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Shooting For Socrates [DVD]
Shooting For Socrates [DVD]
Dvd ~ Conleth Hill

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Man of the match.......Jackie Fullerton, 25 April 2015
This review is from: Shooting For Socrates [DVD] (DVD)
A David, a Samson and a Goliath, plus a David vs Goliath scenario. Yep, they are all here in this well made, neatly observed footie flick, along with some genuinely wonderful light humour.

On one hand this is a film about the trials and tribulations of the Northern Ireland football team reaching the finals of the World Cup to take on Brazil, who had the titular Socrates as their main man. We follow the team through training and then during some of the key matches on the way to the biggie with Brazil.

Anther plot line involves a father and son bonding in a love for the game of football, despite his mums initial disapproval. This plot line gives an idea of life in Belfast at the time the match took place. By and large really well done, without dropping a film spoiling darkness over proceedings. I was living in Belfast at the time and remember the constant drone of helicopters, always hovering over the city 24 hours a day. I don't remember the spotlights from them, as portrayed here, being used anywhere near as constantly as shown. A minor point. This family plot line also has a fanatic supporter brother of Bronagh Gallagher doing all sorts to get to the World Cup. Some great scenes therein.

A third plot line follows the legendary Jackie Fullerton and Albert Kirk, the pair sent out by UTV(Belfast based TV company) to cover the teams progress. Conleth Hill has him nailed in a most memorable and light hearted way. In fact, the best laughs and sharpest lines are delivered with panache by these two, Jackie in particular. Worth seeing for this performance alone if you are not a football fan and even more so if you are and remember the occasion.

The football scenes were done as a broad stroke, rather than a slavish reconstruction of each match, which suits the film.

I was a bit disappointed with the character development of the football team. They came across as being a tad anonymous and I found it hard to tell one from the other personality wise. Pat Jennings, amazing lookalike, was done well. A man who got to the point and just said what needed said in the briefest way. Sammy McIlroy was also done well. Billy Bingham, fine performance by John Hanna. David Campbell, well acted and an empathy for his first time nerves handled with empathy. The rest............well, they were there. Even Socrates has a rather 2d characterisation.

I had forgotten ITT televisions and the UTV logo........nostalgic icons.

I had no idea of what to expect going in to see it in the Waterfront, Belfast, for its UK premier. The opening was a real surprise. All of the existing members of the team were there, the real World Cup was there, apparently A unique appearance for such an event. Seth Blatter's introduction was also a genuine and pleasant surprise. The real Jackie Fullerton interviewed some members of the team, which was a real blast, warm and witty. It also helped folks appreciate Conleth's performance in the film.

Credit to David Cambell and his wife Lorraine for working so hard and bringing this not often mentioned highlight of Northern Irish sporting glory to the big screen. They certainly picked the right team to bring it to life. Mary Peters could do with a film, if you are looking for another historical great to film ;-)

So, overall I really enjoyed the film, I was impressed at the trouble the makers had gone to to get the home of the mid-80's right and the witty banter from Jackie(think of a mild mannered and drug free Hunter S Thompson and you are heading in the right direction). I shall be buying this one when it comes out.


Tap Turns On The Water: The CCS Story
Tap Turns On The Water: The CCS Story
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only turned on but turned up., 13 April 2015
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An absolutely heavy duty big band blues rock extravaganza led by Alexis Korner and Peter Thorup. This issue, lovingly remastered and presented, is a must buy for anyone who remembers the band with any degree of fondness whatsoever, or for someone who wants to hear something a little of the beaten track in a blues rock vein. This group were behind the theme music for Top of the Pops for decades, the Whole Lotta Love instrumental cover, some might say is better than the original. They were a big group but could swing like a wrecking ball and deliver a sound that no one else at the time, or since, could deliver. The logistics of taking it in the road proved to be insurmountable and thus they split and went back to their "day jobs".

Esoteric have done a fabulous job with the remastering. It is clean, punchy, accurate and without the really annoying brick walling that many re asters have. Alexis and Peter shared the vocals and both can be heard with ease, clearer than a previous compilation I have.

This collection has almost everything the band ever did on it and thus represents truly amazing value for money. It really is a no brainer decision to get it.


Physical Graffiti
Physical Graffiti
Offered by Amore DVD
Price: £9.99

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Physical magnificence. 2015 remaster., 28 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Physical Graffiti (Audio CD)
Some of this might get very nit picky and nerdy........but why review an album that so many others have and not add something new?

Firstly, the packaging is too yellow(let's get the negs out of the road before hitting the main course). It looks sickly in this tone. The care taken with other aspects, some done to perfection, could well have extended to printing it right. The die cut windows are wonderful, all of the inside artwork wonderfully reproduced to a tee. The sleeve inside which the cd's sit in their won printed bags, again doe to perfection. So, mostly top notch.

The booklet is an almost total disappointment. The contact sheets would look great in the 12" vinyl size, but here, in miniature, they are just an eye test. There is also a spelling mistake. B.P. fallon has become B.P. Fallen.......... I wonder if they are trying to suggest something.

Ok, gripes over. What about the contents? Well, this is all good news as far as the main discs go. The remastering has been a relevation in some cases and an improvement in all. A veil has been lifted right across the album and things can be heard that are on the original cd, but not as clearly.

On Boogie With Stu the slap back reverb really pings across the stereo soundstage. Pages acoustic guitar work at the start now sounds clear enough to hear the plectrum hitting the strings whereas before it was just the sound coming out of the body of the guitar. Interestingly, the channels have been reversed. Stu used to be in the left speaker, now he is in the right. Bonhams sticks hitting the frame around the drum shell at the end really come across as wood on metal, rather than clicks.

On In the Light the big plus is John Paul Jones bass playing. The remastering has really helped make his playing stand out, not louder, just clearer. Towards the end of this song he improvises over the repeating chords and adds all sorts of wonderful runs. At one point he plays a series of two note bass chords, which I had never noticed before. Amazing!

Pages remastering has made a great album an essential one, for lovers of rock.

The bonus cd is disappointing but not surprisingly so. I reckon Jimmy has got some sort of big live concert release idea going on. At least I hope so considering the amount of live gigs he has tucked away in the vaults. That would also explains the paucity of live bonus material since Zep 1.

Overall a winner. Essential for Zep fans. As for the bonus material, I could take it or leave it in this instance.
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Colonel Mustard Apron
Colonel Mustard Apron
Price: £16.06

4.0 out of 5 stars Tampering with the evidence., 26 Feb. 2015
Great for covering up the scenes of a food crime.


Gift Republic Cluedo Placemats, Pack of 6
Gift Republic Cluedo Placemats, Pack of 6

5.0 out of 5 stars Solved!, 26 Feb. 2015
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Classy hard wearing and attractive looking place mats. On the table in the dining room beside the candles, with a knife.


Gift Republic Cluedo Coasters, Pack of 6
Gift Republic Cluedo Coasters, Pack of 6

5.0 out of 5 stars A cut above the rest for down below, the mugs that is., 26 Feb. 2015
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Stickkin' out for setting down. Fun for fans of the game. Hard wearing too.


Gift Republic Cluedo Mrs. Peacock China Mug
Gift Republic Cluedo Mrs. Peacock China Mug
Price: £9.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Proud as the proverbial....., 26 Feb. 2015
Despite the foreboding appearance of Mrs Peacock, this mug delivers aesthetically and volumetrically. It holds a decent amount ;-)

Will help solve murder and thirst simultaneously.


Gift Republic Cluedo Miss Scarlett China Mug
Gift Republic Cluedo Miss Scarlett China Mug
Offered by Life Unearthed
Price: £9.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Dead good.,, 26 Feb. 2015
This is a superb container that stands up to repeated dishwashing fairly well that will help you solve murders and thirst simultaneously.


Gift Republic Cluedo Colonel Mustard China Mug
Gift Republic Cluedo Colonel Mustard China Mug
Offered by Life Unearthed
Price: £9.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Feb. 2015
Superb container for anyone interested in solving murders and their thirst at the same time.


Live At The Orpheum [CD/DVD-A]
Live At The Orpheum [CD/DVD-A]
Price: £11.19

28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs a couple of listens and then.........bang, the fireworks begin., 14 Jan. 2015
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Nay Sayers, give it another go.... This album needs a couple of listens to really get embedded for real appreciation. The first spin was disappointing, to say the least. I could hear and agree with most of the neg comments. However, a second run through gave hints of something special peeking above the parapets. Third go, wow! This is when it really clicked.

First off, I suspect that a lot of folks rarely get the chance to hear a recording with little compression. This is such. It sounds quiet, so turn it up a good bit. The guitars are not the prominent instrument, nor are they decoration. Turning the cd up allows the sound of two guitar players working with incredible sympatico to make itself known. It also allows Tony Levins bass playing to assert itself in a way that Trey Gunn never quite managed(still one of the top bass/stick/touch guitar men in the world in my books).

The real surprise for me is the playing of Mel Collins. This is the best I have ever heard him play. His work graces so many bands that he was the first to ring on many producers lists throughout the 70's and 80's. Here, Mel plays dual lines with the guitars, replaces Adrian Belews singing on ConstrucKtion of Light, adds a touch that reminded me of David Cross in places, and occasionally heads out into improv territory with such confidence and skill that it is an unalloyed pleasure. At times Mel is the leading player.

The other quirk with this band is the three drummer front line. Wow, what a sound this must have been in concert. The cd can only hint at what a huge pa pumping this lot out at several thousand watts must have felt like. The three play so well together that it requires careful listening(aided by the stereo separation trick of placing each drummer in their own "space", far left, middle and far right) to figure out who is playing what. The Sailors Tale has never sounded better, it being a drum led track to begin with. The added textures really beef it out and make it essential listening for a Krim fan. There is a great bit in ConstrucKtion when it appears to have stereo panned drums, whereas the beat was moving along the drummers and no panning was taking place at all.

Robert Fripp and Jakko Jaksyzk play so smoothly together that it is again a pleasure to hear them swap lines and pass the baton as songs progress. Jakko's singing is so much better here than I thought it was on Scarcity of Miracles and is as good as any of his vocal predecessors. He is well familiar with the material having been the "Robert Fripp" in the Krim spinoff/cover(not really the right term) band 21st Century Schizoid Band and possibly playing songs that the real Fripp helmed Krim never did in concert.

Overall, despite the lack of new material from this new lineup, I would have to say that the way this band have re-presented the old, widely ranging, tunes and songs is an unalloyed pleasure. New life has been breathed into some old war horses and some never before presented in concert material, all of which will bring pleasure to those who wish to savour what is on this album rather than a spot of instant gratification.

Top marks!
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