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Product: Audio CD
Title: Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Repeat Repeat Delete

If you're interested in purchasing the same old stuff, that has been sold and sold again, under different packaging, help yourself.

Sony wasted $3 Million advancing this freakoid loser who simply needs funds to fund his defense.

There is nothing new here. Just the same old tripe and trash.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Treasure Planet
Label: Disney
Artist: Various Artists
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Treasure Planet RULES!!!!!!!!!!

This review will focus mostly on the score for Treasure Planet by James Newton Howard. Treasure Planet is the third Disney film score composed by Howard and it is by far the best. He combines traditional 17th and 18th century music with modern influenced intruments to produce a totally fantastic adventure score. The score stays true to the nature of Stevenson's story yet at the same time is the perfect compliment to the movie. Overall an A+ and 5 star rating for the score. The two songs that go with the movie are fine in fact they are very good and much more tolerable than the recent Phil Collins songs for Tarzan so another A goes there. OVerall a great cd with a great score!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Hours
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The music was excellent.

This is the third Bowie album in a row to be completely lacking in melody. Each overlong track is taken at a dull mid-tempo pace and none show the passion and spark of the vastly-superior Hunky Dory, the album to which this is being inexplicably compared. Another dud.

Product: Audio CD
Title: World Of Brian Poole And The Tremeloes
Label: Universal Int'l
Artist: Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Decca signed Tremeloes instead of the Beatles

On New Year's Day, 1962, the Tremeloes auditioned for a recording contract immediately after the Beatles (then with Pete Best - later to be replaced by Ringo Starr). The man who had to choose only one signed the Tremeloes, although he eventually redeemed himself by signing the Rolling Stones to Decca on a recommendation from George Harrison. It is easy to laugh at the decision with hindsight, but the Tremeloes were a more experienced group and had a regular slot on BBC radio, therefore were known to many more people than the Beatles. Furthermore, the Tremeloes were based in London where the record company was located, so this also counted against the Beatles.

The Tremeloes were originally formed by a group of teenagers in 1958 with Brian Poole as their lead singer. Following their signing to Decca, the record company insisted that they put Brian's name up front, so they became Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. They found plenty of work, having non-charting singles of their own as well as backing other recording artists. Among these were the Vernon girls, who had minor UK hits with covers of Lover please (Clyde McPhatter) and Locomotion (Little Eva) - it was Locomotion that featured the Tremeloes.

Their first chart entry (a UK top five hit) was Twist and shout, a cover of an early Isley Brothers song that they'd recorded after hearing it on the Beatles' debut album. They followed it with Do you love me, a cover of a Contours song, which topped the UK charts for three weeks, knocking She loves you (Beatles) off the top - temporarily. The latter record returned to the top a couple of months later. The Dave Clark Five also covered Do you love me, but their version (their debut single) only made number 30 in the UK, though it did much better for them in America.

Brian Poole and the Tremeloes continued to succeed on the UK charts with covers of American songs including Candy man (number six) and Someone someone (number two), the latter being their only American hit, peaking at 97 on Billboard.

As the UK hits dried up, tensions within the group caused a split. Because Brian had been the focus of the group, it was generally assumed that he would go on to succeed as a solo singer while the group would fade into obscurity. Much to everybody's surprise, the reverse happened. Brian failed to establish himself as a solo act, eventually quitting the music business although he made periodic returns on the sixties revival circuit. The Tremeloes, with further line-up changes, re-emerged as a very different group in 1967. In that new form and on a different record label, they became much more successful and much more famous, but those recordings are to be found separately.

This compilation will interest Tremeloes fans wishing to trace the early history of the group and will also interest Brits who actually remember the hits. Beyond that, it will appeal to sixties collectors who enjoy the blend of pop, rock'n'roll and R+B that Brian Poole and the Tremeloes were noted for.