Erasure - Remixed, Re-recorded, and Onstage.
The Groove | Boston, MA | 08/08/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"1987's "Two Ring Circus" is essentially three Erasure EPs on one CD: we have a selection of remixes, a handful of orchestral re-recordings, and the final third is a set of live tunes. On all counts, the disc succeeds. The better remixes include a smoothed-out reworking of "Sometimes," Dave Powell's remix of "The Circus," and Little Louie Vega's version of "Victim of Love." The orchestral tracks are re-recordings set to a lush string arrangement; the best of these are "If I Could" and "Spiraling," which bring out the best in Andy Bell's expressive voice. In many respects, I prefer these versions over the original album tracks. Of the live selections, the absolute treat is the duo's cover of ABBA's "Gimme Gimme Gimme" which almost outshines the original by the Swedish group. This "circus" is one of the greatest shows on earth."
5+5 = 10 STARS
DJ @ The Worthington.Com | Ft Lauderdale Beach FL. | 01/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"100% one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES (other than the 2 box sets that are very $$$ with multiple CD, maxi's enclosed and to much to carry around) but it is a must have (in a collectors box) with every remix and unreleased items avialable. But This 2 Ring Circus CD, is just as good if not better. The Mixes are great, with the Erasure Feel and a tad of that Yaz feeling, some songs are acoustic, some are remixed to perfection, and the live concert tracks send chills up your spine, as if U are really there. For the small $ this is a CD that you just can't stop listening to, I have 2 copies (one for the home, and one for the Car) at least if one is damaged, I have a back up edition. EXCELLENT CHOICE, even the box set(s) do not have "Drama, Love 2 hate U, and so many more, but I would start with this Cd. The Live version of Oh'Lamour is so fabulous, the crowd cheering in the background etc.. really allows you to know how much this group is appreciated the 2 Ring Circus CD is great....Jason Prof DJ"