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Original Album Classics
Original Album Classics
Price: £10.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not remastered but a good set, 13 May 2015
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Wham have been neglected over the years, and the three albums here are not remastered. Sound quality varies. Even The Final sounds better than this, and If You Were There... The Best of... is even better. However, this is a rare opportunity to get "Music From The Edge Of Heaven", a made-up third album for the U.S./Japan market. Most of the tracks appeared on The Final but a live version of "Blue (Armed With Love)" appears on this as well as a remix of Wham! Rap. The intro on Careless Whisper appears on Make It Big (it's absent from The Final and the two George Michael compilations).

A remastering and bonus tracks would have been good (for instance, the studio version of Blue (Armed With Love) that only appeared on a 7" single and vinyl/cassette versions of The Final) but it's still a good way of getting much of Wham's output in one handy, no-frills boxed set.

Gracias Por La Musica
Gracias Por La Musica
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £10.15

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fans only, 13 May 2015
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The most interesting thing about this is the unexpected return of the 1980 Gracias Por La Musica name and artwork. The album has previously used ABBA Gold-style artwork and been called ABBA Oro. Ten of the tracks have even been included on six other ABBA deluxe reissues (the five exceptions being omitted from The Visitors and Voulez-Vous deluxes due to lack of space). It's therefore likely that this is an extra deluxe not originally planned, but with all ABBA's studio albums having been given the deluxe treatment, there was little left.

It's therefore sadly the least interesting of the series. There weren't many Spanish-language TV performances so the DVD has been padded-out with the five previously released promo videos (promos were rarely included on other deluxes without very good reason).

If you don't have Oro, then this is for you. If you do, and you bothered to get The Essential Collection on DVD when it was out, you may want to skip this. I got it for completeness as I had the other eight deluxes, but just three TV performances not previously available.

ION Audio Video 2 PC MKII USB Digital Video Conversion System for with software for Mac and PC
ION Audio Video 2 PC MKII USB Digital Video Conversion System for with software for Mac and PC

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not compatible with Apple Mac, 18 April 2012
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Very poor that this item cannot be used on a mac. I had ION's Vinyl to PC converter with Audacity software that was compatible, so I expected this to be. Item returned - disappointed.

GreyMobiles Jet Black Gel Case For Apple iPhone 4 4G HD
GreyMobiles Jet Black Gel Case For Apple iPhone 4 4G HD
Offered by G-Hub
Price: £2.49

2.0 out of 5 stars At least two different versions of this, 29 July 2010
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I bought two of these, one for myself and, a few weeks later, one for my partner. I can confirm that, as I'd suspected after reading the other reviews, there are at least two different versions of this item being sent out. In fact, as neither of the two I received have the sharp edge mentioned in other reviews, I can only surmise that there are at least three versions.

The first one I was very pleased with. This had a matt finish, all the ports and buttons were exposed, the case fit perfectly and the screen protector was flat and therefore went on well. This matches the photo shown.

The second one I was not at all pleased with. This had a shiny finish and covered the buttons. It didn't actually fit properly, being slightly too small. The screen protector was not enclosed flat, and therefore I was unable to apply it properly. As a result it comes away on one side.

What attracted me to this item originally was the price and the screen protector. However, if you are going to order this, bear in mind you might not get the right one! I was lucky the first time but unlucky the second (with Apple providing free cases anyway, the second one was more for the screen protector but even that is defective). I've not had the problem with slow delivery or sharp edges, but as it does appear there may be three versions, it really is pot luck which one you'll get sent. Four stars for first one I got but one for second.

Celebration (2 CD)
Celebration (2 CD)
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £7.48

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another Madonna compilation with important omissions, 16 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Celebration (2 CD) (Audio CD)
OK, so Madonna has issued so many singles that it would take a 4-CD boxed set to include them all (and even then it might be a squeeze to fit them all in), but if the tracklisting given in the previous review is correct, then once again there are some important tracks left off. Of the three different Madonna compilations so far (including the ballads one), three tracks - Crazy For You, Live To Tell and Take A Bow - have already appeared on two of them, and yet all three are wheeled out again for this one. Big hits they were, but it would have been nice to see tracks like True Blue, American Life and Causing A Commotion make their debut on a Madonna compilation. Let's face it, most of the people this is aimed at are going to have at least one of the other two compilations the duplicate tracks appear on.

Who's That Girl is quoted as appearing though (even though two of the other reviews state otherwise).

This Used To Be My Playground is again missing, even though it was a US Number 1, though it does feature on the 1995 ballads compilation. The absence of Gambler means it remains the only single not on any Madonna album. Can be found on the Vision Quest soundtrack though.

I'm hoping there will be a decent DVD to go with this, the two previous DVDs of Madonna's videos missed out more than they included. Not hopeful though. It seems even the end of Madonna's contract with Warners can't bring about a decent anthology of her work.

If you already have all of Madonna's albums, would be pointless to bother with this one. Download the two new tracks and make up your own complete Madonna singles collection on your iPod.
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ABBA The Scrapbook
ABBA The Scrapbook
by Jean-Marie Potiez
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare photos, 7 Aug. 2009
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This is one of the best unofficial Abba books you're likely to find. It is full of rare photos. Of particular interest to me was a "then and now" look at locations used in Abba photos and videos. For instance, the castle used for the "Waterloo" album sleeve is shown, exactly where the photos were taken. It isn't made clear, but the photos alongside the album cover in the book were taken recently and the place hasn't changed much in 35 years. Similarly the cover of The Visitors is shown alongside how the room looks now. The island used for the video of "The Winner Takes It All" is also included. It even tells you where all these places are if you fancied a visit to Sweden!

Well worth getting, and no serious Abba collector would want to be without this, while the more casual buyer would find plenty of interest.

Greatest [Special Edition] (Super Jewel) (International)
Greatest [Special Edition] (Super Jewel) (International)
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £8.77

4.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine 1970's Greatest Hits, 18 Oct. 2008
I've seen reviews on other websites that completely miss the point - they'll say "Where is 'You Win Again', 'Alone', 'Secret Love' etc". The answer is that none of them existed in 1979 when this album was released.

At the time of the original release, the Bee Gees were with the RSO label, and it is this period (1975-1979) that is covered by "Greatest". My personal favourite Bee Gees single "Spirits (Having Flown)", a UK No. 16 hit in January 1980, is included and that fact alone makes this album worthwhile. I'm fairly certain this is the only Bee Gees compilation ever to have included this track, and the only re-mastered version of it anywhere. It is slightly edited from the version found on the "Spirits Having Flown" album in that the opening spoken count-in has been removed.

Another track not normally found on compilations is "Children of the World", that I have to say I first "heard" as a very funny take-off of the band by Kenny Everett in 1981. Some of the other songs not found on "Greatest Hits - The Record" (released in 2001 and covering their whole career) are also worth a listen.

Many of the other tracks can be found "The Record". "Greatest" is not intended to replace the 2001 set, but as there have been so many new Bee Gees compilations in recent years (The Record, Number Ones, Love Songs), it's nice to see an older one available again. The bonus tracks are a bit ropey in places, but add interest for fans.

All in all, a great collection.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing end to a classic series, 16 Oct. 2007
Firstly, if you're from the UK or Europe, you will need a player that can play the American Region 1 discs

This final series of Moonlighting is a slight improvement on Season 4. There was clearly an attempt by the writers to restore the actual cases - complete with twists and silly chase sequences - to the forefront of the action. To this end, a storyline from the previous season - Maddie's pregnancy - is shamelessly despatched in Episode 1 and is all but forgotten by Episode 3.

All the while, the viewer wants a happy ending to the Maddie and David story, but it never comes. Things look slightly promising when yet another love triangle (after Maddie, Sam and Dave and Maddie, Dave and Walter Bishop) is introduced. This time David finally gets the chance to have a fling, further complicated by the fact that his love interest is Maddie's cousin Annie. Although the story is weakly brought to a close in the final episode, there s no happy ever after for Maddie and David.

The final episode is in keeping with Moonlighting tradition of breaking the fourth wall. David returns to the agency to find production staff dismantling the set, while Herbert carries a lifeless MacGillicuddy from the building (lifeless not because he is dead, but because he has no more scenes to play!). Then Maddie and David find Agnes outside the studios who, officially still in character, blames the two for the end of the series and hopes that her character and Herbert Viola would be spun off into their own series! In desperation, the two former lovers decide to do what the viewers want - get married - but are stopped in their tracks as yet another clips sequence brings the series to an end for good.

All in all, a patchy series. Some good episodes and some terrible ones. This one is really for fans only (or for anyone who managed to sit through all of Season 4). If you want Moonlighting at its best, get Seasons 1 and 2, and possibly Season 3. But Season 5 does complete the collection, and worth a look if you love the series.

Ring Ring
Ring Ring
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £5.70

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than it's given credit for, 23 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Ring Ring (Audio CD)
This album is often voted least favourite Abba album by the fans, which is a little unfair. True, it doesn't have the Abba "sound" familiar on later albums, and doesn't have any major UK hits on it, but this is of little relevance.

At the time, Abba weren't even yet called Abba. The album was credited to the rather long name of Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha & Frida. The remaster replaces this with the later Abba logo. Not released in the UK until the late 1980's (and even then not under the Ring Ring name or artwork), this album provides the opportunity to find out how Abba started.

Then a part-time group, many of the early songs were performed by Bjorn and Benny with Agnetha and Frida taking more of a back seat. The girls do have lead vocals on some songs, and on others there is a constant switch between male and female vocals (People Need Love, He Is Your Brother, Love Isn't Easy). There is a great line in Love Isn't Easy, where the boys say how well they treat the girls, and they respond with "Now listen to that, just look at that cat, you'd think he was an angel but he's talking through his hat!"

There are some awkward moments on this. Another Town, Another Train is basically a goodbye note from a man to his partner, unable to have the guts to say it in person but trying to justify it; I Am Just A Girl is very sexist - "It's an evil world, that has only made me a girl," and People Need Love is a bit heterosexualist (if there is such a word!), but on the whole this is an enjoyable album.

Bonus tracks are the b-sides Merry Go Round and Santa Rosa, tracks that were mythical to Abba fans in the UK in the 1970's and almost impossible to get hold of, but they are now part of their parent album. The Swedish version of the title track is also added.

Better to explore the later, classic Abba albums first (Arrival, The Album, Voulez-Vous), but if you have the others and still want to hear more, then this won't disappoint.
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Moonlighting: Season 4 [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Moonlighting: Season 4 [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The weakest series of Moonlighting, 16 Aug. 2007
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Firstly, if you're from the UK or Europe, you will need a DVD player that can play region 1 DVD's.

The four-episode story arc in the previous series of Moonlighting paved the way for things to come. Series (or season) 4 starts with one of the worst-ever episodes of Moonlighting. A Trip To The Moon indeed! This episode is painful. The script is terrible, and you can sense that the writers had no idea what to do with the characters now they had finally "done it".

A major problem was Cybill Shepherd's real-life pregnancy (later written into the story). Her character had to be written out, which had Maddie de-camp to her parents' house in Chicago. The reason? Because she couldn't deal with her relationship with David Addison. What was her problem? It is David that gets all the viewer sympathy as he is left to mope in LA with Maddie's detective agency to run. Maddie does appear in most episodes, but as her scenes were filmed early on (prior to Cybill Shepherd's maternity leave) there is little interaction with David.

The rather annoying character of Herbert Viola takes over Maddie's role in solving cases with David, though some episodes have no cases to solve as the show becomes more and more like a soap opera. Moonlighting could rarely be described in this series as a romantic comedy/ spoof detective show. Not much detecting, no comedy and little romance.

David again finds himself wrongly put in prison, something that had previously happened in the third season. Yawn!

When Maddie does eventually return to LA towards the end of the series, she has done something so out of character that the credibility of the series starts to come into question.

Bruce Willis is faultless throughout and really carries this series, even though he had his heart set on a career in movies by this point (the first Die Hard film was released in the same year). Cybill Shepherd is also brilliant in the scenes she appears in, but the show appeared to be badly in need of some new writers. A real-life pregnancy to deal with was not an adequate excuse.

For fans only, if you have the first three series/seasons, this is worth getting. However, if you are only going to get one series/season, it certainly shouldn't be this one.

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