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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 1, 2014 by bob morello Fac ax reviewing the fling the rest STRIKE BACK - SOUNDTRACK Varse Sarabande Scott Shields is the composer of choice to lay down the impressive score for the original motion picture soundtrack for Cinemax's hard rocking 'Strike Back.' Shields is com- poser, producer and songwriter with an extensive rsum& Along with the main title theme song "Short Change Hero" performed by The Heavy, this soundtrack also contains the scores he composed for the third and fourth seasons of Strike Back. For battle sequences, Shields drove them using modern rock instruments, blending the traditional with the modern sound of the series to create the score he desired. 18 additional, exciting tracks on this CD run between 1:26 to 4:28. 'Strike Back' will return for a fifth and final season later in the year! FULL FORCE - WITH LOVE FROM OUR FRIENDS Legacy Recordings Legendary R&B/Hip Hop group Full Force releases this new album (8/26). The new studio album has Force mem- bers, Paul Anthony, Bowlegged Lou, B-Fine, Curt-T-T, J-R a.k.a. Shy Shy, and Baby Gerry a.k.a. DJ Geenius doing what they do best. Supported by a host of friends, Full Force opens with Sheila E's backing vocals on the soaring Gospel track "I Feel Good, I Look Good, I'm God Good." Three decades in the music industry shine through on the pretty ballad "All Cried Out" featuring Tisha Campbell-Martin, along with "Thank You For Leaving Me" with a moving narrative by Viveca A. Fox, and the vocals of Mel'isa Morgan & Cheryl Pepsii." Sandwiched in between are beauties as, "Let It Flow" (Tevin Campbell & Naturi Naughton), the driving "A Night That We Will Never Forget" (CeCe Peniston & Freedom Wil- liams), the silky-smooth sound of Allure contributing to "Most Definitely," with Campbell-Martin returning to confide "The Way I Believe In You." Lou$tar, UTFO & Roxanne Shante contribute "Roxanne Roxanne (The New Chapter)," followed by Force MDs diagnosis of "I Can't Thank You Enough," and the finale is "Dance, Dance, Throw Ur Hands Up In The Air Air" with Samantha Fox and Flava Flav! ELIANA CUEVAS - ESPEJO ALMA Records Dubbed 'Canada's Emerging Latin Music Queen' by 680 News Toronto, Eliana has surrounded herself with 20 A-list musicians from Toronto and Venezuela. The album titled 'Espejo' translates to "mirror," and her music reso- nates with creativity on the nine tracks she penned. Deciding to explore more of her range as a vocalist and a composer, she extends herself past limits she may have respected in the past. The result, a handful of songs that are seductive and cover a wide range of emotions. Eliana's music explodes with the fiery "Estrellita," trailed by the mellow sound of "En Un Pedacito De Tu Corazon," the haunt- ing "Nacera" excites the emotions, plus the piano-driven, vibrant "Llego," while "El Tucusito" penned by husband/ producer Jeremy Ledbetter is scat driven. The pretty "Lamento" flows effortlessly, while the joyous "Agua, Cangrejo Y Sal" shouts out with the sound of brass, plus "Nueva Vida," the melancholy "Melancolia" is aptly named, finishing up with "Antita" dedicated to her young daughterl Suberb! JOE PURDY - EAGLE ROCK FIRE Mudtown Crier Records Many strange visions come to mind when an artist is described as "A prolific hillbilly songwriter, who moved to the city," but Joe Purdy seeks musical independence, not just business success. At a time a nearby forest fire was roaring nearby, instead of evacuating, he chose to write music. The result 'Eagle Rock Fire,' his thirteenth record. Purdy thinks 'pure music' -: such as recording on tape, mixing on tape, and cutting the tapes. No computers involved on Purdy music. The title cut tells of his non- evacuation, showing his aggressive side via "L.A. Livin," reminiscing about his youth, and his immaturity on "That Diamond Ring," the love lost on "Waiting For Loretta Too Long," and the misjudgment of "Good Gal Away." Purdy's fire burns on with the inviting "Meet Me In New York," drop- ping quickly with the pain of "Ba' Girl," feeling the pain of time lost on "This American,', finishing off with "Sorry You're Blue" and "Wildflowers." Purdy's music is that of an artist who wears his heart on his sleevel MAGIC MAN - BEFORE THE WAVES Columbia Records New England-based Magic Man is no illusion, as you will hear on their Columbia Records debut 'Before The Waves.' Magic Man is comprised of childhood friends Alex Caplow (vocals) and Sam Vanderhoop Lee (guitars and keyboards). After traveling abroad trading labor for room and board on a series of French organic farms, they now play summer amphitheaters all over the country with three friends. Check out their music on a dozen cuts that includes their first single "Paris" -- a spirited song that showcases their talent and style. Their tracklist reads like a map, begin- ning with "Texas," the upbeat "Apollo," a salute to "Catherine," the breezy "Chicagoland," and the sweet sound of "Honey." Caplow and Lee wrote all the songs, including "Tonight," the timely "Every Day," the fury of "Out of Mind," and the crashing tones of "Waves." Final efforts are the upbeat "Too Much" and the driving "It All Starts Here." , . . + _ The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani GREAT BREAKFAST JOINT If you are looking for a great breakfast place and you are near Quincy, you got to go to Newcomb Farms Restaurant on Beale Street in Wollaston Center. My favorite is a Spanish omelet with just the right amount of hots. LACK OF TRUST IN THIS ACT They came to the steps of the State House to demand passage of the Trust Act which in my opinion would open the floodgates to immi- grants in the Bay State. The City of Boston has joined Somerville in the advocating for a statewide Trust Act legislation which would codify what A.G. Martha Coakley stated years ago that "Technically, it is not illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts." Technically, it is time to enforce the law and protect the country from an invasion at our borders. If an illegal gets stopped for, say, run- ning a red light, should we just write the citation and wish the driver well as he or she continues to hide in plain sight? GOVERNOR PATRICK SAYS OUR DOOR IS OPEN It appears Governor Patrick known in this col- umn as "Mini-Me" has de- cided to help President Obama by reportedly taking aboutt a thousand of those il- legal[ Central American kids from our broken southern border and help the Feds resettle them somewhere on the Cape. Notice not in Milton where Patrick lives nor out in western Massa- chusetts at his home away from home. Recently, there have been reports that many of these illegals are already making it up here to places like Lynn, Chelsea, Everett and Revere where there already is no shortage of illegals. The mayor of Lynn report- edly is livid over the prospect of having to use municipal funds for such things as public schools as more chil- dren enter them. At least the Feds could actually give federal funds to Lynn and other like communities who shouldn't have to bear the burden of finding new monies to assist Washing- ton in doing the wrong thing. DONNA SUMMER MURL AT BURKE HIGH SCHOOL Disco Diva Donna Sum- mer is still remembered at the Jeremiah E, Burke High School from the days she walked the school corridors as a Burke student back in the day. Recently, there was even a Donna Summer Roller Disco event at City Hall Plaza where folks showed up ].ooking like they were beamed down into City Hall Plaza from 40 years ago. Folks always said she came from Dorchester be- cause of her connection to the Burke. Rarely, do they get it right about her Boston roots. They were planted not in Dorchester, but in Mission Hill Roxbury not far from Brigham Circle. IT IS ARTHUR S. VERSUS ARTHUR T. This whole Market Bas- ket protest is unbelievable. Thousands of supermarket employees have been out on the street marching and pro- testing in huge numbers. At several locations, customers have joined the protest line too. Ousted CEO Arthurt T. Demoulas is getting great support from long-time employees and customers who are demanding that Arthur T. be re-instated. This is proving rather in- teresting and few have seen this kind of protest before in support of a CEO fired and employees saying they won't return to work until Arthur T. is back at the helm. Call this, Market Basket Strong stuff. AN EVENING UNDER THE STARS Once again, Sacred Heart Parish in East Boston will be holding another cock- tail/lawn party on Friday, August 22 n starting at 7:00 pm. Tickets at the rec- tory. Al proceeds to benefit Sacred Heart Parish. Father Wayne will be looking for you, so don't forget the time and date. EVERETT HAS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Mayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce it is once again time for the city's summer concerts on Thurs- day evenings. All concerts take place at the Connolly Center at 7:00 pm. For more info, call Ida at 617-394- 2260. Thursday, August 7 th, it will be Stephen Savio & SeaBreeze. MEANWHILE, OVER IN REVERE Revere has its summer concerts every Sunday between City Hall and the American Legion Post on Broadway, where else. ARE YOU TIRED OF GLOBE DIRECT Once a week, my doorway in Eastie is full of those plas- tic bags filled with Globe Di- rect advertising circular. I always find three plastic bags and they immediately go into the trash can. All over the sidewalk and street, Globe Direct is found every- where but in the trash. I call it littering not advertising, Folks who run Globe Direct say there is a number on the plastic bag telling folks how to unsubscribe but since I never subscribed, why do I need to unsubscribe. Just wondering out loud. Kudos to City Councilors Tim McCarthy, Matt O'Mal- ley and Sal LaMattina at a recent city council hearing took on the Boston Globe which owns Globe Direct. Hopefully, we can make these weekly dumping of unwanted advertising pro- motions become history and stop the littering once and for all. Why would anyone want to advertise in something most residents hate to even see on their steps? NORTH END AGAINST DRUGS AND THE NAZZARO CENTER NORTH END PRIDE WEEK The North End Family Pride Week in memory of Bobby DeCristoforo will be held Monday, August 4 th to Sunday, August I0 th. Remember, it's always about family. DEVEAU FAMILY FUNDRAISER The annual Deveau Fam- ily Fundraiser was held on July 25 th at the Orient Heights Yacht Club, was as usual, a great success for one and all. The weather couldn't have been better if you had ordered it. This is the seventh year and right now, this fund- raiser has raised over $25,000 for the Jimmy Fund. CHECK OUT LUIGI & LOLA ON HANOVER STREET Recently, I stopped into Luigi & Lola, a great place to buy shoes for both men and women as well as many ac- cessories. The place is owned by Charlene Love. "Luigi" was there sitting on his chair and not talking. "Lola" I am told stays home in the heat because she hates it and she also makes too much noise when cus- tomers come in. Sounds like a great couple, don't they. They're couple of dogs and I do mean dogs like in barking. Check it out, it's a few paws down from My Cousin's Place. KIWANIS ANNUAL GOLF OUTING AUGUST 15 T The Everett Kiwanis Club will be holding its 29 th Annual Frank E. Woodward Golf Outing on Friday, August 15 th at Mount Hood Golf Club in Melrose. The event benefits the club's Scholarship Funds. For more info, call Matt Laidaw at 781-589-7464. DOCUMENTARY: BOSTON'S NORTH END A full-length documentary on the history of the North End being put together by the North End Historical Society is almost complete. TO LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN, go to Help make it happen[ MAYOR KOCH'S ANNUAL COMMUNITY COOKOUT For Quincy readers, don't forget this year's Annual Community Cookout takes place on Tuesday, August 5 th starting at 5:00 pm at Pag- eant Field. Good times, good food, great people, music, games, moonwalk for kids. Mayor Koch adds, "Hope to see you there." THE TEMPTATIONS ARE NORTH END BOUND The annual St. Agrippina Feast is almost upon us and this year the big news is "The Temptations" will be playing at the Feast Band- stand on Hanover Street. Last time I saw these guys play I was still in college and more of the original mem- bers were still alive and kicking. I will be there for these guys and so should you.