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Voulez-Vous
Voulez-Vous
Price: £30.91

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundwise, the one and only decent ABBA remaster., 14 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Voulez-Vous (Audio CD)
The title says it all. The fact every abba re-release up to this one is simply an audiophile's nightmare, constitues this release to be an essential, buy or die Abba re-edition. It's a shame that the back catalogue of such an important band has been so crudely treated:

1997: filled with infamous editing and sound-processing mistakes
2001: over-compressed, with tons of NR, sound like a different mix
2005: loud as hell, heavily clipped sound.

It took 13 years for those involved to get an acceptable remastering job on Abba - Hopefully, future re-releases (Super Trouper, The Visitors) will receive the same treatment.


Lungs
Lungs
Price: £3.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Atrocious Mastering., 6 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Lungs (Audio CD)
Could have been a really decent album however, by the time you get to track four, you've gained a terrible headache. all kinds of distortion and absolute lack of dynamics, all in this album is a massive impenetratable wall of sound. I guess Florence should had given her compressing machines some time off.
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Best Of
Best Of

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Atmospheric Pop, 22 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Best Of (Audio CD)
It's one of those cd's that you put on late in the afternoon, soothing, atmospheric and relaxing. Whatsoever, it is still pop, of the very catchy kind, indeed.
I would strongly recommend this cd to those who miss the warm 80's synthesizer sounds (the good ones)as well as the fans of Michael Cretu, Sandra and and other Italo disco artists.
Highlights, The Night, Not Easy, Get Closer, Bow And Arrow, Magic Rain, Lancelot, The End of the story.


Revenge [DELUXE DIGIPACK]
Revenge [DELUXE DIGIPACK]
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Price: £9.95

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!, 17 Jan. 2006
Needless, to say the album's a classic..
What I feel the urge to comment on, though, is that the remastering work done is flawless, plus that the digipack cd-case is worth the price alone.
Great work, Bravo!


Living My Life
Living My Life
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Price: £22.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY SOLID, 29 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Living My Life (Audio CD)
Released in 1982, this album did very well at the dance and pop charts, but not as well popular as Nightclubbing and Warm Leatherette did. However, it is a very solid effort, really fun and interesting to listen to.
MY JAMAICAN GUY is a bouncy summer tune, which invites you out on the beach for some crazy limbo dance. Grace's hi-camp vocal performance is raw, unpolished and immediate, while she perfoms in a perfect Jamaican accent. She actually drives the song where she wants it to be and, not only does she support it, but she actually gives it a powerful and sexy attitude.
NIPPLE TO THE BOTTLE is COOL. Actually, it is the definiton of COOL. A rythm track driving harder than Michael Schumacher, and the chorul line repeating itself till your brainwashed. Great production. What makes it really interesting, is that if you pay a little more attention you'll find it some much detail, but it all sounds so very balanced.
THE APPLE STRECHING, this is not the first time that Grace does a cover on a Broadway song, but THIS time she carries it out perfectly. Nice production, she almost raps at parts, and the song carries on for 7:30, or so, minutes with such insistence makes that it makes you forget yourname.
EVERYBODY HOLD STILL. Funny and danceable. A short narration of a day that went totally wrong. The strange thing about Grace is that she utters each syllable as if it were her last one, With so much faith and consistence.
CRY NOW LAUGH LATER. Not my fav one. The weakest track one the album from my point of view. The rythm track is strong and dancey yet the whole result is a little lame to my ears.
INSPIRATION: Both inspiration and Unliited capacity for love are hands down, the best tracks on this album. INSPIRATION starts off perfectly, slightly remindful of Warm Leatherette's BREAKDOWN but totally different, then builds to a great climax with uber synthsm which suprisingly enough sound really warm, sometimes a little 'scary'. What suprises me most though is that Grace's deadpan vocal perfomance manages to creat such an emotional climax.
UNLIMITED CAPACITY FOR LOVE: The Drummachine rocks on and on and on. The song is a midtempo dancy 'ballad', and Grace sounds so emotional and fragile, yet tough and determined. This song perfectly sums up the album leaving you with a strange bittersweet euphoria (?). Yeah, that's true


Somethings Going on
Somethings Going on

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frida, a back vocalist to Agnetha? Nah..., 26 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Somethings Going on (Audio CD)
(In reference to A music fan from London's review)
Frida was never a back vocalist Agnetha, as Agnetha was never the main vocalist of ABBA..
She (Frida) has perfomed some of the most brilliant moments of ABBA, such as Cassandra, When All is Said and Done, Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, Angel Passing through my room, I Wonder, Fernando, Andante Andante Kisses of Fire, and that's not all...
This album rocks and it's definately one of the best produced in the 80's!
:D
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Red Shoes
Red Shoes
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Price: £5.33

22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why so much hate for this album?, 2 April 2004
This review is from: Red Shoes (Audio CD)
Well, Red Shoes has caused an ominous controversy among Kate's fans, and only Kate fans, because whoever else gets to listen to this album truly loves it.

The lyrics are sharp & truthful, the music is at its best (with only 2 exceptions, which are not bad at all but do not sound like Kate), and the production is less experimental than her previous albums but always imaginative, hi-quality and timeless. Also bear in mind that it was her most popular album in the US, which means it is much more accessible than her previous projects.
Being a Kate Bush fan myself, I'd rather go for the Dreaming, but Red Shoes is one of the Kate albums you MUST have. Other Kate fans (or, may I say, fanatics) loathe it because they find it 'shallow' in contrast to her previous works. This album, however is characterized but its emotional depth and meaningfulness.. Moreover, it is strange how people who can't stand Kate, really like this album, and some have even added it to their alltime favorite list..
Who could ever resist the beauty and the intimacy of MOMENTS OF PLEASURE (which is, hands down, one of her finest recordings, ever), the pure joy of RUBBERBAND GIRL, the painful and heartaching AND SO IS LOVE - SOLOMON SONG, or the wickedness of BIG STRIPEY LIE?

Don't miss on this album.. it truly deserves its place among Hounds of Love, Sensual World and The Dreaming...


MCMXC A D [DVD] [2003]
MCMXC A D [DVD] [2003]
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Price: £11.63

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the musical Pleasureville, 1 April 2004
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This review is from: MCMXC A D [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
MCMXC a.D is more than just an album, it's a musical experience
imaginative.. sensual.. dreamy
the music speaks for itself, whereas the lyrics may be few but they're powerful and full of content..
One of the albums everyone should own!


Love Deluxe
Love Deluxe
Price: £5.99

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best sade studio album, 20 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Love Deluxe (Audio CD)
Personally, I have never heard anyone saying that is album is weak. When it was released, back in 1992, it was raved by critics and public as the best Sade release to date. No ordinary love became instantly a huge hit, especially since it was the main soundtrack in the Indicent proposal movie. Then, 4 more singles came out of this album and received a great deal of airplay, including Cherish the Day, Kiss of life and Feel no pain.
This was one of the best selling albums in the nineties, and still is considered to be one of the best examples of REAL Rn'B music.
With a soundproduction as clear as glass, a deep and sensual bass and Sade's unmistakable Class, this album is a Perfection.


You'll Never Know
You'll Never Know
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Price: £15.24

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 80's songs ever, 30 Sept. 2003
This review is from: You'll Never Know (Audio CD)
The title track is one of the biggest radio hits in the 80's and during the last 3 years it has regained much of its previous airplay.
It's a highly expressional number, depicting the feelings one might have after a break-up in an excellent way. the vocal perfomance is super and so is the instrumentation.
All above goes for the title track, since the rest of this album is nonsense (compared to the title track). Only a few forgettable hippy disco tunes which Grace Jones did better! Just stick to the title track and its mixes!


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