Friday, November 24, 2006

UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

It's been a long way down the road of vulgar selfishness and boorish disregard for the well-being of others since the Cabbage Patch Kids created such a ruckus over the availability of their dolls in the mid 1980's. I remember well, how people would rush into stores as soon as they opened, demanding dolls of the innocent store staff and management. It left behind an unpleasant distaste for humanity.

How sad that this kind of situation has only gotten much worse. Last Friday's release of the new PlayStation 3 brought out the worst in people all over America. As riots broke out at stores because of the limited supply and overwhelming demand for the product, I can't help but wonder how this event was not anticipated by retailers and the manufacturer. They shoud be held at least partially accountable. After hyping the product for a year and knowing that they would not be able to produce enough units for sale by the release date, Sony should have made the product available only through mail order and the internet. This would have prevented the horrors we witnessed on Friday.

Nintendo was much better prepared for the release of their Wii on Sunday. With many times more units produced, they avoided the marketing disaster of their competition. Still, perhaps the guilty gamers should be penalized for their unsportsmanlike conduct.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

May Your WIRE Be ENDLESS

When I recently walked into my favorite F.Y.E. record store I was only intent on picking up a new copy of the Who classic, "Quadrophenia," when I noticed that the new Who CD, "Endless Wire" was on sale. Not having heard anything on this new release, I was nevertheless intrigued and couldn't resist the temptation to buy.

By the way, I did end up getting "Quadrophenia" also. It is still as powerful and exciting as the day I first heard it, many years ago. The remastered version sounds flawless and is almost as dynamic as the original vinyl.

But what really impressed me was the new work. The mere fact that these "Geezers" can still put out something that's captivating is amazing, in itself, especially after all they've been through. They are now only two. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. Two is all they need. The entire album was written over the past four years.

While the entire CD is not fantastic, there are several songs which I already regard as favorites. They include "Mike Post Theme," "It's Not Enough," "Sound Round," "Pick Up The Peace," "Mirror Door," and my very favorite, the title track, "Endless Wire."

The mini-opera, "Wire & Glass" is the foundation upon which the entire work is built. It seems to be an autobiographical piece about the early life of Townshend, but, I'm sure with further listening, it will yield many more insights and inspirations.

As a further bonus, the Limited Edition copy which I purchased also includes a 5-song CD of The Who live in concert in Lyon, Switzerland. This is a sampler of the complete concert DVD available through the record label, with all the proceeds going to The Who's favorite charities. Cheers!