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Chess Blues
Chess Blues
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5.0 out of 5 stars CHESS SET, March 15, 2015
This review is from: Chess Blues (Audio CD)
CHESS BLUES: LEONARD and PHIL CHESS' eponymous Chicago record label (and its associated labels ARISTOCRAT, ARGO and CHECKER) is deservedly remembered for some of the most incredible, influential post WWII blues sides ever waxed. Roadhouse ravers MUDDY WATERS, HOWLIN' WOLF and BUDDY GUY all plied their trade in that stable, not to mention sawdust ballroom queens ETTA JAMES and KOKO TAYLOR, harp aces SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON LITTLE WALTER, and prolific songwriter WILLIE DIXON. In addition to expected high water marks from the above mentioned players...soul-searing sides from HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN and SMOKESTACK LIGHTNIN' to WANG DANG DOODLE and MY BABE...you'll groove to lesser known but no less vital goodies from HOUND DOG TAYLOR (SITTIN HERE ALONE), OTIS RUSH (SO MANY ROADS, SO MANY TRAINS) and LOWELL FULSON (BLUE SHADOWS FALLIN')...the stuff that fed admirers like THE STONES and YARDBIRDS and a hundred other rock outfits in their formative years. This four platter party of barn-burning RNB and low slung soul is a gift from the gods for any music fan even remotely interested in the roots and branches of modern popular music.

RATING: FIVE CHESS PIECES


Atomic Cocktails
Atomic Cocktails
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5.0 out of 5 stars THAT'S THE SPIRIT!, March 11, 2015
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This review is from: Atomic Cocktails (Audio CD)
ATOMIC COCKTAILS-VARIOUS ARTISTS: As much a part of RNB's makeup as the "horizontal mambo", drinkin' ditties have always had a purpose; ATOMIC COCKTAILS serves up gleeful tributes to the wrath of grapes made to bend an elbow to at your favorite hole in the wall. Ivory tickler AMOS MILBURN belts out enduring anthem ONE BOURBON, ONE SCOTCH, ONE BEER, which GEORGE THOROGOOD appropriated for one of his biggest roadhouse hits, and FATS DOMINO compadre DAVE BARTHOLOMEW's spews forth the hilarious WHO DRANK MY BEER WHILE I WAS IN THE REAR, which DAVID JOHANSEN/BUSTER POINDEXTER was hip enough to tackle in the mid nineties. Rollicking top-poppers like the THE CLOVERS' ONE MINT JULEP, STICK MCGHEE's DRINKIN' WINE SPO-DEE-O-DEE and WYNONIE HARRIS' WHISKEY & JELLY ROLL BLUES keep the party well lubricated, while even noted smoothie NAT KING COLE gets into the spirit of things with the jazz-cool shadings of SCOTCHIN' WITH THE SODA. Last call belongs to irrepressible jump blues legend LOUIS JORDAN, whose WHAT'S THE USE OF GETTING SOBER WHEN YOU'RE GOING TO GET DRUNK AGAIN makes a fitting last call on ATOMIC COCKTAILS, over two dozen rounds of "groove juice" heaven.

RATING: FIVE SWIZZLE STICKS


Blues from the Checker Vaults - Various
Blues from the Checker Vaults - Various
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5.0 out of 5 stars CHECKERED PAST, March 8, 2015
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BLUES FROM THE CHECKER VAULTS-VARIOUS ARTISTS: While not as legendary or star-studded as PHIL & LEONARD CHESS' eponymous label, their sister imprint CHECKER boasted some of RNB's choicest chitlin' circuit moments during its fifties hey day. The biggest names here may be "shave and a haircut" king BO DIDDLEY and howling harp aces LITTLE WALTER and SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON, but LOWELL FULSON's mellow guitar-driven pleas, songwriter-to-the-stars WILLIE DIXON's WALKING THE BLUES and MEMPHIS MINNIE's salacious ME & MY CHAUFFER have much to recommend them. Eschewing CHECKER's biggest hits WHO DO YOU LOVE, MY BABE and RECONSIDER BABY (available on countless other compilations) for sublime sides by J. B. LENOIR, JOE WILLIAMS and JIMMY WITHERSPOON, the forty slices of grit-chocked cool found on BLUES FROM THE CHECKER VAULTS are underexposed treasures that deserve rediscovery. Rock and rollers from THE STONES and THE YARDBIRDS to STEVIE RAVE ON have worshipped at the altar of this catalogue over the decades, an enduring testament to CHECKER's roadhouse-rich legacy.

RATING: FIVE KING ME'S


Batman: Season 2 Part One
Batman: Season 2 Part One
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4.0 out of 5 stars SECOND TURN AT BAT, March 6, 2015
This review is from: Batman: Season 2 Part One (DVD)
BATMAN-SEASON 2, PART 1: The first half of BATMAN's sophomore year adds an ever growing list of baddies...the colorful gimmick by which the series lived or died each week...to the core cache of CAESAR ROMERO's maniacal JOKER, BURGESS MEREDITH's cackling PENGUIN and JULIE NEWMAR's skin-tight seductress CATWOMAN (FRANK GORSHIN's deliriously hyperactive RIDDLER is sorely missed). The normally reliable ART CARNEY falls flat as THE ARCHER, CAROLYN JONES channels MORTICIA ADDAMS for MARSHA, QUEEN OF DIAMONDS, and LIBERACE's evil ivory-tickler CHANDEL is inspired stunt casting if nothing else. Much more memorable are CLIFF ROBERTSON's bullet-headed cowpoke SHAME, scene-chewing SHELLY WINTERS as MA BARKER, VINCENT PRICE's brainy, pun-spouting EGGHEAD and OTTO PREMINGER's eyebrow-raising turn as MR. FREEZE (which ups the kitsch ante on GEORGE SANDERS' first season appearance and puts ELI WALLACH's later take on ice). Obviously played less close to the vest this time around, the cliffhanger traps are far more elaborate (making their escapes all the more incredulous), celebrities pop out of windows during every Bat-climb, and CHAD & JEREMY have their singing voices "stolen" and held for ransom by CATWOMAN. As BURT WARD's easily excitable BOY WONDER might exclaim, "Holy hilarity!"

RATING: FOUR BATARANGS


The Art of McCartney (Amazon Deluxe Exclusive) (2 CD + 1 DVD)
The Art of McCartney (Amazon Deluxe Exclusive) (2 CD + 1 DVD)
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3.0 out of 5 stars MCCARTNEY-OKIE, February 27, 2015
THE ART OF MCCARTNEY-VARIOUS ARTISTS: PAUL MCCARTNEY's legacy as one of rock's premiere songwriter/performers has long been established...in fact, there have been many decent interpretations of his work over the decades by artists such as ARETHA FRANKLIN, JOE COCKER and FATS DOMINO. THE ART OF MCCARTNEY is far too long, predictable and star-studded to be effective as a tribute, and might have come off better if it zeroed in on all BEATLES or all WINGS material, instead of both. Unabashed Fab Four disciples like JEFF LYNNE and CHEAP TRICK turn in faithful, but utterly faceless performances, this double platter's most common issue; only roots rock icons TOOTS HIBBERT, B. B.KING, WANDA JACKSON and WILLIE NELSON approach their assignments with anything resembling "re-boot". ALICE COOPER comes off surprisingly unrecognizable on ELEANOR RIGBY, BILLY JOEL has never sounded shabbier on his pair or turns at bat, and STEVE MILLER, while passable on JUNIOR'S FARM, transforms HEY JUDE into a drawn out, dung-encrusted joke. It's hard to accuse BOB DYLAN, DEF LEPPARD or KISS of anything other than mediocrity here...suffice to say, no one betters SIR PAUL at his own game...at least no one resurrected any MICHAEL JACKSON duets.

RATING: THREE WINGS


Carol Burnett Show: Ultimate Collection
Carol Burnett Show: Ultimate Collection
DVD ~ Carol Burnett
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5.0 out of 5 stars JUST TO HAVE A LAUGH AND SING A SONG..., February 18, 2015
THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW spotlighted television's most versatile comedienne; she portrayed dozens of memorable characters including CHARO, GLORIA SWANSON and JOAN CRAWFORD take offs, plus brain-dead secretary MRS. WHIGGINS...as opposed to LUCY, who always played "LUCY". Whether busting out rubber faced slapstick, duetting with stars like JIM NABORS and JULIE ANDREWS, or wittily fielding questions from the studio audience, this former GARY MOORE SHOW standout could do no wrong. Flanked by the best bunch of "second bananas" in history, BURNETT's secret weapon was HARVEY KORMAN, who could play anything from Hollywood has-beens to fussy floorwalkers and German dictators...but couldn't keep a straight face around mischievously unpredictable ad-libber TIM CONWAY. Straight man/stud LYLE WAGGONER and the redoubtable VICKI LAWRENCE (whose crotchety southern matriarch MAMA earned a series spin-off) rounded out the dream cast. A beloved potpourri of glitzy BOB MACKIE wardrobes, elaborate film parodies and game guest stars, THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW was the last and arguably greatest of all TV variety programs.

RATING: FIVE TUGS ON THE EARLOBE


The Best of Pablo Cruise: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
The Best of Pablo Cruise: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars CRUISE CONTROL, January 31, 2015
PABLO CRUISE-THE BEST OF PABLO CRUISE: If you crossed the more serious side of JIMMY BUFFET with MICHAEL MCDONALD-era DOOBIE BROTHERS, you'd get a pretty decent idea of the carefree Golden State soft rock PABLO CRUISE had to offer in the 70s/80s. Smooth, clear voiced crooner/guitarist DAVID JENKINS (who later turned up in the country super group SOUTHERN PACIFIC, which featured two actual DOOBIES) and soulful keyboardist CORY LERIOS share in helming the hits, from the earnest smash LOVE WILL FIND A WAY and funky sing-along WHATCHA GONNA DO to disco throbber I WANT YOU TONIGHT and sunny throw down I GO TO RIO, one of PETER ALLEN's most popular compositions. BEST OF collects everything a casual PABLO CRUISE fan could want or need, marred only by a pair of instrumentals, one of which, ZERO TO SIXTY IN FIVE goes nowhere fast in spite of its title. Here's an almost perfect soundtrack to share with a pitcher of margaritas on a balmy "sick day" from the rat race...PABLO CRUISE has you covered.

REATING: FOUR SUNBEAMS


THE MOVERS CD BLUES THAT MOVES
THE MOVERS CD BLUES THAT MOVES

4.0 out of 5 stars MOVING DAY, January 28, 2015
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THE MOVERS-BLUES THAT MOVES: A stone cold case of "truth in advertising", 90s upstarts THE MOVERS compared favorably to another New England bred set of boogie brothers, ROOMFUL OF BLUES, who also specialized in horn-vaccinated mash ups of swing, RNB and jazz. Led by earthy, energized belter DANNY VITALE and a trumpet/trombone/sax attack appropriately dubbed THE SMOKING SECTION, THE MOVERS deliver a tasty TGIF soundtrack, never letting up through fifteen tight tracks of dance party antics. Half the fun of BLUES THAT MOVES is the band's impeccable cover tune taste...JOHNNY "GUITAR" WATSON's oft-tackled TOO TIRED, THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS' early morning tribute WHY GET UP, BIG JOE TURNER's rollicking BOOGIE WOOGIE COUNTRY GIRL and BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND's greasy AIN'T THAT LOVIN' YOU all get work outs that will inspire any listener to jump, jive and wail. To paraphrase that giddy godfather of swing blues LOUIS JORDAN, if you can't get up and move to THE MOVERS..."Jack, you're dead!"

RATING: MOVIN' GROOVES


Keep Your Soul: A Tribute To Doug Sahm [AMAZON EXCLUSIVE VERSION]
Keep Your Soul: A Tribute To Doug Sahm [AMAZON EXCLUSIVE VERSION]
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5.0 out of 5 stars TEXAS ME, January 26, 2015
KEEP YOUR SOUL-A TRIBUTE TO DOUG SAHM: No individual better exemplified Texas' vast roots rock richness than DOUG SAHM, pivotal member of 60s hit makers THE SIR DOUGLAS QUARTET, 90s country supergroup THE TEXAS TORNADOS, and a highly respected artist in his own right. A who's who of like minded genre-jumpers take a tasty trip through his blues/country/soul songbook; while no one quite beats the master at his own greasy game, it's a ton of fun to hear 'em try. The oft-covered SHE'S ABOUT A MOVER gets things kickin' with guitar guru RY COODER and vocalist LITTLE WILLIE G, while DELBERT MCCLINTON, JIMMIE VAUGHAN and DAVE ALVIN stamp TEXAS ME, DYNAMITE WOMAN and WHY, WHY, WHY with their own after hours personalities. Fellow TEXAS TORNADO/Conjunto squeezebox kingpin FLACO JIMENEZ, swampy soul mama MARCIA BALL (leading FREDA & THE FIREDOGS) and Latino legends LOS LOBOS also get off their share of mouthwatering licks. Appropriately, Tex-Mex JOE "KING" CARRASCO's "chili-pepper-hot" ADIOS MEXICO and SHAWN SAHM's note perfect MENDICINO close down this raw roadhouse rave up, a warm "last call" to the Lone Star State's ultimate Cosmic Cowboy.

RATING: FIVE LONE STARS


Hindu Love Gods
Hindu Love Gods
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4.0 out of 5 stars STUPOR-GROUP, January 20, 2015
This review is from: Hindu Love Gods (MP3 Music)
HINDU LOVE GODS: For the handful of music fetishists who have pondered what WARREN ZEVON would sound like if he rocked out for a whole platter or how R.E.M. would fare minus front man MICHAEL STIPE, here's the short, unvarnished answer. There are certainly worse ways to digest roots of rock legends ROBERT JOHNSON, WOODY GUTHRIE and GEORGE JONES than via HINDU LOVE GODS' ragged but righteous after hours jam session. ZEVON's leathery roadhouse-ready yowl, PETER BUCK's brawny axe attack, BILL BERRY's thrumming bass lines and MIKE MILLS' relentless drum kit bashing stir up a sh!tstorm of sawdust, sweat and suds. Surprisingly effective rave ups of PRINCE's RASPBERRY BERET and GEORGIA SATELLITES' BATTESHIP CHAINS are the only concessions to modern times; everything else is strictly Chitlin' Circuit nirvana, from ALBERT KING's CROSSCUT SAW to that hoariest of blooze staples, MUDDY WATERS' MANNISH BOY. Sandwiched somewhere between THE FLINTSTONES and THE ROLLING STONES, HINDU LOVE GODS was THE stupor-group of 1990...they took no prisoners and made no apologies for it.

RATING: FOUR MOONLIGHTERS


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