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Live on Soundstage (CD/DVD)
Live on Soundstage (CD/DVD)
Price: £16.03

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Performance, 21 Aug. 2017
This has to be the best concert video that I've seen so far this year. The staging and direction are excellent and Tom Jones is in terrific voice, which shines, especially on all the low key roots/blues/gospel album trilogy material. Elvis Presley Blues is quite extraordinary as he digs in deep for an emotionally charged vocal performance. The new arrangements of some of his old classics are excellent and anyone who has not heard it before we will be quite surprised by the new version of the Bond theme 'Thunderball'. His interaction with the audience is relaxed and natural and it's plain that he is having a great time performing. The only downside for me was that the Alison Krauss guest spots broke the flow a bit. All in all, I am amazed that a veteran performer can sound so vital and remarkable.


Hornby "Corgi Thunderbirds TB1 and TB3" Die Cast Model (Grey/Red)
Hornby "Corgi Thunderbirds TB1 and TB3" Die Cast Model (Grey/Red)
Price: £19.62

3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a let down..., 3 Mar. 2017
The models are rather small and not particularly accurate. There is little diecast metal in them as many parts are made of plastic. By contrast, the Corgi TB2 model is more what you would expect of a 'traditional' diecast.


Produced By George Martin [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]
Produced By George Martin [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ George Martin
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 1 Mar. 2017
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An excellent documentary, with good bonus features too.


Hal Leonard Banjo Method: Book 2
Hal Leonard Banjo Method: Book 2
by Mac Robertson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Poor Audio Count Ins, 1 Mar. 2017
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The book is fine and a good continuation from the material covered in book one. However, the audio disc is very poor insofar as the count ins on the exercises are far too quiet and mumbled. By contrast, book one had clear click track metronome counts. I ended up ripping the CD and using audio editing software to raise the level and count ins and normalise the tracks. It's a tedious job, but better than cranking the volume to hear the counts and then haviing the banjo demos so loud that it's hard to hear what you are playing.


Billy Connolly: High Horse Tour [DVD]
Billy Connolly: High Horse Tour [DVD]

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comedy treat, 1 Dec. 2016
I saw Billy at Wembley Arena this evening and then came back and played the DVD. Once you get past his unfortunate health issues and lack of animation, which he both explains and makes fun of, the comedy that he delivers is undiminished. It's great that he feels sufficiently fired up to go to work again. Not the best place to start for a newcomer to his style of humour who wants to see what the legend is all about. However, for anybody who has grown up on it, you'll see that he really doesn't have to dash about the stage and gurn in order to have you cracking up with laughter. His humour is a little darker, totally wicked and irreverant and as brutally honest about the absurdities of life as its ever been. The Wembley audience was laughing itself silly tonight and the audience at the Apollo, where this DVD was filmed, was clearly having an equally good time.


Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, Diy [DVD] [2015]
Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, Diy [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Henning Wehn
Price: £6.00

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: £10.00

8 of 8 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: £26.95

29 of 33 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
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £7.99

23 of 33 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: £20.29

11 of 12 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.


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