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Snapshot
Snapshot
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4.0 out of 5 stars Young kids done good, 10 Dec. 2013
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Old school R'n'B: Gypie Mayo era Dr. Feelgood or Lew Lewis Reformer's 'Save the Wail' sprung to mind. Which makes it all rather good to me. More please, and thank you.


This Is My Country / The Young Mods' Forgotten Story
This Is My Country / The Young Mods' Forgotten Story

5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant, 10 Dec. 2013
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Had heard a couple of tracks before but never both LPs in the whole. And it is all brilliant. A mix of right on soul and lovers laments. Essential for any fan of 1960s Motown or Stax - similar in sound but stretching it at the same time.


Fountayne Mountain
Fountayne Mountain
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4.0 out of 5 stars Their story continues, 10 Dec. 2013
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Whilst some of this sounds like their first LP - which means it's an excellent collection Stone Rosey jingle-jangle rock - other bits are even more excellent envelope pushing into more psychedelic territory, a bit Pink Floyd meets Tame Impala. Which again pushes the right buttons for me.


Ogden's Nut Gone Flake [Deluxe Edition]
Ogden's Nut Gone Flake [Deluxe Edition]

4.0 out of 5 stars Nut gone but never forgotten, 10 Dec. 2013
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CD1 and CD3 are stereo and mono mixes of arguably one of the best albums of all time and it all sounds much, much better than previous versions I've owned. So 5 stars for that. Overall, 4 stars because CD2 is non-essential alternate versions and backing tracks - good fun for a fan like me but I can see it all becoming a bit too much for anyone discovering the Small Faces genious for the first time or just wanting to hear a great LP. Like the other albums in the re-mastered series the accompanying booklet is a veritable treasure trove of photos, memorabilia and credits.


Small Faces [Decca] [Deluxe Edition]
Small Faces [Decca] [Deluxe Edition]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where it started, 10 Dec. 2013
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Meaty, beaty, etc, the mod album that launched a thousand Paul Weller haircuts. The first CD is the original debut LP, and it's never sounded more vital. Bonus tracks are b-sides to singles from the era, lovely stuff. CD2 is various stereo or mono versions of CD1, not essential but good fun - if it was just CD1 on review I'd have awarded 5 stars. Accompanying booklet of credits, momorabilia etc. almost make it worth buying just for the rare photos. Has a band ever looked so right?


Small Faces [Immediate] [Deluxe Edition]
Small Faces [Immediate] [Deluxe Edition]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten classic - discuss, 10 Dec. 2013
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It all sounds much better than earlier pressings of the material, so a thumbs up for the remastering maestro. This is where the Small Faces started to stretch their song writing muscles, and why they are held in much higher esteem than other beat bands of the era. You're getting mono and stereo mixes of the albums here plus associated non-album singles from the era and a couple of alternate mixes of a few tracks, plus a groovy booklet with memorabilia, rare photos, etc. and new sleevenotes. A must for fans and worth exploring if new to the band.


From The Beginning [Deluxe Edition]
From The Beginning [Deluxe Edition]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good place to start, 10 Dec. 2013
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Despite a rather random running order - the chronology is all over the place - this is a good place to start if you're unfamiliar with the Small Faces (and you should be ashamed of yourself if you are unfamiliar). The early hits are there showing how they raved up the charts; but also some cover versions presumably intended for their first Decca LP that show them to be soulful interpreters; and some recordings of songs that re-recorded became part of their first Immediate LP. I actually prefer these versions - they're a bit more full on than the more acoustic/reflective later versions. The extras CD contains re-mixes etc and included is a groovy booklet with band ads, rare photos, newspaper articles from the era and new sleevenotes. The extras are good fun but arguably not essential. Having said that, as a fan I like them. And it all sounds much better than earlier pressings of the material, so a thumbs up for the remastering maestro.


Ride Your Heart
Ride Your Heart
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elastical undertones, 28 May 2013
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If you ever thought the Undertones would sound better with a female singer this disc is for you. If you ever thought Elastica could have been a bit less the Stranglers and a bit more Buzzcocks this disc is for you. It does nothing new but reheats that punky-power pop sound, with added harmonies, rather brilliantly.


Ruled by Passion, Destroyed by Lust
Ruled by Passion, Destroyed by Lust
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4.0 out of 5 stars Woozy beats, 28 May 2013
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Not so much a plant with clusters of yellow and white flowers, but more some seriously addictive beats with clusters of trance and dub. Takes that Screamadelica template (minus the Strolling Bones bits) and updates nicely. Enjoy with a warm sunny evening.


Dr Dee
Dr Dee
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4.0 out of 5 stars What the?, 7 Jan. 2013
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Intriguing mixture of sounds, vaguely Elizabethan (or what I think Elizabethan music would sound like having watched films, etc set in the period), classical and jazzy. Some short pieces some longer, none outstaying their welcome. I don't think I'm missing out on anything with just the music from the opera rather than the whole performance. Probably not a Saturday night party record but definitely something for a lazy sunday afternoon.


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