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The Led Zeppelin Papers: Houses of the Holy, Deluxe Edition

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Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy, Deluxe Edition (Atlantic Records) 1973/2014 “For me, Led Zeppelin began as the epitome of everything good about rock: solid guitar work, forceful vocals and rhythmic backing, devotion to primal blues forms, and most of all, thunderous excitement on stage and vinyl. But as superstardom came to them, so too came the gradual evaporation of those qualities from their sound.... Even after a hundred listenings I'm still not convinced this album is by the same group that brought us the likes of “Communication Breakdown," “Heartbreaker" and ...

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The Led Zeppelin Papers: Led Zeppelin IV, Deluxe Edition

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Led Zeppelin Led Zepplin IV, Deluxe Edition (Atlantic Records) 1971/2014 “It might seem a bit incongruous to say that Led Zeppelin--a band never particularly known for its tendency to understate matters--has produced an album which is remarkable for its low-keyed and tasteful subtlety, but that's just the case here. The march of the dinosaurs that broke the ground for their first epic release has apparently vanished, taking along with it the splattering electronics of their second effort and the leaden acoustic moves that seemed to weigh down their third... ... and ...

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Classical Gas – Anne Akiko Meyers & Orion Weiss

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Anne Akiko Meyers American Masters: Barber, Corigliano, Bates Entertainment One 2013 Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers follows up her superb Vivaldi, The Four Seasons (eOne, 2014) and provides a partner to her The American Album (RCA Victor, 1996) that featured the music of Copland, Ives, Baker and Piston. On the present recording, Meyers opts for a more contemporary fare composed by Barber, Corigliano and Bates, three composers whose careers overlap mightily. After the primly cool Vivaldi of her last recording, Meyers infuses an organic warmth into the American Romance of ...

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Donna Deussen: High Wire and On the Street Where You Live

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More telling than her Berklee College of Music magna cum laude degree is singer Donna Deussen's private instruction under Tierney Sutton. Sutton is second only to Cassandra Wilson when considering the seismic styleistic shifts in jazz vocals over the past 20 years. Deussen integrates her instruction intelligently, avoiding imitation. Her lessons learned are made her own. Duessen has released two recordings, about ten years apart. Side-by-side, They offer a staccato look at the singer's evolution. In a highly competitive field, Donna Duessen is deserving of much more attention than she has been given. Her time has come. ...

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The Led Zeppelin Papers: Led Zeppelin III, Deluxe Edition

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Led Zeppelin II was the second element of the musical binary epoxy that hardened the reputation of the band after the release of Led Zeppelin. “Sonic crunch" is an apt description of II while Led Zeppelin III takes a hard right into new (and, perhaps, unwelcome) territory. Led Zeppelin Led Zepplin III, Deluxe Edition (Atlantic Records) 1970/2014 I keep nursing this love-hate attitude toward Led Zeppelin. Partly from genuine interest and mostly indefensible hopes, in part from the conviction that nobody that crass could be all that bad, I turn to ...

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Sabine Meyer – The Art of the Clarinet

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Sabine Meyer KlarinettenKonzerte: Clarinet Concertos -Mozart Stamitz Weber Rossini Krommer Warner Classics 2012 The Twentieth Century and beyond have seen the finest classical clarinetists: Jack Bymer, Martin Frost, Emma Johnson, Sharon Kam, Thea King Dieter Klocker, Anthony Pay, Richard Stoltzman and David Weber. Belonging among these names is the exquisite German Sabine Meyer, who, more than all others, save Klocker, reintroduced names like Krommer, Stamitz, and Spohr to the big-label repertoire. EMI and Warner Classics have finally done the decent thing and released all of Meyer's major performances from every period ...

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The Led Zeppelin Papers: Led Zeppelin II, Deluxe Edition

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January 12, 1969 to October 22, 1969. Two-hundred eighty-three days. That is the length of time between the releases of Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II. By any estimation, in rock music it defies the space-time continuum. By 21st Century time, it only compares to the incessant leakage of Rap mixtapes pooling on the floor of some unnamed ghetto. If there was ever a rock Twilight of the Gods (Gotterdammerung), this was it. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II, Deluxe Edition (Atlantic Records) 1969/2014 Hey, man, I take it all back! ...



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