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Christmas in the Heart
Christmas in the Heart
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Merry Christmas from Bob, 13 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Christmas in the Heart (Audio CD)
Bob does Christmas. If you like Bob's later material (and love that shot voice) then you're sure to love this collection of American Christmas standards. Very nicely arranged it's as authentic as it is unbelievable.


Oregon Scientific 3D Marathon Walker Pedometer (PE903)
Oregon Scientific 3D Marathon Walker Pedometer (PE903)

3.0 out of 5 stars Counts accurately, 13 Nov. 2013
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I've got through a few pedometers in my time. This is one of the more accurate step counters that I've used. Note, it is a fiddly and complex beast to set up with many many menu options accessed through only 3 buttons. It does mistakenly count steps when driving though.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy construction, 13 Nov. 2013
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Although I'm happy with the quality and build of this euro cylinder, the key is a very snug fit. Sometimes, in the dark, it can be a little fiddly to angle the key correctly to get it to start to go in. I suppose it all adds to the security.


O' Horten [DVD] [2008]
O' Horten [DVD] [2008]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Norwegian Film, 12 Nov. 2013
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From the same director as Kitchen Stories, this is a quirky film about a man who is retiring from his job as a train driver. A grower. In Norwegian with subtitles.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good ladder, 12 Nov. 2013
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Good sturdy construction, worth spending an extra few pouds to get a trade ladder rather than one for domestic use.


The Smell of Our Own
The Smell of Our Own
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5.0 out of 5 stars First and best, 12 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: The Smell of Our Own (Audio CD)
The Hidden Cameras first album. Excellent and catchy, hypnotic, tuneful. A must buy. Joel Gibb started his career on a high.


Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10
Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those that love Self Portrait, another Self Portrait., 30 Aug. 2013
This is an interesting release in the Bootleg Series, and one that I have looked forward to perhaps a little more than some of the live discs. I've always had a soft spot for Self Portrait, finding Bob's low-key covers energetic, fun and rather interesting. There's a rag bag mix of material on this bootleg release. There are a collection of previously unreleased tracks from the Self Portait era, and these are the stand out tracks for me, each adding greatly to the Dylan arsenal of material available. Then there are some alternative versions of songs from Self Portrait, New Morning and Nashville Skyline. These are interesting enough but not in the same league as the new material. There's an irony here, some of the songs are "stripped down" versions of the Self Portrait sessions. Songs without the overdubs. For me these don't add greatly to Bob's catalogue. Can I be a dissenting voice and say that I generally prefer the versions that I am used to? The overdubs aren't so very intrusive and so their removal doesn't really change the offering all that much. The irony that I mentioned is that some of the songs in this Bootleg Box are loved and cherished album songs with additional overdubs (strings in one case, brass in another). I rather like these embellishments. And finally there are a smattering of live songs (or a whole disk full if you bought the super-expensive luxury edition). The live songs were always my least favourite tracks on Self Portrait, they never sounded like they fitted in stylistically with the studio tracks, and as live versions they sounded ramshackle and badly mixed. I'm pleased to say that these live songs sound a whole lot better, someone has done something remarkable in the mixing studio and cleaned up the sound wonderfully.

All in all this is a very worthy addition to the bootleg series. Sure, we can all cry for "more more more". It might have been interesting to have had the whole of Self Portrait without the overdubs, it might have been interesting to have heard some more songs with additional overdubs, as surely there would have been more experiements that never made it onto the final albums. What we have in this release will surely appeal to anyone that likes New Morning, Dylan (A Fool Such as I) and Self Portrait as, when all is said and done, this is really just more of the same. As with most periods of Dylan's career there were some unreleased gems, songs more than worthy of making it to the albums. My favourites here are Annie's Going to Sing her Song and Tattle O'Day.


Songs In The Attic
Songs In The Attic
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as the studio albums., 27 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Songs In The Attic (Audio CD)
Songs in the Attic is a very interesting Billy Joel album offering live versions of songs from Billy's first 4 studio albums. I've always thought Billy's first four albums to be his strongest. It can't be denied that he managed to execute wonderful song writing skills in his subsequent albums, but with The Stranger (his 5th album) and beyond somehow the gold edge to his writing was replaced with over-confidence and increasing slightly middle-of-the-road performances. When Billy released this album he was pretty much at the height of his career and made the very interesting move of choosing to concentrate exclusively on his less commercially successful first four albums, from which all of the tracks on here are based.

What results is a very good live album. There is much talk that Billy wanted this album to present the definitive versions of songs which perhaps did not quite realise their potential on their respective albums. On that count I think he failed. Only the songs from Billy's first album, Cold Spring Harbor (She's Got a Way and Everybody Loves You Now) truly shine above the original versions. The remaining 9 songs on this album are all good performances, solid, strong, tight. As Billy progressed through his albums his performances became more assured, and by the time we got to the 4th album, Turnstiles, I think he'd gotten as good as he'd ever get. So, it was always going to be a tough act to better some of the album versions. Although the performance of Captain Jack is perhaps stronger than on the Piano Man album, I find the audience reaction to the song a little immature, is there really a need to cheer and whoop with every reference to drugs? As a piece of art, this intrusion by the audience is just off-putting. The Ballad of Billy Kid suffers without the orchestral arrangement, but it's interesting to hear this alternative version. Streetlife Serenader is my least favourite of Billy's first four albums, but the two songs taken from it (the title track and Los Angelenos) have performances every bit as good as the original albums. This then leads to the songs from Turnstiles, some of my very favourite Billy Joel material. Somehow these songs benefit least from the Songs in the Attic re-presentation. I think it's like taking the perfect original versions and presneting them in the style of Glass Houses. The sound is too mock-rock, perhaps too angular. However, the quality of the songs carries through, and what we end up with is still very listenable, just not as good as the original Turnstile versions.

Ultimately this live album succeeds by the quality of the original songs. The performances are exceptionally true to the original album versions. Billy was not trying to re-invent the songs, I think he was just looking to give them a more professional sheen. And for my money that is this album's biggest downfall, the sligtly more low-key, personal feel of the original albums wins out over the more accomplished stomping of some of these live renditions. That said, this is a damned good live album and well worth investing in. I wonder why Billy closes this set with I've Loved These Days, somehow it feels like the album just runs out of steam, which is odd, as there's plenty of energy through the rest of the songs.


Defenders Mole Claw Trap (Catch and Kill Trap to Control Moles, Protects Lawns and Gardens, Durable, Rust-Free, All-Weather Design)
Defenders Mole Claw Trap (Catch and Kill Trap to Control Moles, Protects Lawns and Gardens, Durable, Rust-Free, All-Weather Design)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It worked., 19 Feb. 2013
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This product exceeded my expectations; it caught a mole within 24 hours of being buried in the ground. I had considered other types of mole catcher but liked the fact that with this design you can see if the trap has gone off without having to dig it back up again. It is essential to do some research before blindly using this product, but there are plenty of clips on Youtube showing how traps like these are used - essential as there are essentially no instructions with this. The device felt sturdy and, despite the very effective "snap" which kills the mole, felt quite safe to deploy. I had tried a tunnel trap with no success, this type of trap has two advantages over the tunnel trap, you don't need to dig such a large hole and you can see where you have buried it by the handle sticking out of the ground.


Cupid
Cupid
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5.0 out of 5 stars The boy can sing, 24 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Cupid (MP3 Download)
This cover goes to show just how well Adam can sing. I've been a fan ever since he went his separate way from the Moldy Peaches. With a voice that borders on crooning, he manages to be utterly captivating and sincere to the song. I hope that there are more tunes like this to come.


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