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Duke
Duke

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best 3-men era album the G-men have ever made., 28 July 2004
This review is from: Duke (Audio CD)
Recorded in Sweden in the wake of the collapse of lead singer and drummer Phil Collins' first marriage, "Duke" was more of a transitional album than the first 3-man outlet, "...And Then There Were Three".
Loud drums from Collins and strong keyboards from Tony Banks and the fine guitars of Mike Rutherford give this album a strong edge over its predecessor, it also showcased the first songs written by Collins alone, along with more collaborations between the group that led to a strong recording.
Starting off with the ever intriguing trio of intertwined group-written pieces "Behind The Lines", "Duchess" and Banks' "Guide Vocal", the middle track having a drum machine playing for the first ever time on an album used to great effect. "Man Of Our Times" follows this; a Rutherford-composed track that I feel is one that grows on you over time. "Misunderstanding" is the first of the two Collins-composed tracks, and (like the other) was of course influenced by the break-up of his marriage. Surprisingly this is a decent enough track. "Heathaze" follows, a melodic Banks-written piano-based piece about a person who finds change difficult.
"Turn It On Again" is a band-written piece in the strange time signature of 13/8, and spawned a great UK chart hit. Rutherford's "Alone Tonight" is possibly the album's weakest link, because despite the great use of 12-string guitars, it fails to captivate the listener. "Cul-de-Sac", another Banks-composed tune, making minimal use of Rutherford's guitar as per usual, but where it is used, it is used to great effect. Collins' other song, "Please Don't Ask" is a downbeat, but effective, affair. Finally, we come to the epic instrumental "Duke's Travels", a band-written affair that sounds very much like you're travelling through different parts of the world, with a great use of the lyrics from "Guide Vocal" towards the end, before the album comes full circle with "Duke's End", reprising the main themes from a couple of tracks from the album to a fantastic climax.
In all, if you only buy one album from Genesis' three-man era, buy "Duke". You really won't regret it.


Serious Sam: Next Encounter (GameCube)
Serious Sam: Next Encounter (GameCube)

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of a purchase, 26 July 2004
You gotta admit, it took Climax Solent a lot of guts to develop a decent enough FPS that could come close to imitating the original PC/Xbox game.
It's a very brainless game (shoot anything that moves) and the graphics look like an N64 game. But it's just as enjoyable as the first time you ever sat down to your keyboard to play Doom.
Multiplayer is also quite good, with two-player co-op and four-player deathmatch modes, you'll be with your friends for hours on this!
In all, quite a good title, worthy of your twenty notes.


Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £11.89

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect tribute to Syd, 28 April 2004
This review is from: Wish You Were Here (Audio CD)
Not a lot can be said about Wish You Were Here. That's because I'm usuallychoked to tears halfway through the titular track.
If you've read any of the reviews here or on any other website orpublication, you'll know that three of the tracks are mainly a tribute toPink Floyd's former lead singer Syd Barrett. And David Gilmour hasconfirmed that myth that Syd turned up whilst they were recording "ShineOn..." Spooky or what?
Anyways, back to the review. The aforementioned "Shine On..." begins andends the album, as it is in two parts. Both parts really shine very well(excuse the pun) with great keyboard bits and the legendary laid backguitar, not to mention the four incidental notes ringing out.
"Welcome To The Machine" plays on Roger Waters' view of the executivesthat governed the music industry. "Have A Cigar" plays on the same theme,but through guest vocalist Roy Harper. In my opinion those are the weakertracks of the album. Probably because I feel they are taking a swipe atthe industry that was watching over them in the first place.
The titular track is very emotional with a fantastic acoustic guitar andemotional lyrics. My personal favourite off the album.
In all, a fantastic Floyd album, and a more-than-worthy tribute to Syd."Wish You Were Here" should be in every album collection. Even if you'renot a Floyd fan!


Three Sides Live
Three Sides Live
Price: £7.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great live album from the guys!, 23 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Three Sides Live (Audio CD)
Well, where do I start with this review of the G-men's third live album?
Perhaps I could say Three Sides Live represents some of their back catalogue missing from Seconds Out (In The Cage/Afterglow, The Fountain Of Salmacis etc.) as well as a few of their more recent album tracks and hit singles (Abacab, Follow You Follow Me, Misunderstanding etc.) as the guys started to gain a significantly larger following than in the days of Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett.
To hear the In The Cage/Afterglow medley on CD is a genuine delight, as are the last two tracks featuring Hackett and Bill Bruford. Can't be beat.
The only downside to the album is the dodgy trackings on disc 2, but that shouldn't really put you off too much!


GameCube 251 Slot Memory Card (GameCube)
GameCube 251 Slot Memory Card (GameCube)
Offered by VGP_VideoGamesPlus
Price: £14.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Save your mega memory munchers in piece of mind..., 23 Feb. 2004
The GameCube Memory Card 251 from Nintendo is an essential for any GameCube owner, as it will store plenty of game saves, over four times as many as the Memory Card 59.
It's also necessary to purchase one for mega memory munching games such as Madden NFL 2004 (185 blocks of memory) The Sims: Bustin' Out (161 blocks), Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (59 blocks), V-Rally 3 (up to 158 blocks) and various other titles.
As these are official memory cards, they are more reliable than third-party memory cards, so you can rest with the peace of mind that your game saves are perfectly safe.
So much your money's worth that I have two! May have to buy another for the next crop of games...


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