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Wild Boys [Cd2]
Wild Boys [Cd2]
Offered by 5records
Price: 1.85

5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Cracking Cover!, 4 July 2004
This review is from: Wild Boys [Cd2] (Audio CD)
Guaranteed to bring back happy memories from the 1980s (for those of sadly old enough to remember), the Phixx boyz have done more than justice to Duran Duran's classic original.
The original version from Simon & Co was a great pop/rock hybrid and Phixx successfully manage to update this fusion for the 21st Century with a really rocky pop number.
I must admit to not having paid Phixx much attention 'til now, but this one caught my eye (and then pleased my ear!). Yep, I guess they come with the tag 'boy band', but don't let that put you off as this tune should appeal to all ages (well, at least those with an open mind and a love of great pop music!)
This release also benefits from a brace of thumping dance floor remixes that should cater for differenent club tastes. We never got such a great package way back in the dark recesses of the 80s!
Literally crashing into the UK Top 20 (@ #12, their 3rd Top 20 hit) with this belter, the boyz defintely deserve to go much higher with this one.

Dance With You
Dance With You
Offered by olympusmusic
Price: 0.25

3.0 out of 5 stars Getting There BUT Too Watered Down & Lame, 3 July 2004
This review is from: Dance With You (Audio CD)
Having heard previous RR trax - incl. some well hot remixes for Madonna, Mis-Teeq and Craig David - I was really quite disappointed with this release, hence the average score. :-(
I think the boyz have compromised their sound too much by trying too hard to make the charts. Fair play to them reaching #12 in the UK (& bring on the Desi chart invasion), but make it much sharper next time!
It's not a crap tune, it's just too tame and average. The slightly rougher 'Dancehall Diwali Remix' {which uses the same thumping baseline as Lumidee's excellent 'Never Leave You'} gives this release a slight reprive and would probably be a 4 out of 5 on its own, but there's still much hotter RR trax out there. Check out his remix of the Madonna + Britney track 'Me Against The Music' - that is well bad and leaves 'Dance With You' standing in the shade. :-o

Shakalaka Baby
Shakalaka Baby
Offered by robert_reynolds6
Price: 6.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunnin' Soundtrack -> Fizzin' Fusion -> Get a Copy!! ->, 3 July 2004
This review is from: Shakalaka Baby (Audio CD)
It's a tragedy that the 'Shakalaka Baby' single has now been deleted - if you haven't got it I strongly recommend hunting for a secondhand copy! Place an 'Order it Used' request (see top right of this page) and be prepared to pay a decent price to make sure you get it!
Amazon should introduce a rating up to 10 as 5 stars out of 5 doesn't do this release justice! Why this single only managed to just scrape into the UK Top 40 on its release in the Summer of 2002 is a mystery to me.
It's simply one of the most energetic and creative songs written and produced over the last few years. Yes, it's from the Bombay Dreams stage show, but that's kind of irrelevant (unless you're a massive BD fan that is!). What's 4 sure is that there's absolutely no cheese here. All 3 tracks beg, steal and borrow from various international music traditions and blend them into a brilliant fusuion of funky sounds.
You can still get 'Shakalaka' on the Bombay Dreams Soundtrack Album - which itself is a real stunner - and @ an amazing 9.99 it's a snip - but you'll miss out on the 6 mins 40 secs of the simply ace 'Shri Remix' featured here and the simply devine 4 mins 41 secs of 3rd track 'Tak Dheen' - niether if which are on the Album. These tracks will have you throwing yourself around in ectascy - there are 100% dancefloor pleasers.
If you manage to get your hands on a copy and don't absolutely love it please contact me and I will buy it off you! Yes, this release is that good - it comes with my own money-back guarantee!! :-o

First Edition
First Edition
Offered by momox co uk
Price: 7.38

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Genre-Busting Funky Fusion, 2 July 2004
This review is from: First Edition (Audio CD)
I quite literally stumbled across this release whilst casually browsing the 'world music' section of my local music emporium one day. The cover caught my eye and when I noticed that indie-reggae cross-over legends Jah Wobble and Linton Kwesi Johnson featured amongst a vast number of collaborators it was quite simply a must buy! After rushing to the till to purchase I dashed home to slam in what turned out to be a first class gem! If Amazon's grading system went up to 10 this would definitely be a 10 out of 10, absolutely no doubt.
Whilst the term 'world music' is a convenient place to hang this release, it really is a genre-buster where reggae-meets-dance-meets-European pop-meets-African beats-meets-ska-meets-rock-meets-Indian vibes-meets-house. While many artists claim to be fusing styles, Temple of Sound are living proof that it really can be done with great results.
The disc is housed within a stunning fold-out digipack sleeve, where an informative 12-page booklet made of thick parchment-like paper lives, providing a really detailed track listing.

Come on England
Come on England
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 3.87

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ecclectic English Excellence!, 17 Jun 2004
This review is from: Come on England (Audio CD)
A great rousing selection of sing-a-long favourites selected from various musical divisions.
Includes: football novelty anthems (Fat Les; England Supporters Band; 4-4-2; Collapsed Lung; Bell & Spurling), indie/britpop (Oasis; Farm; Feeder; Republica; Space; Toploader), dance (Fatboy Slim; Nu Generation; FGTH), reggae (Aswad), ska (Pigbag; Piranhas), punk (Sham 69) easy listening (Doris Day; Andy Williams). This album should be subtitled "Now That's What I Call Ecclectic Music"!!
This great value compilation will appeal to a wide selection of music fans not just footie fans. It's a really excellent selection of uplifing party songs.


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Well Sorted!!!!! Definetely a 'loose fit'!!!, 2 May 2004
This review is from: Sorted (Audio CD)
Whilst 'Sorted!...' does include tracks from most of the main 'Madchester' protagonists - namely Happy Mondays, The Charlatans, James, Inspiral Carpets and Stereo MC's - it suffers from a number of omissions, most notably, and seriously, the exclusion of key players, The Stone Roses. In reality, only 8 of the 40 tracks here are really by Madchester acts.
A small number of the 32 remaining tracks (i.e. 3) do fall under the 'Baggy' label - namely Liverpool acts The Farm and The La's - but the vast majority (29) are best described as 'indie', 'dance' or 'indie dance'. (Where that leaves the 1986 release by obscure act World Party who knows!?!?!!)
To qualify as 'the' Madchester/Baggy compilation, the generic indie & dance tracks would need to have been dropped and replaced by tracks from The Stone Roses and other missing Madchester acts (such as Northside, Flowered Up and The Mock Turtles).
The release is further de-valued by the very basic sleeve notes - it only includes a basic track listing. Okay, these do include publishing/production details (i.e. better than some releases), but an outline of the 'Madchester' and 'Baggy' scenes is sadly missing.
In summary then, this compilation is mediocre from a Madchester/Baggy perspective (i.e. 3 out of 5) but if you loose this sub-label it's a pretty good overview of late 80s/early 90s 'alternative' England (more a 4 out of 5). You won't be disappointed musically, just don't expect anything that is definitive summary of the genre!

The Best of Acid Jazz
The Best of Acid Jazz
Offered by gowingsstoreltd
Price: 5.39

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy Vibes @ a Funky Price!!!, 1 April 2004
This review is from: The Best of Acid Jazz (Audio CD)
This is a really excellent introduction to the Acid Jazz sound and the pioneering label of the same name (founded in the late 1980s and ultra cool in the early-2-mid 1990s) - the two are the same thing: there was only ever one true home!
The selection of tracks is spot-on: it contains a good overview of the key artists in the genre.
The inlay sleeve doubles up as a fold-out 'career map' of the Acid Jazz label. This is a really nice touch for a mid-price release.
If you're a newcomer to 'Acid Jazz', you'd do far worse than to start here! At well under a tenner this is a great investment and sound addition to the collection of any open-minded music fan.

Connoisseur Songbook
Connoisseur Songbook
Offered by westworld-
Price: 19.98

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Lounge @ it's very, very best = timeless classics, 17 Jan 2004
This review is from: Connoisseur Songbook (Audio CD)
The 'Burt Bacharach Songbook' is simply crammed full of timeless classics from start to finish. The winning songwriting duo of Burt and Hal David are fused here with some of the smoothest + greatest voices of the postwar era (Warwick, Distel, Springfield, Shaw, Monro, etc, etc). The resulting output could hardly been anything short of total excellence!
You'll recognise virtually all of these tracks the minute they start - even if you don't think you will! Their usage in TV, Film + advertising, alongside the coverage in pop idol, have placed them right bang @ the centre of popular culture and consciousness. And life (in my humble opinion) is all the better for that!
At just 30p per track this compilation is simply stunning value! But this is no tacky bargin bin piece - the packaging matches the content perfectly: cool, clean, smart, fun, light, sophisticated.
Brighten up your life!

Smashing Time
Smashing Time

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blistering!, 11 Nov 2003
This review is from: Smashing Time (Audio CD)
The Purple Hearts are - without a single doubt - one of the highlights of the UK's 'Mod Revival' of the late 1970s & early 1980s. They managed to perfectly blend the 2 key influences of the revival - the original 60s sound + the punk explosion - into musical harmony. They flirted occassionally with the lower reaches of the charts during their time as label mates to Robert Smith's The Cure, but a series of music industry mishaps sadly frustrated greater commercial success.
Dizzy and the dedicated team @ Detour Records have really done the business with this much-needed and eagerly-awaited retrospective collection. It includes a strong mixture of alternative recordings of their best-known tunes - including all 6 singles - as well as previously unrelased tracks. Most (if not all?) tracks have been previously unavailable on compact disc - so it's a real treat to hear them in quality digital sound.
If the quality of the music itself wasn't enough, the packaging and sleeve notes are top class as well! First there's a superb track-by-track commentary in the inlay from original band members Simon Stebbing & Robert Manton. Added to this is a great 8-page booklet with superb notes by Mod God himself Eddie Piller and a good selection of sharp photos. If all this wasn't enough the packaging is charged with Lichenstein-style pop art! Who could ask 4 more?
Don't let the 'mod' label put you off - it's just a label - but the contents are definetely A1 guitar-fuelled power-pop. Fans of the 60s, New Wave, Brit Pop, etc, etc, should tune in! 10 out of 10.

Me Against the Music
Me Against the Music

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring it on!! Cutting edge tune, 10 Nov 2003
This review is from: Me Against the Music (Audio CD)
If you like your tunes served up big, beaty and bouncey you'll simply lap this up! You just won't be able to sit still while this is playing. It's an urban-driven stomper, nice and refreshing to hear/see Britney and Madge getting down with the vibe of the moment.
Rishi Rich's 'Desi Kulcha Remix' is pure brillance - as per his usual high standard. One of the stongest and most innovative remixes of 2003. It's great to hear Britters and Madge rapping over an eastern beat. Lush! :-D
This is where music is @ as we move into 2004 - 10 out of 10.

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