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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot and too little,
This review is from: House Of Rufus [13CD + 6 DVD] (Audio CD)This box set really has everything covering a staggering 19 discs yet it does lack extra content despite the discs with demos, and rare tracks. In reality you get four new cds that have not been released individually before plus a couple of extra tracks on most of the remaining cds. As far as the DVD content goes the extras are even slimmer and consist of a few live recordings e.g. from Montreux Jazz Festival. The Release the Stars DVD is identical to the original limited edition version and consists of a mere four tracks plus comments from Rufus. Surely there must have been more material in the archives. And finally you do not get the actual Primadonna opera but a making of DVD. Despite all these shortcommings what you do get in the House of Rufus is execellent.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GORGEOUS!,
This review is from: House Of Rufus [13CD + 6 DVD] (Audio CD)I have received my boxset today, thank you Amazon.co.uk for a quick international delivery!
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I have only one word to describe this: GORGEOUS!
Admittedly, I was unconvinced when I read the announcement of this boxset's pre-release as it was set to contain so much previously released material. Once the tracklists were posted and I saw that it has an abundance of bonus tracks, I decided to ("Go, or go ahead," and) purchase it anyway, to ensure I had all of the officially available songs. I am not disappointed!
The box itself is an rectangular, red-velvet (faux, of course) plush solid cardboard slide-box, embossed with "House of Rufus" in ornate script on the front, otherwise it is simple, elegant and unadorned. It is open on one side only to slide out the hefty (read: this is a keeper, not a delicate fall-apart or throw-away) hard-back bound book which includes thick, card wallet sleeves that house, two discs per page, the CDs and DVDs either side of the 80+ page booklet. Each disc is set in an inset groove, a small thumbnail image of the original front cover artwork for the release is shown when the disc is removed.
The booklet includes, in addition to the essays on Rufus' life to date (split into Acts, nicely done), the lyrics to all album tracks printed in clear text, one complete album per 2page opening, for your sing-a-long pleasure. Of course I haven't yet read all the essays in detail, so I can't comment too much on those, but I can confirm that whilst all the original artwork is not faithfully reproduced (eg: Jörn's handwritten lyrics for "All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu") most of the photo's and elements of design are present in some format (eg: Jörn's handwritten 'Zebulon' lyrics are shown in part).
If you missed any bonus DVD's with initial album purchases (eg: 'Live at the Filmore' DVD was originally packaged with 'Want Two', 'Release the Stars' DVD with it's deluxe album in some territories) you should get this set to complete your collection. Additionally, if you think you've heard all Rufus has to offer but haven't heard the more than 17 songs he's featured in film soundtracks (16 here included), you need to either buy those thirteen CDs or save yourself money and time (and effort, some are hard to come by now) and get this one collection that also includes no less than 75 non-album tracks - mostly unheard songs (or demo's of), but some live and alternatve versions of album tracks inlcuded, (add 7 more if you include the tracks that were on albums in limited territories only, eg: 'Do I Disappoint You (Instrumental)' was not on the US 'Release the Stars' album; 'Es Mus Sein' & 'Velvet Curtain Rag' were not on all releases of 'Want One', etc).
The four 'Art Prints' are tour posters, comparing to the pictured image (the one showing all 19 discs and the contents of the box), I did not receive the 'Bella's Rhapsody' print shown, but all four of the others are nicely presented on A4 sized soft-cardboard, including the 'Release The Stars' poster, which appears to be signed - whilst it is only a reproduction signature, it still looks very nice.
[NOTE: One of two personal detractors from this set: international characters were not used in song titles or lyrics, eg: 'Es Muß Sein', 'Matinée Idol' etc; the other detractor being the missing rare/collaboration songs, specifically 'As In Happy' and 'L'Absense' which are on Filmore DVD but not CD, and 'The Motion Waltz (Emotional Commotion)', 'Katonah (Death of the Firstborn)', 'A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall' (with Ann Wilson, Shawn Colvin) & 'Go Ask Shakespeare' (with Burt Bacharach) to name a few - most probably omitted for licensing restrictions]
Overall, this set gives the impression that suits Rufus' music and style: stylishly sophisticated, but still approachable. It is built to last, and be enjoyed for many years.
I hope you are one of the lucky 3,000 Rufus Wainwright fans that will be honoured to own this masterpiece collection of Rufus' work. I am glad to be in this select group.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need!,
This review is from: House Of Rufus [13CD + 6 DVD] (Audio CD)This is a brilliant set: both exhaustive and pretty!
It's a sturdy box, with a similarly sturdy book and very good disc-holders. So often these types of deluxe sets rely on glued-together disc rests which either get glue on the discs themselves or damage the surface of the discs because of scratchy sleeves - not so in this case. I expected slight pressure marks on the velvety covering on the outer box and they were there, but it's not too noticeable and they probably add to the visual texture of the fabric anyway.
All in all - very nice. Soooooo worth it for fans!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very lovely,
This review is from: House Of Rufus [13CD + 6 DVD] (Audio CD)Excellently put together box set, from Rufus. All you want housed in the one beautifully made package, with some nice art prints and the cute Bella's Rhapsody. Incorporates a sumptuous colour book, lyrics etc and tonnes of lovely rare stuff most of which is good and which you can have here without all the scratchin around dusty old shops....all in all it is glorious. If you like him, get it...I note the price is rising over time...
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic,
This review is from: House Of Rufus [13CD + 6 DVD] (Audio CD)If you want to know Rufus Wainwright better, don't hesitate ! You must have this beautiful box, full of treasures... I just love it .., and him :) Beautiful music, beautiful voice, beautiful human being !!!
0 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars House of Rufus,
This review is from: House Of Rufus [13CD + 6 DVD] (Audio CD)despite the promotion of the homosexual life style, this box set is truly a masterpiece of Rufus's song writing and singing ability, as well as the ability to entertain.
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