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The Complete Bearsville Albums Collection (13CD)
The Complete Bearsville Albums Collection (13CD)
Price: $54.21
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live Todd!, April 15, 2016
I've been with Todd since Nazz (his first major band) and have owned many of the albums included here. This collection is a dream, both for its completeness and its sound quality. "Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren" is a "lost masterpiece" and one I cannot recommend more highly. But the fact is that Todd has been consistently great throughout his career. Yes, some songs are of their time, but you will find example after example of timelessly wonderful music in these disks. A soulful singer, a great multi-instrumentalist (and fantastic guitarist), an excellent arranger and producer, a master at the art of songcraft. Perhaps McCartney is one of his few peers. It's all here. Enjoy.


BEACH BOYS vs Beatlemania: Rediscovering Sixties Music
BEACH BOYS vs Beatlemania: Rediscovering Sixties Music
by G A De Forest
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.95
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange Book, March 16, 2016
This is a strange book, though the title should have been a tipoff. I half expected an appreciation of the two most impressive bands of their time. Instead, the book is sycophantic toward the Beach Boys; the loathing of the Beatles begins as off putting, becoming annoying, finally comical. Stranger still in that Brian Wilson himself has acknowledged how impressed he was with the Beatles and how both bands saw the other as much inspiration as “competitors”. Does the author consider Brian Wilson to be dumb in his love of the Beatles’ music?
This book is great in placing both bands within a larger context of the other Top 40 popular music of the day as well as an overview of the geographical “hot spots” of the Beach Boys’ fandom; I’ve never seen this level of information before. This is offset by some very sloppy reporting of ephemeral data; placing the 1964 Newport Folk Festival in California, for example (it has been in Newport, RI from the beginning).
All told, the book is interesting, not essential. Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys deserve a more respectful book.


Koops Mustard Arizona Heat Gluten Free -- 12 oz Each / Pack of 2
Koops Mustard Arizona Heat Gluten Free -- 12 oz Each / Pack of 2
Offered by EB STORE
Price: $98.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the List Mustard, February 19, 2016
We tried this a number of years ago, and it has been our go-to mustard ever since. It has a touch of spice, a touch of piquant, a touch of sweet; the combination of flavors is unique and wonderful. Not only for burgers and dogs - we use it in many recipes, including our homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Koops has a number of excellent mustards (we love the Stone Ground and the Horseradish mustard too) but this is our all-time favorite.


Long Lost Suitcase
Long Lost Suitcase
Price: $10.99
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Soul of an Artist, December 26, 2015
This review is from: Long Lost Suitcase (Audio CD)
Tom Jones has always had one of the best voices on record, and those who have not listened since his pop/Vegas days have a real treat awaiting them. Since 2004's "Tom Jones and Jools Holland", the estimable Mr. Jones has turned his attention to great songs worthy of his talents; the entertainer has become the artist. "Long Lost Suitcase" continues his recent string of successes, and the more stripped-down productions allow his phrasing to shine through. All songs in this collection are good; some are truly impressive. I would recommend this album to any lover of roots or Americana.


Joshua Judges Ruth
Joshua Judges Ruth
Price: $4.79
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, June 1, 2015
This review is from: Joshua Judges Ruth (Audio CD)
Four albums into his career, Lyle Lovett delivered a masterpiece.
What places such albums apart from the more typical album is that they exceed standard boundaries and the listener’s expectations. Lyle Lovett has been pigeonholed as (only) a country artist, but “JJR” was the apotheosis of a journey he began, gingerly, with one song on his debut album and added to with his critically acclaimed “Pontiac” as well as “…And His Large Band”. On these albums Mr. Lovett established himself as a master not only of country but of diverse American musical forms.
With “JJR”, Lyle melds country with folk, blues, gospel, jazz, R&B and unclassifiable musical forms, showcasing country as an equally important aspect of a much larger American musical canon. A generation after Ray Charles gave us “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music” Lyle Lovett took the concept to the next level.
This is not a mere intellectual exercise; “JJR” is an engrossing musical journey filled with profundity, pathos, poignancy, playfulness and puckish wit. One stops listening to individual musical genres and simply enters the world of a unique talent whose muse knows no boundaries. At the end one has not listened to an album; one has completed an amazing, eye-opening, pioneering and highly enjoyable musical journey.
A quick note: the Large Band is one of the greatest assemblages of musical talent the world has ever known. This album sounds great from beginning to end.
For those who seek out musical masterpieces and unique gems, “Joshua Judges Ruth” is an essential addition to the collection.


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Anker High Performance 5200mAh/58WH Laptop Battery for Dell Xps M1330 1330 Dell Inspiron 13 1318 Fits 312-0844 312-0566 312-0567 TT485 WR050 C601H PU556 NT349 HG307 UM225 UM226 - Upgraded with higher quality LG cells yet has same size & shape as an OEM battery - 18 Months Warranty


Johnny Winter and
Johnny Winter and
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness, November 24, 2014
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This review is from: Johnny Winter and (Audio CD)
I have always considered this as one of the great "lost" rock albums. It holds up with the best works of the era; the known songs are great and the unknown songs are a revelation. Johnny found fellow musicians with whom he was telepathic, and in Rick Derringer Johnny formed a two-guitar partnership possibly surpassed only by Clapton and Duane Allman in Derek and the Dominos. This is an essential CD for any rock guitar fan.


Anker AH121 USB 3.0 7-Port Hub with 36W Power Adapter [12V 3A High-Capacity Power Supply and VIA VL812 Chipset]
Anker AH121 USB 3.0 7-Port Hub with 36W Power Adapter [12V 3A High-Capacity Power Supply and VIA VL812 Chipset]
Offered by AnkerDirect
Price: $69.99
46 used & new from $32.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Works Great, November 24, 2014
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This is exactly what I was looking for. It performed as advertised right out of the box - highly recommended.


Summer Rains: The Essential Rivers 1964-1975
Summer Rains: The Essential Rivers 1964-1975
Price: $19.99
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's Great Is Great, July 21, 2014
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In a bout of nostalgia I decided to buy this anthology of Johnny Rivers. I remembered his hits as very, very good. The bottom line is that his hits remain wonderful. Johnny Rivers remains a possessor of a few excellent original hits and a top-notch performer of rock & roll and Motown covers. Other songs suffer from fairly bland arrangements and iffy songwriting. This is a CD to rip, remove the inessentials and burn a tight CD of wonderful memories.


A Letter Home
A Letter Home
Price: $11.43
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neil Get's Back - Way Back, June 1, 2014
This review is from: A Letter Home (Audio CD)
So this is Neil's "Get Back". He's admitted to being influenced by the Beatles, but somehow I don't think it was conscious in this case. It is very much a "high concept" piece, but I find it interesting that this most prolific of songwriters and champion of highest fidelity shows his heart through songs written by others in the lowest-fi context imaginable. I do like this CD, and I especially like "If You Could Read My Mind"; the emotion of the song is laid bare in this presentation. This is so much a "warts and all" presentation that it is almost more of a psychological insight into Mr. Young than his most personal compositions. But the bottom line is, this is more for the true lovers of Neil Young than it is a standard "commercial" release. Adventurous souls may proceed at their own risk, but don't be surprised if you find some interesting rewards.


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