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Fear -Paper Sleeve - CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica
Fear -Paper Sleeve - CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet mini LP CD with obi and inner sleeve, February 12, 2013
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I disagree with Mr. 1 star. The CD has been mastered a bit louder but it sounds great on my home system. I love mini LP CDs with obis so I am pretty pleased with it. Must admit I have no plans loading on my ipod.


The Drunk Diet: How I Lost 40 Pounds . . . Wasted: A Memoir
The Drunk Diet: How I Lost 40 Pounds . . . Wasted: A Memoir
by Lüc Carl
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lose Weight, Get Fit, Have Fun!, March 17, 2012
This is a most unusual diet and fitness book, and it's not just for guys. I know a woman who took his advice and is now running marathons. What makes this book so wonderful is that just about any out-of-shape shlub who had given up realizes that they can do it too, get into shape that is. Also, I doubt there's any author who is as much fun as Luc Carl. He's totally non-judgmental and just wants to help you stay in your mortal coil as long as possible. I highly recommend this book.


Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul
Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul
by John Eldredge
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's a OK to be a bloodthirsty savage, as long as it's for Jesus, July 11, 2010
I read a few chapters of this book at a chain bookstore today and it's mostly a thinly veiled homophobic rant bemoaning what the author sees as the feminization of American men, and his call to return to our Christian John Wayne-like roots. OK, fine, he's entitled to his opinion. What makes the author a fruitcake is he's fan of Nozario Gonzalez, aka "the craziest one", who cheerfully dispatches his scripture quoting drug dealers to behead men who stand in the way of his ferocious drug cartel, La Familia. Eldredge is OK with Gonzalez because he's a devout Christian who kills because the victims deserved it, so says "the craziest one". Nice, would Jesus approve? Eldredge quotes from Isaiah 63, which describes God wearing blood-stained clothes, spattered as though he had been treading a wine press. Then he writes: "Talk about Braveheart. This is one fierce, wild, and passionate guy. I have never heard Mister Rogers talk like that. Come to think of it, I never heard anyone in church talk like that, either. But this is the God of heaven and Earth." It might be 2010, but apparently Eldredge longs for the good old days of The Crusades. Maybe Eldredge and Gonzalez could write a religious self help book together.
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Ghost You Left Behind
Ghost You Left Behind
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, mysterious black diamond of an album, January 17, 2010
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In June 2009, the Virgin Megastore in Union Square was selling down everything in the store, CDs were marked down 90%. I was carelessly buying anything that looked even half interesting. I recall holding this digipak staring at it and wondering if I should buy it, even at a steep discount. The artwork was cool but perhaps it was noisy, metallic or some genre that ain't me. A guy shopping next to me said "buy it, it's really great", so I did. It was unlistened to for 6 months in one of several shopping bags, and when finally I gave it a spin at the office. Based on the opening track, I thought Hearts of Black Science could be special. They are - in spades. This band is an intoxicating blend of several disparate genres that really work when combined. The most obvious influence is Depeche Mode, with stalwart synths and poppy minor key melodies, with some well placed, intense, buzzing chainsaw guitar. There's a dash of early OMD too. Perhaps Tomas Almgren and Daniel Anghede are fans of the great much missed Swedish group, Dive. On tracks like "To Kill the Ghost You Left Behind" and the magnificent and poignant closer, "Silver", the chorus sounds like The Beach Boys. "Empty City Lights" could have been done by Salt Tank. For all of the gorgeous melody throughout, the lyrics are unrelentingly dark and spooky. The counterpoint is very appealing.
Highly recommended.


Songs From the Silent Years
Songs From the Silent Years
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5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest album you've never heard, August 10, 2009
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The first edition of this magnificent 2006 album is now quite hard-to-find but well worth the search. Krister Linder is a superstar in his native Sweden, and Europe, but should be an international superstar. His breakout year in America will likely be 2010. Music this wondrous and so thrilling should have a big international audience too. I am big fan of his other projects, Solaroid, Yeti, Dive, Enter The Hunt and Tupilaq, but this one is a very different kettle of fish. His CDs are currently hard to find, and it takes time to assemble a collection. They all should reissued, rumor is that will happen soon. The gorgeous, complex composition is present as in the past releases with the added dimension of songs with intelligent, yearning angst ridden lyrics take you soaring above the clouds and give goose bumps. The album maintains an atmospheric lush ambience from start to finish. The center piece is Krister's remarkable voice, a gift that sounds like no other singer. There is tenderness, angst, passion and power, frequently on the same track. His ability to hold a note with nary a sign of quaver has no peer. It's no wonder that he is in such high demand for guest appearances on other artists albums and all of his major soundtracks have won pretigious awards,


For Life Til Death to Hell With Love
For Life Til Death to Hell With Love

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss out on this masterpiece..., August 7, 2009
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The fulcrum of a great hard rock band has always been the singer. They are always visual center live, and the aural focus on recordings. Without Robert Plant, Jaz Coleman or James Hetfield, would Led Zeppelin, Killing Joke and Metallica ever achieved their legendary status? No way! The front man is always the key to success. Its still too early to tell if Enter The Hunt will get there on the upcoming second album, but this debut from 2006 has the essential element in yet another riveting and passionate performance from ever surprising Krister Linder. He really lets it loose the hounds of hell on "For Life. Til Death. To Hell. With Love", a blistering album from a band that keeps up with its singer. To those who know Kristers sensitive side with Dive in the early 90s and his classic solo debut, "Songs From The Silent Years", ride the wave, and crank the volume way up. Jaws will drop.
Enter The Hunt released a new single, "Fighters" in May 2009. It picks up on the best of the first album with much crisper production. Hint: go to the Enter The Hunt website and listen to Linders "Archvillain NYX Rmx", the best remix of 2009 so far.
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Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979
Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979
by Tim Lawrence
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for any serious reader of music history, and it's fun!, July 24, 2009
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Not only is this important narrative non-fiction that blends music history, sociology and politics, it's a total blast. I came of age in the 70's yet was never a huge fan of dance music or disco at the time. I wish I had paid more attention because after reading LOVE SAVES THE DAY, I clearly felt like I missed something really special. The development of the story from the earliest discotheques of the mid 60's in midtown Manhattan grew the inevitable birth of discos in the 70's where gays, straights, blacks, Latinos and whites got all mixed together with the magic elixir of dance music. For the most part it didn't matter who you were or where you came from in the pulsating, hot, hedonistic dance clubs of downtown and midtown, that quickly spread all over America and the world. Many of the key dj's are sadly no longer with us but their legacy will live forever in this marvelous book.


The Ghost of You and Me
The Ghost of You and Me
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars his best solo album in years, April 2, 2009
This review is from: The Ghost of You and Me (Audio CD)
I pretty much like all Colin Blunstone albums because of that voice, it is ethereal, emotion-choked and unlike any other singer I can think of. His great trio of mid 70's albums, One Year, Ennismore and Journey, are timeless beauties. He made other albums sporadically and reunited with Rod Argent as The Zombies, and also did Oddesey & Oracle with all of the original members last year that was thrilling and possibly better than the original 40 years earlier. Now Colin has delightfully shocked me with another classic up there with those three classics from the 70's. The Ghost of You & Me is a mature work of love, longing and loss that is heartfelt, filled with great songs, and string arrangements on the last three tracks. But most of all, Colin's voice sounds stronger, and better than ever, and at 63 years old. How can that be? I cannot recommend an album with such joy and appreciation. Love never dies.


Kanon
Kanon
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5.0 out of 5 stars another masterpiece from Sochihiro Suzuki, December 28, 2008
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World Standard's leader, Sochihiro Suzuki, has produced another gorgeous gem from indigenous American music that evokes a forgotten time of the mid 20th century. I have every World Standard CD and they are all beautifully played and poignant. "Kanon" the brand new CD lives up to what I would expect with it's gently plucked guitars, ethereal voices and unforgettable melodies. 5 stars.


The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (American Empire Project)
The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (American Empire Project)
by A. J. Bacevich
Edition: Hardcover
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you have been warned..., August 23, 2008
This terrific short book crystallizes what is wrong with our country today and how it got that way in clear, simple prose that any idiot like me easily grasp. Many readers will take offense that Professor Bacevich does not pay homage to the supposedly noble, tired old half truths about how the USA was built into a superpower. Just like other powers in the past, we basically stole it. In fact, he rips the scab off of the fable of America, and says it very neutrally. There is no hand wringing, just the facts. The superiority we feel and the sense of entitlement to own more and more stuff made me feel guilty, and angry, because it's true. We want something like oil, we make sure we can get it, and that has created the current disaster in the middle east and our quest for the oil there. This book is NOT political, the left and right have created the holes in our sinking ship. To me, the most blame lies on the lazy, consumerist electorate. We could elect honest, progressive leaders but we usually don't. It may not be too late, but the train may have left the station.


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