Quick Spins – July 2009

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The Rhythm Devils
Concert Experience (DVD)
Star City Recording Company
4 out of 5 stars

This super group of Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Mike Gordon and Steve Kimock has put together one hell of a lavish DVD with not a song in sight from any of the members’ other bands. Great for the completist, but seriously, could we get a DVD from The Dead of this quality soon?

Janis Joplin
The Woodstock Experience
Sony Legacy
4 out of 5 stars

As part of a massive re-release campaign featuring releases from Johnny Winter, Santana, Jefferson Airplane and others, this set features Ms. Joplin at her peak. Not only do you get her Woodstock performance but her first solo album I Got Dem OL’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama is included for reference. A great tribute to the true soul artist of the Sixties movement.

I Love You Beth Cooper
Movie Soundtrack
Fox Music
3 out of 5 stars

This blend of classic rock standards — Kiss’s “Beth” and Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” for instance — mixed with more modern fare by bands like Gym Class Heroes and OK GO makes for a random mix that sounds like the shuffle function of a small gigabyte iPod, interesting but not concise.

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