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Best Of Breathe [Import]

Breathe, Dr. Tony Hiebert, BreatheAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B0009F9L4W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When British Pop band Breathe released their debut album in 1987, their label had high hopes for mainstream success. Over six months later, the label and the band had all but given up on the hopes of having a hit and were set to part ways. But then 'Hands To Heaven' started to achieve airplay in the U.S. in 1988 and began a long and phenomenal climb up the charts. Needless to say, 'Hands To Heaven' became enormous and continues to receive airplay 20 years after it's initial release. The band followed it up with two more hits ('How Can I Fall?' and 'Don't Tell Me Lies') and two albums filled with more Blue Eyed Soul/Jazz/Pop gems, but their fame was fleeting and the band faded from view in the early '90s. Fortunately, this great CD brings together the best of both of their albums and features the hits as well as 'should-have-been' hits like 'Say A Prayer', 'All This I Should Have Known' and more. 12 tracks in all. EMI. 2006.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Hands To Heaven" has suffered from poor mastering ever since it made the CD format back in 1987. Even the 'More Pure 80s' CD compilation from 2000 (Universal Records) couldn't bring any new light to this classic U.S. #2 pop and #1 sales single. In fact, the Breathe catalogue has suffered the same fate as other CDs manufactured around that time -- that is, the late 80s/early 90s flat, poor mastering that record labels carelessly threw out to music fans.

Finally, the music gets it's chance to shine here on this 'Best Of Breathe' 2004 EMI Phillipines CD release. It's like listening to the songs for the first time! "Hands To Heaven", one of my favorite singles ever, is a mellow recording, so I wasn't expecting miracles out of the mastering by Ray Ang. However, the recording finally has some width and depth! It sounds fantastic!

Next up is "How Can I Fall?", a #3 pop and #1 sales hit in 1988. Again, compare this to your original 1987 CD pressing, and the differences are huge. Listen to those crisp drums and that roaring bass in the chorus. Their Top Ten single "Don't Tell Me Lies" sounds like it's been mastered in a whole new dimension. It actually has punch and kick! It sounds incredible in comparison to the original flat CD master. It actually does have a bass line, believe it or not! These recordings have never sounded more crisp.

The disc includes all five of the band's Billboard Hot 100 hits, all of which placed in the Top 40. In addition to the above three Top Ten hits included are Top 40 hits "Say A Prayer" (#21), in both it's original and remix, and "Does She Love That Man?" (#34). Notably missing from the compilation is the U.K. #60 single, "Jonah".

At 12 tracks, the collection does fall a bit short.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of the other reviewers wondered whether he had an old pressing of the CD, since it contained the copy-protection software. For those considering a purchase of this CD, please note that (at least as of this writing) your recording will contain slightly annoying, intermittant "static-like" sounds after it is transferred to a computer hard drive. (If anyone knows of a way to get around this problem without actually editing the music file, please post your solution to the reviews here -- thanks!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete, melodious splendor August 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
While by no means a misrepresentation of Breathe's proficiency, this CD's spread lacks some of their more colorful recordings. In fact, my only complaint lies with the omission of anthems like "Jonah", "Woman" and "Where Angels Fear" (the reason behind my rating of four stars). Despite those missing few, the remastered tracklisting is exceptionally top-notch -- very befitting of a greatest hits album. That said, I strongly recommend this compilation to fans of Breathe and solid, musical styling alike. Cynics, there's no better time to tear that skepticism asunder!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars copy protection smecken May 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
In answer to you querey.. the copy protection on this cd, I'm certain is similar to that of the one on the debut cd of the group Velvet Revolver. To get rid of the annoying static is to do the follwing...

Start with a Windows 2000/XP system with empty CD drives.

Click the Start button and select Control Panel from the Start Menu.
Double-click on the System control panel icon.
Select the Hardware tab and click the Device Manager button.
Configure Device Manager by clicking "Show hidden devices" and "Devices by connection," both from the View menu.
Insert the CD into the computer and allow the SunnComm software to start. If MediaMax has never been started before on the same computer, the SbcpHid driver should appear on the list for the first time. However, on some systems Windows needs to be rebooted before the driver becomes visible.
At this point you can attempt to copy tracks from the CD with applications like MusicMatch Jukebox or Windows Media Player. Copies made while the driver is active will sound badly garbled, as in this 9-second clip [10].

Next, follow these additional steps to disable MediaMax:

Select the SbcpHid driver from the Device Manager list and click "Properties" from the Action Menu.
Click the Driver tab and click the Stop button to disable the driver.
Set the Startup Type to "Disabled" using the dropdown list.

With the driver stopped, you can verify that the same applications copy every track successfully. Setting the Startup Type to disabled prevents MediaMax from restarting when the computer is rebooted. It will remain deactivated until LaunchCD.exe is allowed to run again
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remastering Excellent ... a sure buy! January 3, 2010
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All I can say is that this hits release has excellent re-mastering 'breathing' life into your favorite hits from Breathe, pun intended. There no comparing the remastered tracks on this release with those of the drab (in comparison) original CD release tracks. It's a sure buy for real fans of this fabulous band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars shipping to Europe and converting with itunes February 7, 2008
By faz81
Format:Audio CD
I guess most is said about the quality of the music, which remains a question of taste.
I just wanted to add on two aspects:
1.: Shipping to Europe (Germany) worked out although there are two things to consider.
-The delivery estimate was not achieved, but the CD arrived 4 days later.
-There is no chance to track the package, I gues my money would have been lost, hadn't arrived the CD.

2. There were no problems to convert the CD into an ipod-format by using a relatively new Mac.

I hope this info might help for further purchasers.

(I don't give full stars because I agree with previous reviewers that 12 songs are not enough for a CD called best of)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars some good songs
Raise your hands to heaven is my favorite. This album has a relaxing quality to it, being that it's not fast paced or hard rock. It's soft music. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Carmen Y. Strutz
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories!
What can I say? These guys were great in the 80's and sound just as good now! They brought back a lot of good memories for me! I even put them on my iPod!
Published 17 months ago by Vicki T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands to Heaven is a Soothing song.
Love "Hands to Heaven." Other songs I don't care too much for.

I would highly recommend this CD to a friend.
Published on May 18, 2012 by Mark Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathe Fan Must Have
I have their all that jazz cd. This is fantastic. Missing a couple songs I thought would be on this but still good. Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by W.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars CDReviewer
I love every song on this CD and cannot stop listening to them! It's the best CD I have ever gotten.
Published on January 20, 2012 by NNeedofStrength
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
tremendous album, takes me back to the 80's really nicely done !!! why can't todays music sound like this. Read more
Published on December 11, 2011 by Goku
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD -- love his voice
As an 80's music lover, I had to buy this Best of Breathe CD (new). It brings back great memories--especially "Hands to Heaven". Always liked "How Can I Fall" and "Say a Prayer". Read more
Published on October 8, 2011 by Maureen128
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of Breathe
I was so excited when I saw that Breathe had a best of album out. Haven't listened to them in ages and it brought back a lot of happy memories. Read more
Published on June 5, 2011 by Bridget Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathe best of....
First of all This album arrived brand new, professionally packed and shipped very fast even if i take normal parcel service. Read more
Published on May 1, 2011 by Francois
5.0 out of 5 stars For those that remember...
For those who remember the 80's band, Breathe, this CD is a great find. Loaded with all their hits plus some I didn't know were hits, I find myself singing along, especially to... Read more
Published on March 24, 2009 by rjz
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