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A Merrie Christmas To You
A Merrie Christmas To You
Price: CDN$ 12.97
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLUE RODEO'S stunning Canadian Christmas Album , 2014, Nov. 19 2014
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I am not a big fan of Christmas albums. Most of the traditional songs have been covered to death the same old way. Sure there are exceptions. No one is going to sing the song "O HOLY NIGHT" like Celine Dion does as just 1 example but over all if you have heard one Christmas album you have heard them all. That what makes BLUE RODEO'S Canadian Christmas album so special. Not only are there fresh takes on some old Christmas songs , you don't have to be a BLUE RODEO fan to enjoy this CD all year around. This CD is not too long either so it never drags at any point. Another excellent thing about this record is it's Canadian content. You do hear the Christmas song written by JONI MITCHELL "The River" gorgeously sung by JIM CUDDY. It is interesting hearing a male sing this song because it is usually sung / covered by female artists. A fantastic cover of a ROBBIE ROBERTSON song "Christmas Must Be Tonight" with Blue Rodeo sounding a lot like The BAND. GORDON LIGHTFOOT'S "Song For A Winter's Night" sounds as beautiful as ever.
We even get 2 ordinal BLUE RODEO Christmas songs by KEELOR / CUDDY. A more rocking version of KEELOR'S song "Glad To Be Alive" with some slightly different lyrics. JIM CUDDY'S new Christmas rocker [I believe that this song is a tribute to Canadian troops] called "Home To You For Christmas". Even all of the beautiful Christmas CD's artwork was made by Arthur Keelor who was is GREG'S great Uncle.
Other songs are just as fun. GREG turns the song "O Come All Ye Faithful" into a mid tempo rocker.
Other Christmas songs are from Alex Chilton "Jesus Christ" and Paul Simon "Getting Ready For Christmas Day". "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and even Merle Haggard's "If We Make It Through December" done in BLUE RODEO style are other treats.
This stunning sounding mostly Canadian Christmas album can be heard all year long. It is just that good and you don't have to be a BLUE RODEO fan to enjoy it. I am glad that I am a BLUE RODEO fan.
A MERRIE CHRISTMAS TO YOU , too BLUE RODEO!!!

The Album Collection, Vol. 1 1973-1984
The Album Collection, Vol. 1 1973-1984
Price: CDN$ 75.99
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally in 2014 , amazing sounding Bruce Springsteen CDS!!!, Nov. 17 2014
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I received my Bruce Springsteen CD box set early on Sunday Nov. 16th , 2014 from Canada Post. Usually they don't mail on Sunday but I will not be complaining about it. After years of record company rip offs and re-packaging with very little improvement in the sound BRUCE , etc , finally get the sound of his 1st seven albums right. I never realized just how low the bass was in some of his records until now. The bass is full and thumps a long in perfect balance with all of the other instruments and vocals. You hear every note of every song. What a huge difference in sound between the old RIVER CD and this remastered version. The ordinal CD of THE RIVER doesn't even come close to this new remastered version. THE RIVER , NEBRASKA , GREETINGS , THE WILD and BORN IN THE U.S.A , all have much more power like any true rock albums should. All of these CDS are cleaner , clearer and are a little louder but not too loud. What amazing sound for all of BRUCE'S first seven albums on CD. Even the new remasters of BORN TO RUN and DARKNESS sound better and yes they were newly remastered.
As far as the packaging is concerned these are cardboard mini albums with all the ordinal artwork in mini album size. The booklet [or book] has lots of great pictures [many in colour on high quality paper] but some parts are hard to read because of it's size. I don't buy my CDS for their packaging but if you want larger goodies then get the more expensive vinyl versions.
These CDS are quite simply the best sounding BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN CDS on the market now. I will never have to buy these CDS again. WOW , WOW and more WOW!!!

Led Zeppelin II (Remastered Original CD)
Led Zeppelin II (Remastered Original CD)
Price: CDN$ 12.00
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect volume & clarity for deluxe 2014 , LED ZEPPELIN II, June 5 2014
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# NOTE : This review is only for this single CD , Led Zeppelin 2 ordinal remastered CD , 2014 #

If you are wondering to buy or not to buy.???

If you just love the sound of the Japanese SHM-CDs and / or the MOTHERSHIP , CDs.
You will just love these LED ZEPPELIN , 2014 remasters.
As far as the volume level goes , it is smack right in the middle between the amazing sounding 2007 Japanese LED ZEPPELIN SHM-CDs and the MOTHERSHIP volume's.

They are louder , cleaner , clearer than the 1993 / 1994 LED ZEPPELIN remasters versions but not as loud as the MotherShip , versions.

Plant's voice is also more up front in the mix. You hear the incredible clarity of all of the instrument separation in each song.
The drum and bass / keyboard sounds are just mind blowing. PAGE's guitars are crystal clear.

So the LED ZEPPELIN 2014 remasters sound far better than the remastered versions that came out in 1993 / 1994. FAR BETTER!!!
I can truly write this for the 2014 LED ZEPPELIN remastered albums I and III , as well.

Crank it up and enjoy...You will now not have to raise your stereo volume to ear splitting volumes just to hear more details of this classic LED ZEPPELIN music.

You will never have to buy these CDs , again.

Not Fragile (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Not Fragile (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Price: CDN$ 14.99
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE SOUND finally for , B.T.O.'s / Not Fragile!!!, March 22 2014
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After many years of rip-offs and disappointments Universal Records finally got BTO's / NOT FRAGILE , sounding amazing. It's a little louder and a lot clearer and cleaner.
This CD sounds way , WAY , better than the MFSL Gold Disc version and the 2 BTO albums on 1 CD disc specials released recently.

2 CDS ... **

CD 1 & vinyl / 1...the NOT FRAGILE album [& CD] re-mastered to perfection.

CD 2 & vinyl / 2...is re-mastered LIVE versions of the NOT FRAGILE songs , collected from various live shows [Japan , Vancouver and Chicago]
+ 2 Bonus live tracks. So far , this is a Canada only release to celebrate BTO'S induction into the JUNO AWARDS / Canadian Music Hall Of Fame , this year in , Winnipeg [2014].
Now only if Universal Records would do this for BTO 1 / BTO 2 and FOUR WHEEL DRIVE?

The vinyl versions are due in APRIL , 2014.

Greatest Hits (Australian Tour Edition 2013)
Greatest Hits (Australian Tour Edition 2013)
Price: CDN$ 28.35
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally BRYAN ADAMS / 2013 , gets it right!!!, Oct. 7 2013
This CD is NOT just another Bryan Adams greatest hits 2 CD set. It is so much more!!!
Part studio & part live [& with a few demos].
Re-mastered in 2013 , it sounds just amazing , finally.
However , what makes this 2 CD set soooooo special also , is the great song selection.

34 remastered songs

DISC 1 :

summer of 69 [studio version].
i do it for you [studio version].
heaven [studio version].
when you're gone [single version]
all for love [solo live version : in England].
have you ever really loved a woman? [studio version]
run to you [studio version].
please , forgive me [studio version].
house arrest [Bryan with a live band version : from Montreal , Canada].
flying [live solo : in Australia].
the only thing that looks good on me is you [studio version].
can't stop the thing we started [studio version].
when you love some one [unreleased version].
cuts like a knife [studio version].
straight from the heart [solo live : in Australian version].
back to you [MTV , unplugged version]
18 til I die [studio version].

DISC 2 :

cloud # 9 [chicane mix].
i'm ready [MTV : unplugged version].
the best of me [studio version].
i'll always be right there [studio version].
you've been a friend to me [?].
tonight in Babylon [solo live : in Australian version].
heat of the night [studio version].
it's only love [with TINA TURNER : studio version].
this time [studio version].
kids wanna rock [studio version].
somebody [studio version].
remember [studio version].
one night love affair [studio version].
hearts on fire [faster band : studio version].
there will never be another tonight [studio version].
rock steady [Bryan solo with band rockin' demo version].
all i want is you [studio version].

They only thing that would make this 2 CD set any better , would be if they added a live versions of , TAKE ME BACK & LOW LIFE.
Other wise , the sound and set lists are just fantastic!!!

The Atlantic Studio Albums 1989-2007 (Box Set)
The Atlantic Studio Albums 1989-2007 (Box Set)
Price: CDN$ 47.58
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes these RUSH CDs are NEW re-masters + VT re-mix!!!, Oct. 1 2013
I will say that the packaging is pretty basic.
However , I don't buy CDs for their packaging. I buy them for their amazing sound.

Besides , 7 CDs for about $50 dollars is not a bad deal at all.

6 of these 7 CDs in this box set are remastered [these are NOT the too quite 2004 re-masters / re-packaged].
They all have a great sonic improvement.

6 of these CDs were recently remastered for ITunes , H D Tracks and this box set by Masterdisk's chief mastering engineer ,
ANDY Van Dette. He is the same person who remastered the fantastic sounding , RUSH Sector Box Sets.

The 7th disc is the infamous CD / Vapor Trails.
It has been re-mixed at a lower volume but not too low and it sounds awesome , too.
The songs from VT were excellent but they were wrecked but very poor mastering on the first , VT.
Wait until you hear VT , now. WOW , WOW and more WOW!!!
If you loved any of the RUSH Sector Box Sets , you will love this box set too.
As long as packaging isn't your main priority but excellent sound is?!?!

Live At Sweden Rock Fest 2008
Live At Sweden Rock Fest 2008
Price: CDN$ 19.24
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally very HAPPY : great live Triumph!!!, April 18 2013
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FINALLY , a live Triumph live CD that cuts the Canadian mustard for amazing sound!!!

Yes , it is short on songs but read this incredible short set list of TRIUMPH / live!!!
When you actually hear how the whole thing sounds on 4 speaker / extended stereo [or by any other means] you might say

" wow , wow and more WOW " ???

Surly , just another amazing Canadian band that should make " the U.S.' / R & R , HALL" cut.

For their best LIVE / DVD , I would highly recommend TRIUMPH live in , NOVA SCOTIA , Canada.

High Class In Borrowed Shoes (Deluxe)
High Class In Borrowed Shoes (Deluxe)
Offered by Fulfillment Express CA
Price: CDN$ 31.11
25 used & new from CDN$ 15.67

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sounding remaster from , MAX WEBSTER!!!, March 24 2013
This is NOT any kind of remaster scam at all.
This is the best CD version of HIGH CLASS , ever.
The keyboards are fuller , cleaner and clearer. Every instrument is in perfect
balance.
The HIGH CLASS / CD , is slightly louder than the ordinal CD but NOT too much louder. Rock Candy Records , did an excellent job remastering ALL of the first 3 Max Webster / CDs including the , MUTINY UP MY SLEEVE / CD.
In the MUTINY UP MY SLEEVE / CD booklet , Kim Mitchell , said that when the ordinal album came out he was so disappointed that , MUTINY " had no low end at all ".

The MUTINY UP MY SLEEVE remaster fixes that. It sounds like the CD was mastered in , 2013 & so does the , MAX WEBSTER / CD and this CD!!!

All of these remastered CDs come with a 16 page book let of new pictures , interviews and the history of the band.

These MAX WEBSTER remasters , sound so much better than their ordinal CD counterparts , by far.

Please read the other many GREAT REVIEWS for these remastered CDs at Amazon.ca and at , Amazon.com

#### Make sure that your remaster order has the word [DELUXE] in it. The remastered CDs DO NOT have Kim Mitchell's name on their covers ####

ENJOY!!!

100 Grey Cups: This Is Our Game
100 Grey Cups: This Is Our Game
by Stephen Brunt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 28.22
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best GREY CUP book ever : this IS our game!, Oct. 5 2012
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I have owned almost every book on the Grey Cup that is out there. This is the most beautiful and detailed Grey Cup book that I have ever seen and read.
It is also the largest book about the Grey Cup that I have ever seen.
In this case , you CAN judge a book by it's cover. The cover of this book in real life is just so stunning!!!
To be fair to the other Grey Cup books , this book has the advantage of being up-dated to [and includes] the 99th Grey Cup. The breath taking pictures in this hard cover book [23.8 x 1.8 x 28.6 cm] are worth the price of this book alone. There are many large [full page & double page] pictures that I have never seen before in both colour and in black and white. You also see some funny pictures of dressed up CFL fans , GREY CUP programs & GREY CUP tickets , ect...
What makes this particular book also so impressive is the detail of the GREY CUP stats and awards , ect. It has many a stats pages dedicated to things like , LAST-MINUTE GREY CUP HEROES and a stats page on many GREY CUP HIGH LIGHTS with the key moments in the games explained on an easy to read chart , ect...
If you think that you have read and seen everything about the Grey Cup , think again.
Every CFL team's GREY CUP history is covered including the early college years and the Canadian Football Championships BEFORE the first GREY CUP in , 1909 , in great detail. They also have the Grey Cup histories of OTTAWA & BALTIMORE. This book also explains why American football stars came to play in , Canada.
The reading is easy , sometimes very funny , sometimes sad but always very inspiring. There is also NO CFL bashing in this book.
If you are a CFL fan and you want the Bible of our GREY CUP game , this fine book is a beautiful Canadian treasure detailing a big part of OUR own culture & sports history. WELL DONE , Stephen Brunt...
Enjoy : 100 GREY CUPS : This Is Our Game.
It certainly is our game and WE as a great Nation are better for it!!!
Here is to another , 100 years of CFL Footbal!!!

Clockwork Angels
Clockwork Angels
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RUSH's , 2112 in 2012 , Steam Punk Rocks!, June 15 2012
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This review is from: Clockwork Angels (Audio CD)
If you read the clock that is on the cover of this album it reads 21 : 12 , in military time.
If you listen to this new fantastic RUSH album you will be amazed that after 38 years and 19 studio albums before this one RUSH , can still produce another classic masterpiece.
You may have heard the songs CARAVAN , BU2B and the recent amazing HEAD LONG FLIGHT. That is just the tip of this beautiful sounding ice burg.
Other excellent stand outs are , THE ANARCHIST [just as great as , TOM SAWYER] , CARNIES , HALO EFFECT , THE WRECKERS and climaxing with WISH THEM WELL and the best ballad that RUSH has ever written called , THE GARDEN.
Almost in their 60s RUSH's playing ability still hasn't lost a step. ALEX's traditional solos are back , some keyboards are back and there is even some piano and some strings.
This album is their version of Pink Floyd's THE WALL but it is much heavier and much more hopeful. There is a full story in the lyrics and even a book coming out about that story.
As with most great progressive music it will take more than 1 listen to get it. It will take about 5 full listens but you will be greatly rewarded.
Quite honestly this is the best RUSH album in more than a decade. OLD RUSH FANS should love this album as well as NEW RUSH fans.
It is different than their last couple of albums but isn't that the point.? You don't want the same album over and over again.
If you loved the albums FLY BY NIGHT , 2112 , HEMISPHERES , MOVING PICTURES and SNAKES & ARROWS you should just love this album.
Every song is connected by music and every song is killer.
Yes , STEAM PUNK ROCKS in both 2112 and in 2012.

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