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Love It to Death
Love It to Death
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a good sounding Alice Crooper Album, Jan. 5 2014
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I have no idea why Rhino did not remaster all of Alice Cooper's albums when they put out the box set and the deluxe Billion Dollar set with the great live second disc.
This album is a classic and the domestic CD's sound like crap. So after finding Killers on gold disc remastered I bit the bullet and bought Schools Out as an Import from Japan.
I had to do the same with this album (buy a Shm Cd from Japan). But the sound quality is night and day compared to the domestic. I know it's very expensive but it's the only way to get an upgraded master.
You can take your chances and wait MoFi just announced that "Billion Doller Babies" is coming out on a SACD / CD and remastered at that. I am hoping they will do at least the Alice Cooper Group Albums.
I have bought a lot of remasters over the years and with out a doubt this is the best remaster I have heard comparing the SHM (I still don't think SHM CD's makes a difference is all the mastering. Why do the Japanese do a much better remastering as aposse to the ones here?

Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H.MonsterArts King Ghidorah
Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H.MonsterArts King Ghidorah
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Replica !, Jan. 3 2014
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Do not usually by things like this but decided to pick a few different figures for display. This was by far they best looking Bandi figure from the Godzilla franchise. Bigger then most in the series but to scale compared to other figures. Very delicate. It would break extremely easy. But the detail is incredibly good. This will be the centerpiece to my very small collection!

Thunder & Lightning (2CD Deluxe Edition)
Thunder & Lightning (2CD Deluxe Edition)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Going Out On A High Note!, Jan. 1 2014
I know not many would agree with me but I feel this is Thin Lizzy's best studio album. At the end of the "Renegade" tour the band talked of calling it a day. Phil Lynott felt they should make one more great record and go out on a high. So back in the studio they went and came out with the heaviest record of their career. This album is more hard rock / Metal then say "Jailbreak" was. But the writing is up there with their classics.
The remaster is much better then the one that was out on Wounded Bird Records prior. Second CD has some great live stuff plus a bunch of demo's. Good liner notes with standard deluxe edition packagings (Like the other remaster Lizzy's came out).
In my opinion this is one of the most under valued albums of the 1980's.

And Before Elf....There Were Elves
And Before Elf....There Were Elves
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ronnie's early days!, Jan. 1 2014
This CD is a blast. It sounds like some band you would hear at a local bar but with Ronnie James Dio's vocals. They even do a half decent cover of The Faces "Stay With Me". This CD is made for die hard fans but this one might appeal to people outside of that box. It kind of reminds me of Ten Years After. The sound is pretty good for low budget recordings made over 40 years ago. The funny thing is this band is heavier then the "Elf" records he made after this.
If you are a Dio completest you probably have this but if you are a fan there is enough here for you as well. liil

White Light / White Heat (45th Anniversary 3CD Super Deluxe)
White Light / White Heat (45th Anniversary 3CD Super Deluxe)
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars For Box Set Of Velvet's Second Record!, Dec 31 2013
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Another perfect box set from the VU. This,the follow up to last years " ...with Nico " box set and it's almost as good. This to comes in a beautiful hard covered coffee table book that holds great photos and excellent liner notes. But as with all great box sets it comes down to the music. The reason this is getting four and a half stars is due to the fact that it only has three CD's of music and not six like the first one. I understand that there was not as much extra music around or more live tapes like there were for the first set. The reason I am knocking it back half a star is because we are being charged the same price for this box set as the last. Yet, as I mentioned, has half the audio.
This set is on CD 1 the album in stereo ith some bonus tracks. The 2nd CD is the CD in Mono plus some different bonus tracks. Usually I don't like Mono mixes but due to how the stereo audio was mixed on the original release it's nice to hear the instruments and vocals not coming from separate speakers. The third and final CD is a live CD that has the best sound (still not great) of any Velvet's show I have heard from this period.
I am assuming that there will be a box for their third album next Christmas and it has me counting the days!

The Qatsi Trilogy: Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Naqoyqatsi (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
The Qatsi Trilogy: Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Naqoyqatsi (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film But Lots Of Grain, Dec 26 2013
I love these three films but these are love or hate films. They are not movies or even documentaries, they are a collection of film footage set to music but has a very clear message. It's like the expression "every picture is worth a thousand words". These images show us man falling out with nature and the third film is covers everything from corporate branding to the computer age. Some of my friends think these films are pompous where the rest have really enjoyed them
Now the item it's self. Nice covers and slip case for the films, however they are made of cardboard. Nice booklet with liner notes. All three films restored to a point. It gets better as the films go on but the first film in particular is very grainy. It's to different degrees depending on the lighting. I assume that this was the best they could do since Criterion is not known for cheeping out. the Audio is excellent but a little flawed as well. It sounds great but there is no stereo mix which means for us 5.1 people the surround is a little lack luster since the two front speakers are playing the full soundtrack and the other channels are just reverb to fill out the sound.
Great film, But as I mentioned these films are not for everyone.

Keep An Eye on the Sky
Keep An Eye on the Sky
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5.0 out of 5 stars Box Sets Don't Get Better Then This!, Dec 19 2013
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As a new fan of Big Star I am overwhelmed by the amount of great music they made in such a short time.
This box set has a great mixture of original tracks (the versions on the albums), demo's and unreleased material. The forth disc is a Awsome live CD.
Rhino did a top notch job with the sound. No loudness wars here. Very little compression to none at all. The box it's self has a excellent book (not booklet) taking you thru their career. That along with the packaging that holds the CD's slip into a slipcase. Lots of great photo's. Basically there is not a weak link in this entire package.
Just an FYI. This is not a greatest hits box set. Where it does have all those songs most are a different version.

In the Hot Seat
In the Hot Seat
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1.0 out of 5 stars And fans thought "Love Beach" was bad!, Dec 17 2013
This review is from: In the Hot Seat (Audio CD)
Why is it wheneve ELP calls it a day the last albums are always crap. Love Beach is bad but this is really bad. As a huge ELP fan I don't think I even would have bought if I knew it was like this. There are no good songs. There are none of the huge musical pieces on it. I don't know if they rushed this out for a tour or what but when you compare this to other ELP records made sience they reformed have been pretty good.
Do your self a favor, unless you are a Completes save your money. I promise you that it will only be listened to once.

#1 Record/Radio City
#1 Record/Radio City
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not 5.1 but a great SACD, Dec 12 2013
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This SACD/CD has the first two Big Star records on it. There is not a weak track among them. You can really hear where groups like Cheap trick got their sound from. How these records are not classics everyone owns is just mind boggling. Most bands don't get a single record this good let alone a pair. In a way this is rock fans best kept secret. It's a name you hear dropped a lot while hanging out with music geeks like myself.
This is a Pop record (yes that is not a dirty word remember The Beatles were pop) and a great one at that. When I say Pop I mean Cheap Trick, Journey pop. Not boy band, Britney Spears pop.
This SACD/CD will improve any record collection and I promise you will be playing it over and over for weeks!

Nothing Can Hurt Me [Blu-ray] [Import]
Nothing Can Hurt Me [Blu-ray] [Import]
DVD ~ Big Star
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some groups have no luck., Dec 12 2013
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This is a very good documentary. Well told and great interviews with great archival film, photo's and audio. Plus the story of this band is fascinating. Here is a group that basically put out three records with only the first having the full line up. This is a story of unfulfilled dreams, mental illness and never giving up the hope that they are going to make it. The only song most people would know is the theme song from That 70's Show (most episodes use the Cheap Trick cover) but if you like Cheap Trick, The Kinks, R.E.M. To name a few. You should check these guys out..
If you are a fan of Big Star this is a no brainer. Just buy it. If you love rock music or maybe a fan of just a really interesting documentary pick this up. This documentary stands shoulder to shoulder with New York Doll or Searching For Sugarman. So I think you will be glad you did.

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