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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 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 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 …
posted a Quick Tip about Aretha Franklin. August 17, 2011
Aretha
She's one of the few artists I personally believe belongs on everybody's play list.
posted a Quick Tip about Various Artists: Phil Spector, Back t.... May 09, 2011
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Various Artists: Phil Spector, Back to Mono (1958-1969)
An awesome collection Phil Spector's finest work including tunes by The Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes, The Crystals etc. As I recall there are about 60 songs in this collection. I paid a small fortune …
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 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 …
posted a Quick Tip about Fools Rush In. January 08, 2011
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Fools Rush In
Positively the best version of this song I have ever heard. Nothing else comes even close!
posted a Quick Tip about The Lovin' Spoonful. January 05, 2011
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Lovin' Spoonful
Without a doubt my favorite group of the 1960s. Led by singer/songwriter/guitarist The Spoonful as we lovingly referred to them way back when constantly came up with fresh and creative sounds. No two …
posted a Quick Tip about MacArthur Park. December 30, 2010
MacArthur Park
Richard Harris can't sing a lick, the lyrics make absolutely no sense but I like it anyway. So did millions of others as the song was a huge hit in the summer of '68. Must have been the drugs although …
posted a Quick Tip about Dave Clark Five. October 20, 2010
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Dave Clark Five
Song people think they're a Beatles knock off. I think they made some great tunes.
posted a Quick Tip about Petula Clark. October 20, 2010
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Petula Clark
Going through band in school, it made me appreciate the "band" sound that Petula had in her songs. She has a great voice and classic songs.
posted a Quick Tip about Get Ready. September 26, 2010
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Get Ready
One of the few instances where a cover of a song was as good as the original. Different mind you, but just as good.
posted a Quick Tip about What A Fool Believes. September 25, 2010
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What A Fool Believes
The second #1 for the Doobs written with Kenny Login's it became one of they're most famous songs. A far cry from their days in Hell's Angels bars too.
posted a Quick Tip about Escape (The Pina Colada Song). September 21, 2010
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Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Why the hate people? This sing is OK. Not Light My Fire but certainly pleasing.
posted a Quick Tip about Light My Fire. September 21, 2010
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Light My Fire
One of the all time great songs of the 60's or any era. That opening riff played by Ray Manazrek is so classic. And Mr. Morrison really could sing the heck out of that one.
posted a Quick Tip about Rich Girl. September 21, 2010
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Rich Girl
top 40 pop tune that is really nothing special to my ears.
posted a Quick Tip about Brandy (You're A Fine Girl). September 21, 2010
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Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)
Very good tune with great singing and steady instrumental support. Whatever happened to Looking Glass?
posted a Quick Tip about Roy Orbison: The Last Concert. August 31, 2010
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Roy Orbison: The Last Concert
I came to appreciate Roy Orbison later in life.  I was 27 and a army helicopter pilot stationed in Korea in 1985 when a room mate of mine introduced me to this great poet, songwriter, and performer.  …
reviewed Diana Ross and the Supremes: The #1's. August 31, 2010
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Diana Ross and the Supremes: The #1's
Say what you will about the many incarnations of Diana Ross - Motown Chanteuse, Auteur, Mannequin, Jacko Muse or (Nora) Desmond Diva - it is almost impossible to deny her enduring influence on popular …
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 Roy Orbison: Black & White Night. August 24, 2010
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Roy Orbison
Seven superstars paying tribute to a legend - usually these affairs are more reminiscent of a punch-drunk heavyweight rope-a-doping for one last payday as he gamely sings into a dead microphone while …
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 …
posted a Quick Tip about Good Vibrations. August 14, 2010
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Good Vibrations
I love this band. Growing up on Miami Beach of course ther were very popular. They were in my very new cassette deck in my car when I commuted t the U. of Miami. 1978.
posted a Quick Tip about Brandy (You're A Fine Girl). August 14, 2010
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Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)
I have to like the song. My wife listened to it all the time when we where dating. She like it so much she named our oldest girl after it. She will be 30 in a few months. Can I really be that old???
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