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Soundfly SD WMA/MP3 Player Car Fm Transmitter for SD Card, USB Stick, Mp3 Players (iPod, Zune)
Soundfly SD WMA/MP3 Player Car Fm Transmitter for SD Card, USB Stick, Mp3 Players (iPod, Zune)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid MP3 FM transmitter for low $, May 2, 2015
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As an inexpensive FM transmitter, this has proven to be a reliable low-cost way to enjoy my MP3 and WMA based music in my vehicle WITHOUT having Bluetooth technology.

PROS:
Easy to rapidly place music onto the device once you realize the two "tricks" necessary:
1) All music must be in a folder named "MUSIC" or "MP3" for the player to find it.
2) Due to reading limitations of the software as far as the number of sub-folders, if you habitually have your MP3 library set up to store your music first in a folder by Artist then a sub-folder by ALBUM TITLE, you may find that the player can't "find" all your music when set to random play if you use the USB port to play off a memory stick/jump drive...especially if it's a larger size (16GB and up). You can workaround this by dragging just the music files themselves into the stick's memory in the MUSIC or MP3 folder WITHOUT any sub-folders.
3) Signal is strong even in urban areas that have relatively "crowded" radio bands. Here in the Columbus, OH metro area, there are radio stations on very nearly every available frequency. I use my Soundfly set at 88.5 MHz even with a station at 88.7MHz without bleedthrough from the adjacent station onto my signal. There's also a station at 88.3MHz. In fact it's strong enough that when my spouse was being followed by me, she complained about my music bleeding over HERS..we both have a unit and both use 88.5MHz.
4) This probably won't matter to many people but I use .WMA files a lot so the ability to use that format as well as .MP3 is a plus.

CONS:
Manual is in "Engrish" so not as helpful as it could be.
The plug is VERY fragile, the plastic around the cigarette lighter is prone to crack if you remove it with one hand. You need to SLOWLY withdraw it using one hand on the top of the plug and one at the base to avoid this. This is the most serious flaw of the unit and I have had to replace one for this reason. However, considering the cost of the unit compared to others, this is an inconvenience I can live with.


Here Come The 123s
Here Come The 123s
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forget "NO!", this one's great, September 1, 2008
This review is from: Here Come The 123s (Audio CD)
If you gave up on liking the TMBG kids music because of NO!! (which was forgettable outside of 2 cuts) give them another shot.

Within 3-4 spins and you'll be singing along:

"Zeros.....zeros mean so much"
"There's only 1 everything..."
"We want cake! Where's our cake?"
"Six knows how to stand on its head.."
"On Monday, I never go to work..."
"Nine pirate girls...pirate girls...pirate girls"
"Grab a circle with both hands and twist it, that's an 8..."
"High five..UP TOP!...low five..DON'T STOP!..slap me five...WOO!...down low...too slow"

Besides teaching the basic 1-10 numbers, TMBG also teaches a little beginning addition, the concept of placeholders (in "Zeros") and days of the week. There's also an attempts to teach the concept of odd and even numbers
(which is a pretty catchy song but doesn't quite buttonhole the concept all the way for kids). You also learn to count seconds (the venerable "Mississippi" method) and that the prefix "tri" means "three" ("Triops Has 3 Eyes")

Besides the catchy songs, the videos themselves are bright and colorful cartoons that compiment the songs well. (Especially for "Seven Days of the Week (I Never Go to Work)". Recommended highly.


What's Your Hi-Fi Q?: From Prince to Puff Daddy, 30 Years of Black Music Trivia
What's Your Hi-Fi Q?: From Prince to Puff Daddy, 30 Years of Black Music Trivia
by Scott Poulson-Bryant
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not great, June 4, 2008
Poulson-Bryant is a founding editor of VIBE and Fontaine used to be music editor at the SOURCE and the book only covers from the 1970s-1990s as a result. Forget Motown, Stax/Volt, Cab Calloway, The Moonglows...they ain't here.

The format of the book is a series of multiple-choice answers for a possible 1000 perfect "hi-fi Q" score. The book is HEAVILY weighted towards the rap era since the questions break down into 266 possible points for 70s questions, 328 for the 80s and 406 points for the 1990s. If you don't know your hip-hop, you may not do very well. However, the questions are at times a bit TOO easy. They're already multiple choice so you can always "pick C" if you don't know. And some of the questions give it away if you have HALF the information.

Case in point:
A question asking about female R&B groups. I had the answer narrowed down to either TLC or En Vogue and I was leaning toward TLC. The question said "what female R&B QUARTET"...so I could rule out TLC. This book would find the REAL black music geniuses more accurately if they tried to have at least 2 of the answers be very likely correct. i.e. two of the answers are female R&B quartets.

My Hi-Fi Q was 599 overall (74% of the 1970s questions, 60% on 80s and 50% on 90s). As to those saying it's a good way to learn more about R&B, I'd say that's iffy. Since the answers are placed all the way at the end of each section, instead of say at the bottom of each page with explanations and more detail, most people probably won't bother to flip back and forth.

BOTTOM LINE:
Might be a fun diversion for a day or two at a family reunion. But I don't see a whole lot of "re-read" value and I don't think it's a good candidate for boning up on rap/R&B music. You'd probably do better with a NON-trivia book in that case.


The Lyrical Strength of One Street Poet
The Lyrical Strength of One Street Poet
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christian rap landmark..somewhat dated but mostly still vital, May 29, 2008
To appreciate this CD for what it is, you have to take into mind the time it was created and the climate it was born in. Rap had been around for a decade in the mainstream (about 1980 Sugarhill Gang had brought rap to suburban America through "Rapper's Delight"..) but churches were reluctant to embrace the music and this album was the cutting edge for Christian rap of the time. It was unafraid to try and lay in real beats, a good flow, and hot samples that were of the moment. (Many of which I'm STILL trying to place all these years later)

Listen closely and you'll hear:
Bill Cosby, James Brown shouts, snatches of Sly and the Family Stone, Steve Miller, Isley Brothers,sampled carousel noises, Pee Wee Herman and more.

THE GOOD:
"Drop the Mic" and "The Boy Don't Play" are great uptempo jams that still sound pretty good. "Flow Time", "Hip-hopcracy" (calling cheesy Christian rhymers of the time to task), "Shout" and "God's House" (probably the first Christian house music ever..) are also winners.

THE BAD:
The Caribbean slow jam "Come Back Home" is just plain cheese. "UB Urself" (Reprise) is a ballad rap, not unlike L.L. Cool J's "I Need Love". The LL song sounds kinda dorky now, and so does D-Boy here. "That UB Urself"'s opening track is pretty hot, but the vocal cliche chorus about not following the crowd and a lame intro from a VERY "white" sounding guy proclaiming that "D-Boy is doped up and HARD" would've been better left on the mixing room floor.

BOTTOM LINE:
This album is miles ahead of D-Boy's "Plantin' a Seed" and pointed the way towards what Christian rap could become. D-boy was taken from us young (22) after being shot while leaving his Dallas apartment. The culprit has never been found and the motives never established for sure. Peace to the poet...


The Fattening of America: How The Economy Makes Us Fat, If It Matters, and What To Do About It
The Fattening of America: How The Economy Makes Us Fat, If It Matters, and What To Do About It
by Eric Finkelstein
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Superpower supersizing...what can be done?, May 29, 2008
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CDC figures show an increase from about 4 percent of 6-11 year old kids verweight circa 1973 to around 19 percent in 2003 and their 2-5 year old siblings have an almost 14 percent obesity rate.(P.4) How did we get to this place...and how do we change course?

Authors Finkelstein and Zuckerman basically offer a 4 pronged litany of causes: "Junk" food costs less than healthier alternatives (they cite subsidies for corn used to make "high fructose corn syrup" as one example), technology has made our work less strenuous so we aren't guaranteed a mild workout at the shop, our moves to the 'burbs mean more time commuting which means more time spent sedentarily, too many free-time choices compete with the treadmill, and availability of health insurance may mean we figure the health problems that come with the bulges can be absolved via a pill or a quick "procedure".

For the "if it matters" part of the title, they offer not only the health implications of being overweight but also the social/economic ones: they suggest reducing obesity would drop Medicare/Medicaid costs by $90 billion annually (P.93), the GDP costs (significantly obese people use more sick time, P. 95, and may also have poorer cognition, P.96), and the economic costs to the obese themselves (lower wages, p.97, particularly for women).

Where the book comes up shortest is in the "What to Do About It" department. They specifically address mandatory nutritional labelling on restaurant menus (P. 140), lawsuits against energy-dense foodmakers ("McLawsuits", P. 142-147) and a "fat tax" on junk foods to offset Medicare/Medicaid obesity costs and to discourage their consumption by raising their cost to levels closer to healthier fruits/vegetables/etc. (P.147-151) They do a good job of showing the inadequacies of those approaches. However, they have a fairly weak case for improving things that more or less boils down to: raise prices on junk food and subsidize healthy food with the difference. While some will switch to the "good stuff" if prices are better, many will stay with the junk since it "tastes better" as Finkelstein and Zuckerman oft remind us.

BOTTOM LINE:
The best thing this book may do is remind you (again) as it did me of the health risks of my having too much weight (about 80 over my ideal as I write this). It's a reasonably easy read with plenty of research data (and footnoted sources if you want to read all the primary sources) on its side. It may however leave you with the unintended feeling that the growth (no pun intended) in obesity is unavoidable.


Knocked Out Loaded
Knocked Out Loaded
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed and disappointing, February 25, 2008
This review is from: Knocked Out Loaded (Audio CD)
There's little I can add to what others have pointed out. Granted, this is not a Dylan "album" in the general sense of a cohesive string of tunes designed to play off each other. It just feels like a pastiche of leftovers Zimmy tossed into a pot as a sort of sonic goulash. But if you're gonna offer it for public sale, you're inviting criticism just as though you'd really TRIED for a work of art. Clearly this is far short of a "knock out" recording.

HIGHS:
There really aren't many. Those calling this "Brownsville Girl" and a lot of B sides are pretty accurate. "Brownsville..." is an epic stream of consciousness tale over a slightly woozy sax line courtesy of Steve Douglas with telling details like "They were looking for somebody with a pompadour/I was crossing the street when shots rang out". "Got my Mind Made Up" is a moderately hummable chugger thanks to the able backing of Tom Petty and band. That's it.

LOWS:
"They Killed Him" is abysmal...sort of a "Abraham, Martin, and John" turned bathetic thanks to the wailing gospelly backing vocals and the sugary children's choir.

BOTTOM LINE:
Unless you're a Dylan completist, the only one worth having is "Brownsville" and it's available on GREATEST HITS III. Don't buy this "load".


Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 12
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 12
Offered by megahitrecords
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hits and misses make for a take it or leave it affair, September 14, 2007
Twelve volumes into their collection gathering stuff that would have played on AM radio back in the 70s, Rhino is starting to scrape here and there. Some of this is worth remembering and some you wish they'd left buried under the Nehru jacket.

HIGHLIGHTS:
I know I'm in the minority but "Seasons in the Sun" is simply far too catchy for me to consider it anything but a highlight. Rick Derringer crafted one of the all-time great hooks to "..Hoochie Koo" and even WITHOUT the "dancing baby" episodes of Ally McBeal in the 90s the Blue Swede cover of "Hooked without a Feeling" would be fondly remembered. Outside of those, two somewhat obscure tunes are also very nice, Jim Stafford novelty "Spiders & Snakes" (shame on the liners writer for trashing this one AND Jerry Reed's "Amos Moses") and the swamp pop of Redbone's "Come And Get Your Love".

MIDDLING:
I might listen to "Rock On" and "The Streak" on the radio but I don't know that I'd purposefully pay for the privelege. Ditto "The Entertainer" though I really like that song when I'm in the mood to hear it.

LOWS:
The Mocedades tune will probably appeal to you most if you actually speak Spanish. I realize that the Sister Janet Mead tune was historically important for Christian rock (a #4 hit about God in the middle of the decadence of disco?!? Far out!) but the vocals don't have any bite. Just can't get into it. "Star" from Stealers Wheel is probably the first (and last) time a Top Ten hit will feature the kazoo and the melody's decent but the hook isn't strong enough to make an impression.

BOTTOM LINE:
Pretty average in the series. Some good, some bad.


Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 11
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 11
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2.0 out of 5 stars Most of these not aging so well, September 14, 2007
Once again, Rhino gathers together a batch of mostly one and two-hit wonders from the "Me Decade" but unfortunately most of these aren't ones that really are all that missed.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Banjo mainstay "Dueling Banjos" is a welcome track as is Gilbert O'Sullivan's oddity "Get Down". Having grown up mostly at the END of the 70s, I'd been much more familiar with his somewhat maudlin "Alone Again, Naturally" and fluffy "Clare" and this was new to me. (Despite its Top 10 status in 1973, it doesn't really get any oldies radio airplay at this point.) Charlie Daniel's classic hippie vs. the establishment "Uneasy Rider" sticks out like a sore thumb but it's a great track. Albert Hammond's "Free Electric Band" wasn't really a hit and is definitely dated with its "tune in turn on drop out" lyrics but it's a nice microcosm of hippie values and much catchier than the overhyped "Signs" (Five Man Electrical Band) is.

LOWS:
It won an Oscar and hit #1 but I can't imagine there are that many people pining to hear "The Morning After" again. Deodato's rework of the 2001 Space Odyssey theme is wonderfully funky but it overstays its welcome. There's still a minute to go on "Also Sprach Zarathrusta" when I get bored with it. El Chicano's "Tell Her She's Lovely" sounds like a Santana B side..nice Latin groove but the lyric's too weak to make you come back.

BOTTOM LINE:
Definitely borrow this one from a friend or a library before purchase. You'll likely only want it if you want one of the more obscure tracks here and can only find it on this one, but you may want to consider ITunes or a similar service first to get the track you're after. Skip it.


Have a Nice Day Vol 17
Have a Nice Day Vol 17
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another strong and varied 70s pop set from Rhino, September 14, 2007
There was a time when pop radio wasn't homogenuous boy bands and interchangeable lowest common denominator hip-hop. The decade of the 70s was the best illustration of that, when you could hear the unabashed country tearjerker "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" next to bad seed anthem "Smokin' in the Boys Room".

This set pulls together 1 #1 hit, another 3 from the Top 10, and 2 from the lower reaches of the Top 40. Add to that a near-miss from the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver and you have this set.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Among the big hits, #3 hit "Boys Room" remains a classic and this is the definitive version replete with attitude and that great talked intro (Motley Crue, eat your heart out..). Country weepers "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" (top 10 peak) and #1 smash "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" also continue to charm. Orleans' delightful swayer "Dance with Me" (top 5) deserves its continued status at 70s/80s/90s soft rock radio outlets. Ian Thomas' "Painted Ladies" is a deadringer for America, Cymarrons' shimmering "Rings" (#17 charter) is a near instant singalong, and The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver's "(I Don't Want to Love You But) You Got Me Anyway" didn't make them a household name but I have no idea why. It's PERFECT from it's "na na" chorus to an Indian wardance drum bridge. You'll also need the ebullient "Dancing in the Moonlight" (a #13 hit).

LOWS:
Morris Alberts' "Feelings" practically defines maudlin. Nazareth's cover of "Love Hurts" is in that same territory for me though many obviously disagree. I'll stick with the Everlys on that one, thanks.

BOTTOM LINE:
Even the non-hits and weak charters are pretty good here. Worth your time.


Super Hits Of The '70s:  Have a Nice Day, Vol. 19
Super Hits Of The '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 19
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the guiltiest of 70s pop pleasures found here, September 14, 2007
In the insightful liner notes, Paul Grein opines "Just having this in your house will probably cost you a few friends." It will take serious intestinal fortitude and certainty in your musical taste to allow you to let anyone KNOW you've purchased it.

You can get by with saying you have "Don't Give Up on Us,Baby" at a gathering..strangers will probably assume you have Owen Wilson's ironic version as sung in the STARSKY AND HUTCH flick. Go on to say you enjoy Alan O'Day's frothy "Undercover Angel" at a party and you'll get rude stares. Wax eloquent about Mary McGregor's "Torn between Two Lovers" and the laughing and pointing will begin.

This CD is heavily populated with stuff that doesn't really get played on oldies radio despite its hit status at the time because it's love it or hate it kind of stuff.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Of the bigger hits, 10CC's "The Things We Do for Love" remains timeless. "Gonna Fly Now" continues to provide inspiration for gym rats and the zippy "Still the One" is one of the rare rock songs about the joys of marriage. Outside of those, "Wham Bang Shang a Lang" only made the Top 20 but it's still pretty catchy and almost pretty. Almost...because the song's protagonist is a man trying to tell his conquest that she's getting too clingy and he's already HAD what he wants if you get my drift. "Don't Give Up on Us" is heavy on melodrama but it was a hit because it's a good song. Just because it's heavyhanded doesn't mean it's not well-written. Same sentiment applies for Andrew Gold's "Lonely Boy" (80s kids will probably know his theme song for TV's "Golden Girls" the best.) "Undercover Angel" shares the same theme as "I Like Dreamin'" (fantasy lovers) but it does it without becoming cloying.

LOWS:
I have a pretty high tolerance for sap but Kenny Nolan's "I Like Dreamin'" goes farther than I can handle. The theme? Nolan's alone but if he dreams he can touch your body THAT way. The ick factor there is high. "Torn Between Two Lovers" is also pretty hard to take. "I'm cheating, I admit it, but I love you both so please stay and share me..."

BOTTOM LINE:
Besides the best tunes, most of them here are at least listenable. I can honestly say I like 8 of these all the time and 3 of them when I'm "in the mood". A solid comp from Rhino.


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