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30 Years
30 Years
Price: £62.74

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much More Than Just The Same Old Music!, 5 July 2014
This review is from: 30 Years (Audio CD)
I think that some of the other reviewers have missed the point of this boxset so I'm going to try and help clarify....

What you get is all 7 of the Pogues albums in one handy compact box, plus the added bonus of the entire concert from 1991 with Joe Strummer at the helm (previously only a few of these tracks were available on the rarities boxset).

You could argue that your missing out the bonus tracks from the deluxe editions, but what you do get instead is brand new remixes of the Red Roses and Peace and Love albums and they sound incredible! Plus as far as I'm aware the band didn't want to include the bonus tracks.

You also get these fabulous gatefold style wallets with the lyrics and in some cases new liner notes inside - much better than the single sleeve ones that you get in other boxsets. As a fan I'm also very pleased to see the vinyl replica artwork restored after the 2004 remastered CDs lost the original back covers for some reason....

Is this a boxset for old fans? yes it is, but I do believe it's totally for new fans too. The new remixes sound great, the live with Joe Strummer disc is a masterpiece, and the packaging is classy - and at time of writing you get 8 albums for £30 which is £3.75 an album! Who can grumble with that maths?

We all know the Pogues music is an incredible one of a kind thing, so why bash this boxset by saying you've had it all before when the new remixed music/Joe Strummer Disc/vinyl replica artwork/gatefold sleeves/new notes all in one place quite clearly mean you haven't!


Best Of 2004 - 2014 (Limited Edition Deluxe Version)
Best Of 2004 - 2014 (Limited Edition Deluxe Version)
Price: £14.69

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than just the Hits..., 30 Jan 2014
So I am a Hard-Fi fan so I do own practically all of disc1 - exclusions being:

'I Shall Overcome' Fist Full of Dollars mix - very cool, complete with a Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino style trumpet
'You and Me' - great not to have to listen to this on Youtube anymore
'Move Over' - the long awaited new song with political theme and a jazzy groove

But for me its all about disc2. You get all the mixes of the hits (Axwell, Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso, Greg Kirstin etc), some solid album tracks and a classy R1 live lounge version of Tied Up. The icing on the cake or jam in the doughnut is the B-sides and rarities....

'Middle Eastern Holiday' Wrongtom meets the Rockers East of Medina - note this is not the dub version! It's a more striped down rocking sound. Awesome!
'Hard To Beatmix' - a proper rarity... some sort of early remix of the song

B-sides - I think were vinyl only?

'Pain In My Heart' 'Polish Love Song' 'Dont Wanna Fight' 'These Four Walls and I' and 'Empty Streets' - the last one being my favourite with a real cool groove

Most people will probably have everything on the standard version, but this deluxe is a must have for any proper Hard-Fi fan!


Light And Shadow: The Best Of Vangelis
Light And Shadow: The Best Of Vangelis
Price: £3.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential and Beautiful, 2 Aug 2013
Value for money doesn't always mean rubbish and that is definitely the case here! There is no weak track on this Vangelis cd - it flows majestically from start to finish through sounds that only this unique composer could make. The tracks are taken from the later part of his career, but the best bits are here - Conquest of Paradise, Blade Runner ('Tears In Rain' is a lovely touch - if you've seen the film...), Voices, Oceanic and the wonderful addition of 'Dawn' from The City. Ok, so it's only one cd, but to be honest it's got everything you need to start on your journey through the great man's music. You will NOT be disappointed! Stick it on and be whisked away...


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