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reviewed Ready (Trey Songz album). December 24, 2009
trey songs
Except for his shirt of course. Trey is unwavering to make his mark as one of the best R&B singers in the game for the time being. The album isn’t bad at all and I reviewed what I felt …
reviewed Celebrating 30 Years at the Cafe Carlyle. May 05, 2008
Celebrating 30 Years at the Cafe Carlyle
Bobby Short, king of the New York cabaret club scene and in-house entertainer at the famous Cafe Carlyle, is in rare form and great voice on this incredible CD.  This features some of his best, most …
reviewed Heroes & Thieves. February 06, 2009
Heroes & Thieves
The third time's definitely a charm for singer/song-writer Vanessa Carlton, who grants three wishes for the listener with her latest album.     1. Intelligent songwriting   2. …
reviewed Tom Waits. May 09, 2009
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Tom Waits
I first became fully aware of Tom Waits in the early 90's. I knew of him before then - I'd seen him acting in a few movies - but it was a video of his I saw on MTV which really caught my attention. …
reviewed K-Pop. November 04, 2009
KOREAN POP MUSIC
   After my extended horror film run this past October, I figured that I should put something out just for fun. I have been really out of touch with my music, but being friends with a multi-racial …
reviewed Graffiti (Chris Brown album). December 24, 2009
Graffiti (Chris Brown album)
   I was hoping not to like this album but unfortunately I do even though I feel he made the wrong decision when trying to go the Rihanna route about addressing the issues between them two. …
reviewed Mamma Mia! (movie). September 03, 2008
Mamma Mia!
Meryl Streep gets to show her funny side once again, playing Donna, a single mother struggling with the upkeep of her hotel on a small Greek island while raising her only daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) …
reviewed Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra: 19.... December 16, 2008
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Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra 1941-1942
Colorful bandleader Lucky Millinder was on top of the world in 1941 and 1942.  His multi-talented lineup in those years featured the likes of the noted jazz/R&B pianist and organist Bill Doggett …
reviewed Garfunkel. December 17, 2008
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Garfunkel
Memo to Sony records: Your 1988 release "Garfunkel" which was touted at the time as some sort of "Greatest Hits" anthology was a hugely disappointing offering back then and now more than 20 years later …
reviewed The Essential Donovan. December 23, 2008
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The Essential Donovan
I purchased "The Essential Donovan" to replace my vinyl copy of "Donovan"s Greatest Hits" that was originally released in the U.S. back in 1969.  That collection had a couple …
reviewed Four Tops: 50th Anniversary Anthology. December 25, 2008
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Four Tops 50th Anniversary Anthology
I must say right off the bat that "Four Tops: 50th Anniversary Anthology" is without a doubt one of the best things I own.  Hip-O has done just about everything right in putting together …
reviewed The Four Tops: The Ultimate Collection. December 31, 2008
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The Four Tops Ultimate Collection
The Ultimate Collection , released by Polygram in 1997, contains all the great Motown hits of the Four Tops. The group, formed in Detroit in 1954 remained together for more than forty years until Lawrence …
reviewed Pink (P!nk). September 02, 2008
P!ink
Go P!nk!!     This first single from P!nk's upcoming album "Funhouse" is a fun (very slightly profane), hard-hitting, seriously rocking bad girl break-up anthem.     I …
reviewed Herman's Hermits Retrospective. December 11, 2008
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Herman's Hermits Retrospective
I remember it like it was yesterday. I was shopping at a local discount store with my parents and I begged them to let me buy my first 45 rpm record. That record was "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely …
reviewed The Five Keys Golden Classics. December 14, 2008
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The Five Keys Golden Classics
Whether you are already a huge fan of this music or someone just exploring the genre  "The Five Keys:  Golden Classics" is a "must have" disc.  The Five Keys hailed from Newport News, Va. …
reviewed Natalie MacMaster: My Roots Are Showing. December 17, 2008
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Natalie MacMaster My Roots Are Showing
Several years ago my wife and I had the great good fortune to travel to Cape Bretton Island at the eastern end of Nova Scotia.  Often compared to the Scottish Highlands, Cape Bretton Island is a …
reviewed Ultimate Manilow. December 23, 2008
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Ultimate Manilow
I suppose that a number of my contemporaries will be snickering when they read this. After all, in the mid to late 1970's no one was considered less cool and more irrelevant than Barry Manilow.  …
reviewed 25 Beach Music Classics. December 28, 2008
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25 beach Music Classics
Although I have never visited Myrtle Beach or any other beach in the Carolinas for that matter, I have become quite curious about a genre of music known as "Beach Music".  In fact, I had …
reviewed Dreamgirls. December 30, 2008
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Dreamgirls
If they were alive today I am quite sure that Rogers and Hammerstein, Loerner and Lowe and all the others who brought us the great American musicals of the 1940's and 1950's would stand up and …
reviewed The Flying Cup Club by Beirut. April 01, 2008
Beirut's Flying Cup Club
This album is one of my favorite ones to listen to in the car.  The lyrics and melodies composed by Zach Condon and his band make me feel like I'm living in a completely different place and time.  …
reviewed Bolt. October 22, 2009
Bolt
Within the past few years, Disney movies that don't have Pixar attached typically tend to be forgettable.  Meet the Robinsons was funny but so random and jumbled that telling anyone just what the …
reviewed The Complete Book of Doo-Wop. November 30, 2009
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Complete Book of Doo Wop
Due to the popularity of T.J. Lubinsky's "American Soundtrack" series on PBS there has been renewed interest in the music known as "doo wop".  As an avid collector of 45's I became …
reviewed Henry Burr Anthology: The Original Ki.... December 13, 2008
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Henry Burr Anthology The Original King of Pop
Who was Henry Burr and why would anyone spend good money to listen to recordings that were made 75 to 100 years ago? According to the liner notes provided with the just released CD simply titled "Anthology", …
reviewed Led Zeppelin: Mothership. April 01, 2008
Mothership - Led Zeppelin
Jimmy has been busy again.  Let's face it, you can't get too much of these guys.  Repackage it again and I'll take it.  It's been a long time since I've rock and rolled . . .
reviewed Wicked. December 13, 2008
Wicked Marquee
It might be because I saw the musical first.  It might be because I'm a sucker for a good happy ending.  It might simply be that I've always loved theatre more than literature.  Regardless, …
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