Friday, 14 December 2007

cDVDs vs. Ebay - Who will come out on top!

I’ve mentioned Pink Ffloyd before, perhaps even more than once, but they’re a band very close to my heart and when I am not in front of my computer you can usually find me walking to the office listening to the epic Comfortably Numb (either singing along or playing the track’s outstanding guitar solo with an invisible guitar).

Now, this band is especially close to my heart as I remember watching the Pulse DVD on a wonky VHS with my Dad and brother around ten years ago now, and being enthralled by the lightshow, visuals and guitar solos. I absolutely love this live show, and only wish I was old enough to have had the chance to attend it, but at least I’ve seen a recording, which reminded me to get another copy, but this time on DVD, which I’ve been meaning to for sometime.

Out of curiosity, I decided to see if I could get my hands on a second hand copy so my first port of call was obviously Ebay and new copies were being sold for an average of about £10.

I then sorted the auctions by Price (lowest first), and again the average price was around £10.

Even the Ebay shops were charging an average of around £12.99 and once again, excluding postage and packing.

However, and please excuse my bias, I then had a look at the DVD section of and the Pulse DVD, at the time of writing, was available from 21 retailers and from only £7.99 – which includes postage and packing!

So, in this instance, buying second hand DVDs really isn’t the most efficient option and with the fiercely competitive market for new DVDs there are always bargains to be had – you just need to know where to look.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Radio 1 Established 1967 - A suitable Christmas Reward

This album has certainly made me feel a little bit better when I consider the true cost of this month’s festivities, coupled of course, with the adverse weather I’ve just experienced on the way to get some coffee. And with this, I thought just a few days earlier I would buy myself a present. A kind of “well done for getting your Christmas shopping done, wrestling with the tree and actually not eating all of the candy canes and chocolate coins that have taken their positions around the house”.

The latest offering from Radio 1, of Live Lounge fame, was to be the reward. The 2 CDs are crammed with modern ‘reinterpretations’ of classic tracks from the likes of Elton John (covered by the Street’s Mike Skinner) to David Bowie, Roxy Music and The Jam.

Is all modern music rubbish rendering the evolution of the album to one of covers? Perhaps… but then again, perhaps not…. 1967 is as much of a celebration of this music, a rebirth than a mere commercial exploitation, and it’s certainly one I am happy to have got my hands on.

The full tracking listing includes:

Disc 1
1. Kaiser Chiefs - Flowers In The Rain (The Move)
2. The Fratellis - All Along The Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
3. Amy Winehouse - Cupid (Johnny Nash)
4. Robbie Williams - Lola (The Kinks)
5. The Streets - Your Song (Elton John)
6. Sugababes - Betcha By Golly, Wow (The Stylistics)
7. The Feeling - You're So Vain (Carly Simon)
8. Foo Fighters - Band On The Run (Paul McCartney & Wings)
9. Kylie - Love Is The Drug (Roxy Music)
10. K T Tunstall - Let's Stick Together (Bryan Ferry)
11. Franz Ferdinand - Sound And Vision (David Bowie)
12. The Raconteurs - Teenage Kicks (The Undertones)
13. Mika vs Armand Van Helden - Can't Stand Losing You (The Police)
14. Kasabian - Too Much Too Young (The Specials)
15. Keane - Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie)
16. McFly - Town Called Malice (The Jam)
17. James Morrison - Come Back And Stay (Paul Young)
18. Gossip - Careless Whisper (George Michael)
19. The Pigeon Detectives - The Power Of Love (Huey Lewis & The News)
20. Lily Allen - Don't Get Me Wrong (The Pretenders)

Disc 2
1. Stereophonics - You Sexy Thing (Hot Chocolate)
2. Mutya Buena - Fast Car (Tracey Chapman)
3. Editors - Lullaby (The Cure)
4. Razorlight - Englishman In New York (Sting)
5. Groove Armada - Crazy For You (Madonna)
6. Paolo Nutini - It Must Be Love (Madness)
7. The Kooks - All That She Wants (Ace of Base)
8. Mark Ronson - You're All I Need To Get By (Mary J Blige)
9. Calvin Harris - Stillness In Time (Jamiroquai)
10. Klaxons - No Diggity (Blackstreet)
11. Just Jack - Lovefool (The Cardigans)
12. Natasha Bedingfield - Ray of Light (Madonna)
13. The Twang - Drinking In LA (Bran Van 3000)
14. The Fray - The Great Beyond (REM)
15. Girls Aloud - Teenage Dirtbag (Wheatus)
16. Maximo Park - Like I Love You (Justin Timberlake)
17. The View - Don't Look Back Into The Sun (The Libertines)
18. Hard-Fi - Toxic (Britney Spears)
19. The Enemy - Father And Son (Yusuf and Ronan Keating)
20. Corinne Bailey Rae - Steady As She Goes (The Raconteurs)

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