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  Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Rage Hard, The Sonic Collection
  "Rage Hard, The Sonic Collection"

Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Track listing:
  1. Relax
2. Two Tribes
3. Ferry Cross The Mersey
4. The World Is My Oyster
5. Welcome To The Pleasuredome
6. Maximum Joy
7. San Jose
8. Warriors Of The Wasteland
9. Rage Hard
10. War
11. Watching The Wildlife
12. Born To Run
13. The Power Of Love
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Review by mccontrol July 16, 2008 (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
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There's been a few words written about this SACD so I think we need to clear the air.The surround mix on this collection was supervised by Trevor Horn,the producer extraordinaire whom originally twiddled Frankie's knobs.So it seems very strange to me that people keep saying it has no bass.Why would a producer make a surround mix of some of his classic work and not include a bass track?The simple answer to this is he did.An explanation for some listeners not getting a full bang from their system is they either don't have a sub-woofer,or they are listening to SACD through a small home theatre system,who knows.As is generally the case,if you have good equipment/speakers/amp you should have great sound.From my personal experience,SACD does not sound very good through the small satellite speakers that come with a lot of "in the box" home theatre systems.Mine sounds thumpin'.

There is some great music on this disc and whilst it is very heavy on the "Pleasuredome" album(if you can program your player you can play nearly all of the Pleasuredome album in 5.1),I for one am grateful for the inclusion of tracks from "Liverpool"."Maximum Joy",the track that really should have been a single gets a new lease on life in 5.1.There is also a different,shorter mix of "War" on the surround layer.I think this has been included so we get a different version to the mix we know from previous releases.A big plus is the full length version of "Ferry Cross The Mersey" the original b-side to the "Relax" 7" vinyl single.Very cool.

My only gripe with this compilation,and it's a very small one,we only get radio versions of the hits,it would have been nice to get one or two of the awesome extended mixes that were made of say,"Two Tribes" or "Warriors".

"Shooting stars never stop!!!"

Frankie Say,No More.....

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Review by PaulHoncoop January 23, 2005 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Aggressive? Not at all. I 'm a fan of FHTH from the beginning. When i heard about this sacd, i must have it! I bought it for 35 euro (import) but it was my money more than worth. All the multichannel mixes sounds so good; a sonic collection is the only right term for this sacd. Welcome to the pleasure dome is maybe to rough mixed, but keep in mind it's a 13 minutes song wherein a lot of changes. Trevor Horn spend a year for mixing this sonic collection sacd, and you can hear that.
This is a very good ZTT sacd release.
One strange thing to comment; the stereo version is 30 seconds longer than the multichannel mix. I don't know what makes the differ.
This sacd is highly recommended by me (if you obviously like FGTH).
p.s great sacd for music and audio-lovers.

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Review by emilsjr July 4, 2003 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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When one thinks of Frankie Goes to Hollywood (assuming you have heard of them), it is to "Relax". Rage Hard collects all of their hits and some interesting covers in a disc that is way better than it has any right being.

For the record, I am a huge fan of 80's music. FGTH has always been a group that I thought burned out too soon. All the songs that made them known to me are here. "Rage Hard", "Two Tribes", "Welcome to the pleasuredome" and of course "Relax". However, this album allowed me to hear things from them I had never heard. Both "Maximum Joy" and "The Power of Love" are powerful songs that should have been big hits. And the cover songs are really amazing here. Frankly, I thought "San Jose", "War" and "Born to Run" were very interesting and well done. I would never have pictured FGTH being able to pull off a Bruce Springsteen song and yet here it is. And it works.

The SACD is no sonically master-piece. However, the multi-channel mix is a fun experience. Aggressive and making full use of every channel. If you like an unobtrusive rear channel mix, this disc is not for you. However, this material seems suited to the mix chosen and makes the music feel new. If you are a fan, this is a no brainer.

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