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Strictly... Masters At Work
Strictly... Masters At Work
Price: £16.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Strictly...MAW expected, 30 Mar 2014
Firstly, if you just happen to be looking for a handy, if rather random, selection of unmixed, DJ friendly tracks released by Strictly Rhythm, this may well fit your bill. But, if you're looking for a nice little introduction to Masters At Work, look elsewhere. Granted, the liner notes state "it's not just about MAW", but it's only when you listen to the discs one after another that you realize it's a rather trying listening experience. You may find yourself skipping through the same good but all to familiar tunes 'Free' by Ultra Nate, 'Jazz It Up' by The Erick Morillo Project, 'The Horn Song' by The Don or Aly-Us' 'Follow Me'.

Many of Kenny and Louie's works a dotted around the 3 discs and lose their power because of this. 'I Get Lifted', for example, is present in two mixes, which are interesting but are followed by Logic's rather more impressive 'Blues For You'. Much of the good stuff is mainly on the last CD, like The 'Little More' Mix of 'Reach', Barbara Tucker's 'Beautiful People' and its partner track 'Deep Inside' by Hardrive, but the MAW tracks are thin on the ground on this 3 disc collection. A single CD would have done the job.

As many are aware, the go-to MAW compilations are The Tenth Anniversary Collection box sets, released as Part One (1990-1995) and Part Two (1996 - 2000), which feature releases from Cutting, Nervous and MAW Records labels as well as Strictly Rhythm. The issue is they're pricey, rare and hard to find, so we're in need for a more available and more affordable collection.

So, Strictly...MAW 3CD set isn't bad if you find it for a few quid/dollars, but no way worth its retail price. Also, although incomplete or featuring annoying edits ('To Be In Love'), Louie Vega: House Masters and Kenny Dope: House Masters are much better summations.

'What A Sensation'? What a disappointment!


Black Sabbath - Rock Review [2005] [DVD] [1970]
Black Sabbath - Rock Review [2005] [DVD] [1970]
Dvd ~ Black Sabbath
Price: £8.62

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor image, distorted audio and thoroughly unstylishly made., 5 Jun 2013
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I'm quite disappointed with this DVD, which attempts to tell the entire Black Sabbath story over the space of 59 minutes. However, it's not the road-worn "historical" footage that lets it down. It's the "new" or "later" clips that are also plagued with fuzzy pixelation and often distorted volume levels. With a poorly written script, all too brief comments from producers and musicians, narrated by a rather wooden presenter, the routinely uninspiring rock journalists fail to redeem any of this set's shortcomings. Neither recommended to fans nor newcomers!


Arc
Arc
Price: £6.70

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Everything Everything - Arc: Amping up the eccentricity on the 'difficult second album', 3 Feb 2013
This review is from: Arc (Audio CD)
Everything Everything are one of the most inventive UK guitar bands of the last 5 years. Their curious vocals and enthusiastic mash-up of genre has earned them some much-deserving acclaim, and now falsetto frontman Jonathan Higgs and crew have re-emerged with a new seriousness.

Their 2010 debut Man Alive retained a sense of humour, ranging from the rocky "Suffragette Suffragette", the astonishing Super Furry Animals-style "Photoshop Handsome", witty jazzy "MY KZ, UR BF", and groovy "Schoolin'". One only need compare the witty early promo videos with the uncomfortable imagery of oil consumption and rioting in the recent lead single promo "Cough Cough".

Now at their artistic crossroads, the band are still quirky but cleaner, more angular and less jazzy. They seem more progressive but are equally in danger of becoming the next Coldplay or Muse.

Arc is inventive, eccentric and sometimes just plain weird pop, with references encompassing Yazoo, Jan Hammer, and Kate Bush to Yes, Genesis, Radiohead and a smattering of folk. "Cough Cough" kicks off this unusual LP, closely followed by latest single "Kemosabe", citing the character Tonto from The Lone Ranger. "Choice Mountain" starts with some muted strums before releasing into a pretty floaty chorus. Other stand-out tracks are the stomping "Feet For Hands", the stuttering "Armourland" (with a chorus reminiscent of "Drive" by The Cars), and anthemic "Radiant", perhaps the most mature of the album.

The curious collection belies the excellent live band beneath the electronica production. However, Everything Everything's efforts display one of the healthier facits of the British music scene.
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Soulful House Sessions
Soulful House Sessions
Offered by Big World UK
Price: £3.70

3.0 out of 5 stars Highs and lows, 24 Dec 2012
This review is from: Soulful House Sessions (Audio CD)
Providing a similar niche to the Hed Kandi Stereo Sushi compilations, this double CD set attempts to provide an introduction to the Soulful House genre in full 12" mixes. Where it achieves, it does so with some very strong and often rare-to-CD tracks, such as the stomping quirky original mix of John Ciafone's "Everyday", Nathan Haines' "Right By Your Side" (Peaktime Mix) or Reel People's "Can't Stop" (Club Mix). Other interesting versions include softer tracks like Erro's "Don't Change" (although not the cracking Joey Negro Club Mix), "Sweeter Love" by Blue Six, and the Yoruba Soul Mix of "Rock Wit U" (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Erro). Where it fails is in its reliance on very mediocre filler, but it is worth the money if at budget price, especially for DJs.


Waltz for Koop & Alternative Takes
Waltz for Koop & Alternative Takes

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Scandi album & decent remixes, 20 Dec 2011
Koop
Waltz For Koop + Waltz For Koop Alternative Takes
(Superstudio/Diesel 2001)

The original album:
An astonishing achievement, blending technology and straight-ahead jazz songwriting. Showcasing sultry bluesy youngster Yukimi Nagano on vocals for uplifting highlight "Summer Sun" and shuffling closing track "Bright Nights".

Alternative Takes:
Soulful house Markus Enochson Remix of "Summer Sun", much more satisfying than many similar sounding Masters At Work releases. A stomping bendy double bass mix of "Relaxin At Club F****n" (Dorfmeister vs Madrid De Los Austrias Version). A couple of decent drum'n'bass translations (Brazilian DJ Patife and UK's Carlito tackling "Waltz For Koop" and "Summer Sun" respectively).
CD Rating ****


House Masters: Sandy Rivera
House Masters: Sandy Rivera
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent discs without the usual Defected filler, 20 Dec 2011
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Sandy Rivera
House Masters
(ITH/Defected 2009)

This House Masters edition gives Kings Of Tomorrow's Sandy Rivera the DJ-friendly unmixed 2CD compilation treatment, featuring 20 full length clubby house tracks, most pleasingly centred around releases from the turn of the millennium. Included are 3 tracks related to the 2001 KOT album It's In The Lifestyle (particularly, an extended mix of "Finally" and "Tear It Up") and tracks previously featuring on mixed-only compilations of the time, like "Forever", "I Can't Stop", "Life".
CD Rating ****

Get this too on CD
It's In The Lifestyle - Limited Edition 2CD


Rated Rx
Rated Rx
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £16.13

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars QOTSA Reading Festival 2000 - "...I was there...", 20 Dec 2011
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This review is from: Rated Rx (Audio CD)
Queens Of The Stone Age
Rated Rx (Deluxe Edition)
(Interscope 2000/2010)

A fantastic version of a fantastic album, with more or less everything you could wish for in a deluxe edition of a ten year old album. The brilliant 11 track album is isolated on CD1 whilst CD2 contains all 6 B-sides (unlike the previous UK special edition) like `Ode to Clarissa' and `Born To Hula' and the great 2000 Reading Festival appearance.

CD Rating *****

Get these too on CD:
Queens of the Stone Age
Songs for the Deaf


Raw Power (Legacy 2CD Edition)
Raw Power (Legacy 2CD Edition)
Price: £10.67

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Raw Power - the polite mix, 20 Dec 2011
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Iggy And The Stooges
Raw Power (1997 reissue)
(Legacy 1973/1997)

Vs.

Iggy And The Stooges
Raw Power (Legacy 2CD Edition)
(Legacy 1973/2010)

The question is which to take home, Iggy Pop's 1997 super-loud remix or the tinnier, ropier remastered 'original' Bowie mix?
The Legacy Edition's stereo channels are more separated (on occasion enabling you to pick out elements a little easier such as tambourine on `Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell'). The echo delay between duplicated snare beats on `Penetration' is a little annoying and different from the 97 version. But one can't deny that the newest release is cleaner. As far as the bonuses included, the new one is disappointing. What could have been included are all the classic pre-Raw Power fan favourites, including the best versions of `I Got A right', `Gimme Some Skin', `I'm Sick Of You'. Quite obviously Sony want you to shell out for the not-so-complete 3 disc deluxe version!

In the 1997 mix, the stereo channels are more integrated and balanced, bassier. With headphones you'll notice this mix is a more full frontal attack. The problem is it's definitely more distorted, over-driven, buzzier, rougher, regardless of how unfinished the source material is. It is as if you've got a loose speaker cable connection, like the crackly static on the guitar intro the `Penetration'.

Sorry, but we need a third mix! So, you'll have to take both home. I've devised a thoroughly un-punk equation to resolve the problem between the two CD versions: (clarity of 1997 mix)x(attack of + balance of 2010 mix)=Raw Power
1997 CD Rating ****
2010 CD Rating ***

Raw Power-era rarities on CD:
Original Punks: In The Studio & On Stage (2CD)
Heavy Liquid (6CD)
Penetration: the Best of the Legendary Demo & Rehearsal Recordings (CD)


Raw Power
Raw Power
Price: £4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw, Rough & Raucous Power, 20 Dec 2011
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This review is from: Raw Power (Audio CD)
Iggy And The Stooges
Raw Power (1997 reissue)
(Legacy 1973/1997)

Vs.

Iggy And The Stooges
Raw Power (Legacy 2CD Edition)
(Legacy 1973/2010)

The question is which to take home, Iggy Pop's 1997 super-loud remix or the tinnier, ropier remastered 'original' Bowie mix?
The Legacy Edition's stereo channels are more separated (on occasion enabling you to pick out elements a little easier such as tambourine on `Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell'). The echo delay between duplicated snare beats on `Penetration' is a little annoying and different from the 97 version. But one can't deny that the newest release is cleaner. As far as the bonuses included, the new one is disappointing. What could have been included are all the classic pre-Raw Power fan favourites, including the best versions of `I Got A right', `Gimme Some Skin', `I'm Sick Of You'. Quite obviously Sony want you to shell out for the not-so-complete 3 disc deluxe version!

In the 1997 mix, the stereo channels are more integrated and balanced, bassier. With headphones you'll notice this mix is a more full frontal attack. The problem is it's definitely more distorted, over-driven, buzzier, rougher, regardless of how unfinished the source material is. It is as if you've got a loose speaker cable connection, like the crackly static on the guitar intro the `Penetration'.

Sorry, but we need a third mix! So, you'll have to take both home. I've devised a thoroughly un-punk equation to resolve the problem between the two CD versions: (clarity of 1997 mix)x(attack of + balance of 2010 mix)=Raw Power
1997 CD Rating ****
2010 CD Rating ***

Raw Power-era rarities on CD:
Original Punks: In The Studio & On Stage (2CD)
Heavy Liquid (6CD)
Penetration: the Best of the Legendary Demo & Rehearsal Recordings (CD)


Funhouse [Deluxe Edition]
Funhouse [Deluxe Edition]
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Stooges: Fun House (2-CD Edition) - gloriously loose, 20 Dec 2011
The Stooges
Fun House (2-CD Edition)
(Elektra 1970/2005)

The crunchy raucous Stooges are well represented on this reissue of their second studio album. Not quite "The Definitive Rock Album of America" as boasted on cover sticker, Fun House with its accompanying CD of an exciting array of alternative is a very satisfying accessory to the 2CD version of the Stooges' debut. Fun House itself is not as easy on the ears as some contemporary rock records (e.g. Free's Fire & Water) and it does drag a tad on the second half of disc 1 in the more experimental stages, being very much of its time in a similar vein to The Doors. But, "Down On The Street", "Loose"(very Sex Pistols), "T.V. Eye" are classic exhilarating bloody pogo fodder. Among some brilliant and not so brilliant alternative takes/single mixes are a couple of rare tracks, including the interesting "Lost In The Future".

Go for this version over the single disc wherever possible.
2-CD Reissue Rating ****

More Stooges album reissues on CD:
The Stooges (2-CD Edition)
Raw Power (Deluxe Edition)


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