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Steve Coogan - Live Box Set [DVD]
Steve Coogan - Live Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Coogan
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value if you've not got them already, 7 Jun. 2012
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Not the cheap and cheerful cobbling together of previously released Coogan material that I thought it was. Well, not entirely true. You do get all his previous live videos all in one nice handy box, but there's some nice extras in the form of material from his Australian tour, the BBC2 documentary "The Inside Story" with some delightful turns from Vic and Bob, and not forgetting all the Paul and Pauline Calf material from Channel 4's lamentable "Saturday Zoo". It's worth a double dip if you've got any of the live shows already.


The Best of Kylie Minogue
The Best of Kylie Minogue
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £5.48

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Videos Shame About The Songs, 7 Jun. 2012
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(This is a review of the CD+DVD version)

A little bit of a tatty EMI cash-in - how can you do justice to Kylie's magnificent singles career on a single disc "Best Of"? Well it's a push but you could with a bit of imagination, which this compilation lacks in spades.

"Give Me Just a Litle More Time", "Celebration", "Tears On My Pillow", "Never Too Late", "The Locomotion". Just why these are on here, when superior tracks such as "What Do I Have To Do?", "Shocked", "Love at First Sight", "Step Back In Time" or "Hands On My Heart" are ignored I will never know. No "2 Hearts" either OR "Timebomb" for completists. It's nice to have some of the newer videos alongside some old faves, but really whoever chose these tracks doesn't "get" Kylie.

This could have been a definitive "Greatest Hits", a "Kylie Gold" if you please, but it's just not very well thought out. Stick to "Ultimate Kylie".
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In And Out Of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990 - 2010
In And Out Of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990 - 2010
Price: £8.70

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A game of two halves, 15 Oct. 2010
Hmm, what can you say about this compilation? Less charitable people would say it's irrelevant bearing in mind his last Greatest Hits was only released six years ago, and he's had few memorable tunes or big hits since then. Some unkind people would say that having a tracklisting that works back through his career is a mistake and means all the good stuff with Guy Chambers is bunged on disc 2. Well those people may have a point, but this latest Robbie Wiliams compilation is interesting and relevant, especially as his return to Take That duties has provided a temporary bookend to his solo career. So what better time to take stock?

CD1 starts out with his collaboration with new best old mate Gary Barlow and a grower it is. The tracks from "Reality Killed..." are nothing special apart from "Bodies", and then we get to the next few tracks... Now, I'll put my cards out on the table here and admit that I liked the "Rudebox" album, as I thought it was a brave move to pay homage to his influences over the years, if not an entirely successful nor critically well received venture. So I'm going to be kind here. "She's Madonna" is the best thing Pet Shop Boys had done for years at that point, but neither this, "Lovelight" or the downright awful "Rudebox" single itself represent that part of Williams's career properly. But hey ho. "Advertising Space" and "Tripping" are probably the only interesting tracks from their parent album, and the first post-Chambers single "Radio" is just mental, and has aged well. I've never liked "Sexed Up" or "Come Undone" as the well of Williams's self-referential-stroke-self-loathing lyrics had run well and truly dry at that time, but "Feel" is a classic.

CD2 runs from the "Swing" era back to the total pop years - every tune a classic. Yes, even "It's Only Us" which Williams himself despises. And here lies the problem - these tracks are already on "Greatest Hits", and really, the variable quality of the later years output plus the "Swing" tracks would not really cause anybody who owns that previous compilation to double dip. The inclusion of "Everything Changes" on it's own is a bit bizarre but maybe that was the point of the way the tracklisting is... the listener is in the end back where Williams is now - a member of Take That.

Who knows how the next few years will go...? A worthwhile purchase for those who haven't got a Williams compilation or for diehard fans.


Singles
Singles
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £9.79

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin, 15 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Singles (Audio CD)
This is New Order "Singles". You get what you pay for. The 7" versions (well for most tracks) of all their released singles. Anybody complaining that you don't get the full version of "The Perfect Kiss" or "Shellshock" is missing the point - it's called singles, and it's only those tracks which didn't come out in commercial 7" format that are included on the CD in 12" form - "Blue Monday" being the prime example. It's a bit of a minefield but probably the most consistent compilation we've got so far.

So we get the 7" version of "Ceremony" which is a different recording to the one you know from "Substance" (apparently the channels have been swapped round but I didn't notice - just pleased to have it released on CD!). Likewise "Temptation" in it's 7" form is different to the 12" found on "Retro".

Unfortunately "1963" is included in it's original version from the "True Faith" single and not in it's Arthur Baker mixed 1995 single release mix, which is a cock-up. There's no "Blue Monday 1995" but possibly 3 versions on one CD is too much so I'll let that pass. The version of "Spooky" is an edit of the album version rather than the single mix by Fluke. "Run 2" as ever, isn't the Scott Litt single version but the one from "Technique". Again. Grrrr. And why "Turn" is on there nobody knows.

Despite it's flaws, until "Substance" gets a makeover this is the best New Order compilation out there. It just could have been a little better - why Warners can't find a person to take care of New Order's legacy I just don't know.


25: The Very Best Of - Deluxe Edition
25: The Very Best Of - Deluxe Edition
Offered by discover.store
Price: £82.01

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music is great, DVD not so..., 15 Oct. 2010
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Not much more can be said about the 2 CD's in this deluxe package that hasn't been said already - an excellent summation of 25 years of quality music from A-ha, with all the singles and choice album tracks compiled and remastered superbly. Essential purchase. However the DVD is a mixed bag...

Whoever remastered the videos has made "odd" edits to the music tracks so for example, the video of "The Sun Always Shines On TV" which always used the 7" single version now uses an odd edit of the album version as it's soundtrack. Your average punter wouldn't notice but to a fan it sticks out a mile. Also Rhino have carelessly inserted a video of the "Star Spangled Banner" after the aforementioned track, a video which has NOTHING to do with A-ha at all - the quality control department must have been asleep that day. You can skip it but why on Earth is it on there? Also whilst it's nice to see the original 1984 version of "Take On Me" it's disappointing that quality videos like "Cry Wolf", "The Living Daylights" and even the inane "Touchy" are conspicuous by their absence. Even "Hunting High And Low" is missing. So it's a missed opportunity by Rhino to provide a complete one-stop package for fans and anybody who may be curious about the band's work. Still it's only another two quid so you may as well go for the deluxe version.
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Duran Duran - Live From London (Limited Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Duran Duran - Live From London (Limited Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Duran Duran
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £7.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great gig but problematic DVD, 16 April 2010
The DVD looks great, and sounds great. It's just when you put the two things together that it goes a bit wrong - the sound and picture are slightly out of sync so after about 5 minutes you have to stop watching and just listen, which is fine but you might as well put the included CD on. A shame that quality control has been a bit slapdash and no fixed version has ever been offered, despite the band being notified of this problem. Purchase with care.


Arena
Arena
Price: £5.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds great but with reservations..., 16 April 2010
This review is from: Arena (Audio CD)
As a long time fan, I had the original vinyl version of this album from 1984 and therefore knew it inside out. I can safely say that the sound of the remastered CD is as good as it's going to get. However, the same fault that was there on the original issue of the CD is present on the remaster - the first note of "Seventh Stranger" is still missing! A shoddy bit of work of the part of EMI. Also from a packaging point of view, great efforts have been made to replicate the original packaging, but the fonts used are slightly off - it's a little thing that will only annoy a purist but there you go! Plus points are the inclusion of "Rio" & "Girls On Film" from the "As The Lights Go Down" video, but no "Cracks In The Pavement" from the "Wild Boys" single, which would have been nice. Overall, good but could have been A+.


Seven and the Ragged Tiger (2CD & DVD)
Seven and the Ragged Tiger (2CD & DVD)

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice package but bad mastering..., 30 Mar. 2010
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Oh dear. Keep hold of your copy of the previous remaster. EMI have made a hash of the mastering of the album. It always was a bit trebley and lacking bass before, but this remaster is to be frank, awful. However, the extras do make it worthwhile purchasing. The additional tracks sound fine, and it's nice to have the two live tracks from the US release of "The Reflex", and the DVD is great - finally we've got "As The Lights Go Down"! Okay it's the US version which was slightly different from the UK transmission but still FAR better than the mess that was "Arena". All in all, worth a buy at under a tenner but keep your copies of the old CD.


Duran Duran (2CD & DVD)
Duran Duran (2CD & DVD)

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Extras are great, remastering of main album awful..., 30 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Duran Duran (2CD & DVD) (Audio CD)
Well, just one listen to "Planet Earth" on this album tells the story of the remastering - it's bad. Really too much treble and not enough bass, it's like listening to a really bad MP3... keep hold of the previous remaster. However, the additional tracks are great. The Air Studio version of "Tel Aviv" is bizarre! No resemblance to the instrumental we all know and love! Full marks for the DVD as well, the Swap Shop stuff is great, and it's nice to finally have "Careless Memories" and "Night Boat" on DVD, although the picture quality could have been a little better. All in all, a nice package let down by the mastering of the main course.
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Pandemonium: Live at the O2 Arena, London, 21st December 2009 [CD+DVD]
Pandemonium: Live at the O2 Arena, London, 21st December 2009 [CD+DVD]
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE best Pet Shop Boys DVD, 14 Feb. 2010
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Ignore the 1 out of 5 review also found here, by someone who obviously has an axe to grind. This is a brilliant package - the concert is possibly the duo at their best, and the DVD captures the spirit of the concert perfectly. Stuart Price's reworkings of the concert tracks for home listening on the CD work equally well. Add some promos and that legendary BRITS performance and you've got an absolute bargain at any price.


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