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on 10 August 2013
After watching their amazing Eurovision win in 1981 with the Dress-Rip routine of Making Your Mind Up. I became a fan of Bucks Fizz and started to build up a collection of vinyl singles and albums.

Eventually, the vinyl got worn out and never replaced.

Recently, I have heard the odd Bucks Fizz song being played on BBC Radio 2 and brought back fond memories of the 80's, that I decided to buy this "Up To Now, 30th Anniversary" double CD.

I bought this version of the album instead of the 2 CD Singles album, as CD 2 contains 11 Extended remixes.

When the CD arrived this week. It immediately got played, ripped to iPhone and iPad.

It was so great to hear the songs/voices again of Bobby, Mike, Cheryl, Jay and Shelley and being on CD, so crisp and clear compared to the old vinyl.

I love all the songs on the album but if I was asked to choose my favorites, they would have to be: My Camera Never Lies, Piece of the Action, London Town, Making Your Mind Up and the wonderful accapella (I call it) of Now Those Days Are Gone.

CD 2 is simply awesome and as stated above, has 11 Extended Remixes of the most popular songs, in which if you've never heard, you'll truely love and enjoy.

The only one negative about this album is the lack of booklet, it's more of credits list. However, if you know the songs well enough, you don't need the words writtten out for you.

Fantastic Album and a "Must Buy" for all Bucks Fizz/Bucks Fizz OBF fans.
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on 27 August 2012
This review is for: Up Until Now... 30Th Anniversary Hits Collection
I own a number of original albums and compilations of Bucks Fizz. This is one for the fans rather than someone looking for a general compilation of hits because it includes some updated versions and also misses "One Of Those Nights" which was one of their early hits. For someone looking for that the best choices are either The Very Best Of Bucks Fizz which is the hits plus a DVD, or The Platinum Collection 4CD Box Set which is more expensive but covers much of the best from Bucks Fizz. Back to this CD now and what we have here is really hit and miss for me. I won't go into all the songs because it's sufficient to say that this includes all their best known hits. I'll stick with the major points that set this release apart from other Bucks Fizz CD's. It's probably easiest to break it down into the good, the bad and the ugly.
GOOD: "My Camera Never Lies" (single version on Disc 1) is longer than on other Bucks Fizz CD's. The exact timing is 3:59, whereas on other CD's it runs to 3:45 max, so this alone made this CD worth getting.
"Piece Of The Action (Dedication Mix)" is an extended version which is very welcome as there was no original extended version made for this single. It sounds good keeping to the original Bucks Fizz style.
Previously unreleased Extended Versions of "What's Love Got To Do With It" & "Magical".
"The Land Of Make Believe (Extended Version)" is a great extended mix that was previously only available on The Lost Masters Vol.2 : The Final Cut
BAD: There is no proper booklet with this CD (although apparently one can be downloaded and printed out on your own printer, which is just laughable for a company as big as Sony Music).
"When We Were Young (TV mix)" sounds like a demo to me.
UGLY: The 12" extended version of "London Town" has a ghastly spoken intro. Some fans may like this, but to my mind it is better off without it and can be found without the intro on Hand Cut

Over all this is an essential CD for a Bucks Fizz fan to own. For a double CD with most of their hits, some great 12" mixes and previously unreleased tracks, it is certainly worthy of 5 stars.

By the way, I have also reviewed: The Platinum Collection 4CD Box Set
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on 7 May 2011
Another great release for the Fizz. A nice collection of hits, but best of all some new mixes - highlights being the 2011 Making your Mind up which is fun and frothy. The second Cd is fantastic with some wonderful extended mixes which were hard to get hold of until recently, and a few brand new Eighties style mixes thrown in - Talking in your Sleep and Piece of the Action are in particular, very very good. An often overlooked talented harmony group which are remembered for their more frivolous outings, but mid to later work is suprising both in volume and quality - I Hear Talk and Writing on the Wall are exemplary examples of perfect songs, vocals and eighties production never rivalled, so thank you Nicola Martin, Andy Hill, Bobby, Cheryl, Shelley, Mike and Jay for an impressive and sharp legacy of perfect pop with buckets of integrity. All we need now is a double album of unmixed / acoustic style mixes of all the hits which shows the vocals to the fore. HINT HINT Mr Murphy and co. Excellent stuff.
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on 9 May 2014
Great songs on it. Even though they are an old group they are the sort that never go out of fashion
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