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Life of a Song
Life of a Song
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, May 3 2016
This review is from: Life of a Song (Audio CD)
I loved it and I loved Joey and I love Rory...

Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1957: Rhythm & Rock
Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1957: Rhythm & Rock
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some nice rare songs mixed in with the usual and common classics., April 26 2016
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This is,sonically speaking,a wonderful release.The tunes have been remastered very well and sound better than ever.There are a lot of great tunes on this CD."The Fool" and "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and...." were two of the reasons I bought this in the first place.Both of Charlie Grace's hits are here;"Fabulous" being the one that ruined his career with a law suit by Presley for plagiarism.His other "Butterfly" was a hit not only for him but Andy Williams as well.I am however disappointed that songs from Berry,Holly,Little Richard and Sam Cooke are included.These are quite common material to be had from numerous sources.Also common are "Silhouettes","Ain't Got No Home" and "Little Bitty Pretty One".I am also baffled as to why four songs from 1956 and one from 1955(!)are included? The best here are such tunes as the original and rare versions of "Lucky Lips"(later done by Cliff Richards),"Chain Gang"(later done by Sam Cooke) and "Sittin' in the Balcony"(later done by Eddie Cochran).Each song has a story behind it and there is a nice booklet included to fill in those facts.

Portrait Of A Legend: 1951-1964
Portrait Of A Legend: 1951-1964
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST single CD release yet., April 23 2016
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I have been looking for years for a release on CD that would do Mr.Cooke's legacy proud...and this is it.This one has all of Sam's major releases and his minor ones.His A Change is Gonna Come,is one of my faves and one that is usually left out of compilations.The sound is great and full.Also included is a hidden 31st track! It is about a half a minute talk with Sam by an announcer unknown(there is no explanatory note in the booklet)who asks Sam to hum some soul.
In conclusion, here you have the best general release on CD of Sam Cooke that you will ever find.I always listen for Lou Rawls backing vocals and with the great sound he is definitely in the house on the appropriate tracks.For the depth of music here and the good price,this is THE one to get.

Hits from Outer Space
Hits from Outer Space
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart...depending where your heart is!, April 23 2016
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This 12 track,48 minute CD is a lackluster release for the good doctor.I have always loved every one of his eclectic releases but this one marks,for me,my first Demento disappointment.Exactly half the song list is taken up with tunes that are above the three minute level,four,five and one almost 12 minutes long! We have songs from Leonard Nimoy,good ol' Weird Al and Billy Mumy.The CD's song quality range from very good to poor.Leslie Fish's tunes(there are two) could have been left out altogether.It is too bad that some of William Shatner's songs couldn't have been obtained for inclusion.
In conclusion this release is a real let down.Very short on time and short on the number of quality songs included.Save your hard earned money and beam this CD to the Klingon home world....better them than us!

His New Swingin Band / Today / Plays Neil Hefti
His New Swingin Band / Today / Plays Neil Hefti
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2.0 out of 5 stars Harrys brilliance is handicapped by the remastering., April 7 2016
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This release by Avid Jazz from England is a mixed bag,sound wise.These of course are taken from records,reprocessed,mastered and this is what we get.An all too common practice these days to get around proprietary International laws.Some are good ,others are terrible.This set falls somewhere in between.
Comparing them against the Verve releases which own the original MGM sessions,these fall short.The old reverb trick is used on many if not most of the music here to "enhance" it and it is too overdone for my liking.Along with the strong reverb is the remixing of the records so that many instruments in the originals that you hardly noticed,now are front and centre.The first rule in this kind of situation is to do as little as possible.Clean them up with your choice of noise remover,sure, but let the recordings "speak" for themselves.The crew that did this needed a muzzle.This set in a word?......poor.

Unreleased: Songs From The Vault Collection Vol. 02
Unreleased: Songs From The Vault Collection Vol. 02
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2.0 out of 5 stars I will have to ask the boss for a LOT more gold!, April 6 2016
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Here we go again,another consumer rip off.Tom,where are you when we need you? I just never thought it would come from the very family that he came from.There are around 200 songs to be released in this particular series and this set gives us just 17 more to listen to.The songs this time around are far and away more livelier than the first one.I can actually stay awake.In this one you will get to hear some good ol' American music mixed with some alternate takes of his own material,among others rare ones.Good stuff which on its own stands at a five star.
However this CD clocks in around 37 minutes give or take.We have room for more than twice that amount of music.You see where I am heading,right? As with the newly released "Old Time Favourites",Universal and the Connors clan intend to string this series out as far as they can to squeeze every ounce of gold out of Tom's loyal fans.Sure,they are entitled to earn a good buck off of this stuff,but when they stretch it out to this extent,it becomes too obvious we are all getting taken to the cleaners.As a loyal fan whose been one since the early 70s,who has bought about every record and CD he ever put out(and met that very humble man),this is far too much to take.Both this series and the other mentioned above should be black listed by every Tom fan in the country.I can't see Tom ever buying in to this kind of tactic and I for one will not let this one just fly by without saying something.Tom meant too much to too many folks in this great land, to let it stand.

Stompin' Tom Sings Old Time Favourites Volume 1
Stompin' Tom Sings Old Time Favourites Volume 1
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2.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for the music,two for the greed behind it all!, April 6 2016
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The rip off continues....unfortunately.Between the Connnors estate and Universal music,both seem to be out to make what they can on Tom's memory before it all comes crashing down.
Yes,it is GREAT to see a release of those two rare 60 song albums,no doubt about it.I have the original two albums and from what the liner notes say the sound has been remastered/improved for this release.From what I can discern,some but not a whole lot.I am glad also that these albums are seeing the light of day because they kind of dispel the myth among some fans that Tom sang just his own material and/or nothing but Canadian tunes.The man had to start somewhere and early on he played dive after dive and smokey beer joints from one end of this country to the other.So he HAD to have a handle on a good repertoire in order to please those tough audiences;whether it was Canadian or American songs.
What I especially have a problem with is when it is so blatantly obvious that my pockets are getting picked,slowly but surely.This CD is just over 30 minutes in length,with 15 songs.With 60 songs on the first original set/records that's four CD's in all to be released.And then there is ANOTHER four CDs for the second set to come.Why not two,two-CD sets? In fact knowing the song lengths they may be able to squeeze each set onto just three CDs.That can be debated,but what cannot is the amount of money they will extract from we fans for the "honour" of hearing this material when all is said and done. This is not the only release they are hosing us with.The other series called "Unreleased Songs from the Vault" is also milking us slowly but surely, as they snail pace their way along with CDs around the same length as this one and around 200 songs to come in total !
In conclusion, all Stompin Tom fans will feel good about these rare tunes finally seeing their first CD release ever.But when all is said and done it will be bitter sweet when they add up exactly all they have paid for them in the process.Buy if you must.

Stingray: Complete Series 50th Anniversary
Stingray: Complete Series 50th Anniversary
DVD ~ Don Mason
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anything can happen in the next half hour!, April 6 2016
The 1964 TV show in supermarionation returns in this five single sided DVD set.The picture quality is wonderful.The series however,for me,doesn't hold up as well as its predecessor Fireball XL5, and definitely not the show to follow,The Thunderbirds;the Anderson's penultimate triumph.To me it seems this show should have followed Fireball,instead of the other way around.
The voice acting is excellent with the undersea King Titan sounding a little like Sir Laurence Olivier and his agent above the sea X20 sounding and looking like Peter Lorre.As usual musical director Barry Gray knocks it out of the park.This is the only Anderson series though I had a beef about,musically.The ending tune/vid is out of sync with the show itself.In the show its star Troy Tempest has a girl friend Atlanta.Marina is a mute from under the sea who comes to live and work with Tempest and the gang.Their relationship is purely business/platonic.However the ending makes it seem like Troy secretly longs for Marina, when there was no such dynamic in the show at all.Although a good song, it is strangely out of place and puzzled me back in its debut in /64 and still does today.
All in all though,to me,not as good as Fireball XL5 or Thunderbirds to come,it still shows a lot of merit and you can see the craftsmanship of the crew getting stronger and stronger as the show progresses.And if you are a compleatist, then you must have this series for your collection.

Real Perez Prado
Real Perez Prado
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Prado Mambo fest!, March 5 2016
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Perez Prado,an emigre' from Cuba to Mexico,literally created the Mambo craze in Mexico,which subsequently moved slowly north into the U.S. and the rest of world.There are 53 tracks here Perez recorded for RCA either in Mexico or later in the States.In fact we have his original recording of Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White he recorded in /51.In August of /54 he went into the recording studios in the U.S. and re-recorded a new version which became an instant million seller world wide.
I have the /95 release Mondo Mambo-the best of which has at least six tracks that this one doesn't.Of course this 3 CD set has the majority of tracks and because of the mix and variety I decided to get this one also.I wasn't disappointed.Perez was a dynamic performer and he and his musicians pushed high energy all the way.It payed off and Perez became a sensation for many years doing tours around the world and appeared on TV and in films.Settling in Mexico he continued to record and did live appearances almost to his death in the late 80s.
For the low price for three CDs,you cannot beat the value here.With great sound,this set spans his career in Mexico pre-/54 and after.If you want non stop toe tapping music in the latin vein done by a master with a style all his own,this Perez Prado music-fest is all you need.

Fulfillingness' First Finale
Fulfillingness' First Finale
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worshipping in the Church of Wonder-ment!, March 3 2016
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This is one of Stevie Wonders best albums...ever.He really came into his own at this time and was at his creative heights when he recorded these tracks, and they remain timeless.Each song leads into the other seamlessly and each is a piece of a larger puzzle.He starts with Smile Please,to get you in the mood.By the time it ends he implores his listeners Please Don't Go.And we don't want to,but all good things,and all that.Mixed in with this is Stevie's personal thoughts about God and his/our place in the Universe.He doesn't hit you between the eyes with his message,it is more of getting it through subtle absorption.Put all together the tracks simply spell superb.I bought the LP back in /74 and listened to it endlessly.Now on CD I have it once more to enjoy.It sounds great and is still fresh as a daisy.This is one of those albums that everyone MUST own,just like Elton John's Yellow Brick Road, which is much the same as in every song is part of a bigger picture.Get this one,you won't regret it.

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