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Eric Clapton-Live '85 [VHS]
Eric Clapton-Live '85 [VHS]
Offered by pkeylock
Price: £9.34

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Well, I left Oklahoma, driving in a Pontiac...", 20 Feb. 2004
This is a really a great concert, recorded in May 1985, at the Hartford Civic Center in Connecticut. The video is technically entitled "Live Now", but I'm assuming they list it this way so fans don't think it's a recent concert. My favorite track, is without a doubt "Layla". Apart from the orchestral version, this is my favorite live recording of the song, for two reasons: 1.) Eric's guitar solo is outstanding!! He really opens it up, on this one! 2.) Chris Stainton's piano playing is simply wonderful. I hope, if and when they release this on dvd, it will be in surround, so that I will be able to hear all of the instruments, clearly. Another one of my favorite tracks is "Tulsa Time. (Quite obvious, from my title block) I've seen Eric live on his last two tours. (Pilgrim & Reptile) I wish he would dig back into some of his other hits, like some of the ones featured here, rather than rehashing the old standards. Granted, this video was produced to promote the album "Behind The Sun". (Notice the similarities in artwork between the video and album covers.) This video has been in and out-of-print by a few different companies, so, I'm not 100% sure of it's current status. I do know that it's not hard to find, and it's relatively inexpensive. Rock on, EC!!


24 Nights
24 Nights

5.0 out of 5 stars "24 Nights - The Limited Edition" Boxed Set, 19 Feb. 2004
This review is from: 24 Nights (Audio CD)
"24 Nights - The Limited Edition" boxed set, is a unique collaboration between Eric Clapton, Peter Blake, Derek Taylor and Genesis Publications commemorating Eric Clapton's record 24-night performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 1991. Peter Blake's scrapbook is a collection of pencil sketches, charcoal drawings and montages showing Eric and the band during rehearsals and performances. Blake was the Associate Artist of the National Gallery and is probably best known for his graphic cover of The Beatles' 'Sergeant Pepper' album cover. A vast selection of original memorabilia from the concert tour including back stage passes, hotel room lists, polaroid photographs, seating plans, set lists, laminates and sheet music are reproduced in the scrapbook, many of them tipp-ins pasted in by hand. The scrapbook is accompanied by a commentary book by Derek Taylor. Taylor attended rehearsals in Dublin, performances at the Royal Albert Hall and the after-show party. His account provides a unique insight into the backstage and on-the-road world of Eric Clapton and his band. A former publicist for Apple Corps (as well as the Mamas and Papas,The Beach Boys and The Byrds), Taylor was one of the most influential music industry professionals of the time. His commentary offers the reader a rare opportunity to experience an insider's perspective on the man who is universally recognised as the world's greatest blues guitarist. 24 Nights also includes a 2 CD set of live recordings from these performances featuring additional tracks not available anywhere else: "Layla (Orchestra Intro)", "No Alibis" and "I Shot The Sheriff" . Additional facsimile memorabilia including Eric's guitar picks, a backstage laminate pass, button badge and guitar string complete the set. 134 page (300mm x 210mm) scrapbook quarter-bound in bonded leather featuring sketches by Peter Blake and rare unseen photographs. All copies are personally autographed by Eric Clapton and Peter Blake. All items are produced to the highest standard and presented in a superbly-designed solandar box limited to 3,500 copies. Many of the memorabilia are pasted by hand. A 64 page (210mm x 148mm) second-volume of commentary by Derek Taylor looking at Eric and the band in rehearsals, at the shows and at the after-show party. Individual items of facsimile memorabilia including Eric's guitar picks, back-stage laminate, button badge and guitar string. THIS IS NOW OUT-OF-PRINT, SO IF YOU SPOT ONE FOR A GOOD PRICE SNATCH IT UP!!


24 Nights/Recorded Live At The Royal Albert Hall, London.   1990-1991
24 Nights/Recorded Live At The Royal Albert Hall, London. 1990-1991
Price: £10.20

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "24 Nights - The Limited Edition" Boxed Set, 19 Feb. 2004
"24 Nights - The Limited Edition" boxed set, is a unique collaboration between Eric Clapton, Peter Blake, Derek Taylor and Genesis Publications commemorating Eric Clapton's record 24-night performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 1991. Peter Blake's scrapbook is a collection of pencil sketches, charcoal drawings and montages showing Eric and the band during rehearsals and performances. Blake was the Associate Artist of the National Gallery and is probably best known for his graphic cover of The Beatles' 'Sergeant Pepper' album cover. A vast selection of original memorabilia from the concert tour including back stage passes, hotel room lists, polaroid photographs, seating plans, set lists, laminates and sheet music are reproduced in the scrapbook, many of them tipp-ins pasted in by hand. The scrapbook is accompanied by a commentary book by Derek Taylor. Taylor attended rehearsals in Dublin, performances at the Royal Albert Hall and the after-show party. His account provides a unique insight into the backstage and on-the-road world of Eric Clapton and his band. A former publicist for Apple Corps (as well as the Mamas and Papas,The Beach Boys and The Byrds), Taylor was one of the most influential music industry professionals of the time. His commentary offers the reader a rare opportunity to experience an insider's perspective on the man who is universally recognised as the world's greatest blues guitarist. 24 Nights also includes a 2 CD set of live recordings from these performances featuring additional tracks not available anywhere else: "Layla (Orchestra Intro)", "No Alibis" and "I Shot The Sheriff" . Additional facsimile memorabilia including Eric's guitar picks, a backstage laminate pass, button badge and guitar string complete the set. 134 page (300mm x 210mm) scrapbook quarter-bound in bonded leather featuring sketches by Peter Blake and rare unseen photographs. All copies are personally autographed by Eric Clapton and Peter Blake. All items are produced to the highest standard and presented in a superbly-designed solandar box limited to 3,500 copies. Many of the memorabilia are pasted by hand. A 64 page (210mm x 148mm) second-volume of commentary by Derek Taylor looking at Eric and the band in rehearsals, at the shows and at the after-show party. Individual items of facsimile memorabilia including Eric's guitar picks, back-stage laminate, button badge and guitar string. THIS IS NOW OUT-OF-PRINT, SO IF YOU SPOT ONE FOR A GOOD PRICE SNATCH IT UP!!


Ballads: The Greatest Hits
Ballads: The Greatest Hits

5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Collector's Item!, 13 Feb. 2004
This is actually an import from Japan. The record label is "Capitol". While the tracks aren't remastered, they still sound great. I bought "Heart's Greatest Hits" recently, but I couldn't bring myself to sell this one. The booklet and jewel case insert were well designed, artistically speaking. Even the cd itself, is unique. This is definitely a collector's item, since I purchased mine new, a few years back for $15.00 (Incidentally, a great bargain for a Japanese cd.) and now it's selling for $50.00. If you run across one, make sure you snap it up!


Lennon Legend: The Very Best Of John Lennon
Lennon Legend: The Very Best Of John Lennon
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £6.85

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Marvelous!, 11 Feb. 2004
OK, people... In the reviews posted here, I've seen everything from John being hailed as a saint, all the way down to him being trashed as a materialistic hypocrite. You like him, you hate him, whatever! The fact is, the review you post is supposed to concentrate on the release itself. So, here are my thoughts on this collection. All of his major hits are here. The remastered audio is outstanding, to say the least. I can hear evey single nuance of the music, as if I were present at the original, studio sessions. The only thing I did'nt like, in this respect, is that Yoko's wild, maniacal caterwauling can now be heard loud and clear on the Xmas track. Was that there all the time or is this another one of her ploys to say "Here I am, again folks!"? Anywho, it's a great collection in my book!


Lennon Legend
Lennon Legend
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £5.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Marvelous!, 11 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Lennon Legend (Audio CD)
OK, people... In the reviews posted here, I've seen everything from John being hailed as a saint, all the way down to him being trashed as a materialistic hypocrite. You like him, you hate him, whatever! The fact is, the review you post is supposed to concentrate on the release itself. So, here are my thoughts on this collection. All of his major hits are here. The remastered audio is outstanding, to say the least. I can hear evey single nuance of the music, as if I were present at the original, studio sessions. The only thing I did'nt like, in this respect, is that Yoko's wild, maniacal caterwauling can now be heard loud and clear on the Xmas track. Was that there all the time or is this another one of her ploys to say "Here I am, again folks!"? Anywho, it's a great collection in my book!


Billy Joel: The Ultimate Collection [DVD]
Billy Joel: The Ultimate Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Billy Joel
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £17.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The US Version!!, 11 Feb. 2004
Put simply, US fans got the short end of the stick on this one. The imported counterpart of this release, entitled "The Ultimate Video Collection" (seen here), covers more of Billy's career than does "The Essential Video Collection". While it doesn't have "Keepin' The Faith" or "Los Angelenos", it has adds some of his more recent videos, such as: "New York State of Mind (Live), "The River of Dreams", "I Go To Extremes", "The Downeaster Alexa", "We Didn't Start The Fire" and "All About Soul". The bad news is, it's the same 5.1 mix that's on his "Greatest Video Hits Vol III". Compared with the audio mix in his other videos, the aforementioned ones lack surround sound. My other problem with this release is that the original, B&W version of "Piano Man" was not included. The video I enjoy the most is "Baby Grand". You could really tell Billy is a well-seasoned musician in this one. I also like the fact, that the string section can be clearly heard. This is a different studio take from the version on "The Bridge". In fact, I 'm not even sure they included the string section on that one. "That's soup, dejour, baby!" If you read my previous review for this, you'll note that I had quite a few humorous observations regarding Billy's interesting antics and choice of wardrobe in some of his older videos, such as "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me" and "You May Be Right". But, to be fair, those were the 80's and music videos were still a new concept. So, we'll forgive Billy for having absolutely no clue as to what he should be doing, or in this case not doing while singing. (Drinking beer? Convulsing?) O.K., enough of that. I do want to include one thing from my last review, though, for you psychadelic Billy Joel fans. If you cut the audio to "My Life" and replace it with the theme to "Welcome Back Kotter", you'll be tripping. It's like syncronizing Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" with the original B&W version of "The Wizard of Oz". (I didn't make that up. Start the music right after the MGM lion roars. Roger Water's lyrics match to the tee, exactly what you're viewing!) So, there you have it folks. In summary, I'd opt for this version over the US one, anyday!


The Bridge
The Bridge

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Eclectic Gem!, 9 Feb. 2004
This review is from: The Bridge (Audio CD)
This album is in the same ballpark with Billy's earlier musical masterpiece, "52nd Street". The opening track, "Running On Ice", has an upbeat, tempo that get's things jumping right from the get-go. The radio hit, "This Is The Time", has a nice, laid back feeling to it. It reminds me of being at the beach, for some strange reason. You've got to love "Matter of Trust", with it's outstanding vocals and thumping beat! Interestigly, this is the only place you can hear the remastered version of "Modern Woman", because it was not included on his "Greatest Hits Vol III" or "The Complete Hits Collection". "Baby Grand", has always been a favorite, bacause of the duet with Ray Charles. The version here is different from the one on "The Essential Videos" DVD, which has a string section added in. To be quite honest, I've never really cared for "Big Man On Mulberry Street". Billy should stay away from singing falsetto. The next 2 songs are a tie for my favorite tracks. "Temptation", is a love song with an underlying theme of obsession; but in a good way. "Code of Silence", is a duet with Cyndi Lauper. This, I would say, is probably the most unique song I've ever heard him do. Unfortunately, he's never performed either of the two aforementioned songs in concert, that I know of, anyway. "Getting Closer", is a reflection of the hard lessons Billy learned, both with his former label and having his money squandered away on bad investment choices from his former financial advisor. In an interview published in a special, "Tour Edition" of "Root Beer Rag", his monthly newsletter, Billy stated that "The Bridge" was not thought up as a concept album, but rather, came together as an eclectic, compilation of songs. So, if you don't already own it, make sure you pick up a copy of this.


From The Cradle
From The Cradle
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.56

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Masterpiece!, 30 Jan. 2004
This review is from: From The Cradle (Audio CD)
Are you lookin' for the blues? Then, this is is the album for you!! Gotta' lotta' flava', y'all!! This review is based upon Warner/Reprise catalogue number WPCR-10120 (Japanese import). This particular reissue is unique for 2 reasons: First, this is the only remastered version of the album currently available. Secondly, the outside packaging is made mini-LP style, with a gatefold layout that has all of the original liner notes and photos. I love the way they list the tracks on the back as "Side A" and "Side B". The cd, itself, comes housed in a protective, padded, platic sleeve, which slides into the side of the packaging, much as the old LPs did. O.K., on to the actual album review... This is absolutely, without a doubt, Eric Clapton's best album to date. Yes, indeed, this is a no-holds-barred, ..., down-home, bare-bones, blues-infused masterpiece of the highest caliber!! My favorite track is "Sinner's Prayer". ("If I done somebody wrong, have mercy, if you please" - Yeah, baby!, Yeah!.) Oh, yes, this album is chalk full of great tunes from beginning to end. You'll note that EC wastes no time in getting to the good stuff... The opening track is a jammin' number, entitled "Blues Before Sunrise". Crank this one up, LOUD!! The studio version of "Five Long Years" presented here, is good, but the live one, from his "Hyde Park" dvd, is outta-sight! There is one really unique track on here, and that is "Standin' Around Cryin'". On this one, EC tries his hand at a completely diffrent style of singing and succeeds!! (I can't explain it. You've got to hear this one for yourself.) The radio hits are here too, "Motherless Child", "I'm Tore Down" and "It Hurts Me Too". Of course, this album wouldn't be complete without "Hoochie Coochie Man"; yet, another one, EC loves to play in concert. Lastly, I would like to quote a brief statement in the liner notes, I think audiophiles, like myself, will find of particular interest: "THIS IS A LIVE RECORDING WITH NO OVERDUBS OR EDITS EXCEPT FOR DOBRO OVERDUB ON 'HOW LONG BLUES' AND DRUM OVERDUB ON 'MOTHERLESS CHILD'" - What this means is, you're not going to get an album produced by Phil Spector, who patented the now infamous, "Wall-of-Sound".


Doctor Who - The Movie [1996] [DVD] [1963]
Doctor Who - The Movie [1996] [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Paul McGann
Offered by somethinginmyeye
Price: £14.99

3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More enjoyable than the cheesy series ever was!!, 27 Jan. 2004
Yes, despite all the negative comments posted here, I happened to enjoy this film! In comparision to the cheesy, original series, produced on a shoe-string budget, this is a masterpiece! I loved the new TARDIS set! Just look at the intricate detail that went into the control room and the cloister room, not to mention the study! The special effects were also great. I do have to concede that the story itself was a little lame. I also wish they would have shown some more of the previous Doctor's in the holographic image, the eye of harmony projected. Unfortunately, too, the restoration team was unable to use a 5.1 audio mix, because the individual sounds were not made available to them. With this movie in mond, I eagerly anticipate the new series in 2005. I have the Region 2 edition of this, because they have not made one for us US fans.


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