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The Last Days of Thunder Child
The Last Days of Thunder Child
Price: CDN$ 5.32

3.0 out of 5 stars Good book as a companion piece to War Of The Worlds, July 31 2014
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This is a fun but brief read. This book is Basiclly a retelling of War Of The Worlds but from different peoples prospectives. It follows the story of the Thunder Child battleship and the story of a survivor thats story intertwines with the ship towards the end of the book.
I really enjoyed reading this as I am a huge fan of the original book. The only reason it's only getting three stars is because it just kind of ends. It does tell the whole story of the battleship but it does not tell you the end of the Alien's story. It hints at what happens in the end but instead it jumps to years later after the battle. You really have to read the original book to enjoy this, but if you have this book is a lot of fun.

Creatures of the Night
Creatures of the Night
Offered by Shop Japan Akihabara
Price: CDN$ 19.57
19 used & new from CDN$ 19.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss at their heaviest ! Reveiw of Shm-CD, July 30 2014
This review is from: Creatures of the Night (Audio CD)
Kiss's last Masterpeice and it's also their heaviest album to date. This is an 80's Metal album, no doubt about that with tracks like "I Love It Loud" and "War Machine" they hit their guitar soaked best. This album has Eric Car on drums and Ace Fraley left the band while making the record. He was replaced by Vinnie Vincent, but somehow made the cover anyway. On a personal note this was the first Kiss tour I saw.
I am reviewing the Shm CD version of this album. Where it does have a bit better sound then the domestic release it's only worth it at a low price. For 20 dollars it's worth it but at 40 I think I would let it pass. Fortunately their are several sellers selling this version around the $20 mark, I paid $22 for mine, so if you like a bit better sound and your a Kiss fan I would imagine you would be happy with this. If you are going to turn the tracks into MP3's stick with the current remaster.

The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople
The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople
DVD ~ Mott the Hoople
Price: CDN$ 27.99
19 used & new from CDN$ 13.75

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better music documentaries out there, July 29 2014
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This is a excellent DVD. It gives you a great overveiw of Mott thru interveiws and the odd bit of retro film. This band never got their "Born To Boogie" or "Ziggy Stardust the Morion Picture" so there is not much footage lying around. But They made good use of what little film they had.
This doc walks you thru an album at a time. Touching on all the studio LP's. The documentary it's self is very informative with some new info thrown in with the old.
I love music doc's and this is one of the better ones plus living here in Canada there are not any BBC doc's to fill in the holes in our Mott education. I never understood why groups like Mott, Slade and T Rex didn't really make it over here. All three put out excellent albums and 45's. That's why I was so happy to see this come out maybe it will help introduce some more people to the amazing sounds of Mott The Hoople".

Sunday Night Above the Rain [Blu-ray] [Import]
Sunday Night Above the Rain [Blu-ray] [Import]
DVD ~ Marillion
Price: CDN$ 44.73
8 used & new from CDN$ 23.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent release from a Great Band!, July 23 2014
I ordered this from the Band's website and it exceeded all expectations. I have been a fan of this band for years but mainly the period with the original lead singer "Fish". I have tried a few times to get into the music from the second part of their career but it never clicked. I have a friend that is a die hard fan and I ended up ordering a copy with his. I LOVE THIS BLU RAY. Excellent show with excellent audio. It's shot very well to boot.
Here is the part that might get confusing. The version from the website is NTSC region free (not the region coding listed here). It also consists of three Blu rays. Two live shows plus a third disc with their last album in 5.1. So I don't know which version this is or how many discs (once again amazon.ca it's hard to buy something when you don't know what it is). This sells for roughly the same price on the bands website and at least from there you know it's the full Monty and properly region coded.

You Dont Want My Name You Want
You Dont Want My Name You Want
Offered by marvelio-ca
Price: CDN$ 55.79
7 used & new from CDN$ 55.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Set but bad sound, 3.5 out of 5., July 17 2014
Audio - Audience Cassette Tape
Performance - 8/10
Historical Importance - 8.5/10

These are the only shows the stooges did as a five piece and the band is on fire. The down side is the audio is really bad. Basically this was recorded on one of those cassette players from the '70's. You know the ones with the crappy little microphone and the big red record button that you had to push down at the same time as the play button. It's also before high end cassettes were around. So the sound is bad but the bands energy level is high and for the Stooges they were tight. It contains a few songs that did not make it to the three official albums out at the time. But each show has pretty well the same set.
Over all I love this set but I would have to rank it a 3.5 out of 5 stars because of the sound. But it comes in a very nice CD booklet case holding the four CD's and a booklet. Pretty well built. So the presentation is great.
This set is not for everyone but if you are a Stooges fan and you are familiar with some of the live boots that are out there you know what you are going to get. The bonus here is getting to the hear the Stooges like you never have before and sadly will never hear again.

A Passion Play [CD + DVD]
A Passion Play [CD + DVD]
Price: CDN$ 43.02
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where have you been all my life? (2 CD / 2 DVD edition), July 13 2014
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After reading Amazon reviews it's pretty obvious this album Jethro Tull fans seem to love or hate. Even Ian Anderson does not seem sure about this record. However I have benn very impressed with the Albums that have been remastered to date so I took a shot. I love this record. The keyboard work reminds of Tony Banks from Genesis. The album has a very thick sound to it and it was not destroyed by today's mastering standards. This is not overly compressed. Once again Steven Wilson does a stellar job remixing and remastering this album.
As a major Progressive Rock fan (my tastes are all over the place. Whether it be Miles Davis, Opeth, Neil Young, David Bowie, etc.) I am loving this 5.1 reissue craze. When a mix is done right, like here, it's like hearing the song for the first time. Plus with the loudness wars going on it's the best way of getting a nice open mix with great separation. Don't get me wrong there are some really bad 5.1's out there but the od's of a good sounding remaster goes up when on this format.
In closing, the record itself is Tull at their Progressive rock peek so you might want to check out Auqualung or Thick As A Brick first. But if you like those this should put a smile on your face!

Goes to Hell
Goes to Hell
Price: CDN$ 7.47
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2.0 out of 5 stars You can skip this one, July 8 2014
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This review is from: Goes to Hell (Audio CD)
What a crash after "Welcome To My Nightmare". By this point in his career he had already become a solo act. By the date of this release Alice had made four classic albums with the Alice Cooper group and one great solo album "W.T.M.N" then he crashed and burned with this one. It had one hit single "I Never Cry" which is a ballad. It sounds like Alice did not know what to do next. This is the sound of an uninspired man.
Despite Alice having a successful carrer to this day he has never come close to matching those five records. However he is still great live.

Iggy Pop Live in Cleveland 1977
Iggy Pop Live in Cleveland 1977
Offered by Speedy Hen
Price: CDN$ 4.92
11 used & new from CDN$ 4.87

3.0 out of 5 stars Show 5 stars, Sound is 4 stars and 2 stars for being a bootleg version of an officially released title., July 8 2014
Do not by this if you have the live album "Iggy & Ziggy" it's the same show. But to tell you the truth I find the sound better on this version. You can hear Bowie a lot better. However if you have neither of these titles pick one up it's a great show!

CSNY 1974 [Blu-ray Audio + DVD]
CSNY 1974 [Blu-ray Audio + DVD]
Price: CDN$ 55.64
16 used & new from CDN$ 45.06

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally released and the Blu ray pure audio is the one to get!, July 8 2014
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It's about time this finally came out but the wait was worth it. The Blu ray Audio version of this release is stunning. Let's put it in context this was an album recorded 40 years ago but they have done an excellent jod with the mix and any mastering involved. The show is the compete 3 set concert so you get solo as well as CSN and CSNY music. The sound is full and the performances are some of their best. The bit rate is 196/24 uncompressed LPCM so you can't get audio better then this (yes that includes Vinyl).
This set is so much better then the 4 way street collection released years ago of this tour. If you like great classic rock these guys were at it's loftiest peak. I do want to point out again they did a great job mastering but these recordings are from 40 years ago so don't expect it to sound like a Peter Gabreil album.

Quadrophenia
Quadrophenia
Price: CDN$ 20.71
19 used & new from CDN$ 20.71

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quadrophina the best way you will ever hear it!!!, July 1 2014
This review is from: Quadrophenia (Blu-ray Audio)
I received my copy about three weeks ago from .uk and this is a wonderful 5.1 Blu ray. I was a little cheesed about there only being an 8 track 5.1 disc in the box set but at least it's this version is at a fair price. The mix is Awsome. Better then the 5.1 of Tommy that came out (I still can't figure out on Tommy why the drums come out of the left rear speaker). Where that was good this (in my opinion) is one of the best 5.1's out there. There is also a stunning transfer of the original two track master.
This is a record I find people either love it or hate it. I feel it's one of the great two LP sets of all time. There is no filler on this album. All four members play great. It's just a stunning album.
The 5.1 Blu ray is cheaper then the CD set and as I pointed out it has a stereo mix so you do not need a surround sound system and for twenty dollars you get the whole double album on one disc.
One more thing they used the original two track as a guide so the mix is very close to the original.
What else can I say "Just Buy It"

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