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Language/30 German [With Book]
Language/30 German [With Book]
by Language 30
Edition: Audio Cassette
Price: CDN$ 27.38
12 used & new from CDN$ 21.96

3.0 out of 5 stars A good course, July 17 2004
This course from Language/30 has been a helpful tool in my study of the German language. This revised, expanded edition was released in 1992. It comes with two audio cassettes and a phrase book. The cassettes total up to 100 minutes. The book--which contains 49 pages--has a transcription of the audio material. As for the German phrases, they are spoken by two native speakers of the language (a man and a woman). The English phrases are handled by a man. English phrases are recited once, while the German equivalents are said twice. The letters of the German alphabet and the sounds of the German language--diphthongs, vowels, and consonants--are spoken only once and are also transcribed in the book. The social customs section, following the German phrases, is not only in the book but also on the cassettes. Even though the audio material is represented in the book, there are things that the book contains that are not heard on the cassettes; there is an essay from Charles Berlitz (a world-famous linguist), a table of contents, an informative introduction, pronunciation hints, phonetic pronunciation, footnotes, grammatical notes, a list of important traffic signs, and a vocabulary index--which is only partial. The spoken phrases cover many things: general expressions, numbers, time, colors, personal needs, communications, transportation, and emergency situations. My favorite aspects of this course are the repetition of the German phrases and the clear pronunciation of the native speakers of German. According to the back of this course's plastic encasing, this program is "Based on the widely acclaimed, accelerated learning method developed for U.S. Government personnel." It also states that this course can be used while driving or exercising, and that it is geared towards beginners, business travelers, vacationers, or as a refresher course. I recommend this German-language course.

Language/30 German [With Book]
Language/30 German [With Book]
by Language 30
Edition: Audio Cassette
Price: CDN$ 27.38
12 used & new from CDN$ 21.96

3.0 out of 5 stars A good course, July 15 2004
This course from Language/30 has been a helpful tool in my study of the German language. This revised, expanded edition was released in 1992. It comes with two cassettes and a phrase book. The audio cassettes total up to 100 minutes. The phrase book--which contains 49 pages--has a transcription of the audio material. As for the German phrases, they are spoken by two native speakers of the language (a man and a woman). The English phrases are handled by a man. English phrases are recited once, while the German equivalents are said twice. The letters of the German alphabet and the sounds of the German language--diphthongs, vowels, and consonants--are spoken only once and are also transcribed in the phrase book. The social customs section, following the German phrases, is not only in the phrase book but also on the cassettes. Even though the audio material is represented in the phrase book, there are things that the phrase book contains that are not heard on the cassettes; there is an essay from Charles Berlitz (a world famous linguist), a table of contents, an informative introduction, pronunciation hints, phonetic pronunciation, footnotes, grammatical notes, a list of important traffic signs, and a vocabulary index--which is only partial. The spoken phrases cover many things: general expressions, numbers, time, colors, personal needs, communications, transportation, and emergency situations. My favorite aspects of this course are the repetition of the German phrases and the clear pronunciation of the native speakers of German. According to the back of this course's plastic encasing, this program is "Based on the widely acclaimed, accelerated learning method developed for U.S. Government personnel." It also states that this course can be used while driving or exercising, and that it is geared towards beginners, business travelers, vacationers, or as a refresher course. I recommend this German-language course.

Another Star In The Sky
Another Star In The Sky
Offered by CAMusicFiendz
Price: CDN$ 22.95
14 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars A good album, July 13 2004
This review is from: Another Star In The Sky (Audio CD)
Another Star in the Sky is David Arkenstone's sixth full-length album. It was released in 1994. There are ten compositions; three of these feature lead vocals from Arkenstone--"Far Far Away," "Voices of the Night," and "Taken by the Wind." The material is in a New Age musical direction. I like all of the tracks. Overall, the musicianship is gratifying and the sound quality is pleasing. My favorite pieces are "Far Far Away," "Voices of the Night," "Another Star in the Sky," and "Taken by the Wind." The serene, ethereal "Far Far Away" presents nice, ambient vocals from Arkenstone. The pretty "Voices of the Night" displays airy, charming singing and appealing fretless bass guitar playing from Arkenstone. "Another Star in the Sky" is an admirable composition that exhibits memorable piano work from Arkenstone. On the catchy "Taken by the Wind," a smooth and enjoyable job is done by Arkenstone with the vocals, the keyboard work, and the fretless bass guitar--there is also a notable, attractive refrain. Arkenstone is a talented composer, arranger, and musician; I like how he incorporates different instruments--orchestral and exotic, for example--into his work. His music has a lushness and earthiness that impresses me. The CD packaging includes an essay written by Arkenstone, the song lyrics, and several illustrations; also, there are some graphics behind the CD tray. The disc is just over 51 minutes. Another Star in the Sky is a recommendable album.

Essential Atlas of Botany
Essential Atlas of Botany
by Parramon Studios
Edition: Paperback
8 used & new from CDN$ 115.31

3.0 out of 5 stars An informative guide, July 11 2004
I find the Essential Atlas of Botany to be an informative guide. With a total of 96 pages, this English-language edition was released in 2004. This guide has helped me to gain a better understanding of plant life. There are ten sections: plant anatomy, plant physiology, reproduction, ecology and evolution, algae, fungi, plants, plants and their environment, wild plants and humans, and plants for production. Within these sections are specifics--examples of these are leaves, photosynthesis, asexual reproduction, plant communities and ecosystems, microscopic algae, the higher fungi, mosses and liverworts, deciduous forests, edible wild plants, and gardens. Accompanying the text are helpful color illustrations and photos. The guide also includes a foreword, a contents section, an introduction, and an alphabetical subject index. I recommend this useful guide.

Mike and the Mechanics
Mike and the Mechanics
Price: CDN$ 9.79
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good album, July 8 2004
This review is from: Mike and the Mechanics (Audio CD)
This self-titled debut album from Mike + the Mechanics was released in 1985. It consists of nine tracks. Overall, I find the songwriting to be gratifying, the musicianship to be solid, and the sound quality to be pleasing. The material is in a pop musical direction. The lead vocals are handled by Paul Young and Paul Carrack. While the keyboards play a predominant role throughout, there is only minimal guitar work. I like all of the songs. Examples of some of the ones that I enjoy are "Silent Running," "All I Need Is a Miracle," "Par Avion," "Hanging by a Thread," "You Are the One," and "Taken In." The album commences with "Silent Running," a composition featuring ambient, engaging keyboard playing and noteworthy, polished, and interesting-sounding guitar soloing; this tune also exhibits a nicely constructed, memorable intro--consisting solely of attractive, airy keyboard work--and a curious, unexpected conclusion. "All I Need Is a Miracle" is a pleasant, upbeat piece with a striking refrain. "Par Avion," a gentle and pretty ballad, displays smooth and charming lead vocals and atmospheric keyboard playing. The energetic "Hanging by a Thread" sports impressive harmony vocals, while the appealing ballad "You Are the One" presents graceful keyboard work and sleek, earnest lead vocals, and the soothing ballad "Taken In," the final track, features encompassing, serene keyboard playing. The CD insert does not include the song lyrics. The disc is just over 40 minutes. This self-titled debut album from Mike + the Mechanics is recommendable.

90125 (Expanded)
90125 (Expanded)
Price: CDN$ 9.86
45 used & new from CDN$ 5.04

4.0 out of 5 stars A great album, July 7 2004
This review is from: 90125 (Expanded) (Audio CD)
I consider Yes' eleventh full-length album--1983's 90125--to be a great piece of work. It is one of my favorite albums in general. Along with the original nine tracks, this 2004 reissue contains an additional six bonus cuts, which are worthy. The remastering job sounds pleasing. Altogether, I find the songwriting to be impressive and the musicianship to be skillful. The material is in a majestic pop rock musical direction. Being one of my favorite singers, Jon Anderson does not disappoint when it comes to his distinctive, smooth, and captivating tenor vocals. I also admire the band's harmony vocals and the keyboard work. Of the original nine compositions, I find them all to be appealing. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" sports a notable intro, commanding vocals from Anderson, a memorable refrain, engaging bass guitar playing from Chris Squire, and a remarkable-sounding guitar solo from Trevor Rabin. "Hold On" has a majestic, pretty chorus. "It Can Happen" presents a charming refrain, vocals from Anderson that are impressive and inspiring, and nice sitar work. "Changes," a song that is well arranged musically and vocally, exhibits an energetic chorus and a duet from Anderson and Rabin. "Cinema" is a dynamic, stately instrumental. "Leave It" is a great showcase for Yes' prowess in the harmony vocals department; the vocal harmonies are regal, lush, and soaring--this lively confection also features noteworthy bass guitar playing from Squire. "Our Song" is an exuberant, spirited tune that displays industrious vocals from Anderson and an attractive keyboard melody at the beginning, while "City of Love" sports Anderson's cool and earnest singing, backing vocals that are propulsive and striking, and a pleasant keyboard melody during the chorus. I think that "Hearts" is a special piece that is nicely arranged musically and vocally; the keyboard work is pretty, Rabin's guitar soloing is tasteful, the refrain is elegant and emotional, and Anderson's vocals are beautiful and touching--especially at song's end with only the accompaniment of the keyboard. In regard to the CD booklet, it includes the song lyrics to the original material, an informative essay of the group, and several black-and-white photos of the band and individual members. There is also a nice black-and-white photo of the group behind the CD tray. The CD is just over 77 minutes--the original nine tracks clock in at almost 45 minutes, while the bonus material comes out to just over 32 minutes. The enthusiasm that emanates from 90125 is infectious. I recommend this impressive album.

Big Generator
Big Generator
Price: CDN$ 10.31
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Impressive album, July 3 2004
This review is from: Big Generator (Audio CD)
Yes' twelfth full-length album, 1987's Big Generator, is a pleasing piece of work. It is made up of eight compositions--I like them all. The material is in a majestical pop rock musical direction. Altogether, the songwriting is skillful, the musicianship is proficient, and the sound quality is gratifying. As for the singing, Jon Anderson--one of my favorite vocalists--does not disappoint; his tenor vocals are unique, smooth, and captivating. The tracks that I consider to be favorites are "Shoot High Aim Low," "Love Will Find a Way," and "Final Eyes." There is much to like about the well-written, epic "Shoot High Aim Low"--it is an atmospheric piece that features a memorable refrain, Anderson and Trevor Rabin trading off lead vocals, and nice keyboard work. The nicely crafted, catchy "Love Will Find a Way," one of my favorite songs in general, presents harmony vocals that are spirited and engaging, a brief passage of harmonica, and a pleasant intro which consists of a string arrangement; it is also interesting and impressive how the intricate vocal work on this tune is arranged. "Final Eyes" is a composition that I find to be special and pretty. It exhibits one of my favorite vocal performances, and a great one at that, from Anderson--his singing is moving and inspired. The album-opening "Rhythm of Love" sports vocal harmonies that are charming, soaring, and layered. "Big Generator" starts off with attention-getting, lush harmony vocals; this cut also features a propulsive chorus and an unforgettable guitar riff from Rabin. The sprightly, uplifting "Almost Like Love" begins with memorable drumming from Alan White and also contains brass instrumentation. "I'm Running" is a curious piece with interesting musical arrangements and enjoyable background vocals, while the album-closing "Holy Lamb (Song for Harmonic Convergence)" contains a beautiful, flutey-sounding keyboard melody near the end. The CD booklet includes the song lyrics. The disc is almost 44 minutes. This album flows well and is concise, and I actually give it 3.5 stars--it is an impressive piece of work.

Secrets
Secrets
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 32.90
4 used & new from CDN$ 11.77

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good material, July 1 2004
This review is from: Secrets (Audio CD)
Secrets is a good album from Human League. It was released in 2001 and consists of 16 tracks; seven of these are instrumentals--most being brief. The album sports satisfying songwriting, tight musicianship, and impressive sound quality. The material is in a synth-pop musical direction. When it comes to the vocals, I find Philip Oakey to be unique and effective. Joanne Catherall and Susan Anne Gayle do well in the backing vocals department; one of the ladies--the CD booklet does not list which one--sings lead on "Never Give Your Heart." Even though I like all of the compositions, my favorite ones are "The Snake" and "122.3 BPM." "The Snake" features smooth, pretty background vocals and a charming keyboard melody, while the vigorous instrumental "122.3 BPM" displays an infectious beat. As for the CD booklet, it includes the song lyrics, a couple of color photos of the band, and four color photos of individual members--one of Gayle, one of Oakey, and two of Catherall. The album cover is interesting. The CD is almost 52 minutes. Secrets is a recommendable album.

Goblin's Club
Goblin's Club
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 25.95
5 used & new from CDN$ 3.70

3.0 out of 5 stars A solid album, June 28 2004
This review is from: Goblin's Club (Audio CD)
Goblins' Club was released by Tangerine Dream in 1996. It consists of eight compositions--all of them being listenable. The album's sound quality and musicianship are impressive. The band is composed of Edgar Froese, Jerome Froese, and Linda Spa. Examples of pieces that I enjoy are "Towards the Evening Star," "At Darwin's Motel," "On Cranes' Passage," and "Elf June and the Midnight Patrol." The energetic "Towards the Evening Star" displays an infectious-sounding keyboard melody. "At Darwin's Motel" exhibits majestic keyboard work from Edgar Froese, while the spirited "On Cranes' Passage" sports an interesting intro and nice guitar playing. "Elf June and the Midnight Patrol," my favorite track of the album, is a well-written, beautiful, and plaintive confection that I find to be unforgettable. The CD insert includes three photos of the group--there is also one on the back of the CD jewel case and another behind the CD tray. I like the album cover artwork. The CD is just over 56 minutes. Goblins' Club is a good piece of work from Tangerine Dream.

Le Parc
Le Parc
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 49.95
2 used & new from CDN$ 44.95

3.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying piece of work, June 25 2004
This review is from: Le Parc (Audio CD)
Clocking in at almost 42 minutes, Tangerine Dream's 1985 release--Le Parc--delivers the goods. Sporting a total of nine tracks, the album's material is based on parks of the world. The band consists of Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, and Johannes Schmoelling. The musicianship and sound quality are solid, and I consider every one of the compositions to be worthy. Female backing vocals, without lyrics, are displayed on "Zen Garden (Ryoanji Temple Kyoto)" and "Yellowstone Park (Rocky Mountains)." Examples of pieces that I enjoy are "Zen Garden (Ryoanji Temple Kyoto)," "Hyde Park (London)," and "Yellowstone Park (Rocky Mountains)." The unique, oriental-flavored "Zen Garden (Ryoanji Temple Kyoto)" emanates an atmosphere of mystery and serenity and also displays an interesting-sounding, electronically generated temple drum throughout. "Hyde Park (London)" is an upbeat, sprightly piece, while the charming, smooth "Yellowstone Park (Rocky Mountains)" presents synthesized panpipes that are pretty. The CD insert to this 2003 reissue includes three color photos and an essay that is based around the time period of the making of the album. A CD slipcase is also provided with the rest of the packaging. Le Parc is a good piece of work from Tangerine Dream.

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