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on 26 November 2012
Now we know why the earlier advertised "Essential Yazoo" single disc never actually materialised, someone at the record company had the good vision to make this a double set. As with the Beloved double from a year or two back, this essentially covers nearly all their album tracks ("I before E" being an obvious casualty, but that track is probably just too experimental for a 'Best Of'). As such those tracks, plus the original 12" versions selected, are all 2008 Remasters from "In Your Room". As I didn't buy that set this is a great compilation, and some of the track sequencing is inspired, as they had more material to choose from. Several slower/bluesy tracks sit adjacent, whilst the same is true of the poppier stuff.

It's nice to have the original 7" of "Situation" as track 2, as it was a single in its own right in the US, and both US 12" sides are also present here. Some of the newere remixes work better than others, but as they are all on CD2 you can choose to include or exclude at will. Some are quite challenging, like "Ode To Boy", but worth perservering with, whilst some are quite commercial. As I'd purchased the original Reconnected 12" vinyl EP it was initially a bit annoying all 4 tracks are included, but having listened to the 2CDs their inclusion is worthwhile, and I will still keep hold of the vinyl!

Quite nice liner notes, short and sweet, and a great cover image choice/treatment make this budget set very strong indeed, and great value. The inclusion of most original 12" mixes, plus b-sides like "Situation" and "State Farm", work brilliantly.

This is a great Music Club Deluxe offering, and makes up for the same label's recent Blancmange iffy sound quality.
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on 18 September 2012
Yazoo: The Collection grabbed me as soon as I saw the cover - such a classic shot of Vince and Alison and the art is beautiful.

The collection covers everything you'd expect in a 2CD retrospective of the band and with not many albums to choose from, the remixes and alt versions work really really well.

I really love the last track on CD 1 - the 1990 mix of Only You with strings and piano! One of my favorites and I've been looking for ages for it!

I'm no massive fan, but got through these 2 CD's with a huge smile on my face and it really took me back! Again, for £5 it's a must have and a great buy.
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VINE VOICEon 17 January 2015
Alison Moyet and Vince Clark, who made up Yazoo, brought out some of the best music of the '80's. In particular, Upstairs at Erics, which tells the heartrending breakdown of a real relationship, and You and Me Both, a funky electronic masterpiece that really showcased Moyet's remarkable bluesy voice.

This compilation is not as good as the two separate albums, above, in that the concept is destroyed by definition, with the tracks in no logical order. I guess we should be grateful to be able to have the mp3 download, as neither of their othet albums are available, except in audio CD format.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 August 2013
Simply a brilliant album. Alison Moyet's deep rich voice may seem to be suited to jazz or classical signing, but in Yazoo she teamed up with a simple electropop keyboard accompanyment to create one of the classic sounds of the1980s.
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on 1 October 2015
For all Vince Clarke fans THIS IS A MUST BUY, absolutely love Yazoo and this is the ultimate CD I'm a massive Erasure fan too, simply Vince at his best
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on 27 December 2014
Brought back many childhood memories
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on 23 January 2016
For a two album band this collection covered all the singles and stand out tracks from the albums plus extended versions.
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on 4 May 2015
If you like this era of music get it in your collection, great album.
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on 19 April 2013
An absolutely stonking collection of tunes from one of the best bands to come out of the 80's. Moyet's voice combined with Clarke's synth riffs make for some unforgettable songs. Top notch music at a bargain price, thoroughly recommended.
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on 6 March 2016
A good cd collection, well worth buying.
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