blues are great, but Who Needs You and Sleeping On The Sidewalk are poor.

This was the last of the classic 70s Queen albums. After this came the even more inconsistent Jazz....


A Day At The Races
A Day At The Races
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album until the last 2 tracks....., 24 Aug 2007
This review is from: A Day At The Races (Audio CD)
The first 8 tracks of A Day At The Races are as good as anything on A Night At The Opera or Sheer Heart Attack, but unfortunately, the album is let down by 2 rather poor tracks at the end. Tracks like Tie Your Mother Down (hard rock), You Take My Breath Away (surely Mercury's loveliest track) and the Millionaire's Waltz are very impressive indeed. Add to that the Mercury classics Somebody To Love and Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy and you almost have Queen's most consistent album. Then along comes Drowse (absolutely awful Roger Taylor track - nearly as bad as More Of That Jazz from the Jazz album) and Teo Torriate (very sickly indeed) and the album finishes poorly. Shame, although a lot of Queen's albums had a couple of stinkers! But, they were still a great band and the album is still worth buying. If you were to buy one Queen studio album though, it would have to be Sheer Heart Attack.....


Funeral
Funeral
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Price: £9.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff......., 24 Aug 2007
This review is from: Funeral (Audio CD)
I bought this album just before they released their second album Neon Bible. This album is a bit less polished than the second album but just as good. Their sound on Funeral reminds me a bit of The Pixies or maybe Talking Heads. Love the songs Tunnels, Powers Out and Crown of Love, plus the 2 famous songs Wake Up and Rebellion (Lies). Just wish I got into them earlier.....


Pablo Honey
Pablo Honey
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK debut album, 24 Aug 2007
This review is from: Pablo Honey (Audio CD)
As debut albums go, this is not bad. But it doesn't come close to matching the majestic The Bends or classic OK Computer. The main problem with the album is the running order - the tracks towards the end all seem to sound the samey and it gives the album an inbalance. The most successful songs on the album are Vegetable (cracking Guitar work, Jonny), Thinking About You and, of course, Creep. Not bad, but not great either.


Grand Prix
Grand Prix
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How did this not sell millions?, 23 Aug 2007
This review is from: Grand Prix (Audio CD)
Along with Radiohead's The Bends, this is without doubt the album of 1995. All three songwriters are on top form. Norman Blake's Neil Jung and Mellow Doubt, Gerard Love's Sparky's Dream and Don't Look Back, Raymond McGinley's About You and Verisimilitude - all classics. Worth noting that Paul Quinn was brought in as drummer for this album and the band seem to play a lot tighter because of it. I can't believe this didn't make a bigger impact but, apparently, the marketing of the album was rubbish. Buy now!


Hail To The Thief
Hail To The Thief
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Price: £4.85

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, 23 Aug 2007
This review is from: Hail To The Thief (Audio CD)
Hail To The Thief is the Radiohead album which, for me, doesn't quite work. There are some mighty fine tracks here - 2+2=5 and There There are top-notch singles - but the album as a whole seems a bit disjointed. Whereas previous Radiohead albums had some sort of underlying theme, this album seems a bit cobbled together. But because it's a Radiohead album, it's still worthy a listen. Other tracks worth checking out are the lovely I Will and the grower Wolf At The Door.


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