12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Don't expect anything from OUT OF TIME or AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE (actually Belong and Through The Barricades feature briefly but aren't on the track listing).
This is REM just before they went huge, taken from the world tour promoting the GREEN album, their first since joining a major label.
It captures them at their very best, playing the tight guitar-based alternative rock that typifies their early work.
After this album they didn't tour again until the Monster LP and by that time their muse had left them and if REM still exist in 2003 they are no longer relevant, at least not to these ears, sadly.
It is easy to see comparisons between Michael Stipe and Morrissey during this… Read more
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The major flaw with this is as a collection (mainly) of The Smiths later non-LP tracks is it doesn't have any of the "Sheila Take A Bow" EP on it.
Get "Louder Than Bombs" instead - it does, as well as lots of additional tracks, most of which are also on "Hatful Of Hollow".
The only selling point of this collection over "Louder Than Bombs" is the alternate version of "Stretch Out And Wait".
Add to that the rather poor instrumental "Money Changes Everything" which Johnny Marr gave to Bryan Ferry for the basis of his "Right Stuff" single. "The Draize Train" would have been a better choice of Smiths instrumental to include in my opinion.
Another problem with this collection is that 5… Read more
46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
I recently borrowed the 14 cd boxed collectors edition of the radio series and was blown away.
A fantastic adaptation by BBC Radio 4 with John Le Mesurier as Bilbo, Ian Holm as Frodo (now Bilbo in the films!) but the real star is Peter Woodthorpe as Gollum, he perfectly captures his split personality and the voice he provides is a joy to behold.(He also did the voice of Gollum in Ralph Bakshi's incomplete animated film version of the story, but seems to take it to a whole new level in this adaptation).
I bought this new 12 cd set and it differs from the previous edition - the story has been re-edited so that each book of the trilogy continues unbroken without the radio programme's… Read more