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PAMA PNG1220 Pama Plug N 820 Dab Radio
PAMA PNG1220 Pama Plug N 820 Dab Radio
Offered by Mobitz
Price: £60.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great little Gizmo!!!, 28 May 2015
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Excellent and simple to use device that converted my car audio to DAB.
Approximately 40 extra channels in my area ( West Midlands).
As Im a rocker 'TeamRock' and 'Planet Rock' were especially appreciated!
Take time to arrange the wire aerial correctly and reception should be fine. The aerial is thin enough to push under the trim on most cars and be entirely invisible.


For Facts Sake
For Facts Sake
by Bob Daisley
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining, 4 Feb. 2015
This review is from: For Facts Sake (Hardcover)
Having fortunately grown up in an era where the music of the 70s and 80s formed the soundtrack to my life it’s startling to realise just how many seminal rock releases bassist Bob Daisley has appeared on and how many huge bands he's been in . (Khavas Jute, Mungo Jerry, Chicken Shack, Widowmaker, Rainbow, Blizzard of Ozz, Gary Moore, Living Loud, Uriah Heep, Mother’s Army, Dio, The Hoochie Coochie Men and Black Sabbath to name just a few)
The journeyman musician personified.
So his own memoirs of such an illustrious career promised to relate a good many stories of the good, the bad and the ugly, and so it proves with the hefty 300-page tome -a rattling good read.
From his early years in Australia up to the present day events are related in an easy-to-read, flowing conversational style; a big plus mark for such a book. With Bob keeping a diary from 1976 onwards it means a lot of the incidents related in the book are chronologically precise, which clears up many of the timeline queries the more obsessive of rock fans might have had with the hard rock story he tells.
A big chunk of the book sets into context the unpaid royalties issue and subsequent litigation by Bob and the other ex Ozzy band members against the Osbourne organisation. Having read several of the "authorized" Sharon/Ozzy autobiographies it’s patently obvious the Osbournes are far more creative with the truth than they are with their music!
Bob dispels myth after myth as he progresses, setting the record straight on the group’s formation, Randy Rhoads and the guitarist’s tragic death, the song writing dynamic, Sharon’s managerial sharp practices, Bob and Lee Kerslake’s dismissal and the gradual realisation most of the band had been shafted in all respects , most importantly money-wise.
Given this shoddy treatment over the years by the Osbournes, Bob’s telling of his time with Ozzy could have descended into a lengthy tirade of bitter recrimination, but he thankfully keeps things open and honest in telling the story and lets the reader make their own conclusions.
In fact, reading the later chapters you feel that, even now, he still has a bit of a soft spot for Ozzy himself, and when all said and done, Bob did have some real fun along the way!

Some brilliant and candid photos pepper the book. My only criticism is the dreadful binding on the book itself, it’s simply not going to last through repeated readings!!!


Black Masquerade
Black Masquerade
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Price: £10.99

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars three for the sound, 5 for the show, 30 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Black Masquerade (Audio CD)
Blackmore's final rock tour before his shift to more acoustic material with Blackmore's Night proves one of his best for several years. The set-list was cherry-picked from his entire Rainbow career, and when sprinkled liberally with Deep Purple classics proved highly entertaining. The shows were hugely popular, tasteful and full of astute dynamics courtesy of some emotive guitar playing from the man himself. The backing band on this tour also gained plaudits; principally the efforts of vocalist Doogie White, who covered the varying styles of his predecessors with competent and professional aplomb.
This show was taped by German TV so the pure audio sound, stripped of the visuals, leaves a little to be desired, but if you consider it more as a `superior bootleg' and you won't be disappointed! ( The DVD is also available) Highlights are `Temple of the King', `Hunting Humans' and `Ariel' (with future Mrs Blackmore Candice Night on backing vocals).


Jack the Ripper: Case Closed
Jack the Ripper: Case Closed
by Andrew Cook
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent counter to the 'Ripper Industry'...., 29 Aug. 2012
With its multitude of theories and culprits the Ripper 'industry' has continued apace over the past few decades, generating ever more complex conspiracies and ever more bizarre conclusions that have clouded the real facts of the Whitechapel murders.
Here Cook takes a far more progmatic view and places the murders into the context of the times, and shows how the media can often, while creating news of the time, twist events that over time are assumed historical fact.

No doubt this book will have the more evangelical 'Ripperists' foaming at the mouth.


The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism (The Politically Incorrect Guides)
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism (The Politically Incorrect Guides)
by Kevin Williamson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Power to the People??, 19 Aug. 2012
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An interesting read on an alternative look at the idealism that has dogged practical socialism for decades. The intelligent and open minded among us will early in chapter one soon appreciate this is a conservative-slanted critique from the right of the political spectrum. But take away some of the more sweeping premises and ignore the author's step onto the occasional personal soapbox, and what remains is a thought-provoking perspective on socialism and the often violent, devisive and damaging political creeds that both grew up to follow and oppose it, and how that battle has affected all our lives.

Interesting too how any criticism of socialism's so dearly held ideals have inevitably brought out the internet warriors of the left with their carefully prepared one-star reviews !!!

If only for the negative reviews alone, a recommendation in itself to read the book.


Flyboys [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Flyboys [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly truly dreadful........., 2 July 2007
After just 5 minutes of this film, my heart sank; the war-bound pilot saying goodbye to his girl as the train pulls out the smoke-filled station- she's not going to run after the train, is she??...she does....cliche number one in Hollywood war epics!!.

The snese complete and utter amateurism never seems to then let up in this picture, and has to be based on the premise that the average film-goer is ignorant enough to sit in front of embarrassingly dreadful cliched 'mock-history' with their mouths agape in admiration at the supposed 'true' story of wartime derring-do.

The ground scenes proved maginally more interesting than the aerial footage, which pretty much damns an air combat film.

The historical accuracy of the film was simply dreadful, and follows those great 'based on a true story' epics of 'U-571' and 'Pearl Harbour', the gaffs and skewed inaccuracies far too many to mention here (I got to 45 in the first 30 minutes and stopped counting!)

The inevitable red Fokker triplanes were laughable, ( except for the baddy , who -surprise- had a nice black one!!) solidly compounded by the facial expressions of the German aces. (I expected Snoopy to show up any second?). At one point two pilots flew side-by-side and one shouted 'Go for the Zeppelin!!' ...laugably stupid. Indeed a number of scenes in this film would have been well served in a decent spoof movie of a 'Hot Shots' or 'Police Squad' vein.

Screen play wise there was so much more the makers could have explored; what drove neutral US citizens to travel half way round the globe to fight in a war that wasn't theirs ( at the time), the class conflicts between the pilots, and the race overtones associated with the presence of a black pilot (ironically the one factual part of the film.)

I suspect the writers had no interest giving an accurate portrayal of anything here, bar knocking out a 'shoot 'em up' movie prior to the lucrative Playstation game and mechandise coming out.

Even the special effects seemed half baked -did anyone on the film have even a basic knowledge of aerodynamics?

I suggest anyone with a perchance for a decent WW1 air-war yarn sticks to their DVD's of 'The Blue Max' and 'Aces High' and leaves this drivel to crash in flames!


Live in Munich 1977
Live in Munich 1977
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Price: £12.56

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome live recording from a legendary band......., 22 Jun. 2006
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This review is from: Live in Munich 1977 (Audio CD)
For most of us ageing Rainbow fans 1991's " Rainbow Live in Germany 1976" and the heavily edited 1978 album " On Stage" looked like they were the only true examples of the awesome latent power of the definitive Rainbow line-up. However, here we now have finally the official audio release of the " Rockpalast" TV recording, and once again Messers Blackmore, Dio and Powell show why their version of Rainbow was , for a gloriously brief time in the mid 1970's, THE best live act in the world (Led Zep included!!)

Compared to the forthcoming European release of the concert DVD we do get an edited " Do you close your eyes" but all else is intact- drum solo and all!!. The highlight remains " Catch the Rainbow" ; simply breathtaking in its emotive dynamics. Thoroughly recommended for those who remember the gigs at the time and for those too young a chance to appreciate what the fuss was all about.


The OZZman Cometh
The OZZman Cometh
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars so-so collection but sloppily put together......, 28 Jan. 2006
This review is from: The OZZman Cometh (Audio CD)
Black sabbath aside, Old oz has dished out some highly variable stuff over the years, from the classic debut to the goddam awful 'Ultimate Sin' and beyond. The main reason for his ongoing success is he (or Sharon?) picks top-notch supporting musicians.
Make no mistake, Randy Rhoads and Bob Daisley created the bulk of the Ozz classics in the 80's. Which brings me to my main gripe with the album - the wholly misleading sleeve notes, which have no reference to Daisley as Ozzy's prime lyicist (no doubt due to the ensuing legal battle by Bob for unpaid royalties fron the Osbounre empire) They even have the gall to bastardise his name- deliberately in my opinion- to 'Bob Daisy' !!!! Ditto for Bob's co-respondent Phil Soussan ('Phil Susan')
Such cheap shots seriously devalue what musical merit is on the CD, but then is typical of Mizz Shaz O, who had Daisley & Kerslake's parts re-recorded by others for the re-issues of the first few albums a few years ago.
If you wanna hear Ozzy in all his fractured glory (before he met Sharon and became a media whore) then pick up the first 4 Sabbath albums and leave this flawed collection on the shelf.


In Concert
In Concert

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb classic rock....., 10 Sept. 2005
This review is from: In Concert (Audio CD)
Three excellent studio albums into their recording career and the Dougie White ( Rainbow, Malmsteen)/ Steen Mogensen (Royal Hunt) band finally hit the boards with a European tour which is captured here in all its sublime glory. Truly great classic rock stylings and dynamics with a contempory edge, there isn't a duff track on this 2CD set. Special mention for the cover of Rainbow's 'Black Masquerade'. Dougie has to be one of the best UK rock vocalists of the the last decade, and with the strength of the band behind him these live versions shine. Glorious stuff- if youre into Purple, Zep, Free, and that melodic hard rock, this is essential listening!!


Htp
Htp
Price: £12.33

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old metal 1 nu metal 0....., 14 Mar. 2002
This review is from: Htp (Audio CD)
An album featuring not one but TWO ex Deep Purple singers? Sounds like a recipe for ego-fuelled disaster- yet the twin-vocal attack works so wonderfully well on a series of strong retro-sounding hard rock songs. Guests include ex Lizzy/Whitesnake axeman John Sykes and Mr Big's Paul Gilbert. If you're into classic hard rock with loads of melody, this is an essential purchase.
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