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So80s (So Eighties) Presents Ztt
So80s (So Eighties) Presents Ztt
Price: £14.64

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovingly recreated from the original mastertapes, 28 April 2014
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Blank and Jones have lovingly recreated your favourite tracks from the ZTT 80s catalogue (Apparently there's no Seal or later stuff as ZTT don't own the rights to this stuff). This is a remix project in a similar vein to The Beatles "Love" collection, or Michael Jackson's "Immortal" collection, in that the tracks have been exclusively remixed from the original sources, only using the original sources, and sounds available at the time of original production. It makes for a very subjective and interesting collection.

There's plenty here to keep the Frankie Goes to Hollywood fan happy, and let's face it, the bulk of ZTT's output from the 80s was FGTH, and certainly the most important so far as the commercial side of the business goes. Highlights for me below:

Starting off with Relax, which is pretty much where it all began, this mix is very good, mixing some elements not normally heard on most of the mixes.

Two Tribes is an excellent mix, combining most of the best bits of the multitudinous mixes from the time, again, bringing new elements to the fore.

Duel sounds completely different to any mixes head from the original sources before. Not as hard as Jewelled or Jewel, but subtle nonetheless.

Dr. Mabuse is sublime, scarier than any of the earlier mixes, which should be point surely with this track.

The Power of Love is brought to new heights of wonderfulness with the string section brought forward for it's own solo, which lasts nigh on 3 minutes, sounding beautiful. Was this Anne Dudley's finest hour?

A Dream Within a Dream is a Propaganda classic once again.

But, subjectively, why oh why go through Welcome to the Pleasuredome (probably the most overrated track here) for 16 minutes.


Together In Electric Dreams [VINYL]
Together In Electric Dreams [VINYL]
Price: £14.81

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thing of beauty, and a great memory., 4 Nov 2013
This is a special release for me. Together in Electric Dreams is one of those rare gems from the 80s of a collaboration that came out of nowhere, for a specific purpose, and disappeared just as quickly. Released in 1984, Phil Oakey was on a high from the massive success of the newly revised and poppified Human League, Giorgio Moroder was on the up as well, making his name with his movie tracks. They came together on this track, with Phil's deadpan vocal style suiting the mood just right. Coming from the soundtrack to the (at best) mediocre film "Electric Dreams", the film sank without trace, but the track lives on. This disc features the rarely heard Extended version (6:24), which gave Giorgio a bit more depth to play around with beats, and the even rarer Instrumental version (5:07). No remastering appears to have taken place, although I have not yet done a side by side comparison with my original '84 vinyl. A thing of beauty, and a great memory. We'll always be together ...


Thursday
Thursday
Price: £30.53

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag of tracks, but bonus MP3s, 4 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Thursday (Audio CD)
Bit of a mixed bag this one. The title track is very a strong dance number, featuring the vocal talents of Example alongside Neil's distinctive clipped tones. The Tensnake Remix, personally doesn't feel as strong as the single, it's a bit too pure dance for me. The surprise though comes with the 2 "b-sides", as both of these are ballads which jar slightly for me with the whole "electric" vibe. Pretty much all of the material released so far has been pure dance tracks. Not that I'm averse to PSB ballads (Do I Have To?, and Rent immediately spring to mind as greats), but I don't think either of these are up there with those. Of the two, No More Ballads is definitely the stronger, with Odd Man Out being a bit simplistic for me.

Also, a strange thing happened with the Free Auto-Rip "MP3" version of the CD that I received yesterday. This was the "Remix" version of the single, which meant I got 2 extra remixes for virtually nowt (albeit in 256Mb/s MP3 format). Nice treat.
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The Albums 1980-2012
The Albums 1980-2012
Price: £20.96

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value - 9 CDs, and remastered to boot., 31 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Albums 1980-2012 (Audio CD)
Excellent value box set featuring nine CDs from Ultravox's "Midge Ure" days. Six albums, and two live albums (Return to Eden is 2x CD Live). Also included in 2012's "Brilliant" album, Ultravox's first studio album in nearly three decades.

The albums sound clean and bright, having been treated to an excellent remastering at Abbey Road studios by Steve Rooke. The clamshell box looks great, and the albums come in "cover clone" card sleeves.
Full track listing included below, as Amazon seem too lazy to include this.

Ultravox - Vienna
1. Astradyne
2. New Europeans
3. Private Lives
4. Passing Strangers
5. Sleepwalk
6. Mr. X
7. Western Promise
8. Vienna
9. All Stood Still

Ultravox - Rage In Eden
1. The Voice
2. We Stand Alone
3. Rage In Eden
4. I Remember (Death In The Afternoon)
5. The Thin Wall
6. Stranger Within
7. Accent On Youth
8. The Ascent
9. Your Name (Has Slipped My Mind Again)

Ultravox - Quartet
1. Reap The Wild Wind
2. Serenade
3. Mine For Life
4. Hymn
5. Visions In Blue
6. When The Scream Subsides
7. We Came To Dance
8. Cut And Run
9. The Song (We Go)

Ultravox - Monument - The Soundtrack
1. Monument
2. Reap The Wild Wind
3. Visions In Blue
4. The Voice
5. Vienna
6. Passing Strangers
7. Mine For Life
8. Hymn
9. The Song (We Go)

Ultravox - Lament
1. White China
2. One Small Day
3. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
4. Lament
5. Man Of Two Worlds
6. Heart Of The Country
7. When The Time Comes
8. A Friend I Call Desire

Ultravox - U-Vox
1. Same Old Story
2. Sweet Surrender
3. Dream On
4. The Prize
5. All Fall Down
6. Time To Kill
7. Moon Madness
8. Follow Your Heart
9. All In One Day

Ultravox - Return To Eden

CD 1
1. Astradyne
2. Passing Strangers
3. We Stand Alone
4. Mr X
5. Visions In Blue
6. The Thin Wall
7. I Remember (Death In The Afternoon)
8. Rage In Eden
9. Lament

CD 2
1. One Small Day
2. All Stood Still
3. Your Name (Has Slipped My Mind)
4. Vienna
5. Reap Wih Tears In My Eyes
6. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
7. Hymn
8. Sleepwalk
9. The Voice

Ultravox - Brilliant
1. Live
2. Flow
3. Brilliant
4. Change
5. Rise
6. Remembering
7. Hello
8. One
9. Fall
10. Lie
11. Satellite
12. Contact
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Viva! Hysteria
Viva! Hysteria
Price: £14.64

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ded Flatbirds are great, 24 Oct 2013
This review is from: Viva! Hysteria (Audio CD)
A bit of nostalgia this release...

First off, I will clear up the Amazon.co.uk mess up and give you the track listing for the CDs at least, as Amazon have seen fit to omit this once again.

Disc 1:

Song Title Time
1. Women 6:11
2. Rocket 6:09
3. Animal 4:07
4. Love Bites 6:08
5. Pour Some Sugar on Me 4:32
6. Armageddon It 5:26
7. Gods of War 7:14
8. Don't Shoot Shotgun 4:33
9. Run Riot 4:49
10. Hysteria 5:59
11. Excitable 4:37
12. Love and Affection 6:17
13. Rock of Ages 4:15
14. Photograph 6:13

Disc 2:

Song Title Time
1. Good Morning Freedom 3:36
2. Wasted 3:44
3. Stagefright 3:41
4. Mirror Mirror (Look into My Eyes) 4:56
5. Action 4:13
6. Rock Brigade 3:31
7. Undefeated 5:25
8. Promises 4:11
9. On Through the Night 5:11
10. Slang 2:37
11. Let It Go 6:08
12. Another Hit and Run 5:14
13. High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night) 3:44
14. Bringin' on the Heartbreak 4:43
15. Switch 625 5:08

Now for the review -
Sound Quality *****
This is excellent - obviously this was recorded at the time of the shows with the intention of releasing, using the latest technology. This shows in the sound quality. Some of the older Def live CDs have lacked a bit in quality, but this is up with some of the best.

Packaging *****
A great job again, well boxed.

Music ****
Okay, this is a little more subjective, as, although Hysteria is probably the lads from Sheffield's most popular and best selling work, in your humble reviewer's opinion it is not the best. BUT at least the boys have given us the chance of hearing some of their earlier work, even if they do hide behind the Ded Flatbirds monika for this. Rock of Ages and Photograph are two of the classics that do appear on the "Hysteria" disc.


Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles [DVD]
Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Hegner
Price: £3.00

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 8 Oct 2013
Excellent - AGAIN. The Yoda Chronicles had my two lads laughing all the way to fully dressed in the morning. At about 20 minutes each, they are just short enough for a quick treat either before bed, or as a reward for getting up without fuss.

Yoda is hilarious again, as in Padawen Menace.

Very funny.


The Rocky Horror Show: The Album Box Set
The Rocky Horror Show: The Album Box Set
Price: £24.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I see you shiver with antici .......... ...... ...... pation, 19 Sep 2013
From the promotional flyer.........
"Midnights Friday and Saturday...Sell-out crowds...audiences go wild...madness takes its toll"
From the screen to the stage The Rocky Horror Show has been an international phenomenon. Never has an an audience embraced a film, a show, a production with such passion. From the unenlightened (known as virgins) who have not had the pleasure to dabble into the world of Rocky there is no better introduction. Here we present The Rocky Horror Show Album Box Set - Four must have albums from the original cast members to International cast recordings in one bumper package. There seems to be no end to the power of The Rocky Horror Show and all that remains ahead... more enlightened virgins... more anniversaries ... more memorabilia ... and absolute pleasure to last a lifetime."

This kind of nearly sums up what is in itself a pretty good collection. I'm just not certain what the target audience of this collection is. A lovely item in itself, is a nice Rocky item in itself, loved the glitter added to the 'lips' on both the outer cover and the slip case inside, a really nice touch.

A quick breakdown of the mechanics of the collection:
The discs themselves are in a pull out slip case, which when unfolded reveals each CD presented with it's original artwork. It also contains the booklet, with pictures of Frank, Riff, Magenta, and Columbia from the film. The booklet itself features an introduction to the show, a brief history of Rocky (which for some reason stops in 1987), a track listing for all the CD's, lyrics for the main Rocky Horror Picture Show songs and a number of pics from the film.

The box set contains four discs; The Rocky Horror Picture Show Original Film Sound Track, The Rocky Horror Show Original Roxy Cast, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Songs From The Vaults and Rocky Horror International (a bit bizarre this one).

As to the tracks themselves, disc one is fairly straightforward, disc two is again pretty straightforward, disc three is where it gets a bit tricky, and disc four is just plain bizarre...

I think the target audience was intended to be people who are new to Rocky, together with collectors. I think the collectors are going to feel a bit cheated, as most of the material is available elsewhere, and the virgins are going to feel confused after listening to discs 3 and 4 ...


Strong
Strong
Price: £1.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Strong made stronger, 17 Sep 2013
This review is from: Strong (MP3 Download)
Initial thoughts on London Grammar were of a strong singer (Hannah Reid) with haunting backing band. This single brings out some excellent mixing, the three bonus remixes being trip-hop, reminding me of some of Everything But the Girl's early dance influences, and a bit of Florence and the Machine. Generally likeable, and not to be missed.


Terry Pratchett's Truckers The Complete Series [DVD]
Terry Pratchett's Truckers The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joe McGann
Price: £6.50

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad to finally see full release., 14 Sep 2013
I'm glad this is finally getting the full release that it deserves, having been severely cut for VHS release, it is now nearly twice as long as that edit.

The Bromeliad series is a favourite of my kids at the moment, and despite being a bit clunky by today's standards this series still has that certain Cosgrove Hall charm.

It's a shame they never made a Diggers or Wings series, but I believe the critical reception of Truckers probably didn't promote that.


The 12" Singles Collection [VINYL]
The 12" Singles Collection [VINYL]
Price: £34.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavyweight release, 13 Sep 2013
There's something ever so satisfying about gently putting a needle on a classic piece of vinyl.

The word Heavyweight springs to mind, being released on 180g virgin vinyl gives the sound of these a feel that is just not found on (albeit) much cheaper CD releases. Put this on the decks, close your eyes and imagine the glimmer globes and bright lights of Studio 54.

I've included the track listing below, as Amazon don't seem to see fit to include, which delayed my purchase of this...

Record 1
A: Dance, Dance, Dance
B: Everybody Dance

Record 2
A: Le Freak
B: I Want Your Love

Record 3
A: Chic Cheer
B: Good Times

Record 4
A: My Forbidden Lover
B: My Feet Keep Dancing

Record 5
A: Hangin'
B: Chic Mystique
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