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No Plan - Ep
No Plan - Ep
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 199. One last transmission, 24 Feb. 2017
This review is from: No Plan - Ep (Audio CD)
Released posthumously in digital form only (on 8 January 2017, coinciding with what would have been D. Bowie's 70th birthday), "No plan" is now released on CD. Originally recorded during the "Blackstar" sessions, "No plan", "Killing a little time", and "When I met you" first appeared in the Broadway musical Lazarus (released on CD/LP back in October 2016), and were accompanied by a music video for "No Plan". Allegedly, they are the last finished Bowie songs, so, it is a little disheartening to know that no new material of his will surface in the future. What is important is the fact that this EP of 4 songs ("Lazarus" off the album is included, too) works perfect as an extension of the DB's last offering, being as emotionally powerful as the main record. If there is anyone who might dismiss it as shameless cash-in, or consider it as simply leftovers, the music speaks for itself. With the actual songs being a wonderful continuation of "Blackstar", the physical release of "No plan" EP is a fitting way to sum everything up, shining like a bright star, well, blackstar.

Note: There are another 2 scheduled physical releases of "No plan":
- 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl with special laser etching on Side B (out April 21)
- 180 gram heavyweight white vinyl, with special laser etching on Side B, plus 12" x 12" artwork lithograph
This is a numbered, made-to-order exclusive, featuring a die-cut package (out May 26)
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The Albums [VINYL]
The Albums [VINYL]
Price: £349.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 198. Boys of glory, 18 Feb. 2017
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This review is from: The Albums [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Released in order to coincide with the kick-off of the band's This House Is Not For Sale Tour in North America, this is Bon Jovi's career-spanning box set, a massive and impressive collectible item, essential to any hardcore BJ fannatic. Including all 14 studio albums across 25 vinyl LPs, plus an extra disc exclusive to this release, the box set, also, features Jon Bon Jovi's 2 solo records. Super-comprehensive, then, and exceptionally designed, too. Every vinyl album preserves the original look and sound of the originals, with all LP jackets being exact replicas of the original album covers, inner sleeves, with unique custom labels. This is the first time the band's albums from the 2000s are pressed on vinyl, while others receive their first-ever US pressing, or they are being pressed for the first time in decades. Just like any self-respecting box, it features its contents cut on 180-gram heavyweight wax. Additionally, all songs have been mastered to the band's specifications to ensure exceptional audio quality (fans from the '80s, prepare to be blown away by the refreshed old sound - I know I was, and I do not get easily impressed).

Bon Jovi's discography has been boxed in the past, however, this is the first time their entire catalogue is presented in one, all-inclusive release. One thing I would improve, is to have the covers glossy (the matte finish is nice, but glossy always looks better). Also, what is missing from such a pristine package, is a book to accompany the vinyls, with rare photos, liner notes etc. Special mention for my favourite set by them, presented here as a 2LP set, as was originally intended back in the day. It holds the record for the hard rock/glam metal album to spawn the most US Top 10 hits (5), it is certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA, and was the first American album ever released in USSR (the answer in the photos below). Also, I would like to remind everyone of a forgotten golden BJ moment which thanks to vevo it is uploaded again - if the thumbnail does not say much, it can be found on the "Extras" disc :) With over 130 million albums sold, numerous hits, and nearly 3,000 concerts performed in 50 countries for over 35 million fans, Bon Jovi is simply one of the world’s most successful bands ever, and "Bon Jovi-The Albums" is simply a monumental release.

Note: Potential buyers should note this: Prior to release, the box set was available on amazon.co.uk for £199.81, then jumped to £377.64. While searching, I found it on amazon.fr for €281 (=£240). At the time of writing, it costs £349.99, so, make sure you check different websites before ordering.

List of contents:

1. Bon Jovi (1984) - single LP
2. 7800° Fahrenheit (1985) - single LP
3. Slippery when wet (1986) - single LP
4. New Jersey (1988) - 2LP gatefold
5. Keep the faith (1992) - 2LP gatefold*
6. These days (1995) - 2LP with 2 bonus tracks previously unavailable*
7. Crush (2000) - 2LP gatefold**
8. Bounce (2002) - single LP**
9. Have a nice day (2005) - 2LP gatefold**
10. Lost highway (2007) - single LP**
11. The circle (2009) - 2LP gatefold**
12. What about now (2013) - 2LP gatefold**
13. Burning bridges (2015) - single LP**
14. This house is not for sale (2016) - single LP gatefold
15. Extras - exclusive 10-track compilation featuring “Always” and international rarities
16. Blaze of glory (Jon Bon Jovi) (1990) - single LP
17. Destination anywhere (Jon Bon Jovi) (1997) - 2LP gatefold**

* first-ever vinyl US pressing
** first time on vinyl

PS: Something to "always" remember:

Jimmy shoes busted both his legs, trying to learn to fly
From a second story window, he just jumped and closed his eyes
His momma said he was crazy - he said, "Momma, I've got to try.
Don't you know that all my heroes died?
And I guess I'd rather die than fade away"
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La La Land
La La Land
Price: £9.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 197. Dreamers - and buyers - BEWARE!, 12 Feb. 2017
This review is from: La La Land (Audio CD)
Potential buyers of the soundtrack on vinyl should take notice: While the standard LP (black vinyl) edition of this is fine, however, the limited, transparent blue LP edition is worth avoiding. It has terrible pre and post groove echo on both sides that can easily be heard before intros and on pauses in the middle of some tracks. The post-groove echo in particular is clearly heard at the end of some of the songs. Also, on the the blue vinyl there is a great deal of surface noise. Side 1 is pressed very off-center, so the frequencies fluctuate like mad. It is not just my copy, I have checked before reviewing, and it appears to be the case with most buyers of the blue vinyl. Thus, perhaps you would like to pay attention to the barcode for each edition, if you want to avoid the frustration of getting the gorgeous-looking but warped-sounding copy of one of this year's best soundtracks. My 4-star rating is about the actual music. Here's to the ones who dream!

Barcode for black vinyl LP: 6 02557 11778 3
Barcode for blue vinyl LP: 6 02557 38804 6 (best avoided)

**** for the standard LP edition
** for the limited blue LP edition
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La La Land / O.S.T. [VINYL]
La La Land / O.S.T. [VINYL]
Price: £32.06

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 196. Dreamers - and buyers - BEWARE!, 12 Feb. 2017
Potential buyers of the soundtrack on vinyl should take notice: While the standard LP (black vinyl) edition of this is fine, however, the limited, transparent blue LP edition is worth avoiding. It has terrible pre and post groove echo on both sides that can easily be heard before intros and on pauses in the middle of some tracks. The post-groove echo in particular is clearly heard at the end of some of the songs. Also, on the the blue vinyl there is a great deal of surface noise. Side 1 is pressed very off-center, so the frequencies fluctuate like mad. It is not just my copy, I have checked before reviewing, and it appears to be the case with most buyers of the blue vinyl. Thus, perhaps you would like to pay attention to the barcode for each edition, if you want to avoid the frustration of getting the gorgeous-looking but warped-sounding copy of one of this year's best soundtracks. My 4-star rating is about the actual music. Here's to the ones who dream!

Barcode for black vinyl LP: 6 02557 11778 3
Barcode for blue vinyl LP: 6 02557 38804 6 (best avoided)

**** for the standard LP edition
** for the limited blue LP edition
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Jackie
Jackie
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £13.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 195. Jackie O so beautiful!, 28 Jan. 2017
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This review is from: Jackie (Audio CD)
Just like the eerie "Under the skin", for which Mica Levi composed a sublime score, "Jackie", also, has a female protagonist, a coincidence that makes more striking the differences and similarities between them. In "Jackie", Levi's haunting compositions pair with the images on screen, following the devastated First Lady in the immediate aftermath of her husband's assassination. While the film attempts to locate the tragedy in the intensely personal as well as the public reaction, much of the dissecting that duality is done by the score itself, expertly evoking the story and emotions. With an orchestra behind her, without any visual aid, Levi's minimalistic approach in the arrangements creates a feeling of melancholy and dreamlike fragility, the perfect backdrop for a film that focuses on a woman with an inner world difficult to understand. Since Levi's sonic cues contribute greatly towards the whole artistic experience, listening to the score removed from the movie might not work as successfully. Still, in spite of being hard to separate it from its pragmatic function, this non traditional 34-minute composition is every bit as epic as the film. Ultimately, "Jackie"'s score is as powerful and mysterious a presence as Jackie herself.
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Jackie [Blu-ray]
Jackie [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Natalie Portman
Price: £14.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 194. Pulling the veil off an icon, 27 Jan. 2017
This review is from: Jackie [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
There is no doubt that the JFK assassination is one of the most talked-about and controversial events in the history of the United States. "Jackie", director Pablo Larrain's historical drama about the dutiful First Lady, despite the fact that so much has been shown to the public in the past, chooses to omit some of what rests in the public's collective memory, treating the audience to details and moments even more specific and perhaps more stirring, effortlessly making it sympathize with the struggles she went through to maintain a public persona. Boasting some notably detailed period recreation, Larrain presents the well-established story of the days before and after the assassination, portraying it with realism, but showcasing artistic vision, too, while offering many memorable moments. Maintaining the perfect fusion of the personal and the political, the movie focuses almost entirely on the leading character, remarkably channeled by Natalie Portman, whose performance is flawless, just like her appearance. Insightful, searing, visually stunning (with the colour red factoring heavily into the look of the film), and hauntingly scored by composer Mica Levi, "Jackie" is a magnetic biopic of the fascinating and enigmatic Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, whose iconic status extends beyond her beauty and style. It is a mystery to me why the story of such a mythical figure like hers had not been essayed for so long, but "Jackie" was worth the wait.
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Immaculate Collection (Blue/White Marble & Gold Vinyl) [VINYL]
Immaculate Collection (Blue/White Marble & Gold Vinyl) [VINYL]

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 193. Immaculate by name and by nature, 24 Jan. 2017
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Aptly-titled "The immaculate collection", Madonna's first retrospective was, also, the first official purchase of hers made by little old me, back in November 1990. I will always remember unwrapping the cassette of the album, and playing the songs, feeling super excited with my first M purchase, and slightly confused by the edits and different mixes. Months after its release, the album was already a multi-million seller. 26 years on, it proudly stands as the best-selling compilation album by a solo artist, and one of the best-selling albums of all time, with 30+ million sales. Long overdue, just after its 26th anniversary, this blue/white marble and gold 2LP set arrives, an item that is already a collectible, due to the limited 6,500 copies pressed. I was hesitant at first because of the hefty price tag, but went ahead and ordered it anyway. Glad I did so, it is just as great as the collection's reputation. Doing justice to the original, the packaging is excellent (red, good quality gatefold sleeves), the sound superb (more loud than the 1990 Q-Sound recording), and both discs boasting rather lovely colours (I would rather have both discs gold-coloured, but hey). Filled with the pop brilliance of the most celebrated female artist in history, Madonna's status simply becomes immediately understandable with one listen to this 17-track epic, which I like to call The Pop Bible. Absolutely worth adding to any Madonna fan's music library, it is already sold-out from many retailers, so, make sure you order you copy in time (price varies from $30-$55, plus p&p).
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Older [Clean]
Older [Clean]
Price: £7.09

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 192. "Heaven sent and Heaven stole", 27 Dec. 2016
This review is from: Older [Clean] (MP3 Download)
Soulful and sophisticated, the songwriting and vocal excellence of this man shall remain unsurpassed. "Older", George Michael's third studio album, may not be his absolute best, yet, it is the one that showcases the sheer class of his amazing talent better than any of his 4 solo records of original material. From the sublime opening ballad "Jesus to a child" to the genius closing 3-minute instrumental "Free", every composition here is so inspired and masterfully executed, proof of his immeasurable gift which he so diligently put in his work. "Older" was released when GM was just 33 years old; the level of maturity and class it exhibits is astonishing. Which only goes to show that this man was, if not the most, then, among the finest contemporary British musicians. What a real shame that we will not get to witness his truly "older" phase. It seems impossible to fathom that he will not be gracing us with any new songs. But, I am grateful for leaving such a timeless musical catalogue behind him. Godspeed George! "You have been loved" x
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December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas)
December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas)
Offered by henri's house
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 191. George's gorgeous Christmas farewell, 26 Dec. 2016
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Everyone knows George's Christmas classic with Wham! from 1984. Alongside Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas is you", it is the most-played tune of the festive season (so much, in fact, that some may be listening to it right now). "December song (I dreamed of Christmas)" was originally written for the Spice Girls, and, after a few failed deadlines, eventually - and fortunately - George Michael decided to keep it for himself. Initially available for free on his official website on Christmas Day 2008, the single was released commercially next year, with physical copies selling out in just one day, following a live performance of the song on the final of the 2009 series of The X Factor UK (it debuted at No. 14 on the UK Singles Chart). A tender song, with an animated matching video that features Michael as a boy, showing his view of Christmas from a child's perspective, this is a rare and special pop moment, just like the man himself. More melacholic and contemplative than "Last Christmas", it quickly became a favourite among GM fans, and is considered as the underground classic-that-never-happened (to me, this is the best of the 2 songs). Just yesterday, the man who sang so beautifully about Christmas, passed away on the very same date. How morbid, ironic, and poetic, at the same time. Good old George; always on point. Already associated with the festive season for the past 30+ years, with his untimely passing one more reason has been added. May he rest in peace.
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Box Set [VINYL]
Box Set [VINYL]
Price: £249.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 190. "B*tch better have my money", indeed!, 16 Dec. 2016
This review is from: Box Set [VINYL] (Vinyl)
My, what a box! Rihanna's complete studio albums catalogue becomes a deluxe 15 LP vinyl box set, undoubtedly this year's most lavish pop release! Including 5 titles never previously available on vinyl ("Music of the sun", "Rated R", "Loud", "Talk that talk", "Unapologetic"), all of the individual titles are presented in their standard editions (except for "Anti" that appears in its deluxe version), and are pressed to double vinyl (only "Talk that talk" comes as a single disc). The artwork of the albums is excellent (clear printing, good quality paper - the last 2 albums in particular have a nice matte finish), and stays faithful to the original releases. Vinyls come inside white paper inner sleeves (proper picture inner sleeves are also featured in some titles), along with an insert with credits (and lyrics, where available). Sound-wise, you get the high quality that is expected from such a classy-looking item. Pure, heavenly smooth audio, for the raw urban pop-R'n'B this devilish chica has been producing in the past decade, earning her among many other acccolades 14 US No. 1 singles, and 200+ million sales worldwide.

The package is encased in an elegant black, high-gloss slipcase with Rihanna’s signature foil-stamped on front (hands must be washed before handling this, the slightest natural oils show up on this easily). The pack includes a 186-page hardback book that features oversized reproductions of all the booklets that came with the original CD releases, tracing each fabulous turn in RiRi's career. The book is surely the highlight of the box, a true showstealer, but how could it not be really? The albums and book all fit nicely in the case, but it might be better to keep the book out in order to leave more room for the LP's, and reduce friction while removing and replacing albums. A black turntable slipmat with RiRi's signature printed on it is, also, included. I regret not pre-ordering this from amazon.ca back in mid-November (for a few days it was priced at $250), but seeing how perfectly assembled and gorgeous this is, I do not mind the money spent on it (crazy Navy!). Being a limited edition, this will become a rare RiRi collectible in the years to some, so, I am thrilled that I got to own a copy and enjoy it!

List of contents:

- Music of the sun (2005) 2LP - standard edition
- A girl like me (2006) 2LP - standard edition
- Good girl gone bad (2007) 2LP - standard edition
- Rated R (2009) 2LP - standard edition [trifold sleeve]
- Loud (2010) 2 LP - standard edition [gatefold sleeve]
- Talk that talk (2011) single LP - standard edition [gatefold]
- Unapologetic (2012) 2LP - standard edition [trifold]
- Anti (2015) 2LP - deluxe edition, plus 5 lithographs [trifold]
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