S. Bailey

Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,737
Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (254 of 317)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,737 - Total Helpful Votes: 254 of 317
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
The Definitive Ray Charles ~ Ray Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive, 9 May 2014
Definitive is the right word for this double CD overview of the work of this piano-playing singer-songwriter who could always be found sporting a tuxedo. Why? It features the very best songs from this soul legend's large, but uneven back catalogue: the likes of 'I've Got A Woman'; 'What I'd Say'; 'Mess Around'; 'This Little Girl Of Mine'; 'Drown In My Own Tears'; 'Hallelujah I Love Her So', and 'Georgia On My Mind' all feature here. In doing that it shows off the breadth of his output: we get his early R&B; the soul epics: the big ballads; the 'modern sounds in country and western'; the Latin-jazz experiments, and a few of his duets for good measure.

The compilers have also show… Read more