|Shake It Up And Other Hits|
|previously released material|
|Released on 2001|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
|R2 74320 cover
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I bought this compilation at Stop & Shop for $5.49. I also bought GE Reveal light bulbs (buy one, get one free). Now lately Iíve been trying to save money, and Iíve noticed this insidious trend: everything on sale is terrible for you. For example, Stop & Shop cookies were one dollar a box this week, so I bought some peanut butter/fudge cookies thinking How bad could they be? Very bad, it turns out. Not that they werenít delicious (they were), but one serving (two cookies, and what a lusty serving that is) delivers 160 calories (70 from fat). Which would make them, what, essentially compressed slices of lard fat? Itís just plain unhealthy to eat those, so why make them nigh irresistible? Same thing with salty snacks, canned food, frozen food: high in fat, high in salt, low in price. As for the GE Reveal light bulbs I mentioned earlier, their Buy One Get One Free display was the first thing I saw when I walked into Stop & Shop. ď100 watts, 1260 lumens, 750 hoursĒ it said in bold type on the front of the package. It also had a pictorial comparison showing how much better everything looked with the GE Reveal bulb versus a regular soft white bulb. Only the photos were ďenhanced to dramatize difference in colorĒ according to the tiny text below them. And as for the high numbers, 1600 lumens is the average output for a 100-watt bulb and 1000 hours the average life span. In other words, Buy One Package of Really Inefficient Light Bulbs Whose Lone Redeeming Feature Is So Insignificant We Had To Exaggerate The Benefits With A Doctored Photo, Get One Free. Caveat emptor in this case just doesnít cut it. We live in a world where healthy food is more expensive than unhealthy food and inferior products go undetected because the measurements for quality are couched in technical jargon that few understand. Which would seem to have nothing to do with Shake It Up And Other Hits, but in researching this I found an interesting anomaly. Rhino sells this on their Internet site for $9.90, despite the fact that it retails everywhere else for $5.49. Why? Because Rhino is also selling the individual songs online for 99 cents. (Why is the sign for cents so counterintuitive on a keyboard? Couldnít they have just replaced the tilde key?) That just doesnít make any sense, and Rhino should know better. So, in summary, (1) If the price of a food item seems too good to be true, itís probably very unhealthy for you; (2) Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs at your local hardware store (visit EnergyStar for more information) and (3) Donít pay more than $5.50 for Shake It Up And Other Hits.
Mark Pinkus -- compilation producer
Craig DeGraff -- production assistance
NNP -- art direction
michaelochsarchives.com -- photo
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