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The Harvest Years 1969-1974
The Harvest Years 1969-1974
Price: 23.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money, but could easily have been 5-stars, 25 Oct 2013
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First, the good news: this compilation is great value for money - 5CDs comprising the original albums, plus BBC sessions and other bonus tracks.

Now, the not so good news - the bonus tracks do not include all of the other bonus tracks (mostly singles, B-dides and out-takes) that appeared on the invidiual album re-issues a few years ago. So this was a missed opportunity to pull all this material together (or maybe just put out a CD of the BBC tracks?). Also, there are very limited sleevenotes, and the accompanying booklet looks underbaked. Shame.


The End
The End
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Price: 12.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Nico with Cale, Manzenera and Eno - what more do you need?, 24 May 2013
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This review is from: The End (Audio CD)
Nico's last good album, before she fell into the bad habit of revisiting and recycling her past achievements via dodgy back-up bands, bad live albums and poor choices of material. Her live performances in the '80s were often abysmal, and rather sad affairs. IMO, her recording legacy should really stop with this LP, apart from a couple of later singles, and a one-off song recorded for the John Peel show with Rip, Rig & Panic.


Casino Classics
Casino Classics
Price: 24.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For completists only...., 24 May 2013
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I really wanted to like his compilation (both the 2CD and 4CD versions), but in all honestly, some of these remixes sound dated, and several of them are just boring. Perhaps a better option is the 2CD version of "Too Young to Die" singles compilation from 1995 which includes a second disc featuring some of the better remixes of the early singles.

P.S. if anyone has figured out how to access the additional material with the 4CD version, can you please let me know? Neither the band, their label nor the software provider can be bothered to help.


The Complete Singles Collection
The Complete Singles Collection
Price: 13.26

4.0 out of 5 stars Patchy but important collection of "dream pop" recordings, 24 May 2013
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A.R.Kane fall between the cracks of shoe-gaze, Madchester and Britpop - being unaligned to those "movements", but tangentially connected with each of those genres. On the one hand they sound like the Cocteau Twins with a male singer, on the other they indulged in some fairly mediocre remixes reminiscent of that over-rated indie-dance era of extended 12" versions (mostly featuring lengthy drum machine solos...). The first two A.R.Kane albums are not quite classics of the era, but are worth investigating - they are both flawed albums (over-indulgent, meandering, pointless) but at times they fully live up to the self-defined ambition of "dream pop". But it is on their early singles and EPs that A.R.Kane hit their stride, the shorter recording form allowing them to showcase the best of their material, and to demonstrate their evolving style. This collection is a useful way to investigate A.R.Kane, who also formed one half of M|A|R|R|S, the studio collaboration with Colourbox, which produced the one hit wonder that was "Pump Up The Volume".


LC
LC
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Price: 15.64

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Durutti Column album - now sounds even better, 24 May 2013
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This review is from: LC (Audio CD)
You have to remember that when the first Durutti Column album was released in January 1980 (confusingly, it was called "The Return of the Durutti Column), it sounded like nothing else at the time. It featured tuneful, introspective and technically brilliant guitar-based instrumental music, with flourishes of flamenco, blues, jazz and classical styles, combined with drums, electronics and sonic atmospheres, all wrapped in a sandpaper sleeve. The fact that it was produced by Martin Hannett and released by Factory, the coolest label on the planet, only added to the intrigue and allure behind this strange album. For me, "The Return of.." was essential listening alongside Joy Division, A Certain Ratio, Young Marble Giants, Josef K, Orange Juice and early Scritti Politti.
The main force behind Durutti Column, Vini Reilly, was very prolific during the 1980's, releasing on average an album a year, plus numerous singles, EP's, compilation tracks and anthologies. This second album, "LC" introduced us to Vini's singing, which unlike his guitar-playing and compositional skills, continues to divide audiences. Let's say it's an acquired taste, but on this album, it sort of suits the material, which mostly continues the style of the debut album, but with even more melody and harmonic exploration. The reissued version collects several singles, EP's and other odds-n-ends of the time, along with some demo versions released for the first time. An essential part of the Durutti Column catalogue.


Short Stories for Pauline
Short Stories for Pauline
Price: 27.41

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Lost" album that is now a "new" classic, 24 May 2013
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I've had an "unofficial" copy of this album for several years, but this official and remastered release is a welcome addition to the Durutti Column catalogue. For various reasons (the sleeve notes offer an explanation) this album was never released at the time it was recorded in 1983, due in part to a dispute between record labels; in the early '80s, The Durutti Column were releasing each new record on a different and more obscure label.... So this album has only existed as a bootleg among avid fans. For my money, it's a better album than the contemporaneous official releases, "Another Setting" and "Without Mercy", with which "Short Stories for Pauline" shares some similar themes and sonic textures.


The House Of Love (3CD Deluxe Edition)
The House Of Love (3CD Deluxe Edition)
Price: 24.12

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A first album classic by a band who never sounded quite as dynamic ever again, 24 May 2013
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Listening again to the House of Love's eponymous debut album took me right back to the late 80's when the UK music scene was going through a major transition. It was the height of "indie-dom", when small independent labels like Creation (who released the original version of this album) dominated new music, set the agenda, and made the major labels totally redundant. The Smiths had fallen apart, the baggy sound of Madchester was in fashion, and the dawn of Britpop was just around the corner. As a live act, on a good night, The House of Love could create a storm, especially when playing small venues like the Phil Kaufman Club. They brought together a contemporary blend of jangly 60's pop, echoey guitars, tight song-writing and hooks aplenty. There were elements of shoe-gazing, but with stronger and more defined song structures. Probably not the best of vocalists, Guy Chadwick nevertheless has a distinctive style, and was a fairly moody frontman with presence. Terry Bickers is something of an over-looked guitar talent. The album itself is possibly a little over-produced, but singles like Shine On and Christine are classics of the era. The additional material included with this re-issue is a mixed bag but a useful document of the time. Subsequent House of Love albums (released via major labels) were interesting but patchy, and the band never really followed up on their early promise.


Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense [1994] [DVD] [1984]
Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense [1994] [DVD] [1984]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Exception, 13 Feb 2011
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Live albums are usually disappointing (the sound mix is either too flat or too boomy, the audience noise can detract from rather than enhance the atmosphere, and most bands cannot capture the same feel "live" that they achieve in the studio). Live concert films compound the problem - with poor visuals, bad lighting, and a boring mix of close/mid/long range shots.

"Stop Making Sense" is one of the brilliant exceptions. It is successful because although it was staged as a conceptual documentary record - a post-modern attempt to deconstruct "live" performance - it actually provided a much better platform in which to experience Talking Heads in concert. The song selection is great (although I'm still not sure about the Tom Tom Club contribution...) and draws on all of the Heads' albums to date, especially the peak period of "Fear Of Music"/"Remain In Light". The visuals are intriguing throughout (use of camera angles, lighting and stage sets). And David Byrne is on fire as a shamanic presence leading the band through a mesmerising performance.

My only complaint is that the DVD extras are rather lame - surely there is some interesting rehearsal footage out there?


The Stone Roses - The Collectors Edition
The Stone Roses - The Collectors Edition
Price: 126.96

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want the music, and just the music..., 9 Dec 2009
I won't attempt to review the music (what more can be said?), but for anyone who just wants all the music on CD (the original album, the extras, and the demos) then I suggest you try to get hold of the Japanese edition, which sits somewhere between the Collectors Edition and the Legacy Edition in terms of content, price and packaging - the only things you don't get are the "backward" tracks and the DVD, so it makes a good compromise. Plus, I reckon Japanese CD's are better mastered anyway....


Anti Ny
Anti Ny
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Price: 15.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Not the full story by any means..., 30 Aug 2009
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Along with the "New York Noise" compilations on Soul Jazz and recent re-releases by Liquid Liquid, ESG, Arthur Russell, Pylon, etc., "Anti NY" would appear to be a vital addition to this fashionable reappraisal of the NY post-punk scene. However, for the uninitiated, proceed with caution! There are a couple of nuggets on this album (Vivien Goldman's star-studded "Launderette" and Konk's "Love Attack") and even a previously unreleased track by Gray, a band which featured the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat - but the rest is the sound of wannabe's trying too hard, boasting barely a single new idea between them. And as for the remixes, they add little to the originals, and seem like a pointless exercise to give some new hopefuls the whiff of NY street cred by association (the exception being the stately reworking of Gray's "Drum Mode" by Paul Mogg).

If the NY post-punk scene interests you, head for New York Noise series and the aforementioned re-releases instead.

Anti NY, New York Noise - Dance Music From The New York Underground, Slip In and Out of Phenomenon, A South Bronx Story, Gyrate +, The World of Arthur Russell


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