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  1. I haven't heard these, but the reviews are good so I just ordered them... Appears to be TV and radio broadcasts of varying quality, but the price is good for a pig in a poke- £12.99 Abbey Road and Beyond: Greatest Hits and Lost Sessions 1962 - 1966 (6 CD Box Set) The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction In Concert: The Classic Broadcasts 1964-1966 [4 CD Set] Life From Mars: The Legendary Broadcast Collaboration 4 CD Box Set
  2. Bargain DVD boxes

    Tonight I watched a very odd show with Blondie and Peaches and Herb. They hired dancers to upstage the performers and they are very odd and very stupid looking. Blondie lip synced Heart of Glass and did One Way Or The Other live. Yes, Redbone is on the set. That Indian drag thing is very odd. The guitar player was in a loin cloth. I kept wanting to avert my eyes. But not quite as much as the guy in the cellophane trousers dancing to Blondie. That was total cringe.
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    I watched most of the first disc last night, and it's all live. For Tom Petty, that is a good thing. For Harry Chapin and Argent, it's not a good thing at all. Does anyone know if these are complete shows? It looks like they were set up to do more than just the song that is in the program. In one song the drummer just sits there while they do an acoustic guitar song. Did they record a half dozen songs of each and sprinkle them through the season? That would be tough for Crystal Gale because she appeared to only have one song (Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue). She sings it in the beginning of the show then says goodbye and proceeds to sing it again. I can see her performing at a live concert playing it six times in a row before saying goodnight. She didn't appear to have much else going for her. The set I got from Deep Discount is six discs
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    I just got it in the mail. It's a great set. I don't think they're complete shows, but they cherry picked well and there's over 8 hours of material there. The performances are all live. No lip sync.
  5. Classical music bargains

    A bit of a grab bag, but a good deal at $30 shipped to the US. Naxos 30th Anniversary Collection. 30 CDs
  6. Mozart Symphonies Box Set

    I would choose Bohm's Beethoven 6th and Mozart's late symphonies as first choices.
  7. Do you follow the box bargains thread in this forum? There are some fantastic sets there that are just as good as Mosaic's selling for a fraction of the price. As a for instance, being discussed right now is a 6 CD box set of Django Reinhardt on Vogue. Great stuff from 1934-1951 in very good sound for less than $20. There are labels that specialize in great jazz, blues and old time country box sets at well under $7 a disc, sometimes as low as $2 a disc. It's great to be the best of the best, but you also have to remain competitive. Mosaic is still operating on the same business plan it was operating under in the late 90s. It isn't streaming's fault that they aren't able to stay afloat. You have to move with the market and serve as broad a demographic as you can.
  8. The real problem with Mosaic is the price point. No one pays full retail price like they did back in the 90s. I still buy lots of CDs, but I buy them in big box sets at $2 to $3 a disc- and those are great boxes.
  9. It's on its way to me. Thanks for the tip!
  10. Lohengrin

    Kenton's arranger, Pete Rugolo had a very odd sense of harmony. He could make the Tristan chord into something even weirder.
  11. Classical music bargains

    Here's a good one... Complete Beethoven Symphonies on 3 blu-rays with several extras as well. Rafael Fruehbeck de Burgos / Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Well reviewed. 5.1 sound $25 (Amazon is sold out but 3rd party sellers still have it at this price). Grab it quick!
  12. Am I the only one here

    You have to be careful or else you hit overload. I was in a 78 collecting forum and I saw a local posting saying "Free classical records to a good home". That was exactly what I was interested in, so I called the guy up and offered to take them. He said, "They're yours, but there are a lot of them. You better bring a truck." I said "No problem, I have a Nissan pickup." He replied, "No, a BIG truck." So I called a buddy with a 3/4 ton pickup and drove over to pick them up. The guy handed me a huge stack of papers and said, "Here is in the inventory. The records are in here..." He opened his garage door and there were shipping boxes stacked in a solid four foot cube. It was everything we could do to get them all in the truck, and when we were done, the truck was riding very low to the ground. Now I have a whole hallway in my house that has those records floor to ceiling. I try not to follow the record collecting forums any more!
  13. Bargain DVD boxes

    Bewitched Complete Series $27.99 (33 disks)
  14. Classical music bargains

    I have a lot of the Brilliant Classics big composer boxes, and I have yet to find a single one that I am unhappy with.
  15. Classical music bargains

    I don't believe in holding out for the absolute "perfect" performance. I'd rather listen a variety of good performances. Each one illuminates a different aspect of the composition. I think a lot of people who say they only listen to one specific "perfect" recording aren't necessarily listening to it because of the quality, but just because they've just gotten used to it through repeated listening. It's like a baby duck being patterned to recognize its mother.