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Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert
This is a story that I have read more times than I care to remember. Back in 1903 a total of 602 people, mostly women and children, perished in a fire at a matinee at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago. …
reviewed Art Garfunkel: The Singer. August 29, 2012
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Art Garfunkel: The Singer
For years I have been hoopin' and hollerin' for a comprehensive Art Garfunkel collection. Columbia's pathetic 1988 single disc 12 track offering "Garfunkel" simply did not cut the …
reviewed Jose Feliciano: The King. August 17, 2012
Jose Feliciano
TRACK LISTING    1. Don't Be Cruel  2. You Are Always On My Mind  3. I'll Remember You  4. All Shook Up  5. Loving You  6. Are You …
reviewed An Intimate Evening with Johnny Maest.... July 13, 2012
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An Intimate Evening with Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge: 40th Anniversary Celebration
Imagine! It has been 50 years since a young singer from Brooklyn named Johnny Maestro made his very first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 with a tune called "Sweetest One". At that time Johnny was …
reviewed Gordon Lightfoot: All Live. April 25, 2012
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Gordon Lightfoot: All Live
He is considered by many to be Canada's greatest songwriter of all-time and has been a fixture on the Canadian music scene for more than four decades. Music buffs will recall that Gordon Lightfoot achieved …
reviewed "Tuskegee". April 06, 2012
For more than a decade Lionel Richie was one of America's most consistent hit makers. First as lead singer of The Commodores and then as a popular solo act Richie racked up nearly two dozen Top Ten hits …
reviewed The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers. November 30, 2011
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The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers
While I am not a particularly big fan of the music of the 1970's one group that stood head and shoulders above the rest was The Doobie Brothers.  Led by vocalist Tom Johnston, this group successfully …
reviewed Three Dog Night: Complete Hit Singles. November 24, 2011
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Three Dog Night: Complete Hit Singles
About ten years ago I purchased the two-disc set "Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story 1965-1975". At the time it was clearly the best Three Dog Night collection on the market.  But frankly, …
reviewed Diana Ross: The Greatest. November 20, 2011
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Diana Ross: The Greatest
Just take a look at the track listing and you will be blown away.  In a remarkable recording career spanning more than a quarter century Diana Ross made some of the most memorable and enduring hits …
reviewed Bob Seger: Ultimate Hits -- Rock and .... November 19, 2011
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Bob Seger: Ultimate Hits -- Rock and Roll Never Forgets
He has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.  During the ten year period between 1977 and 1986 Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band amassed an impressive total of 6 consecutive Top Ten albums …
reviewed The Very Best of Neil Diamond: The Or.... November 11, 2011
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The Very Best of Neil Diamond
Between the years 1966 and 1983 Neil Diamond was one of the most consistent hitmakers in American popular music.  During this period he placed an impressive total of more than 50 singles on …
reviewed Frank Sinatra: Best of the Best (Delu.... November 09, 2011
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Frank Sinatra: Best of the Best (Deluxe Edition)
When you take a look at Frank Sinatra's long and prolific recording career the numbers are simply staggering.  Frank had his first big hit as lead vocalist of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1940 …
reviewed Sinatra: Best of the Best. November 05, 2011
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Frank Sinatra: Best of the Best
When you take a look at Frank Sinatra's long and prolific recording career the numbers are simply staggering.  Frank had his first big hit as lead vocalist of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1940 …
reviewed The Essential Phil Spector. October 17, 2011
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The Essential Phil Spector
In 1958 at the age of 18 a brash young singer/songwriter from Los Angeles named Phil Spector wrote a song called "To Know Him Is To Love Him".  Together with three friends from high school …
reviewed Paul Simon. October 17, 2011
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Paul Simon
Singer/songwriter Paul Simon turned 70 this week.  For nearly three decades he was a major force in American popular music.  Success did not come easily to Paul Simon.  The truth is that …
reviewed Steve Tyrell: A New Standard. July 11, 2011
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Steve Tyrell: A New Standard
Such is the observation of the legendary American pianist, composer and music producer Burt Bacharach upon sampling Steve Tyrell's 1999 debut album "A New Standard".   I completely …
reviewed Love Will Find Its Own Way: The Best .... February 17, 2011
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The Best of Gladys Knight and the Pips
They were a significant force in American popular music for nearly three decades. Over the course of their storied career Gladys Knight and the Pips would master a variety of genres and experience a remarkable …
reviewed Junior Walker and the All Stars: The .... February 15, 2011
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Junior Walker and the All Stars
I began my lifelong obsession of collecting records in the spring of 1965.   There were so many amazing sounds emanating out of our little transistor radios in those days.  There was folk, …
reviewed Hank Williams: 40 Greatest Hits. February 05, 2011
Hank Williams 40 Greatest Hits
Believe it or not I purchased my copy of "Hank Williams: 40 Greatest Hits" when it was first released as a 2 LP set way back in 1978.  I was not a big fan of country music in those days …
reviewed The Temptations: Ultimate Collection. January 30, 2011
Temptations Ultimate Collection
Stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes!  In this day of slick marketing and advertising gimmicks you can pretty much call any product anything you want to and make just about any claim you care …
reviewed Come and Get It: The Best Of Apple Re.... January 17, 2011
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Come and Get It: The Best Of Apple Records
It is a collection that is long overdue. When John, Paul, George and Ringo founded Apple Records back in 1968 they intended the label to be the home not only for their own music but also for deserving …
reviewed The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: 9t.... October 27, 2010
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The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits 9th Edition: Complete Chart Information About America's Most Popular Songs and Artists (1955-2009)
I first became acquainted with Joel Whitburn and his impressive series of music reference books way back in the late 1970's. Over the years I have purchased a good many of them. Whether you are an …
reviewed Russ Columbo: Prisoner of Love. October 21, 2010
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Russ Columbo Prisoner of Love
In September 1934 Russ Columbo had the world on a string.  Just 26 years old, Columbo had established himself as one of the up and coming male vocalists of the day.  He was also a trained violinist.  …
reviewed The World of Nat King Cole. October 11, 2010
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The World of Nat King Cole
Over the years I have owned any number of Nat King Cole collections.  Although I never failed to enjoy the music I found each of those vinyl LP's or compact discs to be flawed in some way.  Collectors …
reviewed Four Freshmen: Capitol Collectors Series. September 20, 2010
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Four Freshmen Capitol Collectors Series
"In the world of jazz, The Four Freshmen hold many distinctions.  They were the first successful recording vocal jazz group to play their own instruments; they were the first four-part groupto …
reviewed Jerry Lee Lewis: Mean Old Man (Deluxe.... September 10, 2010
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Jerry Lee Lewis: Mean Old Man
In his heyday in the 1950's at Sam Phillips' Sun Records Jerry Lee Lewis was often referred to as "the wild man of rock & roll".  This was an apt description to be sure befitting …
reviewed The Very Best of the Manhattan Transfer. September 05, 2010
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The Very Best of The Manhatten Transfer
They have been around for nearly four decades now.  This group has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working and most versatile acts in show business.  The Manhattan Transfer made …
reviewed Barry Manilow The Greatest Love Songs.... September 01, 2010
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Barry Manilow The Greatest Love Songs of All Time
When Barry Manilow's "The Greatest Love Songs of All Time" was released several months ago I was kind of intrigued.  I had not purchased anything by Manilow since his "Ultimate …
reviewed Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story .... August 27, 2010
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Celebrate The Three Dog Night Story 1965-1975
When I purchased "Celebrate:  The Three Dog Night Story 1965-1975"  several years ago it was easily the best available collection of Three Dog Night on the market.  No question …
reviewed The Like In I Love You. August 25, 2010
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Brian Wilson: The Like In I Love You
What you are listening to here is truly historic.  It is also absolutely beautiful. "The Like In I Love You" was one of 114 George Gershwin tunes that he never had the chance to finish.  …
reviewed Tommy James 40th Anniversary Singles .... August 24, 2010
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Tommy James 40th Anniversary Singles Collection
When Tommy James was just 13 years old, he and a group of junior high school buddies formed a rock `n roll band in their hometown of Niles, Michigan.  They called themselves The Shondells.  The …
reviewed Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin. August 19, 2010
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Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin
Just got my pre-ordered copy of "Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin" in the mail. This is a release I have been looking forward to with great anticipation.  I figured that given the significance …
reviewed Bob Seger Greatest Hits. August 18, 2010
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Bob Seger Greatest Hits
Here we are in 2010 and Capitol Records has still not gotten around to issuing a complete anthology of one of its top-selling artists of all-time Bob Seger.  Very strange!  The fact of the …
reviewed Top Pop Singles: 1955-2008. August 16, 2010
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Top Pop Singles: 1955-2008
I first became acquainted with Joel Whitburn and his impressive series of music reference books way back in the late 1970's. I immediately became a fan.  Over the years I have purchased a good …
reviewed Explicit Lyrics. August 06, 2010
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Explicit Lyrics
Recently I made up a list here on Lunch that I dubbed “These are a few of my least favorite things”.  For the most part this was kind of a fun list but one of the items that I put near …
reviewed Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship.... August 05, 2010
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Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Starship Starship
When this collection was released some years ago  I was rather amused by another reviewer's description of "Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship Hits" as being rather "bizarre" …
reviewed The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Don't Mes.... July 25, 2010
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The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Don't Mess with A Big Band
In a recent online poll Brian Setzer was voted "The World"s Greatest Living Guitarist".  If you are skeptcal about this I urge you to check out the phenomenal new double disc …
reviewed Linda Ronstadt: Hummin' To Myself. July 11, 2010
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Linda Ronstadt Hummin' To Myself
It's hard to believe but it has been more than a quarter century since Linda Ronstadt combined with the legendary Nelson Riddle to produce "What's New", truly one of the great albums …
reviewed Sam Cooke: Portrait of A Legend 1951-.... July 07, 2010
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Sam Cooke
Because he died at such a young age we really only caught a glimpse of the enormous talent of Sam Cooke.   Sam began his career as a gospel singer and spent six years years as lead singer of …
reviewed The Moody Blues: Live at the Royal Al.... June 29, 2010
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The Moody Blues Live at Royal Albert Hall 2000
I first heard portions of this CD in the fall of 2000 on AM radio!!  What was even more bizarre was that it was on the Rush Limbaugh show.  Apparently someone at the record company found out …
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