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The Beatles in Mono (The Complete Mono Recordings)
The Beatles in Mono (The Complete Mono Recordings)
Price: $150.35

3 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this a "glitch" or an "Easter egg"?, September 18, 2009
Going through the Mono Box all was fine... until I got to Help! and Rubber Soul.

Instead of 14 tracks, both discs have TWENTY EIGHT. The mono album is followed by the album again, in STEREO.

I've checked Revolver and Pepper and they have the correct 14 and 13 tracks.

But it gets even stranger. On Rubber Soul the biggest single difference between mono and stereo mixes is the false start at the beginning of the stereo mix of "I'm Looking Through You."

Like I would expect, the mono track doesn't have it. But neither does the stereo version (which is definitely in stereo).

I don't have the remastered stereo Rubber Soul so I can't say for sure the false start is still there or not.

Has anyone else noticed any mention of this anywhere?
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The Acid Archives
The Acid Archives
by Patrick Lundborg
Edition: Unknown Binding

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like finding the Lost World....., June 22, 2007
This review is from: The Acid Archives
If you are a fan of 60s and 70s music and bands like Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Big Brother, the 13th Floor Elevators you might be surprised to find that tens of thousands of vinyl LPs were released around the world between 1965 and 1975 that show the heavy influences of that musical scene. This book offers well-written reviews of thousands of those records from the US And Canada, and also grades the LPs for their rarty and value among collectors. If you are not familiar with the term "private-pressing" this book might put the same look on your face the scientist has on seeing the very first dinosaur in Jurassic Park; a look of wonder and amazement.

My Name Is Buddy
My Name Is Buddy
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1 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Nick, I too haven't actually heard it but...., April 15, 2007
This review is from: My Name Is Buddy (Audio CD)
Before I forget, it's "politics ARE" not "politics is" OK? There, now I also live in Indianapolis which, by the way, has become a Democratic stronghold in the flat strangeness of the American Midwest (regardless of what the local [shudder] newspaper might say). I look forward to hearing the record and, like many Indiana residents, put my support squarely behind anything that hints of the violent overthrow of the US government. Now, in the tradition of Nick and other Pilot fans everywhere, I have to go and review an Ann [shudder] Coulter book I haven't read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lost Record Deserves Far Better, March 27, 2007
This review is from: Zerfas (Audio CD)
Created by 4 very young Midwestern kids in 1973 on a 4-track and with the invaluable help of a GREAT engineer this album is simply magnificent. There's a web site called the Acid Archives where a very lengthy review can be found and it's very much worth reading. The songs are fantastic, imaginative, incredibly creative. The musicianship is top notch as well. For a record that was pressed in 500 copies and then forgotten for 30 years I can't speak highly enough.

HOWEVER... when I got a copy of the LONG AWAITED CD reissue (an LP reissue was done in 1994) I stuck it on to play for friends who'd never heard it and I was horrified! I don't mind vinyl transfers - in fact I often prefer them because they allow you to hear the sound of the original pressing. But this CD was taken from a poor condition LP and then layers of EQ and other devices were employed to cover that up. The effect? To hear what this sounds like, stick on an original LP or the 1994 master tapes LP reissue, and then take all your heaviest winter coats and blankets and lay them over your speakers. That'd do it.

The guy who did the 1994 LP reissue claimed the CD was "coming out in a month" in late 1994. Now it's 13 years later and it's never going to happen. Not ever. It's criminal. All you can do is find someone to trade you a good CDR of the LP or find a copy of the 1994 reissue vinyl. There's a Greek bootleg LP from around 1999 that doesn't look very good but was taken from the 94 LP and sounds fine. Just avoid the Radioactive CD as if it were radioactive for this title!!!

Kiss Me, Stupid
Kiss Me, Stupid
DVD ~ Dean Martin
Offered by Outlet Promotions
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Self-Parody of All Time, July 4, 2006
This review is from: Kiss Me, Stupid (DVD)
When this film opened it was a box office disaster because it received a "Condemned" rating from the Catholic church which meant, literally, if you were a Catholic and saw the film, you could not receive the sacraments anymore (now THAT'S a rating system!).

But, of course, the film is more than tame by today's standards (it's rated G). It is a classic bedroom farce and it may have been the inspiration for the 2 songwriters (Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beaty) in Ishtar. One of the real joys in the film is the music - both Andre Previn's wonderfully heavey-handed score AND the "songs" the two inept amateur songwriters write (all written by George & Ira Gershwin who were asked to write the worst songs they could imagine).

I don't doubt that if the film had been completed with Sellers in the Walston part that it would be a better film, but it is the film that it is and that's the film I find good enought to rank just below Wilder's best work.

The stand out performance here is by Dean Martin. To suggest that he wasn't aware that he was playing a particularly vicious send up of his lounge lizard persona is insane. He was obviously enjoying sending himself up enormously in every scene.

As far as films about "successful infidelity" go.... Wilder's other lost gem, "Avanti," with Jack Lemmon and Juliet Mills, is also terrific as it deflates banal middle class 50s values.

If you mostly watch The 700 Club when not watching DVDs, maybe you won't find this to your liking. But then again, perhaps you might want to get a copy, a nice frosty bottle of decent vodka, and loosen the heck up.

Turn! Turn! Turn!: The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution
Turn! Turn! Turn!: The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution
by Richie Unterberger
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The case of the tell-tale extra "o.", December 1, 2005
Often the criticisms aimed at writers like Richie have this underlying attitude of "Man! I could, like, do this SO much better!" In virtually all cases, I can guarantee that we'll never get to find out.

The review here by Tom Kiseleski sounds like a comment by a "Communications" major with too short an attention span to call "short." It is that tell-tale extra "o" in "booring" that conveys a used book stall of information.

Nice book. Yes, slower in pace than the trailer for an action- adventure movie, I fear that is true. But a nice book nonetheless.

Zappa: A Biography
Zappa: A Biography
by Barry Miles
Edition: Hardcover
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zappa fans are no different than Deadheads., January 27, 2005
This review is from: Zappa: A Biography (Hardcover)
Of all the nasty reader reviews I've read here the one that really stands out is the one that begins with a list of the THREE reasons anyone would write a biography. "1- They just love the guy, 2) Revenge, or 3) Money." I'm thinking now of the shelves full of biographies of figures like Hitler and Stalin, and I'm wondering if maybe a 4th reason might be that you understand the historical importance of the person, you find the person and his work interesting (without "sincerely appreciating it"), and you believe there's a need for a better biography.

Most of Miles' conclusions regarding Zappa's motives throughout the book are grounded in the first hand comments of numerous people who were there at the time. Further, Miles opening chapters of Zappa's childhood and adolesence do more than any other biography in offering a context for Zappa's work.

Miles also does a good job in describing the major shift in Zappa's work from an early period in which his audience was in on the joke, part of a larger community of people critiquing "straight" society, to the later period in which, if you wanted to earn Zappa's contempt all you'd have to do was buy his most recent record.

The most dedicated Frank fans remind me of fans of The Grateful Dead if you suggest that Bobby can't write or Jerry sounded pretty smacked out that night or maybe Mickey ought to accept that drums can't actually heal the sick.

Miles has written the definitive Zappa bio.

A Simple Twist Of Fate: Bob Dylan And The Making Of Blood On The Tracks
A Simple Twist Of Fate: Bob Dylan And The Making Of Blood On The Tracks
by Andy Gill
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Way too much padding..., March 27, 2004
As I've long believed that Blood On The Tracks is the finest LP by the finest writer/musical artist of his generation I was certainly looking forward to this new book that focuses upon just this album.
I have to say that I am more than a little disappointed to find an already slim volume so enormously padded by lengthy discussion and summaries of 101 things that are far better covered elsewhere. What is here on BOTT could have been published as a long Mojo article.

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