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Christmas cash-ins 2006

2006-12-20 10:12
24.coms very own Xmas cash-in
A funky Mobile download of the Christmas Carol "Boogie Woogie Xmas" Get it now

Robbie Williams Live - And Through it All DVD ***
Never-before-seen extra half hour of the show plus backstage and exclusive 'Making Of' footage. And some embarrassing moments. Like the bit where he covers Lou Reed's classic, "Walk on the Wild Side"... and really messes it up. Not likely to make any new fans. Lots of shots of screaming girls and dodgy sound - live is tricky but this is pretty bad. A handy collectable for serious groupies, but not a fantastic viewing experience.
Order by Thursday 21st for 24hr delivery

Moby - Go Best of DVD ** We weren't blown away by this incomplete cash-in of a collection. There's nothing here that anyone could consider essential. And it's not really related to the album, which is much more worthwhile. Best special feature? The chance to see Moby with hair on his head.
Full review
Order from Kalahari Katie Melua Piece by Piece (special bonus edition) ***
If you're not one of the 75 000 fans who've bought Katie's Piece by Piece, this bonus edition of the album is a better deal than the original for almost the same price. The bonus disc isn't just a whole bunch of music videos, but includes an actual 90 minute doccie. And then you'll score three promo films, too. Not bad for an extra thirty ronts or so. If you bought the other CD, though, it may seem a bit unfair.
Order it here

Zondi's Ultimate Romantic Ballads **
Nothing much to this. It's very similar to her "Romantic Ballads". What's it for? Restaurants on Valentine's Day? The odd quality track, like Sweetback's "Lover", made it on this time. But it's hard to see why anyone would buy this.

And finally...

Kersfeestuis Vol 2 - various CD **
Features a whole bunch of Afrikaans artists on this double CD of Christmas carols. If you can listen to Patricia Lewis singing "Away in a Manger" without passing out laughing, we encourage you to buy this album. Or you could wait till the 2nd of January and pick it up for quarter price (for Xmas 2007).
Buy from Kalahari

Also cashing in:
Prince, with a new compilation that's not as good as an existing double CD, which mysteriously is no longer available in shops. Depeche Mode with a new best of that only has two new songs on it. Cliff Richard with a duets CD to go with his tour, called "Two's Company", which his fans will love - so whip out that wallet guys. It's a star studded collection. Enya's ringing those tills with a best of. Unfortunately, nobody can tell what's on it because it all sounds like the same song. EMI's two tenuously themed compilations called "Bunch of Time" (English and Afrikaans market versions, both equally patchy) are beneath your iPod, and Zondi's Ultimate Romantic Ballads comes out mere months after her previous collection... It's the music the DJ plays at weddings. Basically, you have been warned.

Most cash-ins are just a disappointingly obvious ploy to wring a bit more cash out of panicky Christmas shoppers who want to take care of relatives with bad musical taste for under a hundred bucks. They'll all be on sale in the new year, so, unfortunately, anyone you buy them for will think you're dreadfully cheap when they see the new price.

- Jean Barker
Rushing round the CD stores buying last minute presents? Beware the pretty boxes filled with rubbish you've heard before.
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