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93/03: The Complete Recorded Works
93/03: The Complete Recorded Works
Price: £151.25

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Placing Your Hands on this set will give you a Good Feeling!, 26 May 2012
I have to say, the Reef box set is one of the best sets I've ever seen released by any band. Although looking good in the photos, sometimes these things never quite live up to the expectation (especially when shelling out 3 figures for music we've mostly already got!) On this occasion it did, its well researched and the attention to detail is what fans love. The Purple Tape replica is a fantastic novel touch and is the kind of things that really make these box sets worthwhile. The Reef starfish is designed to be wall mounted and holds all the discs inside - very neat! I'm glad to say its the pride of my music collection.

I think all the studio tracks are accounted for, good to see Water Over Stone and Love Having You Around (only previously available on the Japanese issues of Weird and the Together Best Of respectively). Saves searching for these hard to find import cd's.

The photobook is fantastic and shows the history of the band in pictures. I maybe would have liked some written history of the band or a complete discography but as the set is aimed at existing fans of the band, all that newbie info would maybe be a tad superfluous. We all know it already I suppose!

Not every b-side is included, all the studio ones are, but some of the live tracks that were issued originally have been omitted. I'm guessing to avoid duplication and to perhaps include better performances that became available as the years went by.

Here's a list of the ones missing if anyone still wants to hunt them down on Ebay or the like. Feel free to correct me if there are any mistakes here!

Naked - Choose To Live (Demo)
Come Back Brighter - Come Back Brighter (Dom & Gary Demo)
Consideration - Higher Vibration (Live Dec 96)
Yer Old - Higher Vibration, Lately Stomping, Summers In Bloom (all Live at the Wireless), Yer Old (Young version)
Something To Say - Choose To Live (Radio1, Steve Lamacq)
Sweety - New Bird (Live at S.B.N.)
Set The Record Straight - Nothing Town (Live)
All I Want - Naked (Live at Shepherd Bush)
Give Me Your Love - Place Your Hands (Rob Orton Remix)
Waster - Talk To Me (Live) (Haven't listened to it yet to confirm but the one on the box set doesn't credit Tugg as playing drums on it, so I assume its different from the one here on the Waster single)
Glastonbury Broadcasts Vol 1 - Allotment (Live Jun 96)

There's also radio edits that were included on some singles, obviously they're not needed. Think everyone could live without the Rob Orton remix as well to be honest, glad they didn't include it!

This set has sneaked out, initially only through the Pledge website and direct from Metropolis Music. Surely a release such as this deserves bigger exposure and in doing so would have given the band-name a bigger punt? Just my opinion though.

All in all a superb box set. Well done lads!!

***2013 update - the band were selling these box sets for £50 during their 20th anniversary shows - an absolute bargain!***

MGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot
MGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot
by Michael Troyan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.99

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How they made Hollywood's Golden Era......., 18 Mar 2011
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This is a superb book. Anyone remotely interested in what went into making those classic films of Hollywood's Golden era will love it. Although the title is a little bit of an anomaly as Culver City, the location of the MGM studios, wasn't in Hollywood something that irked Culver City's mayor when MGM was at the height of its powers!
This book doesn't go into how individual films were made at MGM or about the actors that starred in them. Its really about the studio itself and all the parts that made up MGM studios at Culver City, easily the biggest studio of its day. The size of the studio was vast and everything was made in-house - sets, costumes, even film stock! Unfortunately big parts of the studio lots were sold off for real estate in the 70's and the current studio (now owned by Sony) has altered and demolished many of the original buildings, even putting up facades in their place. Its great that a book like this documents the place where so many great films (and stars) were made. The photos are superb throughout, bound in a hardback coffee table style it lends itself to the aerial photos of the site.
The book provides a great insight into the rise and fall of MGM, where films were made with factory efficiency but were created by many skillful craftsmen and women of all trades and disciplines.

Highly recommended for lovers of movie-making history!

Come Taste the Band [35th Anniversary Edition]
Come Taste the Band [35th Anniversary Edition]
Price: £14.17

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purple's 70's swansong is Comin' Home..........., 28 Oct 2010
This album rounds off Purple's classic period from 1968-76 before they finally called it a day till the reunion in the 80's.

The masters for this album were missing for years, so I'm glad they managed to source them for this final remastered package rather than going with a 2nd generation source. Its been given the 2CD treatment, same as Machine Head, where CD1 is the standard remastered album and CD2 is the full album remixed differently plus bonus tracks. I have to say I wish they had done this with all the Purple remastered albums rather than most of them being released as single CD's with a few remixes thrown in as bonus tracks. Anyway thats a minor gripe, the fact they've all been done so well over the past 15 years and haven't been chucked out with no care or attention to detail deserves a commendation for all involved!

I can't really add too much about the music that hasn't been said by other reviewers. The Blackmore/Bolin thing has always split opinion. I was always a fervent Blackmore fan and could never see the merits of Come Taste The Band but as the years go by opinion changes. Something that was always a bit of an addendum to the Purple canon should rightfully take its place as a strong, energetic rock album that is just as powerful as its predecessors. Bolin's guitar is prominent throughout and laden with fuzz, echoplex, delays etc giving extra colours to Purple's sonic palette (Ritchie was generally more conservative when it came to effects). The album has more funk leanings than the classical touches of before but all the tunes are total rockers!

The remixes are fantastic. This may be the first instance where I actually favour the remixes than the standard remastered tracks!

Apparently the idea was mooted to have the cover of this new release as a 3D hologram where the glass is full but empties as you move it (as on the rear of the CD). That would have been a really nice touch - must have been too pricey though.

There isn't a bad track on this album - finishes off the Purple remasters nicely.
So as a has-been 80's popstar once said - listen without prejudice!

Deepest Purple: The Very Best Of Deep Purple [30th Anniversary Edition]
Deepest Purple: The Very Best Of Deep Purple [30th Anniversary Edition]
Price: £7.99

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deepest Purple gets a little deeper..., 27 Oct 2010
Deepest Purple was first released in 1980 as a TV advertised compliation from EMI. It was Purple's third number 1 album in the UK after Fireball and Machine Head (it was knocked off the top spot by that poor seller Back In Black by AC/DC!)The NWOBHM was in full swing and various Purple off-shoot bands were at the forefront of the rock scene of the day - Rainbow, Gillan and Whitesnake. The cynic in me could easily say it was a total cash-in of previously released material and followed a long line of compilations since Purple had split in '76. I won't say any of that though! Time has been kinder to this compilation more than 24 Carat Purple, the original Singles A's and B's album etc and has been used as the introduction for many a novice to the band. The reason for this is that it purely and simply gave you Purple's most famous tracks - no live versions, no obscure b-sides or lesser known album tracks, all on one CD (or originally a single LP).

Which begs the question did it really need re-released for a 30th anniversary especially after the plethora of compilations that have been released since 1980 and its own CD release later on? For this release the album has 4 extra tracks and a DVD of various video clips interpolated (Made In Europe anyone?) with Jon Lord talking about each track. The videos range from the original single/TV promos, live tracks from already released DVD's and some cracking footage from Made In Japan's Space Truckin'! (low quality, but this mythical footage bowled me over!) The Jon Lord interviews are pretty good, although fairly brief. Shame they couldn't have got some of the rest of the band involved (we all knew Ritchie's answer already).

The 4 extra tracks:

1)Hush - i agree this should be in as its one of Purple's most well known tracks especially to non-hard rock fans.

2)When A Blind Man Cries - its a great track, but it was a b-side. This should be one for further listening when fans want to delve a bit deeper into Purple. A great Ritchie solo. PS they use the '97 remix here not the original '72 mix.

3)Soldier Of Fortune - see above. An album track from Stormbringer but for further listening too, not for a compilation to try and pull new fans in. They should have used Into The Fire or Mistreated perhaps?

4)You Keep On Moving - this should be in too as it represents the only MK4 album with Tommy Bolin. Great track. Single edit though.

All in all the music is 5 stars but I've knocked a point off for the cost. At £11.99 its a bit pricey when the original CD was going for 3.93 recently! Who is it aimed at I ask? Long term fans will have these tracks multiple times already (MIJ video aside) and newbies will baulk at the price and go for something cheaper.

Once it comes down to a fiver I recommend it highly as an introduction to a great band. After this listen to In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head, Burn.........
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Singles & E.P. Anthology '68-'80
Singles & E.P. Anthology '68-'80

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purple is Single again!, 8 April 2010
This album is essentially a 2CD expansion of the recently deleted Singles A's and B's album which was issued back in 1993 (itself a CD expansion on the 1978 vinyl album). The range of Purple's material on show here is quite dynamic ranging from the 60's psych of Hush and Emmaretta, the hard rock of Black Night and Fireball through to the blues/funk leanings of Might Just Take Your Life and Gettin' Tighter.

Be aware though that this is a compilation of their singles so some of the tracks are edited, not the full album tracks in places. For that I recommend seeking out a compilation such as the 1991 2CD Anthology or the 1998 2CD 30:Best Of, the latter of which covers the 80's and 90's reunion albums. Better still seek out the relevant studio albums. For example Smoke On The Water has the guitar solo chopped out, Lazy misses a large chunk of the intro etc. This is how they appeared on the vinyl singles. Not in every case though, in many instances the full tracks were used if they could fit on a 7" single back in the day.

For us Purple diehards its good to get the later EP's and some of the more obscure single edits on CD for the first time. The 1993 CD was only a single disc and stayed true to 99% of the UK singles [No room for Wring That Neck! :-( ]. Although this edition has been expanded to 2 discs there are a few single edits that don't appear. Flight Of The Rat (New Zealand A-side) and Super Trouper (German/Swedish A-side) spring to mind, i'm sure there are other edits too. There's loads of other tracks that appeared as singles all over the world - Highway Star (Jap/US), Lady Double Dealer (Jap/US), Anyone's Daughter (Jap/US b-side), Hey Joe (French b-side), Love Help Me (Swedish b-side) etc etc, but these tracks are readily available on the studio albums - they had to draw a line somewhere i suppose.

The booklet is really good with visuals of some of the foreign sleeves, although I think the 1993 booklet was a little more expansive and included a discography too.

All in all its excellent value for the money though and the sound quality is top notch. Purple fans will have the stuff already but the collectors will enjoy the obscure single cuts on CD. I recommend it to new fans on the premise that its a window into the world of Purple - and there's loads more to discover inside!

Oasis Complete Chord Songbook (2009 Revised Edition) Lc
Oasis Complete Chord Songbook (2009 Revised Edition) Lc
by Various
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's what it says on the tin!, 3 Sep 2009
This is the 4th or 5th edition of this book, the first being issued in 2000. If anyone has bought any of the previous editions they'll know what to expect.

The book is a handy guitar-bag size and includes the chords for every Oasis song from Supersonic right up to Falling Down. All the b-sides and non album tracks (Lord Dont Slow Me Down, Who Put The Weight..? etc) are included.

There is no tab, just chords and lyrics but the chords are in the correct keys and are all you really need for busking the tracks on your acoustic. Correct capo positions and alternate tunings are included when relevant.

If you want to learn the solos or more intricate guitar parts I'd recommend purchasing the individual guitar tab books but for the average strummer this is excellent. (I had the previous edition but I flogged it off and bought this so I had the Dig Out Your Soul tracks.)

One small irritation about guitar books in general - why cant they bind them so they stay open with one hand, perhaps like a notepad spiral or something? With your guitar on your lap its always tricky keeping the book from closing with one free hand. I end up wrestling with the thing, then putting it on the floor which means I can't quite read it! This isn't a criticism of this book just music books in general!

Stormbringer (35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Stormbringer (35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Price: £9.52

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thunder & lightnin's headin' your way!!, 28 Feb 2009
Stormbringer is infamous for being the album Ritchie didn't like, although he's also gone on record of his dislike for Fireball, Who Do We Think, Concerto and all the Mk1 albums - most of his own discography! While Blackmore's influence on the songwriting was less on this album he still turns it on with some great soloing and tasteful playing.
The title track, Stormbringer is a classic Purple track and wouldn't have gone amiss on Burn. The rest of the album is a mixture of straight ahead rockers and some funk/ groove rock tracks plus a great ballad in Soldier Of Fortune at the end. Ian Paice and Glenn Hughes are a superb rhythm section and the latter produces some great bass playing, highlighted a little more in the remixes. Blackmore has some great moments, his playing on You Can't Do It Right (rocker plays funk - not a compressor or delay pedal in sight!), his manic solo on Lady Double Dealer and his stunning off the cuff solo on Hold On - just when you thought he was going to busk his way through the entire track he comes up with this great upbeat,melodic solo!
This CD release itself has been remastered, includes bonus remixes by Glenn Hughes and a disc of 5.1 quadrophonic mixes. Once more the whole package has been done very well (as have all the albums in the Purple remastered series) with the only downside being no unreleased tracks, alternate takes etc. The Highball Shooter Instrumental was on the Listen Learn, Read On Box set a few years back. Jon Lord said back in the day there may have been enough for a double album, surely some demos might have been available? That said Coverdale apparently vetoed the use of an early version of Soldier Of Fortune as a bonus track for this release.
All in all, its a great album. Not as aggressive as previous Purple albums, but if you keep an open mind you'll appreciate it all the more. As a band they always get lumped into the 'old heavy metal' category. This album more than any others shows how diverse Purple were and how greatly underrated they are as a band.

Now all they have to do is find the missing masters for the Come Taste The Band album and round off Purples classic remasters program in style, leaving behind a great sounding and well documented back catalogue.

Burn [30th Anniversary Edition]
Burn [30th Anniversary Edition]
Offered by marvelio-uk
Price: £9.12

53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUURRRNNN BABY BURRNNN!, 21 Oct 2004
Disco inferno? - more like Hell's inferno, with Blackmore playin the part of Lucifer!! Purple are one of the most underrated bands of all time, anyone with half a brain knows theres a lot more to these guys than Smoke on the Water. This album shows it and its not even considered to be one of their best! I always thought the sound on the original CD release in 1989 was OK at best, but this edition cleans up the whole sound and sticks the volume up another couple of notches - the remixes push it even further!! This album was meant to be played loud and it sounds fantastic on any stereo due to the quality of the mix. The drums are so powerful Ian Paice sounds as if he's on steroids - check out the remix of You Fool No One. The booklet (as per usual with the Purple remasters) is excellent giving a thorough history of the album. If only the Beatles/Stones/Zeppelin etc would take note at how to remaster their albums properly, with decent booklets, remixes, b-sides etc. Purple have always been uncool in the press cos they never had superstar syndrome, so dont listen to the NME/Q/Uncut reviews - they're all journalism students anyway. This album is HIGHLY recommended to anyone who is remotely interested in loud rock n roll.

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