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Seven Classic Albums Plus [Audio CD] Brenda Lee
Seven Classic Albums Plus [Audio CD] Brenda Lee
Price: £7.92

5.0 out of 5 stars This is value for money at its best, seven albums extra tracks and first class stereo ..., 17 Oct. 2014
This is value for money at its best, seven albums extra tracks and first class stereo masters, the music speaks for itself!


Musical Fidelity V90-LPS Phono Amplifier
Musical Fidelity V90-LPS Phono Amplifier
Offered by A1 Sound Hi-fi and AV store
Price: £149.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful phono stage but the V-LPS ii + V-PSU ii is a giant killer for not much more, 17 Oct. 2014
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Once again an excellent phono stage for the money. I am a huge fan of this companies products having compared this unit directly with many more expensive models from other manufacturers.

It works very well on both MM and MC inputs and offers a clean and clear sound. It is extremely neat and compact and discreet once set up. Nice access to switching from MM to MC and On/Off.

I have done some quite extensive tests and feel this is a worthy 4 star product. However I did discover better results using the V-LPS ii coupled with the V-PSU ii, which gave a more solid sound with extended bass definition. Combining the V-LPS with the V-PSU also gave an extra level of quietness when operating, indeed this combination rivals phono stages over £500. I even preferred the sound to a Whest Two which was £700. However the V-LPS is less practical unless perhaps mounted behind other components as it lacks a neat looking front facia. But I can not recommend the V-LPS ii enough, yes the M1 Vinl is slightly better but not by much in my opinion.


Its All In The Game  The MGM Recordings 195860
Its All In The Game The MGM Recordings 195860
Price: £13.74

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited CD of the wonderful voice of Tommy Edwards, 15 Nov. 2012
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This 2 CD set from 'Shout' is a wonderful collection of recordings from one of the most underrated vocalists of the 50's and 60's.

The warmth of Tommy's effortless vocal and the lush orchestration from LeRoy Holmes amount to an astonishing listen over 2 CD's (originally 4 LP's).

To hear these recordings again in CD format with the majority taken from the MGM master tapes, it really does cement Tommy's wonderful talent with any song. The albums simply ooze class throughout.
The first one on disc 1 is "It's All In The Game" recorded in 1958 and released following the success of the single of the same name. The album would prove that the winning formula of a gentle, oh so very light rock and roll beat over well penned and executed songs worked beautifully. My only gripe here is with the sound quality however. It appears the original master tapes could not be found for the majority of this album, and we have had to settle for Mono versions on some of the recordings. If you want the stereo masters (and they are better, trust me) you need to check out the 'Eric' CD from 1994 titled "the complete hits of Tommy Edwards", this CD contains all Masters in crystal clear stereo sound.

The second lp on disc 1 is "For Young Lover's", the album is similar to the first, but may have been aimed more at the young adults suggested in the title. Here we seem to have been treated to the best sound source available, just fantastic! wonderful stereo and clear transfer from the masters. Tommy's version of "My melancholy baby" was a moderate hit in the UK in 1959, the majority of the album was recorded in 1959 with a few left overs from 58. For a second album so closely following the first (MGM expected fast turnover in those days!) the overall quality of songs is very high, but a couple do sound like left overs from the first album.

CD2 - Two more MGM Lp's this time from 1959 titled "You started me dreaming" and "Step out singing". The first in my opinion has to be the greatest LP he ever made, some of the most inspired lyrics and arrangements, a dreamer or romantic is in heaven with this set of songs. Tommy's voice is so well at home here that it gives me goosebumps. Perfect sound quality, I have never heard this album sounding so full and rich. Just wonderful! The song "Navajo" is my favorite of his recordings ever!

Finally the "Step Out Singing" LP where MGM tried to put Tommy into the swing style that was proving popular at the time with the likes of Bobby Darin et al.
Again Tommy delivers in real style, even if the arrangements this time seem to almost drown out his delivery in places. Whilst we are again treated to the rich quality of the stereo masters, on this occassion (in my opinion) the Mono LP was actaully a far better mix. Some early stereo recordings from the late 50's suffered from a poor mix of vocal and music, as if they still didn't know how best to utilise the stereo format, and this album is no exception, as it lacks the impact of the Mono mix. Tommy's voice is clearer in MONO on this album, BUT I am not moaning as this company have done a wonderful job, given us a lovely booklet of rare information, and thanks to you my friend (Donald Gunter) Tommy now has the headstone he deserves!

BUY THIS NOW! and discover or re-discover TOMMY EDWARDS (1922 - 1969)


The Hits And More
The Hits And More
Price: £11.64

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music, but a real let down by Jasmine in sound quality!, 1 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: The Hits And More (Audio CD)
Tommy Edwards is in my opinion one of the greatest balladeers of a generation. His music has been long overlooked on the CD format. It is great to see how at last some of his most memorable recordings are now being issued, and not before time.

Not since the Eric lable released the fantastic greatest hits back in 1994 and Polygram in 1997 have we had a CD issue of Tommy Edwards music. That CD contained first generation master tape recordings and was amazing.

What is presented here is a selection from his first 4 LP's for MGM from 1958 and 1959, plus some singles from the period and some of the pre-1958 MGM recordings, before he had his big number 1 with It's All In The Game.

However Tommy deserves better than this CD, I disagree with the other reviewer on the sound quality. The first CD containing tracks from the LP "It's all in the game" and is incomplete as it misses many songs from the album, ok it does not confess to contain the whole LP but it would have been nice, plus the second "For Young Lover's" is clearly from a vinyl source in places and the sound fluctuates as a result.

The 2nd CD containing largely the "Step Out Singing" and "You Started Me Dreaming" albums and again is a very uneven affair, not in terms of the music but again my issue is sound quality from JAsmine. "Step Out Singing" is clearly from Vinyl and I would say "You Started Me Dreaming" is also, however the biggest travesty is the early MGM recordings. I own all of Tommys original vinyl and those beautiful but delicate 78 shellacs and they sound lovely and warm and rich!. These offerings on CD2 sound like a pale MP3 download to me, tinny sound, faint vocal and just 'hard' and 'harsh' on the ears!

Also both CD's contain an annoying whistle throughout, not sure if it is a mastering fault!

As for the music, the combination of Tommy and Leroy Holmes Orchestration is beautiful throughout and there is not a bad selection on here!

Thank you JAsmine for releasing a Tommy CD but my advice to you all is to go for the far far far superior "SHOUT" label CD of recordings, check it out on Amazon as it was released at the same time as this one, it may be a few pounds dearer but is worth every penny more, OK that issue is also sadly not perfect but it is much improved on this effort, I will be reviewing the new Shout CD soon.

Thanks


Soft-Display protection sheets TomTom XL Live IQ Routes (6 pieces)
Soft-Display protection sheets TomTom XL Live IQ Routes (6 pieces)

2.0 out of 5 stars Not too easy to apply, 29 Jan. 2010
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Great idea and they do come in a pack of six so not bad value. However they are not specifically for the TOM TOM Sat Nav and indeed are slightly too large, also they are fussy to fit as you have to soak them in water with soap, wait for them to dry apply them with a card, wipe off excess soap residue, oh it was all too much hassel for me, I had other things to do


Only Sixteen
Only Sixteen
Price: £4.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD of re-recordings and new songs, 17 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Only Sixteen (Audio CD)
Similar to the 50th anniversary CD, Craig has selected some new songs and some re-recordings of his earlier hits. I particularly like the sound of his voice as much now as on the earlier records. Wonderul songs that were not hits for Craig but still work well in his style are "Joanna" a lovely arrangement and suits his voice as does "both sides now". The big hits are all there too, it is nice to hear some quality well written songs sung by a very talented and professional entertainer. If you want the originals buy the EMI CD then you have the best of both worlds.
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50th Anniversary Album
50th Anniversary Album
Offered by soundsunlimited
Price: £0.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection from Craig douglas, 17 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: 50th Anniversary Album (Audio CD)
This CD contains some new recordings by craig Douglas and some re-recordings of the songs he made famous in the early 1960's. Craigs voice has ripened with age and now has a wonderful rich quality that makes this CD worth every penny. A truly rewarding listening experience, the songs are sung in his effortless crooning style. I saw Craig recently in Blackpool and he is a great live act, excellent vocal range and a true professional. At this price the CD is an absolute bargain, there is an EMI compilation of his original recordings which is also worth checking out.
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EASYi - Red Flip case for Sony Walkman with Voice Recording Function 4GB 8GB 16GB NWZE443B NWZE444B NWZE445B NWZE444R NWZE443R NWZE445R
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great case but the wrong colour, 14 Jan. 2010
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These cases are great and have a magnetic closing which is nice, but it is the wrong colour to match the Sony unit, it is far to pink and I am not impressed as everyone is commenting on it and people are questioning my masculinity!


Gates, Grills and Railings/Nothin' Like a Sunny Day
Gates, Grills and Railings/Nothin' Like a Sunny Day
Price: £22.06

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent albums by Bobby Vee, 28 Dec. 2009
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His last album of the 1960's was something quite different from the work he had done before. What I like about Bobby Vee's albums is that they are all quite unique.
Gates Grills and Railings from 1969 is one such case in point. A diverse selection of material that was very in keeping with the times. He covers the beautiful "I just can't help believing" with great orchestra back up, this same song was of course a huge hit for Elvis Presley one year later. Also on this album is the Harry Nilsson penned "One" and Hank Marvin's "London's not too far". The songs have great arrangements and sound very fresh even today. There are a couple of lesser tracks that have not stood the test of time so well such as the psychedelic "Lavender Kite" and "Younger Generation", but on the whole it's well worth a listen.
As is the second LP on here, "Nothin like a sunny day" originally released under his real name Robert Thomas Velline. More country than pop this time, an album predominantly ballad orientated and what a great collection of tunes, and all bar one totally self penned. These two LP,s show beyond any doubt that there was a lot more to Bobby Vee than the early pop songs that he became most associated with.


The Beatles Box Set - Remastered in Stereo
The Beatles Box Set - Remastered in Stereo
Price: £156.98

35 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you have the 1987 CD's think twice before you buy!, 10 Sept. 2009
The new remastered box set is very nice indeed, as a lifelong music and Beatles nut!, I bought the original Lp's in the 70's and 80's and then the CD's in '87 then this new box set yesterday.

Having played it through I am only fairly impressed overall. 6.5 out of 10

I don't agree they are largely over-priced or exploiting fans particularly, I'm sure much hard work has gone into them, however questions remain in my head, questions like has CD technology moved on that much from 1987 ? or could they have re-worked them better in the first place?
I don't know the answer to that, but at last it seems they have re-mastered them and improved the signal to noise ratio from the original cd's in '87.

But what most fans want to know is what to do now? do I part with my hard earned cash to buy the new cd's (especially if I already have the originals) and if I do, which ones? stereo box or mono box? or buy individually (only stereo as an option at the moment)

Well the MONO box borders on fan exploitation in my view, yes its nicely compiled and prsesnted, but for ultimate sound quality do not waste your money, besides you will still need to but Abbey Rd, Let It Be etc to get all the new remasters.
The only small advantage I see in the MONO box is that Rubber Soul may sound less incoherant, for want of a better word, as the stereo mix is unusual, this applies to other tracks from the 62 - 66 period, however you will already have the mono mixes on the 1987 discs for the first 4 albums, and where the stereo mix is really poor, they have usued the mono version, i.e "Only a northern song", so there is no ghastly electronically enhanced stereo versions here.

So if you are going to buy, maybe consider going for the stereo box and then having to shell out no further money, but why buy,????? I can tell you now this new remastering is not all that amazing, the 1987 issues were not bad at all in hindsight, what is better about the 09 remasters, I will tell you :

1 - Higher output less hiss (not on every track, abbey rd and let it be hiss as much or more than the 87 ones)
2 - Stereo albums (completing the first 4 albums as they were only mono in '87)
3 - Punchier bass, yes a much deeper sound on the bass, sadly at the loss of some of the clarity, example, "sun king" on Abbey Rd has lost much of its beauty as it booms and sounds muddy! losing its ambience and natural outdoor feel (if you know what I mean)
4 - Nice box

Why not buy and save your money

1 - Its a lot of money and no new material - not even songs from Anthology - that would have been nice, bonus songs maybe or what have you
2 - No booklet, mini books in each disc yes, but when I buy an expensive box set I want a nice booklet with recording data and pictures and original artwork.
3 - They dont' sound that much better, if at all in places, worse in some cases
4 - Takes up space on your sideboard, tip, buy a gift box and put your 1987 CD's in it.

Check out BEAR CD's from Rollercoaster records, that is how to make a box set.
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