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Deception Point
Deception Point
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars good page turner, March 11 2004
This review is from: Deception Point (Paperback)
this is the first book that I've been able to read in the last 4.5 months after going through a very rough loss. The fact that I was able to read it at all, let alone in 2 weeks is worthy of a couple of stars in my book. The ending is ridiculous though. I was annoyed at far too many "just in the nick of time" saves throughout the made-for-Hollywood ending. As far as the reviews calling the plot "implausible" etc, it IS an action thriller piece of FICTION afterall. Cut the guy some slack.

Heavy Organ Live at Fillmore East & West
Heavy Organ Live at Fillmore East & West

5.0 out of 5 stars amazing stuff, Feb. 22 2004
If you can find the double CD set of Live at teh Fillmore and Live at Winterland, it is worth grabbing. "Come Sweet Death" and the Winterland version of the Tocatta and Fugue in dm are amazing. The sound is incredible from an electric organ and just knowing that these amazing performances were reaching people that wouldn't otherwise have heard them makes them even more interesting.

At San Quentin: 1969 (Remastered / Expanded)
At San Quentin: 1969 (Remastered / Expanded)
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best live albums ever, Dec 14 2003
What can you say about this one? Read the other reviews for more in depth commentary. I'm just saying you need to own this one.

Gran Duo Concertante Vn/Bc/&
Gran Duo Concertante Vn/Bc/&
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4.0 out of 5 stars most of the double concertos are here, Dec 1 2003
This is a nice collection of some hard to find works. Some of the works are available elsewhere, but others (like the Rossini Fantasy) are nowhere to be found.
The playing is very good-clean, in tune, well phrased-not totally "italian", but still very very good. I own 2 of his CDs and would not hesitate to buy the others.

Shut Yo' Mouth
Shut Yo' Mouth
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5.0 out of 5 stars freakin' amazing!!!!, Aug. 18 2003
This review is from: Shut Yo' Mouth (Audio CD)
can't be described. This is pure artistry. It swings, it grooves, it makes you shake your head and wonder how Major can hit those scatted notes AT THE SAME PITCH as his arco bass playing. The interplay between the 2 is inspiring. This is not a CD for the faint of heart, but if you have what it takes then you'll love this.

Pleasure And Pain
Pleasure And Pain
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 85.82
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5.0 out of 5 stars great atmosphere, Aug. 15 2003
This review is from: Pleasure And Pain (Audio CD)
This album was suggested by a friend as a "must have" and by the time I finally tracked it down, I wondered if it would live up to the hype. It really does. The songs are a far stretch from their early material, but this is a beautiful showcase for the mellower side of Dr. Hook.

Let It Be
Let It Be
Offered by nagiry
Price: CDN$ 19.59
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3.0 out of 5 stars Let It Be, July 26 2003
This review is from: Let It Be (Audio CD)
I bought this CD for one reason-the version of "Let It Be" that only seems to appear on this album. Specifially, the guitar solo is what I paid for. It is one of my favorites of George's. The tone is beautiful and the phrasing is very elegant while still having a few juicy dissonances. The solo on all of the "greatest hits" packages and many radio broadcasts has some horrible chorus type tone rather than this crunchy distortion.
"Two of Us" is a great tune that is really incredible since John and Paul were at each other's throats so much yet still turned out something this beautiful.
Lots of duds on this one though.

Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson
Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson
by Allan Slutsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 23.16
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book that started it all, July 23 2003
I bought this book for a graduate project that I was working on and it changed me. I had heard of Jamerson, but like so many I didn't know who he really was. While growing up listening to oldies stations that overplayed certain Motown acts, I got pretty fed up with the Supremes, Tops etc. This book renewed my interest. I still can't stand the Supremes, but at least now I realize that it is because of their voices. There is a track on the "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" CD that is a Supremes tune minus the Supremes and it is brilliant. I recently heard it on the radio in the original form and couldn't bear it. The band was so brilliant and it is a shame that their genius is buried under the vocal tracks. This book helps expose this genius by getting right down to the foundation of it all. Jamerson WAS and IS the Motown sound.
As great as this book is, the CD and the documentary of the same name are even better. These guys still have it, after all of these years.

Debussy: La Mer; Respighi: Fountains of Rome; Pines of Rome
Debussy: La Mer; Respighi: Fountains of Rome; Pines of Rome
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5.0 out of 5 stars I want to be buried with this CD!, July 20 2003
An NPR program once listed the best recordings of Respighi's works. The announcer made it a point to slam Respighi's compositions in every way possible (he even said that he found it fitting that the word "pig" was in Respighi!) but when all was said and done, he still ranked this recording as the undisputed master. I have owned several CDs of "Pines" and have slowly gotten rid of all but this one. NO recording of that piece has ever come close to Reiner's. The offstage brass are actually located on risers around the group and sound very "offstage" when they're supposed to be, but at the end of "Pines of the Appian Way", they are blazing at a volume that can compete with the brass on the stage. The intensity of the brass sound at ridiculous volume without sounding distored or harsh in any way is amazing-especially given the "prehistoric" techniques used in the recording. The string sound is beautiful throughout the range and the basses are thunderous when they need to be. In the fourth mvt, there are 2 spots in particular that are NEVER heard on other recordings. At 2:02, there is a key change to Bb. It is ushered in by the organ on a pedal Bb. It is marked pp I think, but when listening on good speakers or headphones in this recording, that note wraps around you and pins you down. On most recordings it is inaudible.
Another moment is at 3:34. There is an A in the second trumpet that is never heard for whatever reason, but on this version it is so intense that it will part your hair. There is no subtleness to the finale in this one. It is pure, raw power. I have performed this piece several times and while nothing can ever compare to being in the middle of this tidal wave of sounds all around you, this CD (at a proper, near-deafening level) can evoke those same sensations.
The Catacomb movement is frightening. The offstage trumpet solo is as gorgeous as they come with perfect muted string accompaniment. When the character changes right after the solo, the low brass hold down a beautiful pp with the subtle tam tam hits making it all the more eerie. Then...THE crescendo. The trombones take over with a sound unlike just about anything you'll hear on record. The strings are never buried either. Much of what makes this such a phenominal recording is the perfect balances that bring life to Respighi's brilliant coloration. Remember, this is before multitracking. They played and the mics picked up what was played. God, orchestras should sound this good today.

The Beatles Anthology
The Beatles Anthology
DVD ~ The Beatles
Price: CDN$ 106.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous editing, July 19 2003
This review is from: The Beatles Anthology (DVD)
the production on this series in nothing short of incredible. The "Free As A Bird" video is brilliant and seemless. It is sad at times, but overall very uplifting. I've never seen footage of Ringo singing live with the Beatles before I watched this. There is all sorts of great footage that is never seen elsewhere.

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