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Making Money: (Discworld Novel 36) (Discworld Novels)
Making Money: (Discworld Novel 36) (Discworld Novels)
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars I loved Going Postal so thought I'd continue on with the ..., 24 Dec. 2016
I loved Going Postal so thought I'd continue on with the Moist saga and get this one as well. I was left thoroughly disappointed. There is no plot to speak of. The first 350 pages are just introducing characters who do nothing but talk. Moist gets shown around the banking system meanwhile his enemies chatter on and on and plot his demise but nothing actually happens. It seems like Pratchett wrote this because he liked his character Moist Von Lipwig so much he decided he needed to give him something else to do but unfortunately whilst trying to develop the character (which also for the most part falls flat), he forgot to come up with a good plot. Vetinari is the most interesting character here by a long way and he is not even the focus. This is the dullest Discworld I have ever read and I would say - Avoid.

Stagg EDB-3/4RDL BK 3/4 Size Deluxe Electric Double Bass - Black
Stagg EDB-3/4RDL BK 3/4 Size Deluxe Electric Double Bass - Black
Offered by The Musicoy Shop
Price: £716.52

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Changed my approach to the bass - practically unmissable!, 16 Oct. 2014
I recently bought one of these bad boys to expand my abilities on the bass, not having the room (or the money!) for a full double bass (though I would still love to get one!). Upon first taking hold of this instrument and playing your first note you will notice the sound. Big, round and wall-shakingly dense - especially if you crank up the sub-bass which comes in the shape of a pot next to your volume and is a very welcome addition! On the same panel you also get a headphone slot and mp3 connector - both fantastic for 'quiet' practice.
It also comes with adjustable height stand - my first niggle with the instrument - this rattles a lot, and wings for resting the bass against your body.
It's a fine looking instrument too with height-adjustable bridge and cool-looking black maple finish.
Tone-wise - again, great but don't expect the woody tone of a double bass, this instrument just won't do that. What it does have instead though is a deep warmth that has helped give my playing more control by filling out the bottom end with less notes - a crucial part of any bass players maturing on their instrument.
Do yourself a favour - buy one of these they are great fun to play and well worth the relatively affordable price.

PG58; 60-15000Hz + 15 (4.57m) XLR-to-1/ 10.16 cm (4 ") Cable; Mic Clip; 5/ 20.32 cm (8 ") to 3/ 20.32 cm (8 ") Thread Adapter; Storage Bag (PG58-QTR)
PG58; 60-15000Hz + 15 (4.57m) XLR-to-1/ 10.16 cm (4 ") Cable; Mic Clip; 5/ 20.32 cm (8 ") to 3/ 20.32 cm (8 ") Thread Adapter; Storage Bag (PG58-QTR)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well built, great value, 8 Oct. 2014
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This mic is the little brother of the Shure SM58 for those of us who don't have big budgets or are in need of a good quality spare. While the sound quality isn't quite as smooth as its older sibling; there is still a lot to be said for this version. It comes with a case, stand connector, lead and even a Shure window sticker....bonus!
It is durable and solidly built - mine lives in the back of a van and travels a LOT and does lots of gigs and is still in the same condition as when I bought it. On/off switch is even made well, not like some of the cheapo mics where they either get stuck or go loose after a number of uses.
You could go back and forth forever comparing mic tones and response but I would say that, for the price, this does a great job. I would recommend this to any musician who does a bit of singing and doesn't have lots of cash to spend.

Fluid Audio F5 Bi-amplified Advanced Studio Monitors
Fluid Audio F5 Bi-amplified Advanced Studio Monitors

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money!, 6 July 2014
This is the first set of monitors I have ever owned but I have been a musician for a long time so I know what music should sound like. I bought these after browsing a shop and deciding they sounded the best for the money and once I got them home I was blown away by the results! I use a pretty basic set-up - a PC running cubase with a Line 6 Toneport - hey, it works for me! and required some monitors after being frustrated with my mixes sounding completely different on various stereo systems because I wasn't getting a true overall 'vision' of my mixes. Well, these bad boys have crushed that problem once and for all!
The sound is crisp and dense but without any muddiness with the bonus that they take up hardly any room in my small studio. One minor gripe I would be wary of is the volume controls on the front. They are cheap fader style knobs and not accurate so tiny, minimal adjustments will not register then all of a sudden the sound will come blasting out! This is a minor niggle though as opposed to a problem - I will be spreading the word of Fluid monitors - for the price these are excellent!

Kill The Power
Kill The Power
Offered by nagiry
Price: £11.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Killed power, 1 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Kill The Power (Audio CD)
After the genius 'Union Black' I was very much awaiting this album. I had heard 'Kill The Power' and 'Ninja' so my expectations were high for this.
The album opens with 'Kill The Power' - a wise move considering what comes after and it's the perfect opener - big beats, big riff and a passionate rant about 'zombie takeovers' from Ringleader Benji. Then something horrible happens. Track 2 'Ruling Force' is the worst song Skindred have ever produced. It's dubstep but not the way they have previously melded the influence into their sound - this is proper white-boy-tracksuit-Radio-1-dubstep .... and it's horrifying to the point where I can't even listen to it. That's when I put the brakes on for this album and realised I wasn't getting what I wanted. Skindred reckoned they were trying to capture their live essence on this album - well this is about as far away as their live sound as you can get!

'Playing with the devil' and 'World's On Fire' fare much better and sound like classic Skindred songs, despite the red flag of 'Ruling Force' that has let us know that the pop shine and auto-tuned perfection is here to stay on this record. 'The Kids Are Right Now' and 'We Live' throw another confusing message - they fall between great Skindred and again - that annoying Radio 1 pop sheen that by now has blighted this record.
When I found out they had hired Russ Ballard (songwriter for Kiss, Rainbow, Santana and plenty of other MOR acts) things made sense. Skindred are TRYING to make a record for the masses. Aha! Now it all makes sense! Right, now we know that it makes this album much easier to get along with. 'Open Eyed' is the next track on the album and I for one, think it's one of the best songs on here - the one time where Skindred make fantastic use of the shiny production tricks and catchy melodies.
Unfortunately 'Dollars and Dimes' has a great chorus but the rest of it is just naff and 'Saturday' is a good song if you can get over the fact that it is trying to force it's chorus down your throat.
The final 2 songs go back on an upward trajectory - 'Proceed With Caution' is old style aggression which is what we want, but it's tucked away at the back of the record and 'More Fire' is a brilliant Jamaican groove with some excellent guitar playing from Mikey Demus. It's good to know he still able to pull this out of the bag considering the heavily processed soulless riffs of the other songs that have been wrung dry of their punch by that production job.

So all in all - I have no idea how to rate this record - it is totally compromised. I find it sometimes uplifting and nice to have some catchy choruses to belt out whilst driving but I also miss the pure aggression and heavy that I need to put on before going out on a Saturday night. I will be kind and give it the benefit of the doubt with a 4 but they won't be so lucky next time! Skindred really need to stop trying to please other people - yes, it must be frustrating for them to not get the recognition they rightly deserve but in my opinion this band needs to ditch the fancy production and hit-making songwriters and get back in a room and rock out which is where their strengths lay.

The Path Of Totality
The Path Of Totality
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unlike other rock bands Korn take a risk...and it worked!, 19 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: The Path Of Totality (Audio CD)
I was worried about this experiment - Korn do what they do so well they perhaps had more riding on this than other big bands who change their sound to 'mixed' results, ie Metallica with Load, Paradise Lost with Host and so on. Those experiments however, are tame compared with what Korn have done to themselves. Dubstep is a form of music that is beloved of the hipsters but derided by a lot of the rock community as another fad. Credit is due then, to Korn who have taken this form of trendy dance music and used it to update their sound. You can't do this unless you are 100% certain what you are doing is from the heart and its good to know that in Korn's case, this is true. (See the J-Devil, frontman Jonathan Davis' side -project).
Kick off 'Chaos Lives In Everything' isn't too much of a departure to be honest. Its still Korn in essence - percussive bass - check. Simple yet super heavy riffing - check. Screaming about the horrible things that live in your mind - check! Really, its the drums and production that make this album what it is - not the songwriting. Ok so they might have trucked in the trendiest names of the moment to work over their songs but Korn know what they are doing - don't worry! There's a few moments that don't work quite so well but the likes of 'Let's Go', 'Kill Mercy Within' and my favourite ,'Fules The comedy' from the bonus disk are excellent tunes.
Yes there will always be people ready to complain that Korn have 'sold out' or 'gone trendy' but ignore the cynics. This is brave, bold and a step towards something new, not just in metal but in music - in 10 years THIS will have been the blueprint for a whole new genre! Good on them!

DR Strings NGB-45  Coated Nickel Bass Guitar Strings, Medium
DR Strings NGB-45 Coated Nickel Bass Guitar Strings, Medium
Price: £17.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get noticed and sound great!, 6 Aug. 2013
Lets be honest here.... if you buy these strings it's because you want to be noticed - admit it! I was having fretbuzz problems with my previous set of Rotosound .40's so I got a set of these. The effect was immediate and amazing. No only do they look cool as, they feel and sound great. I have had them on for 3 gigs and the recording of an EP and so far they are still sounding good. Not only that but people were coming up to the stage to take photos of my strings that lit the club up! Awesome!

Yes, they are a fair bit more expensive than other brands but I have no complaints and will definately use them again.

Metallica: Quebec Magnetic [DVD] [2012]
Metallica: Quebec Magnetic [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Metallica
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £9.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live apocalypse!, 19 Jan. 2013
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You can't go wrong with Metallica live - everyone knows that and with 'Quebec Magnetic' they easily show they still have it in spades on stage. The set list has changed considerably for this release, which is good, with a bunch of new songs or resurrected classics thrown in like the riff-tastic 'Shortest Straw' the furious 'Whiplash' and a cover of Sweet Savage's 'Killing Time'. Of course there's a big chunk of 'Death Magnetic' thrown in and these songs sit seamlessly with the classics. It's actually quite refreshing not to have to sit through 'Creeping Death' and 'Wherever I May Roam' again! You even have to head over to disc 2 to find live favourite 'For Whom The Bell Tolls'!

Visually there have been a few complaints about the uninspiring and not very well lit stage show and I would have to agree. The floating coffins serve no purpose and the lasers are distracting. Then again it's your own fault if you're watching the DVD when you should have bought a ticket and been at a live show where the stage looked awesome!

This is a great reminder of why Metallica are still at the top of the metal totem in 2013 - they care about their fans and love to play live as you can tell all the way through. The passion is almost palpable from band and fans alike and this release may not be ground-breaking to old school fans but it does sweeten the taste after the disappointment brought about by last years 'Lulu' collaboration.
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The Adventures Of Tintin - 75th Anniversary [1990] [DVD]
The Adventures Of Tintin - 75th Anniversary [1990] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin O'Meara
Offered by Rocks Off Music Shop
Price: £28.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Faultless recreation of Herge's books, 5 Aug. 2012
It's true! Yes, some plot points have been swapped and Herge himself has been put in every one of the cartoons as a cameo somewhere (see if you can spot him!), but otherwise this is the closest thing to Herge's books, faults included ie Some of the episodes are not all that great, 'The Castiafiore Diamond' anyone? But again, it's dedication to the book version is spot on.
The voice acting and music suits it perfectly and I could quite happily sit there on a Sunday and watch them all back to back after a heavy night out! The flaws? Well, it would have been nice to have more than 2 episodes per disk, so you get fewer DVD's than the 10 we are presented with. Which would mean far less wear on the carpet not having to swap disks so often! But apart from that this comes highly recommended to tintin fans everywhere. You even get a nice booklet explaining the Tintin origins and a stylish box. Good product all round. 10/10!

Exit Stage Right
Exit Stage Right
Offered by Rikdev Media
Price: £5.46

3.0 out of 5 stars Cheeky punk pups inessential live album, 29 July 2012
This review is from: Exit Stage Right (Audio CD)
I dug this out of my collection having owned it for years but never paying much attention to it. The other reviews here are praising this record to the hilt, but although this is a quality live recording, with all the spunk and charm you'd come to expect from one of England's finest; this really, is just a run through of the best songs of the Monkey Kong album note for note. In fact, it could be just that only with a bit of reverb and crowd noise added! The addition of a throwaway punk blast called 'Over It' adds nothing really. It has a great chorus and would no doubt be a great song if you could hear it properly but unless you were there it's inaudibility renders it worthless here. 'Foghorn' picks up the pace and ends this on a high note but as far as classic live albums go, this is not one of them. It's ok if you were a fan who was there at the time but you don't NEED this in your collection. Get a gig ticket instead!

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