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Electric Guitars: An Illustrated History
Electric Guitars: An Illustrated History
by Jonathan Lister
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely dire, 22 Mar. 2012
Oh dear, what on first impressions seems to be a large "coffee table book" chock full of electric guitars is in fact full of the vaguest descriptions, downright inaccuracies, incorrectly used and/or badly captioned photos, and needless repetition. Some of the information on the origins of certain manufacturers shows some homework has been done, but given some of the other errors elsewhere in the book it makes you wonder how true even these parts are.

I'll give a couple of examples of the half-arsed nature of the content of this book:

In the section on Hohner guitars, we are told that Paul McCartney played a Hohner violin bass. Oh dear! It was actually a Höfner - a similarly spelt but completely different company. Sure it's an easy mistake to make if you know NOTHING about guitars but for anyone supposedly in the know, there is no excuse for this kind of blatant inaccuracy.

In the section on Ovation guitars, there are two photos showing the now legendary Ovation Breadwinner guitar but no mention of it is made in the text which instead focuses mainly on Ovations acoustics and latter-day VXT hybrid guitar. C'mon, if we're talking "history" then the Ovation Breadwinner was an exceedingly important guitar being the world's first production-made guitar that was (a) ergonomically designed, (b) had active electronics in the form of an on-board FET pre-amp, and (c) had a 24-fret neck. It's pictured in the book so WHY no mention? Incidentally, one of the photo captions says that "members of Lyngstad play the Ovation Breadwinner" (as if they are playing it jointly between them), the really silly thing being that the band "Lyngstad" is actually ABBA. I'm assuming that whoever captioned the photo was totally unaware of this.

Even though the book is supposedly about electric guitars, there are a few items on acoustic guitars - and I notice that the companion volume on Acoustic Guitars also features a few electrics - surely it shouldn't have been that confusing for the publishers to distinguish between acoustic and electric and get them into the correct volume?

The glossary at the back of the book has some strange inclusions and omissions. (It's identical to the glossary in the Acoustic Guitars volume and has entries for acoustic and electric guitars). One particularly strange definition is "PAF - a sticker on Gibson pickups" - no mention that it stands for "Patent Applied For" as surely anyone into electric guitars should know.

As for the book being "an illustrated history", well, sure, it IS "illustrated" albeit inaccurately in places but there is very little "history" other than two pages showing a timeline of sorts at the back of the book.

I feel sorry for the named author Jonathan Lister - I doubt it's really his fault. The publishers probably gave him an exceedingly short time in which to get the completed manuscript to them, and no doubt told him not to worry about what photos were going to be used - their art department would take care of all that. (Believe me, they did it to me too!)

Doctor Who - Day of the Daleks [DVD] [1972]
Doctor Who - Day of the Daleks [DVD] [1972]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £5.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sacrilege? No way! An absoluite triumph!, 14 Sept. 2011
I've just watched "Day of the Daleks" over the last two nights; a 40-year old Doctor Who story updated with new special effects, specially shot sequences, and new dalek voices. Sacrilege? No way... It was a triumph! Absolutely fantastic stuff. The Jon Pertwee Doctor Who years were the most consistent in quality of scripts and storytelling. This is one way to allow the classic series to compete with the high tech modern version of the show.

Now if only "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" could be given a similar make-over, although given the source material it remains sadly unlikely.

Head First
Head First
Price: £6.54

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak, 24 May 2010
This review is from: Head First (Audio CD)
What happened to Goldfrapp's inventiveness? This album just sounds like they wanted to produce a generic electro pop record as quickly as possible.

It's not bad, it's just very very generic sounding. It just washes over me. The only interesting track is the final piece, Voicething.

A great shame because Alison and Will are so much more talented and capable than is evidenced here.
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Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride, 2006 Christmas Special  [DVD] [2005]
Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride, 2006 Christmas Special [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: £3.75

14 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Doctor Who episode ever, 27 Mar. 2007
I was so looking forward to this on Christmas Day. But what a let down it was. It was appallingly bad. It doesn't help that Catherine Tate just doesn't do it for me, I suppose fans of hers will think this is brilliant. I suppose the producers thought it was an inspired move including her in this sorry episode.

Doctor Who - The Invasion (2 Disc Set) [DVD] [1968]
Doctor Who - The Invasion (2 Disc Set) [DVD] [1968]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £5.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 25 Nov. 2006
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Exceeded all expectations! Finally, "Invasion" can be viewed as a whole again. The previous VHS release with Nicholas Courtney's brief links was a nice try but there were gaping holes left in the story.

Let's have some more missing / incomplete Doctor Whos given the animation treatment, PLEASE!

The Man Machine
The Man Machine

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way ahead of their time..., 8 Feb. 2002
This review is from: The Man Machine (Audio CD)
Not my all-time favourite Kraftwerk album, but it deserves 5 stars as it's better than everyone else in this field of music.
But why oh why is the record company so short-sighted? The release of this "remastered" edition would have been the perfect opportunity to put "The Man Machine" and "Die Mensch Maschine" (i.e. English and German versions) on the same disc. I mean, it's hardly a very lengthy album in the first place.

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