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Crackers
Crackers
Offered by Rarewaves-CA
Price: CDN$ 4.70
17 used & new from CDN$ 4.69

4.0 out of 5 stars This record is a blast!, April 27 2014
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This review is from: Crackers (Audio CD)
I had picked up all the Slade records but this one. Was not too sold on the idea of a Christmas record but this is so much more. This is more a record containing the typs of songs you would play at a party with a couple of Christmas Rockers thrown in. Slade was never a ballad band, (even thow they did have a few great ones) David Hill always said that Slade could not get a number one with a piano on the track, so this relies on their rockers.
The record is pretty short but at the price sellers have it for it's worth the price. This record is like having a glam rock Christmas!

Yes Album
Yes Album
Price: CDN$ 33.59
29 used & new from CDN$ 18.62

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reveiw for 2014 Blu ray/ CD version, April 27 2014
This review is from: Yes Album (Audio CD)
Excellent album! This Yes's first Masterpeice it's also the first record with Steve Howe. The new version is the clearest I have ever heard this album. The 5.1 mix is really good however I liked the Close To Thr Edge mix better. But this is best way to hear the album. If you are new to Yes this is the place to start. If you have a home entertainment system and your a music fan but you like your music a little more challenging check this out. This mix really makes good use of your rear speakers. "Yours is No Disgrace" has the Hammond organ coming into the mix through the rears and it really gets you into the track.
This is the kind or record you get nice and...um..relaxed. Sit in a comfy chair, close your eyes and push play. "Starship Trooper" was made for such a moment.
If you were going to make a list of the top 30 Progressive Rock records this would be there. If you have a system and are not sure about the 5.1 formate pick up this and "In The Court Of The Crimson King" and you will see what the big deal is about. Just make sure your 5.1 is balanced right because if it is it's audio Paradise !

Homo Erraticus (Deluxe Edition)
Homo Erraticus (Deluxe Edition)
Price: CDN$ 27.79
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !, April 21 2014
I did not know what to expect from this CD. Thick As A Brick 2 was a pleasant suprise. Those concept sequals do not usually stand up well but it ended up being pretty good. I have to be honest I did not know this album was coming so it was a nice suprise! I feel this is even stronger then the last record. The entire CD is one concept and it clocks in at 51 minutes. I do not want to get into the story in fear of giving anything away but it Basiclly is a quick walk thru man's history of destroying the environment around him. This again is written with (the Fictional) Gerald Bostock. The only downside about Ian Anderson's lastest works is the loss of his voice. He has developed a new style of singing that works well on new material. However it does not hold up that well doing the old stuff live. Maybe that's why there is no word about a Thick As A Brick 1 & 2 Blu ray from the last tour.
I feel this work comes pretty close to hey day Tull. If you are a fan of Ian Anderson's music this is a must have addition and the 5.1 DVD is excellent. If you have a home 5.1 system the deluxe edition is a must!

Lou Reed's Berlin [Blu-ray] [Import]
Lou Reed's Berlin [Blu-ray] [Import]
DVD ~ Lou Reed
Price: CDN$ 28.46
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lou's Masterpeice performed live, April 18 2014
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Laster Bang's called Lou Reed's Berlin the most depressing reord ever made (I feel Lou Reed's "Magic and Loss" is). That being said do not buy this thinking you are going to be dancing around while it plays on your DVD player. But odd's are if you are buying a Lou Reed DVD you know what you are getting.
This DVD could not be better if they tried. Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) directed this film and you can tell by the care given to it that he has a real love of this music (He has cut home movie styled clips to inhance the lyric). But the real treat is the music it's self. Lou is joined by Steve Hunter on Gtr.(He played on the 1973 album) and Bob Ezrin conducts the band (He produces the CD "Berlin" as well as Pink Floyd's The Wall, Peter Gabreil's fist CD and Alice Cooper's Welcome To My Nightmare to just mention a few). He also has Anthony with him again (He has one of the best voices you will ever here). Lou himself is great voice and seem's to be really into the performance. I could go on but i think you get the idea. If you like Lou Reed buy this DVD.
The Blu ray is even better. Excellent HD audio and hi def picture!

Wrecking Ball (Re-Issue) [2 CD + DVD]
Wrecking Ball (Re-Issue) [2 CD + DVD]
Price: CDN$ 27.99
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get much better then this! 2 CD / 1DVD, April 13 2014
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This was a love at first listen for me. This CD has a beautiful ambience to it. I have read a few reveiws where people feel her voice is to low in the mix. Under normal circumstances I would agree but the mix on this release is haunting. It also has some of the all time break up songs. Her version of Steve Earl's "Goodbye" could make Charles Manson cry.
The second disc in this type of sets are usually throw aways but not in this case. The second disc is worth the extra money. But the clincher is the DVD. It a contains a 48min documentary about the album.
If you sometimes like your music mellow this is for you!

Jericho
Jericho
Price: CDN$ 17.29
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent come back!, March 31 2014
This review is from: Jericho (Audio CD)
This has three members of the Band on it. Garth, Levon and Rick are all here and it's a great come back. I picked this up on Halloween the year it came out so I put it on in the background has I handed out Candy fearful that the next song I would hear would ruin my memories of The Band. I had no justification for mt fears this record is great. Without Robbie's song writing they used songs by the like of Dylan and Springsteen to name just a couple. Their Versions of Blind Willie McTell and Atlantic City are easily as good as the originals. Actually all three Band reunion records are worth picking up. The sadest thing is there will never be any more but this was one of the greats to go out on. But so are the next two!!

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)
Price: CDN$ 66.88
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 CD 1 DVD box set & Blu Ray Pure Audio!, March 27 2014
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This an excellent box set. The remastered Good bye Yellow Brick Road is stunning. The documentary is cool. It was filmed at the time and besides interveiws there are some great live clips. The covers and demo disc is good for a listen but will probably (in my case) never get played again. But the double live CD is Awsome. Great set list, good sound and the band is on fire for this show.
Over all great box set. Where $70 is a little Picey it is a good deal for what you get. Oh there is also a hard covered book with Pic's and Liner Notes. Again, very glad I bought this however a 5.1 mix would have been nice. I have the sacd version and it sounds great but it would sound better on Blu ray!!
A week later....
Well I received my G.B.Y.R. Blu ray yesterday. Yes this blue ray has a 5.1 mix however it's the mix from 2003. The sound has improved greatly at DTS -HD 96/24 transfer. The stereo master has never sounded better. Nice full sound but not overly bassie like a lot of 5.1 mix. If you already have the SACD or DVD-A from the early 2000 this is not a must have but the 5.1 transfer does sound better and there is no contest the stereo version sounds best here.
Not bad $20! Lots cheaper then the SACD was and it's all on one disc!

I Am the Cosmos
I Am the Cosmos
Price: CDN$ 13.69
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4.0 out of 5 stars Graet album! Too Bad it was not released before he died., March 27 2014
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This review is from: I Am the Cosmos (Audio CD)
After leaving Big Star Chris Bell tried getting a solo career going. That never happened. This is it an album made up of recordings that took place speraticly during the rest of his life (he died in a car crash at the age of 27). This record is excellent. So much better then I feared. Nice and laid back. I can only imagine some of these songs on Raido City (however that record is near perfect already). You can definatly tell where alot of the Big Star's sound came from.
If you have never picked up any Big Star grab #1 Record and Radio City. You can even get them on the same single CD. But If you like Big Star and have all their albums then ad this to your collection!

MILES AT THE FILLMORE - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3
MILES AT THE FILLMORE - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3
Price: CDN$ 43.97
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 out of 10, March 26 2014
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If you like Miles Davis's fusion period this is for you. Excellent mastering. Great songs and a nice package (be it a little breakable). If you have never heard this period of Miles Davis's career this is a good place to start. Excellent deal for a four CD set (sells for around $40). Most of this material has been released befor. Bitches Brew, At the Fillmore are just a couple of places the ended up. This set has all four shows.(believe it or not he was opening up for the Neil Young. I love Neil and he has a CD from this run as well simply called At The Fillmore East) you even get some bonus tracks from an other show that was not part of this run.
People are very mixed on this period of his career. Most jazz purists put it down. The problem is it's closer to Rock then Jazz. It's very hard to compare it to other music but I would say the closest thing would be Santana on their live album Lotus. So over all this is great package. If you are a fan of this period it's a no brainer!

Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Price: CDN$ 16.00
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new album!, March 24 2014
This review is from: Lightning Bolt (Audio CD)
I have to admit that Pearl Jam kind of fell off my radar for the last ten years. Then a friend talked me into seeing them again and they were great so I figured I would give the new CD a shot. This is an excellent album. Lots of range on it. This album brings a new feel to Pearl Jam. It's like an updated classic rock CD. It's got the heavy stuff I love but also has a mellow element to it.
It's great seeing a band put out such an excellent CD 20 plus years into their carrer.

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