G. Ratcheson

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (255 of 274)
Location: Washington
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Self employed with internet business. Male 56. Tacoma, WA.

Music, Classic & Silent films, computers, quality audio equipment, cats, personal growth.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 21,619 - Total Helpful Votes: 255 of 274
MADAME DUBARRY [Masters of Cinema] (1919) [Blu-ray&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Pola Negri
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
As far as I can tell, this is the first release worldwide of the 2001 Murnau foundation restoration of Madam Dubarry & the first release of the film in any form in the UK (Makes me wonder how many other gems are sitting in the Murnau foundation vaults!). The only other versions I can find are Public Domain low quality discs from USA indie Grapevine (great intentions, but they tend to use Public Domain quality prints), & a German PD edition that appears to have gone out of print.

The importance of this film is due to the 3 principles: Director Ernst Lubitsch, & stars Emil Jannings & (Polish actress) Pola Negri. The print quality is very, very good for 1919. As the booklet makes… Read more
Electric Music For The Mind And Body ~ Country Joe & The Fish
Electric Music For The Mind And Body ~ Country Joe & The Fish
& it's one of my top 10 favorite 60's Psych albums! I am in Nirvana!


I heard this set tonight for the first time on my main system. For those who are sick of me bitching about bad remasters; this one is SUPERB!

Besides sounding awesome, I'm hearing at least partial (possibly completely) different takes on the mono version than on the stereo, which makes it even cooler.

Unless I'm having an acid flashback (lol), a significant portion of the vocals on the mono version are completely different takes then the stereo; similar on a portion of the lead… Read more
The Jazz Age ~ Bryan Ferry
The Jazz Age ~ Bryan Ferry
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This is an album of 13 of Roxy's & Ferry's solo tracks done in the style of the
Duke Ellington 20's Jungle Band, & in my opinion it's the album of the year.

This is EVERYTHING Joe Jackson's lame Ellington tribute wasn't. This truly sounds like 20's Duke. If you're a 20's & early 30's jazz fan, my initial take is this is awesome! (Though I have clue what Ferry has to do with it other than being the song writer). While there are no DE songs here, stylistically it's very close; even the production values imitate 1920's recordings.

As an example of the music, picture Ellington's East St Louis Toodle-oo (DE's… Read more

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