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Motown Remixed
Motown Remixed
Price: $8.39
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your Favorite Motown Hits Remixed!, May 26, 2005
This review is from: Motown Remixed (Audio CD)
I happened to be in a local music store (FYE) and they were playing a remix of classic Motown songs. The salesman showed me the collection amptly named "Motown Remixed". The songs have all been updated and are given a whole new feel many with new beats and music much like the popular Verve Remixed series. Many of the songs are also longer than their original counterparts. Lovers of the "original" versions may scuff at these versions but I think the whole "remix" idea shows you just how good these songs were. What really comes across are the vocals, they stand out even more than ever. Good examples are Gladys Knight & The Pips "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On", The Jackson's "ABC", Rare Earth's "I Just Want Celebrate" (which has been stripped down considerably from it's original version), The Temptations "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", Edwin Star's "War" (given a house feel), Diana Ross & The Supremes "My Life Is Empty Without You" (slowed down to a ballad), Smokey Robinson & The Miracles "Tears Of A Clown" (also stripped down with a hip hop feel) plus more. Note: There's also a cd of this collection that includes only the original versions instead of remixes.

Endless Jam Continues
Endless Jam Continues
Price: $18.38
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than The First "The Endless Jam"!, April 13, 2005
This review is from: Endless Jam Continues (Audio CD)
"The Endless Jam Continues" is even better than the first "The Endless Jam" released in 2004. Michael Schenker's guitar playing on these classic rock songs is awesome, he truely is one of rock's best (and underrated) guitarists. Again you've got Davey Pattison on vocals (known for his work in Robin Trower's band), Aynsley Dunbar on drums (he's been with just about everybody), and surprise, Tim Bogert (of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Beck-Bogert & Appice) on bass guitar. They do great covers of Bad Company's "Rock Steady", The Beatles "While My Guitar Gentley Weeps", Robin Trower's "Too Rolling Stoned", Derek & The Domino's "Laya", Rod Stewart's "I'm Losing You", Free's "The Hunter", Cream's "Badge", Humble Pie's "I Don't Need No Doctor", Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy", Savoy Brown's "Wang Dang Doodle" and Ten Years After's "I'd Love To Change The World". If you liked the first "The Endless Jam" you'll like this even better. Crank It Up And Enjoy!

Point Zero
Point Zero
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Full Length Euphoric Trance Hits Plus Two Videos!, March 16, 2005
This review is from: Point Zero (Audio CD)
Matt Darey known not only for his mixing skills behind the turntables but also as a remixer and artist, this his debut E.P. "Point Zero" contains six euphoric "hands in the air" trance hits. The track listing is incorrect as stated on the back of the jewel case. The correct track listing is as follows:
1) "Point Zero" (Matt Darey Mix) (9:49) - Matt Darey Pres. Li Kwan
2) "Liberation 2004" (Darey Vs. Woods Mix) (7:39) - Matt Darey Feat. Marcella Woods
3) "Possessed" (Matt Darey Mix) (8:22) - Matt Darey Pres. Lost Tribe
4) "Gamemaster" (Michael Woods Mix) (8:57) - Matt darey Pres. Lost Tribe
5) "Beautiful" (Original Mix) (7:50) - Matt Darey Feat. Marcella Woods
6) "Nocturnal Delight" (8:59) (Sandler Mix) - Matt Darey

Every track is classic trance loaded with pounding synthesizers, fast beats and excellent female vocals some of which are vocodered. The videos included at the end of the disc are are "Beautiful" and "U Shine On". Note: These are unmixed tracks so you get the full length versions! An excellent E.P. which all trance enthusiasts will want to own.

Diamond Girl
Diamond Girl
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Follow Up To "Summer Breeze"!, February 16, 2005
This review is from: Diamond Girl (Audio CD)
While browsing in my local Walmart's music section I happened to come upon "Diamond Girl" by Seals and Crofts. I immediately picked it up and purchased it. I believe this is the first time that it's ever been released on compact disc in The United States. Released in 1973, Seals & Crofts second album on Warner Brothers Records entitled "Diamond Girl" was a combination of AM radio pop, folk and country. Where "Summer Breeze" was more acoustic folk songs, this album appealed to just about everyone. Superb harmonizing, songwriting and acoustic and mandolin guitars all added to the appeal of this duo. The album produced three hits "We May Never Pass This Way (Again)", "Ruby Jean and Billie Lee" and the self titled "Diamond Girl". But this album also contained other great tunes such as "Nine Houses" that showcases Dash Croft's mandolin playing, "Intone My Servant", the rocker "Standing On A Mountain Top", the beautiful "It's Gonna Come Down (On You) and "Jessica", the country tune "Dust On My Saddle" and the instrumental "Wisdom" which features excellent saxophone and piano playing. If you enjoyed Seals & Crofts debut "Summer Breeze" as well as other 70's artists/groups such as America, Bread, Jim Croce and Paul Simon to name just a few, then you'll enjoy this release.

Gold [2 CD]
Gold [2 CD]
Offered by MEGA Media
Price: $12.48
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Wanted The Best From Kiss - You Finally Got It!, January 20, 2005
This review is from: Gold [2 CD] (Audio CD)
Finally, Universal releases the most comprehensive Kiss collection (not including the 4-cd "Kiss Box Set") to date. Those who already own the individual Kiss remastered cd's will no doubt have no need for this collection, so this is mostly for those who want the "cream of the crop" of Kiss material on two discs without buying the individual cd's. Surpassing all other collections (including 1978's "Kiss Double Platinum" album) this 2-cd set covers the best of Kiss from 1974 to 1982. Some gems included on this superb 40 track collection are "Strutter" (the original, not the '78 version), "Deuce", "Black Diamond" (the full length album version), "Firehouse", "Parasite", "Hotter Than Hell", "C'mon And Love Me", "She", "Anything For My Baby", "Rock Bottom" (From "Kiss Alive"), "Cold Gin" (From "Kiss Alive"), "Rock And Roll All Nite" (From "Kiss Alive"), "Detroit Rock City", "Shout It Out Loud", "Beth", "King Of The Night Time World", "Do You Love Me?", "I Want You", "Calling Dr. Love", "Hard Luck Woman", "I Stole Your Love", "Love Gun", "Christine Sixteen", "God Of Thunder (From "Kiss Alive II"), "Makin' Love" (From "Kiss Alive II"), "I Was Made For Loving You", "Sure Know Something", "Shandi", "A World Without Heros" plus more. You even get one song from each of Gene, Peter, Paul and Ace's solo albums that were released in 1978. The remastering is excellent with crisp highs, increased midrange, bass and extended output. This Kiss compilation would be a nice addition to any classic rock lover's cd collection.

White Feathers
White Feathers
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's Electro Pop Band's Debut Album Remastered Plus!, December 15, 2004
This review is from: White Feathers (Audio CD)
I originally received Kajagoogoo's debut album "White Feathers" back in the early eighties, as a promo copy along with the 12" dance mix of "Too Shy". The major hit off the album was the infectuous already mentioned "Too Shy" soon followed by "Ooh To Be Ah" and "Hang On Now". The album features outstanding vocals by a young unknown singer named Limahl who sported a typically 80's shag new wave haircut utilizing various fancy tinting techniques. The video for "Too Shy" played on regular rotation on MTV gave Kajagoogoo the exposure they needed in the United States. While not an overwhelming success when compared to Duran Duran, The Thompson Twins, Tears For Fears, Simple Minds, etc. they did leave their mark on the 80's new wave music scene with this excellent release. The songs, basically heavily synthesized pop were catchy, and in my opinion, the best songs on "White Feathers" are "Too Shy", "Ooh To Be Ah", "Hang On Now", "Lies And Promises", "White Feathers", and "Magician Man". This expanded version of "White Feathers" includes the rare and extremely hard to find 12" dance mixes of "Too Shy" (also included is the instrumental version), "Ooh To Be Ah", and "Hang On Now". The other extra tracks "Take Another View", "Interview Rooms", "Animal Instincts" and "Introduction" are average to below average cuts not really adding much to this otherwise excellent re-issue. If you enjoyed listening to Duran Duran, Tears For Fears", "Naked Eyes", "The Human League", "A Flock Of Seagulls" and numerous other electro pop groups then you'll enjoy "White Feathers".

Ministry of Sound: The Annual 2005
Ministry of Sound: The Annual 2005
Offered by CAC Media
Price: $12.11
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Flawless Mix Of Popular Club Hits!, November 10, 2004
This latest edition of Ministry Of Sound's (in conjunction with Ultra Records) the "Annual" series, this time for 2005, is a 2 disc collection of mostly popular house tracks. The mixing is pretty much flawless though no disc jocky is mentioned anywhere. Disc one contains such hits as Eric Prydz's "Call On Me" which samples rocker Steve Winwood's vocals, Shape-UK's massive house track "Lola's Theme", Deep Dish's "Flashdance", David Morales With Lea-Lorien's "How Would I Feel", Mylo's "Drop The Pressure", Michael Grey's disco tinged "The Weeked", Stellar Project's "Get Up Stand Up", Nina Sky Feat. Jabba's popular Cotto Club Mix of "Move Ya Body", Lasgo's "Surrender" and Plummet's hard-to-find Antilles Remix of "Cherish The Day" plus more. Disc two contains the popular Greek singer Despina Vandi's latest offering "Come Along Now Vs. Gia", Kaskade's "Steppin' Out", Marly's filter disco hit "You Never Know", Suzanne Palmer's "Luv 2 Luv", Angel City's "Do You Know" which utilizes Robert Mile's '95 smash "Children", 4 String's latest trance stomper "Until You Love Me", Danzel's "You Are All Of That" which sounds similar to Sylvester's early eighties nrg hit "Do You Wanna Funk", Nicole Mirra's breakbeat track "Don't Let Go" plus more. Ultra Records finally seems to be on the right track again releasing some top notch compilations. Note: Many (not all) of the tracks are over five minutes long so you get full length club versions!

Disraeli Gears
Disraeli Gears
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Cream!, October 21, 2004
This review is from: Disraeli Gears (Audio CD)
Released in 1967, "Disraeli Gears" was musically more advanced than Cream's debut "Fresh Cream" released a year earlier and in keeping with the times, very 60's psychedelic. The album was full of excellent songs and included the hits "Strange Brew", "Sunshine Of Your Love", "Tales Of Brave Ulysses" as well as other superb cuts such as "Swlabr", "Outside Woman Blues", "Dance The Night Away", and "Take It Back". This deluxe edition of "Disraeli Gears" is a notch above the original cd release in that it includes both the stereo and mono versions of the cd (originally only available on Mobil Fidelity Sound Labs Ultra Disc II (a gold disc which is now a collector's piece). But you also get Out-takes such as "Lawdy Mama" ("Strange Brew" with different lyrics), "Blue Condition" (an alternate version never before available, with Eric Clapton doing the vocals) and demo versions of "We;re Going Wrong", "Hey Now Princess" (Clapton's guitar licks are amazing on this track), "Swlabr" (Jack Bruce's bass guitar really stands out on this track), "Weird Of Hermiston" and "The Clearout" (an instrumental jam). For those who never bought "Cream's BBC Sessions" cd, you'll get a sampling of how good the band sounded "live", raw and powerful is the best way to describe the band in concert. You get "Strange Brew", "Tales Of Brave Ulysses", "We're Going Wrong", "Born Under A Bad Sign", "Outside Women Blues", "Take It Back", "Politician", "Swlabr" and "Steppin' Out". The enclosed booklet is informative and also includes lots of photos of the band members. Casual Cream fans may want to stick with the less expensive single disc version of "Disraeli Gears" but for serious collectior's (like myself) this 2-cd "Deluxe Edition" is a must have. Highly Recommended!

Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Beatlesque Melodic Pop Music!, October 20, 2004
Tears For Fears obviously were strongly influenced by The Beatles (who weren't) but their latest cd which re-unites Curt Smith with Roland Orzabell giving us the original Tears For Fears that we all knew and loved and who released such classics as "Pale Shelter", "Change", "Shout", "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", "Head Over Heels", "Sowing The Seeds Of Love", etc is their strongest release in over a decade. This cd is chuck full of melodic Beatlesque songs starting with the title track "Everybody Loves A Happy Ending" which sounds like a Lennon/McCartney song, but with the Tears For Fears touch. Another Beatle's sounding tune,"Who Killed Tangerine?", sounds like a song from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" or "Magical Mystery Tour". "Closest Thing To Heaven", another superb cut, is as good as anything the band has done in the past. The poppy "Call Me Mellow" one of my favs on the disc, is pure melodic pop again with a definate Beatle's influence. There are some beautiful slower tracks such as "Size Of Sorrow", and "Who You Are". Other nice songs are "Quiet Ones", "Secret World"and "Killing With Kindness". If you're a Beatle's fan and/or enjoyed Tears For Fears 80's music then this cd will not disappoint.

Astronaut (With Bonus DVD)
Astronaut (With Bonus DVD)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Duran Duran Releases It's Best Cd In 20 Years!, October 13, 2004
After 20 plus years, the original members of Duran Duran re-unite and release their best album in well over a decade. Simply titled "Astronaut", this cd is a pleasant surprise from some rather lackluster past 90's albums which included just several original Duran Duran members (Simon LeBon and Nick Rhodes). This cd combines elements of funk, pop 80's new wave and some slow songs. The cream of the crop for 80's new wavers is the hit "(Reach Up For The) Sunrise", "Want You More", "What happens Tomorrow", "Astronaut", "Nice", "Taste The Summer" and "Point Of No Return". The funky rap "Bedroom Toys" showcases Andy Taylor's catchy guitar chords and Simon LeBon's creative rap. If Queen can do it with "Another One Bites The Dust" and Blondie with "Rapture" so can Duran Duran. There a three downtempo songs in "Finest Hour", "Chains", "Still Breathing" all of which are melodic and showcase LeBon's vocals. The bonus dvd includes songs from the Duran Duran "Live At Wembley" concert ("Hungry Like The Wolf", "Wild Boys", "(Reach Up For The) Sunrise" plus more. The band sounds as good now as it did in their heyday. There's also the video of "(Reach Up For The) Sunrise" and interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the band. The packaging of this limited edition version of "Astronaut" is attractive until you open the booklet that houses the cd and dvd. For some strange reason the booklet is cut in the center. Rather stupid idea on someone's part! The cd and dvd almost lie on top of one another which is also poor packaging. Luckily my cd wasn't scratched from rubbing on the top of the dvd. If you are a Duran Duran fan or were a lover of the eighties new wave movement that spawned such other great bands such as Spandau Ballet, Ultravox, Tears For Fears, ABC and The Human League then this cd will not disappoint. Highly Recommended!

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