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1 The Beatles [Limited Edition]
1 The Beatles [Limited Edition]
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: £15.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection.....but disappointing sound, 24 Nov. 2015
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Firstly, I must say that the 1+ edition is a really nice collection of Beatles' video material.

I was expecting more from the sound though. Can't help thinking (as others have) that the audio remixing has been done in rather a half hearted way, with little attempt made to recompile a new multitrack source for each song from all available elements prior to mixing, in a similar way that many tracks were prepared for the 'Yellow Submarine song track' project from 1999. It must've been a real labour of love to finally produce a true stereo version of 'Only A Northern Song' after all those years....and with fantastic results! Would really like to think that similar passion had gone into THIS project if possible.

I do acknowledge that many session tapes may not have been available at this time and also that some songs, eg 'She Loves You', are simply mono recordings.

I suppose I would have more confidence that all the necessary attention to detail had been given to produce the best possible end result here if the same 'Song track' team had been involved. Maybe someone can reassure me that it was!
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Dancing a Gogo
Dancing a Gogo
Price: £20.43

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, finally available on the CD fomat, 12 April 2015
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This review is from: Dancing a Gogo (Audio CD)
This is a very fine collection for fans of the 'a gogo' series (like me!) to finally own.

Here are a few observations:

'Hammond a gogo 1' has been given a whole new lease of life on this release in my opinion, sounding better than ever and much more dynamic when compared to it's original CD appearance. It's so good to finally have 'Hammond a gogo 2' (a personal favourite of mine) on this format as well. I assume that 'Hammond a gogo 3' was omitted as all the songs are available on the 'Best of Hammond & Trumpet' compilation (Spectrum, 2001)

Very pleased that 'Guitar a gogo' is included. The track sequence follows the international running order rather than that of the UK version so, consequently, we're fortunate to get the non-UK track 'Who Are We' as a bonus.

In summary, this is a lovely sounding collection of quality instrumentals from a past era, featuring a high standard of musicianship. It's been well worth the wait to finally have so many great albums in one CD set. Do you get the impression that I'm delighted??? :-)

Aqualung [LP, CD1, CD2, DVD, Blu-Ray and hard-back book]
Aqualung [LP, CD1, CD2, DVD, Blu-Ray and hard-back book]
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: £145.80

4.0 out of 5 stars It's a nice set!, 6 May 2014
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I waited a long time before purchasing this box set, after deciding only to go for it when it came down to around the £70 mark (I paid £71.98). Glad I finally own it!

Not going to go into too much detail, just make a few observations.

I find the 5.1 mix of the original album very enjoyable. The emphasis appears to be on highlighting the electric guitar parts, which is fine by me. Only criticism is that the lead vocals are sometimes a bit low in the mix when appearing exclusively from the front middle speaker.

Unfortunately I'm a little disappointed with the mixes of 'Life is a Long Song' featured here. They're still OK but in my opinion the definitive version of this song appears on the 'remixed classic songs' CD from the 25th anniversary set. 'Up the 'Pool' is just great though, particularly like the way the lovely deep bass drum has been revealed.

Think the new stereo mix of the album is a big improvement on all previous issues....everything is much clearer and all the subtle drum / percussion touches that were sometimes difficult to hear on the original are now perfectly audible.

The vinyl sounds remarkably good as well. Haven't bought anything in this format for quite some time, it appears that modern manufacturing techniques now produce a better product. It's heavy weight is reminiscent of something from the 60s, no sign of any warping either.

In summary, it's a lovely collection, a little expensive but it includes all the formats and a very nice informative book. The sound quality is much better than the disappointing 'Thick as a Brick' set...no muffled drums / cymbals here!

Looking forward to hearing the 5.1 version of 'A Passion Play' which is due for release in a few weeks at a much more reasonable price :-)

The US Albums
The US Albums
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £52.74

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars US albums box set, 20 Jan. 2014
This review is from: The US Albums (Audio CD)
I'm a bit disappointed that the original US stereo mix of 'I'm Only Sleeping' hasn't been used on the 'Yesterday and Today' CD included in this set. This mix is still only available on the unofficial 'Alternate Revolver' CD and later vinyl editions.

Unfortunately, it's errors like this that let down an otherwise very good collection.
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The Ultimate EP Collection
The Ultimate EP Collection
Offered by trec002
Price: £34.99

3.0 out of 5 stars How can it be the ultimate EP collection?, 10 Dec. 2013
I've owned this set since it's release in 2001 and have always wondered why it fell short of containing all the songs from Buddy Holly's EPs, rather than just a selection. Additional discs should've been included to complete the compilation as necessary, in my opinion.

For example, two songs are missing from 'Buddy Holly Sings' ('What To Do' & 'That Makes It Tough'). I suppose we should be grateful that the correct Norman Petty overdubbed versions were used.

I think that if an original EP was issued in mono, then songs from that EP should appear in mono here (some don't). It's also disappointing that some tracks (eg 'Modern Don Juan') are featured in fake stereo, which is generally regarded as inferior to mono.

On the plus side though, I've never heard 'Peggy Sue' & 'Listen To Me' sound as clear on any other compilation as they do here.

In summary, it's a nice set but ,unfortunately, doesn't live up to it's name. With more care and attention to detail it could have!

Futurist Manifesto - 1974-1978
Futurist Manifesto - 1974-1978
Offered by westworld-
Price: £14.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Bring back the spark, 9 Nov. 2013
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This is a very nice set and it really does illustrate what a fantastic band Be Bop Deluxe was. We're so lucky to have all this wonderful music to listen to!

I have to confess though that I was hoping for a little more from the remastering, particularly where 'Sunburst Finish' is concerned. The original CD sounded pretty flat and lifeless when compared to the vinyl edition and, unfortunately, the version presented here doesn't sound any better in my opinion.

The other albums always did sound OK on the CD format so no complaints about those, although a few 5.1 surround sound remixes would've been welcomed and might've made the set a little more interesting :-)

Benefit (Collector's Edition)
Benefit (Collector's Edition)

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid remixes!, 8 Nov. 2013
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In my opinion, this release sounds much better than last year's disappointing 'Thick As A Brick' reissue which, sadly, was spoiled by the rather muffled quality of the cymbals and drums.

This new 'Benefit' stereo mix has a very similar soundstage to the original but this time around each individual instrument is more defined and separated. A definite improvement.

The 5.1 version is a real treat to the ears! I hadn't previously realised how many guitar overdubs had been recorded originally, these are clearly audible through the various speakers. I particularly like the way the backwards flute on 'With You There To Help Me' appears from the rear right, while Martin Barre's wonderful guitar solo comes from the rear left. Great stuff!

It's also good to hear '17' in stereo (and 5.1) for the first time....and it's unedited as on the 'Sweet Dream' single (other versions of this song also appear here). The UK and US versions of 'Teacher' are excellent in 5.1.

My only disappointment is that the multitrack tape of 'The Witch's Promise' couldn't be located for this project so there's no remix treatment of this song unfortunately.

There are lots of other bonus tracks though and the booklet's very informative. All in all this is a very worthwhile release for JT fans like me!
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Beatle collectors!, 16 Nov. 2012
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****Please note that this review refers to the 32 track, 45th anniversary Japanese import edition CD from 2011****

This is an essential collection for Beatle fans to own because (as far as I know) it's the only CD that contains the unique U.S. mono mixes of 'I'm Only Sleeping', 'Doctor Robert' and 'And Your Bird Can Sing'.

Stereo versions of these three tracks are also presented here but in fake stereo form, as they originally appeared on the stereo vinyl (later vinyl pressings contained true U.S. stereo mixes). If you want the true U.S. stereo mixes of these three songs on the CD format, I'm pretty sure that they're only available on 'unofficial' releases.

The U.S. stereo mix of 'We Can Work it Out' included here is also slightly different to the standard U.K. stereo CD mix.

In addition to the whole of the original album in both mono and stereo, this set also includes a few bonus tracks (some of which are taken from the 'Anthology' series) and a very informative booklet, containing numerous pics of the 'butcher cover' photo session plus some interesting facts.

The sound quality is excellent and, in my opinion, a more detailed and natural listen than the 2009 remasters.

It's nice to have, even if you own the original vinyl versions!


****January 20th 2014 update****

Today marks the release of 'The US Albums' box set.

The edition of 'Yesterday and Today' included in this new set contains all the correct mono and stereo US versions that were featured in the original later vinyl releases with the exception of 'I'm Only Sleeping' in stereo.

Unfortunately the UK stereo mix has been incorrectly used. As far as I know, the US stereo mix is only available on the unofficial 'Alternate Revolver' CD and later vinyl editions.
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Thick As a Brick [40th Anniversary Special Edition]
Thick As a Brick [40th Anniversary Special Edition]

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Geared towards the average rather than the exceptional, 7 Nov. 2012
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I saw the band perform this masterpiece live around the time of release in the early seventies and have always been fascinated by IA's fine acoustic guitar work and BB's imaginative drumming, etc (BTW I recommend the live version on the AVO Session Basel DVD).

While this is a very worthwhile release, with an informative booklet and lots of options for enjoying the music, in my opinion the remixed formats are let down by the inconsistant drum/cymbal sound quality.

For example, at around 3 minutes into 'side one' when Mr Barlow comes in, the hihats sound so muffled it's as though he's not playing in the same studio as the rest of the band, yet at other times later on they're crystal clear. Perhaps there were problems with the original multi-track tape.

The stereo and 5.1 remixes are an interesting alternative but I have to say that on this occasion, taking everything into account, I prefer the sound of the original vinyl release. It's a pity as I was really looking forward to hearing this.
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a little disappointing, 29 Aug. 2012
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I had eagerly anticipated the release of this set and assumed that the sound quality would be a big improvement on previous CD issues.

Unfortunately, in spite of the remixing etc, it still comes across as sounding rather flat, lifeless and 'processed' to my ears. Many of Carl Palmer's subtle cymbal touches on 'Take A Pebble' for example, that are so obvious on the original vinyl release, are only just audible....and it's not because they're low in the mix. It's almost as though the whole thing's been put through a high frequency filter!

Also, according to the booklet, three of the multi-track tapes couldn't be located in order to produce new stereo and surround sound mixes so consequently 'Clotho', 'Lachesis' and 'Tank' only appear here in their original form.

On the plus side, it's worth having for the available surround sound mixes and for the out-takes etc. I'll be giving 'Tarkus' an audition later on today.

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