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Here Come The Nice
Here Come The Nice
Price: 176.16

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here Comes The Nice, 5 Feb 2014
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First of all we'll deal with the elephant in the room! Is this too expensive? Absolutely it is, especially for under 4 hours of music in total and only really about 2 discs of unreleased material. However it is a beautifully produced boxset that's clearly a labour of love and one finally worthy of such an underrated powerhouse of a band. In my opinion it is the best thing to be released under the Small Faces name since the band broke up! It really is that good.

Now, let's deal with what this isn't. It is not a one stop shop for the Immediate catalogue. For that John H McCarthy's review of the previous releases is very helpful. If you are new to the Small Faces, or don't have all 2 of their Immediate LP's plus the Autumn Stone compilation please start there. The Darlings Of Wapping Wharf Laundrette is an excellent one stop shop for the Immediate catalogue, minus only the live material from Newcastle on Autumn Stone.

Here Comes The Nice first of all tidies up the remaining singles and non album tracks that haven't so far been released during this reissue campaign. Single mixes of Afterglow of Your Love, Mad John and The Journey are present as are the stereo mixes of I Feel Much Better and I'm Only Dreaming which were inexplicably left off the 2012 Deluxe Edition of 'Small Faces'. Also the live tracks from the Autumn Stone collection are included, without the overdubbed extra crowd noise also pitch and speed corrected. They do sound better than any previous release of these tracks but are from the same source so don't expect a massive revelation. Just to touch on the mastering quality for moment. Thankfully there has been no over abuse of compression and noise reduction and the EQ is very tasteful and can be cranked on a decent hi-fi.

The real meat of the box is on discs 2 and 3. This presents the culmination of all the reissue teams hunting down of the original session tapes from Olympic, IBC and Trident, some actually recovered from a skip outside of the Olympic studios. The full story is told in very interesting and great detail by the sets compiler Rob Caiger.

Now a previous review states there is nothing 'ground breaking' here? Not sure how without hearing the contents you can make that assumption but anyway! What constitutes 'groundbreaking'? Is it Elvis or The Beatles on Ed Sullivan 'groundbreaking' or Hendrix at Monterey 'groundbreaking'? Perhaps not but what would constitute 'ground breaking' for a lifelong Small Faces fan who has all the previous released material? Maybe the opportunity to drop into one of their recording sessions to hear how some of these classics were created? To hear the Small Faces in such clarity straight from the session masters is utterly surreal at times. It's not just all studio chat and hearing takes breakdown, although there is that too. What it is ..... is to hear these classics in a detail and clarity that the original production mono and stereo mixes could never achieve..... Rob Keyloch has done a fantastic job with the remixes. The stripped down mixes of things like Donkey Rides, A Penny A Glass and Jenny Song are really a revelation, as is a surprise vocal only mix of Wham Bam Thank You Mam. Because of the need to 'bounce down' while recording on four or eight track in the sixties, to create more tracks for further overdubs and vocals, you always incurred a generation loss of sound quality. By recovering the multitracks all these individual elements can now be remixed without the need to incur the loss in sound quality. So for the first time you can hear Steve's vocal's front and centre with plenty of air and space, same goes for all the individual instrumentation.

Unfortunately I haven't really got round to listening to the vinyl yet, after 3 days I'm still digesting what is on the 4 discs. To touch on the book briefly it really is a beautiful coffee table style volume with excellent notes on the project as mentioned earlier as well as a great history of the band from their Pre-Decca days to their breakup by Mark Paytress. The real joy of the book apart from the photos, is the individual track annotations that give recording dates and extremely insightful comments.

In Summary, the compilers of the set have really produced something here that will stand as a lasting testament to this great band and although my wallet doesn't thank them I am delighted with this set as you can probably guess. Any Small Faces fans who has ever enjoyed the Beach Boys SMiLE or Pet Sounds Sessions will love this. To hear a new, exciting and fresh presentation of tracks I have been familiar with for over 20 years has been an utterly joyful and dare I say "groundbreaking' experience for this Small Faces fan.


On Air - Live At The BBC Vol 2
On Air - Live At The BBC Vol 2
Price: 10.00

51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live At the BBC - The Collection, 11 Nov 2013
This is a review of the Live At The BBC - The Collection but contains specific reference to On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2, hope people find it useful.

When Live At The BBC was released in 1994 it kicked off a major archival excavation that culminated in the Beatles Anthology Project but to my mind the Live At The BBC was the most interesting of these archival releases and the one that I have listened to the most over the years. It wasn't without it's flaws though and with the bootleg releases that included most of their complete shows, a volume 2 seemed like a no brainer. So it's a surprise that it's taken nearly 20 years for that to happen, especially as volume 1 shifted something like 5 million units.

Anyway, with regards to volume 1 the question is whether its worth purchasing the remaster if you already have the original from 1994. I would certainly say yes, if you don't have volume one then its essential and the stronger of the 2 volumes as it contains the most unreleased tracks. Although there isn't any new music or major upgrades in sources to what you would already have, the use of noise reduction is a lot better and less heavy handed than the previous issue and the key thing is the completely unnecessary cross fading between tracks have been removed, meaning you can compile both volumes chronologically without cutting of the start or end of tracks. There are also a few more snippets of dialogue like the inclusion of the amusing introduction from George to Soldier of Love, wish they'd also included the equally amusing intro to the Honeymoon Song or the `Honeyboot Song' as George calls it because of his `terrible nose'.

As for `On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2' this is long overdue. I really didn't think we would see any further official releases of the BBC recordings so this is hugely welcome. There aren't many sound upgrades from the bootlegs but on first listen Words of Love, Ask Me Why and Anna are considerable upgrades from the latest bootleg sources. Of the 36 unique songs the Beatles recorded for the BBC only the tracks from their very first session are still to be officially released. Those are Dream Baby, Besame Mucho (the EMI recording was released on Anthology One) and Pictures of You, all with Pete Best on drums. Not sure why those haven't been included because sound quality wise they are no worse than `I'm Talking About You' or Keep Your Hands of My Baby. Volume 2 also contains the tracks from the Baby It's You CD single but contains a different version of Devil In Her Heart, so need hang on to those singles, Lend Me Your Comb which was missing from volume 1 is also included here. The only frustration for me is we still don't have at least 1 performance of every song performed for the BBC! Of the 88 different songs recorded for the BBC we are still missing, I Call Your Name, I Should Have Known Better, The Night Before and I'm Happy Just to Dance With You as well as the 3 tracks I mentioned above from the first BBC sessions. All of these tracks are available on the boots but in poor quality so I suspect the compilers wanted to keep the poor quality off air recordings to a minimum on a mainstream release.

So all in all, Volume 2 is a very worthy addition to the Beatles catalogue and a excellent reissue of Volume 1. The studio outtake of I Feel Fine especially is a highlight. The booklets are excellent with essay's from Kevin Howlett (author of the excellent The Beatles: The BBC Archives: 1962-1970) as well as a track by track analysis. I never tire of these performances and would happily sit through every one of their 275 performances (and have done on many occasions). Performances like Soldier of Love, Some Other Guy and To Know Her is To Love Her are every bit as good as the covers they recorded for EMI. It never ceases to amaze me that 2 of the greatest rock and roll singers of all time ended up in the same band!

So is there enough material left for a Volume 3, damn right there is. We are still missing those 3 unique tracks as mentioned earlier but there are sufficiently interesting versions of the already released tracks to justify another volume. The version of I'm a Loser with John substituted lyrics `Beneath This Wig I'm Wearing a Tie' immediately springs to mind, as well as superior performances of Misery from Pop Go The Beatles 14 and There's a Place from Pop Go The Beatles 5 also I can't believe they kept that version of A Hard Day's Night on volume one with the solo flown in from the EMI recording when they played it live on another performance. Hopefully as new sources are discovered this will happen.

*Edit 16/12/13. 41 more BBC tracks are being released on iTunes on the 17/12 along with studio outtakes and demo's in an effort to prevent them from becoming public domain![...]
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Live At The BBC - The Collection
Live At The BBC - The Collection
Price: 27.93

52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live At the BBC - The Collection, 11 Nov 2013
When Live At The BBC was released in 1994 it kicked off a major archival excavation that culminated in the Beatles Anthology Project but to my mind the Live At The BBC was the most interesting of these archival releases and the one that I have listened to the most over the years. It wasn't without it's flaws though and with the bootleg releases that included most of their complete shows, a volume 2 seemed like a no brainer. So it's a surprise that it's taken nearly 20 years for that to happen, especially as volume 1 shifted something like 5 million units.

I must admit that the pricing of this 2 volume set doesn't really make much sense when you can purchase both volumes separately cheaper. There is nothing other than a cardboard sleeve to justify the extra 2. Surely there should be a saving for buying both?

Anyway, with regards to volume 1 the question is whether its worth purchasing the remaster if you already have the original from 1994. I would certainly say yes, if you don't have volume one then its essential and the stronger of the 2 volumes as it contains the most unreleased tracks. Although there isn't any new music or major upgrades in sources to what you would already have, the use of noise reduction is a lot better and less heavy handed than the previous issue and the key thing is the completely unnecessary cross fading between tracks have been removed, meaning you can compile both volumes chronologically without cutting of the start or end of tracks. There are also a few more snippets of dialogue like the inclusion of the amusing introduction from George to Soldier of Love, wish they'd also included the equally amusing intro to the Honeymoon Song or the `Honeyboot Song' as George calls it because of his `terrible nose'.

As for `On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2' this is long overdue. I really didn't think we would see any further official releases of the BBC recordings so this is hugely welcome. There aren't many sound upgrades from the bootlegs but on first listen Words of Love, Ask Me Why and Anna are considerable upgrades from the latest bootleg sources. Of the 36 unique songs the Beatles recorded for the BBC only the tracks from their very first session are still to be officially released. Those are Dream Baby, Besame Mucho (the EMI recording was released on Anthology One) and Pictures of You, all with Pete Best on drums. Not sure why those haven't been included because sound quality wise they are no worse than `I'm Talking About You' or Keep Your Hands of My Baby. Volume 2 also contains the tracks from the Baby It's You CD single but contains a different version of Devil In Her Heart, so need hang on to those singles, Lend Me Your Comb which was missing from volume 1 is also included here. The only frustration for me is we still don't have at least 1 performance of every song performed for the BBC! Of the 88 different songs recorded for the BBC we are still missing, I Call Your Name, I Should Have Known Better, The Night Before and I'm Happy Just to Dance With You as well as the 3 tracks I mentioned above from the first BBC sessions. All of these tracks are available on the boots but in poor quality so I suspect the compilers wanted to keep the poor quality off air recordings to a minimum on a mainstream release.

So all in all, Volume 2 is a very worthy addition to the Beatles catalogue and a excellent reissue of Volume 1. The studio outtake of I Feel Fine especially is a highlight. The booklets are excellent with essay's from Kevin Howlett (author of the excellent The Beatles: The BBC Archives: 1962-1970) as well as a track by track analysis. I never tire of these performances and would happily sit through every one of their 275 performances (and have done on many occasions). Performances like Soldier of Love, Some Other Guy and To Know Her is To Love Her are every bit as good as the covers they recorded for EMI. It never ceases to amaze me that 2 of the greatest rock and roll singers of all time ended up in the same band!

So is there enough material left for a Volume 3, damn right there is. We are still missing those 3 unique tracks as mentioned earlier but there are sufficiently interesting versions of the already released tracks to justify another volume. The version of I'm a Loser with John substituted lyrics `Beneath This Wig I'm Wearing a Tie' immediately springs to mind, as well as superior performances of Misery from Pop Go The Beatles 14 and There's a Place from Pop Go The Beatles 5 also I can't believe they kept that version of A Hard Day's Night on volume one with the solo flown in from the EMI recording when they played it live on another performance. Hopefully as new sources are discovered this will happen.

*Edit 16/12/13. 41 more BBC tracks are being released on iTunes on the 17/12 along with studio outtakes and demo's in an effort to prevent them from becoming public domain![...]


Signature Box
Signature Box
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Price: 64.11

48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great remasters but Signature box is poor value for money!, 5 Oct 2010
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Well I did buy it and to be quite honest I'm glad I used a gift voucher because if I had spent my hard earned on this I would have been feeling slightly ripped off. The Signature box I'm afraid does not represent good value for money.

The box itself is too big for 8 albums and 2 bonus discs, about double the size of the Beatles mono box. The CD's themselves are packaged in digi-packs similar to the Beatles stereo remasters but the paper stock seems thinner and flimsier and the CD's are impossible to remove without touching the playing surface. The pictures on the CD's themselves are a facsimile of the album cover which looks cheap IMO. Would have been better to have recreated the labels from the original vinyl just like the Beatles remasters. The accompanying 60 page hardback book contains an essay by Rolling Stone music critic Anthony DeCurtis with plenty of photo's and drawings, many of which I have not seen before. The box also contains a drawer at the bottom of the box which houses what looks like another hardback book but is actually just a hardback portfolio for an Art print.

On the bright side the original vintage mixes are back in print again and especially in the case of Plastic Ono Band, that is great news. I was never a fan of the Yoko remixes from about a decade ago, too loud, too much noise reduction and poor choices of bonus tracks, especially on Plastic Ono Band. The 2010 CD's with the exception of Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey are in my opinion the best sounding Lennon CD's I've ever heard. The EQ is very tasteful and I can't detect any digital compression, limiting or noise reduction that has been the scourge of many a classic album reissue over the last decade. What's happened to the 2 80's albums is a mystery. They sound inferior to the 70's albums and were mastered in the US at Sterling sound as opposed to Abbey Road where the 70's albums and last years Beatles remasters were done. They sound heavily compressed and limited to me.

To pick up all 8 albums individually (including the Double Fantasy stripped disc) plus the Power to the People hits collection it will cost you just under 80! So for an extra 50 you get a disc of rarities (an excellent disc), a hardback book and an art print!!! Hardly represents good value in this day and age, especially when there are tracks on the Gimme Some Truth Set that are not on here. Ironically the Gimme Some Truth set represents quite good value for money at 72 tracks for under 30.
Now if the set had included Live Peace in Toronto, Menlove Avenue plus b sides like 'Listen The Snow is Falling' it would have represented far better value and would have made sense to have his complete discography in one place.
In summary, go for the individual CD's and leave this huge white Elephant on the shelves where it belongs..........
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Live At Shepherd's Bush
Live At Shepherd's Bush
Price: 15.17

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A treat for Stills fans, 23 July 2010
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I don't think anyone is going to argue with the fact that Stephen Stills voice is not what it used to be but it is a little disingenuous for people to completely dismiss this release on those grounds and also missing the point somewhat. This is a document of a show and a tour that stands as a celebration of a much loved artist and is certainly welcomed by me as a fan. There is still much to enjoy here especially for anyone who has seen him play live recently that can attest to the genuine warmth and respect people have for the man and his music.

Highly recommended


Dreamin' Man Live '92
Dreamin' Man Live '92
Price: 9.93

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harvest Moon Live..., 8 Dec 2009
This review is from: Dreamin' Man Live '92 (Audio CD)
The Performance Series releases for the most part have been my favourite part of Neil's archives project. They have ranged from good to essential in my view, Massey Hall being the best and most essential and Dreamin' Man the least for me. What made Massey Hall special was it was a complete performance and the unreleased tracks and stripped down versions of tracks like Down by the River made it an essential purchase. Don't get me wrong there is some fantastic performances on this release, Dreamin' Man, Such a Woman and War of Man especially shine in this stripped down format.

The problem for me is what's not here! By limiting the concept of this release to ONLY tracks from the Harvest Moon album, performances of which have been chosen from the whole of 1992's year long solo tour, we miss out on hearing unreleased gems like..... Hitchhiker, Love Art Blues and Homefires.... all of which were performed and recorded and the inclusion of any of the above would have made this an essential purchase. Plus.... Silver and Gold was played every night of the first solo tour, solo acoustic versions of Tonight's the Night, Powderfinger, This Notes for You, Cripple Creek Ferry etc etc, where also performed on this tour. So it is more the concept of the release I have an issue with, as opposed to the performances which are fantastic and well worth hearing.

The sound quality is just outstanding especially if your CD player can decode HDCD and the cover art is lovely. I love Neil's vocal quality from the early 90's, really suits the reflective tone of the material from that era.
I look forward to the next Archives release, they are really coming thick and fast now. I recommend something from the Blue Note era or Tonight's the Night tour Neil if your reading.
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The Beatles In Mono
The Beatles In Mono
Price: 168.19

108 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles in Mono at Long Last, 14 Sep 2009
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There has been so much discussion over the last 40 years and recently on these pages as to which mixes (Mono or Stereo) are the most historically important, which versions did the Beatles spend most time on and crucially which sound better.
There is no doubt that George Martin and the Abbey Road engineers spent more time on the Mono mixes as that was the way most people would hear the records due to AM radio and cheap single speaker turntables. Stereo until 1968 was seen as a niche format for a hardcore of hi-fi enthusiasts.
As to which are most historically important, IMO they both are. Every album apart from Please Please Me was released the same day in mono and stereo (PPM was a month later) and according to EMI session documentation the same people responsible for the monos did the stereo. As to which sessions the Beatles attended that can't be determined for certain. There is no doubt from Revolver onwards they did take more of an interest in the mixing process but that is 4 years after they first entered Abbey Road, it would have been very difficult for the Beatles to attend mixing sessions pre 66 due to touring and other commitments.
As to which sound better, well that is subjective, some albums sound better in Mono some better in Stereo, some albums like Help it can be down to individual tracks. For certain both versions are fun to listen to, sound completely different and discovering the mix variations are one of the joys of being a Beatles fan. In the simplest possible terms mono is all about impact and depth where as with stereo it's about width, soundstage and space between the instruments.

On then to the Beatles in Mono.... So what actually is included. Well contrary to a few reviews EVERYTHING that has a dedicated mono mix is in there, including the original stereo mixes of Help and Rubber Soul and the never released Yellow Submarine EP which has true mono mixes of It's all Too Much, Hey Bulldog, All Together Now, Only a Northern Song and Across the Universe. What you won't find is Yellow Submarine (Mono version was a fold-down of the stereo), Abbey Road and Let it Be and the singles from Ballad of John and Yoko onwards as they were Stereo only. Help, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Pepper and the White Album make their CD debut's in mono.
I must say from an aesthetic point of view this really is a Beatles fans dream. Every album resembles their UK first press vinyl counterpart to the finest detail with the exception of Magical Mystery Tour which was a US only LP in 1967. The quality of the cardboard, the artwork, inner sleeves and extra's are first class. Anyone who has previously bought Japanese manufactured collectable pieces will know what I'm talking about. There is the reason for the price difference between the mono and the stereo boxes, the build quality and the quality of materials used to compile the mono box far exceeds the stereo.
As for the sound, we have good news here as well. A victim of the loudness wars these are not, as the original press release stated there has been no noise reduction, compression or limiting used in the remastering process. The transfers are first rate and EQ has been used very sparingly, if at all in some cases and there is certainly more bass than on the vinyl as in most cases this was reduced at the cutting stage on the original LP's. It is great to hear these without the surface noise of my original LP's and the groove distortion as the needle tracks closer to the label on the inner most tracks. Are they better than the vinyl over all? Well I have a combination of 1st press UK vinyl and Japanese Red wax editions from 1982 and they are as detailed as the JPN vinyl but lack a bit of the warmth of the UK vinyl. No fault of the remastering, it is just difficult to achieve when tube gear was used at every stage of the mastering and cutting stage for the 1st press vinyl which adds a lot of natural warmth. Overall these are the best digital versions of the mono releases and it is difficult to see how they could be improved.

So are they worth the money? Well there in lies the question only you as a consumer can answer. I spent 2 days listening to these albums that I have listened to thousands of times over the years and had 2 of the best days I have ever spent as a music fan. One thing I will say is that the Mono mixes are best heard the good old fashioned way with 2 speakers and an amp, crank it up and fill your room with sound. You just do not get the same experience from headphones.
Could this whole remaster campaign have been done differently and cheaper? A lot of reviews on here show people have strong feelings about this if their anger is misdirected somewhat. Poor EMI bear the brunt when in actual fact they can't release ANYTHING by the Beatles without Apple signing off on it. It was Apples decision to retain the 87 remixes of Help and Rubber Soul on the individual releases, we have the Abbey Road engineers to thank for the original Stereo mixes being on the Mono set as a bonus. It would have made sense to have the mono and stereo on the same disc for the individual releases there by having more people exposed to the mono mixes, although how they would have sold a 4 disc White Album is beyond me. As the 4 main shareholders of Apple are Paul, Ringo, Yoko and Olivia we have to take it that this is the way they wanted them released, they have every right to release these as they see fit, they are the artists.

One thing is for certain, they will cost you a hell of a lot less than it will to collect these on vinyl and as it has often been quoted "You haven't heard Sgt Pepper till you have heard it in Mono" never a truer word said.
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Neil Young: Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972 [10 Disc Box Set + Book] [Blu-ray] [2009]
Neil Young: Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972 [10 Disc Box Set + Book] [Blu-ray] [2009]
Dvd ~ Neil Young

45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly a New Way to Appreciate an Artist's Work, 6 Jun 2009
I feel I have spent enough time with this set now to give a good overview of what this is all about. First of there is a lot more to this than we can gather from the official tracklist and takes a big investment in time and effort to explore and discover the treasures within. For example just looking through the first disc while listening to the music took about 2 or 3 hours The Early Years material I found surprisingly listenable when I thought it would be only interesting from a historical perspective and wouldn't stand up to repeat listening, it will definitely get another outing.
Most of the fun is in discovering for yourselves what is here and I feel I would be spoiling the fun to list everything, but there is a lot of extra video content to discover including a live performance from Fillmore of CSNY doing On the Way Home. Are you disappointed there has been no live Springfield audio released?... Fear not there is about 15 mins worth not in the tracklist. Do you see how this is shaping up? This is a totally different way to experience and appreciate an artist's work. It truly is an ego driven labour of love, an audio-visual autobiography of an artist's life's work and years ahead of his time.
Neil has made it plainly clear in an open letter to fans that the blu-ray set is the way to go, it is the highest possible audio quality currently available and the only one which has the updates and downloads of any new material that is discovered, after you have bought your set. There is 1 when you first boot up the set and are free and appear in your timeline when you accept them. You also receive a download of all 128 tracks in 320k digital downloads and the Sugar Mountain CD/DVD set as a free bonus.

Some of my highlights.

Springfield out-takes Sell Out and Slowly Burning
Comrie Smith material, especially Hello Lonely Woman featuring some killer Jaggeresque harmonica playing.
Goldrush era material with CSNY
1969 Sunset Studios Crazy Horse sessions including an alternate Birds and out-take Everybody's Alone.
Riverboat
Royce Hall Heart of Gold.
The alternate versions of released material are significantly different to the well known versions e.g. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere dates from the first album sessions and sounds more Springfield than Crazy Horse. A real surprise was the version of Helpless with harmonica.
Some of the criticisms of the set are valid if some over the top. The well documented inclusion of Massey Hall and Fillmore is less of an issue for the Blu-ray set as they are presented in 24-bit/192 kHz stereo PCM audiophile quality and that goes for every track on the set, none have been released in this resolution. There are omissions that are frustrating though. The Harvest era BBC performance is missing. CSNY studio versions of Sea of Madness and Everybody's Alone are absent as is the acoustic performance of the latter.
We have had 3 tracks from Royce Hall Jan 31st 1971 officially released... Needle and the Damage done on Harvest, Love in Mind on Time Fades Away and Heart of Gold on Archives, why not release the whole show? Also the Springfield material is missing On the Way Home which beggars belief as does the omission of Out on the Weekend from Harvest.

In summary if you have spent a lot of quality time with the 4 official albums from this era there is a lot of interesting material here you will love and treasure as much as those albums. More casual fans who have a few albums or hits collection like Decade there are cheaper ways to discover more about Neil Young. Start with all the 70's albums, plus CSNY déjà vu and 4 Way St plus the 3 Buffalo Springfield albums. This is an expensive set and if you add the cost of a blu-ray player to the mix it's difficult to justify in these recessionary times, but 10 blu-rays at about 17 is not unreasonable value, the value of the material within more than justified the expense for me.
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Sugar Mountain: Live At Canterbury House 1968 [CD + DVD]
Sugar Mountain: Live At Canterbury House 1968 [CD + DVD]
Price: 10.02

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for any Neil Young fan, 7 Dec 2008
If you are a Neil Young fan my advice is not to hesitate in buying this. Granted it is not as an assured a performance as Massey Hall but as a historical document of one of the most important artists of the 20th Century it is essential. This is Neil Young as a shy unsure 22 year old stepping out of the shadow of Stephen Stills in his first solo concert since the break up with the Buffalo Springfield, It's fantastically intimate with a lot of amusing anecdotes and stories even taking requests at one point. He audibly displays a nervousness in his ability that no release has ever highlighted, it is utterly compelling. The material is taken mostly from his first solo album but includes his best known Springfield tracks (a lot of which were sung by Richie Furay and not Neil) also includes Birds which was re-recorded for After the Goldrush and Sugar Mountain the same version which was included on Decade.
A word of warning as it is bound to come up and someone will cry rip off as on Amazon.com at present. The DVD is a DVD-Audio disc (commonly abbreviated as DVD-A) and is a digital format for delivering very high-fidelity audio content on a DVD. DVD-Audio is not intended to be a video delivery format and should not be confused with video DVDs containing concerts and music videos. It's actually very good value for money and gives you the same material on 2 different formats. If you don't have a DVD-Audio player then play the CD, as someone who has a DVD-A player I have the CD to enjoy in the car.
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The Beatles
The Beatles
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Price: 29.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pick this up while you still can, 16 Aug 2008
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Imagine how lucky you would feel if you were invited into Abbey Road studio to hear the master tape of the White Album. Well, what this CD version is is the next best thing, a flat transfer of the Abbey Road master tape on CD... no EQ, no noise reduction, no compression or any other Modern mastering techniques that destroy the dynamic range of classic recordings. Is it quieter than a modern CD? Yes, but that's why we have volume knobs.
If the rumours are correct then the Beatles recordings will be re-mastered and re-released, whether good or bad the White album will not sound like this does. We can only hope when they are re-released that the Mono Mix finally gets it's CD debut. It's absolutley scandalous that this has not been available for over 20 years. But for the stereo version, IMO this is the definitive version and the best sounding of all the original Beatles cd's
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