Profile for Stephen Bieth > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Stephen Bieth
Top Reviewer Ranking: 23
Helpful Votes: 753

Guidelines: Learn more about the ins and outs of Amazon Communities.

Reviews Written by
Stephen Bieth (Mississauga/ Canada)
(TOP 50 REVIEWER)   

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20
pixel
White Light / White Heat (45th Anniversary 3CD Super Deluxe)
White Light / White Heat (45th Anniversary 3CD Super Deluxe)
Price: CDN$ 84.92
30 used & new from CDN$ 68.70

5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars For Box Set Of Velvet's Second Record!, Dec 31 2013
Achat vérifié(Quest-ce que cest?)
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]
DVD ~ Godfrey Reggio
Price: CDN$ 58.09
17 used & new from CDN$ 56.68

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
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 281.71
3 used & new from CDN$ 127.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Box Sets Don't Get Better Then This!, Dec 19 2013
Achat vérifié(Quest-ce que cest?)
Ce commentaire est de: Keep An Eye on the Sky (Audio CD)
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
Price: CDN$ 15.66
28 used & new from CDN$ 4.91

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars And fans thought "Love Beach" was bad!, Dec 17 2013
Ce commentaire est de: 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
Offered by nagiry
Price: CDN$ 17.64
15 used & new from CDN$ 12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Not 5.1 but a great SACD, Dec 12 2013
Achat vérifié(Quest-ce que cest?)
Ce commentaire est de: #1 Record/Radio City (Audio CD)
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
Price: CDN$ 33.07
15 used & new from CDN$ 21.51

4.0 out of 5 stars Some groups have no luck., Dec 12 2013
Achat vérifié(Quest-ce que cest?)
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.

At The BBC (6CD)
At The BBC (6CD)
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 90.34
19 used & new from CDN$ 70.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Almost complete BBC set rocks, Dec 12 2013
Ce commentaire est de: At The BBC (6CD) (Audio CD)
According to the liner notes there are only two Bolan BBC appearances that are missing from this set and those are missing because copies could not be found and assumed lost. However what we do get is six CD's of all the rest. From John's Children right thru T Rex. Great sound considering parts of this set were sourced from home recordings of the Radio broadcast. Great little interveiw bits here and there. If you are like me and already had the three CD T Rex at the BBC set you will be glad to know that there is a lot more here. Just the John's Children tracks make it worth the price. I also did an A B test between the old T Rex one and this and the new one does have improved sonics.
Usually BBC collections suffer from being recorded by BBC staff who in most cases knew nothing about the artist they were recording. In the case of this set it seems to be a none issue. They still have that vintage T Rex thick guitar and bass sound.
This is probably as close as we are going to get to having everything from Bolan on the BBC and it sounds great. Hopefully there will be more of these. There are a lot of Pink Floyd BBC bootlegs floating around so hopefully one day we will see one of these for them!

Higher!
Higher!
Price: CDN$ 52.77
26 used & new from CDN$ 50.01

5.0 out of 5 stars More Sly, can that ever be bad!, Dec 9 2013
Ce commentaire est de: Higher! (Audio CD)
This box set is more for fans then say someone wanting a career covering set if that is what you want check out the two CD Essential collection. This has some great alt takes. Live tracks, rare singles, unreleased songs and the sound is perfect. Comes in a beautiful cardboard sleeve with the four CD's on the inside cover. there is a large soft cover book that comes out. It has great essays and stunning colour and black and white photos. But the real treat here is the quality of the music. There are certain Sly records I love beginning to end and others I like tracks. This box set is in that beginning to end category.
Watch the price you pay, at one time amazon had this listed for under $40 now it"s over $80. There are sellers selling it for a better price. But whatever you pay this is great music. if you like 60's and 70's funk you will love this set!

Live at CBGB's Tuesday 12/19/89
Live at CBGB's Tuesday 12/19/89
Price: CDN$ 10.33
15 used & new from CDN$ 4.91

3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing, Nov. 27 2013
Achat vérifié(Quest-ce que cest?)
This was the first Tour I saw Living Colour on. They opened for the Stones on their Steel Wheels tour. Since then I have seen them a few time including this year. I was really excited about this release.
The sound gets better as the show goes on but the mix for the opening "Cult Of Personality" is all over the place. By their four songs in the sound is pretty good. I am pretty sure this was a soundboard two track tape.
Living Colour never really got their break. They are ten times more talented then groups like Warrent or Poison yet those two groups sold millions. Except for one record they have all been great and they are still one of the best live bands in the world (that might even be an understatement).

Rare Cuts & Oddities 1966
Rare Cuts & Oddities 1966
Offered by Deastore
Price: CDN$ 22.00
2 used & new from CDN$ 22.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Early (Pigpen era) Gratuful Dead, Nov. 27 2013
Achat vérifié(Quest-ce que cest?)
Ce commentaire est de: Rare Cuts & Oddities 1966 (Audio CD)
This was released for Record Store day last year. It had been avalible about ten years ago but has long bin out of print. I don't know what other people are like but I pick and choose when it comes to the Dead what I buy instead of getting it all. I am a completist but the volume of catalog the dead put out each year is just too much. However I was glad to get this. Great early recordings. Band is still finding it's feet. Lot's of Ron which could be good or bad (sorry I know I will be hunted down and killed for this) in my case bad. I repect Pigpen and I feel that if there was no Pig there would be no Dead and if there was a Dead it would not sound the same.
That out of the way most of these tracks were recorded very well. Sound stands shoulder to shoulder with records of the time. The CD comes with great liner notes. But if you want one grab it fast these are from Last Years Record Store Day and when they are gone, they are gone

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20