Music Review: Xanadu On Broadway: The Original Broadway Cast Recording

Having suffered through the train wreck that was the movie version of Xanadu so many years ago, I expected Xanadu On Broadway: The Original Broadway Cast Recording to bring back bad memories of kitsch and the sad, downward trajectory of Olivia Newton-John’s career. Xanadu was supposed to make Olivia a movie star for the ages. …

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Music Review: Ultimate Grammy® Collection (7 CD Series)

As the Grammy® awards get ready to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary with its annual awards show to air February 10, 2008 on CBS, Shout factory has released the 7 CD Ultimate Grammy® Collection. The set consists of Contemporary R&B, Contemporary Pop, Classic R&B, Classic Pop, Contemporary Rock, Classic Country, and Contemporary Country. Each of the …

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DVD Review: Gunsmoke: The Second Season, Volume 1

During its first season on CBS, Gunsmoke wasn’t in the top thirty in the television ratings. It was during the series second year that that the show caught on, eventually becoming the year’s seventh most popular program. From then on, Gunsmoke became one of the most popular westerns in television history, running for twenty seasons …

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DVD Review: The Odd Couple: The Third Season

Based on the Neil Simon Play and the 1968 hit film, in 1970 Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson developed The Odd Couple into a successful television series. Tony Randall plays the proper, fastidious photographer Felix Unger and Jack Klugman portrays the gruff, sloppy Oscar Madison, sportswriter for the New York Herald. Felix is a compulsive …

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DVD Review: Hawaii Five-O – The Third Season

Hawaii Five-O which ran from 1968-1980 on CBS remains one of the most popular police dramas in television history. Jack Lord’s steely portrayal of Five-O’s man in charge, Steve McGarrett, makes the show worth watching. Played by Jack Lord, McGarrett combines intensity with coolness. McGarrett is a bachelor who obviously enjoys the company of island …

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Music Review: Rivers Cuomo – Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo

Rivers Cuomo comes across like the ultimate music nerd. Since his band Weezer garnered mainstream success back in 1994 with their self titled debut, Cuomo has seemed uncomfortable with the notoriety. While many musicians would have reveled in the rock n’ roll lifestyle, after a yearlong tour to support Weezer (The Blue Album) ended, Cuomo …

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Music DVD Review: Mariah Carey – The Adventures of Mimi

Armed with a five octave voice, Mariah Carey burst on to the music scene in 1990 with her self titled album. At that time, she became the first singer to have her first five singles reach #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts. She continued to record hit after hit, making her the best …

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