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Guide to the Beautiful and Historic Lucerne Valley and Vicinity
Guide to the Beautiful and Historic Lucerne Valley and Vicinity
by Bill Mann
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware - it's not about Switzerland, September 26, 2006
I ordered this book thinking I was getting some great information on Switzerland. It's about a Valley in San Bernardino County, California. It has photos and a lot of sites of "interest" but it ain't Switzerland. Amazon's wacked policy means I have to pay to send the book back even though their listing could have clarified whether it was a travel book about the US or not...
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Sonet Blues Story
Sonet Blues Story
Price: $11.98
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A treat for (completist) Otis Rush fans, August 12, 2006
This review is from: Sonet Blues Story (Audio CD)
Most of this material has been already seen the light of day in altered form in the US on Alligator's "Lost in the Blues" release. For that release Alligator licensed Otis' European album "Troubles, Troubles" and then dropping a cut, overdubbing Lucky Peterson on keys, and remixing Otis Rush's guitar (cutting down some solos too). The result was a competent but unspectacular release.

This release makes big amends. Firstly this is the album as it was originally released with 2 outtakes. Secondly Otis Rush's vocals and guitar work stand out better in a less cluttered musical environment. This was not Otis' best material by a long stretch, but for those who enjoy his work it's a vast improvement over Alligator's bastardization.

Otis Rush had a stroke some time ago and it's unlikely this under-appreciated legend of the blues will release any new material. His talent, especially his guitar playing, is on better display on other releases (notably his Cobra sides available on a variety of compilations, "Right Place, Wrong Time", "Anyplace I'm Going", "Cold Day in Hell", "Ain't Enough Comin' In" and some stellar live releases such as "Live in Europe" and 2 more live releases on Delmark). However for true fans of Otis work and those looking to dig a little deeper into the blues this is welcome release.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Rahsaan Roland Kirk

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really Mixed Feelings, June 8, 2006
This review is from: Rahsaan Roland Kirk (DVD)
Ok in summary the good:

3 rare Roland Kirk performances are on this DVD.

1 - Most of Montreux, Switzerland 1972 (released as One Man Twins on Rhino a few years ago, but now out of print)

2 - Sound - the experimental film with John Cage which is sold individually by another company for a LOT more money

3 - a UK TV performance from 1969 with Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton all jamming with RRK

If you are a fan of RRK you know that he was an incendiary live performer and that is true here in the 2 live performances. It's a treasure trove of a neglected master.

The bad in summary:

It's a DVD-R.

The production levels are awful.

The DVD has NO copyright info, no liner notes, on the disc itself all it says is 'Rahsaan Roland Kirk' and 'Anonymous Film Archive #51' and was clearly burned and labeled on a home PC. It is at least 2nd rate in that regard. The same for the sleeve. The DVD menu is also clearly from a software program. Since it was burned at home and is not a production DVD it will not be recognized my some DVD players. Additionally it often is pixelated and play back is not entirely smooth.

As you can also guess these are not quality transfers. I have One Man Twins (Montreux) and Sound both on VHS. The quality on those items is not great and will get worse over time. Here the quality is not great but at least should not degrade.

I'm happy to own it, but buyers should be aware it is a second rate product, is only a DVD-R, is probably violating copyrights, and has low quality. It is something of a treasure trove and comparative bargain for RRK fans but is not the quality of product this jazz legend truly deserves.

Syndrome Identification for Speech-Language Pathology: An Illustrated Pocketguide
Syndrome Identification for Speech-Language Pathology: An Illustrated Pocketguide
by Robert J. Shprintzen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $126.92
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful information but..., September 9, 2005
I think the information presented is helpful, for our field, and concise. However for the money I paid I would like nice quality photos. All the photos are pixelated and while it may not matter in terms of identifying a syndrome, I'm not sure why they felt the need to skimp on this part. Cell phone cameras take better pictures than those in this book.

Girl of Your Dreams
Girl of Your Dreams
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! (Really), December 20, 2004
This review is from: Girl of Your Dreams (Audio CD)
Other reviewers have mentioned the tone of the music (much more traditional country than Faith Hill crossover stuff) and the songwriting (Cryner co-wrote a bunch of the songs and there are well chosen covers), but the star here is Cryner's voice. It's both powerful and subtle, understated but full. She captures the mood of the songs perfectly too. To open a CD with "Son of a Preacher Man" is gutsy, but she carries it off with a smoldering fire. Other songs such as the title cut, "You'd Think He'd Know Me Better," and "Nobody Leaves" she conveys the hurt perfectly. Lost love is a recurring theme. Between the writing and singing, what could have been teenage heartache, becomes mature adult heartbreak. It's hard to express in words how perfectly the emotional tone is nailed. Few albums in any genre do this better.

American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story
American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story
by Cynthia True
Edition: Paperback
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For the book, not Bill Hicks, March 12, 2004
I am a HUGE fan of Bill Hicks. I got his first 4 CDs the same week when I discovered him. As a Hicks fan ANYTHING about him is great...
But while I know more about Hicks now than I did before there is a lot wrong with this book. There are some ridiculous errors. I'm not sure that Somy was in the video game business when Bill was going strong, but apparently he liked Nintendo Playstation. So the book was not really proof read. Additionally as someone else pointed out a LOT of the book comprises of quoting Bill's routines verbatim from his first 4 CD's (the one he oversaw).
That is not the biggest crime however. The worst thing this book does is gloss over EVERYTHING. There are hardly any insightful comments from those close to Bill. People recount events, but there is very little of the little things. I think you would be hard pressed to say you know the man much better. It is a whiplash account. For example Bill proposes marriage to a woman and after initiating this topic the author drops it like a hot potato. While the people are involved are entitled to their privacy, to bring up something like that requires it be finished. Bill didn't start a premise on stage without seeing it through. I wish the author showed the same determination and conviction.
Ultimately this is a fluffy, pop read. It is fact at times so shallow as to be the very kind of book Bill would despise. It's a little hard to feel it's more than cashing in on the fact that this is THE book on Bill Hicks. We have no alternative but must we settle for mediocrity? Would Bill let us?

Deep Blues of Paul Oscher
Deep Blues of Paul Oscher
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Muddy's Sideman Knows The Blues, March 10, 2003
I was turned onto this record from the excellent Muddy Waters biography "Can't Be Satisfied" (there is a great DVD documentary out now too). Paul played with Muddy and clearly learned a lot. This album sounds so organic (you almost ARE there), and it features the great ensemble playing of the best Chicago blues bands. In fact it wouldn't be hard to picture Muddy himself playing these songs. That is ultimately the down side to this album. Paul Oscher is a great talent and sings well (many think white people can't sing the blues) but at times his vocal inflections recall his old boss. At those times you just wish it was Muddy singing, and know that it would be just that much better. This is only 4 stars, because Muddy was the best and he's 5. This is not in print but you can find it at and other sites as well no doubt. It is well worth picking up and sounds vintage, classic, and performed with the care and craft you'd expect from someone who learned from Muddy himself. Paul Oscher deserves a bigger name in his own right. Hopefully releases like this will help him make it.

It's Not Killing Me
It's Not Killing Me
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars but it sure sounds like it!, February 28, 2003
This review is from: It's Not Killing Me (Audio CD)
I hate to use a bad pun in the title of the review, but really, this is a CLUNKER! Michael Bloomfield, great blues guitarist? Not on this album. Here the focus is on singing, never the guy's strong suit. Well here he really stretches his limited vocal capabilities thin. The tracks are either laid back blues songs or country and western numbers! Yup. Don't Think About It Baby might be the only good thing here. Well Goofers is ok too (much like his 70's instrumentals in some respects).
The best way to describe this album is that it is like his 70's stuff on CD (this is from '69). The problem is that the best moments here are the toss aways from those later albums. The worst moments here are really so terrible as to almost be funny. ...P>As a note I'm not knocking Bloomers as a singer. Stuff like "Sammy Knows How To Party" is well suited to his limited range and skill, but here his voice is laid bare and there isn't enough stellar guitar work. To be honest it is VERY laid back. According to Guitar Player some more Kooper & Bloomfield stuff is coming out. Wait for that. You need to be one heck of a completist to need this. Trust those of us who have paid (in every sense) for it.

Channel Fever
Channel Fever
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooray CJ!, February 2, 2003
This review is from: Channel Fever (Audio CD)
This album is a treasure. Channel Fever is a follow up to the Rock The Zydeco/Atcha album (the album was released under both titles). As with that album this is a nice mix of country, zydeco, rock and roll, and blues with an intimate feel. I think it's equally as good as his previous release and if you enjoyed it, this is more of the same. However I would suggest that if, as is most likely, you're curious about Chris Jagger because you're a Rolling Stones fan you check out Rock The Zydeco/Atcha first (see the reviews others have left) as it is probably a little more rock and roll than this album. Both however are excellent and if you enjoy eclectic albums with great ensemble playing and well crafted lyrics you could hardly go wrong acquiring this.

National Antiseptic
National Antiseptic
Offered by Kings Emporium
Price: $13.95
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Soild effort, November 8, 2002
This review is from: National Antiseptic (Audio CD)
This is a fine album somewhat in the vein of The North Mississippi All Stars. Mathus' album is produced by Jim Dickinson, amonth other things father of 2/3 of NMAS and Mathus himself appeared on Buddy Guy's superb "Sweet Tea" album. And therein lies the rub. While this is a solid affair and Mathus' guitar and voice are solid, it doesn't have the driving bottom end of the NMAS releases or Guy's album. Even with a cover of RL Burnside's "Snake Drive" this isn't quite as slamming a Mississippi hill/country blues affair. To be sure a lot of that is by design and it's not as if there aren't some moments where a monstrous boogie is achieved. But if you expect NMAS or Burnside/Kimbrough stomps look elsewhere. While those artists offer a mammoth groove on almost every track, Mathus lays back a little more, tends to keep the bass a little quieter and takes on more country stance. It will grow on you as an album too. Just accept it for what it is. The idea expressed in other reviews that it's a back porch affair is right on. As such the laid-back vibes is appropriate and it is certainly the work of someone making the music they love.

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