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News Of The World
News Of The World
Price: CDN$ 15.58
26 used & new from CDN$ 7.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flows a little better if a few songs are re-arranged, April 23 2008
This review is from: News Of The World (Audio CD)
I rate this album 4.5 but there are no half stars. This is a more stripped down (by Queen standard) and basic album but it is very diverse and it rocks! It flows a little better if a few songs are re-arranged:

1) We Will Rock You
2) We Are the Champions
3) All Dead All Dead
4) Spread Your Wings
5) Fight From the Inside
6) Sheer Heart Attack

7) Get Down Make Love
8) Who Needs You
9) Sleeping On The Sidewalk
10) It's Late
11) My Melancholy Blues

There! I like how 'Sheer Heart Attack' ends abruptly to end side 1 (or just before 'Get Down Make Love'). Either way it sounds better there. It follows 'Fight From the Inside' pretty well too. 'All Dead All Dead' & 'Spread Your Wings' sound smoother and more natural following 'Rock You & 'Champions' especially because they have piano in them. A couple of blues based rockers 'Sleeping On the Sidewalk' & 'It's Late' go well together on side 2 as well. This album doesn't quite have the knockout energy of other Queen albums but it's a simpler, more refined rock statement that is no less interesting. There are beautiful moments in the rock and roll and 'Get Down Make Love' is about as down and dirty as Queen gets. Great album!

Jazz
Jazz
Price: CDN$ 17.09
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jazz it up by re-sequencing a few tracks, April 22 2008
This review is from: Jazz (Audio CD)
I actually rate this 4.5 but they don't have half stars. This album rocks, is charming and absurd, and is very musically diverse! Not perfect perhaps, but it reminds me a little bit of 'Sheer Heart Attack' for it's fun energy and eclectic nature - albeit different production and style. I did have a couple of problems with this album though: 'Let Me Entertain You' didn't make sense in the middle - it should open the album; 'Fun It' didn't sound very good isolated amongst slow acoustic pieces on side 2; and there are a couple of songs I just don't really like all that much (If You Can't Beat 'Em, & More Of That Jazz). Can't do much about the last complaint but here is a good solution to the other 2 (mix and match as needed):

1) Let Me Entertain You
2) Fat Bottomed Girls
3) Jealousy
4) Bicycle Race
5) Fun It
6) Dead On Time

7) Mustapha
8) Leaving Home Ain't Easy
9) Dreamer's Ball
10) If You Can't Beat 'Em
11) In Only Seven Days
12) Don't Stop Me Now
13) More Of That Jazz

Possibly 'Leaving Home Ain't Easy' & 'In Only Seven Days' could switch places. 'Let Me Entertain You' gets to open the show as it should, followed by some fun 'Fat Bottomed Girls', and more fun like 'Bicycle Race' and 'Fun It' which sounds funky and a lot livelier in this context. I like how the thunder at the end of 'Dead On Time' ends the first half. 'Mustapha' still gets to open side 2 and the rest of that side is much more subdued as if it's needed after the wild partying on side 1. 'Don't Stop Me Now' is the knockout punch after this breather. It's hard to get this album's order right because it's such a mish-mash of styles but the best songs here are some of Queen's best and most creative. Only a few songs I don't like all that much and even they aren't terrible: OK 'If You Can't Beat 'Em' is pretty bad (except for Freddie's singing); and 'More Of That Jazz' has a good crunchy guitar groove going (I just don't like the sample of all the album's songs they put in the middle to try to tie it all together). Queen took risks here and Mr Mercury is dazzling. This album has loads of energy, style and panache (and rocks!) unlike their safer, bland 80's material.

Powerslave (Remastered CD)
Powerslave (Remastered CD)
Price: CDN$ 11.99
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album sounds even better if re-sequenced a bit!, April 22 2008
For me there were 3 minor complaints with this album: The 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th songs sound a little too similar one after the other; the main riff of 'Ancient Mariner' sounds a little less than impressive following 'Village' & 'Powerslave'; and the album's 2 epic songs (Powerslave & Mariner) are both at the end. I've found a perfect solution - re-arranging a couple of songs:

1.) Aces High
2.) 2 Minutes To Midnight
3.) Los'fer Words
4.) Back In the Village
5.) Powerslave

6.) Flash Of the Blade
7.) The Duelists
8.) Rime Of the Ancient Mariner

It breaks up the "sameness" of the songs in the middle, The epic song 'Powrslave' ends side 1 with an exclamation mark, and 'Mariner' sounds better following 'Flash' & 'Duelists' to end side 2. 'Flash' makes for a killer opener for side 2 as well. Storywise it also makes more sense for 'Village' to follow the other wartime stories 'Aces' & 'Minutes' after the short break (Los'fer Words). I can also get into 'Mariner' easier after a couple of sword fighting songs instead of another epic (Egyptian) song. I like this album even better now. Try it and enjoy!

NHL - Ultimate Gretzky (Special Edition)
NHL - Ultimate Gretzky (Special Edition)
DVD ~ Garnet Bailey
Offered by MILA TECHNOLOGIES CA
Price: CDN$ 19.60
12 used & new from CDN$ 19.59

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the 3 good games., March 13 2006
They dropped the ball (or puck) on this one by not showing nearly enough footage of Gretzky in action. There are 2 discs (in the main package). In Disc 1 Keifer Sutherland narrates??. John Davidson interviews Gretzky and they go through a general overview of Wayne's career hilites. Much more could have been shown and it could have been a great opportunity to ask some really interesting questions. Disc 2 is full of extras like bloopers, ceremonies honoring Wayne, fantasy camp, career stats, interviews with Walter Gretzky and Keifer Sutherland!!?? etc. They could have filled this 2nd disc with hilites instead. The Special Edition thankfully includes 5 bonus games in their entirety (which is why I bought this) but even there they dropped the ball. The games are:
- '84 Stanley Cup Finals game 5 (vs NYI)
- '93 Conference Finals game 7 (vs TOR)
- 12/30/'81 50 goals in 39 games
- 03/23/'94 Goal 802 (vs VCR)
- '83 All-Star Game
Three of those games are really good (the first 3). As for the other two, they could have picked countless other games to showcase Gretzky.
How about: 1851 pts vs EDM; or Canada Cup '87; or Canada Cup '84; or knocking out EDM in '89 playoffs; or defeating MTL with hat-trick in '81 playoffs; or Stanley Cup victories 2,3 or 4; or any number of stunning performances??
Instead we get an All-Star game & Goal 802 which, although significant, is not exactly a memorable game and Gretzky is not that good in it either except for the historic goal. It's worth buying for the 3 good games. The hilites are merely OK.

Blade Wars: Canada Cup 87 Game 2
Blade Wars: Canada Cup 87 Game 2
2 used & new from CDN$ 40.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Best game ever!!, Nov. 16 2005
This is the best game I've ever seen played. Tremendous display of skill, passion, and drama. It's a must win situation and in spots the atmosphere in the air is so thick you can practically cut it with a knife. One of Gretzky's finest games too. Apparently, Gretzky was so exhausted near the end of this one that he peed his pants on the bench but nobody knew. He lost all muscle control. If you can though, get the box set with all 3 final games. They are all worth it.

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