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Chris Ono Grinds Island Grill
Chris Ono Grinds Island Grill

5.0 out of 5 stars Will definitely order again!, June 14, 2016
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Food was great and delivered via Amazon Prime Now in 33 minutes!

The Man In the High Castle - Season 1
The Man In the High Castle - Season 1

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Meh, December 2, 2015
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Disappointing ending, kind of a cop-out.

628 Shaver Replacement Foil Screen Only for Braun 3000 3600 Series 3612 3770 3614
628 Shaver Replacement Foil Screen Only for Braun 3000 3600 Series 3612 3770 3614
Offered by U-nique
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, worth the wait., August 4, 2015
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It took a while, because they mailed it from overseas, but it's the right part and fits perfectly. Fortunately I have two of these Braun shavers and was able to use my spare while waiting for the part to arrive.

The Warriors Way
The Warriors Way
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, February 20, 2015
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Just as bad as I thought it would be.

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story, December 5, 2013
I can see why they made this into a movie. The battle was very well described. What a gripping account.

A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Jewish Encounters Series)
A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Jewish Encounters Series)
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $13.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uneven and ultimately doesn't deliver, October 27, 2013
Some great anecdotes and a few nice insights but ultimately unevenly written and just plain self-indulgent. I really expected more from someone with Mr Lehman' s impressive bona fides. He seems to be writing for some secret Algonquin of close confidantes; and certainly not for any curious Gentiles who want to understand how the deep and rich Jewish-American culture produced such a stunning stream of great songwriters in the 20th century.
I wish there was a way to integrate the music with the prose; a multimedia piece would really have done justice to the subject. At the end of the day this book just didn't deliver to its immense potential.

Declutter Your Home Fast (Clutter Rehab for Organized Simplicity)
Declutter Your Home Fast (Clutter Rehab for Organized Simplicity)
Price: $2.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A few useful tips, December 27, 2012
No earthshaking insights here but the subject matter is mostly common sense anyway.

No earthshaking insights here but then the subject matter is mostly common sense anyway.

The Living Room Tour [2 CD]
The Living Room Tour [2 CD]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh yeah...this woman is still the real deal, November 15, 2005
In the twilight of her career, Carole King gives us an unvarnished, gutsy and intimate performance as a singer-songwriter.

There are few songwriters whose body of work can rival Carole King's. Her songs were hits for as diverse a group as Steve Lawrence, Bobby Vee, The Shirelles, The Monkees, Herman's Hermits, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, Grand Funk, Donny Osmond, even Kylie Minogue and Michael McDonald. Much of the charm of this CD is hearing her monster hits (mainly from the Brill Building era in 1961-1963 and then from Tapestry in 1971) reworked into stripped-down, intimate arrangements.

With an acoustic stage show, it's really hard to manage the energy. King wisely puts most of the slower tunes up front in the first disk. By the time "Jazzman" pops up, the audience is more than willing to start rocking, and "Smackwater Jack" (with Carole on guitar!) follows up to seal the deal. Disk 1 concludes with a great oldies medley, and I found myself wishing she would have given each tune a little longer "sample." By the time she gets through "Hey Girl," "One Fine Day," and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" --- well, let's just say I had to blink back a tear or two. Lots of memories for boomers, and some nice little things to hear for any piano players out there who might want to see how one instrument can carry the whole tune.

Disk 2 is just about a perfect selection. There's a wonderful new tune called "Loving You Forever" which is destined to be covered by a lot of artists, from big-timers to wedding singers. Not to mention 5 more big ones from Tapestry, including "It's Too Late," which went to #1, and "I Feel the Earth Move," which was on the flip side of the single. There's a really nice 3-part vocal version of "Chains." (In the deep recesses of my memory I think she might have done the same arrangement on her 1993 tour). And a big surprise -- "Pleasant Valley Sunday," which a lot of people don't know she wrote. And of course a bang-up finale with "Natural Woman," "You've Got a Friend," and just a tasty, tasty "Locomotion." (Legend has it that Little Eva, who recorded the 60's hit version of the tune, was at once point a babysitter for Carole and her first husband/co-writer, Gerry Goffin.)

About those pipes --- King is 62 now, and her voice isn't what it used to be. Some people who like processed sound and perfect notes won't like it. It's an edge that cuts in two directions. Sure, she doesn't replicate the records she made 35 years ago -- (but who does? Anyone heard Stephen Stills lately?) She's a little raspy in a truthful, soulful, been-there-done-that way. But, as advertised, it's a great Living Room voice --- there's no studio pretension here. This is a mature woman who still has enough to style a song, like Sinatra did in his later years and like Tony Bennett still does now. Listen to her inflections, those trademark sustained fourths and jazzy vocal notes. Then sit back and watch her reach for the high ones on "Natural Woman." She gets them, (even if the two thousand women singing along with her in the audience could care less at that point). Remember, she was only 18 when she wrote those Brill Building hits, and 28 when Tapestry came out. Hearing her voice now, in these nice arrangements, is a refreshing change. And it's live, folks, live.

She's joined by two excellent musicians, Rudy Guess and Gary Burr, who add some great instrumentals (check out the break on "It's Too Late") and beautiful vocal harmony. Her two daughters, now grown women, each join for a nice duet.

My only regret about this performance is that it's not out on DVD yet. I would have loved to have seen this one in person. She's one for the ages, this woman. What a musician, what a writer, what a stylist.

Crosby, Stills & Nash: The Acoustic Concert
Crosby, Stills & Nash: The Acoustic Concert
DVD ~ Crosby Stills & Nash
Price: $19.98
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite perfect but well worth it, June 12, 2005
The musicianship in this concert was enlightening. I came away with a newfound respect for Crosby and Nash as players. Like many people, I used to assume that Stills carried the instrumental sound by himself, but it takes an acoustic venue to see that his two partners can also carry their load. "Just a Song Before I Go" is a great example -- first Nash, then Crosby surprising Stills with some nice filler riffs. CSN also pull off great acoustic versions of "Long Time Coming" and "wooden Ships." "Marrakesh Express" was especially tasty to hear Nash's guitar work on the intro and to finally be rid of that terrible studio overdub synth/guitar/whatever that was on the original album and single version.

Keeping in mind that this concert was in 1991, the vocals are as close to a peak as CSN have achieved. Crosby and Nash are right together on a beautiful rendition of "Guinevere". Stills clearly doesn't have the same vocal chops as he had 35 years ago, but since he sings the low parts it's not noticable in the blend -- only when he steps out for a vocal lick or two.

My only nitpick is that I absolutely hate audience participation songs, and at the close of the concert they do this three times. The "Friday evening...Tuesdays in the afternoon" section of "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" is classic CSN harmony, and they ruin it by letting the audience sing most of that part. They do it again on "Our House," (Stills looking strangely out of place singing backup vocals with Crosby on those cheesy lyrics), and later on the encore, "Teach Your Children." Gosh, I really don't want to hear several hundred really ordinary people sing those parts -- I want to hear the Blessed Three Cherubs on stage!

But for ten bucks, I guess I'll put up with it. The wonderful blend on "Find the Cost of Freedom", which is about 30 seconds tacked onto "Daylight Again," is worth the price of the DVD all by itself.

The post-credits note that some audio sweetening was performed. Exactly what that means, I can't fathom, but once I get past the annoyance of the audience participation, I can sit back and relax and enjoy this great performance. How good was it?....I watched it twice in a row.
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