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4.0 out of 5 stars "There's a party going on in Atomic City..", 4 Jan. 2011
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A review for the 2010 2cd + dvd expanded edition...

Promised by Universal Music in 2009 and finally delivered by Cherry Red records in 2010, the expanded edition of Holly Johnson's first post Frankie Goes To Hollywood album "Blast" is so full of audio content most casual and hardcore fans alike will be very happy indeed.

Firstly to the mastering. The music, for the most part sounds great. All errors from the previous reissue in 2009 have been rectified. The album proper plays through with the appropriate tracks running into each other. Most notable is the cross fade between the first and second tracks which other reviewers who purchased the 2009 release have mentioned was incorrectly mastered as two separate tracks. Not anymore, all good. There is however, two tracks ripped off vinyl records, more on that below. Now on to the contents of the three discs.

Disc one has the remastered original album plus the single b-sides and rarities. Disc two contains all the single remixes including some that were only released in the USA. But the greatest bonus for fans is the inclusion of the tracks from the "Hollelujah" remix album spread throughout the two discs. Disc three is a dvd containing the video album "Blast-The Videos" which is essentially all the promo clips for the album including an extended video of "Atomic City", my favourite track on the album. It's great to finally have these videos on dvd. That's all the good stuff.

There's a small gripe from me regarding two tracks ripped from scratchy vinyl records, in particular "Love Train (ride the a train mix)" track six on disc two. It's only a small complaint from me as I own the cd single for this song and already have this mix. If I didn't own this mix, I'd be a little unhappy. "Perfume (Aromatherapy Inst.Mix) is a different matter. I'm guessing the compilers couldn't source the master. Perhaps a search through fan archives would turn up a better copy than the awful rip of this track included here. I would've been happy to provide my cd copy of "Love Train" which sounds 200% better than what is released here. I took off a star for this glitch from what would've otherwise been a five star set.

Reading the wonderful liner notes, written by the man himself that's included with this three disc set reveals the hard work and determination that went into making this landmark late 80's pop album. Holly tips his hat and mentions all those involved in helping him find a voice after Frankie including disco legend Dan Hartman. Lyrics to all tracks are also reproduced and there's some cool promo shots and single sleeves. This package is just what an expanded deluxe edition should be, just be aware that track 17 on disc 1 and track 6 on disc 2 are of lesser quality than the others. The rest of the content sounds great. What maximum joy it is to hear this album in all it's pristine digital glory. Thank-you Holly!

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Initial post: 13 Jan 2011 13:00:17 GMT
rd edwards says:
Excellent review, thank you.

Having the CD single of "love Train" myself too, I'm only slightly disappointed by the vinyl rip of "Ride the A Train".

I've held off buying the deluxe set though due to reported problems with the quality of "Perfume: Aromatherapy instrumental". How is the quality of this track on your copy? It sounds dreadful on itunes!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2011 15:36:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jan 2011 04:28:30 GMT
DJ Control says:
Hi rd The instrumental mix is appalling,thaks for the heads up,I've edited my review accordingly,I thought the L T rip was more of a let down as i know it was released on cd.At least the Perfume Aromatherapy mix(trk 16) sounds great.Shame they don't look too far for the best content when compiling these spec editions,I wasn't sure if the Hollelujah ep was issued on cd so just assumed there is only vinyl source for the instrumental mix.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2011 13:27:24 GMT
rd edwards says:
Thanks for your reply,

The Hollelujah ep was issued on CD, but only has the vocal mix on it, not the instrumental.

Goodness knows where the instrumental has been sourced from, maybe an old wax cylinder or gramophone 78! ;-)

Posted on 23 Dec 2011 01:54:39 GMT
Torsten says:
Just got a copy and couldn't hear any bad quality tracks at all!
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