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Pioneer X-HM21BTD-K FM/CD/DAB+ Bluetooth USB Micro System - Black
Pioneer X-HM21BTD-K FM/CD/DAB+ Bluetooth USB Micro System - Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So noisy and slow. Very poor., 30 Jan. 2017
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A really poor system. Others have said how slow it is to respond & as frustrating as that is it's nothing compared to how noisy the CD player is. I often listen to quiet music when falling asleep but the whirring noise as the CD plays is a constant distraction and there is often a clicking sound too.
The dab is pretty ropey with poor signal, and the Bluetooth is patchy. Fine most of the time but occasionally just stops working mid podcast or song.
Another odd issue is the lack of display at times. For no apparent reason when the machine turns on via the alarm it very occasionally has no display. The cd plays but nothing is present on the display. The only way to correct this seems to be to switch the machine off at the plug, wait 5 mins and then switch back on. This has only happened about once every three months, but turning the machine off at the mains also means the clock needs resetting.
If listening to music at volume then it's reasonable but for the money I didn't expect such a frustrating system. A purchase I very much regret. I won't ever buy Pioneer again.

Kailash: Pilgrimage To The Throne of Gods/Piano Recordings [VINYL]
Kailash: Pilgrimage To The Throne of Gods/Piano Recordings [VINYL]
Price: £41.38

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LP Box Set Review - 5 star music, but 2 star product., 18 April 2015
The music here is sublime, and the reason for the 5 stars given. If you are familiar with Popol Vuh you won't be unhappy. The first LP features a mixture of previously released and unreleased piano works from Florian Fricke, and is every bit as good as you may expect. The second LP is the soundtrack to the film 'Kailash - Pilgrimage to The Throne of the Gods'. This is more like your usual Popol Vuh sound, but with a heavier emphasis on a darker side to their sound. Very impressive. There is also a dvd of the film, which I am yet to watch.
However, the main reason for me posting this review is to give information on the contents and quality of the vinyl box set. I'm sure someone else will do a much better job of reviewing the music than I have, so please excuse such a brief review of the music.
As for the LP box set I'm afraid it is a major let down. Firstly, the LPs are enclosed in a very nice looking box, sturdy and glossy, but the contents are poor value for money in my book. I expected to open the box to find a gatefold sleeve housing the 2 discs, but instead not even a standard LP sleeve - just two printed inner sleeves, both identical. The box also includes 3 large colour postcards, which are great, and the dvd of the film in a nice tip-on style mini sleeve. But that was it! No poster, as the press release suggested. The contents were also quite loose in the box, and as a result the inner sleeves were already showing signs of wear, and seam splits, inevitably made worse when the item was shipped to me.
The worse thing though is the sound quality. Both LPs were very static upon release from the inner sleeves, and despite a good clean, both were crackling and popping far too frequently. This is particularly annoying on the LP of piano works, where silence is as essential to the overall sound as the piano itself.
This is the first (and possibly last based on this experience) time I've bought any Soul Jazz release on vinyl. I always assumed they would present real quality on vinyl as their cd packaging is usually excellent, but not so here. And when you consider the cost (around £30) I would suggest opting for the 2cd & dvd version which is about half the price. I did pick mine up for about £23, so if you can get a copy at that price then maybe go for it. It certainly looks nice on the shelf, and the download code means that you can at least have a crackle & pop free listen. Maybe it's just my copy, and I need to invest in a hardcore vinyl cleaner, but for a brand new vinyl product I'm sorely disappointed. A real shame.

Transcendental Waterfall / Guitar Excursions 1963 - 1967 [VINYL]
Transcendental Waterfall / Guitar Excursions 1963 - 1967 [VINYL]
Price: £131.37

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning box set, 15 Jun. 2013
I won't review the music here. If you are reading this you most likely know what to expect, and if you want to find out more about the music you can read reviews written for the individual LPs elsewhere on Amazon. Needless to say, the music is superb.
The LPs are all pressed on 180gram vinyl, and are as follows:

Blind Joe Death
Death Chants, Breakdowns, and Military Waltzes
Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favourites
The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party and Other Excursions
The Transiguration of Blind Joe Death
Days Have Gone By

This review is mainly of the product itself. I held off buying a copy for a while, due to some concern over the reviews from Amazon.com, which included complaints about some of the LPs being pressed off centre. This box set is not cheap, so when I took the plunge I was praying that the box I received would be fine. And it is. All 6 LPs look and sound fantastic. No pressing issues at all, and a really rich, deep sound on my Pro-ject turntable. My box set is numbered in the 1,000s if that helps.
The sleeves are beautiful heavy card tip-on jackets, and unlike with some tip-on sleeves I've had no problem removing and returning the records to the sleeves. Each LP sleeve is a reprint of the original and contains a reprinted insert, or booklet containing the original notes that came with the LP. There is also a large fold out poster, postcard, sleeve notes written by Samuel Charters, and a Large t-shirt. Mine is red, with white print, although reading other reviews, there seems to be other colours out there - its obviously pot luck, and there is no indication of t-shirt colour on the box. It does seem to be that all shirts are a size large (although I'm not 100% certain of this). My shirt measures 21" from armpit to armpit, and 28" from shoulder to hem. Just a tad too big for me, but I'm not sure I'd want to wear it, as the complete box set is a thing of beauty.
All of the contents are housed in a sturdy card box, and the run is limited to 2,000 copies for the world, so don't delay if you are after a copy.

Opeth Cloaked Figure Longsleeve Men's Shirt
Opeth Cloaked Figure Longsleeve Men's Shirt

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great quality, 16 May 2012
First of all this shirt is a Fruit of the Loom value weight long-sleeve t-shirt. I find these smaller than Gildan shirts, and this meant that a medium was too small for me (unlike with Gildans). Also, for £18 I would expect a heavy weight shirt, not a cheaper alternative, which is very thin in comparison. The front print is a little grainy compared to the quality of print on the Opeth Orchid Lyric 2009 Men's T-Shirt, which is superb, and is printed on a Fruit of the Loom heavy weight. The back print to this shirt looks good and clear. Can't comment on whether the print will last long after washing though, as I sent mine back due to the size issue, and no L shirts were in stock.

Redemption At The Puritan's Hand
Redemption At The Puritan's Hand
Price: £12.56

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cd, but dvd lacking., 25 Jun. 2011
The album is superb of course, and I'm not going to comment upon this, as the other reviews here do a fine enough job. The bonus dvd with this limited edition version is disappointing though. It clocks in at just 13 minutes, and although you get some insight into the concept behind a couple of the songs, and the album as a whole via interviews with vocalist A. A. Nemtheanga, which are pretty interesting, it seems to lack the quality of the dvd bonus materials that were present of the reissues of the back catalogue on Metal Blade. There is also some rehersal footage of the band in full flow, but the sound quality is pretty poor compared to the cd (inevitable as it's a rehersal I suppose). Maybe we've been spoilt in the past, but there seems to be minimal point to the dvd, unless you are a completist.
The packaging is gorgeous though - a six panel digpak, with booklet, all enclosed in a beautiful embossed slipcase featuring different artwork to the standard edition.
Overall then, 5 stars for the music & packaging, but just 2 stars for the dvd, hence the 4 star rating. Mind you, at time of writing this edition is the same price as the standard cd version, so you might as well get this one.
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Under Stellar Stream
Under Stellar Stream
Price: £12.52

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow paced and repetitous, but all the better for it!, 17 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Under Stellar Stream (Audio CD)
It's a shame that the previous reviewer was left underwhelmed by this cd, but as repetition is an important part of the dynamics of certain Richard Youngs releases, it's no suprise that they were left disappointed having only heard the 30 second samples before buying the cd. It would be a shame if they ignored other Richard Youngs releases on the basis of one cd, as his style is so varied across his private press stuff on No Fans, and the Jagjaguar releases that he can be hard to pin down.
On 'Under Stellar Stream' the pace is slow, and understated. Youngs' vocal gently intones throughout, and this is complimented by mainly by organ, but also harmonica, bass guitar, synth, and piano, as well as percussion at times. Drones are present througout, and as previously mentioned, repetition is key, not least on the tracks 'Monday and Tuesday' & 'Cluster To A Star'. If, like me, you enjoy the way a song can burrow it's way into your head, revolving round and round, then this is bliss. There is something almost transcendent about it, and a calm medatitive element is created.
If you wanted to compare this to any other Richard Youngs lp, then 'Sapphie' would be the closest comparison, as that too has the same aesthetic quality too it, although based around guitar and vocal only, and streched over three long pieces. This dosen't quite match the magestic heights of 'Sapphie', but it's not far off. It's also difficult to compare Youngs to other artists, as he is so singular, but if you enjoy Andrew King's 'The Amfortas Wound', with it's ancient folk being married to the drone, or Coil's slower, darker side then you may find something to enjoy here too. If you want a Richard Youngs 'pop' record then get the excellent 'Beyond The Valley Of Ultrahits' which the previous reviwer may find more to their liking.

The Wyrd Meme
The Wyrd Meme
Price: £11.66

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best release yet, 9 Sept. 2010
This review is from: The Wyrd Meme (Audio CD)
If you are being put off by the fact that this is an ep, rather than full length, then think again. For me, this is the best release Alasdair Roberts has put out, and that is saying something.
A lot of his previous output has covered traditional folk songs, none more beautifully than 'No Earthly Man', but 'The Wyrd Meme' contains 4 original Alasdair Roberts tracks, and also includes the excellent drumming of Alex Neilsen (Trembling Bells, Richard Youngs & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy collaborator etc). The lyrics are captivating (and printed on the inner sleeve too), and demonstrate a depth and imagination lacking in most modern music. It is clear that Alasdair Roberts can turn his hand to writing outstanding folk music, and deserves the title folk musician in it's traditional sense, in his own right. The delivery is precise and Roberts' unique voice is a treat as ever and the stories told are full of myth, wonder and magic. The instrumentation is the killer though - crisp and wonderfully exectued, both 'The Hallucinator...' and 'The Royal Road...' change tack midway through and Roberts & co take the song in an entirely different, but no less impressive direction.
If you are a fan of Alasdiar Roberts' previous work, don't miss this, and anyone into the more wyrd end of modern folk (Andrew King, Stephanie Hladowski, even Sol Invictus) should find plenty here to impress them. Outstanding!

Price: £12.94

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best, and one of my favourite ever albums., 6 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Sapphie (Audio CD)
This is simply beautiful, affecting stuff from one of the main players in the underground music scene. All of his records are great, but this stands out due to the simplicity and medative nature of the music.
3 long tracks that weave their way deep into your mind and linger their for hours after. Intricate repetative guitar lines plucked, coupled with gentle lilting vocals.
Along with Andrew King's 'The Amfortas Wound' and Coil's 'Musick To Play In The Dark' volumes, this is a record that I cannot live without. All 3 seem to have a timeless, almost spiritual quality and all feel totally authentic. Those who enjoyed the recent 'Autumn Response' will also enjoy this, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Buy it now!

The Reaping [DVD] [2007]
The Reaping [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Hilary Swank
Offered by figswigs
Price: £6.90

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just awful!, 5 Aug. 2008
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This review is from: The Reaping [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
This film is awful. I bought it to take me over the £15 mark so I could get free delivery and even at just £3 it is a rip off!
I thought it might be half decent, but it is a film full of cliches. Badly acted, with a threadbare predictable plot, even the special effects are ridiculous. And it is not even scary one little bit. Oh, and we've seen the pubescent girl with blood running down her legs way before (Carrie), and the 'redneck' spooky little American town, and the lead character who is fighting her own loss of faith due to a terrible personal tragedy (and without wishing to give anything away, why wasn't she murdered too?).
If you want something scary, original and gripping don't look here.
I'm starting to wonder if this is bad intentionally!

Mi Media Naranja
Mi Media Naranja

5.0 out of 5 stars Their best!, 8 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Mi Media Naranja (Audio CD)
Labradford are responsible for some of the most beautiful and moving music of the post rock genre. Combining strings and piano with the glacial guitar structures present on their early work, Mi Media Naranja is easily their masterpiece.
When this came out in 1997 to these ears it sounded like nothing else. Combining classical with modern rock was news to me, and I've just ordered the cd version (a total bargain at a fiver!) as my vinyl copy is starting to sound a little worn, and I have wanted to be able to play this record in the car and bedroom for years.
One other thing - most albums start off with the stongest tracks to grab the listeners attention and then things slowly go downhill. Not the case here - the final three tracks are superb, and this record gets better as it progresses, so stick with it if you aren't immediately pulled in.

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