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Ultimate Collection Box set, Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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Audio CD, Box set, Import, October 2, 2005
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Limited edition five disc (four CDs + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) box set. Collected is a unique opportunity to own all four classic Black n' Blue albums (1984's Black n' Blue, 1985's Without Love, 1986's Nasty Nasty and 1988's In Heat) in a deluxe box with an added DVD of the band's performance in Tokyo in November 1984. Strictly limited, this is a must have for collectors of the genre and fans of the band alike. Contains an eight page booklet with sleeve notes from Black n' Blue fan and expert Dave Reynolds. Magestic.

1. Strong Will Rock
2. School Of Hard Knocks
3. Autoblast
4. Hold On To 18
5. Wicked Bitch
6. Action
7. Show Me The Night
8. One For The Money
9. I'm The King
10. Chains Around Heaven
11. Rockin' On Heaven's Door
12. Without Love
13. Stop The Lightning
14. Nature Of The Beach
15. Miss Mystery
16. Swing Time
17. Bombastic Plastic
18. We Got The Fire
19. Strange Things
20. Two Wrongs (Don't Make It Love)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Majestic Rock
  • ASIN: B000AIZ8LI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Christian Graus on October 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you haven't heard of Black n Blue, consider that Gene Simmons produced some of their albums, John Kalodner says he still doesn't get why they were not huge, and Bruce Fairbain got the job of working on Slippery When Wet because Jon Bon Jovi loved his work with this band. It's classic 80's hard rock, on the Bon Jovi/Poison side of the tracks, and this box contains four albums, each in a cardboard sleeve that replicates the original album cover ( but let's not kid ourselves, it's done like this to be cheap ), and a DVD of a live performance, which obviously is still VHS quality, but at least it's not going to wear out. There's also one booklet, which talks about the different albums, and it's all in a cardboard box. Overall, I think the quality of presentation is not great, but it's worth it to own these classic albums, and in the end, who cares what the box looks like - the music rocks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Length: 1:26 Mins
Despite hailing from Oregon, Black `n Blue was a pretty active player in the L.A. metal scene. They released four studio albums from 1984-88, but for whatever reason never quite found the success that their peers in Ratt and Motley Crue achieved. Musically the band had a sound that was equal parts Ratt and King Kobra. It was definitely L.A. hair metal, but instead of being overly sleazy it had an AOR polish.

In 2005, Majestic Records reissued all four Black `n Blue studio albums with digitally remastered sound. They also released a limited edition box set that included all four albums as well as a bonus DVD. As you can see, the packaging leaves something to be desired, but for those who missed the Black `n Blue albums the first time around or want to get all four remasters in one shot, it's a pretty good deal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay Clark on May 6, 2010
Format: Audio CD
As one of my favorite bands of all time, I was extremely excited to get this BnB compilation. This collection of all 4 excellent releases, plus the DVD concert, and what I think is the hidden gem, the booklet written by Dave Reynolds, is worth every penny.

I don't have a favorite CD, they are all excellent. I think they blow away their contemporaries, Bon Jovi, Warrant, and Quiet Riot, with more quality rock songs per album. These guys could crank out tunes that should have been hits.

Black N Blue - 1984, you probably have heard of Hold on to 18, but The Strong will Rock, Wicked Bitch, I'm the King, and Chains around Heaven are just as good if not better

Without Love - 1985, this album turned me on to the band originally. The song Swing Time was so different and catchy I had to buy the album. Then to hear great tunes like Miss Mystery, Without Love, Rockin of Heavens Door, and the best of them all, Two Wrongs. I was hooked.

Nasty Nasty - 1986, the best album of them all. I Want it All still gives me chills. I will never forget the day I got this cassette and started listening to Rules, Best in the West, Do What You Wanna Do, etc. It was the first time the hair on my arms raised up from listening to a song. It was such a cool feeling.

In Heat - 1987, their final disc was another great cd that should have been a hit. Heat it Up, Burn It Out and Live it Up are the two standout songs but thats only because those two songs are amazing. The rest of the disc is really, really good. Gimme Your Love, Rock On, Get Wise to the Rise, and Stranger are solid tunes.

The DVD is actually pretty good quality. The Japanese seem to do a really good job of videotaping these concerts from the 70s and 80s.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SillyMoose VINE VOICE on September 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First I'll say a bit about Black `N Blue, then I'll get to the box set (skip the first half if you want). Of all the admittedly second-tier bands to emerge from the explosion of the 1980s heavy metal hysteria, BLACK `N BLUE seemed like one of the bands that had a shot at the top. They had a sound and attitude that was all their own. Because of their all-out energy, exuberance, and in-your-face-late-teenaged ballsiness, they got away -- and had us pumping our fists and banging our heads -- at lines that were as corny as heck but awesome to believe in when BNB rocked them out. So we believed it when these rockhards from Seattle (just a few years older than my eighth grade self in 1984) told us that we were gonna knock the socks off the hot shots and make them feel like sewer trout; that we could get back at every cold "wicked b***h" that ever spurned our souls; that autoblasting wasn't for kids anymore; and that if "money can't buy it," we don't wanna talk. And, oh, yeah: we were from the school of hard knocks and were gonna hold onto 18 forever. Anyway, this BOX SET collects the entirety of BNB's studio albums and includes a dvd of a 16-song (!!) concert in Tokyo. You won't find any marketing or packaging gimmicks because there aren't any. Each cd comes in a cardboard sleeve; the insert provides history not found in the regular cds but no lyrics. The jewel is the dvd. This show captures just how determined these guys were as they rock through sixteen high-octane rockers with Jamie St. James's weird-but-cool chicken dances, Tommy Thayer's elite-ly cool musicianship, and the rest of the band's gutsy, playin'-to-prove-it-attitude. As to the price: It's worth the $80-100 that I've seen it going for lately. The first two cds are absolute must-haves and will cost you $20 apiece almost anywhere.Read more ›
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