Reviews written by Terence Lee
Audiophile Oldies Selection (Malaysia Version)August 14, 2013 Bad sound!
Despite the promise of 24 bit/96khz audiophile mastering on the front cover and the Bernie Grundman Mastering logo on the back cover, the sound is bad on this CD. The songs are obviously mastered from an old record and I can hear distortion on several tracks. Frances's Life recordings were made in Hong Kong so obviously the master tapes are in Hong Kong. Life Records Singapore should have mastered these songs from the master tapes. I am extremely disappointed with my purchase.
Lin Cong Best Selection1 people found this review helpful
March 18, 2013 it exceeded my expectations
Jimmy Lin Chong's singing voice is an acquired taste. However, I was pleasantly surprised that his singing in this CD exceeded all my expectations. He actually sounds quite competent as a singer. The popular songs from his Shaw movie "The Singing Thief" are here but they are not from the movie soundtrack. These are re-recorded versions - not inferior, just different. There are some mono tracks thrown into the mix. Even the stereo tracks suffer from tape dropouts. Worldstar Music does not give recording info or dates but I have to conclude that none of the songs are new recordings as Jimmy sounds like he is at his peak on all songs here. I am glad I bought this CD.
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February 26, 2013 Truly inspiring
This is the Frances Yip Christmas recording I have been waiting for but it's much more than that even though it does contain some Christmas staples like O Holy Night & Ave Maria. The CD starts off promisingly with a traditional Italian Christmas song Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle in Italian, English & Chinese. My personal favourites are Who Am I (track 5) and Unreserved Love (track 7). Frances is in total control of these songs and exude confidence, perfect pitch, dynamic range and nuanced interpretation. More important than all this, you know her heart is in the right place when she sings these songs and that's why anyone listening to this CD can only be truly blessed.
The Music And The Voice2 people found this review helpful
December 21, 2012 Frances in a jazz mood
When you play this CD, the first thing that strikes you is how good it sounds. It's audiophile quality and brings out the best in your hi-fi system. Regarding Frances's performance on this recording, it was an acquired taste for me as I am more accustomed to the diva belting it out. Here she sings in a more intimate tone......like she's singing especially for you. Her characteristic singing is not evident here but what we get in return is a warm and rich tone. I don't agree with all the song choices here like Scarborough Fair & Killing Me Softly With His Song. These 2 songs are simply not challenging enough for Frances's magnificent voice. I would have preferred You Raise Me Up and With One Look (from Sunset Boulevard). I am looking forward to volume 2 so this comes recommended.
The Chopsticks Golden Hits (2 AQCD) (Limited Edition)(1)Our Price: US$29.29January 4, 2012 unforgettable walk down memory lane
This beautifully remastered double CD set contains all 4 of the Chopsticks's albums recorded in 1970 & 1971 for the Crown label. The sound is superb for its vintage but the highlight must surely be the beautiful singing by Sandra & Amina in perfect harmony. Highly recommended. Grab this as it is limited edition. My copy is already numbered 0192.
Best of Johnny Yip & Frances Yip (LPCD45 II) (Limited Edition)(1)Our Price: US$30.99January 4, 2012 Yet another compilation?
I thought this was the original album with that cover art but no, it's another compilation with the same old songs. Song no. 3 by Frances Yip has never been released on CD so if I buy this CD, it will be for that song only. Wise marketing move!
Shi Jia Chuan (DVD) (Taiwan Version)July 31, 2011 Misleading info & wrong product
I ordered this based on the info from Yesasia that this movie has Ling Yun & Bai Lan as the stars. This was supposed to be the Taiwanese movie BUDDHA that I saw in the 60s. However I was extremely disappointed when the DVD turned out to be a different movie. It contained the Japanese movie BUDDHA which I already have. I have complained to Yesasia and I await their investigation before I take up the issue with Paypal.
Weekend (Singapore Version)July 30, 2011 It's mastered from a scratchy record!
This limited edition CD is mastered from scratchy vinyl, not from master tapes. As a result, some tracks sound distorted while others have those scratchy record sounds of ticks and pops. In this day and age of audio restoration systems like Cedar, there is no excuse for such a big company like Warner Music Singapore to release such a substandard product. Tracy certainly deserves better!
July 15, 2011 Tracy's best album
In my opinion, this is Tracy's best album. So glad that it is now on CD for all to enjoy.
Tracy sings with sensitivity and feeling but most important of all, the songs are well written.
Ming Ri Zhi Ge Jing Xuan (Malaysia Version)July 10, 2011 Malaysian reissue of HK compilation
Since the CD from Hong Kong is out of print, those who have not bought it can do so now.
I have been waiting for this cd a very long time. It contains all the famous songs from the Shaw movies sung to perfection by Tsin Ting who was really the singing voice behind Shaw actresses like Lin Dai, Betty Loh Tih, Li Ching, Lily Ho and many others. The selection of songs is perfect thanks to Richard Tay and the remastering is brilliant thanks to Robin Cherry in UK. I am surprised at the inclusion of 2 super-rare tracks from the Singapore "Ruby" label. That release on 45 vinyl had purposely slowed down Tsin Ting's voice to pass her off as Betty Loh Tih. Robin has corrected the speed here so that Tsin Ting sounds like herself again. So put on the cd, close your eyes and let Tsin Ting's melodious voice transport you back to the 60s and the magic of the Shaw movies that you have always loved. This is indeed worth waiting for......a cd to cherish.
Tsin Ting - The Early Recording (Malaysia Version)(1)Our Price: US$22.29July 10, 2011 Beautifully restored
This is actually a CD from Hong Kong not Malaysia with restoration/remastering by Robin Cherry in UK using the Cedar system. The compilers have chosen some really classic plus rare songs from the legendary Hong Kong singer with 13 songs on CD for the first time. I appreciate the rare pics many of them supplied by Tsin Ting herself. The liner notes are extremely well written by Richard Tay, a famous record producer based in UK. I could not stop playing this CD when I bought it. I know you will love it too.
Sex Beyond The Grave (Hong Kong Version)3 people found this review helpful
April 22, 2006 Good film marred by lame midsection
This movie was a big hit in the cinemas when it was first released in 1984 grossing around HK$3.26million. So I expected
a lot from it. It starts promisingly enough with an atmospheric World War 2 setting in which a beautiful singer is raped by a Japanese general and her husband & son killed before her very eyes. A worse fate awaits her when she is raped and killed by the owner of the house where she seeks refuge. So the setting is set for a revengeful ghost which should be very fierce. As it turns out, the mid-section of the film becomes unintentionally funny due to lame special effects. Imagine if you can the ghost as blue animation ala Ghostbusters and her dead son in the fridge happily eating food. Anthony Liu Yung is underutilised playing the role of a professor cultivating mushrooms. The actress playing his wife is even worse as her face often registers zero emotion despite encounters with the ghost. So the weight of the whole movie falls on Ku Kuan Chung's shoulders. I would dismiss the movie as mediocre if not for the exciting finale which somehow redeems it. So I will say a VCD-only release is justified and the film worth seeing for the shocking opener involving a double rape murder and the explosive finale involving an explicit sex scene between the female ghost and an obviously completely nude Ku Kuan Chung.
Heroes of Sung3 people found this review helpful
April 22, 2006 The DVD/VCD From Hong Kong Is Uncut
I bought the DVD from Hong Kong and both scenes that were cut on the Singapore VCD are intact in the HK version. So you can see the scene where Lo Lieh seduces a nude Jessie Li and also the spectacular final scene in which charismatic actor Chen Chun playing the villain is hacked into two. This scene alone is worth the price of the DVD.
Sinful Adulteress (Hong Kong Version)2 people found this review helpful
April 22, 2006 This is an excellent movie!
Do not be misled by the title into thinking this is just another sexploitative film. Chen Ping is a sinful adulteress not by choice but forced by circumstances. Of worthy mention is charismatic actor Chen Chun who plays the man who causes her downfall. Liu Hui Ling bares all for the first time in a Shaw movie and frankly I was surprised. Everything gels together so well to produce a first-rate film that deserves a DVD release.
Corpse Mania (Hong Kong Version)2 people found this review helpful
April 21, 2006 Short but uncut
This Celestial VCD is uncut although the running time is short. You can see maggots crawling over nude bodies. There is even frontal female nudity so purists be warned. I especially like the marvellous twists in the plot that no one will be intelligent enough to guess. Tanny Tien Ni acts against type here as the aging owner of a brothel and I must say I have never seen her so effective. Again, Celestial should have released this on DVD so that the night scenes will be clearer. Good production values and very atmospheric thriller.
Haunted Tales (Hong Kong Version)2 people found this review helpful
April 21, 2006 I can't believe my eyes!
The story with Chang Shen is so gory especially the part when his whole hand is ground to a pulp! I couldn't believe my eyes. That scene is so bloody! I actually bought this VCD for the Ling Yun/Ching Li story. Although I could guess the outcome of the plot, it is still entertaining and both Ling Yun & Ching Li put in their usual polished performances. Whatever the plot's shortcomings, these 2 seasoned stars will elevate the film to a higher level and that is what they do here. This should have been on DVD.
The Sword And The Lute (Hong Kong Version)2 people found this review helpful
April 21, 2006 More star power in Part 3
There are more stars in part 3 of Temple Of The Red Lotus. In addition to Wang Yu, Chin Ping and Fung Bobo which are the regulars, this movie is beefed up with extra stars like Lily Ho, Margaret Hsing Hui (in helpless mode) and Yueh Hua. Of course guest star Ivy Ling Po as Scarlet Maid is still around with more screen time. In fact she opens the movie all dressed in white playing the lute and singing a melancholy tune. She is also in the movie's highlight doing a few somersaults and using the sword to........
I shall not reveal the plot. It may spoil your enjoyment of this movie.
By the way, why has Celestial not released The Twin Swords which was Part 2 of Temple Of The Red Lotus?
Pursuit Of A Killer (Hong Kong Version)3 people found this review helpful
April 19, 2006 Bold and innovative
An unforgettable scene is when Lo Mang eats a lizard in one take. It is real as you can still see the tail squirming in his hands after he has chewed it. Another highlight is Lo Mang having sex with a prostitute and treating her like a rag doll. This film approaches new wave HK cinema with its bold and innovative approach. Realism is the order of the day.
Pink Tears (Hong Kong Version)2 people found this review helpful
April 19, 2006 Absolutely unforgettable
It was on the set of this movie that Ling Yun & Julie Yeh Fung fell in love in real life. You can feel the chemistry between them. This was Ling Yun's first Shaw film and I have never seen him this young and fresh. The plot is heartbreaking and will make you weep. The title song will remain in your mind long after the movie is over thanks to Tsin Ting's superb singing. This movie is absolutely unforgettable.
Pathe 100: The Series 29 - Clouds1 people found this review helpful
March 9, 2006 Mona Astounds With Heartfelt Delivery
Mona Fong is very wellknown as a film producer. In fact nearly all of the Shaw movies now released on Celestial DVDs have her credited as Producer. I have never been impressed by her singing talent.....until this CD. I have only previously heard her version of "The Wedding" which I thought was passable but which I immediately branded as not definitive.......a cover version. In this CD, Mona astounds me with a most heartfelt delivery of the Julie Yeh Fung song "Wan Xia". She sings it slower but invests a lot more feeling and nuance in it. There are many beautiful ballads here, some from the Shaw films. The haunting theme song from My Dreamboat is here as well as the unforgettable songs from "River Of Tears" and "When The Clouds Roll By". I will have to say that this is the first Mona Fong CD that truly does her justice. Listen and be converted, like me. You will become a Mona Fong fan.