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181. 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
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5-0 out of 5 stars If you like Dylan, you'll love this!
Growing up being a big fan of the Bryds, how could one not enjoy listening to Dylan played by some of the worlds finest musicians. There has never been a better rendition of Mr. Tambourine Man. My Back Pages with Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, George Harrison is also something special.

Stevie Wonder gets carried away with his intro to Blowing in the Wind, but fast forward 2&1/2 minutes and you will miss the only misery of this CD. The end of this double CD has Dylan singing. It makes you appreciate how special his music is when sung by these top performers. It also shows off what Dylan does best - song writing.

Wanna hear Dylan with an Irish accent? Buy the CD. I can't think of a better way to spend 2 hours in the car. I own over 500 CD's and this one is my favorite.

4-0 out of 5 stars Something For Everyone
I'd give this 5 stars, but there are a bunch of tracks that force me to hit the "skip" button on my CD player. The rest is good enough to boost the rating back up to 4 stars.

Perhaps the best thing about this grouping of performances is the fact that everyone has a different favorite part. After reading all the other reviews, I'm left amazed that nobody has pointed to the Eddie Veder/Mike McReady rendition of "Masters of War" as the highlight of the set. To me, this is hands-down the reason to own this set. The amount of feeling poured into the words and the preformance is astounding and a true credit to the genius of Bob Dylan. It provides a case in point that any and all Dylan songs can be made into the performer's own heart-felt masterpiece. Sure the performances by Neil Young, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, etc. are outstanding, but one likes to think that would go without saying by now. If after listening to this you can't feel the anger, emotion and scathing attack behind the lyrics to a song like "Masters of War," you simply never will. The lyrics ring just as true today as they did the day they were written --- if not for knowing better, one might think this song was written for George W. Bush and Dick Chaney. Only the Vedder version delivers the anger and emotion that are conveyed in the words themselves...this is what a protest song is meant to be!

3-0 out of 5 stars Uneven Dylan
Sorry, but the best performance is Johnny Winters ripping through Highway 61 (revisited)- a lot of the other performers (including George Harrison and Ronnie Wood pale by comparison). Why can't I get it on DVD?

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
"Archie M" seems to have rather missed the point of this album, when he complains that many of the song versions here "have no resemblence to the original". That's the WHOLE IDEA OF INTERPRETATIONS! He seems to like McGuinn's "Tambourine Man" because it sounds just like the record. What's the point of that?

Sure, nobody is going to like *everything* here (I could do without Mellencamp for example), but there are a few absolute stormers - Lou Reed, Richie Havens, Tracy Chapman, and - especially - Eric Clapton. I'd go so far as to say that EC's performance of "Don't Think Twice" is not only the high point of this show, it's the high point of his *career*. If you're a fan of the "Layla" album, and have been disappointed with the mostly soporific stuff he's done since then, listen to this - it's *blistering* - right up there with "Have You Ever Loved A Woman". Great, great music.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Fine Tribute Set
I really liked this double CD, found it worth every penny, would recommend it highly. There is some stuff on these two discs that is just simply too good to describe. Tracy Chapman's rendition of the "Times They are A-Changin'" shoots straight to your soul. Richie Havens version of "Just Like a Woman" gives the song a whole new dimension. Eric Clapton's two songs are eerie. Mr. D performs admirably on "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)," and surpasses himself on "Girl from the North Country." But the real outstanding song on this set is the version of "Absolutely Sweet Marie," performed by the late George Harrison.

Reviewed by Stephanie Sane

Unlike a lot of live compilation albums, this one really works. All I can say is that I think you should own it. Five Stars. ... Read more

182. Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure & Unknown Recordings
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Underated Band Of The 80's & 90's
If you want to hear Natalie Merchant at her very best and the distinctive guitar work of the late great Robert Buck, then this is the CD set for you. This is smart music, no love songs. Socially conscious lyrics put to great music. The upbeat Natalie that her ''solo'' fans have missed is all here. From the weird wild early days, to classics songs with meaning like:  Don't Talk (alcohol abuse) What's the Matter Here (battered children) Hey Jack Kerouac  (the beat poets) Poison in the Well (precursor to Erin Brockovich) Eat for Two (teen pregnancy) Big hits like: Like The Weather, candy Everybody Wants, These Are Days, and the cover, Because The Night. CD 2 has some great rare gems like the Cat Stevens cover, Peace Train, no longer available on the classic In My Tribe CD, and songs that fans know from cd single bonus tracks, like some great covers of the likes of John Prine, Lulu, Morrissey, Jackson Browne, Tom Waits, David Bowie, etc. This is one of those ''best of'' CD's that will make you want to go out and get all the 10,000 Maniacs CD's.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Job Collecting the Essentials and More
At last here is the long promised "best of" 10,000 Maniacs collection. Apparently all (surviving) band members were involved in one way or another in the process of putting this compilation.

CD1 (17 tracks, 65 min.) collects "the Most Popular Songs" (meaning: the greatest hits, yea!). Thankfully, the songs are compiled chronologically, which, among others, show the amazing musical leap the band took from the early stuff to the first full-fledged album "In My Tribe". It remains the band's best album after all these years, and is rightfully represented by 5 tracks, including the delicious "About the Weather" (Natalie's best moment ever?). "Blind Man's Zoo" gets 4 tracks, including the seminole "Trouble Me". "Our Time in Eden" (the band's biggest commercial succes) gets 3 tracks, including of course "Candy Everybody Wants". "Because the Night" (from the "MTV Unplugged" album) concludes CD1.

CD2 (14 tracks, 49 min.) covers "The Obscure & Unknown Recordings" and is more of a mixed bag. There are some real nuggets here, including the cover of Cat Stevens' "Peace Train" and David Bowie's "Starman" (Natalie continued covering Bowie tracks in her solo career). Lacking unfortunately in the liner notes are details about the dates of these "obscure" recordings.

Overall, this is a very satisfaying compilation, much better than, say, the recent REM "best of" compilation. In case you haven't kept up with Natalie's most recent work, check out last year's independently released "The House Carpenter's Daughter", truly a mesmorising album.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Reminiscence from a Comrade (7th Maniac?)
Being from Jamestown, N.Y., and an old friend of the band, I can bear witness to the birth of 10KM. In fact, conceivably I
might have even been a member of the group myself, as the members of the embryonic, proto-Maniacs (then Still Life, aka Is There Still Life: Rob, Steve, Dennis, Natalie, etc. w/o John or Jerry) actually invited me to join them as rhythm guitarist
after a couple of jams in my studio at the infamous Broadhead Mills (see Hope Chest's liner notes or the "Pit Viper" clip on Time Capsule). This was, of course, during those heady, post-punk days when the D.I.Y. aesthetic held sway. They didn't seem to care if I could play or not, God bless 'em.
I must say this was a tempting offer. I had just spent a good while trying to form a band with the redoubtable John Lombardo, who is one of my oldest friends. I'm afraid John grew
impatient with my Stu Sutcliffe-like amateurism; it just never clicked. In fact, we got the artist's co-op at the Mills going with band rehearsal space in mind. But these Still Life people
intrigued me: possibly out of necessity, they played mostly original material. I recall thinking that (dearly departed) Rob had such great raw potential...he was unsteady tempo-wise (a better drummer might have helped!), but he had such moments of gonzo guitar frenzy...that you knew he had something. And Natalie was special from the get-go; Dennis should be credited with acknowledging her talent straight away. I have a fond memory of her calling out for Roxy Music at the Mills when I first met her, me blaring out "Do The Strand" on the hi-fi there and her doing her patented dervish dance one afternoon...
I thought, pretty hip for a 16 yr. old...we've got a live one here! Despite all this, I decided not to join and be sensible for a change. I opted to marry my British girlfriend, Susan, and
look for a real job, relocating from Rust Belt blight to sunny
Atlanta, GA.
10KM really took seed one night in July 1981. Before I left
town for good, Still Life had a farewell gig in a subterranean pub called the Gatsby. They invited all sorts of their musician
friends to sit in with them, some "ringers" with pretty fair chops...including John, who played with them for the first time that night I believe. They were breaking up with a bang...even I joined in for some songs, cool covers like "Cross-eyed and Painless" and "Armagideon Time". I'll bet Dennis has a tape of this stuff somewhere in his attic...although I seem to remember a dancer knocking over their reel-to-reel deck with tape spooling out over the dancefloor, so maybe not! It was a great night...and within weeks they were busy forming a new band with John. For one gig they were the Burn Victims, 10,000 Maniacs thereafter. Rob sat out for a time and had to be coaxed back into the fold. The rest, as they say, is history.
I'd like to offer my perspective in contrast with Anthony DeCurtis' liner notes to Campfire Songs. Hey Anthony, if you're
puzzled by that Hedgen's gig, well, I'm the guy who got it for 'em. As I said, I moved to Atlanta in late '81 and I helped to urge the Maniacs to try their luck down here in '82. Through a mutual friend, they hooked up with Johnny "Hib-Tone" Hibbert,
but their initial stay here was fraught with frustration. Gigs like the one at Tokyo Beach, with a sum total of four revellers
including me (I was on their guest list, but I felt so bad for them that I paid the cover anyway!)They got bummed and fled for
home turf, writing some good new material and eventually producing an indie LP. Natalie wrote me asking for help landing a gig I schlepped a tape of their LP around the clubs
like 688 and Rumours, but only Hedgen's bit. As I recall, although it was certainly the Satellites turf, Hedgen's also would book people like Guadalcanal Diary, so it's not that weird. The place wasn't really that empty either; it was their best attended gig to that point...40-50 people probably. It was a memorable gig as Jon King and Andy Gill (of Gang of Four) came to that show...we were tickled as we were big fans of theirs. This was at a crucial turning point for 10KM; afterwards, they got noticed in NYC, got proper management, etc.
I must say that I'm proud that my friends made their mark, that something of note came out of our daft little scene in our shrinking, backwater town. I'm glad that Natalie chose to include a lot of photos featuring John in Campfire Songs; he was a crucial member in those formative years. They were at their best during his original stint, and yes, I concur with Mr.
DeCurtis, they were best experienced live. My own favorite Maniac songs aren't included on this new CD...I like "Puzzle Lover" and "Maddox Table"...and Wishing Chair, with all the local color of WNY, has special resonance to someone like me. I don't discount In My is the most consistant one and deserved to be a hit, Peace Train or not. But I really think they missed John thereafter...I never much liked Blind Man's Zoo...material such as John's Angels of Stone would have pumped some much needed life into that one and he might have helped to talk them out of the lesser material. What a shame.
As far as the rarities go, well, real fans will always second guess any such compilation, and so it goes with me. I'd like to have seen "Don't Call Us" turn up; after all it was a track I spun their way. During an extended visit to the U.K., I taped a segment of John Peel's show and this track cropped amused me, so I sent it to John suggesting they cover it and they did! The song was a student project, sung by kids from near Coventry, I believe, reflecting the dire job market of the day and we from WNY could relate. Digital Dinasaurs was the name of this one-off group. Also m.i.a. are a nifty cover of "Rum and Coca Cola" (problem obtaining the master) and the B-side with Billy Bragg ("Party of God") which I don't know what happened there. And I always loved their Eno cover, "Burning Airlines..."...were there no live recordings available of this one? I dunno.
Nice notes from the various band members...Jerry and Dennis really capture the spirit of the thing. And Natalie's tribute to Rob was touching...he always deserved more credit than he seemed to get.
Natalie was right: we were scavengers all; we were Clash fans all; and we were comrades all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smart Music
If you are a conversationalist with an open mind, this one is for you. It is smart pop/rock. It is cool music. It will educate you if you know someone with a drinking problem or give an overview on child abuse.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazed me again
This is a wonderful collection of Maniacs' works. It includes a lot of great songs, popular and obscure alike. Scorpio Rising, Happy Puppet, and a great version of "To Sir, with Love" (w/ Michael Stipe) are just a few of the choice tunes you'll hear on this 2 disc set. The packaging includes several classic photos of the band and the liner notes are written by the Maniacs themselves (including an entry from original band member John Lombardo). Whether you are a Maniacs fan, a Natalie fan, or both - this purchase will not disappoint. ... Read more

183. Greendale (Bonus DVD)
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Neil Young has long been one of rock's great romantics, mourning the utopian ideals of the "hippie" '60s and his vision of what America was…or at least should have been. In some ways, Greendale--which could be described as a "rock novel"--adds a mourning for humanity itself to the mix, as Young presents his vision of America 2003 via the story of a fictional family in a small California town. There's drama galore--a cop is killed by a drug dealer; Grandpa has a fatal heart attack while pointing a gun at a TV reporter--but most of these songs also work individually as terrific rock tunes. It's a more subdued Crazy Horse this time out, with only Neil on lead guitar and little of the distorted rage found on albums like Ragged Glory. But "Grandpa's Interview" has a gorgeous riff that recalls Zuma's "Don't Cry No Tears"; "Be the Rain" is a genuine Neil Young anthem about love, peace, saving the planet, and doing the right thing. A few pieces sound a tad meandering at first, which could lead one to conclude that Greendale is only a good Neil Young album. Repeated listening, however, should confirm that Greendale is a great Neil Young album. --Bill Holdship ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
I have been following Neil Young for the last 26 years of my life, have every album (disc), and was disappointed once (Trans, refunded the album and then purchased it again a year later after expanding my horizons). I did not think Neil could ever top his talent, album after album, but he continues to prove he can outdo himself again and again. Greendale is the best compilation he has ever done, not only musically, but also because it has a "storyline" which tops the Who's "Tommy" and even Pink Floyd's "The Wall". Of course, I went to his recent concert at Red Rocks in Denver, CO on July 29th, and he had his "players" dancing and acting out the music as he played the entire album (then he played ten more older songs). I was awestruck to say the least. Having seen the Greendale tour was obviously a lifetime experience alone. Then the album was released on August 19th. As of this writing (8/27/03), I have not removed the CD from my player. When I hear the album, I "see" the concert. As likened to "The Wall", you listen and experience more every time you listen to it, yet Neil Young really puts a lot of commitment, energy, and style into this in a way that nobody else ever could. I have close to 500 CD's and have seen most everybody from AC/DC to ZZ Top. This CD and concert is/was the best of everything I have ever experienced, hands down. Neil Young & Red Rocks rules - I cannot wait for the video! Hint, Hint!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
I have been following Neil Young for the last 26 years of my life, have every album (disc), and was disappointed once (Trans, refunded the album and then purchased it again a year later after expanding my horizons). I did not think Neil could ever top his talent, album after album, but he continues to prove he can outdo himself again and again. Greendale is the best compilation he has ever done, not only musically, but also because it has a "storyline" which tops the Who's "Tommy" and even Pink Floyd's "The Wall". Of course, I went to his recent concert at Red Rocks in Denver, CO on July 29th, and he had his "players" dancing and acting out the music as he played the entire album (then he played ten more older songs). I was awestruck to say the least. Having seen the Greendale tour was obviously a lifetime experience alone. Then the album was released on August 19th. As of this writing (8/27/03), I have not removed the CD from my player. When I hear the album, I "see" the concert. As likened to "The Wall", you listen and experience more every time you listen to it, yet Neil Young really puts a lot of commitment, energy, and style into this in a way that nobody else ever could. I have close to 500 CD's and have seen most everybody from AC/DC to ZZ Top. This CD and concert is/was the best of everything I have ever experienced, hands down. Neil Young & Red Rocks rules - I cannot wait for the video! Hint, Hint!

4-0 out of 5 stars "Corruption on the Highest Floor"
Whether or not Neil Young's musical tree can be traced back to rock 'n roll's Mesozoic age, he certainly isn't fooling anyone on Greendale, rife as it is with self-deprecation and disguise. Here, on what is billed as his "rock novel," Young stuffs the mouths of a peculiar array of characters with political indictments and platitudes attributable only to the man behind the masks.

I mean, it isn't as though members of the original Woodstocker wing of Young's fan base will hear him sing "we've got to save mother Earth" on "Be The Rain," Greendale's fabulously hokey coda, and drop their jaws in astonishment, declaring "Man! Now there's something I never expected out of the guy's mouth!"

Whether it is "Grandpa," the Green family's wealthy patriarch killed by media assault, or Sun Green, his granddaughter, a bandleader with a particularly overwhelming urge to protect Alaska from environmental ruin, there is rarely any question as to whom the Green family owes its gripes and eccentricities. Nor is there much surprise that Greendale's characters, each a mouthpiece for the curmudgeon who forged them, are no more distinct from one another than one shade of gray from the next.

"There's a lot going on in Greendale that I don't know about either," Young scribbles in the liner notes, "I mean, I made it up and I don't know what the hell's going on." The man's not kidding. From the FBI to Edith to Earle to Lenore to Jed's car "full-uh-cocaine" and, oh yeah, the cop he shoots dead, the action here boasts of about as much clarity and purpose as Mary Carey's candidacy for Governor of California. To be kind, the album's rampant chaos and paranoia does do a decent job of capturing the hysteria of post 9/11 life, but Greendale defies even the Neilophiles to derive anything coherent from the "plot," if you will.

In contrast to past Neil Young "experiments," however, this one is no more surprising than it is new. Crazy Horse and Young's rude riffs are just as snotty as ever this time around, despite Poncho Sampedro's noticeable absence. A somewhat quieter affair for the Horse, still the jangling fury and filthy harmonica of "Sun Green" and "Devil's Sidewalk" rank them among the finest dirges of Neil's career. Similarly, it isn't just the album's cartoonish cover art that smacks of Young's 1975 masterpiece, Zuma. The music, too, conjures shadows of past triumphs such as "Pardon My Heart," "Stupid Girl," "Drive Back," "Danger Bird" and "Don't Cry No Tears Around Me."

The breezy blues of "Double E," "Leave the Driving" and "Charmichael" contribute an unusual consistency to an album that demonstrates Young's long-standing endearment to blues great Jimmy Reed. At 57 (or thereabouts-let's play nice, kids) there's always the chance of fading away before burning out. But even if Young's rips and solos have softened with age, the bursts of flame speckling Greendale make it hard to accuse him of laurel resting.

The real clincher, by the way, is the bonus DVD which features Young live, solo and unplugged running through a first-song-to-last performance of the album. This bare acoustic blueprint of what ultimately became "Greendale" attests both to the power Young continues to command as well as what might have been had he not gone electric with this one. Don't get me wrong, "Greendale" still rocks, but the album's stripped-down counterpart is nothing short of sublime.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sorry, I Just Can't Get Into "Greendale"... At All....
As a longtime Neil Young fan, it pains me to tell you (and I'll prob get slammed for this) that this album is not the brilliant album so many reviewers here have described, but a shockingly mediocre, overly long album that is really a case of "the emperor is wearing no clothes".

Concept albums like "Tommy" and "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" are a rarity these days. Neil brings us songs about "Greendale" (10 tracks, 78 min.), a fictional small town of about 20,000 people. Neil is so focused on the story-telling that he seems to have forgotten about the music. I can honestly say there is not a single track that "grabbed" me, purely from the musical perspective. Not a lot of tempo changes either: all the songs are mid-tempo (at best), where's the passion? Sometimes you just wish that he'd up the tempo and blast you away, but alas. The songs go from one to another and after a while it all starts to sound the same. Not to mention that this is a long, long, long labor. With just 10 tracks in 78 min, that's averaging about 8 min. per song. "Granpa's Interview" just goes on and on and on, for 12+ min, with no changes to speak of, whew!

The bonus DVD (here the St. Vicar, Ireland gig of Neil solo, in a later reissue the "Greendale" movie Neil shot with amateur actors) is a nice touch. Too bad the music simply isn't up to par.

4-0 out of 5 stars If you love Neil, you'll love Greendale.
I have been an ardent fan of Neil my entire life. He has always been the "funky one" of the CSN group and always appealed to me more than the others of that between the lines.

I honestly can say that I have every recording that Neil has ever done. 95% of them I love, some I kind of push aside. I'm still waiting for a similar album to "Harvest Moon", which I think was the best album he ever did. I just know it will come eventually!!

Anyway, this recording was a surprise for me. I wasn't really sure what I was going to get, but the moment I listened to it, it brought me back to the feelings that I got from some of Neil's earlier works.

The thing that drove it all home for me was the bonus DVD of him, in Ireland of all places, doing a complete accoustic set of the entire album. Although I loved the footage, I think it would have been better to be somewhere domestic...he is so political--so be on home turf, Neil. California would have been the spot, since it is where the "story" takes place.

Regardless, I was hooked, it was fantastic. I didn't know I was getting the DVD and tried to plug it into my car stereo where it was promptly rejected. Ok, I thought, go to the DVD player. Wow! I LOVED his communications, humor, lyrics and music. When I listened to the CD after that, I was able to envision the entire wonderful a great book.

Although I don't think this is one of his most profound ventures, I do love the album and play it all the time. It is definitely worth it if you love Neil. As always, he is ever-evolving. I'm a faithful and loyal listener and will always be grateful for whatever he conjures up! ... Read more

184. Exit 0
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5-0 out of 5 stars classic Steve
I bought this tape at a flea market in Arizona the next day on the way to California I opened the tape and the soundtrack to Labamba was inside imagine the anger.I did get the tape and wore it out No.29 is haunting ,a man reflecting on what once was in his past talking about the pain of an old football injury but it reminds him when is was No.29.The song angry young man is a great is another great piece.Thank God Steve did not die young like Hank or Gram.Get this cd if you can

4-0 out of 5 stars Great 1987 Follow-Up to Guitar Town
During a 1986 tour stop in New York City, Earle sat for an interview with Rolling Stone and promised his next album was "already 3/4 written" and would be "more political." Released in early 1987 with virtually no label support due to his increasing dependence on addictive drugs, Earle pushed "Exit 0" sales into the six-figure realm through relentless touring and word of mouth. Earle had been performing some of the escapist-themed tunes here - "The Week of Living Dangerously," "Sweet Little 66," and the haunting "Number 29" for more than a year, and the masterful farm anthem "The Rain Came Down" was added "strictly out of guilt 'cause no one at Farm Aid knew who I was." There is heightened restlessness ("I Ain't Ever Satisfied") alongside youthful exhuberance ("San Antonio Girl") sometimes placing the listener in a quandry, but only because Earle's tautly-drawn characters are so believable. Producer Richard Bennett's trademark 6-string bass is not as prominent, which was probably a signpost of Earle's desire to venture into rock territory on future projects. Regardless of which camp he intended to visit, Exit 0 makes for a most interesting stop.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ladies and gentlemen, the astonishing Steve Earle
Not only the album title, "Exit 0" but also the opening cut, "Nowhere Road," testify to what many assumed to be Steve Earle's ultimate destination for so long. Now cleaned up and apparently doing well--both creatively and personally--Earle fought so many demons for so long that most folks assumed this prodigiously talented musician and composer would end up dead in a ditch by the side of the road. Perhaps mindful of this possibility, Earle works the road metaphor here and mines continual and astonishing riches out of it. "Nowhere Road" admits, "I push that road from here to someday/I'll push as long as I'm alive, but I don't know how long I'll last . . . I know I'm going way too fast." "Sweet Little '66" is Buddy Holly-inspired ode to a favorite Chevy and the rest of the songs mostly have to do with roads, traveling, hotels--anything to get away from the here and now. The rest of the songs are just as good. Earle shows flashes of sly humor here, too--it's not all serious "poor me, I have to get away" stuff. On "The Week of Living Dangerously," he talks about taking off from his wife and kids--eventually even throwing the baby's car seat in a Dumpster so he can go off and have an unimpeded, uninterrupted good time!

5-0 out of 5 stars An American Treasure You Must Own
Exit 0, and its predecessor Guitar Town are two of the best examples of Singer/Songwriting in American music - simple as that. Even if the rock-a-billy style isn't your thing, Steve Earle writes poetry about living in rural America that should strike a chord with everyone. Grab these records while you can - in 20 yrs. you'll be glad you did.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Need This LP!!
Steve Earle and The Dukes release "Exit O" It is the same water shed as the Stones and "Exile" You need this LP!!!!! Get it now before it goes out of print I bought it in 1987 and I still play it weekly. IT's that good!! If yer not listening to Steve Earle, then you are wasting your time. Best tracks are "Nowhere Road" " I Aint ever Satisfied" " The Rain came down" "Number 99" I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

185. The Graduate (1967 Film)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Simon and Garfunkel fans, look elsewhere.
An excellent album for one of the best movies ever made. Simon and Garfunkel sing some of their most enjoyable songs (okay, maybe not "The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine", but other than that). Although, I warn you, if you are strictly a S&G fan and you don't want David Grusin's background music on the CD, avoid buying this. Also, another warning: There are two versions of "Mrs. Robinson", but neither are the long version that we know and love. They both clock in at about 1:15. But, if you're a diehard fan of the movie, like I am, go ahead and buy it, you won't be sorry!

4-0 out of 5 stars There's More Here Than 'Koo-Koo-Ka-Choo'
We all know and love the Simon & Garfunkel music for 'The Graduate', but there's much more on this album. Dave Grusin (who was totally uncredited on the original LP release of this material) contributed music, as well. The S & G tracks speak volumes for Benjamin Braddock, but Grusin speaks for Mrs. Robinson's generation, and he does it with a sly wit seldom heard in movie music. The best Grusin track on this CD is 'Sunporch Cha-Cha-Cha', a delicious spoof of all the Henry Mancini/ Frank DeVol movie music so popular with adults in the early 60's. If you're familiar with that genre, you'll laugh out loud at Grusin's ever-so-slightly overblown cha-cha, with its organ notes and woodwinds. It starts out brightly attractive, and when it's over, you realise you've been had: it's totally empty, meaningless music- perfect listening for Mrs. Robinson. This track is expertly performed; the orchestra obviously had a grand time stressing the deliberate vacuousness of Grusin's composition. One note for Simon & Garfunkel addicts: the versions of 'Mrs. Robinson' heard here are not anything like the version you're familiar with. The film used only an instrumental version; film director Mike Nichols commissioned the version with lyrics from Paul Simon after the movie's completion in hopes it would become a successful tie-up for the movie. He guessed right. This one is a must for your S & G collection, but there are other delights in store for you. Trust me.

3-0 out of 5 stars Grusin breaks the mood
The haunting score of "The Graduate" was provided effectively by Simon & Garfunkel. It's the lyrics and eerie acoustics that provide the real backdrop for the film and the soundtrack. I felt kind of disturbed by the Grusin tracks, although appropriate in the film, end up being scanned by on my CD player to hear Simon and Garfunkel in a continuous unfolding of the film. It's beautiful in the car on a crisp autumn day. Scarborough Fair is the true star of this soundtrack and April Come She Will. I wasn't born until 1975, but always held onto the cusp of this age of music because it reflected the real mood of the film, one I didn't appreciate as a kid in the 80s, but understood after I became a college graduate. It's great to have the authenticity of the original score, but if you're buying "The Graduate" solely for Simon & Garfunkel, you may find 90% of the score sitting on your dad's music shelf . . .

3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Soundtrack
Forget about the boring Dave Grusin songs and just concentrate on the songs by Simon And Garfunkel, providers of the greatest vocal harmonies on the face of the Earth. The most amazing thing about this album is the instrumental version of "Scarborough Fair", which contains the most BEAUTIFUL, HAUNTING notes that ever came from an acoustic guitar. I don't know how Simon does it, but he manages to create an atmosphere of ineffable beauty and enchantment. There's no vocals or bass, just an a capella acoustic guitar reading, so some would call it "boring". But those are the people who don't know the meaning of the word "feeling".

BTW, there are two reasons why I only gave it three stars:
a.) The aforementioned, boring Dave Grusin songs.
b.) Most of the Simon And Garfunkel songs are either truncated or drastically altered.

1-0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Robinson shortened
The song Mrs. Robinson, the highlight of this soundtrack, is in shortened version on this soundtrack. Don't waste your money like I did. ... Read more

186. Working (Original 1978 Broadway Cast)
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The original 1978 Broadway cast recording of Stephen Schwartz's Working has long been awaited on CD, and this great-sounding 2001 release proves it was worth the wait. Surely one of the more unlikely sources for a musical was Studs Terkel's 1972 book that compiled interviews of American working people discussing their jobs and what they liked and disliked about them. Schwartz transformed these interviews into a series of songs written by himself, Craig Carnelia, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Micki Grant, and pop singer James Taylor, and accordingly the variety of songs is as great as the variety of the workers featured. There's the lyric beauty of "The Mason," the rueful "Just a Housewife," the retiree's wry "Joe," the waitress's lilting "It's an Art," Taylor's pop-country "Brother Trucker," and the powerful emotion of "Fathers and Sons," realized by a compelling cast that features David Patrick Kelly, Joe Mantegna, Bob Gunton, and Lynne Thigpen, among others.

Six bonus tracks include a new version of the grocery checker song written for the 1999 L.A. Theatreworks production, Carnelia and Grant performing their own songs (unfortunately, Grant's track comes from a poor-quality audio source), and Schwartz's moving performance of "Fathers and Sons" from 1999's The Stephen Schwartz Album. Also welcome are 2001 notes from Schwartz paired with 1978 notes from Terkel, and a detailed listing of the composers and performers of each song. Working was filmed for American Playhouse in 1982. --David Horiuchi ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Welcome Release on CD for a Superb Show
The musical Working was (and is) a powerful revue. This new release on CD of the original cast album (plus a generous selection of extra goodies) is a welcome addition from Fynsworth Alley. The album does not capture the full power of the show and the songs (by different composers) do not feel as integrated as they do while watching the show (an experience everyone should be honoured to have). As a performer, Lynne Thigpen, shines the brightest in her two numbers, Cleanin' Women, and the rather sad song sung triumphantly, If I Could've Been (both by Micki Grant and they make up for her song Lovin' Al earlier on the CD). James Taylor scores with Millwork (the most powerful song on the album), Craig Carnelia with Just a Housewife and The Mason, and Stephen Schwartz with Fathers and Sons (particulary in the bonus section where he gets to sing it himself). The other songs on the album are hit and miss but this is still a treasure to finally have on CD.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! But there are some mediocre songs.
I really love the music to this show. I think that the best of the songs are the ones written by James Taylor and Steven Schwartz, though I love almost all of them. The ones that stick out as being bad are the annoying "Neat to be a Newsboy" and the yet-to-move-me "Nobody Tells Me How." The only bonus tracks I really like are "I'm Just Movin'" and "Hots Michael at the Piano." But the incredible performances of the songs "Millwork", "Fathers and Sons" (gave me goosebumps), "The Mason", and "Un Mejor Dia Vendra" will stick with you forever, and make you want to listen to this wonderful CD again and again. P.S- Lyrics or a description of each charachter singing the songs would have been nice in the CD booklet, but I guess it's too late to ask for that now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Keep Working!!!
I had the privilege of seeing a production of this wonderful musical at L.A. Valley College in May 2004. I quickly fell in love with the songs and the entire premise of the musical. Now, with this CD, I can finally sing along to all the brilliant songs over and over again, belting them out like there is no tomorrow.

What makes Working so special is that anyone can relate to the lyrics, they are powerful, beautiful, touching, and extremely real. Anyone who has ever worked a day in their life will feel the lyrics hit close to home. Whether you're a housewife, a valet parker, a fireman, a millworker, a teacher, a cleaning woman, or even a hooker, this musical has a place for you, no matter what job you do.The emotion, sincerity, and love expressed in the songs are amazing, and they are all extremely unique and a pure joy to listen to.

All the songs are fantastic but the stand-outs have to be "All the Live Long Day," "Just a Housewife," "If I Could've Been," "It's An Art," "Father's and Sons," "Cleaning Women," and "Something to Point to." I also have a soft spot for "Brother Trucker" and "I'm Just Movin" from the 1999 revival, which I am so grateful is included in this CD. This is a terrific, feel-great album everyone should listen to. Give Working a chance, it's worth it.

4-0 out of 5 stars a good, if obscure CD
i admit that this is an obscure musical, but nevertheless i found myself in a production of WORKING as Grace, the millworker. upon listening to the cd, i found that each song characterized the character well. the newsboy song is NOT annoying and my favourite songs are "its an art", "cleaning women", "if i could've been" and "lovin al". I would only recommend this CD for a real musical theatre afficionado, as those who don't appreciate the beauty of a musical won't understand these songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars off the beaten path
I had never heard of this show until I stage managed a musical revue that included "If I Could've Been." That song grew on me, and I finally had to check out the rest of the soundtrack. All of the music on this CD is fantastic, and the lyrics feel sincere, creating beautiful moments for each character. Stephen Schwartz's best decision with this show was collaborating, allowing different composers to bring their own talents and specialties to the music, thus making it more real and less "Broadway." My only criticism is that the liner notes are slim. ... Read more

187. The Will to Live [US]
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At 28 years intense, Harper released his third album, a mixture of R&B, deep blues, folk-rock, even topical singer-songwriter work (the deliberate, bluesy "Homeless Child"). Harper's voice and style marry the funk-blues of Taj Mahal and the eccentric, electric Dylan. Those weaned on his more commercially successful peers Hootie and the Blowfish and the Wallflowers will find that Harper is a revelation. At its best, The Will to Live is an eclectic and imaginative statement. --Roy Kasten ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Follow me here...
If you can, think back and remember the sound of "Fight For Your Mind". Think about the sound that album had and how it blended three different styles of music (at the least) and how wonderful it ended up sounding. Now, I'd like you to imagine "The Will To Live". Imagine a totally different sound from its predecessor, while at the same time blending more styles of music into its content like its predecessor. Following me here? "The Will to Live" is a much different than "Fight For Your Mind". The album's message roots a little deeper into the emotional pool and conveys it in an array of folk/fusion, jazz, rythem and blues, and the patented Ben Harper acoustic sound. Only "Glory and Consequence" and "Faded" find the hard rocking weissenborn guitar. "Jah Work" although completely out of place on this album, is a perfect example of how Ben can hit a wide variety of musical styles. What you get is a pleasure of an album to listen to. It's different and unique.

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best rock albums of the 90s
First question. Why is it that whenever someone mentions Ben Harper the next person's name that comes up is Lenny Kravitz? Their music is not that similar. Obviously the similarity between them is that they are the most popular African American rock musicians of the 90s. I hate this because it suggests a sense of racism by immediately pinning them against each other and making comparisons. They are two entirely different musicians, though both great in their own right. They are not the first African American rockers, for rock was invented by Chuck Berry and mastered by Jimi Hendrix. Not only that but there were other influencial and revolutionary African American rockers since then, for example, Bad Brains, Fishbone, etc.

Anyway, "The Will to Live" is an excellent album. Popular hard rock is not the forte here, nor is funked out rock. What Harper does is incorporate many genres into his mix, including blues, roots reggae, rock, folk, and grunge. The excellent strings, such as in "Roses from my Friends", suggest classical influences as well. This album pays no regard to boundaries and does it well throughout the album. All in all a work of art.

4-0 out of 5 stars soulful & moving
An album which expresses Harper's traditional genuflection to spirituality and concern for the less-than-fortunate. With "Homeless Child" and "Widow of a Living Man" (one of my favorite songs by him), Harper exhibits once again his uncanny ability of peering into the world of the downtrodden and revealing its anguish w/grace. While perhaps his most melancholy release, it's beautifully orchestrated, and like the majority of his work, it's an album that, thematically, speaks to those who are ahead of the status quo.

5-0 out of 5 stars ...not groundbreaking... but honest...
cant say that i'm a fan of the country-folksy-bluesy-semi-acoustic-lowlevel-rock-and-soul genre... but this aint bad... nothing that feels prententious or forced... or even 'cute'... just honest... and i appreciate that type of music regardless to the form it takes on.

want to shake your moneymaker in the club? or rattle the concrete as you blow out your brand new stereo speakers???

then THIS aint gonna be the album you do it to...

but if you already lean toward the more eclectic/eccentric side of musical expression, then hey: get this and knock yourself out!

5-0 out of 5 stars the will to win my musical heart
Ben Harper is one of the few original artist to jump race and genre boundries. he is a master of all styles able to rock out with screaming guitar, he can hit right to your heart the next on a simple soft chord. Do yourself a favor and check out any of his CD's. or go for the gold and get the box set ... Read more

188. John Wesley Harding (Hybr)
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Bob Dylan's remarkable first album after his debilitating 1966 motorcycle accident isn't as urgent as the ambitious folk and rock songs he wrote earlier in the decade. Even considering the rocking "All Along the Watchtower" (covered famously by Jimi Hendrix), the album's overall feeling is soft and laid-back, all gently strummed guitars, perfectly timed harmonicas, and some of Dylan's best pure singing to date. The 1968 release sounds as if the songwriter and his three sidemen set up a few tape recorders in a bedroom and began playing as soon as they woke up in the morning. They open with the title track (a folk fable), move into the piano-driven "Dear Landlord," and close with the sweet love song "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight." --Steve Knopper ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Yipes! Did the Engineers Phone This One In?
Whoof! I have to agree with the other reviewers on this one. The sound "upgrade", if it can be called that, is a major disappointment. In the first week of the new Dylan remasters' release, I went out and bought four of my favorite albums for replacement, including this one, "John Wesley Harding". Compared to the others, the sound on this one is really poor. I get practically nothing from my surround sound speakers; it's almost monaural. Instruments rise up in the mix and then drop down again, with no consistency, from song to song and even within songs. Bob's harmonica, which is on many, many of the songs is way up in the mix, sounding piercing and shrill (and I don't mean his playing). Was there a problem with the original master? There just does not seem to be the clarity and fullness of sound on this remaster as there is on the others I've listened to, particularly "Bringing It All Back Home" and "Blood on the Tracks". I understand that, in order to make the release deadline for these Dylan remasters, Sony hired a variety of producers and engineers, assigning them in teams to different albums. I believe that that has led to some inconsistencies in the remixing, but what went wrong on "John Wesley Harding"? Folks, save your money if you haven't bought this one. Maybe Sony will note these responses and "re-upgrade" this album.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good Dylan - not his peak.
This was a retreat for Dylan. After his accident, he no longer was breaking barriers and this was a retrenchment away from rock and roll and back into a simpler sound. It's quality music, but not Dylan at his peak and most adventurous.

5-0 out of 5 stars cloud 9
When I put it on it is like I am on cloud 9. The sound on the Guitar and harmonica is his best yet. The best song is All Along The Watchtower. It shows what great talent Dylan has.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not What It Could Have Been
this album could have really been one of dylan's very best, but there's a three song stretch that keeps it from being in that class.
on this album dylan has a smokey sound to the songs that match his voice perfectly, for the most part.

"john wesley harding" is a song about a billy the kid type character named john wesly harding, and it is executed perfectly (5/5).
"as i went out one morning" is my second favorite song on the album. it's a song about a woman, the speaker, and tom paine. there's an unspoken mystical sense to the relation between the three, and the song is, of course, amazing (5/5).
"i dreamed i saw st. augustine" is slower song, and the lyrics are top notch along with the music (5/5).
"all along the watchtower" is possibly the greatest song ever recorded by anyone, and dylan's version is much better than hendrixe's (5/5).
"the ballad of frankie lee and judas priest" is a one of the most interesting story songs dylan has ever made (5/5).
"drifter escape" is a fast paces short song that's over before you know it, but the sound is grand-- as is the story (5/5).
"dear landlord" begins the dreaded three song stretch. it's an alright song, but it's boring compared to the majority of the album (3.75/5).
"i am the lonesome hobo" is an improvement over "dear landlor," but it's still too aimless compared to the majority of JOHN WESLEY HARDING (4.25/5).
"i pity the poor immigrant" is another good song that just isn't as good as the majority of this album. it's major flaw is that it drags on too long. if dylan took out a stanza, the song would be much better (4.25/5).
"the wicked messenger" picks things up again. brilliant lyrics, brilliant instruments, brilliant vocals (5/5).
"down along the cove" is a fun love song. it's no "all along the watchtower," but dylan got exactly what he was going for (5/5).
"i'll be your baby tonight" closes the album perfectly. it could be the sequal to "down along the cove." sex for everyone, or at least bob dylan (5/5).

if it weren't for the lackluster three song stretch, this album would be right up there with dylan's best albums.
this is still a must have album.

i'm not commenting on this particular sound recording but the album itself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sounds fine to me
Maybe I've got a tin ear. Or maybe I've got low end equipment. Or maybe I just don't know my posterior from a hole in the ground. But this new remaster sounds fine to me.

I had no idea there were so many people who were unhappy with the sound, but after reading all the negative reviews I thought, maybe I wasn't paying attention. So I listened to both the CD layer and the SACD layer. Loud.

It sounds great! The bass is rich and fat, the harmonica crisp and brilliant. I've been listening to this album for 37 years; to be fair, this recording has some odd characteristics to the sound (particularly the drums). This new remaster certainly doesn't sound worse than the vinyl, and while it may not provide the blow-your-socks off sonic experience of the Highway 61 remaster, I can't detect any problems. Both layers are an improvement over the original CD release.

If you're a true audiophile, maybe it would be a good idea to find a store where you can listen to the disc before buying it. If you own the original CD, there's no urgent need to rush out and buy the hybrid. But if for some reason you find yourself without a copy of one of the great masterpieces of popular music, this edition should do nicely. ... Read more

189. Where'd You Hide the Body
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5-0 out of 5 stars In his most "pop" record, McMurtry hits big!
James McMurtry, known for for slow mellow tunes on the life in West Texas. Mr. Murtry has a gift for writting "songs that tell a story" and in this cd he gives his best effort in making the listeners ease into his tales. This album has the most "pop" any of his others have had (mainly because this was his last effort with those weesels at Sony) but after listening to songs like "Fuller Brush Man", and "Rayolight" you can feel McMurtry's greatness!

5-0 out of 5 stars An album you can leave on "repeat" for days...
The depth of the lyrics and melodies on this album are amazing. I first heard James McMurtry on KGSR (Austin radio station) and went out to buy this album. Strong from beginning to end, though strangely the title song is the only one wearing thin. I particularly like the moody "Lost In The Back Yard," the restrospective "Fuller Brush Man," and the intelligence of "Rachel's Song." Good stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars I like this one!!!
Great CD. Having a hard time keeping it out of the car and home CD player. Good song writer and good tunes. I definately recommend if you're into any kind of alt. country/folk music.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my "desert island discs"
If you were the son of the guy who wrote "The Last Picture Show" (father Larry McMurtry), what would you do? Paint houses, build houses, tend the bar, and generally pretend like you're not your father's son so that you don't have to live up to the expectations. But lucky for us, the younger McMurtry eventually got around to writing songs in his late 20s, and he had a hell of a lot to say. Thankfully he took the high road and didn't pre-judge every last podunk town and oddball hick in the Texas outlands that were his home. Rather, he told it like he saw it, maybe because he himself had stayed "too long in the wasteland" (ironically the title of his 1988 debut album.) By the time McMurtry hit his mid-30s, both his songwriting and guitar chops had matured to the point that I think this album can be favorably compared to Bob Dylan's opus "Blood on the Tracks" (also written in his mid-30s.) Yes, I say favorably, because "Where'd You Hide the Body" has absolutely no filler, whereas "Blood on the Tracks" suffered from the inclusion of "Lily Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts" and out-of-tune instruments on some tracks. The title track here is indeed the standout, but the songwriting quality is outstanding throughout. Plus, McMurtry's got the dusty voice (and the gritty guitar, a Fender VI electric) to match the content.

5-0 out of 5 stars Keep your hands where I can see 'em so I won't have to shoot
James McMurtry inherited the storytelling gene from his father, novelist Larry McMurtry ("Lonesome Dove", "Dead Man's Walk", "Terms of Endearment", etc.). This album features some of his most interesting and catchy work, as he sings about love, heartbreak, childhood, and drunkenness. Highly recommended. ... Read more

190. Get Together: The Essential Youngbloods
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great songs, and great remastering
I am always leery of remastered recordings of old classics. Sometimes, things really get screwed up and all of the life gets sucked out of the songs (witness Beatles 1 or the new Yellow Submarine album). I am happy to report that this is not one of those occasions.

I am with the previous reviewer from Australia when I say that this compilation thankfully includes some of the best songs from the Youngbloods' best album, their debut. Although I still have my old vinyl Elephant Mountain album, I only really enjoy about a third of the songs on it, preferring the earlier stuff instead. So, get this album if you like the Youngbloods.

I would also like to just make one comment that speaks to today's jaded society: The Youngbloods' most recognized song, "Get Together," seems to have long been written off by a lot of people as being a sappy hippy anthem. It was even given a very torturous, sarcastic reading (at least for a few seconds) on Nirvana's "Nevermind" album. Yet, far from being just a hippy anthem, the song speaks universal truths. The message of the song will never be untrue, and should not go "out of fashion." Indeed, we are all divine beings and our lives here are but cosmic blinks. (Some will come and some will go/We shall surely pass/When the one that left us here/Returns for us at last/We are but a moments sunlight/Fading in the grass.) And we all have the power to either create something positive here for others in this lifetime, or to create pain and fear for others. (You hold the key to love and fear/All in your trembling hand/Just one key unlocks them both/It's there at your command).

Which will you unlock?

5-0 out of 5 stars At last
Finally, a decent Youngbloods collection. The track listing is almost identical to the Australian collection which appeared on Raven a couple of years ago. The four pre-Youngbloods songs which first appeared on 'Two Trips' are missing, but you can get them on the Edsel reissue of 'Young Blood'.

This one also includes 'Don't Play Games' at the expense of 'Long and Tall', a good choice. But it's the remastering, great photos and liner notes that make it the one to get.

If you bought the Raven release, you had to put up with bland, cliche-steeped liner notes apparently largely drawn from clippings and promo material, and the label's misspelling of the band's name as 'Yoyngbloods'. Not to mention the truly awful artwork ... I bought it, but it's now free to a good home.

The sound of this new collection is breathtaking (as it is in the two recent reissues of the Lovin' Spoonful's 'Do You Believe in Magic' and 'Daydream'). In the past, only Japanese remastering has made this kind of difference, but the presence and clarity achieved here are every bit as good.

One thing which astonishes me, though, is that neither collection found room for the glorious 'One Note Man' from the Youngbloods' first (and best) album. Somewhere along the line, the view that 'Elephant Mountain' was their magnum opus took root and flourished, with the result that the earlier work has long been undervalued. EM does have its moments, and its better songs eventually blossomed in the live 'Ride the Wind', but really much of it sounds forced and brittle, particularly Jesse Colin Young's Otis Redding impersonations.

Anyway, here's a collection you must have. They were among the very best. ... Read more

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