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Tone Tee T-shirt - (XLarge, White)
Tone Tee T-shirt - (XLarge, White)
Offered by High Street TV
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 for 1 is great value at the price, 16 Dec. 2014
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2 for 1 is great value at the price. Snug fit as expected but i can wear mine all day without discomfort


Wasting Light
Wasting Light
Price: £16.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucky #7, 11 April 2011
This review is from: Wasting Light (Audio CD)
'Wasting Light', the Foos much anticipated 7th studio album finds the band in devastating form which belies their 17 years now as a functioning unit. This time around the band have forsaken their own digital state-of-the-art Studio 606 and instead recorded everything in Dave Grohl's garage on aged reel-to-reel analogue tape machines previously only used for demoing FF songs. No computer enhancement or cut-and-paste editing here then. Cocked-up takes were recorded again or manually edited by tape splicing. Despite the back-to-basics recording method, this is undeniably a FF album. All the trademarks are intact; Dave Grohl's intelligent lyrics delivered with a mix of shouty passion and the kind of hooks you can hang your hat on, abrasive guitars and pounding drums barrelling each song along. This time however there's a chaotic urgency to the delivery which doesn't abate, giving the album a live sounding spontaneity. Even the less frenetic 'These Days' and 'I Should Have Known' contain an intensity not heard in such abundance in many a Foo-age.

Of the eleven tracks on offer, eight are bona-fide treasures that will in time sit comfortably in the Foo's impressive canon of classics. Indeed most other bands operating in the same genre would struggle to come up with eight in their entire career to match these. The opening 1-2 salvo of 'Bridge Burning' and 'Rope' kick things off in explosive style and you can expect both to positively kill live. Only a couple of tracks fail to hit the mark for me, these being ' A Matter Of Time' and 'Miss The Misery' which both fall into the filler-not-killer category, while 'White Limo' is just a tad too shouty for my taste. These minor gripes aside, the rest of the material is of such high calibre that a couple of near-misses is understandable. Special mentions go out to 'Rope' for it's jagged rhythm pattern that still manages to flow in stunning fashion. The haunting refrain of "No I cannot forgive you yet" in 'I Should have Known' is another highlight, as is 'These Days' for the lines "Easy for you to say, your heart has never been broken, your pride has never been stolen, not yet".

For me this is the first FF album that truly hits the spot. Previous albums have their share of highlights and brilliance but none have been of such consistent high quality throughout in terms of the material and delivery. Dave Grohl is the face and mastermind of Foo Fighters but lets not forget the other guys in the band; Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins and Pat Smear who have produced an album that's going to take some beating.


Teaser Deluxe
Teaser Deluxe
Price: £16.06

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!., 5 April 2011
This review is from: Teaser Deluxe (Audio CD)
I bought 'Teaser' when it came out in 1975 and it was key to shaping my diverse musical taste forever. The album was a fusion of musical styles from rock to jazz to funk to reggae but the production was truly awful with a murky sound and volumes dipping and rising as each track progressed. Despite all this I learned to love it and accepted these flaws as part of its character. Within a year TB would be dead after an over-zealous chemical dalliance in a Miami hotel room, but not before producing another fine solo album 'Private Eyes' and joining Deep Purple for their best ever album 'Come Taste The Band'. Since his demise the Tommy Bolin Foundation has trawled his back catalogue of outtakes and live recordings to issue a multitude of posthumous albums of mixed interest and quality, but my personal wish was that the lost 'Teaser' master tapes would be found and taken back into a studio where they could benefit from advances in recording technology and techniques to be shined up and re-issued.

Fast forward 36 years to 2011 and those original tapes now seem sadly lost forever but in 'Teaser Deluxe' we have a set of alternate versions of the tracks that appeared on that original album. But don't let the outtake/alternate versions tag fool you into believing them to be inferior, for while these versions were discarded in favour of those that appeared on 'Teaser' they are in no way substandard. Far from it as the versions here bristle with energy that was sapped by the lousy production of the original album.

Comparisons between the two albums are inevitable; same tracks, same running order but with two versions of live instrumental favourite 'Crazed Fandango' now added (both very different and both very good). The difference is that the versions on offer here are longer (much longer in a couple of cases), showcasing TBs mastery of numerous guitar styles by simply cutting loose and jamming. Take the wonderful 'Wild Dogs' for example; originally a mere 4:38 in length but here it has become a 13 minute tour-de-force of blistering guitar. Likewise the version of Lotus (which sounds like the same take that appeared on the 'Whips And Roses II' collection) is extended to 11 minutes. My only disappointment is that the vocals on this track still remain frustratingly buried down in the mix.

'Teaser Deluxe' is like an old mate that you havent seen for ages but in the intervening years he's changed from being a slightly ramshackle untogether kind of bloke into a sharp, confident guy who has scrubbed up rather well. Same person but completely different. This collection is a triumph and major kudos must go out to all involved. To those who own and love the 1975 original album as I do, you can buy this with complete confidence and prepare to be thrilled and amazed all over again.
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Forevermore
Forevermore

7 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad, 4 April 2011
This review is from: Forevermore (Audio CD)
Apparently Dave C is 60 years old this year so the imagery conjured up by him wheezing his way through such lyrical genius as "I want some love, I want it now, I'm gonna take it, any old how" (1st track) is unpleasant to say the least. I haven't bought a 'Snake album since 'Slide it in' back in '84 when I grew tired of his endless misogynistic claptrap. So to hear him still peddling the very same claptrap 27 years later displays the kind of arrested development not normally found outside of a special needs school. "Take me home tonight, make me feel alright" he spouts on the 2nd track. Personally I reckon his carer should take him home and make him a nice cup of Ovaltine. Musically it's OK if unremarkable hard rock by numbers; loud guitars, masturbatory solos blah blah.
I gave up listening to it after the 3rd track (thank God for We7 where you can listen to albums in full for free). Who knows, the remaining tracks may have been the most musically challenging and lyrically insightful offerings ever created. Somehow I doubt it.
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A Collection
A Collection
Price: £16.48

0 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dear God!, 3 April 2011
This review is from: A Collection (Audio CD)
Lifehouse, Goo Goo Dolls, Train, Maroon 5, Third Eye Blind...the list goes on. All peddling the same mushy earnest nonsense to stink up the airwaves. Get lost the lot of ya!
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Radiohead: The Best Of
Radiohead: The Best Of
Price: £21.55

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I have a question.........., 20 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Radiohead: The Best Of (Audio CD)
Who the hell is going to buy this?
Let's face it there's very little middle ground with Radiohead, you either love 'em or hate 'em. The lovers will have all the tracks already and the haters won't go near it. This stinks of record company desperation. After decades of ripping off artists and the buying public alike, the industry is up the creek as bands increasingly use t'internet to get themselves heard instead of being forced to rely on some coke-addled A&R knobhead.

So 5 stars for the music but no stars for the feeble attempt by EMI to drain every last bit of coin out of Radiohead.


Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (Gatefold Digipack)
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (Gatefold Digipack)
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Price: £1.49

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than ever, 20 Jun. 2008
I'm a grizzled old git and there's not much music around these days that genuinely excites me and gets me grinning like an idiot...but this does. Every track on this album is a well crafted gem but a special mention for 'Lost!' with it's lovely "I'm just waiting till the shine wears off" refrain.
The finely-honed Coldplay sound is intact giving each song an instant warmth and familiarity but this time around the band have stepped up a gear, stretching out with instrumental passages that bring an epic quality to a lot of the material.

Up to now I had 'Accelerate' by REM and Elbow's 'The Seldom Seen Kid' as the runaway albums of 2008 but Coldplay have delivered an album that will take some beating in the year-end polls and I suspect time will see it heralded as a classic. X&Y hinted at greatness but Viva La Vida is the real deal.
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3 Doors Down
3 Doors Down
Price: £6.15

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just ordinary, 20 Jun. 2008
This review is from: 3 Doors Down (Audio CD)
I really wanted to like this mob. A chance hearing of 'It's Not My Time' on the radio impressed me sufficiently to check 'em out further
but alas their brand of post-grunge Nickelback meets Bush (the band not the idiot U.S.Pres) doesn't hold up over 40+ minutes of an album.

Most songs follow the well-worn pattern of quiet verse into heavy chorus making them difficult to distinguish from each other, in fact two consecutive songs ('These Days' and 'Your Arms Feel Like Home') actually have the same chord progression. Thankfully the songs are in
different keys but a sloppy piece of tracklisting nonetheless which only highlights the lack of ideas on offer. The band seem to be riding
on a 'we support our boys and girls in Iraq' ticket which no doubt means our U.S. cousins are obliged to whoop and holler at their every
utterance, but there seems to be something calculated and contrived about them which makes me suspicious. Occasionally they get it right though as 'It's Not My Time', 'Runaway' and 'She Don't Want The World' are excellent.

Perhaps I picked the wrong album as reviews of their earlier work overflow with superlatives like fantastic!, brilliant!, wonderful! etc.
If that be so then I suspect 3DD's best days are over judging by this very ordinary album. Shame.
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In Rainbows
In Rainbows
Price: £7.99

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning !!, 30 Nov. 2007
This review is from: In Rainbows (Audio CD)
OK, I admit to being a fair weather Radiohead "fan" who kinda lost interest in their recorded output after OK Computer which didn't send chills down my spine (unlike the rest of the planet it seems), but instead just left me cold.

On the day of 'In Rainbows' download-only release a certain London radio station (no free plugs off me) played the entire album and first impressions were sufficiently favourable for me to part with a few quid to bung it on the iPod. Having now lived with the album for a month or so I'm happy to report that it's stunning, pure and simple. I'm not gonna do a track-by-track breakdown as such things mean nothing to anybody except the person writing it. Just forget ya beloved Babyshambles-type nonsense, if you fancy 40-plus minutes of 100% flawless music then buy this and be taught the real meaning of the word 'class'.

Personally I think this is so good that every home should have a copy by law, with beheading as punishment for non-compliance.


An End Has a Start
An End Has a Start
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Price: £5.97

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality !, 26 Jun. 2007
This review is from: An End Has a Start (Audio CD)
Haven't seen the NME review of this album alluded to elsewhere but I did see a typical "they're getting popular so let's knock-em-down" type write up by some cloth-eared hack from Q magazine which can also be dismissed. This is one hell of an album and a worthy follow-up to "The Back Room" debut.

The 1-2-3 opening salvo of 1st single "Smokers..." followed by the title track and "The Weight Of The World" is as good as you're likely to get from any album, but the highlights keep coming. "Bones" zips along in a most agreeable fashion propelled by pounding drums and urgent guitar. Likewise "The Racing Rats" is another stomper with a highly original and effective guitar pattern weaving through the song. The majestic "Push Your Head Towards The Air" brings some welcome respite until around the 2:50 mark where things shift up a gear into one of those other-worldly glory moments. "Escape The Nest" is a live killer in the making, soaring ever higher driven by another powerful guitar riff. Things wind down with the last two tracks; "Spiders" drifts by rather innocuously but the closing "Well Worn Hand" with its simple piano/voice arrangement is full of melancholy and very lovely to boot.

So forget all the Joy Division meets U2 meets Coldplay comparisons from writers who feel obliged to pigeon-hole bands, Editors have honed their own unique sound that has become much fuller on this album. They'll have no trouble sounding huge in the arenas and stadiums that beckon. Suffice to say if you liked "The Back Room" there's plenty on "An End Has A Start" to savour. Enjoy.


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