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Southern Recordings (Blu-ray Audio)
Southern Recordings (Blu-ray Audio)
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 59.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skynyrd never sounded so good!, Jan. 24 2016
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This is one of the fullest sounding Blu Ray Audios I have heard to date. Nice thick guitar sound, chugging bass and soothing vocals. The mix is excellent in many cases isolitating each guitar in its own channel yet still giving you the fully blended guitar sound Skynyrd was famous for. Song selection is good, no Tuesday's Gone but you can't have everything. This collection is great for someone checking Skynyrd out for the first time or a die hard. I have the first three albums on SACD and I would say this sounds superior! Please let there be a volume 2.

Blackstar
Blackstar
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you David for endless great memories and music that will inspire people for generations., Jan. 8 2016
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This review is from: Blackstar (Audio CD)
It will always be difficult to look at this album without thinking of Bowie's passing (like "Double Fantasy" by John Lennon is). Lot's of times we make those last records, by artist of Bowie's stature, into masterpieces they don't deserve to be. But in this case the record really is as good as people are making it out to be. I received my copy on release day and had a chance to spend the weekend with it before my perspective on the record would change. This record is very much an amalgation of his past work but somehow it also manages to stay fresh. You can hear the sax style so prominate on his "Black Tie White Noise" album but you can also hear it as logical exstention of his last three records (all 4 (including this one) were produced by long time off and on again producer Tony Visconti). Don't get me wrong Bowie was not repeating himself, this record sounds original ( because it is) but I hear this album as the perfect farewell and summation of an incredible body of work. I don't think Bowie could have made a better goodbye album for his fans. I just want to point something out, the fact that Bowie could take his terminal illness and turn it into a peice of art is a testament to how great this artist was. To take his own mortality and face it, then exploring it as a muse for a peice of art is inspiring. Bowie could have just spent his last months dealing with his illness and ignore his art but he was able to use it as inspiration and creat a record that not only summed up his work but also his life. It will be a long time (if ever) before we see an artist of his caliber again. Thank you David for endless great memories and music that will inspire people for generations.

The Matrix Tapes (4 CD)
The Matrix Tapes (4 CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Live Recordings To Date!!, Dec 27 2015
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This review is from: The Matrix Tapes (4 CD) (Audio CD)
These are the best live recordings I have heard of the Velvet Underground to date. Sourced from a soundboard recording there is next to zero distortion, great instrument separation with clean vocals. Recorded over two nights in '69 this is the most commercial the band got. Tight arrangements and the instruments have very little to no effects on them, pretty well a straight guitar sound. Nice selection of songs however tracks do repeate over the course of the live sets.
If you are a fan of the Velvet Underground grab this, I am sure you will not be disappointed!

The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961
The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961
Price: CDN$ 37.28
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot Praise This Set Enough !!!, Dec 22 2015
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This is a wonderful collection! All I knew before picking this up was his playing on Kind Of Blue so I was taking a risk buying this, not being sure how his solo music would sound. Well it's great my fears were unwarranted this collection is a gem. It is a complete recording of the five sets they did at the Vangard. The recording it's self is great with only one exception and that is an audio drop out during the first set. This was caused by a power outage but it's very short and does not wreak the listening experience.
This is a soothing record but not boring. If you love great music check this out. I haven't yet but I am sure going to check out more of his work.

Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
Price: CDN$ 26.07
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Such Thing As Too Much Of This Brew!, Dec 22 2015
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First off this is not a reissue of the Complete Bitches Brew box set from years ago. This set comprises of the Double Album with some bonus tracks, a full live concert on the Third CD and a DVD of a live show of which the picture is great for a 40 year old video and it has good sound be it only in stereo. The sound on the CD's is great. Really nice mastering!
For those of you who are new to this record this is a good set to pick up. Especially at it's current price (between $20 and $30).

Bitches Brew Live
Bitches Brew Live
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cash Grab by Sony Music (But Five Stars For The Music), Dec 18 2015
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This review is from: Bitches Brew Live (Audio CD)
This is a complete rip off if you have Miles Davis's catalog already. The first three tracks come from the Miles at Newport collection and the rest is the already released on the Isle Of Wight 1970 CD. Now Sony Music loves repackaging Miles catalog whether it be box sets or deluxe versions but this is a obvoiuse cash grab.
However I would like to point out that the music it's self is awesome. I love Miles Davis and really love his fusion period so I am not knocking the music just the greedy music label cash grab.

Dark Magus
Dark Magus
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Davis's Best Fusion Album!!!, Dec 17 2015
This review is from: Dark Magus (Audio CD)
This is my favourite "fusion period" Miles Davis record. I was first made aware of this record when Miles Davis had just died Rolling Stone magazine listed essential CD you should checkout rom his catalogue and the had this album listed. At that point it was only available as a Japanese import so I paid an insane amount of money for it. If I recall it went for around $75 for the two CD set. But when I got home and put it on it was love at first listen! His album has a really funky vide to it. The band he is playing with mesh perfectly with the music he was making at the time.
If you like Jazz Fusion I don't see how you can not like this album. Unfortunately I don't think it's around anymore but if you have an SACD player try to locate this album in that formate. The SACD has a much warmer sound but if you can't find it or don't have an SACD player still pick it up on CD. The CD does sound great.

Blackout: 50th Band Anniversary
Blackout: 50th Band Anniversary
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of 50th Anniversary CD/DVD version, Dec 14 2015
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This is a Metal Masterpiece and any serious Metal Head should check it out. This was the album that broke the Scorp's into the mainstream. When this came out in the early 80's it was played everywhere. Even local AM radio use to play it (back in the 80's it was not uncommon to see bands like the Scorpions in the same top 40 chart as Duran Duran and other mainstream acts). This was also a favourite album to play at parties back in high school.
Now for the review of this version. First what you get is the remastered CD with 4 bonus tracks, A 40 minute concert, 2 music video's and a 40 plus minute documentary on the making of the album. So you get lots of cool stuff, right! So if the CD is so great and you get all these extra's why 4 stars? Well it's due to the mastering. These CD's are very compressed. I am not one of those people who think everything digital is over compressed but I am not a fan of the loudness wars either so I try to keep an open mind. However in the case of this set of remasters I have to say I would have liked less compression.
The packaging is very nice. Nice thick booklet of liner notes and photos. However I want to point out that these remasters are very expensive imports. Why Universal Canada did not release these here I don't know. The Scorp's catalog has not been remastered since the original releases back in the 80's.
So over all I am happy with the packaging and the DVD's but not terribly impressed with the CD mastering. However I am glad I picked them up!

Dont Look Back (Blu-ray)
Dont Look Back (Blu-ray)
DVD ~ Joan Baez, Donovan, Alan Clarke Bob Dylan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion is The Version You Want! (Blu Ray review)!, Dec 11 2015
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This review is from: Dont Look Back (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
This is a coner stone film in any Rock music collection. This film gives you access to Dylan like no other film has. I don't know how many times I have seen this film over the last 35 years (Saw it the first time in the 1980's) and I have bought it a number of times and this version is the one to get! Wonderful print with a nice sharp image and excellent audio. The last version that came out on Blu ray looked great and it came with a DVD of a bonus film and extras however this version offers you all that and more and all the footage is on Blu ray. Plus it's all on one disc. The bonus film has several complete songs unlike the film it's self that only give you snips of the performances.
Again, if you you are a Rock music fan or a music fan or even just a fan of Pop Culture you should enjoy film.

Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die (2CD/2DVD)
Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die (2CD/2DVD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album (2 CD /2 DVD review)., Dec 7 2015
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Excellent Jethro Tull album. Great songs recorded very well. As per usual the Steven Wilson 5.1 mix is awesome. However the featured album is not the one that was originally released by the band but a rerecorded version for a TV special (which you can watch in surround sound). There are a few tracks from the original album in 5.1 however you do get a 4.0 version of the original release plus a flat transfer of the original 2 track master. The rerecorded version sounds great and was made at time of release. So it's not like they rerecorded it lately.
So lots of options for you to chose from. The music itself is great this is a solid Tull record. Again it comes with great liner notes in the form of a book. All I can say is keep the box sets coming!

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