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Luther - Series 1 [DVD]
Luther - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Idris Elba
Offered by Moszy
Price: £3.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant stuff!, 25 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Luther - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
This is excellent TV. Great plot lines, plenty of action and strong performances. If you love detective or police dramas, you will love this. This is definitely one of the best. Highly recommended.


Santana IV
Santana IV
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and uplifting!, 19 April 2016
This review is from: Santana IV (Audio CD)
For those of a certain age, the first three Santana albums were an extraordinary ear-opener. It was latino, it was rock, it was funky, it was different. The musicianship was excellent. We had instruments outside the rock norm and the production was great, including those memorable drum rolls that went from speaker to speaker (or headphone to headphone) to give the listener that additional thrill. Then the line-up started to change and Santana's music started to be develop and explore a bit more. There has been some fabulous music from Santana since that first trio of albums, so getting most of the original line-up back together again for 'Santana IV' sounded like a bold move, even if there was a hint of 'unfinished business' to the proposal.

It's the musicianship that counts at the end of the day and this line-up has got the lot, and more. But the big surprise for me is the quality of the songs here and the atmosphere they create (check out 'Fillmore East' to hear what I mean). This is a very fine album with all the classic Santana signatures in place. The years rolled back as I listened to it; I found that this was a little heavier in places, but judged well. The rhythms are, of course, gorgeous and uplifting, the the guitar work sensational. What more can we expect from a Santana album? Carlos has never faltered in his mission to spread his music across the world and this album will surely bring another load of new, young fans to the band. This is a quality album - highly recommended.


Bang Zoom Crazy...Hello
Bang Zoom Crazy...Hello
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're back, they're brash, they're beautiful!, 4 April 2016
This review is from: Bang Zoom Crazy...Hello (Audio CD)
Cheap Trick were a class act in their day but they faded a bit in recent years. But bands make comebacks and this album may be the daddy of them all. My word, what a great rock album! It really is brash, classy, bold, loud, crafty, clever and delivered with a swagger and a smile. Some of this reminds me of The Who in parts, The Sweet in others, and the songwriting is good. I am pleasantly surprised and impressed with this release. This album will surely get Cheap Trick a whole new load of younger, newer fans, and a load of old rockers dusting down their vinyl and picture discs to recall what this band were like in their heyday. Look no further - this is as if they'd never been away. This has all the hallmarks of being a classic. Highly recommended.


British Music
British Music
Price: £40.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure-trove of British music!, 26 Mar. 2016
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This review is from: British Music (Audio CD)
This excellent 24-disc boxed set is a delightful treasure-trove of British classical music. The nice surprise is that this collection focuses on a more unusual, but very rewarding, programme of British music, avoiding the better known works by British composers that one usually finds well represented elsewhere. There's a good bit of nostalgia here and I expect that many British classical music fans had a number of these in their family LP collection over the years. Nevertheless, it's a real pleasure have so many brilliant recordings restored and presented in a single boxed set. The recording quality is first class and I like the fact that the original art work has been used for each mini cardboard CD cover. The accompanying booklet could have been a bit more detailed, but that is a small quibble compared to the superb quality of the music itself. This set represents excellent value for money and I am delighted with this release. There is no finer collection anywhere of the broad range of British music played by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sir Charles Groves. Highly recommended.


Borgen Trilogy [DVD]
Borgen Trilogy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sidse Babett Knudsen
Price: £44.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class Political Drama!, 2 Mar. 2016
This review is from: Borgen Trilogy [DVD] (DVD)
This is an absorbing, well-acted political drama that covers a range of interesting and controversial issues. A great cast and first-class plot-lines, I loved all three seasons. Borgen also provides an interesting insight into Denmark's political system and media. Great TV. Recommended.


Queen: A Night At The Odeon [DVD]
Queen: A Night At The Odeon [DVD]
Dvd ~ Queen
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Night To Remember!, 16 Feb. 2016
People forget that Queen were a seriously heavy rock band before they embraced the mainstream. This legendary concert from 1975 sees them at the top of their game having just had worldwide success with 'A Night At The Opera', the successor to 'Sheer Heart Attack' the album that raised them to stardom in the UK. But for rock fans, it was 'Queen' and 'Queen II' that mattered and material from both albums is well represented here. There are many magic moments in this concert, including the 'Bohemian Rhapsody/Killer Queen/March Of The Black Queen' medley, the fabulous 'Liar', 'Keep Yourself Alive' and an exquisite rendition of 'White Queen'. This is an enjoyable show and these guys rock, but their quieter moments provide a good insight into their excellent musicianship. The collective playing on 'White Queen' is stunningly good, drifting into the realms of progressive rock. This is the sort of gig that made Queen a legendary band with a huge following. This disc is a nice restoration job and its a pleasure to have this concert on DVD at last. Highly recommended.


The Houdini Box
The Houdini Box
by Brian Selznick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer magic!, 26 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: The Houdini Box (Paperback)
This is a beautiful book that will appeal to children of all ages. The story is brief and straightforward but spans a generation and has a few very interesting twists. Magic, escapology and the greatest exponent of both, Harry Houdini, are all appealing subjects. Brian Selznick writes and draws beautiful books and this one is no exception. It's not a long or complicated read, but it certainly holds the attention and is both funny and poignant in parts, drawing on factual information. The book has links to wider reading and is beautifully illustrated. I loved it and I'm sure most children will too. This would make a great gift. Recommended.


The Wonder Garden: Wander through the world's wildest habitats and discover more than 80 amazing animals
The Wonder Garden: Wander through the world's wildest habitats and discover more than 80 amazing animals
by Jenny Broom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Big, bright and beautiful - educational too!, 26 Jan. 2016
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The is a large format book that will appeal to children of all ages. It covers 5 different world habitats and is lavishly illustrated. The text makes little concession for a child but is informative with eco-friendly messaging. The book only has 48 pages, but each one is absorbing and detailed - the more you look, the more you will find (some of the more complicated and detailed pages would make fabulous jigsaw puzzles!). The book can be read out loud while the child explores the various things on each page. I liked that the text provided the reader with an atmospheric introduction to each habitat, as if placing you there personally and describing what to expect. The large colourful format will appeal to most children and this book can be enjoyed if you just choose to look at the pictures. So, a pleasure to read, educational, bright and colourful, big, bold and beautiful. If only more children's books were like this! This would make a great gift. Recommended.


Purple
Purple
Offered by uniqueplace-uk
Price: £7.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baroness Hit A Purple Patch!, 25 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Purple (Audio CD)
Ah Baroness! This is their 4th release and their first record following their recovery from a dramatic bus crash near Bath in August 2012 (followed by some personnel changes). The good news is that they have bounced right back with this cracking album - this has really been worth waiting for. It sounds a bit grungier than their previous releases but the songwriting is superb and the band's performance is spot on. There is much to enjoy here, whether you have followed this band for a while, or whether you are coming to them new. 'Shock Me' is the first single from the album but the song that blew me away is 'Chlorine & Wine', a gorgeous track (a bit like Opeth meets Metallica!). Although this album clocks in at around 43 minutes, Baroness have sensibly not tried to stretch things out to fill the disc. What we get is first class rock music, with no trace of filler. This album is a fantastic listen - highly recommended.


Evertina
Evertina
Price: £8.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, Perfect Piano!, 11 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Evertina (Audio CD)
This album is a real find. Here we have 3 tracks of gorgeous, perfect piano by the Ukrainian composer and pianist Lubomyr Melnyk. This was my first experience of Melnyk, who was born on 20 December 1948 and has composed around 120 pieces of music. These 3 tracks ('Evertina', 'Awaiting' and 'Butterfly') will be the happiest, most relaxing 24 minutes of listening pleasure you will have experience for a long time. This album is just sublime and is really is something special. I'm already looking for more. Highly recommended.


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