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A Legend - 50 Reggae Classics
A Legend - 50 Reggae Classics
Price: £3.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Indifferent collection of early Marly, repackaged yet again with poor sound, 8 May 2012
Not Now Music, (in)famous for their "out of copyright" 50 year old reissues that cut the artists and labels out and amount to legalized bootlegs, now does their magic for Bob Marley. These recordings are not 50 years old, so presumably a payment was made to someone somewhere. However, this is the pre-Island Marley, and these are the same tracks that have been issued and reissued endlessly over the years. This isn't bad stuff, but it's mostly missing the magic of Marley's deservedly much more famous Island output.

A serious Bob Marley fan will assuredly want this material, but it has been available many times previously, with better presentation and better sound. There's really no reason to buy this box.

Oh, and extra demerits for creating a cover that is suggestive of the famous "Legend" hits collection covering his Island years and even placing the title "Legend" (as in A Legend) on the cover to dupe the unknowning.
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100 Hits Legends - Otis Redding
100 Hits Legends - Otis Redding

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy! Most of the Otis Redding recorded legacy at a dimestore price. Legit reissue co-licensed through Rhino (Stax/Atlantic), 11 April 2012
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This is great stuff. The bulk of Otis Redding's recorded legacy (the equivalent of about 8 original albums) for less than a takeaway lunch. If you have any interest in Redding, just buy it. The sound quality is good. The liner notes are non-existent, but you can go on the Web to learn more about the man...most of what you need to know is in the grooves.

You might think this is one of those shady reissues that falls through copyright cracks. How else to explain selling almost all of a major artist's recorded legacy for so little money? But this is legit. It's co-licensed through Rhino (Atlantic/Stax's reissue arm).

It truly boggle the mind and makes no financial sense.

Buy it now before they wake up.

The Essential Andrew Gold
The Essential Andrew Gold
Price: £5.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection at a budge price: Most of his first three albums and the best of Wax for less than a fiver!, 30 Mar. 2012
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The oft overlooked and greatly talented Andrew Gold finally gets a decent best of. A previous 1 CD set was OK, but missed a lot of good tracks.

This set, which focuses entirely on his Asylum Records output as a solo artist and his recordings with Graham Gouldman as Wax, also misses some his good material that was recorded for small labels later in his career. But it does an admirable job of collecting the material from the aforementioned periods. Specifically, it includes all but 1-2 tracks from each of his first three Asylum records. It includes about half from his fourth, last, and worst (by a long shot) effort for that label. It also includes pretty much all the best (or at least best known) tracks from Wax.

This set was compiled in conjunction with Rhino Records, who shares billing. The sound quality is good.

For less than five pounds, you really can't go wrong.

100 Hits: 90s
100 Hits: 90s
Offered by PressPlay
Price: £9.69

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A big pile of mediocrity...But cheap mediocrity..., 29 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: 100 Hits: 90s (Audio CD)
These are original hits, original artists. That's the good news.

The bad news? This is mostly the least significant stuff from the '90s. Since Amazon has neglected to provide a track listing, I will.

There are some good tracks here, but compared to other volumes in this series, not enough...

1. Things Can Only Get Better - D:Ream
2. Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison
3. Stars - Simply Red
4. Ain't No Doubt - Jimmy Nail
5. Keep on Movin' - 5ive
6. Sun Rising, The - The Beloved
7. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me - Gloria Estefan
8. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of.....) - Lou Bega
9. Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) - Backstreet Boys
10. I Quit - Hepburn
11. Mona - Craig McLachlan
12. Step by Step - New Kids on the Block
13. I Want You Back - *NSYNC
14. One for Sorrow - Steps
15. (Ooh Ah) Just a Little Bit
16. Hurt So Good - Jimmy Somerville
17. U R the Best Thing - D:Ream
18. Cry for Help - Rick Astley
19. Crying in the Rain - a-ha
20. Unchained Melody - Robson & Jerome

1. All Together Now - The Farm
2. I Don't Care - Shakespear's Sister
3. One Week - Barenaked Ladies
4. Mulder and Scully - Catatonia
5. Put Yourself in My Place - Kylie Minogue
6. Lucky You - The Lightning Seeds
7. Great Things - Echobelly
8. I'll Be There for You - The Rembrandts
9. Twist in My Sobriety - Tanita Tikaram
10. Independent Love Song - Scarlet
11. Dreams - The Corrs
12. Steal My Sunshine - LEN
13. Here Comes the Hotstepper - Ini Kamoze
14. I've Been Thinking About You - Londonbeat
15. Clementine
16. MMM MMM MMM MMM - Crash Test Dummies
17. I'm Only Sleeping - Suggs
18. Give It Up - Hothouse Flowers
19. Crocodile Shoes - Jimmy Nail
20. Wonderwall

1. Something Got Me Started - Simply Red
2. Right Here (Human Nature Remix) - SWV/Human Nature
3. Happy Just to Be with You - Michelle Gayle
4. Feel So High - Des'ree
5. Mysterious Girl - Peter Andre
6. Show Me Love - Robyn
7. Missing (The Todd Terry Radio Edit) - Everything But the Girl
8. You and Me Song - The Wannadies
9. Part of the Process - Morcheeba
10. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - Chimes
11. Cleopatra's Theme - Cleopatra
12. Crazy - Mark Morrison
13. If You Love Me - Brownstone
14. Money - Charli Baltimore
15. Guess I Was a Fool - Another Level
16. I Wonder Why - Curtis Stigers
17. Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover - Sophie B. Hawkins
18. Walking in Memphis - Marc Cohn
19. If I Let You Go - Westlife
20. Stay - Shakespear's Sister

1. Ready to Go - Republica
2. What Do I Do Now? - Sleeper
3. Stop the Rock - Apollo 440
4. Sweet Harmony - The Beloved
5. Good Morning Britain - Aztec Camera
6. Road Rage - Catatonia
7. Hush - Kula Shaker
8. 21st Century (Digital Boy) - Bad Religion
9. Place Your Hands - Reef
10. Love Rears It's Ugly Head - Living Colour
11. Midlife Crisis - Faith No More
12. Kinky Afro - Happy Mondays
13. Take It - Flowered Up
14. Insane in the Brain - Cypress Hill
15. Tell Me When - Human League
16. Nothing Lasts Forever - Echo & the Bunnymen
17. Every Morning - Sugar Ray
18. I Think I Love You - Voice of the Beehive
19. It's About Time - The Lemonheads
20. Birdhouse in Your Soul - They Might Be Giants

1. Groove Is in the Heart - Deee-Lite
2. Not Over Yet - Grace and Glory
3. Cecillia - Suggs
4. C'est La Vie - B*Witched
5. You're Not Alone - Olive
6. Children - Robert Miles
7. Where Love Lives - Alison Limerick
8. Key the Secret, The - Urban Cookie Collective
9. Everybody's Free (To Feel Good) - Rozalla
10. Something Good - Utah Saints
11. Step On - Happy Mondays
12. Infinity - Guru Josh
13. Swamp Thing - The Grid
14. Things That Make You Go Hmmm
15. Mr. Vain - Culture Beat
16. It's My Life - Dr. Alban
17. I've Got a Little Something for You - MN8
18. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Jimmy Somerville
19. All I Wanna Do - Dannii Minogue
20. Them Girls, Them Girls

100 Hits: 70s
100 Hits: 70s
Price: £18.61

132 of 132 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A true hodge podge of good with bad. For the price, how can you complain? But this isn't the best mega set I've seen, 29 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: 100 Hits: 70s (Audio CD)
Since Amazon seems to think it's not important to provide a track listing, I'll overrule them and provide it here. I'll preface by saying: 1) These are the original tracks by the original artists; 2) There is some great stuff here, some OK stuff, and some real duff tracks. It's a fiver for 5 CDs and 100 tracks, so even if you only like a quarter of them, it's not a bad deal. But I can't imagine anyone thinking this is super strong all the way through:

1-1 Nolans, The - I'm In The Mood For Dancing
1-2 Chic - Dance Dance Dance
1-3 Boney M* - Brown Girl In The Ring
1-4 Tina Charles - Dr. Love
1-5 Earth, Wind & Fire - Fantasy
1-6 Isley Brothers, The - Harvest For The World
1-7 Candi Staton - Nights On Broadway
1-8 Eruption (4) - One Way Ticket
1-9 Drifters, The - There Goes My First Love
1-10 Middle Of The Road - Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
1-11 Andrew Gold - Never Let Her Slip Away
1-12 Dawn (5) - Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree
1-13 Barry Blue - Dancing On A Saturday Night
1-14 Ian Dury & The Blockheads* - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
1-15 Sarah Brightman - I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper
1-16 Showaddywaddy - Hey Rock 'n' Roll
1-17 Darts - Boy From New York City
1-18 Christie - Yellow River
1-19 Doobie Brothers, The - Long Train Running
1-20 Cars, The - My Best Friend's Girl
2-1 Smokie - Oh Carol
2-2 Bay City Rollers - Summerlove Sensation
2-3 Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes
2-4 Sweet* - Wig Wham Bam
2-5 Cars, The - Just What I Needed
2-6 Flamin' Groovies, The - Shake Some Action
2-7 Ramones - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
2-8 Faces (3) - Stay With Me
2-9 Chicago (2) - 25 Or 6 To 4
2-10 Ian Dury & The Blockheads* - Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3
2-11 Glitter Band, The - Angel Face
2-12 Cheap Trick - I Want You To Want Me
2-13 Ian Hunter - Once Bitten, Twice Shy
2-14 David Essex - Rock On
2-15 Dave Edmunds - Born To Be With You
2-16 T. Rex - Telegram Sam
2-17 Tim Buckley - Move With Me
2-18 Renaissance (4) - Northern Lights
2-19 Redbone - Witch Queen Of New Orleans
2-20 Yes - Wonderous Stories
3-1 Elvis Presley - The Wonder Of You
3-2 Perry Como - It's Impossible
3-3 Bread - It Don't Matter To Me
3-4 Johnny Nash - Tears On My Pillow
3-5 Melanie (2) - Ruby Tuesday
3-6 Chris Rea - Fool (If You Think It's Over)
3-7 Rickie Lee Jones - Chuck E's In Love
3-8 Chicago (2) - If You Leave Me Now
3-9 Terry Jacks - Seasons In The Sun
3-10 Delfonics, The - Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)
3-11 Art Garfunkel - I Only Have Eyes For You
3-12 Pointer Sisters, The* - Fire
3-13 Doobie Brothers, The - What A Fool Believes
3-14 Edison Lighthouse - Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
3-15 New Seekers, The - You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me
3-16 Showaddywaddy - Under The Moon Of Love
3-17 Gary Shearston - I Get A Kick Out Of You
3-18 Perry Como - And I Love You So
3-19 Daryl Hall & John Oates - She's Gone
3-20 Walker Brothers, The - No Regrets
4-1 T. Rex - Metal Guru
4-2 Electric Light Orchestra - Shine A Little Love
4-3 Dave Edmunds - Baby I Love You
4-4 Colin Blunstone - Say You Don't Mind
4-5 Alvin Stardust - Jealous Mind
4-6 Harry Chapin - Cats In The Cradle
4-7 Secret Affair - Time For Action
4-8 Dead End Kids - Have I The Right
4-9 Bay City Rollers - Give A Little Love
4-10 Fair Weather - Natural Sinner
4-11 Robert Knight - Love On A Mountain Top
4-12 Kursaal Flyers - Little Does She Know
4-13 Clodagh Rodgers - Jack In The Box
4-14 Sailor - A Glass Of Champagne
4-15 B. A. Robertson - Bang Bang
4-16 Randy Newman - Short People
4-17 Darts - Come Back My Love
4-18 Bread - Look What You've Done
4-19 Billy Swan - I Can Help
4-20 Seals And Crofts* - Summer Breeze
5-1 Carly Simon - You're So Vain
5-2 Alvin Stardust - My Coo Ca Choo
5-3 Guys And Dolls* - There's A Whole Lot Of Loving
5-4 Michael Nesmith - Rio
5-5 Chas 'N' Dave* - Gertcha
5-6 Hello - New York Groove
5-7 Fantastics, The - Something Old Something New
5-8 First Class (3) - Beach Baby
5-9 B. A. Robertson - Knocked It Off
5-10 Matchbox (3) - Rockabilly Rebel
5-11 Sutherland Brothers - Arms Of Mary
5-12 Spyro Gyra - Morning Dance
5-13 Dooleys, The - The Chosen Few
5-14 Deodato* - Also Sprach Zarathustra
5-15 Earth, Wind & Fire - Got To Get You Into My Life
5-16 Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon* - Blame It On The Pony Express
5-17 Baccara - Sorry, I'm A Lady
5-18 Dana (9) - Please Tell Him That I Said Hello
5-19 Dawn (5) - Knock Three Times
5-20 Barry Blue - Do You Wanna Dance?
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Saxophone Colossus
Saxophone Colossus
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £4.81

75 of 84 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The music is great. But this is a gray area copyright expiration schlock release, 22 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Saxophone Colossus (Audio CD)
Great early sessions by Sonny Rollins. If you're even looking at this release, you already know that.

My review, and the 2 star rating, is based on the fact that this is another gray area copyright-expiration release. And my severe annoyance at the claim that this has been "digitally remastered." Oh really? Because the company that issued this doesn't have access to the master tapes. All they can do is take CDs that are already issued, legitimately, by his original record company, and use a graphic equalizer to mess around them to make them worse. You can do the same thing using treble/bass/midrange boost on your player.

This box is cheap, but so it should be, since the company issuing it doesn't have to pay royalties to the record company or to Sonny Rollins, who is still alive and assuredly could use the royalties.

All these gray market releases suck what's left out of the record biz and make it less likely that we'll ever see legitimate returns to the actual master tapes, and, in the case of a guy like Rollins, less likely that he'll even see returns for his own work.

Buy the box if you wish, but truthfully, the only difference between this and a download from the Internet is that here you get to pay a middleman who has nothing to do with the music.
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Miles Davis: 20 Classic Albums [10CD] [Audio CD] Miles Davis
Miles Davis: 20 Classic Albums [10CD] [Audio CD] Miles Davis
Offered by HANG LOOSE Records
Price: £29.90

85 of 102 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Timeless music, offered up as a gray area copyright expiration box, 19 Mar. 2012
No use dwelling on the musical contents here: 20 albums from Miles Davis's early career. Lots of brilliant material. All > 50 years old, and so eligible for exploitation by anyone who wants to come along and press them. In standard copyright expiration fashion, these all come from existing CD "masters" (there's no access to the actual master tapes), so the best you can hope for is that these aren't worse than the copies you already have. Maybe they are, maybe they aren't.

The packaging is indifferent, as are the liner notes.

No royalties paid to the label or to the estate of Miles Davis. There's really not much difference between this and something you might obtain through questionable means, except that this one you get to pay for.

Every issue like this chips away at the incentive for the labels who actually own the masters to do any further curating or improved mastering. As such, these issues do a disservice to fans.

But they are cheap.
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Classic Campbell
Classic Campbell
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, a good value, but not a definitive statement for the Capitol years, 25 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Classic Campbell (Audio CD)
Sixty songs, three CDs, low price. This is a good value. However, this is not the definitive statement on Campbell's Capitol years. A lot of the hits are here, but some are missing, and the tracks that sit beside them seem to have been chosen, to some degree, on the basis of filling the CDs, and not in presenting the best of the non-hit material.

Overall, for the price, one can't complain too much. But a much better survey of Campbell's Capitol years was achieved on the Legacy box set that Capitol (EMI) issued a few years ago.

Three Original Albums
Three Original Albums
Price: £6.80

6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Semi legit "out of copyright" release...why bother?, 25 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Three Original Albums (Audio CD)
This is a typical "out of copyright in the UK" (over 50 years old) release. Pick a few old albums, master them indiscriminately, package them with some mediocre new artwork, and sell them at a discount. I guess this is OK if you want that. Personally, I find the whole thing a bit distasteful, and the compulsion to buy physical media is dissipated by the realization that profits are going into the pockets of people who had nothing to do with this music (cutting out not only the label, but the artists and their heirs as well).

The material on these albums has sounded better on other reissues, and it has appeared in more attractive configurations.

Do what you want, but I'd pass.
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Good Vibrations
Good Vibrations
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £4.25

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yet another in EMI's endless repackaging of their catalog into hits collections. Not as generous as some, but all original hits, 14 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Good Vibrations (Audio CD)
One of a seemingly endless procession of repackagings of hits of yesteryear. This one mines the EMI vaults, and offers a few dozen tracks on 3 CDs. The songs selection is fine in a '50s-'60s way, the sound quality is decent, and these are all original hits by the original artist.

However, this sort of thing has been done more generously by EMI and others. It's only 3CDs, rather than the many 101/121 hits 5-6CD packages from Disky and others.

On the whole, if the price is right, and you like the track selection, you won't be disappointed by this collection. But it really doesn't stand out by the criteria of value and novelty in today's market.

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