2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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
115 of 124 people found the following review helpful
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 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
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
OK, so why do we need yet another Beethoven cycle?
1) David Zinman is the first conductor to use the new Bärenreiter Urtext edition of Beethoven's orchestral works, which set out to correct the many known errors and omissions from the previous Breitkopf edition, theoretically taking us closer to Beethoven's original vision.
2) Zinman also uses Beethoven's own metronome markings - which are markedly faster in many places than "traditional" 20th Century performances.