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There Stands The Door  Best Of
There Stands The Door Best Of
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5.0 out of 5 stars We Five There Stands The Door Best Of (1CD): 22 song; all their biggest singles; many rare gems CD debut; great sound!, Dec 15 2015
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'There Stands The Door: The Best Of We Five', released by reputable reissue label Ace Records from UK in 2009, contains 22 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label and number, chart position, release date, plus personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):

01 YOU WERE ON MY MIND (A&M 770)(a-side)(BB Pop 3(1)/1965; BB AC 1(5)/1965; CB Pop 2(2)/1965; RW Pop 22/1965)(June 1965)*gold record; written by Ian Tyson; mono.
02 THERE STANDS THE DOOR (A&M 800)(a-side)(BB Pop 116/1966; CB Pop 99/1966; RW Pop 95/1966)(May 1966)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut; mono.
03 YOU LET A LOVE BURN OUT (A&M 793)(a-side)(CB Pop 115/1966; RW Pop 117/1966)(March 1966)*stereo.
04 HAVE YOU HEARD*previously unissued; stereo.
05 WHAT'S GOIN' ON (A&M 820)(b-side, October 1966)*stereo.
06 LOVE ME NOT TOMORROW*from album 'You Were On My Mind' (A&M SP-4111)(BB200 32/1965); stereo.
07 FIVE WILL GET YOU TEN*from album 'Make Someone Happy' (A&M SP-4138)(BB200 172/1968); stereo.
08 HIGH FLYING BIRD (A&M 894)(uncharted a-side, December 1967)*stereo.
09 POET*previously unissued alternate version; stereo.
10 LET'S GET TOGETHER (A&M 784)(a-side)(BB Pop 31/1965; CB Pop 31/1965; RW Pop 36/1965)(December 1965)*first hit recording of this song; later a Top Five hit for the Youngbloods as 'Get Together' (BB Pop 5/1969); stereo.
11 AFTER ALL*previously unissued; stereo.
12 IF I WERE ALONE*from album 'You Were On My Mind' (A&M SP-4111)(BB200 32/1965); stereo.
13 WHAT DO I DO NOW? (A&M 894)(b-side, December 1967)*stereo.
14 PAST ASKING*previously unissued; stereo.
15 WHAT'CHA GONNA DO*previously unissued; stereo.
16 THE FIRST TIME (A&M 820)(a-side)(CB Pop 136/1966; RW Pop 133/1966)(October 1966)*the first single release of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" later No 1 hit for Roberta Flack; stereo.
17 THE THING I LIKE*previously unissued; mono.
18 I CAN NEVER GO HOME AGAIN*from album 'You Were On My Mind' (A&M SP-4111)(BB200 32/1965); stereo.
19 IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER (A&M 1072)(b-side, July 1969)*from album 'The Return of We Five' (A&M SP4168)(1969)*stereo.
20 WALK ON BY (A&M 1072) (uncharted a-side, July 1969)*from album 'The Return of We Five' (A&M SP4168)(1969)*stereo.
21 HOW TO MAKE A SOFT DRINK COMMERCIAL*previously unissued; mono.
22 MEDLEY: SITTIN' HERE/THINGS OF SUMMER*previously unissued; stereo.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is really the first 'Best Of We Five' CD available. The real gem is the world premiere of 'There Stands The Door.' Many tracks are in stereo. There are also 8 previously unissued tracks included.
2 The sound is wonderfully remastered, as per high standard at Ace Records.
3 There is a fantastic 20-page booklet, containing a detailed essay by Alec Palao. Besides Bear Family Records, I feel Ace Records has the next best booklet, here also with many colourful singles labels, posters and rare pictures. Good job!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 Time: 59 minutes. Surely, Ace Records could have filled up the remaining empty space (21 minutes) with missing b-sides plus singles from labels beyond A&M, like Vault, Verve and MGM.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although We Five only have 3 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just compiled a Complete Singles Discography and found that they actually have 12 singles (charted & uncharted, As & Bs, from 1965 to 2009 with 23 songs, not 24 songs because the last single 'Merry White Christmas' in 2009 was a digital file. The labels are (1) A&M (1965 ' 1969), (2) Vault (1970 ' 1971), (3) Verve (1973), and (4) MGM (1973). They have also released 5 albums.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I still remember the first time I got the song 'You Were On My Mind' by We Five on CD was on 'Dick Bartley's Present One Hit Wonders of the '60s, Vol. 1' (Rhino, 1990). If you get to know We Five, they are not One Hit Wonder at all. The original members were Michael Stewart (baritone-bass, banjo, guitar), Beverly Bivens (low tenor to high soprano), Bob Jones (baritone-tenor, guitar), Jerry Burgan (tenor, guitar) and Pete Fullerton (tenor, bass guitar). Beverly Bivens left after the first 2 albums, replaced by Debbie Graf Burgan (Jerry's wife). The group officially broke up in 1970. In 1966, they were nominated for a Grammy in Best Performance by a Vocal Group, but lost to Anita Kerr Quartet. They were also the first rock group to write and perform original music for Coca Cola commercials.

If you interested in We Five, beside the current set, I would also recommend 'You Were On My Mind/Make Someone Happy' (Collectors' Choice, 1996, 24 songs). I have also purchased their albums 'The Return of the We Five' (A&M, 1969) and 'Catch the Wind' (Vault Records, 1970). Their last album 'Take Each Day as It Comes' is only available on the We Five Official website. I personally like their folk-rock harmony. The entire set, with rare gems and great sound, is totally enjoyable and is highly recommended to all We Five fans.

Time & Charges/Portraits
Time & Charges/Portraits
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buckinghams: Time & Charges/Portraits (1CD): 2 complete albums; great sound., Dec 15 2015
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“Time & Charges/Portraits” by the Buckinghams, released by Sundazed Records from US in 1999, contains two popular charted albums. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB=Billboard Hot 100; CB=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW=Record World Singles Chart):

LP “TIME & CHARGES” (Columbia CS 9469)(BB200 58/1967):
01 DON’T YOU CARE (Columbia 4-44053)(a-side)(BB 6/1967; CB 6/1967; RW 5/1967)(February 1967)
02 PITIED BE THE DRAGON HUNTER
03 AND OUR LOVE (Columbia 4-44254)(b-side, August 1967)
04 WHY DON’T YOU LOVE ME (Columbia 4-44053)(b-side, February 1967)
05 YOU ARE GONE (Columbia 4-44182)(b-side, May 1967)
06 I’LL BE BACK
07 MERCY, MERCY, MERCY (Columbia 4-44182)(a-side)(BB 5/1967; CB 5/1967; RW 7/1967)(May 1967)
08 REMEMBER
09 THE MARRIED LIFE
10 FOREIGN POLICY (Columbia 4-44378)(b-side, November 1967)
LP “PORTRAITS” (Columbia CS 9598)(BB200 53/1968):
11 C’MON HOME
12 I LOVE ALL OF THE GIRLS
13 WE JUST KNOW
14 WE JUST KNOW (Reprise)
15 INSIDE LOOKING OUT
16 HEY BABY (THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG)(Columbia 4-44254)(a-side)(BB 12/1967; CB 5/1967; RW 9/1967)(August 1967)
17 SUSAN (Columbia 4-44378)(a-side)(BB 11/1967; CB 7/1967; RW 6/1967)(November 1967)
18 THE MAIL
19 BIG BUSINESS ADVISOR
20 HAVE YOU NOTICED YOU’RE ALIVE
21 HAVE YOU NOTICE YOU’RE ALIVE (Reprise)
22 JUST BECAUSE I’VE FALLEN DOWN
23 ANY PLACE IN HERE
24 ANY PLACE IN HERE (Reprise)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 If you are collecting Buckinghams’ albums, these two albums are making their CD debut. There are many hit singles.
2 The sound is very well remastered.
3 There is an 8-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Bill Dahl, plus many picture sleeves. Label & number are included.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There are no bonus tracks.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Buckinghams is a rock band from Chicago, Illinois, consisting of Dennis Tufano (vocals), Carl Giammarese (guitar), Dennis Miccoli (keyboards), Nick Fortuna (bass) and John Poulos (drums; died of overdose in 1980). Martin Grebb replaced Miccoli in 1967. Tufano and Giammarese recorded as a duo in 1973. The Buckinghams is still actively touring now. If you are interested in more details, they have a fabulous website.

Unfortunately, the other albums by the Buckinghams are either very expensive (“In One Ear and Gone Tomorrow” and “Terra Firma”) or not available (“A Matter of Time”). I hope someday An Album Collection is released. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy these two wonderful albums.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD] (Bilingual)
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD] (Bilingual)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (blu-ray review): top-notched video and audio; fun & entertaining movie; lots of action!, Dec 15 2015
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VIDEO:

“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.39:1 encode. The image is filmic. There are lots of fine details, especially facial features on close-up. Colours are rich and robust. Skin tones are natural. Blacks are deep. This is a very natural filmic transfer. (5/5)

AUDIO:

“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” blasts onto blu-ray with Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless track, which is dynamic and robust. Joe Kraemer's musical score is enveloping. His incorporation of “Nessun Dorma” by Puccini has unofficially become “Ilsa’s Theme.” The bass is deep. Dialogue is crisp. This is a very immersive experience. (5/5)

MOVIE:

Tom Cruise is a dynamic presence. His dedication to performance and physicality are second to none. “MI: Rogue Nation” offers up numerous signature sequences, including the heavily advertised plane stunt, a riveting underwater dive, a motorcycle/car chase shot at real speeds, and a magnificent sequence where Hunt needs to thwart an assassination attempt while backstage at the opera (an excellent homage to “The Man Who Knew Too Much”). Rebecca Ferguson absolutely nails it as Hunt's equal, Ilsa Faust. Great movie. (5/5)

TRIVIA:

1 “MI: Rogue Nation” has an estimated budget of $150 million, but has a worldwide gross of $682 million with 71% of receipts from overseas, just slightly behind “MI: Ghost Protocol” at $694 million,.
2 Both Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg performed all their own driving stunts. The stunt coordinator told Simon Pegg that he did not have a driver better than Tom Cruise himself.
3 In the stunt where Tom Cruise was hanging onto the Airbus A400M on the outside of the plane, special eye lens covering his whole eyeballs were designed to keep his eyes open. It took 10 days to film the airplane sequence involving Tom Cruise suspended on the plane, however it is only a 90 second scene.
4 Ethan receives his new mission on a record - this was one of first ways of receiving new missions from the TV series.
5 All good guys in the movie drive BMW cars (except for the Morocco scene, where William Brandt and Luther Stickell are driving a Land Rover Defender). The bad guys drive either Audi, Mercedes or Range Rover. Except for the motorcycle chase scene, all motorcycles are BMW S1000RR's.
6 A brief scene in which Ilsa pauses in the middle of an action sequence to remove her high-heeled shoes was singled out in reviews for its realism, especially in light of the just-released Jurassic World (2015), which was criticized as Bryce Dallas Howard spends much of her action movie literally running in heels from dinosaurs.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” is a fun and entertaining movie with lots of action. Both the video and audio are top-notched. This set is highly recommended.

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: A Collection
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: A Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buckinghams: Mercy Mercy Mercy A Collection (1CD): 18 songs; their biggest singles included; best sound; still my reference., Dec 15 2015
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“Mercy Mercy Mercy: A Collection” by the Buckinghams, released by Columbia/Legacy in 1991, contains 18 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; CB=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW=Record World Singles Chart):

01 KIND OF A DRAG (U.S.A. 860)(a-side)(BB 1(2)/1966; CB 3(1)/1966; RW 1(1)/1966)(November 1966)*their biggest hit.
02 LAWDY MISS CLAWDY (U.S.A. 869)(a-side)(BB 47/1967; CB 39/1967; RW 36/1967)(February 1967)
03 I’VE BEEN WRONG (U.S.A. 853)(a-side)(CB 129/1966)(August 1966)*title stated as “I’ve Been Wrong Before” in booklet; I checked the original 45 and the title was just “I’ve Been Wrong”
04 I’LL GO CRAZY (U.S.A. 844)(a-side)(BB 112/1966; CB 132/1966)(March 1966)
05 I CALL YOUR NAME (U.S.A. 848)(a-side)(CB 102/1966; RW 104/1966)(May 1966)
06 MAKIN’ UP AND BREAKIN’ UP (U.S.A. 848)(b-side, May 1966)
07 DON’T YOU CARE (Columbia 4-44053)(a-side)(BB 6/1967; CB 6/1967; RW 5/1967)(February 1967)
08 MERCY MERCY MERCY (Columbia 4-44182)(a-side)(BB 5/1967; CB 5/1967; RW 7/1967)(May 1967)
09 HEY BABY (THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG)(Columbia 4-44254)(a-side)(BB 12/1967; CB 5/1967; RW 9/1967)(August 1967)
10 SUSAN (Columbia 4-44378)(a-side)(BB 11/1967; CB 7/1967; RW 6/1967)(November 1967)
11 BACK IN LOVE AGAIN (Columbia 4-44533)(a-side)(BB 57/1968; CB 53/1968; RW 45/1968)(May 1968)
12 YOU MISUNDERSTAND ME (Columbia 4-44533)(b-side, May 1968)
13 WHERE DID YOU COME FROM? (Columbia 4-44672)(a-side)(BB 117/1968; CB 125/1968)(October 1968)*b-side “Song of the Breeze” still not available on CD but available online.
14 THAT’S HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU (Columbia 4-44790)(uncharted a-side, March 1969)*b-side “Can’t Find The Words” still not available on CD, but available online.
15 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY (FOR LOVIN’)(Columbia 4-44923)(a-side)(BB 126/1969; CB 110/1969)(August 1969)
16 DIFFERENCE OF OPINION (Columbia 4-44923)(b-side, August 1969)
17 I GOT A FEELIN’ (Columbia 4-45066)(uncharted a-side, January 1970)
18 YOU*previously unreleased.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Although this set was originally released in 1991, it has become my reference even now in 2015. All their biggest hits are included. One previously unreleased track was also included.
2 The most outstanding feature is the high quality of sound. The sound is very well remastered and all the songs in this set remain my reference standards even in 2015.
3 There is a decent 12-page booklet, with an informative essay plus a few posters (not in colour).

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 18 songs. This would have been acceptable by 1991 standards. But if you want their complete collection, I would recommend “Singles Collection” (Eclipse, 30 songs).
2 There is no information on label & number and no chart positions.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although the Buckinghams have 10 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just compiled A Complete Singles Discography, and found that they have 18 singles (As & Bs, charted & uncharted, from 1965 – 1985; but only 33 songs not 37 songs because there were 3 repeat releases and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” has 2 different b-sides). Their labels are (1) Spectra-Sound (1965), (2) Alley Cat (1966), (3) U.S.A. (1966 – 1967), (4) Columbia (1967 – 1970) and (5) Red Label (1985).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Buckinghams is a rock band from Chicago, Illinois, consisting of Dennis Tufano (vocals), Carl Giammarese (guitar), Dennis Miccoli (keyboards), Nick Fortuna (bass) and John Poulos (drums; died of overdose in 1980). Martin Grebb replaced Miccoli in 1967. Tufano and Giammarese recorded as a duo in 1973. The Buckinghams is still actively touring now. If you are interested in more details, they have a fabulous website.

There are a few CDs on Buckinhams out there: (1) the current set, (2) The Buckinghams’ Greatest Hits (Columbia, only 11 songs), (3) “The Singles Collection” (Eclipse, 30 songs, most complete coverage), and (4) Time & Charges – Portraits” (Sundazed, 1999, 24 songs, 2 complete albums). I consider the most recent release “The Complete Hit Singles” (Varese, (I thought they were out of business already), 2015, but with only 15 songs; the title is completely misleading). Here, we have reference sound quality, and all the songs in this set still remain my reference standards in 2015. The entire set is totally enjoyable with great sound, and is highly recommended.

Singles Collection 31 Cuts
Singles Collection 31 Cuts
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buckinghams: The Singles Collection (1CD): 30 songs; the most complete collection of singles As & Bs 1965-1970; good sound., Dec 15 2015
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“The Singles Collection” by the Buckinghams, released by Eclipse Records, contains 30 songs + Greetings from the Buckinghams. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(BB=Billboard Hot 100; CB=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW=Record World Singles Chart):

01 GREETINGS FROM THE BUCKINGHAMS
02 LAUDY MISS CLAUDY – the Falling Pebbles (Alley Cat A-201)(uncharted a-side, 1966)*rare gem; CD debut; please note the special spelling on the actual 45 “Laudy Miss Claudy” not the usual “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”, a later charted single by the Buckinghams not included here.
03 VIRGINIA WOLF – the Falling Pebbles (Alley Cat A-201)(b-side, 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
04 SWEETS FOR MY SWEET (Spectra-Sound 003)(uncharted a-side, 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 BEGINNER’S LOVE (Spectra-Sound 003)(b-side, 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
06 I’LL GO CRAZY (U.S.A. 844)(a-side)(BB 112/1966; CB 132/1966)(March 1966)
07 DON’T WANT TO CRY (U.S.A. 844)(b-side, March 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
08 I CALL YOUR NAME (U.S.A. 848)(a-side)(CB 102/1966; RW 104/1966)(May 1966)
09 MAKIN’ UP AND BREAKIN’ UP (U.S.A. 848)(b-side, May 1966)
10 I’VE BEEN WRONG (U.S.A. 853)(a-side)(CB 129/1966)(August 1966)
11 LOVE AIN’T ENOUGH (U.S.A. 853)(b-side, August 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
12 KIND OF A DRAG (U.S.A. 860)(a-side)(BB 1(2)/1966; CB 3(1)/1966; RW 1(1)/1966)(November 1966)*their biggest hit.
13 YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD (U.S.A. 860)(b-side, November 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
14 SUMMERTIME (U.S.A. 873)(uncharted a-side, May 1967)*rare gem; CD debut; b-side “Don’t Want To Cry” repeat of track #7
15 DON’T YOU CARE (Columbia 4-44053)(a-side)(BB 6/1967; CB 6/1967; RW 5/1967)(February 1967)
16 WHY DON’T YOU LOVE ME (Columbia 4-44053)(b-side, February 1967)
17 MERCY MERCY MERCY (Columbia 4-44182)(a-side)(BB 5/1967; CB 5/1967; RW 7/1967)(May 1967)
18 YOU ARE GONE (Columbia 4-44182)(b-side, May 1967)
19 HEY BABY (THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG)(Columbia 4-44254)(a-side)(BB 12/1967; CB 5/1967; RW 9/1967)(August 1967)
20 AND OUR LOVE (Columbia 4-44254)(b-side, August 1967)
21 SUSAN (Columbia 4-44378)(a-side)(BB 11/1967; CB 7/1967; RW 6/1967)(November 1967)
22 FOREIGN POLICY (Columbia 4-44378)(b-side, November 1967)
23 BACK IN LOVE AGAIN (Columbia 4-44533)(a-side)(BB 57/1968; CB 53/1968; RW 45/1968)(May 1968)
24 YOU MISUNDERSTAND ME (Columbia 4-44533)(b-side, May 1968)
25 WHERE DID YOU COME FROM? (Columbia 4-44672)(a-side)(BB 117/1968; CB 125/1968)(October 1968)*b-side “Song of the Breeze” still not available on CD but available online.
26 THAT’S HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU (Columbia 4-44790)(uncharted a-side, March 1969)*b-side “Can’t Find The Words” still not available on CD, but available online.
27 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY (FOR LOVIN’)(Columbia 4-44923)(a-side)(BB 126/1969; CB 110/1969)(August 1969)
28 DIFFERENCE OF OPINION (Columbia 4-44923)(b-side, August 1969)
29 I GOT A FEELIN’ (Columbia 4-45066)(uncharted a-side, January 1970)
30 IT TOOK FOREVER (Columbia 4-45066)(b-side, January 1970)*rare gem; CD debut.
31 KIND OF A DRAG (acapella)*rare gem; CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of the singles by the Buckinghams, with many rare gems that are making their CD debut, including the single by the Flying Pebbles.
2 For an unknown label, the sound is excellent with clear differentiation of different instruments. The bass on “Summertime” was simply pulsating.
3 The songs are sequenced chronologically. This really showed the producer has done his homework.
4 30 songs; good value.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are 2 b-sides still missing as noted above. Their last single “Veronica/Can We Talk About It” (Red Label B-71001)(uncharted a-side, 1985) also not included, but readily available online.
2 The one page booklet is fairly useless. There is no label & number and no chart position. But the quantity will cover this deficiency.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although the Buckinghams have 10 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just compiled A Complete Singles Discography, and found that they have 18 singles (As & Bs, charted & uncharted, from 1965 – 1985; but only 33 songs not 37 songs because there were 3 repeat releases and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” has 2 different b-sides). Their labels are (1) Spectra-Sound (1965), (2) Alley Cat (1966), (3) U.S.A. (1966 – 1967), (4) Columbia (1967 – 1970) and (5) Red Label (1985).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Buckinghams is a rock band from Chicago, Illinois, consisting of Dennis Tufano (vocals), Carl Giammarese (guitar), Dennis Miccoli (keyboards), Nick Fortuna (bass) and John Poulos (drums; died of overdose in 1980). Martin Grebb replaced Miccoli in 1967. Tufano and Giammarese recorded as a duo in 1973. The Buckinghams is still actively touring now. If you are interested in more details, they have a fabulous website.

There are a few CDs on Buckinhams out there: (1) The Buckinghams’ Greatest Hits (Columbia, only 11 songs), (2) “Mercy Mercy Mercy: A Collection” (Columbia/Legacy, 1991, 18 songs, still my reference), (3) Time & Charges – Portraits” (Sundazed, 1999, 24 songs, 2 complete albums). I consider the most recent release “The Complete Hit Singles” (Varese, (I thought they were out of business already), 2015, but with only 15 songs; the title is completely misleading). Here, the current set was out-of-print for a little while. I ordered this many months ago, and was surprised that Amazon.ca got the disc. I consider this set the Definitive Edition for the Buckinghams. The entire set is totally enjoyable with good sound, and is highly recommended.

Relaxin Jazzin & Chillin: Instrumental Hits 1957-62
Relaxin Jazzin & Chillin: Instrumental Hits 1957-62
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxin Jazzin and Chillin (1CD): 30 smooth relaxing & chilled jazz instrumental hits 1957-1962; great sound; good collection!, Dec 14 2015
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'Relaxin' Jazzin' and Chillin'', released by reputable reissue label Jasmine Records from UK in November 2015, contains 30 smooth, relaxing & chilled jazz instrumental sounds from 1957-1962. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, debut date, plus personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=UK Singles Chart):

01 JAY DEE’S WOOGIE BOOGIE – Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra & Chorus (Fraternity F-777)(b-side, August 1957)(BB Pop 77/1957)*based on Tommy Dorsey’s Boogie Woogie; cut 2 days after Jimmy’s death.
02 THE SWINGIN’ SHEPHERD BLUES – Moe Koffman Quartette (Jubilee 45-5311)(a-side)(BB Pop 23/1958; CB Pop 18/1958; RW Pop 17/1958)(February 1958)
03 PETITE FLEUR – Chris Barber Jazz Band (Pye Jazz 7NJ 2026)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1959; CB Pop 4/1959; RW Pop 3(1)/1959; UK 3/1959)(January 1959)
04 ROULETTE – Russ Conway (Columbia DB 4298)(a-side)(BB Pop 106/1959; UK 1(2)/1959)(May 1959)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 TEA FOR TWO CHA CHA – Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra, starring Warren Covington (Decca 9-30704)(a-side)(BB Pop 7/1958; CB Pop 2(1)/1958; RW Pop 2(1)/1958; UK 3/1958)(September 1958)*one of the first songs I used to learn to do the cha cha.
06 SUMMER SET – Monty Kelly & His Orchestra (Carlton 527)(a-side)(BB Pop 30/1960; CB Pop 27/1960; RW Pop 26/1960)(February 1960)
07 BEAUTIFUL OBSESSION – Sir Chauncey & His Exciting Strings (Warner 5150)(a-side)(BB Pop 89/1960; CB Pop 70/1960; RW Pop 89/1960)(April 1960)*Sir Chauncey is Ernie Freeman.
08 LA MONTONA (IF SHE SHOULD COME TO YOU) – Frank DeVol (Columbia 41620)(a-side)(BB Pop 77/1960; CB Pop 62/1960)(May 1960)
09 ASIA MINOR – Kokomo (Felsted 8612)(a-side)(BB Pop 8/1961; CB Pop 14/1961; RW Pop 12/1961; UK 35/1961)(February 1961)*adapted from Grieg’s Piano Concerto In A Minor.
10 CALCUTTA – Lawrence Welk & His Orchestra (Dot 16161)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(2)/1960; CB Pop 1(4)/1960; RW Pop 1(6)/1960)(December 1960)*featuring Frank Scott on harpsichord.
11 ONE MINT JULEP – Ray Charles (Impulse! 200)(a-side)(BB Pop 8/1961; CB Pop 9/1961; RW Pop 11/1961)(March 1961)
12 AFRICAN WALTZ – Johnny Dankworth & His Orchestra (Roulette 4353)(a-side)(BB Pop 101/1961; CB Pop 41/1961; RW Pop 58/1961; UK 9/1961)(April 1961)*rare gem; CD debut.
13 YELLOW BIRD – Arthur Lyman Group (Hi Fi 5024)(a-side)(BB Pop 4/1961; CB Pop 6/1961; RW Pop 5/1961)(May 1961)
14 TAKE FIVE – Dave Brubeck Quartet (Columbia 41479)(a-side)(BB Pop 25/1961; CB Pop 23/1961; RW Pop 31/1961; UK 6/1961)(September 1961)
15 IMAGE (PART 1) – Hank Levine & Orchestra (ABC-Paramount 45-10256)(a-side)(BB Pop 98/1961)*later assembled the studio band The Miniature Man.
16 UNSQUARE DANCE – Dave Brubeck Quartet (Columbia 42228)(a-side)(BB Pop 74/1961; CB Pop 93/1961; RW Pop 88/1961; UK 14/1961)(December 1961)
17 MARIA – Roger Williams (Kapp 437)(a-side)(BB Pop 48/1961; CB Pop 40/1961; RW Pop 43/1961)(December 1961)
18 FLYING CIRCLE – Frank Slay & His Orchestra (Swan 4085)(a-side)(BB Pop 45/1961; CB Pop 43/1961; RW Pop 58/1961)(December 1961)*adaptation of the traditional Jewish harvest song “Hava Nagila”
19 AFRIKAAN BEAT – Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra (Decca F-31350)(a-side)(BB Pop 42/1962; CB Pop 37/1962; RW Pop 27/1962)(January 1962)
20 DROWNING IN MY OWN TEARS – Don Shirley (Cadence 1408)(a-side)(BB Pop 100/1962; RW Pop 98/1962)(January 1962)
21 MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW – Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen (Kapp 442)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(1)/1962; CB Pop 2(1)/1962; RW Pop 3(1)/1962; UK 2/1961)(February 1962)
22 MIDNIGHT – Johnny Gibson (Big Top 3088)(a-side)(BB Pop 76/1962; CB Pop 81/1962; RW Pop 84/1962)(February 1962)
23 PLAY THE THING – Marlowe Morris Quintet (Columbia 42218)(a-side)(BB Pop 95/1962; CB Pop 81/1962)(March 1962)
24 CHAPEL BY THE SEA – Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra (Dot 16329)(a-side)(BB Pop 69/1962; RW Pop 90/1962)(March 1962)
25 SWINGIN’ GENTLY – Earl Grant (Decca F-25560)(a-side)(BB Pop 44/1962; CB Pop 51/1962; RW Pop 37/1962)(May 1962)*this song followed his popular “House of Bamboo”
26 ALLEY CAT – Bent Fabric (Atco 4226)(a-side)(BB Pop 7/1962; CB Pop 6/1962; RW Pop 8/1962)(July 1962)
27 DESAFINADO – Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd (Verve 10260)(a-side)(BB Pop 15/1962; CB Pop 11/1962; RW Pop 10/1962; UK 11/1962)(September 1962)
28 A TASTE OF HONEY – Victor Feldman Quartet (Infinity 020)(a-side)(BB Pop 88/1962)(September 1962)
29 FLY ME TO THE MOON – BOSSA NOVA – Joe Harnell & His Orchestra (Kapp 497)(a-side)(BB Pop 14/1962; CB Pop 17/1962; RW Pop 22/1962)(December 1962)
30 CAST YOUR FATE TO THE WIND – Vince Guaraldi Trio (Fantasy 563)(a-side)(BB Pop 22/1962; CB Pop 31/1962; RW Pop 30/1962)(December 1962)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is a great collection of 30 instrumental hits from 1957 to 1962. All the songs are charted hits, with a few rare gems making their CD debut.
2 The sound is very well remastered as per high standard at Jasmine Records.
3 There is the usual 6-page foldout booklet, with informative essay by Bob Fisher. Label & number plus chart positions in various publications are included. I hope Jasmine Records will keep up this good job!
4 30 songs. Good value.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

It is great to have all of the above instrumental hit singles in one collection. The sound is superb. There is great variety, from cool jazz of Jimmy Dorsey, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz and Joe Harnell, to the Dixieland style jazz of Kenny Ball to the pop sides of Lawrence Welk and Bert Kaempfert. The entire set is very enjoyable, and is highly recommended to all instrumental music lovers.

Kylie Christmas Deluxe CD/DVD
Kylie Christmas Deluxe CD/DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kylie Minogue Christmas (Deluxe)(CD+DVD): 13 songs+3 bonus tracks; great sound; DVD 6 tracks (NTSC); very highly recommended!, Dec 13 2015
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CONTENT:

'Kylie Christmas', her thirteenth studio album and first Holiday album, by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, was released by Parlophone in November 2015. Following the release of her twelfth studio album, 'Kiss Me Once,' Minogue announced her departure with Parlophone, and her management deal with American label, Roc Nation. She signed an exclusive one-album deal with Parlophone to release "Kylie Christmas," containing both cover versions and original songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album & single label & number, chart position, plus personal comments)(UK ALBUM=UK Album Chart; BB200=Billboard Album Chart; AUS ALBUM=Australian Album Chart; UK=UK Singles Chart):

CD 'KYLIE CHRISTMAS' (Kylie Minogue)(Parlophone 553157)(UK ALBUM 12/2015; BB200 184/2015; AUS ALBUM 7/2015):
01 IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
02 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN (featuring Frank Sinatra)*original arrangement by Nelson Riddle was used; what a wonderful duet that can only be produced in the studio.
03 WINTER WONDERLAND
04 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING (with Iggy Pop)
05 ONLY YOU (with James Corden)(Parlophone)(UK 59/2015)*remake of the Flying Pickets big hit; my favourite song in this album.
06 I'M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER*fresh remake of Connie Francis's big hit
07 EVERY DAY'S LIKE CHRISTMAS (Parlophone)(uncharted UK a-side, 2015)*written by Christ Martin (Coldplay); remixed by Stock Aitken Waterman; I'm surprised that such a nice fresh song did not become No. 1 UK Christmas song of 2015.
08 LET IT SNOW
09 WHITE DECEMBER
10 2000 MILES
11 SANTA BABY
12 CHRISTMAS ISN'T CHRISTMAS 'TIL YOU GET HERE
13 HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS
BONUS TRACKS:
14 OH SANTA*what a coy song; how can Santa ever resist?
15 100 DEGRESS (with Dannii Minogue)(Parlophone)(uncharted UK a-side, 2015)*inspired by Donna Summer's vintage disco classics; performed this song live with her sister on X Factor Australia grand final.
16 CRIED OUT CHRISTMAS

DVD (NTSC):
01 IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR*1.85:1 widescreen; colour.
02 2000 MILES*black and white; 1.85:1 widescreen.
03 CHRISTMAS ISN’T CHRISTMAS ‘TIL YOU GET HERE*1.33:1; colour
04 100 DEGREES (with Dannii Minogue)*1.85:1 widescreen; colour/black & white; with Dannii donning 'Disco Christmas' T-shirt & Kylie donning a 'Kylie Kissmass' T-shirt.
05 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER*1.33:1; colour.
06 OH SANTA*1.33:1; black and white.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 What a wonderfully fresh Christmas album from our Pop Princess Kylie Minogue. There is a great mixture of big band and electropop music. I'm glad that it is a great departure of 'typical' Christmas albums. Good choice of materials. Great performance!
2 The sound is superb and wonderfully remastered. Kylie's sweet voice is centralized and in full display, with clear differentiation of backing instruments and great bass.
3 In the Deluxe Edition, there are 3 bonus tracks, plus DVD with 6 gorgeous videos. Don't worry, the videos are Region-free and NTSC. To watch Kylie on the screen while listening to her sweet voice is a real treat! Much added value to this set.
4 There is a 12-page booklet, containing many gorgeous pictures of Kylie. Very well done.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 Lyrics were not included.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Kylie Minogue has given us a very special Christmas album with great variety of music of big band and pop. She is oh so comfortable gliding from one song to another. The sound is superb. The entire is totally enjoyable. Please buy the Deluxe Edition. I consider this set the BEST Christmas release in 2015, and is of course very highly recommended.

Phillips Years and More 1964-1968
Phillips Years and More 1964-1968
Price: CDN$ 24.93
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Hyland Philips Years & More 64-69 (1CD): 32 songs; complete singles on Philips + Dot (64-69); album tracks; many rare gems, Dec 13 2015
INTRODUCTION:

Brian Hyland’s singles career can be divided into the following labels: (1) Leader (1960), (2) Kapp (1960 – 1961), (3) ABC-Paramount (1961 – 1964), (4) Philips (1964 – 1967), (5) Dot (1967 – 1969), (6) UNI (1970 – 1972) and (7) ABC (1975). This current collection deals with his Philips and part of Dot years. If you are looking for his early big hits like “Sealed With A Kiss” (ABC-Paramount), please look elsewhere.

CONTENT:

“Philip Years And More 1964 – 1969” by Brian Hyland, released by reputable rare-oldies reissue label Teensville Records from Australia in 2015 contains 32 tracks on Philips and Dot labels, with 15 in stereo. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label & number, chart position, release date, plus personal comments)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; Cash Box Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=UK Singles Chart):

01 HERE'S TO OUR LOVE (Philips 40179)(a-side)(BB Pop 129/1964; CB Pop 131/1964)(March 1964)*stereo
02 TWO KINDS OF GIRLS (Philips 40179)(b-side, March 1964)*stereo
03 PLEDGING MY LOVE (Philips 40203)(a-side)(RW Pop 135/1964)(June 1964)*stereo
04 DEVOTED TO YOU (Philips 40203)(b-side, June 1964)(CB Pop 140/1964)*stereo
05 (THAT'S THE WAY OUR LOVES GOES) ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK (Philips 40221)(a-side)(CB Pop 137/1964)(August 1964)*stereo
06 NOW I BELONG TO YOU (Philips 40221)(b-side, August 1964)*stereo
07 YOUNG YEARS*from album “Here’s To Our Love” (Philips PHS 600-136)(1964); stereo
08 HE DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU (Philips 40263)(uncharted a-side, February 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
09 LOVE WILL FIND A WAY (Philips 40263)(b-side, February 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 STAY AWAY FROM HER (Philips 40306)(uncharted a-side, July 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
11 I CAN’T KEEP A SECRET (Philips 40306)(b-side, July 1965)*rare gem; CD debut.
12 3000 MILES (Philips 40354)(a-side)(BB Pop 99/1966; CB Pop 83/1966; RW Pop 75/1966)(March 1966)*stereo
13 SOMETIMES THEY DO, SOMETIMES THEY DON’T (Philips 40354)(b-side, March 1966)*stereo
14 THE JOKER WENT WILD (Philips 40377)(a-side)(BB Pop 20/1966; CB Pop 29/1966; RW Pop 19/1966)(June 1966)*stereo
15 I CAN HEAR THE RAIN (Philips 40377)(b-side, June 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
16 RUN, RUN, LOOK AND SEE (Philips 40405)(a-side)(BB Pop 25/1966; CB Pop 42/1966; RW Pop 38/1966)(October 1966)*stereo
17 WHY DID YOU DO IT (Philips 40405)(b-side, October 1966)*rare gem; CD debut.
18 WHEN YOU TOUCH ME*from album “The Joker Went Wild” (Philips PHS 600-217)(1966); stereo
19 ONE NIGHT JIMMY*from album “The Joker Went Wild” (Philips PHS 600-217)(1966); stereo
20 THE GENIE*from album “The Joker Went Wild” (Philips PHS 600-217)(1966); stereo
21 HUNG UP IN YOUR EYES (Philips 40424)(a-side)(BB Pop 58/1967; CB Pop 71/1967; RW Pop 74/1967)(January 1967)
22 WHY MINE (Philips 40424)(b-side, January 1967)*rare gem; CD debut.
23 HOLIDAY FOR CLOWNS (Philips 40444)(a-side)(BB Pop 94/1967; CB Pop 84/1967; RW Pop 97/1967)(April 1967)
24 YESTERDAY I HAD A GIRL (Philips 40444)(b-side, April 1967)*stereo
25 GET THE MESSAGE (Philips 40472)(a-side)(BB Pop 91/1967; CB Pop 109/1967)(July 1967)
26 KINDA GROOVY (Dot 45-17050)(b-side, July 1967)*rare gem; CD debut.
27 APOLOGIZE (Dot 45-17050)(a-side)(CB Pop 139/1967)(November 1967)*rare gem; CD debut.
28 WORDS ON PAPER (Dot 45-17050)(b-side, November 1967)*rare gem; CD debut.
29 COME WITH ME (Dot 45-17078)(uncharted a-side, March 1968)*rare gem; CD debut.
30 DELILAH (Dot 45-17078)(b-side, March 1968)*rare gem; CD debut.
31 THE LOVER (Dot 45-17109)(uncharted a-side, June 1968)*rare gem; CD debut.
32 SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS (Dot 45-17109)(b-side, June 1968)*rare gem; CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first time a Complete Singles Discography of Brian Hyland on Philips label is available in one set (except one song). Six songs on the subsequent Dot label are also included. There are many rare gems making their CD debut. There are also a few album tracks available. This is simply a collector’s dreams come true!
2 The songs are sequenced chronologically. The label and number are clearly stated on the back cover.
3 The sound is very well remastered, especially considering the rarity of some of the songs and Original Master Tapes are no longer available.
4 There is a fantastic 12-page booklet, with an informative essay by Kyler Schwartz. There are many gorgeous 45 rpm label pictures, picture sleeves and EP covers. Almost as good as Ace label in UK. Jasmine Records, are you listening?
5 32 songs. Good value. Teensville Records could have stopped at the end of Philips era. But they gave us six more rare gems on Dot label to fill up the empty spaces. Thanks you.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There is a glaring a-side missing: “IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME ONCE AGAIN” (Dot 45-17061)(uncharted a-side, December 1967). It is forgivable because it was probably due to lack of space. Unfortunately, the above song is not available anywhere else.
2 No chart positions were provided.
3 Some label pictures are overlapping over each other. Unlike Ace Records, all the labels are placed separately.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Brian Hyland has 27 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have compiled a Complete Singles Discography and found that he actually has 47 singles (charted & uncharted, As and Bs, from 1960 – 1975; but only 89 songs, not 94 songs because there were 5 repeated releases). His last charted single was a re-issue of “Sealed With A Kiss” (UK 7/1975). If you are trying to complete his singles discography, fortunately most of the missing songs are available online, except for a few songs in 1971 on Uni label. I wish someday, a Complete Singles Collection is released, plus some of his missing albums still never available on CDs.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Brian Hyland was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, on November 12, 1943. At the age of 16, he scored his first and biggest hit single "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini." He also has many other hits with ABC-Paramount label, like “Sealed With A Kiss” and Ginny Come Lately.” As noted above, he did have a long charting career with various labels after ABC, and is still touring and quite good looking.

If you are looking for his Greatest Hits on a single CD, I would recommend “Hits & Rarities” (Birchmount Music, 2001, 32 songs covering the entire career). If you want his early output, the best set is “Sealed With A Kiss” (Jasmine Records, 2CDs, 2014, 40 songs, complete output up to 1962). Six of his albums are available as twofers on BGO Records.

The current set gives us a complete outlook of Brian’s output on Philips and partly on Dot Records. There are many rare gems making their CD debut. The sound is very good. If you are a Brian Hyland fan, this set is a Must-Own.

PS The reason why I can post my review is because I received my CD from Amazon.co.uk. In UK, this set was released on November 20, 2015. I have ample time to write my review waiting for the eligibility date for publishing.

Minions [Blu-ray 3D + DVD + Digital Copy]
Minions [Blu-ray 3D + DVD + Digital Copy]
DVD ~ Pierre Coffin
Price: CDN$ 29.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars Minions (3D/2D blu-ray review): top-notched video and audio; more for young audience., Dec 13 2015
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VIDEO (2D):

'Minions 2D' arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. The transfer is purely pristine with a sumptuous array of rich, vibrant colours, that simply pop off the screen. There are lots of razor-sharp details, from the complex stitching in the minion's blue overalls to the intricate, minute specifics in St. Edward's Crown. The blacks are inky. (5/5)

VIDEO (3D):

'Minions 3D' arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 MVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. Besides having all the positive attributes listed above, there is a great sense of separation and depth between foreground and background action. The little yellow critters have a fairly realistic three-dimensional roundness to their bodies, and several amusing gimmick shots, like Scarlet's red, pointy, Z-shaped plane, add to the fun. (5/5)

AUDIO:

'Minions' comes with both Dolby Atmos and Dolby TrueHD 7.1 tracks. There is a truly dynamic, immersive soundtrack with great bass action. Although much of the design is a front-heavy presentation, the rear speakers are continuously kept active with subtle atmospherics, from the cheers and jeers of the crowd to Scarlet zipping from one side to the other The choice of voice characters like Sandra Bullock (Scarlet Overkill), Michael Keaton (Walter Nelson) and Steve Carell (Young Gru) is ingenious. (4.5/5)

TRIVIA:

1 'Minions' has an estimated budget of only $47 million, but to the joy of Universal Pictures, it has a worldwide gross of $1,157 million, the top animated film in 2015, and just behind 'Jurassic World,''Furious 7' and 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron.'
2 Director Pierre Coffin voices all 899 minions in this film.
3 The leading three minions were designed to resemble Gru's daughters: Margo, Agnes and Edith.
4 The language known as "Minionese" which is spoken by the minions is a mix between several languages including English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Malay, Hebrew and Gibberish. There's some of the Minionese's words taken from Indonesian such as "terima kasih" (thank you), "kemari" (come here), "yang mulia" (your highness) and other else. This is mainly because Piere Coffin's mother is an Indonesian writer.
5 This is the first movie in which Sandra Bullock portrays the villain.
6 Kevin often uses the phrase "Se pa la", which could be used as the French terms "C'est par là" (It's that way), or "C'est pas là" (It's not there).

PACKAGING:

In the Amazon.ca website, it was stated as “Blu-ray 3D, DVD + Digital Copy.” This is quite misleading because a Blu-ray 2D is also included. I personally do not want to buy just a pure Blu-ray 3D alone. My decision is based on the picture of the front cover where it is clearly stated Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD. I hope that helps. Each of the disc has its own flipcase, not stacking one on top of each other. The front cover has its lenticular cover.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Minions have stepped out from the Despecable Me franchise into their own. As the matter of fact, I notice that the two Despicable Me blu-ray covers have changed to feature mainly the pictures of the Minions. This is one movie that young kids will enjoy watching again and again. But it does not cater much to the older crowds. But with top-notched video and audio, this set is still recommended.

Golden Classics
Golden Classics
Price: CDN$ 18.13
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5.0 out of 5 stars Damita Jo Very Best Of (1CD, Collectables): 16 songs; one rare album + singles; many rare gems CD debut; average sound!, Dec 12 2015
This review is from: Golden Classics (Audio CD)
CONTENT:

'The Very best of Damita Joe', released by Collectables from US in 1997, has been my reference until now, and it has 16 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album & singles label & number, chart position, debut or release date, plus personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; CB R&B=Cash Box Rhythm & Blues Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; RW R&B=Record World Rhythm & Blues Chart):

LP 'THIS IS DAMITA JO' (Epic BN 26131)(BB200 121/1965):
01 I HAD SOMEONE ELSE BEFORE I HAD YOU
02 LOVE IS HERE TO STAY (Epic JZSP 79536)(uncharted a-side, December 1964)*Promotional
03 NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU'RE DOWN AND OUT (Epic 5-9821)(a-side)(BB AC 30/1965)(July 1965) and also (Epic JZ
04 SP 79536)(b-side, December 1964)
05 HAPPINESS IS A THING CALLED JOE
06 I'LL GET ALONG SOMEHOW
07 BYE BYE LOVE
08 ALICE BLUE GOWN
09 IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU
10 IF YOU ARE BUT A DREAM (Epic JZSP 79538)(b-side, January 1965)
11 SILVER DOLLAR (Epic JZSP 79538)(uncharted a-side, January 1965)
12 I COULD HAVE TOLD YOU
13 HE LOVES ME
BONUS TRACKS:
14 IF YOU GO AWAY (Epic 5-10061)(a-side)(BB Pop 68/1966; BB AC 10/1966; CB Pop 77/1966; RW Pop 63/1966)(August 1966)
15 LOVE, I FOUND YOU*from album 'If You Go Away' (Epic LN 24244)(1967)
16 I'LL SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR YOU (Mercury 71690)(a-side)(BB Pop 22/1960; BB R&B 16/1960; CB Pop 17/1960; CB R&B 17/1960; RW Pop 12/1960(October 1960)*answer song to "Save The Last Dance For Me" by the Drifters.
17 I'LL BE THERE (Mercury 71840)(a-side)(BB Pop 12/1961; BB R&B 15/1961; CB Pop 30/1961; CB R&B 31/1961; RW Pop 15/1961)(July 1961)*answer song to "Stand By Me" by the Drifters.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This was the only CD release on Damita Jo in 1997. It contains the entire album 'This Is Damita Jo' plus 4 bonus tracks. Even now in 2015, most of the songs in this CD are still rare gems making their CD debut.
2 The sound is acceptable, by the low standards at Collectables.
3 There is an essay by Mark Marymont.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 17 songs. This was probably acceptable by 1997 standards.
2 No label & number and no chart position were provided.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Damita Jo was born Damita Jo Dublanc on August 5, 1930 in Austin, Texas. She was best remembered for her two answer songs 'I'll Save The Last Dance For You' and 'I'll Be There.' She was later involved in comedy and toured with Red Foxx. She suffered a respiratory illness and died on December 25, 1998.

She is a much neglected artist as far as CD releases are concerned. Good news! In 2015, Jasmine Records have just released a 2 CD set called 'Love Laid Its Hand On Me 1952 - 1962' (Jasmine, 2015, 51 songs, great sound, my new reference). I hope someday, her materials from 1963 to 1973 will be released. In the meantime, this current set with many rare gems is still recommended.

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