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Sell Your Stuff Keep the Dog Live On an Island
Sell Your Stuff Keep the Dog Live On an Island
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This album is just more of the same old Howard......AND THAT'S GREAT! The first tunes to grab me were the title track and "Sandy Feet and Salty Kisses". These are exactly what MM24 does best. "Great Day At The KOA" sounds an awful lot like "Looe Key Tiki Bar" from an earlier MM24 album, but I'm not complaining, because I like them both. One of Howard's most endearing qualities is his sense of humor, which is on display again as you listen to "She Only Loves Me For My Johnson". The concept is simple, but put to enjoyable music, the lyrics just make you smile. "No Dress Rehearsal" and "Two In The Sand" are just two more examples of what makes Livingston's music the best in the genre today. I'm not particularly close-minded, but I have to admit that I was surprised by the inclusion of "Medicinal" and "Weed Line', both of which would seem to heck, they are pro pot "numbers". Once again, they're good songs, but some folks might have to get past the subject matter without inhaling. I have all of the Howard Livingston and Mile Marker 24 recordings and this one seems quite comfortable sitting next to Six Pack And A Tan on my CD shelf.

Pronouced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd & Second Helping Live
Pronouced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd & Second Helping Live
DVD ~ Lynyrd Skynyrd
Price: $11.19
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SOUND. NICELY FILMED. SOLID PERFORMANCES. FUN DVD!, December 14, 2015
The list of Skynyrd pickers in R & R heaven is a long one. So.....what can one expect when the current line-up plays the band's first two classic albums live in their entirety? You might be quite surprised! First of all, the performances are pretty faithfully done with the group's three guitar attack on full display. Peter Keys' keyboard work is great and at times you might even think you're listening to the late Billy Powell. Gary Rossington's guitar sound really hasn't changed since these albums first arrived on store shelves in the early seventies and it really anchors these tracks. Rickey Medlocke, the band's "showman" has been an integral part of the "new" Skynyrd since he re-joined the group in the mid-nineties. His playing is hot and similar, but not identical to Allen Collins' pickin'. Not bad for a guy who played drums in the band before these records were even originally recorded. Johnny Van Zant is a man who just seems to love his job. Once in a while he flubs some lyrics, but he really would rather have fun out there, than to worry about being a perfectionist. The band is full of characters and continues to be very Skynyrd-like in spite of the loss of so many players. My opinion? This is a treat to be enjoyed by anyone who has loved these two recordings in their original studio versions. I sought out the 1 DVD / 2 CD version and I'm glad I did. These days, Gary Rossington "is" Lynyrd Skynyrd, but the rest of the musicians really love "being" Lynyrd Skynyrd and it shines through on this DVD. Secondly, you might get quite a bit of enjoyment from the interview section, the majority of which features Gary, Rickey and JVZ. You'll also hear from the rest of the band and crew. All told, this DVD is enjoyable and packed with good music.

See What You Started By Continuing
See What You Started By Continuing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GET THE EXTRA DISC!, December 6, 2015

I'm a Bluesman
I'm a Bluesman
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4.0 out of 5 stars ROCKIN" BLUES FOR THOSE OF US WHO AGE GRACEFULLY, November 18, 2015
This review is from: I'm a Bluesman (Audio CD)
The Bluesman in question here is one of the all-time legends. I have to tell you though, this album qualified JW as a Living Legend. He'd been through hell and clawed his way back to sing and play them Blues again. As has been stated.....his vocals ain't what they once were and his solos wouldn't satisfy those hungry for super-sized burgers and fries, but I really like some of these tracks. This recording of a somewhat toned down Winter only allows the listener to enjoy the brilliance of his playing. If I didn't know Johnny's voice, I'm not sure how I'd feel about the singing here. It is rather weak, but it's not uninspired. Songs like "Cheatin' Blues" and "I Smell Smoke" are solid pieces, especially when taken as a complete song, instead of being dissected critically. "The Monkey Song" is humorous and well played. "So Much Love" is a perfect example of a classic Winter Blues number. Every song may not be a winner, but I'll keep playing this disc to hear that familiar and fantastic lead guitar. You know.....some of us are getting older and slowing down too, so a less bombastic Johnny Winter album is a positive thing, instead of a horrifying revelation that Rock as we know it is a thing of the past.

Dogwood Winter
Dogwood Winter
Offered by Speedy CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine collaboration between top-notch Bluegrass performers, November 16, 2015
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This review is from: Dogwood Winter (Audio CD)
A fine collaboration between top-notch Bluegrass performers. The song "How Did That Turn Into My Problem" is an 11 on a scale from 1 to 10. This is an enjoyable recording from beginning to end and I'm happy to own it.

High Country
High Country
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4.0 out of 5 stars COLORADO BLUEGRASS THAT ROCKS. HIGH COUNTRY INDEED!, October 27, 2015
This review is from: High Country (Audio CD)
It's so good to have Leftover together again and cranking out albums. I think High Country finds them a little more relaxed than they were on Aquatic Hitchhiker, but I think the songwriting may be bit better on Aquatic Hitchiker.. The playing is still excellent and the contributions of the newer members are some of the best cuts on the album. Founders Herman and Emmitt contribute a couple of highlights in the classic Leftover mold. The opener, Herman's "Get Up And Go" is the kind of tune that these guys have been creating to great effect for years. Emmitt's "Light In The Woods" combines their classic sound with a saxophone. A great song to be sure, but the sax takes it down a notch. Vince and Drew are responsible for more good stuff here, but the two best cuts are from the refugees from the Drew Emmitt Band and Emmitt-Nershi Band. Banjo player Andy Thorn gives us the fine "Better Day" and we get the CD's best tune "So Lonesome" from bassist Greg Garrison. For the second album in a row these two have brought in great material and turned in stellar performances. Newest member Billy Payne (of Little Feat notoriety) adds even more to a band that's already crowded with talent. Songwriting is spread throughout the band's members and Payne even gets an assist from Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. On some of the songs, I feel like the basic and beloved vocal harmonies are drowning in a sea of singers, but that's a minor issue. It's close to being a 5 star recording and I only wish they would stick closer to the Nashville Sessions and Euphoria style, instead of modernizing their sound.

The Devil to Pay
The Devil to Pay
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMMONDS? SAVOY? EITHER WAY...GET THE BLUES AT ITS BEST, September 29, 2015
This review is from: The Devil to Pay (MP3 Music)
Should I start by saying that Kim Smmonds just gets better with age? Should I mention that the Blues tear he's been on has produced some of the best music he's made since the 70s? How about the arguable fact that each of his last three albums is better than the one before it? ALLTRUE! Simmonds is not only in his comfort zone, he's playing that guitar of his better than ever. Vocally, he's not Youlden or Walker, but he holds his own. Every tune on "The Devil To Pay" is a Blues song of one sort or another and they range from very good to gut-wrenchingly awesome. It's a little difficult to continue working in a musical genre that's been played by so many for so long (Clapton, Winter, Vaughan and of course, Simmonds) and still bring something new to the table. That being said....the guys in this current Savoy Brown Band really aren't trying to blaze new trails here, they're just playing the Blues really, really well. You like your Blues slow and dripping with emotion? It's Here. Rockin' Blues with glorious, smokin' solos that you never want to end? It's Here. Cool Blues with a Jazzy touch? That's Here, Too. Slide guitar? As Always, You Get One Of Those (and it's a good one). The sound is magnificent and the playing is just as good. Through the years, few Rock guitarists have done as much as Kim Simmonds to keep the Blues on the front burner. Keep It Coming!

Frabill Deluxe Bait Bucket Lid
Frabill Deluxe Bait Bucket Lid
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frabill Lid vs Challenge Lid, August 27, 2015
I recently bought a similar lid (with bucket) from Challenge Plastics. The comparison between this Frabill product and the aforementioned Challenge product is a no-brainer..This well made yellow lid features 2 hinges, a wide opening and a sturdy latch. It fits snugly on a 5 gallon pail and features a place for tools on the outside ring. The comparable lid from Challenge is petty much the opposite in every way. (not to mention that the weak plastic handle on the bucket broke after just 3 fishing trips) The choice is an easy one. Get the Frabill.

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4.0 out of 5 stars JASON SCHEFF'S "CHAUNCY", August 21, 2015
This review is from: Chauncy (Audio CD)
This album doesn't feature a big horn section or hot guitar solos, but it still has a familiar feel to it As a replacement for Peter Cetera in the group Chicago, Scheff has managed to tackle a tough job. This album allows Jason to be Jason. Most of the recording is spent in ballad territory, which suits his voice fine. "Fade To Black" is a bit more energetic and stands out as one of the albums better cuts. The song "Chauncy" is largely instrumental and is actually pretty cool. Anyone who has heard Chicago's "Stone Of Sisyfus" album should be familiar with an excellent track called "Mah Jong". Neither of the versions on the Chicago album can hold a candle to the version here. The laid back rhythm guitar and easy saxophone set this gem apart. All in all, it's a good album, but given what constitutes Jason's day job, know.

Stone of Sisyphus (XXXII)
Stone of Sisyphus (XXXII)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Worthy Of It's Legendary Status, August 21, 2015
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A bit over-produced. A few too many synthesizers. A little over-rated.
The bonus tracks are better than the album, especially "Mah Jong"
I wish they would release a stripped down "demo" version without all of the clutter.

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