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Incognito Live In London: The 30th Anniversary Concert
Incognito Live In London: The 30th Anniversary Concert
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next best thing to being there!, January 8, 2011
A landmark recording in more ways than one "Incognito/Live in London" demonstrates the international appeal of the group, showcasing its musicianship, its versatility, and its downright funkiness and smooth delivery.

There is not a wasted track on the disc and it's obvious from the crowd's responses, the evening was one that was quite memorable.

For anyone unfamiliar with the ensemble, this live recording is a great introduction to the popular group.
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Hello Tomorrow
Hello Tomorrow
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Koz, as usual, does it again!, December 30, 2010
This review is from: Hello Tomorrow (MP3 Music)
Though not quite up to par with "The Dance" and "Saxophonic," "Hello Tomorrow" is still a smooth ride for the listener, featuring Koz doing his usual masterful sax solos as well as being accompanied by bevy of musical heavyweights.

While each song is a treat, the surprise is Koz doing his own vocals on a remake of Herb Alpert's "The Guy's in Love with You." Alpert also provides a trumpet accompaniment.

Relaxing, sultry, groovy are just three words that can describe "Hello Tomorrow," a nice way to start as well as finish the day.

Supernatural: Season 5
Supernatural: Season 5
DVD ~ Jared Padalecki
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5.0 out of 5 stars What is wrong with those Emmy folks???, December 25, 2010
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This review is from: Supernatural: Season 5 (DVD)
While the previous four seasons of the series were outstanding, the fifth season really "raised the bar" with the storyline about the Apocalypse with Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles, along with the assistance of Castiel the angel (Misha Collins) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) taking on the minions of Lucifer, an assorted armada of angels, and the assorted regular crew of "things that go bump in the night."

This season sees some inspired casting with guest appearances that include former TV heartthrob Chad Everest as an older version of Dean, Paris Hilton as a demonic version of herself, and former Stargate SG-1 alumnus Michael Shanks as one in a town filled with religious-demon-fighting zealots. In addition to these memorable special acting turns, the season also features outstanding performances from actors in recurring roles, chief among these are Kurt Fuller as "Zachariah," Mark Pellegrino as "Lucifer," Richard Speight as "The Trickster/Gabriel" and Mark Sheppard as "Crowley."

Episodes of note include "Fallen Idols," with Hilton; "I Believe Children Are Our Future"; the award-worthy "Changing Channels, parodying shows from "Grey's Anatomy" to 70's laugh-track-laden sitcoms; "Swap Meat," a great tale wherein Sam unknowingly exhanges bodies with a teen-aged aspiring warlock and acting kudos to guest star Sarah Drew as "Nora"; "99 Problems"; and "Hammer of the Gods," a wonderful foray exploring "gods" of world myth.

The special features include all web-isodes of "The Ghost Facers" and "Supernatural: Apocalypse Survival Guides," fascinating documentaries culled from other sources, including PBS. The "gag reel" included is light on the heavy laughs but nonetheless is entertaining.

Of course the reason for watching the show is the near-perfection pairing of Padelecki and Ackles in their respective roles. Both young actors deliver in each installment and why they have yet to receive Emmy nominations is as much a mystery as are the things that the Winchester boys investigate.

Perhaps, before the show ends its run, the two will receive their due.

Wonder Woman 2009 (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Wonder Woman 2009 (Two-Disc Special Edition)
DVD ~ Keri Russell
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch the "extras" before viewing the film, December 12, 2010
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While the supplemental extras tend to be either ignored or viewed by only the most ardent of fans, the ones on this two-disc set serve to provide background on Wonder Woman's creator, the time in which the character emerged, and her revolutionary significance in both the emergence of the rights of women and pop culture.

The two documentaries, "Wonder Woman: A Subversive Dream" and "Wonder Woman: Daughter of Myth" are truly engrossing, painting a most positive portrait of the comic book icon, showing why she ranks up there with Superman and Batman as one of the greatest creations in the DC Universe.

The two bonus cartoons, episodes from the "Justice League" series, are good but a better pair would have been the two-part installment "Paradise Lost," which coincidentally features some of the same characters that appear in the "Wonder Woman" film.

"Paradise Lost" actually reveals one of the weaknesses of the film: primarily in the voice-acting arena. The television installment features Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Susan Sullivan as Hippolyta, the great English actor John Rhys-Davies as Hades, along with horror icon Robert Englund as Felix Faust. While Keri Russell and Virginia Madsen assay the respective roles of Wonder Woman and Hippolyta in the film, they just can't compare to Eisenberg and Sullivan. And as good as Alfred Molina is, he just doesn't have the "power" vocally to portray the god "Aries."

Also, the film has a couple of grisly deaths, obviously the reason for the PG-13 rating. Another sequence between Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor in a bar is very much for a more mature viewer, definitely not for pre-teens and under.

However, even with the three "minuses," so to speak, the film is still a good-but-not-great entry in the direct-to-DVD series.
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Englewood Tales
Englewood Tales
by Kimberly White Ingram
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Good first effort from a "daughter of Chi-town", December 11, 2010
This review is from: Englewood Tales (Paperback)
In her first literary outing Chicago native Kim Ingram has woven a candid anthology that explores the lives of several young African-Americns as they struggle for survival in a Chicago neighborhood. Each of the individual tales is titled after the character that is at the center of the tale's focus; however, the author manages to interject the characters in other "tales" as their lives manage to be interwoven in the Englewood neighborhood.

Though similar in structure to Walter Dean Myers' "145th Street: Short Stories," a critically-acclaimed book for teens, Ingram's book can be handled by teens, but these readers should be warned about the necessary use of profane language and the dramatic situations which include "adult" topics as incest, lesbian relationships, spousal abuse, among others.

In the book's brief 106 pages, Ingram delivers some truly complex and engaging characters that deserve to be explored, hopefully, in a sequel.

Dallas: Season 12
Dallas: Season 12
DVD ~ Larry Hagman
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The year of "let's ...", December 9, 2010
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This review is from: Dallas: Season 12 (DVD)
"Dallas: The Complete Twelfth Season" - really season eleven when you realize that the first was just a trial mini-series - might be described as the experimental one. It could be divided into four segments, tied together with enough major and minor developments to make it cohesive.

The segment which started the season is "Let's give J.R. a young bride." This storyline puts our hero (Larry Hagman again giving Emmy-worthy performances) in mortal peril by a pair of yokels (Cliff Potts and Sherman Howard) that he runs into after he has taken their young sister to bed. The eldest Ewing son finds himself a member of a chain gang, an escapee, and eventually the husband of the much younger Callie, wonderfully played by Cathy Podewell.

From that storyline the show moves to "Let's see how Sue Ellen gets her revenge." This gives the former Mrs. J.R. Ewing (Linda Gray) the opportunity to plan for the ultimate "payback" as the producer of a film that will reveal to the entire world how ruthless her former spouse is.

Then, the plot intertwines with "Let's see who will replace Bobby's beloved Pam." Bobby (Patrick Duffy) is involved with not one, not two, but three women during this season: an old flame from his past (Irena Ferris), a new one (Beth Toussaint), and one who is trying her best to get on his good side and his into his bed (Sheree J. Wilson). By the end of the year, Pam becomes a memory and the youngest Ewing son has found her replacement.

Finally, the season ends with "Let's show 'Dynasty' how it's done and REALLY go to Europe." Like its chief competition, Dallas has a storyline where many of the principal characters go to Europe, but the cast and crew did go wherein "Dynasty's" European trip was on a Hollywood set. The trip allowed for some magnificent locations which made up for a rather lackluster ending to the season.

As the season progresses, the show will see the departure of several major characters which would leave the next two years spent seeking to continue this "experiment" with new players to interact with the one reason for the show's existence in the first place: J.R.

This particular season compilation is possibly the worst transfer of them all, with occasional "blurry" images and poor sound. However, inasmuch as there are no "extras," it's obvious that Warner Brothers is not worried about its customers who, like me, will buy the show regardless of the quality of the release.

Bom Tempo Brasil - Remixed
Bom Tempo Brasil - Remixed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Managing a good "balancing act", December 4, 2010
While most of the songs are, as the title states, dance-heavy remixes, there are a couple of "throwbacks" to the 60's, namely "Maracatu (Nation of Love)" and "So Tinha de Ser Com Voce." These tracks should satisfy the older crowd as the others will appeal to contemporary audiences.

The standout track is a "restructured" version of Mendes's 70's hit, "The Real Thing." This new track, even though its shorter in length, has a stronger bass line than the original and fits the party atmosphere of the entire album

Simply put, this is a good album that crosses generations, something that Sergio Mendes has been doing for over four decades.

Q: Soul Bossa Nostra
Q: Soul Bossa Nostra
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ain't nothing like the real thing...and these ain't them!, November 12, 2010
This review is from: Q: Soul Bossa Nostra (Audio CD)
Sorry, Q, but as a fan of yours for over four decades, I can't relate to these "reworkings." They are pale successors to the original versions, even with an all-star cast of contemporary artists. I suppose in an attempt to garner the younger listener, the producer enlisted the aid of the likes of T-pain, Akon, and Jamie Foxx, to name a few but these versions don't come close to matching the genius of the original recordings, even with the big-name trappings.

Sergio Mendes successfully traveled similar territory in his last three recordings, by managing to incorporate the present without destroying the past.

Q, unfortunately, ruined some true classics in an attempt to latch on to the hip-hop generation, producing a disc that alienates his fan base and probably doesn't do enough to attract younger audiences.

Barry ("The Secret Garden"), Michael ("P.Y.T.") and even Raymond Burr ("Ironside") have to be uttering a heavenly groan to the songs on this album.
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Free (2009 Remix Collection)
Free (2009 Remix Collection)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the original on the 2004 album!, October 10, 2010
"Free," the cut from Mills' last studio album, '04's "Born for This," was not ear-catching in its original form. However, the remixes on this follow-up up the ante, so to speak, turning it into an ear-friendly dance-ready tune.

Though the cuts are good, including the dubs, they're still not up to par with the songs that she released in the 80's.

While Mills' powerful vocals come through, it's still disheartening a bit to have her masked behind the throbbing musical accompaniment. Actually, with such long intros and outros, Mills is relegated to serving as "filler" in-between them. Such is the case of many dance tracks.

A singer of her caliber deserves a little more but if the song brings her "new" fans, I wish her well.

Why (Vocal 12)
Why (Vocal 12)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost 80's treasure, October 2, 2010
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"Why" won't stand as one of Carly Simon's greatest but it is still a song worthy of recognition, with its catchy rhythm section, courtesy of Chic producers' Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. The original version comes from the soundtrack to the little-seen-theatrical-film "Soup for One" and this 12-inch version, as most from the era, expands on the basic track, adding extended choruses and music.
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