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A Tribute
A Tribute
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welsh Guards Onward at 100!, April 28, 2016
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This is a superb collection of vintage British military music. Some of the selections are from near the time of the bands first concert in 1915. There are many marches and novelty selections that are not heard by bands anymore. PHANTOM BRIGADE is one such piece. Very evocative of the time and was popular all through the 1930s. The Welsh Guards band was drawn from many English line regimental bands in order to make up its numbers. The first Director of Music was an Englishman which fortunately was not held against him! The quality of the band shines through after all these years. The reproduction quality is superb despite the age of these recordings. Some may sound less perfect than others, especially the 1915 selections; but the listener is able to get an idea what the music played at that first historic concert actually was! The linear notes while not extensive are descriptive enough and the CD package is attractive. This is a fine example of vintage reproduced music. Don't let the title above of Welsh Guards Dance Orchestra fool you. That is incorrect labeling. The regimental band is featured here on both discs with a few vocal selections and the dance orchestra coming up toward the end. A fine tribute to the Welsh Guards on their 100th+ anniversary. This is the beginnings of what promises to be a major series release on the British Military Music Archieve Label of the classic British bands of their day. Get onboard now with this first CD set.


Director's Choice
Director's Choice
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5.0 out of 5 stars Director's Choice for the march music fan, February 24, 2016
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A fine selection of relatively well known marches. Many have associations with the British Guards Bands and the Blues & Royals in particular. While I can't say there were many new to my ear here I will vouch for their superb quality. The marches are all performed exactly as they should be without any clipped or cut parts. These are the full versions of all the 20 odd selections heard here. This means you might hear more repeats of the main subjects of these marches than usual as the tendency today is to cut and clip this music for various reasons. The recording quality is as we might expect from SRC. The band has a fine wall of sound with symphonic quality to the recording. The liner notes are fine. This is an all around superb product dedicated to the true lover of great marches. Surprisingly there is NO Sousa here, but for American listeners there are several by lesser known US march composers. A great product and well worth the investment. Hopefully SRC will continue this series if possible.


Cavalcade of Martial Songs - The Band of the Welsh Guards
Cavalcade of Martial Songs - The Band of the Welsh Guards
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First 100 with the Welsh Guards Band, February 24, 2016
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This CD is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the band and regiment upon its formation in 1915. The sound reproduction of these 1930s. 40s recordings is superb. This is not your typical military music CD. All the tracks contain the band and vocals either from the regiments choir or noted soloist of the day. The music is vintage material with some beautif;ul versions of MEN OF HARLECH, LAND OF MY FATHERS and many other timeless Welsh songs. This is the first of what promises to be a fascinating series of vintage British martial music of the interwar years recorded by the bands of the Brigade of Guards. Today we know them as the famous Grenadier, Coldstream Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards. Those wanting to hear the golden years of British martial music by the premier periods of the day which remain so today can't go wrong here. This series deserves encouragement and support. Buy yours today! Hurrah for the Welsh Guards and their first 100 years service to the Crown and Nation.


The Man In The High Castle - Season 1
The Man In The High Castle - Season 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brave New Horrible World!, February 24, 2016
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First rate production. Is it real or just a bad dream? I have not read the novel but i have to give Amazon a lot of credit for the creation of this series. It is superbly made, acted and leaves you second guessing. It also sends chills down your spine some of the images and scenes it shows. You will always remember this!


Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big Promo For Whitecastle!, February 9, 2016
Which i don't mind as I happen to like the WC Crave every once in a while. These two are an example of what can happen to you if you eat too many of these heavy little burgers!

While i liked the White Castle Crave some aspects of this film were silly and gross. No need to go into these aspects but those who've seen the film know what I am talking about. Why does humor today need to bend towards the infantile so quickly.

I liked some of the wacky characters and there was deffinitely some aspects of social commentary here in between the fart jokes. The film was over all entertaining and something of a road movie. I hope it did something for WC business! I liked it more than I expected.


A Salute To A New Beginning
A Salute To A New Beginning
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a fine recording by the RT Band which contains concert music ..., January 26, 2016
This is actually by the Band of the what was the 2nd Royal Tank Regimnet in 1994. This is NOT The Band of the Royal Marines! Amazon needs to correct that in the listing. This is a fine recording by the RT Band which contains concert music and all the various former regimental marches of the Royal Tank regiment. An historic and worthwhile recording.


The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2015 By Various Artistes (2015-08-14)
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2015 By Various Artistes (2015-08-14)
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Tattoo Keeps Going Down Hill!, December 1, 2015
The producers of the Tattoo continue to drive forward modern sounds for inclusion within the show. This being 2015 one would have expected some references to Waterloo and The Great War. Instead the pipe tune Battle of Waterloo played as part of the Massed Pipes & Drums display in clipped fashion is about all we get for Waterloo 200 and Piper of Loos played by the lone piper at the end is our sole reference to WW1! The rest of the recording has Synthesizers, Children's Choirs, Asian sounds and to top it all off Bolleywood tunes from India! Should all this stuff really be in the Tattoo? Are the producers driving the Tattoo down the road of just a mindless spectacle while losing track of what the show should be all about. The answer is YES! Finally when we get the RAF bands in their 70th Salute to the Battle of Britain we again get clipped parts from some of the signature music long associated with this event. Sad to say but the Tattoo is just becoming a pop show now to rope in the sales at the gate each year. The finale is a synthesized mess of choirs and amplified sounds with Fire Works and the usual quote be Alisdair Hutton Thrown in about Scotland. In its current form I would not recommend the show to those who want to see martial spectacle. If you just want big time entertainment with a castle backdrop then buy the CD and go see it!


The Water Diviner
The Water Diviner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Russel Crowe Takes on ANZAC Day, November 28, 2015
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The film provides a curious look at Gallipoli. Long considered a special defining event for Australia and New Zealand during WW1. Those who recall Peter Weir's Gallipoli will find odd comparisons here. That film featured a young Mel Gibson and this one features an aging Russell Crowe both as star and director. Same subject, radically different take.

I will not bother to recap the plot as that has been done numerous times already. I will try instead to explain some of the complex history this film breezes over. ANZACs were the Australian New Zealand Army Corps that were raised as part of the Dominion forces of the British Empire for service during The Great War or WW1. They were eager to do their bit for King & Country and were not forced or coerced by Britain to do so. Note today how both still have the Queen as part of their goverment.

The ANZAC Corps formed part of the Gallipoli expedition that was sent up the Dardenelles under the uninspired leadership of Sir Ian Hamilton, an aged Victorian soldier who was way over his head with such a complex mission. The Gallipoli Campaign was the brainchild of Winston Churchill of WW2 fame, then head of the Admiralty in Britain. The Ottoman Empire had recently entered the First World War on the side of the Central Powers, or Germany and Austria. This happened more by accident than intent, but that's another whole story worthy of a movie in itself! Suffice to say that with Russia part of the the Allies there was plenty of bad blood going back decades with Turkey. Look at events today for example! Although neutral at the outbreak of the war, The Ottomans were bound to get sucked in just like everyone else.

Churchill's ambitious plan was to send an Allied expedition up the Dardenelle Straits via Gallipoli straight to Istenbul. This would knock Turkey quickly out of the war in 1915, and then help Russia in its struggle against the Central Powers. The plan looked great on paper, but in reality such a large, modern amphibious operation involving thousands of Allied troops and hundreds of vessels had not been undertaken. Coordination and cooperation between naval and land forces were in their infancy. Mistakes were made. Tragic mistakes, and opportunities were lost. The Allies were soon bogged down in the Gallipoli Peninsular stuck in static trench warfare. Just like the Western Front in France.

The ANZACs were merely a part of this expedition. They landed at their own beach and suffered heavy losses just like all the other Commonwealth and British forces. The Turks suffered huge losses trying to drive them out. The Battle of Long Pine where the Russell Crowe character had his three sons die was one of the many desperate attempts the ANZACs made to try and break out of the beachhead. They never did. The British and Turks suffered over 200,000 casualties in the nearly 8 months of fighting. Eventually the Allies gave up the attempt and retired. Churchill was broken politically and would never recover his career until WW2 as Prime Minster.
This film, like the earlier Gallipoli movie has to have its bit of anti-British Imperialism where British officers are made to always look arrogant and stupid! This seems a film requirement now. In reality this was not how it actually was.

Although Turkey won the Gallipoli Campaign, they would lose the war. The Russell Crowe character finds himself in the Anitolia outback with the Turkish major in the post war period. Greece had been coerced into supporting the Allied effort in the Balkans during the war. The Greek Army however had done little actual fighting. When the Ottoman Empire collapsed in 1918 they saw this as an opportunity to invade and claim a greater Greece in the Levant and Turkey. Britain more or less looked the other way. After all Greece had been an ally, albeit a reluctant one. The War in Turkey with Greece in 1919-20 had all the elements of Ethnic Cleansing we have come to expect in that region. The film does not show the Greeks in a pretty light, and Americans of Greek heritage will no doubt NOT like this take on the history! The fact is however when the Greeks invaded they massacured Turks, when the Turks rallied under Mustpha Kamel. soon to be known as Attuturk they massacured the Greeks in turn! The subsequent massive Greek defeat would see the founding of the modern Turkish nation under Attuturk, a Founding Father figure in his own right. Turkey today is still ruled under his Westernizing legacy, although there have been recent signs some Islamic erosion!

So the Russell Crowe film covers a lot of complex history with just a father searching for his three lost ANZAC sons. As usual the history is a lot more involved than most films of this nature want to get into. Still, having some historical reference helps in understanding a film that covers a lot of significant events in its passing. ANZAC Day remains an important National Holiday Down Under just like Memorial & Veterans Days here in the States. This film will speak most clearly to that audience Down Under. For the rest of us a little History lesson is required to get a better understanding. I hope I have helped in some small way.


The Longest Afternoon: The 400 Men Who Decided the Battle of Waterloo
The Longest Afternoon: The 400 Men Who Decided the Battle of Waterloo
by Brendan Simms
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Epic Defense of a Waterloo Chateau, August 24, 2015
Waterloo 200 has inspired some interesting books recently to help mark the signature passing of this noteworthy event in European history. The 200th annivevsary of Waterloo. Among the many aspects of this complex event. a few stand out. The gallant defense of the Chateau/farm known as Le Haie Sainte (named after the Savior perhaps) was one of the pivotal defensive positions the Duke of Wellington had chosen. As a master of the tactical defense, the Duke chose a number of key strong points to serve as breakwaters against the massive French assaults that he expected Napoleon to launch upon his line in order to break through to Brussels and win the campaign.

Branden Simms has created an inspired work which provides a detailed look at how a small unit conducted itself in this period under extreme duress. His book is not only a military history, but a look at the actual people who took part in these events. He chronicles their lives on an almost hourly basis and we endure with them those momentous events that took place on that sultry afternoon 200 years ago on a small Belgian field. That farmland and structures remain active to this day which are owned by individuals aware of their historical significance. The author was privileged to know the current owner of La Haie Sainte and was able to spend actual time in the Chateau doing the research for this book. This is a fast paced work, which reads almost like a novel. Those wanting to see a famous, world changing event like waterloo from an intimate, human perspective should certainly find this fine work worthwhile. The defense of Le Haie Sainte is still admired and studied today by military academies. It remains one of the epic Last Stands in history.


24 Hours at Waterloo: 18 June 1815
24 Hours at Waterloo: 18 June 1815
by Robert J. Kershaw
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent work, that gives a fresh perspective to the ..., August 19, 2015
This is a very compelling work. While there have been many books that highlight first hand accounts of Waterloo, this new format of placing the action within a 24 hour period provides a new twist on the topic. There are many old and new voices here. Lots of the old English accounts are there, but mixed in as well with more recently translated Dutch-Belgian, Prussian, German and French ones. This provides a refreshing mix and gives a new perspective to these distant voices from that horrific day 200 years ago.

The hour by hour pace of the book is exciting and provides a level of detail and drama which is new for the battle. There is a lot of action packed into this 400 page work. The scope of 24 hours means strictly Waterloo itself, and not the earlier actions. However we do get many references to them as the armies move into position from the preceding day.

An excellent work, that gives a fresh perspective to the soldier's experience 200 years ago. The voices of all these brave men, long dead, speak out to us today. The horror they saw and partook in seems incredible by today's standards. If war seems bad today, take a look at what these poor devils endured! They lived in harsh times where violence and lack of proper care were commonplace. We live soft lives today in comparison! A great read for Waterloo 200!


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