Reviews by jfclams
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The premise of this one is really hard to stomach. I actually think if anything South Park's "Cancelled" is a far more likely scenario.
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I cannot help but compare this to an old Night Gallery episode "The Flip-Side of Satan" where Arte Johnson played a nefarious disc jockey sent to what turns out to be his last shift. But this time it's Jerry Stiller as a crotchety talk show host and none other than George A. Romero himself wrote this episode...which, unlike Arte Johnson's entry, is a real Debbie downer. Sorry, but I've always preferred rock 'n' roll style disc jockey banter.
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It's a crime to rate this album and pretty much irrelevant as to who Grey Ghost is (although they provide solid backing) but it's clear this was Ruby Starr's show. And it's a show you don't want to miss.
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The Dolls' second and last album of their original run was a memorably slipshod document which on paper (their idol/inspiration Shadow Morton in the producer's chair), should have surpassed the original. In reality, this was an outfit whose time had come and gone, and their partnership with Morton was nothing more than a misguided last-hour shot at the brass ring. The howling, madness-filled ending of "Human Being" definitely included.
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Heard this a ton of times on the heels of Galactic Vibes, and I still cannot explain how and why it is as good (if not better than) that album, but in a different way. It's a mystery I don't know if I will ever be able to crack. Psychedelic rock blended with Classical and native South African influences, but that is selling Astra's powers far short. The version I have includes three bonus tracks which were recorded pre-Astra; including an enchanting pop single called "The Coffee Song" which is as good as their more progressive works. This band should have been world-wide mega stars, and would have been, if not for the stinking shroud of Apartheid.
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