The Joe Vig Top 40

Critic Joe Viglione reviews movies, books, DVDs, CDs, and has all sorts of opinions on a variety of things. The monthly Top 40 is a sort-of directory... commentaries and essays expand the thought process on RockJournalistJoeVig.blogspot.com ...so the reviews on the Top 40 aren't final, they are just the starting point to more discussion. You can always contact Joe directly at visual_radio [@] yahoo.com

Saturday, June 08, 2013

 

Top 40 JUNE 2013 STEVE HUNTER, ROLLING STONES CROSSFIRE HURRICANE, CLIVE DAVIS, LOU GRAMM


#1     Steve Hunter 
Steve “the Deacon” Hunter’s The Manhattan Blues Project (Deaconrecords (884501903240) is a superb and visionary exploration of the guitar that sets a mood and lends itself to repeated spins. Opening with “Prelude to the Blues” you can hear tender melodies from Alice Cooper’s “I Never Cry” slipping into the guitarlines while 222 W.23rd has a panther-like feel setting the tone perfectly for any upcoming spy movie interested in picking this up.   Hunter whispers the song title as well as the word “electrified” in the middle of the song; that –  and some Abbey Road-styled backing vocals on “Gramercy Park” – are the only voices this critic hears on the otherwise all instrumental disc.
Track 5 is a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill” and though Gabriel’s brilliance cannot be denied I tend to like the instrumental here better.   The fact that Steve Hunter and his colleague, Dick Wagner, played on the former Genesis lead singer’s 1977 Car album, produced by Bob Ezrin, is notable as Hunter is probably the guitar player on the Peter Gabriel solo hit (or one of them as King Crimson’s Robert Fripp also appears on the Car lp).  Read more here:

http://www.tmrzoo.com/2013/45306/music-review-steve-the-deacon-hunters-the-manhattan-blues-project 

Steve Hunter will be on Visual Radio Live on June 27, 2013
8 PM Thursday evening  http://www.wincam.org 
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#2  The Rolling Stones  
CROSSFIRE HURRICANE

Joe Viglione review
For long-time Rolling Stones fans who have seen the group perform during the Mick Taylor era and the early days of Ron Wood – and who are overwhelmed by the jungle of stuff – all the books, DVDs and online media covering/surrounding the Greatest Rock & Roll band in the world, Crossfire Hurricane is a wonderful succinct history perfectly told in a most satisfying way.
This Brett Morgen film is tightly presented with colorful psychedelia, a terrific “Midnight Rambler”, and lots of information told in the first person by the boys in the band.
It has the feel of Bob Smeaton’s work with The Beatles on their Anthology series and, truth be told, why the Stones didn’t put their own Anthology series together with an idea for a similar high-end project is a sign of the times.  Read more here:

http://www.tmrzoo.com/2013/45554/review-the-rolling-stones-crossfire-hurricane
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3)Juke Box Heo   Lou Gramm and Scott Pitoniak




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4) A Lowbudget Barrel of Monkees



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUuvJylhPYQ
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5) Jann Klose




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6)GIRL ON TOP  LIVE FOR IT

featuring the John Fannon   production of Karen DeBiasse and band singing Ozzy Osborne's
10. I Don't Want to Stop



http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/girlontop3
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7)THE ROLLING STONES  UNDER REVIEW


Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDjIPm9I-RA



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Under Review 1962-1966   the first DVD




review

[+]by Joe Viglione


Read more here:
http://www.allmusic.com/album/under-review-1962-1966-mw0001491468



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8) STARS & STRIPES AND MILESTONES

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9)CLIVE DAVIS










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10) Steve Chizmadia.


Produced by Peter Calo 

http://stevechizmadia.com/




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http://www.sonicbids.com/2/EPK/?epk_id=71754


Artist Information


Biography


Steve is an award winning artist from the Hudson Valley with strong roots in the singer songwriter tradition, country and rock. His influences include The Beatles, Townes Van Zandt, Pete Seeger, Steve Earle, and a host of others too numerous to mention. He's a regular on the Hudson Valley scene with a steadily growing fan base nationwide. Steve is a winner of The 2011 Hudson Valley SongFest Emerging Artist Competition, 2011 Wildflower! Music and Art Festival songwriting competition, 2011 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest (Third Place) and a 2011 Kerrville New Folk finalist. He was the 2010 grand prize winner of the Music 2Life songwriting competition (created by Noel "Paul" Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary) for "The Wall Street Fat Cat Tax Payer Bail Out Blues",. His first C.D. "It Is What It Is" reached number 12 on the folk D.J. Charts in 2007. 
He has been a Kerrville New Folk finalist (2003), a finalist in the Strum magazine songwriting competition (2010) twice received honorable mention from the Woody Guthrie songwriting competition (2005, 2010) and has had a tri-centric showcase at NERFA. He's currently working on his latest C.D. with producer Peter Calo. Steve plays Gibson and Gretsch guitars.

Instrumentation


Steve Chizmadia - six and twelve string guitars, mandolin

Discography


"Jack Of All Trades" 
"It Is What It Is" 
"Tribes Hill: We're All Here" 
"Hudson Harding Holiday c.d. volume 2" 
"The Wall Street Fat Cat Tax Payer Bail Out Blues"

Official Website

http://stevechizmadia.com
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11)‘After Earth’ Review – A Great Sci-Fi Movie by M. Night Shyamalan

by Joe Viglione on May 31, 2013
After Earth Review - Movie Poster image OK, the reviews are already in and the critics (except for me) seem to really and truly hate After Earth. In fact, one such individual was leaving the theater yelling that he hates M. Night Shyamalan and thinks he “hasn’t made a good movie since Signs.”
Signs was OK, and The Sixth Sense was absolutely brilliant, but what confounds me is the onslaught of negative reviews on what I found to be a wonderfully exotic, big science fiction film that breaks new ground. We’re all entitled to our opinions, and my feeling is that Will Smith is a pivotal movie star in the sci-fi genre and that this could be his best performance in a science fiction film.
Shyamalan gives us big, big sets at the films onset. Big apartment buildings, a big spaceship, big caverns, taking what George Lucas took from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and making it larger, more in-depth, more like something to watch in awe. The spaceship is amazing and – voila – it actually gets stuck in an asteroid storm, something that devout Star Trek fans like myself always wondered how and why Warp Speed was never bogged down by little minute details like a planet the size of Jupiter in your way.




http://www.tmrzoo.com/2013/45363/after-earth-review-a-great-sci-fi-movie-by-m-night-shyamalan


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12) Randy Roos   MISTRAL
 http://www.unfretted.net/loader.php?LINK=history

Orchestra Luna's guitarist Randy Roos released his first solo album on Boston legend Bruce Patch's Spoonfed records, a label which would issue discs by Third Rail produced by Ric Ocasek, Reddy Teddy, the Remains, J.T.S. Flying, and others. "Stew" is a song that has some great wailing guitar behind percussion and rhythms, the early playing of this virtuoso falling somewhere between Pat Metheny and Steve Vai. The plethora of instruments utilized by the guitarist expose the talents he brought to Rick Berlin's quirky early work on Epic, the bold and highly experimental Orchestra Luna disc. All those avant-garde notions are stripped away for a smooth and precise coloring of original tunes and collaborations which range from three and a half minutes to nearly eight minutes in length. The instrumentalist notes the different tools he uses to get the sounds on each song, "Platypus" containing more jazz improvisation, while "Inward Stroke" is just a lovely, subdued combination of mellow guitar sounds. "The Hunt" is a bit more driving, allowing Randy Roos the liberty to stretch. "Horizon Game" opens side two and has more exquisite playing, inspired ideas which are the furthest thing from redundant, sounds expanding on "Innisfree" and concluding with the seven-minute-plus "Marcel Marceau (Three Little Things)," the epic track on the Mistral album as "Doris Dreams" was to the Orchestra Luna disc.  Read more here:

http://www.allmusic.com/album/mistral-mw0001185891
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13)LIBERACE: THE ULTIMATE ENTERTAINER
 
Huffington Post review http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/china-beach-dvd_b_3343491.html
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14) Rolling Stones Under Review 1967-1969



review

[-]by Joe Viglione
Where the Rolling StonesUnder Review: 1962-1966 had its moments with eight commentators giving us the beginnings of Stones history, this part two -- Under Review: 1967-1969 with a dozen critics and musicians interviewed -- is truly superior in its approach and in direction, a perfect segue to the unnamed part three of this trilogy from Chrome Dreams/Sexy Intellectual, the very excellent Under Review forKeith Richards. Critic Keith Altham is on all three documentaries as is Tom Keylock, and they add wonderful insight, notably Altham's essential critiques and historical perspective. Thomas Arnold is the narrator, as he is on the Richards disc, replacing Mandy O'Neal from the first volume, and the storyline is meatier as the "greatest rock & roll band in the world" moves into these new phases of psychedelia and what followed, the time labeled their "golden era" with guitarist Mick Taylor and producer Jimmy Millerenhancing the sounds the band would generate. The previous documentary ended with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" while this edition opens with "Sympathy for the Devil," interesting bookends with so much territory to cover. Even die-hard Stones fans who know much about the history will embrace the clips, the perspectives, and the chronology.

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15)JAMES STRAIGHT AND THE 

WIDE STANCE

                                                                  NO LOITERING




Starring the very right Reverend Joe Fagan

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 16)Lady Antebellum




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17)Under Review 1962-1966   the first DVD




review

[+]by Joe Viglione


Read more here:
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15)JAMES STRAIGHT AND THE WIDE STANCE

NO LOITERING



Starring the very right Reverend Joe Fagan 

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 16)Lady Antebellum
http://www.bullmoose.com/p/14182464/LADY-ANTEBELLUM-OWN-THE-NIGHT-WORLD-TOUR?gclid=CJ7BktWQ2LcCFaZlOgodMDkAWQ



17)Under Review 1962-1966   the first DVD



review

[+]by Joe Viglione


Read more here:
http://www.allmusic.com/album/under-review-1962-1966-mw0001491468
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18)Charlie Farren  TUESDAY




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30) BEHIND THE CANDELABRA

Review: HBO’s Behind The Candelabra is Reduced to a National Enquirer Romp

by Joe Viglione on June 3, 2013
This is the story of Liberace by one of the urchins the great showman let into his life.  Everybody needs loving, but to have that much wealth, that much fame, that much power and be so unable to choose a quality companion means that the image his handlers protected so fiercely in the pianist’s heyday is reduced to a National Enquirer romp on HBO.  And a romp it is as the legacy of Liberace should be all about his showmanship flair and self-deprecating humor; his solid body of work, his television show, the millions of people that he moved with his recordings and live performances, and not the sleazy innuendo of glory holes and blatant sex addiction.  Liberace is to be treated as a true Hollywood star from that bygone era Myra Breckinridge perpetually longs for.  A skilled craftsman whose flaws should be the asterisk (albeit obligatory) side-show, not he.
  
Read more here:
http://www.tmrzoo.com/2013/45415/review-hbos-behind-the-candelabra-is-reduced-to-a-national-enquirer-romp


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31)DONNY HATHAWAY

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36) ORCHESTRA LUNA








tracks

  1. 1.
    Stop
    Were You Dancin' on Paper – Orchestra Luna 03:37
  2. 2.
    Stop
    Miss Pamela – Orchestra Luna 03:19
  3. 3.
    Stop
    Little Sam – Orchestra Luna 03:13
  4. 4.
    Stop
    Heart – Orchestra Luna 05:57
  5. 5.
    Stop
    Love Is Not Enough – Orchestra Luna 06:27
  6. 6.
    Stop
    Boy Scouts – Orchestra Luna 02:25
  7. 7.
    Stop
    Fay Wray – Orchestra Luna 04:20
  8. 8.
    Stop
    But One – Orchestra Luna 03:01
  9. 9.
    Stop
    Doris Dreams – Orchestra Luna 12:04

The Orchestra Luna album began the musical legacy of Rick Berlin, the composer/singer who goes by his birth name, Richard Kinscherf, on this Epic Records debut in 1974. The seven-piece ensemble was truly groundbreaking in a world that doesn't take kindly to innovation. Where the Who were content to write rock operas, Kinscherf and his band put opera to rock. This adventurous mix of songs, written as if they were Broadway show tunes backed by a rock band with jazz and classical influences, might sound like a bit much, and 11 minutes and 53 seconds of "Doris Dreams" never had a chance of Top 40 success, or an edit that could get it there, but that idiosyncrasy is part of what makes this album so daring, and special. Co-produced by Rupert Holmes, the man who gave us "Escape (The Pina Colada Song," a monster smash in 1979, and the cannibal anthem "Timothy" in 1971, the choice might not seem appropriate on the surface. But Holmes' unheralded work for Barbara Streisand and the Broadway musical Drood actually makes him a perfect choice to oversee this project. "Miss Pamela" has wonderful Randy Roos guitars blending with Rick Kinscherf's pretty keyboards, keyboards that could have inspired Billy Joel, sounding very much like his 1978 hit "Just The Way You Are." It's when Kinscherf's expressive vocal kicks in that all comparisons to traditional pop go out the window. The cover of the Adler/Ross classic (you gotta have) "Heart" is a standout here, as it was in their live show. Seven of the nine tracks are penned by Rick Kinscherf, and themes that resound in "Fay Wray" (the heroine from the epic King Kong) travel throughout the artist's career. This album may be tough for some to take, but the Tom Werman liner notes put things in a nice perspective. They opened for Roxy Music in Boston when this album was released, and were even more avant-garde than the legendary headliner. The band dropped the "Orchestra" from their name and became the original Luna, releasing a 45, "Hollywood," while the rest of their album was held up in litigation. They re-emerged as Berlin Airlift, then Rick Berlin: The Movie. In 2001, the former Rick Kinscherf, known as Rick Berlin, fronted the Shelley Winters Project. That sound has little in common with the early pictures painted by the exquisite "Love Is Not Enough" or musically bizarre "Boy Scouts" off this album ("Back in the boy scout camp/the moon was very full"). These themes, like the references and inspiration from films, continued to flavor Berlin's music through the years, although the Peter Barrett narrations would fall away. Moody and impressive in its gamble, this is also noteworthy in that guitarist extraordinaire Randy Roos can be heard in his formative years. Joe Viglione, All Music Guide







http://www.target.com/PDPPrintView?catalogEntryID=200861135&quantity_print=xxxxxx&starcount=no&catEntType=ITEM

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37)THE BEST FILM YOU'VE NEVER SEEN
Robert E. Elder




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38)SUPERAUSPICIOUS   Adam Rivera

http://www.adamriveramusic.com/music.html

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39)Butterscott
SNOWMAN ON THE MOON
1)Bubblegum Man
2)Hobbyhorse
3)Groggy Foggy
4)Wheelchair Woman

http://www.allmusic.com/album/throwing-meatloaf-at-the-sun-mw0000704983

http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/artist/Butterscott/a/albums.htm

 
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40)Music Review: Adventerous – Money on My Mind

by Joe Viglione on May 31, 2013
Post image for Music Review: Adventerous  – Money on My Mind Adventerous released his eponymous mix tape CD in 2009, followed by ” Money Mi A Pree”, “Adventerous To Di World” and his most recent mix tape entitled “Tun Up” which has twenty two (22) tracks including the single “Heartbeat” with hopes of conquering the US, Jamaica and the UK.
“Money on My Mind” provides a haunting opening that sweeps into a hypnotic mix, with help from Meek Mill the song was produced by North Carolina-based hip-hop producer Krazy Figz. The melody gains momentum…”with a million dollars to count…”…and could be a modern-day “Hot Fun In the Summertime”, a musical backdrop to summer 2013 if things break right for the ambitious singer.
The timing is just perfect as the voices juxtapose against the thick sound…it is totally irresistible and is a great intro to the previous works Adventerous has to offer.
http://adventerous.net



http://www.tmrzoo.com/2013/45357/music-review-adventerous-money-on-my-mind

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BONUS:
JOE VIG REVIEWS ON SABOTAGE TIMES


Behind The Candelabra: Soderbergh’s Liberace Biopic Fails To Reach It’s Potential


While not a complete misfire, Soderbergh’s portrayal of the flamboyant pianist doesn’t reach its potential.



After Earth: Will & Jaden Smith’s Sci-Fi Double Act Isn’t As Bad As The Critics Say


The reviews are in and the critics are panning Will Smith’s latest sci-fi outing, but don’t listen to the nay sayers, this could be his best performance yet.



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