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Yakety Yak & Other Hits
Yakety Yak & Other Hits
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where is the Comprehensive Collection?, June 8, 2005
This review is from: Yakety Yak & Other Hits (Audio CD)
Again we have "Smokey Joe's Cafe" and "Framed" from the group's previous incarnation, the Robins. "Wait a Minute", a hit song, is rarely seen on Coasters compilations, again not here. Two songs herein were NOT hits (guess which two). It IS a treat to see the also-rarely-included "Shopping for Clothes", a funny narrated tune great for bellyrubbing slowdancing. It's all a mixed bag, but it's affordable and brings you a little closer to having a more complete collection. Your choice.


Coasters: One By One
Coasters: One By One
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Approach With Caution, June 8, 2005
This review is from: Coasters: One By One (Audio CD)
Nice to have the rare "One Kiss Led to Another", but there's no mention of "Charlie Brown" or "Little Egypt" OR the rarely seen "Wait A Minute" or "Shoppin for Clothes". What we do have here is at least two songs by the Robins, the group headed up by lead singer Carl Gardner before he and another member started the Coasters (for the west coast). They are "Smokey Joe's Cafe", a great tune by Lieber/Stoller and the title of a Broadway show honoring their hits and "Framed", a song also covered by Richie Vallens back in the day. If you are old enough, you'll recognize SOME of the songs as Coasters' songs but others as covers of others' hits.


The Very Best of The Drifters
The Very Best of The Drifters
Price: $9.98
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Alternative to Other Drifters Compilations, June 8, 2005
This CD cuts to the heart of the Drifters' hits from the time when another group headed by Ben E. King was annointed by Atlantic Records to replace the Clyde McPhatter-era group who had its own successes but was disbanded reputedly over money squabbles. They were renamed the Drifters as Atlantic owned the name. (Johnny Moore from the original group would later emerge as the lead singer of the "new" Drifters due to the departure or death of other lead singers). There is no filler in this package, and it includes "Sweets for My Sweet" not included in many other Drifters' compilations. This may be the one you want. Right for the price.


Rockin & Driftin: Drifters Box
Rockin & Driftin: Drifters Box
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Collection!, June 8, 2005
This package of Drifters tunes may seem a little pricey but it covers the hits from the Clyde McPhatter days when fellow lead singer (and soundalike) Johnny Moore was first with the group. (He was to leave and return later). Their "Ruby Baby" and "Drip Drop" were later covered well by Dion in his solo career. "Such a Night" was covered well by Elvis Presley but this is the original. Even an unheralded B side from 1961, "Lonely Winds", is included. You have the original "This Magic Moment" later covered by Jay and the Americans. Bobby Hendricks before a solo career contributes too. And later lead singer Rudy Lewis who became an early casualty of drugs stands out on "On Broadway". This package covers all of the group's American hits, although they extended their career in England into the 70s. If you're a true collector, this is the one you'll likely want.


Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1960
Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1960
Offered by MediaNett
Price: $29.99
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Not What You'd Call "The Sixties", June 6, 2005
Before JFK's death and the subsequent advent of the Beatles, we remained in the Fifties to a great degree. "A Summer Place" was, as another reviewer indicated, all about 1960.(Among other things, a girl lost her virginity in the movie (gasp--how sad). "Because They're Young" had similar "bad" youngsters who paled in comparison to youngsters of just five years later. These were movie themes on the pop chart. Meanwhile, teenager Brenda Lee did her best to help define the new music with a song of a more seasoned lover, "I'm Sorry", another monster hit of the year. But the novelty songs here are the best in my estimation. "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" (used in a 2005 TV commercial)became annoying but was still catchy. "Mule Skinner Blues", dating back around 30 years to the Father of Country Music, The Blue Yodeler, the Singing Brakeman Jimmy Rodgers, was redone by the Fendermen. (We were sure the spoken aside was "F*** that little waterboy" in the remake). "Please, Mister Custer" was a popular autumn tune that had real humor and wit. Some of the earlier-named teenage schmaltz could have been replaced by "Tonight's the Night" by the Shirelles or Joe Jones' "You Talk Too Much" for my money (same time of year). And "A Woman, A Lover, A Friend" by Jackie Wilson was bigger than "Night". And country music's Jim Reeves had crossover hits that topped many Elvis Presley releases in popularity and could have been used. Still, you see what's here. Take it or leave it. It IS history (of a sort).


Amos Lee
Amos Lee
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0 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Effort, June 2, 2005
This review is from: Amos Lee (Audio CD)
I've played this piece of music through twice; I like it. I think you will too. I hope that's helpful; I hope I am not just taking up space like "big black card hock", whose reviews are consistently UNhelpful. BBCH surely spends Saturday night in French pumps, making love to his dictionary. In order to make HIS review helpful to you (tough chore), let me advise in case you don't know, "elysium" is, well, like Eden, "ken" is (his) range of knowledge (no comment), "legato" is a smooth style of singing, "obfuscation" is obscuring of or making unclear, "cogitate" is think, sylvan is related to the woods as a woods spirit, "adventitious" is something (sometimes an organ)in an unusual place, and "sentient" is ENDOWED (yeah, right!) with unstructured consciousness. Now, that you know, check out black hock's reviews (which are almost ALL rated so low in helpfulness). Now that the pseudointellectual's words have been explained to you.... hell, it still won't help. I saw Amos Lee lipsynching on the Today Show this a.m., liked it, checked out the ratings here and had my day ruined by a nonentity from NEW JERSEY!! Buy this item; you'll like it.


McLintock!
McLintock!
DVD ~ John Wayne
Offered by Scarsdale Books & GIfts
Price: $10.56
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Beginning, May 31, 2005
This review is from: McLintock! (DVD)
This is the first of John Wayne's movies where he is GRATUITOUSLY larger than life. BUT it is a most enjoyable movie with the Duke's usual retinue of friends, family and Batjac employees. If you have never seen it, don't let reviewers spoil it for you. Buy it now; you'll love it. It made such an impression on one or more of the TV show MASH's writers that Radar is seen paraphrasing Wayne's lines from a mudslide free-for-all. MASH, often with cultural expressions from later years, of course was set in the Korean War which ended ten years BEFORE this classic was made. It's likely the Duke's absolute best lighthearted film.


The Big Trail (Full Screen Edition)
The Big Trail (Full Screen Edition)
DVD ~ John Wayne
Offered by Outlet Promotions
Price: $8.28
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Duke's Pre-Stardom Years, May 31, 2005
My caption says it all, even with the unlikely romance. but if you can, catch it on cable. The presentation here bites the big one. If you DO buy it and KNOW the Duke's other early works, you'll see my "review" WAS helpful. Watch it on basic cable. I want my money back.


Rooster Cogburn (..and the Lady)
Rooster Cogburn (..and the Lady)
DVD ~ John Wayne
Price: $5.00
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get Real, People, May 31, 2005
Even TV Guide's entry on this movie calls it "talky". And, yes, there ARE some good lines between the Duke and Kate Hepburn but they cannot carry the plot. And when I saw that helmet-haired "screenwriter" Martha Hyer had Hepburn's brother killed AND put them in a boat together (both a la "The African Queen", a classic with Hepburn and Bogart), I was embarrassed for them both. Hepburn has been quoted as saying she really liked Wayne but didn't care for the movie. Ditto, I'm sure. This is NOT a "screwball" movie. And to correct both posters regarding Robert Duvall in the original Rooster Cogburn movie, "True Grit", that was not his first movie role. He was in a silent role in "To Kill a Mockingbird" in 1962 and in Steve McQueen's "Bullitt" as a cabdriver in or about 1968.
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The John Wayne Collection, Vol. II (Big Jake / The Shootist / The Sons of Katie Elder)
The John Wayne Collection, Vol. II (Big Jake / The Shootist / The Sons of Katie Elder)
DVD ~ John Wayne
Offered by toy castle
Price: $55.99
24 used & new from $8.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy, May 31, 2005
First of all, in "The Sons of Katie Elder", it is obviously still a wild wild west and so "Katie Elder" of this movie cannot be the relatively well-known frontier figure, "Big Nose Kate" Elder, Doc Holliday's girlfriend. (If you don't know who Doc is, you're in the wrong genre). Still, she must have been quite a gal as her oldest son (Wayne) is in his late 50s and looks it and his youngest (Michael Andreson, Jr) is in his 20s (but plays it younger). It's a decent tale of revenge with Wayne in a typical larger-than-life role though he was secretly sickly at the time. The other two flicks are more worth the ride. "The Shootist" portrayal might have even been Oscar-worthy in another year in a story of a dying gunfighter who faces a final challenge with three baddies. The character study includes standout performances in small roles by the ever-sexy Sheree North (in middle age), Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, Jimmy Stewart and other well-known faces from Westerns. Richard Boone and TV's "Wyatt Earp", Hugh O'Brian, are two of the gunslicks in a memorable saloon shootout. Richard Boone had also been the chief bad guy in "Big Jake" where Wayne's grandson (in real life his young son Ethan) had been kidnapped from the care of his ex (Maureen O'Hara) for ransom. Son Patrick Wayne also appears, along with Wayne friend Bruce Cabot, and a dog named "Dog" who only has to have Big Jake call his name to cow an offensive person with an impatient threatening growl. All in all, a good package of Duke stuff.


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