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Vito Corleone

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  1. I've been looking into getting an inexpensive digital piano so that my daughter can start learning piano. But knowing that it may not last for her, I don't wanna spend a ton of money. But, being a piano player myself, I also want it to sound and feel as real as possible. I'm probably going to pull the trigger on this Yamaha. They have better ones that are more expensive that sound even better, look nicer, etc. But I thought this was pretty damn good for the money. I saw one set up at Costco a couple of weeks back and played it, and I liked it very well for what it is. Costco was selling the package with bench and stand for $499 I think. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/P45BKHome--yamaha-p-45-digital-piano-with-stand-and-bench
  2. Just played it today. VERY fun listen! Even Revolution #9! Lol listening now to a 5.1 mix of Electric Ladyland that was released today also. 50 years ago this month in music was a very good time indeed!
  3. Good way to put things! One of the things I like most about the album is it one of those, for me, that every time I listen to it, I hear something new. Few albums continue to be so revealing so many years later. That's the reason I posted about this quad mix to begin with. Just about the time I thought there was nothing really left to learn from this album, now suddenly I'm hearing it in a completely different way.
  4. There's been a bit of a mini-movement seeing a lot of these old 70s quad mixes being re-released over the last few years. A lot of odd ball stuff from various sources around the world. There's a small but loyal fanbase for this stuff of which I consider myself a member. It's very cool that so many of these old mixes are being unearthed as the tapes probably haven't been touched in 40+ years in most cases and they risk being lost forever otherwise. And the stuff from Columbia is the best. These guys really took the quad mixes seriously and they did some really amazing work. (In a lot of other cases, it's pretty obvious the degree to which the quad mix was an afterthought.) Chicago released a box set on BluRay of all their old quad mixed albums (9 of 'em!) a couple of years back. A great band with some great albums that really shine in that format. But this stuff requires dedicated listening. Which, sadly, seems to be a lost endeavor. Nobody just sits and listens to music anymore. Too bad.
  5. I don't know if I can tell you what you're missing if it doesn't already resonate with you and you've already listened to it lots. If it's not already a "4" or "5" for you, then I don't know what more I can offer to up that for you that you probably haven't already heard yourself. Yes, it's significant primarily for breaking so much ground in the fusion arena and I agree that Weather Report took it to the next level at least in terms of being more melodic and rocking a bit harder with it. I'm such a big fan of so much of their work. Joe Zawinul may have been God, IMO. But Zawinul and Corea playing off each other... Two drummers and two bassists working simultaneously... Shorter and Maupin and Miles all soloing.... John McLaughlin weaving in and out of it all. It's a masterful cacophony of sound. and spread open even wider in a quad mix with them coming at you from all for corners? It sounds like you're in the middle of the room with some of the greatest players in music history. But I agree that it's not a perfect album. Some of the ideas fall apart. You hear them building to something and they don't always quite get there. But that's also part of the art of it, I think, all these years later. And it allowed others to finish what it started. WR. Hancock on "Headhunters" Cobham on "Spectrum". Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever. It's not my favorite Miles album by a long shot. I agree with you that when he hit it full on, there's no comparison: Kind of Blue, In A Silent Way, Sketches of Spain. So much of the stuff from the Prestige years. (BTW, there are great surround mixes of those three albums available as well. All different in their own way for how they were created.) But it is what it is. His "Sgt Pepper's", IMO. Not the best album in their catalog and flawed in many ways. But nothing was more influential or spoke of its time.
  6. It was recently released from Sony Japan. You can find it on CDJapan or other import websites. It’s the original 70s quad mix on SACD so you’d need a player that plays SACD and a surround sound system. But it’s an AMAZING mix. Any audio engineer or musician would love it, I would think.
  7. He does a great job. I didn’t get TOTALLY lost in his character as he has those intense eyes and you can’t stop focusing on those TEETH, but he acts the part very very well. Kudos also to the guy who plays Brian May. Good actor and he nails the mannerisms on stage. They sort of relegate the John Deacon character to comic relief as the hapless “other guy” in the band. I guess that’s a risk when you leave the band and the other two serve as executive producers. The character of Mary, Freddie’s long-suffering girlfriend/fiancé/muse is the heart and soul of the movie and the girl who plays her does a fantastic job. Mike Myers appears as a composite of their first manager and a label guy who doesn’t believe that Bohemian Rhapsody should be a single and he’s seems to have been cast simply to toss out a Wayne’s World reference, but that alone makes his casting worth it. I have been amazed at the response this movie is getting. My first thought was this would be a flop as who cares about a 40 year old rock band? But it’s been doing really really well. I went to see it on Saturday and the showing was sold out. I had to buy tickets for later in the day. And the packed theater were all laughing and crying and stomping their feet and singing along. Even if you don’t like Queen, I think it would be hard to not like this movie.
  8. I saw it and loved it. And this was after going into it with low expectations as I generally don’t like musical bio-pics—especially of artists I know really well and love. Also I had read mixed reviews and I thought the trailer was disappointing. But the wife wanted to see it so we went. It certainly has some cliche moments and some spots with corny dialogue and such, but the performances are all very good. It follows the standard movie biopic formula. No new ground is broken here. But the band actually looks like they know how to play instruments, and the story is fast-paced and compelling. It ends with a 25 minute note-for-note reinactment of the Live Aid concert that is completely spot on. Malik does a great job as Freddie Mercury. Maybe an Oscar nomination here? There are a few details that might annoy hardcore fans—songs written/performed in the wrong year and such—but but these are all pretty minor. My 13 year old nephew loved it. His only disppointment was that they didn’t play enough of his favorite Queen song— Under Pressure. Who knew he even knew that song? if this introduces a great band to a new generation of fans, then that’s a very good thing.
  9. Glad you enjoyed the movie! Yeah, it probably moves a little too slow for a lot of today's audiences but oh well Gosling was terrific and I'm sure there will be Oscar nominations for him and Claire Foy. I would expect a Best Picture nod as well. Some people are upset, it seems, that it wasn't enough of a big Rah-Rah Go USA! movie, but it wasn't that kind of movie and wasn't telling THAT story. This was based on the biography of Armstrong and it tells THAT story amazingly well. The political to-do some made of it is nonsense. They accused the film of removing flags from the astronaut's uniforms (they did not) and accused the sequence you mentioned of people from outside the US praising the USA for what they accomplished as being some sort of "the whole world was in it together 'globalist' rewrite of history. Very sad that's where we are. Showing the flag planting would have detracted from the climatic, very personal scene involving Armstrong that was the heart of the movie, IMO. Again, this wasn't THAT story. It was neither blatantly patriotic nor was it anti-patriotic in any way whatsoever. It was about a man. Clearly those who complained about the movie didn't bother to watch it first. Yes, they hewed VERY close to history. I read where the author was proud that they took very little artistic license. The only scenes of note that weren't historically accurate is that the crash that he had that opens the movie occurred later in time (after the death of his daughter), and instead of messing up his face in parachute fall he actually bit his tongue so hard he couldn't speak for a few days. And it seemed to me they made his daughter a couple of years older. But those are very minor details in the world of bio-pic movies. As far as what he left on the moon? My understanding is that still remains a mystery and that the answer MAY be finally revealed when the crew's flight manifests become public in a few years. The author of the book claims he doesn't know and that when he asked Armstrong about it, Armstrong told him he had lost his flight manifest, which wasn't true. But it is still considered 'classified' for whatever reason the government classifies such things for decades. The author also said that even Armstrong's sister didn't know. But that she hoped it was as the movie tells the story. As far as the theremin goes? I'm guessing synth. :)
  10. The Giles Martin remixed White Album will be released on the 9th. Including 3 discs of outtakes and a 5.1 remix! https://audiophilereview.com/audioph...sound-mix.html https://www.google.com/amp/s/variety.com/2018/music/news/the-beatles-announce-white-album-deluxe-50th-anniversary-edition-1202954236/amp/
  11. [ATTACH=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32381479","data-size":"thumb"}[/ATTACH] Have any of you ever heard this? Always a trippy and transcendent experience, this album mixed into quad is on a whole ‘nother level! unfortunately this is only available as a Japanese import, but man those Japanese know how to package things! This comes in an odd 7” packaging so not sure yet where to put it on my shelf. (With my singles??? Lol). And almost of the booklet is written in Japanese. But it’s pretty cool. And the sound is amazing! Like hearing it again for the first time.
  12. There’s still something fun about going to the movies. I have a nice beautiful big TV in my house with a great sounding surround sound system, so I don’t ever feel like I’m missing anything by waiting for a movie to come to me, but there’s still something the wife and I like about going out to the theater. And now that they have nicer seats and serve beer and wine? It’s good just to get out of the house. But as good as some movies still are, we vastly prefer what TV has to offer these days. Still have a couple of episodes of “Better Call Saul” to finish up. And that new Amazon show with Julia Roberts that I think drops tomorrow looks interesting. You’re right that we are truly in a golden age for television. How far it has come in just the last 10-15 years is astounding. Was it maybe “The Sopranos” that first raised the bar? And with the big players now looking to get into providing content and competing with Amazon and Netflix I expect it to keep getting even better.
  13. Backward Panties at Backyard Parties. Sounds like a good title for a memoir. ;)
  14. Those would be some awkward panties, for sure!
  15. I think part of it has become that there is only so much you can do in a 2 hour movie. It seems movies are either story-driven or effects-driven. Rarely are they able to provide both without one sacrificing for the other. Which is one reason why television has become so much more dominant in recent years, IMO. Once producers realized that your story doesn't need to tidily wrap up in 42 minutes (counting for commercials) we now see most of the best work from the best writers, actors and directors in the business coming on the small screen. Storylines that unfold over a 10-episode "season" on a Netflix, Amazon or HBO show like "Ozark", "Goliath", "Big Little Lies", or "Marvelous Mrs. Maizel", or over several seasons on something like "Breaking Bad" allow for character development and plotline subtleties that rival books rather than what can be done in any movie. And even over a series of movies --- the 9+ hours (or whatever it is) of "The Lord of the Rings" movies were great. But the 70+ hours (or whatever it will end up being) of "Game of Thrones"? Pretty hard to beat that.
  16. [QUOTE=1001gear;n32377791]I asked in OJ but got conflicting answers. What ARE the rules for backward panties?[/QUOTE] Be a gentleman and help the lady get them back on straight before she goes home to her husband
  17. My point is that this stuff is cyclical. New technological advances come along and those become so popular that other stuff gets left behind. Until the technology becomes so common place that now the other stuff needs to catch back up again. It actually wasn't much different from silent to the talkies. Sadly, most of the silent era films are now lost, but in the last few years they were putting out grand works of cinematic art. Then when talkies came, all that mattered was sound. But the technology was such that it meant the actors had to largely stand in place while a microphone was placed in a plant or some such. Suddenly there was no place for all that great cinematography while movies were all shot with everyone standing around in one room as much as possible. It took awhile for the technology of sound to catch up with the technology of film which got left behind for a a few years. And there still are a lot of good movies being made. (I just saw "First Man" which I thought was a great movie on all levels.) The big epic action movies were rarely among the best in terms of writing and acting. Are the Star Wars films any worse than, say, "The Ten Commandments"? I think the worst thing happening to such films isn't CGI (which, by the way, isn't that cheap. Those movies are WAY expensive to make!) it's that the biggest money-makers are the movies that can be sold overseas. So action movies with simple dialogue that doesn't get lost in translation are going to be where the studios are most willing to invest. I've never been a big fan of the genre and I can't even really comment much on the Star Wars movies because I've never liked them and seen very few of them. But there's a reason why they keep cranking out all those Marvel Comics movies and Fast and the Furious. The USA isn't even really their primary concern anymore. BTW, the first Star Wars was made for $11 million. (About $47 million today.) "The Last Jedi" cost $317 million. I know it's not ALL spent on special effects, but still. I don't think they are cheap to do. And some 54% of it's $1.3+ billion gross was overseas. Still, I can't help watching one of these big-budget action movies ("Black Panther" was the last one I bothered to sit through) and think "couldn't they have spent a BIT more on making sure the story line made more sense and some better dialogue?"
  18. People have been saying the same thing since the advent of talkies.
  19. Not once you understand that those are the same reasons that they are so popular.
  20. Chord changes and melodies come easily to me. My lyrics always seem to be trite or labored. Which has always been frustrating for me as writing, in general, comes pretty easily for me. I consider myself good with words, but putting them into lyric form and setting them to music and my lyrics always sound like some bad High School Musical. My best songs have always been with someone else writing the lyrics.
  21. I treat 'em like any other gig. I've played a lot of backyard parties. They aren't much different than nightclubs IMO. Some pay next to nothing, have crappy power situations, cramped stage areas, and horrible load in situations. Others provide ample room, ample power and pay very well. Choose to do whatever gigs you want to do for whatever reasons but just because they might be in someone's backyard shouldn't be the criteria. Yeah, the load-ins are almost always gonna suck as you're pushing the gear over the gravel and across the stones and trying not to tear up their grass. Pretty much count on that. But as long as you go into making sure they've got enough space for you to set up and you tell them you need X-amount of power and they are paying you what you think is fair, then why not? Some of the most fun gigs we've done have been in people's backyards. Some people have REALLY NICE backyards! And some people with really nice backyards have a LOT of money! A couple of years ago a guy hired us for his 50th birthday party and said it came down to a choice between hiring us or Foreigner and his wife convinced him a band like ours would not only cost less, but be more fun at a party. I figure if Foreigner is willing to play someone's backyard party, I can do it too.... And yeah...make sure they provide cover. Rain isn't an issue out here but bright direct sun that will melt your gear certainly is. Two 30-amp circuits, as big a stage area as they can manage and a cover over our heads and we're there if the price is right. And we can play "Happy Birthday" in any key. :)
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