Stars - Nightsongs alexlad

August 3, 2020
The dialogue in "International Rock Star" is a scene from "The Collector" movie (1965), played by Samantha Eggar and Terence Stamp.

Stars - Heart alexlad

August 3, 2020
The sampled voice saying "This is a sea of leaves..." in "The Woods" belongs to Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale and is taken from the "Grey Gardens" documentary (1975).

Various - Dance Valley 96 (The Album) as reviewed by alexlad

March 23, 2020
Disc 1 is pretty forgettable (except for brilliant Larkin's "Chasers") but Disc 2 is quite decent, seamlessly mixed blend of goa (Eat Static × MWNN), tribal (Der 3. Raum) and techno (The Advent).

Pet Shop Boys - Very alexlad

August 12, 2019
Just bought EU CD (SONOPRESS H-2913 / 7897212 A 4 + cat. #s printed in booklet) at the Berlin flea market. The case is orange but the plastic holder insert is clear (in order to see inlay picture?) and no backside sticker at all. Anyone got this variant of package?

R.E.M. - Photograph alexlad

August 10, 2018
The song was originally released in 1993 on 'Various - Born To Choose' compilation.

The Flaming Lips - 24 Hour Song Skull alexlad

February 9, 2018
They were purchased from The shop claims it offers legally and ethically obtained specimens.

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart alexlad

April 19, 2017
Also, who made artwork? Can't believe Peter Saville would create this cheap pseudo-scary Photoshop collage.

Saint Etienne - Re-Issue Roustabout alexlad

January 2, 2016
Milk Bottle Symphony (Early Version) can also be found on 'Nice Price' compilation.

Saint Etienne Featuring Etienne Daho - He's On The Phone alexlad

November 29, 2015
Inlay photography is a shot from the very first USSR v. England match (international friendly), 18 May 1958, Moscow, Lenin Stadium (now Luzhniki Stadium) with attendance of 102,000. The score is 1:1.

Cocteau Twins - The Pink Opaque alexlad

July 23, 2015
edited over 6 years ago
Still not sure about original release date. Some sources (Cocteaux' official site, Allmusic) mention November, 1985 [btw, it also matches CAD 513 cat. no.]. But some (including 4AD site) say it's January (13th), 1986.

Saint Etienne - Smash The System (Singles And More) as reviewed by alexlad

December 18, 2013
edited over 7 years ago
For a band with such an extensive discography (remember "regional", "fan-club only" releases and countless singles/EPs besides regular studio works), "Smash the System" is more valuable than just another "best of" compilation. Encompassing 1990s and early 2000s (for my part, their golden age), it offers a bunch of brilliant singles and noteworthy rare tracks moving from acid house to 60s-inspired sophisticated pop. The compilation is equally a good start for newcomers to meet the band and a great set for hardcore fans to enjoy the brightest moments in Saint Etienne's career.
A couple of words for collectors and completists. Some of the tracks are actually edits, alternates and remixes. Also avoid 16-track reissue (2005) which is a criminally reduced version and omits lots of tracks.

4AD as reviewed by alexlad

November 16, 2013
4AD had a strong impact upon me. Suffice it to say, that significal part (well, best part) of my CD collection are the label's releases. Indeed, 4AD is "the perfect antidote", as one of its fan-sites is called.

Elegi - Sistereis alexlad

June 6, 2011
edited over 10 years ago
The last track features a verse by Tamara Yan, a poetess from Kazan, Russia. These rhymes are about a lady and her two namesake admirers who hadn't return after the war.

Pet Shop Boys - Discography (The Complete Singles Collection) as reviewed by alexlad

October 15, 2008
edited over 5 years ago
This compilation is not just a bulk of all PSB hits to date; the main value is that these great songs mostly come as single versions, sometimes very different from those we've heard on albums (surprisingly "Heart" version is even longer than on LP). What's more, "Discography" includes late era non-album singles.

I can answer with confidence the question in the title of last track — yes, it was worth it. The years, covered with "Discography", were very prolific in duo's career.

Indeed, it's complete. 5/5

The Smiths - The Complete Picture as reviewed by alexlad

July 10, 2008
As you can see this DVD provides no a viewer with a great video collection. One half is just appearances on UK TV (Top Of The Pops) and the other half isn't awesome too. Plus "a film" that includes The Queen is Dead/There's a Light That Never Goes Out/Panic. The whole disc runs less than one hour.

I have no a clue why this DVD is rated PG (Parental Guidance), but suppose that is because of some nudity in "The Queen is Dead".

Is it worth it to buy? Yes, if you get it cheap and/or you're a Smiths' hardcore fan. 2/5