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Sprichst du deutsch ?

It appears that English speakers are now able to access most of Amazon.de in English, just in time for the end of year sales.

Knowing only English and French, I had used Amazon UK and Amazon France for years for the German CDs and DVDs I couldn’t get in Canada. But now I guess i’ll be able to use their German site for vinyl as well.

They’re still working on translating most of the site though so you might still run into German pages as you browse the site.

Vmedia Offers Free Trail

Independent cable provider Vmedia is offering a free trial for their services. Please contact Vmedia for details.

Bad News For Betamax Fans

It looks like Betamax is officially dead, according to a Sony press release that was released today.

Yes, the video format was not killed off during the format Betamax/VHS war and actually lived on in the video production and broadcasting industries until digital video. But Sony has now decided to stop making their blank beta format videocassettes.

Unfortunately that means that some of you hardcore beta fans will no longer have easy access to blank videocassettes for your classic videotape cameras, including those micro MV video cassettes that you’ve used in the 90’s and early 2000’s. And although I don’t have an official Sony betamax videocamera it appears that i’ve used the format several times to film some of my older Youtube videos and have a few of the discontinued Sony micro MV videocassettes in storage.

My format of choice is now of course those digital SDHD cards but hard drive and solid state hard drive camcorders are getting more and more affordable as time goes by.

Better Late Than Never

Was sick yesterday so the 35th Anniversary of this album, my very favourite Abba album, completely slipped my mind.

I was ten years old when it was released and although I pretty much hated disco and dance music at the time this album appealed to me for some reason.

I loved every track, from the title track to the live performance of “The Way Old Friends Do”, and couldn’t get enough of the vinyl LP and 8-track.

This was of course also one of my parent’s favourite english pop albums so I grew up listening to it and “Greatest Hits Vol 2”, which was released the year prior to this album’s release. And I believe it was almost as popular here in Canada as it was it Europe, charting at the 6th position.

40 Years of Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”

It was released on this date in 1975, the first single off the above album.

It topped the charts in the U.k for nine weeks.

It introduced the world to a new promotional medium – The music video.

It charted again as a single in 1992 in Australia, The USA and U.K because it was featured
in the Wayne’s World soundtrack.

It is one of the most downloaded recordings in rock history with over
3.8 million downloads in the United States alone.

A cover of this single by the Muppets has had over 47 million views on Youtube.

Jagged Little Disappointment

Twenty years have passed since the release of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”. And to celebrate this anniversary a four CD collector’s edition will be released today.

This boxed set of course includes the original recordings, remastered, ten unreleased demo tracks from that period, the acoustic album that was released to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of Jagged Little Pill and a dozen live recordings from a performance recorded at London’s now defunct “Subterranean” rock club. And I’d say this is an acceptable collection, overall. But it is missing something that would have had me running to the store to buy it.

Upon hearing of this release I had hoped her label would consider including a bonus DVD containing all of the album’s music videos and several live recordings. But it appears that they have chosen to pass on another opportunity to do this.

They could have added these music videos to the “Jagged Little Pill Live” DVD in 1999, or “Feast on Scraps” DVD in 2002 or on the bonus DVD included with “The Collection” in 2005. And although I can view them on Youtube i’m still puzzled as to why I can’t purchase all of these videos on iTunes.

I will probably end up purchasing the unreleased demo recordings and a few live performances from the collection on iTunes. But still, I can’t say i’m satisfied with this release because it didn’t include a DVD.