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Wrecking Ball (Re-Issue) [2 CD + DVD]
Wrecking Ball (Re-Issue) [2 CD + DVD]
Price: CDN$ 21.99
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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!

Price: CDN$ 15.85
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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 (Super Deluxe 4CD+DVD+Book)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Super Deluxe 4CD+DVD+Book)
Price: CDN$ 64.56
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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$ 11.18
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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
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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$ 11.99
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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.

Original Album Series Vol. 2 (5CD)
Original Album Series Vol. 2 (5CD)
Price: CDN$ 29.40
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4.0 out of 5 stars Covering the records released after his death, March 16 2014
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Otis's posthumous catalog but there is some great stuff here. His most Famous song ( "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay") is on this set. But the two best releases in here are the two live albums. Otis Redding live is something I am so glad was recorded properly in his life time. They are propper multitrack live recordings so the sound is great with nice thick bottom end. The other three records are studio releases of what was left after his death. So the first one is great but the second and third do not stand up to the rest of his body of work.
With these two volumes of Otis's CDs you don't miss anything liner note wise since these reissues never had any to begin with.
Great sets but if you are only grabbing one buy the first Volume.

Killer (Gold)
Killer (Gold)
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 90.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars Version to get (Gold 24krt HDCD), March 16 2014
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This review is from: Killer (Gold) (Audio CD)
First off just an FYI HDCD's play on any CD player. But they will only play in CD not HDCD unless your system supports it. However the CD layer (Red Book) is taken from the same remaster as the HDCD so it sounds great.
This is one of the Alice Cooper groups four classic records and this is the version to get. Nice full sound, great bass and clear vocals. Three of the four records I am speaking of have never been remastered by their North American label so to get a CD version that dosen't sound and indeed come from an 80's CD master you have to look elsewhere. That being from a smaller label that has licensed the music and remastered the album themselves or by a copy from Japan. While still avalible this is the best band for the buck (basing it on the current $29.99 price). Normally I think current versions of CD's are good enough for most people (most people don't spend a small fortune on their home entertainment system) but in this case this dose not apply. There is next to zero bass on the domestic version and the vocals are shrill.
If you are just looking for the hits their is a remastered greatest hits called "Mascera and Monsters" put out by Rhino about 15 years ago that is better sounding but still not great!
All this being said the music here is great no matter what it all depends on how important sound is to you!

Queen Rock Montreal (2CD)
Queen Rock Montreal (2CD)
Price: CDN$ 17.31
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Not so great Audience, March 13 2014
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This was recorded on Queen's last North American tour. I saw this tour at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto (however not this set list. The show I saw was documented on Queen at the bowl. Not the same show but same set list). The band is great and giving it all doing Basiclly a greatest hits set (Droping all the songs but one from Hot Space). The trouble is the audence is dead. But this live album is much better then " Live Killers" and covers most of the same songs.
In my opinion pick up this for the stuff from the 70's up to and including 80 to 82. Then pick up "Live at Wembley" to cover the last few touring years.
Queen were a powerhouse live and considering how many overdubs they did records you would think the opposite. Just an FYI if you have not seen Queen live when they do Bohemian Rhapsody live the operatic center to the song is impossible to do live so Queen would leave the stage and a tape would play that segment.
Queen is a band that is finally getting the credit thet deserve. If you want to test the waters get the two Greatest Hits and this CD. You will not believe how many great songs they actually recorded. I read recently that Queen had 46 top 40 singles in a row (in the UK) that puts them in Rock Royalty Department (no pun intended) they easily stand beside the Who or Led Zeppelin!

Look Wot I Dun: Don Powell of Slade
Look Wot I Dun: Don Powell of Slade
Price: CDN$ 18.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!, March 11 2014
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I had read Noddy Holder's book and enjoyed it very much and since I got into Slade a couple of years ago I have been looking for more info on the band. This book is great for that. Don Powell (Slade's Drummer) had a major car accident that left him with short term amnesia. He could remember his past but had to keep diaries to get from day to day after the accident. A lot of the book came from that. There are lots of interviews with principle individuals from throughout the bands career. There are some really great stories in it as well.
If you are a fan download it! I think you will be glad you did!

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