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All Right Now (Special Edition)
All Right Now (Special Edition)
Price: £8.02

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 80s pop at its finest, 12 July 2011
'All Right Now' really captures the highlights of the best work of Pepsi & Shirlie, and is a great reminder of all the great songs they gave us.

Originally this was released as a 9-track album in the UK in the autumn of 1987. All these 9 tracks are here, complete with 8 additional tracks - 4 remixes/alternate versions, 3 B-sides and 1 previously unreleased song. The only negative is that their 1991 single "Someday" has not been included, as well as the extended versions of "All Right Now" and "High Time".

The songs that are on here are of superb quality. 80s pop has never sounded better. It makes you wonder what could have been if the group had not split up. The singles "Heartache", "Goodbye Stranger", "Can't Give Me Love", "All Right Now" and "High Time" being the most catchy and most commercial songs. This is one of the few albums I can truly say have no filler tracks, every song is a joy to listen to and has a feel-good factor all the way through. My personal favourites from this album except the singles are "Crime Of Passion" and "Surrender". It is almost a crime they were never promoted as singles, they are that good. In addition to this you get the S/A/W-penned previously unreleased "Who's Gonna Catch You (When You Fall)?" (also recorded by Sinitta and Mel & Kim), which is almost worth the price for this CD alone.

This album was sadly not a big success chart-wise in the UK. However listening to these songs you realise how underrated this group were. Maybe it was just the time and place...

I would recommend `All Right Now` to any serious pop music fan, although they were not around for long they did write music history and will always be remembered for their pop brilliance.
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Now That's What I Call Music! 76
Now That's What I Call Music! 76
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.91

40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another chapter in the history of Pop Music has been written..., 4 July 2010
Judging by this track listing this is a very good CD indeed, easily surpassing both NOW 74 and NOW 75. Some great songs are however mysteriously absent like Lady Gaga & Beyoncé's "Telephone" (a travesty that this song isn't on it in my opinion!), JLS' "One Shot", Leona Lewis' "I Got You", Sugababes' "Wear My Kiss", Pixie Lott's "Gravity", Keane's "Stop For A Minute", Katie Melua's "The Flood", Ke$ha's "Love Is My Drug" and possibly others too. On the other hand we get as much as 46 tracks, which I think is a record for any NOW compilation. No artists appear with more than one song each so there is plenty of variety on these couple of discs, and thank goodnees no Glee songs in this edition. I also notice there seems to be more current chart hits than usual on this CD, which is a step in the right direction for this series finally living up to its name.

Highlights for me include "All The Lovers" by Kylie Minogue, "All Night Long" by Alexandra Burke, "California Gurls" by Katy Perry, "Fire With Fire" by The Scissor Sisters, "Alejandro" by Lady Gaga, "Parachute" by Cheryl Cole, "This Ain't A Love Song" by Scouting For Girls, "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart" by Alicia Keys and "Te Amo" by Rihanna. They among others will for sure be put on repeated play through the rest of the summer.

I would recommended this CD to everyone who wants to complete their NOW collection with this latest installment, or music fans who wants to own some of the most popular songs from the last 3-4 months. A piece of music history is captured, and I am sure will be cherished for a long time.
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Naked and Sacred
Naked and Sacred
Offered by playanywhere
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Wilson Phillips you will love this, 26 April 2010
This review is from: Naked and Sacred (Audio CD)
Almost 4 years after the release of Wilson Phillips' second album, "Shadow And Light", Chynna Phillips (one third of Wilson Phillips) released this album, her first and to date only solo album.

Unfortunately this album went almost unnoticed by the world. The album failed to chart and only the first single, "Naked And Sacred" managed to scrape the bottom of the UK singles chart in February 1996. But do not let that discourage you. This album contains 11 excellent tracks, all of them well sung and produced. Producers include big names like Patrick Leonard (who co-wrote and produced many of Madonna's biggest hits), Desmond Child (known for his work with Bon Jovi and Cher), Glen Ballard (who was a very hot producer at this time having just produced Alanis Morissette's million selling "Jagged Little Pill" album), Elliott Wolff, Rick Nowels and Billy Steinberg. The style of the album follow to a great extent the style of the two previous Wilson Phillips albums but with a more modern feel to it. The songs themselves are equally strong as the ones she did with Wilson Phillips in my opinion. Standout tracks for me are the title track and first single "Naked And Sacred", "I Live For You" (which was also featured in the film Striptease starring Demi Moore), "Remember Me", "When 2000 Comes" and "Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me" (which was later covered by Faith Hill).

Unfortunately this album wasn't heavily promoted, in fact it was hardly promoted at all, and that is the only reason in my view that this album didn't catch on. Sometimes some of the best albums go totally unnoticed for this reason alone, and this is indeed a hidden treasure in the jungle of pop music and the adult contemporary genre.

If you like the voice of Chynna Phillips, you may also note that she recently released a Christian album as half of her new group/duo Chynna & Vaughn, titled "One Reason".


Now That's What I Call Music! 75
Now That's What I Call Music! 75
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £9.89

25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another chapter in the history of Pop, 14 Mar 2010
Judging by this track listing this is a very good CD indeed, surpassing NOW 74 easily. Some great songs are however mysteriously absent like Alexandra Burke's "Bad Boys" (a travesty that this song is overlooked for the second time - instead we get her far less succesful follow-up "Broken Heels"), Britney Spears' "3", JLS' "One Shot", Leona Lewis' "Happy", Westlife's "What About Now", Alicia Keys' "Doesn't Mean Anything", Sugababes' "Wear My Kiss", The X Factor Finalists' "You Are Not Alone" charity single and possibly others too. On the other hand we get two different versions of "Don't Stop Believing", I will admit that it is a very good song but was two versions of it really necessary.

I would still recommended this CD to everyone who wants to complete their NOW collection with this latest installment, or music fans who wants to own some of the most popular songs from the last 3-4 months. A piece of music history is captured, and I am sure will be cherished for a long time.
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Whitney Houston, The Deluxe Anniversary Edition
Whitney Houston, The Deluxe Anniversary Edition
Price: £7.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When soul music was truly soulful..., 2 Feb 2010
'Whitney Houston' really captures the time it was released, 1985. Back when soul music really was soulful and not influenced with hip hop and rap. This album includes some of the very best work of Whitney Houston, and is a great reminder of all the great songs she initially gave us.

The remastering of this album is fantastic, bringing Whitney's brilliant voice louder into the mix. Every single track on this album is pure class and elegance, not a bad word can be said about them and this remains one of those few completely timeless albums from the 1980s. My only criticism would be that they didn't include any previously unreleased recordings Whitney made during this era, although listening to the rare extended mixes and alternate versions that finish off this disc is enjoyable too.

My personal favourites from this album except for the 4 big singles are "All At Once", "Someone For Me" and "Take Good Care Of My Heart" which should have been huge hits as well. It is almost a crime they were never heavily promoted as singles, they are that good.

This is simply my favourite soul/R&B album of all time, and you don't need to be a fan of soul/R&B to enjoy it either. This music has major crossover appeal and has the ability to reach and touch people almost no matter what type of music they are into.

I would recommend `Whitney Houston` to any serious pop music fan, with this album the legendary singer made music history and will always be remembered for her brilliance.

Outstanding!


Fearless
Fearless
Price: £9.13

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop perfection at its best, 25 Jan 2010
This review is from: Fearless (Audio CD)
'Fearless' really captures the highlights of the best work of Eighth Wonder, and is a great reminder of all the great songs they gave us.

Originally this was released as a 10-track album in the UK in the autumn of 1988, however later editions of the album also included an 11th track, "Stay With Me", their 1985 debut single. All these 11 tracks are here, complete with 5 additional tracks - 4 remixes/alternate versions and one B-side. It is a shame that some of their international B-sides have been omitted for this release like "Loser In Love", "Open Your Mind" and "Having It All", as well as remixes/extended versions for the singles "When The Phone Stops Ringing", "Will You Remember" and "Use Me".

The songs that are on here are of superb quality. 80s pop has never sounded better. It makes you wonder what could have been if the group had not split up. The 1988 singles "I'm Not Scared", "Cross My Heart" and "Baby Baby" being the most catchy and most commercial songs. This is one of the few albums I can truly say have no filler tracks, every song is a joy to listen to and has a feel-good factor all the way through. My personal favourites from this album except the singles are "My Baby's Heartbeat" and "The Dress". It is almost a crime they were never promoted as singles, they are that good.

This album was sadly not a big success chart-wise in the UK. However listening to these songs you realise how underrated this group were, although lead singer Patsy Kensit went on to find greater success as an actress in the years to come. Maybe it was just the time and place...

I would recommend `Fearless` to any serious pop music fan, although they were not around for long they did write music history and will always be remembered for their pop brilliance.


The Greatest Hits + Bonus Hits DVD
The Greatest Hits + Bonus Hits DVD
Price: £10.90

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally all the singles on one CD..., 24 Jan 2010
'The Greatest Hits' really highlights the magnificent career of Sinitta, and is a great reminder of all the great hits she has given us.

Naturally quite a few of the songs on this CD (in fact 16 of the 20 tracks) are the same as Sinitta's previous official greatest hits package (The Hits + Collection 86-09). It contains all the biggest hits from that album, including many iconic numbers, such as So Macho', 'Toy Boy', 'Right Back Where We Started From' and 'Cross My Broken Heart'. In addition to that we get 'Cruising', 'Aquarius' among others which were not featured on the previous collection, two of Sinitta's best singles in my opinion. We also get the amazing previously unreleased song 'Girl! You've Gotta Stop!' which funnily enough sounds even better than some of her "greatest hits".

This is actually the first time all of Sinitta's singles have been collected together on one disc - all in their original single versions/mixes - and so, this alone is a very good reason to buy this album. It is also a very good value for money as it comes with a bonus DVD disc with all the music videos for her hit singles.

I would recommend `The Greatest Hits` to any music fan, as it is a clear explanation of why Sinitta was one of the most successful singers of the late 80s in Britain. A true pop star!
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Now That's What I Call Music! 74
Now That's What I Call Music! 74
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £9.00

66 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another chapter has been written, 2 Nov 2009
The official track listing has just been announced by NOW...

Disc 1

Fight For This Love - Cheryl Cole
Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Sexy Chick - David Guetta Featuring Akon
Bulletproof - La Roux
Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz
I Need You - N-Dubz
Whatcha Say - Jason Derulo
Down - Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne
To Love Again - Alesha Dixon
Oopsy Daisy - Chipmunk feat. Dayo Olatunji
Never Leave You - Tinchy Stryder feat. Amelle
Remedy - Little Boots
Boys And Girls - Pixie Lott
Left My Heart In Tokyo - Mini Viva
Sean Kingston Fire Burning
Hotel Room Service (Remix) - Pitbull feat. Nicole Scherzinger
Get Sexy - Sugababes
Forever Is Over - The Saturdays
I Got Soul - Young Soul Rebels
I Need You Now - Agnes
Beat Again - JLS

Disc 2

Paparazzi - Lady Gaga
Sweet Dreams - Beyoncé
She Wolf - Shakira
Run This Town - Jay-Z feat. Rihanna & Kanye West
Supernova - Mr Hudson feat. Kanye West
Bodies - Robbie Williams
Holiday - Dizzee Rascal
Ready For The Weekend - Calvin Harris
Million Dollar Bill (Frankie Knuckles Radio Mix) - Whitney Houston
Get Shaky - The Ian Carey Project
End Credits - Chase & Status
Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
Uprising - Muse
Just Say Yes - Snow Patrol
You've Got The Love - Florence + The Machine
22 - Lily Allen
Pencil Full Of Lead -Paolo Nutini
We Are Golden - MIKA
Good Girls Go Bad - Cobra Starship feat. Leighton Meester
Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons
The Day I Died - Just Jack
Outta Here - Esmée Denters
Ghosts 'n' Stuff - deadmau5 feat. Rob Swire

Judging by this track listing this is a very good CD indeed, surpassing both NOW 72 and NOW 73. Some great songs are however mysteriously absent like Alexandra Burke's "Bad Boys" (a travesty that this song isn't on it in my opinion!), Take That's top 10 "Said It All", Britney Spears' "3", Lady GaGa's "Love Game", JLS' "Everybody In Love", Leona Lewis' upcoming single "Happy", Kelly Clarkson's "Already Gone", Westlife's "What About Now", Pussycat Dolls' "Hush, Hush; Hush, Hush", and possibly others too.

I would still recommended this CD to everyone who wants to complete their NOW collection with this latest installment, or music fans who wants to own some of the most popular songs from the last 3-4 months. A piece of music history is captured, and I am sure will be cherished for a long time.
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Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underrated UK singers of the 80s..., 29 Oct 2009
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
'Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now - The Greatest Hits...And More' really highlights the magnificent career of Samantha Fox, and is a great reminder of all the great hits she has given us.

Naturally quite a few of the songs on this CD (in fact 11 of the 20 tracks on disc 1) are the same as Samantha's previous official greatest hits package (Greatest Hits - 1992). It contains all the biggest hits from that album, including many iconic numbers, such as 'Touch Me (I Want Your Body)', 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now', 'Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me)' and 'Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)'.

The rest of the album consist of remixes of some of these songs as well previously unreleased tracks recorded with Stock Aitken Waterman. This is the first time these songs have been together on one disc - and so, this alone is a very good reason to buy this album.

Unfortunately lower charting singles like '(Hurt Me! Hurt Me!) But The Pants Stay On', 'Let Me Be Free', 'All I Wanna Do...', 'Spirit Of America' and 'Just One Night' to name a few, are completely absent from this compilation, thus only 4 stars. On the positive side we get 'I'm All You Need' and 'True Devotion' which were not featured on the previous collection, two of Sam's best ever singles in my opinion.

I would still recommend `Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now` to any music fan, as it is a clear explanation of why Samantha Fox was one of the most successful singers on both sides of the Atlantic in the 80s. A true pop star!
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The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac
Price: £7.43

38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The 2002 album all over again..., 26 Oct 2009
'The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac' really highlights the magnificent career of Fleetwood Mac, and is a great reminder of all the classic hits they have given us.

However this is the exact same release as the 2002 release by the same name, only the cover picture has been changed. I am very disappointed that they were too lazy to put together a new collection, or at the very least they could have added some of the songs from their last studio album, 2003's Say You Will to this release. If you don't own the 2002 release this is well worth a buy. It contains all their biggest hits from 1975-1992, including many iconic numbers, such as 'Dreams', 'Little Lies', 'Don't Stop' and 'Everywhere'.

Unfortunately singles like 'Save Me', 'I Do', 'Peacekeeper' and 'Say You Will' are missing from this compilation, thus only 3 stars.

I would still recommend `The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac` to any music fan, as it is a clear explanation of why Fleetwood Mav is one of the most successful bands of all time.
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