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Alone Together
Alone Together
Price: £19.38

2.0 out of 5 stars CDR - avoid, 4 Jan. 2016
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Disappointingly, this is not a proper pressed CD, but a CDR, and the booklet and back case insert are very poorly printed indeed; further the CDR itself was covered in marks.


The Silver Lining - The Songs Of Jerome Kern
The Silver Lining - The Songs Of Jerome Kern
Price: £9.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The best tracks are those where Tony departs from the usual ..., 26 Sept. 2015
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There are some real gems on this album. The best tracks are those where Tony departs from the usual melody and rhythm and keeps it quiet and understated as well: I Won't Dance is a particular jewel.

But there are some moments that are just really difficult to listen to: this is now a great career moving closer to its end. At 89, time is finally catching up with Tony Bennett. But there are still fine moments to be treasured here.
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Speedo Adult Merit Mirror Goggles - Black/Smoke, One Size
Speedo Adult Merit Mirror Goggles - Black/Smoke, One Size
Price: £11.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable well fitting goggles, 25 Jan. 2015
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Very comfortable: I have a big head and they don't pull. A little dark for indoors: I imagine they'd be amazing in the sea on a sunny day.


Sony DPR47SP 16x Spindle DVD+R Disc (Pack of 100)
Sony DPR47SP 16x Spindle DVD+R Disc (Pack of 100)
Offered by Inkubus Bargains
Price: £22.42

5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable and durable, 25 Jan. 2015
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Very reliable writing: maybe 1 in 200 discs doesn't write well, and then they seem to last.


adidas Men's Infinitex Tech Range Boxer - Black/Tech Grey Metallic S14, Size 5
adidas Men's Infinitex Tech Range Boxer - Black/Tech Grey Metallic S14, Size 5

4.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable swimming shorts, 25 Jan. 2015
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Comfortable fit, seem relatively durable, expensive for what they are.


#1 Original Silicone Swimming Cap for Women and Men - Long Hair, Thick or Short - Average/Large Heads - With Ergonomic Ear Pockets to Cover Ears - Anti-Tear - Stronger Than Latex Swim Hats - Great for Adults, Older Kids, Boys and Girls - 100% Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee - FREE Nose Clip
#1 Original Silicone Swimming Cap for Women and Men - Long Hair, Thick or Short - Average/Large Heads - With Ergonomic Ear Pockets to Cover Ears - Anti-Tear - Stronger Than Latex Swim Hats - Great for Adults, Older Kids, Boys and Girls - 100% Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee - FREE Nose Clip
Offered by Zoma UK
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps ears totally dry, 25 Jan. 2015
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Having badly scarred weak eardrums
through botched surgery and then through boxing competitively, it's been really difficult for me to swim on a regular basis, as most swimming caps ride up on my head and let water into my ears. Swimming 500 metres in this is absolutely no problem: keeps my ears completely dry. Much better than big name products, and very impressive.


Sennheiser OCX 685i Sports In-Ear Canal Headphones - White
Sennheiser OCX 685i Sports In-Ear Canal Headphones - White

1.0 out of 5 stars Lasted a week and a half before failing, 27 Dec. 2014
Supposedly sweat resistant, these lasted about a week and a half into my holiday (they were bought at duty free) before one earphone failed, I suspect because sweat got into it. Pathetic.


ERA by Jawbone Lightweight Bluetooth Headset with HD Sound - Red Ridge
ERA by Jawbone Lightweight Bluetooth Headset with HD Sound - Red Ridge
Offered by Callofdeals
Price: £29.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless, 16 May 2014
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This headset is absolutely useless. Although I can hear the person speaking to me very clearly, I keep being told that I am fading in and out to them. From Jawbone's own forums, this would appear to be a common issue that is not being acknowledged. This is being returned as soon as possible, and I will be looking for an alternative.


Knomo Folio Case for iPhone 5/5S - Black
Knomo Folio Case for iPhone 5/5S - Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Durable and smart case, 8 Jan. 2014
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This is an excellent case that, despite the fine quality of the materials, is standing up well to some hard wear after about three months of use. The elastic band is a little bit fiddly to get off quickly, and has resulted in some missed phone calls, and the case is perhaps a little expensive, but, otherwise, I am very happy with this case and would recommend it.


Love Is Everything
Love Is Everything
Price: £16.87

4.0 out of 5 stars Mathis at a vocal peak, 8 Jan. 2014
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The two albums on this CD are so widely different I almost wonder why they were paired (it looks like proximity of recording dates). "Love Is Everything" is very much Johnny Mathis in 1964 going back to the style of his very successful collaborations with Glenn Osser about five years earlier. Anyone who has heard the Mathis album "Heavenly" from 1959 will instantly feel at home with the style here. However, there are a couple of surprises. "Young and Foolish" is extraordinarily powerfully sung with quite a different feeling to the wistful regret that the song's lyrics might suggest. And the song "One More Mountain" is an absolute gem.

What is disappointing is the sound. On some tracks, it is absolutely excellent. However, on a couple, particularly the opening track "Never Let Me Go" there is considerable loss of detail and I am surprised other detailed and knowledgeable reviews haven't mentioned this. It hit me so strongly when I put the CD on to play that I dug out my own CD copy of the mint condition LP that I have of this record, and confirmed that the track on this CD sounds muffled by comparison. I can only assume that someone was over enthusiastic with the noise reduction software or the master tape has suffered damage in the intervening years (the sound quality on other songs is so good, I am assuming that the remastering was from the original tapes). Other songs have considerable distortion (though this may be inherent in the original tapes).

"Broadway" is just superb - Mathis swings hard and makes songs associated very strongly with other artists "Once In A Lifetime", "Manhattan", "Hello Dolly" absolutely his own. I simply can't understand some of the negative comments directed at these cuts, but I suppose many people only like "romantic" Johnny Mathis.

The sound on Broadway is absolutely flawless - like listening to something done yesterday. I once heard that Johnny Mathis was (justifiably in my view) disappointed with the production of his LPs on the Mercury label. That isn't a criticism that can be levelled at his Broadway album, which sounds great.

All in all, a very good CD with just a few sound flaws. Oh, and, for once, some excellent, accurate and informative liner notes written by someone who clearly knows what they're talking about and put some effort in.


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