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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2010
... but why leave out the best of them all ("Steve McQueen") and butcher the next best ("Jordan - the Comeback")?
Re Jordan: 4-5 songs have been left out. Admittedly it's a long album but on the original release it easily fitted a single CD. The rest of the songs have been reshuffled. Considering that this is one of the most carefully sequenced records ever, I can't think Paddy McAloon is especially happy about this.
4-5 stars for content, 1 star for format/packaging.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2009
Anyone reading the two reviews previously posted readers might be forgiven for not realisng that they could get hold of five albums by one of the best songwriters this country has produced at a bargain price. The series of "Original Classic Albums" is clearly not an attempt to put all the best selling albums by each artist together but to provide a range of music by each, mixing a little rough with the smooth (or the less familiar with the familiar).

Those who are fans of the mighty Prefab Sprout will probably have all these albums anyway and are fully aware of the genius of Paddy McAloon. For those who may have only heard the odd single etc and would like to explore further this is a good way to very cheaply obtain five excellent albums of well constructed songs full of clever lyrics, sumptuous melodies and lush, but not overdone, arrangements. You can argue about which albums should have been included - the only proper collection would have them all of course - but for a budget introduction to some of the best music made this cannot be faulted. Only a complete Scrooge would carp about this collection. Never mind that it's not perfect, it's not meant to be! Forget the packaging, listen to the music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2010
If you already have these albums then this isn't the purchase for you. However, if your CD collection is void of any Prefab Sprout then this is an excellent buy. My only criticism is that it doesn't include the album 'Steve McQueen' which I had to purchase seperately.
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2009
In time for the proposed release of Prefab Sprout's NEW album "Let's Change the World With Music - The Blueprint" this summer, here comes a boxed set with the "classic albums" from 1984's "Swoon" to 1997's "Andromeda Heights". Of course, this is GREAT music. But I wouldn't recommend buying this supposed collector's edition, unless it contained some rare b-side tracks or liner notes by Paddy McAloon himself. Which I doubt this set does.

One glaring omission is 1985's "Steve McQueen", in my view the best album the Sprouts ever did. Now, this album did get its brilliant release in 2007 with a luminous bonus CD of Paddy's acoustic versions of most of the songs. That might explain its omission here.

Another omission is 2001's "The Gunman and Other Stories", arguably not on par with the same level as the other "classic albums". But strange, nonetheless.

A final even stranger omission is the last four songs from 1990's "Jordan: The Comeback". Why are they missing? This seminal album is abruptly cut short, thus losing some of its grand momentum. A silly mistake in the rush to have the box ready? Or a conscious decision for reasons no one knows?

Still: if this box is a hit I applaud the record company and hope the fortune will come in handy to Paddy. So he can continue to record all of his unrecorded albums just lying in wait...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2013
I bought this mainly for the Jordan album, and it has rearranged the track listing and missed off songs from the original. However, the packaging still claims all the original songs, which is just wrong. It's going back.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2009
The other review here mentions that the classic album, "Steve McQueen" is omitted from this set. That seems to be their MO for this series, and it is INCREDIBLY ANNOYING AND FRUSTRATING. The Hall and Oates set omits their finest album, "Voices". The Cheap Trick set leaves out "Dream Police". These albums are presented chronologically, with their most popular albums simply skipped. It wreaks of corporate malfeasance.
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