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5.0 out of 5 stars Always doesn't mean forever - but it does mean quality, 23 April 2012
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This review is from: Always (2CD Expanded Edition) (Audio CD)
In its original release, `Always' was a much overlooked album - in spite of boasting the massive hit `Who's leaving Who', which took Hazell back in to the upper reaches of the charts after her 1984 successes with `Searchin' and `Whatever I Do'. This special edition is a nearly comprehensive set of mixes, single edits and rarities and comes complete with liner notes from Hazell for each track on the first disc. And lyrics fans are well catered for too - with a full set of lyrics for every song, plus there's a full Hazell discography in the booklet.

As with some other CD releases from Stock, Aitken & Waterman produced acts, the original CD issue of `Always' presented some of the singles in their radio versions and some as extended mixes. This deluxe edition presents the original album as a collection of single versions and album tracks, moving the remixes and extended versions to disc 2 or as bonuses on disc 1. This works well, and the first nine tracks are a dynamic reminder of just how good S/A/W albums could be. It's a treat for the fans too, as this is the first time a number of the single versions have been made available on CD.

The bonus tracks are well-selected. Among the highlights are an edit of `No Fool (For Love)', two rare remixes of `Turn it Into Love' and b-sides. Oddly though, whilst all of the commercially released remixes from the singles `Who's Leaving Who' and `Maybe' are present and correct, the original extended mix of `Turn it into Love' is missing - meaning that you'll have to track down the CD single to hear it. It's a little frustrating as some of the remixes here have been widely available on CD for some time.

Overall this is one of the best reissues Cherry Pop have released. There's a definite sense of time and care put into this collection and as a result the edition flows well and the bonus tracks build upon the original, rather than sounding tacked on. Any fan of the Hit Factory should invest in this collection - it's far superior to any of the Greatest Hits that have been pushed out in Hazell's name.
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