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Summer Rains: The Essential Rivers 1964-1975
Summer Rains: The Essential Rivers 1964-1975
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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
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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.

Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections
Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections
by Stephen Harrod Buhner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Information, September 5, 2013
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This book is not an easy read, but it is essential for anyone who needs to understand Lyme disease and natural options for treatment. As the author makes plain, antibiotics are a highly recommended component for a treatment regime, but this is one disease that requires ongoing treatment beyond the standard medical response. It will take study, but it is time well spent. Highly recommended.

Living Stereo Collection 1
Living Stereo Collection 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Return For The Investment, March 18, 2013
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This box set is an embarrassment of riches. I have gone through 15 CDs so far (25% of the entire set) and I've already received my money's worth.
There is really too much to comment on for a quick review. I will point out the fact that one can look into individual CDs available on Amazon that by themselves are considered among the handful of best performances available - and they are here.
Munch conducting the BSO, Reiner with the Chicago Symphony, Fiedler, Rubenstein...and the red book quality of 60 year old recordings is, so far, wonderful.
Whether you are a long-time classical completest or a relative newcomer who is looking for a great place to start, the "Living Stereo Box Set" is highly recommended.

Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football's Greatest Quarterback
Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football's Greatest Quarterback
by Sean Glennon
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done, if a Bit Premature, December 3, 2012
NFL fans will find this book a very good reference, not only for the career of Tom Brady but as a review of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. One may disagree with the author's conclusions (more in a moment) and still find this a must-have for the sheer volume of information and statistics this book contains.
Author Sean Glennon comes across as a fan of the game itself and an admirer of virtually every quarterback he writes about; this makes it a refreshing and easy read. He makes a good faith effort to employ statistics that are relevant for the many quarterbacks from the 1930s to the present that he reviews. As the game has changed dramatically over that period of time the reader can be left to make alternate conclusions based upon a preference/prejudice for a specific QB, but Mr. Glennon leaves little doubt as to Brady's preeminence among active QBs and the propriety of his inclusion in the discussion of all-time greatest.
As I write this, Brady has just become the first QB to win his division for the tenth time in his career. I would expect Mr. Glennon to update his book at the conclusion of Tom Brady's career, when future accomplishments (a record sixth Super Bowl? another Super Bowl win? MVP?) might make his assertion one of unanimous consent. For now, this book encourages the fan to more fully appreciate a player who is still very much with us.
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Psychedelic Pill
Psychedelic Pill
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ragged Mastery, Primal Glory, November 7, 2012
This review is from: Psychedelic Pill (Audio CD)
I would assume that most NY&CH fans already possess this 2 CD set. Occasional fans may be holding off, wondering if this release fits in the bin of essential Neil Young recordings.
Yes, it does.
Before Neil sings the lyrics in "Driftin' Back" that make it plain, Psychedelic Pill had me thinking of the similarities between this artist and Pablo Picasso. Both are masters of an art form of which they are the central figure, each primitive in their approach. Both have had an extraordinary impact on scores of artists who followed. And both have created many influential works that much of the population doesn't necessarily embrace. If Neil had not already used the title Ragged Glory on a previous release, it would perfectly fit this work.
I have found Psychedelic Pill alternately indulgent, inspired and irresistible, many times within the same verse or section of improvisation. Both the lyrics and the musicianship could occasionally be mistaken as the efforts of a beginner; for an artist in his sixth decade of recorded output to accomplish this effect is remarkable. Some of the music skates right on the edge between childish and childlike, but out of this effort springs some transcendent music. We are listening to a master, alternately channeling the sensibilities of a savant and a shaman. The repetitive aspects, the raw primalism, the intractability of vision is entrancing but may not sit well with everyone.
Then one hears "For the Love of Man"; a heartbreaking, beautiful song, one that exposes the very depths of love, sadness and acceptance. By itself, reason enough for any Neil Young fan to add Psychedelic Pill to one's collection.
Great Crazy Horse music. Monumental Neil Young.
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Living for a Song: Tribute to Hank Cochran
Living for a Song: Tribute to Hank Cochran
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Classic Country Record, October 26, 2012
The intent is fully realized: a loving tribute to one of the greatest country songwriters, headed by a superb country artist and supported by one of the most impressive all-star casts ever assembled. The result is not only a tribute to classic country music itself, but perhaps the best introduction possible to one of the treasures of classic country music.
Jamey Johnson lives the songs of Hank Cochran so honestly, one would think he wrote them himself. He displays the great difference between singing a song and channeling the emotion, and every guest artist on the album matches Johnson's depth and nuance.
Not everyone can listen to decades old recordings of original artists and consider them anything but a piece of history. The greatness of this album is that Jamey Johnson and cohorts bring these fantastic songs to a new audience, and in doing so make them sound not merely new, but timeless.
For my money, this is one of the best albums of the year of any genre. My highest recommendation.
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Glad Rag Doll
Glad Rag Doll
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Ears Are Happy, October 13, 2012
This review is from: Glad Rag Doll (Audio CD)
If you are a Diana Krall fan, you may or may not like this release. If you are a Diana Krall AND a T-Bone Burnett fan, you will absolutely love "Glad Rag Doll".
In listening to this collection of songs (four times total so far), I'm struck not only by the excellent backing band and great selection of vintage tunes, but also by the influence of Tom Waits on the arrangements - and I mean that as a great compliment. Ms. Krall is to be commended on her desire to honor her father with selections from his music collection, and thanked for putting the effort into being surrounded by like-minded people to pull it off so well.
Is it a perfect album? Not quite. On a few songs, most notably "There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt of my Tears", Diana's delivery doesn't quite match the song's mood. The arrangement is great, but she more does a reading of the lyrics than inhabits them. The effect is that of a great musician enjoying a genre of which she is not a master. All songs are enjoyable, but not all are in the realm of definitive versions.
When I purchase a new album, all I care about is the quality of the finished product. I do not insist that my favorite artists become museum pieces, recycling the same thing time after time. It's wonderful when an artist takes great songs and breathes new life into them.

Casey Abrams
Casey Abrams
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3.0 out of 5 stars Talent - Good Music - OK Lyrics, July 8, 2012
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On the plus side, I like the music and singing on Casey's debut album. But he needs to up his game as a lyricist or find a strong songwriting partner.
Casey can make the big leagues with his musicianship and great phrasing. His voice and musical prowess really can make him a major talent. But while I'm listening to interesting compositions and a great voice, some of the lyrics come across as too immature for the level of talent this CD otherwise displays. I like the music and lyrics on the covers.
Casey Abrams deserves support, and I recommend this CD based on the music and voice. But Casey - up your game in the lyrics department next time.

The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret
The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret
by Kent Hartman
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved It, Wish There Was More, June 26, 2012
This was a very good book about a brilliant time and place. If one was to choose three major musicians to wrap the book around, it made sense that Kent Hartman chose Glen Campbell, Carol Kaye and Hal Blaine (if you don't know why, get this book now!). He brings many of the rest of the Wrecking Crew into the story, but many of these musicians (as well as producers and songwriters central to this story) were worthy of entire chapters (some deserve entire books). My only complaints about this book are that (1) it ended and (2) so much more could have been written. The stories are myriad. But at 300 pages, I can't really complain. Now it's time for a volume two!
In the meantime, if you love music (especially music of the Sixties & early Seventies), don't hesitate to read this book.

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