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Page .10 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 30, 2013 Fac by bob morello reviewing the best ! i!  g the rest THE ESSENTIAL BRITNEY SPEARS RCA-Legacy The Britney Spears era began with her 1998 release of 'Baby One More Time," and it continues to date with her 2013 collaboration "Scream & Shout" with In between, this young lady has put together 14 Top 20 singles on Billboard's Hot I00. Her 32-song collection covers two discs and includes memorable hits as, "Oops! ... I Did It Again," "Lucky," "Stronger," the self-admitting "I'm A Slave 4-U," the confus- ing "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman," the lip-locked Ma- donna scene via "Me Against The Music," and the chemi- cal imbalance of 'Toxic." 2004 had Spears "In The Zone," along with "My Prerogative," the accusatory "Womanizer," plus "Hot As Ice," "Till The World Ends," "I Wanna Go," the sensual "Hold It Against Me," and the arrest- ing "Criminal." Spears offer- ing just a little something to satisfy her loyal fans until al- bum number eight is readyl JOHN MAYER - PARADISE VALLEY Columbia John Mayer is a Grammy Award-winning singer, song- writer and musician. With his success often based on the songs he writes, songs his fans can understand. 'Paradise Valley' is a CD con- taining eleven such songs, with ten of them penned by Mayer. The opener "Wild- In-e," sets the tone and a com- fortable pace for Mayer mu- sic in the form of the nostal- gic "Dear Marie," the cool feel of growing old together with "Waitin' On The Day," and the album's first single is the mysterious "Paper Doll." J.J. Cale's "Call Me The Breeze" gets a new feel with Mayer's cover, teaming up with Katy Perry for the repetitive "Who You Love," the confident "I Will Be Found (Lost At Sea)," as Frank Ocean lends his vocals on a second "Wildfire." Mayer adds a twang to his sound on "You're No One "l'il Someone Lets You Down," the restless feel of "Badge And Gun," and it all comes to an end with the end of summer tune "On The Way Home." THE HEAT- ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Lakeshore Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock star in the movie 'q'he Heat," But on the film's soundtrack, there are over a dozen stars, as it hosts a potpourri of artists' hits. Find your favorites amongst "Fight The Power" (Isley Brothers), "Stangle- hold" (Ted Nugent), local fa- vorite Boston serves up "More Than A Feeling," getting down with LeD Sound- system's "Daft Punk Is Play- ing At My House," plus the staccato beat of Santigold's "Rock This." Sound blasts from both barrels as the music pulses via Deee-Lite's "Groove Is In the Heart," a mellow moment is shared by all with Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father" and Air Supply kicks it up a notch with "Every Woman In The World." Bill Withers serves up a spoonful of soul with "Lonely Town, Lonely Street." It all winds down to the sound of April Wine's rockin' "Roller" and Kimbra has the final say with the persuasive "Come Into My Head." A roller coaster of emotions on a fine soundtrack[ NEWPOLI - TEMPO ANTICO Beartones Newpoli's founding mem- bers left Italy to study jazz at Berklee College of Music, with nary a thought that they'd end up performing the folk music of their homeland. But, thankfully they did and the pleasure is all their fans. The Berklee alumni decided to record their album live in a local church in Swamp- scott, Mass. Their decision resulted in the rich sounds heard on the 'baker's dozen' of tracks delivered in the form of tarantella-pizzicas, tammuriatas, villanellas and canzones. The high energy abounds in cuts that include, "Catalina -- Moresca Prima," the fiery "Pizzicarella," the spinning "Trapanarella," the pretty strains of "A Serenata 'e Pulecenella" and hit the halfway mark with the fast-paced "Chichilichi." The second half keeps pace with Puglia's traditional "Mamma la Rondinella," trailed by the haunting "Dicitencello Vuje," the tender love song "Amore Amore" and the bonus track "Sia Benedetto ci fici lo mundo." Even if you don't understand the language, the energy is superb! AFROBEAT AIRWAYS 2 Analog Africa 'Aftrobeat Airways 2' (Re- turn flight to Ghana 1974- 1983) is a selection of 13 ultra-rare tracks by some of the musical giants who cre- ated a movement that rocked the West African nation in the '70's. The beats emanate from Ghana beginning with the silver sounds of afrobeat star Ebo Taylor's "Children Don't Cry," drummer De Frank serves up "Do Your Own Thing" and "1Vaiting For My Baby," the mighty Af- rican Brothers Band contrib- ute "Wope Me A Ka," and the Cutlass Band performs the rhythmic "Obiara Wondo." Obscure artists, Los Issufu & his Moslems, get it on via "Kana Soro," followed by Waza Afrika 76 with the alphabet soup titled "Gbei Kpakpa Hife Sika," not to be outdone, the enigmatic Rob cooks up his unique blend of twisted afrofunk, suggest- ing "Loose Up Yourself." Leg- endary singer K. Frimpong is the author of the lengthy "Abrabo," as Pierre Antoine & Vis-a-vis join forces on "Say Min Sy So" and Complex Soundz give up the praise with "God Is Love." Sounds of excitement and rhythm permeate the environment wherever the Afrobeat Air- ways music is heard! 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 DON ORIONE TO HONOR FRAN ROWAN Next Thursday, September 5, at 6:00 pm the Don Orione Home will be honoring Fran Rowan at a dedication cer- emony. Fran's Wall of Hope is just another way of giving back to her neighborhood. Stop by for this wonderful unveiling. Refreshments will be served. NO HUB BIKES FOR NORTH SQUARE Recently at a neighborhood meeting, North Enders heard the plan by the city to bring one of those Hubway bike stations to North Square. To me, the idea seemed silly and it seemed silly to most of the crowd hearing of this proposal. North Square doesn't need a large bike stand and the idea of putting one on this cobblestoned square sounds like one of the cuckoos got out of the nest over at City Hall. I know the city has lots of ideas for the square which would radically change the square's current people friendly ambiance. Older folks remember when all those Copley and Gray Lines tour buses crowded the square before the square was returned to the people for it's pleasure. Keep the place passive for people. TICKET TO RIDE Recently, bikers crossed the Boston Marathon finish line during the Boston Mara- thon Motorcycle Ride honor- ing slain MIT officer Sean Collier and also to support the Jimmy Fund. SHOULD YANCEY BE RUNNING FOR BOTH SEATS AT ONCE? My take is no, but recently in the Boston Herald, it was opined that he had a right to do so, even ff this is the First time it has been done in Boston political history. His opponents in District 4 have a right to complain since it gives him increased public- ity. The media talks about the mayor's race a lot but not very often about district council races. Personally, if I lived in District 4, I would not vote for him for either job. If he can't make up his mind why should I make his mind up for him, huh? Recently, he did quite poorly in a mayoral poll and when asked about his low numbers, he said he had no place to go but up. Spoken like a candidate trapped in an electoral cellar. He also said his election as mayor would be a national story come November. Why stop at national? If he some- how got elected mayor, it would be an intergalactic story. No one on Earth or elsewhere could believe it possible. THE NORTH END IS NOT "LITTLE ITALY" AND NEVER HAS BEEN The fairly new North End Chamber of Commerce has decided on an ad campaign to bring folks to the North End, especially hungry tour- ists. The new ad campaign calls the historic North End Beawolfe at the Dockside, Chelsea, MA. "Little Italy" a place to shop, dine and live. Catchy, yes, accurate, not that much. My father was a North Ender born and raised. My grandparents came here at the turn of the last century from Sciacca and settled in Sacred Heart Parish. When I was a little kid living on Salutation Street, the North End had about a dozen or so restaurants and the place was about 70-75 percent Italian, a far cry from when my father went to St. John's School when the North End was over 90 percent Italian. However, by the time I came back to the Michelangelo where I graduated in 1963, the North End was near 60 percent. Today, all those numbers are history as the North End is about, maybe, 17 percent. However, fear not, there are now about 100 restaurants and the whole neighborhood looks like a Hollywood movie set for the next movie passing through the place. The "Little Italy" tag never stuck in Boston. When I was a kid I asked my dad why the North End was called "Little Italy." He laughed and told me it was because there were too many Sicilians like himself from the neighborhood. BEAWOLFE BACK AT DOCKSIDE PATIO Beawolfe, the classic rock band from Eastie recently returned to the Dockside over in Chelsea to a packed house out on the music patio playing all their favorite tunes. I did try taking a photo of Kenny D, the best drum- mer out of East Boston/ Winthrop area but as usual he did a great job of hiding from the camera lens. Dominic Petrosino did want me to correct his re- ported nick name, it is "The Big Show." For all his recent weight loss, he should be called 'The Skinny Show." MIRABELLA POOL SAYS GOODBYE TO SUMMER The Annual Goodbye to Summer Cookout is taking place this weekend on Sun- day, September 1 st from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. Food and music for all Mirabella members. Guests may at- tend with a $10 donation. Price includes the BBQ. Fi- nal pool day is Labor Day. THIS PAST SUNDAY HOWIE CARR SAID ... As I read my Boston Herald this past Sunday, I agreed with something Howie said about the mayoral prelimi- nary coming up Septem- ber 24 th. He believes if Charlotte Golar Richie can get into the final, all bets are off. Carr says the general election in Novem- ber becomes one of those hopey changey high turnout kind of Election Days. If not, it looks like John Connolly and Marty Walsh going toe to toe in November. Connolly hurt himself recently by handing back an endorsement and cam- paign cash to a national group with a local connec- tion after Dan Conley went after him on accepting the cash. Then, Connolly seem- ingly decides the right thing to do is sign the Boston Pledge along with Consalvo who started the pledge idea and Conley who then joined on after the Connolly issue hit the media. Walsh meanwhile seems to have no intent on signing any Boston Pledge and now looks even stronger than a week earlier. MIA JANE HAS BEEN FOUND Folks down at the Elite in Day Square got used to Jane over the years at Joe Young's Coffee Shop. She left this summer and was replaced by Irma and she is catching on to the regulars at the place. Angie is there Fridays and Saturdays and does a great job remembering the regulars and their orders too. Meanwhile, Jane has landed on her feet over at Kendall's in Winthrop. Most people remember the place as Brothers and Jane is now serving up customers there in her usual Jane style. The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETTE, P.O. BOX 135, BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices