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Live at the Curran Theater ~ Lenny Bruce
The first thing to say about this jaw-dropping 1961 live recording is that it's probably not the best place to start for anyone keen to find out why Lenny Bruce was the greatest - and most significant - stand-up comedian of the 20th century. That would be the equally magnificent - but far more structured - Carnegie Hall concert double cd recorded a few months earlier.
In the time between the two shows, Lenny had been arrested twice, once on a narcotics charge and once for 'obscenity' during a live performance. This new notoriety resulted in the 2,000-seater Curran Theatre being only a quarter full on the night of this recording, and the experience - these were his first arrests - is… Read more
The Definitive Coasters (A Sides & B Sides) ~ The Coasters
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last!, 21 April 2013
Definitive is the right word, both for this compilation and the group themselves. The Coasters were the most important, not to mention the best, vocal group of the rock'n'roll era, and this wonderful collection is at least as essential for lovers of rock'n'roll/r&b as the 50s recordings of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
What we have here are all 30 of the singles cut by The Coasters between the mid 50s and early 60s, almost all of them written by the peerless Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, along with the flip sides. Clever, funny, slangy, sometimes risque (for the time) lyrics and terrific tunes given their definitive renditions by a marvellous group of… Read more
Ceiling Zero <b>DVD</b> ~ James Cagney
Ceiling Zero DVD ~ James Cagney
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cagney and Hawks!, 1 Mar 2013
How come nobody knows this movie? Studio-system era Hollywood's greatest director, Howard Hawks, and star, James Cagney, made two films together in mid 30s - The Crowd Roars, which is very good, and this, which is fabulous. Cagney plays 'Dizzy' Davis, a reckless pilot and incorrigible womaniser who joins an airline run by an old comrade from the war (Pat O'Brien). Davis is likeable, but he's trouble. As always with Hawks, though, the plot is hardly the point - its all about how the characters interact. In some ways a dry run for the magnificent Only Angels Have Wings (SEE IT!)which Hawks made with Cary Grant three years later, this is a great film. Funny, exciting, involving,… Read more

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