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L.A. Forum Live In 1975 (2 CD + DVD)
L.A. Forum Live In 1975 (2 CD + DVD)
Price: CDN$ 24.99
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stones Awsome in 1975!, Nov. 19 2014
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This is a great show by the Stones but the DVD has it's limits. I have a VHS bootleg of this show and the picture on this DVD is not much better. The sound gets about a 7.5 but, again, the show is great. You get songs in this set that the Stones have not played live since. Finger Print File, Dodododo heartbreaker, Star Star are all here. Not the most famous of their songs but great none the less. The DVD runs about 2 hours and 20 minutes.
The picture here is not as good as the Hampton show released on Blu ray a couple of weeks back. There is a reason why this is DVD only. If you demand a super sharp and clear image go elsewhere. If you are a Stones or just music diehard then this is for you. You know what I think I will watch it again!

The Endless River (Deluxe Blu-ray Casebook Edition) [CD + Blu-ray]
The Endless River (Deluxe Blu-ray Casebook Edition) [CD + Blu-ray]
Price: CDN$ 29.97
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Going Out on A "High"!, Nov. 12 2014
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This is one of the best chill out records ever made. This album is like Pink Floyd meets Brian Eno. I loved all but on track on the CD and the 5.1 on Blu ray is nothing short of stunning. It has about a 55 minute running time. Originally this was to be made for the Division Bell as a second disc. It was going to be called "The Big Splif" so that kind of gives you an idea of what you are getting music wise.
The box it comes in is nice. Consist's of the Blu ray, Cd,, some post cards and a nice little hard covered book. It's class package.
It's sad to see Pink Floyd go but it's nice that the last record was something they could be proud of.. So thanks guys you gave us decades of great music that will live on for years!

The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
Price: CDN$ 174.99
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan, The Band, need I say more?, Nov. 5 2014
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Bob Dylan and the Band best combo since penutbutter and jelly (assuming you like penutbutter and jelly). It's hard to believe but the Dylan / Band output has been very small except for some live records you Basiclly had a few tracks on Self portrait and the studio record Planet Waves all we had was the 2 disc Basement Tapes collection. We now get almost six hours of recordings from the basement tape sessions (they actually were recorded in a few different locations but why let facts screw up a great album title). The sound on this set is good for it's source (2 track reel to reel) but it does very from track to track. It really is cool hearing the different members finding their way thru these songs (It's like sitting in a rehearsal hall with top notch musicians). A lot of these songs have never been officially by Dylan or the Band but were released by other artists (one of the books has a great collection of photos of the different 45's put out of these songs by various artists).
When interviewed Robbie Robbertson pointed out all the sonic issues from where they recorded (I am talking about the basement of Big Pink) with concrete floors, cinder block walls and a big metal furnace it was not ideal for the task at hand but Garth worked his magic and got it all on tape. The people at Columbia did a wonderful job remastering the tracks.
This is a first class package across the board. Beautiful sound (remembering the source) two hard covered books in a hard slip case. Great liner notes with colour and black and white photo's.
If you are a Dylan or a Band fan this is a must. Great companion peice to the "Isle of White" CD from last years box set and lets face it they don't make music like this anymore so getting hours of it is like finding the "Arc" of Rock music. Again this is a must have!!

Three Sides Live [Blu-ray]
Three Sides Live [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Genesis
Price: CDN$ 14.97
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Tour Doc. / Concert Film!, Nov. 5 2014
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Excellent Tour documentary / Concert film. Same track listing as the one that was in the box set but it's a new high end video transfer of the 16 mm film. It also has an HD audio track that sounds amazing.
The film it's self is excellent. True some songs are not complete but they are avalible as bonus tracks in their entirety (be it audio only). Great set list from the Abacab tour. This was filmed in the early days of the 80's so the film is not as sharp as Peter Gabriel in Athens but it's along those lines.
At it's current price (around $15) it's a good deal and worth the investment. If you have the "Movie" box and you are happy with the transfer just keep that. If you are an audiophile thou this is a must!

Fish Out Of Water (W/Dvd)
Fish Out Of Water (W/Dvd)
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 102.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Of All The Yes Solo Records!, Nov. 3 2014
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Best Yes solo record period! There is not a bad track on this record. The DVD is a little different. It's more
Ike a movie commentary then the usual music doc. Squire talks you thru the tracks like a director would to seens of a film. The songs are top notch and needless to say the playing is great. Any serious Prog. fan needs to check this record out. It actually is closer to a mainstream record then progressive rock but it's all Chris Squire. Patrick Moraz and Bill Bruford both play on the record.
If you like music from the 70's check this out!

Brothers & Sisters
Brothers & Sisters
Price: CDN$ 37.83
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Allman's greats on SACD, Oct. 14 2014
This review is from: Brothers & Sisters (Audio CD)
Beautiful sounding SACD. Nice warm bottom end and thick bass sound. Best version I have heard to date. It comes in a replica gatefold album jacket. If you have an SACD player this is the one to get. The box set was good for the live album but the remastered album was a little bright. Content wise this is just the straight record but it never sounded this good before. Worth the extra cash!

Wake Up To Find Out: Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY 3/29/1990 (3 CD)
Wake Up To Find Out: Nassau Colliseum, Uniondale, NY 3/29/1990 (3 CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Dead's Best!, Oct. 11 2014
This was the first tour I saw the Dead on and they were at the top of their game. Unfortunatly it was down hill from here. But this show is one of the best shows I have heard the band do. With Branford Marsalis joining them for this gig the band is smoking. It also has an amazing set list. If someone asked me where to start with the Dead this show might be it. On the Dead's website you can buy the whole tour in a box set. For those of us that can't afford $300 box sets this is a nice snap shot of what you would get. I love the Dead and would love to collect all their releases but there is just too many. So I have stuck to the Rhino releases and the odd website only title.
If you are into Trippy music with a trance quality to it you should love this. If you don't like this I would say the Grateful Dead are not for you, well at least the later years. As for me this will be getting played a lot.

The Hurting (Blu-ray Audio)
The Hurting (Blu-ray Audio)
DVD ~ Tears For Fears
Price: CDN$ 20.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Blu ray Audio for a near classic '80's record, Oct. 6 2014
Another dynamite Blu ray Audio release. In case you are not up to date these are AUDIO ONLY Blu ray releases. With current blue rays you can have a transfer rate of 192/24 bit. This According to the team that remastered the Beatles Catalog said these are so perfect sounding to the source you can't hear the difference. These are flat tranfers from the original 2 track masters. Some come with 5.1 mixes (this one does not). Some people think these Blu ray Audio's are too loud. Remember these are the two tracks the way they should be heard. If your CD's sound quiter or softer it was not the mix but the limitations of the red book (CD) source.
I am not a huge fan of '80's music, even though I grew up then, but this is a diamond. Great song writing, good production and over all good performance by the musicians.
If you like '80's music or just great songs ( that do suffer from a little of that '80's sound) you might want to check this out.

Noah [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
Noah [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Russell Crowe
Price: CDN$ 9.99
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Noah and the rock creatures. This is a comedy right?, Sept. 16 2014
This is possibly one of the stupidest films I have ever seen. Giant rock creatures that help Noah biuld the arc. Swords being thruster into the ground causing the ground to catch fire. I must have missed this version of Noah's arc in school. If you want a really good laugh get a bunch of freinds together, have a few drinks and you will be laughing so hard you will have tears rolling down your face. Well unless you bought it then those tears will be rolling down for another reason. If I could give this zero stars I would!

Godzilla [Blu-ray + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
Godzilla [Blu-ray + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Price: CDN$ 13.49
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla 2014 Blu ray, Sept. 16 2014
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I saw this movie last summer and loved it. In the theater it was a little too dark but I can happily say that is not the case here. Yes the big battle is at night but I had no problem making anything out, well except for the scenes where it was designed to only reveal little glimpses of the the monsters. The audio is also amazing. I am a huge fan of Godzilla films, yes even the cheesy ones, but this film is second only to the original (Japanese version). I found the story well thought out and the film did not just rely on special effects. The director that did this film also did the film Monsters which was excellent. The reason he was picked (sorry can't remember his name) was because, as the producers said, "anyone can do CGI we wanted someone that could tell a story".
They have already green lighted a sequal but it's a few years off. First he is doing a Star Wars stand alone film (no not the J.J. Abrams one that continues the story with original characters but a one off in the Star wars universe). The next film is bringing back some of the classic Godzilla foes.
My only complant about this film was I think the MUTO's (the enemy) could have been designed better but that's a small complant.
If you like monster movies or great action films this is for you. If you think this type of film is beneath you just pass.
An FYI to people saying the film is too dark you might want adjust the levels on your TV. I have tried it on three different TV's and the picture was not too dark on any of them.

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