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Hang On Sloopy/You Make Me Feel So Good
Hang On Sloopy/You Make Me Feel So Good
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4.0 out of 5 stars The McCoys - Hang On Sloopy, June 20 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed this CD.... U.S. based band popular in the mid 1960s. Solid and accomplished musicians who attracted good talent to cover mostly pop songs with core members Rick and his brother Randy Derringer. The band members also had an affiliation with other artists including Johnny Winter (although with a different style of music) which shows the diversity of their musical skills.

This is a very impressive selection of music and many of the releases were popular on both sides of the Atlantic.

I was impressed with their accomplishments as were many of their contemporaries. They deserve better recognition for their musical/artistic talents; they however just did not get the same fame as others.

Getting this collection is worth rediscovering the early days of the rock & roll pop genre and takes you beyond the bubble-gum "Hang On Sloopy" cut which is more clever and more sophisticated than suggested by its title.

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classics with Pinache, June 4 2014
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Good music and an absolute listening pleasure... these yesteryear musicians need to be revisited today... he was one of the foremost influential jazz musicians and composers through the 50's into the 60's. He dies in 2012 and contributed on a variety of records with artists with diverse musical talents and on an equally diverse arrangement/compositions.

Very Best Of (Rm)
Very Best Of (Rm)
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5.0 out of 5 stars And It Is The Very Best, June 4 2014
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Brilliant compositions from extremely talented musicians...timeless classics... very cool!

This a good sampling of their work and if you are not familiar with Booker T. & The MGs... this is about as good a starting point as you can get for an introduction.

Hell to Eternity
Hell to Eternity
DVD ~ Jeffrey Hunter
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4.0 out of 5 stars War with a Message- Socially Significant, May 31 2014
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This review is from: Hell to Eternity (DVD)
For the time it was made it has significant underlying social messages about culture and country; the question and in a way the political dilemma during war time is what makes a good citizen and constitutes devoted patriots/nationalists member of a society (the same applies to Canada and the United Kingdom even though this movie references the USA) - it was shocking how first generation immigrants and even second and third generation immigrants were treated during world war 11. It is a lesson we still need to learn- history is still repeating itself. We are still recovering for past infractions nearly 80 years on.

Back to the movie- It is a highly compelling story with good acting and the brutal truth about war. It is a war movie, but with a strong social-psychological underpinning to it.

Lovely:25th Anniversary Edition
Lovely:25th Anniversary Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Period 80's Musical Genius, May 31 2014
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This band should be top of the charts and is legendary for the time. They had the talent to be relevant and successful today- too bad the original membership are not still kicking around. However; do not miss out on the opportunity to get this CD... there is a lot of redundancy but various versions stylistically of each cut seems to work. The Primitives are reformed and carrying on, but the 80's music is special.

Mad Dogs & Englishmen
Mad Dogs & Englishmen
DVD ~ Joe Cocker
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mad but Quirky Too!, April 15 2014
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Yes it was raw and rough but still a darn good classic... it must have been a nightmare to arrange on short notice and hardly enough time to rehearse... but that was typically then (the 70's) - so it is not well polished- who cares, it is history. Yes, there were flaws and hardly surprising by the disposition of those rockers.

The artists, their styles and moments of just plain perfection - the right song with the right tapestry of vocals... I get it, critics’ maybe not- they look for something else, I guess. All said though I doubt it will appeal to anyone outside that decade. You gotta be old to appreciate it... that's me, and it is a blast to hear it all over again..

Rock on!

The Butler Family
The Butler Family
by Albert Wilmot Rook
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, One Version..., April 14 2014
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It was interesting to read, an interesting account- only of value to certain Butler families though... I think there are five different main streams socially attached... not necessarily DNA genetically attached...

LEGO Bricks & More Grey Building Plate (48 x 48 studs)
LEGO Bricks & More Grey Building Plate (48 x 48 studs)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Building with Confidence, April 14 2014
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I got this for my grandson who loves Lego to bits! Many Lego packages are great but they have tiny parts and often difficult to hold steady while building or even playing with. This platform is the perfect answer. It is expensive but critical to builders- guess that is why it is so expensive for what it is.. take note Lego; it should be cheaper to buy, and that way be more accessible for boys and girls - it is integral to good play time.

Ford Galaxie & LTD 1960-1976 -Gold Portfolio
Ford Galaxie & LTD 1960-1976 -Gold Portfolio
by R.M. Clarke
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal- mobile!, April 14 2014
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It was an interesting collection of period reviews of the Galaxy & LTD... I learnt a lot, but the book could use more colour- it was a bit drab and hardly consistent with the cars lustre of bright work and colours.. the black and white pictures were just not that clear/crisp- almost a newspaper feel without true definition. So I was disappointed in the book... and I felt that there cold have been more of a story line... just to give the cars more life and a sense of their contribution to North American culture and automotive history.. it was not that bad, but not that good either- a $10.00 book based on my own appraisal of value for money criteria..

Awake
Awake
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awake- yep, I am!, April 14 2014
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This review is from: Awake (Audio CD)
His confidence as a person comes through in the song choices and style of singing... it is hard to ignore this big talent... it is different yet the same as his peers - somehow though he makes every note ad lyrical emphasis richer and better... a music powerhouse- he is undeniably great. Near perfect- he is as near as you can be, the Complete Vocal Technician.

This is my favorite album... but in reality it is all a matter of taste.

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