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Nothing Has Changed
Nothing Has Changed
Price: £13.00

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars [Almost]perfect., 18 Nov 2014
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This review is from: Nothing Has Changed (Audio CD)
This new compilation runs from the new single 'Sue [Or In A Season Of Crime]'back through time to 'Liza Jane' [the first musical sighting of Mr Bowie].and it's a great listening journey.Fifty years of changes musically [ha ha]with hardly a misstep and the sound is immaculate.;it's a shame for instance though that 'Diamond Dogs' is faded early,where as the single edit of 'Fame ' is no where to be seen.
Also i personally would have included the 1982 single version of 'Cat People' with Mr Bowie's brooding,powerful vocals,but there's no 'John I'm Only Dancing,'DJ' or 'TVC 15' either,but it's a lovely touch for the first time to have pre 'Space Oddity' tracks to give a more rounded view of the Great Man's musical odyssey,though again,for me personally,where's 1966's brilliant 'The London Boys'?
If you plan to buy one compilation in the next 50 years of Mr Bowie's music.then this is for you,though a more hits packed 2 cd version is also available.

Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)
Price: £2.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always challenging,never boring., 17 Nov 2014
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Always challenging, never boring.; this jazz infused track has polarized fans and critics, but for a primer for a greatest hits album [blimey not another one]it's a brave choice. Take away Mr Bowie's anguished vocals, and it wouldn't be out of place on a 60's Blue Note album.'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore' the 'b side' alongside a radio edit of 'Sue' is more experimental....chirruping synths over a disco beat. Shame for us cd single collectors though as none will be released.

Point of Pleasure
Point of Pleasure
Price: £16.23

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From the master tapes, 2 May 2014
This review is from: Point of Pleasure (Audio CD)
For anyone wanting this great 1981 soul/funk album who couldn't afford the expensive Japanese reissue,this is the 2014 version released on Vinyl Masterpiece,BUT,taken from the original master tapes NOT vinyl and it sounds great.In my view it's worth buying for the similar- to 'Off The Wall' which was the big soul hit from here,though the whole album is strong,with contributions from George Clinton and Bootsy Collins.
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I Love To Dance - Expanded Edition
I Love To Dance - Expanded Edition

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic boogie album...but, 1 Dec 2013
Finally this brilliant debut by one of my favorite soul groups get it's cd debut but...[see below].
I first heard of the group with the release of 'Keeep Your Body Workin',a disco/boogie track with Chic-ish vocals and funky bass which managed to reach the UK charts [pressed on clear vinyl for the 12"].This 8 track album contains this and the disco male sung follow up'It's Magic' plus other boogie classics;'Tonight's The Night' [with Luther in the chorus],title track with a multi lingual chorus,sweetly sung 'Happy Me' and piano introduced 'Amour' one of my faves on the album.The more downtempo 'Kleeer Salin' and 'To Groove You' round of in my view one of the finest albums released in the late 70s [1979 in fact].I should be ecstatic but....
Somehow the bonus tracks have changed to these;
9.Keeep Your Body Workin' [vocal]
10.Keep Your Body Workin' [7" version]
11.'I'm So Happy' by Prince Phillip Mitchell'
12.It's Magic [long version]
13.It's Magic [7" version].
A mix up from masters sent to the pressing plant meant that the Prince Phillip track was mistakenly used though this doesn't distract from the fact that THIS IS A BRILLIANT ALBUM.

Fragile (Tabu Expanded Edition)
Fragile (Tabu Expanded Edition)
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £6.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't mean to turn you on..., 9 April 2013
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This 1984 album is one of 2 half's;the Jam & Lewis tracks and the others!And what great tracks the Jam & Lewis ones are;the UK singles 'I Didn't Mean To Turn You On' famously covered by Robert Palmer [who had the hit with it] and title track,the US only 'When You Look In My Eyes'[my all-time favourite song of theirs} and 'Like I Do',and the lovely soulful 'Who's It Gonna Be?',all modelled on the similar musical template used on the previous years 'SOS Band's 'Just Be Good To Me'.
Also included are three other average {compared to the other tracks]slow songs,though Cherrelle on her début album shines vocally.Finishing things off nicely this great reissue contains the excellent 12" versions [the whopping 12 minutes of the storming title track included],housed in a book style package,with great sleeve notes.including lyrics,musicians etc.And finally the sound is lovely;rich and detailed.This bodes well for the future releases of the Tabu record label,during the next year.Check out her label partner's début as well-Alexander O'Neal's eponymous album out now.

The Next Day
The Next Day
Offered by The Music Warehouse
Price: £8.77

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it time!, 23 Mar 2013
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This review is from: The Next Day (Audio CD)
I have waited deliberately nearly 2 weeks before posting a review...and am glad i did.
Believe the hype everyone;this is the man's best,most consistent album since 'Scary Monsters';there is not one duff track even on the 17 track version [for you completists out there the Japanese version also contains the sweet 'God Bless The Girl' which may or may not be about a lady of the night,though this listener didn't realize that 'Valentine's Day' is really about someone ready to go crazy with a gun]
Personal favourites include the 70's sounding 'I'd Rather Be High' a distant cousin of the 'Hunky Dory' outtake 'Bombers',with cheeky,bonkers lyrics,the sax-led 'Dirty Boys' with the great 'I will buy a feather hat,i will steal a cricket bat' line,the angry idol-bashing of 'The Stars [Are Out Tonight] and the lovely,gorgeous 'You Feel So Lonely You Could Die'.
As i have said before a wonderful return,though give it a few listens;you'll be rewarded!

Where Are We Now?
Where Are We Now?

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten long years..., 10 Jan 2013
This review is from: Where Are We Now? (MP3 Download)
I couldn't believe Tuesday [8th Jan]and the totally unexpected release by someone who has kept me musically fascinated and frustrated [how i hated 'Outside' on release]for over 40 years.A reflective,haunting song that over repeated plays gains in is beautiful.Welcome back Mr Jones we have missed you..roll on March for the new album.

Blam (Expanded Edition)
Blam (Expanded Edition)
Price: £10.43

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!, 18 Sep 2012
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This the 3rd of 4 A&M albums produced by Quincy Jones released by the brothers,and is,in my view the best.Not one second of the 32 minutes playing time of the original album is contains the great 'Ain't We Funkin' Now' and Ashford & Simpson penned 'Ride-O-Rocket' which both charted in the UK top 50 singles chart:the parent album making No 48,and No 7 in the US album charts.
The album also contains the magnificent jazz funk instrumental 'Streetwave' with Louis' rumbling bass,and the lovely down tempo 'It's You Girl' and 'So Won't You Stay',all tracks lovingly produced by Quincy.
This albums is a true classic of the genre and previously has been fetching high prices for past cd issues;i first brought it on vinyl back in 1978 and have loved it since...why is there no 7" version of 'Ain't We Funkin' Now' though?

Light Of The World
Light Of The World
Price: £10.90

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swingin'!, 27 Aug 2012
This review is from: Light Of The World (Audio CD)
What a great year for lovers of UK funk 'n' soul;first we get Hi-Tension,and now from 1979 this brilliant debut from Bluey,Tubbs & co is finally released on cd.
The original 7 track album was released by Ensign and had two great fast and furious singles contained in it,both minor hits 'Midnight Groovin'& 'Swingin',rawer than their American cousins,but totally addictive (you could tell the group were enjoying themselves).Their respective b-side are added as bonus tracks.
To show the groups' musical palette,there are lovely slower tracks like the gorgeous 'Mirror Of My Soul'.The album is rounded off with remixes and single edits of the 2 singles and is an essential purchase for aficionados of UK Black music.Do some 'Midnight Groovin' to it...DON'T STOP,KEEP ON!

Turn Up The Radio (Remixes)
Turn Up The Radio (Remixes)
Price: £2.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CD single please., 6 Aug 2012
I will be succinct.this is the first Madonna UK single unavailable on either vinyl or cd.For collectors like myself who have a complete run since 'Everbody' from 1982 this is shocking.The record company releasing her records really has dodged up the last 3 single releases.Time to move on Madge!
NOTE FOR COLLECTORS...a Chinese 6 track cd single (which may or may not be fake)has just been released.(Late August)
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