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Stardust
Stardust
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4.0 out of 5 stars CORRECT track list for this album, April 16, 2014
This review is from: Stardust (Audio CD)
Here is the accurate track listing for this album:

1 Stardust (Prelude)
2 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)/She Loves You
3 Highway To Hell (Previously Unreleased Version)
4 I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
5 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
6 Sing Me The Rosary (Instrumental)
7 I Am I Said/Sidewalks Of New York (East Side, West Side)
8 Sing Me The Rosary
9 Sighing (Version 1)
10 Sighing (Version 2)
11 Harbor Lights
12 Those Were The Days
13 Telephone Girl
14 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction/Yellow Submarine - Groove Satisfaction
15 Nobody Loves A Fairy When She's Forty
16 People Are Strange
17 At The Moving Picture Ball
18 Caravan
19 Nature Boy
20 Without You
21 Stephanie
22 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction/Yellow Submarine
23 It's Within Your Power
24 The Pizza Song (Yum, Yum, Yum I Love Those Pizzas)/Penelope/Show Me The Girl
25 A Woman To Love
26 Stardust (Finale)

This is one of three albums that were released by Zero Communications Ltd. in Japan in 2006, and contains many rare Martin Sharp recording that came from the vaults of the Tiny Tim Treasury of Popular Songs. All of the songs have been digitally remastered and few songs have never before been released. The album is a mix of recordings. Many are just Tim and his ukulele while others range in instrumentation from piano accompaniment, orchestral accompaniment and rock rhythm sections. It's not a polished album as it delves into more obscure tracks. You will notice (I CAN'T GET NO) SATISFACTION is listed three times. These are three different recordings that sound similar on the outset, but are different mixdowns. You are looking at about 73 minutes of Tiny Tim goodness.


Laughing Stock
Laughing Stock
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4.0 out of 5 stars The final album from the most evolved band in the industry, April 9, 2014
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This review is from: Laughing Stock (Audio CD)
Some of the best artists I have ever heard were ones that never sat still on their fame or style. These are the kinds of musicians that are constantly refining their craft, and end up being the most artistic of the bunch in the end. Talk Talk started off as a creative new wave act on their first album, but by the end of their short run on their fifth album they moved so much in their style that a whole new genre had to be categorized to accommodate them: Post-Rock.

The story of Talk Talk's evolution is an interesting one, and according to band leader Mark Hollis was one that was planned from the very beginning. He had a vision and with each passing album stepped closer and closer to it until their fourth album, Spirit of Eden, brought his dreams to fruition.

So what is Post-Rock? It's essentially making music based on textures of sounds instead of chords and melodies. Of course you can never completely get away from chords and melodies, but writing a post-rock song is nowhere near the same as writing any other genre. The way Talk Talk did it was to get a mess of musicians together and pretty much just have a jam session for a few hours. In Laughing Stock's case they recorded jam sessions for over six months. Then they got the digital recordings of these sessions and cut, paste, mix. pan and manipulate the individual instrument tracks to make a cohesive song out of all the incohesive jamming. The end result is a collection of six tracks that sound like songs that have a rhyme and reason to them that doesn't sound like it's a hack job of various random tracks put together.

These aren't songs to jam to. These aren't songs to generally listen to in your car on your way to work. These are songs to put your headphones on and soak up all the subtleties of tones and musical textures. This is music to experience on a level deeper than your average rock tune. The songs range in length from around five minutes to almost ten minutes, and the tone is generally mellow and reflective. However there are a fair amount of aggressive bits in some of the songs. Here is a breakdown of the tracks:

Myyrrhman - This is an open ended song with no rhythms or bass line. It really sets the tone for the album and it's artistic leanings. There are lots of little bits of instruments to notice on this one. The song feels like an introduction to Ascension Day as it leads you into the next track almost seamlessly.

Ascension Day - This song mixes blues, jazz, fusion and post-rock into a relatively approachable song that moves from a moderate jazz/blues groove to an aggressive and distorted fray. There is a strong contrast between the clarity of the parts that are softer and have lots of instrumental textures and the parts that play a bit more loud and high spirited. By the end of the song you have a lot of loud textures filling your ears, and then the song just cuts off abruptly. Not a big fan of that, but I understand the reasoning behind it, as the next song starts soft and the big change in the volume and sounds does linger in your head while you start off the next song.

After the Flood - This is probably the most approachable song on the album in regards to one that sounds more like one written by contemporary means. This song is a bit more consistent with a steady slow groove and nice organ and guitar textures. Reminds me of U2's The Joshua Tree a bit, but with more clarity. Part of the song has this very long and dissonant distorted guitar "solo" that kind of puts me off (it's detracts from the song a bit too much). Then again that's likely Mark's whole intent.

Tapehead - Another rhythm-less track, but this time with a slow and melodic bassline. The song changes gears a bit when there are changes to the song textures. It's a very artistic track with nothing significant to detract from that. I would call this THE track to listen to that defines the whole post-rock theme of the entire album.

New Grass - Soft grooves and smooth guitar textures along with various pianos, organs and such make this a consistently smooth song with no road bumps to break up the feel. As such it makes this song very easy to listen to and enjoy all the different sounds and instrument that pop in and out. It's also the longest song in the album so you have plenty of time to soak it all in.

Runeii - Another really mellow track. No drums, but a guitar does give a nice flowing feel like flowing water at times. This song has a number of moments where the music stops that makes you listen more closely when the music starts up again. The song slowly builds in instrumentation, but never lets that flowing feel get lost. It's a very reflective track and makes for a perfect ending to such a sonically complex album.

Laughing Stock is an experience that I doubt you can hear on any other album aside from Spirit of Eden. If you can enjoy music just for the sake of the tones instruments can make this is a great album to explore those interests. You will never be the same musically again.


Char-Griller 2323  Cover
Char-Griller 2323 Cover
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's good while it lasts... and that's the problem, April 2, 2014
The grill covers are thick and keep out the moisture very well, but when it comes to sunlight these covers are wimps. I have bought two so far (mainly because I didn't know where to get a good fitting cover) and both start tearing at the seams and wearing down after being out in the sun for less than a year. The one I have now didn't seem to even last six months while the last one I got seemed to last about 10 month. I recommend finding a different cover for your Char-Griller grill, and make sure what you get is UV-protected.


Ikea Kura Children's Canopy for Bed Blue
Ikea Kura Children's Canopy for Bed Blue
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find, but my boy loves it., March 31, 2014
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My son has an Ikea bunk bed that is made perfectly for this Kura Canopy (at least as they have it displayed at the stores). It's nothing all that special. It's a bendable canopy that's a nice blue color with some white dots along it to make it feel like a starlit sky. It gives the sensation of sleeping in a tent, which my kid loves.

It's pretty easy to put together and install on the bed. There are bendable plastic rods that are used at the frame and some snap ons to connect to the bed (non-adjustable). The only trick is to be sure you insert the right sized rod to the proper slot. Other than that you may have a little bit of effort bending the canopy over to get it clipped onto the bed. Some people may need somebody to assist just to keep the canopy from popping into a straight position while getting it secured. Once you have it all snapped in it's very secure while at the same time easy to adjust up and down the bed. Taking it off is easier than putting it back on if you prefer giving your kid some variety by removing the canopy every now and then.

So the canopy is great, but there is one minor detail I wish they would have included that would have totally made this an awesome bed top. The little white dots on the canopy could have been ones that glowed in the dark like stars. In my opinion that would have made this canopy a five star, must have. Even without that there is another downside. This canopy is no longer made near as I can tell, and are getting hard to come by in this color. Because of this if you want blue you will end up paying a premium for it.

The Kura Canopy was a great buy for my son, who loves it. It's easy to put together and take down. It's also starting to get more expensive. Still at the current price it may be worth it for some of you. Once it hits the $75 I would start to question that statement, but for now it's acceptable (or just get the green one instead).


Thief
Thief
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4.0 out of 5 stars The single that brought the old line up back, March 31, 2014
This review is from: Thief (Audio CD)
Camouflage was a trio up to around 1990 when bandmate Oliver Kreyssig left after getting burned out from all the touring. The band as a duo released a few albums and went on hiatus for a couple years. Then all three got together to design the best of album We Stroke the Flames, and apparently hit it off very well. From there Thief the three of them put together the single Thief. It had a bit of adjustment from the original recording due to the record company wanting them to focus more on a sound reminiscent of their classic style than a more modern one. The result is very nice song that heralds the return of the complete band.

Camouflage has always had an undeserved shadow over them stating they sound just like Depeche Mode. While I would challenge this on just about every album they made previously I will say there is a bit of DM color to this song. However at the same time I hear a lot more Camouflage in it as well. Basically the hook sounds like something you would hear from Depeche Mode, but that's about it. The rest of the song is very melodic with lots of movement and instrumentation to keep it interesting throughout. Here is the breakdown of the tracks:

Thief [Single Remix] - This is the version of the song that the record label wanted. While they asked for something sounding like their early work you can still hear the forward progression as the song does not sound like it's dated. There is a lot of rhythmic activity going on, but the song is laid back and understated. I would call it a nice song to drive late at night to. As I mentioned before the hook is a little DM-ish, but I cannot see David Gahan sing this song. Very nice comeback.

Isolation - This is another rhythmic but mellow song. Even more so than Thief. You have flowing string synths throughout the song with the drums and bass (and some light synthesizer accents) to keep it all moving. It's a nice song to relax to. It's a rare track and aside from the 2 disk Archive01 CD this is the only place to find it.

Thief [Opal Mix] - I believe this version of Thief is more like the one Camouflage originally recorded. It's a more aggressive mix with a straight dance beat in place of mellow drums. Think of this as the club mix. As much as I hate to admit it I think the record company got it right on this one. While the Opal Mix is nice for the dance floor I prefer the Single Remix as the default version of this single.

Thief [Der Dritte Raum Mix] - This is also a club mix. It's more about the buildup of the song, and as a buildup it sounds very, very different from the previous versions. Different bass line drives the song forward in a pedal point and almost feels out of place with the lyrics, which are cut up and pasted along the song more as an instrumental accent than a vocal track. I think the biggest loss on this song is the lack of musical progression and chord changes the other versions had. The song clocks at almost six minutes, but feels a good deal longer with the lack of anything interesting happening in it. You can dance to it, but that's about it.

Thief [Oh, Remix] - This version has a very different drum track that is more like a funk/rock beat. The rest of the instrumentation bring the song to a more jazzy and experimental level with electronic piano playing along with some freaky synthesizers for effect. The vocals are even more choppy than in the Der Dritte Raum Mix and lend even more credence to the experimental feel of the song. This isn't a song to enjoy on the same level as the previous ones. It's not melodic or catchy. It's crazy and avantgarde. I kind of like it if I am in the mood for that sort of thing. When not in the mood I pass it over.

Thief is the start of a new dawn for the band and the Remix is a very telling sign of things to come. If you are a fan of the classic Camouflage then you are in for a treat, because their back with a sound that is both familiar and very new. This single is worth getting for the first three tracks. Maybe less so for the last two, but some club fans can get into and even love track five while some experimental/jazz fans will definitely find something to love on the last track.


Great Commandment 2.0
Great Commandment 2.0
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reintroduction to the band's resurgence, March 27, 2014
This review is from: Great Commandment 2.0 (Audio CD)
The Great Commandment was Camouflage's greatest his back in 1988, staying number one on the charts for three weeks in the U.S. and garnering international success as well. This is a revamped version of that song, complete with new instruments and new vocals, but the same band. The Great Commandment 2.0 is a very different animal from the original recording, but it still great in its own right. The song retains a strong electronic dance groove made for a more modern genre.

The events that led up to the creation of this single are interesting. Camouflage went on hiatus for a few years after the release of their album Spice Crackers in 1995. In that time some magical things happened. First, and best, was the reintroduction of band mate Oliver Kreyssig after leaving Camouflage in 1990 (apparently years of touring got him tired of whole thing back then). This happened when collaborating on the design of their greatest hits album We Stroke The Flames brought back some of the old camaraderie. Then there was the release of their first single with Oli in the band: Thief. That single brought new life and attention to the band. From there Camouflage decided to revamp The Great Commandment.

The Great Commandment 2.0 removed many of the techno industrial aspect of the original version of the song and replaces them with a smoother and more modern set of synths. On one hand you have a constantly moving and clean modulating bass line, while on the other you have slightly gritty and distorted synth leads bringing you some of the original hooks and melodies. The singing is new too. I think the band wasn't able to secure the rights to the original recordings so instead singer Marcus Meyn redid the vocals. The singing has a more compressed effect on it like an old radio effect. A nice touch. Drums are performed by Christian Eigner, who previously toured with Depeche Mode, and give the song an additional kick you are not used to hearing in electronic dance music.

Here is the track breakdown:

Radio Edit - This is the song in pure form. It is high energy and filled with lots of enjoyable electronic sounds. I believe there are no extended or album mixes so the radio edit is pretty much THE definitive version of The Great Commandment 2.0 from what I can tell.

Very.Mix - This one feels a little more mellow and plays with chorus a little. You still get forward moving drums and some really nice new synths, but you also get some of the synth hooks from the original Great Commandment song from 1988. Probably the best version when it comes to blending the old version and the new version.

Johannes Heil Remix - While the Very.Mix could be the best blending of the old and new Great Commandment I believe this is the worst. While it incorporates a lot more of the original song into the mix the new instrumentation is bland, sparse and overly simplistic. The drums have a tight beat I'll give it that, but I wasn't impressed by the instrumentation.

Instrumental - This is an instrumental version of the Radio Edit. It's actually a bit longer than the Radio Edit, but that's a good thing. Even without the lyrics the song sounds great with all the synthesizers and how they interplay with each other. I won't go so far as to say this version is the best as you can tell in spots there is something missing (i.e. the vocals) but I have this mix in my car and play on various video games that allow you to put in your own music and enjoy the heck out of it.

The Great Commandment 2.0 feels a bit like Camouflage was reinventing the wheel, or at least redesigning it. It doesn't necessarily trump the original, but it does modernize it for a new audience. If you are a fan of Camouflage this is definitely a single to get.


After Earth (Two Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
After Earth (Two Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
DVD ~ Jaden Smith
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3.0 out of 5 stars A flawed film, but still worthwhile. Blu-Ray is from 4K master, March 24, 2014
After Earth doesn't deserve all the hate that has been thrown at it. On that same note the movie does a lot to make it unlikeable. The movie underutilized its star power, fails to provide proper exposition and follows a rather generic plot pattern that makes the movie very predictable. If you can get past all that what you will find is unique angle on an age old theme of a child's rite to manhood set in a fascinating universe.

The movie is about General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and his son Kitai (Jaden Smith) surviving on a newly primal Earth after crash landing their spaceship. After Earth is set at first in a world colonized by the last of Earth's inhabitants a thousand years ago. Then on Earth after the crash. There is just a tiny bit of background data that talks about what happened to Earth and what's up with the new planet Nova Prime. This includes an invasion by a vicious alien race called the Ursa (which they happen to have a captured specimen on their ship). All of this little bit of details about what happened before are important because they set the important plot points for the survival story. Unfortunately the background information is too little and feels like an afterthought. This is a shame too, because in related merchandise to After Earth there seems to be a very full and rich background to explore. Yet... they didn't.

This is the start of the movie's woes. You can get around this limitation if you read up on the movie's setting online or in one of the books published, but if you don't like doing homework before a film I can see why you wouldn't be happy. Still lets move on. The story is actually pretty good if you know the background. Kitai (Jaden) wants to be a Ranger like dear old dad, but lacks the emotional maturity. Dad is too busy distancing himself with his work to help his son. All this changes with the crash, and Cypher is now seriously wounded and has to rely on his son to rescue the both of them.

From here the story hits some basic plot points of putting out obstacles to impede Kitai's progress, and all the while Cypher can only just sit on the sidelines. So the story details are standard, but I like the approach of making this movie a coming of age story for Kitai. He has to dig deep and learn what it takes to become a Ranger while surviving the wild. While I like this many Will Smith fans won't. Why? Because Will Smith is sitting on his butt the entire movie. On top of that Will's character is about as charismatic as a paper towel. Will is an action hero with a palpable level of charisma, and none of that was utilized. While he wasn't meant to be any of this on After Earth Will's fame precedes him, and his fans are rather single minded in what they want from him.

So hardly any back story and no Will Smith hogging the limelight. What's left? Like I said before the story is interesting in spite of being predictable. There is very little dialog in the film with lots of scenes based just on visceral experience. M. Night Shayamalan knows how to set a scene and this movie is no different. Whatever you have to say about what the movie lacks it sure looks and sounds beautiful. There are little experiences in the film that help flesh it out like Cypher's injuries and how he copes, Kitai's run in with various animals like baboons and giant birds. The interplay with flashbacks between the two characters and a traumatic experience that stunted both of them. It's all an intermingled web of details that bring life to an otherwise generic film.

Like many other sci-fi movies a lot can be taken from well though out technology, and this is where After Earth excels. All sorts of designs on this movie are really interesting and show an evolutionary side step in where technology branches off. You have ships with a more organic look to them. Weapons that perform in a way that harkens to magical. Survival gear that is both fascinating and carries the plot. From this standpoint the movie is very cool.

Acting is actually much better than many want to give credit for the film. I think the problem here is there isn't as much drama to draw from. Will Smith's character comes out as unemotional because that's the nature of his character, and it's seeing those telltale signs of his feelings coming through the exterior that make the emotional payoff. I think Jaden Smith does a very good job with his evolution from a flawed kid to one who pushes beyond his boundaries. It's all in the subtleties with this film.

After Earth was filmed and mastered in 4K and transferred to full 1080P on this Blu-Ray. To me it's a hard sell with these 4K masters for two reasons. One the master matters less than the bitrate of the transfer. I think After Earth doesn't hit the 30+ mbps of other films, so while the picture does look fantastic it's not going to be pixel perfect (especially in 50" and larger tv screens). Second reason I hesitate on 4K movies is the fact 4K televisions are starting to come out, and I am guessing 4K disks will not be far behind as opposed to 1080p. Audio is 5.1 DTS-HD Master Lossless and you get it in both English and French (Spanish is in 5.1 Dolby Digital). It sure does hit the marks for a great sound experience. I personally found the dialog a tad bit on the light side, but aside from that it's a really good audio mix. This release also includes a DVD of the movie and a code to download a digital copy. The extras are a bit on the standard fare and are a bit disappointing considering how cool Shyamalan's previous extras have been. There isn't even a director's commentary. Here's the breakdown:

A Father's Legacy (HD, 8:51) - Will and Jaden Smith on set showing the family bonds between them. Some training shots as well. Kinda cute for those of us with kids and like to see other families get along.

Alternate Opening (HD, 2:19) - It's a short animated introduction to the film. I don't know if this is still a rough cut or what as the animation doesn't feel like it belongs. All in all it's better they went with the opening scene they did.

Building a World (HD, 12:00) - This is what I consider the proper making of featurette. Interviews with director, cast and crew as well as footage of practical and digital effects. It's short and not up to par with other Shyamalan "making of" features. But it's also better than a fluff piece by a small margin.

Pre-Visualization the Future (HD, 5:50) - A primer on pre-visualization animation and how it helps put a movie together. You get to see some scenes pre and post visualization.

The Animatics of After Earth (HD, 8:39) - Same as the pre-visualization, but this time with animatics (semi-animation).

1000 Years in 300 Seconds (HD, 5:25) - A ton of behind the scenes footage shot quick and to music. Kind of a quick fire documentary without explaining what you are seeing.

The Nature of the Future (HD, 5:22) - Documentary on the various natural on-location shots like Costa Rica, Utah and California. This featurette is set to act as a TV screensaver if you want it to. You just have to keep the disc running.

XPrize After Earth Challenge (HD, 3:35) - There was a competition for kids where they build a probe using LEGO Mindstorm to explore Nova Prime before the Earth Exodus. This tiny blurb only touches on this contest a tiny bit with just a short amount of footage from the winners. Disappointed as this was a pretty neat thing for the kids to attempt. It would have been nice to see a full blown documentary on it.

Previews - Other movies from Sony. Commercials essentially.

After Earth is flawed, but I can't help see some really good potential in this film. Enough potential for me to end up enjoying it. Will I buy this release? No. The extras are weak and the potential for a 4K release to come up in the future is too tempting. However I do heartily recommend a rental. Best results are if you read After Earth: United Ranger Corps Survival Manual first and then see the movie. Sorry about the prerequisite.


After Earth: United Ranger Corps Survival Manual
After Earth: United Ranger Corps Survival Manual
by Robert Greenberger
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable companion to the movie, March 24, 2014
After Earth the movie wasn't all that bad, but it was flawed. A big part of the limitations of the movie were how it presented many aspects of the plot from the origins of what happened to mankind and weapons technology, to the current conflict with the alien monsters, the Ursa. The movie either left out a lot of back story and exposition or gave so little of it that it made it hard to get yourself placed in this science fiction settings. The United Ranger Corps Survival Manual does a lot to rectify this.

This book is written like a field manual for Ranger cadets to familiarize themselves with their history, tools, enemies and more. It is set it the world of After Earth with no productions notes, interviews with the director and cast, or any other "making of" details other than conceptual drawings that help fill out the book's content. It's written to be as realistic as possible within the After Earth universe. This is what you get:

Complete history of mankind from a few decades from now to about a thousands years A.E. (After Earth exodus) - It tells a pretty bleak tale on the fate of Earth and the vast majority of its inhabitants. So very few survived to leave the planet according to the history in this book. It gives you a pretty bleak look at what happened and how we survived.

History of the Rangers - Tells of the corps humble beginnings up to the point where they are currently fighting with the Ursa. This includes the development of the "Ghosting" technique that renders a ranger invisible to the Ursa.

Ships and vehicles - This is really a minor entry that gives you some general information on the ships, but not enough to get into the fascinating designs you see in the film.

Weapons - The big bad weapon of the movie is the Cutlass, and where the movie tells you practically nothing about it this book gives you details in spades. Did you know there are several different model grades of the cutlass, each with varying capabilities and stats? Do you know how all those blades form from it? You find out here, and it's a pretty cool explanation. There is also explanation on various guns as well. Even though they weren't really shown in action in the movie the details given are very cool.

Survival technology - The life suit, Kitai's survival outfit, gets a lot of time in the book and gives you an idea just how useful this outfit is. You also get detailed explanations for other items like the wrist communicator, med and survival kits, communications and scanning. It's not as much details for the other items, but there is enough to satisfy me.

I read this book before seeing the movie, and it made a world of difference. I can tell the movie glossed over a lot of very interesting details, and I'm glad I was already privy to them. It made the movie flow much better for me, and allowed me to enjoy it and be immersed in the setting without getting frustrated over the tiny nuggets of background info the movie provided. For this reason alone I strongly recommend this book to sci-fi fans. It's sad that you need a supplement to really get into a movie, but at the same time the supplement really is impressive.


Singles
Singles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered 7" Singles... some never before released on CD, March 4, 2014
This review is from: Singles (Audio CD)
Camouflage is one of my favorite bands of all time. Every album that have made brings a different facet of their songwriting style to light. To mark their 30th anniversary Camouflage did three things: have an anniversary concert complete with an exhibit and cool guest artists, release a boxed set (appropriately named "The Box"), and release this singles collection. What makes this particular collection special is that a few of the songs were never officially released on CD. Plus many of the one that have been released are hard to find. Lets also not forget that they are all remastered in this collection.

I am including a track list since there isn't one provided as of this posting. I will also add any interesting info I have:

01. The Great Commandment (7" Single Version , 3:10) - Never officially released on CD
02. Stranger's Thoughts (7" Single Version , 3:32)
03. Neighbours (7" Single Version , 3:47)
04. That Smiling Face (7" Single Version , 4:47) - Only released on promotional CDs
05. Love is a Shield (7" Single Version , 3:59)
06. One Fine Day (7" Single Version , 4:01) - Only released as a 3" CD Single
07. Heaven (I want you) (7" Single Version , 3:47) - Only released on a promotional CD
08. This Day (7" Single Version , 3:56) nrs
09. Suspicious Love (Radio Remix, 4:13)
10. Close (Remix Single Version , 3:59)
11. Jealousy (Single Version , 3:30)
12. Bad News (Single Edit, 3:27)
13. X-Ray (Tranceformer Single Mix, 3:37)
14. Thief (Single Mix, 3:19)
15. The Great Commandment 2.0 (Radio Edit, 3:54)
16. Me And You (Radio Version, 3:29)
17. I Can't Feel You (Radio Edit, 3:48)
18. Motif Sky (Single Version, 3:13)
19. Something Wrong (Single Version, 3:37)
20. The Pleasure Remains (Radio Edit, 4:03) - Previously available only in Poland

Unless otherwise stated assume all of the singles were previously released. I am thinking the 7" singles THIS DAY and JEALOUSY are almost identical to the album versions. SUSPICIOUS LOVE. CLOSE, X-RAY and THIEF are indeed different mixes of the versions found on their respective albums. The rest are just shorter edits of the album releases. That essentially makes The Singles album the most up to date "best of" album for the band. If you are interested in getting to know Camouflage throughout the years this is the best way to sample them.

The singles stretch across all seven albums released so far (an 8th album, Greyscale, is set to be released Sept 2014). The first four tracks are singles from the Voices and Images album and tracks one and two are what I consider the best songs on that album. Tracks five and six are singles from the Methods of Silence album and showcase the hits from that album. Tracks seven and eight are from their more acoustic Meanwhile album and represent the most approachable and upbeat of that album. Tracks 7-11 are from the Bodega Bohemia album with two of those tracks being the bigger hits from the album. Tracks 12 and 13 are based on songs from the Spice Crackers album, and are the songs listed in the previous best of album Rewind. Track 14 is the version of the song prior to it's album release on Sensor. The Great Commandment 2.0 was only released as a single. Tracks 16 and 17 are also from Sensor, and they too represent the hits for that album. Finally the album Motif Sky gets the last three tracks.

Camouflage is essentially an electronic dance band, but has dipped their hand into more experimental and expressive pieces, as well as more acoustic pieces, more times than let on by their club hits. However this album focuses on the dance music, and the styles change from album to album. First you have that 80's industrial dance music similar to Depeche Mode, then more blending of acoustic and electronic sounds for a couple albums, then back to various forms of electronic music. If you are into electronic music this band should be on your list.

All of the songs are remastered. The older tracks get the most benefit from the facelift with the beats being punchier and the instruments standing out more on their own. Once you get to the later albums the differences aren't so noticeable to almost none at all. Still it's worth the remastering for the older tracks alone.

The Singles is a great snapshot of the band, but for a die hard fan like me it's only a small morsel of what they have to offer. While it's the best "best of" you can get right now what with some awesome songs from their last two albums and TGC 2.0 I recommend not stopping there. If you like what you hear I can guarantee there are other songs on each of these albums that will suit your fancy.


Airplane/ Airplane II [Blu-ray]
Airplane/ Airplane II [Blu-ray]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice double feature... light on extras, February 26, 2014
Airplane! is not just a popular comedy film. It's a benchmark. David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker started a special kind of comedy with Airplane! that was heavy on visual puns sight gags that has endured to this very day with movies like Meet the Spartans and the Scary Movie Series. While Airplane was not the first movie of this kind, it was the first major success.

Back in the 70's disaster movies got a major bump in popularity and both movie and television studios were cranking them out by the dozens. This included plane disasters like the Airport quadrilogy (that essentially launched the 70's disaster movie genre), Terror in the Sky, SST Death Flight, and many more. Airplane! cashed in on that genre by turning it into a comedy based on the classic 59's film Zero Hour! and packing as many jokes, one liners and gags as they can into one film.

When I say packed I do mean packed. I don't think you can go 30 seconds in this movie without hitting some sort of comic device. It parodies Zero Hour!, Jaws, From Here to Eternity, 60 Minutes, The Poseidon Adventure, Saturday Night Fever and likely more that I don't remember or recognize. The movie is outrageous and the comedy comes in all forms. It's such an insane roller coaster ride it doesn't matter who you are, you will find something funny in Airplane!

When Airplane II: The Sequel was announced Zucker, Zucker and Abrahams refused to it simply because they ran out of airplane jokes after putting them all on the previous movie. In walks Ken Finkleman. The plot follows the same formula, only this time with a space shuttle. Unfortunately that also means it follows the same jokes and comedic stylings. What this means is the movie is funny, but it's a "been there, done that" funny. While it doesn't reach the bar Airplane! set it's still a worthy film that is funnier than a lot of what was out there. Still the cameo stars and William Shatner do add to the appeal.

This double feature gives you each movie on it's own Blu-ray disk. The visuals are a definite upgrade from the DVD with colors and contrast much sharper. Audio is DTS-HD, but it's also in mono, which is the original format. So it's clean, but not really dynamic. You get the same extras as on the previous Blu-Ray release, which means Airplane II is still essentially featureless. Here are the extras:

AIRPLANE!

Audio Commentary - Producer Jon Davison and Writers/Directors Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, and David Zucker fill out the comments. This is the same commentary that was on the DVD release a while back. Very informative. They even talk about the differences between the theatrical and television releases.

Long Haul Version - Play this mode and you will get prompts along the film to get to interviews, deleted scenes, production notes and more. Kind of disappointing they still won't put this as a separate feature instead of having you go through to movie just to see the interviews.

Trivia Track - A nice touch. You get pop up trivia while watching the movie in this view.

Theatrical Trailer - In high definition

AIRPLANE II: THE SEQUEL

Theatrical trailer.... yeah that's all you get.

Airplane! set up a long running comedy style that endured for decades. This double feature is an economical way to get both movies, and they aren't packed into one disk with degraded quality. If you like both movies and don't yet have them on Blu-Ray this is a great way to get them in a single sized case.


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