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Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Battle - PC
Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Battle - PC
19 used & new from $0.01

11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good potential. Try again., March 30, 2001
I was really excited about this game. Unfortunately it does not live up to expectations. The graphics are not up to standards achieved on some other strategy simulations (the Cossacks preview, for example). Movement, at least on my PC,(which is able to handle B17 2 with no problems)is not smooth. Also, the game menu, graphics and music are not of the quality, for instance of Sudden Strike or Age of Empires. its been a few years since the fine Gettysburg game. One would have expected improvements in this genre reflecting advances made since then. If you are into 16th to 19th century European strategy, I suggest Age of Sail 2 or wait for Cossacks.

Michael Bloomfield - If You Love These Blues: An Oral History (Book)
Michael Bloomfield - If You Love These Blues: An Oral History (Book)
by Jan Mark Wolkin
Edition: Hardcover
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mike Bloomfield - Credit long overdue, October 14, 2000
Although he is relatively unknown today outside the guitar community, in his time Mike Bloomfield was as huge an influence as Clapton and possibly Hendrix. I remember hearing the first Butterfield album (I borrowed it in return for the first Blues Project album). This was the most stunning guitar player I ever heard (the sentiment of a million or more players and fans). Contrary to popular belief, the 60s blues revival began with Butterfield, not the British blues bands. Bloomfield was the driving force of that band. His importance can not be over stated. Bloomfield's playing was central to the development of horn based rock, raga rock, folf rock (Dylan's gunslinger on Highway 61) and almost every other blues flavored style of the period. San Francisco Acid Rock was even reportedly an attampt in part to copy the improvisational excursions of the Butterfield band. Bloomfield's playing is felt in every important blues rock guitar player up to the advent of Stevie Ray Vaughan. For that reason alone, this book is long overdue and a must read for anyone interested in American music. To boot, Bloomfield was a virtual encyclopedia of the blues form (reflected in his later work).
Wolkin and Keenom's book provides a good overview of Bloomfield's work and accurately captures the spirit of the period of music covered. The narrative style, culled from interviews with a host of contemporary musicians, is a feast of more obscure information and frames a clear image of what he may have been like as a person. Carlos Santana's preface is a heartfeld and loving tribute to a mentor and musical colleague. A lengthy discography is provided.
Two concerns with the book: more (and better reproduced) pictures would have made it a more enjoyable experience for a book of this type. Also, when is someone going to write a book which delves deeply into his guitar style. After all, that is why he is so important. In fact, Fender should rename the Telecaster after him for all the instruments he sold!

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