John McKenzie

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The Complete Albums Collection ~ The Alan Parsons Project
The Complete Albums Collection ~ The Alan Parsons Project
The Alan Parsons Project created the most beautiful, tasteful and well-crafted albums of gentle rock through the late seventies and into the late eighties. Here you can have them all in one quite small box which seems to be the fashion these days. The albums themselves are housed in cardboard sleeves of which I worry about the durability and the risk of scratching - having said that, I probably won't play the originals often after having ripped them to my HD.

The sound is lovely - this latest mastering is clear and detailed and doesn't suffer from too much dynamic compression.

The music is fantastic - Eric Woolfson was a real hidden gem of a songwriter. Thoroughly… Read more
Message In A Box ~ The Police
Message In A Box ~ The Police
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Curate's egg!, 17 Nov 2007
This box set is absolutely superb in parts. Unfortunately those parts almost exclusively correspond with the five studio albums by The Police.

Additionally you get the first single (With Henry Padovani on guitar instead of Andy Summers. Padovani is simply not nearly as good), and also all of the studio single B-sides and about half of the live single B-sides (which you'll have worked out means that this box isn't definitive despite the description). You also get The Police's contribution to the soundtrack for the film Brimstone & Treacle. With one, maybe two exceptions these tracks are throwaways which are simply not worth worrying about missing. In fact they disrupt the nice… Read more
Oh, by the Way (Mini LP Replica) ~ Pink Floyd
115 of 124 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear..., 27 Oct 2007
That Pink Floyd were/are one of the greatest rock bands ever I don't seriously think anyone could dispute.

Nor do I think this box set is awful; in fact, most of the albums in it are brilliant!

However, and it is a big "however", Pink Floyd were about the music and this box set seems to be more about the packaging.

No remastering.
No rare tracks.
No enhanced audio (why no SACD/DVD-A content? I know these formats aren't exactly runaway successes but it still would add a valid reason to buy the box set)

So once I've put the disc in my player and I'm lost in "Wish You Were Here" there is no difference to just buying the albums. Which I have… Read more

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