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The Bee Gees-Greatest Hits Go Classic
The Bee Gees-Greatest Hits Go Classic
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Mildly Exciting..................., 21. Dezember 2009
Most of these "orchestral" recordings of famous pop songs are syrupy, simplistic and stupid. I've heard enough Bee Gees recordings like this to be wary, but I bought this on a whim. It is a basic orchestra except they have added a strong percussion and bass, making for a little bit more substance. However, there are only four good songs. The reason these are better than most is that the orchestra not only gives a slightly different interpretation of the song, but it adds sone extra percussion and minor synthesizers. In fact,"You Win Again" contains some nice little sound effects. The four good songs are, "Ordinary Lives", "Tragedy", "You Win Again" and "To Love Somebody". The rest are uninspired repeats of what you've heard elsewhere. If you're interested in something different, you might like this, but for me, it was only mildly exciting.

For the record, The "Classic Dream Orchestra" has done their own renditions of other groups, such as, ABBA, The Beatles, Elton John, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Phil Collins, Queen, Rod Stewart and Simon & Garfunkel.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Get Your Back - Back!, 12. Dezember 2009
Twice a month I visit the chiropractor for an adjustment. After I tried an inversion table at a friends house, I was hooked. This inversion table is amazing. After the first three minutes inverted, I could actually feel the "stretch" in my entire back - it felt good.

Assembling this table looked a bit daunting at first, especially since they recommend you assemble it with two people. However, with a little patience and `alone', I had it together in less than an hour. The material is sturdy, comfortable and easily adjustable. At 5'-11" and 195 pounds, it was easy to set the ankle and table length to the proper fitting. The ankle pads are just strong enough to be comfortable so you can completely relax your feet and ankles while hanging. The safety strap is also easily adjustable to let you decide how severe an angle you want to hang with. I went for the complete invert right away. This part was a tad unnerving, as you have to go slowly. Placing my hands above my head, the table quickly flipped until I was upside down. I highly recommend you go slowly and use the comfortable side bars. Getting back up is also easy by simply pulling on those same side bars.

It is recommenced that you always wear shoes/sneakers while using the table. It is also nice to be able to simply fold the entire table up to move to another room. Do note the ad here that you will feel a loosening of tension in your back, neck and muscles. I've only had this a few days, but I can truly feel the difference and can't wait to see my chiropractor again. Also, when is the last time you spent so little for a truly helpful piece of medical equipment?

Red (the New Mixes)
Red (the New Mixes)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The "RED Album!, 23. November 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Red (the New Mixes) (Audio CD)
Remastered in DTS 5.1 Digital surround sound, this 1974 release is astounding. After purchasing, "In The Court of the Crimson King" in DTS 5.1, I had to get this and it's no disappointment. Unlike "In the Court..." this edition doesn't flaunt the surround sound as much, but still makes it sound like you are in the studio.

From the complex soundings of "Red" and the wild "Fallen Angel" to the more somber "Providence" the band can be clearly heard with no distortion whatsoever. Robert Fripp's guitar playing is simply amazing and every track is different in sound, feel and ambience. It's a real treat to hear different versions of "Red", "Fallen Angel" (love the instrumental songs) and "Providence". Also included is "A Voyage to the Centre of the Cosmos", which I did not realize was a live recording until the applause at the end!

While the CD is perfect for those who prefer stereo recordings (remastered to perfection), the DVD contains additional songs with videos. Sure, it was 1974 and there is not much in the way of psychodelia, but that's the point. It's the music that matters. The videos of "Lark's Tongue In Aspic: Part II" is nothing short of amazing and it makes me want for the album of that name. "Starless" is also a standout video cut, with the classical King Crimson song arrangement that is breathtaking. Sid Smith provides a nice biography of the band with Robert Fripp speaking about pop star status. This is more than progressive rock. This edition is a keeper.

In the Court of the Crimson King (the New Mixes)
In the Court of the Crimson King (the New Mixes)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Surrounded in the Crimson Court!, 21. November 2009
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of King Crimson, producers Robert Fripp and Steve Wilson have left no stone unturned in this exhaustive edition. From the stereo album to DTS 5.1 digital surround, clips and bonus tracks, this is what fans have been waiting all this time for. Robert Fripp has been the only constant over the years with the band members changing nearly every album. This initial offering is one of the most intriguing.

The CD contains the original album with five songs remastered in clear stereo arguably better than the 2004 release. Every instrument is clearly heard and separated. But the bonus tracks are the most compelling. The full version of "Moonchild" is here along with a `duo version' and an alternate mix' (different solos) of the romantic " I Talk To The Wind". The backing instrumental track of "Epitaph" is mystical and mesmerizing. Remember that short intro of `wind/organ-like' sounds before "21st Century Schizoid Man"? Extracts from that are also included giving the listener an idea of how special effects were produced forty years ago.

The DVD is really why I bought this edition. The entire album is presented here in DTS 5.1 digital surround sound, giving new life to every instrument and vocal. The harsh quick guitar riff that runs throughout "21st Century Schizoid Man" travels from speaker to speaker around the room, while Greg Lake's equally sharp vocals are blasted from the front center. And that is just one song. The percussion varies throughout each song, but is so exact and clean you get a true sense of the extent of Michael Giles talent. Ian McDonald's woodwind instruments vibrate as if they are in the room with reed-like clarity. Fripp's guitar work is as varied as the song he is playing on. Also, many thanks go to lyricist Peter Sinfield.

The original Master Edition of the entire album from 2004 is included here just for comparison. Again all the five previously mentioned bonus tracks are in 5.1 surround sound here as well. Not to exclude anything from this special edition, the complete alternate album is included here as well, although in stereo. Not to be outdone, there is a two-minute black and white video in mono of the band doing "21st Century Schizoid Man" on an outdoor stage. For mono, its not bad at all.

Future albums of King Crimson are in the works, Red being released already and Lizard coming out in December of 2009. Robert Fripp is arguably one of rock's best musical genius. His guitar work and creations are legendary; beyond progressive rock. Having been the only constant all these years, Robert Fripp is King Crimson. This album is a classic.

The Ultimate Bee Gees
The Ultimate Bee Gees
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The 50th Anniversary!, 4. November 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Ultimate Bee Gees (Audio CD)
For having so many greatest hits packages, the first question is why another? 2009 is the 50th Anniversary of the Bee Gees and the first time they announced that they would, after all, reunite as the Bee Gees. When Maurice Gibb passed away in 2003, it was declared the Bee Gees were over and Barry and Robin went their separate ways. This is a celebration.

The nicest surprise is that fans are now given an official video disc of 18 of the Bee Gees more popular songs. "Spicks & Specks" is the original grainy black and white version, but "New York Mining Disaster 1941" is a rare clip, interspersing montages of children and coal miners which is a more direct reference to the lyrics. "Tomorrow, Tomorrow" represents the year the Bee Gees temporarily lost Robin but is a great song from their TV special "Cucumber Castle" and a nice addition even if a bit fuzzy. "For Whom The Bell Tolls" is one of their under appreciated gems and this video is one of their best (I miss "When He's Gone" as a video). "Still Waters Run Deep" is a rare video in that it is the single version of the song with an electronic harpsichord (not the album version). However, the most professional video has to be "Alone" with its images over the years spliced into the song.

The sound is far superior to all previous releases (other than the videos), including Tales from the Brothers Gibb and The Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits: The Record. It appears that `most' of the songs chosen were all in the Top Twenty either in the USA or the UK. This makes for a nice Anniversary Edition, even if you already own most of these songs. The box is (as most are nowadays) a cardboard foldout with a slipcase. But the insert has a nice write-up from Sir Tim Rice with some photos of the group as they progressed over the last fifty years. Its not extensive, but gives enough information to sum up the Bee Gees career (so far).
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Logitech G9x Laser Maus schnurgebunden + 2 Griffschalen schwarz und silber
Logitech G9x Laser Maus schnurgebunden + 2 Griffschalen schwarz und silber

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Gaming Mouse, 19. Oktober 2009
In appearance and feel, there is not much difference between this gaming mouse and the G9 gaming mouse. However, you can adjust the sensitivity of the mouse for gaming by creating up to five mouse profiles and you can determine the sensitivity you want, so your arrow can zip across your screen super-fast or go slower, depending on what kind of game you are involved in. The G9X has the enhanced laser which makes for more accurate gaming. Once you have that under control, your gaming precision is sure to get faster and more accurate.

As far as simply being a good mouse, it still has great features. Like the G9, there is a choice between a wider or thinner mouse grip. (I use the wider one as my hands are large and I have always had trouble with thinner mice). Plus, you can add weight to the mouse (up to 28 g), which is something I had never thought would be such a great advantage until I used it. The bulk and the sensitivity really improve handling. The scroll wheel can be adjusted to either a smooth or a click response (I prefer the click). Just the velvety feel and the wider grip make a huge difference. This might seem minor, but the cord is braided which makes it easy to distinguish when plugging and unplugging in the back of my desktop. In short, this version of gaming mouse is better than the G9 since it contains the gaming profiles and the enhanced laser (in software installation).

The Rock and Roll Book of The
The Rock and Roll Book of The
von David Comfort
Preis: EUR 14,77

5.0 von 5 Sternen Seven Immortal Stars, 12. Oktober 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Rock and Roll Book of The (Taschenbuch)
David Comfort has taken on the immense task of condensing the biographies of seven of the world's arguably greatest rock artists. From the sixties of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix to the seventies of Jim Morrison, John Lennon and Elvis Presley to the latest life and death of Kurt Cobain. They read like seven novella's with extensive foot notes and quotes from various people, most notably, the artist's themselves.

Many common threads of the artists are presented from childhood through to the end of their lives. Who could conceive that so many of these artists experienced traumatic childhoods, bouts of severe alcohol and drug abuse, sexual promiscuity and ambiguity all accompanied by severe low self-esteem. It seems that the brilliance in the artist lies in the pain and lack of a normalcy that drives them to stardom. It's hard to believe that some of the prophetic quotes are from the artists themselves.

"I've been dead a long time" - Jimi Hendrix.
"The more you live, the less you die" - Janis Joplin.
"Cancel my subscription to the resurrection" - Jim Morrison.
"My life is over. I'm a dead man!' - Elvis Presley.
"Everybody loves you when you're six feet in the ground" - John Lennon.
"I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not" - Kurt Cobain.
"Fame is the soul eater" - Jerry Garcia

Particularly fascinating is the life of Janis Joplin. From a poor family in Port Arthur, Texas to being a huge success at the time of her death, Joplin's life is a daily tragedy. She is a good example of the artist with no self esteem that rises to stardom with the accompaniment of heavy drug and alcohol use. Sexual promiscuity is just another drug. Family and friends tore her apart and her basic need of simply wanting to be loved is heart-breaking.

Kurt Cobain, on the other end of this timeline, also suffers the same struggles as the other six, particularly similar to Joplin, in that his sexuality is never truly defined, his childhood was marred with abuse and the drugs and alcohol both fueled his talent and destroyed it. Of particular interest is his marriage to Courtney Love, who unlike so many of the other artists love interests or partners, is truly evil. There is no guessing or speculation here. Comfort provides well documented facts. Cobain's story is one of the most interesting and bizarre. Was it a suicide or homicide?

All seven of these artists share the same emotional problems, bad upbringings, drugs, poor relationships, abuse from managers and friends, that it's mind boggling to read each story, much less seven. David Comfort has supplied an enormous amount of information and delivers it in a thorough and fast-paced manner . You won't be able to put this book down.

HP Officejet J4580 Multifunktionsgerät mit Fax
HP Officejet J4580 Multifunktionsgerät mit Fax
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4.0 von 5 Sternen You Get What You Pay For, 11. Oktober 2009
Keeping in mind that you get what you pay for, I decided that when my `HP Desktop 920C Printer' ran out of ink, I would purchase this item. I like the idea of having a copier, scanner and FAX machine in one, but was dubious about quality. The basic printer works fine and the color was vibrant and crisp. It easily takes photos from my computer files and prints them out quickly. However, sometimes the printer does not recognize that there is paper in the tray (which happens often). Also, the tray holds about half the amount of paper that my older `HP Printer' held. As far as speed, I can say it is about twice as fast as my older printer. It is also far noisier than any printer I have had in the past.

The scanner is nice in that you can place the originals face down and they feed directly onto the copier glass, one by one as a fairly high rate. The conversion factor to editable text is very cool, which was something I was not expecting and there are plenty of other editing techniques that are supplied. I'd say that this scanner is just a little better than my previous `EPSON Perfection V200' scanner.

The FAX portion of this machine was the trouble maker. I have an ooma Hub - VoIP Phone Device with No Monthly Phone Service Bills that uses my computer's DSL for long distance. Hooking up the FAX to include the OOMA was troublesome. It took a long time for me to get both of them to work together. If you only have a direct line from the copier to your phone, you probably won't have a problem. The transmission of a sheet was fairly quick.

The appearance of the HP Officejet J4580 is slick with a small phone keypad, a digital readout telling you what is happening in any process (also shows the date and time automatically) and a few other convenient short cut buttons. The software is simple to install (I used the recommended version). There isn't anything too terribly difficult to understand. For the price, the scanner and the copier make it worth while, although the FAX portion was a problem. I've had printers for over ten years now and I have yet to have one that doesn't use up a lot of ink. This HP claims it is conservative, but I'll have to wait and see. Price to product ratio is pretty good.

Fujitsu HandyDrive V 500GB 6,4 cm (2,5 Zoll) externe Festplatte USB
Fujitsu HandyDrive V 500GB 6,4 cm (2,5 Zoll) externe Festplatte USB

4.0 von 5 Sternen Small and Efficient, 26. September 2009
This drive is small enough that you can put it in your briefcase and transfer any and all data to another computer (pictures, songs, movies, etc.). The small LCD screen always shows you how much space is still left on the drive. It looks great.

I have a Western Digital Essential Edition 500 GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive WDH1U3200N that I used to back up all my data. It is the size of a good book. Comparing the Western Digital and the Verbatim, I found some big differences. Downloading 27 GB of data to my Western Digital took about 2 hours to complete. Downloading the same amount of data to my Verbatim took about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Sure, its just `drag `n drop' walk away time, but it was faster.

The Nero software is something that you have to experience. It is fairly basic, but Nero has some inherent problems and you really don't need it to back-up your information. (P.S. Stay away from MEMEO from Western Digital. It is complicated garbage. I lost a great deal of data using it).

The installation is very simple. Just plug the drive into a USB port and install. I am truly amazed at how small but efficient this external drive is. Much nicer than a larger external drive that is heavier and takes up more space. If you have a laptop, this is an excellent back-up drive to use in your travels.

Octave (Remastered)
Octave (Remastered)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Surround Sound Would Have Saved This Album, 24. September 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Octave (Remastered) (Audio CD)
As the eighth album form the original ensemble of the Moody Blues, this is the only one not to be remastered in 5.1 (actually 4.1 as the center speaker is not used). I can only guess it is because the group recorded at the Record Plant in California and did not have the same access to the mixers. However, Justin Hayward and Alberto Paroldi did a fine job remastering in stereo with this 2009 release. The songs are more vibrant than the original recording and the five `live' songs are incredibly clear, unlike the 'Caught Live + 5' album, which had horrible mixing.

As is usual with the first song on a Moody Blues album, there is a special effect `hook' used for introduction. However, "Steppin' In A Slide Zone" falls short as a single with a repetitive chorus and forced melody. In fact, some of the songs sound terribly dated, which is unusual for the Moody Blues earlier albums. "I'll be Level With You", "Top Rank Suite" and "Survival" just seem out of synch with a typical Moody Blues song. Note that this was a tough period for the group in general, not knowing what the future held. However, songs like, "Driftwood", "The Day We Meet Again" and "One Step Into The Light" (Mike Pinder's only contribution) are represented in the classic Moody Blues ethereal sound. In Fact, Pinder's song contains lyrics that harken back to the psychedelic era and the mellotron works well without being overpowering.

The additional five live songs don't make up for the lack of the quadraphonic sound most had hoped for, but at least they are crisply and clearly recorded. Again, "Driftwood" (with its reverb guitar) and "The Day We Meet Again" are nice surprises.
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