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Craig David - Off The Hook ...Live at Wembley [2001] [DVD]
Craig David - Off The Hook ...Live at Wembley [2001] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Craig David
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Line was Busy because the receiver was "Off the Hook"., 2 May 2016
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I found Craig David's "Off the Hood" DVD a little disappointing.
Though there's supposed to be a lot of different content, it was choppy and hard to focus. The Wembley concert was a prime example. The entire concert should have been presented in traditional consistent form.
I was not inspired to watch the bonus content, as of yet.


Contribution
Contribution
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Creative and Commercial Moment from Mica, 26 Mar. 2016
This review is from: Contribution (Audio CD)
This is a great British soul mini-masterpiece. I happened to be in London when it was released. I liked her debut, but, "Contribution" far exceeded it. The hip hop flavored title track featuring Rakim immediately grab me. The off beat clang of "South of the River" was the first clear declaration that this was British Soul. The new Loose Ends came at the same time. As Lisa Stansfield sung the praises of Brixton.
"You Can Make a Wish" is a dreamy ballad that Mica pours her soul into. But the star of the album is their clever remake of Smokey Robinson's "More Love". It always was a favorite of mine but they daringly transform it into a rollicking celebration of love. I always felt it had anthemic feel to it and they brought that sentiment front and center.
"Contribution" remains Mica's finest hour in part because it is so darned original. Subsequent releases had her covering soul classics which she handles well enough. But "Contribution" is her creative zone fully in gear. It's Top Ten debut (#10) proves it had commercial appeal as well. So very few British Soul artists make it a repeat performance....even Lisa Stansfield arguably one of the best British Soul artist did beat the odds but had a change of style before her commercial success continued. Mica was visible in the states for a respectable time. However, eventually she returned to England possibly due to such heavy American competition. Diana Ross has remained at the top of her game internationally and has since become even bigger internationally than in the states. Mica is still young enough that maybe she'll get another shot at being herself to more success.


Lisa Stansfield - The Collection 1989 - 2003
Lisa Stansfield - The Collection 1989 - 2003
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Deny It.....I Fell in Love All Around the World, 2 April 2015
I will always remember 6 November 1989 when Clive Davis invited a few select staff to hear music from a young Brit that the late Frankie Crocker had debuted on his "Live from London" series on WBLS. "All Around the World" was immediately engaging. Clive played 6 tracks from "Affection", somehow instinctively knowing I was inarguably her biggest fan at the label. I fell in love immediately. It was a magical time because a few days later I would make my maiden journey to Brasil. Lisa Stansfield and Brasil was as intoxicating as my first caprihina. Simply put......it was a great love affair with a perfect soundtrack. "Affection" was fresh, new and exciting. The title track blended the rawness of hip hop's beat box with elegant, danceable chords. Though I loved the #1, "All Around the World", there was also it's chart topping follow-up, "You Can't Deny It". The soulful "Sincerity" was appropriately titled, "the word we need for a better way of life....". Lisa, this talent from Rochdale, United Kingdom appeared to understand soul/pop music as well as any American could claim. Her earliest influence would come from none other than her mother's favorite group, Diana Ross & The Supremes. I proudly boasted about this amazing album from Rio de Janeiro to Paris to New York City.
Who would have thought that she would exceed that album, with "Real Love". I grew to love "Real Love" more partly because of its diversity and partly because he incorporated British Soul, which was reaching new peaks in the early 90s. Songs like "Make Love to You", "I Will Be Waiting" and the heart tugging "A Little More Love". The Americans insisted on creating different videos for the lead single "Change".....but, when American audiences gave her a 3rd/#1 with "All Woman", it became a push and pull whether Europe would take the lead or America would try and mold her into their own.
"So Natural" would be the dividing moment as American audiences failed to celebrate her 3rd opus. The music videos from "So Natural" underscored how captivating a performer Lisa had become. It is ashame because it insulted her American fans passion. She would gain another two Top 10 hits with songs from hit movies like "The Bodyguard" and "Indecent Proposal". "Someday" from the former and "In All the Right Places" had deeply moody music videos that enhanced the songs.
Her self tilted 4th album would reunite the world again as it was A&R'd by both Arista U.S. and Arista U.K. But in my point of view, the Brits chose the best material. Her cover of Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give U Up" was the uniting force.....led by a nude Lisa filmed extremely provocative.
"Face Up" will need more of my listening.
The B-sides and mixes are well worth the price of admission.
"The Moment" left me even more perplexed.....so from 1989-2002, made me a Stansfield fan forever.
Though I have many of the extras, I look forward to experiencing each album by their own right.
True fans will find lots to marvel at. The packaging is so creative. Each album looks like a well- bonded children's book, but, quite sturdy. Be careful with each discs because the sleeves look like they could tear easily. My favorite is "Real Love". I wished that they would have designed the singles sleeve artwork as fashion shots.
I now know it's "Everything Will Get Better" is the song, mostly instrumental segueing from "Make Love to You", when she performs it live. I first heard it when I attended the Wembley concerts. It almost sounds like a Bacharach/David composition.


Real Love
Real Love
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Minor Masterpiece of Love, 20 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Real Love (Audio CD)
How do you top a debut that is a lifestyle record that includes your signature hit? You step back and possibly disassociate with anything that made your debut great. And that's what Lisa did with the diverse and oh so impressive, "Real Love". The first single, "Change" is the only connection to "Affection". Led by a gorgeous european music video, it soared into the Top 10 internationally. But she immediately takes pivotal steps on possibly the most hypnotic track, "Make Love to Ya". It is beyond passionate. It is how falling in love should always feel.
After she recorded a few albums, she showed off commendable acting talents in film work. But that was not before she demonstrated her skills in the "All Woman" video. She emotes so delicately trying to communicate to a lover feelings of neglect and loneliness even though they are still living together. It easily topped the charts, being the first white Brit female to garner 3/#1 R&B hits. A record that stands 2 decades later. The title track is positioned like "Affection" her debut. "Real Love" explores all sides of love and it grows on you very subtly. But unlike first singles chosen to launch an album, both "Affection" and "Real Love" have a unique depth. Linus Roache couples with Lisa in the "Set Your Loving Free" video, giving a 4th single the kind of boost it needs to refreshen the project.
All the videos from this album greatly enhance the album with "Time to Make You Mine" being the creative muse full of amazing imagery and animation.
"I Will be Waiting" closes out this simply sweet satisfying piece of work. You don't necessarily let this stop you fully enjoying it, but, it begs the question, "how can she possibly top this". She doesn't. But a couple of albums later, she affirms that she will not be counted out.


Lisa Stansfield - Live at Wembley [VHS] [1992]
Lisa Stansfield - Live at Wembley [VHS] [1992]
VHS

5.0 out of 5 stars The Second Time Around is Better than The First, 20 Sept. 2014
Lisa Stansfield's second world tour was a defining moment. It proved she was no one hit wonder, eventhough "Affection", her debut had 2 American #1s and 1 more Top 10 along with 2 more Top 20. She showed early on that the Apple cap was a fashion statement for her debut only.
Promoting the successful, "Real Love", this tour offered a wider, diverse sound as the #1 ballad, "All Woman" was a showstopper.
She soldout 2 nights at Wembley Arena in her home country and soldout most of the dates on the American leg of the tour.
Arista CEO, Clive Davis tried to add his stamp to Lisa's career, however, she hardly needed any assistance being self-contained.


Recollections The Detroit Years: The Motown Sound By The People Who Made It
Recollections The Detroit Years: The Motown Sound By The People Who Made It
by Mr Jack Ryan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.76

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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible, Beyond Amateurish and Offensive to Motown's Legacy, 27 Aug. 2014
If I could give this release ZERO stars and it would be captured, I would. It is embarrassing and must have been self-published because no self respecting publishers would release such garbage. I really would like my money back but I probably lost my window of opportunity due to my being totally mystified as to how this got released.


To Whom It May Concern
To Whom It May Concern
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Above Average debut from the Annals of British Soul, 20 Aug. 2014
This review is from: To Whom It May Concern (Audio CD)
The late 80s/early 90s proved to be a great time for British soul acts led by pop crossover, Mick Hucknall & Simply Red, Lisa Stansfield, Mica Paris and the Manchester quintet, The Pasadenas. "Tribute (Right On") was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic celebrating or rather paying homage to The Supremes through Aretha Franklin. That was a perfect launch to a fairly decent debut. Bottom line is these guys could sing and harmonize.
Nothing was quite as captivating as "Tribute", but, "Living in the Footsteps", "Enchanted Lady" and others propelled their debut to the #3 peak on the album chart.
Later on, with two stunning covers of the well tred "Make it With You" and Bob Marley's "Waiting in Vain" would cement their short lived but important contributions to music from South of the River in Brixton.


John Morales Presents: Club Motown
John Morales Presents: Club Motown
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Endless World of Remixes, 23 July 2014
Diana Ross' classic "The Boss" is the first track that was previewed from "Club Motown". In a bold move, Mr. Morales eliminates the signature "ooooo" adlibs that practically MADE the original Ashford & Simpson Extended Mix. Those "oooooo" were best described by the now defunct "After Dark" magazine "like a drag in a state of ecstasy of poppers". Instead he fills the mix with beautiful strings and tasteful brass. It goes on for nearly 11 minutes. Diana's vocals are front and center. Sooooo nothing is lost there. This song has been remixed so many times that it could be a 3 or 4 CD. The ones that work include the David Morales mix on Diana's "diana: Extended (The Remixes) because like this mix, it is clean and uncluttered.


Ed Sullivan's Rock 'N' Roll Classics - The Temptations And The Supremes [DVD] [2009]
Ed Sullivan's Rock 'N' Roll Classics - The Temptations And The Supremes [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Ed Sullivan
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4.0 out of 5 stars What's with that Order: It's The Supremes & The Temptations, 23 April 2014
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This is a great idea, but, how can they forget to include the iconic show where both perform each other's songs? It was the precursor to "T.C.B"!!!!
And Diana was fierce on "I'm Losing You" with Eddie Kendrick.
Unforgivable error!


Diana Princess of Wales Tribute
Diana Princess of Wales Tribute
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Price: £13.95

4.0 out of 5 stars A Globally Renowned Figure from Mostly Global Superstars, 24 Feb. 2014
True music royalty from Paul McCartney to Diana Ross to Bruce Springsteen (the two boss-es) to Barbara Streisand Tina Turner to Queen, etc. Has to be lowered in standards by including puff pitty daddy to the spice girls.

But the commercial appeal of most of these artists helped the charity aspect.

You cannot judge this solely as a music project. The marquee value of the artists is what matters most.

Still, musically, Clapton's "Tears in Heaven", Diana's "Missing You" and R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" may be a tad cliche but quite appropriate and befitting.


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