Between the Lines CD
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Jason Donovan - Between The Lines - Cd
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As a PWL fanatic myself, all I'm waiting now is for EDSEL to start digging Kylie Minogue and Dead or Alive's back catalogue as well : it would be like a dream come true. So Dear Tom Parker, get back to work, please please please...
My only complaint with these Jason Donovan re-releases (both Ten good reasons and Between the lines) is about the content of their booklets, where they often chose to melt the now legendary 80's and 90's sleeve covers with pieces of the vynil centers. Who bloody cares now how the 7 inches or 12 inches center pieces looked like back then : the important thing is to keep the pictures of the original sleeves intact ! You didn't do it on the Rick Astley re-releases and they were top notch : there the record covers were all unobstructed.
Well, let's just say I forgive you because the original Jason Donovan greatest hits album almost pictured them all already, but you've ruined to me a very sexy picture of a Rhythm of the rain record I've never saw before, so please EDSEL guys, never do that again.
Jason Donovan goes all the way back to my teenage years and his Greatest Hits album got quite a spin in my player. He's not the best vocalist around nor is his music all that great but it's quite a time capsule for more innocent and care-free times. In the early 90's Jason was considered neither hip nor cool and he was more of a chick's dude so those of us who dug him kept relatively quiet. But this "fluffy" pop has endured quite well and the music ain't too bad at all and one doesn't need to lower his head in shame in admitting fondness for Jason's music.
A particular favorite here is "Another Night", an overly dramatic tale of a guy who's broken up with his girlfriend and, quite simply, can't face another night without her. Aaaahhh, those years when you thought a certain girl didn't like you and it was the end of the world :), well, the song instantly takes me back to a certain crush in high shcool.
Other than that, all the songs on "Between the Lines" are pure pop and they're pretty good. Songs like "When you come back to me", "Hang on to your love", "When it's all over" and "Like it was Yesterday" are fun songs but they definately have a cheese factor about them. But that's part of their appeal.
As a juicy extra here you get B-sides and a ton of remixes which should be fun to give a spin. Now my suggestion is they next give Jason's least known album, "All Around the World" a deluxe treatment. I believe there were a few B-sides there as well as some quality alternate mixes of pretty good songs.
This is Jason's follow up to "Ten Good Reasons", which has also been reissued by Edsel (Ten Good Reasons (Deluxe 2CD Edition)). Both reissues are absolutely superb and Edsel/Tom Parker couldn't have done a better job here. Not only do we get the original album, but also an amazing 28 bonus tracks that bring together a comprehensive archive of everything from this period including 12" versions, B-Sides, and remixes. Some tracks were only available on expensive imports or vinyl only and there are also a lot of previously unreleased tracks. There is even a Spanish language version of "Rhythm Of The Rain" which was previously only issued as a promotional single for radio stations in Spain! So, a very thorough job has been done here. The mastering is also an important thing for me and what I noticed on this album and the "Ten Good Reasons" album is that where the old CDs may have rushed the fade on some tracks, here we get a more natural sounding fade which can add a few seconds to some of the tracks. I personally appreciate these type of subtleties, because it shows a respect for the music. All too often these days we get terribly rushed reissues (some of which are shockingly ripped from crackly old vinyl), but here you can tell that a lot of care and consideration has gone into making these top class products. I only wish they had made an extended version of my favourite track: "When I Get You Alone", but alas there never was one (unless one lurks in the vaults somewhere).Read more ›
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My childhood crush relived as I only had this on cassette. This is even better and I am amazed I still remember all the lyrics :-)Published 13 months ago by Anna
The item arrived on time and in very good condition as it was put through my letterbox instead of leaving with others and left outside which I always like. Read morePublished on 28 July 2013 by Kumudu M Perera
* When You Come Back To Me
* Hang On To Your Love
* Another Night
* Love Would Find A Way
* Rhythm Of The Rain
* I'm Doing Fine
* Careless Talk And... Read more