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Cordon Bleu by Solution
Cordon Bleu by Solution

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible soft rock-jazz fusion, July 18 2016
This review is from: Cordon Bleu by Solution (Audio CD)
I had this LP on tape many years ago in 80es - "Solution", band from Netherlands. They present fantastic sense of addictive rhythm, produce very accessible (although not simple), melodic, lively & slightly romantic sax-oriented jazz-rock compositions. The keyboards occupy a very important place: jazzy piano, floating organ and some other more modern keyboards. The bass, very rhythmic and complex, is quite loud and full of bottom. There is a presence of some very good male lead & backing vocals. There are very rare and discrete acoustic and electric guitars The overall sound is absolutely pleasant, fresh and clean! All the tracks are excellent! The sax parts and vocals sound a bit like Klaus Doldinger's Passport, sometimes like early soft Chicago or even Colosseum.
Other LPs by Solution: s/t (first) and Divergence are also very good !

Santana IV
Santana IV
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good effort.., July 18 2016
This review is from: Santana IV (Audio CD)
..unfortunately that is all, and not working for me. Why?..perhaps because I know and like so much old Santana s/t, Abraxas and Santana III LPs. The playing is first-rate, but none of the songs really stand out.
While the music on Santana IV is truly reminiscent of these three masterpieces (to such extend that you may hear 'cousins' of "Evil Ways" or "Samba Pa Ti/Europa" on it), it does not affect me anymore. The very similar, my personal feelings apply to latest CDs by Deep Purple (2013 "Now What?"), Black Sabbath (2013 "13"), Jeff Lynn's (2015 "Alone in the Universe") and Uriah Heep (2014 "Outsider")..just a few examples.
Some returns are better than others. I cannot explain exactly why, but I would mention: Ten Years After (2004 "Now"), Procol Harum (2003 "The Well's on Fire") or Wishbone Ash (2011 "Elegant Stealth").

Trail of Hope: The Anders Army, An Odyssey Across Three Continents
Trail of Hope: The Anders Army, An Odyssey Across Three Continents
by Norman Davies
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 44.54
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4.0 out of 5 stars important and interesting history, July 18 2016
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The book contains a huge collection of photographs. It is its greatest advantage. The writing is simple and straightforward. Reader will go fast through this quite large and heavy volume. However handling it is rather cumbersome, because its weight. I would prefer to have text and pictures separated, perhaps photographs on some kind of external storage device that one can attach to the computer.

Transfer Station Blue
Transfer Station Blue
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting collaboration, July 16 2016
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This review is from: Transfer Station Blue (Audio CD)
Ambient music by such icon expert like Klaus Schulze cannot be bad. Michael adds some electronic drumming and his brother is sporadically on guitar creatinc moments of funky stuff. 3 and 1/2 *

The Coming Financial Crisis: A Look Behind the Wizard's Curtain
The Coming Financial Crisis: A Look Behind the Wizard's Curtain
by John Truman Wolfe
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 19.33
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is almost here..and remember..banks' depositors are unsecured creditors (!!!)..., July 1 2016
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Globalization of trade and central banking has propelled private corporations to positions of power and control never before seen in human history. Under advanced capitalism, the structural demands for a return on investment require an unending expansion of centralized capital in the hands of fewer and fewer people. The financial center of global capitalism is so highly concentrated that less than a few thousand people dominate and control $100 trillion of wealth.
The few thousand people controlling global capital amounts to less than 0.0001 percent of the world's population. They are the transnational capitalist class (TCC), who, as the capitalist elite of the world, dominate nation-states through international trade agreements and transnational state organizations such as the World Bank, the Bank for International Settlements, and the International Monetary Fund.

The book is an important update. It starts with basics about Bank of Cyprus collapse and what happened to depositors' money. According to the author, this may happen on the global scale in all so called G-SIFI banks. Major Financial Crisis is coming.
Importantly there is some writing about manipulations of precious metals prices and other scams (LIBOR scandal), that affect direction of the market).
Wolfe writes in the end (having in mind manipulations):

"Current estimates for the foreseeable future, despite all fundamentals to the contrary, are that the dollar will continue to rise, precious metals will decline and the DJ Index will continue its bull market ride into uncharted territory".

Well, read the book, contemplate the warnings. Learn what to do to protect yourself. This book is a treasure of knowledge about unscrupulous rulers of G20 nations..the big central banks under the thumb of Basel based BIS.
Learn more from "The Money Mafia" by Paul Hellyer and "Killing The Host" by Michael Hudson.

Price: CDN$ 28.50
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dada featuring Pete Gage (1970), July 1 2016
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This review is from: Dada (Audio CD)
I collect 'one LP' rock bands from 70es. Here I can hardly define the music on this CD, the only one recorded by the band. It is some kind of free- form fusion of several musical genres, a mixture of gospel, folk, rock and blues 'tinged with the tinge of the underground scene". Interesting stuff indeed. BTW: DADA means "state of mind=nothing".

Second Nature
Second Nature
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Second Nature".., June 5 2016
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... is even better than the first cd by this group. Music represents nice melodic solid modern rock with elements of progression.
Very enjoyable for any generation of listeners.

Using the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus
Using the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus
by Christopher R. Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide !, May 13 2016
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I used extensively TI-83 in the past. For 15 years I have not touched it at all, and got rusty with it. This book helped me to regain my ability to use it again for calculus and other applications.

Very Best of Mountain
Very Best of Mountain
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5.0 out of 5 stars The American heavy band.., April 20 2016
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Some compare Mountain to Cream. It is only partial truth. This band is perhaps more than Cream. With every song on this CD they present a different style of 'heaviness' and melody constructions. Sometimes sounds like Wishbone Ash. Highly recommended for anybody enjoying 60/70es era rock (Iron Butterfly, Steppenwolf etc.)

Well's on Fire
Well's on Fire
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4.0 out of 5 stars very much recommended !, April 12 2016
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This review is from: Well's on Fire (Audio CD)
This 2003 release, the latest Procol Harum (and the last?) album is a very enjoyable rock music proposition. It represents a good comeback to the music industry as die hard fans still can enjoy the style of the band's original sounds through Gary Brooker's good voice and Mathew Fisher's organ work. Band lyricist Keith Reid fulfils his duties, the songs dealing with heavy and emotive subjects such as child poverty, 9/11 and financial greed.
With a total of 13 tracks running to about an hour, we find a good diversity of styles and sounds from the upbeat "Shadow boxed" (with Roger Taylor on backing vocals) to the reflective lament "The blink of an eye", Reid's touching observation on 9/11.
The song writing, performance and sonic quality of the CD is good. Normal music buffs would enjoy this album.

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