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Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, Diy [DVD] [2015]
Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, Diy [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Henning Wehn
Price: £6.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Comedy, 4 Jan. 2016
Henning's best stand-up video release to date, with sharper observations, superb timing and a greater confidence in his performance. If Henning has made you laugh before then you'll be crying with laughter by the end of this disc.

Lambert & Stamp [DVD] [2014]
Lambert & Stamp [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Kit Lambert
Price: £9.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Film, 11 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Lambert & Stamp [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
This is an excellent film, which sensitively explores the remarkable relationships between the members of The Who and their managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. Lambert nurtured Pete Townshend's musical and artistic development and along with Stamp dared and encouraged the band to dream bigger and broaden its horizons in a period when anything seemed possible. It all ended in tears when the excesses of the world that they had created brought dysfunctionality into the camp. Resentments festered as Lambert and Stamp looked set to move on into the world of movies and leave the band behind and Townshend, in particular, stymied those ambitions for fear of losing the mentor who he had by now rather outgrown. It is a great shame that Kit Lambert is no longer around to have his own say, but the accounts of those featured in the film seem most candid and honest. Time being the healer it is, it is great to see the parties reconciled and the massive contribution that Lambert and Stamp made acknowledged in this 50th anniversary year of the band. This film is both evocative of its period and sheds new light on The Who's story

The Who: The Official History
The Who: The Official History
by Ben Marshall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.99

27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exercise Caution, 9 Oct. 2015
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This book is a really wasted opportunity. One of the most exciting groups of all time as its subject, larger than life characters and the book's 'official history' status implies that the author had open access to the archives and to the two surviving members of the band, who must be in suitably reflective mood as they tour to mark their 50th anniversary before hanging up their boots. Why then is the resulting book so dull and bloated with overlong and laboured social history and interviews with people far removed from the band (eg Keith moon gave my brother some drum sticks once and I met him and thanked him and he remembered the event)? Most input from Townshend and Daltrey comes in the form of quotes lifted from other books and DVDs with a few brief comment captions on some of the photos. Most of the photos have been seen many times before and annoyingly poor grainy snaps have been enlarged to fill whole pages with an even poorer image. Also a recurring design feature is to filter photos with red and blue washes and the effect is like that of a budget tour program. There are errors in some of the photo captions and it all seems to have been thrown together sloppily. Far better if they had focused on the band (rather more than the times and environment they were born into/ worked in) and set out something of the inside story.

I would certainly advise anyone to exercise caution and to take a look at this book before purchasing. In fact I would recommend that, if they don't own copies already, they buy copies of 'Anyway Anyhow Anywhere' by Andy Neill and Matt Kent and the perennial 'Maximum R & B' by Townshend's old friend Richard Barnes. Both of these books will give you a much better overview of the history of the band during its key periods of activity.

Rattle That Lock
Rattle That Lock
Price: £8.75

23 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of his best playing in years., 18 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Rattle That Lock (Audio CD)
Several of the songs take a few listens to grow on you, but the listener's patience is rewarded. The guitar playing and tones are superb and the album contains some of Gilmour's best playing in recent years. Stylistically the album takes some risks and experiments with less familiar genres. However, it all pulls together with some relaxed and smooth vocal performances and the tracks are always far more than simply vehicles to solo over. The only weak links in the chain are a few of the lyrics which can feel a little clumsy from time to time. For me, the Endless River album was a case of listen twice and file it away in disappointment. In contrast, this new solo album is one that I'm sure that I and millions of others will be enjoying for years to come.

Thunderbirds: The Vault
Thunderbirds: The Vault
by Marcus Hearn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book To Mark The 50th Anniversary, 17 Sept. 2015
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This is a superb book and is as definitive about the series as you could hope for. It is surprising that it contains so many previously unseen photos and documents along with fresh and informative contributions from people who have not been interviewed before. The narrative moves the story along at a good pace and it is plain that a great deal of care has gone into the design of the book.

1 Hopeful Rd.
1 Hopeful Rd.
Price: £5.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Live Band Makes Tame Studio Album, 27 Aug. 2015
This review is from: 1 Hopeful Rd. (Audio CD)
VT are a great live band and I've enjoyed several of their shows. That raw energy, excitement and drive is largely dissipated on this new album. The Bomb Shelter Sessions rocked far harder and was more representative of the band on stage. VT seemed set to ignite and step forward as a major headlining act, they just needed some stronger songs to appeal to a broader audience. Whilst being very well recorded and produced the band sounds tame and slightly hesitant on this new album. The lead vocals are excellent, but the songs just don't move the game on much from the first album. Several of the tracks are quite laid back and start to feel a bit samey and, despite being well crafted, none of them, including the few upbeat numbers. sound likely to set the world on fire. That said, the new songs definitely came across better for me on stage, but they need to write better material. I was hoping for songs that would top Blues Hand Me Down, but there is nothing that comes close. It's as if the band can't decide quite what direction to go in and is in danger of going no further than being a high profile support act when it has the potential to be so much more. Perhaps they should try working with some other writers to produce some stronger songs for them to deliver in the sort of stunning style they muster in concert? This album could have and should have been so much better than it is, given the time that they've had to come up with new songs. As it is, the album is okay, but definitely not what I'd hoped for, or what I believe the band needs to become more than just a great cult live band. Maybe their next outing should be a live DVD or album to show how extraordinary they are in concert?
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Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia with Alfie Boe  (CD & DVD)
Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia with Alfie Boe (CD & DVD)
Offered by Acfun Store
Price: £4.41

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - Listen Before You Buy, 18 Jun. 2015
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I found this to be a rather disappointing recording. The orchestrations are very good and sympathetic to the original album, working most effectively on the main instrumental pieces of Quadrophenia and The Rock. However, the song cycle really hasn't enough depth to cross over to being a serious classical work. Songs which were punchy rock tracks driven by over the top drumming and bass playing sound very tame in orchestral form and the available, traditional percussion isn't really sufficient to drive many of the songs. However, it falls apart most for me when Alfie Boe sings. He's a fine singer in his own field and was clearly brave to take this project on, but the net result sounds more West End musical than operatic. This is made all the more awkward by his vocals being juxtaposed with those of Pete Townshend, Billy Idol and Phil Daniels. Perhaps if all of the singers had been classical performers the results would have been more cohesive? As is plain from reviews already posted, this recording is something of a Marmite proposition and, much as I normally enjoy Pete Townshend's work, it wasn't to my taste. I would recommend that you listen to it before you decide to buy.
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Black Horizon: Book 1 (Gemini Force I)
Black Horizon: Book 1 (Gemini Force I)
by M. G. Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All a bit too familiar., 2 April 2015
I'm another who backed the Kick Starter campaign to get this book published in tribute to the late Gerry Anderson. It seemed a fitting idea to help bring his story to fruition. Unfortunately, the book is not a particularly good read and amounts to a Thunderbirds knock off, from the co-creator of Thunderbirds, with a bit of his Regor The Rescue Dog thrown in. Quite how much is original Anderson and how much is M G Harris is unclear, but the net result feels a bit disjointed and some of the more contemporary references included may make the story date more quickly than it might otherwise have done. Hopefully the next book in the series will create a more unique identity for Gemini Force and allow M G Harris to put more of her stamp on things, but I'm not sure how the rebooted Thunderbirds TV series will colour young readers' attitude to a format that will obviously be very similar.

Play Townshend [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Play Townshend [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by uniqueplace-uk
Price: £5.14

1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor indeed., 28 Mar. 2015
Very poor indeed...this tutorial sets out some basic ideas and executes them in a manner which is far from convincing in outlining aspects of Pete Townshend's playing style. You would do better to pick up far more details tips for free from YouTube, or, better yet, buy the Lick Library Learn To Play The Who, which will actually get you playing some of Townshend's most famous guitar parts accurately.

Guardians Of The Galaxy [DVD] [2014]
Guardians Of The Galaxy [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Chris Pratt
Price: £10.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... well tried and tested plotline but superbly executed with fantastic CGI, strong characters and a great sense of ..., 30 Nov. 2014
A well tried and tested plotline, but superbly executed with fantastic CGI, strong characters and a great sense of humour throughout. Add to that an excellent retro soundtrack and you have a sci-fi fantasy film that doesn't take itself at all seriously - in contrast to much of the po-faced Marvel canon of work. Looking forward to the next film in the franchise.

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