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Star Wars Trilogy (A New Hope / The Empire Strikes Back / Return of the Jedi) (Widescreen Edition with Bonus Disc)
Star Wars Trilogy (A New Hope / The Empire Strikes Back / Return of the Jedi) (Widescreen Edition with Bonus Disc)
DVD ~ Mark Hamill
Offered by East 2 West Deals
Price: $87.49
28 used & new from $49.92

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars George Lucas does not care about his fans, April 25, 2004
Ok, here's the deal. Everyone has a different opinion of the Special Edition Trilogy. I, for one, think it's absolute crap.
Each scene that has new or adulterated footage looks awful and sticks out like a sore thumb. None of it blends with the campy low budget feel of the orginal footage. Furthermore, the new scenes add nothing to the story, they just add pointless exposition and synthetic spectacle. However, this is just my opinion, and I'm sure some people liked the Special Edition. However I'm not going to buy it, and there are others on this site that seem to feel the same way.
People are saying that the Special Edition is the version of the films Lucas intended to make, and that since this is his trilogy, it's his decision, not ours. I agree completely, I have no problem with him releasing the Special Edition version. But by refusing to release the original trilogy on DVD, he is ignoring his fans.
People are saying that the originals are destroyed or in bad condition. I'm not sure if any of these rumors are true, I doubt it, but I'd rather watch a gritty version of the originals than a crisp version of the Special Edition.
I hope this is what it looks like, a marketing ploy to get people to spend money on the less desirable Special Edition. We'll see how principled Lucas is a few years from now when demand for the original version increases.


TDK MOJO Portable CD-MP3 Digital Jukebox with 8 Minute Anti-Shock and Artist, Title, Genre, and Album Directory
TDK MOJO Portable CD-MP3 Digital Jukebox with 8 Minute Anti-Shock and Artist, Title, Genre, and Album Directory

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some minor problems,, November 1, 2001
Just got this thing, and I'm generally pleased, however there are few things that I would change about it.
Pros:
Backlit screen is awesome.
Navigation with buttons and in menus is easy and intuitive.
Headphones are not bad though cord is a little short.
Comes with batteries!
Cons:
Contrary to what it says above, you can't navigate by album, it's just Title, Artist, or Genre, or you can navigate through the directory structure. The directory structure navigation is especially useful if you use the following structure: Artist->Album->Songs.
Making a playlist is easy and very useful, but you can't specify any order to the songs in the playlist. With random mode off, they are played in the order they were burned to the CD, which might be annoying if your CD burning software burns the files in an arbitrary order like mine does. This means there is no way to tell the player to play songs in the normal order on an MP3 album. I haven't tried the included software yet, maybe that burns the files in alphanumeric order, I'll report back. I really wish there was a way to queue up songs though.
Renaming all my mp3 files is tedious. The Navitrack software doesn't automate the conversion of mass files to the proper naming format unless the ID3 tags are setup right, and mine are certainly not.
The plug for the AC power source is not the same size as the one that goes with the tape/cig lighter/car kit power plug I have, it's slightly smaller. Why can't they just make them all the same size? Be aware that you may need a TDK compliant car kit. The AC adapter plug also doesn't stay snug, it's a right angle plug, and it likes to turn itself with the cord pointing down, which interferes with the surface it's resting on.
Wow I'm pretty picky. Despite these minor compatability issues and left out features, the player works really well, and what it does offer is pretty impressive for such a low price. The bluish 4-line display and interface really make it fun to browse through your music.


Tago Mago
Tago Mago
Offered by Customer Direct
Price: $19.99
31 used & new from $2.97

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You can make anything what you want with you head", October 25, 2001
This review is from: Tago Mago (Audio CD)
I read all the glowing reviews of this album, and I read about how Can was a really influential band, so I decided to give this album a try.
First of all, not much could have prepared me for this album. The scratchy vocals remind me of Radiohead, and the long, dark songs remind me of Underworld. But what makes Can especially good is the unrelenting beat.
The rhythms on Tago Mago are very addictive and I just can't get enough of them. I could listen to *just the beat* for hours and be content. That seems to be the theme behind Can's music anyway. Can slowly but surely adds harsh guitars and synths and any other sound producing mechanisms they can get their hands on (dog barking?) and through them into the mix. The drum beat always survives the onslaught to the end though.
The singing is raw, raw, raw. Very scratchy and very schizo, sometimes there's chanting, and sometimes there's incoherent babbling. The singer also seems to enjoy switching languages in the middle of songs and also singing backwards. This sounds like it could sound annoying or bad, but it's actually very well done.
Tago Mago is like a bubbling primordial soup of raw music. Since Can reduced rock music to a chaotic, minimalistic level, it's easy to see why most music could be claimed to be a derivitive of this style. Tago Mago is overflowing with pure creativity.


Brothers Gonna Work It Out: A DJ Mix Album
Brothers Gonna Work It Out: A DJ Mix Album
Offered by DVD-PC-GAMES
Price: $11.40
76 used & new from $0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great background/party music, July 26, 2001
This is an excellent mix that delivers nonstop big beat rhythms by the truckload. Many different styles are represented, but there is plenty of funk, big beat, and hip hop all with that Chemical Brothers signature style to give it a big beat, techno feel. Always a great listen, especially the second track which launches into a particularly funky beat, and the last track which slows down and gets rather euphoric sounding. After a few listens, some sections seem a little repetitive, but it makes great music for a party as the good parts come and go amidst the steady beat. In all, this is a very finely crafted DJ mix album, that leaves several lasting themes with you. Should be considered a legitamate CB album, well worth the purchase.


Fragile
Fragile
61 used & new from $0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and Fun, June 15, 2001
This review is from: Fragile (Audio CD)
Crisp, clean, funky, progressive, and just plain good, the music on Fragile is varied and creative. This album is Yes at its innovative peak, where we see the diverse music potential of the band before it wandered towards its often notorious self-indulgent prog-rock future. The album features nine total tracks, five of which are "solo" pieces, each one showcasing a different band member.
These songs are excellent and in some spots feature heavy drums and bass that seem to counterpoint Jon's high-pitch lyrical style. Despite having very complicated structures, each song captures the listener and transitions smoothly through each different theme. The band is incredibly tight here, the musicianship is extraordinary and complicated.
The best tracks are the four non-"solo" pieces: Roundabout, South Side, Long Distance Runaround/The Fish, and especially Heart of the Sunrise, which is a look at Yes albums to come.
What makes this album especially good is that everything is "just right." Jon's style is not overly excessive here, and the songs have a more down to earth feel that is seriously lacking on their following albums. Also we sense that the band is content to simply jam and noodle, which they excel at. In short, this album is excellent, and is often a gateway album for new listeners of Yes to get accustomed to their unique style.


Dig Your Own Hole
Dig Your Own Hole
Offered by SourceMedia
Price: $7.69
230 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, November 3, 2000
This review is from: Dig Your Own Hole (Audio CD)
This is one of those albums that transcends its genre and defies all attempts to be categorized or compared to other albums. The Chemical Brothers sound is very unique, and here the band seems to have perfected it's style.
Dig Your Own Hole has some of the most intense big-beat techno ever. The Brothers use ultra-modified guitar sounds with very thumping funky/hip hop type beats, huge bass, twisted synth noises and ringing alarm sounds to create very dense and rich music.
The first five tracks are especially intense, as the album tends to get more and more psychadelic as you go, culminating in "The Private Psychadlic Reel" which is a monument to psychadelic music.
It's really hard to describe an album this good, the closest thing to this style is Prodigy's Fat of the Land or Crystal Method's Vegas, but the Brothers trump these albums with this release.


Houses Of The Holy
Houses Of The Holy
117 used & new from $0.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Almost like Zoso, Part 2, August 4, 2000
This review is from: Houses Of The Holy (Audio CD)
This album is really good. It has a lighter, acoustic feel to it, and is very inviting, tempting the listener to really listen to the music. Some of the songs are ocmplex, though, and what starts out calm often ends up totally rocking you. The album has a positive feel to it, and is very dancable in some places.
"The Song Remains the Same" is a wonderful introduction and sets the mood for a spirited album. "The Rain Song" is my favorite piece on here. It starts out slow, but really listen hard, it gets better and better. Very relaxing. Then "Over the Hills and Far Away" kicks in and brings the goove on. "The Crunge" is a little out of place after "Hills" but I actually like this song. "Dancing Days" is an old-style LZ song and although it's repetitive, it has some cool guitar riffs and is a great grooving piece. "D'yer Ma'ker" is a little bit too much, for me anyway, I wonder if it's a joke. "No Quarter" is an even lower key "The Rain Song" with a morbid tone. This is a really good song. Turn it up to get the full effect. "The Ocean" is innocent enough at the start but has a very radical change kind of like in LZIV's "When the Levee Breaks." This song is very uplifting.
In all, this album kicks .. and shows a continuation of the acoustic/folk sound of Zoso (LedZep IV) even as they transition to the grungier sounds of Physical Graffiti.


Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)
Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)
Price: $16.54
160 used & new from $0.35

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Title Necessary, August 2, 2000
I really don't think it's possible to purchase this album and not think that it was worth the money after one serious listen. This album is good the first time, and every time. There's nothing else that sounds like this out there.
"Black Dog" is just great classic Led Zeppelin, and a great opening. "Rock and Roll" will rock your pants off. "The Battle of Evermore" is jaw droppingly good. It's a folk song about a battle from Tolkein's epic "Lord of the Rings." Truly incredible. "Stairway to Heaven." "Misty Mountain Hop" is a really great playful song. "Four Sticks" has a great rhythm that is addictive. "When the Levee Breaks" will blow you away.
"Stairway to Heaven" is really good, but it doesn't dominate this album. The other songs are also really good, and you forget about "Stairway" easily. I'd have to say that this is LZ's best album, but it's a really close call, and honestly, they're all really good, and generate different moods.


Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin III
Offered by IMS Distribution
Price: $11.42
109 used & new from $1.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff, August 2, 2000
This review is from: Led Zeppelin III (Audio CD)
This album is awesome. You'll be blown away. There are more songs on this album that aren't played on the radio as much as the songs from LZII. This is probably because the songs on this album are lighter than the songs on the first two albums. Nonetheless, LZIII still rocks.
The band dives right in with "Immigrant Song," the hardest song on the album. "Celebration Day" and "Friends" have really cool sounds to them. "Since I've Been Loving You" is clearly the best track on the album, and is up there in the LZ top ten. If you like it get the "BBC Sessions," which offers a better version. "Out on the Tiles" is really great with a rippin' beat. "Gallows Pole" is really interesting, and we really start to see the lighter folk side of LZ here. This trend is continued with "Tangerine," which has a really awesome hypnotic sound. "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" and "Hats Off to Roy Harper" are a little weak mainly because they diverge from the sound of the rest of the album so much, but are still neat to listen to.
In all, I'd rate this as LZ's 5th best studio album out of their 9.


Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin II
Offered by Ibiza Records
Price: $6.99
115 used & new from $0.01

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who appreciate music, August 2, 2000
This review is from: Led Zeppelin II (Audio CD)
Anyone who does not give this album five stars has serious issues. The fact that some of these songs are overplayed on the radio is not a reason to give this album a low rating. If anything that should say something about the quality of the songs on the album.
This album is brilliant. LZII offers a mix of styles, mostly hard rock with persistent melodies. "Ramble on" is my fav, but they're all really good. "Heartbreaker" and then "Living Loving Maid" is an amazing combo and reminds me of Yes's "All Good People." "Thank You" is incredible. Plant can do anything with that voice of his. "What Is and What Should Never Be" is classic LZ. I'm not the biggest fan of "Whole Lotta Love," because it's a little repetitive, but the messed up part in the middle is great. "Bring It on Home" is really great and bluesy.
This is one of those albums where every track is really good. The only problem with Led Zeppelin is that they did not produce a bad song. I would actually say that this album ranks 4th out of the 9 studio albums they released, but every album has a different sound and feel, so choose for yourself.


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