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on 28 November 2010
The reissues of Five Star's first two albums "Luxury of Life" and "Silk and Steel" have been anxiously awaited by fans, hoping to hear the '80s pop/R&B group in remastered form with bonus tracks. There has been lots of criticism that "S&S" has poor remastering on some of the bonus tracks and that a second disc should have been added to include single versions of the album's hit singles and also to include popular club mixes.

I have had no issue with the remastering. The album sounds clear as a bell - a great job by Cherry Pop. I don't hear any cracks or pops to indicate they were remastered from a vinyl source, as has been alleged by some listeners (or simply a defect in the manufacturing of some of the CDs).

I agree a second disc would have been appropriate for the S&S reissue. After all, Five Star released a whopping six singles from this album, all of them hits, and all of them remixed in one form or another. Personally speaking, I don't mind a one-disc reissue because sometimes two discs of various remixes and single edits can be exhaustive (see the Rick Astley and Jason Donovan reissues from Edsel, or Kim Wilde's Another Step from Cherry Pop). From start to finish, the reissue of Five Star's Silk and Steel is completely enjoyable. It's hard to believe it's been almost 25 (!) years since the release of S&S.

Take a trip back to the '80s and enjoy Deniece's strong vocals and the '80s pop/R&B/dance sound which Five Star perfected and helped make Silk and Steel a classic.
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on 7 January 2011
This band have provided fantastic tunes, most of which come from this album. I would have liked to have seen the single version of 'The Slightest Touch' on here, as I feel that it is so much more punchy and synthy.
A great band that still rocks today.
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on 13 December 2010
A great reissue, I forgot waht a great album Silk & steel was, love the Pettibone remixes, lots info on each track included too.
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on 15 November 2010
Great second album from the fab five. Excellent remaster - no flaws - could have done with a second remix disc but 100% recommended as it stands. The only strange thing is the front cover picture seems very dark (?).
Roll on the Cherry Red release of 'Between the Lines' !
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on 18 February 2014
The rating matches the act. This adds to the discography of tracks now available on CD that would usually only be available on Vinyl.
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on 6 April 2016
Had the vinyl version of this cd in the mid 1987, so again great memories.
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on 12 February 2015
alwayd loved this group,now I have the cd great Kind Regards Lorraine.
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on 12 December 2014
loved them in the 80s still do very good !!!
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on 19 February 2016
5star those were the days thanks again.
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on 3 February 2014
there's no reason to buy these cds if you have the originals. there's no non album tracks.
5 star did the best instrumental b-sides but you don't get them here.
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