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CLASSIC! (Not trying to use a cliche)I bought this when it first was pressed onto an MCA original CD before CD Universe came onto the scene and of course after loving the vinyl album for many years. The title track is a perfect soothing twist
after a long hard day, you almost can float with the dreamy sax and backing vibes. Great tender lines throughout the recording. Is there an audiophile version or a remastered version available, and if so, can CD Universe
help me out??
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA) 12/18/2011
Imagine (1971) Top Seller
Awesome Remastered JL"Imagine" has to be John Lennon's finest full length album work since the break-up of The Beatles. The remastered CD is clear, crisp and well presented. For those of you who may be
unfamiliar with the original release (Shame on you), it takes the typically used "classic" to a new level. Of course the title track, a smooth ballad of ideals that everyone should share. "Crippled Inside" great song, as is the next fab ballad "Jealous Guy." I would have to say that "It's So Hard" and "I Don't Want To Be A Soldier" might fall into the category of the less popular tracks on the album, but they both rock. "Soldier"
ends in some neo-psychedelic sound effects towards the end. "Gimme Some Truth" is a rocking protest song, but it shines as good rock and roll nonetheless. "Oh My Love," yet another tender ballad comes across in a very soothing moment between "Gimme Some Truth" and "How." "How" could be
classified as a song that might have fit in very well on John's first truly
solo album, the "primal" release "Plastic Ono Band." "How" is a very primal song, well done and the
arrangement is simply beautiful.
"How Do You Sleep" another rocker is
John's stab at his estranged mate Paul
McCartney, a feud between the two of them that occupied three of the first
waning years after the Beatles demise.
"Oh Yoko" closes the album, a very bright tune dedicated to John's wife,
the song's subject matter aside, is well presented and provides a delightful close to a very well done,
musically tight and engaging album, whether you first heard it in 1971, or
forty years later in 2011.
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA) 3/11/2011
||Come and Get It: The Best of Apple Records (2010)
Remarkable SamplerApple Records was for those unaware, a
record label started by the Beatles for
releasing not only their own records and inevitable solo projects, but also artists they either had affiliations with or had "discovered" in some way. In it's five year reign, they sold a lot of records and had quite a few successes other than the Fabs. This fairly priced set captures the best of
Apple Records (other than the Fabs and
their solo stuff). It coincides with a fifteen disc reissue of many Apple
titles on compact disc. Some of the tracks here have never before been released on compact disc and some of them have even been long unavailable (or very hard to come by) on vinyl. For that fact alone, it's a good deal.
Badfinger/The Iveys make an obvious entry on this set with three of their
masterpieces. Mary Hopkin is well represented by her two biggest singles for the label, a full length version of
"Those Were The Days" (Lovely song) and
"Goodbye." It's nice to hear the original version of James Taylor's "Carolina In My Mind," he sounds so young in that version, and had no idea of where his future career would take him. "Thingumybob" is a short ditty which I think is a wonderful representation of their popular brass sounds. "Sour Milk Sea" is the stronger of the two entries by Jackie Lomax, the song is highly reminiscent of the Beatles "Everybodys Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey," they both came from the same period of time! Two gospel classics come from the late great Billy Preston, who signed to Apple because of his association with the Beatles and later had a featured role in the recording and filming of "Let It Be" and of course, "The Concert For
Bangladesh," and like Taylor, continued to have a stellar career. I like Trash's version of "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight," Doris Troy
famous for "Just One Look" hooked up
with Apple Records and released an
excellent 1969 R & B album. Ronnie Spector sounds grown up, the same famous voice heard on the Ronettes many classics, represented here doing a song written by Beatle George, "Try Some Buy Some." One of the closing tracks also deserving mention is "Sweet Music" by Lon and Derrek Von Eaton, an exercise in early 1970's Brit pop music. What's missing???
Well, it would have been nice to have included one (or an excerpt) from one of the two albums that the Modern Jazz Quartet recorded for Apple, and ditto for the classical albums recorded by John Travener. Overall, this is an excellent sampler, forty years overdue but better late than never. Some of the material is dated and can be very eccentric, but the spirit of Apple Records is captured in this set rather nicely.
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee, MA) 11/17/2010
Very Best of Badfinger (2000) Top Seller
An Unbeatable Value, Phenomenal Band!If you want to buy one Badfinger album,
this has to be the one! Not only do
you get the obvious hits (Come And Get
It, No Matter What, Day After Day, Baby
Blue) but also some terrific album tracks and post-Apple tracks. Even though this is a great anthology of this band that sadly never made it to it's fullest potential, I might have
done things a little different.
I might have taken out "Name Of The Game" and replaced it with "No One Knows," a strong tune from 1974 that
oddly enough was never released as a
single. I might have replaced "Lonely
You" with "Shine On" or maybe have included the strong "Airwaves/Look Out
California" medley that kicked off the
1978 reformed Badfinger album, Airwaves
which is also a superb album. All that
rhetoric aside, this album is worth
it at twenty bucks, thirty bucks, but
you get seventy minutes plus of great
British pop music for less than twelve
bucks...life is good!
I'd like to thank Apple Records and
Capitol Records for dusting off all of
the Badfinger classics and releasing
them after so many years. It's finally
very refreshing to have record companies pay more attention to what
consumers really want! A little bit more about this band, they played a bit
as The Iveys and were discovered by Mal
Evans who was (with Neil Aspinall) the
real fifth and sixth Beatles, having
toured with them and been a big strong
part of their careers. At the time
Apple Records was in it's infancy and
The Iveys came out with a UK/European
only released album "Maybe Tomorrow."
It was an impressive release, but they
needed a real punchy single to hit the
then-real important American market,
Paul McCartney penned "Come And Get It"
for Badfinger and they took off! After
three very impressive Apple albums and
several singles they were lost in the
dissolving of Apple Records and their
own mismanagement. After moving to
Warner Brothers and recording two strong (but sadly unsuccessful) albums,
singer/writer Peter Ham (a talented
bloke he was) took his life in 1975 out
of the despair. Badfinger split up
but was reformed again by Joey Molland
in 1978, a strong album was released
on Elektra, but sadly didn't sell.
Tom Evans took his own life in the early 1980's after Badfinger recorded
their final studio album in 1981, "Say
No More." Since then, there has been
some great material being released
"Head First," "Day After Day: Live" and
the reissues of all the original albums, a testimony to their greatness!
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA) 3/9/2010
No Dice (1970)
Phenomenal Album By A Great BandBadfinger was a band that tragically
never got to their fullest potential.
"No Dice" was released in late 1970
at a time where there was incredible
competition by a lot of British and
American artists who we hold dear like
Badfinger as being classic. Well there
was The Who, Yes, Tull, Elton John,
Traffic, The Hollies, the list goes on.
"No Dice" is a testimony
to this band's greatness, despite the
Beatle influence. I agree with the other reviews here, these guys aren't
Beatle clones by any means. Influenced
maybe. "I Can't Take It" is a rocker
with some great hooks kicks off this
classic album, "Midnight Caller" is a
cool Pete Ham effort. Quite a few tracks on this album could have been
considered as some pretty strong singles, but "No Matter What" also shows off that classic late 60's/early
70's British pop sound nicely! The album continues with the tender ballad "Without You," penned by Badfinger, but many remember it as the
classic hit by Harry Nilsson. "Better
Days" is another great moment, and
closing the album was the very beautiful "Were For The Dark." And if
that's not enough, there's more value
on this CD with the strong assembly
of bonus tracks. Throughout the later
1970's and into the 1980's this album
was very hard to find on vinyl, and thankfully Apple Records revived this
phenomenal album in the early 1990's
on compact disc.
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA) 3/9/2010
Magic Christian Music (1970)
The Other Apple "Fab" BandAfter a UK/European only debut as The Iveys, this British pop act newly signed to the Beatles Apple Records label was rechristened Badfinger and the magic took off! Throughout the
mid-1970's and up until it's release on
CD in the mid-1990's, this album was
very hard to find, but well worth it!
"Come And Get It" was written by Paul
McCartney, giving his label mates a good strong single to kick off this band's worldwide debut. "Crimson Ship"
another "single that should have been,"
great pop hooks as is in "Dear Angie."
"Carry On Till Tomorrow" is a haunting
melodic flowing number, while "Knocking
Down Our Home" is a sad lament indeed.
This cd is well worth it even without
the bonus tracks, but Apple serves up
two winners. "Storm In A Teacup" was a
very rare number which only was released on a very rare British promotional album which tied in to a
popular British ice cream. "Arthur"
is a little ditty about a naughty
milkman. Badfinger was one band that
could have been a incredible force in
the 1970's diet of music, but sadly met
with tragedy due to it's state of
mismanagement and being ripped off so
much. Singer/writer Peter Ham took his
life out of this despair in 1975, and
just as sadly, Tom Evans also did the
same in 1983. This album, along with
later efforts "No Dice" and "Straight
Up" are incredible classic examples of
great British pop, they had some great
influence but also were very talented
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA) 3/9/2010
+2 Bonus Tracks
At The Time, Panned...But What Do Critics KnowThis album, one of several which stand out in Paul's solo career was really raked over by the critics when first released in 1971. I don't know what
they were smoking, but set between the
very down-to-earth bare bones sound
of "McCartney" and the terrible "Wild Life," this shines! Maybe the critics
were comparing him to what John and George were doing at the time, but not
the point here. This is a great album.
The entire side one just moves along quite well, and there's not a clunker
in the bunch. Even the sometimes sappy
"Uncle Albert" still comes off as very
well done pop music. Side two is also
a piece ala resistance. "Long Haired Lady" is a look into the kinds of sounds we would expect from Paul into
the 1970's. "Ram" was/is a classic album, and if you're sampling Paul's work outside of the fabs, it's a good
starting point, add to your list "Band
On The Run," "Tug Of War," "Flowers In
The Dirt" and "Wingspan" and you've got
a solid start! "Too Many People" is an
answer to some of the lyrical slams that John was firing off against his
estranged mate Paul. "Dear Boy" is a
melodic jaunt that leads very nicely
into the rest. This European/UK set
also serves up the bonus tracks.
"Another Day" makes it on several Macca
anthologies, so it's not really a rarity, yet "Oh Woman Oh Why" is, and is well worth tacking on the end of this classic album.
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA) 3/9/2010
Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr (2007)
How Can You Not Like Ringo?This set picks up for all the inconsistencies of Ringo's previously
released "hits collection." "Blast From Your Past" from 1975 was a rush released job skimpy on material, but it did have singles that didn't appear on album. "Blast" was thrown together
by Apple Records due to the contract
period for the Beatles & solo careers
was running out. "Blast" appeared back
to back with John Lennon's hit collection, "Shaved Fish."
The 1989 release "Starr Struck" picked
up where "Blast" left off, a better
variety of material but going through
some good and uninspired times. "Starr Struck" is a longer collection as well. This collection is the peach! It begins with Ringo's earliest post-Beatles single, the classic "It Don't Come Easy" and keeps going strong. It's a great jaunt through the 1970's, including the fabulous "Snookeroo,"
which was written by the songwriting team who were all over the airwaves at
the time, Elton John & Bernie Taupin.
Great song. "A Dose Of Rock-N-Roll" is a good one to have here, but the
inclusion of the follow-up "Hey Baby" shouldn't have been included. The absence of "Private Property" is noticeable, but the inclusion of "Weight of The World" off
1992's "Time Takes Time" makes up for it. Ringo in the 1990's was a bit less
"hit single oriented" but still churning out some good albums, I definitely would have nixed "King Of Broken Hearts" and replaced it with "La Dee Dah," the more popular of the two tracks. Ringo was at his best surrounded by the help of his friends, and he kept true to that tradition. All in all, a set crammed with his best material covering his career from 1970 to 2005 quite nicely. The 1970's promo films on the DVD are "totally 1970's," but they are great. Who else
but Ringo could have gotten away with
being dressed as a spaceman singing
"Only You" on the rooftop of the Capitol Records building. Sort of a
spoof on the Beatles Apple rooftop
concert, isn't it?
Great collection Ringo, you're still
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA) 12/31/2009
Time Traveller (4 disc box set) (1994)
One Of The Better Boxed Sets!As boxed sets normally go, this one stands out among the plethora of the
genre. It's a true value for the money. The band itself has been a legend of longevity, prosperity (both
artistically and commercially). The set is comprised of four basic cd's,
all chronologically arranged. The fifth "bonus" cd is an encore performance at the famous Red Rocks
concerts that have been so eloquently
documented by Polydor Records. It's great to have the newest track, "This
Is The Moment." The music of this set
dates back to 1966, but "Why isn't it
here # 1..." Missing the inclusion of
the classic "Go Now" and some of the
other pre-1966 Moody Blues material
featuring Clint Warwick and Denny Laine. Disc 1 and Disc 2 move along quite well, saturated with
material from the three early MB studio
albums, "Days Of Future Passed," "Lost
Chord" and "On The Threshold Of A Dream," each one a classic in their own right! Disc 3 is crammed with six years of group history. It was great to have several Hayward/Lodge "Blue Jays" tracks on this set. "Might Have
Been Nice # 2..." how about a representative cut from the other MB solo efforts from Graeme, Ray and Mike?
The inclusion of Justin Hayward's primo
1978 solo single "Forever Autumn" makes
up for all the inconsistencies of this
set! It's one of the best tracks in
Hayward's musical canon, a canon of
treasures to say the least. The set
finishes with a jaunt through the 1980's Moody Blues story. Great boxed set? You bet. A definitive boxed set for both the casual fan and the hard-core Moody Blue fan. Most boxed sets
on the market either satisfy one extreme or the other. This one takes
care of both at a bargain price.
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee, MA) 12/27/2009
||John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band|
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
Primal Therapy At It's BestJohn breaks free from the restrictions
of The Beatles on this album. You can't really count the three previous
"solo" albums he had done with Yoko and
the various POB members. The songs are
primal, Lennon truly inspired. "Working Class Hero" alone is a masterpiece, and then again so is the rest of this album, "God," "Mother"
included. Capitol/EMI gave us a treat
in the remastered release by including
two bonus tracks, "Power To The People"
was a "single not on an album," the
lament of protestors backed with some
hard driving JL rock-n-roll. The second bonus track is more of a rarity!
"Do The Oz" was a single that John and
Yoko made a guest appearance on to call
attention to the Oz trials of mid-1971.
It has never been released on an album.
A couple of other bonus tracks would
have been really neat, like maybe
the non-album singles of the period, "Cold Turkey," "Instant Karma"
but who's complaining? This album and
John's "Imagine" highlights the solo
musical career of a great performer
and spokesman who alas...had died long
before his time.
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA) 12/20/2009
Best of Linda Ronstadt: The Capitol Years (2006)
Great Package, But...This set explores Linda Ronstadt's
Capitol Records days. It's a good quality package, graphics and soundwise. It's nice to have all of the great stuff from those years, like
her rendition of "Rock Me On The Water," "Rescue Me," and her classic
"Long Long Time." My complaint is that
Capitol kind of did a rip off tactic here, they included the entire "Heart Like A Wheel" album on this package.
Any true Linda Ronstadt fan should have
"Heart Like A Wheel" (and of course
"Prisoner In Disguise," need I digress)
so why waste nearly half a compact disc
giving us something we already have?
A better way to have filled that gap
would have been to include the Best of Linda's Stone Poneys years (1967-1969) also on Capitol, and that would have made this package a true collectors delight.
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA) 9/30/2009
Beatles: Stereo Box Set (2009) Top Seller
Bonus DVD; Limited Edition; Remastered; Box Set
The Best Keeps Getting BetterIt's about time Apple took a good look
at re-releasing the Beatles catalog
digitally. Their CD catalog has been
out since 1987, whereas other 60's/70's
legends have been getting the "revised
remastered" and "new improved" treatments (sometimes several times over), why not some digitally remastered fabs???
Both mono and stereo boxes are excellent products, well packaged with
some bonus photos included with each
"album," the original album graphics
of course were used. The liner notes
were sparse at times, but overall not a
big complaint. It was good to get the original booklet that accompanied the original 1967 Capitol release of "Magical Mystery Tour," of course, I still have my vinyl version, but the later vinyl re-pressings and initial cd release didn't have the booklet which captured stills from the film.
The sound quality of the box set is of course, wonderful. It's cleaner in places, and in other places you can actually hear things you might not have
heard the first, second or even third
time around. The mini-documentaries
were pretty cool, I thought the DVD
compilation was a good addition to the
boxed set, another bonus for the price
paid for it (believe me, a worthwhile
investment). I remember listening to these songs on vinyl the first time out, and then on standard compact discs, and the magic goes further with
these digitally remastered discs.
Apple has once again presented The Beatles product with reverence and class, of course well deserved. Their music has endured several decades since their break-up, and hasn't stopped selling well and arousing interest in old and new fans. Apple
has been giving us fans some great products, to make up for the years when
re-packages weren't up to standards,
remember "Rock And Roll Music" in 1976,
or worse yet, "Reel Music" from 1982??
If you do remember those, you'll only
agree with my sentiments that it was
a slipshod way to pay homage to the
If you're considering buying this set,
do it! You won't be disappointed,
it's a bargain, and well worth it.
A suggestion for another future fab
product, how about a DVD release of
the movie "Let It Be," and perhaps
putting out "Live At Hollywood Bowl"
onto CD? Just some ideas, otherwise
Apple is doing a great job!
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA) 9/23/2009
Let It Roll: The Best of George Harrison (2009) Top Seller
His Music 5 stars, This Set 4 starsLike any "Greatest Hits" collection,
especially with a career like George,
there's bound to be some "what about this" and "What about that?" quips from
the fans. Yes, it's a very nicely
packaged high quality sounding career
spanning anthology of George Harrison.
I think the inclusion of "I Don't Want To Do It" (only released as a single and on the soundtrack to Porkys Revenge
back in the mid-1980's) is alone a good
sales point of this album, "Cheer Down"
was also nice to have, appearing only
on the 1989 anthology "Best of Dark Horse." It was good to have all the other tracks there, but then with George's most fanatic fans, some of these tracks are already on 3 or 4 CD's
we have already. Another reviewer wrote about not having a studio version
Of "Bangladesh," that would have been
a good inclusion on this set. Still
waiting for another gap to be filled,
the improved CD reissue of "Dark Horse"
and "Extra Texture," hopefully with some bonus tracks. I do applaud Capitol for doing a great job on the
reissues of George, high quality packages that aren't rip-offs.
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA) 9/21/2009
Paul McCartney - The McCartney Years (2007)
Rhino And Macca-What A MatchRhino Records has been one of the best
music/video companies to emerge and
kick a.. within the last 20 some odd
years. And it's just so natural that
they be teamed up for this configuration and release. A great
video history of McCartney, especially
the video clips when arranged chronologically is a good romp through
history. Some may be dated and passe,
but were going way back here. THe sound quality is pretty good too. It
was neat to have the video of "Once Upon A Long Ago," a track that was released as a single in the UK but never over here, but should have been!
The tribute to Linda McCartney was
touching. The third disc featuring some concert flicks was fascinating,
not too much of any one concert so it
wouldn't be a repeat, but just enough
to represent the show like Rockshow
and Unplugged. It's also refreshing to
see some quality solo Beatle product
out on the market, especially in the
video arena. Great job by Rhino on this set. Paul should take a hint and
treat his long-time fans to a audio CD
of some of his "rarities," like a US
release of "Once Upon A Long Ago," or
some of his unreleased B sides and A sides, there's still a lot out there that hasn't been used as CD bonus tracks on the solo CD releases. This
video is a step in the right direction.
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA) 11/26/2007
Traveling Wilburys (2007) Top Seller
Do The Wilbury Twist (again)As always, Rhino Records outdoes itself
with class in reviving the best of the
past, committing to quality and a fair
price. For those who still have the
original released Wilbury CD's, these
are fresher with bonus tracks and a good solid DVD documentary. After all how can you beat the likes of these
guys? George, Dylan, Roy, Tom and Jeff
a supergroup that is really "super."
This release is an incredible value
for those rediscovering the band or being hooked for the first time.
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA) 6/29/2007
Love Songs (2005) Top Seller
Latter Year Rawls At A Premium PriceExquisite sound and a good solid line-up is the best way to describe this set. It doesn't get too much into that
"muzaky soul," yet explores the latter
era of Rawls career, there's something
for everyone here. The hits are shining, the jazz and blues tracks are
classy numbers by one of the classy
throats of the 20th Century.
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA, USA) 5/20/2007
Inside Story (1979)
Ford's Earlier Career Still ShinesThis album has long been unavailable
on CD. Thanks to the folks at Wounded
Bird for bringing this and many more
forgotten (but awesome) albums that the
major companies tend to shy away from
reissuing. This was a sparkling venue
into fusion jazz and mixing in some blues, Robben is supported by an all star cast of phenomenal session players
namely Blue Lou, Tom Bones Malone etc.
Robben is one of the premier jazz/blues
guitarists of this time, check out
"Talk To Your Daughter," or his awesome
work with the L.A. Express. This guy
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA) 1/7/2007
Capitol Collectors Series (1992)
Great Collection At Bargain PriceA comprehensive collection at a bargain
of a price. Al's stunning voice brings
out yet more wonderful memories of days
Submitted by a reviewer (Chicopee MA) 1/7/2007