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Snakes And Arrows (Ltd Ed) (DVD Audio)
Snakes And Arrows (Ltd Ed) (DVD Audio)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As strong as ever, May 1 2008
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This is a fantastic release from Rush. They are totally energized and on the mark through this entire album. If you remember the Rush of 25 years ago, there are hints of that music in this release, but only hints. This is music for today. This is the evolution of that Rush from 25 years ago. Lyrically, these songs are about today. The things that trouble the world, the things that trouble are hearts and minds. There are not flights of fancy here, just solid rock and words to provoke you. This is a great record whether you've never bought a Rush album before but really love good hard rock, this is a great record if you were a fan 25 years ago but then lost touch with the band and haven't listened to them for a while, and this is an outstanding record if you have been with them for the past 30 years and just keep loving them more and more.

All the cool extras, such as the 5.1 mix and the 45 minute documentary make this DVD package worth the price!

Caress of Steel
Caress of Steel
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great progression into Progressive Rock, May 1 2008
This review is from: Caress of Steel (Audio CD)
This is an important album in Rush's career. It is a transitional album for them. Musically they introduce the sound of bands like Genesis, King Crimson, and Black Sabbath. Lyrically they reflect bands like Genesis and Yes, and certainly Geddy's vocals suggest Jon Anderson at times. The remastered CD sounds much better than the original CD release. For "Bastille Day", the definition on the remaster is outstanding. You
can pick out all the overdubbed layers of guitars.

Overall, their playing is busier and more complex than on the last album. They are definitely more accomplished. The arrangement of "Bastille Day" is much more complex than anything they accomplished on 'Fly By Night'. There is something about Lifeson's guitar sound that is unique to this album. I don't think he uses this sound again. Geddy's singing is markedly improved from the past two albums.

"I Think I'm Going Bald" has both some of Rush's most hilarious and most poignant lyrics. "Lakeside Park" is very poppy. It is a summer-time-feel-good song. "The Necromancer" feels a little out of place beside "Lakeside Park". I love the mix of the parts in this song: creepy, atmospheric, hard rock, and heavy metal.

This album also contains their first major opus "The Fountain of Lamneth". It is a compositon in several movements as follows: "In the Valley sounds like something off of 'Trespass', 'Selling England by the Pound', or 'Foxtrot' by Genesis. Even the main "Fountain" riff/theme sounds like "Watcher of the Skies" from 'Foxtrot'. "Didacts and Narpets" is a drum solo that represents the volatility of youth. "No One at the Bridge" comes next. Again, this piece has the feel of early Genesis, but still the sound is their own. This piece really captures the sound and feeling of the sea to me. This is my favourite part of "Fountain", both lyrically and musically. "Panacea" is really pretty. I've often wondered if Neil named the girl Panacea after a character from Asterix:

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"Panacea" is suggestive of "Rivendell" in its Medieval feel, but with plenty of guitar overdubs! This song is more complex than it seems at first. This is definitely their first
real ballad--I would not call "Rivendell" a ballad. "Bacchus Plateau" has a great happy feel to it. It would not be out of place on 'A Farewell to Kings'. "The Fountain" brings back the theme/riff, but it is now heavier and darker. You can really hear how they were working out ideas on this album that would become definitive parts of their sound in the years to come.

Calling All Stations (CD + DVD)
Calling All Stations (CD + DVD)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The remaster is great, but it's the extras that make it worthwhile!, May 1 2008
It's about time that Genesis revisited this fantastic album and addressed some of the issues with the production. I always felt that the original felt boxed in by a wall of sound. Nick Davis has adjusted the mix to push back that wall a bit to give room for the subtleties of the instruments and voice.

Eleven years on, these songs still sound great! Calling All Stations is an album of sleepers. There are no tracks that have immediate hooks; all of them have to grow on you with repeated plays. That means that, unlike all of the pop albums that Genesis made through the 80's and early 90's, there are no annoying Phil Collins era type pop songs on here. This album is a return to the old way of doing things, but with a sound that was right for 1997. With Calling All Stations, Genesis asks you to invest time in this music.

The new singer, Ray Wilson, and drummer, Nir Z, breathe new life into the band's sound, giving them a harder edge and a darkness that we haven't heard since The Lamb. Wilson's voice is startlingly like Peter Gabriel's, but with more breadth and depth and resonance.

The real treasure on this reissue is the DVD of extras. First, and foremost, a spectacular 5.1 surround mix of the album. Top that off with two interview tracks, one recorded in 1997 and the other in 2007. Both these tracks give great insight into the creation of this album and into the feelings of the band 10 years on.

There are three live videos from shows in Germany and Poland that showcase three of the album's stand out tracks, "Calling All Stations", "There Must Be Some Other Way", and "The Dividing Line". Your jaw will drop watching Nir Z go through his contortions to play to spectacular drum part to "The Dividing Line". Wilson really shows his power too, particularly on the latter two tracks.

After listening to this album and watching the extras, you will definitely wish that they had gone back into the studio again and written a follow up. You just know that these four guys, Tony, Mike, Ray, and Nir, could have done an even more amazing album given the chance.

Although Chapters do not carry them, Ray Wilson has some fantastic post-Calling All Stations releases, Including 'Ray Wilson Live', 'Change', and 'The Next Best Thing'. Ray also records with the band Stiltskin. Their album 'SHE' is also quite good.

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Nim's Island Movie Reader
Nim's Island Movie Reader
by Danielle Denega
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 4.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute early reader, May 1 2008
If your early reader enjoyed the great new film 'Nim's Island', this little reader may inspire them to try their hand at reading for themselves about the various little animal friends that Nim plays with on her island. This contains lots of cute animal pictures.

Nim's Island Movie Storybook
Nim's Island Movie Storybook
by Silje Swendsen
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice tie-in for the younger movie fan, May 1 2008
This movie tie-in is aimed at a younger audience than the novel on which the wonderful film 'Nim's Island' is based. The pictures are well chosen, but the story does avoid some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie. My daughter certainly enjoyed having this book read to her the day after we saw the movie because it brought it all back to her. We also really loved reading Wendy Orr's original novel!

2112
2112
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intense and Angry ... the drive to comeback after a disasterous tour, May 1 2008
This review is from: 2112 (Audio CD)
'2112' is the introduction of the "starman" symbol/logo. It represents the creative man against the red star of oppression and homogeneity. The star looks vaguely like a pentagram, probably to be suggestive of evil rather than to actually be a symbol of evil. If I remember correctly, the pentagram is a symbol of protection AGAINST evil rather than being a symbol of evil, but then I have never been able to keep up with all those superstitions.

I gotta say that the opening synth sound is a real attention grabber. Most other bands at the time were using synths in a much softer way. The guitar layering of the "Overture" is fantastic. The whole opening is beautifully constructed. Alex's solo just burns with a sound that we have not heard on any record after this one. The riffs overall are so much stronger than what they came up with for "The Fountain of Lamneth" on the previous album. Geddy absolutely screams the vocals. This is something that he really had not done before. He is also pushing his voice up pretty high--although not as high as he gets for the 'Hemispheres' album. I wonder if they meant to write in a key that is so hard for Geddy to sing in. Alex really shows off his facility on both electric and acoustic guitars.

The whole suicide thing in "Soliloquy" has always bothered me. It seems to contradict everything that Rush are about. The protagonist gives up his dreams in the hope of finding fulfillment in the afterlife. This is completely the opposite message to the "Life is the journey" message from "The Fountain of Lamneth". Going into the drug-condoning "A Passage to Bangkok" right after the pro-suicide message of "2112" mkaes me wonder where their heads were at.

On the up side, the riff to "Passage" is really good and the playing really rocks. I love the mood changes of "Twilight zone", and Geddy keeps his voice in a listenable range. Geddy plays a pretty funky bass line in "Lessons". He's got the same Rick James thing going that he does for "Cinderella Man" on their 'A Farewell to Kings' album. "Lessons" is the "Lakeside Park" of '2112'. Happy poppy rocky. "Tears" really gives the album some depth, lyrically and musically. It is not so heady and nerdy as a lot of the other lyrics; it is a lyric from the heart. It follows in the tradition of "Rivendell" and "Panacea".

With "Something for Nothing" we are returned to the Rush of "Anthem" and "Bastille Day". This is a the song that contains the Rush manifesto; it contains the lyrical theme that they would return to again and again, even on their most recent album, 'Snakes & Arrows'.

Overall I like this album; it has some great moments; but, i think that it is in many ways weaker than 'Caress of Steel' from a musical, lyrical, and philosophical perspective.

Snakes & Arrows: Live
Snakes & Arrows: Live
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4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful performances, May 1 2008
This review is from: Snakes & Arrows: Live (Audio CD)
Overall, I would call this a nice souvenir of the 'Snakes & Arrows' tour. It is not, by far, their best sounding live album (that distinction belongs to 'Different Stages'); however, the performances are for the most part good to excellent with newer material sounding better and more intense than older material.

All the S&A songs sound great, except for "The Main Monkey Business" which is a bit flat, almost like they couldn't hear each other properly. The highlights are "Spindrift" and "The Way the Wind Blows", both sounding absolutely fantastic. The way they arrange and mix "Spindrift", you'd swear it came from 'Permanent Waves', not S&A.

Of the older tracks, "Digital Man" gets a nice update and a groove that they did not manage to capture in the studio version back in '82. "Mission" always sounds good, and was a definite tour highlight! The aggression they bring to "Distant Early Warning" makes it much darker, and they finally manage to rid the song of the "clattery" feel of earlier live recordings. "Witch Hunt" fits right in with the S&A material. They give the old song a face lift by giving it the S&A edge.

I really have only two complaints about the album. First, because it was recorded at the end of a long tour, Geddy's voice is not in the prime form that it was in when I saw them in Quebec City more than a month before this recording was made. It's a pity they didn't make this recording much earlier in the tour.

Secondly, in order to squeeze 27 songs onto two discs, they cut out ALL the space between songs. There is no banter with the audience, no song intros, no breaks between the songs.

The Dark Side of the Moon-Sacd
The Dark Side of the Moon-Sacd
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest rock album of all time, May 1 2008
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I'm not one prone to hyperbole, so you gotta believe me when I say that this is the greatest rock album of all time. Everything just lined up perfectly when the band went into the studio to record this masterpiece. I have played this over and over again since I first got it in 1979. Back then it was vinyl. I bought it again when it came out on CD, but the initial CD release was disappointing, so I frequently went back to the vinyl. No longer!! This SACD version is superb! There is a standard stereo track that plays on any CD player, plus there is an all new 5.1 surround mix that will blow your mind! The 5.1 mix must be played in a DVD player connected to a 5.1 or better surround sound system. Each of these new mixes brings something new to the table that enables even long time listeners of this masterpiece to find something new.

The Golden Compass (2-Disc Widescreen Edition)
The Golden Compass (2-Disc Widescreen Edition)
DVD ~ DVD
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding!, May 1 2008
This is my favourite fantasy movie from 2007--I liked it even better than Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The casting, direction, writing, and art direction are superb. The story is compelling and deep. Although this title is aimed at the teen set, the quality of this film transcends generations. I was particularly impressed by Dakota Blue Richards who is the perfect Lyra.

For some inexplicable reason this film did not do well at the box office. I really have no idea why. It did not seem to have any competition when it came out. If you missed it, now is your chance to catch it and discover a great movie to share with your whole family.

Nim's Island
Nim's Island
by Wendy Orr
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story about heroism and the value of life, May 1 2008
This review is from: Nim's Island (Paperback)
My daughter and I are "Nim's Island" crazy right now. We saw the movie which just blew both of us away, so we went out and bought the novel. For those of you who have seen the movie but not yet read this wonderful novel, the two are similar, but not exactly the same. The focus of the novel is on Nim and her interaction with her animal friends and her correspondence with her favourite novelist. The movie focuses more on the drama and adds many scenes and elements that are only hinted at in the book. For example, although the movie spends much time focusing on the imaginary character Alex Rover, and on the phobias of novelist Alexandra Rover, these things are only mentioned in passing in the novel.

The movie created sensational scenes of the invading tourists, the sinking of Jack's boat, and Alexandra's travels--and those worked wonderfully for the movie; however, those things are only hinted at in the novel.

This book is about Nim, a girl that many kids will relate to and will want to emulate. You get inside her head as she worries about her father, cares for herself, and helps Alexandra solve a writing dilemma.

Nim's friendships with the animals is very engaging, both in the novel and in the movie.

I enjoyed the opportunity that the contrasts between book and movie afforded me in discussions with my daughter about writing and film making. Why do you think that the script writer chose to do this in the movie when that's now how it happened in the book.

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