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NOW That's What I Call Music! 87
NOW That's What I Call Music! 87
Price: £12.00

18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Now That's What I Call (Clu)bland!, 7 April 2014
Oh dear, who'd want to be a "Now That's What I Call Music!" compiler at this time of the year?

Traditionally, the Easter compilation is the weakest of the year's three releases. It's always reliant on pre-Christmas hits to add a bit of weight and padded out with blink and you'll have missed them minor hits from the start of the year. Unfortunately, it's the latter which make up the majority of this volume, with such a heavy reliance on faceless dance tracks that it looks more like a Clubland compilation than a Now! album. Aside from the cannon-fodder, there are just a few bona fide 2014 hits that demonstrated staying power beyond an early sales peak, so you've probably already forgotten how most of these tracks sound!

As ever, there's a handful of prominent absentees, the most notable being Clean Bandit's `Rather Be' which has already been licensed in other territories and, let's face it, Now 87 could really do with a hit like that on it! There are other surprise omissions from artists who have previously featured on the Now! series; e.g. Kylie Minogue, Coldplay, Lily Allen, Christina Perri and, perhaps most surprisingly, Jason Derulo's `Trumpets' which has been one of 2014's most enduring hits so far.

Why they would chose to open Disc 2 with a minor novelty hit that didn't even make the Top 10, whilst one of the year's biggest hits is relegated to second place is just bizarre. It's also odd that they have included a Club Edit of the John Newman track rather than the Radio Mix.

Although the brand is being eroded by its expansion beyond the chronological hit collections, particularly since Sony took over, these volumes remain the cash cow of the series, so the good news for the label is that the album will sell, but few of the tracks on here will still be picking up airplay when Now 88 rolls around and, hopefully, a little more quality control will be exercised.
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12" 80s Club Classics
12" 80s Club Classics
Price: £12.19

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl rip rip off!, 13 Mar. 2014
This review is from: 12" 80s Club Classics (Audio CD)
Having bought this album elsewhere, I wish I’d read the reviews on here first!

I’ve bought a few of these 12”/80s collections over the years and thought that many of the early releases were really well compiled with a good mix of crowd-pleasers and a few rarities throw in to appeal to the collector. However, I’m staggered to see that there are several 5 star reviews of this album when the sound quality is so unbelievably poor. As other reviewers have noted, this is due to the fact that several tracks have lazily been ripped from vinyl with no attempt to edit out the clicks and scratches. Why include a vinyl rip (e.g. ‘I Feel For You’) when digital copies are available on several other compilations? House tracks on Disc 3 (e.g. ‘Jack Your Body’) suffer worst from this and, from the opening bars of ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’, you’ll be astonished that this ever passed quality control. The fact that someone actually thought "That's good enough for our customers!" warrants giving this album a 1 star review! If you’re really not bothered about sound quality and are happy to tolerate clicks and scratches on worn out vinyl, then go ahead and buy this; if you want something with a purer sound, then check out any of the albums from Ben Liebrand’s excellent Grand 12” series over the past decade. At around £20 for a 4 cd collection, they're much better value than this rip off.

12" Disco - The Collection
12" Disco - The Collection
Price: £4.00

56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent value collection of late 70's/early 80's dance music for less than £5!, 22 Oct. 2013
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Unlike many 12" compilations, this one actually contains the full-length original versions of most of the tracks, bar the edited Whistle Bump and Wear It Out. There are no shoddy remixes, re-recordings or live versions on here. What you get are some real rarities, e.g. the 12" versions of Working My Way Back To You and Is It Love You're After, to name just a couple. A real bonus for me is the inclusion of the full length version of Light Of The World's Time. Here are the track timings to help you decide whether you want to buy or not.

Disc: 1
1. Le Freak (12"/LP Version) - Chic (5:19)
2. I'm Every Woman (12"/LP Version) - Chaka Khan (4:06)
3. Young Hearts Run Free (12"/LP Version) - Candi Staton (4:08)
4. Disco Inferno (12"/LP Version) - The Trammps (10:56)
5. Is It Love You're After (12" Disco Version) - Rose Royce (5:47)
6. Space Age (12"/LP Version) - The Jimmy Castor Bunch (6:26)
7. Do What You Wanna Do (12"/LP Version) - T Connection (7:14)
8. Sorcerer (12" Disco Version) - Norma Jean Wright (7:10)
9. Jump To The Beat (12"/LP Version) - Stacy Lattisaw (5:18)
10. Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl (12"/LP Version) - (Detroit) Spinners (6:00)
11. I Shoulda Loved Ya (12"/LP Version) - Narada Michael Walden (6:37)
12. Here Comes That Sound Again (12" Disco Version) - Love De Luxe (8:51)

Disc: 2
1. Rock Your Baby (12"/LP Version) - George McCrae (6:24)
2. Supernatural Thing (Parts 1&2) (12"/LP Version) - Ben E. King (7:17)
3. Hi-Jack (Long Version) - Herbie Mann (5:34)
4. Welcome To The Club (LP Version) - Blue Magic (5:04)
5. Why Leave Us Alone (12"/LP Version) - Five Special (10:09)
6. When You Wake Up Tomorrow (12"/LP Version) - Candi Staton (6:42)
7. Just A Touch Of Love (12"/LP Version) - Slave (6:30)
8. Welcome To Our World (Of Merry Music) (12"/LP Version) - Mass Production (7:32)
9. You're A Star (12"/LP Version) - Norman Connors & Aquarian Dream (5:28)
10. Clouds (12"/LP Version) - Chaka Khan (4:27)
11. Searching (12"/LP Version) - Change (8:03)

Disc: 3
1. He's The Greatest Dancer (12"/LP Version) - Sister Sledge (6:06)
2. A Lover's Holiday (12"/LP Version) - Change (6:24)
3. Whistle Bump (12" Disco Version) - Eumir Deodato (4:29) (7:42)
4. Wear It Out (12"/LP Version) - Stargard (5:17) (6:23)
5. You're Lying (12" Disco Version) - Linx (6:35)
6. Time (12" Disco Version) - Light Of The World (10:55)
7. Look Up (12" Disco Version) - Patrice Rushen (4:55)
8. Starbooty (12"/LP Version) - Roy Ayers Ubiquity (6:05)
9. Keep Your Body Workin' (12"/LP Version) - Kleeer (5:19)
10. Dancer (12"/LP Version) - Gino Soccio (8:27)
11. Weekend (12" Disco Version) - Patrick Adams & Phreek (8:14)
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Now That's What I Call Music! 84
Now That's What I Call Music! 84
Price: £8.99

73 of 94 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!, 25 Mar. 2013
No 'Mirrors', no 'Thrift Shop', no 'Harlem Shake', no 'Stay', no 'Skyfall', no 'Suit & Tie' and no 'When I Was Your Man'! Instead, you get several tracks that had already peaked before Now 83 was released; e.g. 'Latch' and 'Diamonds', the latter of which is already available on at least half a dozen compilations. There are a few pre-Christmas minor hits that are hardly 'Now'; e.g. 'Love Is Easy' and 'Not Giving In'. You also get last year's hits from Little Mix and Lawson rather than their more recent releases, which will probably turn up on Now 85 in July. Throw in a few "blink and you'll miss them" two-week wonders from the start of the year, e.g. 'Black Chandelier' and 'Rewind', and a 25-year old track that re-charted as a one-week download fad, and this adds up to one of the weakest and laziest Now albums in a long time.
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Silverline 513988 Folding Stool
Silverline 513988 Folding Stool
Offered by only the best deals 4u
Price: £4.95

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, dangerous and not fit for purpose., 2 Jan. 2012
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This stool is cheap, poorly made and not fit for purpose. It is dangerous and the description of one of its key safety features is inaccurate.

The stool does not 'lock' open, as described. There is nothing for the legs to `lock' into! The stool does not look particularly safe or reliable but, as the product description states that its design `guards against any collapses', we went ahead and used it anyway. It collapsed and broke! Fortunately, I was able to steady myself, but if I had been lifting something down from a shelf it might have been different!

If you do decide to risk breakage to limbs and/or crockery and purchase one, please be aware that the surface area is quite small, so the stool is not really suitable for adult use.

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