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Live At Montreux 1990 [DVD] [2005]
Live At Montreux 1990 [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Gary Moore
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gary at his blues best, 8 Aug. 2007
This is a must-have dvd in any blues lovers collection - if you really want to see and hear some great blues guitar work as well as view the wonderful Albert Collins shortly before his death then you must buy this. Gary was at this time probably our nr 2 blues guitarist after Clapton and this DVD shows what an amazing guitar player this man is. His phrasing is phenomenal, technique amazing and his sense of feeling unmatched by any white man on either side of the Atlantic. Gary has gone on to be our foremost blues guitarist and is currently touring the UK; I saw him on the opening night at Norwich and found it incredible that his live sound is no different to the recording here. I suspect that this dvd probably has no overdubbing whatsoever.

If you like the blues and/or Gary Moore, you would be mad not to buy this. Do yourself a favour and buy the Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at Montreux DVD at the same time (with David Bowie in the audience). Not only will you then have two absolutely fantastic quality films to watch but you can also laugh at the crowd's reaction to SRV on his first outing there.

Alternatively, if you want another Gary Moore dvd checkout the later, rockier, Monsters of Rock dvd where GM plays a much more rock based set with a wonderful version of "Don't Believe a Word" but the crowd were mostly waiting for Whitesnake so were a little confused by the sight of our favourite irishman.

Or if money is no problem, buy all three - I did.

Oh and get a ticket to see Gary later this year when he is back in the UK - I will be there again in Cambridge on 9th November.

If money is tight, go see him and let someone buy you the dvds for chrimbo.


The Biggest Bang Box [DVD] [2007]
The Biggest Bang Box [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ The Rolling Stones

21 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Biggest Bang? No, Biggest Disappointment, 1 Aug. 2007
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Ok, these ARE the Rolling Stones so we expect so much more from them than almost any other artist and this IS an impressive DVD of their Austin and Rio performances. There are also brief forays into the China trip, which is acceptable enough but NO ENGLISH footage whatsoever! The Rio performance I can accept being included on the discs, it was a one-off and a heck of a spectacle to boot. What I would have preferred would be for there to be a US version and a European version with at least some coverage of a UK concert - Twickenham or Glasgow would be good and I don't really see why this could not have been done.

That gripe aside (and I did see them in a very wet Sheffield), on all other levels this is a workmanlike DVD of a band who just seem to get better; especially on the blues numbers. The occasional glitch, as on JJF on disc 2 can be put down to Keefs nerves or excitement; Mick's voice is fading now and IMHO is better suited to the more bluesy numbers of which Back of My Hand gets an airing - and a very funny ad hoc bit of banter from Mick. On first viewing, I noted that there is rather a lot of vocal overdubbing on this DVD, which I am not in favour of, I like to hear it as it was... I also thought the documentary on side 3 was not really a documentary of how it all came together at all despite the interesting section on the Superbowl stage; so in itself I didn't feel any better informed about proceedings at all. Sleeve liner notes were little more than a list of the contents so didn't really add very much to the overall experience at all.

Here is a fantastic band who truly are the biggest in the rock world at the moment and who could have produced a far, far better dvd package than this overall. If you saw the stones on this tour then it is a difficult choice - you may want to buy it as a memento - or because you are a completist.

For my own part, I much prefer the Live Licks box set and the Live at the Max dvd is also a great snapshot of the live show, albeit that BW was still with the band all those years ago.

Alternatively, buy none of these and put the money towards a ticket to their next show - money far better spent.

(If this wasn't the Rolling Stones, then it would have scored 5!)


Close As You Get
Close As You Get
Offered by videosanddvds
Price: £9.25

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gary does it again!, 25 May 2007
This review is from: Close As You Get (Audio CD)
Bought this along with the excellent Otis Taylor - Definition of a Circle - ahead of last night's gig at UEA Norwich. I am a GM fan!

Gary as always has put his own unique stamp on another great album which should form part of any discerning music collectors collection. He has an instinct for constructing great tunes and cover versions (his Chuck Berry is cool and Have you Heard - wow). New songs abound with some quieter moments as on I had a Dream - destined to be a classic Moore track and was played superbly live!

A good introduction to this master guitarist who deserves much more praise and recognition than he gets. I was a lifelong EC fan until I came across Gary's work about 10 years ago; Clapton is a great perfectionist and technician while Gary seems to feel the music much more.

Buy this with Blues Live and Blues for Greeny and you will have a great sampler of a fantastic musician. There is a good reason he is accompanied on tour by Otis Taylor; Otis is a great bluesman with some funky banjo - buy his album too!

if you can get tickets to see Gary on the UK leg of his tour it will be money very well spent - 2 hours of absolute bliss!

Am off to see Gary again on 9 November in Cambridge. Thanks Gary, and thanks to everyone buying his album who clearly persuaded him to extend the tour! If you haven't yet bought this album = what are you waiting for!


Kanku-dai: Shotokan Karate Katas No. 1
Kanku-dai: Shotokan Karate Katas No. 1
by Hirokazu Kanazawa
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Must Have Book, 9 Aug. 2006
This is the kata most favoured by Gichin Funakoshi and was often used to demonstrate the art of karate. If you want to attain black belt then you should consider this kata as an essential part of your training.

This book is a detailed breakdown of the kata by Master Kanazawa, who is probably the best modern karateka and revered by all shotokan practitioners. It is very well laid out with reasonably clear pictures and explanations of each movement alongside a brief bunkai. A kata is very difficult to explain in the form of photographs and words on a page; any system used will always expose weaknesses. Master Kanazawa's method is as good as any I have seen but it should be remembered that any kata is best taught in the dojo and a book like this should be used as an aide memoire to the intricacies of each movement not as an instruction manual.

Overall, I have been extremely pleased to have bought this manual as there are little bits that I have picked up and improved my technique with. Highly recommended.


Karate-do: My Way Of Life
Karate-do: My Way Of Life
by Gichin Funakoshi
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for the KarateKa, 27 Feb. 2003
I enjoyed this on the level that it is an interesting autobiography of an incredible man, as well as enjoying it as a study towards an eventual black belt in Shotokan. I believe that I learned a good deal from this book, and therefore from the man. The reader should remind themself that he was born at a difficult time in Japanese history and would have been 23 when Queen Victoria died; imagine what values your own great grandfather might have had and you will understand more. A great man who achieved much in a difficult time.


The Beginner's Guide to Shotokan Karate
The Beginner's Guide to Shotokan Karate
by John van Weenen
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Beginner's thoughts., 28 Nov. 2002
I bought this book after my first lesson in one of John Van Weenen's dojos. It is an extremely well-written and occasionally thought provoking volume which not only looks at the techniques required to learn Shotokan Karate upto Black Belt level, but also discusses the more spiritual aspect to the sport. Recognising that this book is intended as an accompaniament to a course of tutored study, my only minor criticism is that some of the photos are less than perfectly clear but this does not detract much from the overall quality of the volume.


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