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Howlin' Wind
Howlin' Wind
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Price: $19.99
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't that be, "I'm gonna how-ooo-owwwl ... "?, November 21, 2003
This review is from: Howlin' Wind (Audio CD)
This is just a terrific, timeless album. It still sounds incredibly fresh today. Graham Parker is usually categorized as a "pub-rocker," which he was, but he was also an amazing gifted song-writer and an unmatchably passionate performer. There's a lot of good humour on this album, and a lot of wistfulness too. If you are a fan of Bruce Springsteen, or Van Morrison, you owe it to yourself to check this album out. Incidentally, this made Rolling Stone's list of the "Top 100 Albums since Sgt. Pepper's," published way back in 1987, but still valid today. That's how I discovered it, and of all the great albums on that list, this is one I come back to again and again. Not a "deep" listen, but one that is surprisingly moving, whether high-spirited, angry, romantic, or sad. There is no point in singling out special favorites, since every song on here kills. A classic from the first track to the last.

The Misfits Box Set
The Misfits Box Set
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy for Music Fans, February 15, 2003
This review is from: The Misfits Box Set (Audio CD)
This is one of the great rock-n-roll box sets. First of all, the packaging is classic -- the 4 CDs come in a black laminated coffin-shaped box (complete with red velvet interior!), and you get a "Misfits Fiend Club" pin as well. But the music is the main thing and it kicks .... Glenn Danzig is one of the under-rated rock-n-roll originators. His scary lyrics ("I'm warnin' you/I'll put a knife right in you" -- "(Too Much) Horror Business" or "I got somethin' to say/I raped your mother today" -- "Last Caress") pre-date Eminem and Marilyn Manson by 20 years, and still have the power to shock. The songs are like the best songs by The Damned, only Danzig wrote 30 classics, not 6 or so like The Damned. Ian Astbury copped Danzig's vocal style. Bands like White Zombie lifted the Misfits look. When bands like Metallica and Guns N' Roses cover their songs, and Kurt Cobain borrows HEAVILY from them, The Misfits deserve so much more recognition. They beat The Clash any day of the week. This is Great American Punk Rock -- run out and get this classic set!

When the Smoke Clears
When the Smoke Clears
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Triple 6 Mafia-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya, August 29, 2002
This review is from: When the Smoke Clears (Audio CD)
Juicy J tells you to "OD on this album" at the end of this CD, and believe me, it's tempting. Basically every track is a stone classic. You can go days at a time listening to nothing but this album over and over and over. It is hypnotic, sinister, elevating, demented, intense, exhilarating hip-hop. One of the eeriest albums you will ever hear.

Best of-Poupee De Son
Best of-Poupee De Son
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars France Gall -- une chanteuse tres charmant!, July 15, 2002
This review is from: Best of-Poupee De Son (Audio CD)
This album is one of the prettiest things in the world.
France Gall is a living legend in her home country though hardly known outside of Europe. If you like light '60's pop, you will fall in love with this performer. She has light, airy, untrained voice and sings in a charmingly guileless manner. Plus she's a world-beating beauty, too. A rare combination of talents and gifts!
Once you buy this single-disc compilation, you'll want to give it to a friend or loved one and splurge for the 4 CD set for yourself! I can practically guarantee it!
You'll love this if you love: The Smiths, '64-'66 Beatles, Petula Clark, Lulu, Serge Gainsbourg, The Colourfield, Olivia Newton-John, Francoise Hardy, Pulp, The Cardigans, Herb Alpert, The Hollies, Stereolab, Ian & Sylvia, etc.!

An Oxford Companion to The Romantic Age: British Culture 1776-1832
An Oxford Companion to The Romantic Age: British Culture 1776-1832
by Iain McCalman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $90.00
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Feast of a Book, April 2, 2002
This Oxford Companion is one of the most engrossing of all reference works. The book is divided into two hefty sections. The first contains 41 substantial essays on general themes of the era, such as "Revolution," "Industrialization," and "Empire." The essays are written by leading scholars including Jerome McGann, and each essay is concluded with a brief bibliography, which is a great aid to research. Moreover, the essays are fully indexed. This in itself would be a great read, but it's only half the book. The second section of the Companion is a 375-page encyclopedia containing short articles on a whole range of significant contributors to European romanticism, as well as longer articles on the period's various genres, movements, events, and minor themes. What's more, the two sections of the book are fully cross-referenced, and the book is well illustrated throughout. This Companion should be on the "Recommended Reading" list for every undergraduate Romantic-era history or literature course. Not only that, it should be read, as well! A challenging, often provocative, always insightful survey of the great sweep of British culture in the Romantic age.

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