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Tourfilm [DVD] [2000]
Tourfilm [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ R.E.M.
Price: £8.86

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of REM as we knew them (and they were very fine), 16 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Tourfilm [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Don't expect anything from OUT OF TIME or AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE (actually Belong and Through The Barricades feature briefly but aren't on the track listing).
This is REM just before they went huge, taken from the world tour promoting the GREEN album, their first since joining a major label.
It captures them at their very best, playing the tight guitar-based alternative rock that typifies their early work.
After this album they didn't tour again until the Monster LP and by that time their muse had left them and if REM still exist in 2003 they are no longer relevant, at least not to these ears, sadly.
It is easy to see comparisons between Michael Stipe and Morrissey during this period - they certainly wore similar clothing anyway!
Nothing much else to say, this is just a no-nonsense concert video from one of the best bands of the last 20 years, playing at their peak.
If you like their music before OUT OF TIME then buy it.
If you don't, go see a psychiatrist or an ear surgeon!
The only negative of this DVD is that it is only in PCM stereo format - there isn't any Dolby 2.0 or 5.1 or DTS audio track.
Maybe it will get remastered and re-released at a later date,
it sounds great anyway so it's probably not necessary.
On the plus side you can put on English subtitles to find out what Stipe is actually singing - very useful for "It's The End Of The World As We Know It"!
One nice touch is the band playing "After Hours" by the Velvet Underground at the very end (again unlisted on the DVD).

The World Won't Listen
The World Won't Listen
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.95

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs but it i'd go for Louder Than Bombs...., 11 Oct. 2003
This review is from: The World Won't Listen (Audio CD)
The major flaw with this is as a collection (mainly) of The Smiths later non-LP tracks is it doesn't have any of the "Sheila Take A Bow" EP on it.
Get "Louder Than Bombs" instead - it does, as well as lots of additional tracks, most of which are also on "Hatful Of Hollow".
The only selling point of this collection over "Louder Than Bombs" is the alternate version of "Stretch Out And Wait".
Add to that the rather poor instrumental "Money Changes Everything" which Johnny Marr gave to Bryan Ferry for the basis of his "Right Stuff" single. "The Draize Train" would have been a better choice of Smiths instrumental to include in my opinion.
Another problem with this collection is that 5 of the tracks appear on "The Queen Is Dead" and "Meat Is Murder" LPs which makes the omission of "Sheila Take A Bow", "Is It Really So Strange" and "Sweet And Tender Hooligan" even more disappointing.
The songs get 5 stars but this is the least essential original Smiths release.
(I'm ignoring The Very Best Of, Best Of I and II, and Singles)

The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King
The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £47.47

46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A production so precious-s-s-s-s-s-s!!!, 7 Dec. 2002
I recently borrowed the 14 cd boxed collectors edition of the radio series and was blown away.
A fantastic adaptation by BBC Radio 4 with John Le Mesurier as Bilbo, Ian Holm as Frodo (now Bilbo in the films!) but the real star is Peter Woodthorpe as Gollum, he perfectly captures his split personality and the voice he provides is a joy to behold.(He also did the voice of Gollum in Ralph Bakshi's incomplete animated film version of the story, but seems to take it to a whole new level in this adaptation).
I bought this new 12 cd set and it differs from the previous edition - the story has been re-edited so that each book of the trilogy continues unbroken without the radio programme's original intro and ending, it is no longer split into neat 1-hour long episodes, thus enabling it to fit onto just 12 cds.
The removal of these breaks means that the story flows better, although you may feel compelled to put the next cd in to continue the story as a result!!!
In addition to this re-editing Ian Holm has recorded new epilogues and prologues.
The final cd contains music from the series, and the music is very good indeed.
If you like The Lord Of The Rings and don't yet own the radio series then i can recommend this completely.
If you enjoyed the Fellowship film and would like to know the ending of the trilogy before Christmas 2003(and doubt you could read the epic book in that timeframe!) then this set is ideal.
Believe me, as soon as Gollum appears on the first CD you'll know you've made the right decision!
At 13+ hours long this is excellent value for money, too.

Sony D-CJ01 Silver MP3 CD Walkman
Sony D-CJ01 Silver MP3 CD Walkman

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for playing MP3s on the move, 5 Mar. 2002
Attractive little unit, barely larger than the CD it plays, it is the first MP3/CD player that i have seen whose battery life is acceptable.
You can get 32 hours playback from standard Audio CDs or 24 hours from MP3s on CD using Alkaline batteries.
It comes complete with an AC Adapter/Recharger and 2 AA Ni-Cad batteries.
Shame they didn't include Ni-MH batteries as Ni-Cads only give 8 hours playback of MP3s as opposed to 18 hours with Ni-MH rechargables.
According to the instructions Ni-cads are charged in just 3 hours and Ni-MH batteries in around 5 hours which is excellent.
The supplied earphones have a remote control with a display screen on the lead which is a nice touch.
Sound quality is very good, whether using MP3s or standard CDs.
You can get about 10 albums onto one CD as good quality MP3s if you have a CD writer, if you don't have a CD writer it's a bit pointless buying a MP3/CD player!
Overall it is an excellent unit, if a little expensive.

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