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Eurovision Song Contest Düsseldorf 2011
Eurovision Song Contest Düsseldorf 2011
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £3.64

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eurovision 2011, 28 May 2011
AMAZINGLY, the United Kingdom didn't come bottom this year, and actually finished in the top ten, but oh the shame! We were beaten by Jedward!

For those who couldn't believe it when originally broadcast this CD is the official album and we can all listen to the songs again.

In a way, it's better this way - we can concentrate on the music without the distraction of weird and wonderful (?) cavorting on the stage, or the sight of a beautiful woman (or man).

Presented almost in alphabetical order (why are some out of order?), the first typically `Eurovision' type song is Armenia's Boom Boom - the title says it all; and you can easily tell why Running Scared won it for Azerbaijan, it's just a beautiful song - and some might say wasted on Eurovision.

Italy's return to the contest gave us the swing-tinged Madness Of Love which so nearly won.

Another benefit of this CD is the fact that it doesn't just contain the songs we endured - sorry - enjoyed on the Saturday night, but ALL the entrants from the semi-finals as well, making a grand total of 43 songs.

But somebody please explain how Israel counts as European.

It's a great souvenir of a special slice of entertainment and a way of enjoying the contest without having to sit through the joke that is the voting.

You could even use it to have your own Eurovision Song Contest and cast your own votes!

These official CD's have been coming out since 2000 and I think they're a great idea.

But wouldn't it be fantastic if the music from the previous contests could be released?

The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years: The Complete Hollies, April 1963-October 1968
The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years: The Complete Hollies, April 1963-October 1968
Price: £14.09

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hollies - Clarke Hicks Nash Years, 28 May 2011
BETWEEN April 1963 and October 1968 - a period of just five and a half years - The Hollies released seven albums (eight if you count the Greatest Hits). Seven EP's and 19 singles. 18 of the singles and five (or six) of the albums charted.

This highlights the consistency of the quality of music from this group.

Throughout this period of time, the ever-presents in the band were Allan Clarke, Graham Nash and Tony Hicks (drummer Bobby Elliott joined the band in July 1963 and bassist Eric Haydock departed in March 1966),

Clarke, Hicks and Nash perfected the trademark three-part harmony that is still a recognisable facet of the band today - nearly 50 years on (but now it's Howarth, Hicks and Lauri).

They also formed a songwriting partnership that was on a par with Lennon & McCartney or Jagger & Richards; sometimes using the name Chester Mann, but more usually L Ransford.

Eventually, L Ransford was `outed' as Clarke, Hicks and Nash.

This writin partnership was responsible for many of the band's hits and a vasy number of b-sides and album tracks.

This six CD collection gathers together all the tracks from the albums, singles and EP's recorded during the Clarke, Hicks, Nash timeframe, and for good measure some previously unreleased material which includes some foreign language versions of songs and an octet of songs recorded at a live show in 1968.

We are all aware of The Hollies' hits, but amongst the rest of the tracks are some gems such as Keep Off That Friend Of Mine - a rare Bobby Elliott co-composition - and both sides of an Italian release from 1967.

In actual fact, of 158 tracks in this release, the trio were responsible for writing 86 of them!

It's a superb retrospective of an important era, not just in The Hollies career, but in British pop music as a whole.

Included with the discs is a 24-page booklet full of photos and an interview with Graham Nash.

I can't wait for the Clarke, Hicks, Sylvester years.

Original Hits - Top Of The Pops
Original Hits - Top Of The Pops

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Of The Pops - 125 Original Hits, 30 Dec. 2010
Starting on January 1st 1964, Top Of The Pops (TOTP), was THE pop programme to be on. Bands used to listen to the charts on Tuesday, and if they had gone up in the charts (or sometimes stayed the same), managers didn't stray too far away from their phones in case they got the call to appear on Thursday's show (which was recorded on Wednesdays).

Read interviews with pop stars and many of them will say that it was their ambition to appear on the show, and once you had appeared - you had `made it'.

TOTP could break you as well as make you, a poor performance could see sales drop off, but a good one could see you up at the top.

Across these 6 CD's there are 125 examples of what we used to listen to. The pick of the biggest hits that were performed on the show' from The Hollies (who featured on the first show in 1964) to Lily Allen in 2006.

Over forty years of musical history with each decade having a disc of it's own.

All we needed to make this collection complete was Pan's People!
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Original Hits - 80s 12''
Original Hits - 80s 12''
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Price: £18.73

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's 12" - 72 Original Hits, 30 Dec. 2010
The 1980's was the decade of the 12 inch single (yes, I know they started in the mid-seventies, but they really came into their own in the eighties).

Fir a bit more money you could have an extended version of your favourite tracks, plus they were usually remixed to cater for the disco dancers, as we can see from the number of `dance mixes'.

There were `Special Extended Dance Mixes' (Don't You Want Me by The Human League), `Ultimate Dance Mixes (Culture Club's The War Song) and any number of other mixes.

Paul Hardcastle's 19 was spectacular in it's 12" format, as was Duran Duran's Reflex and Power Station's Some Like It Hot.

Quite a lot of these singles has special sleeves and over the years have become collectable and are expensive.

So why bother searching and stumping up huge quantities of wonga if you only want to listen again to these great sounds? They're all hear for a ridiculously low price.

Original Hits - 80s Pop
Original Hits - 80s Pop
Price: £16.60

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's Pop - 120 Original Hits, 30 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Original Hits - 80s Pop (Audio CD)
We are entering the second decade of the 21st century and the 1980's started 30 years ago, and not surprisingly, people are now getting nostalgic for the `decade that taste forgot'.

Punk was still twitching in it's death throes and the Mods were back and The New Romantics were beginning to make themselves known.

Electronic music became the norm as the guitar-led groups faded from view.

Having said that, the music was pretty good, as evidenced in this superb collection.

It was a time when the artists were taking themselves a bit too seriously, but the music-buying public weren't.

It's all here, from the quieter moments of Adrian Gurvitz's Classic to the over the top antics of Adam Ant's Prince Charming.

Some old friends also returned to the charts in this decade - like The Four Tops and Dr Hook; and the soul fans were catered for by Soul II Soul and Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack.

Yes, it was a decade of conflicting styles, but some damn' fine listening - and the very best of the decade is included here.

And for about 6 or 7 pence per track, it's fantastic value.

Original Hits - 50s
Original Hits - 50s

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50's 125 Original Hits, 30 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Original Hits - 50s (Audio CD)
There was once a radio programme called Sounds of the Fifties, and it was on at 7.00am on Saturday mornings for an hour. I used to listen to is and got quite emotional because for me the songs played were from a time when the world lost it's innocence.

We were moving from the austerity following the war towards the time of plenty in the sixties and things were changing.

This music evoked such a feeling of loss (surprisingly so because I hadn't even been born!) that I started to get nostalgic for those times - again - even though I hadn't lived through them.

The show ended and I never experienced those feelings again - until I listened to this collection.

These six discs brought it all back, and though it was an emotional listening experience - it was great.

The collection covers the whole of the decade from The Andrews Sisters to Cliff Richard with Al Martino, Louis Prima et al in between.

What is interesting is listening to the forties acts who were on the way out, through the fifties acts, to the first stirrings of the sixties.

Rock and Roll, Skiffle and Crooning are side by side as the fifties unfolds before your ears.

Fantastic value too.

Original Hits - 60s Pop
Original Hits - 60s Pop
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Price: £14.55

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 60's Pop - 150 Original Hits, 30 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Original Hits - 60s Pop (Audio CD)
Ahh the sixties. They have always said that if you remember them, you weren't really there. Well I was there (only just, I was born in 1959), and I DO remember.

Over seven hours of music evoking childhood memories of listening to Radio's Caroline and Luxembourg - and then Wonderful Radio One!

The decade was a 10 year long melting pot of genres, from the last licks of rock and roll, skiffle and Trad Jazz, through beat music and bubble-gum to psychedelia.

They're all here - all my - and your - childhood memories. Cliff, The Hollies, The Shadows, Proby, Ifield, John Barry, The Archies etc etc.

Of course there's room for the more - er - old fashioned stuff from Bassey, O'Connor, Hill and the like.

A bit of fun from The Temperance Seven, Rolf Harris and Charlie Drake; classics from The Cougars and Saturday Night at the Duck Pond, and some rarities courtesy of James Darren (star of Time Tunnel), and Johnny Angelo and The Tuxedos.

This is the soundtrack to my childhood - make no mistake about it.

Oh yes, and a great musical history lesson too.

Best Of Hank Marvin
Best Of Hank Marvin
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Price: £9.42

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of Hank Marvin, 22 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Best Of Hank Marvin (Audio CD)
Hank Marvin. The name says it all; the glasses, the grin and the magical music that comes from his trademark red Stratocaster. He is a true legend of British music.

For the first time, EMI have packaged together three of his solo albums that really are The Best.

Hank Plays Cliff has Hank approaching some of his mate Cliff's biggest hits from a slightly different angle - and it comes off.

From Living Doll to We Don't Talk Anymore, the guitar does the singing - although Cliff does contribute to four of the tracks.

Sir Cliff also sings on four tracks of the second album, Hank's 1993 solo outing called Heartbeat.

16 songs, which include three original tracks, featuring Shadow's drummer Brian Bennett, Brian and Hank's sons Warren and Ben, along with others who perform with The Shadows.

Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler guests on Wonderful Land (which was produced by ELO's Jeff Lynne).

This is a collection of Hank's favourite hits like Heartbeat, Oxygene (Part IV), The Crying Game and Live And Let Die.

The third album, entitled Into The Light, is another album of covers, but mingling with over half a dozen `originals'.

He seems to like teaming up with other guitar greats and the legendary Duane Eddy and Brian May turn up here.

All in all, a fantastic compilation, showcasing the prodigious talent of Hank, and one that makes us look at some very familiar hits in a new light.
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The Definitive Collection (A Life in Music) [2CD + DVD]
The Definitive Collection (A Life in Music) [2CD + DVD]
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Price: £24.17

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cilla Black - A Life In Music, 22 Dec. 2010
Cilla Black has been criminally under-rated for years, and this collection is an excellent reminder of just how good a singer she is.

We appear to have forgotten that Cilla was the biggest selling British female recording artist of the sixties and all her hits from that period are here; from her very first record Love Of The Loved in 1963 to (I Wanted To Call It) Off in 1977.

There are three discs in this anthology. The first is entitled Hits and Rare Singles, and that does exactly what it says; all her hits, plus some that didn't quite make it.

Disc two is Classic Covers and essentials, and there are some gems here.

The classic Goin' Out Of My Head, Sing A Rainbow, Stevie Wonder's For Once In My Life and Elton John's Your Song are just a few of the highlights from the 25 tracks on that particular disc.

The third disc is a DVD featuring Cilla at the BBC and covers the period 1964 to 1976. Clips from her own shows, Top Of The Pops and The Royal Variety Show in 1964 provide us with a pictorial history of one of Britain's best loved singers.

With a preface by the one and only George Martin, this is certainly a collection worth having.

Original Hits - Country
Original Hits - Country
Offered by Revival Books Ltd
Price: £14.01

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Country Original Hits, 22 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Original Hits - Country (Audio CD)
Yee Haa! Well good buddy, if you want a good dose of Country music in your ears, you can't go wrong with this 6 CD set.

Absolutely jam-packed with the crème de la crème of Country artists and their biggest hits. The first four songs come from Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Bobbie Gentry and Crystal Gayle - they just don't come bigger.

From the recent hits like Chris Cagle's It Takes Two, we go back to the likes of Jim Reeves, Willie Nelson and Slim Whitman.

Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton and Suzy Bogguss (whose version of Eagles' Take It To The Limit is amazing) prove that the Country hit is not just the domain of the male performer.

There's even some bands like The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Band.

Country music is not everybody's cup of tea, but a lot of the more mainstream and popular hits are in this collection which will keep us all happy.

So saddle up and let's roll!

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