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British TV Themes
British TV Themes

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID, 18 Oct. 2014
This review is from: British TV Themes (Audio CD)
MAKES ME VERY ANGRY that this kind of release keeps appearing. I was Geoff's co-producer and 'A-Z of British TV Themes' was my concept - I still have the fax (now copied) from Castle. It was our first release and all the tracks were licensed from Castle except 3 or 4 which we acquired from Standard Music. It just doesn't seem right that someone comes along and just makes a copy for sale where no royalties or advances are being paid. They have even had the nerve to use the original artwork form one of MFP's Geoff Love albums. Hopefully, Amazon will not offer this CD for sale again. Sigh. I see our much-sought after original is actually available for sale here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B00000703S/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used
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UNDERWORLD
UNDERWORLD
Price: £16.51

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No thanks, 16 Jun. 2014
This review is from: UNDERWORLD (Audio CD)
I'd love to buy this CD but £14 for 10 tracks is laughable. Not only that but it's another release from bootleg label 'Harkit'. I have the original album in Mono / Stereo from which I suspect this is lifted - originally issued in 1966 on Mercury. I see no licencing details on the cover yet again yet UMG will still own these tracks which are NOT in Public Domain. I'll stick with my LP unless Harkit can convince me this is a legitimate issue.


ELIZABETH TAYLOR IN LONDON SOPHIA LOREN IN ROME
ELIZABETH TAYLOR IN LONDON SOPHIA LOREN IN ROME
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £8.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Licenced or unlicenced???, 16 Jun. 2014
Very unlikely that this CD is properly licenced as 'Elizabeth Taylor' is owned by TKO (originally issued on Ember) and the 'Sophia Loren' tracks are owned by Sony. The cover artwork is appalling too. No one is being paid for this music - except Harkit. Seek out the original issues on CD (from which these are presumably lifted).


John Barry - The Early Years
John Barry - The Early Years

5.0 out of 5 stars The genius of John Barry!, 19 Aug. 2013
Whereas it's true that the tracks on this CD are a snap-shot of John Barry's formative years in the music business, it's easy to see just how accomplished he was at this early stage, and by 1962, it's obvious that the change from pop to film was already beginning to happen.

Some of the oldest tracks by the likes of Larry Page and Bill & Brett Landis are given basic rock 'n roll arrangements and accompaniments by the excellent John Barry Seven, but Lance Fortune's "Be Mine" and "Heartbeat" from The England Sisters are very much from the era of pizzicato strings made famous via Adam Faith's hit records. The experimental "Moods" instrumentals for Chappell are clearly a sign of things to come in the shape of The James Bond Theme, and from 1962 there are a couple of rare songs from a Lionel Bart musical by Billy Cotton & Kathie Kay. Also included are 3 instrumentals composed by Barry that he never recorded himself, in the shape of "Moonbird", "Easy Beat" & "Trouble Shooter", and 3 Xmas songs from Nina & Frederik round things off in great style.

With 36 tracks, and a decent booklet, this is very much a value-for-money compilation.


From Russia with Love, 50th Anniversary Edition
From Russia with Love, 50th Anniversary Edition
Price: £34.35

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another to Avoid, 3 Aug. 2013
Only 2 of the reviews here actually relate to this CD which has only recently been issued. In short, it's another worthless release from Harkit with all but one track previously available for some time. I see little point in shelling out hard-earnt cash for one track - that being the main titles featuring organist Alan Haven which has been dubbed from the film since the master tapes were lost. If you need this score buy the EMI / Capitol issue from 2003 - which had remastered sound and is cheaper! Like Harkit's 'Dr.No' issue this is NOT an expanded score at all.
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The Man, The Movies, The Music
The Man, The Movies, The Music
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Dud, 2 Aug. 2013
I can only agree with the above reviewer on this release. At first, it looks attractive - but it's merely a compilation of other Harkit releases (which, I might add, are all bootlegs ripped from vinyl sources) with a couple of extra tracks thrown in to bump up the running time. The first 17 (out of 27 tracks) are ALL available on legitimate releases and the remaining 10 tracks have all appeared on previous Harkit releases. I see some sellers are already selling this at discounted prices. I would still recommend you save your money and invest in another Barry release instead!


ORANJE OP ALLE WKS - SPORT
ORANJE OP ALLE WKS - SPORT
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: £3.95

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High Chaparral, 27 Oct. 2010
After years of waiting we finally get get see The High Chaparral (my favourite TV show ever) in superb quality - and uncut. I bought this direct from Amazon.de as it was cheaper and it is worth every penny I paid for it.

The picture quality is excellent - only a couple of minor imperfections running through the entire 1st season but these are in the film masters. English or German dialogue throughout except for the first 30 secs of the pilot where the English masters have been lost (note the opening few seconds have not been remastered / cleaned and are full of dust specks). This is the first time I have seen the latter as it was cut from UK transmissions since it was first aired.

You won't be disappointed though the only extras are original episode air dates. Season 2 due December!
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Drumbeat
Drumbeat
Price: £42.56

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British beat before The Beatles!, 28 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Drumbeat (Audio CD)
This is a most welcome CD release from the BBC pop series that aired in 1959. Many of the artists included were fairly successful in that intriguing era just before The Beatles changed everything, but some of them went on to much better things, especially Adam Faith and John Barry. The sound quality is good throughout, and the editing cleverly creates the illusion of a "live" TV performance, even though this is evidently a studio rerecording.

It's good to hear several tracks from Vince Eager who should have had a much lengthier career in the pop world, and there are three vocals from Larry Page in the days before he became much more successful as a manager. Standouts are Faith's version of "Believe what you say", with its excellent Vic Flick guitar solo, Eager's "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" and the instrumentals from the John Barry Seven & Bob Miller & The Millermen.

However, overall it's the energy and excitement that run throughout the 70 minutes which make this CD really worthwhile. For any fans of early British rock 'n' roll and early British TV pop shows, this CD is an essential purchase.


The Wrong Box
The Wrong Box

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Box, 13 Feb. 2010
This review is from: The Wrong Box (Audio CD)
Yet another release to avoid then - and on the same label (Harkit)as The Dove / Boom / Follow Me which all seem to be remastered from LP - mostly Japanese. I would most definitely question their authenticity and would sooner wait for a legitimate issue than pay full price for a pawltry few tracks mastered from LP. I can create my own CD if I'm desperate - for next to nothing.
How do these people get away with releasing such inferior products and selling them at full-price?
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The Dove
The Dove

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Dove, 13 Feb. 2010
This review is from: The Dove (Audio CD)
Many thanks Pete for confirming my suspicions. I shall be avoiding this CD and other Harkit releases and will wait for a legitimate issue. Obviously a *bootleg* as they are always priced higher than normal issues and you can never get them at a discounted price assuming you can find someone who stocks them. I can play my Japanese LP from which this is most certainly sourced and achieve better sound quality.
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