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Eric van Bezooijen "Code monkey" (San Francisco, CA USA)
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Tron Original Motion Picture
Tron Original Motion Picture
Price: CDN$ 14.89
15 used & new from CDN$ 10.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Forever tied to the movie, Oct. 10 2003
Most soundtracks are pretty mundane, or just derivates or outright copies of other great music (how many times have you heard Orff's Carmina Burana intro by now?). They could be the soundtrack to any number of movies.
Not so with the TRON soundtrack. When you hear the "Sea of Simulation" you are instantly transported to the journey on board the solar sailer. The same for many other tracks, and when you hear the main theme you feel yourself being sucked into the computer just like Flynn.
Wendy Carlos (Walter Carlos before the sex change, for those of you confused on this point) has crafted a unique, original soaring work of electronica, seamlessly blended with a real orchestra. As another reviewer mentioned, this work was created from an age when only great artists and technically skilled people could make any sort of music on electronic instruments, never mind something that was classical.
Tron is a special movie for me because I saw it just around the time when I started learning about computers, and it perfectly captured the excitement and imagination of the computer world for me. Its special effects are constantly bashed as being outdated, but there is still no other movie that has the kind of visual style this movie has, and the soundtrack accompanies that style well. It's extremely underrated, in my opinion.
The sound quality is excellent (it should be, it was engineered by someone who is now a contributor to Stereophile magazine) especially considering the master tapes had to be baked in an oven to rescue them from certain destruction.
If you enjoy this soundtrack, check out the Clockwork Orange soundtrack, it is also excellent.
The only downsides to the soundtrack are the two Journey tracks which are dated and cheesy relative to the other material.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and provocative, Feb. 24 2003
We've all, by now, heard about the obesity epidemic that's afflicting the United States (and quickly spreading to the rest of the civilized world). Politicians talk and talk about fighting this, but by making this book REQUIRED reading for junior high school kids we could probably go a long way towards eradicating obesity.
The book examines how our fast food industry affects the consumers, employees, small business owners, farmers, ranchers, etc., who are all connected to this vast economy. It is well written, and balanced. I thought it was interesting that the author had genuine respect for the entrepeneurs who started all of these (now) giant food processors, fast food chains, and meatpacking companies.
Well researched and fair, after reading this book you will come to understand how eating a hamburger at McDonald's affects the environment and people connected to McDonald's, and how when you buy a $1.50 order of french fries about 2 cents goes to the farmer who grew the potatoes you are consuming.
The book describes the abuses of employees, the environment, and free speech by large corporations in sometimes graphic detail. I can't think of how the book could be improved, it's perfect.
I've noticed that the comments here on this book fall into two major categories: 1) Very positive, i.e, "This book opened my eyes, I'll never eat another hamburger again" and 2) This book is thrash, ..I occasionally ate a hamburger in Europe in the 80s and 90s, and now I'm concerned that my brain might some day turn into mush thanks to Mad Cow disease, ack!
The other criticism, which I think is obscene, leveled here at the book is that the author never mentions that the horribly abused workers in the meatpacking plants (the most disturbing portion in the book) should go find some other job if they don't like working there.
This is based on the very false assumption that these unskilled, illiterate, non-English speaking victims of these companies COULD find different jobs. Don't forget that they are being paid ten times what they could paid to work in their home countries.
The most disturbing part about this attitute is that SOMEONE has to process this meat! If working at a meatpacking plant was so unpleasant and everyone quit, then we would have no meat at all! I don't think America is going to go all-vegetarian anytime soon!
Read this book, it's well written and informative!

London Pt.1
London Pt.1
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 38.95
7 used & new from CDN$ 16.78

3.0 out of 5 stars Not much music for a lot of money, Dec 6 2002
This review is from: London Pt.1 (Audio CD)
This CD single includes the original version of London, which you already have if you have the Release album. It also includes "Positive Role Model" which is a dance song. Then the is the version of London with just singing and the piano, which is nice. However, with just 3 tracks and 12 minutes of music, you decide if it is worth it. It seems like London 1 & 2 could have easily been put on the same cd for a better value.

V5 O.T.E. Crosley Bendix Radi
V5 O.T.E. Crosley Bendix Radi
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 32.56
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4.0 out of 5 stars Squant squant squant!, March 27 2000
I agree 100 % with the other reviewer that this album is worth buying just for the "Squant" track. It cracked me up.
This album, like everything I've heard from Negativland so far, is bizarre and not easy to enjoy at first. However, after a couple of listens Mr. Crosley Bendix will be like one of your eccentric uncles from childhood, if you had any.

Bigger Better Faster More!
Bigger Better Faster More!
Price: CDN$ 8.20
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triumphant, March 27 2000
Linda Perry really sings her heart out on this album, and is nicely backed up by the band. Her singing is truly intense, and unlike many female vocalists she can sing strongly without screeching.
Pleasantly Blue, Morphine & Chocolate, Spaceman, Dear Mr. President, Drifting and What's up are the strongest tracks, but there are no bad numbers on this album.
The only blemish is a dropout 30 seconds into Drifting (right at a really energetic moment too), which is annoying.
Buy this album!

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