Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives

#37 on both the 1998 and 2007 AFI Top 100 American Movies Lists

The Best Years of Our Lives is a 1946 American drama film directed by William Wyler, and starring Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, and Harold Russell. The film is about three United States servicemen trying to piece their lives back together after coming home from World War II. Samuel Goldwyn was inspired to produce a film about veterans after reading an August 7, 1944 article in Time magazine about the difficulties experienced by men returning to civilian life. Goldwyn hired former war correspondent MacKinlay Kantor to write a screenplay. His work was first published as a novella, Glory for Me, which Kantor wrote in blank verse. Robert Sherwood then adapted the novella as a screenplay.

The Best Years of Our Lives won seven Academy Awards in 1946, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Wyler), Best Actor (Frederic March), Best Supporting Actor (Harold Russell), Best Film Editing (Daniel Mandell), Best Adapted Screenplay (Robert Sherwood), and Best Original Score (Hugo Friedhofer). In addition to its critical success, the film quickly became a great commercial success upon release. It became the highest grossing film in both the United States and UK since the release of Gone with the Wind. It remains the sixth most attended film of all time in the UK, with over 20 million tickets sold. The film had one of the highest viewing figures of all time, with ticket sales exceeding $20.4 million

* Myrna Loy as Milly Stephenson
* Fredric March as Technical Sergeant Al Stephenson
* Dana Andrews as Captain Fred Derry
* Teresa Wright as Peggy Stephenson
* Virginia Mayo as Marie Derry
* Cathy O'Donnell as Wilma Cameron
* Hoagy Carmichael as Uncle Butch
* Harold Russell as Petty Officer 2nd Class Homer Parish
* Gladys George as Hortense Derry
* Roman Bohnen as Pat Derry
* Ray Collins as Mr. Milton
* Minna Gombell as Mrs. Parish
* Walter Baldwin as Mr. Parish
* Steve Cochran as Cliff
* Dorothy Adams as Mrs. Cameron
* Don Beddoe as Mr. Cameron
* Charles Halton as Prew
* Ray Teal as Mr. Mollett
* Erskine Sanford as Bullard
* Victor Cutler as Woody

Casting brought together established stars as well as character actors and relative unknowns. Famed drummer Gene Krupa was seen in archival footage, while Tennessee Ernie Ford, later a famous television star, appeared as an uncredited "hillbilly singer" (in the first of his only three film appearances). At the time the film was shot, Ford was unknown as a singer. He worked in San Bernardino as a radio announcer-disc jockey. Blake Edwards, later notable as a film producer and director, appeared fleetingly as an uncredited "Corporal". Actress Judy Wyler was cast in her first role in her father's production.

Additional uncredited cast members include Mary Arden, Al Bridge, Harry Cheshire, Joyce Compton, Heinie Conklin, Clancy Cooper, Claire Du Brey, Tom Dugan, Edward Earle, Billy Engle, Pat Flaherty, Stuart Holmes, John Ince, Teddy Infuhr, Robert Karnes, Joe Palma, Leo Penn, Jack Rice, Suzanne Ridgeway, Ralph Sanford and John Tyrrell

Beck Sea Change

Sea Change

Sea Change is the eighth studio album by American alternative rock artist Beck, released on September 24, 2002. Recorded over a two month period at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles with producer Nigel Godrich, the record includes themes of heartbreak and desolation, solitude and loneliness. "Lost Cause" and "Guess I'm Doing Fine" were released as singles, respectively.

For the record, much of Beck's trademark recondite, ironic lyrics were replaced by more sincere, simpler lyrical content. He also eschewed the heavy sampling of his previous albums for real, live instrumentation. In interviews, Beck cited the breakup with his longtime girlfriend as the major influence on the album. Sea Change, which itself is an idiom for broad transformation, peaked at number 8 on the Billboard 200, later being certified gold in March 2005 by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The album received overwhelmingly positive critical acclaim upon release, with several reviews regarding it as Beck's magnum opus. Reviewers parsed the change in style from the sonically experimental to simple and emotional.

No. Title Length
1. "The Golden Age" 4:35
2. "Paper Tiger" 4:36
3. "Guess I'm Doing Fine" 4:49
4. "Lonesome Tears" 5:38
5. "Lost Cause" 3:47
6. "End of the Day" 5:03
7. "It's All in Your Mind" 3:06
8. "Round the Bend" 5:15
9. "Already Dead" 2:59
10. "Sunday Sun" 4:44
11. "Little One" 4:27
12. "Side of the Road" 3:23
Total length:


* Beck Hansen – vocals, acoustic guitar, background vocals, electric guitar, percussion, synth, glockenspiel, banjo, harmonica, keyboards, piano, string arrangement, wurlitzer
* Smokey Hormel – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, acoustic slide guitar, percussion, background vocals, bamboo saxophone, megamouth, piano, tape recorder
* Justin Meldal-Johnsen – electric bass, upright bass, percussion, background vocals, glockenspiel, electric guitar, piano
* Roger Joseph Manning Jr. – clavinet, synth, background vocals, percussion, piano, wurlitzer, banjo, Indian banjo, glockenspiel, harmonium
* Joey Waronker – drums, percussion, background vocals, beatbox drums
* James Gadson – drums
* Jason Falkner – electric guitar, background vocals, percussion
* David Campbell – string arrangement, conducting
* Nigel Godrich – keyboards, percussion, string treatment, synth
* Suzie Katayama – cello


* Nigel Godrich– production, engineering, mixing
* Paul Bishow – executive producer
* Darrell Thorp – assistant engineering
* Bob Ludwig – mastering
* Elliot Scheiner – SACD/DVD-A surround sound mix


* Autumn de Wilde – cover photo(s)
* Jeremy Blake – artwork
* Kevin Reagan, Beck – art direction, design
* Ekaterina Kenney – creative director

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tragic Kingdom - No Doubt

Tragic Kingdom

Tragic Kingdom is the third studio album by the American third wave ska band No Doubt. It was released on October 10, 1995, on Trauma Records, a division of Interscope Records. The album was produced by Matthew Wilder, mixed by Paul Palmer, and recorded in 11 studios in the Greater Los Angeles Area between March 1993 and October 1995. Between 1995 and 1998, seven singles were released from it, including "Just a Girl", which charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart; and "Don't Speak", which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay and peaked in the top five of many international charts.

The album received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At the 39th Grammy Awards, No Doubt earned nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rock Album. The album has sold over sixteen million copies worldwide; and was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the United States and Canada, platinum in the United Kingdom, and triple platinum in Australia. It helped to initiate the ska revival of the 1990s, persuading record labels to sign more ska bands and helping them to attract more mainstream attention. The album was ranked number 441 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

No Doubt embarked on a tour to promote the album. It was designed by Project X and lasted two and a half years. An early 1997 performance at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim was filmed and released as Live in the Tragic Kingdom on VHS and later DVD.

1. "Spiderwebs" Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal 4:28
2. "Excuse Me Mr." G. Stefani, Tom Dumont 3:04
3. "Just a Girl" G. Stefani, Dumont 3:29
4. "Happy Now?" G. Stefani, Dumont, Kanal 3:43
5. "Different People" Eric Stefani, G. Stefani, Kanal 4:34
6. "Hey You" G. Stefani, Kanal 3:34
7. "The Climb" E. Stefani 6:37
8. "Sixteen" G. Stefani, Kanal 3:21
9. "Sunday Morning" Kanal, G. Stefani, E. Stefani 4:33
10. "Don't Speak" E. Stefani, G. Stefani 4:23
11. "You Can Do It" G. Stefani, E. Stefani, Dumont, Kanal 4:13
12. "World Go 'Round" Kanal, G. Stefani 4:09
13. "End It on This" G. Stefani, Dumont, Kanal, E. Stefani 3:45
14. "Tragic Kingdom" E. Stefani 5:31

* Gwen Stefani – vocals
* Tom Dumont – guitar
* Tony Kanal – bass
* Eric Stefani – keyboards
* Adrian Young – percussion, drums

Additional personnel

* Phil Jordan – trumpet
* Gabrial McNair – keyboard, trombone
* Stephen Bradley – keyboard, trumpet
* Bill Bergman – saxophone
* Aloke Dasgupta – sitar
* Melissa "Missy" Hasin – cello
* Nick Lane – trombone
* Les Lovitt – trumpet
* Stephen Perkins – steel drums
* Greg Smith – baritone saxophone
* Matthew Wilder – keyboard


* Producer: Matthew Wilder
* Engineers: Ray Blair, Matt Hyde, Phil Kaffel, George Landress, Johnny Potoker
* Mixing: David J. Holman, Paul Palmer
* Mixing studio: Cactus Studio
* Mastering: Robert Vosgien
* Director: Albhy Galuten
* Photography: Dan Arsenault, Shelly Robertson

Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity (Universal Legacy Series)

#38 (1998) and #29 (2007) on the AFI 100 Greatest Films List

Double Indemnity is a 1944 American film noir, directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and produced by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Sistrom. The script was based on James M. Cain's 1935 novella of the same title which originally appeared as an eight-part serial in Liberty magazine.

The film stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a provocative housewife who wishes her husband were dead, and Edward G. Robinson as a claims adjuster whose job is to find phony claims. The term double indemnity refers to a clause in certain life insurance policies that doubles the payout in cases when death is caused by accidental means.

Praised by many critics when first released, Double Indemnity was nominated for seven Academy Awards but did not win any. Widely regarded as a classic, it is often cited as a paradigmatic film noir and as having set the standard for the films that followed in that genre.

Deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1992, Double Indemnity was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In 1998, it was ranked #38 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 best American films of the 20th century, and in 2007 it was 29th on their 10th Anniversary list.

* Fred MacMurray as Walter Neff
* Barbara Stanwyck as Phyllis Dietrichson
* Edward G. Robinson as Barton Keyes
* Porter Hall as Mr Jackson
* Jean Heather as Lola Dietrichson
* Tom Powers as Mr Dietrichson
* Byron Barr as Nino Zachetti
* Richard Gaines as Edward S. Norton, Jr.
* Fortunio Bonanova as Sam Garlopis
* John Philliber as Joe Peters
* Raymond Chandler as man reading book (cameo)

Double Indemnity opened on September 6, 1944 and was an immediate hit with audiences — despite a campaign by singer Kate Smith imploring the public to stay away on moral grounds. As James M. Cain recalled, “…there was a little trouble caused by this fat girl, Kate Smith, who carried on a propaganda asking people to stay away from the picture. Her advertisement probably put a million dollars on its gross.”

Reviews from the critics were largely positive, though the content of the story made some uncomfortable. While some reviewers found the story implausible and disturbing, others praised it as an original thriller. In his mixed review of the film in The New York Times, film critic Bosley Crowther called the picture "...Steadily diverting, despite its monotonous pace and length." He complained that the two lead characters "...lack the attractiveness to render their fate of emotional consequence," but also felt the movie possessed a "...realism reminiscent of the bite of past French films."

Howard Barnes at the New York Herald Tribune was much more enthusiastic, calling Double Indemnity " of the most vital and arresting films of the year," and praising Wilder's "...magnificent direction and a whale of a script." The trade paper Variety, meanwhile, said the film "...sets a new standard for screen treatment in its category."

Influential radio host and Hearst paper columnist Louella Parsons would go even further, saying, "Double Indemnity is the finest picture of its kind ever made, and I make that flat statement without any fear of getting indigestion later from eating my words."

Philip K. Scheur, the Los Angeles Times movie critic, ranked it with The Human Comedy, The Maltese Falcon, and Citizen Kane as Hollywood trailblazers, while Alfred Hitchcock himself wrote Wilder that "Since Double Indemnity, the two most important words in motion pictures are 'Billy' and 'Wilder'".

The film's critical reputation has only grown over the years. In 1977, notably terse critic-historian Leslie Halliwell gave it an unusual 4-star (top) rating, and wrote: "Brilliantly filmed and incisively written, perfectly capturing the decayed Los Angeles atmosphere of a Chandler novel, but using a simpler story and more substantial characters." In his 1998 review, film critic Roger Ebert praised director Wilder and cinematographer Seitz. He wrote, "The photography by John F. Seitz helped develop the noir style of sharp-edged shadows and shots, strange angles and lonely Edward Hopper settings."

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Boys Don't Cry - The Cure

Boys Don't Cry

Boys Don't Cry is a U.S. debut album by The Cure, released in February 1980 in the UK and in August 1980 (see 1980 in music) in the U.S. It is a compilation of songs from Three Imaginary Boys, but replacing five of that album's tracks ("Foxy Lady", "Meathook", "So What", "It's Not You" and the uncredited instrumental "The Weedy Burton") with "Jumping Someone Else's Train", "Boys Don't Cry", "Plastic Passion", "Killing an Arab" and "World War". The debut single from this album was "Boys Don't Cry".

On the back cover of original UK album Three Imaginary Boys, the song titles were not listed conventionally, but represented by pictograms. Boys Don't Cry took the pictogram for the song "Fire in Cairo" for its sleeve picture.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 442 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Boys Don't Cry" 2:37
2. "Plastic Passion" 2:15
3. "10:15 Saturday Night" 3:40
4. "Accuracy" 2:16
5. "Object" 3:03
6. "Jumping Someone Else's Train" 2:58
7. "Subway Song" 1:54
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Killing an Arab" 2:22
2. "Fire in Cairo" 3:21
3. "Another Day" 3:43
4. "Grinding Halt" 2:49
5. "World War" 2:36
6. "Three Imaginary Boys" 3:14

* Michael Dempsey – bass, vocals
* Robert Smith – guitar, vocals
* Lol Tolhurst – drums

Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago (45th Anniversary Edition)

#39 on the 1998 AFI List of 100 Greatest American Movies

Doctor Zhivago (Russian: До́ктор Жива́го) is a 1965 epic drama-romance-war film directed by David Lean and loosely based on the famous novel of the same name by Boris Pasternak. It has remained popular for decades, and as of 2010 is the eighth highest grossing film of all time in the United States, adjusted for inflation.

* Omar Sharif as Dr. Yuri Andreyevich Zhivago
* Julie Christie as Lara Antipova
* Geraldine Chaplin as Tonya Gromeko
* Rod Steiger as Victor Komarovsky
* Alec Guinness as General Yevgraf Zhivago
* Tom Courtenay as Pasha Antipov/"Strelnikov"
* Siobhán McKenna as Anna Gromeko
* Ralph Richardson as Alexander "Sasha" Gromeko
* Rita Tushingham as Tanya Komarovskaya/"The Girl"
* Klaus Kinski as Kostoyed Amoursky
* Gerard Tichy as Liberius
* Noel Willman as Commissar Razin
* Geoffrey Keen as Professor Boris Kurt
* Bernard Kay as Kuril, the Bolshevik
* Jack MacGowran as Petya, the Groundskeeper

Despite being a huge box office hit, Doctor Zhivago received mixed reviews at the time of its release. It was criticised for its length and depiction of the romance between Zhivago and Lara. The preview cut, which ran to over 220 minutes, was criticized for its length and poor pacing; Lean felt obliged to remove up to 17 minutes of footage before the film's wide release, and the missing footage has not been restored or located. Lean took these criticisms very personally, and claimed at the time that he would never make another film. However, numerous critics — including Richard Schickel and Anna Lee — defended Doctor Zhivago, and its box office success allowed Lean to write off his critics. Lean made Ryan's Daughter in 1970, then waited until 1984 to make his final film, A Passage to India

The film left an indelible mark on popular culture and fashion, and to this day remains an extremely popular film: Maurice Jarre's score—particularly "Lara's Theme"—became one of the most famous in cinematic history. Over the years, the film's critical reputation has gained in stature, and today Doctor Zhivago is considered to be one of Lean's finest works and is highly critically acclaimed, along with Lawrence of Arabia, Brief Encounter, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and A Passage to India.

As with the novel itself, the film was banned in the Soviet Union. It was not shown in Russia until 1994.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 - Sam Cooke

Live at the Harlem Square Club 1963

Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 is a live album by soul singer Sam Cooke. Bruce Eder of Allmusic writes "it's one of the greatest soul records ever cut by anybody, outshining James Brown's first live album from the Apollo Theater and easily outclassing Jackie Wilson's live record from the Copa." In 2003, the album was ranked number 443 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album appears in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Initially recorded to be released as a live album entitled One Night Stand, the concert was not released until 1985. It has since been released in two alternate mixes. In 2000, the album was included as the second half of disc four in the box set The Man Who Invented Soul.

1. "Feel It" (Sam Cooke) – 3:46
2. "Chain Gang" (Cooke) – 3:11
3. "Cupid" (Cooke) – 2:46
4. "Medley: It's All Right/For Sentimental Reasons" – 5:11
5. "Twistin' the Night Away" (Cooke) – 4:19
6. "Somebody Have Mercy" (Cooke) – 4:45
7. "Bring It On Home to Me" (Cooke) – 5:37
8. "Nothing Can Change This Love" (Cooke) – 3:45
9. "Having a Party" (Cooke) – 4:09

Total Time 37:29

* Sam Cooke – vocals
* King Curtis – saxophone
* Clifton White – guitar
* Cornell Dupree – guitar
* Jimmy Lewis – bass
* Albert "June" Gardner – drums
* Tate Houston – saxophone
* George Stubbs – Piano

North by Northwest

North by Northwest (Two-Disc 50th Anniversary Edition)

#40 (1998) and #55 (2007) on the AFI Top 100 Films

North by Northwest is a 1959 American thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, who wanted to write "the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures".

North by Northwest is a tale of mistaken identity, with an innocent man pursued across the United States by agents of a mysterious organization who want to stop his interference in their plans to smuggle out microfilm containing government secrets.

Author and journalist Nick Clooney praised Lehman's original story and sophisticated dialogue, calling the film "certainly Alfred Hitchcock's most stylish thriller, if not his best".

This is one of several Hitchcock movies with a music score by Bernard Herrmann and features a memorable opening title sequence by graphic designer Saul Bass. This film is generally cited as the first to feature extended use of kinetic typography in its opening credits.

* Cary Grant as Roger Thornhill
* Eva Marie Saint as Eve Kendall
* James Mason as Phillip Vandamm
* Leo G. Carroll as The Professor
* Jessie Royce Landis as Thornhill's mother Clara
* Martin Landau as Leonard
* Philip Ober as Lester Townsend
* Josephine Hutchinson as Mrs. Townsend
* Adam Williams as Valerian
* Patrick McVey as Sergeant Flamm
* Edward Platt as Victor Larrabee

Hitchcock's cameo appearances are a signature occurrence in most of his films. In North by Northwest he can be seen missing a bus at the end of the opening credits.

Landis, who played Thornhill's mother, was in reality the same age as Cary Grant. She also played his future mother-in-law in To Catch a Thief.

James Stewart was the original choice to play Thornhill, but as Hitchcock and Lehman developed the script, Hitchcock decided that Thornhill was more a Cary Grant type. Hitchcock was planning to reunite with Stewart during his next (ultimately unproduced) film, The Blind Man.

MGM wanted Cyd Charisse for the role played by Eva Marie Saint. Hitchcock stood by his choice

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Criminal Minded - Boogie Down Productions

Criminal Minded

Criminal Minded by Boogie Down Productions is a highly influential hip hop album. Production on the LP is credited to 'Blastmaster' KRS-One (Lawrence Krisna Parker) and DJ Scott La Rock (Scott Sterling), but in interviews it has been revealed that an uncredited Ced-Gee (Cedric Miller) of The Ultramagnetic MCs had a key role in crafting the sound of the LP - the back cover, however, carries the message "a special thanks to Ced Gee"

Released in early 1987, the album heavily sampled records from James Brown and AC/DC and also had a dancehall reggae influence. The songs “South Bronx” and “The Bridge is Over” ignited the rivalry with the Queens-bred emcee MC Shan and the Juice Crew .

The album is also credited with providing a prototype for East Coast gangsta rap. For instance, the cover, which showcases Parker and Sterling surrounded by an arsenal of weapons, was hip-hop’s first major release to feature members brandishing firearms. The album also contained several seminal hardcore songs such as “9mm Goes Bang,” one of the first hip-hop songs to be based around a first-person crime narrative, and "P Is Free," which details an encounter with a drug-abusing prostitute.

The liner notes of Criminal Minded read, "peace to Ron Nelson and the Toronto posse". This statement is evidence of BDP's involvement with Toronto's hip hop scene in the 1980s, which produced artists such as Michie Mee, Dream Warriors and Maestro Fresh Wes

Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s) Length
1 "Poetry" L. Parker, S. LaRock Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One KRS-One 5:01
2 "South Bronx" L. Parker, S. LaRock DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One, Partner Lee Smith D-Nice, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One 5:10
3 "9mm Goes Bang" L. Parker, S. LaRock DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One, Partner Lee Smith KRS-One 4:19
4 "Word From Our Sponsor" L. Parker, S. LaRock Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One, Partner Lee Smith KRS-One 3:52
5 "Elementary" L. Parker, S. LaRock DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One 4:07
6 "Dope Beat" L. Parker, S. LaRock Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One, Partner Lee Smith KRS-One, DJ Scott La Rock 5:12
7 "Remix For P Is Free" L. Parker, S. LaRock Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One KRS-One 4:20
8 "The Bridge Is Over" L. Parker, S. LaRock Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One, Partner Lee Smith KRS-One 3:26
9 "Super-Hoe" L. Parker, S. LaRock Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One 5:30
10 "Criminal Minded" L. Parker, S. LaRock Ced Gee, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-One KRS-One 5:17
11 "Scott LaRock Mega-mix (Bonus)" S. LaRock DJ Scott La Rock DJ Scott La Rock 6:49

* "Poetry" contains samples from the James Brown recordings "Soul Power Pt. 1" & "Don't Tell It." (Scratches by TR Love)
* "South Bronx" contains samples from the James Brown recordings "Get Up Offa That Thing" & "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved."
* "Word from Our Sponsor" contains samples from First Choice's "Love Thang."
* "Dope Beat" contains a sample from the AC/DC recording "Back in Black."
* "Remix For P is Free" contains a sample from the Yellowman recording "Zungguzungguguzungguzeng."
* "The Bridge Is Over" contains an interpolation of a bassline from the Super Cat recording "Boops" (played on the studio piano by KRS-One) and a short melodic and lyrical interpolation of Billy Joel recording "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me."
* "Super Hoe" contains samples from the Captain Sky recording "Super Sporm" & the Esther Williams recording "Last Night Changed it All (I Really Had a Ball)."
* "Criminal Minded" contains samples from the Syl Johnson recording "Different Strokes," the Trouble Funk recording "Let's Get Small," and the Beatles recording "Hey, Jude."

West Side Story

West Side Story (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]

#41 (1998) and #51 (2007) on the AFI Top 100 Films List

West Side Story is a 1961 musical film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was adapted from William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. It stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris and it was photographed by Daniel L. Fapp, A.S.C., in Super Panavision 70.

The film's opening sequence was shot on the streets of New York City, mainly in the area where the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts campus of Fordham University now stands. Veteran director Robert Wise was chosen as the director and producer because of his familiarity with urban New York dramas, such as Odds Against Tomorrow. Wise had never directed a musical before and when it was suggested that Jerome Robbins, who had directed the stage version, be brought in to handle all the music and dance sequences in the film, Wise agreed. After about one-third of the movie had been shot, the Mirisch Company, which had become increasingly concerned that the production was over-budget, fired Robbins, who, according to Saul Chaplin in his autobiography, nearly suffered a nervous breakdown during the time he worked on the film. The remaining dance numbers were handled by Robbins' assistants. However, because of his great creative contribution to the film, Wise agreed Robbins be given co-directing credit, even though Wise directed the majority of the film himself. The ending title sequence was created by Saul Bass, who is also credited as "visual consultant" on the film.

The film was released on October 18, 1961, through United Artists. It received praise from critics and the public, and became the second highest grossing film of the year in the United States. The film won ten Academy Awards in its eleven nominated categories, including Best Picture, as well as a special award for Robbins. West Side Story holds the distinction of having won more Academy Awards than any other musical film (unless one counts the Honorary Award given to Maurice Chevalier in 1959, the year that Gigi won its nine Oscars). The soundtrack album sold more copies than any soundtrack album before it, and more than the original cast album did.

* Natalie Wood (Marni Nixon, singing) – Maria Nunez, Bernardo's younger sister, Chino's fiancée
* Richard Beymer (Jimmy Bryant, singing) – Tony Wycek, inactive co-founder of the Jets with best friend Riff, works at Doc's drug store
* Russ Tamblyn – Riff Lorton, leader of the Jets, best friend of Tony
* Rita Moreno (Betty Wand, singing) – Anita, Bernardo's girl
* George Chakiris – Bernardo Nunez, leader of the Sharks
* Simon Oakland – Lieutenant Schrank, neighborhood police Lieutenant
* Ned Glass – Doc, drugstore owner
* William Bramley – Officer Krupke, neighborhood cop, Schrank's right-hand man
* John Astin – Glad Hand, social worker
* Penny Santon – Madam Lucia, owner of neighborhood bridal shop


* Tucker Smith – Ice, Riff's lieutenant
* Tony Mordente – Action, a Jet who is easily provoked and often in an angry state
* Eliot Feld – Baby John, the youngest member of the Jets
* David Winters – A-Rab, Baby John's best friend
* Bert Michaels – Snowboy, the comedic member of the Jets
* David Bean – Tiger
* Robert Banas – Joyboy
* Anthony 'Scooter' Teague – Big Deal
* Harvey Hohnecker – Mouthpiece
* Tommy Abbott – Gee-Tar

Jet Girls

* Susan Oakes – Anybodys, a tomboy who keeps pestering Riff to be in the Jets
* Gina Trikonis – Graziella, Riff's girl.
* Carole D'Andrea – Velma, Ice's girl
* Rita Hyde d'Amico – Clarice, Big Deal's girl
* Pat Tribble – Minnie, Baby John's girl
* Francesca Bellini – "Cool" dancer
* Elaine Joyce – dancer


* Jose DeVega – Chino Martin, Bernardo's best friend
* Jay Norman – Pepe, Bernardo's lieutenant
* Gus Trikonis – Indio, Pepe's best friend
* Eddie Verso – Juano
* Jamie Rogers – Loco
* Larry Roquemore – Rocco
* Robert E. Thompson – Luis
* Nick Covacevich – Toro
* Rudy Del Campo – Del Campo
* Andre Tayir – Chile

Shark Girls

* Yvonne Othon – Consuela, Pepe's girl
* Suzie Kaye – Rosalia, Indio's girl
* Joanne Miya – Francisca, Luis's girl
* Maria Henley - Teresita, Loco's girl
Act I

1. "Overture" – Orchestra
2. "Prologue" – Orchestra
3. "Jet Song" – Riff, Jets
4. "Something's Coming" – Tony
5. "Dance at the Gym" – Orchestra
6. "Maria" – Tony
7. "America" – Anita, Bernardo, Sharks and Girls
8. "Tonight" – Tony, Maria
9. "Gee, Officer Krupke" – Riff, Jets

Act II

1. "I Feel Pretty" – Maria, Consuela, Rosalia, Francisca
2. "One Hand, One Heart" – Tony, Maria
3. "Quintet" – Maria, Tony, Anita, Riff, Bernardo, Jets, Sharks
4. "The Rumble" – Orchestra
5. "Somewhere" – Tony, Maria
6. "Cool" – Ice, Jets
7. "A Boy Like That/I Have a Love" – Anita, Maria
8. "Somewhere (Reprise)" – Maria
9. "Finale" – Orchestra

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Rum Sodomy and the Lash - The Pogues

Rum Sodomy & The Lash

#445 on the Rolling Stone List of 500 Greatest Albums:
Rum Sodomy & the Lash is the second studio album by the London-based folk punk band The Pogues, released in 1985.

The album's title is taken from a quotation often attributed to Winston Churchill: "Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash." Singer and primary songwriter Shane MacGowan claimed that the title was suggested by drummer Andrew Ranken. The cover artwork is based on The Raft of the Medusa, a painting by Théodore Géricault, with the band members' faces replacing those of the men on the raft.

The album reached number 13 in the UK charts. The track "A Pair of Brown Eyes", based on an older Irish tune, went on to reach number 72 in the UK singles chart. "The Old Main Drag" later appeared on the soundtrack to the film My Own Private Idaho. A remastered and expanded version of Rum Sodomy & the Lash was released on 11 January 2005. The cut "A Pistol for Paddy Garcia", and the B-side of "Dirty Old Town", which only appeared on the initial cassette release, was moved to the bonus tracks. A poem by Tom Waits was also added to the expanded release.

1. "The Sick Bed of Cúchulainn" (MacGowan) – 2:59
2. "The Old Main Drag" (MacGowan) – 3:19
3. "Wild Cats of Kilkenny" (MacGowan/Finer) – 2:48
4. "I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day" (traditional) – 2:55
5. "A Pair of Brown Eyes" (MacGowan) – 4:54
6. "Sally MacLennane" (MacGowan) – 2:43
7. "A Pistol for Paddy Garcia"† (Finer) – 2:31
8. "Dirty Old Town" (MacColl) – 3:45
9. "Jesse James" (traditional) – 2:58
10. "Navigator" (Gaston) – 4:12
11. "Billy's Bones" (MacGowan) – 2:02
12. "The Gentleman Soldier" (traditional) – 2:04
13. "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" (Bogle) – 8:10

† "A Pistol for Paddy Garcia" did not appear on the original album; it is a bonus track on a 1989 issue.

* Shane MacGowan – vocals
* Spider Stacy – tin whistle
* James Fearnley – accordion
* Jem Finer – banjo
* Cait O'Riordan – bass, vocals on "I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day"
* Andrew Ranken – drums
* Philip Chevron – guitar

Additional personnel

* Henry Benagh – fiddle
* Dick Cuthell – horn
* Tommy Keane – uileann pipes

Rear Window

Rear Window (Collector's Edition)

#42 (1998) and #48 (2007) AFI Top 100 Movies List

Rear Window is a 1954 American suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, written by John Michael Hayes and based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story "It Had to Be Murder". Originally released by Paramount Pictures, the film stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, and Thelma Ritter.

The film is considered by many filmgoers, critics and scholars to be one of Hitchcock's best. The film received four Academy Award nominations and was ranked #42 on AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies list and #48 on the 10th-anniversary edition. In 1997, Rear Window was added to the United States National Film Registry.

* James Stewart as L. B. "Jeff" Jeffries
* Grace Kelly as Lisa Carol Fremont
* Wendell Corey as NYPD Det. Lt. Thomas J. Doyle
* Thelma Ritter as Stella
* Raymond Burr as Lars Thorwald
* Judith Evelyn as Miss Lonelyhearts
* Ross Bagdasarian as the Songwriter
* Georgine Darcy as Miss Torso
* Frank Cady and Sara Berner as the husband and wife living above the Thorwalds.
* Jesslyn Fax as Sculptor neighbor with a hearing aid
* Rand Harper as the Newlywed man
* Irene Winston as Mrs. Anna Thorwald
* Havis Davenport as the Newlywed woman

Director Alfred Hitchcock makes his traditional cameo appearance in the songwriter's apartment, where he is seen winding a clock.

Hitchcock's fans and film scholars have taken particular interest in the way the relationship between Jeff and Lisa can be compared to the lives of the neighbors they are spying upon. The film invites speculation as to which of these paths Jeff and Lisa will follow. Many of these points are considered in Tania Modleski's feminist theory book, The Women Who Knew Too Much:

* Thorwald and his wife are a reversal of Jeff and Lisa—Thorwald looks after his invalid wife just as Lisa looks after the invalid Jeff. Also, Thorwald's hatred of his nagging wife mirrors Jeff's arguments with Lisa.
* The newlywed couple initially seem perfect for each other (they spend nearly the entire movie in their bedroom with the blinds drawn), but at the end we see their marriage deteriorate as the wife begins to nag the husband. Similarly, Jeff is afraid of being 'tied down' by marriage to Lisa.
* The middle-aged couple with the dog seem content living at home. They have the kind of uneventful lifestyle that horrifies Jeff.
* The Songwriter, a music composer, and Miss Lonelyhearts, a depressed spinster, lead frustrating lives, and at the end of the movie find comfort in each other: The composer's new tune draws Miss Lonelyhearts away from suicide, and the composer thus finds value in his work. There is a subtle hint in this tale that Lisa and Jeff are meant for each other, despite his stubbornness. The piece the composer creates is called "Lisa's Theme" in the credits.
* Miss Torso, a beautiful dancer, initially seems to live a carefree bohemian lifestyle and often has various men over at her apartment. In the end, however, it is revealed that she has been waiting for her sweetheart, a slight-framed and boyish soldier, to return.

The characters themselves verbally point out a similarity between Lisa and Miss Torso (played by Georgine Darcy).

Other analyses, including that of François Truffaut in Cahiers du cinéma in 1954, center on the relationship between Jeff and the other side of the apartment block, seeing it as a symbolic relationship between spectator and screen. Film theorist Mary Ann Doane has made the argument that Jeff, representing the audience, becomes obsessed with the screen, where a collection of storylines are played out. This line of analysis has often followed a feminist approach to interpreting the film. Doane, who used Freudian analysis to claim women spectators of a film become "masculinized", pays close attention to how Jeff's rather passive attitude to romance with the elegant Lisa changes when she metaphorically crosses over from the spectator side to the screen: it is only when Lisa seeks out the wedding ring of Thorwald's murdered wife that Jeff shows real passion for her. In the climax, when he is pushed through the window (the screen), he has been forced to become part of the show.

Other issues such as voyeurism and feminism are analyzed in John Belton's book Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window".

Rear Window is a voyeuristic film. As Stella (Thelma Ritter) tells Jeff, "We've become a race of Peeping Toms." This applies equally to the cinema as well as to real life. Stella invokes the specifically sexual pleasures of looking that is identified as exemplary of classical Hollywood. The majority of the film is seen through Jeff's visual point of view and his mental perspective. Stella's words sum up Hitchcock's broader project as film maker, namely, to implicate us as spectators. While Jeff is watching the rear window people, we too are being "peeping toms" as we watch him, and the people he watches as well. As a voyeuristic society, we take personal pleasure in watching what is going on around us.

Friday, May 25, 2012

#446- Suicide

Suicide - Suicide

Suicide (First Album)

Suicide is the influential first studio album by American No Wave band Suicide, released in 1977. It is often cited as one of the first synth pop albums, although it has a harsher, more industrial leaning than many well-known albums of the genre. In 2003, the album was ranked number 446 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

"Frankie Teardrop" is one of the songs featured in Nick Hornby's 2002 book 31 Songs, and appears in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1978 film In a Year of 13 Moons. "Cheree" is featured in the closing scene of Downtown 81 with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. "Girl" briefly appears in Nick Zedd's 1979 film They Eat Scum. "Ghost Rider" was featured on the soundtrack of the 2006 video game Driver: Parallel Lines and also appears on True Crime: New York City.

"Ghost Rider" has been covered by R.E.M., The Horrors, The Gories, Rollins Band, The Sisters of Mercy, Merzbow, Soft Cell and The Young Gods, and was featured in a Brazilian deodorant commercial in 2005. It was also sampled by M.I.A. for her 2010 single, Born Free. "Rocket USA" has been covered by The Fleshtones, Loop and The Cars on their reunion album, Move Like This.

In September 2009 the album was performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series. It was played again in London in May 2010 when the band supported The Stooges performances of Raw Power.
1. "Ghost Rider" 2:33
2. "Rocket U.S.A" 4:17
3. "Cheree" 3:41
4. "Johnny" 2:10
5. "Girl" 4:06
6. "Frankie Teardrop" 10:26
7. "Che" 4:51

1. "Mr. Ray" 6:29
2. "Las Vegas Man" 4:23
3. "96 Tears" 3:48
4. "Keep Your Dreams" 3:19
5. "I Remember" 5:11
6. "Harlem" 4:05
7. "23 Minutes Over Brussels 22:56

* The first six tracks on the bonus disc are from a live performance at CBGB on May 25, 1978. "23 Minutes Over Brussels" is an infamous live show on June 16, 1978 at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium, that ended with the band being booed off the stage. In response to this, Elvis Costello, for whom Suicide was opening, played a very short, angry set, which incited a riot (this story is told in the liner notes).

* Alan Vega - vocals
* Martin Rev - keyboards, drum machine

King Kong

King Kong

#43 (1998) and #41 (2007) on the AFI Top 100 Movies List

King Kong is a Pre-Code 1933 monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. The screenplay was by Ruth Rose and James Ashmore Creelman from a story by Cooper and Edgar Wallace. It stars Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong and Bruce Cabot, and opened in New York City on March 2, 1933 to good reviews.

The film tells of a gigantic island-dwelling ape creature called Kong who dies in an attempt to possess a beautiful young woman. Kong is distinguished for its stop-motion animation by Willis O'Brien and its musical score by Max Steiner. The film has been released to video, DVD, and Blu-ray, and has been computer colorized. In 1991, the film was deemed "culturally, historically and aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. It has been remade twice: once in 1976 and again in 2005.

* Robert Armstrong as Carl Denham
* Bruce Cabot as Jack Driscoll
* Fay Wray as Ann Darrow
* Frank Reicher as Captain Englehorn
* James Flavin as Briggs
* Victor Wong as Charlie the Cook

Thursday, May 24, 2012

DEVO Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Deluxe Remastered Version

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! is the debut album by the American new wave music band Devo. Produced by Brian Eno, it was recorded primarily in Cologne, Germany and released in the U.S. by Warner Bros. Records company in 1978.

The album received somewhat mixed reviews from critics and maximized at number 12 on the UK album charts and number 78 on the U.S. Billboard charts. Recent reviews of the album have been more uniformly positive, with the album charting on several retrospective "best of" lists from publications including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork Media and Spin.

On May 6, 2009 Devo performed the album live in its entirety for the first time as part of the Don't Look Back concert series curated by All Tomorrow's Parties. On September 16, 2009, Warner Bros. and Devo announced a re-release of Q: Are We Not Men? and Freedom of Choice, with a tour performing both albums.

In 1977, David Bowie and Iggy Pop received a tape of Devo demonstration songs from the wife of Michael Aylward, guitarist in another Akron, Ohio band, Tin Huey. Both Iggy and Bowie, as well as Brian Eno and Robert Fripp, expressed interest in producing Devo's first release. At Devo's New York debut show in 1977, Bowie proclaimed that "this is the band of the future, I'm going to produce them in Tokyo this winter." Eventually, Eno was chosen to produce the album at Konrad Plank's studio located near Cologne, Germany. Bowie was busy with filming Just a Gigolo but helped Eno produce the record during weekends. Two tracks, "Come Back Jonee" and "Shrivel-Up", were recorded at Different Fur in San Francisco. All tracks were mixed at Konrad Plank's studio named Conny's Studio. Since Devo was without a record deal, Eno paid for the flights and studio cost for the band, confident that the band would be signed to a record contract. In return for his work on the album, Eno asked for a share of any subsequent deals.

The recording sessions were a source of frustration for Eno and Devo. Eno found the group unwilling to experiment or deviate from their early demonstrations of recorded songs. Devo later admitted that "we were overtly resistant to Eno's ideas. He made up synth parts and really cool sounds for almost every part of the album, but we used them on three or four songs."

All songs written by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald V. Casale except where noted:

1. "Uncontrollable Urge" (Mark Mothersbaugh) 3:09
2. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) 2:40
3. "Praying Hands" (Gerald V. Casale, M. Mothersbaugh) 2:47
4. "Space Junk" (G.V. Casale, B. Mothersbaugh) 2:14
5. "Mongoloid" (G.V. Casale) 3:44
6. "Jocko Homo" (M. Mothersbaugh) 3:40
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Too Much Paranoias" (M. Mothersbaugh) 1:57
2. "Gut Feeling" / "(Slap Your Mammy)" (M. Mothersbaugh, Bob Mothersbaugh)/ (G.V. Casale) 4:54
3. "Come Back Jonee" (G.V. Casale, M. Mothersbaugh) 3:47
4. "Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Gettin')" (M. Mothersbaugh, B. Mothersbaugh, G.V. Casale, Gary Jackett) 2:40
5. "Shrivel-Up" (G.V. Casale, M. Mothersbaugh, B. Mothersbaugh) 3:05


* Bob Casale - rhythm guitar, additional keyboards, occasional backing vocals
* Gerald V. Casale - bass, additional keyboards, lead vocals
* Bob Mothersbaugh - lead guitar, backing vocals
* Mark Mothersbaugh - keyboards, occasional guitar, lead vocals
* Alan Myers - drums

Technical personnel

* Brian Eno – producer
* Dave Hutchins - engineer
* Patrick Gleeson – engineer

The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation - Special Edition

#44 on the 1998 AFI Best 100 Movies List

The Birth of a Nation (originally called The Clansman) is a 1915 silent drama film directed by D. W. Griffith and based on the novel and play The Clansman, both by Thomas Dixon, Jr. Griffith co-wrote the screenplay (with Frank E. Woods), and co-produced the film (with Harry Aitken). It was released on February 8, 1915. The film was originally presented in two parts, separated by an intermission.

The film chronicles the relationship of two families in Civil War and Reconstruction-era America: the pro-Union Northern Stonemans and the pro-Confederacy Southern Camerons over the course of several years. The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth is dramatized.

The film was a major commercial success, but was highly controversial owing to its portrayal of African American men (played by white actors in blackface) as unintelligent and sexually aggressive towards white women, and the portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan (whose original founding is dramatized) as a heroic force. There were widespread protests against The Birth of a Nation, and it was banned in several cities. The outcry of racism was so great that Griffith was inspired to produce Intolerance the following year.

The movie is also credited as one of the events that inspired the formation of the "second era" Ku Klux Klan at Stone Mountain, Georgia in the same year. The Birth of a Nation was used as a recruiting tool for the KKK. It was the first motion picture to be shown at the White House. President Woodrow Wilson supposedly said the film was "like writing history with lightning. And my only regret is that it is all so terribly true." The attribution is disputed.

* Lillian Gish as Elsie Stoneman
* Mae Marsh as Flora Cameron
* Henry B. Walthall as Colonel Ben Cameron
* Miriam Cooper as Margaret Cameron
* Ralph Lewis as Austin Stoneman
* George Siegmann as Silas Lynch
* Walter Long as Gus
* Robert Harron as Tod Stoneman
* Wallace Reid as Jeff the blacksmith
* Joseph Henabery as Abraham Lincoln
* Elmer Clifton as Phil Stoneman
* Josephine Crowell as Mrs. Cameron
* Spottiswoode Aitken as Dr. Cameron
* George Beranger as Wade Cameron
* Maxfield Stanley as Duke Cameron
* Jennie Lee as Mammy
* Donald Crisp as General Ulysses S. Grant
* Howard Gaye as General Robert E. Lee


* Mary Alden as Lydia Brown
* Monte Blue
* Bobby Burns as Klan Leader
* David Butler as Union soldier / Confederate soldier
* Peggy Cartwright as Young girl
* John Ford as Klansman
* Gibson Gowland
* Sam De Grasse as Senator Charles Sumner
* Olga Grey as Laura Keene
* Russell Hicks
* Elmo Lincoln as Blacksmith
* Eugene Pallette as Union soldier
* Vester Pegg
* Alma Rubens
* Charles Stevens as Volunteer
* Madame Sul-Te-Wan as Black woman
* Raoul Walsh as John Wilkes Booth
* Jules White
* Violet Wilkey as young Flora
* Tom Wilson as Stoneman's servant
* Mary Wynn
* W.B. Freeman as Union prison camp sentry

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), founded in 1909, protested premieres of the film in numerous cities. It also conducted a public education campaign, publishing articles protesting the film's fabrications and inaccuracies, organizing petitions against it, and conducting education on the facts of the war and Reconstruction.

When the film was shown, riots broke out in Boston, Philadelphia and other major cities. The cities of Chicago; Denver; Kansas City, Missouri; Minneapolis; Pittsburgh; and St. Louis, Missouri refused to allow the film to open. The film's inflammatory character was a catalyst for gangs of whites to attack blacks. In Lafayette, Indiana, after seeing the film, a white man murdered a black teenager.

Thomas Dixon, Jr., author of the source play The Clansman, was a former classmate of Woodrow Wilson at Johns Hopkins University. Dixon arranged a screening at the White House, for then-President Wilson, members of his cabinet, and their families. Wilson was reported to have said about the film, "It is like writing history with lightning. And my only regret is that it is all so terribly true". In Wilson: The New Freedom, the historian Arthur Link quotes Wilson's aide, Joseph Tumulty, who denied Wilson said this and also claims that "the President was entirely unaware of the nature of the play before it was presented and at no time has expressed his approbation of it."

Wilson's History of the American People (1902) described the Ku Klux Klan of the late 1860s as the natural outgrowth of Reconstruction, a lawless reaction to a lawless period. Wilson wrote that the Klan "began to attempt by intimidation what they were not allowed to attempt by the ballot or by any ordered course of public action."

Historians believe the quote attributed to Wilson originated with Dixon, who was relentless in publicizing the film. It has been repeated so often in print that it has taken on a separate life. Dixon went so far as to promote the film as "Federally endorsed". After controversy over the film had grown, Wilson wrote that he disapproved of the "unfortunate production." D. W. Griffith responded to the film's negative critical reception with his next film Intolerance.

Soon after World War I, in 1918, Emmett J. Scott helped produce and John W. Noble directed The Birth of a Race, hoping to capitalize on the success of Griffith's film by presenting a film set during the war. It featured a German-American family divided by the war, with sons fighting on either side, and the one loyal to the United States surviving to be part of the victory.

In 1919, the director/producer/writer Oscar Micheaux released Within Our Gates, a response from the African-American community. Notably, he reversed a key scene of Griffith's film by depicting a white man assaulting a black woman.

The film was remixed as Rebirth of a Nation, a "live" cinema experience by DJ Spooky at Lincoln Center, and has toured at many venues around the world including The Acropolis as a live cinema "remix". The remix version was also presented at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cheap Trick In Color

In Color

In Color is the second studio album by Cheap Trick, released in 1977. It was produced by Tom Werman.

This album is considered a classic of the power pop genre as well as one of the best rock albums ever recorded. The album was ranked No. 4 on Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide. In 2003, the album was also ranked number 448 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

All songs written by Rick Nielsen, except where noted.
Side One

1. "Hello There" – 1:41
2. "Big Eyes" – 3:10
3. "Downed" – 4:12
4. "I Want You to Want Me" – 3:11
5. "You're All Talk" (Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson) – 3:36

Side Two

1. "Oh Caroline" – 2:59
2. "Clock Strikes Ten" – 2:59
3. "Southern Girls" (Nielsen, Petersson) – 3:44
4. "Come On, Come On" – 2:41
5. "So Good to See You" – 3:37

The 1998 reissue of In Color featured five bonus tracks, including "Oh Boy," which was the b-side to "I Want You to Want Me," and "Goodnight," the live show-closing variation on "Hello There."

11. "Oh Boy" (Instrumental version) – 3:09
12. "Southern Girls" (Demo) (Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson) – 3:03
13. "Come On, Come On" (Demo) – 2:04
14. "You're All Talk" (Live) (Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson) – 3:41
15. "Goodnight" (Live) – 2:19

* Robin Zander - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
* Rick Nielsen - lead guitars, vocals
* Tom Petersson - bass, vocals
* Bun E. Carlos - drums

Additional personnel
* Tom Werman - producer
* Antonino Reale - engineer
* George Marino - mastering