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Greatest Hits: The Story So Far
Greatest Hits: The Story So Far
Price: 17.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Paul Carrack stunning vocals, 6 Jun 2014
Paul Carrack is a very underrated singer. Many people know Mike and the Mechanics, but many do not know that the lead vocals behind some of their biggest hits are Paul Carrack (Living Years; Over my shoulder; Silent running; Another cup of coffee). Paul's early days were with the groups Ace and Squeeze. He also spent time with Roxy Music. His solo career truly took off in 1987 with his brilliant cover of "When you walk in the room", better than the original! I first became aware of his solo work in 1982 with his song "I Need You".

This outstanding compilation gives you a true career perspective, and the remastering is well done. I particularly like his cover of Bacharach's "Any day now". Also a great cover of "Groovin'. While the album sleeve boasts that the compilation is a complete career album of hits, it does not include the 1987 single "One Good Reason" which was a hit in some regions. Ive deducted a star for that omission, as it should be here.

Paul Carrack has a voice that I never tire of hearing. Something very special about it. It's great to know this British singer is still performing in his 70s.

This album is a must own.


Ring Ring
Ring Ring
Price: 12.34

3.0 out of 5 stars Ring Ring Deluxe Edition, 27 May 2014
This review is from: Ring Ring (Audio CD)
Carl Magnus Palm, an ABBA Expert who is heavily involved in the production of these ABBA Deluxe Editions, has stated that what may seem obvious to fans to be included on these sets is not always possible. There are copyright issues, often with documentaries and TV specials. He added that they are fully aware of all the material out there, but it isn't as easy as people think to get permission to use it.

I do agree with many here that the Ring Ring deluxe edition is probably the worst of the ABBA deluxe series, but I am sure Carl would have put more material on if at all possible. The price of Ring Ring deluxe should be cheaper though to reflect the lack of material here.

As for the album itself. I believe they have finally got the mastering right after the very loud remasters of 2001 and 2005. We all know the songs are very early days of the ABBA formation. There are some gems, weak songs and downright clunkers but it's all part of the ABBA journey to me. My personal favourites include: Another town, another train; and People Need Love.

In no way should ANYBODY pay the ridiculous high price for this particular Deluxe edition because of its lack of material. Hardly deluxe, agree? If you can pick it up for a bargain, go for it. Otherwise just make do with the 2001 Remaster which is really cheap to buy these days. It itself includes many extra tracks so the upgrade to Deluxe is pointless. With YouTube, you can watch the videos from the Deluxe Edition anyway.


Abba Gold Anniversary Edition
Abba Gold Anniversary Edition
Price: 12.99

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Release the holy grail of ABBA songs, not this same old, same old, 25 April 2014
True fans what the official full length version of JUST LIKE THAT finally released. That is the only GOLD worth having by ABBA. We all have the songs on this collection already (100 times).

Agnetha has said that JUST LIKE THAT was properly finished in 1982 and is one of her favourite songs. She would like it released too. Benny and Bjorn disagree and tell fans 'Just Like That' was never finished, so fans should be glad for the portion released in 1994 on the 'Thank you for the Music' boxset.

Bootleg versions of 'Just like that' indicate that full versions do exist in different formats. We shouldn't hold our breath though, as Benny and Bjorn refuse to give the fans what they really want.
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Private Collection 1979-1988
Private Collection 1979-1988
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.88

3.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be remastered, 3 Oct 2013
This is a really good compilation although is not a true greatest hits from the 1979-1988 period as it misses "Shooting from the heart", a hit from 1984. That said, the collection gives you a chance to obtain his duets "Suddenly" with Olivia Newton John and "All I ask of you" with Sarah Brightman. These two tracks, rarely, if ever, appear on his other greatest hits collections.

I'm not usually a huge fan of remastering music as it can destroy the full dynamic range. However, many CD's from the period this collection was released (1988) are just too soft. They need touching up, and made a little louder. Technology today can do wonders to these earlier CD's, and also fix any sound errors. I hope they will revisit this collection and remaster it so I can buy it again. One just has to compare a track off this to the same track on a more recent Cliff compilation to see the difference in sound.


Very Best Of + 3
Very Best Of + 3
Offered by MEGA Media FBA
Price: 9.08

3.0 out of 5 stars Where is 'Peppermint Twist'?, 3 Oct 2013
This review is from: Very Best Of + 3 (Audio CD)
Peppermint Twist was a huge hit for The Sweet in many regions. It's glaring omission from this compilation makes you wonder if there were problems getting the rights to the song to include. Two stars are taken off my score for this reason. A well remastered compilation that was nearly perfect. Why do record companies continue to stuff up compilations?


The Best of Joe Cocker
The Best of Joe Cocker
Offered by Formats
Price: 12.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Beware: bad compilation, bad sound quality too, 18 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Best of Joe Cocker (Audio CD)
The tracklisting varies depending on the region for this title. In Australia it comes with a DVD of video hits. The actual CD is a joke, as most of the songs are hardly his best. At first glance, it appears to be the best of the 80s and 90s but is missing key tracks like "Don't you love me anymore" and "Up where we belong" on the Australian version. A new recording of "You are so beautiful" is included but I wish the re-recording had been labelled accordingly, because I don't like it. Let's face it, Cocker's best years were the 70's, so my advice is to hunt down a more comprehensive collection which once existed, but no longer does.


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Price: 6.32

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic songs, predictable, 3 Jun 2013
This review is from: A (Audio CD)
After an 8 year absence since her last CD, Agnetha returns with a bare bones offering. Ten boring, predictable tracks. Surely Agnetha could have come up with better material. If all she can provide is ten tracks then you would expect at least one of them to be well crafted and original. But no, every track is predictable and simplistic. Why didn't she seek the help of famous songwriters? Agnetha phoned in this performance and couldn't even bothered filling the CD with at least 12-14 tracks as most artists do these days. Let's remember that a CD is 80 minutes long!

The people who have given it 5 star reviews are either easily pleased or are blinded by loyalty to their ABBA fan club. Please review the music and what's on offer here people. Agnetha has failed to provide a quality offering here.

I am a fan of ABBA and of some of her solo work in the past, but this is as dull as dishwater. Her 2005 album 'My Colouring Book' is much, much better - even if it is all covers of classic songs. Buy that, ignore this.


Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Price: 14.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Remastered YET again. Something weird about 2011 remaster., 19 Jan 2013
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
The record companies love making fans double dip. The classic Queen Greatest Hits first surfaced on vinyl in 1981. It first appeared on CD in the late 80s and then was digitally remastered in the mid 90s. I bought all of those. And now the 2011 remaster because it was on special. When I popped into the computer just so I could check sound levels, I noticed the electronic label said "Greatest Hits (2004)". This should say 2011, unless they did a remaster in 2004 that I am unaware of, and forgot to relabel it properly. Makes me suspicious though, if they actually did a remaster in 2011. Hmmm. Anyone care to enlighten me.
The remastering itself is acceptable but I am generally wary of remastering. I have experienced some of the most shocking remasters of all time ('Thriller' is the worst). The loudness war has resulted in some shockers over time. This Queen remaster (2004 or 2011, whatever the real year is) has a level of compression removing the wonderful full dynamic range given to the original CD. If you own the original CD, hang onto it. Remastering DOES affect the full dynamic range, and once people realise that, they will tread carefully with them. Of course, there are some benefits to remastering. Previous errors such as drop-outs can be rectified.
I don't honestly believe fans need to upgrade to this remaster. Save your money, and remaster it yourself if you feel the need. There is software out there.


E Street - The Best of Mr. Bad - Volume 1 - 5-DVD Box Set ( E Street - The Best of Mr. Bad - Volume One )
E Street - The Best of Mr. Bad - Volume 1 - 5-DVD Box Set ( E Street - The Best of Mr. Bad - Volume One )
Dvd ~ Melissa Jaffer
Offered by Atomic Movies
Price: 18.56

4.0 out of 5 stars Must own, 31 Oct 2012
E Street was an Australian soap opera which ran from 1989 to 1993. It began screening in the UK much later on. E Street suffered from teething problems in its early days and underwent various restructures before finding its place. Its ratings went through the roof with the introduction of the serial killer storyline "Mr Bad".

This particular storyline began in 1991 and took many viewers by surprise because the show had previously come across as more upbeat, but with rather weak storylines. Vince Martin portrayed Mr Bad effectively. This DVD features 20 chronological episodes from the very first entrance of the Mr Bad character effectively. E Street offered some of Australia's best actors of the time, which is not often seen in soap operas. A good example is Kate Raison, who played Mr Bad's main interest Sheridan Sturgess. Kate had previosuly appeared in the Australian soap opera "A Country Practice".

I highly recommend this DVD for anyone who enjoyed the Mr Bad storyline. It was E Street's crowning glory. Volume 2 is also available featuring another 20 chronological episodes of this serial killer. What better way to get the best years of an Australian soap opera.


Johnny Guitar [DVD]
Johnny Guitar [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joan Crawford
Price: 5.00

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CRAWFORD at her most tragic, 24 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Johnny Guitar [DVD] (DVD)
Crawford by her own admission hated this film. Probably not as much as she hated "Trog" or "Reunion in France" but she hated it. Still, if you love Crawford films like I do, you will want this in your collection. Not only does it feature Joan as she started to look more masculine in her career (ie. severe haircut, bushy eyebrows), but the storyline is SO BAD it is good ... if you know what I mean. The DVD is budget priced, so grab it if you can. Add it to your Crawford library and admire how bad films got the green light back in the day.


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