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Grateful
Grateful
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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid and Professional, July 8 2002
This review is from: Grateful (Audio CD)
With the exception of Daybreak in Dixie and Big Country I would not describe this CD as driving bluegrass. I would describe it as tastefull and clean. If you are looking for a hard driving type of CD this may not be the one for you. If you are looking for an extremely professional project with clean picking and some very good mid-tempo tunes, this ones for you. With many high quality pickers including Ron Stewart, Tim Stafford, Barry Bales, Marc Pruett and Randy Kohrs the chops are here. But they are kept to something less than a frenzy.
If you are a fan of Adam Steffey you will enjoy this. If your tastes lean towards the group Mountain Heart, which he is now in, or up-tempo songs, you may want to give this a second thought.
3 stars for a solid project.

God, Guns & Rock N Roll
God, Guns & Rock N Roll
by Ted Nugent
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars IN YOUR FACE, July 2 2002
Ted Nugent refuses to be ignored. Like him or not he speaks his mind. This book is Ted's views on guns and family first and foremost. About his views on God and to a lessor extent his career. This book will be an eye opener to those who don't know much about Ted and his views. Those that see him as a 'long hair' or a 'drug taking rock and roller'. Those that have followed him for years will enjoy the book as Ted once again standing up to be counted.
Throughout the book he states opinions for guns, for child disciplin, for hunting (he has fed his family for over 30 years without store bought meat), for carrying weapons, for God, for family (his greatest pride), for the Constitution of the United States, for the NRA, for involvement with government and your elected officials, for police officers and on and on.
At the same time he has just as strong statements against television, news reporters, being a "sheep", Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Sarah Brady, Janet Reno, Bill Bradley, Dianne Feinstein, stoned hippies, intellectual bankruptcy, drugs, alcohol, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, crime, unwanted pregnancies, plastic bags, junk food, gangbangers, laughable saggy-pants rappers, the list is endless.
He laments the lost values of quite family time and the sit down dinner. He offers his own perspectives on many of the gun crimes in recent years. Counters the commonly heard statistics with some from government agencies not normally heard from, including the CDC.
This book is a wonderful insight into Ted Nugent, the man, an American original. Perhaps if more American's would follow Ted's example we would be in better shape today as a country. This was a very enjoyable book, read it and think on it.

Reckless
Reckless
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5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING, June 30 2002
This review is from: Reckless (Audio CD)
This was an outstanding recording from start to finish. It amazes me how good the songs are that never received radio airplay. I guess the 'radio powers that be' thought six from one recording should be the limit. Song after song is a winner. With "Reckless", Bryan Adams showed us that there was still such a thing a "pop-rock" or "light-rock" of quality. That could be listened to by rockers (granted, maybe not hard core headbangers) and poppies and be liked by both groups. This was the one recording at the time that my girlfriend and I both enjoyed, so we could listen together. On all other music we split like oil and water, haha.
I enjoyed this so much that I recently bought the CD even though I owned the cassette tape since its initial release. I still enjoy the music on this recording. It has stood the test of time. I recommend this recording as a very good introduction to Bryan Adams. Buy it, you will enjoy it.

A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Movie, But, June 27 2002
This review is from: A Beautiful Mind (VHS Tape)
This was a very good movie but I thought that is slowed a bit in the middle. Many have pointed out the fact that it is not historically correct and this seems to be true, but. In my opinion this movie is not about historical correctness, not about the fabricated love affair on screen and the left out affairs with men. BUT (there is that word again) this movie is exceptional with it's interpretation of how strong the human mind can be. The old 'mind over matter' is something that most people do not realize the strength of. John Nash had an incredibly strong mind and it shows him overcoming mental problems, with help from his love. I don't think this is quite realistic but it is a good presentation never the less.
Buy it, rent it, but watch it for what it is. Not historically correct, not entirely what folks have said but something that can be enjoyed and make you think. Make you own choice after the viewing (and write a review)!

No Fences  (W/1 Bonus Tracks)
No Fences (W/1 Bonus Tracks)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Breakthrough!, June 27 2002
This was Garth's "breakthrough" album. He had some success with his first release and some folks took notice but with this CD heads turned, and rightfully so. There are a lot of strong tracks on the CD including "The Thunder Rolls", "Two of A Kind Working On A Full House", "Victim Of The Game", "Friends In Low Places", and "Unanswered Prayers" that received a lot of radio time. There are also very good songs that did not get airplay, like "Wolves".
This CD was an outstanding project and one of Garth's best. If you are looking for an introduction to his music, start here.

The Greatest Hits Collection
The Greatest Hits Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, June 27 2002
An exceptional Greatest Hits project from Brooks and Dunn. This CD does not have a track that is a 'let down'. As far as Greatest Hits CDs go (which is generally a strong rating) this one has to be near the top. Lots of radio play has been given to most of these songs but they do not lose their appeal. You can still listen to them again and again. This CD puts the 'Brooks and Dunn appeal' into a smaller package. By listening to this you can understand why they are so popular. This CD is real 'new county' and is an outstanding addition to any music collection. Buy this CD and enjoy it, or play it for your friends who will enjoy it.

In Pieces  (W/1 Bonus Tracks)
In Pieces (W/1 Bonus Tracks)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best - But OK, June 27 2002
This CD was not the best recording from Garth. As a matter of fact, it probably rates somewhere near the bottom of his recordings but when talking of country music recordings it rates somewhere in the middle. It does have some highlights, including the bluegrass cover of "Calling Baton Rouge" done in a more country manner. Garth has proven that he will go to bluegrass for a hit, as he did with "Fit For A King". The CD does have songs that will appeal to younger fans as well, such as "The Night I called The Old Man Old" - kind of a 'rock-country' hybrid which every teenager could relate too.
But when viewing the overall project the CD lacks something (not sure what) that most of his other releases contained. It is acceptable and if you like Garth Brooks you will like this CD. If you are wondering what Garth Brooks is all about, or new to the 'modern country' scene, this should not be your first pick as an introduction. So, I rate this project somewhere in the middle of the road. Not bad, but not great. Only a modest three stars.

The Greatest Hits Collection
The Greatest Hits Collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, June 27 2002
Alan Jackson is one of those artists that gets airplay and his songs stick in your mind. However, there only seem to be 2-3-4 songs from each CD that get airplay. Which is why you are never sure if you should buy the album. This is a collection of the songs that received radio airplay and as such is an outstanding example of modern country music, with a traditional flair. The tracks are enjoyable, catchy and they will jog your memory to the time when you first heard them. This is a good CD to play while driving down the road, or cleaning the house. If you enjoy country music you'll enjoy this CD.

Bound & Gagged
Bound & Gagged
by Eric D Nuzum
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Overall View, June 25 2002
This review is from: Bound & Gagged (Paperback)
This is a good reference book for the history of music (and video) censorship or attempted censorship. It shows the ridiculous as well as the warrented (in who's opinion?). While I'm sure that no one wants their child to listen to songs of suicide, sex and drugs when they are ten years old, this book, to me, enforces the fact that it is more a parental responsibility that anything else.
To rely on others to tell you what is bad for your child is nuts. Tipper Gore started the PMRC because of her lack of parental initiative, even though she claims it was because of it. The book details the episode, when she bought an album based on her 11 year old daughter's recommendation and listened to it with her child and two younger siblings without first previewing its contents and then gets mad at the artist and the record company for releasing it. Come on! She should have previewed this album before playing it for her daughter, I would have.
Relying on others to make these determinations is dangerous. For instance some wanted the Captain and Tenille banned because they endorsed vegetarianism and believe in reincarnation. The Beach Boys because they practice yoga. Carlos Santana because if you drop the first N and the last A you have a devil worshipper. The list goes on and are presented in this book as food for thought on following rather than thinking. In the 1960's some thought The Beatles music was part of a Communist plot to jam the nervous systems of young people (I know, sounds too weird).
The FBI has investigated many rock and rollers throughout the 1950-1960-1970s for subversive statements and lyrics. Church groups think music promotes the Devil. Conservatives don't like the liberal message and liberals don't like the conservative message. Jesse Jackson thought Disco music was morality- damaging!
The bottom line is GET A GRIP! Think for yourself and your children, within' the family unit. Did any rational person really think that "Rocky Mountain High" was about drug abuse? This book shows you why people must continue to think and make their own choices.
A classic, that is a good addition to any library for a reader or a music fan I consider this book a must have.

Meltdown: A Race Against Nuclear Disaster at Three Mile Island: A Reporter's Story
Meltdown: A Race Against Nuclear Disaster at Three Mile Island: A Reporter's Story
by Wilborn Hampton
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Sense of What Was Going On At The Time, June 17 2002
Wilborn Hampton was assigned by UPI to cover the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island nuclear plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Mr. Hampton has done a fine job at portraying the confusion of the experts, the contradicting conclusions drawn from the same material in Washington DC and at the plant as well as the high anxiety level that all this created in nearby towns and counties.
I lived near the plant at the time of the accident and was one of the children evacuated because of the impending doom. I remember well the confusion surrounding what was going on. No one seemed to know for sure what was going to happen and some experts came right out and admitted so. Mr. Hampton has portrayed these feelings well and while reading the book you can see why. With behind the scene knowledge and of course hindsight the writer has produced an excellent book on the public events that this area went through. This book is not too technical but touches on how close we actually were to a meltdown, something still at debate in many circles.
This book is good for young teens on up. It should be read by anyone who is interested in history, nuclear power or even how big corporations treat teh surrounding communities and the local and state governments. There is much more that can be read on the subject but this is a very interesting book and good place to start.

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