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The Singles
The Singles
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can music get any better than this?, 4 Jan. 2011
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Naff cover aside, Hall and Oates collections don't come any better than this new compilation of their hits. The others miss key tracks, but everything is here. Id I would defy anyone to skip a track once this gets playing. The quality of the music and singing is staggeringly high. Hall and Oates infused their early material with soul, but later became far more inventive and poppy creating delicious confections like "Kiss On My List", "I Can't Go For That", "One on One", and "Method of Modern Love". "Say it Isn't So" is also an outstanding soul-infused beat-driven song originally included on their "Rock N Soul" compilation album which I used to have on vinyl.

Highly recommended. Enjoy!


Ballroom Blitz-Best of Sweet
Ballroom Blitz-Best of Sweet

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blockbuster collection of Sweet hits, 4 Jan. 2011
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This was the first and possibly best of the two Sweet hits collections which includes all Sweet's hits from the early "Funny Funny" through "Blockbuster" and their huge hits to "Love Is Like Oxygen" which was their last really sizeable hit both in the UK and US. Most of the other collections miss off "Love Is Like Oxygen", and as that's one of their best tracks it is worth tracking down this collection.

This CD also includes some of their famous B sides, such as the heavy rock "Burning", B-side to "Hellraiser", and their minor later hits which proved less popular with the public ... and you can see why when listening to this album. Its not so much that the later songs were poor, but they sound ordinary compared to the euphoric sounds of "Hellraiser" and "Ballroom Blitz", and even the high-camp of "Wig Wam Bam" and "Little Willy" are much more fun.

Sweet clearly struggled with being a pop-rock band, although they were one of the first to flagrantly camp up glam-rock wearing vivid make-up and apparently gay sexuality, in some ways even more extreme than the contemporary David Bowie and Marc Bolan. Undoubtedly a trail-blazing band and great to listen to over 30 years later.
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Move Over Darling (The Complete Stiff Recordings)
Move Over Darling (The Complete Stiff Recordings)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Ullman, 4 Jan. 2011
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When TV comedienne Tracey Ullman brought out an album of covers called "You broke my heart in 17 places" and the single "Breakaway", no-one really had very high expectations. There had been a long history of TV personalities trying to be pop stars eg Terry Wogan, Frankie Howard, Bruce Forsyth etc and after Tracey of course we had Kylie Minogue from Neighbours. But one listen to her sparkling debut album made us realise we had a very different type of talent here.

Her voice effortlessly seemed to carry the selected songs, and challenging songs too from the contemporary Kirsty Macoll to the magnificient Dusty Springfield. Beautifully sung by Tracey, and conveying the emotion necessary too. The other standout aspect of the album was the music performance and crystal-clear production, all of which still shines through on this double CD 25 years after release.

I would normally have purchased the one CD "Best of" which is available, but it misses out on three wonderful tracks on "You broke my heart in 17 places"; namely Tracey's versions of "Long Live Love", "Bobby's Girl" and "I Close My Eyes and Count To Ten", so I bought this 2 CD collection instead, and I don't regret it. This is fabulous! Not a duff or uninteresting song on the collection, and the crystal clear recording shines out just as it did on the original vinyl version of "You broke my heart in 17 places".

Highly recommended for those wanting a comprehensive collection of Tracey Ullman's all too brief recording career before she decamped her home country for the money pots of America.


Loudmouth - The Best Of Bob Geldof & The Boomtown Rats
Loudmouth - The Best Of Bob Geldof & The Boomtown Rats
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Boomtown Rats and Bob Geldof Collection, 15 Dec. 2010
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The only Boomtown Rats or Bob Geldof LP I bought prior to this was Boomtown Rats' Tonic For The Troops, which I loved for the singles on it but not much else. This collection puts together all the Boomtown Rats hits along with Bob's solo hits and best album tracks, and there really isn't a poor track here - its much more enjoyable and easy to listen to than Tonic For The Troops. Its a shame the great Joeys On The Street Again wasn't included from the first Rats album, so one star deducted for that ommission.
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The Essential Collection
The Essential Collection

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great T Rex Compilation, 15 Dec. 2010
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I originally bought the "Ultimate Collection" hits compilation by Marc Bolan and T. Rex (containing Soul Of My Suit and Plateau Skull) which is still available, but when that CD got damaged I bought this one instead because I find it more consistent and enjoyable to listen to. The track listing is much the same, but in a different and more listenable order and, for me, the sound is better. Plus a more arresting CD cover! This CD has more of his early work and includes the original version of Debora, thus we have a potent mix of the unique Bolan vocals on folky hippy rock, pop rock, glam rock, hard rock and even disco!


The Magic Of Boney M
The Magic Of Boney M
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Irresistable Boney M, 15 Dec. 2010
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This is a reasonably well balanced and full collection of Boney M hits and songs. I have always preferred the early hits such as Daddy Cool, Sunny, Ma Baker, and Belfast to the later material like Mary's Boy Child, Rivers of Babylon, El Lute and Painter Man and would have preferred more inclusion of their early album tracks such as Love For Sale. This collection is also missing My Friend Jack, an enjoyable later song and minor hit, so one star deducted.

Some of these tracks are later overdubbed versions by Frank Farian. He added 90s percussion like disco hi-hats on the original 70s versions; but even so this is an loud, hugely enjoyable compilation and probably one of the better of the many Boney M hits collections out there. Hopefully a more serious-minded compilation of their material will become available with a comprehensive run-through of the full-length and original versions of all their hits and best album tracks like Love For Sale, Nightflight to Venus, My Friend Jack, Heart of Gold and I See A Boat On A River.


The Best Of
The Best Of
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Three Degrees Compilation, 15 Dec. 2010
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Three Degrees compilations don't come better than this budget offering, as this takes us from their early begining such as TSOP through their biggest hits such as the fantastic Year Of Decision and When Will I See You Again, to their later hi-energy disco work with Moroder, Giving Up Giving In and The Runner. It is not in strictly chronological order unfortunately but roughly so, as the two styles of their music are not entirely comfortable with each other. Their early music is harmonious and soulful, and the later style could be much more vigorous and even harsh in places. But both styles are great to listen to. This makes for an interesting listening experience, and takes me right back to the 70s! One evening in the late 70s I was sitting in a deserted restaurant in Norwich and who should sit at the next table to me but the very glamorous (and very American) Three Degrees. I liked their music before this encounter but loved it after!


Hooked On Classics
Hooked On Classics

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stars on 45 Classics, 15 Dec. 2010
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The Ultimate Collection of Hooked on Classics changes the order of tracks of the three original Louis Clark conducted Hooked on Classics albums in order to fit them onto two CDs, instead of the three available elsewhere. So with this version, you get all the tracks and don't have to switch CDs so often, and it costs less!

Hooked on Classics came into being after the success of "Stars on 45" which segued clips of Beatles and other pop songs together over a disco beat. Louis Clark came up with the brilliant idea of using clips of popular classical music instead, to the same format. The Hooked on Classics single went top ten in both UK and USA, and the album was a feast of famous classical music clips grouped in themes. Not everyone liked the idea, but there's no denying that the music was brilliantly performed by the RPO and appealled to many people who liked the idea of having a huge range of classical music on one album. Not only that, you can dance to it! On certain tracks, such as Hooked on Romance, the dance pace was slowed down into a "ballad" version of the Hooked on Classics style.

Whether you go for this version of the complete Hooked on Classics or the originally sequenced version, will be a matter of personal preference. I went for this one as I dont like swapping CDs more than necessary, but the original version might be more listenable. Either way, this album is great fun.


Ultimate Toni Braxton
Ultimate Toni Braxton
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 15 Dec. 2010
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This is a gorgeous collection of Toni Braxton's hits, at a budget price. It contains all her best and most popular songs, with the exception of Why Did An Angel Break My Heart, a missing minor hit so one star deducted. I love having this on my ipod, and its a delight when one of the songs comes up when in shuffle mode. Listening to the album in isolation from begining to end can be a bit too much of a good thing. Her deep and lush voice is like no other, and when used for outstanding songs like Another Sad Love Song, Unbreak My Heart, Breathe Again, and You're Making Me High the effect is scintillating and seductive. I bought this collection partly for the upbeat alternative version of Unbreak My Heart at the end but these songs really hold well together.
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United We Stand
United We Stand

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dubious collection of re-recorded songs, 15 Dec. 2010
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This review is of the hits collection called "United We Stand", not of the first album of Brotherhood of Man with the same title. Its ironic they have the same title because no original recordings are included in this collection ... in tiny print on the rear of the CD Hallmark (same company as the greetings cards?) inform us that the CD includes re-recordings.

None of the band's hits are in original versions here, but they are by no means bad versions of them, just different. Save Your Kisses For Me is the least offensive of the re-recordings, and Angelo is probably the worst with messy background music, lack of range and truncated vocals in places. Truncated vocals are also in evidence in the re-recorded Figaro, making the songs sound less Abba-like than the originals. The re-recorded song listed as Oh Boy (the Mood I'm In) begins as My Sweet Rosalie, and switches mid-song into Oh Boy. Again, it works, but I would have preferred two separate songs!

Most of the other material comprises of Brotherhood of Man cover versions of other people's hits, eg Puppy Love by Donny Osmond, Tie A Yellow Ribbon by Dawn - and some of them are very short versions only a minute or two in length. This is why it would be interesting to know the origins of these songs. I have a hunch that they were recorded as one of those newspaper freebies at some stage.

On the plus side, its cheap, short and dare I say it, very enjoyable. In parts I wondered whether its actually Brotherhood of Man singing on this CD, or a tribute band, but overall after careful listening, I am pretty certain its them. The re-recordings of United We Stand and Where Are You Going To My Love, which were never sung by the Brotherhood of Man of the Save Your Kisses For Me era, are interesting to compare with the very different vocals, and rather more passionate delivery, of the original versions.

So, overall an interesting and fun CD but not for purists who are looking for a comprehensive and serious collection of BOM originals, which unfortunately at the moment is just not available! As a stop-gap until that time, not a bad investment.
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