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Excitable Boy
Excitable Boy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Work!, January 30, 2005
This review is from: Excitable Boy (Audio CD)
This is the best Warren Zevon album. By the way to the idiot who callede Warren medicore & tried to bring politics to his review, I'll say this I hope to see you burning in Hell, tough guy. You're a constipated moron who needs a good butt kicking, guess what I'm the guy who will do it. By the way i ain't no liberal, you classless piece of crap.

The Guess Who - Greatest Hits
The Guess Who - Greatest Hits
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4.0 out of 5 stars Guess Who a great pop band that rocked, January 30, 2005
I noticed that one reviewer complained that GW didn't lead music into new paths. I don't think that is the point, Guess Who was a fun, pop band who had the musicality and chops to pull off almost anything. They covered many styles from flat out pop to jazz, with a hint of swing, hard rock, and roots music. They were the cool antidote to the "serious" bands, frankly Burton Cummings was a much better vocalist than 95 percent of his contemporaries, Bachman is an amzing guitarist, and the tandem who took over for Bachman were not slouches either. There music had a cool, loungey feel to it. Undun could have been done by Elvis or Bobby Darin for that matter. Albert Flasher was miles ahead of the ponderous noddling that pervaded the early 70's by so many boogie bands. These Eyes was perhaps the first power ballad, Laughing -a revelation of how slick these guys were. That may be the point-they were technically better players than many of their contemporaries, who could jump from one style to the next, and they were Canadians. Glamour Boy should have been on this CD, it is an hilarious "dissing" of David Bowie and the then popular Glam rock bands.

In Love In Vain
In Love In Vain
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This swings baby!, January 29, 2005
This review is from: In Love In Vain (Audio CD)
I wrote produced and created a Modern Swing/Standards radio show which was syndicated nationally. I know the players, I will submit to you that this is one of the best examples of excellent singing, arrangements, and song selection I've seen. Anyone who claims that Stallone is any less than a highly talented singer, doesn't know a damn thing,some may call themselves jazz fans, but they wouldn't know jazz if it hit them in the butt. For the idiot who claims Frank is jumping on a fad. LISTEN UP. This album was recorded in 1990, and recently re-released. In fact my CD is titled "Day in Day Out". As the other gentlemen so well stated, there are some of you who likely have a preconceived notion or predjudice due to the name Stallone. Shut up already, if Frankie Laine, Tony Bennet, Frank Sinatra, and Billy Eckstine had great things to say about Stallone's singing, who needs your take?

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Sunshine Music, October 19, 2004
This review is from: Brandy (Audio CD)
Another reviewer said it best, it's the kind

of music when the world was a little more

innocent, and not as jaded. "Brandy" is a

guilty pleasure, its a great summer songs that

evokes the early 1970's, the beach, and love.

Jimmy Loves Maryanne is great as well. As others

have noted this was essentialy a harder rocking

boogie band, than is evident on their big hits.

But what a time it was, I would also suggest from

the same time "Dancing in The Moonlight"-King Harvest,

"Go All The Way" Raspberries, & "Long Cool Woman" -Hollies.
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The Babe [VHS]
The Babe [VHS]
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodman is The Babe, October 10, 2004
This review is from: The Babe [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I enjoyed this movie. Some of the reviewers don't understand this was not a documentary on the Bambino. This was a movie. The fine gentlemen P. B. Pereira attempt to dismiss John Goodman as a somewhat successful star from the late 80's is idiotic and off the mark. You sir are taking the whole movie too seriously. Babe's rough and tumble upbringing left its mark on him. Goodman is terrific throughout the movie,& I really fell for the lovely Trini Alvarado who plays Babe's first wife, she is stunning. As far as the would have, could ofs and other wild speculation on how good Babe would have been, think about this. Babe didn't use illegal steroids like today's ball players, he rode a train not a jet, fitness equipment did not exist. In addition the old ball parks tended to have greater distances from the plate to the fence. I highly recommend this movie, if for just the "pull my finger" line.

The Forever Changes Concert
The Forever Changes Concert
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally LOVE is back, October 10, 2004
I'm not into Classic Rock or nostalgia. However LOVE is the one band that when they play live actually brings you as close to the Sixties excitement and all out vibe as possible. This performance seals it, the band made up of former members of Baby Lemonade are tremendous players. I will correct another review, someone stated that the current band is superior to the original lineup. First, they have had years to practice, we'll never know how good those guys were, its like comparing sports eras. Alone Again or should have been played on a an acoustic guitar, I agree, but the horns are awesome and bring the music alive. Old Man was well done, I think Arthur sang his heart out on it, and dedicated it to Bryan.

All in all an excellent Live album.

The Pied Piper
The Pied Piper
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crispian St. Peters Delivers, September 25, 2004
This review is from: The Pied Piper (Audio CD)
Although Crispian St Peters had more folk roots, than Blue eyed Soul, I would compare The Walker Brothers great pop to this artist. He would have been better served to have worked with a producer like Phil Spector to achieve a larger, more omnipresent sound. "Pied Piper" is a clinic in how a great singer can utilize his vibrato as well as a rather nice range to emote a song. Our friend George the reviewer is wrong on 2 points: Crispian's vocal prowess, and his statement that "You We're on My Mind" was his only hit. "The Pied Piper" reached top 3 in Los Angeles and I'm sure nationally was at the very least top ten. After hearing Crispian's version of "Mind" I find it superior to the rather bland treatment that We Five gave it.

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