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on 22 April 2017
Looked a good list of tracks, but turned out to be a bit disappointing. Average quality and an average selection.
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on 11 November 2014
No surprises if you buy something like this. If you know the tunes then you know exactly what you're getting.
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on 29 May 2017
Very good
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on 9 February 2010
This album along with Pink Floyd's 'The Final Cut' are possibly the finest pieces of music to listen to when frankly the world becomes unpleasant to be in, I found them being played during times of emotional upheaval and in that respect represent soem pretty big markers in time. So put the razor blades away, open that bottle of wine kick back and drown in a haze of blurry angst and emotion; tomorrow always then seems much better than you might reasonably expect.
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There's a lot on here - and not on here - so let's get to the details...

The 10 tracks of Disc 1 (51:13 minutes) are the LP "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got." originally released on Ensign Records CHEN 14 in March 1990 in the UK and Ensign 21759 in the USA (it reached Number 1 on the charts in both countries). Produced by Sinead and Nellie Hooper and Engineered by Chris Birkett, unfortunately the original CD was always a lacklustre affair sound-wise - but this April 2009 Limited Edition 2CD remaster by ADAM NUNN at Abbey Road Studios is 'so' much better - warm and clear - and huge in places.

Listening to the now upfront drums and bass of "I Am Stretched On Your Grave" is wonderful (Steve Wickham of The Waterboys plays Fiddle on it). The very quiet "Three Babies" is now beautiful too - the strings arranged by Sinead and Nick Ingman acting as a powerful backdrop to the melody - her vocals emotional and real. "The Emperor's New Clothes" features ANDY ROURKE of THE SMITHS on Bass (he's also on "You Cause As Much Sorrow") with blistering guitar work from MARCO PIRRONI of Adam Ant's backing band - it's a punky little number that still rocks. "Black Boys On Mopeds" was arranged by KARL WALLINGER of WORLD PARTY (ex Waterboys) and ends Side 1 of the original LP in acoustic style - the remaster bringing out its quiet power and heartfelt lyrics about "...police who kill black boys on mopeds..."

The opener of Side 2 - Prince's stunning "Nothing Compares 2 U" changed her life. I remember the video to this day - like a fist in the solar plexus - and here it still has that same visceral punch - great stuff and an undeniable masterpiece. Pirroni co-wrote "Jump In The River" and while it rocks, it suffers a little from too much clever-clever production that now sounds a little dated. No such problems though with the spiked "You Cause As Much Sorrow" - it sounds fantastic now - huge when the band kicks in after the acoustic opening - and the album finisher is the same - drenched echoed vocals...

The packaging is only ok. As you open the digipak your met with the photo and the "God's place..." quote that centred the inner sleeve of the original LP - it was of the Roach family standing by a photo placard of their murdered son Colin, but some twat has reversed the way it faced so now spells their boy's name backwards - sloppy. The booklet isn't any great shakes either - it's a paltry 8-pages - there is new notes by JOHN REYNOLDS her drummer and flatmate of the time - his reminiscences are interesting and informative. There are session details for the album and the extras - and on the rear page there's reproductions of the pictures sleeves from the six singles that came off and surrounded the album. Better is the truly lovely photos of Sinead - the one that fronts the inlay in particular is a contender for the most beautiful woman in the world category - exquisite. There's more under the see-through trays that house each CD. But neither the digipak nor the inlay reproduce the lyrics that came with the original LP inner and CD booklet, which is again really slapdash because her words have always been brave and true and sometimes uncomfortable - they should be here, but they're not...

The "Bonus Disc" (46:23 minutes) opens with a genuine sensation - one of two album outtakes and they're both cover versions. "Night Nurse" is a Gregory Isaacs song - it's a funky reggae groove similar to Sly and Robbie production - it had customers come to the counter in our shop asking who it was... The second is a big-guitars version of John Lennon's underrated "Mind Games" from his album of the same name (1974). It's excellent. Speaking of womanly excellence, Etta James had put out a great return-to-form album on Island Records in 1989 called "Seven Year Itch" - from it Sinead took "Damn Your Eyes" written by Steve Bogard and Barbara Wyrick and it became a non-album B-side to "Three Babies" in October 1990 - it's rare on CD and is a genuine bonus in remastered sound here.

"My Special Child" was released as a stand-alone single around the album in May 1991 (it was in aid of "The Simple Truth" foundation trying to help Kurdish refugees) - it's gorgeous and features LIAM O'FLYNN of THE CHIEFTAINS on Uillean Pipes with DONAL LUNNY of PLANXTY and THE BOTHY BAND arranging the strings of THE IRISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA. But even more lovely is the non-album "Silent Night" - it was released a single in December 1991, but this is the "Long Version" from "The Ghosts Of Oxford Street" soundtrack of the same year - it's also produced by and features PETER GABRIEL on Keyboards. Previously unreleased or not, the two final live tracks are badly recorded and are disappointing - and as you can see from the playing time, there were plenty of room for other 12"/CD single tracks - the "Live Video Version" of "Nothing Compares 2 U" - or the "Night Until Morning Dub/Earthapella" mix of "I Am Stretched..." with the sample of The Smiths "How Soon Is Now" guitar part - or the excellent "Value Of Ignorance" non-album track from the CD single of "Three Babies"...

So there you have it - an album that still stands the test of time - now given a great sonic upgrade and a bonus disc with some half-decent nuggets on it. And even if the packaging is a little lacklustre and the bonuses not fleshed out enough - it's still a thoroughly recommended purchase.

Sinead O'Connor has always been beautiful and brave - inside and out - and here's where that searcher of spirit really started her journey...
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on 25 June 2010
I got this out of my CD collection after 5 or maybe even 10 years - wow, it really does stand the test of time.
Wonderful, powerful, distinctive singing style, controversial but nevertheless excellent lyrics, strong stuff.
And I think many people owe her an apology - she was much hated and reviled, but at times she was a voice of truth in the midst of untruth. A strange and damaged person but a lot of talent.
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on 26 October 2010
I heard this album in Singapore and I didn't even know that nothing compares to 2, had been released in the uk as a single. I have never heard an album like this before and it reflected similar relationship difficulties i was having at the time. maybe that's why this album will always be special to me, but maybe not, I think there is more here, its an album of truth, heartfelt vocals, and true artistry
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on 10 March 2010
No music CD collection should be missing this nearly classic album revisited from the 90's. Don't let the hymn for the broken hearted "Nothing Compares to you" just get all your attention. Let her amazing voice take you to other hidden treasures like the breath-taking "feel so different" or the passionate live performance of "troy". A must-have, not just for Sinead fans, but for every music lover.
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on 20 June 2000
Nobody sings the way Sinéad O'Connor does. Her voice is fragile yet aggressive, her lyrics are poetic yet controversial. Her mind is sad yet aware.
Each song on »I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got« (such an uncommercial album title would only work out for Sinéad) has its own soul, its own story, its own sadness. Beautifully sung by the Irishwoman, and in a way that no cover version will be able to keep up with the depth that she has put into it all.
A unique album that is very hard not to be touched by. It will always stand as a legendary album.
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on 12 July 2012
I recently bought this to replace an old vynil copy that went missing. This is a true jewel of a work: Sinead O'connor's voice is incredible mixing strength and fragility into a perfect emotional blend. Nor is the disc 2 dimensional, each track has its own texture and can stand on its own if required (no fillers). This is a must have.
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