Reviews by lsloan
Summary of "Star Wars: Tarkin"
From the Random House Publishing Group website:

He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly . . . and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises his Emperor. Under Tarkin’s guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy’s lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel—by intimidation . . . or annihilation.

Until then, however, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and newfound evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action. And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters, the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious; and Tarkin—whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire’s supremacy . . . and its enemies’ extinction.
Listeners that only know of Blue Öyster Cult from their hits like "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Burnin' for You", and "Godzilla", need to listen to this entire boxed set of albums on sixteen CDs and a concert DVD. (Yes, a total of seventeen discs!) I enjoy this experience tremendously. I besides the albums that contain those aforementioned classics, I highly recommend the "Secret Treaties" album.
Truly fun album: The Aftermath by Jonathan Coulton
This album by Jonathan Coulton (AKA JoCo to his fans) is yet another great success. Track two, "Re: Vos Cerveaux", is a French translation of his song, "Re: Your Brains", found on another album. If you've ever wondered what it would sound like for a French zombie to sing about an email to his colleague, listen to this and you'll wonder no longer, but you'll certainly listen to it many times over.

Another hit on this album, especially for the scatalogically-minded, is "Big Dick Farts a Polka". When it comes to the best songs on this album, this one is clearly number two.
"The Yes Album [Bonus Tracks]" by Yes
The title of this album is slightly incorrect. It is actually, "The Yes Album [Bonus Tracks]". This is a 2003 re-release by Elektra (number 8122737882) of the album, which was originally released in 1971. This release includes three bonus tracks.

Track listing:
1. Yours Is No Disgrace (Jon Anderson / Bill Bruford / Steve Howe / Tony Kaye / Chris Squire) 9:40
2. Clap (Steve Howe) 3:16
3. Starship Trooper/Life Seeker/Disillusion/Würm (Jon Anderson / Steve Howe / Chris Squire) 9:28
4. I've Seen All Good People: Your Move/All Good People (Jon Anderson / Chris Squire) 6:55
5. A Venture (Jon Anderson) 3:20
6. Perpetual Change (Jon Anderson / Chris Squire) 8:57
7. Your Move (Jon Anderson) 2:59
8. Starship Trooper: Life Seeker (Jon Anderson / Steve Howe / Chris Squire) 3:27
9. Clap (Steve Howe) 4:01
"I Think We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat" by The BPA
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The Brighton Port Authority is yet one more way that Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim, aka Beats International) has found to gather world-class musical weirdos around him and collaborate with them on the creation of funky, hooky, wave-your-hands-in-the-air dance pop. Unlike his other projects, though, this one apparently stretches way back into the 1970s, when many of the rough tracks on this collection were originally recorded. Over the years, Cook and his collaborator Simon Thornton worked with such disparate singers and songwriters as Iggy Pop, Martha Wainwright, David Byrne and Pete York, and though a good amount of this material was clearly added in much more recently (Dizzee Rascal's contribution to "Toe Jam," for example, is clearly not of 1970s vintage, nor does Iggy Pop sound like the young man he would have been back then), there's a sense of anarchic fun to the proceedings that is very much reminiscent of the best music of the '70s and '80s. Cook being Cook, though, the fun is kept under pressure: there's a sense of impending explosion energizing Iggy Pop's "He's Frank (Slight Return)," a crazily careening, Clash-y punk-funk groove behind Jamie T's "Local Town," and a tightly wound Caribbean rhythm underlying Byrne's utterly brilliant "Toe Jam." And Ashley Beedle's "Should I Stay or Should I Blow," with its hooky melody and alternating Latin and ska grooves, explicitly anticipates the Beats International sound to come. Not a single track disappoints.

Track Listing
1 He's Frank (Slight Return), feat: Iggy Pop (3:16)
2 Dirty Sheets, feat: Pete York (3:23)
3 Jumps The Fence, feat: Connan Mockasin (3:33)
4 Should I Stay Or Should I Blow, feat: Ashley Beedle (2:29)
5 Island, feat: Justin Robertson (4:26)
6 Local Town, feat: Jamie T. (3:08)
7 Seattle, feat: Emmy the Great (3:55)
8 Spade, feat: Martha Wainwright (3:15)
9 Superman, feat: Simon Thornton (3:43)
10 Superlover, feat: Cagedbaby / Thom Gandey (4:11)
11 Toe Jam, feat: David Byrne / Dizzee Rascal (3:22)
12 So It Goes, feat: Olly Hite (3:37)