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Dollar - Platinum Collection
Dollar - Platinum Collection

2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is this really a Platinum Collection?!, 25 July 2006
As a great fan of 80's music, I've always had fond memories of the beautiful blonde pairing that was Dollar. Their hits of the early '80's such as "Mirror Mirror", "Videotheque" and "Give Me Back My Heart" were well crafted, perfect pop.

So it was with great interest that I saw that Warner had finally decided to release their WEA recordings, particularly as this compilation includes "Give Me Back My Heart", which to my knowledge has never been released on CD before.

The album is well packaged with some nice pictures of the duo plus a write up on their career, and it all starts strongly enough with all four of the Trevor Horn-produced hits...but thereafter I'm afraid the album has left me feeling somewhat disappointed.

This is not saying that thought has not gone into deciding which tracks to feature on the album, because there are some items of interest... such as "Two Hearts", which was a Japanese single (and which has previously not been available in the UK), there's a couple of remixes of "Hand Held..." and "Give Me Some Kinda Magic", a demo of "Mirror Mirror" and several of their flop singles have also been included.

Unfortunately, however, you can't get away from the fact that much of this album is padded out with mediocre fillers and tracks which were used as B Sides to the original singles.

I'm a big Dollar fan, I'm delighted their finest track "Give Me Back My Heart" has finally made it onto CD and I'm still gonna rate this 4 stars purely for the inclusion of all the Trevor Horn-produced singles; but overall I am disappointed with this release.

For my money, I thought the late 90's "Greatest Hits" compilation on the Pegasus label was a better album...this one just proves that Dollar were always more of a singles than an albums act.

It's still great though to hear "Give Me Back My Heart" again in all its glory, after all these years!

Sings Momoe 2005
Sings Momoe 2005
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Price: 56.61

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Nolans Revisit Momoe!, 8 Aug 2005
This review is from: Sings Momoe 2005 (Audio CD)
This CD is the first in a series of several albums being released in Japan in 2005, to mark the 25th anniversary of the sisters' initial success in the Far East with their signature tune "I'm In The Mood For Dancing". This 10 track CD was released in Japan in January 2005 by Sony, but is available on import in the UK.
As its title suggests, the album is a tribute to Momoe Yamaguchi, who became a huge pop star in Japan in 1972 at the age of 14, and enjoyed considerable chart success there until she quit the industry at the grand old age of 22 in 1980. On this album, The Nolans sing cover versions in English of Momoe's songs.
The Nolans first paid tribute to Momoe back in 1991 with the release of their album "Playback Part 2" and this release is, in fact, a repackaged, re-recorded version of "Playback...". To my mind, this album is actually much much better than the 1991 release. Highlights include the 1991 single "Take Me All", the superb pop of "Yokosuka Story" and the wonderful ballad "Autumn Cherry", (which I think is one of the best songs the sisters have ever recorded!)
Another bonus with this particular release is that it comes with a one track DVD, of the sisters performing "Playback" on Japanese TV.
The only downside to this album? The track "Rock'n'Roll Widow", which sees the sisters rock out a la Meatloaf and which is not really suited to their vocal style.

The Best of the Nolans
The Best of the Nolans
Price: 13.06

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed to put you in the mood!, 8 Dec 2002
This review is from: The Best of the Nolans (Audio CD)
An absolute must for any Nolans' fan, this greatest hits collection features the original recordings of the girls' finest moments from their years with Epic Records. As such, this album is infinitely preferable to the rather cheap-sounding re-recordings on other labels which have been released more recently, and which, generally, are not as good as I expected. All eight of the girls' UK Top 40 hits are here, including the well-crafted pop of 'Attention To Me' and 'Gotta Pull Myself Together' and (of course!) their infectious signature tune, 'I'm In The Mood For Dancing'. Other highlights are the uptempo 'Sexy Music' and the romantic ballads 'God Knows', 'Spirit Body & Soul' and their cover of Diana Ross' 'Touch Me In The Morning', proof it it were ever needed that the Nolans excelled at harmonies. All in all, an excellent only criticism (and it's a minor one)are the omissions; a shame that 'Get Ready', 'Out Of Love With Love' and 'Don't Stoke The Fire' were not included but maybe Epic will see fit to release a further compilation in the future! Enjoy!

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