Rugrats Holiday Classics Audio CD Review

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This review was originally written on May 5, 2005
I Hate When Great Singers Are Forced To Sing Horribly

I like cartoons and I like novelty albums. Since I also like the Rugrats, I thought I would love Rugrats Holiday Classics. Boy was I wrong.

The background music isn't holiday music, but some lame hip-hop/dance beats that sound like they came from a Casio keyboard or a samples CD ("Tommy's Silent Night" is the only exception).

Some of the songs have religious themes which shouldn't be there. For example, "Toys For The Girls" degenerates from a toy song to a religious song. All of the songs should be about things babies and kids would think about around holiday time, but sung to the melodies of the classic holiday songs. If I wanted to hear the songs with religious themes, I'd listen to an album of the original versions.

Most of the songs have choruses that repeat too often. Although I like the Rugrats voices, listening to them repeat the same dumb verses to the same annoying music several times within a few minutes time, and repeat that twelve times, is too much for me to bear.

BEST SONGS - "Twelve Days of Rugrats" and "Rugrats Chanukah" (honorable mention goes to "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer" because I love how Cree performs it as a sort-of rap).

WORST SONG - "Tommy's Silent Night" (hand down winner). You have Tommy singing in baby-speak about baby Jesus backed by the nice traditional "Silent Night" music, which makes this sounds offensive and sacrilegious. To add insult to injury, E.G. Daily is forced to sing off-key in character as Tommy. I know that she can sing this song beautifully if give the original lyrics and the opportunity.

If you want a great Rugrats music CD, get The Rugrats Movie soundtrack (and possibly the Rugrats In Paris soundtrack - I haven't heard it myself). STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS ONE!

You can listen to two of the full tracks on Spook Central.

More Sun Splashin' Audio CD Review

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This review was originally written on May 5, 2005
Great Collection Of Songs, Too Bad Half Of Them Are Cut Off

First, the track list for the More Sun Splashin' audio CD.

1.  3:45  The Heat Is On -- Glenn Frey
2.  3:24  Listen To The Music -- The Doobie Brothers
3.  2:43  California Girls -- David Lee Roth
4.  2:53  La Bamba -- Los Lobos
5.  2:30  Groovin' -- The Rascals
6.  3:38  Follow Your Daughter Home -- The Guess Who
7.  4:00  Wild, Wild West -- The Escape Club
8.  2:34  The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) -- Harpers Bizarre
9.  2:38  Summer In The City -- The Lovin' Spoonful
10.  4:10  Freeway Of Love -- Aretha Franklin
11.  4:41  The Tide Is High -- Blondie
12.  3:48  Electric Avenue -- Eddy Grant
13.  3:13  Wonderful World, Beautiful People -- Jimmy Cliff
14.  3:37  Good Vibrations -- The Beach Boys
15.  3:15  Sugar Magnolia -- Grateful Dead
16.  4:03  Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) -- C&C Music Factory
(total time - 54:52)

Sadly, eight of the sixteen songs are cut off at end. These songs are tracks 1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, and 15. I know this isn't limited to just my copy because I actually bought a second copy of the album and heard it on that one too. The first Sun Splashin' album wasn't like this (all songs were complete). It's really sad because this is a great collection of songs.

Recommended Wrestling Autograph Dealers

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Back in the 1990s and 2000s I used to be an autograph collector. I had quite a large collection featuring a wide variety of actors, actresses, singers, models, voice actors, animators, wrestlers, and wrestling personalities. A good chunk of it got destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in late 2012. The majority of the rest I was forced to sell after my father died in early 2014. I did keep a small portion of the collection, which I am displaying online here: Ghostbusters and Everything Else. Some of the wrestling autographs from my collection is displayed at the top and bottom of this post. They are not for sale.

Around the mid-2000s, I bought a large portion of my wrestling autographs from online stores. At the time, I made an online list of my favorite sellers, with notes about my experiences buying from them, and direct links to their wares. I figured that since I put so much work into it, I would move this list here to The Corner Penthouse. Do note that I have not ordered autographed photos from any of these dealers since 2012 or before. I am recommending them under the assumption that they still provide the great service and quality merchandise as I experienced many years ago.

HighSpots (No NY Tax, PayPal Accepted)

Michael Kopel (BallParkCo) - (No NY Tax, PayPal Accepted) (Gives Certificate of Authenticity)

Maniac Joe (No NY Tax, PayPal Accepted) (Gives Certificate of Authenticity)

Ringside Collectibles (PayPal Accepted) (Gives Certificate of Authenticity)

Sports Fan Promotions on eBay - (User ID: bart6667) - Located in New Jersey. (No NY Tax, PayPal Accepted) (Gives Certificate of Authenticity)
- COMBINED SHIPPING TIP: When I purchased some from him on eBay on 3/14/2010, his listings all stated,  I'll be happy to combine auctions won in a 7 day period to save you on shipping costs.  However, eBay's checkout system was charging me $4 for EACH photo. I ended up having to go into PayPal and use the Send Money link, and select eBay Goods, in order to be able to change the shipping to $4 for the entire order.

Wrestling Superstore (No NY Tax, PayPal Accepted)

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Lilian Garcia - Quiero Vivir! Audio CD Review

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This review was originally written on April 11, 2008
Good Music, But Beware Of The Restrictive Disclaimer - Can't Resell Or Give Away The CD You Bought

I bought the Lilian Garcia - Quiero Vivir! audio CD from Amazon in March 2008. Although I don't understand Spanish, I found it to be very enjoyable. Lilian has a great voice, and I wish that she had made a completely English version of this album. Thankfully two of the songs are English translations. Track 10 "Under In Love" is the English version of track 4 "Desenamorada", and track 11 "Where Did Love Go?" is the English version of track 3 "Adonde" (that's the duet with Jon Secada).

The one thing I dislike about the CD is one thing that I have *NEVER* seen on any CD that I've ever purchased. On the outer rim of the CD is this disclaimer: "This CD is the property of the record company and is licensed to the intended recipient for personal use only. Acceptance of this CD shall constitute an agreement to comply with the terms of the license. Resale or transfer of possession is not allowed and may be punishable under federal and state laws. This CD may be watermarked to identify the intended recipient."

It appears that Amazon is selling promo CDs, as this disclaimer pops up in articles about the current case of Universal Music Group (UMG) vs. Troy Augusto (do a Google search for "this CD is the property of the record company" to find more information about the case). Interestingly, Universal Music Latino is the distributor of the CD, though WWE owns the content. However, nothing on the packaging states that the copy Amazon sold me is a promo CD, so I have no idea why it appears on the disc.

Below is an image of the CD so you can see the disclaimer for yourself, and see that the disclaimer isn't presented to the customer until after the purchase has been made and the product has been opened - thus nullifying the "agreement to comply with the terms of the license" because you can't agree beforehand.

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I sincerely hope that this is an error and that Universal Music isn't serious with this disclaimer or they certainly will have killed their CD sales for good.

Alvin And The Chipmunks - Here's Looking at Me! Audio CD Review

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This review was originally written on October 10, 2004
Too Bad Some Of These Are Not The Original Recordings

First, here's the track listing for the Alvin And The Chipmunks - Here's Looking at Me! audio CD.

1. 1:02 We're The Chipmunks ("Alvin & The Chipmunks" Theme)
2. 2:22 Witch Doctor
3. 3:16 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun -- with The Chipettes
4. 3:31 Let's Go
5. 3:11 Uptown Girl
6. 3:22 Beat It
7. 2:21 Wooly Bully
8. 3:08 Leader Of The Pack
9. 2:21 The Chipmunk Song
10. 3:20 Express Yourself -- with The Chipettes
11. 2:34 On The Road Again
12. 2:16 Achy Breaky Heart
(total time - 32:44)

This is a great collection of songs. It's just too bad that it's ruined because, although not stated on the album, some of these songs were re-recorded. They just don't sound as good as the original recordings.