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Then Play On (Extended Edition)
Then Play On (Extended Edition)
Price: £6.67

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mono split "Oh Well" keeps it from a 5 star rating, 2 Jun. 2014
Honestly.....why is it that after all of these years, no one has taken the time to finally connect the 2 parts of the mono single "Oh Well" into the full length version without the 1 minute+ duplicate section at the end of part 1? Why is it still not in stereo? It's ridiculous that a full length stereo mix has never been attempted.

I have this CD and other that, it's a fine reissue.

Kiln House
Kiln House
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why no extra tracks?, 20 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Kiln House (Audio CD)
I have the remastered "Then Play On" with 4 added tracks. Why did Warners remaster "Kiln House" without adding "Dragonfly" and the very rare "The Purple Dancer"??? It seems like a no brainer. so, This one I'm gonna skip.
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The Anthology '59-'62
The Anthology '59-'62
Price: £6.01

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Generic sound from a PD company, 8 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: The Anthology '59-'62 (Audio CD)
Now that the European copyright laws have made these tracks available for anyone to release, what you get it songs swiped from previous and current legitimate CDs from labels like Ace.

I bought this...listened to it and got rid of it. I don't want to support these cutrate companies.
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The Songs Of Carole King
The Songs Of Carole King
Price: £7.52

6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good music.....for a PD release, 22 Feb. 2013
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I've become dubious about all of these public domain releases. This is great music, but the sound is culled from mostly previously released legal CDs...many of which are no longer in print.

Typically, information is very scant, and at least one track, Freddie Scott's really cool "The Slide" (B side of "Hey Girl"), the sound is distorted and garbled.

The price IS nice, but it bothers me that labels like Not Now Music are stealing music from labels like Ace and others who had spent time researching and repairing the sound in the studio back when these songs were under European copyright. Now it seems that once the songs are out of copyright, anyone can put them out without crediting or compensating the labels that spent good money and time on making these tracks sound good.

In future, my rule of thumb will be to only buy a PD release if it contains material I can't buy from the legal companies who spent the time and money preparing these old masters.
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Price: £5.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their 1st....and damn good, 24 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Supertramp (Audio CD)
This is their first album, clearly their most progessive album they ever made. Soft and melancholy featuring Roger Hodgson's vocal more than any other album.

Despite all the complaining that "this is not the same group that became superstars, blah, blah, blah", remember that this and their heavier follow-up, "Indelibly Stamped" contain songs written and sung by Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies, the two main members of the supergroup-period band.

The voices are the same, although Davies didn't really start singing much until the second album.

The two albums are typical of the early 1970's and despite A&M's complete lack of support (heck, this album wasn't even released in the US until after "Crisis, What Crisis?") This is a great example of self contained group that wrote, arranged, performed and produced their own music. Only thing that's a bit silly is the cover.

Despite the differences in style, if you like Hodgson's brilliant writing and voice, then you need this album.

Finally, when I saw them live for their "Breakfast In America" tour in St. Paul, MN, after the last song, the band left the stage and after the thunderous applause, Roger came out with his accoustic guitar and sang "Home Again", the short track on this, their first album! Then, of course, the rest of the band came out for their encore. It shows that acknowledge their early career, and so should us.

Judas Jump - Scorch
Judas Jump - Scorch
Offered by Alemannenprog
Price: £11.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific obscure LP, 14 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Judas Jump - Scorch (Audio CD)
Originally issued in 1970 on UK Parlophone, this band was something of a supergroup with members from Amen Corner and The Herd. This was clearly a project lead of Andy Bown. He produced the album, wrote most of the songs, and although is not listed as lead singer, he sang all of 3 songs.

In an interview in the US fanzine "The Rock Marketplace" in the mid 1970's, he admitted that the sessions were difficult and that he was not happy with the final product, so he erased most of lead singer Adrian Williams' vocals and replaced them with his own! Even at the time of that interview, Bown seems very reluctant to admit that replaced most of the vocals and some of the instruments with his own.

Bottom line, this is a nice basically pop album of the period. It's hardly worthy of the 'progressive' tag that the album is usually described as being.

By the way, the album was finally issued in the US on one of MGM's least known labels, Pride in about 1973 or 1974. At the time of the Bown interview, he was completely unaware of it's existence! Also, the final track "Private Holiday Camp" was not included on that US album.

Secret Agent [1936] [DVD]
Secret Agent [1936] [DVD]
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Price: £10.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film...terrible quality print, 11 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Secret Agent [1936] [DVD] (DVD)
I have been trying to find a good print of this rather obscure Hitchcock film. Being in the US, I bought an all-region player to improve the quality of some of the British titles that are either not available here or have lousy public domain quality.

I have the US Laserlight of "Secret Agent", and although the quality is not perfect, it's a heck of a lot better than this particular print, with the dirt, scratches, muddy and dark image. Blech!

In terms of story, acting and direction, it's one of the more watchable of the supposidly "minor" British Hitchcock films.

I recommend getting the film, but try to find a better print than this one!

Cybill Complete Box Set [DVD]
Cybill Complete Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cybill Shepherd

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good, 9 Jun. 2010
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This is the complete Cybill series with all of the music and episodes missing from the lousy US incomplete issue.

Picture Book (6CD)
Picture Book (6CD)
Price: £66.86

11 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, folks...too many repeats and not enough vintage stereo, 31 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Picture Book (6CD) (Audio CD)
I was VERY excited to order this boxset, since The Kinks are one of my all-time favorite bands. With each label change (from Pye to RCA to Arista to, etc.) I liked the band a bit less.

In specifically dealing with the 1st three CDs, I have to say that there's little new or exciting. No new stereo (ridiculous.....I've got two ears, not just one), and some really important tracks not included.

Many of the demos are pretty rough sounding, and there's some important key albums track ("Two Sisters", "Misty Water", "David Watts") that the mono mixes are substantially weaker compared to the stereo mixes.

What we should have gotten is a Pye-era boxset with lots of new first-time stereo and lost more key albums tracks.

I already own many of the Velvel CDs, so the RCA and Arista era is already in my hands.

Finally, the price is stiff, so the utter lack of new stereo is major disappoint.
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