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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
Minstrel in the Gallery 40th
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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
Ce commentaire est de: 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]
DVD ~ Joe Pantoliano
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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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Ce commentaire est de: 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!

Straight No Chaser (Vinyl)
Straight No Chaser (Vinyl)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thelonious At His Best!!, April 23 2015
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This, in my opinion, is Monk at his best. This double LP is a Jazz masterpiece and worth anyone's investment. This version (2 LP) has the full unedited version of the songs. The single LP has the songs edited down to fit on one LP and was the original way it was released. However after hearing the two LP set you will be shocked that they would have ever cut the tracks down. To be fair this is my favorite Monk LP so I am a little biased but anyone that loves be bop I would think would find this interesting. Monk stands shoulder to shoulder with Davis, Mingus and Coltrane to name just a few. There is a hard to find documentary that shares this albums name and while Monk performs in it he always would make little verbal sounds while playing. Side four you can hear them on the take which is pretty cool. Thelonious was an original and wrote some great Jazz standards and this is his crowning achievement! Nuff said!

Live On The Sunset Strip
Live On The Sunset Strip
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody Does It Like Otis!, April 22 2015
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Ce commentaire est de: Live On The Sunset Strip (Audio CD)
Otis at the top of his game three complete sets taken from two nights of his run at the Whiskey A Go Go this the first time any full sets have been released. The original live album from this set of shows pulled tracks from the complete engagement and then compiled into a one show presentation. This set is the shows how they were. The sound is excellent ! Great liner notes and best of all 4 star performances. This set is for the Otis die hards or people new to the party. Only thing I want to point out is songs do repeat so if you want just a straight typical live set pick up "At The Whiskey A Go Go" or "Live in Europe" they are a lot shoter but are presented as 30 to 40 minute shows (as mentioned tho the Whiskey show is compiled).

Various 1967 Stax/Volt Revue L
Various 1967 Stax/Volt Revue L
DVD ~ Various
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is what Stax was all about !, April 22 2015
Ce commentaire est de: Various 1967 Stax/Volt Revue L (DVD)
This is one of the great gems of the Soul world. The fact that this exists is a miracle in it's self. This TV special of the Stax Volt review from the European tour in '66 is like having the lost arc of soul. This review is what influenced a young Peter Gabriel and Bryan Ferry, who saw the tour in England, to become singers to begin with. It kind of sucks that it is so short, with each artist only doing a few songs but any Otis Redding film is worth it's weight in diamonds. The picture (in black and white) is nice and sharp ( for the time) and the audio is excellent (again for 1966). Of course you don't just get Otis. You get Booker T and the MG's, Sam and Dave plus more to boot. It's a blast seeing a young Steve Crooper, Booker T, Duck Dunn and Al Jackson Jr. powering the Stax funk behind these legendary singers. Any serious music collected needs to add this to their library. I promise you you will watch it more then once. Maybe even on the first night. They just don't make music like Stax made anymore but at least we got this!

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