QuickTopic logo Create New TopicNew Topic My TopicsMy Topics News
 
Skip to Messages
^     All messages            59192-59207 of 59207  59176-59191 >>
59207
SAM MILLION
09-17-2021
07:21 AM ET (US)
YOU WONDER HOW SOMEONE LIKE THE LAST POSTER BREAKS INTO OUR "LITTLE CIRCLE". ALL TO OFTEN THESE DAYS PEOPLE BOTHER US. NOT SURE ABOUT YOU GUYS BUT WE GET FIVE TO 7 ROBOCALLS A DAY AND IT IS LIKE GETTING JUNK MAIL. SO WHO AMONG US NEEDS AN "AFFORDABLE TRUCKING COMPANY"? LOL, LOL!
59206
Awe3423
09-17-2021
05:51 AM ET (US)
We are a reliable and afforadable trucking company
59205
SAM MILLION
09-17-2021
02:11 AM ET (US)
MY GOODNESS KRISTINE! YOU SURE YOU KNOW INSIDE HOLLYWOOD. I WAS SO PLEASED YOU SENT ME THE DETAILS SINCE I NEEDED THE KNOWLEDGE YOU SHARED!HEY, WHY DON'T YOU WRITE A BOOK?! I AM SERIOUS. IT COULD BE "DESK TOP" PUBLISHED....
59204
Kristine C
09-16-2021
09:58 PM ET (US)
Sam, Janis Paige was in some movie musicals in the 1940's. She was in "Bathing Beauty"(Esther Williams). Then, she went to Warner Bros., was in movies with Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Cuddles Sakall. She was in Broadway Musical , "The Pajama Game" with John Raitt and was in "Romance On The High Seas"(Doris Day's film debut). In 1957, she had a part in movie version of "Silk Stockings" with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. Marsha Hunt was a model, in the 1930's, which led her to be in movies, in 1930's. She played the oldest sister in movie "Seven Sweethearts" with Van Heflin, Kathryn Grayson. She was in "Cry Havoc" with Margaret Sullivan, Ann Sothern, Joan Blondell(about the nurses on Bataan). Marsha Hunt was also a political activist, which , sadly, caused her to be blacklisted, for awhile. Originally, she had been cast to play James Dean's character's mother in "Rebel Without A Cause", but withdrew, Ann Doran replaced her. There is a group of fans who would like Marsha Hunt be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and there is a documentary about her "Marsha Hunt: Sweet Adversity" that has been on TCM.
59203
SAM MILLION
09-16-2021
08:56 PM ET (US)
HI KRISTINE. EXCEPT FOR THE NEWS ABOUT JANE POWELL, THESE ARE AMAZING AGES FOR THE FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU LISTED! JANE POWELL WAS AT THE METROPOLITAN TRIBE TO MARIO IN 2005 (AND I HAVE ONE MORE SET OF TWO CDS WHICH ARE AUDIO OF THE SHOW'S HIGHLIGHTS). JANIS PAIGE (99 YRS OLD) I AM NOT TOO FAMILIAR WITH. MITZI GAYNOR (90)I HAVE LOVED EVER SINCE SOUTH PACIFIC. RITA MORENO (89) OF COURSE IS FAMOUS FOR WEST SIDE STORY BUT TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS WAS EITHER HER FIRST OR SECOND FILM EVER. AGAIN, MARSHA HUNT(103 GOD BLESS HER)I CANNOT EVEN PICTURE. BUT LESLIE CARON (UPPER 80'S)I HAVE ENJOYED IN MANY MUSICALS, ESPECIALLY "AN AMERICAN IN PARIS", A CLASSIC. AND OUR OWN ANN BLYTH(NOT SURE OF HER AGE). IN 2005 AT THE MET AFFAIR I SWEAR TO YOU SHE LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE SHE DID IN THE GREAT CARUSO. IT WAS LIKE TIME STOOD STILL FOR HER. THE MOST RECENT PHOTOS I HAVE SEEN (MAYBE TWO YEARS OLD) HAVE HER STILL LOOKING LOVELY.
59202
Kristine C
09-16-2021
08:13 PM ET (US)
Jane Powell passed away at 92. RIP. I think, originally, she was supposed to be in "Because You're Mine", but became pregnant, had to withdraw from the movie. Janis Paige turned 99. Mitzi Gaynor turned 90. Rita Moreno is 89, Marsha Hunt is 103, Leslie Caron is in her upper 80's, Ann Blyth is still with us.
59201
SAM MILLION
09-16-2021
12:36 AM ET (US)
I FORGOT TO ADD TO MY COSMOS PROJECTOR REVIEW A TRULY GREAT FEATURE THAT IS WORTH A LOT. THAT IS THAT IT COMES WITH APPS ALREADY IN IT AND YOU CAN SEARCH FOR OTHERS WITH A SIMPLE MENU. SOME OF THE CHOICES INCLUDE YOUTUBE, NETFLIX, AND SO ON. WHEN YOU ARE ON THE OPENING PAGE, YOU SEE MANY PROGRAMMING CHOICES THAT ARE LISTED IN ROWS. I OPTED FOR HBO MAX AND CLICKED ON AN EXCELLENT TOM HANKS FEATURE CALLED
THE TERMINAL. IN IT TOM IS A FOREIGN GUY WHO HAS JUST RUDIMENTARY ENGLISH AS THIS COMMAND. HE COMES TO OUR COUNTRY TO VISIT NEW YORK CITY BUT HE ISNS'T ALLOWED ENTRY SINCE HIS COUNTRY IS AT WAR. HE HAS A HEART OF GOLD AND HELPS PEOPLE LIKE LOVELY CATHERINE ZETA-JONES, ZOE SALDANA, AND OTHER FAMILIAR FACES. IT IS VERY ENTERTAINING AND HOLDS YOUR INTEREST THROUGHOUT. OKAY, I AM DONE WITH MY PROJECTOR TALK. I HOPE THIS WASN'T BORING FOR YOU GUYS.
59200
SAM MILLION
09-15-2021
06:45 PM ET (US)
HELLO VERNA. MARTINO IS HIS REAL NAME JUST AS MINE IS SAM.YOUR POST CONFUSED THE HELL OUT OF ME. I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO SAY. MARTINO IS A SCHOLAR. PERHAPS HE CAN DUMB IT DOWN SO I CAN GET IT, LOL.

I HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE 1,299.00 NEW PROJECTOR (CALLED THE NEBULA 4K COSMOS MAX) WITH THE LED LAMP THAT LASTSA 30,000 HOURS. I A-B COMPARED IT TO MY GREAT 5040 EPSON AND I WAS HARD TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE!IN FACT IS HAD REDS THAT WERE SO SATURATED IT MAKES THE VIEWER DROOL. IT IS AS SHARP AS MY EPSON (WHICH IS ONLY 4K "READY" AND NOT TRUE 4K. BUT I LEARNED SOMETHING ELSE TONIGHT. 4K BLU RAY DISCS DON'T LOOK ANY BETTER THAN STANDARD BLU RAY BUT THEY COST MORE TO BUY. WHAT STUNNED ME WERE THE TWO NEW FEATURES THAT, LIKE GREAT CARUSO, WERE TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM THE ORIGINAL TECHNICOLOR NEGATIVES. THE TWO MUSICALS ARE "TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME" WITH SINATRA, G. KELLY, AND ESTHER WILLIAMS. THE OTHER IS EVEN MORE STUNNING AND IS STAR STUDDED FROM FRED ASTAIRE TO JUDY GARLAND. THE TITLE IS "THE GREAT ZIEGFELD"

OTHER FEATURES OF THE COSMOS PROJECTOR IS THAT IT HAD BUILT IN AMP AND SPEAKERS THAT ARE VERY NICE SOUNDING CONSIDERING THE SMALL SIZE. TURN UP THE VOLUME TOO LOUD AND IT WILL DISTORT. THE PROJECTOR CAN MAKE EXCELLENT IMAGES UP TO 150 INCH INSIDE, WHICH IS LIKE HAVING FOUR STANDARD FLAT SCREEN TV'S. I GREAT FEATURE IS ITS ABILITY TO DOWNLOAD FREE FROM THE INTERNET YOUTUBE, NETFLIX, TV SHOWS, MOVIES, ETC. WHAT A GREAT DEAL THAT IS. THE PROJECTOR IS ABOUT 10 BY 7 BY 4 INCHES AND WEIGHS ABOUT 10 POUNDS. THE PICTURE IT PRODUCES IS VERY SHARP AND HAS AUTO FOCUS. I CONSIDER IT A REAL BARGAIN AND A TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT. I EVEN THINK IT COMPARES FAVORABLY TO THE VAVA 4K PROJECTOR I SAW AT A FRIEND'S HOUSE MONDAY. THIS ONE COSTS ABOUT 1,850.00 AND HAS LASER LIGHT INSTEAD. LASERS WILL PRODUCE BRIGHTER IMAGE BUT I FOUND NOTHING DULL ABOUT THE IMAGE OF THE COSMOS. EVEN WITH THE LIGHTS ON YOU CAN SEE THE PICTURE, ALTHOUGH IT IS MUCH NICER WHEN TOTALLY DARK. FINALLY, ONE 'CUTE' FEATURE IT HAS IS THAT WHEN TURNED ON THE TOP BLACK INSERT GLOWS RED WITH THE PRODUCER NAME NEBULA, AND THE COOL PART IS THAT BENEATH IT ARE TINY DOTS OF LIGHT WHICH LOOK LIKE A CONSTELLATION.
59199
Verna_A
09-15-2021
06:27 PM ET (US)
Hi Martino1 (sorry I don't know your real name). Thank you for fulfilling my prophecy about the outrage! I hope at least some ML connoisseurs don't take your view and will be willing to participate in the production of possible new songs, as they would be able to make a real difference. We're obviously talking a different kind of animal to the authentic recordings, although it's worth remembering that all recorded artists are to some extent at the mercy of technology, and technology tinkerers, so it's a puzzle to know where to draw the line. When I was thinking of new songs, I was thinking of simple romantic songs, like the example I gave, which shouldn't be too problematic in terms of expression. Recording a complex aria would I imagine be difficult without significant input from another singer, which may or may not be acceptable to the ear. Can I say again, I will judge by results - what my ear hears, not preconceived attitudes. I think there is a large audience out there who would do the same (not opera aficionados, I'd agree there). I am not necessarily advocating for the deepfake technology, just predicting that it is likely to be coming. Change does tend to shock people, but it happens, nevertheless. Would this group ban any discussion of such releases, if and when they happen?
59198
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
09-15-2021
05:14 PM ET (US)
Well Verna, you certainly entered the forum with something conceptually new - and yes, outrageous. What you suggest is the antithesis of all opera lovers and lovers of classical singing in general, be it opera or the classical style "pop" music of Lanza, Bocelli, Grigolo, etc. I think I speak for the majority of people not only at this forum but throughout the classical music world: First and foremost in preference is live performance with a distant second being studio recordings. What you are talking about would be an affront to all we hold dear. You said, "Obviously you can never know exactly how Mario would have expressed each note...", and therein lies the heart of the matter. It is EXACTLY how Mario would have expressed each note that means everything.

All kinds of tricks through technology can change the sound of voices but not the interpretation - NEVER can technology create an interpretation. And interpretation is one of the most important factors that set Mario Lanza apart. A new song "sung" by Lanza through electronic note enhancement/splicing, or whatever gimmickry, would, by definition, deny us of what made Lanza so unique. Your suggestion may have merit in some circles and with some popular music genres, but not in opera and certainly not in the world of Mario Lanza.
59197
Verna_A
09-15-2021
04:00 PM ET (US)
(My first message so please be nice)
I have to smile a bit when people say of Mario compilations on disk "nothing new". Being dead for 60 years is a bit of a problem when it comes to issuing new recordings. However now I've said it, I take it back... I haven't seen any comment in ML circles about the advances in deepfakery (think Abba). Synthetic versions of performers are within the scope of today's computer programs and although the focus today is on video simulations, I think audio simulations are about to hit us. i.e. feed into the computer program every note Mario ever recorded and generate a new song. Obviously you can never know exactly how Mario would have expressed each note, but someone with taste and knowledge can be on hand to choose between options. I'm ready for the purists (no offence) to express their horror and outrage, but I'm open to it and will judge by results. I'd really like ML to knock off say Bocelli with a song like "Time to Say Goodbye"
59196
Martino1Person was signed in when posted
09-15-2021
08:59 AM ET (US)
I'm a collector, therefore I purchase albums and CDs of singers that interest me, especially if there are tracks I do not have or if sound quality is enhanced. I collect for the sake of collecting, not necessarily to have a different version of something I already have. But the criteria remains the same - something I do not already have or better sound. Sepia recordings are among the best sounding reproductions of Mario Lanza's voice I have ever heard. I have reviewed and commented on virtually all of them.

The current CD, "Immortal Voice", has been delayed for some reason but it is on the way and I am sure I will be very pleased with it, both as a collector and as a critical listener of one of the greatest voices of all time. I also find the notes and booklets to be of value and are collectible items in and of themselves, same as an LP jacket.

Some time ago, someone wrote here that certain songs recorded by Lanza should never be issued because they were "not up to par". I disagreed with this and said so. I want everything Lanza ever recorded and I want it in the best sound possible and I then I will be the judge of what I think is "up to par". Sepia, McGovern, DiPlacido, etc. seem to be doing just that and I have always appreciated their effort.

Valeria's position is understandable although I have different thoughts, as mentioned above. Clearly, she is a great fan of Mario Lanza, but she does not think as a collector thinks and that is her right. Enhanced sound is not a necessary criteria alone for her to purchase a new disk containing selections she already has. She is also Italian and therefore more practical than most people and this is precisely the position she takes. In Italy, pragmatism is simply the nature of the beast.
59195
SAM MILLION
09-15-2021
07:46 AM ET (US)
SUCH CONTENTION EARLY IN THE MORNING. SO BETTY IS ACTUALLY VALERIA. VALERIA DOESN'T LIKE TO MINCE WORDS, AS I FOUND OUT ONCE SOME TIME AGO. LINZ IS MAKING A GOOD ARGUMENT TO THE "NOTHING NEW" SYNDROME WITH HIS EXAMPE OF WHERE TO FIND THE SOME DAY REHEARSAL. I HAVE LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF LANZA LPS. LOVE HAVING SO MANY DIFFERENT IMAGES OF MARIO (THESE COULD ALSO BE CALLED NOTHING NEW). THEN I HAVE HUNDREDS OF HIS CDS. HAVE DOZENS OF HIS CASSETTE TAPES (MOST RECORDED BY ME OFF THE RADIO), AND GOOD NUMBER OF THE SINGLE 10 INCH LPS AND A , A GOOD NUMBER OF THE 45 RPMS ANAD THE 45 ALBUMS , AND FINALLY 78 SINGLES AND 78 ALBUMS. LAST, THERE ARE RECORDINGS I COPIED FORM DEREK'SITE WHICH ARE RAR.I THINK THAT JUST ABOUT COVERS IT.

SO, WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO POST UNDER A FAKE ID? (THANKS DEREK).

THANK YOU LINZ FOR THE LEAD TO LOOK UP THE DAMON LANZA PRODUCTIONS CDS!
59194
linz1
09-15-2021
03:23 AM ET (US)
Sam: Not just the Damon Coke CDs, but the several other single CDs from DLP over the years. It's on one of those you can find the Some Day rehearsal, if I'm not mistaken.

I agree entirely with D. McG: how cowardly to denigrate the Sepia CDs under a false name. And how risible the "content" of the denigration.
59193
Derek McG to Betty67
09-15-2021
02:14 AM ET (US)
Valeria: You are perfectly entitled to criticize the Sepia CDs, but I wish you would at least have the courage to post under your real name.
59192
Betty67Person was signed in when posted
09-15-2021
01:41 AM ET (US)
Sam, if you are a true fan, you have all the LPs that ever came out, plus the CD that through the years were produced. Therefore, this particular CD is redundant. Yes, the sound quality is great, BUT there are no new tracks. Frankly, they could have done much better for Mario's 100th anniversary.
I do not understand why you get so excited for something you already have. They just changed the cover and remastered the songs. No big deal. I have some of the other Sepia CDs, but, again, beside the 'great sound', they do not add to our knowledge of Mario's repertoire.
^     All messages            59192-59207 of 59207  59176-59191 >>