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White Heat 30 Hits
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2014
- excellent addition for collectors who already own their albums (with unreleased single&radio edits)
- DVD with collection of clips
- fair price for a 3-disc box-set
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2013
every track brilliant, or perhaps i am biased. give it a listen to the very aussie earthly sounds, best australian band
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on 16 October 2014
great
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on 7 July 2015
Good
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A great word "hits". For example, this review won't be a "hit" with Icehouse's many fans - but it will be a "hit" with my mum. However, the most commonly accepted definition of "hit" in the music world is "a song which entered the mainstream singles charts" (hit albums are usually referred to as such). From a narrow UK perspective (which I think is okay, this being Amazon.co.uk) only "Crazy" and "Hey Little Girl" were UK hits - using the common definition of the word - and blisteringly good singles they were too - though it has to be said neither even got into the top 15. But that's because our radio stations then, as now, didn't always cotton to quality pop music - which is Icehouse's home turf. So, yes, there are some great songs on here, but why have they been released as "hits" in the UK? Genuinely, you'd have a case with trading standards if you pursued that one.

Now, all of the above could be dismissed as semantic nitpicking fluff - but what's been done to some of the music on this CD is not so lightweight. The horrible and widespread practice of artists and labels trying to second guess the original productions is just distressing and ranges from "remastering" to "remixing" and that greatest con of all "Re-recording with as many of the original artists as possible". It's been done to everything from Redding's "Dock of the Bay" (that execrable stereo mix which is about all you ever hear these days) to endless remixes of 80s tracks such as Human League's "Don't you Want Me" and so on. Now seems like Icehouse seemingly feel that what they originally did wasn't good enough and needs tinkering with. The truth is, makeovers of old releases (or live performances) seldom produce something that exceeds the merits of the studio original - and so it is here. Sorry Icehouse - I'm off to look for copies of the originals.
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