Monday, July 30, 2007

Book Buzz:-->"Intensity" by Dean Koontz (1996)

"I got water on the brain.
My mind is like a drain.
Here I go again...
Over the hill.
My eyes don't seem too clear.
I'm not sure what I hear.
It seems I'm going clear...
Over the hill."
Ten Years After
NO SPOILERS:
Of all the books that fill the enormous catalog of Dean Koontz...and there is quite a proliferation...Intensity...a 436 page heart-thumper...would be somewhere close to the top.

The anxiety Dean Koontz delivers to the reader is nonstop. And the pacing never lets up...which is impressive...as this thriller plays out in a single 24 hour period.

In a nutshell...college gal, Chyna...picks a bad weekend to spend with her friend and family...as a fantastically creepy psychopath...Ed Vess...breaks in and brutally murders the entire household...save for her.

Chyna escapes from the house and hides inside a camper. And discovers another victim...barely alive...and decides to do whatever it takes to keep this maniac from getting away with...murder.

Bad guy Ed Vess...is a serial killer...and one of the scariest...and fascinating characters you will ever encounter. And Dean Koontz...allows us carte blanche into the mind of this twisted creep.

You literally can NOT turn the pages fast enough. Good Stuff.

MoSkeet

Ten Years After:-->"Over The Hill" (A Space In Time) (1971)
(Own This CD)

Friday, July 27, 2007

Classic Pick:-->Wilco - Being There (1996)

"Displayers of affection and all good intentions, why don't you just send me the bill.
Don't forget the flowers someday, I know you will."
Wilco
One of the record business traditions that has long been a thorn in my thumb is the obligatory double album. More often than not...the double album turns out to be a bad case of creativity-diarrhea.

This kind of self-indulgence usually leaves me feeling like I've been hosed. Hosed, and scratching my head wondering why the artist didn’t pick the best cherry songs, release a regular CD…and leave the obvious filler cuts on the floor.

Having been double-album burned on more than a few occasions...I approach these releases with less than average enthusiam.

However...once-in-a-while a double-disc is released by an artist...and it really works.
"Being There" by Wilco fits the bill and is a tour-de-force of musical pleasure.

Loaded with a collage of 19 eclectic songs written by Wilco founding member, Jeff Tweedy...we are quickly put on notice from the opening track.

As a cluster-flock of drum beats and psychedelic noises build to a breaking point..., Tweedy tells us...“You think you might just crawl back in bed. The fortune inside your head. So misunderstood. So misunderstood. I’d like to thank you all for nothing at all”. (“Misunderstood”).

From the psychedelic crunch of the opening track, Wilco easily slides into a beautiful country hum. “By the bed, by the light that you read by. By the time that I get home to say good night, I need to see you again”. (“Far, Far Away”).

A classic rock song, “Monday”, would not have been out of place on an early Stones album. And “Dreamer In My Dreams” sounds like a left over track from The Faces right down to their trademark false endings. Very nice.

“I keep on singing, you're eyes they just roll. It sounds like someone else's song from a long time ago”. (“Someone Else’s Song”) is about a singer frustrated in sounding like everybody else. The song does sound familiar and is a classic. “Hotel Arizona” is covered in feedback as Tweedy explains the day in the life of a rock star.
Wilco
Throughout the two discs, Wilco/Tweedy gives the listener a Rock-n-Roll Life 101.

An invisible cloud of loneliness permeates every song. “When you perform it's so intense. When the critics pan I write in your defense. I understand I'm just a fan, I'm just a fan". (“The Lonely One”) Tweedy reminds us that no one has dibs on loneliness. Good stuff.

Wilco
can make you hurt and rock you into forgetting your problems with equal aplomb. Not an easy task for any band. That Wilco can jump from one musical genre to another and not sound bogus is even more venerable.

“Being There” has no wasted filler and was released by Reprise in the pleasing cardboard style. It can also be purchased for less than a single CD which is a big plus.

“I was maimed by rock and roll. I was tamed by rock and roll. I got my name from rock and roll“ (“Sunken Treasure“). Wilco…and out.

Casey

Wilco:-->"Forget The Flowers" (Being There) (1996) (Must Own)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Introduction:-->Randy Newman

"Got a gun in my holster.
Got a horse between my knees.
And I'm goin' to Arizona.
Pardon me boys if you please.
I have been a desperado
Raped and pillaged 'cross the plain
Now I'm goin' to Arizona
Just a Rider In The Rain."
Randy Newman
Sometimes we unfairly dismiss an artist simply by how we were introduced to their music. In Randy Newman's case...perhaps all you know about him...is that he's been nominated for a lame..."Best Song" Oscar nearly every year. And that he finally won.

Or maybe the only song you know by him is "Short People"...which got a little radio airplay. Or maybe...you simply weren't in the right frame of mind to hear some of the songs Randy Newman was throwing down.

In any case..I think I've listed a good choice of songs to help the newbie...get reacquainted with this "radio forgotten" genius.

I admit...when turning someone on to Randy Newman music...I almost feel it necessary to offer up a caveat emptor as I hand over a disc.

To me...Newman music is best enjoyed late in the evening...alone...with a beverage of your choice. And that is NOT a slam on his music at all. A lot of Randy Newman music is meant to be shared with shadows...and private thoughts. Time well spent.

Randy Newman songs are often filled with enough cynicism and anger and sarcastic political and social comments to fill a tear bucket. Plenty of tongue-in-cheek...and plenty of truthful sound bites....float deceivingly over beautiful melodies and oft-times biting piano.

Think of Randy Newman as the ...Mark Twain...of American music...'cause he easily provides enough food-for-thought to keep any listener busy for a long, long while.

Truly an unfairly neglected and misunderstood songwriter.

Here are ten of "my" favorite Randy Newman songs I recommend to friends.
  1. "I'll Be Home" - (Little Criminals)
  2. "Louisiana 1927" - (Good Old Boys)
  3. "It's Money That Matters" - (Land Of Dreams)
  4. "Political Science" - (Sail Away)
  5. "The Blues" - (Trouble In Paradise)
  6. "I Want You To Hurt Like I Do" - (Land Of Dreams)
  7. "Baltimore" - (Little Criminals)
  8. "I'm Different" - (Trouble In Paradise)
  9. "Rider In The Rain" - (Little Criminals)
  10. "You Can Leave Your Hat On" - (Sail Away)
Hopefully you'll seek these songs out and then investigate deeper into his catalog.

ATTENTION: Randy Newman...Please come to Kansas.

Casey

Monday, July 23, 2007

DVD Pick:-->"White Heat" (1949)

"Maybe I can love you
Maybe be your friend.
Maybe I can help you
Your troubles to mend.
Maybe sing a song for you
That's what I know best to do.
Anything you want me to...I'll be."
Dave Mason
NO SPOILERS:
On watching this film...I was surprised by two things. The first was James Cagney's appearance. He was much older than I expected...with a paunchy face and build.

The second thing I noticed...was how 5'8" Cagney completely dominates every scene he is in. Kinetic energy seems to just ooze from his body...making him appear even more capable of blowing his fuse at any moment. Cagney is that good.

"White Heat"...skillfully directed by Raoul Walsh is a fast paced cops & robbers film that allows Cagney to have a ball. Not only does he get to return to his bad guy gangster ways... But the role also calls for Cagney to be a little insane in the membrane...allowing him to push the envelope even further.

The film revolves around Cody Jarrett (James Cagney), his controlling Ma (Margaret Wycherly in an unforgettable role) and his gang who successfully pull a caper...taking in over $300,000. Big money for the times.
Cagney muscling a prison stooge (Edmond O'Brien)
Learning the police may be on to him...Cagney voluntarily turns himself over to the coppers for a small-time robbery he didn't commit...thus taking the heat off of him and his gang. He'll do short time in jail...then hook up with Ma and the ol' gang for some more loot-grabbing.

Of course...the police have other plans.
Virginia Mayo...Did I hear someone say...sassy?
Virginia Mayo is allowed to be terrifically...trampy...throughout "White Heat"...rubbing shoulders with whoever can best satisfy her needs. Mayo...and I mean this in the best way...easily looks like an all-day amusement ride...ready to take anyone's ticket.

Interesting police techniques...for the time...are demonstrated throughout this film and will remind viewers of how far our crime-busting skills have advanced.

"White Heat" is a good story made better thanks to James Cagney dishing out bruises and bullets like they were Jelly-Bellys on sale at Mr. Bulkys. Pretty good supporting cast, as well. Good Stuff.

Must See Moments:
Watch Cagney as he receives information in the prison cafeteria about his Ma. Famously shot in one take.
Also listen for the now famous line delivered by Cagney..."Made it, Ma! Top of the World!".

Casey

Dave Mason:-->"Maybe" (It's Like You Never Left) (1973)
(Own This CD)






Friday, July 20, 2007

Book Buzz:-->"Have a Nice Day" by Mick Foley (2000)


"Got my dollars saved up, I can count them when I feel low.
Your picture's on my bed at each motel I go.
Gonna be with you soon, promise you, but until then...
Remember, I'm marking time to see you again."
Mott
NO SPOILERS:
Mick Foley represents everything that is right about professional wrestling. He is humble. He appreciates what he has achieved. And he is recognized...by fans and pro wrestlers alike...as doing whatever is necessary to please all those who come to the matches.

In this surprisingly entertaining autobiography, "Have A Nice Day" by Mick Foley...we learn what a long shot it was for him to rise through the wrestling ranks to finally achieve 'First-Liner" fame.

Foley has earned the label as a the most fear-nothing daredevil in the business. Foley's high tolerance of pain has made for great action in and out of the ring. Dishing out, as well as being on the receiving end of many painful...often dangerous moves. Causing Foley "many" injuries.
Mick Foley...(or my Uncle Rick)
Mick Foley, aka "Dude Love"..."Cactus Jack"..."Mankind" takes us behind the scenes of this misunderstood sport with 768 pages of well-written recollections of many unexpected ...often humorous...frequently frustrating events on his journey to becoming a fan favorite of wrestling. He did it.
Good Stuff!

MoSkeet

Mott:-->"See You Again" (Shouting & Pointing) (1976)
(Own This CD)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ramblings:-->Letter to Tom Waits & Paperbackswap

" Now what's that sound from under the door?
He's pounding nails into a
Hardwood floor... and I
Swear to god I heard someone
Moaning low... and I keep
Seeing the blue light of a T.V. show."

Tom Waits

An
Open Letter to Tom Waits:
Dear Mr. Waits,
I am one of your biggest fans...although late getting on the bandwagon.

You see...I used to believe that if a song or artist wasn't on the radio...well...they just couldn't be any good. I mean....our radio stations wouldn't lie to us...would they?

Anyway...after getting a pretty good dressing down from concerned musical friends and family...I was soon taught to trip to my own beats. You see...I have learned to pay little notice to the media brainwash that lovers of music like myself are sadly bombarded with on a daily basis.

Mr. Waits...now that I have thankfully been awakened to explore and experience a much larger box of musical crayons...like talented artists like yourself who are virtually ignored by the airwaves. Well...I just wanted to let you know, Mr. Waits, that I find your music a breath of fresh air.

So with that preamble out of the way...I would like to invite you...encourage you...to perform at the Wichita Orpheum...here in Kansas. It would be the perfect venue for your music to be heard and give your fans here in OZ...the chance to see a true legend.

You know how to reach me...so please...let's shake up the state of Kansas.
One of your growing list of fans,
Casey


If You Love Books:
I'm a voracious reader, as you've probably guessed. One of the ways I stretch my book fund is by picking most of my books up thru Paperbackswap.
It's fantastic. And extremely easy.
STEPS:
  1. Register with valid email address.
  2. Post at least 9 books you're willing to part with. (paper/hardback)
  3. You will immediatly recieve 3 book credits. (1 credit buys a book)
  4. If you don't see what you want...put it on your wishlist.
Bottomline: You get 3 credits right off the bat...and 1 credit for each book you swap.
It costs about $2.25 to send a book to another member and you're even provided with the address to print out and use.
Swap if you want...skip it if you don't. It's that easy.

I've built an incredibly large library this way...and also have picked up some choice rock-n-roll books as well. "Rolling Stone Album Guide" & "All Music Guide" for just two examples.
Highly recommended.

MoSkeet

Tom Waits:-->"What's He Building" ("
Mule Variations") (1999) (Must Own)


Monday, July 16, 2007

DVD Pick:-->"Duel" (1971)


"A moon shining through a screen.
Living on the edge it seems.
You gave a kiss to me,
Proving how good we'd be.
Baby, you treat me like an enemy."
Moon Martin

NO SPOILERS:
"Duel" is a thrilling TV movie directed by a young and talented Steven Spielberg...and has since become somewhat of a cult favorite.

Newly released as a Collector's Edition DVD...I was surprised to learn that Richard Matheson ("I Am Legend" fame) wrote both the story and the screenplay.

One of the added bonus features has Richard Matheson explaining how he based "Duel" on a true experience while traveling with a friend. He, also discusses the development of the story...as well as his writing methodology. Very interesting!

"Duel" revolves around an average soft-spoken kind of guy...David Mann (Dennis Weaver)...traveling alone in his car...on one of his routine all-day sales trips.

On this trip, however, Weaver encounters a huge big-rig...driven by a psychotic driver... who decides to f**k with him in a cat-n-mouse kind of game on the highway...that soon becomes a game of life-or-death.
Dennis Weaver with BigRig close behind
Dennis Weaver is perfectly cast in this unforgettable picture...and should have garnered a few awards for his ability to take the viewer through a gamut of emotions that ring...dead-on true.

Also, Steven Spielberg masterfully allows us (the viewer) to become an invisible passenger with Weaver...as we hear his every thoughts and words as he tries to come to grips with what is happening to him on his usually uneventful road trip.

So in tune are we...to his emotions and the events surrounding him...that we can't help laughing nervously as Weaver basks in exhilaration when he successfully pulls a maneuver in his car that takes him out of harms way...while we (the viewer) are glad for him...we are not so quick to believe he's "out of the woods" yet.

Spielberg wisely chose to use ...NO...music...opting for well-placed sound effects throughout the film...creating a clasutrophobia within Weaver's car.
Weaver's car and BigRig truck

But I could easily imagine the soundtrack from "Jaws"...(which Spielberg would direct four years later)... ...working perfectly with this film...with the Big-Rig...substituting for the Shark.

After watching this movie...you will not...EVER...feel entirely comfortable driving the highways alone. Good Stuff!

Must See Moment:
Watch Dennis Weaver at a Truckstop Restaurant as his paranoia soon snowballs out of control.
Look for the 'Snake Lady' (Lucille Benson) and her exhibits. She's had a million small parts in TV and Movies. You'll recognize her... and her very distinctive voice.

"Bad News" ---  Moon Martin / "Street Fever" (1980)


Baby, you ain't a man
'Cause my heart's in your hand
Any fool can see
I love my misery
Bad news
It's born in my blood
Bad news

Some live to undo
Some live to be undone
The sky is growing dark
I feed on my own heart
Bad news
It's born in my blood
Bad news

Mamma, tell me what is wrong
Every time I sing a song
You know I find you on my mind
Bad news

Whispers of what you've done
Crazy I bought a gun
My fingers to your window
Whiskey's on my clothes.

Good stuff!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Book Buzz:-->"King Rat" by James Clavell (1962)

"And it took me years to figure out
That there was nothing I could give to you.
And years to figure out
That there was nothing you would take from me.
And how can I describe
The way you slowly took my hope away.
And all of the time
I thought I knew you."
Matthew Sweet
NO SPOILERS:
In this 496 page novel...James Clavell takes us to Changi Prison...a WWII prison camp filled with American and English POW...captives of the Japanese.

Conditions are horrible. Rank means nothing. It soon becomes "survival of the fittest" for the prisoners just to stay alive.

Enter The King. A low-ranking corporal who becomes the top-dog in camp ...(envied and hated) for his ability to manipulate others with his bartering skills....able to procure eggs and other foods...cigarettes...even medicine to keep himself healthy...And others. But at what a price?

Clavell forces the reader to question our obligations...when it comes to honor and loyalty...and keeping ones foot out of the grave. A terrific ending. Good stuff!

MoSkeet

Matthew Sweet:-->"Thought I Knew You" (Girlfriend) (1991)
(Own This CD)

Monday, July 9, 2007

Classic Pick:-->Stills-Young Band - Long May You Run (1976)


"I guess the reason I'm so scared of it is
I stayed there once and I almost fit.
I left before I got out of it."
Stills-Young Band

In 1976, the legendary Stephen Stills and Neil Young decided to go into the studio and cut an album to be known as "Long May You Run". And..."cleverly" calling themselves the Stills-Young Band, expectations from the musical pundits were running high.

Unfortunately, the duo’s album was found to be a great disappointment to the ears of critics and fans, alike...quickly...and unfairly...labeling the music as sloppy and boring. Causing the record to go gentle into that good night.

Even worse, the Stills-Young Band split-up only a few months into their promotional tour (more on this later,)... giving fans another reason to turn their backs.

Giving this thirty year old CD a listen with fresh ears...I found the music to be a surprising collection of fresh, catchy folk-rock with a touch of some jazzy blues. Even more remarkable was neither artist carried any political baggage or agendas into the studio, as each have been want to do... keeping the jams lighter in nature.

“I got religion in the airport, my Lord / They caught me waiting on my baggage when I was bored / Let them chant, let them chant.” (“Let It Shine“) has Stills-Young creating a country boom-chick sing-a-long that has good times written all over it.

And the gentle “Midnight On The Bay” takes the listener on a soft memory with Young adding his trademark harp playing. Nicely done.

“We'll be lost in a corner / That we find in each other / There's so much to share.” (“Ocean Girl”) provides underrated Stills with a nice opportunity to flex his fingers with some tasty guitar sounds.

Even better is the gorgeous barking guitar trade- offs between Stills and Young on the fantastic “Fountainebleau” , a Young composition which recounts the decadence encountered at the famous resort in Miami. This would have been a great number to have seen these rock icons perform on stage.

Stills contributes four of the nine songs...and although they may be a little more challenging for the listener, it is well worth the effort.

The song “Make Love To You” might have sounded like a cheesy sex hound in search of a quick fix in lesser hands. However, Stills, avoids that label by creating a smooth jazzy-blues atmosphere that compliment the lyrics.

“When there’s no more time / And nothing left to do / Who will hear your heart?” (“Guardian Angel”) has Stills giving props to our G.A. by whipping up some funky guitar-keyboard mix with Young adding his high harmonies.

As for the other two offerings from Stills,... “12/8 Blues” and “Black Coral”, the wicked musical interplay between the duo (or whoever was in the studio) is what stands out rather than the lack of clever lyrics.

Of course...it is the title track that has become a staple at Young’s concerts and deservedly so. “Long May You Run” is that rare song that feels just right.
'53 Pontiac Hearse
Simply about a guy who loves and misses his bachelor car, (in this case…a 1953 Pontiac hearse), Young sings “Maybe the Beach Boys have got you now / With those waves singing "Caroline No" / Rollin' down that empty ocean road / Gettin' to the surf on time.” Just hearing Young making his harp moan at the intro can make a heart ache.

This CD is pretty good stuff...with the songs sounding...ageless.

The Stills-Young Tour mentioned earlier, however...was a fluster-cluck from the get go.

Egos, sadly, too heavy for shoulders to carry...infected both of them, with neither able to give more than they got.

Also Stills was making the stereotypical heavy drug use scene on the road... while Young had, for the most part, left that type of recreation behind causing further disharmony.

Of course we all must take these stories with a grain of salt, but suffice it to say that the legendary duo were fire and water at this point.

History shows that by the third month into the tour...Neil Young boogied off on his own...leaving Stephen Stills to continue on the tour alone.

It has been thirty years since just the two of them went into the studio together. Maybe they can both "eat a peach"... and give it another go. Long may they run.

Casey

Stills-Young Band:-->"Fountainbleau" (Long May You Run) (1976) (Own This CD)

Friday, July 6, 2007

Ramblings:-->Rick Derringer..&.."Facing The Music"

"I wonder...is anybody here
Or is this my private dream.
I'm gonna pinch myself to see
'Cause it's such a scary, scary, scary dream."
Rick Derringer
"All-American Boy"... the 1973 debut solo album by Rick Derringer was played regularly around my house while I was growing up.

When my parents weren't cranking RD up on a Saturday morning...the Classic Radio stations would blast Derringer's most famous jam through the speakers on a regular basis.
"Rock 'n Roll Hoochie Koo" was the opening track on his CD...and Derringer's signature number...easily clearing cobwebs accumulated from the night before.

However...having heard this great jam a million times on the radio...it was the other eleven songs from "All-American Boy" I was drawn too.

Many of the songs should have long been getting Classic Radio air-play.

"Jump, Jump, Jump" is my favorite song from Derringer's gem debut. The last track on the CD has Derringer having a dream about suicide. And the dream must have made one hell of an impression...because Derringer floats notes from his guitar as if he is re-living the dream. Atmospheric...and beautiful.

Below is a recent...but sadly, short clip of Rick Derringer playing some nice guitar from "Jump, Jump, Jump". Turn It Up!
Good Stuff!



FACING THE MUSIC
A long-awaited biography about the wonderful singer/songwriter Steve Goodman, who passed away September 20, 1984...is now available.

Author Clay Eals has left no stone unturned in "Facing The Music"...an 800 page bio about singer/songwriter Steve Goodman...who, from the age of 20 was told by doctors he had a fatal disease.
It is a no-holds-barred biography with nearly everyone who has ever worked with Goodman on or off stage...providing input for author Clay Eals.

Many well-known names are dropped throughout this fascinating look at the life of Steve Goodman. Often with hilarious results.

Along with the purchase of "Facing The Music"...author Clay Eals has added a Steve Goodman tribute CD filled with music about the man at no additional charge. The author will also provide an autograph with each book sold.

Be sure to take a look at author Clay Eals website for more information.

I always thought Steve Goodman was great and wished I'd gotten a chance to see him in person.
Below is just one of my favorite songs by the man---Steve Goodman.


Casey

Rick Derringer:-->"Jump, Jump, Jump" (All American Boy) (1973) *(Must Own)*

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Book Buzz:-->"Geek Love" by Katherine Dunn (1989)

"I wonder who started all this.
Was God in love and gave a kiss
To someone who later betrayed.
And God less love sent us away?"
Lou Reed
NO SPOILERS:
Just as some movies are lassoed with the "cult-status" tag...many books have also achieved the same word-of-mouth buzz that keep people recommending it over and over again.

Of course, when coupled with this "cult-following" label...one finds it often necessary to add a certain ...caveat...to the newbie...regardless of how good the movie...and in this case...book may be.

"Geek Love" is the creation of Katherine Dunn...and it is not for the weak of heart. Or stomach.

Having left you with this warning..."Geek Love" is a 368 page novel that will definitely tip over your proverbial apple cart. And will literally force you to reevaluate your own ideas of what normalcy truly means.

The story is told in flashback fashion...from childhood to adulthood...through the eyes of Olympia Binewski...a hunchback, albino dwarf...who is depressed to find she is just a little too "normal" for her family's traveling Carnival Sideshow of Freaks.

All the "freaks" in this sideshow extravaganza...are the by-product of their parents experimenting with different poisons and drugs while pregnant in hopes of giving birth to another 'freak" for their show...thus keeping the family business alive.

There are many gross scenes throughout...but there are several tender and sweet moments, as well.

Add to the mix...violence...sibling rivalries...incest...self-mutilation...and a weird religious club...and you have one bizarre dysfunctional family.

Believe it or not...author Katherine Dunn...to her credit...turns all this into a somehow touching story. Not fuzzy by any means...but sorta warm.
Good stuff!


MoSkeet

Lou Reed:-->"Who Am I" (The Raven) (2003) *(Must Own)*
Lou Reed--An American Legend!

Monday, July 2, 2007

DVD Pick:-->"Hang'em High" (1968)

" Rotten peaches rotting in the sun.
Seems I've seen that devil fruit since the world begun.
Mercy I'm a criminal, Jesus I'm the one.
Rotten peaches rotting in the sun."
Elton John

NO SPOILERS:

Clint Eastwood is just one of a handful of actors whose movies I'll watch...simply because they are in it. (I'll get around to mentioning the others...later down the road).

And..."Hang'em High" (1968) is just one of any number of Eastwood movies I could write about...But I recently put this one in my DVD player...so here you go.

"Hang'em High"...directed by Ted Post ...was the first western film Eastwood made in America....and followed his successful spaghetti Western trilogy with out hardly a blink.

In this western...Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood) is wrongfully accused of stealing cattle by a posse who decide to string him up and hang him...High.
He is fortunately rescued from the noose by a deputy wandering by...and thus Eastwood is off on his quest for revenge on the posse who nearly killed him.

This happens in the first 5 or so minutes...so...be assured...I have not ..."spoiled" the movie for you.
Eastwood with the Judge (Pat Hingle)
Eastwood is still a man of little words in this movie...And he is surrounded by a who's who of legendary character actors meant for the old west.

There is Bruce Dern...always a terrific bad guy. Crusty Ed Begley. Ben Johnson. Pat Hingle.

Always interesting Dennis Hopper has a small...but spirited part. And James MacArthur...from "Hawaii Five-O" shows up to have his fun.

Even lovable Alan Hale, Jr. (of "Gilligan's Island" fame) gets to play cowboy. Though I kept expecting him to say..."Little Buddy" at every turn.

This is a movie for the guys...with Clint Eastwood giving a performance that would serve him well throughout his career. Good stuff.

Must See Moment:
Watch for Arlene Golonka (who you may recognize as Howard Sprague's girlfriend... Millie...from "The Andy Griffith Show") playing a naughty saloon gal providing Mr. Eastwood with a friendly...poke.
Also watch the food vendors selling their wares at the public hangings, as if they're at a day game at Wrigley Field.

Casey

Elton John:-->"Rotten Peaches" (Madman Across The Water) (1971) (Own This CD)