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Pioneer PL-990 Automatic Stereo Turntable
Pioneer PL-990 Automatic Stereo Turntable
Price: $149.00
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Affordable Turntable, July 11, 2011
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I've owned the Pioneer PL-990 turntable for a year. It was a Father's Day Gift in 2010. It has a built in pre-amp that enabled me to simply connect the turntable to the audio in jack on my Sony shelf system. Depending on your configuration, you may need something like this to complete your set-up: Cables To Go - 03179 - 3.5mm Stereo Male To 2 RCA Female Y-Cable (Black) The turntable looks great, works flawlessly, and sounds terrific. I've slowly been filling holes in my CD collection with used vinyl records that I've purchased on ebay, at antique stores and records stores. I've twenty-nine records so far and none of them have skipped on the PL-990. I also have one 180 gram vinyl record, AC/DC High Voltage. I bought it brand new, cleaned it before playing it, and it sounds great. I highly recommend cleaning your records before playing them.

Bottom Line: After owning this player for one year, I'm still very happy with this turntable, and highly recommend it.

July 11th, 2013. I've adjusted my original review from five stars to three stars. I've been affected by a design flaw mentioned in other reviews. The raised arm rest and the raised left corner of the turntable prevent larger records from playing. For example, I purchased a great copy of Ace Frehley's solo lp. For some reason, a manufacturing defect perhaps, the record is a little larger than most records. When I tried to play it, it became wedged between the arm rest and the raised left corner of the turntable and would not spin.

I've upgraded to the AT LP 120 and I'm quite satisfied.

Sonic Boom-Limited
Sonic Boom-Limited
Price: $12.99
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elevate Your Spirit With A Sonic Boom, October 7, 2009
This review is from: Sonic Boom-Limited (Audio CD)
An excellent package and an OUTSTANDING rock and roll CD. Sonic Boom is quintessential KISS and I love it. The songwriting is stirring, fun, and definitely, rock and roll. It will elevate your spirit and rock your weary world. I'm not going to say Sonic Boom is a classic, although it may very well be, but only time will tell. Rock and Roll Over and Love Gun weren't instant classics either. We simply loved those albums then because they were great hard rock albums and they were KISS. Well, guess what people, so is Sonic Boom. This is obviously a labor of love for long time KISS fans, the KISS Army. So if you love KISS, buy it. If you don't, then try it. It might make you feel good. And people... isn't that what rock and roll is all about?
9 out of 10.

Smallville: Season 8
Smallville: Season 8
DVD ~ Tom Welling
Price: $12.99
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's the real scoop of Smallville Season 8 CONTAINS SPOILERS*, August 31, 2009
This review is from: Smallville: Season 8 (DVD)
I've been tuning into Smallville since Episode 1, and have been a fan of Superman since I was a little kid.
Smallville is one of the greatest interpretations of Superman ever created in any type of medium (comic book, TV, etc.) And I was disappointed to see that Smallville Season 8 only received an average rating of 3.5 stars.
Most of the lower rated reviews include complaints about how the show is starting to lose credibility with it's comic counterpart. In other words it doesn't tie into the comic book that well, the finale of Season 8 was anti climactic, how the writing is starting to dwindle, so on so forth.

Smallville is an INTERPRETATION of the comic book story. It is NOT the comic book itself. So to bash Season 8 because it doesn't tie in to the comic that well is pretty silly, cause there have been apparent changes from the comic book since Season 1. And if you are a long time fan of Smallville, why bash season 8 for something that's been going on since .. well .. forever?

Smallville has always stayed true to the basics of the Superman mythos. Clark and Lex are enemies. Lois and Clark will fall in love. Clark will become Superman, etc.
And I don't believe for a second that Lex is truly dead. And if he is then damn the writers to hell. Although it is highly unlikely that Rosenbaum will return to the cast of Smallville, I am for certain we have not heard the last from Lex. He cant be dead ... come on ... he's Lex Luthor.

The writers have done an amazing job picking up from Season 7. Despite the loss of Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor), they still do a great job of tying in Lex to the story without actually having him on screen.
Tess Mercer fills in for Lex as the new CEO for Luthercorp. Pretty much the new "bad guy" to give Clark and his friends a hard time. And although Lex is missed (A LOT!!!) She's good. Nuff said.

Also in this season we are treated with the ever growing romance between Lois and Clark. Love is in the air in season 8! (Is love ever NOT in the air?) But I have always admired Smallville for it's character development, especially with Clark's love interests (well mostly Lana). But Lois and Clark are as equally intoxicating to watch as Lana and Clark in previous seasons.
Erica Durance plays the best Lois Lane I have ever seen. She nails her personality flawlessly. Naive, cocky, rude, Clarks opposite ... his perfect match.

And what about the final battle between Doomsday in the Season Finale? What about it? Nothing short of ... awesome can you say? Many complained that the battle was too short and anti climactic. It depends on how you see it. In my opinion, the battle had started the day Clark met Davis Bloome (Doomsday). It wasn't the physical battle so much as it was the emotional battle that Clark went through, and the writers did a superb job presenting it.
Can Clark overcome the beast without killing him?
Time and time again through Season 8, Clark is tempted by his friends, and even his fellow heroes that sometimes the only way to save the day is to kill. That killing is a sacrifice a hero has to make once in a while to benefit the greater good of mankind.
But Clark shows why he isn't a hero. He shows why he is a superhero. He can make the decisions that no one else can make, not even heroes like Green Arrow. That there is always a way to save the world without crossing the line, and that a life is a life no matter who it may be.

Season 8 is awesome, and even after 8 years, Smallville has not lost its quality when compared with previous seasons. The drive of the show, the ambition of the show has remained the same.

If you are a fan of Smallville don't compare it to other mediums of Superman, but cherish as is.

If you do you wont be disappointed. 5 stars.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rock N' Roll Party, April 3, 2007
This review is from: Arockalypse (Audio CD)
Lordi has it all, a fantastic look, lots of pyro, and most importantly, really good songs. If you are a fan of bands like KISS, Twisted Sister, Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie, do yourself a favor and pick up "The Arockalypse". You won't regret it. While your at it, you might as well pick up "Get Heavy" and "The Monsterican Dream". I've found all three Lordi releases to be a lot of fun and very addictive. Enough with the anger, enough with the rage, tonight, we're gonna have ourselves a rock 'n' roll party!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A conservative three stars, it probably deserves four, November 12, 2004
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This review is from: Why (Audio CD)
Mercury Tide's "Why?" is the first solo project from Dirk Thurisch. If you are not familiar with Dirk Thurisch, he is the lead vocalist for the metal band Angel Dust. Angel Dust's music consist of emotionally charged power metal with expansive chorus melodies that fans of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest will enjoy. The sound of Mercury Tide is different from that of Angel Dust, but will still be familiar to fans of the band. It's not power metal, but it is a classy hard rock sound that borders on metal at times. If you enjoy a strong and emotional vocal performance, heavy guitars and tasteful keyboard passages, then you will like this album. As reflected by the song titles, the overall theme of the cd is personal and moving. Stand-out tracks are Why?, Lost and Torn, Back To Reality, Set Me Free, and Alone, but the entire cd is solid from beginning to end.

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