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Xanadu Original Soundtrack (Sony Music UK Remaster)

January 26th, 2011 3 comments

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Xanadu Original Soundtrack (Sony Music UK) front

I don’t typically write too many music reviews but I just had to write one for one of my favorite soundtracks of all time. Xanadu, the movie, was a very magical experience when I saw it as a child. The music from the movie always brought back fond emotions of that time in my life. Several years ago, I decided I wanted to add the soundtrack to my music collection but could not find a domestic copy on CD anywhere.

What I found out was that the Xanadu soundtrack had not been released domestically on compact disc. So, I overpaid and purchased an Australian import version of it. I enjoyed the music immensely but the sound quality was rather poor. Still, I was delighted to finally have access to some of my most wonderful childhood memories. It appears that in 1998, a few years after I obtained the import, Xanadu was finally released domestically in the US. Sony Music UK released a version too, but gave it an amazing makeover first.

Xanadu Original Soundtrack (Sony Music UK) back

The Sony Music UK remastered edition has a better CD insert with lyrics and photos from the original vinyl LP. The US MCA and Australian import CD inserts have nothing but the front cover. More importantly, Sony Music UK remastered the audio using the original Jet Records master tapes. As soon as I received the CD, I ripped it to the lossless FLAC audio format on my PC and began comparing it to the Australian import. The difference was dramatic.

  1. “Magic” – 4:31
  2. “Suddenly” (duet with Cliff Richard) – 4:02
  3. “Dancin'” (duet with The Tubes) – 5:17
  4. “Suspended in Time” – 3:55
  5. “Whenever You’re Away From Me” (duet with Gene Kelly) – 4:22
  6. “I’m Alive” – 3:46
  7. “The Fall” – 3:34
  8. “Don’t Walk Away” – 4:48
  9. “All Over the World” – 4:04
  10. “Xanadu” (sung by Olivia Newton-John) – 3:28

The Australian import and MCA’s US releases always sounded very muffled. The remastered version sounds amazingly clear. Separation of instruments and vocals are easier to distinguish and gives new life to this amazing soundtrack. Jeff Lynne and Olivia-Newton John have never sounded better. Do not make the mistake of buying any other version. Get the Sony Music UK import version. If you already own the 1998 US version by MCA or the Australian import like me, it’s still worth getting the Sony Music UK remastered edition. I bought a brand new copy from Amazon 3rd party seller, MovieMars-CDs and had no problems with them.

Available from 3rd party sellers on Amazon.com.

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Illustrate’s dBpoweramp Music Converter/CD Ripper

December 13th, 2010 1 comment

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dBpoweramp

How do you get your CDs to your iPod, Zune, or other portable music player? iTunes? Windows Media Player? Probably, right? Well, if you want more control over the music you rip, you should consider an alternative. dBpoweramp Music Converter is just such an alternative, though not for the squeamish.

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Erasure’s A Little Respect (HMI Redux) To Benefit The Hetrick-Martin Institute

December 11th, 2010 No comments

A Little Respect (HMI Redux)

Erasure has redone their popular single from the 80s, A Little Respect, to benefit the Hetrick-Martin Institute. If you are a fan or just enjoy the song, please consider making the $0.99 purchase to support HMI.

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For more info on the Hetrick-Martin Institute, please visit them here.
For more info on Erasure, please visit them here.

Proceeds from the track will be donated to The Hetrick-Martin Institute, the home of the Harvey Milk High School, in New York, and the True Colors Fund. The Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service organization, provides a safe and supportive environment to all young people – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity so that they can achieve their full potential.

In the wake of all the gay bullying and related suicides that have been reported in the US over the past several months, Erasure wanted to do something special to spread a message of tolerance and to raise money for an organisation that engages in the fight on a daily basis and, because it has become something of a gay rights anthem over the years, it seemed only fitting to release a brand new version of A Little Respect.

The HMI Redux features a youth chorus from the Hetrick-Martin Institute who also appear in the music video, directed by filmmaker Jason Stein.

The original version of A Little Respect, released in 1988, featured on The Innocents, the first Erasure album to hit the UK #1 spot (first on 30th April 1988 and again in January 1989), a chart-topping position they revisited with each of their next four album releases.

In over two decades together, Andy Bell and Vince Clarke (a founding member of Depeche Mode and Yazoo) have sold more than 20 million albums around the globe, proving themselves masters of every kind of song from disco symphonies to unplugged ballads. To download this amazing redux of A little Respect, click here.

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