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Live in Verona [Blu-ray]
Live in Verona [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Deep Purple With Orchestra
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Deep Purple Concert DVD, Oct. 23 2015
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This is a concert video of Deep Purple in an amphitheater with an orchestra playing behind them.

It's basically Deep Purple's regular concert set with orchestral support. The sound is good and video is well shot and well edited. The band members are all in their 60s now but they still put on a really good show.

If you're a Deep Purple fan this one is well worth adding to your collection.


Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry
Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry
by Gareth Murphy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 23.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good History of the Record Business, Oct. 23 2015
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This is a well researched and well written history of the record business, particularly focused on record labels and the leading players in those labels.

If you like music history or you're a serious music fan, you should like this one.

And since Christmas is approaching, those of you with music history fans on your list could find this one a useful potential gift.


The Devil To Pay
The Devil To Pay
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2015 Release From Savoy Brown, Oct. 22 2015
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This is an excellent 2015 release from Savoy Brown, 13 new tracks, all originals written by Kim Simmonds.

Savoy Brown is currently a three piece band: Kim Simmonds (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Pat DeSalvo (bass) and Garnet Grimm (drums).

The material is first rate and the recording is well done; the sound quality is very good.

Overall, a very worthwhile new release from Savoy Brown. If you liked this band's previous work, you'll like this.


Mozart: Complete String Quintets
Mozart: Complete String Quintets
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2CD Set Of Mozart's Complete String Quintets, Oct. 8 2015
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This is an excellent 2CD set of Mozart's Complete String Quintets.

Although it was recorded in the 1950s the sound is very good. The performance is first rate.

No problem recommending this one.


Youth
Youth
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4.0 out of 5 stars Checked Out This Album After Seeing Matisyahu Banned From Spanish Music Festival Under Pressure From BDS Supporters. Good CD., Oct. 7 2015
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I had never heard of Matisyahu until a few months ago when I read that the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) crowd had pressured a reggae festival in Spain to cancel Matisyahu's scheduled appearance because Matisyahu is Jewish. The festival complied and cancelled his appearance until international pressure and criticism forced the festival organizers to reconsider and put him back.

Matisyahu performed at this festival while members of the BDS crowd waved large Palestinian flags at him from the audience to protest the fact that he was performing. I saw the video of him performing Jerusalem (his opening number and obviously his response to the BDS crowd) at this Spanish festival and I thought, "Good for him."

I'm not a big reggae fan but I am an Israel supporter who disagrees with the BDS crowd, so I bought this CD as a way of both checking out Matisyahu's music and showing support for him against the BDS movement. It turned out to be a very good album.

Thanks to the BDS crowd for introducing me to Matisyahu's music. I liked this CD enough that I'll check out some more Matisyahu music.


Look Who's Back
Look Who's Back
by Timur Vermes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.53
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Amusing Novel Using Adolf Hitler As A Main Character - Wouldn't Have Thought This Idea Would Work But It Does, Oct. 5 2015
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This is a very funny novel about Adolf Hitler waking up in 2011 in a vacant lot in Berlin and his subsequent adventures in the modern Germany.

It's written with Hitler as the narrator and has a lot of very amusing things to say about contemporary European society.

I was very skeptical of this when I first heard about it. I never would have thought using a revived Adolf Hitler as a lead character in a novel about 21st century European society would have succeeded, but this author has done it. It's actually an amusing novel with some interesting things to say.


Electric Blue Watermelon
Electric Blue Watermelon
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good 2008 Release From The North Mississippi All Stars, Oct. 3 2015
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This is a very good North Mississippi All Stars release from 2008. It's 11 tracks at just under 50 minutes total playing time.

It also has some first rate guest artists, including Lucinda Williams and Otha Turner with Rising Star Fife and Drum Band.

If you already know about the North Mississippi All Stars and like any of their other music, you'll like this one.

For those not familiar with the North Mississippi All Stars, they're one of the best bands currently based in the north Mississippi hill country area that has produced people like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside and many others. If you're a blues fan, this band is well worth checking out and this CD would be a good introduction to their music.


Mohammed & Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy
Mohammed & Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy
by Emmet Scott
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very Interesting Analysis Of Henri Perrine's Thesis That Islamic Jihad Caused The European Dark Ages, Oct. 3 2015
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This is a very interesting and timely book. It's both history and an examination of a debate amongst historians (the "Controversy" mentioned in the title).

In the 1930s, Belgian historian Henri Perrine published a book called Mohammed and Charlemagne in which he put forward the argument that the barbarian invasions of the Roman Empire didn't cause the Dark Ages in Europe, as most historians claimed. Instead Perrine argued that Islam, with its doctrine of jihad, and the Muslim invasions, conquests, piracy in the Mediterranean and constant raiding of European territory, were responsible for bringing about the Dark Ages in Europe.

Perrine's thesis has been energetically and repeatedly attacked by historians, and others, ever since and is still considered an unorthodox historical viewpoint by most historians.

In this book, Emmett Scott examines the evidence for and against Perrine's thesis, using modern archaeological discoveries, early literary references and other surviving textual records from the period and many other sources to examine the arguments made by Henri Perrine and the counter-arguments made by Perrine's many detractors.

Scott's examination of the available evidence is fascinating and well worth reading for anyone interested in European and Middle Eastern history.

It's also very relevant to current events like Muslim migration into Europe and the worldwide conflicts between jihadists and virtually all non-jihadists.

Hint: Scott's analysis concludes that Perrine was right. His arguments in favour of Perrine's position are very persuasive and have serious implication for present day events as well as the historical record.

Bottom line: this book is well worth reading for both its historical analysis and its relevance to present day events.


Holding Court
Holding Court
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another First Rate Album From One The Best Chicago Blues Bands Currently On The Scene, Oct. 2 2015
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This is another first rate album from the Cash Box Kings, one of the best current Chicago blues bands on the scene.

This band has had some distribution problems with their CDs in the past; it took a year to get one of their previous CDs I ordered through Amazon because of problems with the distributors. Now that the band is on Blind Pig Records with this CD, the distribution problems appear to have been solved, for this CD at least.

If you're already familiar with the Cash Box Kings, you'll like this album. If you're a blues fan and you haven't heard this band, you should check them out; this CD would be a good introduction to the band.


Bound By The Blues
Bound By The Blues
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Album From An Accomplished Slide Player, Sept. 30 2015
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Sonny Landreth was a musician I had heard of but never actually heard, so I bought this album to check out his music.

It turned out to be a really good album. It's a mix of blues standards (like Dust My Broom, Walkin' Blues, It Hurts Me Too, Key To The Highway) with some Sonny Landreth compositions.

Sonny Landreth is a very accomplished slide player. After hearing this one, I'll be checking out some of his other albums.

Overall, a very good album. For those unfamiliar with Sonny Landreth, this album would be a very good introduction.


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