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The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
Price: £5.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent RHCP album - but seek out the original release rather than the 2003 remastered version!, 10 Oct. 2011
First, a word of warning: if you intend to listen to this album, I urge you to seek out the original CD release rather than the 2003 24-bit digitally remastered version with two bonus tracks, because in my opinion the re-release is down there with the Chili Peppers' own Californication as one of the worst victims of the Loudness War (Google it) I have ever heard! I'm no audiophile, but it's clear that the 2003 edition suffers from an absurd degree of compression, clipping and lack of dynamic range that makes it extremely fatiguing to the ears.

The 1987 version was perfectly adequately punchy as it was, so get that. True, by buying the older version you'll miss out on the 2003 edition's two bonus tracks and the liner notes booklet featuring numerous images and retrospective comments from Flea. But at least the thing will be listenable at high volumes for more than two minutes at a time!

(There are other differences too: for example, on the original release "Fight Like A Brave" fades out, but on the 2003 remastered version it cuts off very abruptly, which is not a change for the better.)

Enough about the remastering; what of the music itself? Well, it's a decent little album, and probably the best of the Chili Peppers' pre-Blood Sugar Sex Magik work. It suffers from dated shouted choruses, but the production is a big step up from RHCP's first two albums, and there's some great guitar playing from Hillel Slovak, who died shortly after the album's release.

The two absolute highlights are "Fight Like A Brave" and "Me and My Friends"; the latter has a great guitar solo. (It's nice to learn that "Me and My Friends" made a return to the RHCP's live repertoire for their recent "I'm with You" album tour.)

"Behind the Sun" is a melodic, lazy summer song. "Skinny Sweaty Man" is fun comedy number in which Anthony Kiedis does his best Mel Blanc Looney Tunes voices, "Organic Anti-Beat Box Band" is an energetic party track, and there's a Bob Dylan cover which is OK (but not as good as the band's later covers of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" and Jimi Hendrix's "Fire").

However, "Party on Your Pussy" (which was listed as "Special Secret Song Inside" on the 1987 release, for obvious reasons) and "Love Trilogy" represent the Chili Peppers' unfortunate tendency toward the childish and crude at its worst. (The later "Sir Psycho Sexy" on "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" was just as comedically vulgar, but set to much better music.)

If you're a fan of later RHCP albums looking to get into their earlier work, I would recommend getting the What Hits!? compilation before you delve into this album. That compilation contains this LP's highlights "Fight Like A Brave" and "Me and My Friends", plus two other decent songs from it ("Backwoods" and "Behind the Sun"), as well as most of the worthwhile songs from the Chili Peppers' other early releases. (And, yes, "What Hits!?" uses the original, listenable, 1987 masterings of the songs!)
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How To Draw Anime & Game Characters Volume 1: v. 1 (How to Draw Manga)
How To Draw Anime & Game Characters Volume 1: v. 1 (How to Draw Manga)
by Tadashi Ozawa
Edition: Paperback

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but there are more informative books available, 29 Aug. 2003
When I bought this book, I already owned "How To Draw Comics the Marvel Way" and "Drawing Dynamic Comics", both of which had helped me improve my drawing skills immensely. "How to Draw Anime and Game Characters Volume 1", although a fairly good book in itself, didn't really teach me much that was new.
Much of the book is taken up with sections on various character types (how their proportions vary, and so on), and there are also many examples of critiques of young artists' work. Unfortunately, there's very little in the way of advice on how to actually go about drawing the figures themselves! In fact, if I hadn't already read the two American books I mentioned before, I doubt whether I'd know how to go from a simple stick figure to a finished image, which is a leap this book seems to take! There are some good tips on how to draw the head from different angles, but unfortunately I found that to be the only really informative section.
Overall, I felt that the book spent too much time advising readers on how to avoid the relatively minor mistakes in a drawing, and not enough on how to actually create an image in the first place. It seemed that every section except the character varieties part was too brief to be of much value - and knowing the differences between various figures won't help until you can draw a basic one.
I'd recommend either "How To Draw Comics the Marvel Way" or "Drawing Dynamic Comics" over this book - true, they don't teach you the "manga" style of drawing, but they will still teach you many skills which you will be able to apply to whatever style you choose.
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