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Tales from the Topographic Oceans
Tales from the Topographic Oceans
Price: CDN$ 20.19
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stinker, June 10 2004
When this came out it was the first Yes album released that I didn't/wouldn't buy! I listened to it over at a buddies place and I'm almost certain the reason he bought it was to get rid of people he didn't like. This album is a chore!! Tales is just soooooo introverted and pretentious that it is the definition of self-indulgent wankery.
We wrote a review of Tales for the school newspaper when it came out and it was the only time we couldn't bring ourselves to listen to the album as we were writing. Painfully boring boring boring! I honestly can't understand why anyone would like this album. Tales is without doubt as tedious as any political filibuster and to be forced to listen to this never ending album (CD) would have to be considered cruel and unusual punishment for even the most heinous crimes against society.
I like Yes but this one's a real stinker!

Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here
Price: CDN$ 21.34
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4.0 out of 5 stars Segue, June 5 2004
This review is from: Wish You Were Here (Audio CD)
Rather than getting sucked into the nitwit bickering between fans and the tasteless peabrain playing sockpuppet with both hands, I'll just give my opinion of this album (CD).
After Dark Side came out I was very eagerly awaiting the next album. Frankly, Dark Side blew me away as I didn't think Pink Floyd had the stuff to put together something so unique, colourful and profound. When I first heard Wish You Were Here I was a little disappointed. It was as if there was something about the album (CD) that was going over my head (and everyone I knew raved about it) but something just seemed missing for me. Each title individually is fine and I have no complaints about the lyrics, engineering or musicianship anywhere on the CD. It just seemed to be lacking something cohesive that tied it all together as something better than a collection of swell songs (I can get that from a Freddy and the Dreamer's album). Syd Barrett was little more than a name and a vague story to me. That was the piece that was missing.
Wish You Were Here is a very different concept compared to Dark Side even if some of the melodic music style is similar. Honestly I don't think the dreaminess of the music particularly fits the overall concept of the CD considering the anger and contempt conveyed in titles like "Have a Cigar" and "Shine On". I like the message(s) and I like the music but somehow the whole thing just doesn't jell as well as I was hoping a DSOTM follow up would. It seems to me there should be more absolute hatred in the music portions for the machine that did this to their friend. The machine really does chew people up and spit them out like a mechanized sociopath.
I like this album and in some ways look at it as an interesting segue (along with Animals) toward The Wall which pretty much spells out Roger Water's feelings about Syd, the machine and society's values explicitly.

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 24.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars an artist's vision, April 21 2004
Without question my favorite albums are those done by artists whose sole intent is to create a reflection of what they feel and believe at that particular time. The titles that really stand the test are those which can still convey an artist's vision vividly and artistically decades (or more) later.
The world, both socially and politically, was a very different place in the late sixties whether kids were still buying Monkees albums or just turning on to Hendrix. Generally most people's mindset was much more naive than today and there was a place for experimental music that came from the artist rather than his marketing analyst or demographics sales coordinator. Music of that sort, no matter what the genre, is genuine and usually somewhat insightful even if it isn't particularly entertaining, which this album is.
No... it doesn't sound like DSOTM or The Wall but that isn't surprising. I mean really, who would expect the Beatles first album to sound like Abbey Road? If Lennon, McCartney and the lads put out SGT PEPPERS in 1963 they'd probably have been shunned and locked up as dangerous lunatics. Artists, just like real people, grow and evolve... then they die. But the art lives on and I'm really glad Syd Barrett and the boys put this gem together because it captures what the musical underground was really about back then BETTER than any other album I've listened to.
If everything you hear has to sound like variations of the same album you should be sure to pick up every live/studio/bootleg/allstar knockoff and tribute to The Wall that there is. But if you're actually interested in where all this came from (and not so jaded that every flavor has to taste the same) then treat yourself to a real gem and pick up PATGOD.

Lyle Mays
Lyle Mays
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Masterpiece, April 14 2004
This review is from: Lyle Mays (Audio CD)
My 1st taste of Lyle Mays was with Pat Metheny on As Falls Wichita... also an amazing album. This is NOT something you play at a party. Neither is it something that would make an appropriate soundtrack for a Bruce Willis flick. There is a distinct possibility that any attempt to breakdance to this album might result in serious intestinal injury. This is a work you play for yourself or perhaps one special person you want to share something very personal with. I think Lyle Mays shares something very personal with his fans on this CD. The album has a deep and genuine feel to it with absolutely no needless showboating or pretence of ego. That is extremely rare when musicians of this caliber are put together.
This is simply some of the best melodic jazz you will ever hear. It was a beautifully emotive work when first introduced in the mid eighties and it has aged well over twenty years. True art endures and this work is timeless.

The Complete Prisoner Megaset
The Complete Prisoner Megaset
DVD ~ Patrick McGoohan
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 422.52
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mission Impossible it ain't!, March 7 2004
Without question this has to be the most thought provoking and socially relevant series ever made. The only drawback is the price which is over the top.
I became a fan of this show when it first came out in the 60s for an entirely different set of reasons than I have now for considering it a masterpiece (or very close to). The concept of being held under constant surveillance by the powers that be was something unheard of for the television media back then and, other than Orwell's great work, something the media has generally never shown no particular interest in. That's not entirely surprising considering the chief purveyors of political and corporate disINFORMATION are so closely tied to today's media. A series of this sort will never see the light of day again (sans the manipulative twisted social agenda of the western media) and there is very good reason for that. No old boys club is going to point the finger of blame at itself for creating a perverted and obscene society.
There are those who absolutely hate this series and in some ways that's understandable as well. The main character is not a thoroughly likeable one and has a tendency to come across as smugly self-assured. That can be irritating and, as today's viewing public is convinced their heroes should portray a perfect balance of society's most cherished misconceptions, it's not surprising some will be unable to appreciate number six's unique character traits. They are however essential for carrying the series' winding plot to it's inevitable if somewhat bizarrely choreographed conclusion. Not everyone deserving of autonomy has Mel Gibson's unassuming manner and the Village authority (much the same as the power elite today) has absolutely no tolerance for number 6's unique and dangerous blend of:
1) youthful rebellion against any accepted norm
2) the audacity of an established/successful member of the establishment biting the hand that feeds it.
With regard to social relevance this show was far ahead of it's own or even today's mass mindset. If you are looking for a high tech action thriller that spells out the plot and subplots this isn't something you will enjoy. If you appreciate a unique brainteaser artfully and entertainingly mixed with action, drama and social commentary this one is essential viewing.
Mission Impossible it ain't and we can all be very thankful for that!
SM

Fallen
Fallen
Offered by Music House Canada
Price: CDN$ 7.22
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2.0 out of 5 stars peanut butter goth/metal, Feb. 12 2004
This review is from: Fallen (Audio CD)
I'm inclined to agree with those who give this album one star. It's not a terrible album though but a little annoying. Terrible is when there's really nothing good you can say about an album. That isn't the case with this title as her voice is pretty good albeit somewhat contrived and a little one-dimensional. I appreciate the lack of color it brings to the tunes but it seems to process everything on the album to the consistency of peanut butter. Song after song spreads out the same, which makes it a little boring for me. Unfortunately that kind of goes for the guitarwork as well which seems to follow a straight line driving at a high speed into one direction... no turns or twists and not very interesting.
That being said it's not a bad album just lacking. They need someone who knows how to write lyrics as these are pretty lame and without any depth. The keyboard adds an interesting dimension but is probably the only thing about this title that isn't thoroughly predictable. The whole thing just sounds too much like a processed recipe to sell albums and play on a fashion without anything new or innovative about it. A little metal, a pinch of prog,, one cup depressing imagery, add keyboards to thicken and let gel overnight... best served in low light with tarnished cutlery.

Electric Ladyland
Electric Ladyland
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 29.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius!, Jan. 16 2004
This review is from: Electric Ladyland (Audio CD)
Most of anything I had to say has already been said by everyone else here. The album is a masterpiece. It was when it was put out in 68 and it still is today. One of the things that hasn't really been said (I don't think) is that the entire album has a conceptual continuity that makes it much more than just a random collection of great singles. This album (CD) should be listened to from begining to end. The tunes themselves stand up on their own but in this case the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Hendrix had a lot to say here and music was his language.
Lots of people go on about who was/is the greatest guitarist of all time. Rating guitarists is a stupid hobby! Hendrix may or may not have been the best of all time depending on who you talk to but this album is the work of a genius and no one but Jimi Hendrix could have created it back in 68.
Lots of people have copied Jimi's style but no one sounded like Jimi before Jimi. He was original, unique and this album is pure Jimi Hendrix from the heart. Talented guitarists come and go but the man who created this for us was a one of a kind genius.

Captain Beyond [Remastered]
Captain Beyond [Remastered]
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5.0 out of 5 stars 120 mph through the ditches, Dec 11 2003
and back up onto the fourlane goin the wrong way with an ear to ear grin... Mezmerization Eclipse is shakin what's left of the rear windshield and you are invincible!
Rod Evans is God and this album is the Holy Book. Buy it and love it... everything else is crap!

Pisces, Aquarius, ...
Pisces, Aquarius, ...
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 29.95
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yup... it's OK, Sept. 20 2003
This review is from: Pisces, Aquarius, ... (Audio CD)
This album came out after I had sort of lost interest in the Monkees so I decided to give it another look some 35 years later. To me the Monkees were a strictly pop group and listening to this one again so many years later I can understand why it didn't strike me as anything to write home to mother about at the time. They were obviously pushing the envelope and trying to be recognized as more than just melodic fluff and catchy tunes. They did a decent job of incorporating some different styles and I enjoy Nesmith's slightly twangy vocals a lot more now than I did then. That being said the only tunes on the album that are really standout are the ones that are essentially pop fluff. Pleasant Valley Sunday was possibly the best thing they ever did and Cuddly Toy is typical of a Davy Jones number... both at least better than average tunes in their own right.
I find the rest of this album to be a little flat but then when a donkey flies you don't complain that he didn't stay in the air long enough. There's nothing bad about this album as long as the listener isn't expecting to be treated to some of the real genius of that time. Compared to most of what comes out today it's a great album but in it's day it was a little lackluster and directionless.

Absolutely Free
Absolutely Free
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 32.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant as Today�s Headlines, April 5 2003
This review is from: Absolutely Free (Audio CD)
The Fact that Mr. Zappa was able to gain a following in the 60's and 70's putting out such commercially nonviable material says something about the man's talent. He could not and would not be ignored. When this was originally released in 1967 absolutely nothing even remotely similar had been created by anyone. That is unless you count FREAK OUT or some of Varese's, Stravinsky's and Penderecki's works. That is of course ignoring the absurd similarities between Plastic People and Louie Louie (Kingsmen) or the portion of INVOCATION AND RITUAL DANCE OF THE YOUNG PUMPKIN that was taken from Gustov Holst's symphony THE PLANETS (Jupiter I think). This is a bizarre album even for Mr. Zappa in that the influences are so many and so diverse mixed in with an absolutely sardonic wit and humor.
If you hate boring music and want to be entertained this is a wonderful piece of musical history blending styles no one else would be able to hold together without nails and duct-tape.
...ignore Big Leg Emma and Why Doncha' Do Me Right. Conceptually they don't belong (were added by recording execs) and are completely out of context.

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