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The Best Of Both Worlds
The Best Of Both Worlds
Price: £9.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Steal!!!, 7 Dec. 2007
This review is from: The Best Of Both Worlds (Audio CD)
For this price, you should do yourself a favour and buy two copies in case you lose one of them, it is THAT good.

This double compilation is a fantastic introduction to Marillion, particularly to often overlooked Hogarth era, which is a real shame as there are some true gems in there.

The first cd comprises material from the Fish fronted era, with their most instantly recognisable material. The style is a mix of 70's prog rock and 80's pop, with some truly magical moments.

I didn't really listen to the second cd for a while, as I was so hooked on the Script for a Jester's Tear material, and now I can't stop listening to it. The style changed substantially with Hogarth, leaning to a much more commercial yet high quality pop that still feels and sounds relevant nearly twenty years later.

Buy it!!!

4 (Expanded & Remastered)
4 (Expanded & Remastered)
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars going on 5, 30 Nov. 2007
Slight problem with this record. It contains one of the most famous ballads in the history of rock, the mega selling hit single Waiting for a Girl Like You, which tends to overshadow the rest of the material, which is a shame.

The band did not do themselves any favours by toping Waiting for... with an even bigger selling power ballad in their next record, the equally huge I Want To Know What Love Is.

These two songs branded Foreigner as a ballads band, when in the fact of the matter was that they were rockers, albeit with a softer edge.

4 kicks off with two great anthemic tracks, Night Life, a concert opener if I ever heard one, and the time changing Jukebox Hero.

The album then slows down a notch with Break it Up and bottoms out with the aforementioned Waiting for a... The second half of the record follows a similar pattern with Luanne (another rocker) then to slow down with the next few songs, highmarking the production in Urgent and Girl on the Moon(signature Mutt Lange tracks).

Agent Provocateur
Agent Provocateur
Price: £5.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AOR at its near best, 29 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Agent Provocateur (Audio CD)
Agent Provocateur is a very decent follow up to the superb 4.

The record is certainly better more (over?)produced than 4, bringing in a more radio friendly sound that its predecessor.

This works to great effect on the ballads, particularly on the massively popular I Want to Know What Love Is.

But let's not forget that Foreigner were a rock band in their core, and Agent Provocateur rocks, particularly with the riff of the opener track Tooth and Nail and the other rockers Growing Up the Hard Way and Stranger in My Own House.

Down on Love is another fantastic ballad, less commercial than the mega selling I Want to Know..., but more evocative and introspective.

Somehow, Agent Provocateur succeeds on two fronts, one, uplifting your mood witht the rockers, but also in taking you into your reflective inner self.

Best of the Beast
Best of the Beast

5 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why buy a compilation when you can have the whole discography?, 15 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Best of the Beast (Audio CD)
I mean, sorry, it is a fantastic compilation, no doubt about it.

But let's face it, Maiden have released, to date, another four studio albums since this compilation which in my opinion should have been a three disc to start with. Sorry, but no Flight of Icarus, Caught Somewhere in Time, Tailgunner, From Here to Eternity, Prowler and a long etcetera.

The problem is that Iron Maiden are so damned good that if you buy this you'll end up buying their whole collection, I know I did and wasn't the only one.

If you want your cd collection to look "cool" just because you have some Iron Maiden, then buy The Number of the Beast, buy if you truly like Maiden, get the whole collection, plus the dvds.
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A Bit Of What You Fancy/Bitter Sweet And Twisted
A Bit Of What You Fancy/Bitter Sweet And Twisted

5.0 out of 5 stars It's only Rock n' Roll... but I like it!!!, 15 Nov. 2007
I first heard and saw the Quireboys at the same time opening for Whitesnake and I was well and truly thrown back.

This was good old rock and roll!!! Directly following the footsteps of The Faces, Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones, but a bit sharper and ready for the end of the century.

The sound at the gig was fantastic and immediately after I came to Amazon to buy this double cd, which must the bargain of the century.

The two discs are full to the brim with that "you know what I mean far too many cigarretes" voice of Spike. The keyboards pulsate like they haven't done since Jerry Lee Lewis and the guitars puke out riffs and melodies like you haven't heard in a while.

It's a shame the Quireboys imploded the way they did, as A Little Bit of What You Fancy was an actual UK n2 record and you'll understand why when you listen to it.

Highlights include 7 O'clock, Sex Party, Sweet Mary Ann, Misled, Can't Park Here, and Wild Wild Wild in my opinion to just name and few.

As if the double pack was not enough, extra demo and live tracks have been added to create and excellent good value for money package.

Tres Hombres [Expanded & Remastered]
Tres Hombres [Expanded & Remastered]
Price: £5.02

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the Blues, 6 Nov. 2007
This is really interesting. If your only previous knowledge of this band is their Greatest Hits compilation or the mega selling 1980s electronic drum extravanganza Eliminator, you are in for a shock.

Because what you get here is none of the more commercial radio friendly rock sound you'd come to expect if you have only listened to three singles from the aformentioned Eliminator or the Greatest Hits.

Tres Hombres is as blues as it gets. Stripped down to its very core with just one guitar, bass and drums, starting with the left/right combination of Waiting for the Bus and Jesus Just Left Chicago and ending with Have you Heard?. Only La Grange is a more sped up head down no nonsense boogie. Even though it is one of their most recognisable hits, it actually sounds a bit out of place in the record, almost like a frill thrown in a the last hour.

The remastered production is fantastic and you can really tell the difference relative to the previous editions. The extra live versions, well, they add a bit of value for your money but they are nothing to lose your head over.

Definitely a must have for any blues lover, but maybe a surprise if you are only familiar with their 1980s output.

Full Moon Fever
Full Moon Fever
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £8.84

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a Top 5 Desert Island Record, 2 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Full Moon Fever (Audio CD)
and you know why? because there is not a single filler in this record.

Kickin off with Free Fallin' and I Won't Back Down, this is Dylan for the late eighties, fantastically played with simple yet effective guitar.

Face in the Crowd is a highly evocative piece for which any singer/songwriter worth their bread and butter would have sold their mothers for.

Runnin' Down a Dream is the closest thing to an old fashioned rocker and you'll find it impossible not to tap your feet along the chorus line simmilar to Mind With a Heart of Its Own.

I could go on and on about each song in the record, but, suffice to say, Full Moon Fever is one of those albums you can just play on repeat time and again, the music is not complicated, it's just... good. Very good.

Keeper Of The Seven Keys  Part II
Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Power Metal, but plain Heavy Metal, and it's Gooooood, 2 Nov. 2007
Here, in their third studio album, Helloween achieved their creative peak leading to the departure of group leader and guitarist Kai Hansen

I actually disagree with those that simply brand Helloween under the power metal banner. There is a second group that calls Helloween an Iron Maiden covers band. In my opinion, neither are true.

True that you have the twin guitar sound and the highest pitched vocals you'll ever hear (bar a certain Rob Halford) courtesy of a then very young Michael Kiske, but the album retains a very melodic sound throughout the whole record even brushing with glam metal in tracks like I Want Out.

Also, there is no power metal anywhere in sight as there are no orchestrations, multi voiced choruses or thundering keyboards.

What you have here is true, aunthentic and anthemic heavy metal on classic tracks such as Eagle Fly Free, Dr Stein and Rise and Fall.

The title track is a prog metal piece over 10 minutes long saving the the hardest song, Save Us, as a crunching closer to the album, which in itself is a bit weird.

In summary, definitely one of the defining albums of the all dominating heavy metal scene of the late 80s

Cash: The Autobiography
Cash: The Autobiography
by Johnny Cash
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor, 18 Oct. 2007
I have read better and more comprehensive biographies of Cash on magazine specials.

The book is quite superficial and quite frankly, I doubt many people care how many grandchildren Cash had.

If you were looking for some insights into what inspired the Man in Black you are better off looking elsewhere.

The Godfather
The Godfather
by Mario Puzo
Edition: Paperback

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unlucky if you watched the movies first, 27 Sept. 2007
This review is from: The Godfather (Paperback)
My problem with this book is that I read after having watched the films a few times.

At first I thought it was fantastic, I kept a clear view in my mind of the movies as I was reading it and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it as it elaborates more than the films on the psychology of the characters.

But then, around half way through the book, Puzo starts elaborating on the stories of not second but third rate characters such as Lucy Mancini and Johnny Fontane, which goes to show what a brilliant job they did when scripting the movies and that got slightly on my nerves.

I guess that if you haven't watched the movies, those stories won't bother you so much and would make for a different reading experience. I wish I had read the book first.

Otherwise, the story and plot Puzo created is brilliant, the characters are timeless and the book must rank high up on the list of all time greatest novels.

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