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Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 38.95
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously bad production makes this album unlistenable, April 16 2004
This review is from: Blacklisted (Audio CD)
"Reverb-soaked"?? More like "reverb-inundated". The songs are interesting but the overall sound is muddy, boomy and, ultimately, irritating. I may try running this through Digital Performer to see if I can remove the worst of it. She deserves far better.

DVD ~ John Prine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Brilliant, Heartbreaking, April 14 2004
I didn't consider myself a big fan of Prine, although I liked a few of his songs. But I saw this when it was broadcast, and I was awestruck: gone are the snarky mannerisms of youth, replaced by wry wisdom and heartfelt weariness. He can now sing his own songs as they were meant to be sung, with detachment and hindsight and the voice of real experience. This DVD and his "Souvenirs" CD are enough by themselves to establish his place in musical history. Prine is arguably America's best songwriter.

B.B. King Live at the Regal
B.B. King Live at the Regal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, Aug. 3 2003
B.B King's legacy is not just his guitar work; his vocals are incredible. This is arguably the best concert album ever recorded. The audience response is well-miked, and is critical to the appreciation of the album. If the final verse of "How Blue Can You Get?" doesn't send chills up your spine, you shouldn't be listening to the blues.

Chasm City
Chasm City
by Alastair Reynolds
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance!, Aug. 3 2003
This review is from: Chasm City (Mass Market Paperback)
This novel has the 'tech noir' flavor of William Gibson's "Neuromancer". The plot is compelling and the prose is sturdy enough to keep you interested until the very end. Yes, the denoument is telegraphed, but it doesn't matter. The story is worthwhile and the pacing is wonderful. Buy it.

Wings of Twilight: The Art of Michael Kaluta: Signed and Limited Edition
Wings of Twilight: The Art of Michael Kaluta: Signed and Limited Edition
by Michael Kaluta
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish it were longer, June 23 2001
My only complaint about the book is there's just not enough of it! Kaluta's work really requires a multi-volume retrospective to demonstrate the breadth and depth of his astonishing talent. Anyone whose work recalls Moebius, Hal Foster, George Grosz, Alfons Mucha, Frank Frazetta and Heinrich Kley all at once deserves a far wider audience.
Get this book, then scour the used-book sites and get copies of "The Michael William Kaluta Treasury" and "The Michael Wm. Kaluta Sketchbook". Oh yeah, and "Metropolis".
Go to the guy's web site (not hard to find) and see for yourself.

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