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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Renders previous 'Greatest Hits' obsolete,
This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)This collection contains pretty much every hit and great album track by the Fixx, including the non-MCA label hits and tracks. It also contains the studio versions of 'Stand or Fall' and 'Red Skies' as opposed to the inferior live versions on the previous collection. The CD also contains a few songs in the single edit form - only a minor distraction if you're used to the album versions. The collection still contains the long version of 'Deeper and Deeper', which is the definitive version. The sound on here is much improved over the '89 collection, without any goofy remixes. If you don't own any Fixx CDs (most are out of print anyway), this is compensation enough. Also comes with great liner notes and peak positions for the songs - great for chart freaks (like me). If you like '80's music, get this CD!
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Ultimate Collection" indeed!,
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This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)This is the collection Fixx fans have been waiting for! 19 tracks in all! The sound is amazing, and the packaging is great. Adam Woods wrote some cool track by track notes, and there's release date/selection number information on all of the singles. This collection also makes good on the errors of the "Greateat Hits" package from 10 years ago: this collection includes the original versions of "Stand Or Fall" and "Red Skies" from their "Shuttered Room" album; the original Greatest Hits had re-records and/or live versions. Also, many of the songs here are presented in their 7" remix and/or edit form. Plus, the song "Going Overboard" has never been on CD before! It was the b-side to "Saved By Zero." What else do you need to know? "Driven Out" has been out of print for years, and "Two Different Views" is from the very rare "Happy Landings" EP (different from the version on "Elemental.") If you don't own anything by The Fixx, this is a great place to start! And if you are a diehard fan, this includes a lot of collectables that have never been on CD before. Buy it buy it BUY IT!
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Fixx.,
This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)This compilation surpasses the 1989 Greatest Hits collection that I've had for the past 10 years. Not only are the tracks digitally remastered but there are more tracks. This compilation covers their 1991 and 1997 cds which the previous collection did not. All the great songs are here for those of us who remember who the Fixx were/are. This is a must have for any rock collector.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best greatest hits compilations I've ever heard!,
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This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)19 songs. No filler. In a time where most greatest hits packages intentionally leave something out so you still have to purchase back catalog, these guys went for broke and put ALL their best stuff on one disc (I know hardcore fans will argue that fact). Probably the only single disc cd with 12+ songs I own where I can say EVERY SINGLE SONG is awesome. If you dig intelligent 80's brit pop with great songwriting and stellar production, this collection is it. Outstanding.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Hit Leads To Another....,
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This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)WOW, a greatest hits package that is just that. Whether you only know "One Thing Leads To Another," and "Saved By Zero," or you know all the words to every song on the now out-of-print "Calm Animals" album, this collection will satisfy the entire spectrum. Let's face it. Few bands in the "Modern Rock Eighties" have been as successful, and as brilliant as The Fixx. I would be hard pressed to come up with a compilation that so elegantly shows the passion and true talent that this band has. All of their albums are represented here (with the exception of the acustic 1011 Woodland album); from 1982's "Shuttered Room," to 1998's "Elemental." Few bands are willing, better yet able, to put out such material from their entire career without a bad song in the lot. Sure, "One Thing Leads To Another" may be the song that broke them into the mainstream here in the states, but this collection proves that that one song was no fluke. Every song shows creativity, inventiveness, but most of all originality. In addition, the musicianship is impeccable-from Adam Woods' playing real drums that sound like a drum machine, to Jamie West-Oram's infectious style of guitar texturing, to Rupert Greenall's tailored keyboards and Cy Curnin's unmistakibly unique vocals, this is one talented band. The "Ultimate" collection is The Fixx at their finest. But, believe it or not, one could easily esemble an "Ultimate" Collection 2, and still have great songs left over. If you're a Fixx fan, you have this disc already, but if you don't, or you just want to have one of the best cross-sections of a band that's as relevant today as they were in 1982, then this is a must-have. You just might be surprised how great this band really is. Here's to Volume 2!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's Synth Pop At Its Best !,
This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)The Fixx helped defined the 80's with a fabulous brand of calculated synth pop combined with the uniqueness of singer Cy Curnin urgent vocal delivery. Sharp, gleaming and cascading guitar work by Jaime West-Oram along with the spacey keyboards of Rupert Greenall completed a very successful formula that propelled this band to stardom. Coming about during the early days of MTV with the all-time great song "Stand Or Fall", the Fixx reached their ultimate peak with their commercially successful "Reach The Beach" album in 1983. The "Ultimate Collection" is an extremely comprehensive collecton of the best material and covers all the bases very nicely. I can think of maybe one or two songs that could have been added (the cool "Precious Stone" off the "Calm Animals" album is one of them) but it is a personal favorite. Anyway, on this remastered edition CD, the clarity and sound is absolutely wonderful. This CD is definitely worth the purchase. Enjoy!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One-stop shopping to get your Fixx fix!,
This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)This collection truly lives up to its name, delivering all of the obvious hits along with the not-so-obvious ones. Obscure latter day singles like "Driven Out" and the excellent but overlooked "How Much Is Enough" share space with classics like "Saved By Zero", "Deeper And Deeper", "Secret Separation", "The Sign Of Fire", "Are We Ourselves?", "Red Skies", "Stand Or Fall", and the omnipresent "One Thing Leads To Another". And it's all the original recordings, not some cop-out live versions that previous best-ofs included. In between, unfamiliar album tracks delve a little deeper into the Fixx's sound, for a truly great overview of this underrated band! The only thing bad about it? The cheesy, cheap-looking cover makes it look like some budget-line compilation you'd see sitting on the counter at a truck stop. Don't be deceived though, this is truly the Ultimate Collection of the Fixx's music.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling assortment of their finest!,
This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)The Fixx, to me, represents a painting of a wonderfully colorful picture. With each song brings a nice listening experience to the ear and senses. The music is well put together, talented and very 80's sounding, yet, the talent they bring to the table, brings them ahead of your typical 80's/90's techno-rock group. They have that sound which is similar to groups like "A Flock Of Seaguls" and "XTC"...etc...But, they also bring a great element of musicianship like no other 80's techno-rock group had. The precise guitar playing, great vocals, brilliant drumming & percussion, right down to the bass. It all blends, it all flows, it's all there! These guys can play everything from a slow, soft song like "Saved By Zero" to KILLER, rocking songs like "Deeper & Deeper" or "Red Skies" and others.
This particular CD is called "Ultimate Collection" .....And, I agree, it is their Ultimate Collection of songs!
If you're a "FIXX" fan, this is one cd you should already own, but, if you're NOT a "FIXX" fan yet.....Then, what are you waiting for? :)
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the FIXX to have,
This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)The Fixx ran up a string of great modern rock hits and cut one really great album ("Reach The Beach") before falling out of fashion in the late 80's. They matched the rhythmic intensity of Duran Duran and the lead singer harbored an obvious Bowie fixation (Bryan Ferry and Peter Gabriel also seem to be reference points.) They made highly entertaining videos that catapulted the funky "One Thing Leads To Another" to super hit status, and ensured The Fixx a spot in history.
There are also a bunch of "hits" collections available. The reason this "Ultimate" collection stands above the others is two-fold. It covers the RCA albums and "Ink," recorded after their run with MCA. So that gives you two significant songs, the hit "Driven Out," and "Ink's" best track, "How Much Is Enough." The other reason is that, for some inexplicable reason, the live versions of "Red Skies" and "Stand Or Fall" almost always seemed to show up on other albums. Frankly, one of the Fixx's weaknesses was their live shows, so it slogged the sets they appeared on down. On "Ultimate," the studio versions from the "Shuttered Room" album are BOTH here, and notch this collection's rating to the full four stars.
So if you need a quick FIXX but are having a question as to which one is the best value, "The Ultimate Collection" gets the vote.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Fixx,
This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)If you are a fan of the Fixx but don't have one of their albums in your collection, or enjoy hearing "One Thing Leads To Another," "Saved By Zero," or any of their hits on the radio, then the Ultimate Collection is for you. This CD has it all: the aforementioned hits, including "Red Skies," "Secret Seperation," "The Sign of Fire," and the longer version of "Deeper and Deeper;" their 90s work, including "No One Has to Cry:" and their most recent song "Two Different Views." I guarantee that this CD is all that virgin Fixx fans and New Wave buffs need to get their Fixx!
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