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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovin’ Spoonful Original Album Classics (5CDs): 5 albums with bonus tracks; all the singles; good sound., June 27 2015
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CONTENT:

This set, released by Sony Music in 2011 under the Original Album Classics series, has 5 CDs, containing 5 different albums by the Lovin’ Spoonful, with bonus tracks. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, chart position, date of release, plus personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1: DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC (Kama Sutra 8050)(BB200 32/1965)*1st album release:
01 Do You Believe In Magic (Kama Sutra KA-201)(a-side)(BB Pop 9/1965; CB Pop 8/1965; RW Pop 4/1965)(August 1965)
02 Blues in the Bottle
03 Sportin’ Life
04 My Gal (Kama Sutra KA-205)(b-side, November 1965)
05 You Baby
06 Fishin’ Blues (Kama Sutra 618 007)(German b-side, August 1966)*from “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?”
07 Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? (Kama Sutra KA-209)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(2)/1966; CB Pop 4/1966; RW 3(1)/1966)(March 1966)
08 Wild About My Lovin’
09 The Other Side of This Life
10 Younger Girl (Kama Sutra 617 110)(French b-side, 1967)
11 On The Road Again (Kama Sutra KA-201)(b-side, August 1965)
12 Night Owl Blues (Kama Sutra KA-208)(b-side, February 1966)
BONUS TRACKS:
13 Alley Oop (Mono Version)
14 Younger Girl (Alternate Take/Demo Version)
15 Blues In The Bottle (Alternate Take)
16 Wild About My Lovin’ (Alternate Take)
17 The Other Side Of This Life (Alternate Take/Instrumental Version)
DISC 2: DAYDREAM (Kama Sutra 8051)(BB200 10/1966)*2nd album release:
01 Daydream (Kama Sutra KA-208)(a-side)(BB Pop 2(2)/1966; CB Pop 1(1)/1966; RW Pop 2(1)/1966; UK 2/1966)(February 1966)
02 There She Is
03 It’s Not Time Now
04 Warm Baby (Kama Sutra KAS-201)(UK b-side, October 1966)
05 Day Blues
06 Let The Boy Rock ‘N’ Roll
07 Jug Band Music (Kama Sutra KA-301X) (uncharted Canada a-side, June 1966)
08 Didn’t Want To have To Do It (Kama Sutra KA-209)(b-side, March 1966) and (Kama Sutra KA-301X)(Canada b-side, June 1966)
09 You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice (Kama Sutra KA-205)(a-side)(BB Pop 10/1965; CB Pop 11/1965; RW Pop 9/1965)(November 1965)
10 Bald Headed Lena (Kama Sutra KAS-200)(UK b-side, July 1966)
11 Butchie’s Tune (Kama Sutra KA-211)(US b-side, July 1966)
12 Big Noise From Speonik
BONUS TRACKS:
13 Fishin’ Blues (Alternate Take)
14 Didn’t Want To Have To Do It (Demo Version)
15 Jug Band Music (Alternate Instrumental)
16 Daydream (Demo Version)
17 Night Owl Blues (Alternate Take)
DISC 3: HUMS OF THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL (Kama Sutra 8054)(BB200 14/1966)*4th album release (3rd release being “What’s Up, Tiger Lily”):
01 Lovin’ You
02 Bes’ Friends
03 Voodoo In My Basement
04 Darlin’ Companion (Kama Sutra KA-220)(b-side, February 1967)*it’s a-side “Darling Be Home Soon” not found in this set.
05 Henry Thomas
06 Full Measure (Kama Sutra KA-219)(b-side, December 1966)(BB Pop 87/1966; CB Pop 97/1966)*double sided hit.
07 You And Me and Rain On The Roof (Kama Sutra KA-216)(a-side)(BB Pop 10/1966; CB Pop 9/1966; RW Pop 6/1966)(October 1966)*b-side “Pow” not included; cane be found in “What’s Up, Tiger Lily” album.
08 Coconut Grove
09 Nashville Cats (Kama Sutra KA-219)(a-side)(BB Pop 8/1966; CB Pop 10/1966; RW Pop 8/1966; UK 26/1967)(December 1966)
10 4 Eyes
11 Summer in the City (Kama Sutra KA-211)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(3)/1966; CB Pop 1(2)/1966; RW Pop 1(1)/1966; UK 8/1966)(July 1966)*their biggest hit
BONUS TRACKS:
12 Darlin’ Companion (Solo Demo)
13 Rain On The Roof (Instrumental)
14 4 Eyes (Alternate Take/Extended Version)
15 Full Measure (Instrumental)
16 Voodoo In My Basement (Instrumental)
17 Darlin’ Companion (Alternate Vocal/Alternate Mix)
DISC 4: EVERYTHING PLAYING (Kama Sutra 8061)(BB200 118/1968)*7th album release (6th “The Best of Lovin’ Spoonful; 7th “You’re A Big Boy Now”):
01 She Is Still A Mystery (Kama Sutra KA-239)(a-side)(BB Pop 27/1967; CB Pop 16/1967; RW Pop 26/1967)(October 1967)
02 Priscilla Millionaire
03 Boredom (Kama Sutra KA-505)(b-side, February 1970)*rare gem; CD debut.
04 Six O’Clock (Kama Sutra KA-225)(a-side)(BB Pop 18/1967; CB Pop 17/1967; RW Pop 11/1967)(April 1967)
05 Forever (Kama Sutra KA-250)(b-side, July 1968)
06 Younger Generation (Kama Sutra KA-505)(uncharted a-side, February 1970)*featuring John Sebastian.
07 Money (Kama Sutra KA-241)(a-side)(BB Pop 48/1968; CB Pop 40/1968; RW Pop 34/1968)(December 1967)
08 Old Folks
09 Only Pretty, What A Pity (Kama Sutra KA-239)(b-side, October 1967)
10 Try A Little Bit
11 Close Your Eyes (Kama Sutra KA-241)(b-side, December 1967)
BONUS TRACKS:
12 She Is Still A Mystery (Alternate Version)
13 Only Pretty, What A Pity (Alternate Version)
14 Try A Little Bit (Alternate Version)
DISC 5: REVELATION: REVOLUTION ’69 (Kama Sutra 8073)(1969)*8th album release:
01 Amazing Air (Kama Sutra KA-255)(b-side, January 1969)
02 Never Going Back (Kama Sutra KA-250)(a-side)(BB Pop 73/1968; CB Pop 59/1968; RW Pop 56/1968)(July 1968)
03 The Prophet
04 Only Yesterday
05 War Games
06 (Till I) Run With You (Kama Sutra KA-251)(a-side)(BB Pop 128/1968; CB Pop 113/1968)(September 1968)*featuring Joe Butler.
07 Jug Of Wine
08 Revelation: Revolution ’69 (Kama Sutra KA-251)(b-side, September 1968)
09 Me About You
10 Words
BONUS TRACKS:
11 Revelation: Revolution ’69 (Singer Version/Alternate Mix)
12 Revelation: Revolution ’69 (single Version/Alternate Vocal)
13 Me About You (Single Version)(Kama Sutra KA-255)(a-side)(BB Pop 91/1969; CB Pop 82/1969; RW Pop 90/1969)(January 1969)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first time five Lovin’ Spoonful albums are collected in one set. To buy them separately is definitely more expensive. As noted above, you also get many hit singles (a and b-sides).
2 There are 22 bonus tracks. Thank you. Normally, bonus tracks are not found in the Original Album series.
3 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
4 All the albums come with their own miniature cardboard LP slipcases, with the original front and back covers, enclosed in another case. In case you cannot read the song listing at the back cover because the letters are too small, the song listing is clearly outlined at the back cover of the case.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There is no booklet, no label & number and no chart positions.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although the Lovin’ Spoonful has 15 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and found that they have 17 singles from 1965 – 1970 (37 songs, not 34 because there were 4 extra b-sides and 1 repeat release). There is only 1 label: Kuma Sutra.

COMPLETE ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY:

Not counting Greatest Hits, the Lovin’ Spoonful has 7 domestic album releases. Besides the five albums above, the other two are “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” and “You’re A Big Boy Now.” The above two albums are available as an expensive twofer, probably a Japanese import, which I have just purchased to complete my Lovin’ Spoonful collection.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Lovin’ Spoonful was a jug-rock band formed in New York, consisting of John Sebastian, Zalman Yanovsky, Steve Boone and Joe Butler. If you are looking for a Greatest Hits, I would strongly recommend “Lovin’ Spoonful: Singles As & Bs” (2 CDs, Repertoire, 2005). In addition, the above set is the best way to collect their albums, with good sound. All the hit singles are included. This set is highly recommended.

Long Train Runnin':1971-1999
Long Train Runnin':1971-1999
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doobie Brothers Long Train Runnin’ (71–99) box set (4CDs): 78 songs; covering Warner & Capitol era; good sound; now expensive., June 27 2015
CONTENT:

This 4 CD box set, released by Rhino/Warner in 1999, contains 61 singles and album tracks (3CDs) and the 4th CD with 17 songs, all previously unreleased. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with singles label & number, chart position, date of release, with personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; BB ROCK=Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1: YOU JUST CAN’T STOP IT:
01 Nobody (single version)(Warner Bros. 7495)(a-side)(BB Pop 122/1971)(May 1971) and re-released (Warner Bros. WBS 8041)(a-side)(BB Pop 58/1974; CB Pop 51/1974; RW Pop 84/1974)(October 1974)
02 Slippery St. Paul (Warner Bros. 7495)(b-side, May 1971)
03 Listen to the Music (single version)(Warner Bros. WB 7619)(a-side)(BB Pop 11/1972; CB Pop 9/1972; RW Pop 10/1972; UK 29/1974)(July 1972)
04 Rockin’ Down The Highway (single version)(Warner Bros. WB 7661)(b-side, November 1972)
05 Toulouse Street (Warner Bros. WB 7619)(b-side, July 1972)
06 Cotton Mouth
07 Jesus Is Just Alright (Warner Bros. WB 7661)(a-side)(BB Pop 35/1972; CB Pop 33/1972; RW Pop 29/1972)(November 1972)
08 White Sun
09 Natural Thing
10 Long Train Runnin’ (Warner Bros. WB 7698)(a-side)(BB Pop 8/1973; CB Pop 9/1973; RW Pop 9/1973)(March 1973)*its b-side “Without You” is missing in this compilation.
11 China Grove (Warner Bros. WB 7728)(a-side)(BB Pop 15/1973; CB Pop 8/1973; RW Pop 10/1973)(July 1973)*its b-side “Evil Woman” is missing in this compilation.
12 Dark Eyed Cajun Woman
13 Clear As The Driven Snow
14 South City Midnight Lady (Warner Bros. WSB 29552)(b-side, July 1983)
15 You Just Can’t Stop It (Warner Bros. WB 7832)(b-side, June 1974)
16 Spirit
17 Pursuit On 53rd Street (Warner Bros. K-16394)(uncharted UK a-side, May 1974)
18 Black Water (Warner Bros. WB 7795)(b-side, March 1974) and re-released
19 Eyes of Silver (Warner Bros. WB 7832)(a-side)(BB Pop 52/1974; CB Pop 43/1974; RW Pop 67/1974)(June 1974)
20 Down in the Track
21 Another Park, Another Sunday (Warner Bros. WB 7795)(a-side)(BB Pop 32/1974; CB Pop 38/1974; RW Pop 30/1974)(March 1974)
DISC 2: WHEELS OF FORTUNE:
01 Sweet Maxine (single version)(Warner Bros. WSB 8126)(a-side)(BB Pop 40/1975; CB Pop 44/1975; RW Pop 61/1975)(July 1975)*its b-side “Double Dealin’ Four Flusher” is not included.
02 Neal’s Fandango
03 Music Man (Warner Bros. WSB 8161)(b-side, November 1975)
04 Slat Key Soquel Rag (Warner Bros. WSB 8092)(b-side, April 1975)*in the cd back cover, the word “Slat” was misspelled as “Slack”*sloppy mistake.
05 Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)(Warner Bros. WSB 8092)(a-side)(BB Pop 11/1975; CB Pop 10/1975; RW Pop 5/1975; UK 29/1975)(April 1975)
06 Texas Lullaby
07 I Cheat The Hangman (Warner Bros. WSB 8161)(a-side)(BB Pop 60/1975; CB Pop 76/1975)(November 1975)
08 Wheels of Fortune (single version)(Warner Bros. WSB 8233)(a-side)(BB Pop 87/1976)(August 1976)
09 Losin’ End (Warner Bros. WSB 8408)(b-side, July 1977)
10 Takin’ It To The Streets (Warner Bros. WSB 8196)(a-side)(BB Pop 13/1976; BB R&B 57/1976; CB Pop 15/1976; RW Pop 24/1976)(March 1976)*its b-side “For Someone Special” not included.
11 It Keeps You Runnin’ (Warner Bros. WSB 8282)(a-side)(BB Pop 37/1976; CB Pop 50/1976; RW Pop 56/1976)(October 1976)*its b-side “Turn It Loose” is not included.
12 Echoes of Love (Warner Bros. WSB 8471)(BB Pop 66/1977; CB Pop 78/1977; RW Pop 83/1977)(September 1977)
13 Nothin’ But A Heartache (Warner Bros. WSB 8500)(a-side)(RW Pop 132/1977)(November 1977)*its b-side “Livin’ In The Fault Line” not included; glaring omission.
14 Chinatown
15 There’s A Light (Warner Bros. WSB 8471)(b-side, September 1977)
16 Little Darling (I Need You)(Warner Bros. WSB 8408)(a-side)(BB Pop 48/1977; CB Pop 39/1977; RW Pop 42/1977)(July 1977)
17 You Belong To Me (Warner Bros. WSB 29552)(a-side)(BB Pop 79/1983)(July 1983)*studio version recorded in 1977
18 Open Your Eyes (Warner Bros. K-17461)(uncharted UK a-side, September 1979)*its b-side “Steamer Lane Breakdown” not included.
19 Minute by Minute (Warner Bros. WSB 8828)(a-side)(BB Pop 14/1979; BB AC 13/1979; BB R&B 74/1979; CB 13/1979; RW Pop 12/1979; UK 47/1979)(April 1979)*its b-side “Sweet Feelin’” with Nicolette Larson not included.
20 Dependin’ On You (Warner Bros. WSB 49029)(a-side)(BB Pop 25/1979; BB AC 37/1979; CB Pop 30/1979; RW Pop 25/1979)(July 1979)*its b-side “How Do The Fools Survive?” not included.
21 Don’t Stop To Watch The Wheels
DISC 3: KEEP THIS TRAIN A-ROLLIN’:
01 What A Fool Believes (Warner Bros. WSB 8725)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(1)/1979; BB AC 22/1979; BB R&B 72/1979; CB Pop 1(2)/1979; RW Pop 1(1)/1979; UK 31/1979)(January 1979)
02 Here to Love You (single version)(Warner Bros. WSB 50001)(a-side)(BB Pop 65/1982; CB Pop 72/1982; RW Pop 73/1982)(January 1982)
03 Dedicate This Heart
04 Real Love (Warner Bros. WSB 49503)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1980; BB AC 10/1980; BB R&B 40/1980; CB Pop 7/1980; RW Pop 9/1980)(August 1980)*its b-side “Thank You Love” not included.
05 No Stoppin’ Us Now
06 One Step Closer (Warner Bros. WSB 49622)(a-side)(BB Pop 24/1980; BB AC 21/1980; CB Pop 24/1980; RW Pop 24/1980)(November 1980)
07 Keep This Train A-Rollin’ (Warner Bros. WSB 49670)(a-side)(BB Pop 62/1981; CB Pop 72/1981; RW Pop 80/1981)(January 1981)*its b-side “Just In Time” not included.
08 South Bay Strut (Warner Bros. WSB 49622)(b-side, November 1980)
09 One By One
10 Wynken, Blynken And Nod (Sesame Street 49642)(a-side)(BB Pop 76/1981; BB AC 31/1981; CB Pop 77/1981; RW Pop 86/1981)(December 1980)*rare gem; CD debut.
11 The Doctor (Capitol B-44376)(a-side)(BB Pop 9/1989; BB ROCK 1(3)/1989; BB AC 31/1989; CB Pop 13/1989; UK 73/1989)(May 1989)*rare gem; CD debut; amazing revival in the Billboard Rock Chart; its b-side “Too High A Price” not included, but can be obtained online.
12 South Of The Border (Capitol album cut)(BB ROCK 30/1989)(June 1989)*rare gem; CD debut.
13 Time Is Here And Gone
14 Need A Little Taste of Love (Capitol B-44441)(a-side)(BB Pop 45/1989; BB ROCK 3/1989; BB AC 27/1989; CB Pop 38/1989)(July 1989)*rare gem; CD debut; its b-side “I Can Read Your Mind” not included; can get online.
15 Dangerous (Capitol B-44700)(a-side)(BB ROCK 2(3)/1991; CB 75/1991)(April 1991)*rare gem; CD debut.
16 Excited
17 This Train I’m On
18 Rollin’ On (Capitol album cut)(BB ROCK 12/1991)(July 1991)*rare gem; CD debut.
19 Little Bitty Pretty One (new recording)
DISC 4: ABANDONED TRACKS (DEMOS & ROUGHS):
01 Daughters of the Sea (demo)
02 Armadillo Death Chant
03 Osborne (Long Train Runnin’)
04 Four Days Gone
05 Spiel
06 Lovin’ My Way Back Home
07 Pat’s Song
08 Bluejay
09 Peace in the Valley
10 Mambo Waltz
11 Outside of Barstow
12 Argentine Grape (Sweet Maxine)
13 Shuffle (Double Dealin’ Four Flusher)
14 Takin’ It To The Streets (demo)
15 We Would Sail Away (St. Paul)
16 Jesus Is Just Alright (unissued live version, 1982)
17 Olana (studio version)*rare gem; CD debut; the live version is found in “The Doobie Brothers Farewell Tour” CD.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This precious 4 CD set has long been my reference, especially when those so-called “Best of” CDs were so inadequate. Together with the “Original Album Series, volumes 1 and 2” you will have almost all the singles (a and b-sides) from 1971 – 1983. The most precious of all is the inclusion of their hits on Capitol (1989 – 1991) with the hit “The Doctor”, Number 1 for 3 weeks on the Billboard Rock Chart! There is a 4th album with previously unreleased tracks, including demos. This is the only place you will find the studio version of “Olana”, with the live version in “Farewell Tour” CD.
2 There are single versions of 6 songs, as stated above. You can’t find that any place else.
3 The sound is wonderfully produced as per high standards at Rhino. All the songs are still considered my reference standards even up to now.
4 There is a wonderful booklet, same size as the long-sized box set.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are still many hit singles missing, like “What A Fool Believes” and “Minute by Minute”, featuring Michael McDonald, “Power” (with John Hall and James Taylor)(Asylum E-46630)(uncharted a-side, April 1980), “One Chain (Don’t Make No Prison)” (Capitol 006-20 3722 7)(uncharted a-side, 1989), “Long Train Runnin’” (Guitar Mix Edit)(Warner Bros. W-0172)(uncharted UK a-side, 1993), and “Listen to the Music (Motiv8 7” Edit) (Warner Bros. W-0228)(UK a-side)(UK 37/1994)(May 1994). Since this set was released in 1999, Rhino can be excused for not including those singles after 1999, like “Ordinary Man” (2001, Pyramids Records), “Nobody” (2010, HOR Records) and “World Gone Crazy” (2011, HOR Records).
2 The price is very expensive now, becoming a collector’s item.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Doobie Brothers have 28 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and have found that they have actually 45 singles from 1971 to 2011 (charted & charted)(but only 76 songs not 90 songs because 5 were album cuts with no b-sides, 7 repeated releases and 2 b-sides belonged to other artists). The labels are (1) Warner (1971 – 1987), (2) Sesame Street (1981), (3) Capitol (1989 – 1991), (4) Warner (1993 – 1994), (5) Pyramid (2001) and HOR Records (2010 – 2011). You will need (1) “Long Train Running” box set (Rhino, 1999, 4CDs), (2) Original Album Series, Volume 1 (5 CDs, Warner, 2011), (3) Original Album Series, Volume 2 (5 CDs, Warner, 2013), (4) Brotherhood (Capitol, 1991) and (5) World Gone Crazy (HOR Records, 2011). Fortunately most of the tracks not found in above sets can be found online.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Doobie Brothers was a pop-rock band formed in San Jose, California. When I was compiling their Singles Discography, I was amazed by (1) their longevity in charting career (1971 to 2011), (2) charted in various formats: Billboard Hot 100, Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart, and Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart (in their later career with “The Doctor” topping the Billboard Rock Chart for 3 weeks in 1989).

Even though it was released in 1999, it is still the “Best and Most Complete” CD set for the Doobie Brothers covering various era and labels. I would still recommend you to buy “Original Album Series Volumes 1 and 2” containing many tracks not found in the above box set. But beware of the impending 10 CD set called “The Warner Brothers Years” to be released on July 24, 2015 at very high price (over $70). That set was merely combining Original Album Series 1 & 2 together, but the latter is much cheaper.

Because of the high price, this set is more for collectors.

Original Album Series Vol. 2 (5CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doobie Brothers Original Album Series 2 (5CDs): 5 charted albums with all the singles; good sound; individual cardboard covers, June 27 2015
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This box set (Volume 2), under the Original Album Series, and released by Warner Brothers/Rhino in 2015, contains 5 CDs (5 albums of Doobie Brothers). I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, chart position, date of release, with personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; BB ROCK=Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1: THE DOOBIE BROTHERS (Warner 1919)(BB200 210/1971)*first release, rare item, left out in Volume 1:
01 Nobody (Warner Bros. 7495)(a-side)(BB Pop 122/1971)(May 1971) and re-released (Warner Bros. WBS 8041)(a-side)(BB Pop 58/1974; CB Pop 51/1974; RW Pop 84/1974)(October 1974)*the single version is found in “Long Train Runnin’” box set (Rhino, 1999, 4 CDs)
02 Slippery St. Paul (Warner Bros. 7495)(b-side, May 1971)
03 Greenwood Creek
04 It Won't Be Right
05 Travelin' Man (Warner Bros. 7527)(uncharted a-side, September 1971)*rare gem; CD debut.
06 Feelin' Down Farther (Warner Bros. 7527)(b-side, September 1971)*rare gem; CD debut.
07 The Master
08 Growin' A Little Each Day
09 The Beehive State (Warner Bros. WB 7544)(uncharted a-side, November 1971)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 Closer Every Day (Warner Bros. WB 7544)(b-side, November 1971)*rare gem; CD debut.
11 Chicago
DISC 2: LIVIN' ON THE FAULT LINE (Warner 3045)(BB200 10/1977)*8th album release (counting 'The Best of Doobie Brothers'):
01 You're Made That Way
02 Echoes Of Love (Warner Bros. WSB 8471)(a-side)(BB Pop 66/1977; CB Pop 78/1977; RW Pop 83/1977)(September 1977)
03 Little Darling (I Need You)(Warner Bros. WSB 8408)(a-side)(BB Pop 48/1977; CB Pop 39/1977; RW Pop 42/1977)(July 1977)*the b-side 'Losin' End' is found in Volume 1.
04 You Belong To Me (Warner Bros. WSB 29552)(a-side)(BB Pop 79/1983)(July 1983)*studio version recorded in 1977, but released in 1983.
05 Livin' On The Fault Line (Warner Bros. WSB 8500)(b-side, November 1977)*rare gem; CD debut.
06 Nothin' But A Heartache (Warner Bros. WSB 8500)(a-side)(RW Pop 132/1977)(November 1977)
07 Chinatown
08 There's A Light (Warner Bros. WSB 8471)(b-side, September 1977)
09 Need A Lady
10 Larry The Logger Two-Step
DISC 3: MINUTE BY MINUTE (Warner 3193)(BB200 1(5)/1978)*9th album release:
01 Here To Love You (Warner Bros. WSB 50001)(a-side)(BB Pop 65/1982; CB Pop 72/1982; RW Pop 73/1982)(January 1982)*the single version is found in 'Long Train Runnin'' box set (Rhino, 1999, 4 CDs)
02 What A Fool Believes (Warner Bros. WSB 8725)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(1)/1979; BB AC 22/1979; BB R&B 72/1979; CB Pop 1(2)/1979; RW Pop 1(1)/1979; UK 31/1979)(January 1979)
03 Minute by Minute (Warner Bros. WSB 8828)(a-side)(BB Pop 14/1979; BB AC 13/1979; BB R&B 74/1979; CB 13/1979; RW Pop 12/1979; UK 47/1979)(April 1979)
04 Dependin' On You (Warner Bros. WSB 49029)(a-side)(BB Pop 25/1979; BB AC 37/1979; CB Pop 30/1979; RW Pop 25/1979)(July 1979)
05 Don't Stop To Watch The Wheels (Warner Bros. WSB 8725)(b-side, January 1979)
06 Open Your Eyes (Warner Bros. K-17461)(uncharted UK a-side, September 1979)
07 Sweet Feelin' (Warner Bros. WSB 8828)(b-side, April 1979)*with Nicolette Larson; rare gem; CD debut.
08 Steamer Lane Breakdown (Warner Bros. K-17461)(UK b-side, September 1979)*rare gem; CD debut.
09 You Never Change
10 How Do The Fools Survive? (Warner Bros. WSB 49029)(b-side, July 1979)*rare gem; CD debut.
DISC 4: ONE STEP CLOSER (Warner 3452)(BB200 3(3)/1980):
01 Dedicate This Heart
02 Real Love (Warner Bros. WSB 49503)(a-side)(BB Pop 5/1980; BB AC 10/1980; BB R&B 40/1980; CB Pop 7/1980; RW Pop 9/1980)(August 1980)
03 No Stoppin' Us Now
04 Thank You Love (Warner Bros. WSB 49503)(b-side, August 1980)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 One Step Closer (Warner Bros. WSB 49622)(a-side)(BB Pop 24/1980; BB AC 21/1980; CB Pop 24/1980; RW Pop 24/1980)(November 1980)
06 Keep This Train A-Rollin' (Warner Bros. WSB 49670)(a-side)(BB Pop 62/1981; CB Pop 72/1981; RW Pop 80/1981)(January 1981)
07 Just In Time (Warner Bros. WSB 49670)(b-side, January 1981)*rare gem; CD debut.
08 South Bay Strut (Warner Bros. WSB 49622)(b-side, November 1980)
09 One By One
DISC 5: THE DOOBIE BROTHERS FAREWELL TOUR (Warner 23772)(BB200 79/1983):
01 Slipper St. Paul
02 Takin' It To The Streets
03 Jesus Is Just Alright
04 Minute by Minute
05 Can't Let It Get Away
06 Listen to the Music
07 Echoes of Love
08 What A Fool Believes
09 Black Water
10 You Belong To Me
11 Slat Key Soquel Rag
12 Steamer Lane Breakdown
13 South City Midnight Lady
14 Olana
15 Don't Start Me Talkin'
16 Long Train Runnin'
17 China Grove

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first time 5 popular charted albums of Doobie Brothers are grouped together in one set at a reasonable price. To buy them separately is definitely more expensive. By the way, beware of a ten CD box set "The Warner Brothers Years" (basically Original Album Series Volumes 1 & 2 together) is being released on July 24, 2015 at very high price (over Canadian $74).
2 As noted above, all the hit singles from 1972 to 1977 are included, with 10 tracks making their CD debut. The rare first album 'The Doobie Brothers' is included, together with the rare double LP 'Farewell Tour' in its entirety. One can get all the singles in this period except (1) Wynken, Blynken And Nod (Sesame Street 49642)(a-side)(BB Pop 76/1981; BB AC 31/1981; CB Pop 77/1981; RW Pop 86/1981)(December 1980) and (2) Power (with John Hall and James Taylor)(Asylum E-46630)(uncharted a-side, April 1980).
3 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. The harmonies of the Doobie Brothers are clearly displayed with clear differentiation of different instruments.
4 All the albums come with their own miniature cardboard LP cases, with the original front and back covers, enclosed in another case. In case you cannot read the song listing at the back cover because the letters are too small, the song listing is clearly outlined at the back cover of the case.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There is no booklet, no label & number and no chart positions.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Doobie Brothers have 28 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and have found that they have actually 45 singles from 1971 to 2011 (charted & charted)(but only 76 songs not 90 songs because 5 were album cuts with no b-sides, 7 repeated releases and 2 b-sides belonged to other artists). The labels are (1) Warner (1971 ' 1987), (2) Sesame Street (1981), (3) Capitol (1989 ' 1991), (4) Warner (1993 ' 1994), (5) Pyramid (2001) and HOR Records (2010 ' 2011). You will need (1) 'Long Train Running' box set (Rhino, 1999, 4CDs), (2) Original Album Series, Volume 1 (5 CDs, Warner, 2011), (3) Original Album Series, Volume 2 (5 CDs, Warner, 2013), (4) Brotherhood (Capitol, 1991) and (5) World Gone Crazy (HOR Records, 2011). Fortunately most of the tracks not found in above sets can be found online.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Doobie Brothers was a pop-rock band formed in San Jose, California. When I was compiling their Singles Discography, I was amazed by (1) their longevity in charting career (1971 to 2011), (2) charted in various formats: Billboard Hot 100, Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart, and Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart (in their later career with 'The Doctor' topping the Billboard Rock Chart for 3 weeks in 1989).

Besides getting 5 popular charted albums, you also get almost all the singles. The sound is very good. The miniature cardboard LP covers are collectible and cute. This set, together with Volume 1 to be reviewed separately, is highly recommended.

Limelight (Blu-ray)
Limelight (Blu-ray)
DVD ~ Charles Chaplin
Price: CDN$ 38.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Limelight (blu-ray): first class restoration in video and audio remastering; great video and audio; definitive edition!, June 26 2015
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VIDEO:

“Limelight” by Charlie Chaplin arrives on blu-ray via Criterion with MPEG-4 1080p AVC 1.37:1 encode. This transfer was a new restoration undertaken by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna. For the restoration, a new digital transfer was created in 4K resolution on an ARRISCAN film scanner from 35 mm original negative at L’immagine Ritrovata in Bologna, Italy. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices and warps were manually removed using MTI’s DRS, while Digital Vision’s Phoenix was used for small dirt, grain, noise management, flicker and jitter. The image was very stable when compared to the previous DVD counterpart. There is good image depth and good shadow definition. Contrasts are stable. Criterion has done an exceptional job in bringing this beloved classics to its original splendor, and is definitely much superior than the DVD counterpart in my Chaplin Collection box set. (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

Criterion has also done an amazing job in using the original monaural soundtrack, remastered at 24-bit, using COSP technology, from the 35 mm sound negative. Clicks, thumps, hiss, hum and crackle were manually removed using Pro Tools HD, AudioCube’s integrated workstation, and iZotope RX4. “Limelight” arrives on blu-ray with LPCM 1.0 soundtrack. Unsurprisingly, dynamic intensity is limited, but depth and clarity are very good. More importantly, the music is very smooth and well balanced with no distortion at high frequencies. The dialog is stable and clean. The Theme of Limelight is one of my favourite movie themes. I love the stereo version by Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra. Here, overall, this is a very pleasing and smooth audio presentation. (4.5/5).

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 First class restoration by Criterion with no excessive DNR, resulting in a pleasing, stable presentation. For an old picture, this is as good as you can get.
2 The audio is also very smooth and balanced. Great job in remastering.
3 There is a wonderful 40-page booklet with an exceptional essay and many pictures and details about the production.
4 There are also 2 short films by Chaplin: “A Night in the Show” (1915) and the uncompleted “The Professor” (1919).

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 Expensive!

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Charlie Chaplin was a very gifted and talented person. Besides starring in many classics like “The Great Dictator” and “Modern Times”, he also wrote many memorable tunes, like “Smile” (from 1936 film “Modern Times”, later sung by Nat King Cole), “This Is My Song” (from 1967 film “A Countess From Hong Kong”, later sung by Petula Clark) and of course, “Theme from Limelight (Terry’s Theme)” by Frank Chacksfield. The vocal pop version was “Eternally” by Sarah Vaughan.

“Limelight” is one of favourite Chaplin film. Finally, Criterion gave us the definitive high definition edition, better than both my DVD and my beloved still treasured Laser Disc versions, and is very highly recommended.

Original Album Series (5CD)
Original Album Series (5CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doobie Brothers (Original Album Series I)(5CDs): 5 charted albums with all the singles; good sound; individual cardboard covers., June 26 2015
CONTENT:

This box set, under the Original Album Series, and released by Warner Brothers/Rhino in 2011, contains 5 CDs (5 albums of Doobie Brothers). I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, chart position, date of release, with personal comments)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart; BB ROCK=Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1: TOULOUSE STREET (Warner 2634)(BB200 21/1972)*their second album release; the first album release is found in Vol. 2 of Original Album Series:
01 Listen To The Music (Warner Bros. WB 7619)(a-side)(BB Pop 11/1972; CB Pop 9/1972; RW Pop 10/1972; UK 29/1974)(July 1972)*the single version can be found in 'Long Train Runnin'' box set.
02 Rockin' Down The Highway (Warner Bros. WB 7661)(b-side, November 1972)*the single version can be found in 'Long Train Runnin'' box set.
03 Mamaloi
04 Toulouse Street (Warner Bros. WB 7619)(b-side, July 1972)
05 Cotton Mouth
06 Don't Start Me To Talkin'
07 Jesus Is Just Alright (Warner Bros. WB 7661)(a-side)(BB Pop 35/1972; CB Pop 33/1972; RW Pop 29/1972)(November 1972)
08 White Sun
09 Disciple
10 Snake Man
DISC 2: THE CAPTAIN AND ME (Warner 2694)(BB 200 7/1973)*their 3rd album release:
01 Natural Thing
02 Long Train Runnin' (Warner Bros. WB 7698)(a-side)(BB Pop 8/1973; CB Pop 9/1973; RW Pop 9/1973)(March 1973)
03 China Grove (Warner Bros. WB 7728)(a-side)(BB Pop 15/1973; CB Pop 8/1973; RW Pop 10/1973)(July 1973)
04 Dark Eyed Cajun Woman
05 Clear As The Driven Snow
06 Without You (Warner Bros. WB 7698)(b-side, March 1973)
07 South City Midnight Lady (Warner Bros. WSB 29552)(b-side, July 1983)
08 Evil Woman (Warner Bros. WB 7728)(b-side, July 1973)*rare gem; CD debut.
09 Busted Down Around O'Connelly Corners
10 Ukiah
11 The Captain And Me
DISC 3: WHAT WERE ONCE VICES ARE NOW HABITS (Warner 2750)(BB200 4/1974)*their 4th album release:
01 Song To See You Through (Warner Bros. WSB 8062)(b-side, November 1974)*rare gem; CD debut.
02 Spirit
03 Pursuit On 53rd Street (Warner Bros. K-16394)(uncharted UK a-side, May 1974)
04 Black Water (Warner Bros. WB 7795)(b-side, March 1974) and re-released as (Warner Bros. WSB 8062)(a-side)(BB Pop 1(1)/1974; BB AC 38/1975; CB Pop 3(1)/1975; RW Pop 1(1)/1974)(November 1974)
05 Eyes Of Silver (Warner Bros. WB 7832)(a-side)(BB Pop 52/1974; CB Pop 43/1974; RW Pop 67/1974)(June 1974)
06 Road Angel
07 You Just Can't Stop It (Warner Bros. WB 7832)(b-side, June 1974)
08 Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)
09 Down In The Track
10 Another Park, Another Sunday (Warner Bros. WB 7795)(a-side)(BB Pop 32/1974; CB Pop 38/1974; RW Pop 30/1974)(March 1974)
11 Daughters Of The Sea
12 Flying Cloud (Warner Bros. WBS 8041)(b-side, October 1974)*rare gem; CD debut.
DISC 4: STAMPEDE (Warner 2835)(BB200 4/1975)*their 5th album release:
01 Sweet Maxine (Warner Bros. WSB 8126)(a-side)(BB Pop 40/1975; CB Pop 44/1975; RW Pop 61/1975)(July 1975)* the single version can be found in 'Long Train Runnin'' box set.
02 Neal's Fandango
03 Texas Lullaby
04 Music Man (Warner Bros. WSB 8161)(b-side, November 1975)
05 Slat Key Soquel Rag (Warner Bros. WSB 8092)(b-side, April 1975)
06 Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)(Warner Bros. WSB 8092)(a-side)(BB Pop 11/1975; CB Pop 10/1975; RW Pop 5/1975; UK 29/1975)(April 1975)
07 I Cheat The Hangman (Warner Bros. WSB 8161)(a-side)(BB Pop 60/1975; CB Pop 76/1975)(November 1975)
08 Precis
09 Rainy Day Crossroad Blues
10 I Been Workin' On You
11 Double Dealin' Four Flusher (Warner Bros. WSB 8126)(b-side, July 1975)*rare gem; CD debut.
DISC 5: TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS (Warner 2899)(BB200 8/1976)*their 6th album release:
01 Wheels of Fortune (Warner Bros. WSB 8233)(a-side)(BB Pop 87/1976)(August 1976)* the single version can be found in 'Long Train Runnin'' box set.
02 Takin' It To The Street (Warner Bros. WSB 8196)(a-side)(BB Pop 13/1976; BB R&B 57/1976; CB Pop 15/1976; RW Pop 24/1976)(March 1976)
03 8th Avenue Shuffle
04 Losin' End (Warner Bros. WSB 8408)(b-side, July 1977)*a-side 'Little Darling (I Need You)' can be found in Vol. 2 of this series.
05 Rio
06 For Someone Special (Warner Bros. WSB 8196)(b-side, March 1976)*rare gem; CD debut.
07 It Keeps You Runnin' (Warner Bros. WSB 8282)(a-side)(BB Pop 37/1976; CB Pop 50/1976; RW Pop 56/1976)(October 1976)
08 Turn It Loose (Warner Bros. WSB 8282)(b-side, October 1976)*rare gem; CD debut.
09 Carry Me Away

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first time 5 popular charted albums of Doobie Brothers are grouped together in one set at a reasonable price. To buy them separately is definitely more expensive. By the way, beware of a ten CD box set "The Warner Brothers Years" (basically Original Album Series Volumes 1 & 2 together) is being released on July 24, 2015 at very high price (over Canadian $74).
2 As noted above, all the hit singles from 1972 to 1977 are included, with 5 making their CD debut (one exception 'Little Darling (I Need You)' as noted above.
3 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. The harmonies of the Doobie Brothers are clearly displayed with clear differentiation of different instruments.
4 All the albums come with their own miniature cardboard LP cases, with the original front and back covers, enclosed in another case. In case you cannot read the song listing at the back cover because the letters are too small, the song listing is clearly outlined at the back cover of the case.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There is no booklet, no label & number and no chart positions.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Doobie Brothers have 28 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and have found that they have actually 45 singles from 1971 to 2011 (charted & charted)(but only 76 songs not 90 songs because 5 were album cuts with no b-sides, 7 repeated releases and 2 b-sides belonged to other artists). The labels are (1) Warner (1971 ' 1987), (2) Sesame Street (1981), (3) Capitol (1989 ' 1991), (4) Warner (1993 ' 1994), (5) Pyramid (2001) and HOR Records (2010 ' 2011). You will need (1) 'Long Train Running' box set (Rhino, 1999, 4CDs), (2) Original Album Series, Volume 1 (5 CDs, Warner, 2011), (3) Original Album Series, Volume 2 (5 CDs, Warner, 2013), (4) Brotherhood (Capitol, 1991) and (5) World Gone Crazy (HOR Records, 2011). Fortunately most of the tracks not found in above sets can be found online.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Doobie Brothers was a pop-rock band formed in San Jose, California. When I was compiling their Singles Discography, I was amazed by (1) their longevity in charting career (1971 to 2011), (2) charted in various formats: Billboard Hot 100, Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart, and Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart (in their later career with 'The Doctor' topping the Billboard Rock Chart for 3 weeks in 1989).

Besides getting 5 popular charted albums, you also get almost all the singles. The sound is very good. The miniature cardboard LP covers are collectible and cute. This set, together with Volume 2 to be reviewed separately, is highly recommended.

The Warner Bros. Years (1987-1991)
The Warner Bros. Years (1987-1991)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bee Gees Warner Bros. Years 1987-1991 (5CDs): 3 CDs with bonus tracks; rare One For All concert (2CDs); good sound!, June 25 2015
CONTENT:

This box set, released by Warner Brothers in April 2014, contain 3 original albums plus 2 CDs (One For All Concert 1989). I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, chart position, year of release)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB AC=Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; UK=British Singles Chart):

DISC 1: E-S-P (Warner 25541)(BB200 96/1987; UK Album Chart 5/1987):
01 E-S-P*please note that the edit version was the single version.
02 You Win Again (Warner 7-28351)(a-side)(BB Pop 75/1987; BB AC 50/1987; CB Pop 76/1987; UK 1(4)/1987)(September 1987) and then re-released (Warner 7-22733)(uncharted a-side, October 1989)
03 Live or Die (Hold Me Like A Child)
04 Giving Up The Ghost
05 The Longest Night
06 This Is Your Life
07 Angela (German a-side)(Germany 52/1988)
08 Overnight (Warner 7-28139)(UK b-side, 1987)
09 Crazy For Your Love (Warner W-7966)(uncharted UK a-side, February 1988)
10 Backtafunk (Warner 7-28351)(b-side, September 1987)
11 E-S-P (Vocal reprise)
BONUS TRACKS:
12 E-S-P (Demo Version)
13 Angela (Edit)
14 E-S-P (Edit)(single version)(Warner 7-28139)(UK 51/1987)
15 You Win Again (Extended Version)(Warner W-7966)(UK b-side, February 1988)
16 E-S-P (Extended Version)

DISC 2: ONE (Warner 25887)(BB200 68/1989; UK Album Chart 29/1989):
01 Ordinary Lives (Warner W-7523)(UK a-side)(UK 54/1989)(March 1989)
02 One (Warner 7-22899)(a-side)(BB Pop 7/1989; BB AC 1(2)/1989; CB Pop 9/1989; UK 71/1989)(July 1989)
03 Bodyguard (Warner 7-19997)(a-side)(BB AC 9/1990)(January 1990)
04 It’s My Neighborhood
05 Tears
06 Tokyo Nights (Warner 7-22782)(uncharted Australian a-side, 1989)
07 Flesh and Blood (Warner W-2916)(UK b-side, June 1989)*UK a-side: One.
08 Wish You Were Here
09 House of Shame
10 Will You Ever Let Me (Warner 7-19997)(b-side, January 1990)
11 Wing and a Prayer (Warner 7-22899)(b-side, July 1989) and UK b-side to Ordinary Lives.
BONUS TRACKS:
12 Shape of Things to Come
13 One (Remix/Edit)
14 One (12” Dance Version)
15 One (12” Club Mix)

DISC 3: HIGH CIVILIZATION (Warner 26530)(UK Album Chart 24/1991):
01 High Civilization
02 Secret Love (Warner W-0014)(UK a-side)(UK 5/1991)(March 1991)
03 When He’s Gone (Warner 19369)(a-side)(BB AC 86/1991)
04 Happy Ever After
05 Party With No Name (Warner W-0014)(UK b-side, March 1991)
06 Ghost Train
07 Dimensions
08 The Only Love (Warner W-0049)(uncharted UK a-side, August 1991)
09 Human Sacrifice
10 True Confessions (Warner 19369)(b-side, March 1991)
11 Evolution

DISC 4: ONE FOR ALL CONCERT (Recorded at the National Tennis Centre, Melbourne, Australia, November 17 & 18, 1989)*previous unreleased:
01 Intro
02 Ordinary Lives
03 Giving Up The Ghost
04 To Love Somebody
05 I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You
06 One
07 Tokyo Nights
08 Words
09 Juliet
10 Lonely Days
MEDLEY:
11 New York Mining Disaster 1941
12 Holiday
13 Too Much Heaven
14 Heartbreaker
15 Islands In The Stream
16 Run to Me
17 World
18 Spicks And Specks

DISC 5: ONE FOR ALL CONCERT (continued):
01 How Deep Is Your Love
02 It’s My Neighborhood
03 How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
04 House of Shame
05 I Started A Joke
06 Massachusetts
07 Stayin’ Alive
08 Nights on Broadway
09 Jive Talkin’
10 You Win Again
11 You Should Be Dancing

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 I bought this set mainly to get the previously unreleased “One For All Concert” making its CD debut.
2 To my pleasant surprise, there are also many lovely bonus tracks, that are hard to get and not available in the previously released CDs which I already purchased.
3 All the hit singles during the Warner Brothers era are all included in this set.
4 The sound is wonderfully remastered: clean with no hiss. The distinctive harmonies of the Bee Gees are in full display.
5 All the CDs are housed in cardboard cases. The “One For All Concert” was in a gatefold cardboard case.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There is no booklet. All the previously released CDs have wonderful booklets. I am glad that I have bought those CDs.
2 I notice that the sizes of the Bee Gees box sets are getting smaller and smaller: starting with a wonderful large table-size “Tales From the Brothers Gibb” to the reasonable “Mythology box set” and now to CD sized box set. I somehow feel this set is cheapened by the lack of booklet and the small size of the box set.
3 The price is expensive. I waited until the price has dropped buying from sellers.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Being a Bee Gees fan, even though I have already purchased those 3 CDs previously, I still am happy to buy this set. The rare “One For All Concert” alone, done at their prime, is worth the price of admission. Those bonus tracks in the other CDs are also very special. The sound is also very good. Despite of the higher price, this set is still recommended.

Making Life Rhyme
Making Life Rhyme
Price: CDN$ 28.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lulu Making Life Rhyme: first new materials in 10 years; good songs co-written by Lulu; great sound., June 25 2015
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CONTENT:

“Making Life Rhyme” was released in 2015 under the label Decca Records, the first label that started her singing career. I have compiled a song listing as follows:

LP MAKING LIFE RHYME (Decca 4719607)(UK Album Chart 35/2015):
01 Faith in You (uncharted UK a-side, 2015)
02 Every Single Day
03 The Answer Is Love
04 Cry
05 Poison Kiss
06 Hypnotised
07 Heaven Help
08 Make Life Rhyme
09 Angel
10 Messed Up World
11 Wayfarin’ Stranger

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 The 11 songs in this album represent her first album of new materials in ten years. She also co-wrote 10 of the 11 songs (except “Angel” by Jimi Hendrix). Her singing is still first-rate: full of passion and energy.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. Lulu’s voice was well centralized, and the various backing instruments are clearly defined.
3 There is a 12-page booklet, containing all the lyrics and nice pictures of Lulu.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Lulu was born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie on November 3, 1948 in Glasgow, Scotland. Her current official title is Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE (her late mother's birth name before she was adopted by the McDonald family). She was married to the late Maurice Gibb (of the Bee Gees) from 1969 – 1973. She also appeared in the 1967 movie "To Sir With Love," singing the famous title song. She also hosted her own UK TV show in 1968.

Although there are no charted hit singles, all the songs in this album are performed with Lulu’s usual high energy and passion. The entire set is very enjoyable, and is a welcome addition to my Lulu library. If you like Lulu, this set is highly recommended.

Original Album Series
Original Album Series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seals & Crofts Original Album Series (5CDs): 5 great albums on CDs in one set; reasonable price, good sound; many singles., June 24 2015
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CONTENT:

This 5 CD box set, under Original Album Series, released by Rhino/Warner in 2015, contain 5 popular charted albums by Seals & Crofts in one set. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, chart position, date of release)(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):

CD 1: LP SUMMER BREEZE (Warner 2629)(BB200 7/1972):
01 Hummingbird (Warner Bros. WB 7671)(a-side)(BB Pop 20/1973; BB AC 12/1973; CB Pop 15/1973; RW Pop 16/1973)(January 1973)
02 Funny Little Man
03 Say (Warner Bros. WB 7671)(b-side, January 1973)
04 Summer Breeze (Warner Bros. WB 7606)(a-side)(BB Pop 6/1972; BB AC 4/1972; CB Pop 6/1972; RW Pop 7/1972)(June 1972)
05 East of Ginger Trees (Warner Bros. WB 7606)(b-side, June 1972)
06 Fiddle In The Sky
07 The Boy Down The Road
08 The Euphrates
09 Advance Guards (Warner Bros. WBS 8277)(b-side, October 1976)
10 Yellow Dirt
CD 2: DIAMOND GIRL (Warner 2699)(BB200 4/1973):
01 Diamond Girl (Warner Bros. WB 7708)(a-side)(BB Pop 6/1973; BB AC 4/1973; CB Pop 8/1973; RW Pop 6/1973)(May 1973)
02 Ruby Jean And Billie Lee
03 Intone My Servant
04 We May Never Pass This Way (Again)(Warner Bros. WB 7740)(a-side)(BB Pop 21/1973; BB AC 2(1)/1973; CB Pop 18/1973; RW Pop 20/1973)(September 1973)
05 Nine Houses
06 Standin’ On A Mountain Top
07 It’s Gonna Come Down (On You)
08 Jessica (Warner Bros. WB 7740)(b-side, September 1973)
09 Dust On My Saddle
10 Wisdom (Warner Bros. WB 7708)(b-side, May 1973)
CD 3: UNBORN CHILD (Warner 2761)(BB200 14/1974):
01 Prelude/Windflowers
02 Desert People
03 Unborn Child (Warner Bros. WB 7771)(a-side)(BB Pop 68/1974; CB Pop 65/1974; RW Pop 86/1974)(February 1974)
04 The Story of Her Love
05 Dance By The Light of the Moon
06 Rachel
07 King of Nothing (Warner Bros. WB 7810)(a-side)(BB Pop 60/1974; BB AC 26/1974; CB Pop 50/1974; RW Pop 62/1974)(May 1974)
08 29 Years From Texas
09 Ledges (Warner Bros. WB 7771)(b-side, February 1974)
10 Follow Me (Warner Bros. WB 7810)(b-side, May 1974)
11 Big Mac
CD 4: I’LL PLAY FOR YOU (Warner 2848)(BB200 30/1975):
01 I’ll Play For You (Warner Bros. WBS 8075)(a-side)(BB Pop 18/1975; BB AC 4/1975; CB Pop 35/1975; RW Pop 33/1975)(March 1975)
02 Golden Rainbow (Warner Bros. WBS 8130)(b-side, August 1975)
03 Castles In The Sand (Warner Bros. WBS 8130)(a-side)(BB AC 21/1975; CB Pop 97/1975)(August 1975)
04 Blue Bonnet Nation
05 Ugly City
06 Wayland The Rabbit
07 Freaks Fret
08 Truth Is But A Woman (Warner Bros. WBS 8075)(b-side, March 1975)*title misspelled in the back cover as “Truth About A Woman”; careless mistake.
09 Fire and Vengeance
CD 5: GET CLOSER (Warner 2907)(BB200 37/1976):
01 Sweet Green Fields
02 Get Closer (featuring Carolyn Willis)(Warner Bros. WBS 8190)(a-side)(BB Pop 6/1976; BB AC 2(2)/1976; CB Pop 7/1976; RW Pop 4/1976)(March 1976)
03 Red Long Ago
04 Goodbye Old Buddies (Warner Bros. WBS 8330)(a-side)(BB Pop 10/1977; BB AC 10/1977)(February 1977)
05 Baby Blue (Warner Bros. WBS 8330)(b-side, February 1977)
06 Million Dollar Horse
07 Don’t Fail (Warner Bros. WBS 8190)(b-side, March 1976)
08 Passing Thing

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first time all five albums are available in a single set, at a reasonable price too. Many of the above albums are available separately at very high prices.
2 This is also the first time all the hit singles (a and b-sides) are available in one set (from 1972 to 1977) with one exception.
3 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. The smooth harmonies are clearly displayed.
4 All the 5 different albums are housed in miniature cardboard LP cases with the original front and back covers. If the letters on an album are too small, the song listing is available on the back cover of the box housing the 5 CDs.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The missing hit single, mentioned above, is “Baby, I’ll Give It To You” (Warner Bros. WBS 8277)(a-side)(BB Pop 58/1976; BB AC 14/1976; CB Pop 88/1976)(October 1976). It should appear as a bonus track. Fortunately, this song is readily available online.
2 Sloppy mistake, writing the wrong title on the back cover as stated above.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

Although Seals and Crofts has 13 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just finished compiling a Complete Singles Discography, and found that they have 21 singles (charted and uncharted, a and b-sides, from 1969 to 2004)(only 40 songs, not 42 songs because one song was a repeat release and one song has mono on a-side and stereo on b-side). A Singles Collection on Seals and Crofts is sadly missing. The Greatest Hits CD was released long time ago with only 10 songs (but contained the single "When I Meet Them." From the current set, you will get most of the hit singles. His labels are: (1) T*A (1969 – 1971) and (2) Warner Bros. (1971 – 2004). The 4 singles on T*A are available on a CD simply called “Seals and Crofts” (Wounded Bird Records) and is very expensive. Fortunately, most of them are available online. There are 5 more singles not available on this current set, and they are also available online. Their last single was a remake of “Summer Breeze”, repopularized due to a Gap TV ad (from album “Traces” (SCH 001)(2004).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Seals and Croft was a pop duo: Jim Seals (born on October 17, 1941 in Sidney, Texas) and Dash Crofts (born on August 14, 1940 in Cisco, Texas). Jim is the brother of Dan Seals and cousin of Brady Seals (of Little Texas).

A decent Greatest Hits or Singles Collection is sadly missing, plus many of their single album CDs were very expensive. Now, for the first time, 5 charted albums are available in one set at reasonable price and good sound. This set is highly recommended.

Beat Of Love/The Things That You Dream
Beat Of Love/The Things That You Dream
Price: CDN$ 20.57
23 used & new from CDN$ 8.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Randy VanWarmer Beat Of Love/Things That You Dream (1 CD): 2 wonderful albums making CD debut; great booklet; good sound!, June 23 2015
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These two albums “Beat of Love” (1981) and “The Things That You Dream” (1983) are finally available on CD by Edsel Records in 2012. I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album and singles label & number, chart position and date of release)(BB200=Billboard Album Chart; BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart):

LP BEAT OF LOVE (Bearsville BRK 3561)(BB200 205/1981):
01 Suzi Found A Weapon (Bearsville BSS 49752)(a-side)(BB Pop 55/1981; CB Pop 54/1981; RW Pop 84/1981)(June 1981)*what a great single!!
02 Always Night
03 Babel/Don’t Hide (Bearsville BSS 49752)(b-side, June 1981)
04 Amen
05 I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes
06 Frightened By The Light of Day
07 Hanging Onto Heaven (Bearsville AAAB 116)(uncharted a-side, December 1981)
08 The Beat Of Love (Bearsville AAAB 116)(UK b-side, December 1981)
09 When I’m Dead and Gone
10 Don’t Wake Me Up
LP THE THINGS THAT YOU DREAM (Bearsville 23746)(1983):
11 The Things That You Dream
12 At Least It’s A Life
13 What In The World Comes Over You At Night
14 Gonna Build Me A Rocket (Bearsville 7-29631)(uncharted a-side, April 1983)
15 Do You Believe In Magic
16 Only What You Steal
17 Color Me Out
18 Shadows Of The Night
19 I’m Still in Love (Bearsville 7-29631)(b-side, April 1983)
20 Hester’s Song

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 They are two great albums making their CD debut, with many hit singles.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 There is a wonderful 20-page booklet, with an informative essay by Paul Meyers. The two album front covers were featured, each occupying an entire page, plus all the album labels! Good work! Lyrics are included.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Randy Vanwarmer was born Randall VanWormer on March 30, 1955 in Indian Hills, Colorado. His first gigantic hit “Just When I Needed You Most” became his biggest hit. His first album “Warmer” was very popular, but his follow-up “Terraform” was considered too dark and only played on Alternative Radio Stations. His last charted single “Suzi” was a tribute to to a Bearsville public relations rep whom VanWarmer would later woo and marry, and which went to No. 1 in Alaska. He also wrote songs for Oak Ridge Boys and Alabama. His final album was released posthumously only in Japan and was a tribute to Stephen Foster. According to the CD's liner notes, Vanwarmer played all the instruments. The notes also indicate that he completed work on the record a few days after learning of his illness, and died one day prior to the anniversary of Foster's death, of leukemia in 2004 (age 48). In line with one of his greatest loves (as demonstrated by the picture of him in a space-suite), some of his cremated remains were sent into space in 2007, and then again in 2012 aboard the first successful private space flight to the International Space Station, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

If you like Randy VanWarmer, this set is a must-own, and is highly recommended.

Vital Spark/Sings Stephen Foster
Vital Spark/Sings Stephen Foster
Price: CDN$ 26.35
21 used & new from CDN$ 11.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Randy VanWarmer: The Vital Spark/Sings Stephen Foster: 2 rare albums CD debut; Sings Stephen Foster final album; good sound!, June 23 2015
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CONTENT:

These two rare albums “The Vital Spark” (1994) and “Sings Stephen Foster” (2003) are finally released in North America in 2011, thanks to widow Suzi VanWarmer. I have compiled a detailed song listing:

LP THE VITAL SPARK (1994):
01 I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)
02 The Vital Spark
03 Used Cars
04 The Velvet Vampire
05 Time And Money
06 I Will Whisper Your Name
07 Don’t Look Back
08 There’s A Rhythm
09 Echoes
10 The Silence of Her Dreams
BONUS TRACK:
11 Just When I Needed You Most*not the original pop version; recorded in 1998 with Randy playing the guitar.
LP SINGS STEPHEN FOSTER (2003):
12 The Camptown Races*a big hit for Billy Murray (US 9/1911)
13 Oh! Susanna*big hit for Wendell Hall & Shannon Four (US 8/1924)
14 My Old Kentucky Home Good Night*the original version by Edison Male Quartette (US 1/1898)
15 Beautiful Dreamer
16 Angelina Baker
17 Old Folks at Home*big hit by Len Spencer (US 1/1892)
18 Hard Times Come Again No More
19 Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair
20 Old Black Joe*big hit by Peerless Quartet (US 10/1908)
21 We Will Keep A Bright Outlook

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Finally, the above 2 albums are finally available on CDs, making their debut in North America. Just to demonstrate how talented Randy was, he played all the instruments in “Sings Stephen Foster” together with providing the vocals. There is also a rare previously unreleased bonus track.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss.
3 There is a 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Nick Dalton. The two front album covers are featured on the front cover (slightly overlapping each other).
4 77 minutes; good value!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Randy VanWarmer was born Randall VanWormer on March 30, 1955 in Indian Hills, Colorado. His first gigantic hit “Just When I Needed You Most” became his biggest hit. His first album “Warmer” was very popular, but his follow-up “Terraform” was considered too dark and only played on Alternative Radio Stations. His last charted single “Suzi” was a tribute to to a Bearsville public relations rep whom VanWarmer would later woo and marry, and which went to No. 1 in Alaska. He also wrote songs for Oak Ridge Boys and Alabama. His final album was released posthumously only in Japan and was a tribute to Stephen Foster. According to the CD's liner notes, VanWarmer played all the instruments. The notes also indicate that he completed work on the record a few days after learning of his illness, and died one day prior to the anniversary of Foster's death, of leukemia in 2004 (age 48). In line with one of his greatest loves (as demonstrated by the picture of him in a space-suite), some of his cremated remains were sent into space in 2007, and then again in 2012 aboard the first successful private space flight to the International Space Station, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Although there are no hit singles in this album, if you like Randy VanWarmer, this set is a must-own, and is highly recommended.

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