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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Total Pop! Deluxe Box' (Rhino)
Artist - Erasure

Here's a band who's been around for almost 25 years, and they've never stopped. After their massive pop success, many figured them to be over and done. In fact, they continued their brilliance and it's just kept getting better and better.

For old and new fans alike, this box-set will delight any and every fan of the British duo. Never before seen pictures in a thick, hardcover book (yes, BOOK), that will simply astound is included, along with a CD of remastered live tracks from various tours, as well as a DVD of some of their most treasured live moments.

Moments such as multiple appearances of the them on the UK's premiere chart show (as was at the time, but is no longer running, TOTP - Top Of The Pops) and other such BBC performances. Basically, this fantastic box-set includes all their synth-pop singles from 1986-2007, live recordings spanning 1987-2007; and that soon-to-be-loved-by-all-fans DVD (1986-2005).

As for this over-stated tag of "digitally remastered sound," well, yes, they do sound clearer, but even though all the tracks have indeed been newly remastered for this box-set (by Simon Heyworth at Super Audio Mastering, Devon), the differences are heard; but not always.

The liner notes are rather thin but informative, nonetheless. Erasure's hits are broken down across a few pages in terms of writers, production, mixes, EP/single information, release dates, and U.K. peak chart positions. Many casual fans may find this information very useful if discovering the duo for the first time.

Note that while the collection is titled as having the first 40 hits of Erasure it is actually 41 tracks (with the new mix of "Always") in chronological order. Disc One fills in at roughly 78 minutes, and Disc Two covers roughly 77 minutes. No space is wasted, cramming this package full of excellent, timeless pop music. Here's to the next 40!

The second half of their musical history is a testament to their creative genius. And with a new album already slated in the works (back to their electronic roots, we've been told), life looks up once more, with Erasure at the helm!





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