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Golden Rock Hits
Golden Rock Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the club..., 5 Jun 2014
This review is from: Golden Rock Hits (Audio CD)
While I was initially sceptical of this collection of re-recordings, the majority being a decade older than their much vaunted counterparts, I was greatly impressed by Chuck's energy here. In many cases, his sheer gusto elevates what might best have been a lame revisiting of former glories, motivated purely by financial or legal reasons (what with his just having switched labels to Mercury), to a most enjoyable alternative. The colourful instrumentation (including sax and bluesy organ fills), rich stereo mix, and Berry's own nimble fretwork, his verve, and his playfulness with the lyric, combine to distinguish these recordings from their better known forbears. As was always the case with Chuck, his recording sessions sounded like caffeinated, nicotine-fuelled jam sessions in which spontaneity and feeling were prized over clinicalness or mere technical proficiency. This disc is no exception. So, pour yourself a hot cup of java and hail, hail, rock 'n' roll to your throat is hoarse and your palms reddened from applause! NB: Check out the sole original composition, Club Nitty Gritty, which Chuck slyly slips in almost under the radar, perhaps as a concession or paean to the Go-Go craze then sweeping the States. Curiously, it holds its own amongst such distinguished company. *****


James Dean: The Mutant King
James Dean: The Mutant King
by David Dalton
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too far from Eden, 18 Feb 2014
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As a fan of James Dean, I was hoping to be regaled with countless colourful anecdotes charting his meteoric rise to stardom, from his rustic childhood days to those wired nights in mid-century New York, all brought to life in full, riveting detail. Instead, I spent most of my time trying to decipher Dalton's unwieldy prose and reminding myself that this was a Jimmy Dean biography. Rather than opt for the traditional narrative approach, Dalton has elected to take many (frustrating) tangents into the aura surrounding Jimmy and the socio-cultural repercussions of the myth he largely invented himself. As the title somewhat suggests, this book might very well have been submitted as Dalton's university dissertation, and is so abstract in parts I very nearly shelved it altogether. The fatal flaw, as I see it, is that Dalton has failed to satisfactorily evoke the essence of Dean. It was his visceral presence, after all, which lit up the screen. Sadly it is missing from these pages.


The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie
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5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem, 5 Feb 2014
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This review is from: The Glass Menagerie (MP3 Download)
A haunting and vivid performance of Tennessee Williams' poignant masterpiece. Special mention must be made of Montgomery Clift's characteristically committed portrayal of the hounded son and the warmth with which he infuses the evocative narration. Well worth the price of admission!


Jingle Bell Rock: The Christmas Collection
Jingle Bell Rock: The Christmas Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yule have no Blue Christmases with this in your collection..., 4 Jan 2011
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While not vintage Platters (original lead singer Tony Williams having left in 1960), this Christmas outing is nonetheless a jubilant, at times poignant, always enjoyable soundtrack to that special season. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, Blue Christmas, and Jingle Bell Rock bounce merrily along, benefiting from lively string arrangements, catchy organ hooks, and, of course, that marvellous array of voices--Paul Robi's terrific, warm baritone wrapping itself around Sonny Turner's tenor lines, perfectly complemented by Zola Taylor's romantic contralto part. Christmas Time, an original composition, is a standout: it is steeped in the nostalgia, reverence, and joy with which we all behold the Christmas season. Proof, then, that the Platters' magic touch had by no means eluded them. May this record find a place on your turntables and continue to enrich your holiday season!


Elvis '57: The Final Fifties Tours
Elvis '57: The Final Fifties Tours
by Alan Hanson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.61

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure gold!, 17 Aug 2008
Exactly what it says on the tin. Perhaps the most exciting period of Elvis' career. The book is full of interesting anecdotes which really work to draw you closer to the Elvis 1957 concert experience and the events surrounding those shows. While there is very little footage of Elvis in concert in 1957, and little-to-no audio recordings (apart from some very short radio broadcasts), Hanson is successful in his bid to enlighten even the most ardent Presley admirer, and lift the veil of mystery which obscures the truth of the man in the gold lamé suit.


Elvis Presley: The Ed Sullivan Shows [DVD]
Elvis Presley: The Ed Sullivan Shows [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elvis Presley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reely Big Shoe(s)!!, 25 Jan 2008
While the thought of sitting through an endless progression of ventriloquists, acrobats, so-called comedians and the most unnatural television personality of all time, Ed, isn't exactly appealing, it's definitely worth it once you see young Elvis in all his glory. Set in their original context, his performances are all the more forceful, all the more controversial and all the more remarkable, especially since they have been so meticulously re-mastered. What's more, some of the other acts are actually quite impressive: take the British ventriloquist on Elvis' third Ed Sullivan Show appearance, in January of 1957, before Presley dyed his hair black for the movies, and clad in his gold lamé sleeveless jacket and the blue velvet shirt, which he wore for his Tupelo homecoming appearance the previous September. Waiting in anticipation for Elvis to appear, we are reminded of the format of his 50's stage-shows, when the audience would have to sit patiently through jugglers, Irish tenors and similar talents which only made Elvis out to be even more alien. The bonus features are poor, but the liner notes by Greil Marcus more than make up for that. Elvis fans buy with confidence, if you haven't already done so.


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