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This week's Spin: Hercules and Thor on Records
Blog, Movies, TV, Music, Records
Posted on Aug 06 2014 by Greg


With Disney's Hercules premiering on Blu-ray, here's a look at how Golden Records interpreted humbler version of the Olympian wonder boy from early '60s TV, plus another Golden adaptation of Marvel's movie powerhouse, The Mighty Thor...









This week's Spin: TV Classic Top Cat on Records
Blog, TV, Music, Records
Posted on Jul 26 2014 by Greg


Hanna-Barbera's impeccably written and masterfully acted prime time animated series gets the vinyl treatment on two classic albums from the mid-60s.









This week's Spin: Time Travel with The Sherman Brothers
Blog, Movies, TV, Music, Records
Posted on Jul 15 2014 by Greg


A young John Travolta, the voice talents of Paul Frees, music legends and more appear in two of the Sherman's most evocative musical scores.









This week's Spin: The Archies and America
Blog, News and Events, TV, Music, Records
Posted on Jul 02 2014 by Greg


The coming Independence Day holiday and this month's passing of Archie in a specific comic book series inspired this week's story about the world's greatest fictional pop band.







DVD REVIEW: 20 Feet from Stardom
Blog, Movies, People, Music, Records
Posted on May 13 2014 by Greg


I'm so glad this film won the Oscar.

When you learn about Darlene Love's astonishing career, check out her performance at this year's Oscar ceremony (the one with "Adele Dazeem"). You'll give her a standing ovation, too.

As you will for the mega-talented singers who you'll also meet in this film that -- and it's about time -- gives credit where credit is due, to the mega-talented studio and background singers who toiled behind the headliners (hence the title) and/or gave the world gigantic hit performances but were robbed of proper acknowledgement.

Also after watching this film, go back and look at the liner notes of your pop music albums. You'll see their names. Over and over again.

This documentary also questions the issue of what constitutes "stardom" and true "success." Becoming rich and famous relies on talent, luck, persistence and being at the right place at the right time -- yet some do not achieve it with all four. Yet, is a life well lived, working in a art form that you love, its own reward. Is the grass always greener? Is being content synonymous with "settling?"

I don't think being able to hold onto who are and what is dear to you is "settling." Regardless of being famous or being "niche," integrity matters, quality matters, and these artists exemplify these attributes.

Even if they aren't household names, how many of the biggest name in entertainment remembered by the general public after more than a few decades? What matters is what they have given us to enjoy and cherish. That is what lives on.

Cheers to you, great makers of music magic.











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