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Birthday Blues
Birthday Blues

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5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential British Folk Blues, September 10, 2006
This review is from: Birthday Blues (Audio CD)
Here you have the quintessential British Folk Blues album. At the very least this collection rivils anything by Donovan, with or without the great accompaniment of one Bert Jansch. Birthday Blues takes you along that dusty bumby road looking for Miss Heather Rosemary Sewell, Promised Land, Wishing Well and A Woamn Like You. Bert sure can finger pick with the best. And his voice, certainly on this classic outing, is as evocotive, as pure and heartfelt as anything this side of Richard Thompson, Nick Drake, early Van Morrison or that Scottish rogue Donnovan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars All You Need Is Love!!!!!!!!!!!Step Up To The Mystery Tour!!!!!!!, August 4, 2006
As a keepsake video of The Beatles 1966 classic BBC broadcast, this digitally remastered release from Avenue One can not be beat. Keep in mind this an almost 40 year old analog video tape that it was copied from. However it was copied from the orginal master tape and as such, it's far superior to the earlier releases I've seen. So don't expect HD clearity, not by a stretch. What you do have here is a prestine copy of MMT, primarily shot from hand-held, somewhat primitive equipment, at least by today's standards.

None-the-less, there's a warmth and a subtle charm in watching the boys in one of their very last video performances. They ham it up with the same sort of wreckless abondament which won us over with on A Hard Day's Night and Help. Consider this, Magical Mystery Tour preceeded M-TV by at least twenty years and can be seen almost as a prototype of that format. Indeed further testiment to The Beatles lasting influence on the music industry and the marketing of pop culture. And finally there's the sublime soundtrack: I Am The Walrus, Your Mother Should Know, Baby You're A Rich Man, Hello Goodbye, Strawberry Fields Forever, Fool On The Hill, Penny Lane, Flying, (The Beatles one and only instumental) and George's pyscidellic sitar opus Blue Jay Way. Irresistable stuff if you consider yourself a Beatle-Maniac of any degree. You've got to love this DVD.........Afterall "All You Need Is Love"!!!!!!!!!!Step Up To The Mystery Tour!!!!!!
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Ton-Ton Macoute!
Ton-Ton Macoute!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blind Bats And Swamp Rats, July 30, 2006
This review is from: Ton-Ton Macoute! (Audio CD)
Orginally conceived as a Duane Allman solo album, Ton-Ton Macoute has found its way into the hearts of southern rock fans, who recall the hay-day of Capricorn Records. You may be familiar with Walk On Gildded Splinters (a Dr John hoo-doo masterpiece) and Down Along The Cove (Bob Dylan circa John Wesley Harding), both are featured on the Duane Allman Anthology volumes one and two. And how about John Lee Hooker's Dimples? This has long been an Allman Brothers Band staple. Here Johnny really tares into this old blues classic. All I can say is Johnny Jenkins growling vocals, Duane's soaring slide guitar, Berry Oakley's rock-steady bass and Butch Trucks always tasteful drumming all blend together on this bistering hot southern rock masterpeice. Crank this baby up, turn out the lights and watch as the blind bats and swamp rats start to fill the room!!!!

Requiem for a Heavyweight
Requiem for a Heavyweight
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5.0 out of 5 stars See It For The Cameo Appearence By Young Cascius Clay, June 19, 2006
This review is from: Requiem for a Heavyweight (DVD)
Requiem For A Heaveyweight, the feature-length movie was released in 1962. It was initially written for television three years earlier by none other than Rod Serling. It aired on Playhouse 90 in the Fall of 1960. That production starred Keenyn Wynn in the role of Mesch, the desperate and mercinary fight manager. His dad, legendary comic, Ed Wynn played Armie, Mountain Rivera's sympathetic handler. Jack Palance was cast in the lead role of the over-the-hill pugilist, Mountain Rivera. It was shot live and played to a national auidence, a daring event for actors in the primitive new media.

The casting of the movie release is considerablly more inspired. Jackie Gleason stars as Mesch, a man desperatly attempting to stay one step ahead of the bookies and willing to sell the soul of his washed-up fighter to save his own skin. Mickey Rooney turns in an oscar worthy supporting role as Armie, Mountain's handler, confidant and "brother's keeper". And in the lead role we have one of Hollywood's finest dramatic actors, the inimitable, Anthony Quinn. Julie Harris plays a supporting role, as the Social Worker trying to save Mountain from becomming the side show attraction, Mesch has in store for him.

Requiem is a fascinating look at the seemley underbelly of the world of prize fighting. Like the Bogart movie "The Harder They Fall" Requiem loosely resembles the story of former Heavey Weight Champion, Primo Carnarra. Canarra, a giant of a man from Italy who faced a seires of bum-of-the-month has-beens to climb to the heavey weight crown. Many of these bouts were perported to be fixed. Carnara it was said had a glass jaw. Fighters then were viewed largely as commodities, expendable and easily replaced. Both movies speak directly to the heart of the grim reality of the "sweet science", during one of boxing's darkest periods. The film still packs an enormous punch, (pardon the pun) and holds up remarkably well over the years. See it for the great story-telling by Serling, the brilliant acting by Gleason, Quinn, Rooney and Julie Harris. And finally catch it for the marvelous cameo by a very young and irrasable Cascius Clay.

Dead Set
Dead Set
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Can Anyone Give This Less Than Five Stars?, April 25, 2006
This review is from: Dead Set (Audio CD)
How could you not be totally head over heels crazy for this expanded and digitally remastered collection? If you were even mildly a fan of this set when it was initially released as a 2 record collection, on vinyl back in 1980, then get hip to this expanded version. From the opening drums of Sampson & Daliah to the majestic intro to Friend Of The Devil, true Dead-Heads will know they're in for a rare treat. The music simply jumps out at you, clear and crisp, almost as though you were center stage and Jerry was pickin' those cosmic licks right before your eyes and ears.

Both this and the companion acoustic set "Reckogning" have been digitaly remastered and expanded with lots of bonus tracks. Together they are representative of The Dead in one of their most productive periods. Get with it people...How can anyone rate these two collections anything less than five stars?
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The Capitol Albums Vol. 2 (Longbox)
The Capitol Albums Vol. 2 (Longbox)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Don't Give Us The Beatles Story, April 11, 2006
Here 'Tis...The long awaited follow-up to The Capitol Albums Vol I. We start off with The Early Beatles, a partial take of Introducing The Beatles on the VJ label, an album the geniuses at Capitol orginally rejected. I wonder where the poor bloke who made that dreadful decision was transfered to. He probably became an A&R man for Dean Martin, one of Capitol's top artists of the day. There's lots of great rock 'n roll here as the boys cover the Isley Brothers Twist & Shout, The Cookies Chains and Ringo tries his hand at the Motown classic Boys. They also manage to introduce some lovely Lennon & McCartney orginals like Please Please Me, P.S.I Love You and of course Love Me Do. George finds his way to the mike singing his first lead vocal on Do You Want To Know A Secret? Great early stuff by the boys.

Next up we find them raving it up with some old time 1950's rock 'n roll the likes of Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey, Bad Boy and Buddy Holly's lovely Words of Love. Again Capitol makes sure to include orginal material like Eight Days A Week, Yes It Is, Every Little Thing. All marvelous Lennon & McCartney compostions. Again George Harrison gets his one shot with You Like Me Too Much.

The Help Soundtrack includes fewer songs than the UK version. But we also get a chance to revisit the George Martin ochestrations, sounding so very much like a contemporary James Bond soundtrack. And finally there's the USA version of Rubber Soul. What's the difference between the two? Well the UK version featured the big hit single Nowhere Man and the B-Side Drive My Car. Instead we get just 12 tracks including I've Just Seen A Face. Perhaps it's because the USA version was what I was first introduced to and grew to love, so maybe that's why I prefer it to the UK LP. Either way it's a winner and surely one of the Beatles all-time greatest.

Now what to expect on Vol III....We should see Yesterday & Today, as it preceeded Revolver by some 3-4 months. The big question in my mind will we see the orginal "Butcher Shot" cover or will Capitol go with the tamer and less controversail "Steamer Trunk" cover? I say make it a "peel-off" the way it was done back in '66. What fun that would be to have in your collection. And what a great line-up we have here: Drive My Car, I'm Only Sleeping, Day Tripper, Nowhere Man, Ticket To Ride, Yesterday, If I Needed Someone, Dr Robert, We Can Work It Out and more. The next release would be Revolver, which again would be stripped donw to just 12 tracks, deleting And Your Bird Can Sing and Dr. Robert. Finally we can expect to see Hey Jude, a great kind of "Odds & Sodds" collection with lesser known gems like Gerorge Harrison's Old Brown Shoe, the slow version of Revolution and The Ballad of John & Yoko. There's also Don't Let Me Down, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude and more. Can't wait for that one.

And will there be a Vol IV. Afterall we'd all like to hear a cleaned up, digitally remastered version of the Hollywood Bowl. In fact there's rummored to be enough material in the can from that event to fill up a complete second disc. Wouldn't that be wonderful. Of course there's the Rareities album and the orginal United Artists release of A Hard Days Night. Keep it comming Capitol. We want it all, every possible Beatle album you're holding on to....Just don't give us "The Beatles Story". We can do without that one.

Terrapin Station
Terrapin Station
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dead In Their Declining Years, April 4, 2006
This review is from: Terrapin Station (Audio CD)
Terrapin Station represents the Dead in their declining years. That doesn't mean there aren't some interesting and truly enjoyable moments here. It mearly says that the halcyon days of Sugar Magnolia, Uncle John's Band, China Cat Sunflower, Playing In The Band, Truckin' and so many many others were indeed behind them. So where does that leave Terrapin.? Well for me I love the driving percussion of Samson & Daliha. And Bob Weir really tears into the lyric "If I had my way" with pure joy and reckless abandonment. Passenger is also one of Terrapin's highlights allowing the band an opportunity to play behind the synth/keyboard wizardry of Keith Godchaux. The balance of the album is sort of run-of-the-mill Dead. There are moments, but as I stated up top, This is by no means the Dead at their peak. What is noteworthy are the bonus tracks Catfish John, Fire On The Mountain and the live extended version of Dancin' In The Street. Here the Dead rework an old Motown staple, give it their signature jug band rhythm and segue into a classic Grateful-Jam. It's hard to find too many more moments of pure Dead magic in any of their subsaquant studio albums after Terrapin. Savor this one as one of their last truly great studio efforts.

Face to Face
Face to Face
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-Appreciated & Unrecognized, March 9, 2006
This review is from: Face to Face (Audio CD)
Face to Face represents the first effort by Ray Davies to produce a complete stylistic and themeatic album. Was it a successful endouver? Well consider this, Face to Face preceeds the Beatles "Sgt Pepper" by one year and the Who's "Tommy" by more than two years. Both are considered to be groundbreaking and innovative works. So why was Face both commercially and criticlly unrecognized and unappreciated? Perhaps it's because record albums were still largely an emerging phonomenon in the rock world of the mid 1960's. Singles still out-grossed the market by more than two to one. And nobody save the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Supremes could match the Kinks early output of singles.

With that said, was the record-buying teen of the time ready to plop down five or six bucks for an LP, when for the same money he could purchase five or six 45's. So the music world has changed but by and large so many great record albums of that era remain largely obscure, except for their die-hard fans. Take for example, Pet Sounds by the Beach Boy's. Having sold an enormous amount of singles between 1965-67, Pet Sounds, released in 1967 was their worst selling LP to date. Look at Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, one of the all-time greatest albums ever. Without a "Moon Dance", "Brown Eyed Girl" or "Tupelo Honey", the album was bearly noticed and is still highly underated. Even Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" initally sold poorly due to it's lack of a hit single.

While Face to Face rarely makes anyones short list of great albums, it still has endouring appeal to all who remember the Carnaby Street era of Englands musical hay-day. I think it holds up rather well when compared to almost any other "hit" album of the day. I for one would gladly listen to face over any other album that hit the top 40 in 1967.

Austin Sessions
Austin Sessions
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silver-Pilgrim-Bobby Mc Sunday Morning Devil, March 3, 2006
This review is from: Austin Sessions (Audio CD)
How can anyone not give Kris BIG KUDOS for revisting some of his signature songs. You know he's that Silver-Pilgrim-Bobby McSunday Morning-Devil! Well HELL! He's more than that. He's even Willie's good buddy and he's Johnny Cash's favorite songwriter. So roll on Kris I'm lovin' this great-great CD...And you keep on keepin' on good friend.

Mama Tried
Mama Tried
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Merle's Truest and Best, February 6, 2006
This review is from: Mama Tried (Audio CD)
Perhaps the most quintessential "Bakersfield-Sound" album ever recorded. Now you're covering a whole lot of territoy having said that. There's everyone from Buck Owens to Sonny James and Hank Thompson and the great Merle Haggard himself. Nobody could make you feel the hurt of having been taken from your home and living life behind bars. Nobody, not Johnny Cash, not George Jones, not even sweet ole' Willie Nelson. No Sir! Merle is special and this is Merle at his truest and best! Long live the sounds of Bakersfield...Long Live Merle Haggard!

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