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3.0 out of 5 stars A force of nature, November 13, 2013
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The ageless Macca manages to stay relevant with this nice outing. Alligator, Get Me Out of Here (with the surprise twist), Everybody Out There, Early Days, Hosanna, Looking at Her, Turned Out, On My Way to Work and Queenie Eye are all very good cuts receiving a lot of play on my iPhone. Well done, Sir Paul.

Plow Through The Mystic
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best kept secrets in music, November 6, 2012
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I recently bought the latest releases by Mark Knopfler, Neil Young and Jeff Black. Guess which one is the best? This record picks up where the fantastic B Sides and Confessions left off, with some of the most soulful folk-rock out there. Like B Sides, it closes strong, with the excellent Ravanna. Other highlights are Walking Home, the deeply held spoken word of Immigrant Song, New Love Song, Waiting, Making the Day, Run and What I Would Not Do. Well done, Mr. Black. I wish more people listened to you.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Knopfler makes it look easy, as usual., November 5, 2012
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Mark Knopfler is misunderstood. Some of our contemporaries find him boring. I think not. But you have to listen to him in stillness to grasp his subtle excellence. While this is the usual stellar collection of tunes, I think it's one disc too long. Pare it to a single disc and make sure you include Radio City Serenade, his best song since The Last Laugh on the Sailing to Philadelphia record and a work worthy of his greatest Dire Straits cuts - Romeo and Juliet and Your Latest Trick.

Psychedelic Pill
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wish I liked it more, November 5, 2012
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I was excited to hear this Crazy Horse reunion disc and grew more encouraged after reading the early reviews. However, it is a bloated, somewhat uninteresting record. Driftin' Back would be a fine six-minute song. Unfortunately, it's 21 minutes longer than that. Twisted Road is ok. Only Ramada Inn stands out, working very well in its 16-minute slot. That one is heading for the iPod and then the double-disc will be sent to the archive drawer, possibly never again to see the light of day. It turns out Waging Heavy Peace is Neil's masterwork for 2012.
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Waging Heavy Peace
Waging Heavy Peace
by Neil Young
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a life!, October 26, 2012
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Neil Young loves a few things - his family, his ranch in the verdant hills above the Silicon Valley, model trains, old cars, guitars, amplifiers, listening to music, the recording of music, the sound quality of music, playing music live, thinking about music, and the gadgetry and technology that accompanies these passions...

...These passions, quirky yet thoughtful pursuits from a unique creative force, are the themes that run through this delightfully written memoir. Scott Young, Neil's famous father, was a celebrated Canadian author. As Neil himself notes in these pages, the apple didn't fall from the tree. Neil Young can write, and he delivers an insightful look inside what he once described in song as, "such a fine mind."

Objects are named and come to life. There's Mort the Hearse, Lincvolt the Lincoln, Nanu the Cadillac, another Caddy named after Hank Williams, a barn called Plywood Digital, a ranch abode named the White House, buses dubbed Sam and Pocahontas (the charred remains of Pocahontas were buried in a eucalyptus grove on the ranch, which is named, incidentally, Broken Arrow); and, of course, the legendary electric guitar, Old Black.

As much as we treasure Young's music, he has his sights set on other legacies - vehicles powered by biomass ethanol, and audio technology that will, at last, he says, bring the clarity and depth of live music to the modern sound recordings we carry around so casually in our pockets. He calls himself an entrepreneur, but he's more like a slightly off-center inventor - crazy like a fox, as they say.

"Dreamin' Man" is a Young tune from 20 years ago. It would seem to be autobiographical. The world needs more dreamers like this. Long may you run, Neil.

Born To Sing: No Plan B
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's in the horns, October 4, 2012
This review is from: Born To Sing: No Plan B (Audio CD)
A subtle, highly listenable record from the peerless Van the Man. Jazz is the dominant musical theme here. Lots of great horns. My favorite cuts are End of the Rainbow, Goin' Down to Monte Carlo (25 K from Nice), and Mystic of the East.

Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt Adventure)
Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt Adventure)
by Clive Cussler
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2.0 out of 5 stars What a mess, May 1, 2011
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The Dirk Pitt chronicles jumped the shark a long time ago. Cussler and son take a fine story premise and grind it to mush with excessive character introductions and goofy plot twists. If you want solid late-period Cussler, stick with the Oregon Files series. Pitt and family are are just too much.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic and fun, January 13, 2009
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Did we really think this was a Beatles record? I admit to being caught up in the hype 30-plus years ago, although the vocals bear little resemblance to any of the Fab Four. A fun record, nonetheless. Listen to Sub-Rosa Subway and count all the Beatles/McCartney tricks.

At My Age
At My Age
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not long enough, July 5, 2007
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As brilliant as The Convincer, but, at 33 minutes, there isn't enough of it. This album is so well produced, I, for one, would appreciate some longer pieces with more instrumental breaks. I''m grateful for the new release and am enjoying it, all the same.

Memory Almost Full
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tank Almost Empty, June 6, 2007
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A typical Paul McCartney record. Ambitious, impeccably produced and--sometimes--not very good.

Macca's stellar four-album winning streak ends here.

I wish I could draw a bead on his albums before they come out so I don't waste money on stinkers. Unfortunately, McCartney is a greater marketer than he is a songwriter. Every new record seems like it's going to be huge.

This one starts promisingly enough. Dance Tonight and Ever Present Past are winners. But it's sharply downhill after that. Nothing else is even remotely interesting. I rate this one behind Wild Life, Off The Ground and Red Rose Speedway; in the same range as Press to Play, Pipes of Peace, London Town, Back to the Egg and McCartney II. Less than exalted company.

Starbucks should have released Chaos and Creation in the Backyard rather than this.

At Sir Paul's age, you have to wonder how much he has left.
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