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Death Or Glory
Death Or Glory
Price: £12.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid shameless unofficial ripoffs, 19 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Death Or Glory (Audio CD)
This product is merely a VERY cheap imitation of one of Motorhead's official albums; 'Bastards' to be precise. If you want to be sure you receive a product of guaranteed high quality sound and also support the artists then buy the original marked as 'Bastards', and not this shameless con trick to get cash into dirty hands.

If it was a live recording bootleg then to some extent I can see why people may buy it; some fans want more live stuff than what's already out there officially, but this is NOT worth the money when an officially supported alternative is available at no real extra cost on Amazon and the artist will be getting some kind of percentage of the sales.


Logitech Tablet Keyboard and Stand for iPad/iPad 2 (UK English)
Logitech Tablet Keyboard and Stand for iPad/iPad 2 (UK English)
Offered by E W Link Co Ltd.
Price: £29.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great tool to speed up typing, 10 Aug. 2012
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After buying my iPad and using it for a while, I began to strongly dislike touch typing. Fortunately, I found this wonderful keyboard. It was ready to go right out of the box, Duracell batteries and all, and I had it up and running in no time flat. My iPad instantly spotted the device and after about 5 seconds I was away. The keyboard itself is light and compact, thin and light enough to move around without complication but dense enough to feel solid and tactile when in use. The mixture of touching to control and using the keyboard to type is odd at first, as the keyboard will only type and not control, but with time you become unaware of the differences.

In short, I love this keyboard. It will really benefit those who use iPads at work or those who just do a lot of written work on the move, and this review was written using the keyboard in question, so it literally speaks for itself.


COLT� HQ Stylus Pen with Headphone Clip - for Apple iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Mini, Nokia Smartphones, Samsung Galaxy, HTC, Google, Blackberry, LG, Sony Ericsson Smartphones and all other touchscreen tablets - BLACK
COLT� HQ Stylus Pen with Headphone Clip - for Apple iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Mini, Nokia Smartphones, Samsung Galaxy, HTC, Google, Blackberry, LG, Sony Ericsson Smartphones and all other touchscreen tablets - BLACK

4.0 out of 5 stars A must buy if you like to keep your screen clean, 20 Jun. 2012
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I bought this stylus pen for my iPad as a way to reduce smudges on my screen and also reduce the slight ache I was getting in my fingers, and it did exactly what it was designed to do. It's a very sturdy design, very durable and comfortable to hold, almost no different than a regular pen and the price paid for it is more than fair. The only reason I chose to give it four stars instead of the full five was because, initially, it did leave a few small circular smudges on the screen. However, these did NOT carry on for very long at all. I think it might been because the material on the nub hadn't worn in just enough at the start of using it. Other than that initial first-use hiccup, I strongly recommend this if you want to get rid of irritating finger marks clouding up your screen.


Dragontown
Dragontown
Price: £11.26

5.0 out of 5 stars The boy named Alice goes to Dragontown (And you're going with him!), 29 April 2012
This review is from: Dragontown (Audio CD)
Alice Cooper's 22nd album and forth full-concept album (Third in the trilogy beginning with 'The Last Temptaion') sees him leaving the 'Brutal Planet' and heading deeper into Hell, or, in this envisioning, 'Dragontown'. The album itself features lyrics based around aspects of moral and social corruption, sin, and the many different types of characters who fall down and down into Dragontown after tempting fate too many times. This album takes no prisoners and pulls no punches with the subject matter it deals with. Laced with heavy de-tuned guitars, weirdly angelic choral-style backing vocals (Heard on 'Deeper' and 'Sister Sara'), and Alice's devilishly thin-but-gritty vocal approach, this album is yet another example of why Alice Cooper is respected and even revered as a 'Shock-Rock' icon.

Alice Cooper has always been the consumate showman in Rock and Metal, telling tales of wicked young men and boys named Steven, and this album, while not relying on the more 'Classic' elements of his style that made him such a big name ('School's Out' and 'Eighteen' being considered his "Greatest" hits), is still a great example of epic storytelling. 'Dragontown' is stuffed full of catchy choruses, gritty guitar riffs, tales of misfortune and damnation, all wrapped up in Alice's hellish web of imagination and creativiy. Alice is like a ghoulish version of Virgil, guiding the many Dantes through the Inferno, and this album will take you through places you could never dream about even in your worst of nightmares.


The Carrere Years [1979-1984]
The Carrere Years [1979-1984]
Price: £10.08

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile release, though slightly flawed, 25 April 2012
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This new boxset from EMI offers Saxon's first seven albums (Including 'The Eagle Has Landed' live album) originally released on the Carrere label in full across four discs. The albums themselves all come in a remastered form, and unlike some remasters, these don't sound a million miles away from the originals except for having a clearer sound. The release also includes a few bonus tracks and b-sides from some of the singles released from the albums, and they're a nice cherry on top of an already tasty cake.

There is, however, one main reason why I didn't give this the five stars it otherwise deserves in my view, and the main reason is this; spanning seven albums across four discs is a little unusual, and for someone who likes to organise their music on their computer by album, it's also a bit annoying. I don't know why they couldn't of used the example of other recent mini-boxsets and put each album on its own CD in a basic cardboard slipcase all bundled in a larger slipover cover, it would've been a bit easier and more appealing to commited Saxon-ites like myself, as well as people who, like me, are a little bit obsessed about organisation when putting albums onto an iPod. The only other flaw I've found is that there are other versions of the first three albums with more bonus tracks than can be found on this boxset, but that depends on whether or not you really feel the need to have them.

All in all, a very solid and well-priced collection of Saxon's early (And, from most viewpoints, some of their best) work, although slightly lacking in bonus content and layed out in an unusual manner. It's worth buying if those ultimately minor flaws don't really irk you, otherwise you may wish to look around for individual copies. This is by no means a cheap and lazy release done for the money, some considerable effort has gone into making it, but it could've been that tiny bit better.
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The Electric Age (Ltd. Cd+dvd)
The Electric Age (Ltd. Cd+dvd)
Price: £19.63

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witness the dawn of 'The Electric Age', 23 April 2012
Overkill's sixteenth release sees the band once again returning to a straightforward and classic Thrash Metal sound, much like their previous release, 2010's 'Ironbound'. The album is jam-packed full of tasty riffs, head-crushing drumming, molar-rattling bass guitar lines, gritty, in-your-face vocals and a production sound that allows you to hear every instrument clearly (Bass included, of course). Some of my current favourite tracks from this release are, 'Come and Get It', 'Electric Rattlesnake', and 'Drop the Hammer Down', and that list seems to grow with every listen. The band is really on top form; no pulling punches, no stylistic deviations to appear popular with newer trends in Metal, a solid production sound and fantastic songwriting all make this album a real classic. Thrash fans won't be let down by Overkill's second return to what this kind of music was always about, and I can't reccomend this album enough.

The limited CD+DVD hardback release is an absolute must if you're an Overkill fanatic or a Trash enthusiast. The booklet is a larger size making reading it much easier as oppsed to standard CD booklets, albeit it is stapled into the binding, and the DVD is a fantastic (If somewhat short) watch. The current price (£13.99 on Amazon in April 2012) is very fair considering that what you get is considerably more attractive than the standard digipack layout, and it really is a must buy if, like me, you like collectable editions of the music you love.

A fantastic album, an even better collector's item, and it won't make a massive dent in your wallet as well as leaving you banging your head all day long. What more could you ask for?


The Last Temptation
The Last Temptation
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As tempting as it seems, 26 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: The Last Temptation (Hardcover)
This graphic novel, at first, would appear to be something that only a die-hard Alice Cooper fan would enjoy, and you'd be right as they surely would enjoy it, but that doesn't mean that this isn't an enjoyable read for anyone else who perhaps only has the vaguest understanding of all things Alice. Alice Cooper as a character is not all that hard to come to grips with, and this tale inspired by the character is no harder.

[Possible spoiler alert, though it's not too in-depth]

This novel is a simple story about a young boy named Steven in a seemingly picturesque American town, who is taken aside one day by a mysterious black-eyed showman, promising him a theatrical event not to be missed. From there on he is teased and followed endlessly by the showman, who wants Steven for his "Theatre of the Real", and the boy must decide between a life of misery and sorrow crawling through the streets as shown to him by the showman, or surrendering and becoming the latest star of the aforementioned "Theatre of the Real".

[Spoilers over]

This novel, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Michael Zulli, is a simply smashing read. Alice Cooper has always been a fantastic onstage personality, his live shows featuring all the features of classic early horror and vaudville showmanship, and that makes him the perfect antagonist in this story. There are certain littles elements in the story where being an AC fan does help (Nods to song lyrics), but it's not impossible to enjoy this tale even if you only have a base understanding of Alice Cooper and his antics. This is a must-read, and for the price of £7.47 (Priced stated in March 2012), you can't go wrong.


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