Wednesday, September 20, 2006

September 2006

Joe Viglione's take on culture & the arts as we perceive them in this new millennium. Books - film/DVD - Music - and personalities. The most fun you've had since the 1960s...

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Justice League of America #2


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Visual Radio tapes best selling author Brad Meltzer 9/20/06

Brad Meltzer, author of THE BOOK OF FATE as well as the new DC Comic JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, taped 50 minutes with Visual Radio today, prior to taping his Jordan Rich/WBZ radio interview.

THE BOOK OF FATE leaps onto the New York Times BESTELLER list at #2 thisSunday, 9/24.

VISUAL RADIO #360 with Brad Meltzer



#3 Monsieur Le Roc

An Interview with Hugo - "The Demo That Got The Deal" tm

5) Geography

6)Ernie Watts Quartet Live on

7)Brian Torff & Manfredo Fest on Artist,,3575464,00.html?src=search&artist=Brian+Torff

8)Stevie Wonder Live on Yahoo.Shopping

9)Little Walter Live at Terra Marra

Little Walter article in Medialine

10)La Peste v.2.0
11) Dion Live

12)Buzzy Linhart "Studio"

Buzzy Linhart contacted me via his college professor son after seeing my reviews on the All Media Guide - We developed a close friendship, so I'll say that upfront and keep you, dear reader, posted to the fact that friendship does not obscure my objectivity. Indeed, Linhart is such a powerful songwriter/performer that there is much frustration for those of us who love his music. This record is really, really great, which doubles the frustration level. Artists like Buzzy deserve the recognition and riches that a Billy Joel enjoys. Billy Joel doesn't have a tenth of the inpsiration or half the showmanship. It's a fact of life in the music biz that marketing is the entire battle, not a portion of it. If you've been bored to tears by the new studio releases from The Rolling Stones and other icons, pick up on Buzzy Linhart "Studio". "Free Soul Spirit Symphony", "Hurts So Bad It Must Be Love", these are pop gems. In July of this year Buzzy performed at the best concert I've seen in 2006. Having had dinner with both Mr. Linhart and Matt Turk (see #27) - having met these creative people after reviewing in the press or spinning their music on the air - I direct Mr. Turk to this album to see how to get that element that Turk's first two cds were heading towards, detoured on "Washington Arms". "Calico" is brilliant - music that can move you out of your seat. Music that excites. Music that is missing from today's marketplace.

13)VRTV #359

Joe Schaefer, author of "Conversations: Steve Balderson, Dreams and Firecracker" - on the making of the film "Firecracker" is Program #359 which is dubbing today and airing in the next few weeks.

For more information
14)Count Basie on MSN site

15)Candy Soundtrack by Steppenwolf on
16)Diane Renay Navy Blue Revisited

17)BLOG TO COMM (A Blog on our Top 40!)

(One final parenthetical note: my current mini-obsession with Boston-bred Velvets homage stems from an issue of Count Joseph Viglione's VARULVEN fanzine, an early 1975 ish at that before the mag went totally into rock music! In this issue amidst the horror movie info and Alfred Hitchcock pix was an article on Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, a nice albeit typically fanzine-esque piece which gives some of the Count's views on the man called Lou and his music for all that was worth [and to me it was worth PLENTY]. What striked me most about this piece was not what was said, which had pretty much been said before, but the closing remarks about the Modern Lovers and their Velvetness as well as the Kids and their cover of "Foggy Notion"[!]...not to mention some group called "The Astrals" who the Count told us were carrying on the tradition!!!!! Having never heard of the Astrals and certainly wanting to, I emailed Mr. Viglione to no avail. Even a Velvets maniac like Imants Krumins drew a blank making me toss out the question to YOU, dear blog reader. So, does anyone out there have any concrete [or even cement...hee hee, the blogmeister must have his little joke!] information on these Astrals? Any help would be appreciated!)

Hey - Chris - I e mailed you 9-24-06 - hope you get the e mail ok. JV

19)The Wonder Stuff on ALL MOVIE.COM
20)Grace Slick MANHOLE on the DMG Newsletter


22)The Toy Dolls on Artist,,3575461,00.html

23)Tommy James HOLD THE FIRE

or VH-1
24)Tommy James Midnight Rider

25)Brian Wilson "Catch A Wave"

26)The Red Tops

27)Matt Turk

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Have always loved Alvin Lee and Ten Years After's "Love To Change The World", and some elements of Matt Turk's version on his "Washington Arms" cd are worthwhile, yet in this era of cover songs being mandatory, there's just not enough identity to
this remake, that revolution that made Kim Carnes wonderfully twisted warp job on Bette Davis Eyes so stunningly different from the country/bar-room raunch of Jackie DeShannon's original masterpiece. Taking on Alvin Lee is no easy task and since Turk's introspection works better on songs like his co-write with Kevin Hupp, "Without Her", a terrific pop tune in the style of his previous two discs, what is the point of singing someone else's tune. This brings up another dilemma,
"All Over You" is certainly a fun enough song in the vein of The Rolling Stones' "Rocks Off", in sound and R rated double entendre, yet this artist hasn't substantially progressed in the 6 years since "Turktunes" emerged in 2000.
"She's sweet in sour in a tower of power" just won't cut it and "Queen Of The Set" sounds like a rush job. Why come back with work that is less than what we've heard before when progress means knocking down walls and building something better?
Matt Turk has tremendous talent, there's no doubt, and Washington Arms has its moments, but in a world overwhelmed by You Tube, My Space and is just being good and creative going to be enough? Probably not. Some "Itchycoo Park" phasing and re-mixing on "I'd Love To Change The World" could make it appealing in the dance clubs - and there are limitations independent artists have, we can all agree on that. It's just that with so much competition wouldn't it be better for musicians to take two or three songs and really knock them out of the park? With a full ten songs here the job is to sell, sell, sell and get people to like the music. There is an easier way - putting one song out there that people demand. Matt Turk is capable of creating that - it's just not found on the co-write with Erik Turk that is Amanda, nor is it found on the harder driving original "Sky".

All the reviews on this page, by the way, Copyright (C)2006 Joe Viglione

28)Chris Pureka "Dryland"

Review on

29) Brain Surgeons "Beach Party"

30) Blake Morgan "Silencer"

Silver Lining opens Blake Morgan's newest CD, "Silencer", like a track from John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band - "Mother" or "Remember", take your pick; the piano is richer and the voice less primal scream. More like Ian Lloyd from Stories going folksy. Track 4, "It's Gone", more introspection a la Emmit Rhodes or Paul Rodgers of FREE musing at 1 AM when some piano bar is about to close. The piano heavy album is well done, Morgan delivering a very personal message on his fourth album. (See a review on AMG of "Burning Daylight" #35 on this chart).

31)THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS by Joseph Lumpkin

Joseph B. Lumpkin compares the Greek and the Coptic translations of lost Scripture in an easy to read format. The author has quite a few books out there worth your time:

32)Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PH.D.

10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD: How to Overcome Chronic Distraction & Accomplish Your Goals (10 Simple Solutions) (Paperback)
by Stephanie Sarkis

* Paperback: 134 pages
* Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (January 2, 2006)
* Language: English
* ISBN: 1572244348
33)Vaudeville Wars: How the Keith-Albee and Orpheum Circuits Controlled the Big-Time and Its Performers (Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History) (Hardcover)
by Arthur Frank Wertheim

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Palgrave; 1 edition (July 3, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 1403968268

34)Dragontown, my review on ALICE COOPER

"This might not be as platinum as Trash or as explosive as Killer, but the older, wiser Alice Cooper devastates with subtle intensity and venomous lyrics."
doesn't mean it is not vital. Brian Wilson's "Smile" is an important and listenable disc (no matter how much window dressing his producers put on it because of his "condition"), and the new album from Tommy James has him working his craft in new and exciting ways

35)Blake Morgan Burning Daylight

36) Lesley Gore Ever Since

41)Winning the Game of Life (Paperback) by Bob Kelleher (Author)

* Paperback: 160 pages
* Publisher: Full Court Press (January 31, 2006)
* Language: English
* ISBN: 1933504234

42)One Fine Stooge - The Larry Fine Story

Three Stooges! Amazing television that has stood the test of time. This is a beautiful deluxe book with stunning photos. A treasure trove for 3 Stooges fans.

43)Ferron "Turning Into Beautiful"

Quoted on Ottawa Folk Festival:


44)Circle II Circle "The Middle Of Nowhere"

45)I Ain't Superstitious Jeff Beck Group

Blog comment on my Jeff Beck review

46)Sadaharu on CMT site

47)The Velvet Underground (Legitimate) Bootleg (Universal)

The Velvet Underground

Velvets Part 2

#48 The Doors' Bruce Botnik

#49 The Grass Roots "Lovin' Things",,94951,00.html

#50 Patty Duke Worst Record of The Month,_Patty/Discography/album/P2648/R61407/

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Top 50 for MAY 2006

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Here are my Top Books, Films, DVDs, CDs, and pop culture for May of this year.
You can read many of my CD and DVD reviews at the kiosk in Barnes & Noble's if you put the barcode under the scanner. Many of these reviews are also on,,, (Barnes & Noble),,,
Yahoo Shopping, (Microsoft Network) etc. etc. I've provided the main AMG (All or All ) links here.

Here's our Top 60 or so for May. Enjoy.
Joe Viglione
P.O. Box 2392
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1)Here There and Everywhere - Geoff Emerick

Wonderful book about the Beatles recordind their music by one of their main engineers. Music journalist Howard Massey does a fine job of letting the story flow.

As of May 8, 2006 I'm about 130 pages into the book and it is fascinating. A full review coming soon.


Great album by Ringo with his producer Mark Hudson (who also produced part of the
Ozzy Osbourne boxed set). Mr. Hudson taped for Visual Radio and that episode will be airing soon. Check out website for more details.

Ringo will be in Boston on July 19, 2006 at the Harborlights Pavilion (or whatever it is called now!)


3)Bobby Hebb "That's All I Wanna Know"

Here's a photo of Bobby Hebb & Ringo on the 1966 tour. For a picture of Bobby & the entire Beatles scroll further down on this site:

Liner Notes to THAT'S ALL I WANNA KNOW by Bobby Hebb

Fantastic collection of Louie Louie versions including original Richard Berry and Kingsmen takes, as well as songs that the hit inspired. Essential!

Check out this great Louie site:

5)Sky Saxon & The Seeds RED PLANET

6)The Wonder Stuff - Construction For the Modern Vidiot (All Movie.Com)


8)Gordon Haskell - The Road to Harry's Bar

9)The Toy Dolls Our Last DVD?

10)Louis Armstrong King Of Jazz DVD

A 60 minute documentary on Louis with archive footage of New Orleans and a
quick snapshot history of his life.

11)ACE OF HARTES CD 45 RPM Collection

12)Mr. Curt Ensemble ABILITY & DESIRE


When will they ever learn? From Mag IV go Monte Carlo to Thundertrain, the third lead singer of the Joe Perry Project (on vinyl, anyway, there may have been one or two more in concert) releases a MEET THE BEATLES cover parody with a band name that is the same as a New York group from the mid-90's. Oh well - Mach Bell needs to put records out under his own name. Great stuff including a cool cover of Alice Cooper's "Under My Wheels". This is where Joe Perry could've gone had he not re-joined Steve Tyler.

14)Phil Upchurch

15)Herb Ellis

16)Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin Bing Crosby HIGH HOPES

17)Louie Louie by Dickie Peterson
Hardcover: 408 pages
Publisher: Authorhouse (October 2005) Language: English ISBN: 142085609X


18)Abigail Zsiga "Home Again"

I can't resist putting Abigail Zsiga next to the Latin Abigail - after all - that's why the name change. Both artists are excellent and worth listening to. A review of this disc forthcoming.


19)ABIGAIL (Latin) Mi Estrella

20)Barefoot Servants 2



A dark journey from Mark Doyon at Wampus Multi Media. Interesting, well put together, but not the most entertaining disc from this creative mind.

23)John Tristao Big Hat, No Cattle

24)Stuart Smith Heaven & Earth

25)Freddy Fender Live at the Renaissance Center


27)Louie Louie Angel Corpus Christi (Gulcher)

28)The Middle Of Nowhere Circle II Circle

29)Essential Kerry Kearney

30)Peter Calo COWBOY SONG

31)Marilyn Monroe Greatest Hits Remixed


33)Burning Daylight Blake Morgan

34)Ever Since Leslie Gore

35)Hal Lifson's Music For Lonely Housewives href="">

36)The Remains featuring Barry Tashian Movin' On

37)Legends Live At Montreux 1997 Eric Clapton, David Sanborn Steve Gadd Marcus Miller, Joe Sample

38)M├Ągo de Oz (Wizard of Oz) Madrid las Ventas

39)Frank Sinatra Show with Ella Fitzgerald

40)Electric Ladyland - Classic Albums

41)Charged G.B.H. Live

42)Denny Laine "Send Me The Heart"

43)Audrey Ryan Band

44)People Is Beautiful Gays In The Military

The band NEW ENGLAND will be performing at this event - "Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya" was their big hit. Here are some reviews - if the links don't work go to and put "New England" in the search engine


Explorer Suite

Walking Wild

New England 1978


Heavy Mental THE FOOLS

Danny Klein (Biography)

or check out

Dale Bozzio Riot In English (Missing Persons)

Charlie Farren Biography




James Montgomery's High Roller

Chevalier Theater to host reunion of the band NEW ENGLAND

by Joe Viglione

Saturday, May 13th, at Medford's under appreciated gem, The Chevalier Theater, located at 30 Forest Street, will be the reunion of a Boston area quartet that hit the Billboard Top 40 in June of 1979 with their hit "Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya." Written by guitarist/vocalist John Fannon, the song owns a catchy and mesmerizing melody that was huge in these parts. Produced by Mike Stone who worked with Queen, Lou Reed, Journey, Foreigner and even George Carlin, along with Paul Stanley of Kiss, the band New England had a very good shot at the brass ring. Managed by Bill Aucoin and getting the opportunity to tour with Aucoin's top group, Kiss, gave the group a national platform.

Bassist Gary Shea and keyboard player Jimmy Waldo left the band to form a metal group known as Alcatrazz. Drummer Hirsh Gardner produced many a local band (full disclosure: some of his artists appeared on this writer's record label) and is now a manager at Daddy's Junky Music on Mass. Ave in Boston. When one thinks of the coordinates to get four fellows back onstage 27 years later, it makes the Chevalier event all the more special. In 2003 Gardner released his "Wasteland For Broken Hearts" CD on the Marquee label in Japan. You read that correctly. That disc contained two tracks featuring the members of New England - "More Than You'll Ever Know" and "Welcome Home." Both songs reminiscent of "Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya" and another New England staple, "Explorer Suite." That set the stage for a brief set last year at the Chevalier for a benefit concert called Music For Middlesex III. This year it is "Music For Middlesex IV" which includes Dale Bozzio and her new Missing Persons. The former Dale Consalvi went to Somerville High School before she became a Playboy Bunny, eventually marrying Frank Zappa drummer Terry Bozzio. With other Zappa alum joining their band, Missing Persons, they conquered MTV with the hits "Words" and "Destination Unknown" and found underground success with a cover of The Doors "Hello, I Love You" on the flip of one of their 45 RPMs.

Also on the bill is former Joe Perry Project lead singer Charlie Farren. Farren was signed to Warner Brothers after his stint with the Aerosmith guitarist when his own Farrenheit were big in this region. These days he releases some pretty amazing music on his own F-Man Records and packs Club Passim as a solo act.
Going from hard rock vocalist to a folksinger is a major leap and is but one example of how truly talented Charlie Farren is. His sets are always entertaining.

Danny Klein of the J.Geils Band showed up last year and is scheduled to appear again this year, as are legendary harp player James Montgomery and one of Boston's most entertaining groups, The Fools. All these artists had major label releases in the 1970s and 1980s and all of them are known for their high level of professionalism and consistency.

Sib Hashian, an original member of the band "Boston", is scheduled to be an auctioneer - one of the promoters having a penchant for for showboating. That aside, it should be a good night with plenty of music, and maybe Mr. Hashian will pick up the sticks and play the drums. No one else there, except for the musicians already slated to play, would be more welcome on the skins.

The Middlesex Human Services Page is a "non-profit, multi service agency" according to their website: This benefit concert is supposed to help Middlesex Human Services. According to their web page they oversee the operations of some fourteen programs. These programs offer a wide variety of services, including the following:

- Substance abuse recovery homes.

- Inpatient alcohol education &treatment for adults convicted of two or more OUI offenses.

- Shelter, food, & housing search assistance for the homeless.

- Drug & alcohol education &prevention for middle school & high school children.

- Preschool & school age child care.


As the event is a benefit concert the information on how much money Middlesex Human Services receives should be available from the attorney general's office. That information will be sought as a follow-up to this article.

The show is this Saturday night at :

Chevalier Theatre
30 Forest St.
Medford, MA 02155

Ticket prices are 15.00, $25.00, $50.00 and $100.00 has all the details.

Earlier in the day May 13th 2006 at WCAT in Wakefield there will be live performances from:

Hat Trick Chris Mascara
Grateful Ted
Paul Hultman
Yours truly doing "There's Nothing Like A Hit"
Mickey Spiros of ITMB
Sharon DiFronzo
Girl On Top

Also - July 22, 2006 we will be taping LIVE AT CLUB BOHEMIA - a new CD!
Featuring Hat Trick, Fox Pass, Paul Hultman, ITMB and Joe Viglione performing (you guessed it) "There's Nothing Like A Hit"

46)Ferron Turning Into Beautiful

47)Thaddeus Hogarth Live At Bose

48)Lynn Anderson Live At the Renaissance Center

49)Messenger of The Gods Mistheria

50)Imaginery Long Lost Pride

51)Milan Polak Dreamscapes


53)Speed Metal Messiah Joe Stump

54)All The Girls I Am Jeannie Kendall

Review by Joe Viglione

In a world where the singer/songwriter has taken empowerment to extraordinary sales and chart levels, few interpreters have had the opportunity to push someone else's message across with the same authority as the copyright holders. Veteran country-pop legend Jeannie Kendall in her first full solo album (her previous disc containing the final collaborations with Royce Kendall, her dad) issues a tremendous work of diverse and catchy music, an elaborately produced platform where her familiar and telling vocals deliver the goods as if she wrote each tune herself. The country sound longtime fans yearn for is here in "Just a Memory" and "Your Picture, Your Pillow and Me," material and performance that would make the venerable Kitty Wells proud. But just as traditional country & western has evolved, Kendall comfortably follows what is expected with a clever mix of AAA, Celtic, and on "Keep Us Warm," driving hard pop that somehow fits perfectly into this unique collection. Producers Mike Stults and Brian Fisher fashion contemporary sounds in their complex mix, instrumentation perfectly melting behind Kendall's sublime expression.

full review:

55)Ingrid Saxon "A Lot of Livin' To do"

56)Mama Kangaroos: Philly Women Sing Captain Beefheart

57)Opal Kevin Elkinson

58) Shadow & Splendor Stacie Rose

59)Ray Charles In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony

60)Ray Charles Live In Concert 1964

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Lots and lots of stuff to chat about - including the new films "Inside Man", "The Sentinel" and "Mission Impossible 3". Boy does Tom Cruise need a makeover and quick. One can't help be influenced by all the stupidity in his personal life, such as it is, while watching this flick. And the sorority girl opening made it seem more like a film version of TV's "Friends" after the dynamic opening with Lalo Schifrin's immortal James Bond-style music. This film could be so much more.
It's a nice roller coaster ride, ho hum, you've seen it all before. Just something to do this weekend.

The above Yahoo article mentions that it is Tom Cruise's third biggest opening of his career,
yet it is the 57th biggest all-time opening. Close to 50 million isn't bad for a first week - so the film will definitely turn a tidy profit. Maybe Cruise should produce and put someone like Christian Bale


or Aaron Eckhart from SUSPECT ZERO

or both in the next Impossible Mission.

It would make sense. By the way, Jodie Foster was brilliant in "Inside Man", a great entre for Spike Jones into mainstream filmmaking. Stunning videography.
The Sentinel with Michael Douglas isn't a bad flick either - much better him being a Secret Service man pawing Kim Basinger than banging Anette Bening in The American President.

Whatever, Tom Cruise is a man desperately in need of a boyfriend. Look, here's proof. When you see me and a chocolate chip cookie you see pure chemistry.
When you see Zsa Zsa Gabor petting a pussycat you see pure chemistry. When you see Tom Cruise in bed with a beautiful woman you see absolute boredom. Get it. You don't need gaydar to see the guy is not having a good time doing heterosexual love scenes.


More Joe Viglione movie reviews:


Great men share May 8th as their birthday! And if you forgot that along with
Tony Blair and Alex Van Halen that it's mine as well, oh well!

Saturday, January 14, 2006

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January 2006 Top 40

1) Sunny Songlines BBC Scotland

Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" was profiled by the BBC in January of 2006. The show featured Michael Gray of the Country Music Hall Of Fame, Joe Viglione, Rudiger Ladwig, producer Jerry Ross, and Bobby Hebb.

2)Maggie Bell "Queen Of The Night" Angel Air re-release with bonus tracks!

3)Jackie DeShannon

FOR YOU (1967)

ME ABOUT YOU (March 1968)


TO BE FREE (March 1970)

JACKIE (June 1972)

NEW ARRANGEMENT (September 1975)

YOU'RE THE ONLY DANCER (September 1977)

YOU KNOW ME (September 2000)

4)Looking Glass ( Piet Sweval of LOOKING GLASS also joined STARZ)

LOOKING GLASS 1972 (featuring "Brandy") Produced & Arranged by Larry Fallon

SUBWAY SERENADE 1973 (featuring "Jimmy Loves Maryanne")
Produced by Arif Mardin


No stage clothing to speak of, this looks like a good bar band competing with Flint, the former Grand Funk Railroad without Mark Farner, in a local battle of the bands. "Cherry Baby" is cool 'til Smith looks at his watch -- maybe it's time for him to hit the oxygen tank. Re-released by Gary Borress, New England drummer Hirsh Gardner, and the good people at Music Video Distributors in association with GB Music.

Top 100 2005 Rewind!

#1 The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons
A gorgeous three CD set from SHOUT! Factory with twenty page booklet and
content that can't be denied. Rare footage of Janis Joplin and George Harrison
as well as Gary Wright, David Bowie, Jefferson Airplane, Paul Simon and much

11 pages of liner notes by DVD Producer Robert S. Bader with an opening page
from Dick Cavett himself.

#2 Bob Dylan
A Martin Scorses Picture - The Bootleg Series Vol. 7

For those of us who have been enamoured of the tremendous "Like A Rolling Stone" after some fanatic calls Dylan "Judas", to have it on CD again and close out the Scorsese movie is genius, if by doing what is merely logical can be called genius - because logic is not usually a part of life on planet Earth! Not to be lost in this important drama is that Bob Dylan himself is taking control of his recorded legacy - outdoing the bootleggers by carefully cataloguing all his work. Artists need to utilize the Dylan model - from Lou Reed to The Rolling Stones - in bringing this wonderfully entertaining material to new audiences as well as old.

#3 Jimi Hendrix Room Full Of Mirrors
A Biography by Charles R. Cross


#4 Patti Smith live on Sirius Radio 12/31/05 - 1/1/06
New Year's Eve in New York - this writer opted to stay home and listen on Sirius.

#5 The Beatles - Bob Spitzer

Interesting that the best products are from another era. Is it that the older the grape the sweeter the wine as Janis Joplin sang in "Trust Me"?



1200+ Grateful Dead concerts on
Again - I'm not a fan of Jerry Garcia & Company - but this stuff is highly
listenable. Why? Because music aficianados can pick and choose what they
want to hear - Grateful Dead performing Beatles covers, Stones' covers,
Bob Dylan covers - even a couple of duets with Janis Joplin if you dig hard
enough (though not downloadable).

#7 Brokeback Mountain - the movie

The first new item to make it into the Top 10. Where STAR WARS, THE HULK
and even FANTASTIC FOUR far well short of what was expected of them - this
film by Ang Lee - while not the Grand Slam it could be - still brought forbidden
love into a new and refreshing arena. Two real men get it on. This isn't
Harvey Fierstein making a fool of himself in Independence Day or Dr. Jekyll &
Ms. Hyde. This is Jake & Heath bringing some chemistry, steam and lots of
angst from the Christian right. Look at the activity on eBay January 2006
to see how incredibly popular this historic film is. Yes, there are the same
dreary negatives that have cursed same sex movies since the dawn of time (or
at least since the subject has found discussion on celluloid), but Ang Lee &
Company inch that door wider than it's ever been since the pre-AIDS era when
swingers in the 70s found experimenting with the same sex something to brag
about, something cool, something that wasn't considered evil.


#8 Souled American
How Black Music Transformed White Culture by Kevin Phinney

I'm amazed when I go see a Chubby Checker concert to view a sea of fans that
are specifically, not soul brothers and sisters. Tina Turner also plays to
a tremendous white audience (not to mention a heavy lesbian following).
Jimi Hendrix - an essential part of the Chitlin Circuit along with so many greats
having the benefit of his guitar magic - from the Isley Brothers to Little
Richard, Joey Dee & The Starliners and more - yet when he found fame it was
the white teenagers who dressed like him, who wore their hair like him.
Calling Justin Timberlake American's "preeminent white R & B singer" is a
bit of a stretch - it is downright insulting. What crowds are clamoring for
Timberlake to hear white R & B? Timberlake only sells millions of records
because of the path cut by those before him. He could never have put out
timeless music as recorded by The Righteous Brothers, The Young Rascals,
Eric Burdon. People just don't seem to be walking down the street singing
Justin Timberlake material. Flaws aside, Phinney is on the right track, and
this book is a good stepping stone towards getting the story written. It will
show up in many future bibliographies.


#9 Ozzy Osbourne Prince Of Darkness

Our #1 record from April of 2005

Title: Prince Of Darkness

Artist: Osbourne, Ozzy

Label: Epic

Catalog# E4K 92960

Reissue producer Bruce Dickinson (not to be confused with the Bruce Dickinson who sings lead for Iron Maiden and appeared with Godspeed on the Nativity In
Black tribute) had compiled a totally different boxed set for {$Ozzy Osbourne}, one which debated including the great song "Bombers" -one of two tracks the Oz
recorded for Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward's solo disc - "Ward One Along The Way".

The compilation originally proposed also would have included Black
Sabbath material and more rarities, but they opted for what is now known as the {^Prince Of Darkness} 4 cd collection - a marvelous retrospective chock full of
familiar tunes from Osbourne's catalog as well as a disc of duets and a disc of covers. For those who already have the music from the albums Tribute,
Blizzard Of Oz, Diary Of A Madman, The Ultimate Sin, Bark At The Moon, No More Tears, No Rest For The Wicked and Ozzmosis there are the obligatory (and welcome) B sides, demos and even live takes from The Ultimate Ozzy video. That material is spread over two discs while the third and fourth compile an amazing amalgam of familiar tunes that have the stamp of Oz's distinctive vocal style and sound. It is impossible
to duplicate The Crazy World of Arthur Brown's wonderfully manic "Fire", though Brown's drummer, Carl Palmer, gave a very sterile remake on The Return of
The Manticore boxed set from Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Status Quo's "Picture's Of Matchstick Men" and the Jimi Hendrix classic "Purple Haze" seem like perfect
choices for the man whose version of Crow's 1969 classic "Evil Woman" was one of the few chances fans got to hear of Ozzy decimating Top 40 fare. Though the
duets with Miss Piggy on "Born To Be Wild" and Dweezil Zappa on The Bee Gees' "Stayin Alive" are hokey parodies the rendition of "All The Young Dudes" is stunningly masterful. It demands one crank the speakers to 11, even if you're an original Sab fan now over 50 and not prone to dancing around the room anymore. Ian Hunter's contributions are a sheer delight - the perfect foil to Ozzy racing "the cat" to
bed. Simply stunning, especially the new arrangement bringing the T Rex verse back for a reprise. And if you thought Mississippi Queen and For What It's Worth
should be put out to pasture, Oz somehow found a way to reinvent them
(keeping Leslie West involved with a guitar solo!) This is Ozzy Osbourne having a blast, not being mistaken for Mike Osborne of The Magic Lanterns - playing their one hit- "Shame Shame", or his alleged reincarnation (Mike's, not Ozzy's) as "Oz Osborne" of Coven with their hit "One Tin Soldier"(or the fact that they also recorded a track called "Black Sabbath" about a black mass). Maybe the real Oz should've done
songs from those two bands to really confuse people - urban legend (and eBay) continuing to perpetuate the myth. "Sympathy For The Devil" has menacing
guitarwork, something legendary producer Jimmy Miller would've certainly enjoyed. His wife was aghast when she heard this writer play Brian Ferry's cover of The
Rolling Stones classic. King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man" is custom made for Ozzy, as is John Lennon's "Working Class Hero", all superb renditions.

The production work from Ringo Starr producer Mark Hudson (of The Hudson Brothers) is stellar, a treatment of The Animals' "Good Times" proving Ozzy's pop
sensibilities are perfectly on target decades after he helped define heavy metal. Contributions from Sarah Hudson, Mark's daughter, and engineer Dave Frangioni
are noteworthy, as is the 40 page booklet describing all the goodies inside.


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