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The Best Of The Grateful Dead (2 CD)
The Best Of The Grateful Dead (2 CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Excellent Compilation Is A Good Place To Start!!, June 4 2015
You either get the Grateful Dead or you don't there are not many casual Dead fans. I love the Dead but as most of us Dead fans know is the best Dead is Live Dead! It's not that their studio output is bad it's just that with exception of a few record (literally 3 albums) the Dead never really caught their live sound in the studio. That being said this is still a excellent collection actually this is the best Dead compilation to date. Excellent selection of songs and stellar sound. I have all of the Dead's studio albums but still picked this up after hearing it played in a local record store. It's hard, when listening to this, to believe the Dead only really had two radio hits in their entire "Strange Trip". The song writing here is excellent and the playing is awesome. The Dead were never short on talent. Normally I would steer people to a single CD compilation when checking out a group like the Dead for the first time but this collection does such a great job and sells for such a low price I would say start here. If you don't like this you just don't get the Grateful Dead (I don't mean that as a put down. When I say "don't get" I mean it does not register with you not that you don't understand it. We like what we like). Normally I would list bands that sound familure at this point in a review but there are not really any bands that sound like the Grateful Dead but if you like early Dylan electric albums or The Band (well a couple of their records) you might get turned on by the Dead. Either way, as i said, outside of buying a great live CD from them this would be the place to start.

Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two
Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Yessongs But Still An Amazing Set!!, May 29 2015
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Ah Yes in '72! I was very excited to hear this was coming out being a huge Yes fan from my early high school days on. Well, so how does it live up to expectations? so so. The sound on the CD's is good but not to the standards of other live archive releases of the era. For example the Grateful Dead's current released output from the same year is diffentely much better sounding. Mind you so is last years release of The Allman Brother's Fillmore run. By no means do these sound like bootlegs. They sound good but in my case not as good as I hoped.
As for performance, this is Yes at their peak as a live band. The songs are fresh and full of energy most being played on their first Tour. Anderson sounds great but things are a little weaker in the backing vocals department. Squire's bass is not as crisp as usual on some shows but the liner notes take you through that. Over all keyboards and guitar sound good, drum's are hit and miss depending on the show (talking recording not Alan White's performance).
I know this review makes this set sound less then stellar but that is not the case. This is the Holy Grail (as the liner notes point out) for Yes fans. If you have all the albums this is as close as you can get to a must have. If you are not sure pick up Yessongs or the two CD version of this set. As for buying the 14 CD set? If you love Prog. I am sure you will be happy!

Free Your Mind And Your Ass Wi
Free Your Mind And Your Ass Wi
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funking Awsome !!, May 28 2015
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This is Funkadelic's second record and it's a good one. Only around 30 minutes in length (42 minutes including bonus tracks) it's still a great album. The engineering on the record could be better. There is quit a bit of distortion on some of the tracks. Unfortunately this is not due to poor mastering but on the actual master tapes. But as anyone knows who listens to music from the early 70's a certain amount of distortion can be expected but this has more then the norm. This is not Dark Side Of The Moon but it's almost as trippy. If you are familure with George Clinton's work this is the logical step between the debute record called "Funkadelic" and the third record "Maggot Brain". This is one band who's name really describes their sound. This album is a perfect hybrid of Psychedelic Rock and Funky Soul. It's like "Sly And The Family Stone" on acid (yea I know Sly And The Family Stone were on acid but...) and anyone that wants to seriously check out classic rock needs to hear this record. So far out of the dozen Funkadelic records I have heard I would rank this as their second strongest behind "Maggot Brain". Just a warning this is early "Funkadelic" which is very different then records they made in the late 70's onward.

Trout Mask Replica (Vinyl)
Trout Mask Replica (Vinyl)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not For Everybody, May 12 2015
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First off the mastering on this vinyl is excellent and worth the hefty price tag but that being said do some research before buying this record. Captain Beefheart is not for everyone. Even if you are a huge fan of Frank Zappa's (Who produced the record) early work you still might not be a fan of this record. This record is whimsical, unpolished and at time juvenile however, in my opinion, is still a solid record. The only reason I am only giving it three stars is because it really isn't for everybody. I am sure by now someone has uploaded it to YouTube so you might want to listen to it there first. Rolling Stone magazine has this listed as one of the top 500 rock records of all time and I feel it deserves to be there. You will never hear another record like this! Even Beefhearts other work is not like this album. Similar but not the same. If I was going to sum up what this record sounds like to me it's The Velvet Underground meets Frank Zappa meets Tom Waits. After listening to it I have to marvel at how it ever got made in the first place. No record label now a days would even give this artist a chance but then again unless you are a Pop Tart they don't give anyone a chance!

Blue Train (Blu-ray Audio)
Blue Train (Blu-ray Audio)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coltrane Masterpiece Has Never Sounded Better (Blu Ray Pure Audio), May 12 2015
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This was the first Coltrane record I ever owned and to this day it's my favorite. I have had it on LP, CD, SACD, HDAD and now Blu Ray Pure Audio and have to admit the Blu Ray Pure Audio is the best sounding yet. I did not think they could top 192/24 HDAD since the sound on that blew me away but the DTS HD 192/24 track on the Blu ray is superior. Anyone who is a Jazz fan and have spent anytime with this record knows how great the record is but I promise you have never have heard it as clear and full sounding as this.
Please let there be some more Jazz classics in this format because they were made for each other!

Minstrel in the Gallery (40th Anniversary Edition)
Minstrel in the Gallery (40th Anniversary Edition)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Minstrel's 2CD/2DVD Book Set, May 12 2015
Jethro Tull back in true form. This album is stronger then War Child but it's also is a lot more laid back compared to their other releases up to this point. The remastering and remixing on this release is amazing. Steven Wilson has done another wonderful job (on the studio album) and again the 5.1 mix is excellent. The accompanying live CD/ Audio Only DVD has a great 5.1 mix as well however this was done by Jakko Jakszyk who is the same gentleman that did the 5.1 mix for the latest ELP 5.1. He too has given us a beautiful mix. Both DVD's come in CD form as well but obviously they are just Stereo.
As with the last few releases this to comes in a book form case with tons of liner notes.
As I mentioned in an other Jethro Tull release I am realatvly new to Jethro Tull. In the past I only owned Thick As A Brick, Aqualung and a best off. These reissues are a real eye opener to what I was missing. So far the first eight albums have been reissued of which six have 5.1 mixes. I have to say I have really enjoyed all of them. It will be interested to see where it goes from here since this is kind of the end of their classic period. Hopefully they will continue as I can not wait for the next release!

Trilogy
Trilogy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jakko Jakszyk gives us a stellar ELP 5.1 mix!, May 5 2015
This review is from: Trilogy (Audio CD)
This is defiantly one of ELP's strongest records and a real audio treat for anyone into progressive rock. Unlike the last three ELP 5.1's this was not mixed by Steven Wilson instead this album was mixed by Jakko Jakszyk who seems to be another go to guy for 5.1 mixes. He has done an excellent job with this release. This album is not as busy as other ELP records like Tarkus but more acoustic and open sounding. Don't get me wrong this is still very much a classic ELP record just a little on the mellow side. As I mentioned this is an excellent mix. Very good use of all the speakers and some very creative panning to boot. The audio is crystal clear and not overly compressed. If you have picked up any of ELP's 5.1 this one is just as good. Why they skipped over this album when putting out these reissues I don't know but I am glad they went back and finally put it out. It was worth the wait after months of release date changes. My only complant is there could have been more bass in the mix but saying that in no way do find it a major issue. My only hope is they will put out Works and Works volume two very soon. If they stick to thier original press release they are only doing the first six albums so four down two to go!

The Prestige 10-inch LP Vinyl Collection, Vol.1 (5 10" Vinyl LP)'
The Prestige 10-inch LP Vinyl Collection, Vol.1 (5 10" Vinyl LP)'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Miles And It Sounds Great!, May 5 2015
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Miles Davis was a musical God and left us a body of work few have matched in their lifetimes. This collection is the first of two vinyl box sets that give us all of his ten inch record releases while on Prestige. These volumes come in fabric covered slip case boxes. Each 10 inch comes in an individual record sleeve that also include a paper inner sleeve so the package does not cheap out. this was originally a Record Store Day Release from last November. The second volume was part of last month's Record Store Day but is also getting a full release at the end of the month.
The vinyl is beautifully pressed and very clean sounding. These releases are from pre Columbia days so you are not getting releases like Kind Of Blue but if you like early Miles this is a great set. If you are new pick up "Kind Of Blue" or "Sketches Of Spain" or if you like hid fusion period grab Dark Magus. But with Miles you are safe with almost any release!

Eddie And The Cruisers / Eddie And The Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! [Blu-ray]
Eddie And The Cruisers / Eddie And The Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! [Blu-ray]
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Film Rocks, Second Film is Horrible, May 5 2015
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The original "Eddie And The Cruisers" was a high school favorite for my friends and I the fear I had was would it still hold up? Well it did and it didn't. There are a couple of painful scenes due to the script and sometimes the acting is a little over the top but I have to admit I still feel the film holds up.
The story is basically people trying to put together what happened to Eddie. Did he die or did he fake his death and where are the missing master tapes of his last record (this is not a spoiler. All of this is talked about in the first ten minutes of the film). The story is a play on a couple of real life musicians that being Jim Morrison and Bruce Springsteen. Morrison due to his death and his fascination with poet Arthur Rambo and Springsteen for the music and the New Jursey tie in. Over all I still find the movie a lot of fun.
As for "Eddie And The Cruisers 2" it's pretty bad. I saw it when it came out in the theatre and hated it then. I tried watching it now but could not finish it.
But the original film is worth the price. Just an FYI the soundtrack is only stereo and there are no bonus features. But if you like lite hearted summer movies this one is good and you will be singing "On The Dark Side" for days!

Palladium Circles
Palladium Circles
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3.0 out of 5 stars Smoking' Show, So So Sounding CD., May 4 2015
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This review is from: Palladium Circles (Audio CD)
As usual the Band is on fire during this show from their last tour with the original line up. Downside is the audio is not great. The audio changes a lot from song to song like someone was adjusting the sound throughout the concert. By the fifth track they seem to finally have it down but still make the odd adjustments thru the rest of the CD. If you want a CD with higher sound quality from this tour then pick up "Arter Barron Amphitheater Washington Dc from July 17th 1976" it's the same tour. If you are new to the Band and want to check out this powerhouse live pick up "Rock Of Ages" which has the great Alan Toussaint horn arrangments on it or better yet the Box set (or book set) "Live at the Academy of Music 1971 Deluxe Edition" which contains most of the shows that Rock Of ages came from.
If you are a band die hard pick this up. The sound is not horrible and the band, as mentioned" really are on fire!

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