In these first days of the new year, some new findings with Ed Starink music got me pretty excited at first, but ultimately got me extremely pissed off in the end. How can music compilations piss you off, you wonder? Read on…
I found some new stuff to add to the Ed Starink discography pages on synthesizer.greatest.community. Well, “new”… it’s the same old, same old again. This time the label re-re-re-releasing Ed Starink stuff is called Edições Musicais (meaning “Musical Editions”) and they do an even better job in ripping off the customers than Arcade was doing.
After a little further “investigating” these releases, it turned out that not even the messed up crap was messed up correctly. Lots of tracks are not even by Ed Starink, so all the albums mentioned below have now been completely removed from the Wiki and the webstream…
First, there is a new series called “Romantic Music for Lovers” which consists of 17 volumes with all the well-known easy listening covers from Ed. To keep things unorganised, they released the songs using the aliases The London Starlight Orchestra (with or without singers), Stars Unlimited Singers, The Broadway Stage Orchestra (with or without additional artists), The Mike Scepter Singers, Phillippe L’Auran and even L’Orchestre Du Soleil. Not just one alias per volume, but joyfully mixing it all up over all 17 volumes. You can find the volumes here (covers link to album pages):
And then there is a new series “Hits from Film & TV”, consisting of 13 volumes with all old stuff (once again). Apparently Edições Musicais got bored with all the different aliases too and just released the whole bunch under the London Starlight Orchestra & Singers alias. They also didn’t pay too much attention to the cover art, since almost all albums show series or film shots that aren’t actually on that particular volume and many times even don’t appear on ANY of the volumes simply because Ed didn’t cover those titles at all. and just like the money hungry Arcade dorks, they occasionally put the same tracks on multiple volumes in the very same series, like Arcade did with the Synthesizer Greatest. Sometimes this even gets insulting to the customers, like putting multiple identical songs onto directly sequential volumes, for instance “Into the Groove”, “Xanadu”, “Moonlighting” and “Sweet Freedom” that appear on both volume 12 and 13. Yes, 4 identical tracks on two adjacent volumes! Talking about fucking up the customers! Find the albums here:
To make matters even more confusing and insulting, Edições Musicais released many of the already double or triple released tracks ONCE AGAIN in a series called “Showtime”, having a further 7 volumes of the same once more. You can find the albums here:
And then there is Christmas. Found out just slightly too late, but then again, nothing new here. Another 6 albums with Christmas tunes we all know already. These 6 compilation albums absolutely raised the bar on how to seriously and totally fuck up Ed Starink compilation CD’s. Let’s just forget about the countless number of typos in the tracklists and the fact that these compilations also use all kinds of different aliases mixed up. What’s even worse is that many tracks appear on 4 different volumes in this 6 volume series. but wait, things can be even worse, really! Some songs appear twice ON THE SAME FREAKIN’ ALBUM!!! No, I am not kidding, there are duplicate tracks, identical titles, on the same fucking disc!!! See this total disaster here:
Are we there yet? Nope! While we have used up about all the aliases Ed ever used, we still have some titles by Ed together with other people. Why not re-re-re-release those too? No need to explain what can be expected here. It’s no different from all the other fucked up compilations mentioned above… Meet the “Music To Dream Forever” series…
So, it that it? Nope, lets see if we can violate the Ed Starink fans in the behind a little further. Lets re-re-re-re-re-release the Ed Starink covers of the Beatles songs once more… and this time lets just put 10 tracks on every CD… and let’s put all the same tracks on these just 4 volumes multiple times… noone will notice… In fact, lets just use EVERY track twice! Eventually offering just 20 different tracks, spread and mixed over 4 volumes! Find the albums here:
Shame on you, Edições Musicais!