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Water-proof Bluetooth Sports Headset With Earhook for Sports Running Gym Hiking Jogger APT-X Technology Rechargeable Bluetooth Headphones Sports Bluetooth Headset Portable Wireless Headphones With NFC&Dual-Microphone Bluetooth 4.0 Version for iPhone iPad iPod Samsung Galaxy Samsung Note Sony LG Android Phone Windows Phone Most Other Smart-phones and Bluetooth Devices (Blue)
Water-proof Bluetooth Sports Headset With Earhook for Sports Running Gym Hiking Jogger APT-X Technology Rechargeable Bluetooth Headphones Sports Bluetooth Headset Portable Wireless Headphones With NFC&Dual-Microphone Bluetooth 4.0 Version for iPhone iPad iPod Samsung Galaxy Samsung Note Sony LG Android Phone Windows Phone Most Other Smart-phones and Bluetooth Devices (Blue)
Offered by Levin-UK
Price: £70.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Solid Sound!, 3 July 2015
There are a lot of Bluetooth headphones on the market and having played with a few, I have to say that if it's Bluetooth, you can expect sketchy sound. All are comfortable to wear, no doubt, but also don't fit well.

These Dacom Lancer Two wireless headphones rock in a lot of ways. The design is so well designed that it fits in your ear without fear of falling out. Also included in the kit are a multitude of attachments for any size ear. It only took me two hours to charge the headphones through the USB port (the input on the headphones is a bit tricky to get to. It's under a tiny green flap that takes sharp fingernails and patience to open.

So it's attractive, light and has enough power of hours of music and they can fit any ear. What about the power and sound? I turned both my iPhone and my headphones up full volume. There was no distortion. When you've reached maximum volume, you hear a few beeps. I found maneuvering forward/backward through songs and adjusting the volume cumbersome unless you take the headphone out of one ear. However, you don't need to do that often and with practice you can get the process down. The highs and mid-range are very very good. The subtle nuance of strings, horns or high chords is distinct. The bass is `sufficient', meaning it is balanced enough, but there is no real power. I like strong bass, but honestly, with any headphone or earbud, solid rock-hard bass is a rarity. But the fit is tight enough that outside noise can be heard but is snuffed out enough to give a great listening experience.

Given the appearance, functionality, reasonable good sound and price, Dacom Lancer has a good product. If bass can be improved, it would be a wonderful improvement, but for this stage, it's a nice electronic set and one I do recommend. Product supplied for honest reviewed.


Saved By The Bell: The Collected Works Of Robin Gibb 1968-1970
Saved By The Bell: The Collected Works Of Robin Gibb 1968-1970
Price: £12.91

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Generous & Extensive Collection, 3 Jun. 2015
This is one labor of love. 'Robin's Reign' released in 1970 was a poor seller but was a fan favorite. One of the three singles ('Saved by The Bell') reached #2 on the British Charts - no small feat. 'August October' and 'One Million Years' were the others which did not chart. Brothers Barry and Maurice also had single albums to release, but chose not to in order to continue again as the Bee Gees who had split in 1969. Robin had a second album already due to be released, 'Sing Slowly Sisters', but this album was never released, becoming one of the famous 'lost albums' of this period.

Jump ahead 45 years and producer Andrew Sandoval with help from other collectors (Joe Brennan of 'Gibb Songs'); found all the lost acetates, bootlegs and other obscure recording sources for release. Cleaning up the 'Sing Slowly Sisters' album and a dozen or more obscure songs, 'Robin's Reign' saw new light with two additional discs celebrating a two years manic production of pop music with lush orchestration.

Many versions are displayed here in Mono as well as alternate takes, two Italian versions, BBC recordings, interviews, and more. Most notably present to the delight of all fans are Robin's 'Moon Anthem', 'Ghost Of Christmas Past' (a chorus and instrumentation worthy of any classical releases) and the complex 12-minute version of 'Hudson's Fallen Wind', previously released with only a 3-minute portion.

Boxed in a nice four-page cardboard enclosure with a 22-page booklet, there is lots to see and read and there are details about each of the 63-songs. Bob Stanley (writer and a member of the pop group Saint Etienne) and Grammy-nominated Andrew Sandoval both contribute much of the pop history with copious notes. This release from the vaults is a fan's dream. It took nearly half a century to get ‘Saved By The Bell’ out to the public in the proper format and it’s a welcome additional to any Gibb or Bee Gees fans collection. Lord Bless All.
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Ausdom S04 NFC Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Headset with Built-in Microphone
Ausdom S04 NFC Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Headset with Built-in Microphone
Offered by Foscam UK
Price: £29.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable Good Set, 23 April 2015
There are a lot of Bluetooth headphones on the market and having played with a few, I have to say that if it's Bluetooth, you can usually expect sketchy sound. All are comfortable to wear, no doubt, and this pair feels good and secure. Once on the ears, these ear buds won't move. The cord is round which is usually bad idea for tangling unless flat, but the material here is stiff and thick enough that tangling is not a concern.

Also included in the kit are a few extra ear bud cups for varying sizes. It only took me four hours to charge the earphones through the USB port (the input on the headphones is a bit tricky to get to, but easier than most). It's under a tiny flap that takes opens fairly easily. Pairing is typical by holding the volume control device while the tiny LED light flickers blue and red.

The look is attractive; it is light and has about five hours of play if kept at a reasonable sound level. Blast it and it uses up power faster. What about the power and sound? I turned both my iPhone and my earphones up full volume. There was no distortion. When you've reached maximum volume, you hear a few beeps. I found maneuvering forward/backward through songs and adjusting the volume fairly easy with the volume control design piece.

The highs and mid-range are very good, but remember that `corded' earphones always sound better in most cases. You are paying for the convenience. The bass is `sufficient', meaning it is balanced enough, but there is no real power. I like strong bass, but honestly, with any headphone or ear bud, solid rock-hard bass is a rarity. But the fit is tight enough that outside noise can be heard but is snuffed out enough to give a good listening experience.

Given the appearance, functionality, reasonable good sound and price, AUSDOM has a good product. If the bass can be improved, it would be a wonderful improvement, but for this stage, it's a nice electronic set and one I do recommend. Product supplied for honest reviewed.


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Offered by DoctorsDeals
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Essential!, 13 April 2015
Three months ago I was attacked with four concurrent attacks of diverticulitis that wouldn’t go away. After a final 4-day hospitalization, the situation improved, but I was told to change my diet quite a bit to prevent future attacks. Essential Nutrition Probiotics was recommended by my doctor as it has a high concentration of CFUS/bottle.

Just one pill a day with my vitamins and I can be sure that the probiotics materials essential to my digestive health are there. The price is extremely reasonable considering the price of getting ill. Its amazing how much I learned by getting ill and recovering and keeping that recovery continuous.


Winston Churchill and the Treasure of Mapungubwe Hill: A Novel
Winston Churchill and the Treasure of Mapungubwe Hill: A Novel
by Christopher Angus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Ride, 27 Mar. 2015
If you read any of Christopher Angus's novels you'll see a common thread that pulls them all together. Mixing real history with fictitious characters, Angus brings the reader into a world of adventure that reminds one of any classic swashbuckler story or film. The structures of the novels are set up like a film script with several stories happening at once each with its rising tensions culminating in a climax, only to be pushed further to the next highlight.

Mapungubwe Hill is no exception, with a young Winston Churchill subjected to cliffhanger episodes all centered around a hidden treasure known by this name. Like 'Flypaper', "The Last Titanic Story" and 'London Underground", there are ancient tombs, magnificent palaces, wars, secrets, romance and rivalries. Again the reader is pulled into the challenging world of World War II and Hitler and his forces.

Mapungubwe Hill is just as exciting a ride as any of Angus's previous novels. I enjoy his cliffhanger style and the interplay of characters and situations. If you liked any of his previous works, you'll enjoy Mapungubwe Hill just as much.


Ivation Smart Bluetooth wireless Electronic Padlock Metal 3 and a ½ Inch - Works w/iOS & Android Devices - sheds, safety deposit boxes, lockers & more the ultimate in security - Control your Lock from your Phone - Black
Ivation Smart Bluetooth wireless Electronic Padlock Metal 3 and a ½ Inch - Works w/iOS & Android Devices - sheds, safety deposit boxes, lockers & more the ultimate in security - Control your Lock from your Phone - Black
Offered by Smart Shop UK
Price: £44.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Easy & Too Secure!, 23 Mar. 2015
This is one powerful, strong and cool padlock. The use is easy. Simply download the app – “KeePS Padlock” and you are on the way. Unlocking the padlock is easy with your phone. Press the padlock central button until it flashes red. Tap the ‘unlock’ on your phone app and it unlocks. Close it to secure your valuables. When you want to unlock it, do the same thing. It really is that easy.

The construction is foolproof. There is no lock to pick and the metal is powerfully strong. The padlock runs on two cell batteries (included) that are easily installed. The best part is that there are no codes to remember or keys to carry. The only thing I can find a problem is that you cannot lock your phone up inside a locker with this padlock. That’s a small concern considering this strong secure padlock.

By the way, if you do lock your phone in your locker you can login from a different phone only if you know your registration
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1974-1979
1974-1979
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £18.68

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Career Pinnacle!, 23 Mar. 2015
This review is from: 1974-1979 (Audio CD)
1974-1979 was the pinnacle of the Bee Gees career and creativity. They were the top band in the seventies. So, this collection is a wonderful set with some important items missing. This is the holy grail of seventies music by the biggest band at the time. Never mind whatever is happening with Barry Gibb, Rhino and Warners. This set has its triumphs and miss-steps.

“Mr. Natural” was the first change from the ballad-stuck Bee Gees where producers Arif Mardin and Robert Stigwood heavily pushed the Gibbs into recording something different than the usual ballad and dip more readily into their R&B. Soul music was already in their blood but it was stuck. With Mr. Natural they released three singles, all seemingly odd choices from an album that has great songs. From, “Heaving Breathing” and “I Can’t Let You Go” to the powerful “Dogs” and “Down The Road”, it is a great collection. All their harmonies, songwriting skills are heavily pronounced. Only “Mr. Natural” had the funk that was the turning point but it was a good funk.
*In the UK the album did not chart nor did the three singles, “Mr. Natural”, “Throw A Penny” and “Charade”.
On the next album, “Main Course”, Arif Mardin pushed them harder and they went to Eric Clapton’s Miami recording house, 461 Ocean Boulevard. It was there that they produced some more of the classic ballads, “Country Lanes”, Songbird” and “Edge Of The Universe”, but the R&B and funk got so good it sky-rocketed them up the charts. Sure the country flavored, “Come On Over” was a hit for Olivia Newton-John, but “Jive Talkin”, Nights On Broadway” and “Fanny (Be Tender With My Love” were huge hits. The rise was starting fast. Barry’s newly discovered falsetto started a new qualified sound that helped enormously.
*In the UK the album did not chart. “Jive Talkin” charted #5 and “Nights On Broadway and “Fanny…” did not chart.
The subsequent album was solely produced by the Bee gees with Arif Mardin out of the picture, so the pressure was high. The Gibbs set forth and produced an even more consistently R&B/black sounding ‘white-eyed soul’ album than before. Nearly every song was soulfully arranged with the black Philadelphia sound and it was a huge hit. “You Stepped Into My Life”, “”Lovers”, “Children Of the World” and “Subway” were strong album cuts, but the singles were stronger than ever.
*In the UK, the album did not chart. “You Should Be Dancing charted #5, Love So Right” charted #41 and “Boogie child” did not chart.
“The Miami Years” is an interesting collection from the “Saturday Night Fever” album and other album cuts and singles from that period. This is a controversial album. The songs include the four new SNF from that album along with a Samantha Song hit, “Emotion” (#4 in the UK) - two Andy Gibb cuts, “Warm Ride” and the single “(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away” - the B-Side to “Stayin Alive”, “If I Can’t Have You” (a #4 hit for Yvonne Elliman in the UK) - another Bee Gees country chart, “Rest Your Love On Me” (also an Andy Gibb album cut) and an odd B-Side from “Mr. Natural”, “It Doesn’t Matter Much To Me” (a song that has three different versions) and is a typical Bee gees pop ballad. Since “Stayin Alive” was so huge, the 12” version is also included with a strong horn section. All these songs have been released digitally before.

After “Saturday Night Fever” (charting #1) and numerous singles written and recorded by others, The Bee Gees were beyond touchable as the kings of pop radio. “Spirits Having Flown” was a Barry falsetto dominated album with him taking the lead on every song. The dance numbers and disco were gone, but the R&B and funk remained on great songs like, “Search, Find”, “Living Together” and “I’m Satisfied”.
*In the UK, the album charted #1. The single, “Tragedy” charted at #1, "Too Much Heaven charted at #3 and “Love You Inside Out” charted at #13. The song, “Spirits Having Flown” was a hit at #16. Andy Gibb’s version of “(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away” went to #32. This is amazing as are the songs.
The disappointing part of this collection is the lack of lyrics, photos or notes. There is NO booklet. The Bee Gees considered themselves songwriters first above everything. And no notes demarking the historic rise of this period is perplexing. This is such an amazing story of pop history the note and photos that could have been included boggles the mind. Who made these decisions? The clam box is typical for reissues now and the five albums are faithfully reproduced front and back, but in cheap cardboard sleeves and not plastic CD’s. The songs that were not previously remastered are done well now. “Mr. Natural” shows new life as do the others.
It’s an historic release of a fantastic period of music and the music makes up for most omissions, but there is still hope that a better collection might come in the future. If not for being five amazing albums, I would never buy this ‘box set’.
*Album and single charts information taken from, “The Authorized Biography” by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb as told to David Leaf and Wikipedia.
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Heathen (Ms)
Heathen (Ms)

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Surround, 20 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Heathen (Ms) (Audio CD)
"Heathen" was a hard listen for me, initially; with it's over-sampled guitar work. However, when I acquired a system that decodes SACD's, this album completely changed in sound and dynamics. With surround sound and the exquisite remastering, you can truly hear the layers of music that Bowie intended you to hear. "Sunday" and "5:15" are especially breathtaking on this disc and "Everyone Says Hi" turns from silly and simple to fun and phenomenal.

Also, this SACD contains four more songs that were only available on special discs or singles. The Fall of 2006 should allow Sony to release inexpensive SACD Surround Sound systems and this SACD should be your first purchase. The experience is simply spine tingling and ethereal. Bowie always was ahead of the game in music and styles.


Mr. Natural [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)]
Mr. Natural [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)]

5.0 out of 5 stars A Glimpse Of The Genius To Come, 18 Feb. 2015
Mr. Natural only reached #198 on the USA Billboard charts and comprises a significant transition period for the Bee Gees. With the help of veteran producer Arif Mardin, the Gibbs put together a smattering of different styled songs, ranging from rock to R&B to ballads. Their album before (A Kick In The Head...) was not released and the album afterwards (Main Course) skyrocketed up the charts with a #1 single and started the Bee Gees on the present course they enjoy now. Although none of the singles (Throw A Penny, Mr. Natural and Charade) made much of an impact, it still is a "which style do we go with guys?" album. However, it is one of the most diverse albums of the Bee Gees career. Oddly, the stations seemed to play "Dogs" now and then, even though it was not released as a single. "Give A Hand, Take A Hand" was an older song from 1969 that the Gibbs rerecorded after The Staple Singers did well with it. The song styles waver through soft, sensual ballads like "Charade" and then jump into a strange, heavily transitioned song "Throw A Penny" into a fast rock number called "Down The Road", which was a staple in their concerts. "Mr. Natural " comes closest to a true R&B song, but seems forced. "Lost In Your Love" is a trademark Bee Gees tear-jerker and "Voices" really takes advantage of Robin's great vocals. "Heavy Breathing" is a simple, but rocking song, but is then followed by an obligatory tear-jerking ballad "Had A Lot Of Love Last Night". What a variety! It's clear that the Gibbs maintained a grip on their older style while diving into a new style that would make the public give it a good, hard listen. Should you buy it? (as if you don't have 5 copies already). Yes, there are many memorable tracks. On this album you can really feel the 'hunger' the Gibbs had!


Life in a.. -Jap Card-
Life in a.. -Jap Card-
Price: £30.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Short, Sweet & Amazing, 18 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Life in a.. -Jap Card- (Audio CD)
Even though this CD barely garnered a hit, "Saw A New Morning" and was poorly received by the public, the concerts were still going strong during this period (1973). Hedging more towards country, The Bee Gees crafted some fine acoustic work here with, "South Dakota Morning, "Living In Chicago" and the upbeat rocker, "Come Home Johnny Bridie".

"I Don't Wanna Be The One" and "My Life Has Been A Song" are a tad bit of the old cornball ballads. However, "While I Play" is a Barry Gibb standout cut. Recorded with such celebrated studio musicians as, Jim Keltner on drums, pianist Jane Getz, 'Sneaky Pete' on steel guitar and the Bee Gees own, Alan Kendall, this album is first rate. It is a shame it only clocks in at less than 33 minutes.

Recording during one of the slowest periods of their career in Los Angeles, this album pumps out more country than pop or rock, but still displays the amazing song-writing talents and guitar work the Bee Gees were known for, especially in this early American period. They appeared on the Johnny Carson show frequently and the Midnight Special, such was their popular draw.


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