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Tommy (Blu-ray Audio)
Tommy (Blu-ray Audio)
DVD ~ The Who
Price: CDN$ 21.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars 5.1 Blu Ray Reveiw, March 3 2014
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The first of The Who's Masterpeices this was the album that gave The Who their push into superstardom. Partly based on Pete Townshend's life and part based on the fictional "deaf, dumb and blind boy" Tommy. Where in my opinion I rank this album fourth in the Who's catologe it is still an excellent record it does feel to me like there is a little filler. This is not the same 5.1 mix that Pete Townshend did for the 5.1 DVD- A and SACD but a new mix by their longtime sound man Bob Pridden. It's a nice mix. It makes good use of all five speakers however I find it lacking a bit on the bottom end. Still good but I like a thick bass sound. The 5.1 comes via a DTS-HD master nice and full sounding however the stereo is only PCM 96/24 and there is no selection for Dolby TrueHD or PCM in 5.1. I have to be honest why have they done two 5.1 mixes for this album yet Quadrophina only eight of the songs done in 5.1 I just don't get.
I am really hoping the next who 5.1 is Who's Next. Now that would make a great box set!!

Stones In Exile (SD Blu-ray)
Stones In Exile (SD Blu-ray)
DVD ~ The Rolling Stones
Price: CDN$ 16.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary in Standard Definition, Feb. 28 2014
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This documentary came out a couple of years ago. Great film on the making of one of the Stone's classics "Exile On Main Street". This film interviews every principle player on this record and walks you thru recording in the South of France as well as in the studio. While watching this I was amazed the record even got made. Between heat, the heat, drugs and well drugs I am amazed anything got put to tape let alone one of their legendary records.
As for the Blu Ray. This was shot in standard definition not in HD hence the SD Blu ray in the upper right hand corner of the cover. It looks like a very good unconverted DVD. If you already own the DVD you don't really need this. If you don't have the DVD and have a Blu ray player you will probably want this version.

White Light / White Heat (Blu-ray Audio)
White Light / White Heat (Blu-ray Audio)
DVD ~ The Velvet Underground
Price: CDN$ 20.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Audio Version, Feb. 28 2014
This is the second release the Velvet Underground have in this format (the other being "With Nico" or "peel slowly and see"). This formate gives a noticeable improvement in audio over ANY other format. However it can only be as good as it's source and in this case the source is not that great. Don't get me wrong all four VU records are excellent but this one was recorded the poorest of them all. The group was not getting much support from the record company. In fact their producer said "I don't have to listen to this. Call me when the reel (tape) needs changed" so they basically produced the record themselves. Outside of Reed and Cale who had at least seen records being made while at budget label Pickwick no one really knew what they were doing. The audio here is good but not Awsome. Then again do you really want a VU record that sounds like Dire Straits (no disrespect to Dire Straits)? I am assuming that both releases from VU are because these two records have had the deluxe remastered box sets come out and hopefully all four will be out over the next couple of years ( there are actually a couple of VU records that came out after these but with none of the original members. I have never heard them).
This is the best sounding version of this record I have heard to date and probably ever will. Just a note this one is 96/24 not the 192/24 the first one was at. With the lossless nature of DTS HD and Dolby TrueHD it has not effected the sound. It's still 100% uncompressed. Keep them coming!!

BBC Radio 1 Live
BBC Radio 1 Live
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 240.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars How can this be out of print?, Feb. 27 2014
This review is from: BBC Radio 1 Live (Audio CD)
I really got into Thin Lizzy about five years ago and since then I have been trying to pick up this CD. I don't know about you but $200+ is way too much for me to pay for a CD so I have been on the watch for a used one at a reasonable price. That happened about two weeks ago (however I had to order it via .UK) and am I glad I was able to get it. This is a killer show. Great set list, lots of energy and the band is tight as Hell.
This is Lizzy's last UK show and man did they go out on a high note. The sound is excellent for a feastival broadcast. Also there are no overdubs. Most people judge Lizzy as a live band via "Live and dangerous" which does have some studio fixing on it. This does not and it just shows what an amazing live act they were.
If you are a lizzy fan keep checking the listings for this used. Most times they are insanely priced but if you hold out you might luck out the way I did. Why this was not included on the Thin Lizzy BBC box set I just don't know.

Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper - The Billion Dollar Babies Tour [Blu-ray]
Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper - The Billion Dollar Babies Tour [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Alice Cooper
Price: CDN$ 24.98
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awsome Concert Of The Alice Cooper Group !, Feb. 18 2014
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This is the only footage (that I know of) that has been released of the Alice Cooper Group before Alice went solo. Right at the end of their four classic record run. This being the Billion Dollar Baby tour. It was not shot very well and the film (like all Shout releases) looks like little or no work was done restoring it. But it's a great concert. Hit after hit. There are two ways to watch the film. The full 90 minute version which has painful to watch skits or go to the special features and watch just the concert. Both come with an HD audio track that sounds great.
Historiclly this gets a ten but the release only gets a 6 out of 10 because of the lack of retoration done to the film. But it's still an Awsome Show!

Original Album Series
Original Album Series
Price: CDN$ 26.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Five From Otis!, Feb. 14 2014
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This review is from: Original Album Series (Audio CD)
I am ashamed to say that my first introduction to Otis Redding was thru Ducky in Pretty in Pink (hey I was in my mid teens) but then again John Huges movies always had great soundtracks! This collection is great. First because of price and second is presentation. These are the current remasters but they come in cardboard sleeves. Normally this is not my preferred way of enjoying a collection because I love liner notes. However it's a mute point here. The reissue of Redding's albums do not have any liner notes so getting them like this really does not matter. Put them in some slim cases and you are good to go. If you want an overview of Otis's career there several very good box sets that DO have liner notes.
Otis Redding was easily one of the great singers of soul. He also is responsible for some of the greatest songs of the sixties. Recording "Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay" (not in this set) easily one of the best ever put to tape ( also it was recorded on the day of my Birth) however Otis died in a plane crash three days after recording it.
So it breaks down like this Songs 9.8 (sorry no one gets a perfect score), Sound 8.5 (for actual recordings) and a 9 for the CD remasters, Packaging is only a six but you are getting the CD's at about half the price and , as mentioned, you don't lose any liner notes.
If you really want to see why Otis Redding's is so great check out Otis Live at the Monterey Pop Festival. Better yet pick up the Blu Ray on Criterion (the complete set is the way to go as you get Hendrix's complete set as well. Plus the only live footage of the original Byrds (it was this show that made them kick David Crosby out. He sounds great but he went on these huge rants between songs). But back to Otis. His set is short (if I remember right it's about 20minutes ) but so high energy and just great song after great song.
But for less the $5 a disc this set is a great start. If you pick this up with Volume two you have all but one album (King and Queen is missing) that Otis put out during his life time.
After Monterey Pop Otis was on his way to being a huge star unfortunately he would not even live out the year. Otis Redding you get my R.E.S.P.E.C.T!

Festival Express [Blu-ray]
Festival Express [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Various Artists
Price: CDN$ 21.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film But Shout Destroyed It, Feb. 11 2014
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I don't get Shout Entertainment they get all these titles and never put a dollar in to fix the transfer. I saw this movie in the Theater, on DVD and now Blu ray. I can tell you that blown up for movie theater screen this film had next to little grain. Either did the DVD but the Blu Ray is full of grain except for the modern interviews. I have never seen a film that did so well on DVD get such a horrible Blu ray.
The movie it's self is great. Early footage of the Dead and The Band. A couple of Awsome performance by Janis Joplin with here almost a completely Canadian band (just the drummer was American). This was also the best band she ever played with (too bad Janis was not around long enough to take that band on the road). Any footage of the Band in it's heyday is a treasure.
Again, great film but not the Blu Ray. Oh yea the HD audio is great!

Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Monsterarts Godzilla 2000 Millenium
Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Monsterarts Godzilla 2000 Millenium
19 used & new from CDN$ 234.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Well Built with Beautiful Detail, Feb. 11 2014
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This is the last peice i am buying for my collection and what a good one to go out on. This is one Awsome looking Godzilla. Stands 6 inches tall. Looks Great beside my King Gadora since they are built to scale. I have looked all over for an excellent Godzilla figure and this (in my opinion) the best one out there. Every part of his body moves. Head, mouth, tongue, Arms, legs, body can twist and the tail is amazing. It will bend almost any way.
Even the box is top notch.
But I cannot express how great this figure is. So if you were still thinking about it buy it before it's gone!

Imagine (Blu-ray Audio)
Imagine (Blu-ray Audio)
DVD ~ John Lennon
Price: CDN$ 20.99
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Sounding Transfer of a near perfect record (Blu ray pure audio), Feb. 11 2014
This is one of Lennon's two best record (I, like some others prefer the Plastic Ono Band). It is solid pretty well straight thru. With guests like George Harrison, Alan White and Klous Vormen (think that is spelt wrong) you really can't go wrong. This Blu Ray audio is miles better then any released to date.
The Blu ray audio is a Perefect format. It gives us an uncompressed versions of the records. That is a straight master tape. Up until now CD, Vinyl, SACD and DVD-A all had to be compressed. So up until now we had to make due. Now we get to hear it exactly the way the Artist did.
This series will be great once they start doing some fringe Blu ray audio releases. However there are a lots of classics available.

Olias of Sunhillow
Olias of Sunhillow
Price: CDN$ 29.72
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review Of The SACD (gold), Feb. 8 2014
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This review is from: Olias of Sunhillow (Audio CD)
The members of Yes have pretty well all put out solo records. Most kind of suck but there are a few Gems! This being one of them. Along with Chris Squire's Fish Out Water and Alan White's Ramshackle ( I am not including Rick Wakeman's output due to the fact that he started his solo career before joining Yes).
This is a concept record to tell the rest of the story of the Starship Trooper. The story starts on the Fragile album cover continues on Close To The Edge and the final cover is the live album Yessongs. This picks up after the story that had ended there.
The music is great. It's kind of like yes but a little more laid back. I have owned this record on Vinyl, 2 editions of CD's and I can honestly say this one blows the others away,
The great news for people who don't have an SACD player there is also a CD layer that has the same remaster as the SACD!
The record sounds like Jon Anderson meets Phillip Glass!

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