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Tony Ashton died of cancer in June of 2001. His soulful
voice is not unlike Procol Harum's Gary
Brooker. In the Seventies he made two great LPs with a band called "Ashton, Gardner & Dyke" which funky, syncopated sound
remembers Little Feat. Ashton, Gardner & Dyke (despite
their name they are not a trio) toured with Blind Faith. This
weeds out the weaker tunes from their Seventies albums and includes plenty of alternate
takes, unreleased tracks, and a couple of live cuts.
Arthur Alexander - Greatest
Arthur Alexander was a "Soldier of Soul" who lingered in obscurity until his untimely passing. Both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones covered his songs ("Anna" - The Beatles - and "You Better Move On" - The Stones - are probably his best known). Greatest is an essential collection; not only for fans of countrified soul music.
Best authors of the 20th Century
Best books of the 20th Century Armadillo by William Boyd
Revenge of The Nerd! Armadillo is hilarious and thought provoking. Boyd brings the reader so close to Lorimar Black, his main character, were it not for for his previous works you would scarcely believe the novel is not significantly autobiographical.
Anthem by Ayn Rand
Essays, Anthologies, Biographies Americans' Favorite Poems Robert Pinsky (Editor)
Caroline Alexander -Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
The American Century by Harold Evans, et al.
Al Gore: A User's Manual by Alexander Cockburn, et al.
Mystery & Thrillers
Donald E. Westlake, named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, has written everything from comic capers (the Dortmunder series) to the darker adventures of ace criminal Parker during his long career. But he's never come up with anything scarier or more timely than this story about a downsized executive who decides to kill off the competition. Burke Devore could be your neighbor: a laid-off paper company manager watching his life and family fall apart as he tries desperately to get a job. The plan he finally comes up with involves murdering seven men very much like himself, and Westlake's most impressive achievement is to make the serial killings understandable if in no way justified.
Donald E. Westlake - Adios, Sheherazade
Afterburn by Colin Harrison
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman (Dark Materials, No 3)
Along with the return of Lyra, Will, Mrs. Coulter, Lord Asriel, Dr. Mary Malone, and Iorek Byrnison the armored bear (Dark Materials No 1 and No 2), come a host of new characters: the Mulefa, mysterious wheeled creatures with the power to see Dust; Gallivespian Lord Roke, a hand-high spymaster to Lord Asriel; and Metatron.
Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Martin Scorsese's After Hours VHS
Starring: Griffin Dunne
& Transputer Qasar. 2003.