Reviews by Grade ‘A+’

Songs I Turned Up: Just My Imagination, The Temptations

Posted on April 13, 2011

To fully appreciate this song, don’t listen to it on a compressed mp3 file. Find a remastered CD or an old piece of vinyl and listen to it on a nice stereo system. You will be amazed.

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Songs I Turned Up: Rock & Roll, The Velvet Underground

Posted on April 6, 2011

“And baby it was all right,
And it was all right,
Hey it was all right,
It was all right.”

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Papa John DeFrancesco, A Philadelphia Story

Posted on March 24, 2011

Devotees of soul jazz records made by the great B-3 players like “Groove” Holmes, Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Brother Jack McDuff, run out to your local record dealer and immediately grab this new disc by ‘Papa John’ DeFrancesco. It’s like steppin’ back to 1972.

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Hacienda, Big Red & Barbacoa

Posted on January 5, 2011

And at number two on the Mondophonic top ten of 2010…

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Lee Scratch Perry & Adrian Sherwood, Dubsetter

Posted on December 26, 2010

The musicianship and production values surpass anything else I heard in 2010. It is rich and textured. It demands your attention while at the same time, sweeping you away into a trance.

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A Ding Dong Dandy Christmas

Posted on December 17, 2010

Bells, chimes, accordions, tubas, electric guitars, harmonizing brass, harmonicas, organs and xylophones all deliberately arranged to drive you nuts!

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A Christmas Gift For You

Posted on December 16, 2010

The sound is just so big. It’s as big as the spectacle of commercial Christmas

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The Bad Plus joined by Wendy Lewis, For All I Care

Posted on June 18, 2010

I remember working once at a music store with drummer Dave King and he said, “I have the worst taste in rock music.” Well, I don’t know if I’d go that far, Mr. King.

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