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Godzilla (Bilingual) [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet]
Godzilla (Bilingual) [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla (2014) blu-ray review: welcome back, my beloved old Godzilla! Great audio, dark video., Sept. 16 2014
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VIDEO:

Godzilla stomps onto blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. You will enjoy Godzilla much better if you have a really large screen and in complete dark room. Most of the monster battles were fought in the dark, due to the MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Objects) knocking out all power under the influence of EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse). In my home theatre with 12 foot wide screen (anamorphic lens) filling up the entire screen in a completely dark room, the complexity of the digital creations, both monsters and destroyed environments, look fantastically sharp and natural. The film's first act serves as its brighter half in which colours appear naturally robust and details sharp and accurate. Facial textures, clothing seams, and general backgrounds -- whether foliage or manmade structures -- enjoy a natural, tactile texturing that shows a lot of vitality and complexity. (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

Godzilla roars onto blu-ray with a breathtaking, ear-shattering 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround mix. From Alexandre Desplat's ominous musical score to the aggressively panned auditory carnage of flying debris and destruction to the thunderous LFE of monstrous creatures colliding in a fight to the death, this is a track that delivers on all levels, giving us a totally immersive experience. The realism is uncanny not only in the low end but in the aggressive spacing and natural envelopment the track offers. Whether up-close or at a distance, the sounds of mayhem enjoy an incredible balance as destruction and ear-shattering creature screeches spill from every speaker. Of course, Godzilla's roar stressed my two subwoofers to the maximum, rounding out a totally enjoyable and immersive audio experience. (5/5)

MOVIE:

I was moved by Joe Brody sacrificing his wife in the nuclear plant at the very beginning, but somehow my emotions did not connect similarly with his son Ford, his wife Elle and son Sam. And I also felt that having Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Wantanabe) running aimlessly around was simply to add a little Japanese flavour to the movie. The scene that I enjoyed the most was to be able to see Godzilla in true daylight stomping back into the ocean. The drawing and recreation of Godzilla character was truly amazing with so much more details and realism. It does not look digital at all. (movie: 3/5)

TRIVIA:

Godzilla has an estimated budget of $160 million, but grossed a disappointing less than $200 million.

When the Janjira plant goes down, Ford Brody is attending a class about the life cycle of moths, completely with a moth that resembles Mothra (1961). Also seen in the classroom is a red pteranodon (that resembles Rodan (1956) and a dinosaur skeleton (whose form resembles Godzilla (1954).

When both Ford and Joe Brody return to Janjira, within their old home is a small insect tank with the words 'Mothra' on the side. The inside of tank shows a heavily over grown Moth cocoon. This is a reference to the film Mothra (1961), who is a classic Godzilla enemy and friend.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 I bought the 3D version, and found that the 3D disc is stacked on top of the 2D disc. Come on, Warner Brothers, you can do better than that!

2 Be warn that if you have a 2.40:1 screen and anamorphic lens (constant height), parts of the subtitles were outside the screen. Fortunately with my Oppo 103D blu ray player, I managed to move the subtitles up. Again, Warner Brothers, this type of mistakes should not be happening.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Godzilla here looks a little meatier, and much more like the beloved behemoth than it did in the '98 movie, the music hearkens to the classic Japanese overtures of the old Gojira film era, and the camera work has the comically silly nature of Sam Rami's Spiderman series. The story-line is so-so. My only complaint is that why couldn't Godzilla and MUTOs fight in the daytime? For all Godzilla fans, this set is highly recommended.

Theme From the Unforgiven & Hollywood Premiere
Theme From the Unforgiven & Hollywood Premiere
Price: CDN$ 20.10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don Cost: Theme from Unforgiven/Hollywood Premiere: 2 complete rare albums with great sound!, Sept. 16 2014
INTRODUCTION:

Don Costa was born on June 10, 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the arranger for Vaughn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Vic Damone, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme and the Ames Brothers. He was A&R director of ABC-Paramount Records, when he was arranger for many of Paul Anka’s pop recordings. Then, he moved to United Artists, with Steve & Eydie. His most famous recording was Never On Sunday. He later moved to Reprise to arrange for Frank Sinatra, the boss at Reprise. Sinatra and Strings was released in 1962. He also did similar arrangements for Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan and Barbra Streisand. In the mid-60s, he formed his own company, DCP International, and was responsible for the revival of Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Although he has only 5 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have just done a Complete Singles Discography and found that he has actually released 24 singles (48 songs) in US from 1955 to 1968. He sadly died on January 19, 1983 (age 57).

CONTENT:

This set, released by Sepia Records, a renowned reputable reissue label from UK, contains two complete albums. Since Amazon.ca did not provide a track listing, I have compiled a detailed song listing (with LP label & number, year, singles label & number, chart positions):

LP The Theme From “The Unforgiven” (United Artists UAS 6119)(1960):
01 Theme From The “Unforgiven” (United Artists 221)(27/1960)
02 An Affair To Remember
03 Invitation
04 The Song From Moulin Rouge
05 Laura
06 The Third Man Theme (United Artists 1525) (uncharted a-side, 1961)
07 Smile
08 Lonely Room
09 From Here To Eternity ((United Artists 1525)(b-side, 1961)
10 Picnic
11 Stella by Starlight
12 Return to Paradise
LP Hollywood Premiere (Columbia 1880)(1962):
13 Theme From “The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm” (Columbia 42494)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
14 Theme From “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
15 Theme From “Lisa”
16 Theme From “The Miracle Worker” (Columbia 42442)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
17 Baby Elephant Walk
18 Theme From “My Geisha”
19 Theme From “Mutiny On The Bounty”
20 Above The Stars (Columbia 42494)(b-side, 1962)
21 Theme From “Advise And Consent”
22 Theme From “All Fall Down”
23 My Romance
24 Love Theme From “Lolita”

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set contains 2 complete rare albums by Don Costa. His CDs are not released. The only CD I have is called Never on Sunday: Classic Movie Music of the ‘50s & ‘60s on EMI (1977). This is not available on Amazon.ca, but available on Amazon.co.uk.
2 The sound is very well remastered, as per usual high standards at Sepia Records, using 24 bit Cedar System.
3 The front cover of Hollywood Premiere was featured on an entire back page of the 4-page booklet. As to the front cover of The Theme From The Unforgiven, the area where the songs are listed is replaced by the words Hollywood Premiere. The original liner notes are included.
4 The price is reasonable, especially from seller.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are no bonus tracks. Usually, Sepia Records would add bonus tracks to fill up the space, thus adding more value to the purchase.
2 There is no picture of back cover.
3 There are no label & number, no chart position.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

When people are looking for Don Costa songs, the first thing they would look for is Never On Sunday. This should have been included in the bonus tracks. Fortunately, that song is readily available. Too bad! Nevertheless, I treasure this release because of the rarity of the materials and great remastered sound by Sepia Records. I personally have six vinyl albums of Don Costa. One day when I have time, I shall remaster and convert them into CDs. If you like instrumental music, especially movie themes, this set is recommended.

Phonographic Yearbook: 1918
Phonographic Yearbook: 1918
Price: CDN$ 20.66
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phonographic Yearbook 1918: a great set of 24 songs (including all 15 No. 1s) and fantastic priceless booklet!, Sept. 15 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

Archeophone Records in US, a very reputable label for reissue of recordings of 1900s to 1920s, released a Phonographic Yearbook series containing the biggest hits of the year. For collectors of music of that era, this is simply a welcome addition.

The year involved is 1918, the year Woodrow Wilson delivered his Fourteen Points speech. This was also the year of World War I, when many battles were fought. On March 19, The United States Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time. As far as music was concerned, there were 15 Number 1 songs that year, with Al Jolson and Henry Burr leading the way. The number 1 song of 1918 was Just A Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy Over There) by Henry Burr (No. 1 for an amazing 11 weeks).

CONTENT:

There are 24 wonderful songs from 1918, containing all 15 Number 1 hits that year. Since the song listing is not available on the Amazon.ca website, I have included the entire detailed song listing (with label & number, chart position and personal comments), which is as follows:

01 Send Me Away With A Smile – John McCormick (Victor 64741) (1(4)/1918)*the most famous Irish tenor of all time.
02 I Don’t Know Where I’m Going But I’m On My Way – Peerless Quartet (Victor 18383)(1(2)/1918)*all-time great vocal group, originally consisting of Henry Burr, Albert Campbell, Steve Porter and Tom Daniels; later Frank Stanley replaced Tom Daniels; Arthur Collins replaced Porter; John Meyer replaced Stanley on his death; in 1918, Collins departed, replaced by Frank Croxten.
03 Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning – Arthur Fields (Victor 18489)(1(4)/1918)*his only No. 1 song; he co-wrote many songs, including Aba Daba Honeymoon.
04 K-K-K-Katy (Stammering Song) – Billy Murray (Victor 18455)(3/1918)*No. 5 All-Time Artists with 18 No. 1 songs and 169 entries (1903 – 1927)!
05 Are You From Heaven – Henry Burr (Victor 18435)(3/1918)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut!
06 Hindustan – Joseph C. Smith’s Orchestra (Victor 18507) (3/1918)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut!
07 I’m All Bound ‘Round With The Mason Dixon Line – Al Jolson (Columbia 2478)(1(3)/1918)*3 No. 1 songs in 1918: Hello Central, Give Me No Man’s Land (1(3)/1918) and Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody (1(8)/1918)*see later
08 Darktown Strutters’ Ball – Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan (Columbia 2478)*flip side of I’m All Bound ‘Round With The Mason Dixon Line by Al Jolson.
09 Everything Is Peaches Down in Georgia – American Quartet (Victor 18497)(5/1918)*ultra-rare gem; CD debut; popular vocal group, consisting of Billy Murray, John Bieling, Steve Porter and William F. Hooley.
10 Battle Hymn of the Republic – Charles Harrison & Columbia Stellar Quartette (Columbia 2367)(1(1)/1918)
11 Roses of Picardy – Lambert Murphy (Victor 45130)(3/1918)*rare gem; CD debut; leading concert tenor who sang with the Metropolitan Opera.
12 Hello Central, Give Me No Man’s Land – Al Jolson (Columbia 2542)(1(3)/1918)*23 No. 1 songs with 91 entries!
13 I’m Sorry I Made You Cry – Henry Burr (Victor 18482)(1(2)/1918) *ballad singer with 16 No. 1 hits and 116 solo entries; further 48 entries with 8 No. 1 hits duet with Albert Campbell.
14 They Were All Out of Step But Jim – Billy Murray (Victor 18465)(3/1918)
15 I Don’t Want To Get Well – Van and Schenck (Victor 18318)(8/1918)*rare gem; CD debut; their biggest hits were For Me And My Gal and Carolina In The Morning.
16 Tiger Rag – Original Dixieland Jazz Band (Victor 18472)(1(2)/1918)*their only No. 1 hit.
17 I’m Always Chasing Rainbows – Charles Harrison (Victor 18496) (1(5)/1918)*No. 3 Song of 1918; his other big hit included Peg O’ My Heart (1(7)/1913).
18 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody – Al Jolson (Columbia 2560)(1(8)/1918)*No. 2 Song of 1918.
19 Just A Baby’s Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy Over There) – Henry Burr (Victor 18439)(1(11)/1918)*No. 1 Song of 1918.
20 My Belgian Rose – Elliott Shaw and Charles Hart (Victor 18479) (8/1918)*rare gem; CD debut; the biggest hit by Charles Hart was Till We Meet Again, duet with Lewis James.
21 Oh! Frenchy – Arthur Fields (Victor 18489)(8/1918)*rare gem; CD debut!
22 Smiles – Joseph C. Smith’s Orchestra (Victor 18473)(1(1)/1918)
23 Hail! Hail! The Gang’s All Here – Irving Kaufman & Columbia Quartette (Columbia 2443)(1(4)/1918)*used melody of Pirates of Penzance song which in turn was based on Anvil Chorus.
24 Over There – Enrico Caruso (Victor 87294)(1(3)/1918)*one of the most popular songs with 3 other versions that also hit No. 1: by American Quartet, Nora Bayes and Peerless Quartet.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is simply a heavenly collection of the biggest hits of 1918, with many songs making their CD debut. All the No. 1 songs of 1918 are included.
2 Even though all the above recordings were really “old,” the sound is surprisingly good to excellent. Archeophone Records has done an excellent job in remastering, removing the hiss, while keeping the limited vibrancy of sound at that time.
3 Beside the treasure vault of “golden” oldies, the accompanied 24 page booklet is simply priceless. There was a detailed recollection of the year 1918, with detailed information and story about each song, with date of recording, label and number, plus beautiful rare song posters, some in colour too. Simply heavenly for collectors.
4 The price is reasonable, especially from seller. The original price at Archeophone website is more expensive.
5 Total playing time: 74:40 minutes. Good value!

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 None.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I was born in 1947. The 1900s music was foreign to me. But I seek out and started a big collection of songs from that era. Now, I feel that it is indeed a great pleasure to listen to the music of those era, plus reading and learning about the history of the time, thus one can more truly appreciate the very special events and moods of that by-gone era, mostly at war or in depression. I personally have collected a pretty complete collection of songs of that era through various sources.

For all of you collectors of music in this era, Archeophone Records is a great source of getting very well remastered long lost recordings of era gone by. I have personally created my own personal Top Hits series, from 1900 to 1954, by first including all the number 1 songs, followed by number 2, etc. Now, Archeophone Records has released two sets for 1890s, then, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1921 and 1922, which I have just all purchased. Phonographic Yearbook 1911 and 1919 will be released soon! For the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, Living Era (ASV) had excellent series of Top Hits of each year, plus other labels like Naxos Nostalgia, etc. To keep track of the chart positions, Joel Whitman’s Pop Memories book is invaluable. By listening to the music of that era and learning about the history, I feel that I have gained more insight and knowledge of the feelings of people at that time. This pre-1954 era forms a precious part of my collection. This set is indeed recommended only for collectors or the real old-timers. A great gift to your grandparents.

Golden Age of the Andrews Sisters-Unmistakable Voi
Golden Age of the Andrews Sisters-Unmistakable Voi
Offered by Speedy Hen
Price: CDN$ 23.25
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andrews Sisters: Golden Age of (4CDs): 101 songs, with 97 singles, many rare gems making CD debut; great sound!, Sept. 14 2014
INTRODUCTION:

The Andrews Sisters consisted of Patty, Maxene and LaVerne Andrews, that emerged from Minneapolis to become the most popular female vocal group of the entire pre-1955 era. They boasted an exuberant, close-harmony style well-suited to cheery novelty songs, and their intricate vocal arrangements and rhythmic ability mirrored the sound of the swing bands that constituted their chief competition in their heyday. In the Pop Memories book by Joey Whitburn, they have 90 charted entries. I have now painstakingly compiled a Complete Singles Discocraphy on the Andrews Sisters, and found that they have released 202 singles from 1937 to 1973, with 400 songs (not 404, because 2 '78' had no b-sides, and 2 had b-sides belonging to other artists, Bing Crosby & Jimmy Dorsey). This is truly an amazing feat! Their main label was Decca (1937 to 1955), then Capitol (1955 to 1973) with Dot releasing a single in 1963. They also collaborated with many artists, with the main one being Bing Crosby (23 charted entries; 50 duets released as singles together (charted & uncharted). Other duet artists also include Danny Kaye, Red Foley, Dick Haymes, Al Jolson, Dan Dailey, Carmen Miranda and Ernest Tubb. Their main orchestra was conducted by Vic Schoen. Sadly, LaVerne Andrews died on May 8, 1967 (age 52); Maxene Andrews died October 21, 1995 (age 79); Patty Andrews left us on January 30, 2013 (age 95).

With such a large discography, it is impossible to have a box set containing all the singles. I am glad to say that out of 402 songs, I am only missing one (Helena, uncharted single, 1953). As far as releasing Andrews Sisters songs on CDs, Jasmine Records, a reputable reissue label in UK, has released 3 separate box sets, each with 4 CDs, plus 1 set with 2 CDs, and 1 set on Patty Andrews (2CDs).

CONTENT:

This set was the first 4 CD set on the Andrews Sisters, released in 2002. There are 101 songs. The song listing is not included here since this is available on Amazon.ca.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Out of 101 songs, 97 songs are singles (a and b-sides, charted and uncharted), covering the period from 1938 to 1953. There are many songs that are making their CD debut. It concentrates on the period from 1943 to 1947.
2 All the songs are original versions, no re-recorded versions. Please note that if you are buying their capitol label output (like the Collector’s Series), those songs are remade of the original versions.
3 The sound is very well remastered, clean with no hiss.
4 There is a 12-page booket, containing an informative essay by Geoff Milne. Dates of recording, backing orchestra and duet artists are provided.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The songs are haphazardly arranged, and not arranged chronologically according to label & number.
2 There are no label & number and chart positions. I have to use various websites plus ebay to track down the label & number in compiling my Complete Singles Discography. Now I truly appreciate what Jasmine has done in providing so many singles in one set.
3 There are no picture sleeves, no label pictures.
4 The price is slightly expensive, but this is a 4-CD set.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

To achieve getting 402 song, you will need the following CDs: (1) the current set, (2) Best of Andrews Sisters (5CDs, Wagram Records, to be released on September 16; from the song listing: the best Greatest Hits Collection, (3) Some Sunny Days (4CDs, Jasmine, 2012), (4) Wake Up And Live! (4CDs, Jasmine, 2014), (5) Now Is The Time (2CDs, Jasmine, 2012), (6) Patty Andrews: I’ll Walk Alone (2CDs, Jasmine, 2010), (7) Their All-Time Greatest Hits (2CDs, MCA, 1994), (8) Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby: Complete Recordings (2CDs), (9) Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby: Merry Christmas, (10) Best of Andrews Sisters (2CDs, Charly UK, 1999), (11) Rum and Coca Cola (4CDs, Intense Media, 2014), (12) Says My Heart (1CD), (13) Mister Five by Five (1CD), (14) Melody Time (1 CD, Sepia); great selections with great sound, (15) The Magic of Andrews Sisters (1CD), and (16) Collector’s Series (1 CD, Capitol, 1991).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

As noted above, if you want to make just one purchase to get most of the hits by the Andrews Sisters, I would highly recommended Best of Andrews Sisters: a 5CD set and the song listing is very impressive. This is not released yet and I shall review it when I get it. Hopefully the sound is good. In the meantime, this current set is more for collectors and die-hard fans of the Andrews Sisters. The entire set is totally enjoyable with great sound and harmony. These old songs sound like brand new. This type of close harmony is sorely missed. Long Live the Andrews Sisters.

Last Date & Moon River
Last Date & Moon River
Price: CDN$ 20.29
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence Welk Last Date/Moon River: 2 complete albums + 5 bonus tracks; superior remastering!, Sept. 11 2014
This review is from: Last Date & Moon River (Audio CD)
INTRODUCTION:

Lawrence Welk was born on March 11, 1903 in Strasberg, North Dakota. He was a very well-known band leader, with his band’s style labeled “champagne music”. He hosted his own TV musical variety show from 1955-1982, which can be seen on PBS channel. He has 44 charted albums from 1956-1962. His biggest breakthrough album is Calcutta, which hit Number 1 for 11 weeks in 1961. His follow-up album was Yellow Bird, which hit Number 2 the same year. Of course, Calcutta also hit Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. He and Billy Vaughn are the most prolific band leader in the 50s and 60s. He died of pneumonia on May 15, 1992 at age 89.

CONTENT:

This latest release by Sepia Records, a reputable reissue label from UK, contains 30 songs: 2 complete albums plus 6 bonus tracks. Since Amazon.ca did not provide a track listing, I have compiled a detailed song listing (with album label & number, chart position, singles label & number and chart positions):

LP LAST DATE (Dot 3360)(4/1961):
01 Last Date (Dot 16145)(21/1960)
02 Sleep
03 To Each His Own
04 Theme From The Alamo (The Green Leaves of Summer)
05 Temptation
06 Georgia On My Mind
07 Please Help Me I’m Falling
08 Chances Are
09 Melodie D’Amour (UK b-side to Calcutta, 1961)(London 9261)
10 Night Theme
11 My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own
12 Misty
LP MOON RIVER (Dot 3412)(4/1962)
13 Moon River (b-side)(London 1403, 1962)
14 Tonight (a-side)(London 1403, 1962)
15 Exodus
16 Around The World
17 The Sound of Music
18 Till There Was You
19 I Could Have Danced All Night (b-side, 1956)(Coral 61644)
20 You Gave Me Wings
21 Some Enchanted Evening
22 Wish You Were Here
23 Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing
24 You’ll Never Walk Alone
BONUS TRACKS:
25 Bubbles In The Wine (Coral 65511, 1956)
26 Scatterbrain
27 Donna Lee
28 Mary Lou
29 Firefly Serenade
30 Josephine (b-side, Coral 65511, 1956)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Lawrence Welk’s albums are not readily available on CDs. Sepia Records has released two sets so far: Calcutta/Yellow Bird and Baby Elephant Walk/Young World. This is their 3rd Lawrence Welk release, with Last Date making its CD debut. Moon River was available from Hallmark before, with much inferior sound. Here we have 2 complete albums.
2 There are 5 bonus tracks.
3 Sepia Records is renown for the state of the art remastering using 24 bit Cedar System. The sound here is very well remastered, clean with no hiss. Every piano note is distinctive. The string sound is very smooth and luscious.
4 There is a 8-page booklet, with the front cover of each album fully featured on the entire page. Chart positions were provided.
5 The price is reasonable, especially from seller. I bought mine from Amazon.co.uk.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 No label & number were provided.
2 The back covers of the albums should be included too.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I am glad that Lawrence Welk’s albums are slowly being released on CD with such great sound. So far I managed to collect 15 CDs and 90 vinyl albums. When I have time, I shall convert them into digital format using my 32-bit Sound Forge remastering. If you like instrumental sound of popular songs, belonging to the era of the 50s and 60s (like Billy Vaughn, Mantovani, Percy Faith, Frank Chacksfield, just to name a few), you will like this set. The sound is superb! All the songs sound like brand new. This set is highly recommended.

Sincerely Yours A Tribute
Sincerely Yours A Tribute
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vera Lynn Sincerely Yours Vol. 1: 22 songs with 13 ultra-rare gems making their CD debut; more for collectors!, Sept. 11 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

Dame Vera Lynn, DBE (born Vera Margaret Welch on 20 March 1917), widely known as "The Forces' Sweetheart" is an English singer, songwriter and actress whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during the Second World War. Her charting career is extensive, from 1935 to 1982, more than any female artist in UK. Her hit “Auf Wiederseh’n, Sweetheart” was the first British single ever to top the charts simultaneously in both the UK and USA! In 2009 she became the oldest living artist to make it to No. 1 on the British album chart, at the age of 92 with the album “We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best Of Vera Lynn”.

Although her charting career in UK and US consisted of only 9 singles, I have updated my Complete Singles Discography on Vera Lynn, to my amazement, she has 188 singles (376 songs, a and b-sides) in her illustrious recording career from 1935 to 1982. She started with Crown and Rex (1935 - 1936). Her main label was Decca in UK (1937 - 1960), then MGM (1960 - 1961), HMV (1962 – 1967), Columbia (1969 – 1973), EMI (1974 – 1977), Pye and Private Stock PRT (1978 – 1981). Her final single release was on State Record label in 1982.

CONTENT:

This release by Pavilion Records from UK contains 22 rare gems from 1938 to 1942.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This CD contains 13 rare gems that made their CD debut (a-sides in capital letters):

THE FIRST QUARREL (Decca F 6731)(1938)
I Won't Tell A Soul (b-side)(Decca F 6731)(1938)
NOW IT CAN BE TOLD (Decca F 6878)(1938)
Love Makes The World Go Round (b-side)(Decca F 6878)(1938)
A GARDEN IN GRANADA (Decca F 6932)(1939)
When Mother Nature Sings Her Lullaby (b-side)(Decca F 6932) (1939)
I'LL REMEMBER (Decca F 7299)(1940)
I HEAR A DREAM (COME AGAIN)(Decca F 738)(1940)
Maybe (b-side)(Decca F 7669)(1940)
I'll Walk Beside You (b-side)(Decca F 7898)(1941)
I'LL THINK OF YOU (Decca F 796)(1941)
It Always Rains Before The Rainbow (b-side)(Decca F 7962)(1941)
We Both Told A Lie (b-side)(Decca F 7996)(1942)
2 The label & number are included in the booklet. That really helped me to update my Complete Singles Discography. Many previously unknown b-sides are now located, with addition to more singles (a and b-sides) to my discography.
3 Out of 22 songs, 21 song were singles with one previously unreleased track.
4 I bought used from seller for $2.39. Really happy!

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The tracks are relatively noisy (by my standards) with a lot of hiss and a little crackle here and there (nothing I cannot remove with my remastering software). The sound quality is definitely more inferior than those by Decca and One Day Music.
2 No chart positions are included.

VERA LYNN SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

This has been a labour of love, to be able to document song titles with label & number, plus year, covering her entire recording singles career with 376 songs (many b-side titles are still missing). I have to dig through various websites, plus ebay, to note down the titles and label & number on 78s. One interesting note is the number of titles with “waltz” in it, like Anniversary Waltz (1942), The Silver Wedding Waltz (1948), Goodnight Waltz (1949), The Homing Waltz (1952), The Windsor Waltz (1953), The Lambeth Waltz (1953), and The Homecoming Waltz (1954).

If you are interested in collecting as many songs by Vera Lynn as you can, I would recommend the current set, plus Vera Lynn National Treasure (2 CDs on Decca)(my review elsewhere), Gold: 100 Songs From A Life in Music (5CDs on Spectrum), my original reference Vera Lynn The Decca Years (2CDs on Decca, 2000), Vera Lynn Forces’ Sweetheart (2CDs)(my review elsewhere), Yours, and Come Back to Me (on Vocalion). But if you want her singles on MGM and HMV, the best coverage belongs to the Singles Collection, which I shall review on receiving this recent purchase. If you want her last recordings on Pye and PRT, I would recommend Thank You For Your Music.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

On 20 March 2014, her 97th birthday, Lynn announced that she was releasing National Treasure, which was on June 2, to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which occurred four days later. Thanks, Dame Vera for all your great work towards the veterans. This set is more for collectors, with many songs that you can find in this release. Precious! Although the hiss and crackle were slightly annoying, it added more nostalgic value listening to all these historic golden oldies.

Make Yourself Comfortable
Make Yourself Comfortable
Price: CDN$ 25.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peggy King Make Yourself Comfortable: 30 songs with many rare singles, making CD debut & bonus tracks; good sound!, Sept. 10 2014
INTRODUCTION:

Peggy King was born on February 16, 1930 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She started singing with Charlie Spivak and did a duet with trombone player Ralph “Rusty” Nichols. She also sang Very Good Advice from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. She then signed with MGM and released the single I Cried For You. She also sang the popular jingle You’ll Get A Kick Outa Cookin’ and became the Hunt’s Tomato Sauce Girl. In 1954, she debuted on the George Gobel Show, and she was signed to Columbia Records by Mitch Miller. She also got to have a guest appearance on the movie comedy Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy and more importantly, she was asked to sing Count Your Blessings (Instead Of Sheep), which was later nominated for an Oscar. She also got to perform this song during the Oscar ceremony. On the George Gobel show, he nicknamed her Pretty, Perky Peggy King.

Although she only has 3 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have done a Complete Singles Discography on her, and found that she has a total of 18 singles (charted and uncharted) from 1950 to 1962. She started with Bullet, MGM (1950), then, Columbia (1954 – 1957), Cameo, Roulette and Buena Vista (1958 – 1962).

CONTENT:

The singles of Peggy King are not available on CD until now. Jasmine Records, a reputable reissue label from UK, has released this set with 30 songs. In this set, the singles that are included are as follows (I have added label & number, plus chart positions, with a-sides in capital letters):

01 I CRIED FOR YOU (MGM 11260)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
02 There's Doubt In My Mind (MGM 11260)(b-side, 1950)
03 BURN 'EM UP (Columbia 4-40283)(uncharted a-side, 1954)
04 The Hottentot (Columbia 4-40283)(b-side, 1954)
05 COUNTING SHEEP (Columbia 4-40362)(uncharted a-side, 1954)
06 I'm Gonna Put Some Glue 'Round The Christmas Tree (So Santa Claus Will Stick Around All Year)(Columbia 4-40362)(b-side, 1954)
07 MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE (Columbia 4-40363)(US 30/1955)
08 The Gentleman In The Next Apartment (Columbia 4-40363)(b-side, 1955)
09 ANY QUESTIONS (Columbia 4-40437)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
10 LEARNING TO LOVE (Columbia 4-40562)(US 81/1955)
11 Song Of Seventeen (Columbia 4-40562)(b-side, 1955)
12 YOU BETTER GO NOW (Columbia 4-40614)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
13 Learning To Love (Columbia 4-40614)(b-side, 1955)
14 Kiss And Run (Columbia 4-40638) (b-side, 1956)
15 IN MY OWN LITTLE CORNER (Columbia 4-40863)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
16 ZERO HOUR (Columbia 4-41054)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
17 DOES HE REALLY LOVE ME? (Cameo 152)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
18 Beautiful Love (Cameo 152)(b-side, 1958)
19 I’LL BE AROUND (Roulette 4327)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
20 Up, Up, Up (Flying High)(Roulette 4327)(b-side, 1961)
21 BON VOYAGE! (Buena Vista F 397)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
22 I Get A Kick Outa Kissin' (Buena Vista F 397)(b-side, 1962)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first time the singles (a and b-sides) of Peggy King are available on CD, with many of them making their CD debut! Precious!
2 As noted above, 22 songs of singles are available in this set, crossing through various labels: MGM, Columbia, Cameo, Roulette and Buena Vista.
3 There are precious bonus tracks, like Experience (with Ralph Nichols), Very Good Advice (from Alice in Wonderland), You’ll Get A Kick Outa Cookin’ (the TV jingle), You Came A Long Way From St. Louis (from Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy), and When Liberace Winks At Me.
4 The sound is very well remastered. I am listening to the disc as I am typing this review. The voice is very distinctive, with warm instrumental backing and good bass.
5 This set was not available on Amazon.ca until recently. I bought mine from Amazon.co.uk. The price is reasonable on Amazon.ca, when you buy from seller.
6 There is a 6-page booklet with an informative essay by Alan Eichler.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are no label & number, no chart positions and no year of release.
2 There are no picture sleeves.
3 There are 11 singles sides (a or b-sides) that are not available in this set. To get these songs, I would recommend you buy Hans Brinker (the soundtrack with Tab Hunter, where all the missing songs are available as bonus tracks). To complete my Discography, I have just purchased that disc.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Peggy King has a very distinctive voice, a mixture between Debbie Reynolds, Julie London and Connie Stevens. The entire CD is very enjoyable. Thanks to Jasmine Records for bringing back all these rare singles, restoring them to their original vitality, showing off the talents of the still-pretty, still-perky Peggy King. This set is recommended.

CASPER / CASPER (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]
CASPER / CASPER (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]
DVD ~ Bill Pullman
Price: CDN$ 9.96

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5.0 out of 5 stars Casper (blu-ray): thoroughly enjoyable movie in HD; good video/audio; cheap price!, Sept. 7 2014
VIDEO:

Casper flew onto blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. The bit-rate was quite high (33.21 Mbps) on a BD-50 disc. The overall transfer is clean, much improved from the previous 1995 DVD. Details are quite sharp. Fleshtones are accurate. The video is quite pleasing. My only complaint is that there is no main menu. There is no choice of subtitles or audio. (3.5/5)

AUDIO:

Casper arrives on blu-ray with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track. I personally loved this soundtrack so much that I even bought the CD soundtrack too. The music was by James Horner (remember his famous Titanic soundtrack). The piano incidental music is beautiful. Dialogue is clear and prioritized. The voice of Casper by Malachi Pearson was very well chosen, well suited to the character. There are two songs in the movie: Remember Me This Way, performed by Jordan Hill, and written by David Foster and Linda Thompson. The title song Casper The Friendly Ghost by the Ghostly Trio plus at the end credit was sung by Little Richard. It is a well-balanced soundtrack, with nice surround effects. (3/5)

MOVIE:

From director Brad Silberling and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment comes a live-action fun house ride filled with laughter, excitement and ghostly surprises. "Ghost therapist" Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) and his daughter Kat (Christini Ricci) arrive at drafty, old Whipstaff Manor. Its greedy owner, Carrigan Crittendon (Cathy Moriarty), has hired Dr. Harvey to exorcise the house's apparitions: a friendly but lonely young ghost named Casper, who's just looking for a friend, and his outrageous uncles Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso (The Ghostly Trio). If the plan works, she and Dibs (Eric Idle), her partner-in-slime, can get their hands on the manor's fabled treasure. The story is simple but very heart-warming. One of my all-time favourite movies. (5/5)

TRIVIA:

1 Casper is the first feature film with a computer-animated title character.
2 Casper's last name is McFadden. This is made clear in the newspaper headline on the floor when Christina Ricci's character reads about Casper's father in the old clippings.
3 The last name of the Christina Ricci's and Bill Pullman's characters is "Harvey". Harvey Comics is the long time publisher of "Casper the Friendly Ghost".
4 The cameos of the people Dr. Harvey turns into while possessed by The Ghostly Trio included Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Rodney Dangerfield and Dan Aykroyd, as Dr. Raymond Stantz (from Ghostbusters (1984), who runs out of the house frantically and says, "Who you gonna call? Someone else!"
5 Casper states the 'resurrection liquid' that is in the bottle is 'enough for one ghost'. Did you notice that when Casper and Kat bring Doctor Harvey back to life, there's still liquid in the bottle? That could make Casper come back to life too, but they don't use it.

PACKAGING AND DELIVERY:

The price is less than $10, and I do not mind that there is no DVD, since I already have the original Special Edition DVD, with slightly more "Ghostly Fun Bonus Features". I was also surprised to receive it on a Sunday evening by "Special Delivery" even when I used free shipping. Thank you, Amazon.ca.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

When the movie first came out on DVD (then with DTS Digital Sound) in 1995, I loved this movie and watched it many, many times. Now, after 19 years, it has not lost its charm, and the entire movie is still totally enjoyable. I still have tears in my eyes with the ending. With the price less than $10, it is a real bargain. Casper is highly recommended for the entire family.

The Atco Sessions 1969 (2CD)
The Atco Sessions 1969 (2CD)
Price: CDN$ 32.57
20 used & new from CDN$ 23.14

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lulu: Atco Sessions (1969-72)(2CDs): 39 songs, complete singles, 2 albums, great sound!, Sept. 6 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

Lulu was born Marie Lawrie on November 3, 1948 in Glasgow, Scotland. Her current official title is Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE. She was married to 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.

If you just looked at her charting career, you will be easily misled in the number of charting singles: UK (27 singles from 1964 to 2002) and US (15 singles from 1964 to 1982). I have painstakingly done a Complete Singles Discography on Lulu, and to my amazement, she has a total of 61 singles (from 1964 to 2002)! Her recording labels can be divided into the following: (1) Decca (UK)/Parrot (US)(1964 – 1966), (2) Columbia (UK)/Epic (US)(1967 – 1969), (3) Atco (1969 – 1972), (4) Chelsea (1973 – 1975), (5) GTO/Rocket (1978 – 1979), (6) Alfa (1981 – 1982), (7) Lifestyle/Jive/Mercury (1984 – 1990), (8) Dome (1993 – 1994), and (9) Mercury/Polydor (1999 – 2002).

CONTENT:

This 2 CD set, by Real Gone Music label released in July 2014, contains 39 songs. This original set has become a collector’s item, selling for $101.95.

SINGLES: All her 9 singles on Atco label (charted and uncharted) are included (with a-sides in capital letters):

01 OH ME OH MY (I'M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY)(Atco 6722)(UK 47/1969)(US 22/1969)*disc 1
02 Sweep Around Your Own Back Door (b-side)(Atco 6722)(UK b-side)(US b-side, 1969)*disc 1
03 HUM A SONG (FROM YOUR HEART)(With The Dixie Flyers)(Atco 6749)(US 54/1970)*disc 1
04 Where's Eddie (b-side)(Atco 6749)(US b-side, 1970)*disc 1
05 AFTER THE FEELING IS GONE (With The Dixie Flyers)(Atco 6761)(US 117/1970)*disc 1
06 Good Day Sunshine (b-side)(Atco 6761)(US b-side, 1970)*disc 1
07 MELODY FAIR (Atco 6774)(US uncharted a-side, 1970)*disc 1
08 To The Other Woman (I'm The Other Woman)(b-side)(Atco 6774)(US b-side, 1970)*disc 1
09 EVERYBODY'S GOT TO CLAP (Atco 6819)(US uncharted a-side, 1971)*disc 2
10 Goodbye My Love, Goodbye (b-side)(Atco 6819)(US b-side, 1971)*disc 2
11 HUM A SONG (FROM YOUR HEART)(With The Dixie Flyers)(Atco 2091-014)(US uncharted a-side, 1971)*disc 1
12 Mr. Bojangles (b-side)(Atco 2091-014)(US b-side, 1971)*disc 1
13 GOT TO BELIEVE IN LOVE (Atco 2091-049)(US uncharted a-side, 1971)*disc 2
14 Move To The Rhythm (b-side)(Atco 2091-049)(US b-side, 1971)*disc 1
15 IT TAKES A REAL MAN (TO BRING OUT THE WOMAN IN ME)(Atco 688)(US uncharted a-side, 1972)*disc 2
16 You Ain't Wrong You Just Ain't Right (b-side)(Atco 6885)(US b-side, 1972)*disc 2
17 EVEN IF I COULD CHANGE (Atlantic 10185)(US uncharted a-side, 1972)*disc 2
18 You Ain't Wrong You Just Ain't Right (b-side)(Atlantic 10185)(US b-side, 1972)*disc 2

ALBUMS:

LP New Routes (Atco 22-310)(88/1970)*11 songs
LP Melody Fair (Atco 33-330)(1970)*12 songs

BONUS TRACKS:

Many tracks included, plus early mix or early version, plus Italian version of Oh Me Oh My (Povera Me).

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set represents the most complete, comprehensive coverage of Lulu’s recordings on Atco, her most artistic period.
2 As noted above, all her 9 singles (a and b-sides, charted and uncharted) are included.
3 Two complete albums, New Routes and Melody Fair, are included, plus many bonus tracks. These two albums are available on CDs separately but at very expensive prices, and probably inferior sound.
4 The sound is very well remastered by Bill Inglot: clean warm vocals backed by distinct horn and other instrumental backing. Bill Inglot and Ron Furmanek were the top remasterers in the 1990s.
5 There is a 12-page booklet, containing an informative essay by Richie Unterberger. The front album covers of New Routes and Melody Fair, plus back cover of Melody Fair, were prominently displayed, each occupying one single page. This is the way to go! Thank you, Real Gone Music! 45 rpm single picture sleeves were also featured.
6 Some labels & numbers are included.
7 When compared to the price of earlier release ($101.95), the current price is reasonable, especially from seller.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 Not all single label & numbers are listed. No chart positions were included.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

In compiling my Complete Singles Discography on Lulu with 61 singles, I am glad to report that I am only still missing 5 songs. To get all her singles, you need the following CDs:

1 DECCA ERA: Shout! The Complete Decca Recordings (RPM, 2009)*my review elsewhere.
2 COLUMBIA ERA: To Sir With Love! The Complete Mickie Most Recordings (2CDs)(EMI, 2005)*my review elsewhere
3 ATCO ERA: The Atco Sessions (2CDs)(Real Gone Music, 2014)(current set)
4 CHELSEA ERA: The Man Who Sold The World (Sequel, 1999)* collector’s item now; quite expensive; I just bought from Amazon.co.uk for £24.28!
5 GTO/ROCKET ERA: not available on CD.
6 ALFA ERA: not available on CD.
7 DOME ERA: I’M BACK FOR MORE (2CDs)(Dome, 1999)
8 MERCURY/POLYDOR ERA: Back On Track (Mercury, 2004); Together (Mercury 2002).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I feel that the Atco era represents the most artistic period in Lulu’s recording career. Her voice has matured. The influence of selection of songs written by the Gibbs is obvious: Marley Purt Drive, In The Morning (one of my favourite), Melody Fair, Bury Me Down By The River, Everybody’s Got To Clap (by Maurice Gibb & Billy Lawrie) and Back Home. I am very glad that Real Gone Music has released this set at a much cheaper price, with better sound. If you like Lulu, this set is a MUST-OWN!

Complete Mickie Most Recordings: to Sir With Love
Complete Mickie Most Recordings: to Sir With Love
3 used & new from CDN$ 36.52

5.0 out of 5 stars Lulu: To Sir With Love-Complete Mickie Most (2CDs): definitive Lulu; many hit singles & album tracks; great sound; too expensive, Sept. 6 2014
INTRODUCTION:

Lulu was born Marie Lawrie on November 3, 1948 in Glasgow, Scotland. Her current official title is Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE. She was married to 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.

If you just looked at her charting career, you will be easily misled in the number of charting singles: UK (27 singles from 1964 to 2002) and US (15 singles from 1964 to 1982). I have painstakingly done a Complete Singles Discography on Lulu, and to my amazement, she has a total of 61 singles (from 1964 to 2002)! Her recording labels can be divided into the following: (1) Decca (UK)/Parrot (US)(1964 - 1966), (2) Columbia (UK)/Epic (US)(1967 - 1969), (3) Atco (1969 - 1972), (4) Chelsea (1973 - 1975), (5) GTO/Rocket (1978 - 1979), (6) Alfa (1981 - 1982), (7) Lifestyle/Jive/Mercury (1984 - 1990), (8) Dome (1993 - 1994), and (9) Mercury/Polydor (1999 - 2002).

CONTENT:

This 2 CD set, by EMI label, contains 39 songs.

SINGLES: All her 12 singles on Columbia/Epic (charted and uncharted) are included (with a-sides in capital letters):

01 THE BOAT THAT I ROW (Columbia DB 8169)(UK 6/1967)*stereo
02 Dreary Days And Nights (b-side)(Columbia DB 8169)(UK b-side, 1967)*stereo
03 TO SIR WITH LOVE (Epic 10187)(US 1(5)/1967)*stereo
04 The Boat That I Row (b-side)(Epic 10187)(US 115/1967)*stereo
05 LET'S PRETEND (Columbia DB 8221)(UK 11/1967)*stereo
06 To Sir With Love (b-side)(Columbia DB 8221)(UK b-side, 1967)* stereo
07 LOVE LOVES TO LOVE, LOVE (Columbia DB 8295)(UK 32/1967)* stereo
08 You And I (b-side)(Columbia DB 8295)(UK b-side, 1967)*single version in mono; separate album version in stereo
09 BEST OF BOTH WORLDS (Epic 10260)(US 32/1968)*stereo
10 Love Loves To Love, Love (b-side)(Epic 10260)(US b-side, 1968)* stereo
11 ME, THE PEACEFUL HEART (Columbia DB 8358)(UK 9/1968)(US 53/1968)*mono
12 Lookout (b-side)(Columbia DB 8358)(UK b-side, 1968)(US b-side, 1968)*mono
13 BOY (Columbia DB 8425)(UK 15/1968)(US 108/1968)*mono
14 Sad Memories (b-side)(Columbia DB 8425)(UK& US b-side, 1968) *mono
15 I'M A TIGER (Columbia DB 8500)(UK 9/1968)*mono
16 Without Him (b-side)(Columbia DB 8500)(UK b-side, 1968)*mono
17 MORNING DEW (Epic 10367)(US 52/1968)*stereo
18 You And I (b-side)(Epic 10367)(US b-side, 1968)*mono
19 WITHOUT HIM (Epic 10403)(US uncharted a-side, 1968)*mono
20 This Time (b-side)(Epic 10403)(US b-side, 1968)*mono
21 I'M A TIGER (Epic 10420)(US uncharted a-side, 1968)*mono
22 Rattler (b-side)(Epic 10420)(US b-side, 1968)*stereo
23 BOOM BANG-A-BANG (Columbia DB 8550)(UK 2/1969)*mono; UK's 1969 Eurovision Song Contest; she won, tied with 3 others.
24 March! (b-side)(Columbia DB 8550)(UK b-side, 1969)*mono

ALBUMS:
LP Love Loves To Love Lulu (Columbia 6201)(1967)*11 songs; stereo
LP Lulu's Album (Columbia 6365)(1979)*11 songs; stereo

BONUS TRACKS:
Boom Bang A Bang (French & Italian versions) & previously unreleased tracks.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This set represents the most complete, comprehensive coverage of Lulu's recordings on Columbia, her most productive period.
2 As noted above, all her 12 singles are included. Of course the most striking anomaly is To Sir With Love being the b-side in UK, thus did not chart, while in US, it was the a-side and number 1 on Billboard Hot 100 for 5 weeks, fueled by her appearance in the movie of the same name, starring Sidney Poitier.
3 Two complete albums were included. When Lulu recorded the Bee Gees song To Love Somebody, it provided an introduction to her future husband, Maurice Gibb.
4 The sound is very well remastered, using the latest (2005) Digital Remasters, clean with no hiss.
5 There is a 12-page booklet, with an informative essay by Peter Doggett, plus beautiful album covers and other pictures of Lulu during that period. Label & number are included.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Expensive! Buying new from seller for $912.13! This is simply ridiculous! The "used" price of $36.52 from seller is slightly more reasonable.
2 There are no chart positions.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

In compiling my Complete Singles Discography on Lulu with 61 singles, I am glad to report that I am only still missing 5 songs. To get all her singles, you need the following CDs:

1 DECCA ERA: Shout! The Complete Decca Recordings (RPM, 2009)*my review elsewhere.
2 COLUMBIA ERA: To Sir With Love! The Complete Mickie Most Recordings (2CDs)(EMI, 2005)(current set)
3 ATCO ERA: The Atco Sessions (2CDs)(Real Gone Music, 2014)*my review elsewhere
4 CHELSEA ERA: The Man Who Sold The World (Sequel, 1999)*collector's item now; quite expensive; I just bought from Amazon.co.uk for £24.28!
5 GTO/ROCKET ERA: not available on CD.
6 ALFA ERA: not available on CD.
7 DOME ERA: I'm Back For More (2CDs)(Dome, 1999)
8 MERCURY/POLYDOR ERA: Back On Track (Mercury, 2004); Together (Mercury 2002).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This 2 CD set represents the most productive period of Lulu's charting career, containing many hit singles, plus memorable album tracks, like Day Tripper, To Love Somebody, I Started A Joke, Mighty Quinn, Gimme Some Lovin' and Come September. The sound is very well remastered. This is also my favourite recording period for Lulu, at the pinnacle of her charting career. This set is the definitive Lulu, and not for the price, is very highly recommended.

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