R. Riis

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (38 of 44)
Location: NY
In My Own Words:
Media maven and social commentator from New York. Avid reader, published writer, musical epicure, philosophical nitpicker, conceptual juggler, comic relief, and devoted husband. Former contributing editor to a popular music magazine and contributor to the All Music Guide.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 356,678 - Total Helpful Votes: 38 of 44
Soul On Top ~ James Brown
Soul On Top ~ James Brown
As Brown said to Leonard Feather, writer of this long-out-of-print 1969 album's original liner notes: "At heart, I've always been a jazz man." You have to hear James tearing it up backed by the Louis Bellson Orch. and arrangements by Oliver Nelson. Five unedited tracks are included, four of which are previously unissued, and the final song, "There Was A Time" co-written by James Brown and Bud Hobgood, has never been issued before at all. Through it all Brown shows that he's an unparalleled master of interpretation across all genres.
Hating America: The New World Sport by John Gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not to be dismissed, July 13 2004
It's not enough these days to deal with America's obvious enemies. So many of our "friends" and "allies" are enemies of another, less obvious stripe. Gibson uncovers the anti-American policies and hidden political agendas of France, Germany, and the most of the EU, South Korea, and Canada. To ignore this burgeoning trend in world affairs, whatever your political affliation, is to be willfully and dangerously ignorant.
I'm a Believer: My Life of Monkees, Music, and Mad&hellip by Mark Bego
4.0 out of 5 stars New edition, June 20 2004
The new edition adds a chapter that covers 1992-2004, including the tours, the "Justus" and "Missing Links" albums, and various film/theatrical projects, and the discography has been brought up to date.