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The Machine That Cried
The Machine That Cried
Price: £12.11

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album - Slap dash Artwork!, 29 Sep 2012
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This review is from: The Machine That Cried (Audio CD)
At last, a re-issue from original 'Charisma' master tapes. This certainly sounds much closer to the vinyl LP than the previous issues and the master is running at the correct speed (earlier issues sounded slightly too slow) plus the channels are the correct way round! 3 Bonus tracks have been added. However, this is not the original single mix of 'It's A Game' (this sounds like the version that was on Charisma's 'One Last Chance' compilation. I much prefer the 'proper' single version. Its B-side, 'Are You A Rock And Roller' is the correct version as is the final single, the excellent 'I'll Sing One For You'. Sadly, there are 3 very sloppy mistakes on the track listing with Two Timin' Rama becoming 'Mama', Are You A Rock N Roller (should be 'And') and 'I'll Sing THIS One For You' rather than 'I'll Sing One You You'. Despite this, if you're looking for the best sounding version of this classic album I would suggest that this is one to get.


Sudden Fear [DVD] [1952]
Sudden Fear [DVD] [1952]
Dvd ~ Joan Crawford
Price: £10.50

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie ..., 2 Aug 2010
This review is from: Sudden Fear [DVD] [1952] (DVD)
... but a shame about the transfer! I've been waiting years for a re-issue of this film (which is excellent and worthy of five stars). Sadly, the DVD is one of the worst transfers I have seen - there is no contrast or detail whatsoever - movement is juddery - at least the audio is passable. My 25 year old VHS tape recorded at long play looks better!


Mike Leigh: The BBC Collection [DVD]
Mike Leigh: The BBC Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alison Steadman
Price: £24.80

59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last!, 5 May 2009
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This collection has been a long time coming but I can at long last get rid of my ancient video tapes.

This set contains some of Leigh's best TV work - Grown Ups, Home Sweet Home, Nuts In May and Hard Labour have previously been available on awful quality DVDs - In this set they have been transfered from nice clean prints with decent sound. Abigail's Party looks the same as the BBC edition which is available on its own. These plays alone are worth the cost of this set.

I haven't watched the shorts or other plays yet but it's five stars for each of the plays listed above and great to have them looking better than ever!
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Happy Daze
Happy Daze
Price: £10.18

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK album - Shame it's been mastered from vinyl!, 2 Oct 2008
This review is from: Happy Daze (Audio CD)
Having read the previous reviews I thought it was time to get this on CD having owned a copy on vinyl since its release. The album isn't Lindisfarne's finest but there are a few great songs on it. However it seems to have been mastered from vinyl - and not even a good copy. The sound gets worse towards the end of 'each side' - the song 'Tomorrow' sounds like there's a lump of fluff on the stylus. The overall sound is generally quite brash with minor ticks and wear/distortion. The bonus tracks however are far superior sounding and the packaging excellent - It may be the first time this has been released on CD but a copy of an old record really isn't acceptable.


Sparks of Ancient Light
Sparks of Ancient Light

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Overall, 24 Sep 2008
This review is from: Sparks of Ancient Light (Audio CD)
Having been an Al Stewart fan for many years and owing all his albums, I think this is quite a grower but unlikely to attract a new audience - though I doubt that that is his intention. While I prefer his earlier albums, this is a pretty good listen. In fact there is only one track I dislike, Football Hero - especially the jazzy piano at the end - that makes me skip to the next song. The opener Lord Salisbury reminds me a little of Old Admirals. Angry Bird is fun and catchy and I am glad that it is on the album. If you like Al Stewart -especially his more recent albums - you'll enjoy this. Production and sound quality is pretty good too.


Ride a White Swan [7" VINYL]
Ride a White Swan [7" VINYL]

4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly a perfect reissue!, 5 Sep 2007
Nice to see this out again - and with the original sleeve. It's a pretty good replica too - some details on the back have been added. The label is the mustard variety not the lilac/grey of the earlier copies (when some old paper was being used up). I think the picture sleeve does date to the mustard copies - so thumbs up - nicely done. And this time the correct masters (with pre-ramble included on side b) have been used and it sounds pretty good. But why cut the b side at 33rpm? The pressing is fair but 'swan' is a little bit 'out of centre' on my copy. Nearly great!


Hot Love [7" VINYL]
Hot Love [7" VINYL]

3.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, what are universal doing?, 5 Sep 2007
This review is from: Hot Love [7" VINYL] (Vinyl)
Firstly the good part. Nice picture sleeve and label featuring the lovely hovering Fly logo and at a glance, it is a good representaion of the original design. I don't recall this having a picture sleeve in 1971 in the UK, I certainly have never seen one and the label perhaps should be the mustard variety, as that's what the initial pressings had (but the fly design was introduced during it's long chart run and much nicer too). So thumps up so far. The bad bit. Apart from sounding a rather lifeless, the pre-ramble at the beginning of 'Woodland Rock' is absent, not life and death but it would have been nice. Far worse - it's the wrong version of 'King of the Mountain Cometh' (no pre-ramble either). This version was on the 20th Century Superstar box-set and for Bolan fans looking for the 'proper mix' a big disappointment! For some strange reason they've also decided to cut side two at 33rpm - a pain for those of us with 'move the belt' turntables. Buy it for the sleeve and the label only.


A Piece of Yesterday - The Anthology
A Piece of Yesterday - The Anthology
Price: £14.73

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good complilation but if only..., 17 July 2007
This really could have been an excellent introduction to Al's work but it seems that EMI don't have the rights to two of the key albums - Past, Present and Future and Modern Times. No tracks from the later are included and three classic tracks, Roads to Moscow, Nostradamus and Soho (Needless to Say) are represented by either much later live versions or a dodgy unreleased recording. This is a real pity. Of course this is only a two CD set so there are always going to be tracks that should have been included. The sound quality however is first-class - and its superb value for money.


Bedsitter Images
Bedsitter Images

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two rare albums on one CD!, 17 July 2007
This review is from: Bedsitter Images (Audio CD)
Originally released in 1967, Al was never happy with this album and somehow managed to get a remixed version with some track changes released in 1970 (the cover here is from that version). All the tracks from both versions, for better or worse, are included here and although this isn't a great album it's not without its charm - and some excellent tracks too! Highlights are 'Bed-sitter Images', Swiss Cottage Manoeuvres, The Carmichaels, Samuel Oh How You've Changed, Long Way Down From Stephanie, Bleeka Doodle Day and the two instrumentals 'Ivich' and the beautiful 'Denise at 16'. All of these were on both the 1967 and 1970 releases. 'Cliton in the Rain' from the re-issue is also a great song but Mike's Heron's Lover Man isn't Al's finest moment! As a bonus 'Go Your Way' from an old acetate is very interesting. The re-mastering, as with the others in the series that I have heard so far, is excellent.


Zero She Flies
Zero She Flies
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £27.95

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Folk/Rock, 17 July 2007
This review is from: Zero She Flies (Audio CD)
Zero She Flies is Al's third album and is a personal favourite. Another good re-mastering job - this sounds very close to the vinyl. There is a lot of sibilance on Al's voice (as with all of Al's first four albums) which some listeners may find it a little obtrusive at times. Containing three of Al's best known 'early' songs - 'A Small Fruit Song' with its amazing guitar work, 'Electric Los Angeles Sunset' where not a word is waisted or meaningless and Al's first 'historical' song 'Manuscript'. 'Gethsemane again', 'Black Hill', Anna and the instrumental 'Room of Roots' are other favourites. The bonus tracks again don't fit the period - 'The News from Spain' single mix isn't the single version (this version also appeared on a BGO release) - The single version is quite different. However, 'Lyke-Wake Dirge' although dating from around 1979 is well worth having.


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