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Where To Buy On the Right Track by The Skatalites At The Lowest Price?

On the Right Track by The Skatalites

Why Buy A On the Right Track by The Skatalites?
Without the killer grooves and syncopated horn blasts of the always wonderful Skatalites, life on this planet would be a far duller thing. — L.A. Daily News The Skatalites are Jamaicas answer to the Motown house band and Booker T. & The MGs combined. — Rolling Stone The Skatalites took influences from jazz, calypso and US rhythm `n blues to help create the sound that dominated Jamaican sixties music … This is a must have album for anyone interested in Jamaican music and a great introduction for those who wish to learn. — BBC.co.uk More than a band, The Skatalites were and are an institution, an aggregation of top-notch musicians who didnt merely define the sound of Jamaica, they were the sound of Jamaica across the 50s and 60s. — All Music Guide The second wave of ska produced some good bands and some great music, the third wave fewer, but if you want to really hear the music played with respect for its deepest roots, you need to go to the source, and that is undoubtedly The Skatalites … The band is more musically sophisticated than many of its contemporaries were and than pretty much all of its present day imitators are. — PopMatters

Recorded in Byron Bay in 2006, On the Right Track mixes the coastal island vibes of Australias and Jamaicas hippest towns with a heavy jazz influence. Among a myriad of reissues and compilations, this album stands out as having the best new original material on an international Skatalites release since 1964. Studio sessions were held in the style of a classic jazz session, much like the one-take upbringing Studio 1 provided the group in the early days. From the late 50s into the 60s, The Skatalites transcended popular music, introducing and defining Jamaican music and culture to the world. Combining the best of American boogie-woogie with R&B, jazz, and big band swing, The Skatalites created the up-tempo syncopated island beat dubbed ska, which evolved into rocksteady and reggae. The original backing band for Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Toots & The Maytals, these two-time Grammy nominees have toured extensively worldwide since the 80s.

Over 2 Five Star Customer Reviews On Amazon!


Great introduction to The Skatalites
This is the first Skatalites album I bought, and I think it’s a great way to get into their sound. Now that I know a little more about these amazing musicians, and after hearing most of their classic 60′s records, I find this album their best since their reformation, in the 80′s.
I agree with the last review, these songs are really true to their ska roots, plus you won’t get the poor sound quality of the 60′s recordings. It’s well recorded, now you can in fact hear the bass lines and the terrific job by Lloyd Knibb on the drums. This senior citizen never got the recognition he deserves for inventing the SKA beat, which is the same beat as the reggae beat, the reggae drummers just slowed it down. I was lucky enough to see him play 2 weeks ago, with the reformed Skatalites.
The tracks sung by Doreen Shaffer are the icing on the cake.
Buy it!

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Schylling Sock Monkey – Save 27% Today!

Schylling Sock Monkey

Why Buy A Schylling Sock Monkey?
Sock Monkey Stuffed Toy. Measures 20 tall. Classic, retro & cool! All ages.


  • Classic brown color with red lips
  • Classic, retro and cool
  • Fun for all ages
  • Measures 20″ tall
  • Special Schylling designed sock monkey

Over 23 Five Star Customer Reviews On Amazon!

Cute classic
I got this as a gift from my husband for Christmas. It is so adorable! It seems pretty durable, and it’s very huggable! I look forward to giving this to my child someday.

bought this for a friend’s new baby
I love these things, classic children’s toy. The “red butt” is a great conversation starter for adults too!!

GeGe Monkey
Schylling Sock MonkeyWe purchased this monkey because it is the same one my chidren played w/ years ago. We bought it for them because my husband had one as well. We call him “GeGe” because that was my husbands name for him. This one we purchased for our grandson. To us it has become a family tradition to have “GeG Monkey”. Our Grandson love’s him! He is soft & flexable. He is also machine washable, this we learned from our children’s experience. We have come to understand that the simple toys are the ones that are loved the most. I hope you will buy “GeGe” for you loved ones as well.

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Where To Buy Hold Me to This Christopher ORiley Plays Radiohead At The Lowest Price?

Hold Me to This Christopher ORiley Plays Radiohead

Why Buy A Hold Me to This Christopher ORiley Plays Radiohead?
Tribute albums are always suspect; classical interpretations of rock even more so–and follow-ups to the same are fraught with mediocrity. Just witness the inexplicable glut of String Quartet Tribute discs to Tool, Bruce Springsteen, and many other top-selling and cult artists. On Hold Me to This, his second run at the music of art-rock group Radiohead, classical pianist Christopher ORiley avoids all these pitfalls. These arent easy-listening piano renditions of Radiohead tunes, but deeply inspired, often challenging and dissonant re-imaginings. ORiley succeeds by taking the music on its own terms. He doesnt try to make it classical but lets the classical nature of the music ring out. From the storming chordal overtone clusters of There There to the Chopinesque refrain of The Spinning Plates, ORiley makes you forget these songs were originally played by a raging rock band. Instead, they seem born on the keys of his piano. His Paranoid Android is like Conlon Nancarrow going boogie-woogie one moment and painfully, sweetly rhapsodic the next. Im not sure how Radiohead fans will respond to this, but piano and classical listeners should rejoice. –John Diliberto

Over 18 Five Star Customer Reviews On Amazon!

Amazingly Beautiful
I don’t know which is more amazing: Radiohead’s music, O’Riley’s imagination as an arranger, or his skill as a pianist. Combine all three and you have a phenomenal listening experience. I am absolutely in love with this recording. The arrangements sound like Rachmaninoff meets Messiaen meets Radiohead meets John Adams, and they are performed with the intelligence of Artur Rubinstein and the flair of Horowitz.

You do not have to know the Radiohead originals to appreciate O’Riley’s arrangements. You don’t even have to be a rock fan, or a classical fan, for that matter. But I have a background in classical piano, and I would urge every pianist to listen to this recording. Think of these arrangements as a wonderful addition to the piano repertoire. I can’t think of anything this satisfying since John Adams’s Phrygian Gates.

For pianists I recommend getting the score, which is available from O’Riley’s web site [...] .It is beautifully produced, with funky artwork similar to the art used in Radiohead’s CD booklets. I had the book for a while on my coffee table just to show it off–that’s how cool it looks. The arrangements are easy to read, but be warned: they are very difficult to play.

Not Just Reverence — Real Passion!
Back in 2003, Sony released True Love Waits, a recording of classical pianist Christopher O’Riley’s piano transcriptions of songs by rock group Radiohead. That recording became a minor hit, and one of my personal favorite recordings of the past several years.

Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly, given the vagaries of the music business these days), this follow-up recording of O’Riley playing Radiohead is not on the Sony label, but rather on World Village, a branch of Harmonia Mundi. In any event, Hold Me to This is a most welcome release that if anything, is even more rewarding than True Love Waits. On this new release, O’Riley seems to inject more of his own emotion into the music, his playing being more expressive and intense than it was on the first release. It is as though he has found out that fans of the band appreciated what he was doing, and now he can relax and really show not just reverence but also real passion for this music.

Classical music fans who have not heard any of O’Riley’s transcriptions–or any Radiohead–may well be wondering how on earth any transcription of rock music could be worth listening to (in his enjoyable liner notes, O’Riley mentions receiving an e-mail message from a fan of From the Top, his classical-music radio show, that inquired, “Who is this Mr. `Head’, and where can I find more of his beautiful music?”), but I believe most music fans, classical or otherwise, would find this recording to be quite enjoyable, and yes, beautiful.

Great Gift
I gave this as a gift to a huge Radiohead fan and they loved it. It’s a new and relaxing way to enjoy the songs you already know so well.

this has the depth you need…
I don’t believe you need to be ga-ga over Radiohead to enjoy this CD. This CD, it’s all piano (w/o vocals) if you didn’t already know that going in, will provide an even deeper appreciation of the textures & depth of the Radiohead catalog. Mr. O’Riley does takes some artistic liberties with the songs, albeit minor, but in so doing he unleashes the potential they all have. And this potential is truly staggering—some selections are nothing short of gorgeous.
Hold me to this: you WILL be floored by this CD. it’s well worth the purchase.

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Where To Buy Schoolhouse Rock Science Rock by Various Artists At The Lowest Price?

Schoolhouse Rock Science Rock by Various Artists

Why Buy A Schoolhouse Rock Science Rock by Various Artists?
Science is maybe the hippest platform for the Schoolhouse Rock crew to build on, as evidenced on this collection. The subjects are quirky, opening with a proto-ragtime/boogie-woogie backing for The Body Machine, which shares the traffic flow approach of America Rocks Im Just a Bill to explain how the body mechanically collects nutrition. With songs like Interplanet Janet and A Victim of Gravity, this collection will newly tickle the ears of adults brought up with these tunes as Saturday-morning cartoon fare. The lyrics, from George Newall, Lynn Ahrens, and singing jazz vet Bob Dorough, are easy company for the sometimes complex notions. Treating the subject of the circulatory system as a dance craze is a great way to tune kids into an intimidating subject. And as usual with Schoolhouses other titles, the music and vocals are artfully simple but never disappointing. –Andrew Bartlett

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good music, good message
the ‘science’ isn’t 100% up-to-date on these tunes, but they’re so good that it doesn’t matter. each song on this cd (and all the other schoolhouse rock cds) is stylistically unique, and they’re all well-written and beautifully performed. these songs have been stuck in my head for decades now.

btw, ‘scripture rock guy’, you and your oh-so-subtle plugs SUCK.

Schoolhouse Rock – Generation Next
Hey, I learned an awful lot schlepping around my house on Saturdays to the tune of this stuff. My 7-year-old isn’t going to miss out.

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Road to Ruin by The Ramones – Save 13% Today!

Road to Ruin by The Ramones

Why Buy A Road to Ruin by The Ramones?
Theyll get better, said Keith Richards of punk musicians in 1977. You cant help but get better. And Road to Ruin is the album that demonstrated the Ramones had gotten better at being musicians, if not at becoming stars. I Just Want to Have Something to Do is quite simply one of the greatest opening tracks on any rock album, ever. For the first time, Johnny actually throws in pyrotechnics that go beyond basic power chords. I Dont Want You is riff-driven punk rock, while I Wanna Be Sedated and Shes the One are some of their best pop-punk. But Road to Ruin also breaks some stylistic barriers. Dont Come Close is almost country & western and Questioningly is a simple ballad. A cover of the Searchers Needles & Pins is downright reverent, though its sadder than the original. The superbly remastered Rhino reissue of what was arguably their last great album includes original artwork, liner notes by Punk! magazines Legs McNeil, and the bands tracks from the Rock N Roll High School soundtrack–meaning the title track as produced by Ed Stasium as opposed to Phil Spector. –Bill Holdship

Over 34 Five Star Customer Reviews On Amazon!

Man I am slow…
I consider myself a very educated person when it comes to modern music. I have the essentials of everything from early boogie-woogie, early jazz & blues, 60′s pop, disco, new wave, metal, indie rock, etc. But I am just now (at 24 years old) discovering The Ramones. Don’t ask me why it took me so long…but it did and I am so happy. They are becoming one of my favorite groups to listen to. If you like pop music in any form, you will like the Ramones. I consider them a fast-playing pop band more than anything. As another reviewer said, they really were “the Beach Boys of punk”. This is tied with “Leave Home” as my favorite of their LP’s. Essentially every album of material they released is worthy of your listening time except for their very last album, Adios Amigos!, which is just garbage. But it’s still better than most bands on their best day of course. If u don’t have it already, just get this record already.

Road To Ruin
The Ramones-Road To Ruin *****

Road To Ruin was an album title that totaly reflected none of the music. It maybe the most irrelavent album title in all of history in once since and dead on in another. Road To Ruin is actually one of The Ramones very best albums. I hold it higher then the legendary debut, and think Rocket To Russia may be the only other album better then this. But at this point the boys had given up on themselves. They had realized they were never going to be mega stars at this point and were never going to be the next The Beatles like they had started out to be, so their metality was that they were ineveitably on the road to ruin if you will, and The Ramones were pissed off about it. Road To Ruin was a major step forward for the band as well as a massive change both metaly and phisicaly. Tommy had left the band to become a full time producer and enginer and the band recruted Marky which helped to make the sound more aggresive. The band grew musicaly and creativley. They were making more then just three chord songs here, and the songs were no longer “we’re gonna find happiness amongst the choas.” Oh no, The Ramones were angry and ready to let the world have it which is what makes this album so beautiful because Joey was really heated. This album also showed the experimental side The Ramones that the world had never ever seen before.

‘I Just Want To Have Something To Do’ opens the albums feriously and with sophistication. This song showed show much growth by the band from their previous album Rocket To Russia as far as musicianship, lyrics, and arrangement are concerned. One of the better songs the band ever wrote, and possible the best on Road To Ruin. ‘I Wanted Everything’ is an aggressive rant about wanting it all…fame, fourtune, millions of fans, and notatriety all things the band would atane after their retierment but at the time it seemed like it would never happen. ‘I Wanted Everything’ is unlike anything the band had previously released. ‘Dont Come Close’ caused a lot of contraversy upon release of this album. Many fans, critics, and supporters of the band wrote it and ‘Questioningly’ of as country western songs but anyone who listens to the songs can tell that it is just not the case. ‘Dont Come Close’ is so signature Ramones its not even funny. The song comes acrossed on first listen as a shock but upon inspection it is just like a million other 1960′s pop songs which is what the band set out to make songs as, so it fits in perfect for the band. The acoustic guitars are a nice change of pace for an album that is so angry. ‘I Dont Want You’ is a cry for desperation in anger and pain. It is ‘I Just Want To Have Something To Do’ continued musicaly. The song hits you like bricks in the chest and doesnt appologise, it shows you the band means buisness here. It helps to make Road To Ruin the bands version of The Beatles album Help! ‘Needles And Pins is an excellent cover that completly owns the original. Never has suicide sounded so….well not bad. The Searchers did the original and it was good but faulters in comparison to The Ramones cover. ‘Im Against It’ maybe the angriest song the band ever recorded. The verses to the songs are written light hartedly in humor as the band has been known for but then the chorus kicks in and anyone who has heard Joey sing the legendary “Im Against It” chorus knows the man is pissed about something. You can feel the conviction in the song and the emotion behind it. If you were to make a list of the three greatest Ramone songs ever recorded then ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’ would have to be included. The bands most popular song next to ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ and is maybe the only Ramones song to ever get regular radio play, It is still played to this day. Rumor has it the song was written after Joey was burned before a show and had to be taken to the hospital but he knew the band had a whole leg left on their tour so he said “Put me in a wheel chair get me on a plain before I go insane” and the song was written right after that. Classic. ‘Go Mental’ is anthemic. The chorus is so believable and convincing. While it isnt the strongest song on the album you wanna sing with it every time it plays. Johnny also plays some of the best guitar of his career on this song as well. ‘Questioningly’ is the other country western song mentioned earlier. Its not country, sorry but its not. Because Whiskey is mentioned and slide guitar is played someone decided The Ramones went George Jones. This is a nice love song while not a 1960′s pop song like ‘Dont Come Close’ it is still a really good love song amongst some much frustration. ‘Shes The One’ is just killer. It sounds as if the band finished recording and said “oh no we need a pop song,” but it doesnt matter because it is one of the best songs on the album and totally ture blue Ramones. Classic, the song is just so killer. ‘Bad Brain’ is a return to the more punk sounding song. Yet another song about insanity which as well all know is a very popular subject in the Ramones cannon. It is rumoured that the hardcore/punk band Bad Brains actually got their name from this song, they were going by another name at the time this was released and decided to change. Even if that is not whole truth, the song is still great with out the legend. ‘Its A Long Way Back’ is a three line rant written by Dee Dee about Germany where he was born. It has really good production and sounds great but does not really offer much to the listener, Im a personal fan of the song but think ‘Bad Brain’ should have close the record. Still a decent finish to the album.

Depending on what version of the album you buy there are five bonus tracks at the end of the reissued version. ‘I Want You Around’ which is a nice pop song from the band and classic, but this is an alternate version. Also included is an alternate version of ‘Rock N’ Roll Radio’ which is one of the bands all time best songs and this version is no different the only alteration is that it does not include the radio intro. A live medly of ‘Blitzkrieg Bop/Teenage Labotomy/California Sun/Pinhead/Shes The One’ is included here which was originaly on the Rock N’ Roll Highschool album. ‘Come Back, She Cried A.K.A. I Walk Out (Demo)’ is also included and its really good. ‘Yea, Yea’ is another demo track and is really cool, sort of like ‘Shes The One.’

With or without the bonus tracks Road To Ruin is an excellent album. Its one of The Ramones very best albums if not their best. One of the finest punk albums as well as rock n’ roll albums of all time. Road To Ruin was a rare moment in Ramones history that no one should miss out on. It is an incredible album that should be included in everyones collection. I have never met a person to not like The Ramones, the punk label sometimes scares some away but with a chance and a listen you will see that The Ramones are just a tougher version of The Beatles.

If you don’t like the Ramones…
If you don’t like the Ramones, you don’t like rock and roll. I don’t know how else to say it. If you are tired, sad, or having trouble getting started in the morning, put this cd in and get going to a better, brighter, more blitzkreig-y kind of day. This was my introduction to the band and still my favorite, although the debut is fantastic as well. It’s A Long Way Back, I Just Want To Have Something To Do, I Wanna Be Sedated, the list just goes on and on…all killer stuff. Even though some of the hardcore fans decried the ‘ballads,’ (let’s face it, latter day Aerosmith drivel these ballads ain’t – thank God), they are just being purists. Every single song on here is great and that’s something very few bands can say about any one of their records.
The Ramones took the pop formula and crushed it with Johnny’s down strokes and the sneering nasal charm of Joey’s impassioned vocals. Honestly, if you don’t like this band, I don’t value your musical opinion.

Gabba Gabbba Hey
Buy the debut Ramones CD, Ramones Leave Home,Rocket to Russia, Road to Ruin, and the New York Dolls First CD. Trust me.

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