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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 9, 2012 I ax reviewing the best l  the rest TAYLOR SWIFT - RED Big Machine Records Taylor Swift, the "record setter' is at it again, x-ith her fourth studio album, the country music superstar is setting records worldwide. The most incredible is Red sold 1.2 million copies in its first week debut. Swift pours out energy in 16 ex- citing tracks, including the lead single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. The pulsating State of Grace sets the pace, trailed by the ex- pressive, colorful title track Red, downshifting to deliver Treacherous, the suspicious I Knew You Were Trouble, the memories of All Too Well, and you do the math on 22. Confidence is shaky on the tender I Almost Do, the hu- mor of Stay Stay Stay, join- ing with Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody on the passionate The Last T/me plus the rapid- fire Holy Ground, the haunt- ingly pretty Sad Beautiful Tragic and the mysterious The Lucky One. Taylor's 2013 'Red Tour' will have UK singer Ed Sheeran as spe- cial guest, he also appears on Everything Has Changed which he co-wrote, followed by the heavenly Starlight and ends with second thoughts on Begin Again. Look for the messages in the CD folder, string the capital letters to- gether to form the words. Awesome! BRANDY - TWO ELEVEN RCA/Chameleon Records Are you ready for a double- shot of Brandy on 'Two Eleven' her highly antici- pated album release? Double your pleasure with the new- est single, Wildest Dreams and the album's first single Put It Down featuring Chris Brown. Cuts of note include the looking for a cure So Sick, the bass-driven Slower, the romantic No Such Thing As Too Late, the gripping Let Me Go, the hurt of lost love as in Without You, the oxy- gen-deprived Hardly Breath- ing, and the pain of love attacks with Do You Know What You Have. Brandy's comeback is right on track, with vocals that go right to your soul -- such as, Scared of Beautiful, crossing her fingers for Wish Your Love Away, and the driv- ing Paint This House, along with four 'Deluxe Edition Tracks' -- Can You Hear Me Now, Music, What You Need and ending with Nodding Off. You won't doze off listening to Brandy's powerful album "Two Eleven" -- you can be sure of that! FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL o SOUNDTRACK Lakeshore Focus Features' For a Good Time, Call is a comedy flick that will dial up the humor in an instant. The film's soundtrack is a dozen indie- pop tracks that lay a solid foundation. Dial up the swinging Back and Forth by Australian band Operator Please, the Generationals deliver I Promise, the revival Come Alive (Hanni El Khatib), Mack Winston & The Reflec- tions mirror Stick Together, People Get Ready trot out Side Saddle, and The Dig sprinkle Blackwater. Second half dial tones in By Your Hand (Los Campesinos!), Chalk & Numbers put He Knew on the board, Mary Wells performs Smokey Robinson's Operator from the 1960s, plus you can smell the roses with Flowers Bloom (High Highs), Hot as Sun shines via Come Come and Timbre Timbre ends with Black Water. A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS - BRINGING PEACE ON EARTH Word-Curb + Big Machine Big Machine Records and Word-Curb have joined forces for the 25 th Anniversary of A Very Special Christmas al- bum series. The pair of COs A Very Special Christmas 25 th Anniversary, Bringing Joy to the World and A Very Special Christmas, Bringing Peace on Earth, benefit the Special Olympics movement. This gives the Special Olym- pics program the ability to implement programs world- wide, from the United States to Timor Leste, China to Uganda, Cambodia to Haiti and more. With the gener- osity of the biggest and brightest voices in the re- cording industry, A Very Spe- cial Christmas series has raised more than $109 mil- lion to date. Bringing Joy to the World contains, Joy to the World (Train), Something In the Air (Grayson Sanders and Jono), Angels We Have Heard On High (Jewel), It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas (Michael Buble), Do You Hear What I Hear? (Jordin Sparks), I Want You For Christmas (Cheap Trick), Mary Did You Know? (Rascal Flatts), and Best Christmas Ever (Wonder Girls). The mood is maintained with, Tennes- see Christmas (Amy Grant), Christmas Without You (One Republic), Breath of Heaven (Vince Gill), Please Come Home For Christmas (Martina McBride), Winter Wonder- land (Jason Mraz), December 25 th (Francesca Battistelli), Christmas Song (Dave Matthews Band) and Oh Holy Night (Christina Aguilera). Bringing Peace on Earth in- cludes today's top Christian artists performing, Because It Is Christmas (Sidewalk Prophets), Gloria, Hark the Herald Angels SingAngels We Have Heard On High (Jason Castro), Baby Boy {For King & Country), O Come, 0 Come, Emmanuel (Francesca Battistelli), 0 Holy Night (Group 1 Crew), Bethlehem Skies (Dara McLean), Jesus, Savior (Chris August), Christ- mas Together (Jamie Grace), Go Tell It On the Mountain (NeedToBreathe), God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Mere- dith Andrews), O Come, All Ye Faithful (Big Daddy Weave), I Believe (Natalie Grant), Labor of Love (Point of Grace), and When Love Was Born (Mark Schultz). Two worthy albums for a very worthv benefit! 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 RUFF GOING IN NORTH END RUFF is a new group of North End dog owners who are trying to help make the community and other dog owners aware of their re- sponsibilities. The North End dog owners are also North End residents and they are trying to work with non- dog owners in the commu- nity by showing everyone their pride in their neighbor- hood. This movement isn't just about scooping up after your dog, it is about every- one working together to keep the North End a livable com- munity that is both safe and clean. The next RUFF monthly meeting is sched- uled for Tuesday, November 13 th at 7:00 pm at the Nazzaro Center. "DINE FOR DOLLARS" FUNDRAISER The St. Vincent DePaul Society's "Dine for Dollars" fundraiser will be held on Thursday, November 184 be- tween 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm at the Dockside Restaurant on Centre Street in Malden. For more information on this fundraiser, call Joan at 617-633-0407. CHECK OUT FRANCO'S TRATTORIA IN SAUGUS J & M Italian Subs and Pizza on Central Street in Saugus has expanded and opened a new dining area called Franco's Trattoria, named after owner Phil Franco. This new sit-down restaurant just opened a couple of weeks ago. Check out the ceiling mural repli- cating the Michelangelo painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. For more informa- tion or reservations call 781-231-1636. I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 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. LEGAL NOTICES For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZEFrE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZEFEE P.O. BOX 135 BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices HEALTH FAIR GREAT SUCCESS Recently, a health care fitness fair was held at the Lindemann Mental Health Center in Boston. Among the many participants at this wellness clinic were students from the Somer- ville High School Cosmetol- ogy Department. Twelve students studying in this high school program pro- vided free haircuts and manicures. Teachers Gre- gory Wright and Stella Apostolakos supervised the students who all did a great job. W _}ervi11 High "DOWNTOWN" AT 80? Back in the '60s one of my favorite pop singers was Petula Clark. I loved her "Downtown." I heard a French version of that hit when I was up in Montreal back then. Whether in En- glish or French, it became her signature song. Now, I just found out that on No- vember 15 th she celebrates her 80 th birthday. OUCH! Am I getting old or what? ALFA IS OMEGA Down near Roslindale Square I have been getting my regular gas at the Alfa gas station where, as late as this past weekend, you could get 87 octane for ONLY $3.45. What a deal! Alfa is even four cents cheaper than my favorite King Express station up further on Washington Street by the West Roxbury-Dedham line. SACRED HEART GETTING BAZAAR The annual Sacred Heart Christmas Bazaar is coming up on November 17th start- ing at II am. At that time, the kiddos get to have break- fast with Santa and all chil- dren are welcome to break bread with him in Msgr. Killian Hall. ACCORDING TO LOU MURRAY, JR. I recently caught up with Lou at a Brown for Senate rally over in Dorchester at the AmVets. He told me about a rally he planned for October 19th in West Roxbury at Holy Name Ro- tary. Over 200 folks, mostly from Roslindale and West Roxbury, gathered at the ro- tary in the shadow of Holy Name Church that day. This rally was one of 150 simul- taneous gatherings across the country in opposition to the Affordable Health Care Act between known to most of us as Obamacare. Kudos to Murray and all who orga- nized and attended this large event. SAD NEWS TO REPORT Over in South Boston folks lost a newspaper that has been around for generations. The Tribune Publishing Company is no more. No more South Boston Tribunes to read. The same over in Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park as both the Jamaica Plain Citizen and Hyde Park Tribune also cease to exist. I remember quite well, back during the busing crisis be- fore and after 1974, when the South Boston Tribune did a great service to this be- sieged community. I penned numerous commentaries on the judiciary tyranny of the Garrity court order institut- ing forced busing. Folks got to vent their frustrations and organize protests through the pages of the Tribune, which were always opened wide to the community. In the days before the Internet, the printed word and telephone trees were all we had. FERRY SERVICE TO EAST BOSTON? Mayor Tom Menino has announced that Boston has just been awarded $1.28 mil- lion in federal grant money for the purchase of two city- Ovcn'd BostOti Harbor Terries. The Federal Highway De- partment funds will assist the start of ferry service be- tween East Boston, South Boston and Charlestown. The new service will meet the growing call for water transportation and it will also hopefully boost eco- nomic opportunity by creat- ing new transit connections between Boston residents and jobs. As the Mayor stated, "The car is no longer king in Boston and I'm proud to announce a new way to move people around the city." I agree with the Mayor that these new ferries will decrease congestion, im- prove air quality and add value to waterfront commu- nities such as East Boston, where I live. FINALLY, THIS JUST IN This Friday's Sacred Heart Square Dancing event has been cancelled. As Father Wayne might say, "Be there and you'll be a lonely square." Real Estate Matt@o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM