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Damage
Damage
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: £93.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live Gold, 28 Nov 2009
This review is from: Damage (Audio CD)
This cd/box oozes quality. The 18 carat gold plated CD and illustrious feel to the design makes it feel like a sought after collectors item than it actually is. I've spent more time listening to this than previous studio album " The First Day" a record that falls a little flat in comparison to this unusual considering the typical measured response to live albums as another review here states. There's a more urgent feel to the overall playing (were Fripp mostly retains dominance) exceptionally reproduced for a live album. The audience is probably by design relatively repressed in the mix. And yet the ambience of the live show is intact - Sylvian's cracked/honeyed vocals are exposed here in all their glory and command all your fixation!


Zaireeka
Zaireeka
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £34.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars flaming eureka!, 29 Feb 2008
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This review is from: Zaireeka (Audio CD)
after many hundreds (thousands?) of hours listening to the following 3 lips albums i decided to purchase this. having 4 cds is one thing. creating the "perfect" combination of sound/volume/position of high-fi is defeating the point and not as such relevant the humour of this 4 cd set is overriding and befitting with such an audacious experiment. tunes are tangibly present but are slightly formless with freaky sounds fighting in the mix. all kinds of bizarre juxtapositions in the music emerging at disquieting levels. but you don't need drugs for this. that would actually dull the experiment. the music is near if not matching the follow up "Soft Bulletin" but obviously sounding designed for this aural/out there "sensorama" experience.

to single out a personal highlight the clashing drum solos on track 7 (just bought it- can't find the track listing) alternately competing in furious but haphazard fashion from one side of the room on the state of the art system and the old rusty but trusty boom box from the other was riveting and memorable.

the experience is subjective. most people will have at least 2 cd players.i used my dvd player for one track. and i never guessed that cheap plastic hi-fi in the spare room given as a christmas present !


Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson
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Price: £5.85

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars who needs "the tears?", 12 Feb 2008
This review is from: Brett Anderson (Audio CD)
Returning repeatedly to this album over many weeks and months and it still hold up. Initially the idea of Brett solo album pales slightly against the low rent glamour and the iconic duo of anderson/butler's 90's heavy weight masterpieces, too many too mention. It could have been a desperate last resort exercise finally showing up Anderson as a fraud or exposed without Marr or Ronson i.e. Butler), or even the photogenic "men in black" era with then new boys oakes and codling. This sounds like a lifetime since those glory days of 92-94. Still "Scorpio Rising" is a near colossus of a tune, dramatic and melancholic. "Love is Dead" evokes a classic feel of Roxy Music to Morrissey-esque lyrics that Suede post Butler years could never do.

On this album Brett wrote the album with a keyboard player. This gives a different feel more muted than any guitar influenced Suede album. Neither is the ghost of virtuoso/riffing style of Bernard's playing here. Or no tracks that stand out as chart hits here. Just one of the most celebrated artists of the 90s with possibly the best vocal performance ever. He might be consigned to the times by most (LIKE BOWIE IS TO THE 70S!) but this is easily his best work since "Coming Up".


The Singles Box 1; 1981-1985: Singles Box Set
The Singles Box 1; 1981-1985: Singles Box Set
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £89.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as easy 5 stars as "a nuclear war", 9 Feb 2008
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i belatedly decided to buy this after quite some listening to "red carpet massacre"- a utterly up to date album which has prime up to date influences yet in parts reminds me of the old duran duran new wave/electro sounds. lavishly designed artwork, and discs featuring high quality b sides are worthy of ownership. check "like an angel" or "khanada" that could have easily fitted with album tracks from the same period. moreover, the compact feel of this excellent box set raises two fingers to the multitude of pointless remixes that typify many single releases from the late 80s onwards including duran themselves. for the most part the extended versions merely, (and rightly!) expand on the listening pleasure. the virtues of individual members stand out on the extended passages on 12" versions. almost too many to mention here. andy's guitar riff at the end of "girls in film" (one of several "night versions), and different keyboard motifs by nick on "rio" add new twists to well known 7"versions. often, its as if these different parts sound as part of how a given track was meant to sound in its more familiar guise- john's more prominent deft bass licks on "something i should know" for one. perhaps no one really needs these lesser known variants. but after listening i defy anyone who would choose to live without them

its a rare product that deserves 5 stars. it's hard to find fault. in essence a potted history from some obvious early influence (chic, japan, roxy music, bowie (obviously)) on planet earth to the high octane, expensive production of uber-bond film soundtrack "view to a kill".

if you think duran duran were a primarily singles band, (which, i must say isn't quite true) on this evidence you would have to be brainwashed to believe otherwise.


Astronaut
Astronaut
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Price: £9.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars solid sounding but ain't strastopheric, 3 Feb 2008
This review is from: Astronaut (Audio CD)
the anticipation of their return, and subsequent thrilling live shows in 2003/2004 didn't manifest itself here. this could be almost any other conventional pop/ rock album by a thousand bands. the problem isn't that they haven't taken any risks (obviously they didn't) but none of the attributes of individual members are prominent. where JT's funky bass? most disappointingly rhodes influence of electro flourishes, synth stabs is toned down to a passive presence and some background, squiggles. "sunrise" though upbeat could be used on a travel agent ad, and "bedroom toys" sounds like a reject from the superior "notorious". its not actually that bad although most of the melodies sound like they were written in snooze control.


Red Carpet Massacre (CD/DVD)
Red Carpet Massacre (CD/DVD)
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £10.05

4.0 out of 5 stars hits the spot., 3 Feb 2008
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In the wave of hypberbole of Duran's released comeback album "astronaut" the band did some spectacular concerts. it was an upbeat if unremarkable fairly straight pop/ rock album and upbeat though didn't show off the individual ingredients of the bands past glories such as rio. John Taylors deft bass or Nick Rhodes often devastating synth flourishes had been somewhat muted. Now, in a sharp move acquiring Timbaland and Justin Timberland they've hit the Zeigeist. A throughly contemporary album not acheived so righteously since the "notorious" album. Curiously with that album and this one the success was much based on the pedigree of collaboration. On "Massacre" the presence of the remaining Taylors is buried or even none existent in the mix. This is a bit of a moot point. The emphasis on electro, and electronic, r and b beats defines the album to a large extent. The end result sometimes threaten to overshadow the identity of the band but in many ways this is what was needed. A contrived (compliment!), ultra modern sound, with its guest appearances on "skin divers" and "nite runner" and consolidates their earlier sound with electro drenched tunes like "the valley" and "tempted" reminiscent of their first album in particular. its interesting to think what their scrapped recordings with Andy Taylor (before his departure) sounded like as his imagined influence on this would be hard to fit. Meanwhile Le Bon's lyrical nouse remains as gloriously naff as ever rhyming "massacre" "hastle yer" and "paparriz-yer" (!) one notable example.


Only Heaven
Only Heaven
Price: £9.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars heavenly actions., 9 Nov 2007
This review is from: Only Heaven (Audio CD)
i have to admit this was a half forgotten album in my collection. coming back to it i didn't recognise the sonic "tour de force" it is. it bristles with an ever present undercurrent of intensity in electronica crescendos before exploding in stadium guitar riffs. the ambient passages are equally potent. the overall pervading sound which peaks somewhere around the 16+ minutes of "Moon Revolutions" somewhat fades into a state of calm on "gardez les esprits" and (in part) acoustic "child in the tree". 5 stars may seem a tad generous otherwise in the industrial scene arguably a classic transcending any limitations of that genre. In short an utterly ambitious and panoramic sounding record.


Martin Hannett's Personal Mixes
Martin Hannett's Personal Mixes

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars should have stayed personal., 11 Sep 2007
the pointlessness of this CD should largely be judged as cynical cash in. the quality of the alternative mixes are OK but are too similar to the originals to bear their own distinction. that the "doodles" have been released are arguably offensive but nothing could tarnish myth/reality/icon status of this band. i guess its unlikely the remaining band members approved this. that this is suggested (in part anyway) as a legacy to Martin Hannett short changes his influence on the band. most of the tracks on this release should have stayed in the vaults.


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