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Rock Machine Turns You on [Original recording remastered]

Various Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (12 July 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00000B2AO
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A late sixties classic 11 July 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the classic sixties samplers, with tracks less well known than many but cool sounds that really characterise the era.
So many people must have had their first contact with the alternative sixties through this album. Dylan, Cohen and the unforgettable Roy Harper feeling 'no cleaner than a chinese wrestlers jock strap cooked in chip fat on a greasy day'. Didn't we all feel like that?
This is uncompromising alternative stuff - no semi-pop chart material with a hint of alternative thrown in (Flowerpot men style). This stuff made the sixties what it was.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon! Your mission ...... 14 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Amazon! Your mission is to lean on CBS to get this re-released as a CD as soon as possible. You can see from the reviews that there is an immediate market of at least 3 and possibly a few more, so what's holding you up?

And CBS - there are thousands of us baby boomers with old scratchy copies of the LP (some of us still even have record players as well!) and while I can make an MP3 of it to put on my media streamer it will probably not sound anywhere near as good as the CD that you re-release. Most of the disposable money in the country is in our hands so please give it some thought and preferably some action.

Same please for Groov'y Baby -UK Direction-Various Artists Album 8-63452

Counting the days!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Sony's now-deleted CD of this classic 1968 sampler album doesn't quite get things right. First, some arcane licensing restriction forces Sony to omit Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair", and then the compiler of this CD inexplicably dubs "I Won't Leave My Wooden Wife For You Sugar"(by the short lived "United States of America") from a scratchy old record, despite the fact that the group's lone album has appeared on CD several times, derived from the original master tapes(most recently on the Sundazed label).

My guess, is what forced the deletion of Sony's CD, is that someone informed Sony Music that the tracks by Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera, Roy Harper & The Zombies weren't Sony-owned. They were licensed recordings...on which Sony Music's license had expired decades ago. Sony apparently decided that it wasn't worth the hassle(and considerable expense) to get this disc back into print.

I bought Sony's CD, then, using my own CD recorder, made my own corrected disc that conforms to the contents of the original 1968 L.P. and takes all the selections from full-fidelity sources.

This doesn't change the fact that "The Rock Machine Turns You On" was one of the greatest UK sampler L.P.'s of its' era, certainly up there with Island Records' "Bumpers" & EMI/Harvest's "Picnic:A Breath of Fresh Air".
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic mid-sixties sampler 29 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
My favourite album of all time. Bought in vinyl when first released but reluctantly sold some ten years ago during hard times. Would love it to be re-released on CD along with its follow up. CBS had the best of the crop in their stable at the time from the emerging Jazz-Rock of Blood Sweat & Tears and Chicago Transit Authority (later Chicago) to Electric Flag, Taj Mahal, The Byrds and Bob Dylan. A true classic
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rock Machine Turns you on 18 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
Both these LPs were bought for me back in 1968 by my new girlfriend at the time(now the wife)on a trip to the Smoke. As I still have a proper record player these and many others come out quite regularly for their customary airing 2 or 3 times a year. I must admit that I liked all the tracks right from the start unlike some LPs where you get to like some tracks over time. I have to blame the album The Rock Machine Turns You On for making me a fan of Blood, Sweat & Tears and Taj Mahal, but my favourite track out of both albums is Flames/Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera. We can only hope that somebody in authority sees sense and gets round to issuing a CD some time in the not too distant future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please release this as a CD 9 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have my prized vinyl copy from the late '60's but would love to get my hands on a CD - it was the best record then and I mourn that I cannot play it anymore. Such an eclectic mix of tracks. Such memories!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Machine. 17 April 2012
By david b
Format:Audio CD
My original was lost or stolen in the 60's. Periodic feelings of regret.

Please re-issue on CD. There will be thousands out there wishing to purchase in order to make their retirement more pleasurable!

Result, happy pensioners who will influence their grandchildren in regard to musical taste. Even more sales.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Having been brought up on an almost exclusive diet of the Beatles (no bad thing) this album (possibly along with Search of the Lost Chord, Moody Blues and Disraly Gears, Cream) really 'turned me on' to a much wider range of music and I often talk about it with freinds.

Having given up getting an acutaul copy of it on CD, I've put together my own copy using a combination of downloads and rips. And so sad am I I've even put them on to a vinyl looking CD in card wallet with a copy of the original LP on it.

Why go to all this trouble, well this album quite literaly changed my musical life.

WHy CBS down't put this together preferably, as a physical CD or even for downlaod is totally beyond me

An ageing hippy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Waiting
This album changed the landscape of what I considered to be music at the time. I was 17 years old and still forming my identity. Read more
Published 3 months ago by zap
5.0 out of 5 stars NEW HORIZONS
When I purchased this at the age of 14/15 this was my first experience of "alternative" music. Until then music was Top of the Pops, Ready Steady Go, Disc a Go-Go et al on TV or... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marlborough
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album from the 60s
I remember buying this album back in the 60's along with the other Rock Machine Samplers from CBS. I now have it on CD on a 1996 reissue on the CBS Rewind series. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stephen Ballinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a thunderclap
Wow! I think I was about 16 when this album emerged. I was "turned on " to sounds and artists I'd never heard before. Please remaster and release this on CD. Read more
Published 24 months ago by BARRY J HILL MBE
1.0 out of 5 stars CD on Wish List - Rock Machine Turns You On
I remove this Cd from my wishlist as £44+ is extortionate ! I have it on vinyl so will stick to that for now
Published on 23 April 2012 by L. M. Galbraith
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings it all Back!
I still own this LP!! I have transfered it onto a CD but NOTHING can bring back those times when I put this on my old Dansette! after a weekend of madness and just came round! Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2011 by V8Pilot
5.0 out of 5 stars FUnny Feeling
I think I literally wore this album out back in my long gone youth.
Fantastic album.
I have gone all nostalgic just reading about it.
Published on 12 Mar 2010 by R. E. Farrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Where did all the good times go
Have just read all the reviews...can't believe the album's not on CD.. I've just been in to Fopp to see whether it was on sale there, but it was too busy... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2009 by Maria Duffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Please issue the original
Strange to review a CD that isn't there and if it was seems to be without one of the highlights Simon & Garfunkel's anthem from The Graduate (not Mrs. Robinson). Read more
Published on 23 July 2009 by Angantyr
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