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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Friends (featuring Boney James), April 1, 2011
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This review is from: Contact (Audio CD)
Following the colossal success of "Send One Your Love" from 2009, fans were anxiously waiting for the follow-up release from Boney James, entitled "Contact". This album contains mostly mellow, slow-tempo songs and vocal tracks, with very little groove & funk which is a little disappointing. The album is nice to have and listen to, but it is not nearly up to par with Boney's previous works. The music is good and Boney still sounds great, but overall it lacks the fire-power that Boney fans expect to hear from one of the best saxophonists in contemporary smooth jazz.

As already mentioned by other reviewers, the biggest flaw of this album is the excessive use of guest artists and vocals (Donell Jones, LeToya Luckett, Mario & Heather Headley). Not that the vocals and vocalists are bad, but the song selection is just simply blasé. They are so easily forgettable. For example, "That Look On Your Face" featuring Mario is an interesting attempt at "house music", accompanied by Boney's tenor sax, but it seems out of place and doesn't really add anything to the album.

The standout tracks are "Contact", "Spin", "Cry" & "Deep Time". Not a must-have, but average Boney is better than no Boney at all.

Welcome To My Dream
Welcome To My Dream
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Late 80s R&B Classic From Tawatha, July 26, 2010
This review is from: Welcome To My Dream (Audio CD)
Finally, it's great to see this classic album available on CD once again. Tawatha was the hot, sultry female vocalist from the group "Mtume" ("Juicy Fruit", "You, Me & He", etc.). This is Tawatha's one and only solo project released in the summer of 1987, featuring the funky, sexually suggestive hit "Thigh Ride". Included here are both the radio version and the extended 12-inch version of the song, as well as an extended version of "Are You Serious".

Produced by James Mtume, "Welcome To My Dream" is consistent with the Mtume's signature sound, with a good mix of mid-tempo funk and sultry slow jams, which Tawatha delivers with perfection. "Did I Dream You" is my personal favorite song here, which I've been listening to frequently for over 20 years. (And I still remember watching the video on Video Soul every night.) I was lucky enough to see Tawatha perform tracks from this album live at a popular night club in NYC back in '87. The crowd was blown away! Tawatha later went on to perform back-up vocals for Luther Vandross (and others) after the group Mtume disbanded. Cop this one while you can; you won't be disappointed.

Salt (Deluxe Unrated Edition)
Salt (Deluxe Unrated Edition)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have A Little "Salt" With Your Popcorn, July 24, 2010
I went to see this movie not expecting it to be that good, but wanted something to do for the afternoon. But "Salt" actually exceeded my expectations. Angelina Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a tough and smart CIA agent accused of being a secret mole working for Russian defectors and plotting to assassinate the president of Russia (during his visit to the U.S.), and later the President of the U.S. himself. Her superiors immediately try to apprehend her, but Salt escapes them and embarks upon an action-packed, car-smashing, stunt-driven chase thriller as she seeks to prove her innocense and wipe out her evil Russian accusers.

But is Salt really innocent? Is she really a Russian spy, or are others within her agency the real spies? This rollercoaster ride of adventure and suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the very end. In spite of the obvious holes in the plot and the implausible stunts, "Salt" delivers on action, suspense and entertainment, and Jolie plays the role superbly. Judging by the movie's ending, you can bet your bullets that there will be a "Salt" sequel. Can't wait 'til next summer!

New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh
New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nobody Wants To Spend Money To Listen To Sound Effects, Astrionics, and Robotic Voices, July 15, 2010
I'm an Erykah Badu fan, but this latest effort is somewhat disappointing. I wish that she would get off of this annoying "techno-digital" obsession and just produce some good music like she did on her previous albums. There are a few nice songs here, but it's hard get into this album when every few minutes the groove is interrupted with some unnecessary sound effects (flying saucers, robots, an analog record abruptly coming to a halt, etc.) or studio outtakes of Erykah playing around with her band between recording sessions. This comprises approx 30% of the whole album. Another flaw is that Erykah tends to be too repetitious on some of these songs. Give us some good lyrics and stop saying the same thing over and over ad nauseam (e.g. "Love" and "Out My Mind", which is 10 minutes of nothingness).

Anyway, like I stated, there are some good songs here that are at least worthy of downloading if you don't want to spend money on the whole CD:

"Window Seat" - Classic Erykah Badu sound. Everyone likes this one.
"Gone Baby, Don't Be Long" - A good song with a nice mellow groove.
"Umm Hmm" - Has an old skool vibe to it. Very nice. My personal favorite on the CD.
"Fall In Love" - A groove sampled from Eddie Kendricks' "Intimate Friends". Not bad!
"Incense" - This is more like an interlude, with a very ethereal sound.

Lastly, I'll give 5 stars for the CD cover, which was obviously inspired by Funkadelic's 1973 "Cosmic Slop" album cover. The biggest problem with today's artists is that they lack originality & creativity, but I digress. I look forward to Ms. Badu's next album, which hopefully will bring back the pure soul like on her earlier works.

I Refuse to Be Lonely / Forever With You
I Refuse to Be Lonely / Forever With You
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever With Us In Music, July 2, 2010
Phyllis Hyman was one of the best female vocalists in the history of recorded music. Incredibly talented but tragically underrated, Phyllis had a unique voice that was just mesmerizing - smooth, passionate and powerful, yet never over the top. The way she sings the song "I Refuse To Be Lonely", you can just feel the passion with every note that she sings, and it touches your heart and soul. Her music is more than just songs, she made them personal testimonies of her inner feelings and emotions about relationships.

Here's a two-fer featuring Phyllis' last two albums, both released posthumously. "I Refuse To Be Lonely" is very similar in content and style as its predecessor "Prime Of My Life", and is the album that she had completed a year prior to her death but the execs at PIR would not release it. Both of these albums contain some of the best music that Phyllis ever recorded, but was never promoted or played on the airwaves. Both of these albums should have been certified gold.

It is sad that Phyllis never got the respect that she deserved. It has now been 15 years since her passing. But her voice and her music will live forever, and there will never be another voice as great as hers. Forever With You, and Forever a Fan.
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Feel Me
Feel Me
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Cameo's Best Albums - Still Overlooked After 30 Years, July 1, 2010
This review is from: Feel Me (Vinyl)
I don't know why this funky album is so overlooked, underated and under-appreciated. Released in the fall of 1980, "Feel Me" picks up right where "Cameosis" left off, except that this is much funkier than both "Cameosis" and "Secret Omen". The bass lines, synthesizers and vocal chants on "Your Love Takes Me Out" and "Throw It Down" sound very similar to "Shake Your Pants" and "I Just Want To Be". "Keep It Hot" is awesome....all I can say is "owwwww"!

"Rollerskates" is a nice jam also. But "Feel Me" is the serious slow-jam cut here, which sounds like a follow-up to "Sparkle", with Anthony Lockett on lead vocals once again. "Better Days" is another nice ballad. I agree with the previous reviewer...this needs to be released on CD ASAP!!! Meanwhile, I'll just keep listening to my original vinyl copy. No Cameo collection is complete without "Feel Me".
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The Best Of The Moments: Love On A Two-Way Street
The Best Of The Moments: Love On A Two-Way Street
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Collection of Moments' Greatest, July 1, 2010
The Moments (Harry Ray, Al Goodman & Billy Brown) were one of my favorite soul groups that I grew up listening to in the late 60s & early 70s, and I was fortunate to have seen them perform live in 1973. A very talented group, although very underrated as compared to their contemporaries (Delfonics, Chi-Lites, Intruders), these guys could really sing. This is a nice collection of most of their best hits, but it omitted several of their other great, albeit rare, hits such as: "I'm So Lost", "Thanks A Lot", "Lucky Me", "Somebody Loves You" and "I'll Do Anything". These songs are available on other CDs but it would be great to have a more complete colletion of Moments hits all in one package (at a reasonable price, of course). This collection falls short by adding too much filler towards the end of the CD instead of including the aforementioned songs. But this one should still be added to your collection if you're a die-hard Moments fan. With the full-length 8-minute version of "Sexy Mama" here, that alone makes this CD worth buying. Enjoy!

Grover Live
Grover Live
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather of Contemporary Smooth Jazz - Live!, June 2, 2010
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It's hard to believe that it's been over 10 years since Grover Washington, Jr.'s untimely death. I've been a fan of his since 1975 when GW blew the world away with the album "Mr. Magic". This was the first time that anyone had heard jazz played so funky that you could actually dance to it. GW was truly an innovator and the best saxophonist ever!

Thanks to his wife Christine Washington and Jason Miles, we are blessed to hear one of Grover's last live performances, finally released on CD. What better way to complete your Grover collection than with this treasure. Recorded in 1997 in Peekskill, NY, this CD contains many of your favorite Grover songs, including "Winelight", "Take Five", "Soulful Strut", "Let It Flow" and "Mr. Magic". He also performs a nice medley of other hits including "Black Frost", "Inner City Blues", "Strawberry Moon" and more.

The sound is crystal clear and Grover sounds as great live as he did on studio recordings. He makes the sax "sing" like no other artist can. He's backed by a tight rhythm section and a full orchestra. You'll feel like you were actually in the audience while listening to this. If you've been following his career and music since the beginning like I have, then you know that the music speaks for itself.

This may not be the last music we hear from Grover. According to the liner notes, Mrs. Washington states that "Grover left a treasure trove of recorded live concert dates on digital audio tape". So we can reasonably expect that more live music will be released on CD. Hopefully, we won't have to wait another ten years to hear it.

Going Home
Going Home

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5.0 out of 5 stars Alex at his creative best!, June 2, 2010
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Alex Bugnon is one jazz artist that you can always count on to bring the goods. Since 1988, he's been churning out one great album after another. I always purchase his new releases immediately without even hearing samples because I know the music will be great. "Going Home" is another great album, but this time Alex does all traditional jazz instead of his usual contemporary mix of jazz, funk and R&B.

From the opening track, Herbie Hancock's Oliloqui Valley, to the title track at the end, this is an excellent musical adventure. "Silverfinger", "Nouthra Dona di Maortse" and "Ahmad's Apple" are just mind blowing compositions that you'll want to hear repeatedly. Alex's rendition of "The World Is A Ghetto" from the 70s band War takes it to a whole new level. He also does a remake one of his own compositions in "Another Love Season", which is a jazzier arrangement of the original "Love Season" from his 1988 debut album.

This album features the usual musicians in Bugnon's band - Victor Bailey on bass, Poogie Bell on drums, and Vincent Henry (formerly with 80s group Change) on sax and flute. If you're an Alex Bugnon fan and you like straight jazz, you should surely add this one to your collection. I hope he does his next album in this same fashion because this is quickly becoming one of my favorite AB projects. Enjoy!

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? [DVD]
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? [DVD]
DVD ~ Michael Jai White
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Way Over-The-Top Melodrama, May 29, 2010
"Why Did I Get Married Too" reunites the four couples again for their annual marriage retreat, this time in the Bahamas. It's pretty much the same scenario and plot from the first installment, but this time it's just not that interesting to watch. Sheila's ex-husband shows up alone and unexpectedly to the retreat just to "diss" Troy (Sheila's new hubby) and make everyone uncomfortable. Angela is talking trash once again, and provides the most laughable moments. Lou Gossett, Jr. and Cicely Tyson have a cameo appearance as an elderly couple who still love each other after years of marriage. Their story provides probably the only endearing moment of the entire film.

Then there's the usual dialogue about marriage - the guy talk, the girl talk, some drinks, some jokes, some insults and then when the couples return home, that's when all of the trouble begins. I won't go into all of the details, but it's just not plausible that four couples, who are friends, would have so much extreme drama going on in their lives at the same time. This movie was just drama for the sake of drama, and it added nothing to the first "Why Did I Get Married?" which was an excellent movie. I don't know why Tyler Perry even bothered to make a sequel other than to perhaps keep Malik Yoba employed and to show that Janet's acting skills have slightly improved.

Like everyone else, I love Tasha Smith's "Angela" character, but she was just way over the top this time. (No man would stay married to a woman who clowns like that in public ALL THE TIME.) The ending was completely unnecessary, considering that this was supposed to be a "romantic comedy". It's obvious that TP didn't really know how to end the movie, so he kept piling on more & more drama until he finally ran out of ideas. (For example, showing up clowning on someone's job just to embarrass them after you've already smashed up the crib? Was this necessary?) I was exhausted after the movie ended. Just way too much melodrama within a 2-hour period. Hopefully, there won't be a "Why Did I Get Married 3?" (or "Why Did I Get Married Again?"), but somehow (unfortunately) I think there will be one.
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