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Original Album Series
Original Album Series
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10 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another set where the greatest hits package is a better option, 25 July 2012
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This is a straight-up set of their first four albums plus 1994's Last of the Independents (missing out 1990's Packed.) No bonus tracks or extras that I can see so the question, as it often is with these sets, is it worth getting this in preference to one of their greatest hits packages? The first (Pretenders) and third (Learning to Crawl) albums still sound good but they sound good mainly because of the wall-to-wall hit singles - the other three albums are inferior although each still produced an excellent single or two but my conclusion is that a greatest hits package at less than half the price is a better option.
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Original Album Classics
Original Album Classics

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just a period piece, 20 July 2012
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Although Mancini had been successfully writing movie music from well before, these albums contain a selection of TV and movie themes from a period at the end of the 50's and the early to mid 60's when big band 'jazz' was still a significant force in the popular music market. The earliest albums here are from two relatively similar 50's TV series about detectives, gangsters and other lowlife but have different styles - the Peter Gunn music being more brash and the Mr Lucky music more laid back, especially the terrific third track Softly. I find the film music from 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's very lightweight but it shares a disc with the soundtrack to the thriller Arabesque from 1966 which is much more emotive and interesting. The movie music to The Pink Panther needs no introduction from me. The 1961 album Combo contains 12 original tracks played by Mancini's smaller 12 piece jazz band (hence the title) and includes one of his most famous non-movie orchestral pieces, Tequila. Only four stars from me overall because there is too much filler in this set but good value nonetheless. It is particularly nice to be able to read the back cover text for all the listed albums which are period pieces in themselves.


Original Album Classics
Original Album Classics

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This really is a set for the committed fan, 18 July 2012
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The Furs have produced some of my favourite singles of all time but I have to be the dissident voice amongst the reviews so far. In my opinion you would have to be a really committed Furs fan to want all five of these albums including their extras over and above the two disc Greatest Hits that came out last year at half the price or the earlier single disc Best Of for around four quid. The first two albums are the standouts but there is still lots of filler and by the end of the five albums the band are frankly sounding more like Wang Chung than Wang Chung! The only proviso I would put on this is that the extras on the third album were new to me especially the cello (?) driven version of Yes I Do (rechristened Mary Go Round).


Original Album Classics
Original Album Classics
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's in a name?, 15 July 2012
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There is a book to be written about the names of bands and the effect that they have had on their success - I once went to an early Thompson Twins gig (before they'd ever released any material) solely on the basis that I liked the name, however I am ashamed to admit that the name Teenage Fanclub had the opposite effect on me which it took me many years to overcome. I cannot think that I was alone in my antipathy, as that is the only reason that I can think of to explain the relative lack of commercial success of what I now appreciate to be a brilliant, brilliant band. These are their 3rd to 7th albums inclusive and their is scarcely a duff track out of the 50 to 60 included here. Forget their "Best of" album (90% of which is included on these 5 discs anyway) - you need ALL of this music. If you like guitar bands, buy this immediately. On second thoughts, buy this whatever! You won't regret it!
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Young Adult [DVD] [2011]
Young Adult [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Charlize Theron
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Companion piece to Juno, 13 July 2012
This review is from: Young Adult [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
From the same writer (Cody) and director (Reitman) as Juno, this movie has a lot of similarities in its study of dysfunctional relationships albeit of mid 30's rather than teenage lead characters. Charlize Theron is excellent as always and leads a terrific cast. I can only think that the indifferent reviews that this film received were due to the mislabelling as a comedy - yes, there are some comic moments but this is basically a drama about imperfect people stumbling through life as best they can - as we all do. Just like Juno. So if you liked Juno you'll like this. Besides, who couldn't like a movie that repeats the start to a classic Teenage Fanclub song half a dozen times and then, just when you think the soundtrack couldn't get any better, has a band (of actors) come on and cover it live!


Original Album Classics
Original Album Classics
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18 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An inferior collection, 11 July 2012
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I normally only write reviews if I have something positive to say but in this case the normally excellent Original Album Classics series is not the place to go for the "true" Allman Brothers. All these albums are relatively recent and whilst they include versions of some of the band's classic material this is not where you you be spending your hard earned money even at this admittedly budget price - for the same money you could be buying "Beginnings" which is the excellent repackaging of their first two albums that I grew up on and "Brothers and Sisters" which is the first studio album after the death of Duane and still have some change left over to put towards "Eat A Peach" or "Live at Fillmore East". That way you would be getting all of Duane's output with the band, played by the man himself, plus the post mortem classics Jessica and Ramblin Man amongst others. Alternatively for a third of the price you could get the Universal Masters Collection if you are willing to miss out on some material. Both options are much better than buying this set in my humble opinion.
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Original Album Series: Little Feat / Sailin' Shoes / Dixie Chicken / Feats Don't Fail Me Now / The Last Record Album
Original Album Series: Little Feat / Sailin' Shoes / Dixie Chicken / Feats Don't Fail Me Now / The Last Record Album
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A truly unique sound, 11 July 2012
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The band's first two albums here sound like a strange derivative of The Band, CSN&Y and Dr John and if they had stayed with the line-up that recorded them we may well never of heard much more of Little Feat. As it was, the addition of Paul Barrere on guitar and Sam Clayton on percussion and the replacement of Estrada on bass by Kenny Gradney for their third album Dixie Chicken created a much tighter and focussed unit and started a sequence of four top class albums (the last three that are included here plus the missing Time Loves A Hero from 1977) with a unique sound which will be identifiable forever as Little Feat in their prime. The sequence was ended by the sad untimely demise of the great Lowell George although 1979's Down on the Farm (again not included here) also bears some of his hallmark input. This set would have merited 5 stars from me if their unremarkable 1971 debut Little Feat had been replaced by Time Loves A Hero (interestingly exactly what the Original Album series did with the equivalent set from label and touring mates, the Doobie Brothers, which contains their albums 2 to 6) and it would also have given us an entire set of five minature Neon Park album covers (which are almost worth the money alone)! This package is great value nonetheless and an indispensible record of a great band.


Original Album Series [5 Pack]
Original Album Series [5 Pack]

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The American new wave (sanitised version), 9 July 2012
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Very unusually for this series, the albums featured here are the band's first five, from their 1978 debut to 1984's Heartbeat City and as always when you get a complete sequence of recordings, part of the fascination is hearing the progression from album to album. In fairness, there isn't actually too much progression here, at least not when you compare them to contemporary New York bands like Talking Heads who moved over the same period from edgy pop to funky R&B. The Cars always seemed to be a little bit safe and sanitised and that surely accounted for their greater popularity in the US compared to their US new wave peers, albeit at the cost of less success in the UK and much much less critical acclaim generally. So why buy this set? Well simply because they really were rather terrific at doing what they did! The first three albums here are a little too polished maybe, but still jam packed with catchy pop tunes and great keyboard/synth riffs, courtesy of Ric Ocasek and Greg Hawkes, and the production is excellent particularly when the tracks are allowed to run into one another. The 4th album is perhaps the weakest here although peversely giving them their first Top 10 US single and the 5th is also notable mainly for the singles including the anthemic "Drive". These albums may be period pieces, but they are also outstanding examples of US pop music of that time.


Original Album Series
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A seamless progression, 7 July 2012
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Remember the days when you could rely upon your favourite bands putting out an album every year? And the best of them could do it despite major personnel changes (both voluntary and enforced due to Tom Johnstons's health problems) AND still produce material of the consistently high quality of these 5 discs. These albums represent the studio output of 1972 to 1976 from quite simply a great rock band, which progressed over the same period from Tom Johnston's soul-influenced R&B of Listen to the Music and China Grove through to the funkier Takin It to The Streets where the growing influence of Steely Dan emigrants Skunk Baxter and Michael McDonald (that would lead to 77's Living on the Fault Line and 78's Minute by Minute) is becoming obvious. Despite the quickfire production schedule, there is not a weak album here and rarely does a set like this provide such a fascinating record of band's dramatic progression over such a short period of time.


Original Album Classics
Original Album Classics
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Includes his masterpiece Nether Lands, 6 July 2012
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One of the pleasures of these boxed sets is reacquainting oneself with outstanding albums in some form of chronlogical context - this set frames the sublime Nether Lands between two out of his three earlier (and inferior) country influenced albums and the later excellent (but not quite so sublime) rockier double album The Innocent Age - it also misses out the album between Nether Lands and Innocent Age, Phoenix, which, despite being his best selling album and yielding his biggest hit (the unexciting "Longer") is no great loss. If you only know Fogelberg through singles like Longer and the subsequent hit Same Auld Lang Syne (included on Disc 4 here), you will be stunned by Nether Lands which is contains brilliant (break-up driven) songwriting and terrific arrangements with a sprinkling of top notch session musicians including sundry Eagles (Henley, Walsh & Vitale).


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