Best CD of recent times purchased
A Chinese Firedrill - Circles (Joey Vera)
Jarvis Cocker - Jarvis
The Codex - The Codex (Marc Boals)
Chris Cornell - Carry On
Nightwish - Dark Passion Play
Hanson - The Walk
Hughes Glenn - First Underground Nuclear Kitchen (F.U.N.K.)
The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers
Rush - Snakes And Arrows: Live
Tesla - Forever More
To-Mera - Transcendental
To-Mera - Delusions
Great new ones from Hughes Glenn, Tesla and the Rush live album has some of my faves on there (although not my absolute perfect choice).
My mind keeps going back to Nightwish - Dark Passion Play though. Sometimes heavy and loud and sometimes light and ethereal. Annette is not quite as operatic and powerful as the old vocalist but still has some good qualities that might make the band even more well known.
Best CD from ages past purchased
City Boy - City Boy (1976)
City Boy - Dinner at the Ritz (1976)
City Boy - Book Early (1978)
Alice Cooper - Special Forces 1981
Alice Cooper - Trash 1989
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Sheryl Crow - The Globe Sessions 1999
Crosby & Nash - Wind On The Water
Nash Graham - Songs for Survivors 2002
I’m loving the City Boy albums and Trash was an album of my youth that I could probably recite the lyrics to.
Graham Nash - Songs for Survivors has the same niceness as his other solo albums but a more modern feel. Best tracks are Dirty Little Secret, Lost Another One, I'll Be There For You and the fabulous 8 minutes of Liar's Nightmare. A wonderfully charming album.
Best best of CD purchased
Cheap Trick - Essential Cheap Trick
Cinderella - Rocked, Wired & Bluesed
John Cooper Clarke - The Very Best Of
Alice Cooper - The Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper (4CD Box Set)
Glenn Hughes - This Time Around: An Anthology 1970-2007
Various Seventies Power Ballads
Glenn hughes has a great voice and some great songs but the Alice Cooper - The Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper 4CD box set is a really nice presentation and does contain a lot of the tracks you would expect to find.
Gig of the Month
Human League (with heaven 17 & ABC) was interesting but Thunder was a whole lot more fun :)
Cinema film of the Month
Film on TV
Return To The House On Haunted Hill
Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Good Luck Chuck
Year Of The Dog
We Own The Night
A Shark’s Tale
Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever
Into The Sun
Christmas With The Kranks
Enchanted was quite funny in parts. I liked the chipmunk.
Isolation was the best Irishhigh tension bloood thirsty mutant cow feotuses I’ve seen.
I finally got round to seeing The Thing all the way through and it was enjoyable. Carperteriffic. Better late than never :)
Film on TV re-watched
I think the 2005 remake of Assult On Prescint 13 is pretty damn good.
Best DVD bought
Howard The Duck
City Of Lost Children
The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Pirates Of The Caribbean 3
Catterick is one of the best things Vic & Bob have done. Not as madcap as their other stuff, but more complete.
I think I’m starting to like Hot Fuzz more than Shaun (O.T.D.), but that probably means I need to see S.O.T.D. again :)
This Is England
The Big White
Journey To The Centre of The Earth
Deck The Halls
Pin was interesting in a deranged ventriloquist kind of way.
Clint Eastwood’s work as a director seems to be surpassing his acting credits. Once again he has made a gripping drama in the shape of Changling with Angelina Jolie putting in a good performance as a mother of a missing son. It’s well made and very harrowing in places. I smell Oscar.
YATTA! I got through HP Lovecraft – Omnibus Volume One. Written in the 1920s and probably influenced by Poe. He seems to have one foot in the19th century and the other in his own time. Some tales can start off slow but do speed up to chilling conclusions. I’ve another 2 volumes to read.
January has 15 days at work, possibly 5 gigs, and thinking.)