DVD Review: Rawhide: The Complete First Season

“Move ’em on. Head ’em up.” Those were the first words spoken by the trail boss before the credits began during each episode of the popular 1959 television show Rawhide. On the air for eight seasons from 1959 thru 1966, Rawhide was the Western that launched the career of Clint Eastwood. The show was a …

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DVD Review: Warner Bros Tough Guys Collection (1936)

In the 1930’s and 40’s, Warner Brothers had the largest group of film tough guys in the movie business. Among these were James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, and George Raft. While none of these movies are considered classics, they are entertaining and would be a welcome edition to any film buffs library. Warner …

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Music Review: Girl Talk – Night Ripper

In today’s world of laptops, MP3’s and high-speed internet connections, mashups have become a very popular form of music. Girl Talk, the one man creation of Pittsburgh DJ Greg Gillis has used mashups to create one of the most talked about releases on music blogs, his third album on Illegal Art, Night Ripper.

Music Review: Oneida – Happy New Year

With the release of Happy New Year I can say with unabashed certainty that I am a huge Oneida fan. Formed in 1997, this Brooklyn band sticks to no specific genre. They mix Rock, neo-psychedelia, stoner metal, and garage punk to create some great music.

DVD Review: Apocalypse Now – The Complete Dossier

The new two-disc set of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic film Apocalypse Now is rewarding and disappointing, comprehensive yet incomplete. No film fan’s DVD collection is complete without one version of Apocalypse Now, and since The Complete Dossier contains both the theatrical release of the film and Apocalypse Now Redux in the same set along with …

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CD Review: Barry Manilow – Even Now

As my reviews of Barry Manilow’s newly remastered albums continue, I’ve spent the last few days listening to Even Now, Barry’s fifth studio album. Originally released in February of 1978, it soon became impossible to escape the semi-disco beat of “Copacabana (At the Copa)” on the radio.

CD Review: Barry Manilow – Live: Legacy Edition

Arista has beautifully restored Barry Manilow’s 1977 album Live from the original 1976 concert recordings. The concert was recorded at the Uris Theatre in New York City in December 1976. Released as a two-LP album in May of 1977, Live was Manilow’s first number one album (his second was 2006’s The Greatest Songs of the …

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DVD Review: Frasier: The Complete Eighth Season

The character of Frasier Crane was a fixture on television for 20 years. Actor Kelsey Grammer first played the role on Cheers in 1984. When Cheers ended its run in 1993, Grammer continued the role on Frasier, which premiered later that same year. Frasier was nominated for a total of 37 Emmys during the series’ …

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CD Review: Barry Manilow – Manilow II

Barry Manilow’s second album, 1974’s Manilow II has been re-released undoubtedly to capitalize on the success of his recent number one album, The Greatest Songs of the Fifties and his triumphant show Manilow: Music & Passion at the Las Vegas Hilton Theater that has been extended through 2008.

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