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The Beatles - Please Please Me, 44.1/24 FLAC. The left to the Solar Plexus of the most exceptional one-two punch any band is likely to land. Better recorded, more exploratory, and intelligent than their first effort, without losing any of their fire (admittedly, adding a bit of polish). Rock'n'Roll doesn't get better than this, even Buddy Holly.
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Dwight Yoakam - Come on Christmas, CD. One of my absolute favourite Christmas albums, gets many spins every year. Mostly covers or classics but two originals; the title track, a dirge with Christmas as a drug to forget one's miseries for a little while, and Santa Can't Stay, a Christmas trailer park drama as only Mr. Yoakam could tell it. Has an R&B tinged sound similar to Gone, swinging more-or-less depending on the track, but there's also a beautiful Country Gospel version of Away in a Manger. Really enjoyable and wears well.
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As I read this I'm in the process of building this year's Christmas playlist... and that album wasn't on my radar. Will check it out.
 

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Ronnie Brown Live - In Concert At The Balboa Bay Club is an album by Ronnie Brown, released in 1977.

Los Angeles Times, October 6, 2000

Longtime Orange County jazz pianist Ronnie Brown, whose classical training at the New England Conservatory of Music enabled him to incorporate bits of Bach and Mozart as well as Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson into his music, has died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 68.

He chose to teach and play jazz rather than commit to life as a classical pianist because, as he told The Times in 1987, “you have to make that your whole life. It would take me six to seven hours’ practice a day at least to get into the concert attitude as far as classical music goes. There are so many other things to do in life--you have to pick some roses too.”

Brown was born in Warwick, R.I., and had been an avid sailor in high school and college, a hobby he continued after coming to Orange County in the late 1960s.

On graduating from the New England Conservatory in Boston with his master’s degree in music, he joined the faculty and taught piano. Brown played in the U.S. Army Band for two years in the ‘50s, and after his discharge he accompanied, arranged, conducted or appeared with artists including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin.​
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A Star Is Born is the soundtrack album to the musical film of the same name, performed by its stars Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, released in 1976.

The album was very successful, holding the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 chart for six weeks and eventually was certified 4× Platinum by RIAA for more than 4 million copies with a reported 15 million copies worldwide.


  • "Watch Closely Now" (Paul Williams, Kenny Ascher)
  • "Queen Bee" (Rupert Holmes)
  • "Everything" (Holmes, Williams)
  • "Lost Inside of You" (Barbra Streisand, Leon Russell)
  • "Hellacious Acres" (Williams, Ascher) – 2:58
  • "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" (Streisand, Williams)
  • "The Woman in the Moon" (Williams, Ascher)
  • "I Believe in Love" (Kenny Loggins, Alan and Marilyn Bergman)
  • "Crippled Crow" (Donna Weiss)
  • Finale: "With One More Look at You" / "Watch Closely Now" (Williams, Ascher)
  • Reprise: "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"
AllMusic Review:
Though it is credited to Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, A Star Is Born is in effect the soundtrack album to the motion picture of the same name, a rock-oriented retelling of the story that had been filmed three times before. That it is not billed as a soundtrack only indicates that the album contains the songs featured in the film, but not the score.

Of course, the main drawing card here is "Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born' (Evergreen)," the number one hit. But the rest of the album is slight. Streisand isn't much of a rock singer and these aren't much as rock songs (the songwriters include Paul Williams and Rupert Holmes). For his part, Kristofferson sounds even more gravelly than usual, and he isn't even growling his own compositions, which doubtless would have been superior to what he's been given to sing.

Nevertheless, spurred by the hit single and the box office success of the film, A Star Is Born was the best-selling album of Barbra Streisand's career up to this point. "Evergreen," co-written by Streisand and Williams, won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal.​
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A Star Is Born is a collection of songs, released in 1969, from a 1954 American musical film written by Moss Hart, starring Judy Garland and James Mason.

It is the second of four official adaptations of A Star Is Born, with the first in 1937 starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, the third in 1976 starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson and the fourth in 2018 starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

Esther Blodgett (Judy Garland) is a talented aspiring singer with a band, and Norman Maine (James Mason) is a former matinee idol with a career in the early stages of decline. When he arrives intoxicated at a function at the Shrine Auditorium, the studio publicist Matt Libby attempts to keep him offstage. After an angry exchange, Norman rushes away and bursts onto a stage where an orchestra is performing. Blodgett takes him by the hand and pretends he is part of the act, thereby turning a potentially embarrassing and disruptive moment into an opportunity for the audience to greet Norman with applause. Realizing that Esther has saved him from public humiliation, Norman thanks her and draws a heart on the wall with her lipstick. He invites her to dinner, and later watches her perform in an after-hours club while recognizing her impressive talent.

Time wrote that Garland "gives what is just about the greatest one-woman show in modern movie history," and Newsweek said the film is "best classified as a thrilling personal triumph for Judy Garland. As an actress Miss Garland is more than adequate. As a mime and comedienne she is even better. But as a singer she can handle anything from torch songs and blues to ballads. In more ways than one, the picture is hers".

When the Oscar for Best Actress went to Grace Kelly instead of Garland, Groucho Marx sent Garland a telegram reading: "Dear Judy, this is the biggest robbery since Brink's".

The 1954 film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The film ranked #43 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Passions list in 2002 and #7 on its list of greatest musicals in 2006. The song "The Man That Got Away" was ranked #11 on AFI's list of 100 top songs in films.
 

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Gustav Mahler
Symphony No 4
Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Osmo Vanska, conductor
Minnesota Orchestra
Dec. 2019

File under: Romantic Period
 

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Atoms for Peace-Amok
Feb. 2013

File under: Experimental Rock, Electronica

"Supergroup" comprised of Thom Yorke, Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.), and Mauro Refosco (Forro in the Dark).
 

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Of Montreal-Rune Husk EP
Jan. 2017

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