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A Flawed Masterpiece.,
This review is from: Boxed [Complete Boxset] [8CD] (Audio CD)
Firstly I'd like to thank Sony/BMG UK for releasing this gem of a collectors item. I pity your international co-horts for not sharing your vision and so far showing no plans of releasing these CDs or Box set in other countries. I have imported my copy from UK to Australia and ended up paying approximately the cost of 5 Top20 CDs - for 125 tracks this is still a fantastic bargain!
I call this a "flawed masterpiece" for a few reasons.
Firstly I'll explain the "masterpiece":
All 8 original Eurythmics albums remastered and redesigned. The newly remastered albums sound beautiful and rich; and not too far removed from the originals in sound mix etc.
Even if you have the original CDs there is a lot of extras to keep you happy. Bonus tracks (14), Live tracks (10), Remixes (14); Also 6 seemingly "new" previously unreleased tracks (or maybe tracks "from the vault") all are cover-versions of other artists songs and are great.
Extended and revisited artwork, sleeve notes describing the state of the world, the music industry as well as Dave and Annie's lifestyles at the time of each album. Interesting stuff.
Another brilliant excuse to spend about 10 hours immersed in Dave's lush fingers and Annies warm and powerful throat.
Now for the reasons I find it "flawed":
Obviously no collection will ever be complete... (tell that to Elvis fans!!); I didn't expect so many live and remixed versions.
There are literally only 12 missing b-side and rare tracks that SHOULD have been included:
1982 - Step On The Beast, Invisible Hands, Dr Trash.
1983 - Angle Dub
1984 - Charlie Cat (with Robert Gorl)
1985 - Sweet Surprise 1 & Sweet Surprise 2.
1987 - Winter Wonderland, Put A Little Love In Your Heart (with Al Green)
1989 - Rich Girl, Farewell to Tawathie (Live), Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
* Rich Girl is an irony in this set, the "We Too Are One" extended artwork includes both front and back of the "Don't Ask Me Why" CDsingle, showing that Rich Girl was the bonus track on the single, and yet it is not included!
I would happily have forgone the two 2001 remixes on the Sweet Dreams CD for the three 1982 missing tracks, and replaced any of the live tracks (excluding "4/4 In Leather" of course) for any of the other missing tracks.
The 9 track "1984 For The Love Of Big Brother" CD is not included; therefore the songs SexCrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four) and Julia are also omitted - both being singles this amazes me! In the text for "Be Yourself Tonight" this album is credited to existance and not dismissed (ie: created for movie and not used etc), nor explained why omitted from Remastering process.
MISSING NEW TRACKS:
The two new songs "I've Got A Life" and "Was It Just Another Love Affair?" are not included - seemingly a ploy to encourage sales for "The Ultimate Collection" remastered Greatest Hits (which should have been 2CD with all the singles on it!)
NO LYRIC BOOKLETS:
Even if each CD didn't contain the lyrics, the BOXED set should have had an additional booklet with the lyrics.
The extended artwork should have included ALL the 7" picture covers; and should have listed original release dates for (at least) the album and highest chart positions (at least) for UK; this is mainly mentioned in the text where the album or single went number one.
"Let's just close our eyes...."
It would be great if Sony/BMG UK could see fit to offer fans a futher 9th CD with the 12 missing tracks and an extensive lyric booklet (with album and bonus-track lyrics) at a reasonable price for those that have purchased the BOXED set.
Issues aside, this is a brilliant collection, well worth anyone's hard earned cash. Buy it now!!!
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Initial post: 28 Jun 2013 22:44:17 BDT
R. David says:
Great Comment - I completely agree with you. For the 1984 soundtrack missing, there is an explanation: this was released by Virgin, not BMG...
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