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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 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 Revolutions: The Very Best of Steve W.... June 19, 2010
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Revolutions: The Very Best of Steve Winwood
He had an incredibly soulful voice and was an exceptionally gifted musician to boot.  Young "Stevie" Winwood as he was known back then was just 18 years old when the Spencer Davis Group …
reviewed Elvis Presley Elvis: 30 #1 Hits. June 04, 2010
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Elvis Presley 30 #1 Hits
How time flies by!  My old 2 CD compilation of Elvis Presley's biggest hits was issued way back in 1988.  And to put it mildly the sound quality on that collection left much to …
reviewed Elvis 75. January 08, 2010
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Elvis 75
Since RCA/Legacy never seems to miss an opportunity to issue new Elvis compilations the release of the single disc collection simply titled  Elvis 75 hardly comes as a surprise.   …
reviewed Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Sin.... November 09, 2009
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Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Singles Collection
Recently PBS presented another edition of its Emmy Award-winning series "Live By Request".   On this night the special guest star was was lead singer, guitarist and songwriter …
reviewed Bruce Springsteen We Shall Overcome: .... October 22, 2009
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Bruce Springsteen We Shall Overcome
Recently,  when I arrived home from work  there was an unexpected surprise awaiting me at my doorstep.  A buddy of mine had sent me a copy of Bruce Springsteen's 2006 CD "We …
reviewed Let It Roll: The Songs of George Harr.... June 18, 2009
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Goerge Harrison
When The Beatles split up for good back in 1970 I wondered what in the world would become of George.  While I enjoyed much of his work as lead guitarist with The Beatles  I was …
reviewed The Long Road Home: The Ultimate John.... May 28, 2009
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The Long Road Home
Back in 2005 John Fogerty settled his decades long dispute with Fantasy records and returned to the label as a solo artist.  This multi-talented singer/songwriter/musician certainly …
reviewed The Bangles Greatest Hits. May 10, 2009
The Bangles Greatest Hits
It is true that The Bangles produced a couple of the best and brightest pop singles of the 1980's.  In all they had a total of 7 or 8 songs that made Billboard's Hot 100.  But to me …
reviewed Elvis Presley. April 21, 2009
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Elvis Presley
On a hot and muggy afternoon in the summer of 1953 a young man appeared at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service intent on recording a "personal" record as a special gift for …
reviewed Kinks: The Ultimate Collection. January 21, 2009
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Kinks Ultimate Collection
They arrived in America in 1964 riding the first wave of the British Invasion. Over the next two decades The Kinks would prove to be one of the most important and influential rock and roll …
reviewed The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt. January 16, 2009
The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt
When you pause to consider Linda Ronstadt's entire body of work over a period of four decades it it difficult not to come to the conclusion that Linda really is one of the great singers of the past …
reviewed Tommy James and the Shondells: Anthology. January 08, 2009
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Tommy James and the Shondells Anthology
Although they were never one of my favorite groups there is little doubt that Tommy James and the Shondells were one of the top recording acts of the late1960's.   The 1989 Rhino records release …
reviewed Absolute Animals: 1964-1968. January 03, 2009
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Absolute Animals 1964-1968
I had been searching for a comprehesive collection of The Animals for something like 20 years but I never managed to find one that I liked.  The only collection I ever saw that included …
reviewed The Very Best of Chicago: Only The Be.... December 23, 2008
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The Very Best of Chicago Only The Beginning
For my money they are the most important American rock and roll band in history. They were a phenomenon to be sure. And the statistics would tend to back up these assertions. Whether you were addicted …
reviewed The Hollies Greatest Hits. December 20, 2008
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The Hollies Greatest Hits
 I have been biding my time for a good many years waiting for just the right Hollies collection.   There have been several issued over the years but not a single one of them included all …
reviewed Cameo Parkway: 1957-1967. December 19, 2008
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Cameo Parkway 1957-1967
It had gotten to the point where I thought I would probably never live to see the day. For more than three decades the vast majority of the hits recorded on Philadelphia's Cameo and Parkway labels from …
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