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Something Changed
Something Changed
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Something Changed (MP3 Download)
Excellent song, with orchestral accompaniment arranged/conducted by Anne Dudley (Buster/Full Monty/Les Miserables).


Bobby Goldsboro Greatest Hits
Bobby Goldsboro Greatest Hits
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £19.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good compilation but ....., 29 Nov. 2007
Although a good album and including the rare to find "Butterfly for Bucky" in its track listing (a song that EMI seems to studiously omit from every compilation of Bobby's hits that they have ever brought out in the UK) I must point out that these are not the original hit recordings from the 60's and 70's. According to the extremely limited sleeve notes the tracks were actually recorded in 1999. If this doesn't bother you then fine but it has to be said that the originals are available (including EMI's latest compilation) for a fraction of the price.
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Themependium
Themependium
Offered by adrians_records
Price: £59.99

18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better ...., 12 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Themependium (Audio CD)
Themependium is a creditable effort by Sony/BMG to produce a compilation of John barry's prolific music career. However, there is a but! Anyone purchasing this four disc set will be doing so because of a genuine desire to hear the great man at his musical best. What Sony/BMG have done is trawl through his extensive back catalogue to get a representative cross-section of John Barry's output and then fallen into the usual trap of using vocal chart versions where they exist rather than the instrumental arrangements. This I suspect is to make it more marketable to the general public even though - with no disrespect intended to Dame Shirley, Matt Monro and Donna Summer - these songs can readily be found on countless other albums. What can't easily be found are the instrumental versions (Born Free for example appeared as an instrumental on a JB double LP on CBS/Sony a number of years ago but on the re-issue as a cd was dropped in favour of the vocal version). No doubt his wonderful John Dunbar Theme would have suffered the same fate had a vocal version existed. While Themependium is a good compilation, definitive it is not.


18 Carat Gold
18 Carat Gold
Price: £5.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All that glitters ..., 2 Aug. 2007
This review is from: 18 Carat Gold (Audio CD)
One pet hate I have about the record industry - and this is in no way a criticism of Smokie themselves - is the number of "greatest hits" type titles on the market that imply (or at best make no attempt to suggest otherwise) that the recordings are the original hit versions. This isn't helped by a band that regularly re-records its old hit songs and then allows them to be syndicated on numerous labels around the world. This compilation is actually indirectly a European import, being released by EMI Australia using recordings licensed from Europe and does not contain the original hit recordings. To be fair to EMI the 1999 production date is clearly printed on the rear artwork but unfortunately this fact does not appear in the product's write-up here on Amazon. If you want the definitive hit recordings this product is at best gold painted and you should look elsewhere. In fact finding the original recordings amongst the huge range at your disposal on Amazon is akin to looking for a needle in a haystack, or put another way - will the real original recordings please stand up!


Uncovered - The Very Best Of Smokie
Uncovered - The Very Best Of Smokie

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If only they were the original recordings .., 2 Aug. 2007
One pet hate I have about the record industry - and this is in no way a criticism of Smokie themselves - is the number of "greatest hits" titles on the market that imply (or make no attempt to suggest otherwise) that the recordings are the original hit versions. Whilst this compilation represents excellent value for money, be aware that it - like a lot of the other ones listed for this band - contains recently recorded material and not the songs originally committed to 7" vinyl back in the 70's and 80's.


The Capitol Years
The Capitol Years
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.24

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good compilation but beware ..., 19 Jun. 2007
This review is from: The Capitol Years (Audio CD)
This compilation is a good representation of the material Sammy recorded with Capitol but be aware that if you are buying this to listen to in the car, on your computer, or on a system with mp3 capability then don't bother - it contains EMI's dreaded copy protection process making it unplayable on those formats. If you only intend playing on a basic cd player then no problem. EMI have a strange policy of copy protecting the cheaper end of their catalogue but not the stuff most likely to attract piracy!


Yesterday Has Gone
Yesterday Has Gone
Offered by dutchtoni
Price: £38.74

46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cupid's Inspiration Fan, 16 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Yesterday Has Gone (Audio CD)
I was intrigued when I first heard about this album as I had understood that the original recordings were long deleted and unavailable.

Then I spotted mention of it on a couple of websites but with observations that the disc (on an obscure Far East label)was considered to be an unauthorised issue and of doubtful quality - in other words the purists wouldn't touch it with the proverbial bargepole.

However, I was then amazed to find that Amazon were offering it (unilaterally it would appear) from stock.

Although a little pricey by current "oldies re-issue" standards I took the plunge and ordered.

Said cd arrived promptly, has full artwork/track listings etc, credits the original production dates, and contains all their best known material.

The recordings ARE the original hit versions and the sound quality is absolutely magnificent. If this disc is unofficial they must have had access to the original masters because I can't find fault with it.

A highly recommended slice of nostalgia from a great band.

In closing I've got to say that this isn't the first occasion when I've had to look to unlikely parts of the world for re-issues of pop classics - domestic labels please note!
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