Dec 31, 2010

centerfield maz's Top CD Albums of 2010

The top albums of 2010 include some great anniversary reissues with all new unreleased tracks, rock & roll movie soundtracks, female jazz vocalist & my latest favorite current genre- female fronted metal bands. Most femme metal bands are out of Europe & can be classified as gothic metal, symphonic metal, progressive metal, etc. This style is huge around the world & beginning to grow more in America. (thank goodness for itunes & youtube) *some albums may be a bit behind due to american releases or me getting my  hands on it late

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & The E. STREET BAND

-THE PROMISE
(THE DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN STORY)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tvcAmNlv80

THE ROLLING STONES

-EXILE ON MAIN STREET 
(2010 REMASTERED with UNRELEASED TRACKS)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6ZnmXrRUIQ



ANSOTTICA

-RISE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUQY0ZmQyv8



AUTUMN

-ALTITUDE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-p1FuG_Kh8&feature=related



TRISTANIA

-RUBICAN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S_QhVHGKZQ



THE MURDER OF MY SWEET

-DIVINITY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgtb_e2tH1E



UNSUN
-
CLINIC FOR DOLLS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9Iic1MxE5Q



GRACE POTTER & the NOCTURALS

-GRACE POTTER & the NOCTURNALS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHlhOgQ36m8



ELYSION

-SILENT SCREAM





THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE

-PINS & NEEDLES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLOfluH8mgQ



AMBERIAN DAWN

-THE CLOUDS OF NORTHLAND THUNDER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IrlUb2QSIo



WITCHBREED

-HERETIC RAPTURE





PYTHIA

-BENEATH THE VEILED EMBRACE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-AaY00F6UI



THE RUNAWAYS

- MOVIE SOUNDTRACK (Various)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN21HlKBi3Q&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RTipAZuMRI


THE DOORS

-WHEN YOUR STRANGE
(MOVIE SOUNDTRACK)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMMo3EmIfJw


BARE INFINITY

-ALWAYS FOREVER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrZ0uKXQ-Mk




CORONATUS

-FABULA MAGNA





LEAVES EYES

-NJORD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JudU0SCYNTk



THE BEST OF APPLE RECORDS

-COME & GET IT
 (various artists)




WINTER IN EDEN

-AWAKENING





JIMI HENDRIX

-THE VALLEYS Of NEPTUNE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjxH_a5U7wA



TARJA

-WHAT LIES BENEATH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxod9jF9c-s



INGRID LUCIA

-MIDNIGHT RENDEZVOUS





ELIS

-CATHARSIS





KERION

-THE ORIGINS





DIE SO FLUID

-THE WORLD IS TOO BIG FOR ONE LIFETIME

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AV_tcYqyxY



DIABULUS IN MUSICA

-SECRETS




TRAIL OF TEARS

-BLOODSTAINED ENDURANCE





SAMANDRIEL

-AWAKENING





WE ARE THE FALLEN

-TEAR THE WORLD DOWN





RINGO STARR

-Y NOT





SHERYL CROW

-100 MILES FROM MEMPHIS


LAURA PAUSINI

-LAURA LIVE WORLD TOUR 2009





SEVEN KINGDOMS

-SEVEN KINGDOMS






& although no new songs- an awesome reissue / remastered package

JOHN LENNON

-THE LENNON SIGNATURE BOX

Dec 20, 2010

The Passing of Phil Cavaretta- The First Mets Batting Coach

This weekend Phil Cavaretta passed away after suffering a stroke. The Italian /American Cavaretta was the oldest living former Major Leaguer at 94 years of age. Here is the centerfieldmaz original posting from 7/16/10:

Phil Joseph Cavaretta was born July 19, 1916 on the North side of Chicago Illinois to Italian imigrant parents.

He became a star with his home town Cubs, playing there from 1934 through 1954. After a brief seven game debut in 1934 he became the Cubs main first baseman, hitting over .290 nine times, making three All Star appearances & winning the 1945 MVP Award.

His best stretch was from 1943-1947. In 1943 he hit .290 with 73 RBIs posting a .382 on base %. In 1944 he led the N.L. in hits (197) and batted .321 (5th in the league) with a .390 on base %.

1945 would be his best year, he won the N.L. MVP Award and leading the league in hitting (.355) & on base% (.455). That year he drove in a career high 97 runs, scored 94 runs, hit 34 doubles with 10 triples & 6 HRs. 

He was amongst the top ten batting leaders four times, on base percentage leaders five times & hits leaders three times. He was among the leagues top ten in triples five times, walks & runs scored four times & RBIs three times.
His twenty years with the Cubs is the most of any Cub player except Cap Anson. Lifetime Cavaretta batted .293 lifetime with 1977 hits, 990 runs scored, 347 doubles, 99 triples, 95 HRs, & 920 RBIs.

He appeared in three World Series with the Cubs, losing each time. After a disastrous 3-25 World Series in 1935 he hit well over .400 the next two trips to the Fall Classic.
He became the Cubs player/manager in June 1951 succeeding "The Fordham Flash" Frankie Frisch. Over two and a half seasons he compiled a 169-213 record.

Cavaretta was fired in 1954 after he publicly stated that the team wouldn’t finish above 5th place. He managed at the minor league level & then served as a scout before the New York Mets came calling him.

Up until the early seventies batting coaches weren’t the norm yet, and the Mets were no exception. In 1973 GM Bob Scheffing hired Phil Cavaretta as a special batting instructor to the team. The two had been team mates in the forties & developed a friendship.

Cavaretta was to work with hitters during Spring Training only, and when the season started he was to instruct in the minor league levels. In his first season he also helped a young John Milner make the adjustment from outfielder to first baseman.

Eventually he was helping the hitters at Shea Stadium, on home games only, and just during batting practice. He didn’t travel on the road with the ball club.

Cavaretta was a great help to many hitters on both levels, as the 1973 Mets went all the way to the World Series. He remained with the team until the late seventies and then moved on to scouting.

Cavaretta had the honor of being the oldest former major leaguer still living before his passing at 94 years old.

Dec 16, 2010

Bruce Springsteen- The Promise Five Song Set Live @ Asbury Park Caousel

Just last week Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band performed a private concert for 59 lucky people at the landmark Asbury Park Carousel. It featured songs from the great new album; The Promise.
It was an incredible performance that was captured on video & now available on the Internet. The special five song video is available on line at VEVO.com or on youtube.

The set only includes E Street Band members from The Darkness era, The Big Man, Little Steven, Gary Tallent, the Professor & Mighty Max.

The awesome set list includes: Racing In the Street / Gotta Get That Feeling / Ain't Good Enough For You / The Promise & a great version of Blue Christmas.

This is a must see for fans, it's absolutely great!! It only makes me want a Bruce Promise Tour even more in 2011.

http://www.vevo.com/watch/bruce-springsteen-the-e-street-band/songs-from-the-promise-live/USSM21002203?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=watch&utm_campaign=BruceSpringsteen_LiveAsburyPark

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tvcAmNlv80&feature=branded

Paul McCartney At the Apollo Theater

Although I did not attend this concert, i wanted to give it a quick review from the information I have gathered on it. Paul played a special once in a lifetime event at the Apollo Theater this past Monday night.

It was a Sirius satellite radio event held for a private audience & some very lucky listeners. Celebrities lined the rows of seats, as everyone from Keith Richards, Ron Wood & Little Steven to Howard Stern, Tony Bennett, Jimmy Fallon, Ben Stiller, Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Rob Thomas, Patti Smyth, Duran Duran, Kevin Bacon, Jerry Seinfeld, John McEnroe & famous John Lennon photographer Bob Gruen were on hand.


The concert sounded great on Sirius radio but there is nothing like being at a live event, to really capture the feel. The reviews from those who were there say Paul was great once again. I heard former Abbey Road engineer Geoff Emerick was on the sound board too! Here was the great set list:


Magical Mystery Tour
Jet
Drive My Car
All My Loving
One After 909  (this song was only done live once since the Let It Be rooftop concert in 1995 with Elvis Costello)

Let Me Roll It / Foxy Lady
The Long & Winding Road
Nineteen Hundred Eighty Five (one of my favs, wow)
Maybe I'm Amazed - (Hasn't been done in a few tours)
Blackbird
I'm Looking Through You
And I Love Her
Petrushka -(a Russian folk song with mandolin)
Dance Tonight
Eleanor Rigby
Hitch Hike (Marvin Gaye tune) The sound system went out on this one but all was repaired. Performed with mini skirt go go girls as well!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF_qa9an5mcBand On The Run
Obladi-Oblada (what a treat this must have been)
Back In The USSR
A Day In The Life / Give Peace A Chance (in honor of John)
Let It Be
Hey Jude


Wonderful Christmastime (with the Academy of Harlem Choir) awesome!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H6gDPxyAr8

I Saw Her Standing There
Get Back
Yesterday (with a chorus of the original alternate title, Scrambled Eggs A parody Paul did with Jimmy Fallon on his show last week)
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band / The End

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIIM366vvIc
As the lights went on Christmas colored confetti snowed down in the theater.

Don't Forget: Sirius Channel 33 is doing a limited time all McCartney Channel through the New Year. It's really good, hearing alot of old Wings B sides & rarities!!!

thanks to all contributors, reviewers & youtube people.

Dec 15, 2010

from centerfield: Here is an article from our friend Chris Jaffe at the Hardball Times: on Mets Manager Terry Collins: 

http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/unlikely-managerial-returns/

Dec 13, 2010

Former Italian / American Player of the Day: Long Island's Cgaig Biggio (1988-2007)

Craig Alan Biggio was born on December 14, 1965 in Smithtown, New York. Biggio was a star athlete at Kings Park high school in Long Islands Suffolk County. There he won the Hansen Award which is given to the top football player in Suffolk County. He received a bunch of football offers but chose to play baseball at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

There he was a team mate of future Met Mo Vaughn & John Valentin. He earned All American Honors & was selected first round (22nd pick overall) by the Houston Astros in 1987.

Biggio would debut in 1988 for 50 games & by the following season would be an Astro regular for twenty seasons.


He began his career as a catcher, then played two seasons as a centerfielder before switching to a full time second baseman in 1992 winning four Gold Gloves at the position. He is the first player to make the All Star team as a catcher then as second baseman.

Biggio would play in seven All Star Games, lead the league in plate appearances five times, games three times, doubles three times, runs scored twice, stolen bases once & hit by pitches five times. He broke Don Baylors record of hit by pitches in 2005 finishing his career with 285. In all those times getting plunked he never charged the mound. Biggio is one of three players all time with more than 2,500 hits, 500 doubles, 400 stolen bases and more than 250 home runs. In 1998 he became the first player since Tris Speaker to hit 50 doubles & steal 50 bases. Biggio was a long time lead off man, one of the best all time & is the NL leader in lead off HRs.


During the 2007 season the Astros installed a digital counter scoreboeard in left field keeping track of Biggio’s hits, counting down to 3000.

On June 28, 2007, he became the 27th player in MLB history to join the 3000 hit club. The hit came against Aaron Cook & the Colorado Rockies, even though he was tagged out trying to stretch a single to a double. The game was stopped while Biggio shared the moment with his wife, children & Longtime friend Jeff Bagwell who emerged from the Astros clubhouse to congratulate him.

Post Season: Biggio played in six different post seasons, playing in two NLCS & one World Series losing to the White Sox in 2004. In the 2004 NLDS against Atlanta he hit .400 with a HR in the five run 2nd inning of Game #4. In 2005 he rolled through the post season batting .316 in the NLDS with four doubles. In the NLCS he was 8-24 batting .333 with three RBIs. In the World Series he batted only .222 driving in a run in Game #3 of the Series sweep.

Although he never led the league in any major category he was among the top many times, although he played in a smaller media market in Houston & was over shadowed by many other star players with bigger number, he is a shoe in for the Hall of Fame. Biggio finished his career with 3060 hits (20th all time) 668 doubles (5th all time) 55 triples 291 HRs (135th all time) 1175 RBIs 414 (155th all time) stolen bases (62nd all time) 1844 runs scored (13th all time) 1160 walks (62nd all time) a .281 batting average & a .363 on base % in 2850 games played (15th all time).


Biggio had his number 7 retired by the Houston Astros, and has won numerous awards through the years for his charity works. At Shea Stadium the Mets also honored the Long Island native in his last series against the Mets. He is currently the head varsity baseball coach for St. Thomas High School in Houston, Texas.