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Cinerama Holiday (Original Soundtrack)
Cinerama Holiday (Original Soundtrack)
Price: 6.51

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wide screen music, 10 Feb 2014
As always with Sepia, very attractive artwork and design, an excellent 16 page booklet, containing some great posters and photos including that of the scoring stage at Oyster Bay. Fascinating background information on the discovery of the session tapes and their restoration.
27 tracks from the film sessions, followed by 15 from the album release.
The sound quality is quite good, mono, -slight stereo enhancement- very clear, no distortion or drop outs. At times there is a strange balance in the recorded sound, with some sections of the orchestra really ‘in your face’, while others seem miles away. Originally recorded in 7 track stereo, I have a feeling that some of the stems were missing when the recordings were transferred to tape years ago.
We are quite used to studio chat and slate calls, on supplementary extras, but in this case Sepia have decided to include these on all 27 tracks, start and finish. Personally I found it a bit annoying, perhaps that’s just me!
Following that is the album programme, good rich powerful sound, showcasing the huge orchestra.
Enjoyable score, low price point. Recommended.


Abbott And Costello - The Abbott And Costello Collection [DVD] [2003]
Abbott And Costello - The Abbott And Costello Collection [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Bud Abbott

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting more than funny, 23 Jan 2014
Abbott And Costello's humour has not dated well, its repetitious, and Lou can be rather irritating.
The main interest is their co stars, all the Universal monsters are here, Dracula, Frankenstein, Mummy, Werewolf, and played by the original stars, although at this stage Glenn Strange had taken over from Karloff in the Frankenstein role. They all play it straight, and that's where the problem is, it leaves the two boys to carry all the comedy. It's a shame, they should have given Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr, Boris Karloff some funny lines, that would have been good. Production values are excellent, nice prints, picture and sound. No extras but there are two films per disc, running approx 75mins each.
Guest stars in the other movies include Mack Sennett, Walter Slezak, and Fred Clark. Films date from 1949-1955.
So to sum it up, interesting curios, entertaining but not really funny.


John Barry - The Early Years
John Barry - The Early Years

5.0 out of 5 stars John Barry, the beginning, 28 Sep 2013
John Barry The Early Years
Just been listening to this excellent CD on Windmill Records. Producer Geoff Leonard is obviously just like us, an enthusiast! The compilation has been put together with much love and care. Great selection of tracks, 36 of them! In excellent sound. Attractive artwork, and informative booklet. What more can you ask for?
Many of the tracks made me smile, not only the corny songs, lets face it `I Vibrate' and I `Want My Bed' were never going to be hits. But the many flashes of the John Barry style that we would get to know and love in future years.
I was wondering if a talented arranger/composer today would have as many opportunities to refine their skill, somehow I doubt it.
Interestingly one track called `Marilyn' (B. White) Larry Page, is a dead ringer for a Jacques Brel song called `Madeleine' anyone have any views on this?
If you only have the slightest interest in the work of John Barry, you must get this CD, fascinating and great fun too!


Eleven Classic Albums [Audio CD] Doris Day
Eleven Classic Albums [Audio CD] Doris Day
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 9.30

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of songs, but what about sound quality, 3 Sep 2013
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There are so many cheap 'needle drop' vinyl rip cds from out of copy write recordings out there, so I thought here we go again, but it was very cheap, eleven albums for very little money. So I thought give it a go, and if it sounded dreadful at least I would get the satisfaction of writing a scathing review.
However I was amazed, the sound quality is superb, Miss Days voice has such presence and sparkle.
I have a couple of the albums in this set on original Columbia cds, so was able to do an A-B comparison, and dare I say it the Real Gone Music versions have the edge!
Only downside is the lack of information on the songs, no mention of other singers she duets with on some tracks.
No fancy artwork, they have put all the time and effort into the recordings, and that's what really counts.
I feel quite confident in ordering other titles in this series, which I am sure will be of equal quality.
So cast away all doubts, order your copy, satisfaction guaranteed.


Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins
Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins
Price: 4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor show Disney, 10 Mar 2013
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One would think that with the vast amount of talent at their disposal, Disney would produce a stunning `Singalong' album.
But not so, to start with the CD artwork, is very poor, not typical of the Disney product, it looks cheap and tacky.
As it turns out the CD recording is of a similar standard.
Firstly we have 8 songs from Mary Poppins, most seem to have the original orchestral tracks, but somehow thin and distant.
The songs are sung by third rate Karaoke singers, some really cringe worthy.
Why not use the original vocal versions that we all know and love?
Next on the cd the same eight songs without the vocals, yes the orchestral tracks do sound better, but the vocal line has been replaced with a really nasty synth overdub, hideous!
My advice would be give this CD a miss and buy one of the many splendid Disney compilation discs, which can be picked up for pennies on Amazon.


READERS DIGEST SOUNDS OF THE SIXTIES 1960 (3 CD) BOXSET (62 TRACKS)
READERS DIGEST SOUNDS OF THE SIXTIES 1960 (3 CD) BOXSET (62 TRACKS)
Offered by me-2-u
Price: 20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Readers Digest the best!, 30 Aug 2012
In praise of Readers Digest.
Readers Digest know a thing or two about boxed sets, they must have invented them, issuing great sets from way back in the days of vinyl LPs.
What makes them so great? They are always put together with imagination, including unusual tracks and not just doing what every other company does, sticking to top 10 hits. Readers Digest dig much deeper.
These are original recording by the original artists, not later re-recordings by one or more aging members of the original groups. Then unlike so many other compilations, these recording are from the original studio tapes, and sound just amazing.
Most of these tracks fall into whats known as `Public Domain', so anyone can transfer worn out old vinyl to CD and make a quick buck. Not so here These recordings are the real deal!
Finally they always come with a huge booklet, well written with loads of background about the songs, artists, and the timeline they come from.
I bet if you buy one of these collections you will want all the others. I know I did.


Readers Digest Sounds Of The Fifties 1957
Readers Digest Sounds Of The Fifties 1957
Offered by Head Of The Rugged River
Price: 8.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Readers Digest, 30 Aug 2012
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In praise of Readers Digest.
Readers Digest know a thing or two about boxed sets, they must have invented them, issuing great sets from way back in the days of vinyl LPs.
What makes them so great? They are always put together with imagination, including unusual tracks and not just doing what every other company does, sticking to top 10 hits. Readers Digest dig much deeper.
These are original recording by the original artists, not later re-recordings by one or more aging members of the original groups. Then unlike so many other compilations, these recording are from the original studio tapes, and sound just amazing.
Most of these tracks fall into whats known as `Public Domain', so anyone can transfer worn out old vinyl to CD and make a quick buck. Not so here These recordings are the real deal!
Finally they always come with a huge booklet, well written with loads of background about the songs, artists, and the timeline they come from.
I bet if you buy one of these collections you will want all the others. I know I did.


READER'S DIGEST SOUNDS OF THE FIFTIES 1959
READER'S DIGEST SOUNDS OF THE FIFTIES 1959
Offered by First-Choice-DVDs
Price: 5.24

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Praise of Readers Digest, 30 Aug 2012
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In praise of Readers Digest.
Readers Digest know a thing or two about boxed sets, they must have invented them, issuing great sets from way back in the days of vinyl LPs.
What makes them so great? They are always put together with imagination, including unusual tracks and not just doing what every other company does, sticking to top 10 hits. Readers Digest dig much deeper.
These are original recording by the original artists, not later re-recordings by one or more aging members of the original groups. Then unlike so many other compilations, these recording are from the original studio tapes, and sound just amazing.
Most of these tracks fall into whats known as `Public Domain', so anyone can transfer worn out old vinyl to CD and make a quick buck. Not so here These recordings are the real deal!
Finally they always come with a huge booklet, well written with loads of background about the songs, artists, and the timeline they come from.
I bet if you buy one of these collections you will want all the others. I know I did.
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War Horse [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
War Horse [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Jeremy Irvine
Price: 7.00

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Remarkable Horse, 4 May 2012
One of the years greatest injustices must have been Stephen Speilbergs `The War Horse' being ignored at the Oscars.
It should, in my opinion have won a cart full of awards.
The film, made by a master craftsman is quite exquisite to look at, the performances are all genuine and very moving.
The music by Mr Speilbergs long time friend and composer John Williams is, as always spot on. Never intrusive, but beautiful to listen to.
The Blu-Ray is flawless, detailed and showing off the magnificent cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.
The disc is a bit short on special features, having just 20mins round the table chat with cast and producers.
However the film is the important thing, and as such it is a treat for the eye, the ear, and the soul!
Buy it end enjoy.


The Trouble with Angels
The Trouble with Angels
Price: 10.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Big Suprise!, 6 Feb 2012
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This review is from: The Trouble with Angels (Audio CD)
I am a big fan of Jerry Goldsmiths work, to be honest I was not expecting much at this pocket money price.
However it turned out be be a really lovely score which I am delighted to have in my collection.
The playing time is quite short, but the stereo sound quality is first rate, as is the packaging.
So grab it while you can, when word gets out it will be snapped up. Bargain of the year.!


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