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A Collection of New Vinyl Releases for the Audiophile - January 2010

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - January 2010

 

I made a discovery recently that was both terrific and terrifying. Terrific because I have a whole slew of new records that I can look forward to exploring.

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Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - January, 2010

movie-january-2010-teaserThe Hangover (Blu-ray), The Marine 2 (Blu-ray), Mamma Mia! (Blu-ray), Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Blu-ray), Extract (Blu-ray), Jennifer's Body (Blu-ray), Horton Hears a Who! (Blu-ray), Command Performance (Blu-ray), 9 (Blu-ray), A Perfect Getaway (Blu-ray), Taking Woodstock (Blu-ray), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Blu-ray), CSI: The First Season (Blu-ray), 10 Things I Hate About You (Blu-ray), Fighting (Blu-ray), Love Actually (Blu-ray), American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (Blu-ray), Funny People (Blu-ray), Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Blu-ray)

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A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - November, 2009

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - November, 2009

I hate to sound like a grumpy old man, but I'm a little worn out with all of today's wacky collaborations between seemingly divergent recording artists. One need only check the YouTube footage of Paul McCartney singing "Yesterday" with Lincoln Park and Jay-Z to see how far south that idea can fly.

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A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - December, 2009

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - December, 2009

I came to Miles Davis's "Birth of the Cool" with expectations. Expectations which were shattered more or less as soon as the needle hit the groove. It didn't take me long to realize the error of my ways, and it's a mistake I've vowed not to revisit.

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The Ongoing Career of Baritone Benjamin Luxon

Benjamin LuxonEnglish baritone Benjamin Luxon remains prized for the intelligence of his portrayals, and his unfettered directness of expression. Now 72, and devoting much of his time to theater, Luxon came to fame as a member of Benjamin Britten’s English Opera Group. After creating the title role in Britten’s Owen Wingrave, he proceeded to perform a wide variety of roles in many of the world’s leading houses.

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December CD Reviews for the Audiophile - Holiday Recordings to Savor - Part II

December CD Reviews

It’s that time again, boys and girls. Santa, egg nog, menorahs, craziness, last-minute shopping, and empty bank accounts to ring in the New Year. You’re going to need some good music to get through it all, and even more to entertain family and friends. Whatever your family situation, if you’re looking for music appropriate to the holidays, you need look no further. There are some really goodies in the list of mostly new releases that follows. Enjoy!

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CD/DVD Reviews - November 2009

CD Reviews November 2009

Chromatic gales, emotion-churning dissonances, and vocal writing so torturous it makes you wonder if the all-star cast is composed of masochists: such is the score for composer Thomas Adès and librettist Meredith Oakes’ three-act opera, The Tempest. Based on Shakespeare’s eponymous play, it was commissioned by the Royal Opera Covent Garden, where it was premiered in February 2004 under the baton of then 32-year old Adès.

 

 

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December CD Reviews for the Audiophile - Holiday Recordings to Savor - Part I

December 2009 CD Reviews

Esperanza, founded by the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia in 1987, works to “bring a sustained response of hope to the barrio.” To raise funds for their work, they’ve put together this Christmas compilation with performances by Marcos Witt, Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Angel Guerra, Jose Carreras, Santana, and others. Michelle Bonilla sings quite the “O Holy Night.” The sound quality of the transfers leaves something to be desired, but the joy this will bring to its target audience is great.

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Movie Renter's Guide - November, 2009

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Lie To Me Season One (Blu-ray), Waterworld (Blu-ray), Big (Blu-ray), Army of Darkness (Blu-ray), Child's Play (Blu-ray), Role Models (Blu-Ray), Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead (Blu-ray), Bruno (Blu-ray), Doom (Blu-ray), Shaun of the Dead (Blu-ray), The Scorpion King (Blu-ray), The Rundown (Blu-ray), High Crimes (Blu-ray), The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Blu-ray), Monsters, Inc. (Blu-ray), Up (Blu-ray)

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Movie Renter's Guide - December, 2009

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Star Trek (Blu-ray), The Taking of Pelham 123 (Blu-ray), Angels & Demons (Blu-ray), Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws (Blu-ray), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Blu-ray), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1965, Blu-ray), Wrong Turn (Blu-ray), An American Werewolf in London (Blu-ray), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, Blu-ray), The Office: Season 5 (Blu-ray), Battlestar Galactica - The Plan (Blu-ray), District 9 (Blu-ray), The Inglourious Basterds (Blu-ray)

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A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - October, 2009

A Collection of New Vinyl Releases - October, 2009No one has ever accused the Black Crowes of being innovators. Some say their sound is derivative, others say imitation. I find them somewhere in the middle depending on which record you're listening to. They've made one truly great album ("Southern Harmony and Gospel Companion") and a few really good ones, mostly towards the beginning of their career.

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