Tag Archive: 2012


First Look: Pink Floyd – The Story of Wish You Were Here Blu-Ray

You can get your own copy of this from:

Blu-ray – http://amzn.to/pfwywhbluray
DVD – http://amzn.to/pfwywhdvd

This documentary charts the making of the seminal “Wish You Were Here” album. This was also broadcast recently on BBC4 in the UK, but this version, which is available as a DVD or Blu-ray, boasts an extra 25 minutes worth of footage.

Shame they didn’t see fit to include this in the recent “Wish You Were Here” Immersion box set, isn’t it?

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Paul Simon – Graceland 25th Anniversary Edition UNBOXING

It’s hard to believe that this classic album is now 25 years old and here it is repackaged in a deluxe edition box set complete with an extra CD of demos and two DVDs, one containing a documentary about the album and the other featuring a classic concert from South Africa.

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You can buy your copy here:
http://amzn.to/graceland25th

Kraftwerk – The Catalogue [Retrospective Edition 2012] THE UNBOXING!

Kraftwerk recently played eight consecutive nights at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in which they performed a retrospective of their musical career. In honour of this event, 2000 copies of “The Collection” were released in a black cover. This box set was previously released in 2009 in a white box, and it features all of the band’s albums remastered with new artwork and a series of glossy booklets.

This is my unboxing video of the Retrospective Reissue of “The Catalogue”

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R.I.P. Speckle the Cockatiel 1994-2012

Emotions are a strange things. Despite what those of you out there might think, I am a big ball of emotion, draped in this flabby, out-of-condition skin, held up by piss and vinegar and the willpower to continue. Today, I lost a good friend. OK – it was just a pet cockatiel, but when a pet has been with you for 18 years, they become more than feathers and claws and a beak. He was a presence. He was someone who told me to go to bed (yes, he did indeed make a heck of a noise if I was staying up late and he wanted some peace and quiet and I would have to duly retreat), he was someone who would amuse me with his wolf-whistles and clucks and cuteness.

This bird had history: he knew my grandfather who sadly passed on in 1994. He was a link to the past. He’s lived in every house I’ve ever lived in. He’s travelled everywhere with me – a feat not even Alex the Wonderdog can boast. He’s been a presence for a long time. He was bought as a birthday present for me in 1994 from a pet shop in Wood Street in Walthamstow and he was named Speckle because he was speckly when we got him. Then he moulted and lost all his speckles. He ended up with a completely incongruous name. I might as well have called him Fred.

In the first decade, he would have the run of the house, perch on my knee whilst I watched movies on TV, sing to the birds through the window and generally be cock of the walk. Then things changed between us – not sure why – but he decided he wanted to be the alpha bird and would try and attack me whenever I let him out. And so, his freedom was limited severely and he was only allowed out for daily exercise.

As the years passed, his interest in flying diminished and he became a cage bird. But he survived the crash. In a fluke of luck for him, I moved him to the box room because he would sometimes disturb Verity as a baby and make a noise during feeds, so he was exiled for a period. This exile in the box room saved him, because if he’d been in the room when the car struck our previous dwelling, he’d have either died of fright or his cage would have fallen out of the building and ended up on the road. But he was saved.

Last year, after we moved, he wasn’t very well. He took to nesting at the bottom of the cage or his tail would be tucked under him, but I gave him some bird tonic and he always seemed to buck up. But in the past week, he was spending more and more time at the bottom of the cage, making it impossible for me to clean him and give him his food. Yesterday, I knew something was up and even warned Verity to be quiet because he was very ill and I was worried “something might happen”. Verity did as she was told and drew a picture of him and placed it in her room.

Today, I heard him in his cage in the morning, but as he’d been under the weather, wasn’t planning on uncovering him until later. When nursing a sick bird it is best to keep them warm, in a subdued environment and preferably covered to avoid any shocks or noise. And with two small kids who loved running up to his cage, keeping him covered was the only option.

Just before 4pm, worried I’d not heard anything, I checked his cage to find him passed on.

I’m not ashamed to say I’ve been crying today. Like I said, I am just a big ball of emotion.

Fly on, my friend…

Speckle giving you the eye back in 1998

Another decade, another David Sylvian collection to look at. Will this deliver everything or nothing? There’s only one way to find out and that’s to watch the video.

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Title Music:
“Stinkhorn” by Darren Lock

Background Music:
“The Mist Suite”

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Prog Review 42: Pink Floyd – The Wall Immersion Box Set

So here we are again and this is the final of the Pink Floyd Immersion box set trilogy. But what do I think? Is it another brick in the wall or did it leave me feeling comfortably numb? There’s only one way to find out and that’s to watch the video.

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Of course, you can see the unboxing of this box set here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOtZsYdhPKw

Title Music:
“Stinkhorn” by Darren Lock

Background Music:
“Open Field”
“Herbie Smiles”

All music has been written and recorded by Darren Lock and is used by permission because I am that Darren Lock who wrote and recorded this music. If I could figure out how to give myself permission and prove conclusively to YouTube that I am the artiste in question I would do it. What do they want….blood?

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Pink Floyd: The Wall Immersion Box Set – THE UNBOXING

So this is the final unboxing in the Immersion box set trilogy. It’s quite sad to reach the end of this long journey which began in September 2011. The Wall is an album I absolutely loved as a teenager, but have drifted away from in later years, being more a fan of the movie than the album per se.

So make a nice cup of tea, sit back and enjoy the next twenty or so minutes as I guide you through all the goodies that make up this final box set.

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Music used in this video:

“Return of the Snapdragon”
“Open Field”
“Herbie Smiles”
“Steady State of Flux”

All recordings made by Darren Lock and copyright to Darren Lock used in full permission because I am that Darren Lock who spent his time and money recording the music in the first place. I am only stating that here because YouTube seems to persecute musicians who use their own music in their videos because we have no actual way of proving categorically that we own all our copyright. Heigh ho!

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