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Friday, February 18, 2005

New Writings by Joe Viglione

Kinnie Starr Published 3/05 AllMediaGuide
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Joe Viglione writes round the clock! His work for COUNTRY CLUB MERCHANT MAGAZINE out of Florida is a nice contrast to his being a correspondent for THE MEDFORD TRANSCRIPT,
and his ongoing work for the prestigious ALL MEDIA GUIDE.

Joe's writings can be found on VH1.com, Djangos Music.com, Amazon.Canada, eBay, Barnes & Noble.com - dozens of sites utilizing his essays for http://www.allmusic.com

WMFO's Coffee 'n' Smokes Published 3/17/05
http://www.townonline.com/medford/artsLifestyle/view.bg?articleid=204224

PJ Shapiro Published 2/16/05
http://www2.townonline.com/medford/artsLifestyle/view.bg?articleid=185860


Medford Transcript > Arts & Lifestyle
Medford resident P.J. Shapiro recently performed in a live concert venue Feb. 10.
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P.J. Shapiro performs at Avenue C's

By Joe Viglione/ CorrespondentThursday, February 17, 2005

Songwriter P.J. Shapiro, who moved to Medford from Newton in the year 2000, was the featured performer at Avenue C's Thursday night open mic on Feb. 10. Of course a mini snowstorm hit a few hours before and during show time, but that added to the ambiance of the gig at the elegant new Malden nightclub located at 166 Eastern Ave., between Ferry Street and Eastern Avenue, at the Route 60 split.

Shapiro has an appealing voice and interesting lyrics - "Who knows which way the magma flow," he sings in "Continental Drift." When music fans hear the letters "P.J." they may first think of female singer P.J. Harvey or the band 40 Ft. Ringo's P.J. Farley, but Shapiro has something different to offer - a series of dark rolling essays accompanied by a folk guitar, which he manipulates in creative ways.

Live at the Avenue C showcase he set the mood by applying those subtle dynamics, kind of like a progressive rock band without the bombast. It's an interesting concept that demands attentiveness and was embraced by the ever growing crowd at organizer Jeff Munro's Thursday evening get-togethers.

The event itself was impressive, a guitarist named Randy coming all the way from the South Shore, other participants sometimes showing up from New Hampshire or other parts unknown to the local Medford/ Malden/ Arlington region.

After author Rushworth M. Kidder (from Maine) was interviewed for a cable show at around 8:45 p.m., singer Donny Schultz began the open mic - Schultz requesting to open for P.J. Shapiro, which shows the respect fellow musicians have for the performer.

The featured artist then took the staging area in front of a fireplace and black drape backdrop and began his set. The only "cover" song performed by Shapiro was Joss Whedon's theme song to the sci-fi TV show "Firefly." It's available only in secret places on the Web, one of those little treats performers put out for the world to hunt down and cherish.

Another song, "Justice," doesn't appear on the singer's 12 track "I Know What You're Made Of" CD from 2001, but it has the same style and flavor as the excellent material on that disc. More information about the CD can be found on http://www.pjshapiro.com/

The singer was thankful that the crowd would "brave the elements; hope it's been rewarding" he said. The applause in response was sincere - the other musicians in attendance seem to have a camaraderie which spills over to the non-participants, those just walking in for a beer or some of the excellent food served at the club.

Promoter Jeff Munro is also the station manager at Arlington's Comcast Cable station. He's been putting open mics together for at least six years and has a handle on bringing like talents together for what was one of the more fun nights this jaded writer has experienced in quite some time.

Kevin McQuilken appeared after Shapiro to play instrumental versions of songs ranging from The Police to the 60s hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" as well as the 1970s gem "Loving You" by Minnie Ripperton.

The level of musicianship was surprisingly very high for a suburban showcase, higher than many similar events found in Cambridge and Boston.

A pretty gal named Marissa showed up with her friends to join the event in a jam after songwriter David Munro played an excellent albeit brief collection of his tunes. This club is something special - opening Labor Day weekend 2004 it has a New York-style decor that adds to the legitimacy of the artist mix. In other words - it's a classy place!

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Band debuts while lead singer moves

By Joe Viglione/ Correspondent
Thursday, January 27, 2005


http://www2.townonline.com/medford/artsLifestyle/view.bg?articleid=171309

A debut performance of the band "Slop" at an established Cambridge hotspot, the All Asia Bar in Central Square, proved to be lead singer/vocalist Matt O'Connor's final show as a resident of Medford.

The local landscaper who is also a singer/songwriter is moving outside the Worcester area, but will continue performing with the Boston based Slop.

The all-ages show on Dec. 11 contained an interesting blend of originals and music by some of the group's heroes, from Jimi Hendrix to Bob Marley, and what they lacked in proficiency this new group certainly made up for with heart.

Belmont's Pierre Ratzki is lead and rhythm guitarist for Slop with his friend Joey Jebari handling the bass guitar. They met O'Connor on Sept. 18, 2004 at a festival in Boston where O'Connor performed solo to approximately 200 people.

Slop formed shortly after that meeting when O'Connor emerged from the recording studio at the end of summer 2004, putting to tape music by his friend from Los Angeles, the late Greg Zera.

O'Connor's travels have taken him from Worcester to Woburn to Spokane, Wash., eventually leading him to Los Angeles. He became friends with Chris Poland of the group Megadeth and taped an interview with Poland for his TV show, The Rehearsal Space, when Poland played Johnny Ds in Somerville.

When Zera tragically passed away in Los Angeles, O'Connor made it a mission to get some of his musician friends songs put to tape.

O'Connor moved to Medford in January of 2004, where he worked for a local landscaper and found musicians to help him bring the new music to life. The Deal, another band which recently exited the city, loaned their drummer, Peter Kelly, to the sessions.

After the recordings O'Connor began looking for people to play with on a more regular basis.
Encountering Jebari and Ratzki at the festival led to a quick friendship and thus "Slop" was born, an old school blues sound fused with hard rock that began by playing a mixture of songs composed by O'Connor with instrumentals from Joey, Pierre and an earlier drummer.

A bassline from Jebari led to "The Slop Anthem" when O'Connor and Ratzki put additional music to it. O'Connor added lyrics later.

Drummer Jake Staley came on board after being introduced to O'Connor through a friend from college. Staley is a sophomore at Berklee College of Music majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production. His solid beats keep the Slop boys organized.

Staley takes private lessons from Casey Scheurell and cites Led Zeppelin's John Bonham and session musician Vinnie Colaiuta as his influences. Born in Silver Springs, Md., the 19-year-old Staley now hails from Toledo, Ohio, though the pull of Berklee College brought him to New England and this unique and creative quartet.

Joey Jebari is a self-taught musician who hooked up with Ratzki at Belmont High School around April of 2003. His musical tastes range from blues to jazz to 60s rock and indie music to techno. Born in Cambridge, the Jebari family moved to Morocco from 1988 to 1995. They returned to Massachusetts setting up residence in Belmont.

Joey has owned his bass since 2000 and joined a local pop band with other Belmont High musicians James Green and Geoff Wright. That group, Suburban Legends, performed at the 2004 Belmont Talent Show at Belmont High Auditorium.

The final gig with "Suburban Legends" was on May 19, a celebration for the passing of the same-sex marriage bill. At that event Jebari jammed in public for the first time with Pierre Ratzki.

Ratzki commented on his friend's skills: "Joey's basslines often become the backbone for songs, and if I introduce a song I've written, I know that his bassline will complement the guitar perfectly. We feel very comfortable playing together, and I don't think either of us would have as much fun in a band without a good friendship, which is what we have."

The guitarist went on to explain the composition of their own material: "The way we write originals, there's no set method. Joey will start with a bassline, and I'll come up with a guitar part, and Matt will do something over that, while Jake brings it all together, etc. But it could start with any of us, and most of the originals we will be playing at (upcoming shows) were created on the spot like that, and refined later. We just jam a lot in practice, which helps fuse a band and make them communicate well together. You can't just throw four guys together and expect them to be tight on the first song, you have to jam first. Plus, jamming is awesome. So far, Matt has written all of the lyrics, but I hear that Jake has a bunch of originals he will soon be introducing to the band."

The show at the All Asia is the first since Ratzki's return from a trip to Paris, France, where he has relatives. And for such a young group of - - O'Connor in his 30s, Jebari, Ratzki and Staley in their late teens, it is amazing the amount of traveling they have all done, Morocco, Paris and Los Angeles contacts can only help the group in obtaining some kind of tour schedule or CD release outside of the Massachusetts area.

Ratzki commented on the importance of the band's newest member, drummer Jake Staley: "Jake is the key ingredient to the band, because he is sort of like the director. He brings the songs up or breaks them down, and has complete control over dynamics. Without him, we sound thin and lacking. It's humbling to play with someone from Berklee, especially someone with as much musical talent as Jake. He can play faster and louder than any drummer I have ever heard, but he can also play soft and jazzy."

Prior to the formation of the band lead singer O'Connor, the group's most veteran member, found himself on the Cambridge Central Square music circuit, performing solo at the All Asia Bar, The Zeitgeist Gallery as well as the Cantab. The decade before he found himself in both the Seattle and L.A. music scenes, ultimately recording a two song tape on 24 track tape resulting in the tunes "Errand Boy" and "The Barking Dog Band."

When he returned to the Boston area, landing on Garfield Avenue in Medford, he began hosting a television program, The Rehearsal Space, which featured interviews with The Supersuckers, Audrey Ryan Band, former Medford residents Pat O'Hara and his group "The Deal" and Chris Poland of Megadeath.

Where Slop will go in the music industry is anyone's guess, Pierre Ratzki hoping the band will continue to be part of the Boston Music scene, "...especially during the summers. If we could get a record deal, sign me up, but right now its just about jamming and having a good time."

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TOMMY JAMES SONG REVIEWS

Christian Of The World
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Do Something To Me
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Draggin' The Line
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Quick Silver
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Get Out Now
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Three Times In Love
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Light Of Day
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I Think We're Alone Now
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You're So Easy To Love (rare Tommy James single)
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Sweet Cherry Wine
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Crimson & Clover
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Crystal Blue Persuasion
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I Think We're Alone Now
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I'm Alive
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Mirage
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Mony Mony
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Sugar On Sunday
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Baby Baby I Can't Take It No More
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ALBUM REVIEWS

I Think We're Alone Now
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It's Only Love
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Gettin' Together
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Mony Mony
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Cellophane Symphony
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Travelin'
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Midnight Rider
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Something Special: THE BEST OF TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS
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SOLO

Tommy James
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Christian Of The World
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My Head My Bed My Red Guitar
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In Touch
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3 Times In Love
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A Night In Big City
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2 Tommy James related discs
Hog Heaven (1971)

Hog heaven Review (ex Shondells)

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Alive N Kicking 1970 Produced by Tommy James & Bob King, featuring Bruce Sudano who co-wrote "Ball Of Fire"

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Assorted Song Reviews by Joe Viglione on AMG

Gentry, Bobby 1 "Ode To Billy Joe" 2:36
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Roger Williams Autumn Leaves Song Review
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Roger Williams first album review
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Blues Image Ride Captain Ride Blues Image 3:45
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Just the Two of Us
MacDonald, Salter,Withers 3:56 Composed by: MacDonald, Salter, Withers
Performed by: Withers, Washington, Grover Jr.
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John Cale Song Reviews

Amsterdam
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Andalucia
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Charlemagne
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47319DD49A87520C89B2C45F6A672FE19D650DA971F28455A92B63E45913E65CA46F68BA5DBB677AB78A7E02CA45A0A9FCBEF5CFDDD6C3F399D8EDB&sql=33:30q2g4hctv1z

Gun
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47319DD49A87520C89B2C45F6A672FE19D650DA971F28455A92B63E45913E65CA46F68BA5DBB677AB78A7E02CA45A0A9FCBEF5CFDDD6C3F399D8EDB&sql=33:gikxi3v0bb79

Mr. Wilson
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47319DD49A87520C89B2C45F6A672FE19D650DA971F28455A92B63E45913E65CA46F68BA5DBB677AB78A7E02CA45A0A9FCBEF5CFDDD6C3F399D8EDB&sql=33:4cbyxd0b2ocj

Paris 1919
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47319DD49A87520C89B2C45F6A672FE19D650DA971F28455A92B63E45913E65CA46F68BA5DBB677AB78A7E02CA45A0A9FCBEF5CFDDD6C3F399D8EDB&sql=33:th9ds36wa3vg

Set Me Free
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47319DD49A87520C89B2C45F6A672FE19D650DA971F28455A92B63E45913E65CA46F68BA5DBB677AB78A7E02CA45A0A9FCBEF5CFDDD6C3F399D8EDB&sql=33:yuavq24lojka

9 JEFF BECK SONGS REVIEWED BY JOE VIGLIONE

The Jeff Beck Group should be as revered as Led Zeppelin - both emerged from The Yardbirds only Jimmy Page had the genius of Peter Grant to push his genius along. Check out Rock Journalist Joe Viglione's perspective on this masterful work. Joe saw The Jeff Beck Group when
Max Middleton and Bob Tench were in the group back in the early 1970s.

SHAPES OF THINGS JEFF BECK GROUP with ROD STEWART

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47319DD49A87520C89B2C45F6A672FE19D650DA971F28455A92B63E45913E65CA46F68BA5DBB677AB78A7E02CA45A0A9FCBEE5CFDDB6C3F359D8EDB&sql=33:bn861vk6zzxa

I AIN'T SUPERSTITIOUS
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47319DD49A87520C89B2C45F6A672FE19D650DA971F28455A92B63E45913E65CA46F68BA5DBB677AB78A7E02CA45A0A9FCBEE5CFDDB6C3F359D8EDB&sql=33:1zmyxd7b6oly

PLYNTH (Water Down The Drain)
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47319DD49A87520C89B2C45F6A672FE19D650DA971F28455A92B63E45913E65CA46F68BA5DBB677AB78A7E02CA45A0A9FCBEE5CFDDB6C3F359D8EDB&sql=33:zyoibkj9fak0

I'VE BEEN DRINKING
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47319DD49A87520C89B2C45F6A672FE19D650DA971F28455A92B63E45913E65CA46F68BA5DBB677AB78A7E02CA45A0A9FCBEE5CFDDB6C3F359D8EDB&sql=33:1y6cmpva9foo

JIZZ WHIZZ produced by Jimmy Miller, who was managed by Joe Viglione
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47319DD49A87520C89B2C45F6A672FE19D650DA971F28455A92B63E45913E65CA46F68BA5DBB677AB78A7E02CA45A0A9FCBEE5CFDDB6C3F359D8EDB&sql=33:ne548qncbtn4

CAUSE WE'VE ENDED AS LOVERS a great Stevie Wonder tune
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47319DD49A87520C89B2C45F6A672FE19D650DA971F28455A92B63E45913E65CA46F68BA5DBB677AB78A7E02CA45A0A9FCBEE5CFDDB6C3F359D8EDB&sql=33:16ri287w054a

FREEWAY JAM
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47319DD49A87520C89B2C45F6A672FE19D650DA971F28455A92B63E45913E65CA46F68BA5DBB677AB78A7E02CA45A0A9FCBEE5CFDDB6C3F359D8EDB&sql=33:baivadoke8wj

LED BOOTS
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47319DD49A87520C89B2C45F6A672FE19D650DA971F28455A92B63E45913E65CA46F68BA5DBB677AB78A7E02CA45A0A9FCBEE5CFEDD6C393F9D8EDB&sql=33:dbm1z84a3yt4

ROCK MY PLIMSOUL
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE47319DD49A87520C89B2C45F6A672FE19D650DA971F28455A92B63E45913E65CA46F68BA5DBB677AB78A7E02CA45A0A9FCBEE5CFEDD6C393F9D8EDB&sql=33:6sq3g4kctv5z

JIMMY WEBB SONG REVIEWS by Joe Viglione

All I Know
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4781CDD4AAE7420EDBC0C65E79D5CC73AFE7ADBA6310F0476F3982D6DA30B47D00BE49F81B3E574BD66ADFF2EA1160ED9CFEC5CFDDD765D40&sql=33:5ckludu0andk
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4781CDD4AAE7420EDBC0C65E79D5CC73AFE7ADBA6310F0476F3982D6DA30B47D00BE49F81B3E574BD66ADFF2EA1160ED9CFEC5CF9DC765D40&sql=33:puq8b5m4psz4
MacArthur Park
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4781CDD4AAE7420EDBC0C65E79D5CC73AFE7ADBA6310F0476F3982D6DA30B47D00BE49F81B3E574BD66ADFF2EA1160ED9CFED5CFCD5765D40&sql=33:cveq9jqskr5t

P.F. Sloan
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4781CDD4AAE7420EDBC0C65E79D5CC73AFE7ADBA6310F0476F3982D6DA30B47D00BE49F81B3E574BD66ADFF2EA1160ED9CFED5CFED5765D40&sql=33:ilf5z8a8ehpk

Wichita Lineman
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4781CDD4AAE7420EDBC0C65E79D5CC73AFE7ADBA6310F0476F3982D6DA30B47D00BE49F81B3E574BD66ADFF2EA1160ED9CFEA5CFDDE765D40&sql=33:6k967uy02083

Worst That Could Happen
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4781CDD4AAE7420EDBC0C65E79D5CC73AFE7ADBA6310F0476F3982D6DA30B47D00BE49F81B3E574BD66ADFF2EA1160ED9CFEA5CFFDC765D40&sql=33:fyazefwk2g5j

Galveston
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4781CDD4AAE7420EDBC0C65E79D5CC73AFE7ADBA6310F0476F3982D6DA30B47D00BE49F81B3E574BD66ADFF2EA1160ED9CFEB5CFFDB765D40&sql=33:nckkudy0anxk

Highwayman
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4781CDD4AAE7420EDBC0C65E79D5CC73AFE7ADBA6310F0476F3982D6DA30B47D00BE49F81B3E574BD66ADFF2EA1160ED9CFE85CFDDA765D40&sql=33:5qkqiovabbf9

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4781CDD4AAE7420EDBC0C65E79D5CC73AFE7ADBA6310F0476F3982D6DA30B47D00BE49F81B3E574BD66ADFF2EA1160ED9CFE85CF8D5765D40&sql=33:4gdjvx9la9xk

Didn't We
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4781CDD4AAE7420EDBC0C65E79D5CC73AFE7ADBA6310F0476F3982D6DA30B47D00BE49F81B3E574BD66ADFF2EA1160ED9CFE95CFEDF765D40&sql=33:qv59keptsqjq

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Reviews on E Music.com 1/07/05

Rick Berlin
http://www.emusic.com/album/10816/10816492.html

Pousette Dart Never Enough
http://www.emusic.com/album/10788/10788101.html

Upcoming Reviews on AMG January 8, 2005

Frank Sinatra Show with Ella Fitzgeraldhttp://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:08qog4gxtv1z

89 Live In Japan Quiet Riot
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:8wabqj7eojka

Spencer Davis Live In Manchester 2002
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:1jdjvwpwa9tk

Genius Of Lady Day Billie Holiday
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:igae4j177wav

The Legendary Nat King Cole
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:71q67ul040jd

IS IT LIVE OR IS IT MEMOREX???

O.J.'s Bastard Daughter: Ramblings about the Music Biz

by Rock Journalist Joe Viglione

Laurence Fishburne continues to ask us the burning question "What is real?"- or as the Architect in Matrix II might say "...Concordantly, while your first question maybe the most pertinent you may or may not realize it is also the most irrelevant. ...

That revision of the age-old query - "Is it Live or is it Memorex?"

Watching Ashlee on the web (my, how the world has changed from Madonna on MTV!) - "La La" and "Shadow" - this writer finds her a tolerable creation - vocals with enough soup on them to pair her with Marilyn Manson at some point in time - like Liza Minelli showing up on an Alice Cooper album, the alleged "culture clash" is no clash at all, it's just the fame game - if you got a name, we'll slap you on the disc. On "Pieces of Me" she looks like Courtney Hole's little sister with an unholy concoction of Three Dog Night when they covered a Dave Loggins tune back in 1972 meets Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner". It really does sound like "Pieces Of April" with the "Tom's Diner" melody - Sue, Suzanne, Sue!

Back to what is pertinent: Ashlee Simpson gets booed at Halftime - see this Orange Bowl clip:
http://www.comcast.net/providers/fan/popup2.html?v=25751911&pl=25268692.xml&config=/providers/fan/config/music.xml

She is just so awful awful awful! Has it really come down to this? Bobby Sherman may have annoyed us in his younger days, but now he's a sheer delight to watch onstage - and the songs have punch. But can you see Ashlee Simpson prancing out on stage in her 50s and 60s? To what - the booing of the Orange Bowl performance onscreen behind her?

What about taking care of artists that matter, artists who have creative genius? Has the music industry morphed into a cereal manufacturer? -now there's a rhetorical question - as long as the Wheaties and Led Zeppelin are on the grocery shelves, consumers ARE George Romero's creatures in "Dawn Of The Dead".

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That old adage "any press is good press" seems to have gone by the wayside after O.J. Simpson's knife cut through his ex-wife and some alleged gay guy - hey - I personally think O.J.'s son did it, which would almost make O.J. a hero except for those 911 tapes...Ashlee imploded on Saturday Night Live, and paid the consequences at the Orange Bowl - because at the Orange Bowl her voice is horrifying, and not the tolerable entity it is on her recordings.
...as this story is being written Jessica Simpson suddenly pops up on the video under this e mail (technology is so amazing!) doing Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" from Top Gun! Disco wizard Giorgio Moroder must be pleased (did you know that Martha Davis and The Motels actually cut the demo! - and was it really 1986 when Tom Cruise swept himself and Berlin into the mainstream consciousness - "I'll be your wingman, anytime" - a gayer movie was never spawned - so sayeth "homoeroticism.com) --- I mean we have to digress - some webpages blow Ashlee and Jessica off the map, check out Television City without Pity:

\http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showtopic=518801&st=45

ICE: I guess I owe you one.
MAVERICK: You don't owe me anything. We're on the same team.
ICE: You saved our lives. You did it!
MAVERICK: We did it.
ICE: You're a hell of a flyer. You can be my wingman any time.
MAVERICK: No. You can be mine!
ICE: Whatever you say, Commander.
Take my breath away indeed. ;)
I'm happy to report that Smallville's glorious S1 is currently running in Germany - sponsored by some body care company. They inform you in big & bold letters right before and after the show that Smallville is "a man's business". Coincidence? I hope not.
========================================================================== I did NOT write the above - call me late for dinner but don't call me Globe's resident plagiarist Jeff Jacoby - do a google on "I'll be your wingman anytime" - it ain't only me! That really "grabbed" people - and with a friend named "Goose"...oh well...

Now the web is spinning Britney Spears doing Bobby Brown, "MyPrerogative", so I guess we'll have to get back on track - what is real? And was that really 1989 - GAWWWDDDDD we're all getting so much ... wiser! The older the grape, the sweeter the wine... Britney's "Toxic" is justdownright annoying - melodies and electronic drums with visuals - what has happened to music like I heard Julie Devereaux on WROR spinning yesterday at noontime or so - (well she's not actually SPINNING the stuff, I think a computer touches the discs now, come to think of it...) Carole King singing "So Far Away" and Rod Stewart with "You Wear It Well" - which he allegedly wrote for Jo Jo Laine. Rod asked me what I thought of his set one night after a Tweeter Center gig - "Rod, you know I ADORE your old stuff" - skirting the question - and he laughingly said "Joe, I can't play for you and the 20 other critics in the audience" - so I handed him a copy of Jo Jo Laine's "I'm Into Something Good", a cover of Herman's Hermits that Jimmy Miller & I conjured up.

We were at the Four Seasons with Jo Jo (he was cool enough to go out and play soccer with her son the next day - the son that was conceived about two months after Jo Jo exited from Rod (or vice versa) and moved on to Denny Laine from Wings (Wingman, anytime?). Rod said "He has my shoe size!" Jo Jo replied "But of course!" I said "Laine is Denny's kid".Jo Jo said - "you're right, but with all the money Alana (Hamilton)'s getting..." Good old Jo Jo - always going for the gold.

THERE ARE NO PUBLISHING COMPANIES OUT THERE DOING THEIR JOB!
This regurgitation is not as much fun as retro! Would you rather hear a cover of "My Prerogative" or Britney Spears tackling "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night"...hmmm, on second thought, let them rip the disco/funk stuff all they want, leave sacred territory alone!
To be continued

Joe Vig First Impressions 1:25 PM day before David Presley's birthday.
An Elvis Bowie Production

Willie Loco on 971zht!
http://www.971zht.com/iplaylist/album/554504/

Loco Live 1976
Willie Alexander & The Boom Boom Band Released 2001 on
Captain Trip
Available on: CD

Willie "Loco" Alexander
Main Performer
Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band signed a three-album deal with producer Craig Leon and MCA records back in the '70s, but the group imploded after tracking just two albums which failed to capture their magic. Decades later, the Tokyo-based Captain Trip records has seen fit to issue this single CD, which includes portions of two live shows and a bonus 45 rpm. It achieves what the major-label releases did not. The CD begins with material engineered by Jesse Henderson at Boston's notorious nightspot the Rat on August 27, 1976, exactly one month before the recordings this band made for the Live at the Rat album (September 27, 28, and 29 with Jesse Henderson as well). "Pup Tune," "At the Rat," and "Kerouac" sound much clearer on this CD, a better mix than what was released on the legendary double LP from the nightclub, and three more songs to boot. The performances are excellent. Eight additional titles were recorded in May of 1976 at the Club in Cambridge by Erik Lindgren of the band Moving Parts. Dramatically different than the Rat recordings, this earlier tape is muddier -- bootleg quality, but that doesn't stop the power from seeping through. These are historic concert tapes of the band performing "For Old Time's Sake" (aka "Cause I'm Taking You to Bed"), "Garbage Man," and a rare live version of "Gin," the single that landed Willie Alexander his post-MCA deal with New Rose/RCA in Europe. The woman in the audience talking at the prelude of "Garbage Man" is totally annoying, and it is a sin marring what is a fine performance. This is a slow, very nasty version of the sexual escapade that is "Garbage Man" -- as close to the sound of Alexander's former group, the Velvet Underground, as the Boom Boom Band cared to get. This song, along with "Dirty Eddie," caused much controversy in the "Loco" camp. Reportedly, the band became afraid of letting Alexander be Alexander on MCA, but the whole reason they got signed was because of his ability to write great ock & roll with no inhibitions. Hearing this CD will thrill as well as infuriate the devoted followers of Willie Loco because it preserves the power of his performance, and proves that producer Craig Leon and the members of the Boom Boom Band should've just let loose in the studio and allowed the artist the opportunity to do what he does best. The demos that secured the deal with MCA were brilliant, and there was no need to re-record them except in a live setting. "Mass. Ave." is an all-out rocker on this CD, the May performance one of the Boom Boom Band's earlier shows boasting a raw energy and enthusiasm resulting in total artistic expression. "Rock 'n' Roll Lick #76," a masterpiece of song construction, is sublime and, along with "Rhythm a Baby," reveal how cohesive and extraordinary this ensemble was. People say that Barry & the Remains were a live phenomenon which studio recordings failed to capture. That could be said of the Boom Boom Band as well. However, this disc, and the long out-of-print Sperm Bank Babies live radio broadcast from 1976, are able to set the record straight. This is primal Willie "Loco" Alexander with his Boom Boom Band before the politics and the recording industry did a number on them. What it lacks in production is more than made up for with the spirit and energy that sizzle in these CD grooves. The two bonus tracks at the end were released on Somor records and are outtakes from the MCA sessions recorded by Craig Leon. "Dirty Eddie" was perhaps the finest single tune produced for MCA and was rejected for being "too dirty." The band, the label, management, and the producer attempted to "refine" Willie Alexander, and in doing so, stifled him and derailed their gravy train. "She Wanted Me (Nazi Nola)," a live eggae track recorded in the studio, is completely raunchy, and half trying, obliterates the other recordings that were released on the two MCA Boom Boom Band albums. France and Japan revere Willie Loco Alexander for the genius that he is, and this album, despite the jarring caused by the three different tape sources, is very powerful and lots of fun. ~ Joe Viglione, All Music Guide

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

December 2004

Hi Everyone -

As we re-design http://www.varulven.com your best bet is to check in here to get updates!
Lots going on - we interviewed Dr. Edward Hallowell on December 8th (he was broadcast on the same 60 Minutes show with Bob Dylan) and Tim Riley, Beatles author, on December 20th.

JV's article on SLOP in Belmont Citizen/Herald
http://www2.townonline.com/belmont/artsLifestyle/view.bg?articleid=147648

New album from Joe Viglione
http://therealcount.blogspot.com

Visual Radio postings
http://vrtv.blogspot.com


Here are my newest AMG Postings - watch for my December Top 30 in a couple of days!
http://joevigtop40.blogspot.com http://www.varulven.com Music Business Monthly

DVD REVIEWS (URLs to post - this is all on http://www.allmusic.com )

DVD Starz Back In Action Live 2003
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:9rfm961o0ep5~T1

DVD Stephen Lynch "Live At The El Ray"
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4781CDD4AAE7420ED9C2C45C7BD7CE71AFE5AFB86112F0456D3B82D6DA30B47D00BE49F81B0FB6AB678B0FD2EA45E43D6C0EB50F6D96E2D5DF0&sql=10:rekvikldbb79


DVD THE IRISH TENORS "Heritage"
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4781CDD4AAE7420ED9C2C45C7BD7CE71AFE5AFB86112F0456D3B82D6DA30B47D00BE49F81B0FB6AB678B0FD2EA45E43D6C0EB5EF6DE672D5DF0&sql=10:a96ftr7tkl7x


You're So Easy To Love (Song Review - Tommy James catalog) James, Tommy/Greco, Joey



DVD Nat King Cole "When I Fall In Love: The One And Only Nat King Cole"http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4781CDD4AAE7420ED9C2C45C7BD7CE71AFE5AFB86112F0456D3B82D6DA30B47D00BE49F81B0FB6AB679B0FD2EA45E43DBC0EF57F6D8622D5DF0&sql=10:tsja7i45g72r~T1

DVD Ray Charles with Edmonton Symphony Orchestrahttp://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE4781CDD4AAE7420ED9C2C45C7BD7CE71AFE5AFB86112F0456D3B82D6DA30B47D00BE49F81B0FB6AB57AB0FD2EA45E43D7C0EC55F6DC612D5DF0&sql=10:tlz8b5x4xsq4


BIOGRAPHIESAgainst Tomorrow's Sky published 12/04 on All Media GuideAgainst Tomorrow's Sky is UP!
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=AGAINSTTOMORROW\\

4 more biographies to post soon - Manalive, Sadaharu, Victim of Modern Age, and Snakes & Music

Check out http://www.expage.com/jvbiographies for more of my bios!!!

Lisa Ralphs' pens in the January 2005 issue of Metronome Magazine with an essay I co-wrote on our friend, the late John Kalishes. Metronome is not online yet, but I will post it soon in a blog.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

New Articles! from Joe Viglione 10/21/04

Here are my essays for Uni Music's Hip0 Select label
"Sunny"
http://hiposelect.com/catalogue_hebb.asp

Genya Ravan disc, "Urban Desire"
http://hiposelect.com/catalogue_ravan.asp )

J Geils / Andy Pratt at Kevin Visnaskas Birthday Party
http://maxwelledison.blogspot.com/2004/04/andy-pratt-j.html

Ayer Public Spirit and Pepperell Free Press (same article)
http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:PkCxOEeWPrwJ:www.ayerpublicspirit.com/Stories/0,1413,110~5681~2088062,00.html+Viglione+++Visnaskas++Pepperell&hl=en

Joe Viglione's contributions to ALL MUSIC GUIDE TO THE BLUES
http://www.music-postings.com/jazz/blues_music/blues_music_msg34552/blues_music_msg34552.shtml



Below you will find brand new reviews from the pen (or typewriter) of Joe Viglione, most of them posting on AMG, the All Media Guide. Keep in mind many of these discs show up on Yahoo Shopping!, MSN, MP3, VH1, Spun.com, Djangos.com and tons of other websites.

Joe Viglione's personal site: Http://www.joeviglione.com is re-directed to http://www.varulven.com - Varulven.com climed into the Top 100,000 of Amazon.com's Alexa Rankings this past summer and has stayed there consistently!

#56,942 2/19/05

#63,735 12/22/04

# 56, 684 10/20/04

# 56,750 10/9/04

#62,446 9/7/04

#64,719 8-27-04

To give you a glimpse about the popularity of sites, check out where these websites rank on
Alexa - each site contains many, many, many articles by Joe Viglione - I've just found one from each site to give the reader a general idea - and where the sites find themselves October 2004
compared to all the other sites on the web:

#1 Yahoo.com Joe Viglione's review of Roger Williams' version of "Sunny"
http://shopping.yahoo.com/p:Born%20Free:1921055482:page=expert-reviews;_ylt=AuOkFozGbRT5qrRe_VZBuwIJGbgF;_ylu=X3oDMTBsbjZyb2dqBF9zAzk1OTUxMTEzBHNlYwNiZ3NpYg

#2 MSN BAD FOR GOOD: The Very Best Of The Scorpions
http://music.msn.com/album/default.aspx?album=639654



#14 Ebay.com 34 Reviews of Joe Viglione's on eBay as of 10/20/04
http://search-desc.ebay.com/joe-viglione_W0QQsofocusZbsQQsbrftogZ1QQsojsZ1QQfromZR10QQsacategoryZ-1Q26catrefQ3DC6QQsotextsearchedZ2QQsotrZ2QQsosortpropertyZ1QQsosortorderZ1

#24 Amazon.com Live At The Fillmore East
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/cm/member-glance/-/A4G3W3X6HNT4A/002-2581661-0013649?desc=full


#858 Barnes & Noble Steve Holley Review
http://music.barnesandnoble.com/search/product.asp?userid=2UKBV6MJFE&ean=5055011701335

#1,752 AllMusic.com Alice Cooper EASY ACTION
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&uid=SEARCH&sql=Abmf2zfdheh6k

#2,o41 Looksmart.com About 1,061 postings for Joe Viglione's AMG Reviews
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#2,261 VH-1 Bobby Hebb Bio
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Reviews1 06/17/04 Joseph, Brian King Of Echo Park 2004
2 06/17/04 Brindley Brothers Playing With The Light 2004
3 06/10/04 Stevens, Cat Majikat: Earth Tour 1976 2004
4 05/27/04 Butcher, Jon Jon Butcher Axis: Live At The Casbah 2004 DVD6 05/27/04
5 05 Ferrick, Melissa The Other Side 2004
06 Joplin, Janis From The Soundtrack Of The MotionPic 1975
8 05/20/04 Three Dog Night American Pastime 1976 Album
9 05/19/04 Three Dog Night Coming Down Your Way 1975
10 05/06/04 Vee, Bobby Bobby Vee 1961 Album Review
11 05/06/04 Hendrix, Jimi Sound Track Recordings From The Film JimiHendrix 1973
12 05/06/04 Quill Quill 1970 Album Review
13 05/06/04 Ruffner, Mason Mason Ruffner
14 05/06/04 Lee, Brenda Brenda Lee 1960
15 05/03/04 Joey Dee & The Starliters The Peppermint Twisters
16 04/29/04 Hendrix, Jimi Live At The Albert Hall 197z
17 04/29/04 Hendrix, Jimi Experience ( Original Soundtrack From TheFeature Length Motion Picture EXPERIENCE)
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19 04/29/04 Hendrix, Jimi More Experience 1972
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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

SUSPECT ZERO

SUSPECT ZERO zeroes in on the face of Aaron Eckhart, a big movie star who should be bigger in a vehicle that won't be his break-through flick, but is a good step in the right direction. It is to Eckhart what 8MM is to Nicolas Cage, what 1995's Seven is to Brad Pitt, what Murder By Numbers is to Ben Chaplin, menacing murder movies tailor-made for leading men. 2001's Along Came a Spider was not this dark, but all these films could very well have a thread tying them together - so much so that this could be an extension of the theme from 1995's Copycat. And while it is no The Silence of the Lambs, SUSPECT ZERO turns out to be more of a sequel-in-spirit to Murder By Numbers than it is to Producer/Director E. Elias Merhige's previous flick, Shadow of the Vampire. Carrie-Anne Moss is getting type-cast, whether she knows it or not, and comes off here as the softer side of Trinity from The Matrix. Maybe filmmakers feel she is the anti-dote to the oppressive bleak atmospheres they choose to create with these repetitive stories, items that are beyond "film-noir", things I would call "deep film-gloom" - a huge wall of emptiness that embraces movies in this suddenly omnipresent genre.

Eckhart as Agent Tom Mackelway has his Dasani water on his desk, and we soon find out that he has a penchant for breaking the rules, as well as going by the book. It is this professional dilemma that gives our hero some kind of humanity - that inner struggle. Ben Kingsley has the ability to indulge in "remote viewing" - seeing murders that will be or have been committed. The trailer seems to give an awful lot of the plot away, and the basic plot is pretty good. It's just that it takes more than twenty minutes to get off the ground, and then has some unnecessary baggage like too many scenes where only a masochist would keep their eyes on the screen. Eckhart looks completely different from his roles in Erin Brockovich and Your Friends & Neighbors - a good sign that his good looks can be used in a chameleon-like fashion, something that is not currently part of the resume' of Carrie-Anne Moss. There's intrigue, you will engage your brain and think quite a bit, and SUSPECT ZERO manages to survive its flaws to emerge as interesting big screen glossy B movie. As entertainment Suspect Zero does succeed, but the continuity is broken up by the plot twists and the incessant - sometimes vulgar - focus on extreme violent imagery. And what is it with these murder flicks and numerology - Suspect Zero, 7, 8MM, Murder by #s ????

For cast & credits go here:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0324127/fullcredits

This film was viewed at the Fenway, 201 Brookline Ave., Boston, 7 PM August 25, 2004 by
rock journalist joe viglione. http://www.joeviglione.com

Saturday, August 14, 2004

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR

Paul W.S. Anderson's Alien vs. Predator is a first rate monster movie that succeeds because the creatures take a back seat to drama and a spirited cast. It's the difference between a classic baseball pitching duel and a slugfest. And surprisingly it's the film critic elite - those making the unspoken claim they would rather the "pitching duel" - who are up in arms that this intriguing motion picture isn't Independence Day (1996) or even King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1963) - who are bashing it the way the new Predator -Ian White (replacing the late Kevin Peter Hall in the role) slaps around the "Alien" Tom Woodruff, Jr.. That these two actors won't find the kind of noteriety that Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff enjoyed after Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931)
is a given - thespian skill is not challenged by the athletics necessary to play these roles - and that's something Anderson realizes from the outset. As The Thing (Thing, The (1951)) by virtue of his mostly unseen presence created terror in the Arctic (and Sci-Fi cache for future Gunsmoker James Arness), the screenwriter/director takes this all the way to the Antarctica. "The Thing From Another World" was at a research station, while Alien fights Predator far below an abandoned 1904 Whaling Station. Antartica is far more remote to movie goers than the Arctic - and putting the pyramid below the ice is a clever setting. The rapidity with which the cast is dispensed also makes it clear that this is all about mood and anticipation, not character development, though the winner here is the rugged Italian actor Raoul Bova who finds himself way Under the Tuscan Sun - deep inside a cold vault at the bottom of planet Earth. Bova is a real find - and though this won't be his break-through film, it will definitely put him on the map. Anderson sets a great mood with a cast that ranges from the relatively unknown to possible future household names - specifically Sanaa Lathan ( following Bova) as someone who has upped her marquee value. Keep in mind that - arguably - the best known "name" here, Lance Henriksen , got his sea legs in James Cameron 's The Terminator in 1984 and Aliens in 1986 (as did Bill Paxton , not in this flick). Henriksen also showed up as "Bishop II" in 1992's Alien ³ - so there's some kind of thread for the fans to latch onto.

There are holes in the plot. Megalomaniac Charles Weyland (Henriksen) is hell bent on preserving his legacy - yet there are no cameras sending his "find" up to the surface - even if privately documenting the discovery of a monstrous pyramid on company computers and video. The icebreaker that helped deliver the crew could have been better in touch with all involved and would have added to the drama - and possibly sent reinforcements down. With Lathan's character, Lex Kline, warning that this group of explorers are not ready for such a monumental task, one would think Weyland would have hired two hundred extra hands to sit on the icebreaker just in case. The employees need not be told the nature of the exploration - but none of these logical elements are in the film - the focus is on the breeding of the Alien, the Predator looking for prey, and
humans trapped like rats in a maze 20,000 leagues under the sea, or something like that.

But despite the flaws, this is not what critic Jack Matthews of the NY Daily News calls "...if not the worst, sci-fi movie since Battlefield Earth (2000)". And while it isn't Terminator 2: Judgment Day - another flick where two pretty equal forces duke it out - there is a wonderful The Thing (from Another World) meets The Mummy
vibe going on, and it is that level of seriousness (harpooned when Lathan gets buddy buddy with the Alien)
which makes this ride much more satisfying than Brendan Fraser's Mummy, The (1999) Mummy series.

From 1942's Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman up to 2003's Freddy Vs. Jason sixty-one years later, with the Vampire vs. Werewolf flick - also from 2003 - Underworld - thrown in for good measure - pairing up evil with evil is potential good box office. The good news about AVP - Alien vs. Predator - is that Screenwriter/Director Paul W.S. Anderson opts to create a Mummy film with the 20th Century Fox franchises "Alien" and "Predator" as side dishes. In doing so he's developed a marvelous suspense film at the risk of alienating (no pun intended) fans of the Arnold Schwarzeneggar and Sigourney Weaver originals.

Chris Reeves emerged from Superman while Jack Nicholson overtook the role of the Joker in Batman.
Having actors who are not going to upstage the plot is something Hollywood needs more of. Anderson has
done a commendable job with the evolution of both series. The chatter outside the theater after the flick
seems to indicate that those bashing the flick simply didn't get it. I was quite happy to see this great and suspensful movie coming in at #1 for the weekend of August 13-15 - there is less slashing and more drama, something needed these days.

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Jack Matthew's 1 Star Review August 14, 2004 P. 17 NY Daily News jmath30031@aol.com
http://www.nydailynews.com/08-14-2004/entertainment/story/221804p-190617c.html

Rebecca Louie's 8/15/04 article Slithering To A Theater Near You
http://www.nydailynews.com/08-15-2004/entertainment/movies/story/221968p-190758c.html


Collateral A Review by Joe Viglione (coming soon)