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5.0 out of 5 stars A Disco Classic That Needs To Heard It Its Entirety, Aug. 15 2015
RING MY BELL was a song I fell in love with immediately back in 1979 and I feel the only way to appreciate it is to hear the 12” version that clocks in at 8:08. It’s exactly how you remember except it takes its time getting started and there is an extended cowbell and chime solo near the end before the background singers take over for around 60 seconds on their own on the big finale featuring bongo drums. A Disco Classic that needs to be heard in all its full glory to be truly appreciated.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Extended Version of "RAIN" Is Blah...Get This For the Flipside Though, Aug. 15 2015
The extended mix of I CAN'T STAND THE RAIN only adds a little bit of extra instrumental at the beginning, otherwise just stick with the album version from Private Dancer. I bought this back in the '80s more for the flipside, Tina's cover of the Prince tune LET'S PRETEND WE'RE MARRIED, which is totally rocks in this live version.

E.G. Daily - Wild Child - A&M Records - 395 081-1
E.G. Daily - Wild Child - A&M Records - 395 081-1

4.0 out of 5 stars More Depth Than a Mid-80s Pop Tart, Aug. 15 2015
E.G. Daily is the daughter of actor Bill Daily (Major Healey on I DREAM OF JEANNIE and Howard Borden on THE BOB NEWHART SHOW) and released her debut album in 1986. Not sure if Daddy used some of his residuals to help finance this venture, but Elizabeth Ann was able to secure some of the hottest producers in the music biz at the time (Jellybean Benitez and Harold Faltermeyer, among others) and the result is an overlooked, professional, polished album that deserves more credit than it got.

The cute and infectious single SAY IT, SAY IT inexplicably only reached #70 on the Billboard Singles Chart, though it did make #1 on the Dance Chart. It certainly deserved better as being a Jellybean production it has the same appeal as Madonna’s early singles. There’s a cover of SUNSET PEOPLE on which Ms. Daily almost holds her own against Donna Summer. LOVE IN THE SHADOWS is another highlight and E.G. comes across like a young Pat Benatar with a touch of Kim Carnes’ trademark rasp on the spunky cuts WAITING, IS ANYBODY HOME and DON’T LET THEM TAKE THE CHILD AWAY.

Make no mistake, despite the fact she was a looker, E.G. Daily’s WILD CHILD album is no piece of kittenish fluff like her contemporaries Stacey Q or Regina. This material has much more depth and more in common with Patty Smyth/Scandal and Laura Branigan’s up-tempo tunes than with the disposable Madonna-Wannabe’s of the mid-80s.

Retro radio needs to be unearthing music like this instead of playing GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN or HOLIDAY for the zillionth time.

FOUR STARS.

Nasty (Cool Summer Mixes 1&2) / Vinyl Maxi Single [Vinyl 12'']
Nasty (Cool Summer Mixes 1&2) / Vinyl Maxi Single [Vinyl 12'']
4 used & new from CDN$ 6.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Expands on the Sparse Original Version, Aug. 15 2015
If the album and single version of Janet Jackson’s NASTY was too sparse and stark for your listening tastes, then the Cool Summer Mix is the version for you. Not only is there some added percussion, extra keyboard riffs and background keyboards added, but there is sampling of WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY and some other experimental sounds on this version (squeak toy sounds among them) that fans will love as well as a cool echo effect. I just dug out my old vinyl 12” and it sounds just as cool in 2015 as it did nearly 30 years ago.

Brand new lover (Dust Monkey's Love Bubble Club Mix, 9:00min., 1986) / Vinyl Maxi Single [Vinyl 12'']
Brand new lover (Dust Monkey's Love Bubble Club Mix, 9:00min., 1986) / Vinyl Maxi Single [Vinyl 12'']
3 used & new from CDN$ 16.97

5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Hi-NRG Track Ever, Best DOA Song, Best SAW Production, Aug. 15 2015
At a full nine-minute running time, Dead or Alive’s fall 1986 release of the 12” version of BRAND NEW LOVER: The Dust Monkey’s Love Bubble Mix is not only their crowning artistic achievement, but it’s also the pinnacle of the Hi-NRG movement pioneered by Stock, Aitken and Waterman and gets my vote as the best extended mix of the entire 1980s dance music landscape.

I remember seeing this in the record store in October 1986 and grabbing it sight unheard and hoping it would be as good as the previous singles from YOUTHQUAKE which was a pretty tall order consider how fantastic those extended mixes were of SPIN ME, LOVER COME BACK, and MY HEART GOES BANG.

From the opening notes to the second when Pete’s voice began stuttering back and forth between my speakers I knew this one was going to be explosive. In fact, the opening instrumental salvo is the best part of the song, with the classical violins soothing the ears only to be shattered by that musical c*mshot of electric guitar solo. When the song finally does start, the melody and lyrics are much more substantial than SPIN ME, yet not at the expense of its’ danceability.

An intoxicating dance-floor masterpiece and again, the best Hi-NRG song ever made, ahead of everything else by DOA, Divine, Hazel Dean, etc.

American Horror Story [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français)
American Horror Story [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français)
DVD ~ Jessica Lange
Price: CDN$ 21.99
20 used & new from CDN$ 19.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Burnt Offerings Meets Desperate Housewives, Aug. 9 2015
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I’ve never been one for ghost or haunted house stories, but American Horror Story draws you in with its intricate plotting, surprise twists and excellent cast. I began with Asylum, which was great, so I didn’t expect that this debut season would live up to that, but it did. The goings-on in this show are just CRAZY and you watch it like a train wreck, mesmerized by all the chaos. The writers rarely tip their hand, so the twists are not telegraphed, though the clues are all there beforehand, so the audience has no reason to feel cheated.

Jessica Lange’s character is so mysterious, yet likeable, you can’t wait ‘til she appears onscreen again. The show is full of accomplished actors, young and old who all really sell this material. It’s like a great combination of those ‘70s psychological thrillers like Burnt Offerings crossed with Desperate Housewives, yet too competent to qualify as a guilty pleasure.

American Horror Story: Asylum - The Complete Second Season
American Horror Story: Asylum - The Complete Second Season
DVD ~ Jessica Lange
Price: CDN$ 15.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not My Usual Taste, But I Enjoyed It, Aug. 3 2015
Let me preface this review by stating I normally have no interest in movies and programs that deal with zombies, witches, vampires and the like. I’ve never seen an episode of “The Walking Dead” or “True Blood” but a colleague’s recommendation prompted me to check out “American Horror Story” and having read the synopses of the series so far, I decided “Asylum” would be the best place to start since the premise sounded the most intriguing (well, at least since S4 isn’t available to purchase for another two months).

From the creepy David-Fincher inspired opening credit sequence I was hooked and although the season borrows elements of everything from “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” to “Silence of the Lambs” and “The Exorcist” to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, everything works. The storytelling overlaps and flashes back and forth in the timeline but the program is cohesive. The cast are terrific and it’s great seeing former “Six Feet Under” alumni Frances Conroy (as a creepy yet beautiful Angel of Death) and James Cromwell (in a deliciously wicked role) reunited onscreen. Sarah Poulson and Evan Peters will have you rooting for them all the way and Lily Rabe reminds me so much of a young Julia Duffy.

But it’s Jessica Lange who steals the show. Kudos to Ms. Lange for not falling victim to the Hollywood vanity trap of Boxtox injections and facelifts to maintain an illusion of youth. There’s no way she could have pulled off the complex role of Sister Jude/Patient Judy if her face was unable to register the range of emotions required. It’s because of her I am now working my way through Season One and will eventually get around to seeing the rest.

Priority: Remastered
Priority: Remastered
Price: CDN$ 25.90
20 used & new from CDN$ 11.54

5.0 out of 5 stars The Pointers Rock on Out of the '70s, July 23 2015
This review is from: Priority: Remastered (Audio CD)
Following the breakout success of their hit single FIRE, 1979's PRIORITY album was somewhat of a commercial disappointment for the Pointer Sisters. Perhaps the problem was that this album was not diverse enough to please a broad spectrum. Instead it's a collection made up entirely of Bluesy Rock that paints that gals as a female version of Grand Funk Railroad or Bad Company. Not that they aren't up to the task'on the contrary, the girls tear into this testosterone-charged material like Ian Hunter's WHO DO YOU LOVE, Gerry Rafferty's BLIND FAITH and Bob Seger's ALL YOUR LOVE with ball busting vigor that rivals Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Tyler or any of the other lady rockers of the time. Like their previous album ENERGY, the material consists largely of cover versions of established acts and writers, but the Pointers totally make them their own.

Graham Parker's TURNED UP TOO LATE, The Rolling Stones HAPPY, Springsteen's SHE'S GOT THE FEVER and Robbie Robertson's THE SHAPE I'M IN all get a female makeover to great affect and IMO the album's best moment comes when the gals warn DON'T LET A THIEF STEAL INTO YOUR HEART which is like the female answer to the Eagles' WITCHY WOMAN and has the same sinister vibe.

Those who are only familiar with NEUTRON DANCE or JUMP may find this album too abrasive but for those who are interested in how masterful the Pointers' were in conquering the traditionally male-dominated arena of Blues-Rock, PRIORITY is quite the revelation.

Maxx is back (1990) / Vinyl record [Vinyl-LP]
Maxx is back (1990) / Vinyl record [Vinyl-LP]
2 used & new from CDN$ 6.83

2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Album Tarnishes Their Reputation, July 23 2015
On MEETING IN THE LADIES ROOM and KLYMAXX the group had cultivated a sound that was all their own. There was no confusing them with contemporaries such as The Pointer Sisters, Mary Jane Girls or The Flirts. Not so on THE MAXX IS BACK on which the production is no different than anything at the time of Bel Biv Devoe, Pebbles or Johnny Gill. This monotonous sound is a large reason why I loathe the R&B and Dance music to come out of the early ‘90s for the most part and why this album largely fails IMO. It’s in my music collection because I’m a completist but this is one of those CDs that sits alone at the bottom of the pile largely ignored.

On the title track, they sing about returning with “a new identity, the same old savoir faire” but nothing could be farther from the truth. This album is little more than generic beats, annoying, cluttered (now terribly dated) ‘90s production and lackluster songwriting with no ear-catching melodies or clever hooks or diva anthems like THE MEN ALL PAUSE, SEXY or FASHION. Even the lyrics this time are trite and the girls seem to be coasting or just filling an obligation to the label. The fact the group has been whittled down to a trio may also have been a factor. Whatever the reason, the magic is gone.

The slinky groove GOOD LOVE and sexy slow jam WHEN YOU KISS ME are probably the best of the bunch but that isn’t saying much when even the filler tracks on their first two albums (songs like I BETCHA or DANGER ZONE) are still ten times more original and memorable than what’s here. SHE’S A USER is the closest thing to past glories but as the last track, it’s a case of too-little-too-late.

A few of the high-powered hip-hop tracks like GIRLS CHASING BOYS and DON’T MESS WITH MY MAN just go on and on like endless unnecessary noise and FINISHING TOUCH is so over-syrupy listening to it more than once may cause cavities.

It’s too bad this comeback album is such a mess but it only makes MEETING IN THE LADIES ROOM and KLYMAXX all the more valuable as ‘80s R&B/Dance classics. I wish we could have had a third jewel from these ladies but alas, this album isn’t it.

Klymaxx - The Maxx Is Back - MCA Records - MCG 6096
Klymaxx - The Maxx Is Back - MCA Records - MCG 6096

2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Album Tarnishes Their Reputation, July 23 2015
On MEETING IN THE LADIES ROOM and KLYMAXX the group had cultivated a sound that was all their own. There was no confusing them with contemporaries such as The Pointer Sisters, Mary Jane Girls or The Flirts. Not so on THE MAXX IS BACK on which the production is no different than anything at the time of Bel Biv Devoe, Pebbles or Johnny Gill. This monotonous sound is a large reason why I loathe the R&B and Dance music to come out of the early ‘90s for the most part and why this album largely fails IMO. It’s in my music collection because I’m a completist but this is one of those CDs that sits alone at the bottom of the pile largely ignored.

On the title track, they sing about returning with “a new identity, the same old savoir faire” but nothing could be farther from the truth. This album is little more than generic beats, annoying, cluttered (now terribly dated) ‘90s production and lackluster songwriting with no ear-catching melodies or clever hooks or diva anthems like THE MEN ALL PAUSE, SEXY or FASHION. Even the lyrics this time are trite and the girls seem to be coasting or just filling an obligation to the label. The fact the group has been whittled down to a trio may also have been a factor. Whatever the reason, the magic is gone.

The slinky groove GOOD LOVE and sexy slow jam WHEN YOU KISS ME are probably the best of the bunch but that isn’t saying much when even the filler tracks on their first two albums (songs like I BETCHA or DANGER ZONE) are still ten times more original and memorable than what’s here. SHE’S A USER is the closest thing to past glories but as the last track, it’s a case of too-little-too-late.

A few of the high-powered hip-hop tracks like GIRLS CHASING BOYS and DON’T MESS WITH MY MAN just go on and on like endless unnecessary noise and FINISHING TOUCH is so over-syrupy listening to it more than once may cause cavities.

It’s too bad this comeback album is such a mess but it only makes MEETING IN THE LADIES ROOM and KLYMAXX all the more valuable as ‘80s R&B/Dance classics. I wish we could have had a third jewel from these ladies but alas, this album isn’t it.

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