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Definitive Collection
Definitive Collection
Price: £15.06

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview, 20 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Definitive Collection (Audio CD)
This is a VERY generous selection of songs, and epecially considering the limited amount of "hits" she's had throughout her scattered recording career. So, why is Patti LaBelle considered a legend? She's hasn't had the hits of Aretha Franklin or Dionne Warwick, nor has she accomplished anything in particular; so, why is she a legend? Her voice. It's that simple. She's got a terrific voice. A very powerful voice, and that is what her legend is based on. So, "The Definitive Collection" is a fine overview of her hits, but if you are only just getting into Patti LaBelle, or just curious, you are not likely to know half of the songs included, as many of them only charted in America (and in the lower regions of the r'n'b charts), but with an open mind, you will learn to love many of these songs.

Highlights: "Over The Rainbow", "New Attitude", "On My Own" and "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)".


14 Friendly Abductions: The Best of Nina Hagen
14 Friendly Abductions: The Best of Nina Hagen
Offered by encorerecords
Price: £14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Compilation, 20 Feb. 2008
I have always been fascinated by ms. Hagen's incredible voice, but less intrigued by the songs she recorded. "14 Friendly Abductions" is the best compilation available for her English catalogue, and it manages to compile all of her classics, and avoid some of her truly terrible album cuts. This works as the compilers plugged out the good tunes from the otherwise horrible albums "Fearless" and "Nina in Ecstasy". By doing this, the listener gets to hear Nina at her best. "New York, New York" is a great 80's tune. "Universal Radio" is Nina Hagen at her best, and "Tv-Glotzer" is one of her all-time classics. I would've preferred to see more material from the terrific "Nunsexmonkrock" album, and I could've done without THREE editions of the otherwise great "Zarah". So, what is Nina Hagen? A joke? An opera singer? Or both? Juding by these songs, she's anything but a joke, but taking into consideration how bad her albums were; the jury's still out on that one.

Highlights: "Smack Jack", "New York, New York", "Tv-Glotzer" and "Universal Radio [Universal Dance Mix]".


Songs My Mother Taught Me
Songs My Mother Taught Me
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £8.47

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tough Shoes to Follow, 18 Feb. 2008
Is Lorna Judy's lesser daughter? Certainly not. Lorna's always been a talented singer. That has never been the issue. So, why did Lorna never make it like her legendary sister Liza did? Good question, but this album doesn't answer that question, though. Lorna has made an acceptable tribute to her beloved mother, but does it represent the Garland gene? Most certainly not. This album is for Lorna fans, and for Lorna fans only. That being said, it is far from being a bad album, and it actually does have a certain charm to it. She does justice to "The Man That Got Away", "Rock-a-bye Your Baby (With a Dixie Melody)" and ""Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart", but, that's as far as it stretches. The unfortunate thing about the album is the way it is constructed. It's a lounge/cabaret album at best, and I am not talking about Liza's cabaret. What I have always wondered is why Lorna just didn't inherit that special gift that both Judy and Liza had. That undying passion for entertainment, and for performing. Lorna is arguably a better singer than Liza, but, it is a shame that she just never got what showbiz is all about. Lorna is capable of putting on a good show, but that's about it. For the curious, this album may be hard to sit through - I certainly thought so. This is not an attack on Lorna, but just my experience with the album. So, buy the album and judge for yourself.

Highlights: ""Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart", "The Man That Got Away", "Chicago" and "Rock-a-bye Your Baby (With a Dixie Melody)".


Nina Hagen Band
Nina Hagen Band
Price: £9.17

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nina's Debut Album, 18 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Nina Hagen Band (Audio CD)
Nina Hagen's first album is by no means a masterpiece. It is rather a period piece of the 70's. The sound is primarily rock, but fused with punk and new wave, and, believe it or not, opera. Nina herself is a clasically trained opera singer, and this was back when she could still sing. Her range was amazing as heard on "Naturtrane", which is an odd piece. Many of the songs here are forgettable, but som are worth more than one listen; "Tv-Glotzer (White Punks on Dope)" is a great cover of a mediocre song; "Unbeschreiblich Weiblich" is another highlight on an otherwise bland album. Except for "Nunsexmonkrock", Nina Hagen never recorded great albums. As the 80's came, it actually got worse with some truly awful synth-pop albums. In spite of this, she did manage to score a couple of truly terrific classics such as "African Reggae", "Tv-Glotzer", "Antiworld", "Future Is Now" and her weird cover of Paul Anka's classic "My Way".

Highlights: "Tv-Glotzer", "Unbeschreiblich Weiblich", Naturtrane" and "Auf'm Friedhof".


Fearless
Fearless

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Finally Released? Or Better Left Hidden?, 18 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Fearless (Audio CD)
Nina Hagen started her career as a promising act. Her amazing voice, her quirky songs, but the act got tired, and really fast. "Nunsexmonkrock" was a masterpiece. It was original and truly unlike anything I have ever heard. "Fearless", however, is an album of truly, truly, awful songs. I don't blame Nina, as she obviously had the vision to create an album as original and fantastic as "Nunsexmonkrock". Nina sold out on this album. She was clearly aiming this record at the mainstream, and that was a grave mistake. Nina didn't belong in the same category as Cyndi Lauper, Madonna or Jefferson Starship. Not all is lost on "Fearless", though. "New York, New York" (not a Liza Minnelli cover) is a perfectly acceptable 80's tune, and so is "My Sensation", but there is absolutely no excuse for "The Change", or "What It Is", which is quite possibly the most embarrassing cut by anyone I have ever heard. Even the biggest Nina fan knows, logically, that this album is far from being good, and it is only recommended to Nina completist.

Highlights: "New York, New York", "Zarah", "My Sensation" and "Springtime in Paris".
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Nina Hagen Band
Nina Hagen Band
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £30.16

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nina's Debut Album, 18 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Nina Hagen Band (Audio CD)
Nina Hagen's first album is by no means a masterpiece. It is rather a period piece of the 70's. The sound is primarily rock, but fused with punk and new wave, and, believe it or not, opera. Nina herself is a clasically trained opera singer, and this was back when she could still sing. Her range was amazing as heard on "Naturtrane", which is an odd piece. Many of the songs here are forgettable, but som are worth more than one listen; "Tv-Glotzer (White Punks on Dope)" is a great cover of a mediocre song; "Unbeschreiblich Weiblich" is another highlight on an otherwise bland album. Except for "Nunsexmonkrock", Nina Hagen never recorded great albums. As the 80's came, it actually got worse with some truly awful synth-pop albums. In spite of this, she did manage to score a couple of truly terrific classics such as "African Reggae", "Tv-Glotzer", "Antiworld", "Future Is Now" and her weird cover of Paul Anka's classic "My Way".

Highlights: "Tv-Glotzer", "Unbeschreiblich Weiblich", Naturtrane" and "Auf'm Friedhof".

[Note: This review is of the remastered edition, which is why it received a star more than the other edition.]


Liza Minnelli At Carnegie Hall
Liza Minnelli At Carnegie Hall
Price: £12.41

4.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Concert by Dazzling Liza, 31 Jan. 2008
Liza at Carnegie Hall was an historical event. Her mother made her own legendary comeback at Carnegie Hall back in the 60's, so who better to follow in her footsteps? This double-disc release work both as a great live performance, and as a definitive compilation. Liza performs every single song associated with her, and then some. Disc one is a collection of songs about different women in rather outstanding circumstances. Liza gives it her all on powerhouses like "If You Hadn't, But You Did" and "Some People", and in tender ballads such as "I Don't Want to Know" and "I Never Has Seen Snow", the latter, which Liza recorded, on an album back in the sixties. Disc to is dominated by an extended medley that somehow, SOMEHOW, manages to include all of her signature songs, written by Fred Ebb and John Kander. From her early years in Flora, the Red Menace "A Quiet Thing", "Sing Happy" and "All I Need Is one Good Break", to "Liza with a 'Z'", to "Cabaret", to "Maybe This Time", and of course "New York, New York". Vocally, Liza has never sounded better. Her voice is booming, her vibrator under control, and her slurring completely absent. The only flaw in this release is the terrible sound. Telarc ought to be ashamed of the sound recording done on this record.

Highlights: "I Don't Want to Know", "I Never Has Seen Snow", "Somewhere Out There" and "Theme from New York, New York".


Supernatural - The Complete First Season [DVD] [2006]
Supernatural - The Complete First Season [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Jared Padalecki
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Show of This Kind Since X-Files!, 24 Jan. 2008
As you've probably figured out, I was a huge fan of the X-Files. That show had everything a person like me could ever as for, and I was a little sad when the show finally ended all those years ago. Then Supernatural comes along. A totally different show, yet not. I won't go through the story, as you most likely already know it. Season one is a good start for the show, and it proved immensely successful the world over, thanks for its continuous innovative episodes, and the chemistry between Jensen Ackles (Dean) and Jared Padalecki (Sam). Their relationship never comes off fake or dishonest, and they are extremely convincing as the Wincester brothers. Bottomline; if you like show like the X-Files, Supernatural is right up your alley. So, sit back and take with the Wincesters on a journey to kill as many "evil sons-of-bitches" as possible.

Favorite episodes: "Scarecrow", "Benders", "Home", "Phantom Traveler", "Hell House" and the season finale: "Salvation" and "Devil's Trap".


Out of Africa (Penguin Modern Classics)
Out of Africa (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Isak Diresen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Possibly the Most Interesting Read, 20 Dec. 2007
Despite of being one of the most renowned authors in history, one might be tempted to ask: Who is Isak Dinesen? Who is this woman who spend her entire life searching for something that could never be? There is no answer to such an impossible question.

"Out of Africa" is first of all an incredibly stubborn piece of literature. It tempts you and annoys both at the same time. Even though it is written with such passion, it is almost impossible not to hate the Baroness for being so damn hard-headed. The line, "I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills" has become legendary, and there is not modern reader today who hasn't heard this famous line. But the irony that caught up with Karen was what finally drove her out of her beloved Africa. Africa was never hers. The farm was never really her home. Love never truly trusted her to love. She indulged in a relationship that was never meant to be due to her own intelligence. For a woman who was so smart in life, she sure wasn't very clever in love, and that is why she never received the same love she so eagerly gave away herself.

In the end, this book is a must read. It will fascinate you to no end. Who is this woman? Why does she insist on being so damn hard-headed? Read, and you may find the answers.


Vamp [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [NTSC]
Vamp [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Chris Makepeace

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's Cult Classic, 18 Dec. 2007
Okay, so "Vamp" may not go down in history as one of the great masterpieces, but there is a certain charm about the movie that draws me in.

The 80's yielded a string of vampire flicks, some were great, "Fright Night (1985)", "Near Dark (1987) and "The Lost Boys" (1987), whilst others were incredibly bad, "Once Bitten" (1985) and the worst of them all "Teen Vamp" (1988), which is bad beyond comprehension. "Vamp" is smacked right in the middle of these movies, and accurately so. It doesn't have the emotional depht of "Near Dark", nor the wit of "The Lost Boys", but, it does have one thing neither of those movies have; Grace Jones. Granted, her screentime is limited to ten minutes, but she makes such an impact (especially her intro) that more would be overkill. A little Grace can go a long way, and boy, ain't that the truth.

The director, Richard Wenk, obviously went for a comedy/horror thrill, and even though it wasn't always funny, the comic timing is always just right. Chris Makepeace is good as the lead Keith, and DeeDee Pfeiffer is close to almost not being annoying.

The settings look amazing, bathed in lavish colours of green and pink, makes it look like a black and white movie, but only with colours. The overall look of "Vamp" is stunning, and even thought some of the vampire effects may look dated, they're still much fun to watch.

Jonathan Elias provided the music, and he did it well, even if he did rip of Tangerine Dream a bit, it's still amazing, and that includes Jones' fantastic, but incredibly rare theme song entitled "Vamp", which does not even appear on the original soundtrack.

When all is said and done, "Vamp" is a worthwhile addition to any horror movie collection.
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