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Tacx Blue Matic Folding Magnetic Trainer
Tacx Blue Matic Folding Magnetic Trainer
Price: £121.49

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unsafe wheel locking mechanism!!, 4 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Blue Matic Turbo Trainer (Sports)
Just to state the wheel locking mechanism on this trainer is not fit for purpose-I have been thrown off my bike 5 times in the past few weeks.This depsite constant adjustments -the blue plastic washer/lock is simply not able to withstand significant pedal force and eventually works there is no Tacx point of contact for issues such as this I have written this review-would rather not have to be negative but this is a dangerous piece of equipment!!

The Politics Of Dancing
The Politics Of Dancing

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wait until the re-release box set is released, 30 Dec. 2008
This review is from: The Politics Of Dancing (Audio CD)
A CD box set retrospective is on the cards containing this album,its successor&various singles/b-sides etc.DO NOT buy from the various rip-off merchants at wholly unrealistic prices(recession anybody?)- your patience will pay dividends with the box set.

Inside Extremities Mixes Rehearsals and Live
Inside Extremities Mixes Rehearsals and Live
Offered by tunesonline
Price: £4.40

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying for the live disc, 7 Aug. 2008
As one who was privileged to see this incarnation of the Joke live in 1991 I have to say the 2nd disc(recorded live in France June 1991)makes this an essential purchase.

Although the first disc is of interest it has now been superseded by the re-released Extremities-& as such is of more an aside to that album.

Back to the live disc-InsideTheTermiteMound starts the show-the best opener for a gig KillingJoke have done-& proceeds thru classics such as Wardance,TheWait,Change as well as(then)newer tracks Extremities,MoneyIsNotOurGod,Intravenous etc.

Special mention must be made of the drumming of MartinAtkins-unbelievable-reminds me of a speeded up JohnBonham!!-without doubt the best drummer I have ever seen live.

In summary the first disc is more of interest to hardcore fans,the second live disc is a reminder of what a brilliant live concern this line up of KillingJoke was!

Night Time
Night Time
Price: £5.75

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as a new release...., 4 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Night Time (Audio CD)
As someone who had bought this album on CD first time round I have to say the most striking impression with this re-release is the re-mastered sound-and also reflect how poor the mastering is on many CD issues from the late 80s.

The vocals are clearer,the drumming louder and the guitars in particular sound sharper.

The bonus tracks are worthy enough reason to purchase this album-some excellent BBC session material and the highlight for me being the Dub mix of Kings and Queens-louder vocals and bass.

In addition more comprehensive sleeve notes than the previous re-issues complete the overall package.

As I type this review Jaz Coleman has just announced live dates later this year with the original KJ line-up! -The Joke live on....

Sweet About Me
Sweet About Me
Offered by Music-Finder
Price: £14.51

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best song of 2008 thus far, 4 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Sweet About Me (Audio CD)
Just to say this is easily the best new song I have heard this year-sensual,sublime and slightly quirky-not heard any other material by this young lady but this is fantastic!

Extremities Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions
Extremities Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to basics, 22 Jan. 2008
When this album was released in 1990 I can remember the somewhat indifferent response from the music press-something I have never understood.

This album was far superior to the 2 previous albums-Brighter than a Thousand Suns(over produced and dated) and Outside the Gate(in reality a Jaz Coleman solo album).

With Martin Atkins(ex PIL,MInistry,Pigface)as the new drummer Killing Joke were set fair for a new phase in their career-but like all well laid plans personality disputes culminated with the band splitting in late 1991 and thus fans could only guess as to the future sound-although Murder Inc(basically KJ without Jaz) gave a glimpse.

The tracks on this album were/are better in a live setting-Inside The Termite Mound a brilliant set-opener,Slipstream,Intravenous,Money Is Not Our God all the equal of any earlier KJ material.

If there is any criticism I would direct that towards the slightly sludgy production -the guitar is not loud enough,and some of the tracks are overlong becoming little more than exercises in tub thumping from Martin Atkins.

In conclusion this album offers a glimpse of a band reaquainting themselves with their past and adding a new sheen to it.

Great Deceiver - Live '73-'74: Part 2 (2 CD)
Great Deceiver - Live '73-'74: Part 2 (2 CD)
Price: £11.47

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Major record labels take note!!, 22 Jan. 2008
This is all that a live album should be(as per volume 1)-top material,top sound,informative sleeve notes,diary entries from band members,and all presented with excellent artwork again by PJ Crook.

Major record labels should consider the fact that fans of bands desire releases such as this and perhaps in the future it may benefit them to be more imaginative when taking ownership of artists work-belatedly happening in some instances already.

Great Deceiver - Live '73-'74: Part 1 (2 CD)
Great Deceiver - Live '73-'74: Part 1 (2 CD)
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £11.98

34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vindication for artists control of material, 11 Jan. 2008
With this release and the companion Vol 2 what is obvious is that King Crimson from this era were primarily a live band and that the 3 studio albums from this period(Larks Tongue in Aspic,Starless & Bible Black and Red)were in comparison rather muted affairs.

The material from this era had a lot of improvisation which is why the live format is/was a much better representation of this incarnation of the band.

Over the last 15 years Robert Fripp has overseen a fantastic re- appraisal of Crimson ouput via a variety of formats many thru the Collectors Club.Now previously hard to obtain recordings are becoming widely available-somethiing that would never happen on a major record label.

All of the releases by King Crimson over the last 15 years have been subject to the same high quality control standards and continuity is provided via the superb artwork by PJ Crook-an oft overlooked area which is also misunderstood by many record labels.

In conclusion these 2 releases are a testament for artistic integrity and artistic control (as well as awesome material!)and should be seen as an example for all serious recording artists to aspire to.
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Live at the Hacienda 1983-1986
Live at the Hacienda 1983-1986
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £49.95

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor quality live album-beware!, 1 Aug. 2006
Although the material on this album cannot be faulted the sound quality is appalling-even die hard Cabs fans should steer clear of this-I doubt Stephen Mallinder or Richard H.Kirk would endorse this if they gave it a listen.Try the BBC recordings album or Live at the Lyceum/YMCA albums instead.

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