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Stephen Bieth (Mississauga/ Canada)

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Crime of the Century [Blu-ray Audio]
Crime of the Century [Blu-ray Audio]
Price: CDN$ 30.00
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supertramp in 24bit/192kHz Blu Ray Audio (Stereo), Dec 24 2014
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In my opinion Supertramps best record and hearing it on Blu ray audio is the way to hear it. This album has never sounded more full then this version (including Vinyl). This uncompressed master is the way the band wanted fans to hear it from day one. Not only is it full sounding it also has a depth and space that you now hear in the recording.
If you like Prog. or Classic Rock you need to check this album out. If you have a Blu ray player and home audio system this is the version to get! This will be getting played a lot!!!

Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path (3CD)
Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path (3CD)
Offered by music4sure Ca
Price: CDN$ 119.27

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Set From The Legendary Band!, Dec 22 2014
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Excellent rarities collection. It covers their entire carrer and has excellent sound. The first disc is mostly self penned songs from B sides and movie soundtracks. The second disc is covers and some of them are more interpretations not straight covers. The third and last disc is the weird stuff. Instrumentals, Ambient and some completely alternative versions of better known songs.
This was worth the wait! They did an excellent job getting this collection together.
Now will they ever put out a live Blu ray!

WarChild (The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition)
WarChild (The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition)
Price: CDN$ 48.45
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 out of 5 (Review Of CD/DVD (2014)), Dec 1 2014
I am just now exploring Jethro Tull and have enjoyed the reissues so far. This album is not as strong as the reat of their catalog to this point but it's still a good album. It's a little on the short side clocking in at less then 40 minutes. The songs are good but it's starting to sound like Jethro Tull by numbers. The records leading up to this point each record has a direction to it and a flow to the records. This one feels like they just pulled in whatever they had. All the negativity aside this is a good album.
The Steven Wilson mix is perfect once again. Lots of options for play back whether it be the 5.1 or Stereo mixes they are all there. I also love that you get a flat transfer of the original stereo mix so you don't have to keep your old copies.
So over all I am happy with the product but if your new to Tull I would not suggest starting here. But Ian if you read these reviews keep the 5.1 remasters coming!

The Album Collection, Vol. 1 1973-1984
The Album Collection, Vol. 1 1973-1984
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Springsteen Remasters!!, Nov. 22 2014
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Finally remastered Springsteen! Best thing is there is not a dud album in the box. This covers Springsteen's glory days. Starting with the Dylan inspired "Greatings from..." and finishing at the 80's classic "Born In The USA". Every CD in this set sounds so much better then the original CD's. "Born To Run" and "Darkness..." we're remastered for box sets a few years ago but the rest this is their first time.
I cannot overstate how good these records are. Even "Born In The USA" that I heard a million times back in high school sounds fresh. But for me they are all gems. I would say "The River" sounds the most improved. The original release sounded a little thin.
If you love great song writing it's here in droves. I know a lot of people think of Springsteen as a flag waving American but that is not the case. Is he a proud American? Yes but songs like "Born In The USA" are not pro American songs but commentary on the real state of America for your average citizen and these songs are universal. Think of them as songs describing the break down of the illusion of the dreams and promises of youth.
Springsteen is truly one of the great artists of all time. He talks to you like a friend in his songs but never preaches. The music is always engaging whether it's the foot stomper "Hungry Heart" or the acoustic "Atlantic City" you will be pulled in by every note and word.
The box comes with all the CD's in mini LP sleeves and it has a book of photos and articals. It's a good deal for your money but as always with Springsteen it's about the music and the music is great. Can't wait for Vol. 2. Oh please let there be a volume two!

Price: CDN$ 47.26
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Yes, Yes this is what 5.1 was made for!!!, Nov. 21 2014
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This is the Yes Blu ray I was waiting for! This is yes in top form. The one record they did with Patrick Moraz it has really stood the test of time. Comprising of three songs this record demands all your attention. I know most people would be dying to hear "Gates..." in 5.1 but for me the big pay off is "Sound Chaser". Hearing this in 5.1 reminds you what's so good about the format. This mix, again, is from Steven Wilson and once again he does a steller job (I still don't know when he sleeps).
This is a Prog. Masterpeice made better. If you like great playing, writing....let's face it just great music! This is worth checking out.

Journey - Greatest Hits: 1978-1997
Journey - Greatest Hits: 1978-1997
DVD ~ Journey
Price: CDN$ 11.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Tunes, Horrible Videos, Nov. 21 2014
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This is a great collection of 70's and 80's pop songs. Journey was one of the greats in the 80's but the videos are so bad. Like really bad. No video looks cool by having the band play air guitar, drums ans keyboards. Even someone as cool as Neil Schon looks like a tool. But if you want great pop songs and enjoy some video images to go with them this is the DVD for you. This has just about all the hits, be it a lot from the Escape live DVD, so odds are your fav. song is here.
The video transfer is good, Looks a little dated on a HD tv set, but very watchable. But if you only pick up one DVD from Journey grab the before mentioned Escape Live disc. Because everything aside Journey was and is a great live band!!

L.A. Forum Live In 1975 (2 CD + DVD)
L.A. Forum Live In 1975 (2 CD + DVD)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stones Awsome in 1975!, Nov. 19 2014
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This is a great show by the Stones but the DVD has it's limits. I have a VHS bootleg of this show and the picture on this DVD is not much better. The sound gets about a 7.5 but, again, the show is great. You get songs in this set that the Stones have not played live since. Finger Print File, Dodododo heartbreaker, Star Star are all here. Not the most famous of their songs but great none the less. The DVD runs about 2 hours and 20 minutes.
The picture here is not as good as the Hampton show released on Blu ray a couple of weeks back. There is a reason why this is DVD only. If you demand a super sharp and clear image go elsewhere. If you are a Stones or just music diehard then this is for you. You know what I think I will watch it again!

The Endless River (Deluxe Blu-ray Casebook Edition) [CD + Blu-ray]
The Endless River (Deluxe Blu-ray Casebook Edition) [CD + Blu-ray]
Offered by Keep It Real
Price: CDN$ 23.29
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4.0 out of 5 stars Going Out on A "High"!, Nov. 12 2014
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This is one of the best chill out records ever made. This album is like Pink Floyd meets Brian Eno. I loved all but on track on the CD and the 5.1 on Blu ray is nothing short of stunning. It has about a 55 minute running time. Originally this was to be made for the Division Bell as a second disc. It was going to be called "The Big Splif" so that kind of gives you an idea of what you are getting music wise.
The box it comes in is nice. Consist's of the Blu ray, Cd,, some post cards and a nice little hard covered book. It's class package.
It's sad to see Pink Floyd go but it's nice that the last record was something they could be proud of.. So thanks guys you gave us decades of great music that will live on for years!

The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
Price: CDN$ 179.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan, The Band, need I say more?, Nov. 5 2014
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Bob Dylan and the Band best combo since penutbutter and jelly (assuming you like penutbutter and jelly). It's hard to believe but the Dylan / Band output has been very small except for some live records you Basiclly had a few tracks on Self portrait and the studio record Planet Waves all we had was the 2 disc Basement Tapes collection. We now get almost six hours of recordings from the basement tape sessions (they actually were recorded in a few different locations but why let facts screw up a great album title). The sound on this set is good for it's source (2 track reel to reel) but it does very from track to track. It really is cool hearing the different members finding their way thru these songs (It's like sitting in a rehearsal hall with top notch musicians). A lot of these songs have never been officially by Dylan or the Band but were released by other artists (one of the books has a great collection of photos of the different 45's put out of these songs by various artists).
When interviewed Robbie Robbertson pointed out all the sonic issues from where they recorded (I am talking about the basement of Big Pink) with concrete floors, cinder block walls and a big metal furnace it was not ideal for the task at hand but Garth worked his magic and got it all on tape. The people at Columbia did a wonderful job remastering the tracks.
This is a first class package across the board. Beautiful sound (remembering the source) two hard covered books in a hard slip case. Great liner notes with colour and black and white photo's.
If you are a Dylan or a Band fan this is a must. Great companion peice to the "Isle of White" CD from last years box set and lets face it they don't make music like this anymore so getting hours of it is like finding the "Arc" of Rock music. Again this is a must have!!

Three Sides Live [Blu-ray]
Three Sides Live [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Genesis
Price: CDN$ 14.97
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Tour Doc. / Concert Film!, Nov. 5 2014
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Excellent Tour documentary / Concert film. Same track listing as the one that was in the box set but it's a new high end video transfer of the 16 mm film. It also has an HD audio track that sounds amazing.
The film it's self is excellent. True some songs are not complete but they are avalible as bonus tracks in their entirety (be it audio only). Great set list from the Abacab tour. This was filmed in the early days of the 80's so the film is not as sharp as Peter Gabriel in Athens but it's along those lines.
At it's current price (around $15) it's a good deal and worth the investment. If you have the "Movie" box and you are happy with the transfer just keep that. If you are an audiophile thou this is a must!

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