S. Bailey

Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,666
Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (259 of 323)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,666 - Total Helpful Votes: 259 of 323
The Look of Love: The Very Best of ABC ~ ABC
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, 27 July 2014
For better or for worse, with their shiny gold lame suits and use of synths, Sheffield's new romantic soul boys ABC embody one view of British pop music in the 1980s. There have been a few compilations that have championed this still-touring group's cause. Each has its flaws. For instance, Absolutely ABC- Best of ABC contains four unnecessary remixes of the group's most popular songs. How does this unannotated offering fare? The first half is pretty strong, with all of their slick hits from that decade including: 'The Look Of Love'; 'All Of My Heart'; 'Poison Arrow'; 'Tears Are Not Enough', and 'When Smokey Sings'. But the latter… Read more
Temptation: The Very Best Of  Heaven 17 ~ Heaven 17
3.0 out of 5 stars Lopsided, 20 July 2014
Formed in 1980 as an offshoot from another Sheffield electro-pop act, the Human League, Heaven 17 have been intermittently active for over 30 years now. But it is widely agreed that their best work came in their early years. Shrewdly, this 19 song budget-priced CD - that is very similar to Virgin's early nineties compilation Higher and Higher: The Best of Heaven 17 - recognises that and concentrates on their eighties heyday.

It begins confidently with their two finest moments by far: the politically charged '(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang' (banned by Radio 1 due to its left-wing messages), and the stomping,… Read more
The Very Best Of The Everly Brothers ~ Everly Brothers
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitive?, 29 Jun 2014
There are so many compilations that bear the name of these sweet-singing brothers from Kentucky that it is difficult to know which to opt for. That point is demonstrated by this budget-priced showcase of their affecting blend of close two-part harmonies with country-pop and light rock 'n' roll. Without close scrutiny the track-listing and ordering of the material here is pretty indistinguishable from another release from Rhino - 2009's 50 Years of Hits.

That expansive 34 song featured the most essential sides of Phil and Don Everly's early years for Cadence and Warner Bros including transatlantic smashes such as: 'Wake… Read more