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Volume III, Issue 24
December 6 - December 13, 1999  

Artist Profiles
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Blues Blood [2]
Mose Allison brings his sophisticated brand of blues to the Rialto.
— Dave McElfresh, TUCSON WEEKLY
The Gospel Truth [3]
Nashville crooner/rock god Dave Cloud releases a CD that mixes love ballads with raw rock 'n' roll.
— Heather Nelson, NASHVILLE SCENE

Album Reviews
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Live and Kicking [4]
New live CDs offer insight into three legendary musicians' mastery.
Yes He Could [5]
Sammy Davis Jr.'s image may be camp, but he was still one of the most mesmerizing pop singers ever to mine the standard repertoire.
— Richard C. Walls, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Rave On [6]
Prince's " Rave un2 the joy fantastic" is as funky and focused as his early work.
— Michael Freedberg, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Jump-Up [7]
British dj Aphrodite's action-packed "Urban Jungle" succeeds because the electronica comes second to the hip hop.
— Alex Pappademas, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Has-Beens [8]
Queensryche's "Q2K" and Sebastian Bach's "Bring 'Em Bach Alive!" mark comebacks of sorts for two '80s has-beens.
Now What? [13]
If you go gaga over the sultry smoothness of a symphonic glissando, just wait till you experience our transitions to cool and useful music links on the Web.


L ive albums can be a gamble, but when they're capturing a vibrant performance, they're the next best thing to actually being there. We've got reviews of live offerings from three jazz and blues greats, as well as a quick look for Christmas shoppers of 11 live albums from contemporary artists.

What maintains Mose Allison's status in a blues culture currently favoring young white boys with flashy guitar chops is an urban style of lyric writing far more colorful than anyone since Robert Johnson.

Dave Cloud will admit that his stage persona is a put-on, that his legions of followers barely number in the double digits, but his evangelical enthusiasm convinces listeners to join in the illusion.

Also, a four-CD retrospective of Sammy Davis, Jr., the latest from The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, British hip-hop artist Aphrodite, and more.

Mini Reviews
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Live Wires [9]
'Tis the season for live box sets from Blondie, Marilyn Manson, Guns 'n Roses, Alanis Morissette and more.
Boston Phoenix CD Reviews [10]

  • The Outlets
  • Korn
  • Third Eye Blind
  • The Knitting Factory
  • Jars of Clay
  • Brendan Perry
  • DJ Vadim
  • The Insider: Music From the Motion Picture

Turn Up That Noise! [11]
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Miles Davis

Tiny Tunes [12]
  • Esquivel

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