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Made in the U.S.A.
Made in the U.S.A.
by Jack X. McCallum
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Weak, September 10, 2008
This review is from: Made in the U.S.A. (Paperback)
This is the only book of McCallum's that I've read, and it will certainly be the last. There is really nothing interesting about this book. The plot, characters, and style are significantly weaker than your typical paperback thriller. If there is a redeeming value to this novel, I certainly didn't find it on my first (and last) reading. I would go into the specifics, but it would just be a further waste of your time.
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Radio Moscow
Radio Moscow
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic blues rock at its finest, March 2, 2007
This review is from: Radio Moscow (Audio CD)
This is an oustanding debut album. Parker Griggs is one of the best rock and roll guitarists I've heard in quite some time. It's mind boggling that this guy is in his early twenties. He sounds like he has decades of experience. Even more impressive is that he lays down some killer drum work on all of the tracks on this album. This guy is a real prodigy, and I would love to see this group make it big.

The ten tracks on the album offer a lot of variety within the blues-rock genre. The actual songwriting is strong, but it's the raw energy in the instrumentation that will really knock you off your feet. The production and engineering on this album are perfect. The sound is raw and rough, but not too muddy. The guitar, drums, and bass are way up on the mix and the vocals are perfectly understated. Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys produced the album and he couldn't have done a better job.

You can hear the influences of Hendrix, Cream, Peter Green, plus a dash of MC5. However, this album is not at all a classic rock ripoff. If this group is given a chance, I think they will be very successful. They have a unique and exciting sound.

If I had one complaint about the album, it would be that "Frustrating Sound" and "Mistreating Queen" sound just a bit too similar. Both are great songs, though, and nothing should stop you from buying this album.

There's no need to hem and haw over whether or not you want to buy Radio Moscow's first album. Get it now!

The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. (33 1/3)
The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. (33 1/3)
by Bill Janovitz
Edition: Paperback
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, November 18, 2005
Very detailed and well-written account of the greatest rock and roll album ever made. To be honest, I would've preferred a few hundred more pages about Exile, but Janovitz crams a lot into this little book. Worth multiple readings if you're a big fan of the album.

Encouraging Words
Encouraging Words
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Find, October 26, 2005
This review is from: Encouraging Words (Audio CD)
It's a tragedy that this album has been so overlooked. To put it bluntly, this album deserves to be considered one of the top ten soul albums of all time. Billy Preston's beatiful organ and singing voice are complemented by excellent guitars (probably George Harrison, but there's very little info available about this album), an exciting rhythm section, and gorgeous backing vocals. The production and sound quality of this CD is fantastic.

The first two tracks should impress you right off the bat. "Right Now" is a great bit of rock and roll that would've fit perfectly on The Beatles' Let It Be album, on which Preston of course also played. "Little Girl" is a slow, powerful soul number with some of Billy's best singing.

The rest of the album is equally compelling stuff. Preston's covers of Beatles and Harrison songs are wonderful interpretations, but I actually prefer the songs that he penned himself.

If you enjoy Billy's keyboards, arrangements, and other contributions to Beatles and Rolling Stones songs, then I highly recommend this album, along with his earlier effort, That's The Way God Planned It. Of Billy's later material, check out his live album from his 1973 European Tour which featured the Rolling Stones' Mick Taylor as guest lead guitarist.
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A Bigger Bang
A Bigger Bang
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could've Been Better, Could've Been Worse, September 6, 2005
This review is from: A Bigger Bang (Audio CD)
The Stones haven't released an start-to-finish GREAT album since 1972, but similar things can be said about The Who, Paul McCartney, and the other great rock and roll musicians of the sixties and seventies. To be fair, the Jagger/Richards team has at least been successful in coming up with a handful of good singles in the decades since the end of their prime.

This new album isn't anything drastically different from their previous releases in the 80s and 90s. It's pretty much all disposable, although Back Of My Hand is a great old-school blues number and Rough Justice is a damn good lead-off track. It's too bad the band didn't stick with the same theme for the rest of the album. Slick production doesn't play to their strengths, and a bare bones blues album would've been just what the doctor ordered. What hurts this album the most is Charlie Watts' oversimplified and modern-sounding drumming. Watts is one of rock and roll's great drummers, but he's sounded pretty crummy since the Some Girls album in '78.

Because of the brilliantly exciting music they created in their earlier work, The Rolling Stones deserve to be remembered as the world's greatest rock and roll band. I hope that people enjoy this new album, but one should look back to the band's first 10-15 years to understand why these guys are legendary musicians and songwriters

Jamming With Edward
Jamming With Edward
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Treat, November 1, 2004
This review is from: Jamming With Edward (Audio CD)
After I got hooked on the Rolling Stones' '68-74 material, I pretty much acquired everything I could find from this time period, including a lot of imported and bootlegged material. I hadn't heard of this 1972 official release until recently, and picked it up as soon as I got the chance.

I had a feeling I would really enjoy this album. I've always loved Nicky Hopkins piano work with the Stones, and the same goes for Ry Cooder's contributions to the Stones' albums. Of course, little needs to be said about the three actual Stones that appear on this album. Jagger's celebrity status has overshadowed his incredible understanding of blues singing, and he adds some excellent, murky vocal touches to this album along with harmonica. Drummer Watts and bassist Wyman are together, quite simply, a perfect rhythm section for this kind of music.

There is about 35 minutes of music here, all recorded in 1969 while the musicians waited for Keith Richards to get to the studio. You will find this CD listed as a Rolling Stones album, but the real stars here are Hopkins and Cooder. In most of his work with the Stones, Hopkins was left to jam along in the background, providing a lovely melodious backdrop for the Richards/Taylor guitar combo. In almost all of these songs, Hopkins is allowed to really shine. It's exhilarating, fast-paced, old-fashioned boogie. The piano is most prominently featured on the third track, entitled "Edward's Thump Up".

If you liked Ry Cooder's sound on "Sister Morphine" from the Sticky Fingers album, you will certainly enjoy his playing on Jamming With Edward. This recording is from before the Mick Taylor era, so it's really the first time the Stones recorded something with a truly great lead guitarist. Cooder's guitar is terrific throughout, but it's at its best on the fourth track, "Blow With Ry". He and Watts hit a groove that last for eleven blissful minutes.

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6 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very irritating music, November 1, 2004
This review is from: Closer (Audio CD)
There are two bedrooms in my dorm, and in the bedroom next to mine, one of the two guys that lives there plays this CD constantly. I can't STAND it.

I am not familiar with this style of music, (pop/opera/crying?) but I don't know why it exists. The most annoying song on this album is, without a doubt, "When You Say You Love Me". My dormmate sings along with this one, and I would literally go insane if I wasn't able to put on some headphones and drown out Mr. Groban with some quality music. Groban's crooning is simply a conveyance of overindulgence and false emotion.

For truly emotional vocals (along with superb instrumentals), listen to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on The Rolling Stones' 1972 masterpiece Exile On Main Street. If you demand the "opera" style of singing, I would suggest the earlier music of the band Queen. They were never as good as The Rolling Stones used to be, but Freddie Mercury's vocals are infinitely stronger than those of Josh Groban.

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