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Best 1991 - 2004 (U.S. Version)
Best 1991 - 2004 (U.S. Version)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best of Seal, 6 Nov. 2013
It does what it says on the tin: Having never really explored Seal's works, since it's generally not my genre, I think this album works just fine as a showcase of Seal's greatest hits.

'Crazy', 'Kiss From a Rose', 'Killer', 'Prayer for the Dying' and 'Future Love Paradise' are my favourites among the many well-known tracks, and the collection as a whole does a good job of showing off Seal's rather diverse talent.

Beggars Banquet
Beggars Banquet
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great Stones-album, 6 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Beggars Banquet (Audio CD)
Generally a fine album, 'Beggar's Banquet' holds some classic tracks by the Stones, and must be widely regarded as one of the highlights of their long, long career.

'Sympathy for the Devil', 'Jigsaw Puzzle' and 'Street Fighting Man' are favourites in my book and would make it onto any best-of collection. While the rest of the album might not always meet these high standards, there are really no throwaway tracks on 'Beggar's Banquet', making it an essential purchase for fans of The Rolling Stones and indeed late Sixties rock albums.

Beauty & Crime
Beauty & Crime

4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant album, 5 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Beauty & Crime (Audio CD)
Suzanne Vega returns with a relatively short album, more often than not inspired by New York City, her home town.

Now, it is a short album, but this is certainly no snack. It's a dense affair, for want of a better word, and a demanding listening experience.

Highlights: Opener 'Zephyr & I' is a great track, one that sounds a bit 'off' in just the right way. 'Ludlow Street', a very emotional song, is perhaps the best track on the album. You don't have to be on Ludlow Street to be touched, although it helps. 'A Pornographer's Dream' and 'Frank and Ava' are two very different tracks, the first a slow beautiful ballad, the second an appropriately up-tempo account of the stormy love life of Frank (Sinatra) and Ava (Gardner). 'Anniversary', the last track nicely rounds up the package.

As for the rest it's all very good, with perhaps only 'Unbound' taking a back seat compared to the rest of the material. A very strong and mature album, one of Suzanne Vega's best and one of my favourite releases of 2007.

Beaucoup Fish
Beaucoup Fish
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3.0 out of 5 stars MIxed bag, 5 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Beaucoup Fish (Audio CD)
Talented Underworld made one their worst efforts here, in my opinion, even though three stars hardly signifies a bad product. Even when they don't deliver, Underworld is still better than many.

'Beaucoup Fish' is an interesting, but not arresting album to my ears, and the whole affair never really seems to come together. If you are about to get into Underworld, I would not start here, but at the very beginning instead.

Beatles For Sale
Beatles For Sale
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beatles For Sale, 6 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Beatles For Sale (Audio CD)
'Beatles For Sale' was the fourth Beatles-album in about two years and as such it's not surprising that six of the fourteen tracks are cover versions.

Compared to some of the more celebrated Beatles-albums, this one didn't make too much of an impression at first, but it has grown on me. The opening trio of 'No Reply', 'I'm a Loser' and 'Baby's in Black' is excellent and so is of course the classic 'Eight Days a Week' and the charming 'I'll Follow the Sun'.

The Beatles didn't release many bad songs, but 'Mr. Moonlight' is certainly one of them. The cover versions really aren't all that inspired either, which obviously also detracts from the experience.

Not their best - by far. Not their worst either. A pretty good album.

Be Yourself Tonight [DELUXE DIGIPACK]
Be Yourself Tonight [DELUXE DIGIPACK]
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a mess, 6 Sept. 2013
'Be Yourself Tonight' may well be the stepping stone between the synth-driven earlier albums and the more guitar-oriented 'Revenge'. As is sometimes the case with transitional albums, the from and to-destinations are memorable while the journey itself is not. On its own, 'Be Yourself Tonight' falls in this category.

'Would I Lie To You?' is a great track and fits perfectly in the long row of brilliant Eurythmics singles. The next couple of tracks don't: 'There Must Be An Angel' to me sounds just as cheesy today as it did when it came out, and 'Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves' while obviously powerful, just doesn't seem to fit in.

While 'It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)' is a welcome return to Eurythmics' synth past, the remainder of the album is not very memorable and of filler quality.

While there are some highlights on this album, buyers are advised to seek out the earlier ('Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)' or later ('Revenge', 'Savage') albums.
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BBC RADIO THEATRE london june 27 2000
BBC RADIO THEATRE london june 27 2000

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic performance, 6 Sept. 2013
Bowie in top form, a great band, a strong set list... not much could go wrong with this live performance and it certainly didn't. It stands as a fine selection of Bowie's work and is nothing short of a monument of Bowie as a live performer.

Not much to say apart from 'buy it'. This was never released officially as an individual disc, but as part of a limited 3-disc edition of 'Bowie at the Beeb'. The 3-disc edition might even be cheaper.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bastards, 6 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Bastards (Audio CD)
I always find remix albums to be a bit hit or miss, really, and that applies to Björk's 'Bastards' as well. For me, a remix should both honour and add to the original, a balance not easily achieved.

With the source material being as strong as 'Biophilia', in my opinion Björk's finest since 'Vespertine', is a remix album really needed? Perhaps not, but some of the mixes definitely do add to the original songs: Matthew Herbert's mix of 'Mutual Core' and The Slips Remix of 'Moon' are prime examples.

All in all though, I don't see this as an essential purchase, but 'Biophilia' is. 'Bastards' is a companion piece, amd while it's not bad, it is a lesser sibling mainly of interest to fans and completists.

Bark At The Moon
Bark At The Moon
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bark At The Moon, 6 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Bark At The Moon (Audio CD)
It's not as if Ozzy Osbourne had nothing to live up to when he released 'Bark at the Moon' - his third solo album - in 1983. Its predecessors ('Blizzard of Ozz' and 'Diary of a Madman') were both excellent albums, establishing Osbourne as an artist in his own right and arguably both qualifying as classics.

'Bark at the Moon' may not possess the brilliance of these albums, but it's still very good and obviously one that should be in your Ozzy collection. The title track is a good example of Osbourne's pop sensibilities even if they seem at odds with the beastly album cover. 'Waiting for Darkness' is another truly well-crafted song and one of the best on the album, which may hold a few pedestrian tracks, but certainly no duds.

So not as good as his earlier albums, but an album that he hasn't really surpassed since.

Band On The Run
Band On The Run
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sir Paul's finest?, 13 July 2013
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A classic, Grammy-winning album by Wings, 'Band on the Run' just might be the best album, Paul McCartney has been involved in since The Beatles.

Starting off with the title track, a mini-suite of sorts, which goes through its brief movements with elegance and ease, we're next introduced to the up-tempo rocker 'Jet', which is equally brilliant. This is followed by the delightful, harmonic 'Bluebird'. Such a start is what classics are made of. Another highlight is 'Let Me Roll It', apparently written with John Lennon in mind (but far more diplomatic and sophisticated than Lennon's somewhat tragic 'How Do You Sleep?').

The rest of the album does not - understandably - hold quite the same standard and what used to be side 2 does sound more dated than the almost timeless side 1. But as a whole, this album is up there with the best efforts from any ex-Beatle and the best parts of it are almost just as good as when The Beatles were best.

4½ stars - definitely one to get.

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