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Ghost On The Canvas
Ghost On The Canvas
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Campbell - A Swan Song, Sept. 22 2011
This review is from: Ghost On The Canvas (Audio CD)
Not many artists have the courage or opportunity to proclaim that this is their last album. It's a sobering proposition, until you hear the music. Upbeat, wise, 'salt-of-the-earth' songs that speak of a life well lived and celebrated. If I hadn't checked the songwriting credits, I would have sworn that "Ghost On The Canvas" was written by Jimmy Webb - it has that classic Webb/Campbell production and nuance. It's a real highlight, right down to the lead guitar (think "Wichita Lineman"). "Hold On Hope" is a surprisingly upbeat modern melody, belying any previous Campbell work. There are also a few short instrumental gems tossed in for a conceptual mood. Campbell has lots of friends here in the background, including Jacok Dylan, the Dandy Warhols, Chris Isaak, Billy Corgan and others, but it's all Glen Campbell. They are more of a welcome gesture than necessity and Campbell's voice hasn't lost its touch.

Campbell has a multi-layered history from playing with hundreds of famous artists (including a six-month stint as a Beach Boy), to television, film and an indefinable musical category. Sometimes country, folk, soft rock or balladeer, his songs have always been crossover favorites in the pop categories. You'll forget about "Rhinestone Cowboy" when you hear this collection. I suspect this album will surprise many listeners with its fine maturity and confidence. It will certainly receive much deserved attention in the next year. Despite the warm variety, it is still somehow classic Glen Campbell.

Jabra EASYGO Bluetooth Headset  (Black)
Jabra EASYGO Bluetooth Headset (Black)
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Price: CDN$ 38.85
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Deal On A Bluetooth, Sept. 20 2011
I had used the Plantronics Discovery 925 Bluetooth Earpiece (Black, Retail Packaging) before, but the noise in my truck made it uncomfortable to use for more than a few minutes. The Jabra has no issues with that. Since it hooks around your ear and fits snugly in your ear, sound is no problem coming or going. The volume adjustment is very easy to use without having to look at the earpiece and the tone is not tinny or robotic - the incoming voice sounds perfectly normal. The 6 hours of talk time and 8 days of standby time is a lot better than my previous Bluetooth and the charging is great. The USB charger angles conveniently to charge from your computer and only takes a little more than an hour to fully charge (on a new set). You can also charge in your car with an adapter such as the Universal Apple iPod USB Charger Kit - USB Retractable Hotsync Cable - USB Home Travel Charger - USB 12V Cigarette Lighter Charger.

If you want to just walk around your home and talk, plug in then Jabra USB link into your PC and you can wander anywhere (within 30-33 feet). I found no interruption, even when in the bathroom with several walls and appliances in between. This is obviously much better than holding a phone with your hand. The earpiece comes already paired with the USB link. Pairing to your phone is just as easy as any Bluetooth. Tapping on/off is simple as well, however voice activation does not work on all phones. I have an iPhone 3G and it does not have the capability of voice activation. However, the 3GS and above do have the capability when you download the "Fonix iSpeak" application.

This Bluetooth is comfortable, very easy to learn to use and is reasonably prices. However, the lack of voice activation with some phones was disappointing.

The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier
The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier
by Jim Davidson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 24.00
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossibly Riveting!, Aug. 15 2011
Having worked at Mt. Rainier National Park, I can tell you that there are nearly 100 bodies that were never recovered from accidents. Both Mike Davidson and Mike Price knew the challenges of the mountain, but both had ample experience to climb this mammoth volcano.

The first thing you'll read in this book is Jim's personal letter to Mike, apologizing his heart out to his best friend Mike for the entire tragedy. It's a heart wrenching and frightening foreword. The book encompasses all the pre-climb thrills and anticipations, the careful safety preparations, the climb, the accident and the resulting finale. With help from author Kevin Vaughan, Jim recalls in vivid detail the entire trip; the cave-in that threw them deep inside a glacial crevasse with its blackness and silence and the horrific realization that Mike was dead and Jim was left with no option but to climb out - if that was even possible. This was an almost impossible task. Jim was clinging to a narrow, frozen ledge, far down a lightless chasm.

The story reads of a strong friendship gone bad in an instant, the terrible guilt and the seemingly impossibility of it all. Jim's description of his horrific environment and his struggle to get out of the crevasse is a page turner. Even after the event ends, Jim describes his personal philosophy and newly found wisdom. While maintaining his respect for the mountains and their wonder, his soul has been strongly touched. This is a true adventure story. It is the real thing.

American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies that the Government Tells Us
American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies that the Government Tells Us
by Jesse Ventura
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 19.75
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American History Explained and Questioned, Aug. 5 2011
Jesse Ventura is a real American who has a lot of questions. Packed into this book are some of the most disturbingly unsolved governmental mysteries of our country. He dives into dozens of stories that we all have known about and in many cases did not know about. One of the most intriguing is the assassination of President Lincoln. What we were taught in school is just a scratch of the surface. Mr. Ventura goes into detail about the conspiracy that surrounded Lincoln's entire Presidency. Robert Redford's recent movie "The Conspirator" is a perfect example of how intricate the story is. There is plenty more, including the J. F. Kennedy and R. F. Kennedy assassinations as well as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and more. Other heady stories include the Jonestown massacre; something we thought we all knew about. However, Mr. Ventura brings new light to the matter and the more he explains, the more you start to question what you thought you knew. The media is not 'all-telling'. Stolen elections of the last decade 'plus' are given a solid review here as well, showing that our government is no more trustworthy than any other. Of particular fascination to me was his expansive questions about 9/11, with almost too many questions about Building Seven, how the towers really might have fallen, who knew what, why was the Pentagon left with that circular hole, not befitting the crash of a jetliner, why NORAD was in Greenland that day, etc. Even Jesse Ventura was "investigated" by a mysterious group from Washington after he was elected governor - an almost humorous confrontation when he turns the tables on them.

Each subject is organized into three parts: The Incident, The Official Word and My Take (or Jesse Ventura's analysis). All topics are well researched and the questions he brings up are nearly mind boggling in their obviousness. Why didn't Americans ask questions? Why would the government cover up anything? What is to be gained from such cover-ups? This is the kind of book that should be required reading in high school, if only for the facts and truth about each incident. Some might think Jesse Ventura to be paranoid, but if he is, he has good reason. This book is a fast and amazing read. There really are very few books quite like it. Even if you are not a 'conspiracy theory' fan, you'll at least learn a lot more about America's history. The only thing I found frustrating about the book, is that it raises so many seemingly unanswerable questions. But as Jesse Ventura explains, these are the kinds of things Americans need to know about. Our government is not what it always wants us to see it as. 'Vigilance' and 'questioning' is as American as apple pie.

Psychic Intelligence: Tune In and Discover the Power of Your Intuition
Psychic Intelligence: Tune In and Discover the Power of Your Intuition
by Terry Jamison
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 23.99
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guide To Your Sixth Sense, Aug. 5 2011
Terry and Linda Jamison are two of the most popular psychics known today. This book is not much on their amazing history of predictions as one might think, but on their methods. One of the first things they explain in their book is knowing the difference between real psychics and those who are false. Beyond that, the book is a series of methods of improving your own inner psychic abilities through mediation, simple work exercises and self-awareness. At first the book may seem like another simple self-help guide, but its far more than that. The Jamison twins calmly and simply explain how you can expand and strengthen your own innate psychic self.

One of the areas I found very insightful were what they call the "Four Clairs". These are:
Clairvoyance - Clear Seeing
Clairaudience - Clear Hearing
Claircognizance - Clear Knowing
Clairsentience - Clear Feeling

These are all basic senses we all already have. But improving on them helps one to trust your gut feelings or your intuition; things we all have. The delivery of these observations and exercises is almost too matter-of-fact, which makes it all the more compelling. It's like a personal conversation. I can highly recommend this to anyone interested in tapping into that sixth sense, intuition or whatever you prefer to call it. The book is all about "becoming your most authentic self". If it seems simple; it's because it is. But you probably already knew that?

iHome iD84BZ App-Enhanced Dual Alarm Clock Radio for iPad/iPhone/iPod with AM/FM Presets (Black)
iHome iD84BZ App-Enhanced Dual Alarm Clock Radio for iPad/iPhone/iPod with AM/FM Presets (Black)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Unit with Great Sound, July 27 2011
Previously I used the Altec Lansing IMT320 inMotion Compact iPod Speaker System to charge my iPhone and listen to music, however the iHome System is a big jump up in features and quality. This system will take your iPad and charge it, holding the iPad securely with a rubberized device rest behind it. The entire system is made of a tough black metal construction with bright silver buttons on the top for easy functionality. The speakers produce a good solid range of sound with an added 3D feature that opens up the sound range remarkably, due to a small 1/2" woofer hole in the rear. The volume and 'set' buttons are large and easily visible to set volume/bedtime modes and the 'set' buttons handle the time display on the front of the system. That clock display is large and easily read with Alarm #1, Alarm #2, iHome App Indicator (yes, you get an extra App for this device), battery indicator (2 AA batteries), AM/PM indicator and time.

Also on top of the unit are easy buttons for both alarms play/pause, equalizer, presets, mode and alarm reset. There is also a wide Snooze/Dimmer button for five different displays of light intensity.

The rear of the unit is used for setting your time, time sync, time zone and DST switch with an AM Loop Antenna socket and a Line-in Jack and power cable jack. You only need to deal with these once. The unit comes with a detachable antenna, which is a plastic rectangle set in a plastic stand. This piece is flimsy and seemingly out of character with the quality that is the rest of the unit. A metal antennae attached to the unit would have been nicer.

Whether you use an iPod, iPhone or iPad, this clock/radio system is the best I've seen, particularly for the price. The sound is also amazingly crisp with a good range. It's great to be able to set all the music functions of your iPad, iPhone device using the buttons on the unit. Apple is always coming up with new household items and this alarm clock/dock is a great unit to own or give as a gift.

In Concert with The Danish National Concert Orchestra (DVD)
In Concert with The Danish National Concert Orchestra (DVD)
DVD ~ Robin Gibb
Price: CDN$ 14.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bee Gees By Robin Gibb, July 14 2011
Four years after Robin Gibb's Concert with the Frankfurt Philharmonic Orchestra, Robin returns performing from Denmark with the Danish National Concert Orchestra. Without much fanfare, Robin and his band start right into, "More Than A Woman", bringing the audience into the excitement. The songs continue with the typical Robin Gibb flair but there is not much new from the 2005 concert DVD, other than a few new songs. Most notably is "Alan Freeman Days" which is probably the highlight of the concert. "Islands In The Stream" is also a new live song and proves the audience is appreciative of its inclusion, but the spark is simply not there. "New York Mining Disaster 1941" is also here, but in its original form and not as exciting a new interpretation that it was given on the previous DVD. It is fortunate to hear Robins voice in the forefront and separated from the three excellent female back-up vocalists, but there is a question that begs answering. Did Robin use computer altered singing in the final mix? At times it does seem that his voice has that "Glee" style, but then again, Robin's vibrato has always been steady and unique. I would have said there is none until I heard, "Juliet". Its sounds just like he was singing a Glee song. Even the percussionist looks at him several times as if he were out of tune. No matter. He still sends out a good song. One thing that is missing is the standard earphone or the classic Robin hand-clasp to the ear. He does have five speakers that send his vocals directly back to him onstage, but is that enough? It isn't until the final song that the uses his hand for sound balance.

It should be noted that this concert is about one-half hour shorter than the previous DVD. It also does not have as much of the earlier interpretations that the other DVD had, other than a few minor alternate song endings. Also missing are the songs, "Please", "Love Hurts" and "My Lover's Prayer", all songs that added a unique atmosphere to a public audience of adoring fans. It is interesting to hear "You Should Be Dancing" sung in a normal ranged voice and have it come off as a strong concert song, but "Jive Talkin'" lacks the funkiness of the original.

The grounds and day concert atmosphere of the Ledreborg Castle is impressive with a large audience. There is not a great deal of performer/audience interaction, but as a total entity, the concert works. It's just a shame that there are no extras. The biggest disappointment is that although the DVD claims to be in DTS Digital Surround Sound, it is only in stereo. This is a technical item that is nearly unforgivable, particularly considering the expansive concert grounds and audience.

Let It Roll: The Songs of George Harrison
Let It Roll: The Songs of George Harrison
Price: CDN$ 16.80
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grand Collection!, May 18 2011
This latest collection of George Harrison's spectacular musical history contains the most popular hits of his career. To be noted, there are some hits that are excluded, but are available on other Harrisons Collections such as, 'Best of' and 'Best of Dark Horse'. The best part of this disc is the fantastic remastering done by Giles Martin at EMI's Abbey Road Studio; the birthplace of the Beatles. Expert Warren Zanes has extensive liner notes that reveal the heart and soul of George Harrison and some insights into his person and music. Zanes notes that George Harrison has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame both as a solo artist and as a Beatles member. Also included are the amazing mentions of Harrison's eleven (11) Grammy awards from the Beatles, his solo work and 'The Traveling Wilbury's'.

This collection spans George Harrison's entire solo recording career, including the #1 singles "My Sweet Lord," "Isn't It A Pity," "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)," and "Got My Mind Set On You." The collection also includes three live recordings of Harrison-penned Beatles songs, including, "Something," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and "Here Comes The Sun." from Concert for Bangladesh the 1971 all-concert benefit at Madison Square Garden. Five of the songs are from Harrisons groundbreaking triple album, 'All Things Must Pass [BOXED EDITION]'.

For the true fan, there are dozens and dozens of album cut gems from other albums in Harrison's tremendous career.

Logitech Wireless Mouse M305 with Nano-Receiver 910-000928 (Silver)
Logitech Wireless Mouse M305 with Nano-Receiver 910-000928 (Silver)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Clean Easy Mouse, May 11 2011
I still have my Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 (which is a solid, heavy-duty device), but decided to buy this smaller mouse for my laptop. After using it for my laptop, I bought another one for my desktop, replacing the gaming mouse. It's just more convenient, easier to use and its wireless. Sure it's comfortable, but I really like the Nano-receiver that simply sits in your USB port unnoticeably. The connection never drops out with the AA battery and I can always leave the mouse `on', as the battery automatically shuts off when it sits for a while. The best part is it's so inexpensive, even with perfect tracking. My gaming mouse was about five times the price. If you want to spend an extra ten dollars, you can get a Logitech Wireless Mouse M510 with the `unifying' feature, meaning you only need to use one Nano-receiver in one USB port, freeing up your other ports.

I have tried this mouse on my ACER desktop and my Dell laptop. Both worked perfectly.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Bee Gees By Wikipedia, April 12 2011
This is one strange book. It is both detailed and impossibly omissive. It is obvious from the first page that all the material is taken from Wikipedia and going directly to the `Article Sources and Contributors', it is proven true. Initially it looks like a good summary of the Bee Gees career. There is a general overview of the Bee Gees history which is directly from Wikipedia (which is not always a perfect source of information). The band members are given their own biography (Colin Peterson and Vince Melouney included), but it is limited to only the band members from 1967 through 1969! There are no biographies of the later band members (other than in song and album credits). These were the artists during the second wave of success from 1975-1980 with Blue Weaver, Dennis Bryon and Alan Kendall. It isn't even mentioned that Alan Kendall had been the lead guitarist since 1971 until you dig around. And since 1980 there is no mention of any such band members at all other than in the credits. These are the session musicians that worked with the Bee Gees since the `ESP' album of 1987 to present who deserve a decent nod as well.

The discography is nice showing the highest ranking of albums in the USA and UK, as is the world-wide single charts positions by country. There is also a fairly good overview of each of the albums with specific details and the Bee Gees most successful songs. But there is one big omission that left me pole-axed. Under the Bee Gees Discography, the studio and live albums are charted showing the Year, Chart Positions and Sales numbers. But the column for the title of the album is completely blank! It is simply blank! You have to guess which album it might be by the year. This is obviously a huge oversight and one that really hurts the book's validity. And did 'Mr. Natural' peak at #198 or #178? This is what you get from Wikipedia. If you want the real stories straight from people who worked and met the Bee Gees, you should read The Bee Gees: Tales of the Brothers Gibb. If you want some verified copy written information on albums and songs, GOOGLE "GibbSongs" by Joe Brennan. By the way, I returned my book.

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