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Me and Mr. Johnson
Me and Mr. Johnson
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good album ... but is there a market for this?, April 12 2004
This review is from: Me and Mr. Johnson (Audio CD)
I loved the earthy authentic blues EC did with "From the Cradle" (and with the Bluesbreakers for that matter). This album is very much in that vein. It seems like Eric is still paying his dues (as if any were needed at this point!). The quality of the tracks in terms of sound and tone is very good - from vocals and guitar to harmonica and percussion. The vibe is "authentic" rather than modern blues (the cover image says it all).
The big question is perhaps ... is there much of a market for this? It seems squarely aimed at blues fans rather that the pop crowd that might go for Wonderful Tonight or I Shot the Sheriff. However, like many blues fans, I already have a decent blues collection, including everything Robert Johnson ever recorded and "From the Cradle". The blues might be too authentic for some modern players and, judging from other reviews, some serious blues fans take offense at this re-working of old classics. I like it though and welcome any opportunity to hear this extremely talented and dedicated group of musicians play again. It must have taken some research to pull this off (I believe guitarist Andy Fairweather-Lowe was tasked with some of that indepth research) and it deserves recognition. A worthy album.

Born Under a Bad Sign
Born Under a Bad Sign
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably good - great tracks, great sound - true classic, April 12 2004
This review is from: Born Under a Bad Sign (Audio CD)
There are perhaps 4 or 5 classic blues albums that all blues fans should own and this is one of them. The album contains definitive versions of many classic blues tracks, such as Born Under a Bad Sign, Crosscut Saw, 'Oh, Pretty Woman', the Hunter (popularized by the rock band Free). ... The sound and tones captured here are excellent (so many recordings loose something when transferred to CD) and Albert's playing show taste and restraint but also fire. Something magic happened when Albert King & Booker T and the MGs (including Steve Cropper)got together.
Most of the tracks have been covered many times over by blues stars including the likes of Eric Clapton, Gary Moore and SRV.
There were a couple of excellent tracks that were new to me (Laundromat Blues and Personal Manager). That said, there are two tracks that seemed dated and which I do not care for: "I almost lost my mind" and "The very though of you" (the liner describes them as "uptown"), but there is more than enough A1+ quality blues here to make that a total non-issue. Quite simply sublime.

Best Of (Rm)
Best Of (Rm)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing -- buy "The Very Best of ..." instead, April 12 2004
This review is from: Best Of (Rm) (Audio CD)
I accidently bought this instead of the stupidly similarly named "The Very Best of Lee Ritenour". The latter is quite excellent, the former though is incredibly dull by comparison. Make sure you buy the right one.

Steve Vai - Live At The Astoria London (2003)
Steve Vai - Live At The Astoria London (2003)
DVD ~ Steve Vai
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super value. Steve may be the most complete guitarist ever, April 12 2004
Normally I might give this 4-stars...but at $14, this 2 DVD set represents excellent value an easy 5* value. I would have liked more "extras"-footage but quite a lot was supplied. There is a lot of concert footage and Steve is a fantastic showman, as well as being a guitarist of the highest ability.
Steve Vai's playing is certainly not easy listening but it is always impressive, often extremely impressive, and there are tracks here that are quite beautiful (Whispering a Prayer) or sublime (Jimi Hendrix's Fire and Steve's own For the Love of God ).
Prepare to be sonically bombarded -- watching this all in one go (not recommended!) might numb your senses but almost all tracks are good. There is a lot of advanced guitar and bass technique on show here. I am not sure that the world is quite ready to fully appreciate Steve's talents yet (much like Hendrix) but he is incredibly good -- he is pushing the boundaries of rock guitar and at the same time raising the bar for those that follow. Impressive.

John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and Friends - 70th Birthday Concert
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and Friends - 70th Birthday Concert
DVD ~ John Mayall
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3.0 out of 5 stars A historic event, good music but lacking..., April 12 2004
I could not wait to get my hands on this DVD but was a little disappointed. Some highlights:
* John is in fantastic shape for a 70 year old - he could pass for 60 perhaps less.
* The band's regular guitarist was great: tasteful licks, subtle articulation, superbly rich tone (especially for a Stratocaster) -- wonderful.
* Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor appear.
* There are some excellent tracks - some of my favourite Bluesbreakers tracks.
* John's harmonica playing was very good.
However, there were low points too:
* You can barely hear the two stars, Mick & Eric, as they are so down in the mix! Incredible. [John's vocals, organ & the regular guitarist are prominent in the mix].
* Eric's & Mick's tone was uncharacteristicially thin & lack luster. What a waste. Somebody give EC a Les Paul and turn them both up, way up, please.
* More video extras would have been nice.
* Where was Peter Green?! (Although the line up was impressive anyway).
Overall: not bad but there is definitely room for improvement.

Born Under a Bad Sign
Born Under a Bad Sign
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big sound, great tone, classic songs -- a "must buy", Jan. 18 2004
This review is from: Born Under a Bad Sign (Audio CD)
This is a super album, which sounds wonderful through headphones. It contains all first rate songs -- most are now blues standards ... and this is the definitive/original version of most of them. This is a "must buy" for any blues fan. Guitarists will recognise many of the songs and licks, which have been used by almost all modern blues players, including Gary Moore, SRV, Free and Eric Clapton among others.

Tesla: Man Out of Time
Tesla: Man Out of Time
by Margaret Cheney
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4.0 out of 5 stars An insightful and well written book, Oct. 28 2003
This review is from: Tesla: Man Out of Time (Paperback)
Tesla was an fascinating but often overlooked historical figure His inventions are still the basis of all major electrical power systems around the world. His later work often seemed fanciful/extravagent though -- perhaps prone to hyperbole in order to attract investors, he seemed to be facinated by very high voltage electricity. This books does a fine job of summarizing the character and work of "the great man" and reveals many -- but not all -- of the mysteries surrounding him.
Recommended to those interested in history, invention, engineering or science.

Cambridge Latin Course Unit 1 Student's Text North American edition
Cambridge Latin Course Unit 1 Student's Text North American edition
by North American Cambridge Classics Project
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best beginner text offered at the local book store, May 27 2003
I took a look through the 20 or so Latin books and dictionaries at my locals B&N book store. This one seems by far the strongest candidate for self-study (my intended use) - combining
a fairly attractive visual presentation with some interesting and easy-to-digest history/background information. Actually this is the only book I saw that I would consider buying. [I am thinking of learning a little Latin with my son, for fun and general education.]

All Creatures Great & Small: Series 1, Vols. 1-6 [Import]
All Creatures Great & Small: Series 1, Vols. 1-6 [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and engaging, May 21 2003
I found these boring as a child but watching them now I find myself totally engaged. My favourite viewing! The characters are very real and the setting charming. Like a trip back in time and place. Highly recommended (prob. dull for younger children, although my 6 year old will sometimes watch).

Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
by Stephen R. Covey
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but there are better more insightful books in this genre., May 21 2003
Although extremely successful -- this book practically created an industry -- I found it rather run of the mill. There are many other books and gurus in this genre and to me this was not particularly inspiring, original or credible. I would have expected such a well qualified author to provide more supporting evidence to support his theories. So, in summary: OK, not bad but rather over-hyped.

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