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Exile on Main Street (Super Deluxe CD/DVD/Vinyl)
Exile on Main Street (Super Deluxe CD/DVD/Vinyl)
Price: £68.38

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta scrape the $#17 right off your shoe, 3 July 2010
The third album in the Stones classic trilogy, "Exile On Main Street" is a must have for any true fan - both of the band and the Blues/Rock genre.

This edition is a triumph of repackaging. You get the original album in two formats, a collection of out-takes and alternative versions, a documentary DVD, reproductions of the postcards from the original fold-out vinyl album cover design and a commemorative book. Clearly, one for Stones obsessives. (Who? Me?) Most people will be content with the regular 2010 two-CD re-issue edition.

For anyone who does not know the music, where have you been?! Like The Beatles' White Album, there is probably too much material but this does not seem to matter. You just listen to it all the way through. The sound quality does seem slightly improved over the Bob Ludwig/Apogee UV22 (Virgin Records) remaster edition of 2002.

Is the additional material worth the extra money? Only you can decide. Personally, I was disappointed by the image quality of the cover printing. It seemed as if the original designs had been scaled down to CD proportions and then re-expanded with the inevitable accompanying drop in dots-per-inch resolution. Shame.

If, like me, you are a musician and you have been wearing out copies of EOMS since 1972, this edition of the album is essential. If the price seems too steep, hang around for a few years, there will probably be yet another re-issue to coincide with the fortieth anniversary and/or to exploit the next generation of digital audio remastering technology.
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Once In A Lifetime [3CD + DVD]
Once In A Lifetime [3CD + DVD]
Offered by nationwide
Price: £84.25

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Heat Goes On, 9 Dec 2003
Great music (as it ever was), "unusual" packaging but, then, what else would you expect from these guys?
Confession time: I am forty, I was around when the original records came out. I am also a musician. I am biased as hell. I love this material.
Twelve years of any band's career taken all at once would be plenty for any listener - young or old. This was a real band. Danceable music without computers. Lyrics with something to say. Some day all music will be made this way again.
One sleeve note contributor suggests that Talking Heads is "America's greatest rock band". This is clearly wrong. Rock has nothing to do with it. :-)
Shake your groove thang AND engage your brain at the same time.

Price: £10.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You know the scene, 27 Feb 2002
This review is from: Buzzkunst (Audio CD)
Sounds like Howard's solo/Luxuria period meets Pete's electronic period. Plenty of electronic beats and samples. Not much guitar. (Shame!) In fact, if it didn't say Pete Shelley on the cover, you would not know that he was there.
I'm not going to waste anyone's time with any theses on what Devoto's lyrics mean. Just listen and enjoy.
P. S. - Computer nerds will find two video tracks on the CD. Live, rough and ready, great fun.

Guitar Synth & Midi (Guitar Player Magazine Basic Library)
Guitar Synth & Midi (Guitar Player Magazine Basic Library)
by Guitar Player
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-buy for intelligent guitarists everywhere, 19 Oct 2001
Crammed with information about "obselete" equipment, this is an invaluable reference source for guitarists bold enough to probe into the specialised world of guitar synthesis.
Let's face it, the technology may have moved on since 1988 but not THAT much. The principles are virtually the same. The text is still relevant over a decade on.
The author concentrates on the gear of the age. This is entirely understable but, in my opinion, greater coverage of early guitar synthesis devices would have been nice - especially with the current preoccupation with all things "vintage" and/or "retro".

Green Chimneys Plus
Green Chimneys Plus
Offered by Japan-Select
Price: £43.74

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy interpretations but I wish he'd do his own material., 19 Oct 2001
This review is from: Green Chimneys Plus (Audio CD)
This is, essentially, the regular 13-song release PLUS two bonus tracks. Good news - bonus track #1 "Off Minor" is great. Bad news - bonus track #2 is just an alternate take of "Ruby My Dear".
The guitar tone is excellent. Andy's mannerisms colour the compositions rather than overpowering them. If you like "Synaesthesia" or ""Peggy's Blue Skylight", you'll like "Green Chimeys PLUS [IMPORT]".
In my opinion, the bonus track, "Off Minor" justifies the extra cost but then I'm biased.
BIG HINT: Invest in a Japanese-English translation dictionary. Most of the sleeve notes are in Japanese! :-(

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