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Grace & Gratitude Renewed
Grace & Gratitude Renewed
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grace And Gratitude Rehashed!, 26 Sep 2010
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After the 'success' of the original 'Grace And Gratitude' album in 2006, Olivia Newton-John announced her plan to record another 'healing' album. This hasn't happened as yet but dear Olivia has revamped G&G for 2010!

What this actually means is that she's re-recorded a few tracks and added a new song, 'Help Me To Heal', a rather weak, faux-gospel ballad that she sounds a little uncomfortable on. To be honest, none of the re-recorded tracks add much to the originals and in some cases, like the duet with the ever-present Amy Sky, 'I Will Lift Up My Eyes', admittedly never one of the better songs, the results are worse.

I must admit I fail to see Olivia's obsession with Amy Sky, and I'm slightly unnerved by how on every subsequent O album she seems to have a bigger role. Her bland, bleating voice is better seldom heard, IMO, but you can't get shut of her on this and she quite spoiled Olivia's last studio effort, 'A Celebration In Song' as well.

Don't get me wrong, G&G is a good album, though you really HAVE to love Olivia's voice to appreciate it, but I see little point reissuing it. It didn't sell last time and with Olivia spending her time promoting ludicrously expensive 'health' fruit drinks, she hasn't much time to do the rounds with it this time either.

But, if you haven't got the original G&G, it's worth a listen. You'd have to be pretty soft-headed to take it's sentiments seriously, but it does sound nice...

One more thing, there's new cover art. Olivia's photoshop team seem to be obsessed with making her look like a 15 year old Cameron Diaz instead of the lovely 62 year old woman she is. I'm quite shocked also how Olivia has developed Julia Roberts lips... Surely no surgery was involved. Our girl is all natural of course! Must be all the Zamu!
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The Dollar Album
The Dollar Album
Price: 9.33

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Saved by Trevor Horn, 17 Sep 2010
This review is from: The Dollar Album (Audio CD)
Generally considered to be Dollar's best album, it came as a bit of a surprise to hear this again after years waiting for a CD release. Was it always this poor? The songs so weak? The vocals so lame?

True, my memories of this album are ajoined to the 4 Trevor Horn written and produced tracks, all of which were hits. Songs like 'Hand Held In Black And White' and 'Give Me Back My Heart' really were some of the finest singles of the 80's. Trouble is there are 8 more songs written and produced by Thereza Bazar and David Van Day!

2 years earlier, the duo had written and produced the entire 'The Paris Collection' LP. It was a spectacular failure, full of weakly produced, twee and unmemorable songs topped off with dodgy vocals and was the polar opposite of their excellent 'Shooting Stars' debut album from 1979.

Well, the songs on TDA sound like they come from the same sessions as TPC. Bazar thin's voice is OK when multi-tracked and used sparingly but here she's forced to front entire songs like the awful 'Anyone Who's Anyone' and 'Dangerous Blondes' and of course the results are dire.

After Horn washed his hands of them, the duo quickly slipped into obscurity leaving only their ever embarrassing 'comebacks' and cheap publicity stunts to remember them by. Indeed, after this they would never make another album, and it's no loss really.

This collection from Cherry Red is well remastered and put together beautifully, I have to say, and diehard fans with be thrilled. However, if you want their best overall work, get the Christopher Neil produced 'Shooting Stars' album.
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Bananarama [Platinum Re-Issue]
Bananarama [Platinum Re-Issue]
Price: 5.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bananarama, 5 Sep 2010
Definitely their finest hour, in my opinion, and quite a progression from 'Deep Sea Skiving'. It's just a great mixture of fun, pop stuff like 'Dream Baby', 'Cruel Summer' and 'Robert De Niro's Waiting' along with harder-edged material like 'Hotline To Heaven' and 'Rough Justice' However, it all sounds great and this edition has been superbly remastered, and padded out with a good number of bonus tracks including their US hit, 'The Wild Life'.

The next 2 albums, the heavier 'True Confessions' and the poptastic 'Wow!' are excellent too, but 'Bananarama' will always be my personal favourite.

Remember the fold-out poster with lyrics from the 1984 vinyl LP? Those were the days, eh?!

Between The Lines (Deluxe 2CD Edition)
Between The Lines (Deluxe 2CD Edition)
Price: 10.95

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jason's second album get's a stunning re-release., 5 Sep 2010
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Having just reviewed Edsel's Deluxe Edition of Jason's debut album, 'Ten Good Reasons', there's not a lot I can say about 'Between The Lines' without repeating myself. This is another perfect release from Edsel who have done Jason proud here. It's hard to imagine the most devoted Jason fan having much to complain about. The packaging is great, the sound fresh and clear and it contains all the remixes, bonus tracks etc you could ever want from the era. This is the best the album has ever sounded and looked and at this price, this 2 disc set is incredible value.

Ten Good Reasons (Deluxe 2CD Edition)
Ten Good Reasons (Deluxe 2CD Edition)
Price: 11.42

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jason overload!, 5 Sep 2010
This Edsel compilation is nothing short of fantastic. Every Jason Donovan mix and rarity from the time is available on this and the album's successor, 1990's 'Between The Lines'. The packaging is lovely featuring lyrics, picture sleeves and an excellent essay to boot. It's a nigh on perfect release and of course is remastered so it sounds great too.

Have to admit, though, as I was coming to the end of Disc 2, I became a little Jasoned out! How many of these remixes I'll play again is open to debate, but they are there, that's the thing.

Congratulations to Edsel, who did such a good job on the recent Rick Astley albums, for this great product at such a decent price.


7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More fool me., 22 Jun 2010
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This review is from: Parade (Audio CD)
After the recent Duran and Spandau horrors, I said I wasn't going to pre-order the 'Parade' special edition until I'd seen some positive reviews. Well, I didn't and 'Parade' is more of the same.

It will come as no surprise to those in the know that it is heavily compressed and extremely hard on the ears. It sounds better than the original CD, but only just! Added to this, the bonus CD (admittedly of little interest to me) is also shrill, loud and unpleasant to listen to. At least they were consistent!

The packaging is yet another disappointment. The CDs are housed in a rather flimsy digipak sleeve that only includes a cheap, nasty fold-out sheet with a few photos. There are NO sleevenotes or lyrics of any kind. It looks like it was put together in 5 minutes. Not on, as this is hardly a budget release. Overall, not ones for the diehard fans, and let's be honest, who else is it aimed at?

'Parade', one of Spandau Ballet's best and most successful albums, deserved better than this.
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The Very Best Of the New Seekers
The Very Best Of the New Seekers
Price: 4.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good starter course., 24 April 2010
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I'm not the world's biggest New Seekers fan but this comp is a lovely place to start. It features all the hits from the Lyn Paul/Eve Graham years and the CD is really cheaply priced. You can't really go wrong.

Seven and the Ragged Tiger (2CD & DVD)
Seven and the Ragged Tiger (2CD & DVD)

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trying not to concentrate on the sound issues..., 5 April 2010
...but it's not good. It's so distracting it seems more like a remix than a remaster. Thoroughly disappointing considering it's obviously aimed at Duran diehards. I WAS looking forward to 'Notorious' along with the next 2 Spandau remasters, 'True' and 'Parade' (the latter has always sounded abysmal on CD. Surely this can't be worse?!), but who knows now? It puts an end to my preordering days. The first reviews of this came in as my copy was on it's way...

The 'rarities' CD is compressed to kingdom come as well, but it's nice to get the B sides and live tracks in one place. Always thought 'Is There Something I Should Know' should have been on the 'Seven' album, now it is, sort of.

The DVD is fun opening with the horribly overblown 'As The Lights Go Down' featuring Le Bon in suspiciously good voice. A couple of TOTP's performances bring the memories flooding back and 5 studio videos show the 80's to be the ugliest, most ridiculous looking decade on film. Worth seeing is the hysterical 17 minute Brian Grant directed promo for 'New Moon On Monday'. It features action sequences, 'acting' and all manner of nonsense. It must have cost the earth and for such a fair-to-middling song, too. Grant directed Olivia Newton-John's 'Physical' video 2 years previously. This was his peak.

The packaging is OK. The 3 discs come in a sturdy clamshell box, along with 5 postcardy shots of the band and a poster. There's a booklet listing the tracks but, strangely, no essay or notes about the album. I found this to be almost as upsetting as the sound quality!

So, it's an opportunity lost. 'Anticipation is greater than realisation' indeed. If you have the 2003 remaster and aren't flushed with cash, stick with that. But of course, EMI know that the completists will buy it anyway, despite the reviews, even though they'll be unhappy with it.

Summing up, there will be people who buy this who think the trebly, crashing sound is more bang for your buck and therefore, a good remaster, but this is for the iPod generation, if anyone. Ah well, here's to the next 'special edition'!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star album on a 2 star CD, 4 April 2010
If you have the Japanese CD of this, please, don't bother with this Renaissance Records edition. The majority of the material is taken from vinyl and sounds hideous. An 'effect' has been added on some tracks (possibly to try and hide all the distortion) but just makes it sound like the album was recorded in a public toilet.

Yes, 'Crystal Ball' is here, and again, yes, it's the worst sounding track here! Take my word for it.

With the record industry losing money and people (illegally) downloading their music, is there any wonder the CD industry is dying when 'official' CDs like this are put out? I think, in 2010, that it's an absolute disgrace that a vinyl rip like this is released (there's no mention of this on the cheap, nasty packaging of course) and no one is expected to bat an eyelid! Avoid this dreadful CD like the plague. Don't give them your money.

Shooting Stars - The Dollar Collection
Shooting Stars - The Dollar Collection

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost classic gets another chance, 5 Feb 2010
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This 2002 compilation features the entire 'Shooting Stars' album along with many rare bonus tracks including the non-album 1980 smash 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand'. It still sounds great 8 years later so it was remastered well.

The only gripes are that the 'Shooting Stars' album tracklisting isn't in the same order as the LP. Also, despite a nice picture booklet featuring a good biog and discography, it doesn't feature the (gorgeous) original album artwork.

Obviously these minor flaws shouldn't detract you from buying this lost classic of an album, especially at the ridiculously low price Amazon are asking for it.

If you've never heard this album and like great, honest pop music, do try this CD. It was far better than it needed to be when first released in 1979 and contained 3 top 20 hits (4 if you count 'Hold Your Hand')

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