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The Essential 3.0 Roy Orbison (Eco-Friendly Packaging)
The Essential 3.0 Roy Orbison (Eco-Friendly Packaging)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A notable omission, January 18, 2014
One nitpick is the omission of Penny Arcade, Roy's last big hit (even if it was in Australia) of the 60s, and a cheerful romp he had fun singing. Still, a good overview. We need a thorough compilation of his MGM years.


The Shoes of the Fisherman
The Shoes of the Fisherman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie...hoping Blu Ray corrects one small problem, December 31, 2012
This review is from: The Shoes of the Fisherman (DVD)
I really appreciate the movie as a grand drama with a great story and solid performances. The score for the soundtrack is excellent and the print on the DVD is clean. Pity that the tracking is slightly off....there are parts where the soundtrack isn't synced correctly and is about a half second off....you can see the actors still talking after the sound stops. Oh well...hopefully someone will correct that some day. Marvelous movie.


Christmas In the Heart
Christmas In the Heart
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it but its strange....., September 14, 2012
This review is from: Christmas In the Heart (Audio CD)
This has got to be one of the most honest, well done and weirdest Christmas albums I own. It Must Be Santa is great and makes you want to sing along. Bob's voice is getting older, but that suits the material well. He's very sincere in his approach, and I like the Hawaiian element of Christmas Island too. Again, lots of Bob at the piano by the fireplace here, with white candles lit and sung well. Good choice of material and again, recalls a style of holiday record not normally done. Well done Bob and thank you for this gift of music and mirth!


Together Through Life
Together Through Life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and fun...., September 14, 2012
This review is from: Together Through Life (Audio CD)
I recently re-ran this CD in preparation for Tempest....I appreciate it now a lot more than when it first came out. The sound is Bob transitioning to a larger Tex-Mex influence with the accordion accenting, and doing it well. The tunes are bloody catchy on many tracks and he sounds like he's having spontaneous fun with it all. Jolene's riff, Shake Shake Mama and the Houston song stick with you and It's All Good. :) Gives a feel of a bygone era with oil wells and ten gallon hats, string ties and such in its veins. Not exactly Dallas...older than that, but very good. It sets up the next album well too.....or the Christmas album...Bob Hunter does well with Dylan lyrically and has some optimistic moments amid the randiness of the two bards at work.


Modern Times
Modern Times
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5.0 out of 5 stars the fun continues..., September 14, 2012
This review is from: Modern Times (Audio CD)
Picking up seamlessly from Love and Theft, Modern Times (a title with its own sense of irony...wonder if he watching Chaplin's movie when thinking it up...), this album rocks. Thunder on the Mountain has an infectious chugging romp that also applies to several other tracks....old, but new, and refreshed in being in the present without being of the present. Great gentle ballads, some charming, some dark, but quintessentially still Dylan. He uses his voice to great effect on the quieter work and the piano is becoming more prominent...I wonder if Bob will do an all-piano record some day....who knows? very good and in keeping with the high standard in place.


Love & Theft
Love & Theft
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great album and a fun one too..., September 14, 2012
This review is from: Love & Theft (Audio CD)
I recall buying this CD on the day it came out, right as Borders was closing early for the day for obvious reasons. This was my link back to sanity and something tangible that I could identify with....go figure it was a Bob Dylan album, but still...it did the trick. This is a fun record, Bob and his band having fun and laying it down solid with a look forward and a look to the past, but done well. Great bluesish, country swing playing on the uptempo pieces with Bob sitting at the keys a lot, ...it is subtle, but the piano surfaces here and there. I found a certain irony with one of the songs having a strong echo of Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra's recording of Snuggled on Your Shoulder's arrangement, but it suits the pedigrees and since not many others would notice it, who cares? It is an echo to an earlier time that Bob draws inspiration from and that America has left behind without really recognizing the richness of what was created in that era. I digress...the songs are solid, some have a sense of humor to them and Bob's singing carries it through and well. Very good and strong...not to mention loud....this CD carries a sonic punch that can blast if you aren't expecting it...and that's a good thing.


MTV Unplugged [LIVE]
MTV Unplugged [LIVE]
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5.0 out of 5 stars The comeback in progress......, September 14, 2012
This review is from: MTV Unplugged [LIVE] (Audio CD)
Everyone keeps bringing up Time Out of Mind as the "comeback of Bob Dylan". One may argue that he never really left, just had to deal with changing audiences, dim record execs, some self-confidence issues and etc... Here's one way of looking at it. Bob recharged his batteries doing material he loved an could identify with on Good As I've Been To You and World Gone Wrong, both excellent solo acoustic albums where he stripped away everything but himself and in the process, recharged and displayed what had always been there and had been overlooked. The acoustic guitar playing was still there, excellent and solid and his harmonica was still accenting where necessary. The voice was a bit weathered, but clear, strong and capable of interpreting, and his career had been honored with the 30 year concert bash documented elsewhere. Here's it pulled in again, building off of the momentum of the 2 solo albums and introducing Bob's band, whom he'd not recorded with as a unit. They back him well and a solid performance with a small and very receptive audience hears his own career summary. This performance brought him new and fresh attention, proved he could still do it and do it well, highlighted the material of the last 30 years and set the stage for something new. Strange irony that the only "new" song on this disc is a vintage Dylan song from the early 60s. It bridges well the atmosphere of World Gone Wrong with the echoes of Time Out of Mind. This album continued the comeback and the new chapter...I look at Travelling Wilbury's 3 as a closing of one chapter in a sense, Good as I've Been to You being the rebirth volley, and Unplugged setting the stage for what follows...it opened the ears and eyes for those who would eagerly buy Time Out of Mind, and introduced the idea of Bob with his own band that finally reached fruition on Love and Theft, with Bob at the helm for the foreseeable future. One may also note that this album is the goodbye to the standard image of Bob with his acoustic and harmonica rack, which he more or less abandoned afterwards. He still plays it well, but was ready for something new, something fresh, something fun. Enjoy!


Tempest
Tempest
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ....a storm still raging...., September 13, 2012
This review is from: Tempest (Audio CD)
In preparing myself for Bob Dylan's new album Tempest, I decided to re-run all his albums from Good As I've Been To You thru the present. Among other reasons, it helped display a consistency of standard throughout, a development into the present and a way to tune my hearing towards how Bob's voice is gradually aging. He's meticulous in how he chooses to use his voice as an instrument, well weathered and a bit rough hewn, a cross in approach between Howlin' Wolf, Pee Wee Russell's clarinet style and a midnight movie that takes place amid the cigar smoke and cognac of a leather backed lounge in black satin. Setting the placemat, we move forward:

First off, it is well commented how much death and carnage is displayed on this album. It starts off somewhat lighthearted and overtured in a quiet bit of western swing and then..WHAM! Into the dark undertones of Duquesne Whistle and the train is on one heckuva ride. A David Lynch style of a train tribute blues as backed up by the video...and we're off on a journey that takes us into dark corners of Scarlet Town, the atmosphere after Midnight, a bad romance that would leave Gaga quaking in her boots, nattily dressed Roman Kings that could be vampiric, mafioso, a combination thereof or just working for the Union. The country has an icon burning, a lover's trio is cut up and entombed....and Desolation Row becomes a quaint country lane. I have to admit that the title track of Titanic Tempestuation left me feeling lighthearted and feeling I was in an Irish pub where the Guinness pints were flowing freely and Gordon Lightfoot was off taking notes in a shade of humility. I enjoyed the scenescape thoroughly at the underlying overlying but not necessarily outright lying metaphors and the script they were playing from at work. That's part of the key....the song is almost like Bob Dylan's production of how he'd want a movie of the story to go...and why not? Everyone else including James Cameron has done so, so why not Bob? As far as I know, he's the only major music artist to tackle the ship's story on its centennial.

The closer and elegaic tribute to John Lennon was heartfelt and not maudlin and has brought a knot to my throat on each listen thus far. It is Bob at his most vulnerable and personal side, which isn't something a lot of people know what to do with. It is in keeping with the rest of the album and I vehemently disagree with all those who say the last two tracks kill the album. Sometimes things take 32 years to process, sometimes a 100,...sometimes 11 or various cominations within. Go figure Bob would take it upon himself on the 100th Anniversary of the fated White Star Liner to include his own particularly unique take on the saga and release the collection of songs on the 11th anniversary of another horrific day in our current timeline.

Scarlet Town sounds like a well hewn folk song....amazing. Tin Angel too....the story is horrifying in a way and it is almost a relief when Bob with a smile in his voice starts to regale the tale of the Titanic.....as I said, think Irish pub. There's a lot in this that is midnight music...to be sure. Roll On John could be playing over the closing credits to this CD, or being done at a dimly lit piano with a smoky haze. It all fits and regarding the length of the song Tempest...if Cameron can do a 3 hour story on the Titanic, a 15 minute song is right on par with it all, metaphorically and otherwise. Great album and well played overall. Kudos to the keyboard work by Bob on either piano or organ on the bulk of the album.

One last comment...I found it interesting that Bob in interviews mentioned his original impetus to do a religious album...and that does surface...not obviously, but thoroughly throughout too....and on almost every song, even if some of it is the darker aspect of spirituality and consequences therein. Lots of layers, but it is Dylan, so....you get more to chew on with each pass...and that's what makes it fun. :)

An amazing if dark toned odyssey....and I wish Bob many more years, many more albums and the enjoyment of the gift of his time to us....and kudos on the great band he's been honing as well. Bravo!


The Columbia House Bands: Ben Selvin, Vol. 1
The Columbia House Bands: Ben Selvin, Vol. 1
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good period dance music, November 2, 2004
Although some of the arrangements sound dated by today's standards, this is good music for the late 20s early 30s. Benny Goodman was a sideman on some of these recordings and you can hear a rare bass clarinet solo by him on Lucille, as well as some of his alto saxophone solos on other tracks. Good stuff, especially for some of the rarer jazz solo spots.


Dig Me Out
Dig Me Out
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great contemporary rock and roll, October 12, 2004
This review is from: Dig Me Out (Audio CD)
Ok, forget about the fact that all three are women, forget about the fact that the band came out of the Riot Grrl movement, forget about the fact that there is no bass player. This album rocks and rocks well, and way better than most other bands in the Top 40 charts, even now in 2004. From the riffs that start off Dig Me Out through the end of the album, Sleater-Kinney reaffirm their love for making music and phenomenal rock and roll. Some songs may have deceptively simple structure, but Miles Davis proved that sometimes less is more, and few fault him for his musicianship, so who cares? This album is fun, and rocks out. The instruments are in tune, well recorded and are played expertly. There is a well balanced sense of dynamics in all songs, and the guitar interplay between Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker is excellent. Janet Weiss's drums fit like a glove and anchor the rhythm like a modern day Keith Moon with a superb sense of time and taste. This will make your feet move and your body jump. The harmonies between Carrie and Corin are great, i.e. One More Hour. What more could you ask for?


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