Perfect Blue
October 19th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Perfect Blue

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Dream Spectres: Extreme Ukiyo-e: Sex, Blood & the Supernatural

UKIYO-E images from the floating world were the most popular art-form of 19th century Japan. Like modern-day manga, these prints could be mass-produced and were admired by people from all sectors of society; and as in manga, the art of ukiyo-e included significant sub-genres dealing in violence. erotica and horror. With unflinching images of weird sex, bloody carnage and grotesque, demonic ghosts, DREAM SPECTRES is a powerful collection of the extremes of ukiyo-e, featuring the work of such arti

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  • bestcdhead writes:
    October 19th, 20118:48 amat
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Sungha Jung: South Korean guitar prodigy, April 6, 2011
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    This review is from: Perfect Blue (Audio CD)

    Seongha Jeong (born 1996) is a finger syler picker who has risen to fame on YouTube.

    He typically takes three days to learn and practice a new song, and video-record it for upload onto YouTube. His genre selection is rather broad (classical music, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Nirvana, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, etc.) as he learns and plays many songs that are playable on guitar, therefore consequently spread across numerous genres.

    His first album, “Perfect Blue”, contains eleven covers and two originals.

    TRACK LISTING:

    1. Hazy Sunshine (4:40)
    2. Billie Jean (3:37)
    3. One Of Us (3:57)
    4. California Dreaming (2:37)
    5. Love Of My Life (3:44)
    6. Fields Of Gold (3:20)
    7. Superstition (4:30)
    8. Perfect Blue (3:12)
    9. More Than Words (3:14)
    10. Livin’ On A Prayer (3:30)
    11. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (3:21)
    12. Wake Me Up When September Ends (4:58)
    13. Twist In My Sobriety (3:32)
    14. I Believe I Can Fly (4:04)

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  • Bob writes:
    October 19th, 20119:25 amat
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Where is it?, July 22, 2011
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    Bob

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    This review is from: Perfect Blue (Audio CD)

    I do like the Music on YOU-TUBE and would love to own this C.D. but I don’t know what is taking so long to get it from the shipper,(AMAZON) may be there in the studio recording it as we wright this review? O” well I will just wait another 6 Months until I will get it :-((

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  • Yamo writes:
    October 19th, 201110:18 amat
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very nice!, July 9, 2011
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    Yamo

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    This review is from: Perfect Blue (Audio CD)

    I ordered this product for my mom for her birthday and we’re both very satisfied with it! It arrived in a timely manner (even sooner than expected) and my mom loves the CD! (So do I). Thank you very much!

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  • Nick writes:
    October 19th, 201110:48 amat
    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Weird but ruined, May 26, 2010
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    Nick

    This review is from: Dream Spectres: Extreme Ukiyo-e: Sex, Blood & the Supernatural (Paperback)

    This fairly small and thin book is replete with some of the rarer imagery from the ukiyo-e output. Fortunately, or so it might have been, they have focused on the depictions of the imagery, which take centre stage over any discussions surrounding them. However, unfortunately, the ‘graphics department’ have all but ruined virtually every single one of the reproductions of the same, making this book all but worthless beyond a passing squint.

    The larger, postcard-sized reproductions are almost universally very blurry (more blurry, due to the reduced size, than the first scan uploaded by David suggests), presumably from their source photography, though who knows if they thought to artificially add some extra blur – it would not now surprise me. This really does wreck the book and makes you wish Hotei publications had managed such a project. Nb For those who have not seen many ukiyo-e, they are not blurry in the slightest in real life (even the very early ones, and these are mainly very late period prints) – they are prints from precision-sculpted, hand-carved hard woods, although their block colours do degrade at different rates if they have been light-exposed. In other words, the buck stops at the reproduction not the source.

    Bizarrely, the smaller, matchbox-sized reproductions of works are as universally over-processed to an opposite ridiculous degree! They are sharpened and colour and contrast boosted to the extent that all detail is lost, as if in Photoshop they had repeatedly applied the same filter without looking at the distorted results (as previous reviewer speculated, this is to indicate the colours before their light-exposed fading over the years). The smaller, reduced images would have required much less to no processing, whilst the blurry larger ones were crying out for some careful work. In both cases throughout this book, they have done the exact opposite to what was needed for clear viewing, and in neither case are we seeing anything like what the artist intended for us to enjoy.

    The range of material is excellent, occasionally much too small and typically weird and wonderful from the Japanese of yesteryear but given their abysmal sub-amateur photographic and reproduction treatment it only adds to the disappointment.

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  • David Held writes:
    October 19th, 201111:35 amat
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Wonderful collection of prints – just wish they were larger, May 18, 2010
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    David Held (Bridgewater, NJ USA) –
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    This review is from: Dream Spectres: Extreme Ukiyo-e: Sex, Blood & the Supernatural (Paperback)

    I echo the previous reviewer’s comments. When I first flipped thru the pages, I was very surprised by how small the images were and how many were squeezed onto a page. This book contains a wonderful collection of prints – it’s a shame they aren’t reproduced at a size that would be more accessible. I uploaded an image of a page with FIVE prints squeezed on it so that you can see what I mean. I too would have been happy to pay much more for a larger volume – probably twice the height would be necessary.

    I was somewhat confused by the presentation of the Eimei Nijuhasshuku series (one of the main reasons that I purchased the book). The prints are shown one to a page, with a large image occupying most of the page and a smaller, usually more vibrantly colored, identical image next to it. There is no explanation given as to why there are two images of each print. Is the larger one a true image of an actual print? Is the small one a retouched version that is supposed to show what the print colors would have looked like when first printed? I uploaded an image of one of the pages to show you.

    I also found the use of the “F” word in print descriptions to be a bit gratuitous. I liberally use it myself in exclamations and retorts, but I think some other word would have sufficed here in many cases.

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  • S. Dondershine writes:
    October 19th, 201111:56 amat
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Too small to be appreciated, May 14, 2010
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    S. Dondershine (SF, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Dream Spectres: Extreme Ukiyo-e: Sex, Blood & the Supernatural (Paperback)

    Excellent assortment of images and insightful commentary, but the images are often so small you’ll need a magnifying glass to see the details. I would gladly have paid more to see the images at a decent size and some fold outs for the tryptychs. But for the price, the book is still a good value.

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