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101. Thompson Twins - Greatest Hits
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but hardly a complete collection.
I think I speak for many Thompson Twins fans when I scream, "I want a Box Set!" There are simply too many "Hits" collections for the Thompson Twins that have songs missing from what fans would choose; and just forget about getting the original albums on CD, like "Here's to Future Days" for 30$?! Not likely. There are some songs here that made me scratch my head such as "Nothing in Common." That song over "Day after Day" or "No Rest for the Wicked"? What about "Breakaway," "Roll Over," or their great cover of The Beatles song "Revolution"? As for the tracks from their earlier recordings there is a glaring omission: "Love Lies Bleeding." Hell, what about some of the better songs from their album "Close to the Bone," like "Dancing in Your Shoes" or the under-appreciated "Savage Moon." Overall, as a one-time Thompson Twins fanatic speaking to all those loyal to this band through their peak and on through their waning years, don't get this CD or any other so-called "Hits" collection. For the casual fan who thinks I may be too harsh in my criticism, this CD and any other "Hits" collection seriously only scratches the surface of all that was once great about this band. This collection is only for the very casual fan. Any true fan would scoff at how many songs are not listed here. Let us pray for a Box Set, and soon, because this so-called "Hits" nonsense has got to stop!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is sick!! We want more of TT!
That band is probably the best band alive who brings the new wave era with them!! All the songs are original and inspired. My favorite one still Doctor, Doctor! The lyrics are so emotional (in some ways).

3-0 out of 5 stars The Good and The Schlocky
The Thompson Twins had some great tunes that were both quirky and beautiful. However, they also did some stuff that is very high on the cheese factor. I had to wonder if some of this stuff was Phil Collins rejects, esp. Nothing In Common, Get That Love and Long Goodbye. And tunes like We Are Detective and You Take Me Up rate high on the cornball scale. That said, I do love the quirkiness of Love On Your Side and In The Name of Love, the beautiful If You Were Here, the romanticism of Hold Me Now, Lay Your Hands On Me and King For A Day. This isn't a bad collection, but I can think of a zillion eighties bands such as Til Tuesday, Missing Persons, Berlin, Human League and Book of Love who have a much better greatest hits catalogue.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
Excellent CD that really is a total joy to listen to, my #1 favorite song is Lies, and I also like Hold Me Now, You Take Me Up, Lay Your Hands On Me, Doctor! Doctor! and The Gap, the other songs are good too but those are my favorites, especially Lies. I highly recommend this awesome CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars almost definitive, and quite fun!
This is the best non-import Greatest Hits collection of the Twins that you will ever come across. All of their dance & singles chart topping songs from the Arista age are included on this disc: The Billboard dance chart toppers "In the Name of Love" & "Lies". Their biggest U.S. singles -- "Hold Me Now" (#3, 1984), "Lay Your Hands on Me" (#6, 1985), "King for a Day" (#9, 1986), and "Doctor! Doctor!" (#11, 1984). The steps into movie soundtracks -- "If You Were Here" (memorably used in "Sixteen Candles"), and "Nothing in Common" (from the Tom Hanks' movie of the same name). Even the lesser-known gems like the anti-drug jungle grunt of "Don't Mess With Doctor Dream" and the Arabian flair of "The Gap".

The only drawback here is not covering the Twins' entire career... simply because their last 2 albums were released on Warner Bros instead of the Arista label. Regardless, this is a must-have for anyone that enjoyed the Twins in the 80's and beyond... ... Read more


102. Savage Garden
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As these two boys from Brisbane, Australia, know, it doesn't hurt to be endorsed by Rosie O'Donnell. When the Queen of Nice sang the words to "I Want You" and the praises of the duo behind it, the song catapulted up the charts. Largely ignored by the serious music press, Savage Garden have cultivated a vast fan base on the strength of their music--and airplay--alone. As formulaic as it may appear, the ballad "Truly Madly Deeply" was lodged at No. 1 for week after week for a reason--it's damn catchy and a welcome reprieve from overdone rock ballads. Lead singer Darren Hayes lends the same yearning vocal style to the third--and best--single from the album, "To the Moon & Back," a slice of synth-pop genius that culminates in a dramatic crescendo of strings, courtesy of coleader Daniel Jones. --Rebecca Wallwork ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My ALL time FAVORITE!!
When the song "Truly, Madly, Deeply" played on the radio, I was hooked. When "I Want You," came on, I knew that I had to check out this album. The fact I have not heard the other 8 songs made me hesitant to purchase this CD; however, I decided to plunge into the wallet. Until today I still play this CD 98% of the time despite the fact I have heaps of other tunes. I ABSOLUTELY love their voice and their depth of words. Have any of you ever read the lyrics??? I memorized all of them quite quickly not because I have great neural connections (far from it) but because they are SOOO deep, intense, & sing with such passion (like track #8) it almost feels as if they are singing just for your ears. Every emotion like love, anger, rejection, bliss...are perfectly conveyed. Overall, the great beat, vocals, and lyrics, make this a MUST HAVE CD especially if you are into the Matchbox 20 kind of taste. Can't wait for their next album!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best CD with the most thoughtful songs ever created!
Ever since I first heard "I Want You" on the radio about a year ago my heart melted and I totally fell in love with the two aussie sweeties known as Savage Garden. I couldn't get enough of them or their beautiful music! Then came "To The Moon and Back" and "Truly, Madly, Deeply" and I thought they were too good to be true. I bought their CD and it's been in my CD player ever since. Their music has helped me through a lot of tough times in my life and for that I'm very greatful. My favorite song isn't on the US CD though :( It's called "Mine" and it is one of the best songs in the world. But equally beautiful songs are on the US CD :). I gaurantee that this is THE best CD you could ever buy:). Darren and Daniel are extremely talented and they pour their hearts into every song they create. Some may not like their music but believe me they are both great people with big hearts and the zillions of their true fans love them for the sweeties they are and for the extraordinarily great music they make. There aren't enough stars in the sky to compare to how great Darren and Daniel are. I definately recommend this CD to everyone! :)

5-0 out of 5 stars truly madly deeply
It's one of the best songs i've ever heard in my life.I'm a person who is not realy into slow love songs but this one was hard to not like.I listen to it over and over and I never get tiered of it. It realy deserves a Five out of Five.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beauty
A true music classic. Every song is a well-crafted pop song - with some decent lyrics here and there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love, Sex, Anger, Wisdom
In 1984, the UK pop group Wham! featured its two well-kempt members on the cover of "Make it Big," the album that spawned "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and a slew of other hits to guarantee interest in the duo's continuances for years to come. George Michael, unarguably more popular, stared away from the camera, while partner in suave Andrew Ridgeley looked straight at it. Just 13 years later, Savage Garden put out its eponymous debut disc, and nearly the same pose was postured by Australians Daniel Johns and Darren Hayes, the latter eyeing the universe while the former eyed any eye to grace the black and white cover. Hayes, of course, was Savage Garden's George Michael; he was the accented lead vocalist to be remembered by face and voice as the band's heartthrob even after its demise. Johns, on the other hand, was less memorable; he and Ridgeley seemed to be mere specialists along for the ride, writing flashy hooks and danceable beats as a fallback if their partners were to lose credibility. Credibility proved not an issue for Savage Garden, as their debut sold 11 million copies (trumping the 7 million of Wham!) and yielded 3 huge hits, the prominent one being "Truly Madly Deeply," which landed the ever-impossible #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. But beyond hogging bureau space in millions of teenage rooms and dropping filler material for thousands of radio stations, "Savage Garden" is easily the best pop album of the 1990s, perfectly mixing harmony, instrumentation, percussion, sensuality, and a surprisingly effortless sense of artiness.

That artiness, perhaps the make-it-or-break-it feature absent from teen diva albums and boy band albums alike, goes far beyond the retro-cool collage work done for the CD fold-out. It is defined by Savage Garden's versatility, stretching danceable backdrops through funk, paranoid pop, hip hop, synth pop, pillow-side ballads, disco, and even indie pop. This flexibility doesn't come unwarned, however, with Hayes promising on "Violet" that he's "gonna crash into your world/and that's no lie." This track, a cleverly-maneuvered disco-pop standout, mixes deep fuzz-funk with a raw, sexual slap bass line almost three years before Britney Spears used that same bass costumed as a schoolgirl to achieve sex appeal in her "...Hit Me One More Time."

Setting pop standards, like that precursor to Spears, is what much of this album becomes, as is the case with the lead single, "I Want You." Thank Hayes' nonsensical motor-rap (highlight: "Sweet like a chic a cherry cola") for the pop-group members strictly used for raps, like Richard "Abs" Breen of 5ive or, most recently, Lil' Kim in the remake collaboration of "Lady Marmalade." Aside from the rapping, Johns' deranged percussion is the track's centerpiece, sounding somewhat like Radiohead's "Idioteque" when at its most creative. Meanwhile, "Break Me Shake Me" actually teaches how to involve frustration in a dance piece. Taking a drama-club confessional approach to the typical hard-edged pop song, Hayes does little more than whisper over foreshadowing tambourine shakes to mount an approach to his thrash choruses, which seem to gain fury with each installment. That pure emotion, revealed in Hayes' lyrics ("You abused me in a way I've never known") and garnished by Johns' brilliant multi-instrumentalism, dictates the album, providing it with a collective focal point as to never allow the listener to lose interest.

The first half of the album is the most important emotion, that of love, most excellently examined in "Universe," which not only features soft rock keyboards but also some surprisingly witty lyrics, shown when Hayes describes his physical and mental relationship as consisting of "two minds, consensual." After that section, book-ended by "To the Moon & Back" and the aforementioned "Universe," Savage Garden becomes energetically sexual with "Carry on Dancing" and "Violet," the former allowing Hayes to equate "dancing" and "romancing" over a warped piano trance that finds the ability mesmerize in its striking percussion. "Break Me Shake Me" and "A Thousand Words" are bitingly vengeful, an emotional segment that ends in Hayes threatening to spit out a horde of deceptive words, the most powerful being "damnation." Finally, with "Promises" and "Santa Monica," Hayes and Johns recover from spite with wisdom, playing the role of the owl, the much-illustrated character throughout their in-case spread. "Promises" is the album's quiet standout, as string and bell accompaniment flutters around flutes and synth effects beneath Hayes' contemplative vocals. In retrospect, after a complete listen, Hayes and Johns seem to have perfected a full transition, which with staying power is able to etch itself into the pop listener's ears, heart, and mind. This album-long transition from love to sex to anger to wisdom seems the blueprint for human life, which makes "Savage Garden" life's inescapable soundtrack. ... Read more


103. Shape Fitness Music - Walk 2: '70s Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars Lively, upbeat walking workout for intermediate walkers!!
I've been an aerobic walker for about 8 years. It's very hard to locate music designed for an aerobic walking workout performed by original artists. This CD is a find!!! It starts at a pace of 120 beats per minute and builds to 134 beats per minutes in 11 selections. The last selection is the cool down at 120 beats per minute. This pace is great for an intermediate walker - a workout, but not fast enough that you feel you need to jog. It is an hour-long workout and the songs are "blended" together so there's no gap in the music. Most of the 70's songs are easily recognizable and I find myself singing to them as I walk. I'm sure you'll enjoy the CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great to get you going! LaVanda from GA
After walking for exercise for over a year, I was getting bored with the music I had. This CD is wonderful for keeping your pace, starting slower, picking up to 4.3 mph and then slowing to cool down. Even though these songs are from way back, it's great to hear again. I will try more of these CD's.

4-0 out of 5 stars upbeat music
I've had my cd for a week now and I love it. It starts out a little slow, but then again, I hate to warm up so it is probably good for me. I like to hit the trail walking at a brisk pace so I usually start on song #3. I love the music and I probably look crazy to people driving by. This cd has definately added a quickness to my step and an energy to my walk. I plan to buy more music!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Aquatics
I teach an aquatic shaping and toning class and this is my favorite CD. The class, which varies in age from 30 - 70, enjoys this music and it contains nothing objectionable. I only wish SHAPE would put out some more of this great stuff.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great songs, mid tempo walking
I have 3 of the Shape walking CD's and this is a good one if you like disco. This CD has a good pace if you are wearing ankle weights and pushing a stroller (as I do). If you are just walking on your own though I'd recommend one of the faster Shape CD's. Modern rock is a good one. ... Read more


104. Spiceworld
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"Spice up your life," the Spice Girls advise on the first single from Spiceworld, their second album, which was made quickly to capitalize on the movie of the same name. If that sounds more like an advertising slogan than a call for variety, solidarity, and fun, it's not the only time the disc echoes the language of a carefully planned campaign: The chorus of "Move Over" is built around the phrase "Generation Next," the rallying cry of the Brits' Pepsi spot. And if, in turn, you come to the conclusion that this record isn't nearly as much fun as its predecessor, you're right. Any question about the creative input of Scary, Posh, Baby, Ginger, and Sporty into their own music is moot; like "Candle in the Wind 1997," Spiceworld was made to be bought, not listened to. Sure, they trade vocals this time, leaning less on the Bananarama-style gang approach of their debut, and yeah, the Motown-lite confection "Stop" doesn't exactly hurt the ear, but this disc is ultimately a bigger insult than anything a bunch of diehard anarchists such as Chumbawamba could imagine--without the kick of "Tubthumping." It also ends on a note so jarring as to settle the group firmly in the avant-garde with the fake-lounge "Lady Is a Vamp," which unfortunately praises Jackie O and Marilyn Monroe in the same verse, then ups the ante with a shout-out to Sandy Denny(!) as a Spicy role model. All together now: Uh huh. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb follow up to the ground-breaking debut album
When someone mentions a certain year or decade, I instantly think about the artistic creations that were influencing me at the time. For example, when I think back to the years of 1996-1998, the Spice Girls instantly spring to mind. Before this pop phenomenon, I had no interest in music what so ever. Then I heard "Wannabe" one day on the radio and was hooked. The Spice Girls were brilliant, every young kid in the world was in love with them and they made me happier than I had ever been. At 10 years old, I didn't understand that they were obviously ruled by the record company and seen as total pop-puppets by anyone who wasn't a screaming teenage idoliser. Looking back, I think of how innocent the whole thing was; I had no idea of their money-making and manufactured image. All I cared about was the music...and Geri, but that's a different story. This band rocked the world - more so than Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Madonna, Mariah Carey and even Michael Jackson ever did. They were simply the biggest pop phenomenon since the Beatles, at least in the UK. Their run of nine UK No.1 singles in the space of just over four years and album sales exceeding 50 million with just two albums proved their popularity. The girls swept the board at the 1997 Brit Awards in which the band performed the classic Who Do You Think You Are. Geri Halliwell appeared in a Union Jack mini-dress and blew the minds of millions of teenage boys the world over. From then on, I was totally in love with the woman - yes, a guilty truth...but I wasn't the only one. The dress is simply iconic the world over and fetched more than £40,000 at auction a few years later - more than double than what Madonna's 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour conical bra fetched! The endorsement factor of the Spice Girls was also a big franchise; deals with Sony PlayStation, Walkers crisps, Pepsi, Impulse deoderant body spray, Polaroid cameras, Mercedes cars and much more netted each girl millions. A lot of this occured in 1997, but the girls also released their much-awaited second album, Spiceworld, in November of this year. Obviously, the album went to No.1 all over the world and sold almost 20 million copies - a significant drop for the almost-30 million sales of their debut album, Spice...but still a staggering amount compared to most other acts around.

Spiceworld opens with the fabulous song Spice Up Your Life (10/10). The first single to be taken from this second album, the song rocketed straight to No.1 in the UK in October 1997. Even more spectacular, the song dislodged the biggest selling single in history off the No.1 spot; Elton John's Candle In The Wind. You know they're doing something right when they can achieve a feat that grand. The song itself has a fantastic cultural beat to it with a swirly jungle-boogie beat as a backdrop. The video is also brilliant and looks very expensive. They rule the world in the video, with Spice all over the place. This was a reflection on their real lives and the power and control they had over the world. Stop (10/10) was the third song to be released as a single from Spiceworld and shockingly peaked at No.2 in March 1998 in the UK - their only single not to go straight to No.1 in the UK. The song has a very retro, 1960's feel to it which works wonderfully with the mood of the song. Too Much (10/10) is one of the best Spice Girls ballads to date. This absolutely superb song was released in December 1997 and became the Spice Girls' sixth consecutive UK No.1. The vocals of Geri Halliwell and Melanie C are particulary outstanding on this smash hit. Saturday Night Divas (9/10) is another brilliant song about the girls getting down on the town on, surprisingly, a Saturday night. Never Give Up On The Good Times (10/10) is the best non-released song on Spiceworld and simply swings with funk and glamour. The addictive dance beat that starts off the song is soon replaced with a classy string arrangement and the foxy vocals of Geri Halliwell. The chorus is incredibly catchy and the percussion interlude halfway through is another highlight. Move Over (10/10) is the shortest song on Spiceworld at only 2:46. The song was originally called "Generation Next" and featured in the girls' Pepsi TV advertisement. The blend of hardcore rock and funky dance beats work very well and make for another highlight from Spiceworld. Do It (9/10) and Denying (10/10) are another two superb songs. The former has a very dancey and happy feel to it, while the latter is more laid-back and relaxing with a striking R'n'B style - much better than anything on Forever. Viva Forever (10/10) is just absolutely stunning - definitely one of the best ballads I've ever heard. Released in July 1998 after Geri Halliwell's legendary departure from the Spice Girls, it stormed to No.1 in the UK shifting almost 300,000 copies in its first week of release and became their seventh UK No.1 single. The Lady Is A Vamp (9/10) is a good song to close this ground-breaking album, but not quite as good as If U Can't Dance; the closing song from the Spice Girls' debut album, Spice.

OVERALL GRADE: 10/10

Along with Spice, I consider Spiceworld to be amongst the greatest pop albums you can ever buy - and definitely the best by an all-female grop in history. All this recent news of the Spice Gils getting back for a last album and world tour would be absolutely fantastic, but I just can't see it happening. I'd love for it to happen, but the way Mel C's successful solo career is going, I don't think there's any chance. Still, we can always re-live the memories of the greatest female pop group of all time by listening to their first two albums - buy Spiceworld from Amazon now!

4-0 out of 5 stars Definition of a guilty pleasure.
No, it's not "War and Peace," but then, you didn't really expect an All-Spice rendition of "MacBeth," did you?

The plot? Well, that's beside the point, isn't it? Something about a tour film, something about birthing babies, something about an evil tabloid plot to break up the Spice Girls (perish the thought!). What miniscule plot there is serves mainly as an excuse for random cameos, multiple costume changes, and self-spoofing fantasy sequences, e.g. the girls as Charlie's Angels style fighters in "SpiceForce 5". Oh yeah, there's music, too. (Forward through the concert scenes if you're not a devotee of Spice sound or you just aren't really in a masochistic mood.)

It's all in high spirited goofy fun. Even the always reliable Richard Grant looks like he's having a hoot. As someone who doesn't own a Spice album (or even cooking spices for that matter, but that's a different story) and can't call herself a fan, I was genuinely surprised to find this movie so darn enjoyable. I'm not saying I'd start a grass-roots campaign demanding a sequel (er, Spice Universe?), but this flick's amusingly silly and benignly entertaining -- not unlike the Spice Girls themselves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spiceworld (1997)
In 1996, the Spice Girls saw the beginning of their fame when they released their first album, Spice, which produced the five spin-off singles, Wannabe, Say You'll Be There, 2 Become 1, Who Do You Think You Are, & Mama. Now, exactly one year after their first album's release, the girls brought us their second album, Spiceworld. The album as to coincide with their movie of the same name and was also made the soundtrack to the movie. Very much like what The Beatles did back in 1964 when they did A Hard Day's Night (both album and movie) and in 1966 when they did Help! (both album and movie).

SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
The first single from the album. I first heard this on Q-102 (for those of you who don't know what Q-102 is, it is a Philadelphia FM Radio Station). But the version I heard on the radio was kind of a mix in a way and it led me to believe that it was done by a different band. When I heard this version, which is the album and single version, I was proven to be wrong about thinking it was done by somebody else. It's a classic song and consists of every girl power hype sound within it. The song means you have to have fun in life. Life is too short to be bitter, so, Spice Up Your Life.

STOP
The third single from the album. The single was released in early 1998 and it was to be Geri's last single with the girls. I have heard three different reasons to why Geri departed from the band. The first is that she and Melanie B. had a serious outting. The second is that she tried to be the boss of the group and was kicked out by the other girls. The third was that Geri had musical differences. The third reason is what I believe is true and that is because it is true. Anyhow, this is a great song.

TOO MUCH
The second single from the album. This is a beautiful song and the jazzy sound is unbelievable. In the video. The five have their own individual scenes, but never a scene where they are together. Geri has a black & white scene, where she is dressed up as Marilyn Monroe (her idol) as in one of her movies. Victoria is in a factory, where she is dressed up like Catwoman, although the outfit is not like the original TV series Catwoman outfit or Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman outfit. Melanie B. has scene out of the Mad Max movies, where she wears a bikini top, black baggy pants, and bullets around her shoulder. Melanie C. has a scene from Lord Of The Dragon, wher she wears a red-magenta colored muscle half-top, black baggy pants that show here shins and ankles. She wears hair extenstions that are the same color as her top. Emma has a scene from Poltergeist, where she is in a room where objects float around her, while she wears a plain white nightgown.

SATURDAY NIGHT DIVAS
Not bad.

NEVER GIVE UP ON THE GOOD TIMES
They should have released this as a single. It's a great song. It is like a sequel to Spice Up Your Life, (even though this one has a fun Pop like song) where they say that you can't give up on the good times you've had.

MOVE OVER
In their short time together, the girls recorded two songs for Pepsi. The first would be a song called, Step To Me, which is an album cut. The second be this one right here. Although, they did not release it as a single, the girls, however, filmed a Pepsi commercial, using this song within it.

DO IT
Not bad.

DENYING
This one is not bad. Still holding onto their girl power sound, but the girls threw in a bit of R&B into it.

VIVA FOREVER
The fifth and final single from the album, although it is not a US single. The girls released this a few months after Geri's departure and was the first single where they used an animated video. It is a beautiful song and I always make sure to listen to it before turning off the album.

THE LADY IS A VAMP
Geri was big fan of everything that had to do with entertainment from the 40s, 50s, & 60s. This song consists of a sound from the 40s, but talks about everything from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s, like Elvis, Ziggy Marley, Bond Girls, Charlie's Angels, 60s model Twiggy, Jackie-O, Marilyn Monroe (but addressed by her real name, Norma Jean Baker), Sandy and Danny (from Grease), etc. The song's finale fit the song perfectly, where they call out their Spice names.

Still filled with their girl power sound and remains as their second best album.

5-0 out of 5 stars sPiCe GIrLs fOr evEr baBy!!!
spice girls was a hit, and even though they aren't popular anymore, i know that if they went on a reunion tour it would be sold out so boo-yall who don't like them. They rock because they are just so cool, spicy, and cute. hahaha but yeah i give them 5 stars for their cd and their movie, it's one of the best movies in the world.i lOvE tHe sPiCe GIrLS!!!!!!!!
shoutout to my best homeboy,juan jimenez!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Hopeless
God! What was I thinking when I decidedto watch this movie. Oh yeah! I was a big fan of Spice Girls and I wasn't really thinking.

Seriously, I expected more than this. I Thought they could have done better...MUCH BETTER! Before this movie came out, I thought it owuld be brilliant but, I am so god damn disappointed! This came out more of a stereotype of the worse movie ever. The word WHYYYYYYYY comes to mind.

They have the potential to be great actress and they have blew it here! They should have gotten a better script. ... Read more


105. Freestyle's Greatest Collection Volumes 1-4
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Freestyle, house music's close cousin, exploded in popularity during the early 1980's. With artists like Stevie B, Trinere & TKA cranking out memorable jams like 'Party Your Body', 'I'll Be all You Ever Need' & 'Maria', fans went absolutley wild. This 1997 SPG label four-disc set captures the essence of the freestyle genre, featuring the hits from the artists mentioned above, plus songs by Nice & Wild, Pebbles, X-Posed, Debbie Deb & much, much more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Freestyle fans this cd is for you
Freestyle was a sound different from the mainstream.It was a latin hip-hop sound in which at times seem like sugar to the ears.But it was the sound that with help shape the eurodance sound of the mid to late 90's.Freestyle was the teen pop of many latino and non latino kids in the city.Withs its theme in love and heartbreak over latin flavored hip-hop.It was a moment in time and a sound of the late 80's teenager. Even know it never got as big as new jack swing it did leave its mark on dance pop.If you listen to the eurodance artists like amber,the real mccoys and labouche you will hear the keyboard licks of freestyle.As an Dj i'm always asked what music did i start playing first when i started djing 16 years ago.Freestyle was the first music i spun back in the day.All the songs on this cd was what i spun and they were popular.For me this cd really gives you the flavor of freestlye when it started going mainstream.Also when the sound started to die out.So pick it up and party your body

3-0 out of 5 stars where's Coryne Eyse?
This Album could be so much better if u added the song"A little bit of luv" By Coryne Elyse realesed in 1991 on OnnaRoll records!The song is on Metroplolitan presents the best of Onnaroll Vol. 1

5-0 out of 5 stars An Essential For Freestyle Fans
If you're anything like me and love freestyle but want diversity in the voices you hear - this is the CD set for you! You get all the classic freestyle hits from tons of artists without buying tons of individual CD's. You get some of the best freestyle songs ever made and for around [price]. If you find better -- let me know!

5-0 out of 5 stars freestyle greatest collecton.#4 cds.
I came from my country in 1985. And I didn`t speak or understand english . I started to listen the radio in english,at that time the music that was playig, it was freestyle.Like I say I didn`t understand english,but all the beat`s,the music,the voices of the singer`s,made me love it till know & forever I used to like disco music,like the BEE GEES,DONNA SUMERS,GLORIA GAYNNOR,THE COMODORES,K.C &THE SUNSHINE BAND.They were good, but like the decade of freestyle,it`s never going to be.I just hope,we the people who like freestyle we never let`it died

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-buy 4 freestyle fans
This cd set is the best deal around. For under 30 bucks you get 4 cd's with all old school freestyle classics. If you're a freestyle fan you have to get this cd. ... Read more


106. Off the Wall [Bonus Tracks]
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Given the pace of Michael Jackson's post-Thriller release schedule, it's striking that Off the Wall appeared between two albums with his brothers, Destiny (1978) and Triumph (1980), on which the twentysomething phenomenon was also fully engaged. Aided by richly detailed but not overdone production, Off the Wall redefined how much Michael might do.

Tracks like "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Rock with You," the title cut (all Top 10 singles), and "Burn this Disco Out" not only consolidated his dance-floor power, but showed just how soulful and varied his vocals could get on uptempo material. Artistic role models like James Brown and Jackie Wilson echo through the mixes, but these were Jackson's leaps forward. The addition of pure pop confection--Paul McCartney's "Girlfriend," Stevie Wonder's "I Can't Help It"--further fleshed out the star's young-adult persona and helped make Off the Wall among the most fondly remembered of all his solo work. This special edition features two magic home demos and entertaining, insightful interviews of producer Quincy Jones and "Rock with You" composer Rod Temperton. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Off The Hook!!
Michael Jackson's first solo album as an adult tops many peoples list as his best yet. It's an incredibly strong and innovative album that set the mold for the greatness to come. This special edition reveals the album as it's never been heard before.

The clarity of sound presented here is astounding! Especially when you go back and listen to the original release. From the swirling cackles in the title track, to the bass on Burn This Disco Out, to the layered voices in Don't Stop, the sound enveopes you in it's crispness and rishness. It's pure aural candy!

The special edition includes a booklet with 4 new photos (one featuring Paul McCartney), a brick design on the cd itself, and 18 minutes of bonus material including, interviews with Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton and, the best treat, two demo recordings.

Both demo's run about 4:30 and feature Randy and Janet on rhythm and sound efects. There is a hillarious spat between Randy and Janet at the begenning of the Don't Stop demo that had me roaring in laughter. These demos really give a sense of the Jackson family as a whole, fun, musically inventive, talented and wanting to help each other out. They also showcase Michael's strong song writing skills. The rhythms and arrangements are completely fleshed out but the lyrics are barely there. What you can hear of lyrics is very different from the final recordings and seems like MJ made it up as he went along in the song (Is he really singing 'Keep on with you hot dog' in Don't Stop Til You Get Enough?). The demo's highlight his talent as a rhythm arragner and song builder rather than a lyricist.

On the down side, the interviews aren't that enlightening and I can't imagine wanting to listen to them more than once or twice. Also nowhere in the booklet or on the jewel case is the bonus material given track numbers. There are a total of 19 tracks here with an announcer, interviews and demos. A track listing would''ve made it alot easier to find the demo's later. One final nitpick, I would've liked to have seen a picture underneath the cd's clear tray in the jewel case. Instead all we get is black. Oh well, it hardly detracts from all the great things about this sepcial edition.

If you're a MJ fan or have an older copy of Off The Wall, then you have to have this for the incredible restoration done, it's historical value and the insightful demo recordings. For the rest of you, don't miss out on this strong, innovative, fun and moving album. The sepcial edition is the one to have!

5-0 out of 5 stars off the wall is off the chain!
this is such a groovy, soulful, dance/r&b album. It was huge in the late 70's, early 80's and it remains a timeless classic with unforgettable hits like Don't Stop Till You Get Enough, which was michael's first #1 to have been written by himself; and the sweet, soulful rock with you. As great as these 2 songs are, the rest of the album is really underrated. Tracks like Working Day and Night and Get On the Floor were also written by michael and are extremely catchy in melody, in fact I think I like them better than 'Don't Stop' and 'Rock' Off the Wall and Girlfriend are soothing disco songs you can relax too. She's Out of My Life is a sweet ballad. I Can't Help it was written by Stevie Wonder and michael does an awesome job singing it. It's the Falling in Love and Burn this Disco Out are also good. Buy this album today! If you don't, you're wacko! ;)

5-0 out of 5 stars Off the Wall [Bonus Tracks] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
Off the Wall [Bonus Tracks] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] [EXTRA TRACKS]~ Michael Jackson is my favorite Jackson album. I love disco muisc and this is awesome disco music that can be compared to the likes of ABBA and Bee Gees. I love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A SOUL CLASSIC
Back in the day this record was all over the clubs. A SOUL CLASSIC and Michael's best dance record. So why does EPIC have to gum it up with commentaries? Put that kind of stuff on a separate disc if it must be included. This kind of stuff is all too prevalent in remastered reissues. Record companies should just LEAVE IT ALONE. Put out the reissues the way they were intended. I just wanna hear the music, man.

5-0 out of 5 stars so fresh, so carefree and so creative
Off the Wall just has great disco numbers with great musical production, yet they don't sound overproduced in a way that gives you a headache. Pure brilliance. Also there are chill r&b and soul jams with hints of disco and even a little jazz, and the best part is that there is live instrumentation and michael's vocals are great on this album. Definitely a must buy, and a great way to relieve stress. Enjoy. ... Read more


107. Paula Abdul - Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars The time before Britney, Christina, Jennifer & Spice Girls
She learn Janet Jackson to dance. She did the dance-scenes in Comming To America. And she had great success with hits like "Straight Up", "Cold Hearted", "The Promis Of A New Day" and "Rush Rush". 'The music takes you back to 1988 and 1991, at that time she was a new Madonna. It's fun to listen her happy dance-pop songs. She is an entertainer of high class. Buy this one to play on you party, and we all will the remember the time, Paula was the dancepop queen. The CD allso includes "Head Over Heals" ballad "If I Were Your Girl", maybe her best ballad todate. There's only one miss on the album, "I Will Marry You" is not on, but you can't get everything, right? Now we just have to wait for new music from Miss Abdul, it's time to show Lopez, Spears and co who was first - and best.

5-0 out of 5 stars SATISFYING...
Ah yes...Paula Abdul. Before Britney, before Jennifer Lopez, before all the other dance divas of the our time, there was former Laker-girl turned Janet Jackson choreographer turned late 80's early 90's phenomenon Paula Abdul.

She turned out three smash albums during her time - 'Forever Your Girl', 'Shut Up and Dance' (remix album) and 'Spellbound'. There was another called 'Head Over Heels' but...as with the other albums, this Greatest Hits CD takes the best songs - you won't be missing much.

This Greatest Hits CD is excellent. With a lot of collections like these, some treasures get lost - but the damage is minimal here. Here is my recommendation for the full Paula Abdul experience:

Get this CD, and get Spellbound. There are some tracks on Spellbound (namely "Will You Marry Me?" and "To You") that add to what she was - and maybe still is if she's planning a comeback. These tracks didn't make the Greatest Hits CD, but with you'll be missing out if you don't hear them - especially "Will You Marry Me?"

Awesome. A trip down memory lane...nice.

Knyte (Trust Me)

P.S. There is a pretty cool ballad called "Next To You" on 'Forever Your Girl'...that makes that CD worth getting too (or at least borrowing)

4-0 out of 5 stars Greatest hits collection worth owning
I was too young to buy Paula Abdul's CDs when she was a popular artist, but I had always liked her music. After seeing her on American Idol, I decided to get one of her albums. This was the only one available at the store I went to, so I picked it up and was surprised to like it as much as I did.

Many people complain about Paula's voice. They think she only got where she is because she is pretty and knows how to dance very well and whose music doesn't really matter. Well, I for one happen to like her voice. It may not be the best or the strongest, but it perfectly suits the material she sang. True, she can dance and is good-looking, but her music wasn't secondary. Her songs are some of the best pop music you are likely to find. She can do up tempo songs like "Straight Up" and "Knocked Out" very well. My favorite song of hers is "Blowing Kisses in the Wind". There's just something about that song that is so good. It's by far her best ballad. The real surprises are the songs off her last album. They're actually pretty good. The medley isn't all that great, but you can just skip over it like I do.

This collection makes a case for Paula's career. She may not yet have the respect she deserves, but that doesn't change the fact she made some really good and enjoyable music. If you are a first time buyer of her music like I was, this is also a great place to start. Even if she never gets a chance to make more music and have another hits collection someday, we do have this, which is more than enough.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost complete, but still an awesome collection from Paula!
This is the Greatest Hits collection of all (well, most of them) from the dance-era pop queen, Paula Abdul! I adore Paula so I was SO glad that a collection of all the hits (plus some bonus songs) were released! It all began with "Straight Up," which elevated her to pop princess status. One of the greatest perks about this album is all the songs are the radio/video/7" edits, so all the versions we're familiar with from the radio are all in this collection. This collection definitely has its perks and some downsides (which I will get to). Now, here's a song-by-song review of "Greatest Hits"...

Straight Up (5/5) : It's the single that started it all! It's catchy, it's fun, it's everything that a hit single needs. This is the single that almost never happened, as Virgin Records didn't initially push for this song. Backed with great productions and Paula's sassy voice, this song definitely works well. This is without a doubt the first song that comes to mind when you think of Paula. Great pop classic.

Cold Hearted (4/5) : This is another one of Paula's hits from the Forever Your Girl debut album. This is also the version of the song in which Paula's rap is present (which is not on the FYG album). It's a really good song, definitely radio-material.

Forever Your Girl (5/5) : This is one of my favorite Paula songs ever! Some people have complained that Paula's voice on the first album was strained-sounding, which I do agree Paula sounds a little straining in this song in some parts, but for some reason it doesn't seem to take away the likableness of this song. I think it's one of Paula's stronger singles, and it's one of her 6 #1 singles. I also prefer this 7" version to the album version as well.

The Way That You Love Me (5/5) : Another Paula classic. This song was actually released twice, the first time it didn't even crack the top 40, and when it was remixed and re-released, it shot to #3. Definitely a fun, upbeat song, like most of Paula's songs especially from the first record.

Knocked Out (5/5) : While many people may think that "Straight Up" was Paula's first single, it actually wasn't. Virgin Records tried launching Paula with "Knocked Out" first, even before she finished her album. Produced and written by Babyface and LA Reid, this was the first song that Paula recorded for the album. "Knocked Out" was first sent out to radio stations across the nation to basically 'test the waters' to see if Paula could make it as a recording artist. Although it wasn't a huge hit (it didn't crack the top 40), it was successful enough for Paula to complete a full-length album (Forever Your Girl). This is definitely another one of my favorite Paula songs, and one of her more edgier songs, mixing in some R&B flavor. The only reason I think it wasn't as successful as it could've been was because Paula was new at the time, and I don't think it was as publicized as her other hits (it had a boring video). I think this song is one of Paula's best vocal performances, it seems her voice fits this song really well. I also much prefer this version to the album version. This version is more energetic and upbeat, well the album version seems to be a little more flat. But both are still great nonetheless.

Opposites Attract (5/5) : I really love this song! Paula and the Wild Pair recorded this song together, and the infamous video features Paula singing and dancing with an animated cat (known as MC Skat Kat - who actually went on to have an album!). Some people say the video is was what propelled the song to #1, but it is also one of Paula's catchiest! The song and video are definitely one of Paula's most memorable!

Bend Time Back 'Round (2/5) : This song wasn't actually on a Paula album, but was released on the Beverly Hills 90210 Soundtrack in the early 90's. I don't think it's one of Paula's best (probably why it never made it to the follow-up album 'Spellbound').

Rush Rush (5/5) : This song was Paula's first single from the follow-up album Spellbound, which was released in 1991. In between Forever Your Girl and Spellbound, Paula worked hard with a vocal coach and Paula's voice REALLY developed. It's very evident on several tracks on Spellbound. This is definitely one of Paula's greatest vocal performances, showing off Paula's higher vocal range and her control. This is a very sweet and pretty song and was her very first ballad she released. I love this song.

The Promise Of A New Day (4.5/5) : Another strong single from Paula. This song also shot to the #1 spot on Billboard, making it Paula's sixth #1 single! I love the sound of this song, there are more wind instruments sounds and percussion, and it really makes the song sound unique.

Blowing Kisses In The Wind (4.5/5) : Another ballad release from Paula. This song is a little bit more haunting and mysterious sounding compared to Rush, Rush. Paula's voice sounds pretty in this song. Peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Vibeology (4/5) : This song is very unique! It's one of Paula's most original and fun, but the song itself is so weird! It doesn't really follow a specific song format (like verse-bsection-chorus). The lyrics seem to be all over the place! There's ad-libing and really funky choir vocals in this song. It's one of those songs that you just have to hear to understand what I mean. It's hard to review this song! I MUCH prefer the album version to this version. This one is a lot shorter and seems to cut out a lot of Vibeology's best parts.

My Love Is For Real (R&B Remix) (5/5) : Paula took 3 years off, and returned to the spotlight with this first single (which Paula co-wrote) from Head Over Heels, Paula's 3rd studio album. First of all, I have to say, I HATE this version! The original version is very Middle-Eastern influenced, bass-driven, very unique and original, and features background vocals from the late Israeli singer Ofra Haza. The original version is supreme, and this remixed version really takes away that special influence that the original had. This version makes My Love Is For Real sound really bland and boring, while the original is really amazing. I don't know why this version was put on the album. I still rate the song 5/5 because it's one of my favorite Paula songs. This is a song that should've been a #1 hit, but still remains one of her most underrated songs.

Crazy Cool (5/5) : Another Head Over Heels single. Not as successful as Paula's previous hits, but still another very underrated song. One of Paula's best. This song really brings Paula up-to-date musically, with more R&B sound, kind of like TLC and Janet Jackson had at the time, and it really works for her! This song is one of Head Over Heels most stand-out songs.

If I Were Your Girl (4/5) : This song wasn't actually a single, but it was going to be. Since Head Over Heels sold poorly (compared to previous albums), Virgin Records decided not to promote HOH any further, and dropped Paula from the label. Although the song is really good, it has some downsides. First of all, I think Rhett Lawrence is a GREAT producer, but I don't like his production of this song. Also, in the bridge right before Paula goes into the chorus for the last time, the vocals and melody should have been arranged to be stronger, so it could've really given more power to the song. I still love it though, and Paula's voice sounds great.

Megamix Medley (1/5) : I'm not a fan of medleys and this one isn't an exception. It's paced very fast, and some of the songs just don't work in this medley (Rush Rush especially). Not even the uptempos sound good in this megamix. Could've added 10 minutes more of other songs instead of this.

Crazy Love (5/5) : This song was on the Japanese version of Head Over Heels, but I can't see why it was included on the US version of Head Over Heels. I think this song could've been a single! Recorded, again, with the Wild Pair, this song is very catchy and fun! Well, at least it was added to this album!

Overall - Great album!! Although there are some things missing. The beautiful song "Will You Marry Me?," which was a top 40 hit, is not included in this collection. Maybe Paula was fed up with marriages and didn't want to include this painful song, which possibly could've reminded her of her previous affairs?! Who knows?? Another song that was forgotten was "Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up" which was Paula's last single to date. Even though it wasn't much of a hit, it still should've been included. It's one of my favorite Paula songs.
I would definitely recommend this upbeat and fun album, which definitely takes you back to the days when Paula's music filled the airwaves, and her amazing choreography was all over MTV.

4-0 out of 5 stars Reacquainted With Paula
I was only 3 when Paula began her singing career. After seeing Paula on AI, I decided to give her music a try. Her Greatest Hits album was the only one available, so I got it, and loved most of it. It's a great intro for anyone wanting a taste of what made Paula such a super-star years ago. Her early dance hits seem to be the most popular, and they are extremely catchy, especially Straight Up and Cold Hearted, but my favourite songs are actually those from her second album, Spellbound.. the sweet ballad Rush, Rush, and Promise of a New Day are terrific songs. Although Paula does not have the strongest voice, her music suits her. She is definitely qualified to judge AI! Songs that I skipped after the first listen are Bend Time Back 'Round and the annoying Megamix Medley, which is just long and headache-inducing and shouldn't have been included. After buying this album, I managed to download the song Will You Marry Me which was unfortunately not included here... It's a joy to listen to compared to Bend Time Back 'Round. In conclusion, this album is an okay compilation of her hits, but not as good as it could have been. Virgin should have included more gems from her overlooked Head Over Heels album that never made it as singles, like 'U'. I would have preferred to buy her original albums, if they were available here. ... Read more


108. Boney M - The Greatest Hits
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The brainchild of producer/songwriter Frank Farian--best known for later coming up with Milli Vanilli--Germany's '70s hit machine Boney M scored a string of disco singles with a strong Caribbean flavor. Granted, it takes an iron will to stomach upbeat numbers about the troubles in "Belfast" or such endearing figures as "Ma Baker" and "Rasputin," but at their best, Farian and the four West Indian session singers he recruited made a great dance-music outfit that was able to give an over-the-top Euro-disco spin to pop nuggets ("Sunny") and infectious originals ("Gotta Go Home"). If you want to send your next '70s-themed party into overdrive, give this 18-track hits collection a try. --Elisabeth Vincentelli ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Danceable to anyone
When I was a high school student,I liked disco music
very much.And I like their S&M taste album jacket so much.In the 21st century they still shines like a big star in the sky.I liked SILVERS,HEATWAVE,KOOL&THE GANG.The GOLDEN DISCO AGE is here.The songs are very up tempo and easy to kepp pace with.So I used to dance till dawn.My mother always told me not to kick the wall of my room many times.I was a dance craze.This is worth listen.Don't judge a book by its cover.This album is a lot of fun.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good even in 2004; will there be a comeback due to a movie?
I am inspired, late, to review this album after seeing "Touching the Void" on the big screen recently and being reminded of a great album.
This CD and this band were never given full appreciation in the US - - the band and their music were better known in the Caribbean and Canada and Europe.
"Rasputin" was probably the biggest hit they had here in the US, which is surprisingly on one hand, but not so surprisingly, as it is a great song!
Nowadays, this music is often considered "too retro" or "too disco", but anyone who hears this should enjoy the music for what it is - - good FUN!

4-0 out of 5 stars why didn't the reviews mention this?...
This is a great album and should have been given a 5 star grading. However, the only flaw, and the greatest unforgivable flaw to me, is that 'Rasputin' faded out long before it really should have ended. (in other words, you will not hear the sarcastic moaning of "OH, those Russians" at the end of the song)I just could'nt figure out why this song, which is probably the best of the best of boney m's masterpieces, received such cruel treatment and nobody cares to point it out. Maybe many will think the version now existed on this album is long enough and the deleted part is just repetition. Well, God bless these so-called boney m 'fans'...

5-0 out of 5 stars How bout getting all their songs out on CD?
After listening to the CD, I had to dig out my old Boney M Records
I bought while in Spain in the 70's and listen to them on a borrowed "hi-fi" and try to get someone to put them on CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars Why didn't I discover this sooner???
Yes, I was one of those late 1970s adolescents who, upon discovering cool artists like Elvis Costello and Tom Waits, thought himself just way too hep for music that made the rounds in discos. And every now and then, I come across an artist or band that fit that discotech mode, and I learn that I missed out on some great music because my pride got in the way.

Boney M is one of those groups. After hearing "Rasputin" blaring on somebody else's stereo, I hit the nearest music store and took a chance on this greatest hits CD. After spinning the entire CD, I found that a greatest hits compilation is not enough Boney M for my collection. Boney M explodes style, music and kinetic energy all it's own!

Seriously, this music perked me up from track #1 and did not let up. As this group was a creation by a man named Frank Farian,I have read several groups comparing Boney M to Milli Vanilli. NOT EVEN CLOSE! There is no guise of down-to-earthiness here, this music just makes you want to move. When I find photos of Boney M on the web, when I listen to their music, I drink in a creation meant to be loud, over-the-top, bright and as kitschy as neon! The singers' voices are passionate, and even the lyrics voicing concern (Belfast) are empowering. This is pure unapologetic dance music!

Boney M, and Boney M specifically, makes me confess what I have resisted confessing for over twenty years: I want to dance to "Rasputin" and "Daddy Cool" in the loudest and gaudiest disco I can find!

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109. POP! - 20 Hits
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A singles band if ever there was one, the hits on Pop make the duo of Andy Bell and Vince Clarke of Erasure sound like the Rodgers & Hammerstein of synth-pop disco. With the exception of The Circus and The Innocents albums, most of Erasure's full lengths house only a few brief moments of brilliance, the rest of the songs being limp and uninspired. But putting songs like "Blue Savannah" with its sweeping loveliness, the haunting "Ship of Fools," and the campy, raucous "Love to Hate You" all on the same disc shows that when Erasure is on, they shine like a thousand-carat tiara. The energetic and electronic disco is front and center here with "Oh L'Amour" and the audience participation number "Stop!," but the beautifully crafted "Sometimes" shows the band's true potential. The irrepressible melody line is punctuated by an acoustic riff and a melancholy trumpet solo that actually has to do its best to keep up with Bell's warm lament. An indispensable collection. --Steve Gdula ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I'd like to give it 4.5 stars, but that's not an option. It can't be 5 stars because there are better singles collections from the period, notably Madonna's Immaculate Collection. Still, Pop is a great album. It highlights just how good Erasure is at crafting catchy, whimsical, sometimes surprisingly emotional pop songs. It's also a good album to listen to if you're interested in charting the development of synth-pop in the 80s. Erasure's growth, development, and changing sound mirror the overall synth-pop movement of the period quite well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Erasure at their best!
This collection of songs showcases the best synth-pop group at their best. Erasure continues to amaze me with their incredible vocals, arrangements, melody, and inventiveness. Their contributions to the '80's are ever so evident and you will find yourself going down memory lane. I personally identify with the lyrics but I truly admire their patience in production. If you pay close attention, Andy is famous for singing all all his background vocals. At certain points in the song there are 3, 4, or 5 vocal tracks and they are all his. WOW! Who better to harmonize with you than yourself. I personally like songs like "A Little Respect, Breath of Life, and Chorus." I have become their number 1 fan and collector. YOU MUST OWN THIS ALBUM!

4-0 out of 5 stars Actually better than the newer Hits set.
This twenty song collection played the singles route to perfection. "POP!" collected all the singles to date and then ran them chronologically, up to the "Abba-esque" EP and "Take a Chance On Me." Nothing left off, and the "hits" aspect is taken literally. Since Vince and Andy were better at the singles than at the albums anyway, the finest of their singles truly sparkle as gold from the eighties. Given that their later output was lackluster at best (save "Always"), this is a great primer for a fun band.

And Erasure is pretty much a sugar candy duo. With two notable exceptions, the songs were campy or beat heavy hook records. Only with the environmental lyrics of "Chorus" or the call to arms of "A Little Respect" did the duo ever push towards anything really weighty. Not that there is anything wrong with that, mindless fun is better than no fun at all. And this was the period where Vince was still innovatively exploring the compositional range of the synthesizer. Which meant that, when he was on, he was brilliant, and Andy almost always found the kind of exuberance to overcome any deficiencies (think "Love To Hate You").

So if you are contemplating a choice between this album and the more recent hits collection, I'd actually give the nod to "POP!" The new set adds more from the Abba EP and removes several of the songs here. The dropped songs included some essential (in my opinion, at least) songs like "Drama" and "Who Needs Love Like That." You loose 8 songs here for 7 alternates, and this collection has, simply put, a more concise menu of Erasure at their best.

4-0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Intense, Romantic, Passionate, Bitter
I'm not often enthusiastic about club-dance-techno-pop bands, most of which seem determined to copy each other to the point of exhaustion. But I'll make an exception for Erasure, which has a great deal more going for it than the vast majority of music you're likely to hear the next time you hit the dance floor.

Chief among the band's assets is vocalist Andy Bell, who has a remarkably rich and passionate voice--but Erasure does not rely on Bell pure and simple. It is the combination of Bell's vocals, a bouncy beat, and the often unexpectedly thoughtful and frequently bitter lyrics that do the trick. The result is a consistent sound that crackles with a sensuous passion, and at its best creates one memorable cut after another.

POP! suffers from the usual failings of every compilation album, which is to say that it generally goes for the obvious choice even when a lesser-known selection is clearly superior. But even so, it offers a solid overview of Erasure, from the purely danceable to the disquietingly emotional playing against the dancefloor rhythm. "Ship of Fools," "Chains of Love," and "A Little Respect" are perhaps the side of Erasure that are most recognized--but when the selections turn to such intense and lyrically sharp selections as "Drama" and "Love to Hate You," you know that you've stumbled into something special.

The compilation, in my opinion, saves the best for last, running a gamut from the intensely passionate and romantic "You Surround Me," to the purely elegant "Blue Savannah," to angry "Chorus," to the moody and introspective "Am I Right"--the latter of which may well be single finest thing in this collection. As a garnish, the collection finishes up with a very enjoyable cover of Abba's "Take A Chance." But whichever you happen to prefer, it's all good stuff. Recommended.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good compilation
In the early eighties, Depeche Mode founding member Vince Clarke made a startling announcement - he was leaving the band he created (they wanted to focus on touring, and he wanted to focus on in-studio stuff.) He formed Yaz with Alison Moyet, but soon quit that band after their two albums failed to achieve any true charting success. But in the middle of the decade, he joined forces with vocalist Andy Bell and formed a new band - Erasure. And he's been in this band from then until now - nearly twenty years. This is a compilation of the band's biggest hits. Read on for my review.

PROS:
-More than likely, the only real reason that you want to buy an Erasure hits compilation is because you want to get their biggest hit, Chains Of Love. I don't think I have to tell you that it's on here. All the other fairly big hits are on here as well.
-Though HITS is part of this compilation's title, it doesn't just rely on the hits. There are a number of excellent songs on here that never made it big. Don't pass them by!
-This is an affordable compilation.
-Most major retailers of compact discs carry this compilation, so you shouldn't have to look too hard for it.

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-The compilation doesn't fill the eighty minutes that you can fit onto a compact disc. It seems like the compiler was more concerned with getting a nice, round number of songs on here than actually filling the time.
-Because this is an older compilation, there is no material from the band's new album of covers entitled Other People's Songs.
-I recently heard the band will be releasing ANOTHER hits compilation... If that's true, then this one could be rendered obsolete before we know it...

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Erasure was one of the greatest new wave bands out there - and they still are! This compilation does an excellent job giving you their hits and them some. If you like eighties pop music, don't even think about overlooking Erasure. ... Read more


110. Anastacia
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Anastacia, the self-titled third album from the former wedding singer picks up where Freak of Nature left off, completing her transformation from disco-pop diva to full-on rock goddess. "Seasons Change" opens the album with a nu-metal guitar riff and pretty much sets the tone for the other 11 songs. Lead single "Left Outside Alone" demonstrates the diversity of Anastacia's voice: she starts off very pronounced in an Evanescence style before going back to her old self. Sadly, the vocals are more restrained than usual, with only a few songs showing off her range. The ballad "Heavy On My Heart" builds to some dynamic choruses, reminiscent of Joe Cocker's screaming rendition of "With a Little Help from My Friends" but the only time Anastacia really lets loose is on "Sexy Single," where her distinctive nasal vibrato loosens up and puts a real feel into the music. It's a shame there are none of the funk or disco numbers that made her debut so explosive but with such a unique voice, Anastacia could sing anything and it would sound great. --David Trueman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Her Diva Fabulousness keeps getting better!
Her Diva Fabulousness Anastacia has moved to a more rock sound than her previous albums, which had more of an R&B flavour. Her collaborations this time are primarily with Glen Ballard, the man credited with working with such giants as Alanis Morissette and more recently Dave Matthews. And as long as I was waiting for this album, let me say that every second was worth it. Written primarily during her ordeal with breast cancer, Anastacia has crafted an album which is far more personal and touching than her previous two masterworks, and listening to her talk about the writing process and how painful it was, how she could write a single verse before being completely exhausted, it makes the end result that much more incredible. The album opens with "Seasons Change," heavy with the guitar riffs and gives us a taste of what's to come. "Left Outside Alone" is the second track, and astute listeners will notice that there this is a different mix than the single version, which mixes things up a little. "Time" may contain a few trite phrases about the way we perceive time, but she weaves it fabulously in the melody and it's a fantastic track when she's finished with it. "Sick and Tired" is one of the strengths of this album, where she details some of her ordeal lyrically, but the song's hook is infections, and I could put it on repeat without tiring of it. "Heavy On My Heart" is slower, but much more intimate about what she faced during her illness. "I Do" is a much more angry song, and features the vocals of Sonny Sandoval from P.O.D., though his contributions are minimal. Having read the lyrics, I'm tempted to say that the song is a critique of current American policy, but I'm not entirely sure. Being as she currently lives in London, it could easily be... "Welcome To My Truth" is about still retaining the capacity to love after all of the disillusionment and heartbreak and pain that she's faced, which is fantastic. Infectious is the rhythm of "Pretty Little Dum Dum," a tale about a woman and a bastardly guy, with great lines like "He says that you're the one one / But that's eleven in his eyes." Fantastic. "Sexy Single" was Her Diva Fabulousness' collaboration with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame, and it details being okay with not having a man around-great to hear. "Rearview" is a great song about meaning to come back to someone to find that that they're gone, but accepting change. "Where Do I Belong" slows things down a bit, and the track is quite raw and emotional. "Maybe Today" is a fitting final track and the second collaboration with Dave Stewart, slowing things down even more, and it mellows the sounds with a piano and strings, and the lyrics are just fantastic. It's official-Anastacia is an absolutely amazing album. I'd go so far as to give it an 11/10.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Artist That Is Anastacia
Madonna had Ray Of Light. Mariah had Butterfly. Janet had Velvet Rope. Now it is Anastacia's turn to show the world how much she has grown as a person and artist through all the hardships that she has been through. When I first listened to the album, I was in complete shock by the talent that this incredible woman portrayed. She has grown emensely as a writer and singer since Freak Of Nature. The best track of the album is Heavy On My Heart. Other fantastic songs are Left Outside Alone, Welcome To My Truth, Seasons Change, and Where Do I Belong. I also love the rest of the songs - except Sexy Single.

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD
i cant belive it she got in rock this album is mix of everyrhythm from :left outside alone a poopp rhythm to time or i do a rock . in totall really worth to buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I first heard Anastacia on MTV in Germany, and returned to the US to seek out her CD.

Her voice is fabulous.

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY GREAT CD!
America is a great place for music an d all, but so is the rest of the world.

While most of America is in the Hip-Hop and Dance stuf (which isnt a bad thing AT ALL), i really do feel that we do miss some great artists: thus the case with Anastacia

Anastacia has been around for quite some time now, but she is popular overseas and not in her native US of A. "America" really doesnt know what they are missing.

ANASTACIA is her 3rd album, and third luck DOES have its charm!

Anastaica shows some more "grown-up" sound and all in this one. Not That Kind and Freak of Nature are not bad albums AT all, but ANASTACIA (her new self titled album) is extremely different than ANYTHING she has put out in the past years.

Standout songs in my opinion include:

Seasons Change
Left Outside Alone
Time (ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS SO FAR TO COME ALONG)
Sexy Single

But all in all, this is one ROCKING album and all.

If you havent heard of Anastacia before, go GET THIS ONE!! It is something different and DEFINITELY a breath of fresh air.

Isnt it time for a change anyhow? Chage is ALWAYS good! ... Read more


111. Jive Bunny: The Album
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5-0 out of 5 stars Jive Bunny keeps things hopping with this album
A fun mix of classic toe-tapping hits with just a dash of slow-jam, belly-rubbing music, makes this a wonderful party album...Anybody familiar with big band will appreciate the liberal use of Glenn Miller's music...The Everly Brothers, Chubby Checker, Bill Haley & His Comets, and Little Richard also make welcome appearances...This album is definitely a keeper, no matter what age you are!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not perfect by any means, but this is a 'must-have' CD
In 1987, club DJs Andy Pickles and Ian Morgan from Rotherham, England began releasing DJ-only mixes on their newly launched 'Music Factory' record label. Mixing hits of the day proved very worthwhile as the two budding DJs became highly respected within the music industry. Still only 'small time', Andy and Ian began experimenting with different types of music. In 1988, with a project none of them took seriously, they produced a megamix titled "Swing The Club" - a collection of classic rock n' roll tracks accompanied by the original sounds of the Glen Miller band. Not expecting anyone to take notice of this, it soon became a favourite in British night clubs. Early the following year, the duo was approached by another record label with the intent of releasing it as a single. But fearing they'd lose control of their project, the duo - with the help of Andy's dad, John Pickles - decided to release the single by themselves. The Jive Bunny phenomenon was born!

The single, which had to be re-recorded due to licensing difficulties - was re-titled as "Swing The Mood" and initially took the British charts by storm. Featuring a collection of classic oldies megamixed in such a way to give it a modern dance feel, the single went to number one (in the UK) on August 5th, 1989 and stayed there for five weeks. Because no-one expected this to be a hit, the Master Mixers had to frantically work on a follow-up single. And they did that with "Swing The Club Volume 2" which was remixed and re-titled, "That's What I Like". Similar to the previous hit in style and production, "That's What I Like" stormed into the charts on October 14th, 1989, reached number one the following week and stayed there for three weeks. With such a large interest in the Jive Bunny phenomenon sparking a new craze, an album was rush-released in time for the Christmas market. And this is that album.

"The Album" begins with the 12" extended version of "Swing The Mood". This is THE definitive version - the radio edit ruined it in my opinion. Featuring contributions from the likes of Chubby Checker, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Eddie Cochrane, The Everly Brothers, Elvis (the only sound-a-like on this megamix) and of course, Glen Miller, "Swing The Mood" is probably Jive Bunny's best-loved track. "Rock N Roll Party Mix" is basically a Chuck Berry/Little Richard tribute track that is pale in comparison to "Swing The Mood". This track, which was later remixed and repackaged as "That Sounds Good To Me", was the final megamix from this album to be released as a single (in February 1990).

"The Album" slows down with the third megamix - a beautifully compiled romantic track simply called, "Lover's Mix". Featuring classic love songs from the 50s & 60s such as, 'All I Have To Do Is Dream', 'Rhythmn Of The Rain', 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow' and 'Diana', "Lover's Mix" is truly a hidden gem. "Do You Wanna Rock", a megamix concentrating on the British Glam Rock days of the 70s follows. This was meant to be released as a single too, but difficulties in obtaining clearance prevented the Master Mixers from doing so (a problem that would forever haunt the producers).

"That's What I Like" also appears in the extended version, and unlike "Swing The Mood", the radio edit of this song is better. Even so, it's a brilliant dance megamix featuring most of the artists that appeared on "Swing The Mood". "The Glen Miller Medley" - which was the original b-side of the aforementioned megamix - is also included on the album. There's no denying it's an enjoyable track, but you can't help but think this was an album filler.

"Swing Sisters Swing" is another megamix devoted to the 1940s. This time, the Glen Miller band is accompanied by two of the world's biggest 'girl' groups of the WWII era: The Andrews Sisters and The Beverley Sisters, both performing such favourites as 'Chattanooga Choo Choo', 'Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree', 'Hold Tight' and 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy'. It is enjoyable, but at 7-minutes long, it does become a tad boring after a while. "The Album" ends with "Hopping Mad", a megamix that should've been released as a single. Focusing on the 60s more than the 50s, this track is my own favourite from the album.

There is a noteable ommission from "The Album" and that's the Christmas single "Lets Party" which also made number one in the UK. Funny, because both were released at the same time - and both reached the top of their respective charts. Still, this is a fantastic party album, and one you should own.

Jon.

1-0 out of 5 stars Ho hum
Did you know that the 50s and 60s tunes on the jive bunny series were replicated by studio musicians. The were clearly a talented bunch, but must they use their powers for evil purposes?

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST ALBUM EVERERER!
everyone who said this album sucked is a poor and lonley soul because jive bunny is all about having fun which no one ever has anymore so its nice for something to involve fun people have to be so rude and judge this album so badly when they could really be listein to it with some friends dancing away but no taht are dwelling on some cd they didnt like ok GET OVER IT!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not A Patch On What Mastermix Can Do
Let it be known, the production team behind Jive Bunny -Mastermix- are among the best in their field at this type of music making. Their DJ-only mixes are fantastic, and rival anything the big players in the game produce (namely DMC & Ultimix). So why are Jive Bunny albums so terrible? Well, that can be put down to the fact strict licensing laws prevent Mastermix from using the original artists to create these megamixes for commercial release. Mastermix may get away with using Elvis Presley samples for DJ-only mixes, but not for Jive Bunny's chart releases. That's when they use the dreaded "sound-a-likes" which, more often than not, spoil the overall production quality of what's normally fantastic mixes.

Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers was the brainchild of John and Andy Pickles way back in 1988 when 'Mastermix' produced their first rock n' roll medley - a track which, surprisingly, went down well with British clubbers. Popularity was so great, a commercial release was planned and "Jive Bunny" was born. This debut album -mixed by top DJ's Andy Pickles, Ian Morgan, Les Hemstock, Rob Adlin, Martin Smith, Darren Ash, Rick Stuart and Dave Roarthy- followed suit. The first single taken from the album - a total reworking of the original club smash "Swing The Mood" - became a worldwide best-selling single because of it's unique and revolutionary production. Not a patch on the club mix, it has to be said, but this type of Megamix had never been heard before on a commercial release (DMC had scored hits with several "Sixties Mix" albums prior to this, but no-one had ever gained chart success with a 'single' mix of this quality). Sampling and mixing classic 50s rock n roll tracks, backed with a catchy drum beat, "Swing The Mood" not only brought "Mastermix" to the attention of the masses, the mix also brought rock n roll back to a new generation of music buyers (sales of rock n roll CDs greatly increased after this mix was released). The follow-up mix -Jive Bunny's second number one hit single- "That's What I Like" used the same tried and tested formula as "Swing The Mood" to create a near identical mix - with the exception of using a "Hawaii 5-0" sample to replace the 'Big Band' samples from it's predecessor.

No other megamixes from this album were used for chart releases. However, "Rock N Roll Party Mix" would later be revamped and remixed as "That Sounds Good To Me" - Jive Bunny's fourth chart single. (The Christmas Megamix "Lets Party" -their third and final number one doesn't feature on this or any Jive Bunny album). The only other megamix on this album worth mentioning is one titled "Hopping Mad". Why this was never released as a single is unclear because it's one of their best mixes under the "Jive Bunny" banner. The rest of this 45 minute album is more of a 'miss' than a 'hit' - and no better phrase than "album fillers" can be used to describe the four other mixes. "Lover's Mix" - dedicated to the schmaltzy and innocent love songs of the 1950s is a very fundamental piece of work (it gives you the impression this was 'rush' produced to cash-in on Jive Bunny's surprising popularity and get this album released in time for the Christmas market). "Do You Wanna Rock" - a Megamix dedicated to the 1970s Glam Rock scene sounds so out of place on what's really a rock n roll appreciation album.

To prove Mastermix's versatility in the field of creating mixes, there's two on this album dedicated to the Big Band sounds of the 1940s. First up is the "Glenn Miller Medley" - an elongated instrumental mix that provided the backing beat for the "Swing The Mood" Megamix. Trouble gaining the rights to use authentic Glenn Miller tracks resulted in Mastermix turning to The John Anderson Band for the Big Band arrangements (Mastermix would repay the compliment by producing an album for them the following year). "Swing Sisters Swing" is another World War II based Megamix featuring tracks -which I believe are the originals - by The Beverly and Andrews Sisters. Not worthy enough to deserve a single release, these two 1940s megamixes are a classic slice of nostalgia nonetheless and received quite a lot of airplay at many 50th Anniversary of VE/VJ Day parties back in 1995.

This is without a doubt the best Jive Bunny album available to date, but it's no where near as good as what Mastermix are better known for producing. Later Jive Bunny albums were pale in comparison to this debut effort (some were just downright awful), but it should be known "Jive Bunny" are *not* 'one' band. Instead, the Mastermixers are a group of DJ's which might go as far as explaining the decline in quality. But this is the original production team who would return nine years later for the "Hop Around The Clock" compilation - the only other Jive Bunny album worth mentioning. ... Read more


112. Design of a Decade 1986/1996
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This decade-spanning compilation charts the singer-dancer-actress's transformation from rebellious teenager to sexy diva, along the way check-listing major hits like "Nasty," "Miss You Much," "What Have You Done for Me Lately?" and "Rhythm Nation." Two new tracks bookend the set, but even the older material--most of it helmed by writer-producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis--holds up remarkably well. --Courtney Kemp ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Decent Compilation
DESIGN OF A DECADE from 1996 is just that- a compilation from the Jackson who truly emerged from her brothers shadow to be a superstar in her own right.

Since the earliest tracks are culled from her breakout 1986 album CONTROL, this means previous charting singles from her 2 previous albums are not here. This shouldn't be too big a gripe except to completists. Essentially, these are the hits from CONTROL and RHYTHM NATION 1814, with 2 new tracks included. There is only one track from her smash JANET album, "Thats the Way Love Goes", but since that release is on the Virgin label (and this is A&M, her previous label), its fortunate that even that track is included.

The old hits hold up well- tight, catchy dance-pop and R&B, along with a few ballads. The two new songs are also worthy of consideration- the bright, exotic "Runaway" (which did become a hit single), and the dreamy, sensuous "Twenty-Fourplay", which is good despite an abrupt about-face mid song...

overall, worthwhile- just be forwarned that her hits for Virgin are NOT here...

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential listening
When Madonna released "The Immaculate Collection", she made the mistake of remixing most of the tracks, which seem to miss the freshness of the originals. With Michael Jackson's "HIStory" the classics got buried underneath the hype of lackluster new material. Seems like Janet is the only modern pop legend to get it right. She leaves the 14 original hits the way they were originally released, and gives them the finest remastering job the record industry has ever seen. These classics still sound as incredible as they did more then a decade ago. What makes the album even more impressive are the 2 new songs; "Runaway", the hit indian-themed dance single, and "Twenty Foreplay", a sexually explicit ballad explaining the joys of real love. They aren't merely just filler tacked on to make the album sell better, these tracks are so professionally made that they actually deserve to be on a "greatest hits album". "Design Of A Decade 1986/1996" shows why Janet is considered the talented artist she is. One-third well produced grooves, one-third deep lyrics, and one-third innocent voice equal the most exciting compilation of the nineties!

4-0 out of 5 stars Janet's best
This is a good overview of Janet's early career. On DESIGN OF A DECADE, you get all the hits from her first breakthrough albums CONTROL and RHYTHM NATION 1814. Because she was with A&M on those albums, and this album is on A&M, there is only one song from her "janet." album ("That's The Way Love Goes") since that album was on Virgin. There's two new tracks as well. "Runaway" is a nice uptempo song about being with someone and traveling the world. "Twenty Foreplay" is a sexy rompy ballad that sounds great. They are worth having. However, if you have her albums, there's no need really for this album other than to have all the hits on one CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Compilation From Janet
"Design of a Decade 1986-1996" is a compilation of most of Janet Jackson's hits within that time span. Every song plays a great role in music history. This presents listeners how she evolved as an artist within that time. Through strong independence, fighting against discrimination, and sex, she became more than a musician and a dancer. She's influenced a generation of pop musicians that came after her. The variety of music genres give listeners the added pleasure: pop, R&B, rock, and funk. Her great talents prove that she greatly deserves the recognition she's received.

Janet Jackson took her tracks from her previous three albums: "Control" (1986), "Rhythm Nation 1814" (1989), and "Janet" (1993). All three albums reached #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Charts. Despite the long time span between albums, the quality proves worth the wait. Every track through her career tells a story and gives listeners the amazing emotional pleasure. Therefore, they take them on a musical journey through her life, trials, and beliefs. Through every release, she amazed fans with her changed style, attitude, and looks. Within 1986-1996, she won four Grammys and several other awards.

Before 1986, she starred in two sitcoms briefly: "Good Times" (1978-1980) and "Diff'rent Strokes" (1981-1982). She also released two albums: self-titled (1982) and "Dream Street" (1984). Unfortunately, both albums flopped. "Control" is when her career lauched to enormous levels. She released six hit singles from this album, starting with "What Have You Done For Me Lately", all which are featured on "Design of a Decade". These tracks define her strong-willed independence. She fired her father manager before recording began. Her lyrics are accompanied by wonderful funky pop backgrounds. With the help of longtime producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the dance beats give listeners great dancing pleasure. Through the dancing, she expresses her more sensative side on the ballad "Let's Wait a While". Such quality proves that her success is only the beginning.

Her album "Rhythm Nation 1814" expresses her strong political beliefs, namely racism. This launched seven hit singles, all which are featured on "Design of a Decade". Musically, she explores more pop/dance rather than pop/funk. The occasional various genres keep listeners interested. The dance beats continue to attract audiences. She performs every track expressively and beautiful, offering a deeper look through her words. Through the signature dance music, she manages to record a rock song "Black Cat". Her final single from this album "Love Will Never Do Without You" readies listeners for her next album.

Janet Jackson's biggest selling album "Janet" surprises listeners most. Her previous well-known conservative look transforms to a sexually charged image. She launched six hit singles from this album. Due to record company contracts, "That's the Way Love Goes" is the only one featured on "Design of a Decade". This calm, groovy R&B song partially introduces listeners to the album's theme. This remains her most successful single to date. This was written and performed beautifully. Her voice perfectly matched with the intimate theme.

Through the career journey on "Design of a Decade", Janet Jackson rooms two new singles: "Runaway" and "Twenty Foreplay". The musical quality proves that she continues to evolve as an artist with this album release. "Runaway" is a great pop single that explores her career times. She quotes that through all of her success, her then-husband (in secret) was missing. The ballad "Twenty Foreplay" is a great song to relax to.

"Design of a Decade 1986-1996" is a great album for all Janet Jackson fans. This is sure to please listeners for a long time. Every song featured will become classics in the following years. Her successes after this prove that "part two" will come shortly. Go Janet!

Janet Jackson's albums after "Design of a Decade" (all recommended):
---"The Velvet Rope" (1997)
---"All For You" (2001)
---"Damita Jo" (2004)

5-0 out of 5 stars HERstory,Past,Present and Future
In 1995,when Janet Jackson's King of Pop brother Michael released his HISTORY album,she released her first greatest hits package with a few new tracks. A decade earlier,Janet recorded her second album CONTROL which went multi-platinum. Also in 1995,she and Michael recorded SCREAM for HISTORY. Man,that was an awesome video! Quite a few of the CONTROL tracks appear in this collection. Those include WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY?,the title track,LET'S WAIT AWHILE,WHEN I THINK OF YOU and NASTY. There are hits from 1989's 1814 RHYTHM NATION and 1993's JANET. This album could have used SCREAM although it's on HISTORY. Those who are fans of Janet Jackson's are also fans of Michael,The Jackson 5 and The Jacksons. ... Read more


113. Technique
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Technique is New Order's most fully realized dance album. Although other New Order albums have been mighty danceable, this recording contains a masterful use of the acid-house trends storming the club scene in 1989, when this album was released. New Order embraced the technology that was available at the time but never substituted brilliant song structures with prefabricated formats that sequencers, samplers, and other high-tech noisemakers can easily provide. They intelligently used these devices to incorporate elements of a broader genre beyond the "New Order sound," proving that even while experimenting with musical trends and other fleeting diversions, this accomplished group is capable of pulling off a genre-defining album without ever losing sight of their own identity. --Beth Bessmer ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars New Order vs Acid House
In its day, this record was a contender. Although it had its Acid House detractors and New Order critics, the album was unique in what it tried to accomplish. At the tail-end of the Acid House craze (1989--the UK's "Summer of Love"), New Order tried to pump up the volume with "Fine Time" (the lead track) and "Round and Round". Both were massive 12"s at a time when remixes were scarce and 'techno' club tunes were just emerging.

The record's title, alluding to the emerging mastery of the turntable whilst maintaining a treasury of guitar + keyboard melodies and technofied electronic drums (Stephan Morris style) combined with the bass highs of Peter Hook's signature rhythm component, conveys an evolution of pop rock into club dance without getting too commercial or cheesey. Granted, the post Joy Division lyrics of New Order were always a bit unbearable, and this album's no exception; nonetheless, the overall melodic flow of the compositions and the hard-hitting dance rhythms generate an unforgettable assortment of classic tunes, especially for the '80s retro dancefloor afficionado.

In my opinion, this is the last great New Order album; further in my opinion, it should have been their last--it signifies what I believe to be the most genuine departure from earlier stylistic choices, and yet retains an honest wholeness. "Republic" and "Get Ready" to me seem to merely capitalize on where the band has already been and can't return to. Perhaps I'm simply nostalgic; there was a day when I would've claimed New Order could do no wrong. That day has passed, and "Technique" to me is the last great refuge of a warm, welcoming legacy of pop dance melody.

4-0 out of 5 stars A must for New Order Fans
This album is my favorite new order album. (However this is not a 5 star album) I really don't consider substance a "real" album cos it wasn't. it's a collection of singles. If you like singing along to songs this is best new order album to sing along to. Right from the beginning when Bernard says, "you're much to youuuuuuung." you will think you are in heaven. There's something about "Technique" that the other records didn't have. You will definitely notice more dance-type songs than with the other releases. "Round and Round" is a standout track along with "Fine Time" and "Run". If you put this album up against "Republic" and "Low-Life" "Technique" will stand out as being the one u keep coming back to. I recommend Technique to anyone who is interested in new order. My second choice would be Brotherhood.

1-0 out of 5 stars Technique
Technique~ New Order. Many people will say that I must have lost my mind. How can I like Visage, Depeche Mode and other 80's bands and not like New Order. The answer is quite simple. New Order, should have been called Self Love. They are a group semi tallent musicians that play prententious and often irritating music that sucks the life out of the listener. I hated this album and this supposed to be one of their better ones.

3-0 out of 5 stars And the Beat Goes On
Pherhaps New Order`s more upbeat and danceable album, "Technique" stands as a good piece of late eighties pop. It shows that they were poignant percursors of the dance scene, delivering innovative and catchy songs that still have their appeal even if some years have passed already. It`s a dated record, sure, as one can easily identify the time period it came out, yet most of the songs are strong and still carry some freshness. The first track, "Fine Time", is a dazzling and addictive dance number, proving the band`s creativity and talent.
Bernard Summers` vocals are, as usual, one of the highpoints, making a perfect combination with the electronic-oriented soundscapes. Although it`s a worthwile record, "Technique" has a couple of moments that seem a bit too samey, so some diversity would be welcome.
A solid musical experience, nonetheless, and a fine effort from the MADchester dance scene.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get the message
'Technique' is a phenomenal record by a phenomenal band. Eight years and four albums after rising from the ashes of the doom-laden Joy Division, New Order had evolved to create the best electronic rock crossover album that I can think of. Recorded in Ibiza, but charting the disintegration of a relationship, the album is a curious contradiction of infectious beats and wistful lyrics that nevertheless works brilliantly. From the bass-heavy dancefloor sleaze - with a nod to Barry White - of 'Fine Time' through to the euphoric menace of 'Dream Attack', 'Technique' is an immaculately cohesive whole with very few weak points - only 'Guilty Partner' seems surplus to requirements. All the trademark New Order idiosyncracies are here, Peter Hook's inimitable bass, Bernard Sumner's winsome vocals and a glorious collage of beats, synths and guitars. The highpoint of the album comes with 'Run', a gorgeous, acoustic-driven jangle shot through with ragged bursts of electric guitar and ethereal synth. From then on in, 'Technique's attack is relentless, the excellent 'Mr Disco' and 'Vanishing Point' paving the way for the epic closer 'Dream Attack'. 'Substance' may have all the hits on it, but for 45 minutes of sustained New Order brilliance, no other album can live with 'Technique'. Get the message. ... Read more


114. Daydream
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"Fantasy" provides the only real transcendent chapter on this album. Reinterpreting Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love" with a percolating dance beat, the single emphasizes everything that makes Mariah Carey great. Her voice swoops, squeals, and careens over the seductive rhythm, while the words capture just the right amount of vulnerability and determination. Unfortunately, the thrill is short-lived, as the multiplatinum singer soon falls back into typical adult-contemporary schlock and pointless vocal gymnastics, particularly on "Melt Away" and the bombastic cover of Journey's "Open Arms." --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Listening To This Album "Forever" Is My Personal "Fantasy".
Mariah's 4th studio album,Daydream,is easily tied with Butterfly for her best album to date.She slowly but surely shows that she's going to be using a lot more hip-hop and a lot more sexuality on her later album.The song&video that show both of those sides is the 1st single&video off the album,"Fantasy".Oh yeah...that video was SEXY...ANYWAY...here's my usual review of each song:

1.Fantasy(5/5*)-The best song off the album and one of my favorite Mariah songs.And that VIDEO!
2.Underneath The Stars(5/5*)-Probably the most romanitic song on the album.And guys,if you're looking to get a date,get Daydream for this song only.
3.One Sweet Day(4/5*)-I don't really get why this was Mariah's biggest hit,she's had WAY better songs.But it's still a really good song,and Mariah and Boyz II Men sound great together.
4.Open Arms(5/5*)-I love the original version by Journey,and I love the remake by Mariah.
5.Always Be My Baby(4/5*)-I usually love this song,but ocassionally I get kind of sick of it.
6.I Am Free(5/5*)-It shows Mariah singing some gospel-based music,and I like it.
7.When I Saw You(3/5*)-I like it half the time,but sometimes the music and lyrics are so lovey-dovey that it makes you sick to your stomach.
8.Long Ago(5/5*)-One of Mariah's first hip-hop flavored songs,and in my opinion,one of her best.
9.Melt Away(5/5*)-Like "Bliss(from Rainbow)",it's a Sade freakin' time song,but its shorter and better.
10.Forever(5/5*)-The second best song on the album,and the best ballad off the album.Has sort of a 50's feel to it.
11.Daydream Interlude(5/5*)-I don't usually do interludes,but this should have been a song.
12.Looking In(5/5*)-Some of the best lyrics Mariah has ever written.

Daydream is a pretty much a win-win for Mariah.She slighty changes her sound and her image and sells 10 million copies of this album while doing it.So,if you buy it,you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars DAYDREAM #1 Mariah Carey Album!
From start to finish, DAYDREAM is possible the #1 BEST Mariah Carey Album TO DATE! She's never sounded so pure or great, her voice is powerful, and her writing skills are at it's best!

FANTASY - is one of Mariah's best singles and made a record when it DEBUTED at #1! The remix version (although not on the CD is equally as good)
UNDERNEATH THE STARS - is a great pop-ballad that is 'oh-so dreamy'
ONE SWEET DAY - a duet with Boyz II Men and another #1 hit for MC
OPEN ARMS - her 2nd best cover to date! She sounds great!
ALWAYS BE MY BABY - another #1 for Mariah and a great R&B-pop song!
I AM FREE - is one of Mariah's great inspirational ballads.
WHEN I SAW YOU - is one of Mariah's great love ballabds.
LONG AGO - Mariah's first step into R&B/HipHop
MELT AWAY - co-written by Babyface it's another great pop-ballad
FOREVER - is another great song by Mariah with a 40's feel to it

This album is BY FAR one of Carey's best! Right up there next to MUSIC BOX and BUTTERFLY! A DEFINTE MUST FOR ALL MC FANS OR JUST GREAT MUSIC LOVERS!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST Mariah Carey album until now!
I have always and ever shall be a BIG fan of the diva named Ms. Mariah Carey. I own 3 of her CD's namely "#1's", "Greatest Hits", and of course, "Daydream". Why am I saying that Daydream is the BEST album that she ever recorded? Due to the fact that the songs in this album are all HITS and there were some #1's in this album here like the songs "One Sweet Day", "Always be my Baby", and "Fantasy". There are also top 40 hits like the songs "Open Arms", "Underneath the Stars", and "Forever". See that almost all of her songs in this album reached the hits destinction. That's quite a feat, right? I didn't have any second thoughts in buying this CD, because I knew then that this album will become her BEST among the rest of her albums. I always adored her music, because she can sing in such a very melodious way that will even make my hair stand at attention everytime she gives us that very high-pitched climactic note. Just like on her duet with Whitney Houston for the soundtrack of the animated feature film,"Prince of Egypt", the song "When You Believe", wherein she did one of her hair-raising high-pitched note for the word "believe" in the ending of the said song. WOW! That really sent my soul to another dimension! No other artist has ever made my hair stand stiff due to their voice. Only Ms. Carey did and I salute you for your masterpiece of an album which is the BEST Mariah Carey album to date "DAYDREAM". All hail the eternal diva, Ms. Mariah Carey!

5-0 out of 5 stars I Daydream About This CD
"I'm Breaking Free!" screams this album. Mariah's sixth album (and sixth year on the music scene) was where we first heard her experiment with Hip Hop flavors. She was married to Tommy Mattola for this one (it would be her last one as a married woman) and it reflects that. 'Tommy' is in the 'thank-yous' and his style is still seen in the song 'When I Saw You'. 'Fantasy' is a great song to treadmill to, and 'Forever' reminds me of New York City everytime I hear it. This is her most emotional recording, and it truly says that. 'One Sweet Day' and 'Always Be My Baby' are two chart-toppers. And one more underrated song, 'Long Ago', should have been a single but wasn't. Great listen by a great artist.

4-0 out of 5 stars Probably the last of her best work thus far
By this point, Mariah Carey has become one of the biggest acts in the music industry. This collection, however, shows the beginnings of teh dowfall of Mariah. The Diva attitude started to come through. The mix of several producers starts to show the disjoint theme and arrangements through the CD. Her first 2 albums had a cohesiveness that this CD doesn't have.

However, there were some stand-out performances on this CD. "Fantasy" was a great revival of an obscure 80s song. Mariah's version is better than the 80s song. ONE SWEET DAY was a great collaboration wwith Boys II Men. Open Arms was a cover of an 80s ballad but this version doesn't have the type of umph found in the original. ... Read more


115. Coyote Ugly (2000 Film)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Songs From the Greatest Songwriter Ever
Diane Warren may hold the record for writing the most songs for movie soundtracks. It would take days to name all of the soundtracks her music is featured on. The latest one is Coyote Ugly, a movie about a young girl who, while trying to achieve her goal as a songwriter, she ends up working for a sexy night club were anything goes. Diane writes four songs on the soundtrack all sung by Leann Rimes. Of course, this isn't the first time these two have worked together, as the scored the longest running single in the history of the billboard charts with "How Do I Live." Now their trying to score another big hit, and after hearing the four songs, I'm convinced that they can. In fact I believe that this maybe some of Warren's most polished work ever starting with the first single "Can't Fight the Moonlight." The song has a very fresh, current sound that should fit nicely with the pop wave radio has been riding lately. What really caught me about this song is the imagery behind the lyrics and how it fits so well with the Trevor Horn's dynamic production of the music. They just flow so well. Leann sings this song like a pop artist singing a pop song instead of a country artist singing a pop song. I really like the way this song was arranged as it allows Leann to deliver the most creative and inventive performance I have ever heard her give. The magic continues on my favorite song "The Right Kind of Wrong." Indeed if I would have heard this song without knowing Warren wrote it, I would have never guess she did. The song has an overall pop felling to it, with an edge to it that Leann takes to the next level. The lyrics on this song are amazing, powerful in the sense that Leann sings this song like she means it. The song is produced well, as Trevor Horn gives the song a bit of a rock flavor to it, which makes it that much more appealing to listen to. The two Warren-penned ballads on the soundtrack are equally potent. "Please Remember," is a desperate cry from one lover telling the one she loves to never forget the times they spent together. Leann sings this song with grace and style, bring out the emotional weight of the lyric in her voice. Once again the production is right on the mark, with a beautiful piano leading off the song, and then a soaring string arrangement that leads to the climax of the song which is powerful, yet not to the point where the song gets to over-bearing to listen to. The other ballad "But I Do Love You" is playful in nature with lyrics like "I don't like when the rain falls on my shoe, but I do love you." It's one of the ballads that doesn't require the grand instruments or powerful vocals to get the message of the song across. It simply relies on the clever lyrics and a very laid back performance by Rimes who sings this song very well. Besides these amazing Diane Warren-Leann Rimes collaborations there are some old dance hits including one of my all time favorites "Need You Tonight" by Inxs and other hits from Snap, EMF and Don Henley. However it's truly the Rimes-Warren show on this album. These four songs are perhaps the best songs ever written for a movie. If radio chooses to ignore anyone of them in favor of some of the filth that fills the airwaves today (you all know what I'm talking about) then these are truly sad days in the music industry.

3-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
The first four songs by Leann Rimes are nothing short of the bubblegum pop that's dominating the charts right now. If that's your gig...more power to ya. Otherwise the 90's hits by EMF and Snap were a great revival, and you can't go wrong with having "The Devil" on ANY soundtrack. However, I was extremely upset to not hear Blondie's "One Way or Another" which was a pivotal point in the movie, and equally as upset with the lack of Kid Rock's "Cowboy", which is one of the hotter Tyra Banks' scenes in the flick. I was expecting a much more rockin' cd after watching the movie. It's definately not a cd I'd play on the jukebox at a bar...I'd get laughed out of the place.

5-0 out of 5 stars Coyote Ugly soundtrack
I think this Cd is wicked i think that it represents the movie in every way although i was dissapointed that Blondies song one way or another was not on the CD. It has a mixture of songs old and new which appeals to a variety of audiences.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Music
I love the movie, and the soundtrack. The movie has a lot of inspriration for anyone. No matter what their goals in life. I would highly recomend the movie to anyone who hasn't seen it, and after seeing the movie; I guarantee that you will love the music, and want to get the soundtrack.
Traci

4-0 out of 5 stars Attractive Coyote
This is a sensational soundtrack combining 80's and 90's rock and country songs together on the one album. Leann Rimes' superb Can't Fight the Moonlight starts off this CD. She also has three other songs on this album. One is pretty average, Please Remember but the other two are really good. The Right Kind of Wrong is a fast paced rock country style song and But I Do Love You is a great ballad. For those closet Leann fans too embarrassed or 'too cool' to buy a Leann Rimes actual album this is an excellent chance for you to get some of her great songs.

After Leann the Coyote Ugly Soundtrack moves back in time to the 80's and early nineties with the next four rock/dance tracks. All She Wants to Do Is Dance is one that will bring back memories as will the huge hit by EMF Unbelievable. The Power will bring you back to the 90's dance floor as soon as Snap sings I've Got the Power! Of course if you've seen the movie then they will bring back memories from scenes from the film too.

The Devil Went Down to Georgia is a catchy unique country rock type song. Very clever and amusing. You will play it again and again and again. The last three songs are pretty average but you've already got your moneys worth by this stage. It's a shame other great songs from the film were left out though. ... Read more


116. Aquarium
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Danish group Aqua arrived on the international pop scene in 1997 withtheir multimillion-selling smash single "Barbie Girl." Developing a formula pioneered by their successful Swedish rivals Ace of Base and Whigfield, the banddemonstrated on this album that they were more than just one-hit wonders (atleast in markets outside America). Skillfully crafted for instant, easilydigestible consumption, Aquarium is equally entertaining at the club orat home. It's jammed full of bubblegum pop classics, ranging from the Eurodiscoopening track "Happy Girls & Boys" to the Madonna-esque ballad "Turn Back Time." A treat for all pop lovers, it is an album that will both entertain and surprise. --John Galilee ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
A fantastically trashy collection of cartoonish Europop, often so cheerful and upbeat that it's almost depressing ('Happy Boys and Girls' for example). The haunting vocal interplay of squeaky Lene and gruff Rene is something that you don't forget in a hurry, and the artfully-mangled English (almost the first line on the album is 'I've got a feeling you could use a little smile') adds to the goofy charm. It's actually quite hard to not like them - they don't seem to have any pretentions to being 'art' (unlike, say, 'Ace of Base').

The stand-out tracks here are the singles 'Barbie Girl', 'My Oh My', 'Dr Jones', and 'Turn Back Time' (which sounds extraordinarily Madonna-esque), with 'Happy Boys and Girls' and 'Calling Me' acting as solid reserves. Most of the other songs are fairly anonymous - 'In the Heat of the Night' is fun, but you'll probably skip the rest.

Given the band's inventive visual style, it would have been nice if the album had included the amusing videos, but you can't have everything.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not my style anymore, but still catchy and funny!
Aqua used to be one of my favourite bands when I was younger. But for no reason, I just went off them. I don't listen to this album anymore, but I decided to review it for a laugh.
This album is brilliant stuff. It's one of those happy albums that everyone laughs at. Aqua are one of those bands that you either love or hate. Stand out tracks are:

3. Barbie Girl - Of course! The classic Aqua track, with the funny lyrics and catchy chorus. How could it not be a stand out track?
4. Doctor Jones - Another definite stand out. It's funny with an addictive chorus.
6. Heat Of The Night - A cool party track, with a great chorus and catchy verses.
8. Lollipop (Candyman) - My personal favourite off this CD. It's just so damn cute! It has an awesome chorus and adorable verses "I wish I was a bubblegum!" was my catchphrase for ages!
9. Roses Are Red - This track's music always reminded me of a computer game. A computer game I used to have has music like in this song. This has cool vocals too with 'Roses are red' being said backwards.

Overall, a cute, dancy happy little CD that a lot of kids probably still like. A good effort.

1-0 out of 5 stars Annoying CD
I wouldnt buy this cd, my sister got it when it first came out, she got it cause she liked that annoying barbie girl cd. I listened to this cd, sadely enough, and I got to say, You will not be able to stand that one girls annoying voice, you will want to pull your hair out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I love this CD, even though it's considered really old now. I used to listen to that stuff when i was only4 yrs old, and me and my friends made a dance routine. Brings back memories.

5-0 out of 5 stars Aqua pure gold
Aquarium might sadly be a one-hit wonder for Aqua, but what a hit it is! It has a variety of good music, although I must say it is great for getting started into the dance-electronica scene. Lene's beautiful voice and Rene Dif's deep interjections really contribute a lot to their songs. If you pick your ear up, you can also hear a nice blend of sounds that make their music complex, or polyphonic. A lot of music of this genre falls into the trap of simplicity wrapped around a repeating drum loop, but not Aqua! Even their slow stuff is good. Very upbeat, happy, and cheerful. ... Read more


117. 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Andy Gibb
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3-0 out of 5 stars To Answer Your Question ...
Yes, this CD has the original, full-length version of "Time Is Time," which I agree is one of Gibb's better songs. Despite the change in title, this is actually the CD version of "Andy Gibb's Greatest Hits," an LP that was released in 1981 or thereabouts. It also includes the non-hits "Me (Without You)" and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," the latter cut probably the best duet Gibb ever performed. (I found his songs with Olivia Newton-John to be among his worst vocal performances; his voice was embarrassingly softer than hers -- no mean feat, that.)

Unfortunately, this CD does not include "All I Have to Do Is Dream," Gibb's duet with Victoria Principal, or "Man on Fire," which appeared on Gibb's previous greatest-hits package, so it's hardly inclusive. I guess those songs, and others no doubt hidden in a vault somewhere, will turn up in time for the inevitable boxed set.

5-0 out of 5 stars A New Release Of His Greatest Hits
Polydor released "Andy Gibb" (greatest) in 1991 with one new song, "Man On Fire" (a polished demo). This new collection does not include this song, nor "Flowing Rivers". However, the duet with Pat Arnold (back-up singer from the Bee Gees "Cucumber Castle" CD), "Will You Still Love Me", also from Gibb's "Greatest LP" is included. It's a nice refreshing duet. One low charting single is also not released; the infamous duet "All I Have To Do" with Victoria Principal. Note that she is not a singer and allegedly helped Andy Gibb's downhill spiral. It's not a surprise this is excluded (besides being just God-awful). But all the #1 and Top Ten hits are here, plus other Top 40 wonders. A great collection!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great pop music
I never really took him seriously but now that time has passed i really enjoyed all these songs. I like the longer version of Time is Time. I prefer the single version of Love is Thicker than water (This version goes on too long at the end). His brothers were really great songwriters and producers. Andy could have contributed so much more to his short music career but threw it all away. In only about a four year period he recorded all these great songs. It would have been nice if they included All I have to do is dream.

5-0 out of 5 stars Andy Gibb - The Forgotten Bee Gee
I discovered Andy Gibb when I started filling in gaps in my Bee Gees Collection. I vaguely remember hearing some great style Bee Gees Songs on the radio, but couldnt see them in any of their album collections - until I discovered Andy Gibb and then the pieces fell into place.It was great to hear songs like "Shadow Dancing" and "Everlasting Love" that I grew up with for a second time and they were like new. Its sad a lot of people have never heard of Andy Gibb. In my opinion I think he was perhaps the greatest of the Gibb brothers at that time with his own similar but uniquely different style blending soft rock and disco. To anyone learning about Andy Gibb for the first time, let me clear up some confusion. Andy Gibb was never one of the Bee Gees, he was a solo artist in his own right. He was the youngest of his brothers and his greatest notoreity was for a couple of years in 1978/79. His older brother Barry with whom he shared an uncanny resemblence often produced much of Andy's work and can often be heard in the backing vocals of Andys songs. I remember seeing a program on the Bees Gees with one of them saying that the door was always open for Andy if ever he wanted to join his brothers. Truly an outstanding singer and performer in his own right, his life tragically cut short by an untimely death. Always complementing the outstanding success of his other brothers, never eclipsing them, one cannot help but reflect on what might have been. Following the introduction to this album I went on to get the rest of his 4 albums. Worth listening to as a taster of what the other albums consist of - enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars not bad
Andy Gibb seemed like such a loser.I mean he had a good family,a great career and the love of Victoria Principal..but what does he do? He throws it all away for drugs and alcohol! I dont get it.Anyway,this CD is a good listen. ... Read more


118. At Worst...The Best of Boy George and Culture Club
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At best, Boy George and his band Culture Club were a dizzy mix of camp, drag, dub, disco, reggae, and new wave. The androgynous George rhumba-ed his way through hits like "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" and crooned with white boy soul through their reggae classic "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" as well as the Delta-inspired "Karma Chameleon." At worst, the band had trouble finding direction and the proper vehicles for his smooth voice, producing clunkers like "Church of the Poison Mind." "Move Away" and "Miss Me Blind"--which actually took its chorus from a Japanese whiskey commercial--were Culture Club at their most brilliant. The band knew it wasn't making fine art and rose to the task of crafting flawless pop gems. George's later work didn't have the sense of fun and abandon as his stint with Culture Club, but his remake of "The Crying Game" again demonstrated those soulful pipes. Also worthy of note from his later career is the Krishna-inspired club hit "Bow Dow Mister." --Steve Gdula ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The best of both worlds.
Since I once had the "Church Of The Poison Mind" 45, I guess that means I've been a fan for awhile. This is pretty much what it says it is, half "Culture Club", and half "Boy George". And though it's split between the two, it's all great. This really has every "Culture Club" track that's essential, like "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", "Karma Chameleon", and "I'll Tumble 4 Ya", among other's. But what shocked me the most is how good "Boy George's" solo stuff was. Obviously not as 80's as the old songs, but very good. His better songs here are "Love Is Love", "Everything I Own", and the excellent "Crying Game". Another catchy track is "Bow Down Mister (a small portion 2B polite mix)". His voice is still in top form too. Overall this is a really fun collection, and will go great with your "Cyndi Lauper" and "George Michael" cd's.

3-0 out of 5 stars Putting It All in Perspective
I'm not sure whose idea this album was (maybe Mr George's, maybe not), but its end result is to set up Boy George's career with Culture Club against his solo career. And Culture Club wins handily. I'm not a big fan of every Culture Club song ("Karma Chameleon" always irked me for some reason), but the sheer listenability and memorability of their songs easily overshadow the last half of this disk. Most of the BG solo stuff is serviceable (and quite unmemorable) generic dance music. The few standouts are all due to other people's involvement (the Pet Shop Boys' "Crying Game", PM Dawn's lovely "More Than Likely"). "After the Love" even managed to make me miss the Earth Wind & Fire ballad. Only "Bow Down Mister" (with its odd "Hare Krishna" refrain) moves anywhere beyond the facelessness of the other tracks. All my faves (excepting "More Than Likely") happen early on - "Miss Me Blind" (probably my favorite CC track), "Victims", "Time" and "Church of the Poison Mind". Pick up one of the cheap Culture Club Best-Of's instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a Miracle
I am definitely a product of the '80s when MTV first came out and was actually good, and new wave music had just exploded on to the scene thanks to MTV. Culture Club is my first pop band I got into as a pre-adolescent girl. Culture Club and Cyndi Lauper ruled my radio. I still enjoy listening to both Culture Club and Cyndi Lauper to this very day. Despite my obvious change in musical tastes, I will still always have a soft spot for Culture Club (and other '80s acts). "Colour By Numbers" was the first tape I got (or maybe it was Michael Jackson's "Thriller"), well it was one of my first pop albums I got as a child. I just flipped over the infectious melodies of "Karma Chameleon". No matter how many times I have heard that song over the years, I still love the song and think back fondly of listening to my copy of "Colour By Numbers" on my tape player. My other favorite Culture Club song definitely is "Church of the Poison Mind". I think it is that harmonica that makes the song so great. Although cheesy as velveeta, I love "It's a Miracle". How appropriate coming from a man who survived an heroin addiction. Aside from the Culture Club favorites on this cd, I actually enjoyed Boy George's solo material especially "Sweet Toxic Love" which has such a gritty sound to it (gritty for Boy George). "The Crying Game" is great too. Up until this cd, I hadn't heard any of Boy George's solo music which I thought was completely different from his days in Culture Club. Overall a great compilation. It definitely brings back a lot of memories for me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Controversy Aside, The Music Is Pure Pop
On one occasion an interviewer asked Culture Club frontman Boy George the secret of the band's success in the United States. His response? Americans know a good drag queen when they see one. And even now, some twenty years after the band broke into the charts, it is best remembered for the controversy its lead singer caused with his ultra-feminine make-up and oddly pastel-punk unisex attire. But strange to say, there is absolutely nothing controversial about the music the band produced: it is pop pure and simple, and not even the fastidious Karen Carpenter would have been given pause by either the arrangements or lyrical content. Everything the band did was smooth, glossy, slick, and extremely typical of the mainstream pop that dominated the charts during the 1980s.

This compilation offers a collection of both Culture Club's best known hits and a number of recordings Boy George released in the wake of the band's inevitable self-destruction. In both cases, the main attraction is Boy George's voice, which is remarkably soulful and playful and extremely appealing. At its best, and particularly when set against an arrangement that mixes slick pop with tropical flourishes, Boy George's voice shines like a diamond on velvet. Unfortunately, the material itself is very hit or miss. Such songs as "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" and "Time," and Boy George's covers of "Everything I Own" and "The Crying Game," are truly memorable pop gems--but while Boy George's voice is quite memorable, most of the songs themselves are not. And that is a pity, for the weakness of the material tends to undermine Boy George's obvious vocal gifts.

In the final analysis, this collection is most likely to appeal to listeners who liked Culture Club to begin with; others will likely find it completely inoffensive. I waver between giving this CD three or four stars--but I'll err on the side of generosity; the music is very well done for what it is. Trouble is, too often what it is isn't much...

5-0 out of 5 stars Now, this was the original THE BOY band!
More than just a "flash in the pan", Culture Club was one of the 80's more memorable and influential groups. With albums and singles charting internationally, the English quartet (Boy George, Mikey Craig, Jon Moss and Roy Hay, ruled the airwaves during the middle years of the decade. The group's best, or worst as the tongue-in-cheek title suggests, as well as George's solo efforts, are found on this great compilation.

The only downside is the omission of two top-selling cuts: "Mistake No. 3" from "Waking Up with the House on Fire" and "Sexuality", found on "From Luxury to Heartache". The former is a beautiful ballad that charted high on Billboard's adult contemporary and hot R & B charts in 1985 and the latter was part of a popular dance remix in 1986. ... Read more


119. Dance with Me:Music from the Motion Picture
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Contemporary Afro-Cuban and Latin dance music flavors the soundtrack to Dance with Me, a movie about (what else?) dancing. Costars Vanessa Williams and Chayanne duet on "You Are Home" both in its Spanish salsa version and its more straightforward R&B incarnation.The upbeat numbers swing: Electra's "Jibaro" gets a lively remix treatment from Paul Oakenfold, Black Machine provide the funky "Jazz Machine," and Elvis Crespo's "Suavemente" will have the dance floor sweating. Overall, with the exception of slow-dance numbers "Want You, Miss You, Love You" from Jon Secada and the aforementioned "You Are Home," Dance with Me is a predictable but fun mix. --Jason Verlinde ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, soundtrack that matches the greatness of the movie
This movie is full of music, of course, since it is about dancing. The album is full of Latin and Afro-Cuban dance music which will really make you feel like dancing with them too! My favorite track is the very first, "Magalenha" by Sergio Mendez. I still haven't figured out what language it's in but I love the groove to it. It is followed by Latin-music-goddess Gloria Estefan's "Heaven's What I Feel (Dance Remix)", which I also love. Gloria's song "Tres Deseos"- an old favorite of mine- is also included in this CD. Other well-known Spanish artists that appear in the album track are Chayanne, Jon Secada, Vannessa Williams, Thalia, and Ana Gabriel. I recommend this CD the most out of all the soundtracks I own because of its great mixture of Latin songs that go together to create a soundtrack as fun and danceable as the movie is!

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!
I bought the Dance With Me CD after I saw the movie last summer and I have not stopped playing it. It is the best soundtrack I have ever heard. "You Are My Home/Refugio de Amor is one of my many favorite songs on the cd. Vanessa L. Williams and Chayanne make a great team. They were brilliant. Eres Todo En Mi by Ana Gabriel is sung so passionately, that you don't have to speak spanish to feel every emotion in that song. This is the most exceptional cd that I will ever own. Kudos to the producers of the cd. WELL DONE!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Movie---Great Soundtrack
Perfect movie. Perfect soundtrack, with the exception of the english version of Echa Pa Lante. Should have never touched it as it was orignally prepared for Thalia's 'Amor A La Mexicana' CD.. The song is flawless in it's original version. A strong political message turned into a very poor party time message. Wrong.....

5-0 out of 5 stars this cd is great , but my favorite song is
WAOW THIS CD IS VERY NICE, I LIKE ALL SONG OF THE CD, BUT MY FAVORITE SONG IS

THALIA - HECHA PA LANTE {SPANGLISH} - THAT SONG HAVE A VERY NICE LETTER, AND THE THALIA ENGLISH IS VERY HOT AND NICE, MY REVIEW IS 10 POINTS

ANA GABRIEL- ERES TODO EN MI - THAT SONG IS VERY ROMANTIC, REALLY, THAT SONG I LOVE IT, 10 PONITS FOR ANA GABRIEL TOO

CHAYANNE AND VANESSA WILLIAMS- YOU ARE MY HOME- THAT SONG IS VERY COOL, I LIKE THE VOICE OF ALL, AND THAT IS ANOTHER SONG ROMANTIC, AND I LIKE TOO THE VERSION OF SALSA! 10 POINST

SERGIO MENDES- MAGALENHA - THAT SONG IS VERY HOTTEST FOR DANCE SALSA!!! 10 POINTS

4-0 out of 5 stars Totally danceable!
I think the soundtrack is better than the movie, which is certainly a switch! The movie I thought was a little less than inspiring -- while still being fun, I'll grant you. But the music was what made that movie more than anything else. Tracks like "Magalenha" which makes you want to jump up and dance! Or the incredibly sexy "You Are My Home" which inspires the sensual thoughts that all Latin Ballroom Dancing is about! Even if you don't see the movie, the music in this is worth getting, especially if you're all about dance! ... Read more


120. So Red the Rose
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5-0 out of 5 stars Waiting in vain (?) for the next Arcadia album!!!
Being a loyal Duran Duran fan since 1983, I bought this album the day it hit stores. I was hungry for new Duran material & couldn't wait to hear what Simon & Nick would come up with on their own (ok- Roger was there too, but he fled the scene as soon as the recording was done). I was ecstatic to discover that "So Red The Rose" was the Duran Duran album I had been waiting for. It's similar to "Seven & The Ragged Tiger," but is much more mature. The lyrics & melodies are better. The music is darker, edgier, and very atmospheric. The production is amazing, with it's multi-layered percussive & synthesizer effects. 17 years later, I still hear something new every time I play it.

Despite the album having 2 hit singles (and videos of course!), "Election Day" (w/ Grace Jones) and "Goodbye Is Forever," it has never received the attention it deserves. This album has aged incredibly well and with "Duran Fever" picking up again with their reunion tour, maybe more people will seek this out (it's getting hard to find in stores!). Get it now!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars So Red the Rose..So Good the Music
In 1985 and following the release of their US No. 1 "A View to a Kill," Duran Duran split in half to venture into solo projects. Andy and John joined the Power Station, while Simon, Nick, and Roger formed Arcadia. While the Power Station's debut was a clear departure from Duran Duran's sound, Arcadia's debut, for all intents and purposes, sounds very much like a Duran Duran album, specifically "Seven and the Ragged Tiger." But so what? The material here is good stuff. "Election Day" gets things right with a welcome spoken bit from Grace Jones, "Goodbye is Forever" is a solid midtempo number with its funky guitar and nice synth touches from Nick. "The Promise" is a jazzed up gem featuring vocals by Sting, and "Lady Ice" is an out-there avant garde excursion that closes the disc. As with much else by Duran Duran, "So Red the Rose" got a pounding by the critics. But pay the cynics no mind. It's not too late to discover this treat from the 1980s.

1-0 out of 5 stars O-N-E STAR
ONE STAR IS THE MAXIMUM ANYONE CAN GIVE THIS OVERPRICED COASTER.ONE AND ONLY ONE STAR.

1-0 out of 5 stars An honest view on Arcadia
By the time this Duran Duran spin-off Arcadia(Simon Le Bon(pepe le pew), Nick Rhodekill(Rhodes) and Roger Taylor(not to confuse with Queen's drummer) released their album So Red the Rose in November of 1985, Duran-mania was slowly dying down, thank goodness. Earlier that year, The Powerstation(which featured John and Andrew Taylor) released an album of hard rock with a funk feel which sold huge before the band imploded over creative differences that lead to Robert Palmer's departure. I have heard both albums and The Powerstation showed that Andy was a hard rocker allowed to stretch out whereas in Duran he was underused. Arcadia, on the other hand, is boring. So Red only unleashed one hit with Election Day which featured Grace Jones and was the only hit single in the US. Not even Sting(who sings backup on one track) nor Pink Floyd's David Gilmour(whom played here only as a guest musician on three tracks) can save this disaster which barely scraped Platinum. This album is a largely forgotten relic of a bygone era.

1-0 out of 5 stars about as avant garde as christina milian
i would plead with all lovers of good music to stay far away from this awful cd featuring arcadia a terrible band which featured one of the cheesiest songwriters and vocalists known to mankind ever simon le bon.the only saving grace on this album is the presence of david gilmour the guitarist of the greatest band pink floyd playing here only as a guest musician on three tracks.avoid this disaster which bombed badly at all costs.get pulse from pink floyd instead to hear gilmour at his best.half a star. ... Read more


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