Ringo Starr/Postcards from Paradise (continuing on the classic way)

ringo   You don’t know how refreshing it is to have a new release in classic form prevail like this album does. Ringo (who has apparently reached one name status officially on this album) has always placed his musical priorities with good strong basic great tunes that defy much of the junk being spoon fed into the music business today. Instead he is obviously more interested in multi-varied styles and surrounding himself with top grade musicians from his All Star Band and the like. This one has captured Ringo’s smooth voice in a flurry of songs that will make you rock, relax, and reminisce. Employing the great Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics on “Rory and the Hurricanes” grants us access to those good old numbers with a lot of vocal backing and a most catchy tune. Joe Walsh rides once again with a tag along cut entitled “Bridges” which lulls you along. Todd Rundgren and his lengthy guitar wizardry is featured on the title song “Postcards from Paradise”, a haunting melody with great guitar work. All of the songs have been co-written by the great Richard Starkey (AKA Ringo Star) and each one has Ringo all over it. The title cut has a most amusing set of lyrics which incorporate titles of Beatle songs and some Ringo as well. All in all, our Ringo has forever remained classic and has managed to remain an all star.

Supercar (the complete series)

supercar     From the genius of Fireball XL5 and beyond comes yet another unbelievable collection of those wonderful marionettes powered by string power and their creator, Gerry Anderson. One of the most amazing feats of its time to create an entire show complete with speaking movement, action scenes, and those loveable characters scanning the universe searching for the bad guy aliens. They’ve saved the ship, the earth, and the whole galaxy in a seemingly effortless parade of adventures. This set has an abundance of extras, including interviews, a close look at our marionette heroes, and commentary. Space exploits have never been duplicated as they have been here. Take a ride in a Supercar.

Hill Street Blues/season six (can blue men sing the blues)

hill   As the legend continues, so does the story of a precinct pebbled with problems during the break of day and the falling of night. the men and women of these uniforms are in full swing, carrying out their duty while watching each others backs as well as those of others. This show did revolutionize cop shows as a staple on television for its time and time to come. The realism has remained prominent and at the helm of it all, the excitement of gunfire, as well as the human side of things parallels themselves with the characters hearts and souls. Honor tries to maintain itself in a fallen world and sometimes you just have to do what is necessary. See all twenty three episodes in classic glory.

The Facts of Life (season six)

facts    This show was more than a classic sitcom. We developed along with the characters presented to us over the years, growing up with them. Time after time we laughed and cried the situations these kids surrounded themselves with. Sometimes witty remarks and wiseguy answers threw us for a loop. While other times our hearts were touched simply from kindness to an indecisive moment through their growing pains. Mrs. Garnett watched over them as if they were her own. Not all of it was fair, fun, or easy, but it certainly was honest. In this season the girls are working with budgeting their time balancing it with school, learning to face the challenges ahead in their growing world, and live through a broken spring break blasted by a hurricane, The one thing they can all count on was their friendship. A most adored TV show.

From a Whisper to a Scream (the best things come in fours)

scream    On a certain night when you believe you’ve heard an uncharacteristic sound coming from another room in the dead of night, a voice that only you seem to hear, or even more frightening something you see, then you’ve crossed paths with the darkness that envelopes you for its own. Much like these grisly tales of the macabre surreptitiously surrounding you with proper horror as the masterful man of the morose, Vincent Price delivers them to your doorstep. This merry moribund collection of terrifying tales from hell itself sends the message that you are not alone…ever. The little town of Oldfield harbors secrets that are about to tear the strange little village apart. Much like its victims. We’ve included executions, murders, slayings, killings, necrophilia carried out by a simple madman, and supernatural black magic in the form of voodoo leading children down the road to cannibalistic tenancies. These morbid menageries of fear will grasp you in the night as your whisper becomes a scream.

YES/Highlights from Seventy Two (long distance but no runaround)

yes    As the progressive rock age and all its components including massive instrumental passages of time and virtuosity beyond the threshold of imagination came to a valiant close, the true purveyors of that endeavor continued on in gallant fashion. Bands like King Crimson, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, early Genesis and the like bolstered on with their fancy finger work and tales of mountains coming out of the sky, schizoid men, and giant hogweeds. Yes has held onto a legacy that has most definitely filled the void of progressive onslaught throughout the stones of years.  These recordings created room for interesting improvisation, spectacular vocal soaring, and writing that permeated the atmosphere with a combination of talent which together formulated the band known as Yes. In their earlier days, mostly focused on their first two albums, Yes ventured through an identity crisis, not certain of their place in the music universe. However, once they established their ideals and where they headed with several magnum opus’s and intricate mastery, they have risen to remain one of the progressive giants of the industry. Much of the reasoning for the “Yessongs” album was all of the controversy surrounding the ability to replicate such complicated music live was a near impossibility. However, with their live flair and added expansions they rose above and soared to new heights. This album represents a great year in which the band gained an amazing place in the music world. They lasted a long distance but never gave us the runaround.

Jethro Tull/Minstrel in the Gallery:40th Anniversary La Grande Edition (no one here but us minstrel’s)

Tull minstrel     If ever there were modern day minstrel’s, Jethro Tull would be it. I can’t vouch for all of the galleries they’ve been in, but after seeing them perform countless times in many different venues, I can say that this album holds them true to their word(s). This showcase collection encases the final year of that ever wonderful lineup of musicians ever to grace the band. In their eighth effort in their musical venture Jethro Tull has surpassed those moments of mincing lyrics with fantasy and has endeavored to a higher realm of writing. What Ian Anderson proposes is a formulation of words that others never enter.

This case bound study of the “Minstrel” moment is donned with an amazing recording of the original album additionally engraved with b-sides, outtakes, and alternate cuts pertaining to the time. Also included is a live performance from Paris with a blend of their best tunes interpolating improvisational guitar riffs by Martin Barre, tagging along with flute solos, and variations of “Back Door Angels”.

In DVD glory we have musical mixes and rare footage of “Minstrel in the Gallery” live in Paris in its entire eight and a half minute splendor.

You will find some of the songs performed with a slightly unorthodox flair which for anyone who knows the language of Jethro Tull can certainly attest to the fact that they have most certainly reshaped their cuts from instrumental, to lyrical, to acoustic, and beyond.

Forty years in history and Jethro Tull continues to play in whatever gallery they wish…after all there’s no one but but us minstrels.