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The Riddle (Expanded Edition)
The Riddle (Expanded Edition)
Price: 14.27

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good If you're not a big Fan, 13 Sep 2013
The original cassette of this was the first Album and holds great memories for me. The original Album has the hit's (The Riddle, Wide Boy and Don Quixote) plus some great album tracks (Easy, Roses and Wild Horses being my favourites). The other tracks are great too although I'm not a great fan of Save the Whale. To release this album so soon after debut, Human Racing shows that Nik appreciated that you should strike when the Iron's hot. The rest of his career did not have near the success of 1984 and 85.

On the plus of the extra material, The extended mixes are there (I love "Extended Riddle") along with Studio B-sides Don't Lie and So Quiet (Probably one of his better songs). The live track are also good and a great extra to this album. On a whole, if you were someone out to buy an acceptable double CD version of the original or just wanted this album on CD (which wasn't easy before this release) then I'd recommend this.

As a collector though, I'd expect 7" versions of Wide Boy and Don Quixote to be there. I also would expect Progress (the b-side to The Riddle) to be here. If it hadn't been on the Human Racing edition, I would also have expected Shame On you Remix (B-side track of Wide Boy 12") to have been there. Wild Horses 12" was the B-side to When a Heart Beats 12", so I can't see why this is missing.

Thompson Twins, Kim Wilde and many others have crammed the re-releases with as much as possible. It's a pity the same wasn't done on this and Human Racing reissues.

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Offered by Beyond Electronics UK
Price: 7.77

7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Violently Unhappy, 22 Mar 2003
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
This album, although it contains many singles, doesn't include "It's Oh So Quiet" or "Violently Happy": Two of her biggest hits. The original version of "Big Time Sensuality" and all the sugar cubes material are also missing. This is my opinion a missed chance to create a true reflection of her full career and is very disappointing.
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Gold Mother (2001 Reissue)
Gold Mother (2001 Reissue)
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: 12.79

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-Issued Yet Again, 19 Dec 2001
If you have been a follower of James since the beginning of the nineties, you'll probably know this has had a few release. These included the original (10 Track Including Hang On and Crescendo), re-issue (Previous mentioned tracks replaced by Lose Control and Sit Down) and then a release containing all 12 tracks. This goes a step further by introducing live tracks and remixes. These are okay and the CD is reasonably cheap. However if you have at least one of the previous version, think carefully before buying.

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