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Not a Star (Open Door)
Not a Star (Open Door)
by Nick Hornby
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.55
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Story. Not worth the price., February 4, 2012
This review is from: Not a Star (Open Door) (Paperback)
Being a huge Nick Hornby fan, when I came across this book I quickly added it to my Wish List. I wondered why I hadn't heard of it before. How had a new novel by my favorite author slip past me back in 2009 when it came out? I'll tell you why, IT'S NOT A NOVEL!!! What it is, is a wonderful short story that clocks in at 68 very small pages.At $9.60 it's not worth the price of what I usually pay for full size novels or entire collections of short stories. Please save your money or, if you haven't read them all, pick up one of Hornby's other fine books.


It's Your Thing (Single Version)
It's Your Thing (Single Version)

5.0 out of 5 stars Foundation of Funk, February 1, 2008
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The Isley Brothers didn't invent funk with this song (by it's release in 1969 the sound of funk was firmly established) but they showed that James Brown was not the only artist that could score major hits with a vamping rhythm secton topped with a bouncy horn line. This song is a great example of the vein of funk that didn't abandon the traditional R&B song structure of lyrics/bridge/chorus/lyrics in favor of simple chants or silly rhymes(see later era Parliament for examples). Definetly worth downloading this song, be careful about buying any one of the many of Isley compliations out there though, their career spans such a long time period that the sound of songs in these albums vary widely from doo-wop to disco. Another great and very funky Isley's tune is Fight the Power from the mid-70's.


Ruckus
Ruckus
Offered by megahitrecords
Price: $20.45
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overproduced, December 19, 2003
This review is from: Ruckus (Audio CD)
I was psyched to hear that Galactic had signed on Dan "the Automator" to produce this album. I was sure he would help Galactic produce some single quality tracks and that we might even get to see these guys on MTV. What we got instead was an overproduced album that contains some great tunes that were destroyed by a very non-Galactic move toward a slicker sound which isn't very flattering to Galactic's brand of musicianship. The only highlights are the songs featuring the Houseman in which his vocals distract you from the slickly produced backing music.


3 Feet High & Rising
3 Feet High & Rising
Offered by megahitrecords
Price: $13.70
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too many skits, October 28, 2003
This review is from: 3 Feet High & Rising (Audio CD)
A great album ruined by too many skits. Some day I'm gonna take Matty C's advise and burn me a copy of this album with out the skits, I can't evven stand to listen to the album from beginning to end because of the skits. Great songs though.. Me, Myself, and I is a top 10 of all time Hip-Hop song.


Funky Tales
Funky Tales
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Southern Fried Funk, August 6, 2003
This review is from: Funky Tales (Audio CD)
A great complilation from Nashville's Excello label. Excello's most famous alum is Maceo Parker who recorded two great albums as "Maceo and All the King's Men" after he a number of James Brown's sidemen left the Godfather's band over finacial conflicts. This album features two great cuts from Maceo and the boys as well as a couple of great songs by Little Royal and classic instrumental organ groove cover of Aretha Franklin's Chain of Fools. A solid overall effort that showcases the deep south soul that was mostly neglected by comercial radio in favor of the more slick Motown and Philly soul of the same era. If you are a fan of the Stax/Volt sound you are sure to enjoy this album.


Life on Planet Groove
Life on Planet Groove
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5.0 out of 5 stars a REAL groove, January 28, 2003
This review is from: Life on Planet Groove (Audio CD)
This album comes very close to capturing the live Maceo experience in the 1990's. I cought Maceo live in 1998 and 2000 and his shows will blow you away. This album features Fred Wesley and a bunch of other great guests. The opening track "Shake everything you got" may be the greatest live funk recording ever with great solos and an addictive chant. Buy this album, you will not regret it!


What's Going On
What's Going On
Price: $4.49
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Album EVER!, January 28, 2003
This review is from: What's Going On (Audio CD)
This is by far the greatest album ever made. The reason I say this is because not only is it a great collection of songs but it has such a consistent sound and message. The quality of the song writing and musicianship is unsurpassed by any pop,rock,or soul ablum ever. The only thing you maybe able to compare it to is a great Jazz masterpiece like Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, but better because of the accessablity of a traditional gospel/soul song structure. This is the only album I own on vinyl, cassette, and CD. I recommed that you pick up the album on vinyl since the warm tones and crackle that come from old lps makes the listen experince that much better. Also pick up the double CD edition which feature the original "Detroit Mix" of the album as well as a rare live performace of the entire album.


Rooms By the Hour
Rooms By the Hour
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNKY ROCK-N-ROLL, March 27, 2001
This review is from: Rooms By the Hour (Audio CD)
If you like old Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, Mighty Mighty Bosstones,the Roots, Phish or just straight ahead rock and roll this album is for you. This band consists of a singer/guitarist, bass, drums, keys, and a three piece horn section (as of now they are only 2 since the 'bone player left last year). The sound is organic but always funky and usually loud. The lead singer Dave Gutter frequently channels the spirit of James Brown and Henry Rollins at the same time which creates a soulful intensity unmatched by any singer to ever stand in front of a microphone. Check this album out and pick up their next album when it hits stores in June, you won't be disapointed.


Freaky Styley
Freaky Styley
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC, January 19, 2000
This review is from: Freaky Styley (Audio CD)
BUY this album. George Clinton produced it and it is by far the FUNKIEST RHCP album to date. Brothers Cup, Jungle Man, Hollywood, and the cover of Sly and the Family Stone's "If You Want Me To Stay." are funk classics. Definetly a must have.


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