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1979 Television Special
1979 Television Special
Price: 20.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality item for Kate Bush fans........, 8 Aug 2014
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This review is from: 1979 Television Special (Audio CD)
Good news for Kate bush fans - just received this today and I can confirm that this is a top quality item. Kate Bush fans will be well familiar with this Xmas special originally broadcast back in1979 and this is a transfer of the audio from that broadcast. I'm pleased to say the sound quality is excellent and it is a real pleasure to hear this again on my CD player in pristine quality. Excellent quality tri-fold out digipack sleeve (with an incredible picture of Ms Bush on the cover. Wow indeed!) and the disc itself is a top quality silver factory pressed disc as opposed to a lesser quality CD-R that you might expect for the money. All in all, thoroughly recommended and a great item to have in your KB collection - you will play it again and again, trust me.


Live At The Capitol Theater, Passiac NJ, September 19th 1978
Live At The Capitol Theater, Passiac NJ, September 19th 1978
Price: 19.80

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity, 5 Aug 2014
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Well this could have been, and should have been, so much better. You can't fault the performance - the Springsteen shows from '78 are legendary with a set list to die for. The major bone of conention here is that this 3CD set is by no means beautifully remastered as stated......I don't even think it has been remastered in any shape or form. This is merely an average sounding bootleg but a crushing disappointment when you were expecting a 'Live At The Main Point' quality recording at the very least. With all the technology out there, I really thought that someone had finally gone to the trouble of making this classic concert available to the masses in pristine quality. In reality, it is no better than copies I already have of the show from shall we say 'other' sources which is, as I say, average. Let us hope that, somewhere, Bruce is working on putting together a suitable release of any of the '78 classic shows such as the Roxy, Agora or especially Winterland (not forgetting this show from Passaic!) for which his fans so obviously crave.
If ever there was a missed opportunity, this is it...........


Classic Album Selection
Classic Album Selection
Price: 17.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Classics all the way......!!!, 2 Aug 2014
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This is a great little box set and is incredible value for your money too. What you get here is the run of studio albums from the classic line up containing Roberston and Gorham on guitars and also the utterly brilliant Black Rose with the sadly missed Gary Moore joining forces with Scott Gorham. All you need to add to this little lot is Live and Dangerous and Renegade and you've got yourself the best of Lizzy. Listening to these albums also gives you a chance to hear lost gems such as 'Toughest Street In Town', 'Freedom Song', 'Sweet Marie', 'Romeo And The Lonely Girl', etc that don't appear on the various Best Of's that are available. Each of these albums can all be rightly refered to as Classic Albums and deserve to be heard as complete albums anyway. The packaging of these albums is more than adequate in my opinion and make no mistake, you are getting a lot of incredible rock music for your money here. Definately worthy of 'The Classic Album' moniker and absolutely recommended as a 'must buy' for any self-respecting rock fan.


Made In Japan
Made In Japan
Price: 74.48

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slayed in Japan, 26 May 2014
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I had a feeling that this box set/Blue Ray would have it's detractors and sure enough. At the same time, I thought a lot more people by now would have been putting glowing reviews on here as to what an incredible box set this is - which it is! Now this album I know inside out and back to front because this is what turned me on to rock music at the tender age of 10 years old so when I saw that this was getting the super deluxe box set, Blue Ray, vinyl, 2CD, single CD re-issue treatment, I had mixed feelings in that this is the ultimate live album to celebrate this way but could also turn out to be a complete let down when messing with the mix of an album we know and love so dearly.

The good news is I firmly believe the greatest live album ever sounds even better than it did before. The detail, and more importantly, the balance of all the instruments and Ian Gillan's voice is absolutely spot on. You can now hear the incredible set that Purple were playing then exactly as you would have heard it if you were fortunate to have been at either Osaka or Tokyo way back then. And ok, you may argue why does anyone need three sets with exactly the same set list in one box set but I honestly believe that the variations on each night do make it worth having all three sets. You can decide if the original album had the best takes of each song for yourself - I, incedentally, think that Space Truckin' from the first show at Osaka is better than the second night's performance they actually put on the album (after that rendition on the first night, it was a wonder that the venue was still standing for the second night!).

As for the way this has all been presented - well, it is an absolute dream. A beautiful quality box with the iconic artwork and colours of the original album cover, a seven inch single in picture sleeve (vinyl was never this thick back then!), a replica of the Japanese tour programme of the time, a family tree and a fantastic 12" x 12" hardback book to house the four CDs and the DVD. What's not to like!

If you are 'umming and aghhing' as to whether you need another copy of Made In Japan and whether you can justify sixty five quid on such extravagent box sets, well my advice would be go for it. You will not be disappointed and let's be clear here - this is an essential document of a band at the peak of their powers and the standard of musicianship is jaw-dropping. It now sounds even more spectacular.
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A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary
A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary
Price: 17.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very special Xmas compilation!, 2 Nov 2013
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Just noticed this compilation a couple of weeks ago as I usually start thinking of Xmas compilations/albums at this time and what drew my attention to it in particular was the inclusion of Messers Springsteen and U2 with a couple of tracks that you would obviously not get on their current albums! And having played the complete album now a couple of times over, the wide range of artists included here and the songs they cover work really well with the result that this is a hugely enjoyable, contemporary festive feast! And the Springsteen and U2 tracks are great by the way and well worth getting if you are a fan/completist like me.
Nothing schmaltzy about this compilation - great stuff! (Oh and a fantastic version of I Want You To Want Me/I Want You At Christmas by Cheap Trick!).


Get the Led Out
Get the Led Out
by Denny Somach
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 19.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mighty Zeppelin Celebrated, 20 Jan 2013
This review is from: Get the Led Out (Hardcover)
Have just been bought this book by my son as a birthday present and just wanted to let all you Zeppelin fans out there (and we know there are many) that this is a must buy book. Unlike other books written about Led Zeppelin that revolve around the darker aspects of the band's past, this book is a veritable visual feast and actually celebrates the band's music (which matters most of course). The book really is a joy to behold - it looks good and feels good - with some stunning graphics and inspired use of colours. The book starts off with a year-by-year diary of the band (1968 to the present) based on solid facts, not myths or someones hazy recollections. There is then a series of interviews with various associates who have worked with the band (Richard Cole, Eddie Kramer, Mick Wall, Ron Nevison, etc), musicians who know the band (Simon Kirke, Chris Squire, Steve Perry, etc) and very interesting interviews with Messers Page, Plant, Bonham & Jones. This is then finished off with a full discography. Nothing sordid, controversial or pure speculation - just a great book about a great band. Trust me on this one, if you love Zeppelin's music, you'll love this book. And at this price, believe me, its a steal! Once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down. Recommended!


Tenology
Tenology

17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10cc Boxed - at last!, 22 Nov 2012
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Well about time too! I thought that a definitive boxed set of 10cc was never going to happen and that we were just going to have to make do with endless compilations of varying quality with only subtle changes in the track listing for variety. Good news indeed then that this box set nicely rounds up the singles, selected album tracks and b-sides/rarities over four discs and a DVD of TV performances and promo videos as well. The overall quality of the box itself is top notch and comes complete with a very nice quality 100 page hardback book. The five colour postcards are ok but not necessarily the images I would have chosen but hey, I'm no Storm Thorgeson! My only (slight) gripe is that the discs themselves come in flimsy card sleeves which does let things down slightly on the overall quality of the box set itself. Good to see the aforementioned Mr Thorgeson has been employed to look after the artwork and visual theme which I always felt (as part of Hipgnosis) was an integral part of 10cc's albums.
As for the music - well you know that needs no further introduction otherwise you wouldn't be reading this! Suffice to say that I haven't noticed any glaring ommisions from the track listing and each of the discs are mastered well and not harsh or too loud (for those of you worried about these things!). A great set then and as this is supposedly a limited edition, don't leave it too late and then realise that you have to pay stupid prices to get it in 12 months from now (like I have done with The Who's Live At Leeds and U2's Achtung Baby box sets!!). In 10cc's own words, you've got to get it while you can! Enjoy.
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Classic Album Selection
Classic Album Selection

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Oldfield Boxed (again!), 1 Aug 2012
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Nothing needs really be said about the music (see individual album reviews if you need to know more about the music). This review is really about the package itself. This really is an incredible value for money box set and is excellent quality to boot! The six albums are all housed in a very sturdy slip case which is of much higher quality than a lot of the flimsy cardboard outer cases I have seen on a lot of these album bundle packages that seem so popular now. The individual albums themselves come in gatefold sleeves, again in high qualiy card. The graphics on each disc are colour 'themed' featuring minature black & white 'emblems' of the particular album sleeve in question - a nice touch in attention to detail. Each album is the newly remastered version in each case complete with bonus tracks. All in all an exceptional package - at Amazon;s current price equates to two quid per album!Definately a must have even if you already own two or three of the albums here! Hope all the aforementioned details help if you are in two minds as to whether to buy iy. The answer is a resounding go for it!
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The Old Grey Whistle Test Live
The Old Grey Whistle Test Live
Price: 10.13

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love you live....!, 1 July 2012
Well here I go again - the third in my trilogy of OGWT compilation album reviews! Well first and foremost what you are getting for your money is actually a 3CD set of live renditions of songs lifted from the BBC vaults - which should at least pacify all those who have bemoaned the previous sets issued and their lack of live material (3rd disc of the previous compilation excepted). Why only 4 stars? My only criticism of this set is the variable sound quality. Some of the songs that I was particularly looking forward to do sound rather 'thin' and lacking any real bite eg Television's Foxhole. Other songs do fare reasonably better and sound far meatier such as Rory Gallagher's Bullfrog Blues and The Cult's Love Removal Machine. And best of all SAHB's Delilah as only they could play live. All in all an excellent compilation and for less than three quid per CD at the current Amazon price, practically a steal! Here's to the next instalment.


Futurist Manifesto - 1974-1978
Futurist Manifesto - 1974-1978
Price: 14.36

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Futurist Manifesto.......at last!!, 8 Oct 2011
Well, at long last! Its finally been released - I thought this was going to be one of those releases that was forever going to be pushed further and further back until it disappeared altogether.
The good news is that this has definately been worth waiting for (although curiously, at the time I am writing this review, Amazon for some reason have never had this in stock and is only available on their site via Amazon sellers). In this set we have all the Be Bop Deluxe studio albums gathered together, each having its own bonus tracks added at the end of each album. Not only that but there is a fifth disc which comprises of (worthwhile) previously unreleased material. The live material on this disc is of exceptional quality and is worth the price of admission alone - not to be missed. To round off the package, there is an informative booklet with some notes from Bill Nelson (although he forgets to tell us where the unreleased live material mentioned was actually recorded. Perhaps its only me that find this sort of detail interesting!). And as for the sound quality - these are all 2011 remasters from Abbey Road and do the music justice. Clear, not too loud and reveal the subtleties and detail of the music very well.
Overall then an exceptional value for money package - even if you have all the albums previously in whatever format, this rounds everything up very nicely with a decent smattering of bonus/unreleased material which will please the die-hard BBD fan and also serve as an excellent package for newcomers alike. You most definately can not go wromg at this price.
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