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People on the High Line
People on the High Line
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any NO fan, 20 Aug. 2016
This review is from: People on the High Line (Audio CD)
Perhaps the best single release from NO's Music Complete? 7 stellar remixes, very impressive.


DJ Kensei - Double Trouble: Kensei's West End Super 7" Delites [Japan CD] OTLCD-5094
DJ Kensei - Double Trouble: Kensei's West End Super 7" Delites [Japan CD] OTLCD-5094
Offered by samurai media
Price: £29.72

1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 1 Aug. 2016
The gimmick here is the 7" versions of classic West End tracks "mixed". I write "mixed" because they aren't mixed, they're clumsily glued together with the most abrupt edits and worst beatmatching I've ever heard. The tracks are sourced from very old, very worn vinyl and sound terrible.
This has to be the very worst "official" release of West End records ever. Don't even consider this - it's an insult.


Warm Leatherette (Blu-Ray audio)
Warm Leatherette (Blu-Ray audio)
Offered by uniqueplace-uk
Price: £10.60

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The download is faulty!, 3 July 2016
The download zipfile is a very large 11.2 gb and is faulty and incomplete, having downloaded it twice already. No response from Universal and several others have noted the problem. Buyer beware if you are considering the bluray edition for the extra tracks.
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Chris Sullivan presents Wag: Iconic Tunes From The Wag Club 1983-1987
Chris Sullivan presents Wag: Iconic Tunes From The Wag Club 1983-1987
Price: £19.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A time travel trip, 22 Jun. 2016
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Harmless deliver another great package, similar in design to Philadelphia International Classics: The Tom Moulton Remixes, although Wag relies more heavily on nostalgia. PIC offered many new and brilliant remixes from the "father" of the remix, Tom Moulton, and contemporised the Philadelphia International Records catalogue.
The Wag box has founder Chris Sullivan cherrypicking tracks heard at the club and, along with the very detailed (and rambling) liner notes and photos, presents a picture of Wag as the arbiter of cool in the days before Acid House turned the capital upside down.
There's plenty of great music to be found here, most of which can be found elsewhere, but assembled in a way that suggests an actual night at the club. It's an entertaining listen, even if anyone under 40 would probably find the sheer diversity of the music and the "scene" a little impenetrable.


1971-1981
1971-1981
Price: £76.98

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and underdone, 18 Jun. 2016
This review is from: 1971-1981 (Audio CD)
Although Gronland was probably aiming for a minimalist aesthetic, this is a very disappointing set.
As noted by others, the cds are housed in plainly coloured cardboard sleeves which feature nothing except the album title and tracklist. The colours of the sleeves range from a sunny yellow to a dark red, which I suppose adhere to some kind of visual consistency but fail to relate to the original albums or the music. There are 2 flimsy 24-page booklets in navy blue covers identical to the colour of the box itself. One booklet is labelled 1971-1976 while the other is 1977-1981. Why? Probably, cost. There are plenty of stamp-sized photos and repros of the original album covers yet the liner notes by Asmus Tietchens are only mildly interesting and undistinguished. He writes briefly about the history of each album and how great it is and not much else - hmphh.
Finally, there's the box itself: why is it so big? It fits the dimensions of a cd but is far too deep. When you open the fliptop there's all this spaaaaace for the booklets and cds to rattle around in (you'll notice it when you pick it up). So the designer wanted it to appear slick and minimal - yet chunky! Substantial, yet insubstantial! Genius! Not. A side opening with original artwork digipacks and 1 booklet would have been more efficient and appealing (see the beautiful William Onyeabor boxset for reference). Perhaps the issue (again) was money.
Which brings me to the cost: given the design and execution this boxset is not worth the money. The music is great and deserves better. Buy the individual reissues and you'll get far better value for money.
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Cosmic Machine - The Sequel LP
Cosmic Machine - The Sequel LP
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss, 25 May 2016
If you liked volume one you'll probably enjoy this "sequel". It's a bit difficult discerning the significance of the tracklist itself, and the sequencing appears entirely haphazard, which detracts from the overall enjoyment.


Maria Callas Remastered (The Complete Studio Recordings 1949-1969)
Maria Callas Remastered (The Complete Studio Recordings 1949-1969)
Price: £170.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Divina Tribute, 17 May 2016
Impressively sturdy box set that's actually designed to last. The remasterings for the most part sound wonderfully warm and transparent, with Callas startlingly present. Opera lovers need this set as a lifetime companion. Can't stop playing it - Callas, the greatest singer of the 20th century and inarguably one of the greatest artists of the modern era.


Yoyogi Park
Yoyogi Park
Price: £12.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accomplished techno, 14 May 2016
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This review is from: Yoyogi Park (Audio CD)
Smooth, cool "ambient techno / deep house", for want of a better description. Solid right through, recommended.


Puccini: Tosca (1964) - Maria Callas Remastered
Puccini: Tosca (1964) - Maria Callas Remastered
Price: £11.41

5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for opera and Callas lovers, 6 May 2016
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The Callas Remastered series is great value for money. The remasterings I've heard - which include this 1964 recording of Tosca as well as Norma and Carmen - are the finest available, even if the incredibly bright and transparent sound registers the occasional glitch or clipping (sometimes the editing seems a little overzealous). This Tosca is supremely entertaining, with spine-tingling performances, lush orchestral playing and a spacious stereo soundstage. Callas is Callas, a genius able to break your heart or make your spirits soar at will. There will never be another like her.
While others have been unimpressed with the packaging, I appreciate the obviously less elaborate cardboard slipcase and the paper sleeves. The booklet features only a brief overview in four languages and a couple of photos, which is a little cheap but nevertheless sufficient. The entire package occupies far less space than a single cd jewel case yet still possesses a printed spine for easy storage - if you collected all the releases in this series they would look great as a collection and still occupy practically no shelf space at all.
UPDATE: I've discovered these individual releases ARE from a box set! Maria Callas Remastered (The Complete Studio Recordings 1949-1969) Looks like this will be my next big purchase!
Overall, a must buy for seasoned operaphiles and novices alike - great artistry, beautifully presented


Illustrations of the Strange, Mysterious and Bizarre for Kids of the Showa Era
Illustrations of the Strange, Mysterious and Bizarre for Kids of the Showa Era

4.0 out of 5 stars this little package is fantastic fun, featuring literally hundreds of incredibly bizarre monsters ..., 23 April 2016
Pocket book-sized compendium of fabulous images from Japanese children's publications of the 1960s and 70s. Printed on high quality glossy paper, in full colour, this little package is fantastic fun, featuring literally hundreds of incredibly bizarre monsters and spooky land and seascapes. The reproductions may be small but they are pin-sharp, and although the written text is entirely in Japanese the superficial pleasure of the images (for those who don't read Japanese) is enough. Eye candy of the highest order - collect the set!


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