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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuhlmate View Post
    Focus - 50 Years Anthology 1970-1976 [box set 9 CD + 2 DVD] - release 13th November 2020

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    Saw it on the website of a Dutch shop for € 45.99 which makes me more interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    Saw it on the website of a Dutch shop for € 45.99 which makes me more interested.
    € 36
    https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/poprock/det.../hnum/10325169

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuhlmate View Post
    I thought it might be cheaper somewhere else. At least the price makes it worth it, to buy some albums for the second or third time. Bonus-tracks, 2 live albums and 2 DVDs, with stuff I partly don't have, I'm in.

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    So Amazon France is cheaper than Amazon Germany.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    So Amazon France is cheaper than Amazon Germany.
    But Amazon France can make it difficult to order from and ship abroad.
    (there is a french law on the way, I'm pretty sure)
    Tried a few times from Belgium and gave up.

    I'll check it out in Mediamarkt in Brussels (if not closed down)

    There are four new Krautrock boxsets, based on geographical context (Köln, Berlin & Munich, I believe) - and a buddy spotted them in that superstore

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    But Amazon France can make it difficult to order from and ship abroad.
    (there is a french law on the way, I'm pretty sure)
    Tried a few times from Belgium and gave up.

    I'll check it out in Mediamarkt in Brussels (if not closed down)

    There are four new Krautrock boxsets, based on geographical context (Köln, Berlin & Munich, I believe) - and a buddy spotted them in that superstore

    https://www.bear-family.fr/bear-fami...des-krautrock/
    The French site is in French and doesn't offer a translation, which is possible with the German site, though I prefer having it in German. Each time it switch to Dutch I switch it back. One small problem is the prices always a bit higher than the prices on the site, because taxes.

    Those Krautrock sets look nice, though I'm not sure I'm in for it.

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    I have the Hocus Pocus box set and thought I would skip this. However, am I glad I didn't.. These first albums are amazingly well remastered and theres alot of extra material thrown in which makes this a real treat. I just love those DVD's and all the live material so much. In fact the whole box set is fantastic and is so recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    There are four new Krautrock boxsets, based on geographical context (Köln, Berlin & Munich, I believe) - and a buddy spotted them in that superstore

    https://www.bear-family.fr/bear-fami...des-krautrock/
    What a cool idea! Why didn’t they think of this before?
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    Focus - 50 Years Anthology 1970-1976 arrived today.
    So far (first two cd's) sound is excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    There are four new Krautrock boxsets, based on geographical context (Köln, Berlin & Munich, I believe) - and a buddy spotted them in that superstore
    https://www.bear-family.fr/bear-fami...des-krautrock/
    Thanks for the tip - Amazon UK has these too.

    It appears the booklets in each set are in German only, a point to note for anyone who can't read that language but was hoping to read the notes / essays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuhlmate View Post
    Focus - 50 Years Anthology 1970-1976 arrived today.
    So far (first two cd's) sound is excellent.
    Hmmm - these first two albums sounded ok, a little bright maybe, but since I didn't have them allready it was hard to compare.

    Then I tested Hamburger concerto, and tried 'La Cathedral' and was a little dissapointed.
    It wasn't better than my old copy in any aspect, and there was a little less bass and midrange.

    It's still a bargain: 9 cd's and 2 DVD's for the price of 2-3 new CD's, but the guy who remastered them does not impress me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuhlmate View Post
    Hmmm - these first two albums sounded ok, a little bright maybe, but since I didn't have them allready it was hard to compare.

    Then I tested Hamburger concerto, and tried 'La Cathedral' and was a little dissapointed.
    It wasn't better than my old copy in any aspect, and there was a little less bass and midrange.

    It's still a bargain: 9 cd's and 2 DVD's for the price of 2-3 new CD's, but the guy who remastered them does not impress me.
    You are entitled to your own opinion, however you are the first listener I have read who has suggested the new boxed set is inferior to any of the previous releases.
    As with all music listening, it depends on the person and the hi-fi set-up, and our personal preferences.
    You seem to be working you way through the set, so I would welcome your views once you have experienced all of the previously released material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcarr73729 View Post
    You are entitled to your own opinion, however you are the first listener I have read who has suggested the new boxed set is inferior to any of the previous releases.
    As with all music listening, it depends on the person and the hi-fi set-up, and our personal preferences.
    You seem to be working you way through the set, so I would welcome your views once you have experienced all of the previously released material.
    I didn't say it was inferior, but the improvement is debatable.

    Right now I am listening to III, and the bass level here is not significantly reduced compared to the old CD, they sound quite the same, but the overall level of volume is a bit lower.

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    Just received the box, and am very impressed with the amount of work that went into it. It's quite the bargain with that amount of unheard and unseen material, an informative booklet etc. etc. This sets the standard for a more affordable alternative to the big boxes that pop up elsewhere. I'm actually left wondering how this could possibly be a profitable venture - which makes me all the more thankful. For some reason I've only ever owned a couple of the albums, so very little duplication for me.
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