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The Complete Recordings (The Centennial Collection)
The Complete Recordings (The Centennial Collection)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even If You Own The Previously Released Complete Robert Johnson, This One Is Worth Buying For The Improved Sound Quality, May 29 2014
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If you are a blues fan, the complete works of Robert Johnson is one of the essential albums for your collection.

The re-mastering of Johnson's recordings for this release improves the sound quality noticeably over previous Robert Johnson CDs.

Even if you already own the earlier (1990?) CD version of the Complete Robert Johnson recordings, it's worth buying this one for the improved sound quality.

Robert Johnson's recordings are essential works for any blues fan. This Complete Robert Johnson is the version to buy.

I Need Your Love (2 CD)
I Need Your Love (2 CD)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Collection For Steve Marriott Fans, May 28 2014
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This review is from: I Need Your Love (2 CD) (Audio CD)
This 2CD set is a collection of out takes and other unreleased material recorded by Steve Marriott in two separate time periods: his pre-Small Faces recording days between 1962-1964 (CD2) and his post Humble Pie days from 1975 to 1991 (on CD1).

Overall, the post Humble Pie material is quite good. Some of it will be familiar, such as a 1976 out take of Street Rat, the title song of Humble Pie's last album, a 1980 recording of Tin Soldier, a song Marriott originally recorded with the Small Faces in the 1960s, a 1976 cover of the Motown hit, Signed Sealed Delivered, a 1980 cover of the Motown hit, Baby Don't You Do It and a 1984 cover of I Just Wanna Make Love To You.

But the highlights of this CD are the two 1991 tracks, Out Of The Blue and Bigger They Come Harder They Fall, which Marriott recorded with his former Humble Pie band mate, Peter Frampton, as material to be released on a planned collaboration album by Marriott and Frampton. Unfortunately, plans for that project were ended by Marriott's death in a house fire shortly after these two tracks were recorded. These two tracks, the last material Marriott recorded, are very good; if they are indicative of the quality of the planned 1991 Marriott/Frampton collaboration, that album would have been a very good one. Unfortunately, Marriott's death put an end to that project with only these two songs having been recorded.

CD1 is about 66 minutes playing time and the recording quality is good.

The 1962-1964 material on CD2 is quite good. It certainly shows Steve Marriott's talents pre-Small Faces. Unfortunately, CD2 only contains about 21 minutes of music, total playing time. IMHO, the company releasing this collection should have included more material to make up the remaining playing time on CD2. Surely there is more unreleased Steve Marriott material floating around out there to fill up the remaining 50+ minutes playing time on CD2.

Overall, this is an interesting CD for Steve Marriott and/or Humble Pie fans. But I would suggest that it is of interest more to Marriott's fans than to anyone who is not familiar with Humble Pie or Steve Marriott. If you're not familiar with Steve Marriott, I wouldn't suggest this one as an introduction to his music; if you're not familiar with Steve Marriott's music, get hold of some classic Humble Pie, like Rock On or Rockin' The Fillmore instead.

Satch Plays Fats: The Music of Fats Waller
Satch Plays Fats: The Music of Fats Waller
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate 1955-56 Recordings Of Fats Waller Compositions With Bonus Tracks From 1929-1932, May 26 2014
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This is a really interesting CD of Louis Armstrong doing Fats Waller compositions.

The first 9 tracks were originally recorded in 1955-56 and released on LP by Columbia Records in 1956 as the album Satch Plays Fats. These nine tracks are first rate material. The Fats Waller compositions are all excellent and Louis Armstrong's interpretations of them do Fats Waller full credit for the musical genius that he was. It's a great recording of a musical genius playing the compositions of another musical genius.

The next four tracks (10-13) are out takes from the original 1955-56 recordings sessions. More first rate material from Louis Armstrong.

The remaining tracks (14-20) are very interesting. They're gems from Columbia's vaults featuring Louis Armstrong and his various bands recording Fats Waller compositions between 1929 and 1932. The sound isn't as good as the 1955-56 records but it's very good for material recorded between 1929 and 1932.

Overall, an excellent album. Louis Armstrong fans won't go wrong with this one.

It's also a very good album for anyone not familiar with Fats Waller. There are a lot of box sets of Fats Waller available from various labels which may be confusing to anyone who wants to check out Fats Waller but who isn't familiar with Waller's career or his music.

If you want to check out Fats Waller but aren't familiar with his music, this would be an excellent introduction.

Alexanders Feast
Alexanders Feast
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent John Elliot Gardiner Recording Of A Lesser Known Handel Oratorio., May 25 2014
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This review is from: Alexanders Feast (Audio CD)
I recently watched Sir David Starkey's BBC documentary on Music and the Monarchy, which covers this influence the English, and later the British, monarchy has had on the development of English and British music. Very good documentary, by the way; I've ordered my own copy through Amazon.

Starkey's documentary spends a lot of time dealing with Georg Friedrich Handel and his influence on British music. I've enjoyed Handel's music for decades but I've somehow managed to overlook most of his oratorios, with the exception of the best known Handel oratorio, the Messiah. After watching Starkey's documentary, I'm now exploring Handel's other oratorios, which I wasn't overly familiar with.

I decided to start with Handel's Solomon oratorio and ordered the version by Sir John Elliot Gardiner, since I have Gardiner's complete recording of Handel's Messiah and it's my favourite version of the Messiah.

The John Elliot Gardiner recording of Solomon was excellent. Gardiner's interpretation of Handel's Solomon is first rate, the performances of the vocalists and musicians are excellent and the sound recording is very well done.

After hearing Gardiner's recording of Handel's Solomon I ordered John Elliot Gardiner recording of Israel in Egypt and 2 Coronation Anthems to explore Handel's oratorios further. That recording is also first rate. Handel's music is excellent and the performances of orchestra and vocalists are very well done.

This recording of Alexander's Feast is the third John Elliot Gardiner recording of a Handel oratorio which I have bought since watching David Starkey's documentary on Music and the British Monarchy. This recording of Alexander's Feast is in the same league as the others I have recently purchased.

Overall, an excellent recording of one of Handel's lesser known oratorios.

The Messiah is Handel's best known oratorio and seems to overshadow Handel's other oratorios. If you're not familiar with this music, I'd suggest that if you like Handel's Messiah, you'll like this.

After hearing John Elliot Gardiner's recordings of Solomon, Israel In Egypt (and 2 Coronation Anthems) and now this recording of Alexander's Feast, I'll be ordering more of Sir John Elliot Gardiner's recordings of Handel's oratorios as I explore this brilliant music further.

Highly recommended.

Volume 3
Volume 3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good CD Of Dixieland Jazz From A New Orleans Club Band, May 15 2014
This review is from: Volume 3 (Audio CD)
During a recent trip to New Orleans a friend and I wandered through the French Quarter looking for bands playing authentic Dixieland jazz. After wandering down Bourbon Street past many clubs featuring bands doing classic rock covers (doing those covers well, mind you, but we wanted to listen to Dixieland jazz in New Orleans' French Quarter, not 1970s cover bands) we heard Dixieland jazz coming from a bar called Fritzel's.

We went in and found this band playing. These guys are the Fritzel's house band and, for traditional New Orleans jazz, they're the real deal. We spent a few hours listening to them one night and then went back to Fritzel's again the next night for another session. The music was great both nights although the band members, with the exception of the drummer, were different each night. Apparently Fritzel's house band has a core group of musicians who alternate nights on stage.

Fritzel's New Orleans Jazz Band has three CDs available; this one (at the time of this review) is the latest release. The band sells their CDs at Fritzel's during their performances for $20 (I bought this one at Fritzel's) but if you can't get to Fritzel's on Bourbon Street, Amazon is probably the best Canadian source.

If you like Dixieland jazz, this band is well worth checking out.

Giovanni Bononchini: La Nemica d'Amore fatta Amanta Serenata à 3
Giovanni Bononchini: La Nemica d'Amore fatta Amanta Serenata à 3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Music From A Little Known Italian Baroque Composer - First Rate Performance By Ensemble 415, May 14 2014
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I discovered the music of Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747) a few months ago when I borrowed a CD of his Cantate da Camera from my local public library's music collection. Prior to finding that CD, I hadn't heard of Bononcini but I liked the Cantata da Camera so much (I've rated it as 5 stars on Amazon) that I bought my own copy of the CD and started looking for other recordings of Bononcini's work.

This is the third CD of Giovanni Bononcini's work that I've purchased. The first was the da Camera mentioned above, the second was an Oratorio for 4 Voices first performed in Italy circa 1693-97. Both of those were excellent and I've rated them as five stars on their respective Amazon pages.

This is also an excellent recording.

This recording features three vocalists and a 16 piece orchestra. The original composition was first performed in the Palazzo Colonna in Rome on 10 August 1693. The music was composed by Giovanni Bononcini with a libretto by Silvio Stampaglia.

Giovanni Bononcini is not a well known composer and this music is not as familiar to modern audiences as it deserves to be. Hopefully, new recordings of his works, such as this one and the other two mentioned above, will expand the audience for Bononcini's work.

Overall, an excellent CD of baroque vocal music. Highly recommended. After having heard this recording, the Oratorio for 4 Voices and Bononcini's Cantate da Camera, I'll be exploring more of Bononcini's work.

One suggestion for those not familiar with Giovanni Bononcini; if you're exploring this music on a limited budget, I would suggest buying the Cantate da Camera CD on the Tactus label by the Ensemble Aurora as your first Bononcini purchase, and then, if you like the Cantate da Camera, buy this one and the Oratorio for 4 Voices. All three are excellent recordings and I recommend them all, but my personal preference between the three leans toward the Cantate da Camera.

Israel In Egypt/2 Coronation
Israel In Egypt/2 Coronation
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Recording Of An Often Overlookd Handel Oratorio, May 14 2014
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I recently watched Sir David Starkey's BBC documentary on Music and the Monarchy, which covers this influence the English, and later the British, monarchy has had on the development of English and British music. Very good documentary, by the way; I've ordered my own copy through Amazon.

Starkey's documentary spends a lot of time dealing with Georg Friedrich Handel and his influence on British music. I've enjoyed Handel's music for decades but I've somehow managed to overlook most of his oratorios, with the exception of the best known Handel oratorio, the Messiah. After watching Starkey's documentary, I'm now exploring Handel's other oratorios, which I'm not overly familiar with.

I decided to start with Handel's Solomon oratorio and ordered the version by Sir John Elliot Gardiner, since I have Gardiner's complete recording of Handel's Messiah and it's my favourite version of the Messiah.

The John Elliot Gardiner recording of Solomon was excellent. Gardiner's interpretation of Handel's Solomon is first rate, the performances of the vocalists and musicians are excellent and the sound recording is very well done.

So I ordered this John Elliot Gardiner recording of Israel in Egypt and 2 Coronation Anthems to explore Handel's oratorios further. This recording is also first rate. Handel's music is excellent and the performances of orchestra and vocalists are very well done.

The Messiah is Handel's best known oratorio and seems to overshadow Handel's other oratorios. If you're not familiar with this music, I'd suggest that if you like Handel's Messiah, you'll like this.

After hearing John Elliot Gardiner's recording of Solomon and this recording of Israel In Egypt and 2 Coronation Anthems, I'll be ordering more of Sir John Elliot Gardiner's recordings of Handel's oratorios as I explore this brilliant music further.

Highly recommended.

Complete Blue Horizon Sessions
Complete Blue Horizon Sessions
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 1960s British Recording Of Champion Jack Dupree, April 24 2014
For those not familiar with Champion Jack Dupree he was a leading blues piano player in the 1940s and 1950s. His popularity declined in the 1960s and he does not have the name recognition today that his talents deserved. Life's not fair sometimes.

This is a very good collection of recordings Champion Jack Dupree made for the then new British blues label, Blue Horizon in 1968 and 1969.

If you like blues piano, this is a recording you should have. Champion Jack Dupree was one of the great blues piano players and these recording showcase Dupree's talents.

The British session musicians on these recordings include Paul Kossoff (later lead guitarist with Free), Simon Kirke (later drummer with Free and Bad Company), Mick Taylor (then lead guitar with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, later lead guitarist with the Rolling Stones), Aynsley Dunbar and Keef Hartley (probably best known for their stints in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers), John Almond. The line notes also mention "John Baldwin, later of Led Zeppelin.." as one of the session players. That must mean John Bonham, not John Baldwin, but Bonham's name does not appear in the final recording credits.

There are a few aspects of these recordings I don't like. One is the inclusion of strings on a few tracks; IMHO strings just don't work with Dupree's material. But overall, this is a very good compilation which showcases Champion Jack Dupree's considerable talents.

The second CD includes some live tracks recorded at The Angel Hotel in Godalming, Surrey, UK on 1 June 1969. I noticed one reviewer on Amazon's US site trashed these live recordings as being diminished by "an audience of drunken university frat boys" or some such wording. I disagree with that assessment. These live recordings are quite well done and showcase Dupree's performance before a typical audience he would have played for at the time.

Overall, a very good compilation that highlights Champion Jack Dupree's talents.

Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore - The Complete Recordings (4CD Box Set)
Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore - The Complete Recordings (4CD Box Set)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Worthwhile Album For Fans of Humble Pie, Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton, April 24 2014
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This 4 CD set contains the complete recordings of Humble Pie's concerts at New York's Fillmore Auditorium in 1971. It's all great material.

There was a 2LP set of selected material from these concerts released in 1971 as Humble Pie - Rockin' The Fillmore. This 1971 album was released on CD many years ago under the same title. It's a great album but it only contained selected tracks from the several concerts Humble Pie played at the Fillmore over a multi-day gig.

This 4CD set contains all the recordings made during the 1971 Humble Pie concerts at the Fillmore.

Overall, this is a very worthwhile album for Humble Pie fans but also for those who like Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton. For those who don't know Humble Pie, the two guitarists and major creative forces in the band in 1971 were Steve Marriott (formerly with the Small Faces) and Peter Frampton.

Peter Frampton left Humble Pie and embarked on a very successful solo career shortly after this album was recorded. For those who only know Peter Frampton from material released during his post-Humble Pie solo career, this album is a very interesting contrast to his solo live albums, particularly Frampton Comes Alive, which became one of the best selling live albums in recording history.

Steve Marriott's solo career was less successful, despite Marriott's undeniable talent. Unfortunately, Marriott died in a house fire shortly after he and Peter Frampton decided to reunite and release a new album.

Many people will be satisfied with the edited 1971 release of Rockin' The Fillmore, but for serious fans of Humble Pie, Steve Marriott or Peter Frampton, this 4CD set would be a very worthwhile purchase.

Dreamweaver CC: The Missing Manual
Dreamweaver CC: The Missing Manual
by David Sawyer McFarland
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 57.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Worthwhile And Helpful Book On DreamweaverCC, April 22 2014
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I'm currently teaching myself DreamweaverCC using a David Powers video lessons DVD and this book.

So far, I've found this book very useful. It's well written, straightforward and provides good explanations of the key material. I've used it to flesh out the David Powers instructional DVD and it has certainly helped me in clarifying key concepts and in digging deeper into DreamweaverCC that I would have been able to readily do with just the DVD instruction video.

Overall, a worthwhile purchase for anyone wanting to learn DreamweaverCC.

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