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A guide to the better care of L.P. and stereo records: Their mechanics and maintenance
A guide to the better care of L.P. and stereo records: Their mechanics and maintenance
by Cecil E. Watts Limited
Edition: Unknown Binding

4.0 out of 5 stars Cleaning LP records manually in the 1960's, 22 Nov. 2015
This 46 page booklet was first published in September 1964 and is a scientific look at cleaning vinyl LP. The focus is on the Watts record cleaning equipment; namely The Dust Bug, Parostatik Disc Preener, Manual Parastat, Hi Fi Parastat, Stylus Cleaner and The Humid Mop. The author is Cecil Watts, so it is not surprising that all the Watts record cleaning equipment were found to be effective. Washing the record is by hand, not machine. The famous Keith Monks record cleaning machine was demonstrated later in 1969. The booklet contents are reproduced in the images below.
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at carnegie hall LP
at carnegie hall LP

5.0 out of 5 stars America's much loved patriotic singer, 5 July 2015
This review is from: at carnegie hall LP (Vinyl)
Kate Smith (1907- 1986) belongs to that early generation of entertainers that include Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Jeanette MacDonald, all born in 1903. She had that big voice and was famous for her patriotic songs during the Second World War, particularly God Bless America. Her live performance at Carnegie Hall on November 2,1963 is vivid in its excitement. This is a fine pressing with dynamic range and audience ambiance that is palpable. Some of the pop standards on this mono LP vinyl (RCA LPM 2819) are When the moon comes over the mountain, I’ll be seeing you, Moon River, What kind of fool am I, As long as he needs me, and God Bless America.
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Violin Concertos
Violin Concertos

4.0 out of 5 stars Recording from the late 1950's, 3 July 2015
This review is from: Violin Concertos (Vinyl)
This is vinyl stereo LP CBS 36724 that was previously released as MS 6062 in 1959. The sweet violin comes through. These were the early days of stereo recording. Vinyl surface noise is low and typical of CBS recordings. Fearless playing and Isaac Stern fans will love this.
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The Visual Dictionary of the Human Body (Eyewitness Visual Dictionaries)
The Visual Dictionary of the Human Body (Eyewitness Visual Dictionaries)
by Unnamed
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Learn at home, 16 Jun. 2015
This book is self-explanatory and truly for adults and children. One can absorb as much or as little of the 3,000 word medical vocabulary and the 200 photos and graphic illustrations. Parents will decide when it is appropriate to introduce children to male and female anatomy and their respective reproductive organs. The human body covers (1) head (2) body organs(3) body cells (4) skeleton (5) skull (6) spine (7) bones (8) muscles (9) hands (10) feet (11) skin and hair (12) brain (13) nervous system (14) eye (15) ear (16) nose, mouth and throat (17) teeth (18) digestive system (19) heart (20) circulatory system (21) respiratory system (22) urinary system (23) reproductive system and (24) development of a baby.
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The Best Of Judy Garland: 20th Century Masters (Millennium Collection) by Garland, Judy [Music CD]
The Best Of Judy Garland: 20th Century Masters (Millennium Collection) by Garland, Judy [Music CD]
Offered by FHL Store
Price: £22.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Teenager Judy Garland, incredibly talented, 14 Jun. 2015
The Judy Garland CD under review is MCAD11952. The highlight is Judy's mature singing at age 15, "Dear Mr Gable, you made me love you." Clark Gable was Hollywood's leading man in 1937. The 12 songs were recorded from 1937 to 1945 when Judy was 15 to 23 years old. A young and fresh Judy Garland goes through these songs she made famous with the greatest of ease. Later in her troubled life she had a different voice, but deeper interpretation. This CD comes with an informative booklet and the remastering to CD is remarkable given that the original Decca recordings were made 75 years ago. Still sounds glorious and serious fans will be pleased.

Recording dates: (1) Over the rainbow, July 28, 1939 (2) I got rhythm, July 26, 1942 (3) Dear Mr Gable you made me love you, Sept 24, 1937 (4) Meet me in St. Louis, April 21, 1944 (5) Embraceable you, Oct 16, 1939 (6) Yah-ta-ta Yah-ta-ta talk, talk, talk, Mar 9, 1945 (7) Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Apr 20, 1944 (8) For me and my gal July 26, 1942 (9) But not for me, Nov 2, 1943 (10) The trolley song April 21, 1944 (11) Swanee, Oct 16, 1939 (12) On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe, May 15 & Sept 10, 1945.
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JUDY GARLAND AT THE GROVE VINYL LP 1959
JUDY GARLAND AT THE GROVE VINYL LP 1959

5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner, 10 Jun. 2015
The vinyl LP under review is the stereo version Judy Garland at the Grove. Capitol ST1118, made in Canada.
Be informed that the later CD release of this album added three songs. This original vinyl LP was recorded at the Cocoanut Grove, Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Judy's singing has more vibratos in this 1958 live recording; for example, The Trolley Song recorded in 1944 had much less. The 1958 interpretation, however, has better timing, not simply dashing through the song, with the greatest of ease, as a young person might. Technically very good recording with fine stereo image, presence and excitement.

Side One: (1) Garland overture (2) When your’re smiling (3) Zing! Went the strings of my heart (4) Purple people eater (5) Medley, You made me love you, For me and my gal, the trolley song.
Side Two: (1) When the sun comes out (2) Rock-a-bye your baby with a Dixie melody (3) Over the rainbow (4) After you’ve gone (5) Pretty girl (milking a cow) (6) Swanee
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the pick of... LP
the pick of... LP

2.0 out of 5 stars Are these outtakes?, 5 Jun. 2015
This review is from: the pick of... LP (Vinyl)
The vinyl LP under review is The Pick of Judy Garland, Jet Records, Jet8209. I gave only 2 stars because there is no information on whether the recording is stereo or mono, no information on date and place of recording, the musicians, name of orchestra and music arranger. The only information is the LP record label, address in Montreal, Canada and statement of license from Columbia Special Products, a division of CBS Inc. year 1982. This appears to be a live recording because of the audience applause at the end of each cut. The recording is okay, but the orchestra is laid back and not particularly dynamic. Are these outtakes? I wonder. The songs are (1) Make someone happy (2) Smile (3) Alexander's Ragtime Band (4) Over the Rainbow (5) A Foggy Day in London Town (6) Free and Easy (7) That's all (8) The Man that Got Away.
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Somerset Maugham
Somerset Maugham
by Anthony Curtis
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Biography picture book, 27 May 2015
This review is from: Somerset Maugham (Hardcover)
The strength of this book is in the full-page photographs that one would not find in many highly rated biographies. About 40% of this biography are black and white photographs of people and illustrations connected to Somerset Maugham. This captures the atmosphere of different time periods that would be difficult to describe in words. While this book does not qualify as a coffee table book because it is not lavish enough, the text is serviceable somewhat like a Readers Digest article— not riveting, just okay.


and his two pianos LP
and his two pianos LP

5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative arrangements to classical music, 2 Sept. 2014
This review is from: and his two pianos LP (Vinyl)
The stereo LP vinyl under review is Ronnie Aldrich and His Two Pianos, Phase 4 SP44022 Made in Canada.

All the tunes are modern arrangements of classical music; for example, Liebestraum by Liszt and Story of Three Loves by Rachmaninoff. Cymbals, bongos, marimba, xylophone and guitar accompany Ronnie Aldrich's two pianos. Some listeners may consider the two pianos and the ping pong effect a gimmick. But these are fun performances especially if you know the original classical piece. You have to look at the record label for the exact classical reference. This is another winner from Phase 4.

Tracks
(1) Liebestraum (Liszt)
(2) Story of a starry night (Tchaikovsky Pathetique Symphony)
(3) Till the end of time (Chopin Polonaise)
(4) Story of three loves (Rhapsody on a theme Paganini arranged by Rachmaninoff)
(5) Full moon and empty arms (Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2)
(6) Our love (Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet)
(7) Stranger in paradise (Borodin Plovtsian Dances)
(8) Baubles, bangles and beads (theme by Borodin)
(9) Theme from Goodbye again (Brahms Symphony 3)
(10) Tonight we love (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in B flat minor)
(11) I'm always chasing rainbows (Chopin Fantasia Impromptu)
(12) Asia Minor (Grieg Piano Concerto)


True psychology: (our relation to the absolute) (Abhedananda memorial series)
True psychology: (our relation to the absolute) (Abhedananda memorial series)
by Swami Abhedânanda
Edition: Unknown Binding

5.0 out of 5 stars Based on the yoga psychology of Patanjali, 8 July 2014
Addressing distinguished psychologists in America in 1920, Swami Abhedananda (1866- 1939) of the Ramakrishna Order said that the mind and the soul are fundamentally different from each other. Body, mind and soul exist, and the mind is the instrument of the soul. These lectures are based on Patanjali’s Yoga Psychology.

The contents of this book are Chapter 1: True Psychology, Chapter 2: The Consciousness, Chapter 3: The Powers of the Mind, Chapter 4: The Mind and Its Modifications, Chapter 5: The Power of Concentration, Chapter 6: Individuality and Personality, Chapter 7: Our Relation to the Absolute, and Appendix: Questions and Answers. This 3rd edition, 1965, is a complete revision from the 1946 edition. Although certainly readable, the explanations are technical.
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