Amazon exclusive edition, including an art print signed by Pete Burns.
The box set carry the same catalogue number as the regular edition (BOOMBOX01). The catalogue number of this exclusive edition is to be found on the shrinkwrap sticker and on the exclusive art print.
There are no track durations given on the release.
This initial batch of box sets includes errors on 10 of the 19 discs as follows:
CD1 Track 1, ‘I’d Do Anything’, incorrectly finishes with an extra “do do do”.
CD2 Track 5, ‘What I Want’, (1984 Dance Mix) incorrectly plays the same as Track 2 ‘Original Dance Mix’.
CD3 The entire disc incorrectly plays in Mono. Track 12, listed as ‘My Heart Goes Bang’ (7″ Version), incorrectly plays the album version.
CD4 The entire disc incorrectly plays in Mono. Track 4, listed as ‘My Heart Goes Bang [American WIPE-OUT Mix]’, should have been listed as ‘Edit’ of that mix. The full length mix has never been released on CD, however the label has reported being unable to source a master with the full, unedited 6:45 duration.
CD6 There is an awkward gap between tracks ‘Then There Was You’ and ‘Come Inside’ on the original album sequence. ‘Brand New Lover’ (Edit) appears to be too slow.
CD8 Track 13, ‘Something In My House (Short Version)’ should be an edit of the album version but incorrectly plays the 7″ remix.
CD12 Track 1 ‘Fan The Flame’ (feat. Gina X) / Track 2 ‘Unhappy Birthday’: Steve Coy included this version of ‘Fan The Flame’, as it was previously unreleased and acts as an opening prelude for the album, which was re-sequenced. Track 1 now segues seamlessly into Track 2 ‘Unhappy Birthday’, which was the original Track 2 on the 1990 Japanese release.
CD14 Track 12, listed ‘International Thing’ (NU-NRG 12″ Remix)’, incorrectly plays the album version.
DVD1 and DVD2 Both discs have cropped, freezing issues.
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can anyone tell me the difference between The Hooked On Love (La Vie En Rose Mix) & The Album Version? They are the same length & i hear the same mix. Also on some vinyl releases of the single it lists the Edit as the La Vie En Rose Mix, so is the Edit a Edit of the La Vie En Rose Mix or the Album Version?
I'm a little weary of ordering the vinyl box until I read some reviews. I Wouldnt doubt they pressed these same 16 bit 44khz CDs to vinyl and charged us all a fortune. Hopefully a dedicated mastering for the vinyl from a master.
Question for the database entry- how should the corrected discs be listed? As part of this release? A whole new separate release? Since they aren't for sale, but given away as replacements for this set, would they be considered promo?
Here is a little comment I posted on Popjustice : My heart goes bang (instrumental) is sourced from a mp3 In Too Deep (instrumental) is sourced from a mp3 I want you (remix) is from mp3 I think I hear vinyl crackles in Hooked on Love (remix) when i turn the volume up during the fade out. and some denoiser "erased" a kick in the intro. I bet this one is a vinyl rip. Hooked on love (La Vie en rose mix) is from mp3. Baby Don't SAy Goodbye (The powerfull club twelve) is from mp3 Baby Don't SAy Goodbye (Club Mix) is from mp3 Baby Don't SAy Goodbye (Instrumental) is from mp3 YSPR (Blu Sky Mix) is from mp3 Baby Don't SAy Goodbye (Radio Edit) is from mp3 Baby Don't SAy Goodbye (Extended Mix) is from mp3
As well as the much-publicised mono mastering of Youthquake discs 1 & 2, it's also also worth mentioning the following erroneously listed tracks/mixes:
Boom Boom - What I Want (1984 12" Mix) (CD2-5) does not feature, but plays the (Evolution edit of the) Original 12" Mix (CD2-2) - That's The Way (Dub) (CD2-9) & Keep That Body Strong (CD2-12) are the same mix.
Youthquake - My Heart Goes Bang (7" Mix) (CD3-12) does not feature. The album version (CD3-8) is repeated.
Rip It Up - Something in my House (Short Version) (CD8-13) does not feature. The 7" remix (CD6-13) is repeated.
Nude - Baby Don't Say Goodbye (Remade Remodelled) (CD11-2) & (Extended Mix) (CD11-8) are the same mix. The latter is not segued to the next track, instead fading out, and is very poor quality.
Nukleopatra - International Thing (Nu-NRG 12") (CD14-12) does not feature. The album version (CD13-6) is repeated. - Rebel Rebel (12" Extended) (CD14-1) does not feature. A slight trim of the Hole Mix (CD14-6) is repeated.
Product update 12th July 2018... For prospective purchasers, the replacement disc program from Optimal has closed. All copies on hand with retailers should be the corrected stock which is identified by BBFC 12 certification on rear. Anyone still requesting replacement discs should contact [email protected] with proof of purchase. I advise anybody purchasing this release via the marketplace to make sure it’s the corrected set or replacement discs are included.
Updated review 13th December 2016...
All of the replacement discs arrived today and I have to say kudos to Demon Music for responding to the issues and organizing repressings in such a timely manner. Whilst it's true that the errors with this box set should not have occurred in the first place it takes quite an effort to acknowledge them and set about fixing them so credit where it is due. Almost all the errors (see below for the remaining problem) that were noted have been fixed and this includes correcting the video aspect ratio problems on some of the dvd content. This has resulted in errors on the previously released Evolution dvd also being fixed and now presented in either full frame image or 16:9 widescreen (though Brand New Lover still looks wrong but I think it was originally shot that way). Excellent! What follows is an updated re-write of my original review reflecting the new discs.
I received my set today in pristine condition (very carefully packed with signed photo...Thanks Pete xxx) , check! All discs look ok with no scratches, check! The package and booklet all ok, check! There were many errors across both the audio and video discs of this set. All mistakes previously noted have been rectified and this is now a five star set of Dead Or Alive albums with an abundance of bonus content nicely presented in a large 12 " x 12" hardback book style folio. There is enough content here to keep even the hardest of fans happy for quite some time with each of the audio discs running well past the one hour mark and close to three hours of video across the two dvd's.
The audio discs for the most part are a nice anthology of Dead Or Alive encompassing the albums with Epic Records (Sophisticated Boom Boom to Nude) and the largely big in Japan years that followed. There was one glaring omission from the audio discs and I guess it was down to licensing. The absence of the original versions of "Sex Drive" recorded with Italo dance outfit Glam in the 90's. This track, first released in 1994 really signified a return to the clubs for Pete and is a huge part of his story in my memory as well as quite a sizeable dancefloor hit. It's a shame it couldn't be included but the re-recorded version with Dead Or Alive is here in all the relevant mixes including a stomping remix by Australian DJ Pee Wee Ferris.
I'm pretty happy with the all the content on the promo videos dvd however I believe there is still a minor cropping issue with the Rip It Up live concert video filmed in Japan. I checked the image against both the originally released VHS and the bonus content on the Dead Or Alive: Evolution [DVD] . on my 40" Sony panel the image from the VHS and Evolution DVD measures 25" in width, the standard for 4:3 video. The image on the Boom Box DVD is considerably less coming in at just under 24". At least the image is not squashed and thankfully ALL the BBC performances also included on this disc look and sound amazing for vintage video presentations. No cropping issues here at all. I would've liked to have taken half a star off for the Rip It Up picture error but I can't. The rest of the content most definitely warrants a five star review.
And anyway aside from these small problems in a big world scenario, R.I.P. Pete Burns, a one of a kind Freek Unique that will be sadly missed. This set is a testament to pursuing your vision no matter what. xxxxx