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Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath
Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath
by Tony Iommi
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Insight Into The Riff Meister, 15 July 2014
I'm a bit surprised by some of the negative reviews about this book. Complaints about editing, poor stories and not introducing the "characters" such as Geezer and John Bonham are not worth reading. It's not exactly a Booker prize novel we're talking about here. Anyone who buys this will know of Iommi and, by inference, will have some knowledge of the music scene surrounding Sabbath, the bands and the main players around that time.

It's a basic, simply written biography that covers all of the stories you probably know already but also provides you with a lot more insight into his background, the factions and schisms that split the band along with some unknown (to me anyway) facts about what went on behind the scenes. It's not a difficult read-well it couldn't be could it-and I finished it in less than 3 days. If you are a Sabbath fan and want to know some more snippets about the great man, pick this up and devour it.


Under The Blade (Special Edition CD   Bonus DVD)
Under The Blade (Special Edition CD Bonus DVD)
Price: £14.86

5.0 out of 5 stars A Trip Down Memory Lane, 15 July 2014
I had this album and the Ruff Cuts EP when they first came out and although the album has long been lost I never renewed it on CD. I even took it along to the local record shop, Listen in Glasgow, to meet them and have it signed. Decent bunch of guys if I recall that were fantastic live. Anyway, I digress.

The album is, as another reviewed says, very reminiscent of hard rock punk but with great vocal, skillful solos and fantastic riffs. The remixed version is far too bassy and boomy but it doesn't detract from the quality of the songs; fast, hard, in-your face riffs that still sound good after 30 years. The initial impact of What You Don't Know is still there with it's punchy chords and every song after that is a gem. Well, all of them apart from Bad Boys of Rock 'n 'Roll, which is a cheesy pop song but 8 song out of 9 ain't bad so it gets 5 stars.


Maximum Rock 'N Roll
Maximum Rock 'N Roll
Price: £8.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Expected Much More, 27 May 2014
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This review is from: Maximum Rock 'N Roll (Audio CD)
In case you are unaware, this band are named after the year "Let There Be Rock" was released so they have set their stall out as AC/DC clones and very good at it they are. However, having bought their first two albums/CD's I thought that this would be the release that would move them forward into the Airbourne/Bonafide league. Afraid not-at least yet. All of the songs are far too pedestrian and there is no "High Decibels" quality CD opener to set the tone. The lyrics are far too banal and mainstream and, whilst that is considered a mainstay for some rock fans, do become a bit numbing after a while. None of the songs jump out at you as ones that you would play on repeat as there are on the first two CD's.

I was really looking forward to this CD which may explain why my review reads a bit deflated but having seen clips of them on youtube their forte is obviously on the stage and not on CD (similar to AC/DC again). Never mind-there is still hope for the next album and tour, if they ever visit the UK.


Performance
Performance
Price: £13.07

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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor All Round, 22 May 2014
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This must have been taken straight from the mixing board as all the songs fade in after they have started and fade out before the end. Avoid if you expect a full quality CD. It only gets one star because the actual sound quality is not too bad, but keep your money for a real bootleg.


Stagg SG50BK Tripod Guitar Stand - Black
Stagg SG50BK Tripod Guitar Stand - Black
Price: £11.18

4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap And Cheerful, 21 Feb. 2014
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Bought this as a lightweight stand for going to the studio. Easy to erect, light and simple to stow away after. For £7, it's a no-brainer. Having said that, if you intend putting a decent guitar on it long term, buy the a Hercules stand as they are far more robust and sturdy.


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Tuner Needed, 21 Feb. 2014
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Boss have always made the best pedals; loads of choice, vast range, great durability and easy to see in the dark. I've tried other tuners but this is the most reliable. At £59, a snip if you don't want to sound like an injured cat.


Stagg SSL1 GD Strap Locks, Gold
Stagg SSL1 GD Strap Locks, Gold
Offered by The Piano Accessory Shop
Price: £6.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably Priced Quality Product, 21 Feb. 2014
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I've tried various strap lock systems; Fenders for my Strats and Tele, Schaller style for SG's and others but wanted something ornate that would suit the gold hardware on my LP. Looked up various sites and they all wanted £20 plus but these Stagg locks fitted the bill. No problem fitting, nice and tight when on and just look as if they came with the guitar. Other patterns available as well so ov erall a great bargain.


Somethings Dripping
Somethings Dripping
Price: £13.27

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Debut, 31 Aug. 2013
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I saw Bonafide about 2 years ago and bought the CD "Fill Your Head With Rock" on the back of that. It was good but not a patch on this. I defy anyone not to jump out their seat at the main riff of the first track "Dirt Bound". The same also applies to most of the tracks with catchy riffs, infectious and memorable lyrics, great vocals and excellent guitar work. I've had it for about three weeks now and it hasn't been off the iPod since. They, along with Airbourne and 77, may receive criticism for sounding like AC/DC but they mix that element up with a far rawer and harder edge than Angus and Bon ever managed. To top it all off there are no space wasting, vomit inducing ballads that rock bands seem to sprinkle their CD's with these days so order it now and make sure you see them this autumn.


21St Century Rock
21St Century Rock
Price: £12.44

3.0 out of 5 stars The Spanish AC/DC, 31 Aug. 2013
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After having listened to High Decibels, their last album, on constant repeat, this is a bit of a disappointment. I know the riffs will be straight out of the "Let There Be Rock" and "High Voltage" era albums and I can live with that but too many songs on here are nothing more than basic bedroom riffs on repeat that don't stretch the musical boundary very far. Having said that, it's still better than the majority of dross that masquerades as rock music these days so worth listening to before buying High Decibels.


Jesus Christ Superstar - Live Arena Tour 2012 [Blu-ray]
Jesus Christ Superstar - Live Arena Tour 2012 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Tim Minchin
Offered by Gleam Retail Ltd
Price: £12.98

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Superstars But Still A Super Show, 22 Dec. 2012
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I've always loved this musical primarily because of its rock roots and the fact that not one song within could be considered a filler. So, I was exceptionally cynical when the usual "Let's Find A Third Rate No Talent X Factor" format was applied to find a lead for the arena tour. Similarly, on discovering that stage luminaries such as Chris Moyles and Mel C would also be part of the show I didn't buy tickets. However, my wife and friends did and I was subjected to weeks of chiding as I had missed "the best performance she had ever seen of JCS". With this constant chirruping in my ears I had no choice but to buy her it on Blue Ray DVD as soon as it was released.

Having just watched it I will now live to regret that I didn't buy a ticket as the full show is stunning. The stage set is simple but varied, the musicianship from the band is excellent and the cast are all fantastic. Tim Minchin in particualr steals the show for me as his acting and vocal performances are jaw dropping. Where has he been hiding for the last couple of years? Even my initial cynicsm over the appointment of Ben Forster as JC has been washed away as he is outstanding as demonstrated by his strong performance of Gethsemane-stunning to watch and very emotive. Mel C also acquits herself well as do the secondary cast members playing Herod, Pilate and the Apostles. The disc also has behind the scenes extras that are quite interesting and give an insight into the whole set up, lighting, design etc.

Grudgingly, I can't recommend it enough and will bite my tongue next time a "Let's Find A Third Rate No Talent X Factor" show is on as the result for this stage show has definitely been a triumph.
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