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GEORGE LEWIS/Rainbow Family: This stuff defies time so while scoffers could call it dated, well, they really can't. Recorded in 1984, it was one of the first computerized orchestra recordings and the composer is finally letting it escape now. Sure, it's an avant garde set and you have to be an egghead to tap your toe along with it, but if you are the kind of sonic explorer that appreciates these kind of explorations, this recital is right up your alley. Some things can just make 40 years pass just like that.
(Carrier 51)

BENJAMIN BOONE/Poets are Gathering: Our pal Terri Hinte has a long history of knowing everything jazz and hip in the Bay area but she was too young to be any kind of first hand beneficiary of left leaning, radical and avant garde goings on in North Beach. Regardless, I can't think of anyone more appropriate to be the publicist for this radical jazz and poetry set that captures the spirit of the boundary breakers and envelop pushers that were fed up and pissed off with everything going on back then and making their feelings known. With 11 pissed off poets reading over experienced jazzbos, this is a real collection of broadsides the 60s would be proud of.
(Origin 82808)

DVD SUPPLEMENT
THE VANISHED: A nice dose of Hitchcock lite is served up here in this nail biter about a daughter who gets missing on vacation, parents that can't get help from the local sheriff who doesn't care and enough red herrings that a shark feasting on chum couldn't consume them all. A taut psychological thriller that has the small pic feel that could easily be mistaken for a B movie, it's really a capable throwback for anyone interested in a meaty character drama where your mind fills in all the scary parts.
(Paramount)

HAUNTING: The 1999 ghost story/thriller with an impeccable roster of talent on both sides of the camera is presented here with loads of tech spiffing up and the kind of extras that used to be expected when the dvd format was new. This tale of a haunted house that's really haunted in more ways than one will take you on the thrill ride you didn't know you missed. Presented as the latest entry in the Paramount Presents line, it's made to get the film collectors off their butt and back into buying hard goods because of the extra shine you can't get in streaming. A well rounded package throughout.
(Paramount Presents)

Volume 44/Number 352
October 14, 2020
MIDWEST RECORD
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Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2020 Midwest Record


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