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Help!
Help!
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 11.83

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album!, 11 Mar 2001
This review is from: Help! (Audio CD)
Perhaps it is no accident that their most praised album for many years, _Sgt. Pepper_, was also the first one released pretty much the same way internationally. I think the reason _Help!_ was alternately ignored and underrated for so long was that it was not released in all markets the way it was intended by the group. In the US, the LP eliminated all the new songs from Side Two (now tracks 8-14), instead interspersing those from Side One with incidental music from the film. (Several of the deleted tracks became part of the US album _The Beatles Yesterday...and Today_, the initial LP cover for which featured the boys in butcher smocks holding raw bloody meat!) Now that EMI has made their British catalog more widely available, it is time for listeners worldwide to reevaluate the group's work. This album showcases them at their strongest, Lennon's confessional hard rock setting the standard for _JL/POB_ and his White Album contributions, McCartney's greatest (if overexposed) ballad, superb musicianship by everyone (especially with the electric piano), and, just like in the old days, a screaming golden oldie closing the set. Essential for your collection!


The Rolling Stones Singles Collection: The London Years
The Rolling Stones Singles Collection: The London Years
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 22.29

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Next best thing, 11 Mar 2001
In the wake of the stupid decision to substitute the early UK albums with the US cut-and-paste jobs, this is probably the best (certainly least frustrating) way to listen to the early Stones on CD. The first two discs supersede the formerly definitive _Through the Past Darkly_ and _High Tide and Green Grass_ with comprehenive singles coverage; however, the third becomes dubious, too many redundancies with _Sticky Fingers_ and _Beggars Banquet_ (worth buying on their own), and unnecessarily drawing on the never-essential _Metamorphisis_. Drop "In Another Land"/"The Lantern," move "Honky Tonk Women" and "Memo from Turner" over to disc two, and this could have been a five-star two-CD set.


More Hot Rocks - Big Hits and Fazed Cookies
More Hot Rocks - Big Hits and Fazed Cookies
Offered by whatuk
Price: 9.75

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars We love you--not!, 11 Mar 2001
Hear about the Beatles' famous butcher cover? (Not a cover version, mind you, but, in this case, an album cover, featuring the boys in butcher smocks holding raw bloody meat!) That photo was a protest against how some British groups' albums were being mangled Stateside. As a US fan, I've enjoyed the superior (and longer) UK versions of early Beatles albums made available in my country when their catalog was being issued on CD. Too bad the same hasn't been done with the Stones' early albums; worse, *UK* fans are being forced to endure the US reshuffles (splitting _Out of Our Heads_ into two separate albums, for example) and major redundancies such as _Flowers_ and this compilation. US fans used to treasure this for the rare B-sides and album cuts found only on the UK LPs; now *you're* being forced to compromise as well, shelling out more money for "We Love You" (formerly available on the UK edition of the single-disc _Through the Past Darkly: Big Hits, Vol. 2_) and "rare" R&B covers from the early days, while also buying songs you already have on CD!


Aftermath
Aftermath
Offered by westworld-
Price: 19.98

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inferior to UK original, docked for not making it available, 11 Mar 2001
This review is from: Aftermath (Audio CD)
Hear about the Beatles' famous butcher cover? That photo was a protest against how some British groups' albums were being mangled Stateside. As a US fan, I've enjoyed the superior (and longer) UK versions of early Beatles albums made available in my country when their catalog was being issued on CD. Too bad the same hasn't been done with the Stones; worse, UK fans are being forced to endure the US reshuffles (splitting _Out of Our Heads_ into two separate albums, for example) and redundancies (_Flowers_, where "Out of Time" wound up, plus recycled tracks from _Aftermath_ and US _Buttons_)...


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