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Dreamweaver CC: The Missing Manual
Dreamweaver CC: The Missing Manual
by David Sawyer McFarland
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 36.33
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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.

Independently Blue
Independently Blue
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Really Good Duke Robillard CD, April 15 2014
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I've known about Duke Robillard's music for a number of years but I've only recently bought some of his CDs.

So far I've bought two Duke Robillard CDs: this one and Duke Meets The Earl, a collaboration with Ronnie Earl.

Both are very good and I'd have no hesitation recommending both of them to anyone who likes first rate blues guitar and blues playing. I've given this one a four star rating simply because I've already given Duke Meets The Earl a five star rating. Having given Duke Meets The Earl five stars, then IMHO this one gets a four star rating in comparison with Duke Meets The Earl.

But don't let that put you off buying this one. Both this album and Duke Meets The Earl are well worth the attention of anyone who likes great blues playing.

This CD is twelve tracks with a total playing time of just under 53 minutes.

Nova: Great Cathedral Mystery [Import]
Nova: Great Cathedral Mystery [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent History Of The Construction of Brunelleschi's Dome In Florence, April 14 2014
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I saw this documentary recently on PBS and liked it so much that I bought my own copy.

The dome that Filippo Brunelleschi built on the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Flore in Florence is an architectural and engineering masterpiece. As stated in the DVD package write up It's "still the largest masonry dome on earth after more than six centuries. It is taller than the Statue of Liberty and weighs as much as an average cruise ship."

The technology to build the dome was unknown at the time it was commissioned but Brunelleschi devised a way to do it. Modern engineers would have difficulty replicating Brunelleschi's dome with modern construction technology. Unfortunately, Brunelleschi left no written record of how it was done so his construction methods have long been debated by engineers, architects and historians.

This DVD proposes a very compelling theory of how Brunelleschi actually did it. It also gives a very interesting history of Filippo Brunelleschi and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Flore. This is an excellent DVD for anyone interested in history, art, architecture or engineering. A very well done DVD on a very interesting subject.

Savior Generals, The
Savior Generals, The
by Victor Davis Hanson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Book On Five Generals From Themistocles To David Petraeus, April 6 2014
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Victor Davis Hanson teaches classics at Stanford and also writes regular articles for National Review and other publications.

This 2013 release contains Hanson's commentary on five generals over a period of nearly 2500 years who share three main characteristics: first they were called in to deal with a dire situation; (2) they successfully turned the potential defeat into victory and (3) after turning defeat into victory they were rejected and, in some cases, vilified by their political leaders.

The five generals Hanson uses in this study are Themistocles (480 BC), Belisarius (529-559 AD), William Tecumseh Sherman in 1864, Matthew Ridgway in Korea 1950-51 and David Petraeus in Iraq 2007-08.

This is a very interesting book with some very worthwhile insights and historical lessons.

Well worth the attention of anyone interested in military and political history.

Freight Train and Other
Freight Train and Other
Price: CDN$ 17.55
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Worthwhile Album For Guitar Players, April 2 2014
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Elizabeth Cotten is not a well known name these days, but she should be better known than she is. She has been cited as a musical influence by Bob Dylan, among others.

For those unfamiliar with Elizabeth Cotton, she was an influential performer among the acoustic folk and blues musicians of the 1950s and 60s folk music revival. She recorded several albums in that period, the best known of which were recorded for the Folkways label, now Smithsonian Folkways. These Folkways recordings include this one, recorded in 1958.

Most of these recordings are instrumentals featuring Cotten on guitar or banjo. She had a very interesting guitar style and that really comes across very well on these recordings. Guitar players should find these recordings very useful for that reason.

Other tracks have Elizabeth Cotton doing vocals as well. Unfortunately, Elizabeth Cotton was in her 60s when these recordings were made and her voice shows her age; her vocals are quite shaky in many places.

But her guitar playing is first rate throughout and this CD should be of interest to guitar players for that reason.

One note for Smithsonian Folkways though. This CD is 14 tracks with a total playing time of about 34 minutes; it's just the original vinyl version reissued on CD. A CD holds about 75 minutes of music; vinyl LPs only held about 40 minutes of music. Surely, Smithsonian Folkways has some good quality out takes or other Elizabeth Cotton material that could have been included to fill up the extra playing time on the CD. Elizabeth Cotton was a very influential guitar player and those of us who like her guitar playing, and want to hear more of it, would be interested in having more of it. If Smithsonian Folkways has more Elizabeth Cotten recordings - and I'm sure it does - why not reissue this one with the remaining CD playing time filled up with extra, or bonus, recordings of Elizabeth Cotten's guitar and banjo playing.

Goin' to the Delta
Goin' to the Delta
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 2014 Savoy Brown Studio Album, April 2 2014
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This 2014 studio release from Savoy Brown shows Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown still putting out some great guitar based blues.

This incarnation of Savoy Brown is a three piece band (guitar, bass and drums) with Kim Simmonds handling guitar and vocals. Kim Simmonds' guitar playing is first rate. The other two musicians are Pat DeSalvo on bass and Garnet Grimm on drums. This album is 12 tracks with a total playing time of just over 60 minutes; the recording is well done and the sound is very good.

For those already familiar with Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown, this album is up the band's usual high standards. If you're a Savoy Brown fan then you'll like this one. For those unfamiliar with Savoy Brown, I'd suggest buying the band's 2012 live album, Songs From The Road, as an introduction to this veteran blues band.

Songs From The Road has live versions of material from the band's 40+ year life span. If you like Songs From The Road, you might want to check out Savoy Brown's recent studio releases: this one and the 2009 release, Voodoo Moon. If you like those then you might want to check out Savoy Brown's back catalogue like their 1970s releases Street Corner Talking, Hellbound Train, jack The Toad and others.

O' Be Joyful
O' Be Joyful
Price: CDN$ 15.08
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album From A Duo Which Should Be Better Known Than They Seem To Be, March 27 2014
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I had never heard of Shovels And Rope until I saw them perform recently on a PBS concert show which primarily featured a number of artists familiar to those of us who grew up in the 1970s, people like John Fogerty and Steven Stills.

Toward the end of the show Shovels and Rope performed one number. I was impressed enough by their performance that I bought this CD right away to check them out.

This turned out to be a really good CD. Shovels And Rope are a duo who put out a high energy blend of, well.....I find it hard to categorize their music...let's just call it a blend of folk, country and country-rock with some other things thrown in. But a really fine blend. These two should be far better known in Canada than they are.

I notice that I'm only the third person to post a review of this album on Amazon's Canadian site. Amazon's US site has nearly 100 reviews of this album, most of them 5 star reviews. These two deserve far more recognition on Canada than they seem to have.

This CD is 11 tracks clocking in at just over 43 minutes total playing time. Great album from a duo who don't seem to be well known in Canada, but who deserve more recognition than they have.

Great CD. Highly recommended.

Shake Sugaree
Shake Sugaree
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guitar Playing From A Little Known, Yet Influential, Folk Blues Player, March 27 2014
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For those not familiar with the name Elizabeth Cotten (1895-1987) she was a North Carolina native who taught herself guitar and banjo at an early age and later became a well known player of American folk blues (well known, at least, in the circles of those who started the folk revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s) in the days before the music became popular with mainstream audiences.

She has been cited as an influence by Bob Dylan, among others.

This material on this album was recorded in New Jersey in 1964 and 1965 by Folkways Records, now a part of the Smithsonian. The album is 26 tracks clocking in a just over 60 minutes playing time and features some of Cotten's best known material. The recording is well done and the sound is good, particularly on the guitar.

Elizabeth Cotton had a very interesting guitar style and the reasons her playing was considered quite influential by the 1950s and 1960s generation of folk players is quite evident when you hear her playing.

Many of these tracks are instrumentals with Elizabeth Cotton on guitar or banjo. Cotten's vocals on this recording are a bit shaky; she was 70 years old when these tracks were recorded and her voice shows its age. The title track, Shake Sugaree, is sung by Cotten's grand daughter, who had a decent voice.

If you like traditional acoustic folk and blues guitar, this is an album that is worth your attention, particularly if you are a guitar player. Elizabeth Cotton had a very interesting guitar style and her playing comes across well on this recording. If you like her guitar style, there's a DVD guitar instructional video on her guitar playing style available through Amazon.

The liner notes in this CD have some good information for guitar players, including the alternate tunings Cotten uses on some of these tracks and the fact that her main guitar was a Martin D-18.

Elizabeth Cotten is not a well known name these days, but she was an influential guitar player during the 1950s and 1960s folk revival and her playing is well worth listening to if you like traditional acoustic folk blues. This CD is a good introduction to her music.

Family Circle
Family Circle
Price: CDN$ 13.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Bluegrass Album By One Of The Leading Contemporary Bluegrass Bands, March 25 2014
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I'm not a huge fan of country music so I hadn't heard of the Del McCoury Band until about a year ago, when I saw a PBS program of a concert featuring musicians who had appeared on the soundtrack of the movie Brother Where Art Thou. I was very impressed with the Del McCoury Band's performance in this concert so I started checking out their music.

As an introduction to the Del McCoury Band I bought Mountain, their collaboration with Steve Earle. That was/is an excellent CD; I've rated it as five stars on Amazon.

I really liked their collaboration with Steve Earle so I started checking out the Del McCoury Band's other releases. So far I've bought three DEl McCoury Band CDs, including this one. The other two I've bought (and recommend) are A Deeper Shade Of Blue and The Company We Keep.

This is an excellent CD of first rate bluegrass by one of the leading contemporary bluegrass bands. The musicianship is superb and the music is great. If you like bluegrass, this CD is well worth your attention.

A Deeper Shade Of Blue
A Deeper Shade Of Blue
Price: CDN$ 16.90
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Bluegrass CD By One Of The Leading Contemporary Bluegrass Bands, March 25 2014
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I'm not a huge fan of country music so I hadn't heard of the Del McCoury Band until about a year ago, when I saw a PBS program of a concert featuring musicians who had appeared on the soundtrack of the movie Brother Where Art Thou. I was very impressed with the Del McCoury Band's performance in this concert so I started checking out their music.

As an introduction to the Del McCoury Band I bought Mountain, their collaboration with Steve Earle. That was/is an excellent CD; I've rated it as five stars on Amazon.

I really liked their collaboration with Steve Earle so I started checking out the Del McCoury Band's other releases. So far I've bought three DEl McCoury Band CDs, including this one. The other two I've bought (and recommend) are Company We Keep and Family Circle.

This is an excellent CD of first rate bluegrass by one of the leading contemporary bluegrass bands. The musicianship is superb and the music is great. If you like bluegrass, this CD is well worth your attention.

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