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21. Blood on the Tracks (Hybr)
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Inevitably, when critics praise a new Dylan album, they label it the "best since Blood on the Tracks," and with good reason. Inspired by a crumbled marriage, and recorded after a tour with The Band had apparently re-ignited his creativity, Blood is among Dylan's masterpieces. The album's epic songs are well known, but its real high points are the shorter numbers--"You're a Big Girl Now," the flawless blues "Meet Me in the Morning," and the sweetly devastating "Buckets of Rain." These are songs of "images and distorted facts," each expressed through tangled points of view, and all of them blue. --David Cantwell ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best record I own
That's right.
I have a lot of CDs, enough for me to have lost count a long time ago, but this one I keep coming back to.
I'm not saying that this is necessarily my all-time favorite album, although it is certainly one of them. But I do believe that it is the best.

A quiet, understated album, "Blood On The Tracks" is dominated by strummed acoustic guitars, perhaps a piano, and once in a while a drummer playing a gentle rock shuffle.
The melodies, and the lyrics, too, are among the best things that Bob Dylan have ever written. Lovely and melancholy all at once, and production is superb.

And there is literally not a weak track on this entire album. It opens with the wonderful "Tangled Up In Blue", Dylan singing softly and pleasently, accompanied by a shuffling backbeat and gently ringing guitars, one picked, one strummed.
"Simple Twist Of Faith" is just a bass and two or three acoustic guitars, and a superb, slightly folkish tune, almost a ballad.
And the sparse, acoustic instuments work perfectly. These tunes are too beautiful to be buried beneath layers of electric guitars and pounding drums.

The slow, mellow "You're A Big Girl Now" starts of with an immediately catchy guitar intro, two acoustic guitars playing Spanish-style melodies, and sports a similarly Latin-tinged tune.
And then follows the eight-minute "Idiot Wind". Dylan sings without pause for seven minutes and three seconds with not a single instrumental break, accompanied by drums, organ and guitars (still acoustic). The chorus is lovely, superbly melodic, yet the lyrics are whithering:
"Idiot wind / blowing through the flowers on your tomb /
Blowing through the curtains in your room /
Idiot wind / blowing every time you move your teeth /
You're an idiot, babe /
It's a wonder that you still know how to breathe!"

"You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" is a fast, country-like song with lots of harmonica, one of only two songs on the album less than four minutes long. It is followed by one of the few lesser-known songs off this album, "Meet Me In The Morning" (again, great job arranging those guitars), a genuine blues, A-A-B and everything. I mean, who doesn't love a slow, bluesy groove and an acoustic slide guitar?

"Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts", an up-tempo folk rock song, goes on for sixteen verses and almost nine minutes. "If You See Her, Say Hello" is a gentle tale of lost love set to a simple, yet very pretty tune. Kudos again to the superb studio musicians who backed Dylan on "Blood On The Tracks", guitarists Charlie Brown, Barry Cornfield and Kevin Odegard among them.
And if you've only heard "Shelter From The Storm" played live, you'll be surprised how pleasant and melodious it sounds here, as does the closing number, the bluesy "Buckets Of Rain", which opens with a groovy bass riff and a clanging guitar figure.

All the tunes on this magnificent album, every single one of them, are musical and lyrical masterpieces. I have never heard a finer collection of songs than "Blood On The Tracks".

5-0 out of 5 stars His Best?
in my mind BLOOD ON THE TRACKS and HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED are perfect albums.
i'd like to think of them as equal.

"tangled up in blue" is an undisputed masterpiece, and it's the perfect opening track for this album (5/5).
"simple twist of fate" is a slower song that is filled with knowing sorrow. like many of the songs on this album, dylan is blindly moaning in pain. no, he is collected and reflective, and this is what makes this song (like many of the songs on this album) so painful (5/5).
"you're a big girl now" has, perhaps, the most beautiful melody i've ever heard. the lyrics are also amazing; the "bird on the horizon" verse is especially magical (5/5).
"idiot wind" is something to behold. it's been said that it is in the same vein as "like a rolling stone," but "idiot wind" is much more bitter and sharp. whether it's actually better than "like a rolling stone" is impossible for me to decide, but the fact that it deserves to be mentioned alongside it should tell you something (5/5).
"you're gonna make me lonesome when you go" is one of the more playful tunes on the album. only dylan can be so profound and silly at the same time (5/5).
"meet me in the morning" is dylan singing the blues. one could easily argue that this is dylan's greatest blues song (5/5).
"lily, rosemary and the jack of hearts" is quite a tale. the only song on the album that doesn't seem like it is an almost direct reflections of dylan's personal life, this is nothing short of amazing (5/5).
"if you see her, say hello" is the most depressing piece of music i have ever heard. the line "she might think that i've forgotten her, don't tell her it isn't so." will make me cry under the right circumstances (5/5).
"shelter from the storm" is another undisputed masterpiece. one of those moments bigger than music that dylan is so known for creating (5/5).
"buckets of rain" is sad enough. the last verse is as reflective as other point on this album . . .

"Life is sad
Life is a bust
All ya can do is do what you must.
You do what you must do and ya do it well,
I'll do it for you, honey baby,
Can't you tell?"

amazing song (5/5).

pain has never been so beautiful.
BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is one of the top five greatest albums ever recorded.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Lyrical Masterpiece
Few artists can match the impact that Dylan has had on the music industry and Blood On The Tracks is simply on of the best albums ever made. No one before or since has been able to match the passion and the brilliance that Dylan demonstrates on this record. "Idiot Wind" is one of the best written songs of all time and "If You See Her, Say Hello" still manages to stop me in my tracks whenever I hear it...possibly my favorite of all Dylan's songs. This record should be a cornerstone in every music lover's collection and is the perfect place to start for those who are new to Dylan. Quite simply the perfect album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing does not even begin to describe this....
My mother has always been a big fan of Dylan and I liked a few of his songs (i.e. Hurricane, Shelter from the Storm) but it wasn't until I heard the entirety of Blood on the Tracks that I truely appreciated Dylan's genuis. The album starts out with one of the most deeply moving and thoughtful ever. Tangled up in Blue is really food for the soul following a young man's on and off romance with a girl. The other excellent song is Idiot Wind. I must've played this songs more time than any other. It's amazing that a song could you keep your intrest for 7:50 minutes. Idiot Wind is a rant against the self obsessed but still makes you feel, and thus is a masterpiece. I have heard people complain that Bob Dylan's voice ruins what otherwise could've been a very good album. I have but one thing to say, no one else has felt what Dylan has felt and therefore no one could put the same emotion and passion in to his songs.
Buy this, you won't regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Dylan's masterpieces.
Great great recording. I'd give it a 10 if possible. The best thing Dylan did in the 70s. ... Read more


22. Tea for the Tillerman
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Cat Stevens tends to be lumped in with the early-'70s singer-songwriter school led by James Taylor and Carole King, but he actually fits in rather neatly with such wistful English contemporaries as Nick Drake, Syd Barrett, and Donovan. Tea for the Tillerman's "Wild World," "Into White," and "Longer Boats" indicate that he may have been a more gifted tunesmith than the lot of them. As with the best of the Brit folk-rockers, Stevens mixed melancholy with whimsy. Yes, he was prone to airy platitudes, but when he harnessed his eccentricities, as he did throughout this 1970 masterwork, you had something truly distinctive. A natural cult artist, à la Tim Buckley and Leonard Cohen, Stevens connected with record-buyers to the tune of 25 million units sold before he changed his name to Yusuf Islam, established an Islamic school, and raised a ruckus by supporting Ayatollah Khomeini's death decree against author Salman Rushdie. This remastered 2000 version of the 1970 recording, which was overseen by the artist, is a vast improvement over the earlier CD reissue.--Steve Stolder ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Cat
In the early 70's Cat Stevens was recognized as a major talent by the likes of Time magazine, and his records sold very well. This was before he turned his back on Billboard, top 40 radio and the material world, and embraced the Islam religion.

The album starts with "Where Do The Children Play?", which was very politically correct, but soon turns to more timeless folk songs like "Hard Headed Woman", which every single guy should listen to before deciding to tie the knot. "Wild World", his top 40 hit, is followed by the slower ballads "Sad Lisa" and "Miles From Nowhere", two of my favorite tracks. "But I Might Die Tonight" returns to the Philosophy 101 brooding themes, with the calipso "Longer Boats" breaking the ice. "Into White" and "On The Road To Find Out" are breathtakingly georgeous.

The album closes off with the ode to generation gap angst "Father And Son", which reminds me of Lennon/McCartney's She's Leaving Home from Sgt. Pepper, and the brief ditty of "Tea For The Tillerman".

A toure d'force, an album for the ages. Long live the cat man.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Definite Classic
I had previously reviewed this CD, but I'll have another shot at it, as I now feel that my previous review does not do this terrific album justice. So here is my new review for Cat Stevens' "Tea For The Tillerman":

Cat Stevens' "Tea For The Tillerman" is truly a classic album, and they don't come any classier than this. Stevens was a talented musician, and was not afraid to make music that came from the heart - a quality many musicians nowadays lack (see Limp Bizkit). Stevens had the ability to write memorable tunes and pen intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics, which made him the top of his game in the early 70's, and has gained him successions of new fans year after year, even if he isn't Cat Stevens anymore (I believe he is now known as Yusuf Islam). "Tea For The Tillerman" is in my opinion, Stevens' finest album, and one of the most perfect albums ever recorded. Although most people are only familiar with the albums' hit singles ("Wild World", "Father And Son" and "Where Do The Children Play") - each one a classic in its own right, the other eight songs on the album are equally as great. The songs are not overly produced, and comprise largely of acoustic guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, with the odd string arrangement here and there (arranged by Del Newman). The album kicks off with "Where Do The Children Play?" and although it may strike the average listener as a nice, simple tune, the lyrics present a social commentary that is as relevant today as it was almost thirty years ago (in a world dominated by materialism, technology and want, is there any room for children to play and carry on with their simple untinctured lives?). "Hard Headed Women" is another simple tune, floating mainly on acoustic guitar and strings, but the lyrics about needing a serious woman rather than superficial "fancy dancers" are lyrics that quite alot of men (including myself) can relate to. "Wild World", the song that "broke" Cat Stevens in America remains a timeless pop tune. "Sad Lisa", with its plaintive piano and string arrangement is one of Stevens' overlooked masterpieces. Stevens' singing of wanting to comfort a girl when she is sad is touching, and the violin solo never ceases to send shivers up my spine. "Miles from Nowhere" is a terrific rocker, and from the lyrics, we can sense that Stevens is one a spiritual quest of some sort (and we all know where this quest would lead him, don't we?). "But I Might Die Tonight" is another great rock song, and one of my favourite Cat Stevens' songs. The song is quite short but almost everyone can relate to its lyrics about the monotony of everyday life. "Longer Boats" is quite a weird one, with some really strange lyrics (I suspect the song is about UFOs - but this is just a personal observation), but its a good song nonetheless. "Into White" has a more traditional folk sound. Its psychedelic lyrical content reminds me alot of the Beatles' "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". In the 5 minute-long "On The Road To Find Out", Stevens tells us more about his spiritual voyage. The tune may not be as catchy as "Miles from Nowhere", but it is by no means a bad song. The classic "Father And Son", a moving commentary on the generation gap of Stevens' generation is still relevant today, as not all parents and children get on well with each other. "Tea For The Tillerman" sees a return to the themes explored in "Where Do The Children Play" and Stevens reminds us that "while the sinners sin the children play" - that innocence will forever exist in a monotonous material world.

Well, there you have it. Keeping in mind the thought-provoking lyrics and the catchy tunes, it is no wonder that "Tea For The Tillerman" has become a staple in folk and rock record collections since the day it was released. Stevens was a true master and this album is a testament to his genius.

5-0 out of 5 stars gotta love it
Most people my age (15-20) dont even know who cat stevens is. I bought this CD after first hearing "Wild World". Over time i came to love the entire CD. The lyrics are awesome and can be used for any occasion. People any age can enjoy and appreciate this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Touching
This album is really amazing. You can listen to this music and you don't feel alone. THis music has an air of spirituality with it. It's sought of listening to someone's soul. Not only do the lyrics which contain many references, create this image, but also the stripped down sound and soft strumming of the acoustic guitar. THe themes are universal, mostly, though I do have my doubts about 'Miles from nowhere' and 'But I might die tonight' though I understand the idea in the second one. My favourites are 'Where do the children play?' 'Sad Lisa' 'Into White' 'Longer Boats' 'Father and son' 'Hard-headed woman' and 'Wild World'

5-0 out of 5 stars Never could I rate it any less
To me, I feel so close to Cat Stevens as I listen to his peaceful music. I listen to the words he sings, and I can't help but feel like I've known him my whole life- I almost feel as close to his music as I do to my own father.

Now I understand if your reaction to all of that is, "What the hell? Who is this psycho-chick?". Get to know this album well; buy it, listen to it, listen to it again, listen to it again, and so on until you can memorize a bit of the lyrics. Then[say that with emphasis] read what I have to say about Cat Stevens over. By the end of this assignment, being that you dared to take it on, you will feel completely nourished. Word. ... Read more


23. Court & Spark
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Painter-turned-folksinger Joni Mitchell had slipped stark saxophone solos into her prior album, For the Roses, and her singing had often hinted at a capacity for bluesier fare than her guitar- and piano-framed confessional ballads offered.None of those hints prepared fans for this sudden, expansive shift toward a much larger canvas--a sleeker, orchestrated pop style pulsing with jazz elements. Court & Spark found Mitchell casting aside her earth mother affectations and revealing herself as the thoroughly modern, thoroughly complicated woman she is; the songs sustained familiar preoccupations with relationships but replaced courtly settings and naturalistic imagery with recognizably modern locales. Deeply romantic, constantly questioning, classic tracks like the title song, "Help Me," "Free Man in Paris," "Same Situation," and "Raised on Robbery" display a more liberated Mitchell, ready to rumble with unbridled electric guitars (guest Robbie Robertson on "...Robbery"), even willing to poke fun at her own oh-so-sensitive rep with a hip cover of Annie Ross's hilarious "Twisted." --Sam Sutherland ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars essential Joni
Despite the many accolades by current artists that I admire, until recently I didn't give Joni Mitchell much thought. Her biggest commercial success was during the 70s when I was a child and if she registered at all on my radar, it was as an earnest guitar strumming folk singer in the Judy Collins mode.

One day, I was in the supermarket of all places when Help Me came on over the loudspeaker. I remembered the song from my childhood but some reason on that day, the song's vocal and instrumental arrangements had me totally entranced. I actually avoided getting in line until it was over. Soon after, I had to buy Court and Spark even though it had been probably 30 years since its initial release.

Ever since, this CD has stayed on regular rotation. The songs have aged well. My favorites are Help Me and Free Man In Paris, a song to which I can relate even though I'm not a music mogul a la David Geffen. Other favorites include Court and Spark, People's Parties and Twisted.

Mitchell's storytelling is strong and her musical intuition is sharp. In retrospect, one can hear her jazz leanings and understand that she was already headed toward a more experimental phase in her later recordings.

If you can't understand why baby boomers complain that music is not what it used to be, pick up Court and Spark to see what they're talking about.

4-0 out of 5 stars Court and Spark; Strike and Spare
This album is rich with the poetic sensibility that infuses so much of what Ms. Mitchell does routinely. She is undeniably talented and this album (er, CD) stands proudly at the end of the run of five great albums in a row. But in this one you see the signs of genius becoming aware of itself. The album reaches for a breadth uncommon to its predecessors. The real bright diamonds in this set are the two pop hits, "Help Me" and "Free Man In Paris." "Car On A Hill," more than any other song on it,
sets this album soundly into the period and movement of which its predecessors were so demonstrative. The song reminds one of a song or two off of John Mayall's under-rated Blues from Laural Canyon, and of George Harrison's drifty "Blue Jay Way." "Twisted" is the most non sequitur piece on the album. A strange choice because it can only serve to show that, with all her jazz intentions, Joni Mitchell is no Annie Ross. The song comes off instead almost as a novelty piece like Janis Joplin's "Lord, Won't You Buy Me a Mercedes-Benz?" Still no one should miss this album. Ms. Mitchell's abilities are considerable and not to be denied. And, who knows, maybe she chose to have a novelty song on her album.

4-0 out of 5 stars Joni sells out
Pretty provocative title, eh? Well, Joni did sell out, but she was one of the last to do so, and when she did the whole hippie thing had been over for some time anyway. But no doubt when this album arrived in 1974, it was the death nell for many hangers-on (except Neil Young) that the revolution, the counterculture movement, the attempt to get ourselves back to the garden, was certifiably defunct.

In retrospect the tracks seem more innocent, but in the lyrics Mitchell herself alludes to a change that has come. From 'Free Man In Paris' we have the disappointment and pessimism of "The way I see it, he said, you just can't win it, everyone's in it for their own gain, you can't please them all", from 'Down To You', "Everything comes and goes, marked by lovers and styles of clothes, things that you held high, and told yourself were true, lost or changing as the days come down to you", and from 'Just Like This Train', "I went looking for a cause, or a strong cat without claws, or any reason to resume, and I found this empty seat, in this crowded waiting room". Joni wasn't moving on without having a last say.

Couple such lyrics together with a musical style that not only sounded commercial, but produced commercial success like Mitchell had never known, and you are left with a landmark, transitional LP. Some resented that Mitchell had abandoned her more stripped down folk and blues numbers in favor of polished productions featuring the likes of Tom Scott's brassy L.A. Express, bold background vocals from David Crosby and Graham Nash, Susan Webb, and even Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. Robbie Robertson, Joe Sample, Jose Feliciano and Larry Carlton make instrumental contributions as well. Whatever your reaction to the changing landscape, it was hard to argue with the Top 100 success of 'Raised On Robbery' (#65), 'Free Man In Paris' (#22), and 'Help Me' (#7). The artist who had spent so much energy trying to change the world seemed to have been changed by the world.

All that being said, 'Court and Spark' is, in my opinion, only a marginal Joni Mitchell album. Aside from the single releases, only a few songs on the album are truly distinctive, and most, such as the title track, 'People's Parties', 'The Same Situation', 'Car On the Hill', 'Down To You' and 'Just Like This Train' sound more like traditional Joni than transitional Joni. Only 'Trouble Child' strikes a distinctive chord, and in a rarity Mitchell concludes the LP by recording a composition not penned by herself, Ross and Grey's 'Twisted'. You can certainly speculate on the choice, as it puts a light and humorous spin on the introspection and self-consciousness Mitchell had often explored in previous works.

'Court and Spark' is by no means a poor album, but it certainly acts as a divider between the early focus of Mitchell's work and where she was heading as she moved into her jazz-influenced albums of the mid-1970's. It has some great songs, though most were thoroughly overplayed, and contains more mediocre songs than you might expect on the album that some would say is Mitchell's finest. Lyrics are included, though any other liner notes are sparse.

5-0 out of 5 stars wistical
This music was the soundtrack for an all-too-brief courtship in northern Arkansas in 1975-76. I have evolved beyond the person I was then but not beyond this timeless music or beyond the influence of the woman I met on the Norfork Lake ferry. That love sparked a string of serendipities and synchronicities that continue three decades later. "Court and Spark" could not have been equalled by any other music for the poetic commentary it provided to that interlude and my second birthing.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's Springtime Again!!
I just got reading a eulogy for drummer John Guerin, who was the drummer on this masterpiece by Joni Mitchell. No song in the world makes me think of spring more than "Help Me." John Guerin's amazing drumming make this the perfect, floating out-of-body-experience song. I have heard this song thousands of times in my lifetime, but every single time I do, I marvel at its breeziness, as if I'm hearing it for the first time. So the next time you have a second to relax, put on "Court and Spark" and drink a toast to John, for this masterpiece he contributed to. It will make you feel better, trust me!! ... Read more


24. Led Zeppelin
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Here are the original monsters of rock in all their epic, bombastic glory. The Who may have had more decibels (a dubious distinction), but no band took hard rock higher into the stratosphere than the Zep did with their cosmic mixture of deep blues, gothic melodrama, and the supernatural chops of Page, Plant, Bonham, and Jones. For listeners new to the Zep canon, there's no better primer of the band's range and power than this 4 CD box set, compiled and remixed in 1990 by Page himself. All the obvious song choices are here. But even if you've already heard "Black Dog" once too often on the car radio, this set wisely spotlights several overlooked gems, including their ultimate blues lament "I'm Gonna Crawl." It's a blueprint that later generations of head-bangers tragically failed to follow. --Steve Appleford ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Zeppelin..can it get any better?
Well certainly. If you get this box set. The only way to come close would be to purchase all ten studio albums, but this box set will save you some cash and give you the best of the best.

Naturally Robert Plant sound great, Jimmy Page's guitar smokes and wails, John Paul Jones' bass thumps with rhythm and John Bonham sets the pace and pounds on the drums.

Disc 1 rockets you right into "Whole Lotta Love" and on to "Heartbreaker" (one of my favorites), a lot of great tracks on this one. "Communication Breakdown", "Dazed and Confused", well, you get the picture. Also included is "Travelling Riverside Blues", almost worth the price of the box set by itself.

Disc 2 starts opens with the unmistakable sound of "Black Dog", the churning "Immigrant Song", the lovely "Tangerine", the psychedelic "Misty Mountain Hop", and then closing it all out, "Stairway to Heaven". Sure it's been played to death on the radio but it's an awesome song and rightfully deserves all the attention it gets.

Disc 3 starts with "Kashmir". A classic with the driving drums of Bonham and the string arrangements. "Trampled Under Foot" is great, as is "No Quarter". "When the Levee Breaks" is propelled once again by Bonham on the drums, providing a sampler's frenzy (just ask the Beastie Boys). Then there's the ten minute longer, smoker, "In My Time of Dying".

Disc 4 is where the radio Zepp fan might not be familiar. Most of the songs are from the later albums. No filler here though, just more greatness. "Candy Store Rock, "The Ocean", and "The Wanton Song" have to be heard to believed. "Fool in the Rain" is beautiful, as is "All My Love". Providing a fitting ending to this collection.

I've listened to the CDs in this box set tens, if not hundreds, of times, and they get better with every listen. It's classic Zeppelin and you can't go wrong with that. Enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal Heaven
This was the first compilation of Zeppelin to be released, and it still remains the best. Excellent sound quality, and a very generous amount of music for the hefty investment--the five hours of tunes covers more than half of the band's recorded output.
Zeppelin's studio albums were all excellent, especially the first half dozen. Therefore, it's very difficult in detemining what deserves its place here and what doesn't. Jimmy Page handled the sequencing of these songs, and he deserves a great deal of credit--they sound as if they came from one big album instead of being compiled from nearly ten.
As a devoted fan of the band, there's simply no way to knock Discs One and Two at all. They are letter-perfect, covering the very best tracks from the first four LP's. Only Disc Four shows any signs of letdown, with tracks from "Presence," "In Through the Out Door" and "Coda." A pair of previously unreleased tracks were also offered, including "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do."
A companion box set was released a couple of years later, offering the remaining tracks not covered on this one. Not surprisingly, it doesn't hit quite as hard, although Zeppelin's lesser moments were often superior to what was generated by their competitors. This one has all the goods, though. If you're just discovering Led Zeppelin--or if you're interested in hearing these classics after a great remastering job--take the plunge. It's truly an excellent box set.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Set from the Greatest Band
Before this set, I was a fan of Zeppelin, but not a huge listener. Sinec buying these 4 cd's, I am a hardcore Zeppelin fan, and at least one of these cd's can be found in my cd player at all times. There are some songs that were missed that I felt should have been added (livin lovin) but all in all, this covers all you need, and the reading material that accompanies the set is a valuable addition.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOXED SET
I am someone who thinks Zeppelin is the greatest band of all time, and happen to have most of their stuff: Zeppelin 1-3, ZOFO, House Of The Holy, Physical Grafitti, The Song Remains The Same, BBC Sessions, How The West Was Won, Early And Later Days, and BOTH this and the later 2 CD set. I happen to think this is a great set and well worth the money. I think that this set is for someone who is a Zeppelin fan, but not yet a completist. When I got the set (Then the second boxed set), I decided that after listening more than once, I should finish the collection (And I will later this year). As for the negative comments here, I cannot believe ANYONE who really knows Zeppelin can put them down (Unless of course, they are nothing but trolls out to cause trouble).I cannot overstate how good this set really is, so you should get it for your collection: You will love it, it really is a great boxed set.

1-0 out of 5 stars All boxed up... and ready for the dump
Comes with four discs, which make excellent brake rotors for your car. ... Read more


25. Five Leaves Left
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5-0 out of 5 stars Autumnal Beauty
Looking for an album to go with your favorite sunset? Nick Drake's debut encapsulates a mood of tragically transient beauty. The acoustic guitar style drifts between folk, country blues and Celtic flavored finger picking (I'm not much of a musician, so that's kind of a guess-ta-mite), with accompanying instruments that are simple and subtle: piano riffs, conga drums, and the occasional bass. On several tracks chamber music string sections and various wind instruments add a surprisingly effective and eerie compliment. Mostly, however, the album's mood and tone is created and sustained by Drake's ethereal voice. Only several notches louder than a whisper, it sounds as if it comes from a half remembered dream or a nineteenth century opium haze. "Three Hours" and "The Cello Song" are particularly haunting. A playful piano part belies the uncomfortable lyrics of "The Man In The Shed" that sting of the depression that would eventually consume him (he committed suicide in 1974). Drake released only three studio albums, his second "Bryter Later" contains a number of good songs, but many of the jazzy arrangements don't work as well. On his third, "Pink Moon", he is alone with his guitar; it's an excellent album, but his vocals take on a harsher more pained edge, which can be a little uncomfortable considering his previously mentioned exit. On "Five Leaves Left" all the elements come together in a gorgeous sonic whorl. Percy Bysshe Shelley would have dug this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Time has told me you're a rare, rare find.."
Whether you know it or not, you've heard Nick Drake before. Maybe it's from his other albums, maybe it's from that VW commercial, maybe it's just the sound of that quiet bleakness we all feel when sadness comes to the door and doesn't want to leave. This music lives with all of us. It exists in quiet lonely nights, chilly autumn evenings, and the muted grey of the world when it's been raining all day. During his too-short musical career, Nick used music to look at those little feelings we all have and give them an exquisitely beautiful voice.

Ok, fine, I'll start talking like a normal person now. I realize those comments seem a little silly. It's easy enough to describe how this music sounds, but it's not as easy to convey the emotional impact it might have. Everything about this 40-minute jewel is beautifully composed, elegantly performed and topped off with Nick's simple understated lyrics, which read as well as poetry. His voice and guitar (pretty tricky guitar work, too) are backed up by changing accompaniments: some electric guitar and bass at times, some flute, some quiet conga percussion at others, and most often a smooth string section providing just the right bittersweet background. It's quiet folk melancholy with an addicting quality that can't really be explained. Not everything here is quite as sad as "Way to Blue" or the eerily prophetic "Fruit Tree," either. "Saturday Sun" adds some relatively upbeat jazzy piano, although it remains low-key to the end. "Time Has Told Me" is uplifting in its timeless simplicity. "Man in a Shed" is a wistful boy-girl tune, but the theme is as un-cliched and downright humble as I've ever heard it.

Five Leaves Left was Nick's first album, and overall the most realized - he took over a year putting it together after all. If you don't like the sound of strings and flutes you'll probably want to hear the later Pink Moon instead, which is basically just Nick and his guitar. Either way, just make sure you check him out somehow. Any Drake offering is a treasure not to be missed.

5-0 out of 5 stars boy this guy could write a song
A lot has been said about Nick Drake. I recall a Rolling Stone quote calling him "The saddest songwriter ever" or something to that effect. I think the fact that he died so young, possibly by suicide, tends to make people comment on how sad he was and how dark his music is. Well, some of his music may be dark, like Three Hours or Black Eyed Dog, but much of it is light. So don't expect this to be a depressing album.

With that said, this is an incredible album, although I feel it pales slightly in comparison to Pink Moon. While some people have said the strings hurt the album, I have a feeling they are only looking for a guitar shred-fest. While Drake was an excellent guitarist, his music was not based on technique and thank God for that. Most of his best stuff (on Pink Moon) was a lot simpler, guitar-wise. I for one think that the string arrangements really help some of the songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars The words perfect, beauty, and sadness weaved into song.
This is one of three albums by the best musician, in my opinion, to ever step within this world of confusion, rushing, and absence of relaxation. Nick Drake may have made this album in the 1960's but the sounds have not aged at all, and will remain forever in my mind as the most beautiful songs ever recorded. This would go perfect for sitting alone at night, relaxing in light afternoon sun, or watching the hazy colors of a sunset replaced by the black calm of night. Get this CD, my friend, you will not regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars First of too few leaves...
...in the book of Nick Drake, "Five Leaves Left" is one of two fairly lush (by folk standards) records he committed to the listening public - such as it was, for him, at the time - before (as legend has it) mounting depression over his lack of commercial success played its role in the creation of the bare-bones guitar beauty "Pink Moon," his final record before dying of an overdose of antidepressants in 1974 at age 26.

My first Drake record was "Pink Moon." Within a few days, and about 35 listens, I'd rushed back to the store to liberate this record, "Bryter Later," and the just-released "Made to Love Magic." Such is the power of Drake's melancholy grip on the dynamics of wispy voice, intricate guitar, wrenching lyric and mood-perfect accompaniment. I'm still listening - I've heard every record at least twice - but the jury is no longer is out in my mind: the world overlooked a genius here, just as he predicted it would in this record's second-to-last cut, "Fruit Tree." He wasn't, one thinks, singing of himself, although he did that almost too well. But he might as well have been: "Safe in your place deep in the earth/That's when they'll know what you're truly worth.../They'll all know/That you were here when you're gone".

"Five Leaves Left" has painful, hopeful, joyful (too few), and despairing bolts like this all through it. "Time Has Told Me," the opener, celebrates a great love while already lamenting its future loss, Drake's and Richard Thompson's guitars weaving a beautiful country atmosphere: "Time has told me/Not to ask for more/For someday our ocean/will find its shore." The second song, "River Man," is apparently overproduced for many, but I found the background strings but a natural extension of the emotional strain Drake's voice always seems just too slight to hold. It's too easy to confuse his vocal treatments with lack of emotional commitment, I guess; it's the only way I can explain the rare such accusation I've heard. I simply consider it the best voice at conveying soul-empty ache bound up with wonder that I ever heard on a record. At the end of "Cello Song," he does an almost-perfect vocal duet with the title instrument, such that I at first couldn't tell one from the other. I could go on; you could read most of the rest of the day. I haven't come up with favorites yet. I thought I was about to, then every one I didn't get on first listen suddenly started striking home. Nick Drake is like that, at least he is when you didn't fall in love with the song on first listen. Which seems to happen less than half the time. Given that I'd consider this far from "easy" listening, that's nothing short of remarkable. His stuff draws you in; it seems to fit the mood. Play this record, wherever you are, and it will work to draw out the best - and the most beautifully painful - of wherever you are and whatever you are doing. I don't tear up often when listening to music. I am happy, really, to say that Nick is making this a rather common occurrence. The pain you hear in his records, you've felt many, many times. It just never had a soundtrack before.

You just have to hear it. You just have to hear this record, the next and last two he made - in short, all the Drake you can lay your hands on. (There's so little that your excuse just got eliminated.) I don't think anyone came closer to creating a complete record collection with so few albums. Nick Drake is that good. ... Read more


26. Concert For George
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Tribute to George!
If you are a fan of George this is a must-buy CD. Every cut on side two is awesome. Best cuts: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover of "I Need You," complete with a jangly Rickenbacker sound; Paul's ukulele version of "Something," with Eric Clapton taking over in the middle; Petty, Jeff Lynne and George's son Dhani singing "Handle With Care" (where was Bob Dylan?); and Ringo's "Photograph." Side one is interesting--if you recall the Concert For Bangladesh and George's facination with Indian music (ie: Inner Light) you'll give it a play or two. Thanks to all the musicians for putting together such a wonderful tribute to a great individual!

4-0 out of 5 stars In Loving Memory Of George
When George Harrison tragically passed away from cancer in November 2001, and all the tributes started pouring in from George's musical peers, I was very surprised to not read or see any tribute from one of George's closest friends---Eric Clapton. But then, later in 2002, I saw that Clapton organized an all-star tribute concert in George's memory on the one-year anniversary of his death. I was very touched to hear about it, but I was even more touched to finally *hear* it. Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall on Nov. 29, 2002, "The Concert For George" is a marvelously heartfelt tribute to the late, great George Harrison. George loved the music of India, and Disc One of this 2-CD set contains the Indian music part of the show, featuring Ravi & Anoushka Shankar, as well as a cameo from Jeff Lynne on "The Inner Light." It's very, very beautiful. Disc Two is the main concert featuring Harrison's songs, both his Beatles and solo compositions, and it's full of mostly outstanding performances, including Clapton's rendering of "If I Needed Someone," Jeff Lynne's "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)," Joe Brown's "Here Comes The Sun," Billy Preston's "Isn't It A Pity" and "My Sweet Lord," Ringo Starr's "Photograph," and Paul McCartney's "For You Blue," and McCartney's duets with Clapton on "Something," and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Also appreciated is Procol Harum's Gary Brooker on "Old Brown Shoe," and Joe Brown's heartfelt ukelele finale that's guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye, "I'll See You In My Dreams." Unfortunately, there are a few debits. Tom Petty's thin, nasal voice doesn't quite cut it on "Taxman" and "I Need You," though he certainly tries (and I do acknowledge that he was a friend & fellow "Traveling Wilbury" of Harrison's, so I suppose he had a right to be on the stage that night). Also disappointing is the ommission of comic performances by the members of Monty Python (whom Harrison was a huge fan of), and Sam Brown's performance of "Horse To Water," which was reportedly a major highlight of the evening (I have not yet seen the DVD version of the concert, but I definitely plan to). But overall, this double live CD is as excellent a memorial to a great music legend as one could possibly ask for. "The Concert For George" is an absolutely touching, beautiful celebration of the life and music of George Harrison, a truly great artist who blessed the world with his great musical gifts.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - GREAT concert, HORRIBLE transfer to CD!
On November 29, 2001, the legendary former Beatles guitarist George Harrison finally died from brain cancer he had been battling for quite some time. All the world over, his death was viewed as a tragedy. But, one year following his passing, an all-star line-up of musicians got together to honor the legacy that George left behind. And another year later the concert has finally been released! Read on for my review of Concert For George.

PROS:
-The best thing about this concert is the all-star cast of musicans that have gotten together to honor the memory of George. George's former Beatles comrades Paul McCartney and Ringo starr are here, as are his former Traveling Wilburys companions Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty. Also appearing are the legendary Eric Clapton, the great pianist Billy Preston, and George's son Dhani.
-For the most part, these are excellent renditions of George's songs. Tom Petty's version of I Need You even ties the original in terms of quality! Eric Clapton's version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Jeff Lynne's version of I Want To Tell You, Billy Preston's version of My Sweet Lord, Ringo Starr's version of Photograph, and Paul McCartney's version of For You Blue are also noteworthy performances.
-Ravi Shankar, the sitar legend who taught George how to play that instrument, also makes an appearance here. In fact, he even plays a new composition that he has written in George's honor. Ravi also brings new light to George's Beatles-era tune, The Inner Light.

CONS:
-This is a five-star concert, no questions asked, but this transfer of the concert to CD is just plain horrible! The "between-track" editing could not have been worse. What should be the introductions to most tracks are "tacked-on" to the ends of the previous tracks! Likewise, the Monty Python tracks and Jools Holland's cover of Horse To The Water are missing! I can live without the Python stuff, but the omission of Horse To The Water CAN NOT be forgiven. Because of the poor transfer to CD, I am forced to subtract half a star from the compilation's overall grade.
-Some of the song choices aren't that great. Where are Savoy Truffle, I Me Mine, What Is Life, Dark Horse, Cheer Down, and Cockamamie Business? Surely, the all-star line-up of musicians could have performed excellent renditions of these songs. Likewise, I agree with Ringo's choosing to do Photograph, but Honey Don't!? Why'd he play a Carl Perkins song instead of Never Without You, the song he wrote in George's memory?
-Some of the renditions of these songs aren't too good. On Tom Petty's version of Taxman, he sounds like he's dying (and if you've got the DVD, you'll see he LOOKS like he's dying too.) Likewise, Paul McCartney's version of Something - HALF OF IT IS A JOKE! The ukulele part of the song I could care less about; he already put one on his Back In The USA live album! It's a shame the first half of it is so weak, because the latter half of the song is better than the original! Why couldn't they have done the WHOLE THING that way?
-I (and many other fans of George's) could, rather obviously, care less about the first disc of this compilation. I don't have anything against Ravi Shankar, it's just that the average person doesn't really go for this kind of music. Likewise, the two-disc nature of the set jacks up the price.

OVERALL:
Overall, this was a very good concert, and an excellent tribute to the fallen Beatle. I just wish the transfer to CD would have been done a little better. But my compaints for this concert are minimal, and therefore, I give the set a four-point-five out of five. If you want to see George's memory honored the way it should be, check out this concert.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eric Paul George and Ringo
Listening, and re-listening, to the Concert for George has been meaningful to me. I'm a few years shy of forty, so was not around for Beatle mania, but have always been a fan of the Beatles, and George Harrison was always my favorite solo Beatle artist. I own every album he made, and even a bootleg or two. While I am not Hindu, I appreciate his quest for God and meaning. And while his solo work is uneven in quality, a listen to all of his albums in a row still leaves me impressed with his ability and talent. I miss him.

Concert for George is an excellent tribute to George Harrison, bringing to me his most remembered music. One highlight is "Something", done by Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton. It is one of the few times I have heard a Beatle song done in a different way without it being diminished. I also loved hearing the Traveling Wilburys, (most of the survivors, but with Dani Harrison and without Bob Dylan) sing "Handle with Care". A personal highlight was listening to "I need you", which I had not paid that much attention to before. I did not purchase Songs from the Material World: A Tribute to George Harrison as I had all of the original music and did not think that it overall improved on the songs I love. Concert for George is different. It adds to George Harrison's music without detracting from it.

If there is any weakness to the album, it is only my personal choices as to what was George Harrison's best music. Concert for George, like the Live in Japan album, does not include anything from 33 & 1/3, which not counting All Things Must Pass was arguably his best album of the 1970s "This Song", "Crackerbox Palace" "Woman Don't Cry for Me", or especially the lovely "Beautiful Girl" would have made excellent contributions to the memorial album. Instead, we are treated to a likable version of "That's the Way it Goes", from one of George's weakest albums, Gone Troppo. To me, it is obvious that the song does not represent George's best, and its inclusion among his other work shows this.

Probably the other critique I'd make is sure to arouse controversy. It was wonderful to see both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on stage together. Paul adds by being understated throughout the evening, but I'm not sure Ringo adds much. I have been listening to his All-Starr albums since the early 1990s, and he usually sings the same material on each. After years of this, it seems that what now makes an All-Starr album interesting is not Ringo, but rather his guest stars. Relying on his rather limited musical talent, he sings two All-Starr standards "Photograph" and "Honey Don't". They both really don't have very much to do with George, and Ringo is the only one who has to explain his songs before he sings them, so they fit in context with the rest of the music. There. I said it.

The critiques aside, I recommend this album. It succeeds in paying tribute to a musician with a deeper side who kept his quest for God foremost, and who didn't sell out to try and sell albums. I appreciate Eric Clapton and George's other friends for giving George, and his fans, a remarkable evening.

5-0 out of 5 stars He Wrote Some Great Songs
My only major disappointment with this is they left off one of the best performances in the film. I had never heard of Sam Brown before this,but WOW!!! Her voice on You Can Take a Horse to Water just blew me away!! Everybody else is superb as well. McCartney's emotional preamble to Something is especially touching.I love his simple ukelele take on the song. Albert Lee who I'd never heard before does a tasty sizzling guitar solo on Honey Don't.It's a really enjoyable show. You also realize as Jeff Lynne and Eric Clapton mention in the film, that these songs are so strong and musically interesting for all these artists. Almost all of them have ties to the original recordings. It's also obviuous they're all having a wonderful time.George's songs are of course the centerpiece,but Joe Brown(another unknown for me)does a beautiful rendition of I'll See You In My Dreams to close the show.It is all very touching and fun to watch. ... Read more


27. Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Starting Point for the Uninitiated
All excellent songs, 10 of Dylan's best and most famous ever, really. If you are not a big Dylan fan yet, but want to get into his stuff and don't feel like shelling out 20+ dollars for "The Essential Bob Dylan," a great place to start would be this collection.

All of the albums these songs come from are excellent also, especially "Blonde on Blonde" and "Bringing it All Back Home," 2 of the greatest rock albums of all time. For solo acoustic fans, I recommend "The Freewheelin Bob Dylan," the album from which "Blowin in the Wind" is taken.

I am what normal people would call a "Dylanophile;" I now own just about all of his 40+ official releases. From this standpoint, I would say that if I had to choose Dylan's 10 best songs up through 1966, it would look very similar to this. Buy this, and who knows, 2 years later you may become just as obsessed as I am (and thats a good thing!).

3-0 out of 5 stars Only the tip of the iceberg
For an artist of Bob Dylan's stature, greatest hits packages just don't cut the mustard. This overview of Dylan's early 60s work is completely inadequate as a complete representation of his Bobness' work. Every album the guy did during this period was brilliant from beginning to end. Any serious Dylan fan will yearn to hear "Tombstone Blues" after "Like a Rolling Stone," or "Girl From the North Country" after "Blowin' in the Wind." Forget this disc, stop being a cheapskate, and shell out the money for as many Dylan records from the 60s as you can afford. Then consume his 70s work, maybe half his 80s records, and soak in his renaissance in the 90s. If you insist on buying this, just know you're seriously missing out on the rest of the best body of work rock n roll has ever produced.

5-0 out of 5 stars bob dylan is awesome
yea...ok. bob dylan is one of the best artists of all time. as with his first greatest hits album, it's great. who was this guy that gave it one star, saying it ain't me babe was sonny and cher? and mr. tambourine man was Captain Kirk? try the Byrds man. this guy has no idea what he was talking about, and anyone that read that should disregard every word and should buy dylan's "regords." and i'm only 18, and i know that dylan is awesome. so people should stop trashing his music because he can't sing. one's voice isn't everything, you superficial people.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
Great CD, rarely do I find a CD that I fall in love with everysong, but this is one of the few. If you know someone with a better, cooler voice than Bob Dylan than I'd like to know about it. Everything about this CD is great, the lyrics, the harmonica, the music. I most defenintly recomend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Review from a 14-year old folknik
In 1966 I already had every album Dylan made, but "Positively 4th Street" was needed to round out my collection. On the other hand, I wasn't ready to part with $3.57 for just one song, so I suspended principle and placed my order with a classmate who was running a thriving stolen records business. He got it, but somebody broke into his school locker before I took delivery. Serves me right. My cousins eventually bought it for me for Christmas.

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28. Best Of...Retrospective
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Only a handful of bands have made a greater impact with fewer recordings than the short-lived Buffalo Springfield. Their history is told in the titles of their three albums: 1967's eponymous debut was followed by the peak-performance Again later that year, which was followed by 1968's Last Time Around. While their entire recorded career encompasses a mere two years, the Stephen Stills-Neil Young-Richie Furay-led quintet produced a number of '60s rock classics. Stills chipped in "For What It's Worth" and "Bluebird"; Furay's "Kind Woman" is one of the touchstones of country-rock; and Young fired off the likes of the raucous "Mr. Soul," the gentle "I Am a Child," the ambitious "Broken Arrow," and the breathtakingly pretty "Expecting to Fly." They're all on this 12-song overview, a suitable option for anyone who isn't up to stocking up on the entire catalog. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars TOO MUCH TALENT FOR ONE BAND
Buffalo Springfield was a band more known for what it's members did after they left, than the great music they made as this short lived group. Although only together 18 months, they were the blueprint for some of the most successful country rock bands to come, such as CSN, Poco, and the Eagles, along with about every other west coast rock group. The songs on this retrospective, which originally came out in 1969, just after their breakup, were written by either Steven Stills or Neil Young. The lone exception being "Kind Woman", which was penned by Richie Furay, who later recorded it again with his band Poco. The first song here, and probably their most famous single "For What It's Worth", established Steven Stills as a great songwriter. It also had that catchphrase in it, "There's something happening here/what it is ain't exactly clear", which was a popular line in 60's counterculture at the time. Another great Stills song is "Bluebird", which features some nice guitar work. It starts out as an all out rock song, then comes that famous guitar interlude, and then switches gears and becomes a banjo driven country song. Absolutely brilliant! Not to be outdone is Neil Young. He pens 3 great tunes in a row, starting with "On The Way Home". I love this song. With it's horn arrangements, it's different than any other Buffalo song. "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" is a beautiful folk rock song with CSN type harmonies. His masterpiece here is "Broken Arrow". A unique song that has a bit of everything in it, from full orchestration with a bolero type of drumbeat, mixed with a countryrock sound with numerous rhythm changes. This song rivals anything those boys from Liverpool were doing at the time. There may not have been a better songwriter around than Neil Young during the Springfield period leading up to his first 2 brilliant albums "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere", and "After The Goldrush". Although this is a relatively small retrospective, every song here is a gem. Buffalo Springfield was one of the most creative bands of the 60's, but because of their strong individual writing and performing talents, this was also the reason for their breakup. This is an excellent historical document of the band that started the whole folk, country rock movement. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars A definitive sixties collection here of Buffalo Springfield!
What CD has the excellence of their short lived musical career over a briefdecade period through years together 1967-1968. Buffalo Springfield is chronicled by a lifespan in this music compilation from three of their previous albums. My favorite songs on here are "For What It's Worth" is a classic from the television series soundtrack CD available "The Wonder Years" and it's academy award winning 1994 film soundtrack CD also available in music stores everywhere "Forrest Gump". Other hits include like "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" and "Bluebird". The original band members who were Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash), Richie Furay & Jim Messina (Loggins & Messina) three americans. Neil Young & Bruce Palmer two canadian musicians from canada in the group. Get this CD album don't pay any attention or listen to what other critics say. It's truly the best rock'n'roll, folk-rock & country style tunes all combined. It will save your money's worth for sure!

5-0 out of 5 stars These guys were "Truly Original"many spin offs from this gro
My lord look at this line up.Sephen Stills Neil Young Richie Furay,and Neil said "hell we were just playing what we felt"So true ,they came off with some fantastic songs.They werent even trying it was so natural.They tossed out songs like new shiny dimes.Unadulterated,pristine,hard,soft,all very good.Iam a realist,old stuff is better than this crap they hype down your throat now.Stephen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sixties classics
Around about the time that music was starting to get downright bizarre with groups like the Mothers of Invention stirring things up these guys came out of left field with their country-folk-rock slant and threw a curve into my little head. Every song was totally different in feel and intent. You can tell they weren't really studio rats yet because the tracks are uneven in tempo and arrangement/production from time to time but that didn't dampen their enthusiasm or imagination. Neil Young really stands out on this collection because he was blazing his own trail, not just following Stills and Furay down the path. But these songs are very special to those who grew up listening to this band and, as best-of cds go, this one represents them quite well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bizarro Supergroup
In Superman's Bizarro World everything is reversed. So it was with Buffalo Springfield. While some refer to this band as a 'supergroup', such as Blind Faith, they were really a collection of emerging artists who, instead of coming together in their prime, broke apart to establish their true claims to fame. This is the band where Stephen Stills and Neil Young, and to a lesser degree Richie Furay and Jim Messina (who together later founded Poco), honed their artistic styles, and rather tentatively dipped their toes into the waters of stardom. Ironically, it was Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, featuring two members of Buffalo Springfield, that eventually became the quintessential 'supergroup'.

Buffalo Springfield are often characterized as a pioneering 'country-rock' band, and while they certainly helped develop that genre, they were much more. Stills and Young were never awkward about delving into inspired rock and roll, and Richie Furay and Jim Messina contributed a soft-rock alternative, so the band had a very diversified feel. The 'Retrospective' collection does a good job of exploring these territories, although it unjustifiably focuses too much attention on Young's experimental psychedelia ('Broken Arrow' and 'Expecting To Fly') which is marginal at best. A serious omission is made in selecting these numbers as opposed to Stills' fine composition 'Questions' from the 'Last Time Around' LP.

Stills and Young do all the songwriting on this compilation, with the exception of Furay's 'Kind Woman', which sounds more like a laid-back Eagles composition than most laid-back Eagles compositions. Stills and Young both offer a trio of classics, opening with the biggest and only hit the band ever had, the youth protest anthem 'For What It's Worth', which rose to number 7 on the national charts in 1967. The song is still a real treat, especially in the stereo version offered on this CD, which separates out the vocal harmonies nicely. When the song was released as a single, it included "(Stop, Hey What's That Sound)" after the title, since the words "for what it's worth" appear nowhere in the lyrics. Without the parenthetical documentation, many would not have associated the title with the song.

Still's other standout contributions are 'Bluebird' and 'Rock and Roll Woman'. Together with 'Questions', 'Bluebird' represents the best of Stills work with Buffalo Springfield. The song is a tapestry of electric and acoustic guitar virtuosity, with the lyrics woven seamlessly throughout. It segues unpredictably into a banjo coda for a melencholy concluding verse. It is highly representative of all the best work Stills has produced. 'Rock and Roll Woman', for some reason, always impressed me as a precursor to 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes', and I've often wondered if Judy Collins, who inspired 'Suite: Judy...', also inspired 'Rock and Roll Woman'. It's another gem, only slightly less dazzling than 'Bluebird'.

Young's contributions are impressive as well, and a foreshadowing of where he was bound as a solo artist. 'For What It's Worth' is followed by the driving guitar strains of 'Mr. Soul', which had every right to be a Top 40 hit. Young also contributes the orchestrated ballad 'On the Way Home', and the timeless 'I Am a Child', which has only gained credibility and an auditory patina over the decades.

The remainder of 'The Best of Buffalo Springfield' (a name reportedly lifted from the back of a parked steamroller) consists of lesser fare. Stills 'Sit Down, I Think I Love You', and 'Go and Say Goodbye', though featuring pleasant vocals, offer only rudimentary melodies and lyrics. Despite its shortcomings, 'Sit Down...' does feature all three of the Springfield's guitarists (Stills, Young, and Furay) weaving a nicely wound melodic bridge, and the interesting use of the word 'you' as a hinge between two verses (check it out!). Young's 'Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing' is similarly a cut below the capabilities he would later exhibit in a stream of songwriting prowess which continues strong today.

For myself, this collection and the CD 'Last Time Around' are essential componants of a Stephen Stills collection. Unless you are of a mind to purchase the Buffalo Springfield box set, which is a bit more than I was personally looking for, both CD's are necessary to collect the best of Stills' early work. As a bonus the fine Neil Young selections make the entire collection a very pleasant listen. Since we are generally inundated with these artists later works, hearing them in their genesis is an ear opening experience. ... Read more


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Proclaiming his intentions with "Are You Ready for the Country?" Young detoured briefly to the Nashville mainstream. On this No. 1 1972 album, even the singer's acquired-taste voice comes across smooth and beautiful--the smash "Heart of Gold," with steel guitars and Linda Ronstadt's backup vocals, is by far Young's most commercial-sounding song. His usual dissonant touches, like the otherworldly guitar in "Out on the Weekend," are less spooky in this new context. The last two tracks, the deceptively gentle "The Needle and the Damage Done" and the hypnotic rocker "Words (Between the Lines of Age)," predict "Tonight's the Night," Young's haunted 1975 classic. --Steve Knopper ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Golden Harvest
After his two previous albums contained a heavy guitar sound, Neil Young returned to his acoustic based roots on Harvest. The album has a country flavor and employs strings, banjos, steel guitars and other quieter instruments. "A Man Needs A Maid" is a gorgeous, string drenched song sung in a tender voice. The title track is another well orchestrated song and "Out On The Weekend" opens the album with the feeling of an old hoe down. "Heart Of Gold" is far and away the biggest hit of Mr. Young's career. With it's searing steel guitar and top notch backup vocals from Linda Ronstadt and Nicolette Larsen, the song became his only number one song as well as his only top ten solo hit. "Old Man" has a plucking banjo line over some deep and introspective lyrics. "The Needle & The Damage Done" is an acoustic tale about the destruction heroin causes. The album ends with Mr. Young reverting back to guitar rock with "Words". Harvest would ride the success of "Heart Of Gold" to the top of the album charts and become his biggest selling album and only solo number one album of his career.

5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly his Masterpiece
HARVEST by NEIL YOUNG just might be his masterpiece. Mr. Young is very adept at changing his sound from album to album without ever missing a step or being afraid to experiment. The sounds on this album are very laid back and soft spoken with a country, folkish sounding melodies that make the listener fall in love with them. Now Neil doesnt have that great sounding of a singing voice, but his voice comes across here sounding very well. His songwriting ability has never been a question, but here it is at the fore front of the album. Here we have 10 songs that just flow one into the other without missing a beat, and it is hard to find an weak material here. A MAN NEEDS A MAID is a great number complete with an orchestra. HEART OF GOLD is the classic song from this album that to date has been Neil's biggest hit and after listening to it you will know why. THE NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE, I think is the next best song on this album and the song lyrics deal with watching drugs take away the people you might care about. OUT ON THE WEEKEND, HARVEST, OLD MAN, ARE YOU READY FOR THE COUNTRY and ALABAMA are other songs that I think you should give a good listen to, you will really enjoy them. This is a highly recommended album for fans of serious music. On a side note, for the reviewer below who wrote that ALABAMA was the song that prompted a response song from LYNRYD SKYNRYD, the song was actually SOUTHERN MAN that was the reason for the response.

5-0 out of 5 stars Laid Back Country Rock
This album reminds me of a southern fried version of Syd Barrett's Madcap Laughs. The songs bounce lazily along taking time and reflecting on life and the past and what is to come. This is definitley a must for any rock or country fan because there is a nice helping of both. This is one of Young's most commercial and accessible albums. This is a good into to Young's music. Ragged Glory is the exact opposite of this album so I reccomend any new comers to pick up both to see a full view of Young's styles. Anyways good album, highly reccomended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Neil is great!
This earlier album is one of the best. Buy it for your collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Album!!
If you are going to get one of Neil's older albums, this is the one to choose. A good variety of melody and meaning!! ... Read more


30. Simon & Garfunkel - Greatest Hits
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Simon & Garfunkel have two 3-CD box sets collecting their entire career output, one with out-takes and live recordings, but the duo who were among the bestselling acts of the 1960s only recorded five studio albums throughout the entire 1960s! Their studio perfectionism is never better served than here. This greatest hits is simple and to the point, a perfect collection for anyone looking to get the basic idea (and hits) without committing to a more serious relationship. The harmonies, Paul Simon's masterful songwriting, Garfunkel's soaring choirboy voice, are all here. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Only the applause is distracting (and out-of-tune Paul)
As stated above, I too was very distracted by the applause from the live tracks spilling into the intros of the classic studio versions. It would seem that the only people that wouldn't be bothered by this listen to all their music on the radio. I like to hear a composition from the beginning to the end. Also, Paul's out of tune voice (characteristic of his live singing) on Homeward Bound really ruins this version. I was wishing I was listening to the original. Of course the bottom line is this is Simon & Garfunkel, and these songs are great and classic despite the intrusive nature of the arranger(s) of the CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sentimental Value gives CD 5-Star Rating
This CD was one of my favorite at a time when I was nursed emotionally by music. I found the music very beautiful and appealing, which I found out is rare and peculiar for my generation (the one currently at the college age).

I believe I first fell in love with "Mrs. Robinson" from watching the film FORREST GUMP. Then I hooked this CD and listen to classic after classic. Each song has a quality about it, it conveys a certain s

"Boxer" is despair, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is friendship, "Bookends" is memories, "Cecilia" is sexual excitement.

There isn't an emotion that Paul Simon doesn't cover in his song-writing. Garfunkel complements his childhood friend almost perfectly.

The classic duo of popular music will remain a favorite of mine for the rest of my life, and the songs will have a certain value for me that I almost cannot describe, so I will not try. Buy the CD and see if the songs click with you. They helped me shape my tastes of music so perhaps that is why I like it so much.

But perhaps my favorite song, "America"--I just find it so beautiful that I cannot fathom how anyone wouldn't fall in love with this song.

4-0 out of 5 stars The title says it all!
On this compilation,Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel give their fans their very best,of course. It was released in 1972,the same year as Simon's self-titled solo debut. MRS. ROBINSON from the 1967 movie "The Graduate",was just one of a handful of their #1 hits. THE BOXER from 1969's BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER lacks a verse later heard,surprisingly on THE CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK. The title track from BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER is cool. THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE is not the original recording from WEDNESDAY MORNING 3 AM,S&G's 1964 debut. This version has added percussion,as heard on the 1966 album,SOUNDS OF SILENCE. SCARBOROUGH FAIR is a nice,easy listening piece. HOMEWARD BOUND and FOR EMILY,WHEREVER I MAY FIND HER were recorded live. Also from SOUNDS OF SILENCE is I AM A ROCK. AMERICA is a nice piece. I wonder if that inspired the three-guitarist band of the same name. All the other songs are good. Most songs on this album were recorded for THE CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK in 1981. S&G split before the release of this album and Garfunkel also went out on his own.

4-0 out of 5 stars Classic folk rock
What¡Çs not to like? Simon and Garfunkel created many wonderful songs and their greatest hits (which is not necessarily synonymous with ¡Æbest songs¡Ç) are presented here. You¡Çve heard them all a thousand times before probably, but if you love them and consider them a part of your life, you can¡Çt go wrong with this purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fan of Simon and Garfunkel Since Childhood!
I have been listening to Simon and Garfunkel for 35 years. Since I was a child, I have respected their melodies and the gentleness and humanity that flows through their songs.

"Homeward Bound" and "Sounds of Silence" are truly originals.

I know I will have a life long love for these very special artists! ... Read more


31. After The Gold Rush
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After laboring in Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Neil Young finally hit perfect pitch--if his endearing off-center whine can be called "perfect"--with his third album. He's equally passionate with trippy riddles (has anybody figured out what "We've got mother nature on the run" means in the title track?) and pointed protest (after 30 years of rock-radio overplay, "Southern Man" still rings with truth about redneck racism). His creaky ensemble, including pianist Jack Nitzsche and rotating members of Crazy Horse, transforms ramshackle country and folk songs into soulful hippie hymns. --Steve Knopper ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A PERIOD PIECE BUT ALSO A GREAT SINGER SONGWRITER ALBUM!
I'm gonna get this off my chest first. To be honest I have never been a huge Neil Young fan. Don't get wrong he has done some great stuff throughout his musical career but so have his peers like Stephen Stills and Graham Nash etc; (sometimes they've done better things) and for whatever reason they do not get as much recognition. However I felt I hadn't really given Neil a chance. So I decided to pick up two of Neil's most critically acclaimed albums: 'Harvest' and of course 'After The Gold Rush'.

Fresh of the success of Deja Vu, Neil Young decide to conquer more ground in 1970 on his own. 'After The Goldrush' was recorded and released to a 'any type of material from CSN&Y' hungry public. The album was a monster sky rocketing Neil into new levels of super stardom.

It wasn't just hype either. 'After The Goldrush' has some great music on it.The first four tracks are truly gold. Opening with TELL ME WHY; a nice charming acoustic piece. The title track AFTER THE GOLDRUSH has some awesome lyrics. ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART is beautiful and of course everyone knows the classic rocker SOUTHERN MAN which rocketed up the charts that year. TILL THE MORNING COMES is a short ditty that is pleasing but could have made way for an actual song. OH, LONESOME ME is a slow paced country piece. It's beautful but a tad depressing for me. DON'T LET IT BRING YOU DOWN is another classic here. BIRDS is another beautiful piano piece with excellent vocals. WHEN YOU DANCE YOU CAN REALLY LOVE is another great rocker. While I BELIEVE IN YOU is a laid back country rocker with some good guitar and lyrics. The final track CRIPPLE CREEK FERRY is another short yet pleasing ditty. However like I said with TILL THE MORNING COMES, it could have made way for actual songs.

Overall 'After The Goldrush' is a classic. If you want to go back to 1970 this is a good CD to take you there. At first I didn't really like this album. However after a few more listens I realized the excellence this album possessed. The lyrics are wonderful. Neil Young could really write some good music! He knew how to do a beautiful country ballad and he defiently knew how to rock! Highly recommend!

5-0 out of 5 stars Striking Gold
Neil Young had recently had scored a number one hit as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young with Deja Vu when he released After The Gold Rush. The album is a brilliant collection of songs that have a strong sense of social commentary as well of heartbreak. "Southern Man" is a strong condemnation of the redneck ideals of the South. The song has a stinging guitar that perfectly complements the angry lyrics that are dripping with venom. Songs like "Tell Me Why", "Only Love Can Break Your Heart", the sprightly "Til The Morning Comes" and the Don Gibson cover "Oh, Lonesome Me" deal with longing, loss and heartache. The title track is a hauntingly, beautiful yet cautionary tale. Mr. Young, singing over just a piano, lays out a song that turned out to eerily prophetic in the wake of what would occur in the 1970's. The album was a triumph on every level and became his first solo top ten hit peaking at number 8 in late 1970.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly one of Neil Young's classics
I don't exactly consider myself a big Neil Young fan, I'm not the kind of person who would buy every album with his name on it (especially many of the albums he done in the 1980s, such as Landing on Water), but After the Gold Rush, his third album (second with Crazy Horse) is truly deserving of classic status. This album has been with me most of my life, thanks to my parents owning a copy. This album also premiered a certain 17 year old by the name of Nils Lofgren, on piano. This album has many different styles from acoustic ballads, to rockers, to short singalongs. The album starts off with "Tell Me Why", which is a truly great acoustic piece. The title track is a piano-oriented ballad with an enviromental theme concerning the new decade (the 1970s, that is). "Only Love Can Break Your Heat" is not a cover of the Gene Pitney song, but another Neil Young original, in this case, a piano-oriented ballad. I don't think I need to mention the epic "Southern Man" as it's the song that receives plenty of FM radio airplay. The song obviously gave Lynyrd Skynyrd their response song four years later (1974) with "Sweet Home Alabama". Side one of the old vinyl ends with a nice, short, singalong cut called "Till the Morning Comes". Side two (of the LP) features a cover of Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me", plus another nice ballad with "Don't Let It Bring You Down", plus a totally overlooked, but great rocker with "When You Dance You Can Really Love". There are two songs that don't seem to do a lot for me, that is "Birds" and "I Believe in You". The album closes off with another great singalong with "Cripple Creek Ferry", which is very much in the vein of "Till the Morning Comes". This album really takes me back to that bygone era of 1970 (even though I wasn't alive then). This album is a no brainer, if you're a Neil Young fan, get this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars neil's best album
This is one of the best albums in the rock history.
It contains some "normal" songs and some masterworks
"Southern man" is among the ten best songs of rock and contains one of the five best riffs, such as "fire" of Hendrix or "brown sugar" of the stones.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing tops this
The song "After the Goldrush" was 1st introduced to my ears while listening to the radio in my dad's pickup truck when I was 9 years old. Twelve years later my feelings for that album have not wavered. I have seen reviews by Rolling Stone magazine that say that this album was released prematurely. Upon reading Neil Young's biography and listening to many of his other albums, you will discover that whatever Neil releases is EXACTLY what he wants people to hear.
After the Goldrush is an album with mixed emotions. I am not a professional reviewer, but I know that the album brings out emotions of both reflection and love. It's an album of great contrast as well. Some songs like "Tell Me Why" and "Cripple Creek Ferry" are sort of light hearted and uplifting while the songs "Don't Let It Bring You Down" and "Oh Lonesome Me"...I think the names speak for themselves.
Do yourself a favor and get this album. You will never forget it. ... Read more


32. New Beginning
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5-0 out of 5 stars I Tell It Like It Is
Like She said Heaven's Here On Earth. On this album Tracy Has made a new beginning, whit her deep and soulful voice and her meaningful lyrics is this whitout doubt her best to date. Give me one reason not to like this album and not to tell all you other that this CD is a must have, At this point in my life I am very bored by the radio music, so I turn on Tracy's music and all she leaves behind is smoke and ashes. Sorry I have to end her I'm going to buy the music video " Telling Stories "

5-0 out of 5 stars BRAVO, TRACY, BRAVO!!!
Every song on this CD cuts right to the soul. This is folk music tinged with blues and rock and soul...lyrics worth listening to. I only hope Ms. Chapman keeps putting her music out. I believe her negative reviews are coming from hiphopsters expecting somthing else. Tracy's music is not addressing any styles or fads. I dread the day where talented singer- songwriters are completely replaced by throwaway commercial [poo] music. Make no mistake, each song on this CD is poetry, messages for the listener, pure art. I consider her right up there on the same level as Dylan. If your into quality listening...buy this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars I bought all 6 CDs
I recently saw Tracy's group on Austin City Limits (on PBS), and ended up buying all her domestic CDs to date. I also just bought a Memorex MP3 player, and managed to cram 120 songs / 8h 17m worth of songs onto an 800MB CDR: 81 songs from an old "party tape," as well as songs by Tracy, Eric Johnson, and Timbuk 3 (all three introduced to me by ACL).

Here's what made the cut, after a cursory screening of the 6 CDs:

MH - Short Supply
TS - Telling Stories
CR - All that You have is your Soul
NB - Tell It like It Is
NB - Give Me One Reason
LR - Another Sun
MH - I Used to be a Sailor
TC - For my Lover
TC - Talkin' 'bout a Revolution
TC - Fast Car
NB - Smoke and Ashes
CR - A Hundred Years
NB - Remember the Tinman
CR - Bridges
CR - Crossroads
LR - You're the One
CR - Freedom Now
NB - A Place for Me*
* sliced off the tail of "I'm Ready"

Grouped by album:

NB - Tell It like It Is
Give Me One Reason
Smoke and Ashes
Remember the Tinman
A Place for Me*

CR - All that You have is your Soul
A Hundred Years
Bridges
Crossroads
Freedom Now

TC - For my Lover
Talkin' 'bout a Revolution
Fast Car

MH - Short Supply
I Used to be a Sailor

LR - Another Sun
You're the One

TS - Telling Stories

5-0 out of 5 stars wow, what an amazing piece of work!!
I always liked Tracy's music from listening to her songs played on the radio, but this CD made me fall in love with her music, lyrics, vocals and the soulfulness of it all.
A truly must-have!!

5-0 out of 5 stars New Beginning
The is without question Tracy Chapman's best CD. I liked every song the first time I played the CD. Just as I did the first time I heard her debut. I fell in love with her music when a co-worker suggested her first CD to me. I had never heard of her before then. It was only after this that I began to here "Fast Car" on the radio. When I first heard The Tracy Chapman CD I was in love. I have everyone of her CD's. She must be doing something right. Her record company has not dropped her in all these years. I had the pleasure of seeing her in concert this past weekend and she was outstanding.
Critics refer to "New Beginning" and her comeback. I have never understood this. As far as I am concerned she has been consistent with her music. All of her releases deserve 5 stars. I buy all of her CD's without first hearing them. Tracy has not disappointed me yet. She has remained true to her art. ... Read more


33. World Without Tears
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Most artists who appeal to adult listeners tend to settle into a comfortable niche, but Lucinda Williams refuses to play it safe. Instead, her music stings like an open wound, as she continues to strip away the protective layers from her art's emotional core. Though Williams has long been prized for the naked honesty of her music, this collection is even rawer than its predecessors. From the down-and-dirty bar-band blues of "Atonement" to the Rolling Stones-style swagger of "Bleeding Fingers" to the tricky balance of debasement and transcendence in "Ventura," Williams leaves the nerve endings of her music exposed. With the band opting for first-take immediacy rather than polish, some of the most powerful material is also the neediest, as the singer addresses lovers who have disrespected her ("Righteously") or abandoned her ("Those Three Days," "Minneapolis"). Though her attempts at rap on "Sweet Side" and "American Dream" might cause diehard fans to wince, her willingness to take creative chances reaffirms her position at the vanguard of a rootsy progressivism that transcends musical category. Simply put, there's more Patti Smith in her than there is Patsy Cline. --Don McLeese ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe a bit too honest for some¿
Yikes! Lucinda really split herself wide open on this one. As a huge fan of her self-titled and "Car Wheels..." releases, I struggled with the nakedness of "Essence" and grew to love it. Again, with this release, I had a hard time getting through it the first time, but it gets easier with each listen. The lyrics are sheer poetry, albeit dark, painful, poetry. And Lucinda's delivery makes them darker and even more painful. I think a first-time listener might be turned off if this were their first Lucinda Williams experience.

My favorite song on this release is "Righteously". As I've played it, several people have stopped by my cubicle and asked, "What are you listening to? That song rocks!" Almost stripped down musically, it has a wailing guitar and strong bass line that moves the song along. The last line is my favorite - - "Be my lover don't play no game, Just play me John Coltrane".

"Ventura" has a beautiful steel-guitar, wavy-feeling kind of sound. "Real Live Bleeding Fingers and Broken Guitar Strings" (great title!) sounds very Neil Young-ish to me. "Overtime" is classic heartbreak, almost Patsy Cline-ish...the simple drum work and the verby guitar along with the simple lyrics work beautifully well together.

In most of her songs, Lucinda doesn't subscribe to the pop structure of songwriting - - stanza, chorus, stanza, repeat chorus, etc. Instead the songs are more like poems with wonderful music accentuating them. I can never decide if Lucinda's vocals are a strength or a weakness...they are often rough and "hick-ish", but they do add a substantial amount of depth to the words. While I can imagine a "better" singer singing them, I realize the song would lose so much of its impact if it were slick and smooth.

I think Lucinda has come to terms with never hearing her music played on commercial radio stations across the country. Still, and admirably so, she refuses to sell out her themes and her musical style for the spoon-fed masses, and instead brings out a different kind of honesty, a different kind of love, a different kind of relationship, those not usually revealed or acknowledged in the mainstream. We're talking about abusive and drug-addicted, twisted and unhealthy relationships here. There's not very much warm and fuzzy going on. Proof that angst is a wonderful catalyst for art.

5-0 out of 5 stars Damn Baby! - A True Cajun Angel
There's a reason why Time Magazine called Lucinda "America's Best Songwriter". She's honest,tortured and their is something sexy and dark about her voice and song writing. She's the girl your mom warned you about - but you couldn't help but following her down the road to ruin (then she'd write a song about you!). This album is not filled with the sugarcoated things on a Phil Collins or Micheal Bolton record. She talks about herion addiction, poverty, child abuse and love lost.

After the first cut, "Fruits of my Labor", I thought this is pretty good. Then, when Rightously kicked in, I said "Damn Baby!!". It's an incredible song, you feel jealous for the person it's written to! You gotta love a song that talks about John Coltrane. Real live Bleeding Fingers is another great track - the guitar work is very reminisant of Kieth Richards on "Exile on Mainstreet". "Those Three Days" is perfectly phrased. One of my favorite cuts is "Minneapolis", you can hear her pain. Lucinda maybe an acquired taste, like scotch, but pour me a glass - straight - and leave me the bottle. She's a poet, writing about real life. Like Dylan or Springsteen, just more honest and a sweet Lake Charles drawl. Buy the albums and don't miss her live!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another TOP notch CD
Lucinda can do no wrong. With each album, Lucinda gets better and better. It makes my heart warm to see how wide Lucinda's following continues to grow. I miss you Lucy :) Remember B.Dalton in L.A.? LOL

4-0 out of 5 stars Lucinda's great style mixed with a new sound
Everyone like to try new things, explore new interests and get out of the rut sometimes. Lucinda does that a bit on this CD. There are some Williams fans who may enjoy hearing her explore a new sound. I did not think it was "her". Like Johnny Cash singing Rap or Gene Simmons trying Gospel.

This music deals with anger, disallusionment, heartbreak and disappointment. I like that, oddly enough. What did not appeal to me was the style change for four songs - Righteously, Atonement , Sweet Side, American Dream. Just not the Lucinda Williams I have come to enjoy.

Still, she is free to try new things. If you want to see Lucinda explore new areas, you may like this work. I have always liked her more for her twangy blues sound and wish she had put forth her songs in that style.

I did enjoy the remaining songs.

This is still a good CD, just not her best.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not her best
When they collect Lucinda's best work, there will be a few songs from this album. "Righteously," "Those Three Days," and "Real Live Bleeding Fingers and Broken Guitar Strings" all belong on a compilation. But Williams overreaches, and it can be painful at times. "Atonement" can be kindly called ill-advised, and many other tracks aren't up to her very high Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and self-titled standards. Maybe she really does need six years to make an album. ... Read more


34. Complete Studio Recordings
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5-0 out of 5 stars Everything From The Greatest Rock Band And More.
I was truly AMAZED when I recieved this as A gift. This is the ultimate Zeppelin collection.

As you probably know, this box set contains: Led Zeppelin I,II & III, Zoso, Houses Of The Holy, Presence, Physical Graffiti, In Through The Out Door & Coda. Coda contains four bonus tracks. Each album is digitally re - mastered and sounds great.

This is also A whole lotta music for not A lotta cash. The box set is about 14 hours. This is A great value!

This is A must for all Zep fans.

You also get A book with A mini - biography, photos and all the track listings.

This box set contains every thing! All the hits ( Good Times, Bad Times, Stairway to Heaven, ect..) and much more. Sit back, relax and let Robert, Jimmy, JPJ and John B take you to the beginning of their legend.

5-0 out of 5 stars This box set is perfect in every way.
At college, a bunch of my CDs were stolen, including every Led Zeppelin CD I owned. My insurance replaced them within a week. I didn't own every Zeppelin album on CD, and I owned two of the pre-remastered editions. When I replaced them, I got this set to compensated for my stolen Zep. I could not be more pleased with the results of this box set. There are three great things about it that will be discussed here.

THE MUSIC: Every true rock fan knows the greatness of Led Zeppelin. Every song and album is a gem, and is essential to any music collection. Everyone has heard songs such as "Whole Lotta Love," "Stairway to Heaven," "The Song Remains the Same," and "Kashmir," to name a few. There are also many not so well known great tracks here, including "Achilles Last Stand," "In My Time of Dying," "All My Love," "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp," and "Black Mountain Side," to name a few. Plus, with the album Coda, you get bonus tracks unavailable anywhere else unless you buy the other two box sets, including the non-LP B-side "Hey Hey What Can I Do," the outtake "Baby Come On Home," and the excellent songs recorded for the BBC "Travelling Riverside Blues" and "White Summer/Black Mountain Side." Once you buy one Zeppelin album, you will want to buy more, and more, and more (just ask anyone), so you may as well get it all and more now instead of buying all the albums separately and wishing you had just bought all of them this way and also gotten the great bonus tracks. Plus, though not in the short run but definitely in the long run, it is cheaper to buy all the albums this way than to buy them separately, and this way, you get more for less.

THE SOUND: Having heard two of the albums before Jimmy Page himself took control and remastered them, I know from personal experience that the new sound shows a difference between night and day. Before, they sounded like a lot of old, unremastered CDs do, dull, not enough volume, and need improvement. Here every single track from start to finish sounds so fresh, almost as if it were recorded quite recently. It shows that Jimmy Page really cares about the fans, as there are many under 21 who are discovering or will discover Led Zeppelin, and fans from the time upgrading their music collection to CD, and the sound should be as sharp and "current sounding" as possible. And here, Jimmy Page not only satisfied himself, but also satisfied CD buyers everywhere with the incredible sounds coming off of these 10 discs.

THE PACKAGING: The way this box set is packaged is excellent. What exactly is on the cover of the box, I do not know, but it is cool. The lid of the box set fold up and can be pushed in so you can access the CDs right from your shelf without having to take the box off the shelf and disassemble it, which is quite convenient. Inside there are five hardcover books, each housing 2 CDs. In order for the packaging to work, the Presence album is coupled with Houses of the Holy in order to give the double Physical Graffiti its own book. But that doesn't matter, you can listen to the CDs in any order you want. Each of the books contain graphics of the original vinyl packaging, such as the six different covers (front and back) from In Through the Out Door, the turning wheel from III, all the inner sleeves, everything is here. There is also a very entertaining booklet, filled with a biography and plenty of pictures.

If you like Led Zeppelin at all, this is the way to go. All the studio albums with graphics of the original vinyl and as originally sequenced. Please take my advice, if you like Led Zeppelin, invest your money and buy this set. If you have any hesitations at all, it is very likely that you have friends that like Led Zeppelin. Listen to their copies of the ablums and find out for yourself. Even if you have to make sure that the investment is worth it, you will not be disappointed in the end. This is sure to provide you enjoyment for a long time to come.

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5-0 out of 5 stars An incredible collection, worth every penny
I had been interested in Led Zeppelin before this set, but my knowledge was scattered and I was missing tons of their very best songs. When I got this collection I became hooked and now Zep is my favorite band. It introduced me to a whole lotta great songs. I've had several friends borrow it and they have all loved it as well. The bonus tracks are nice, and the packaging and cover art is excellent. A must for all fans, and its a great initiation for those who aren't old enough to have seen Led Zeppelin at their height (like me).

5-0 out of 5 stars Cover Art Too Small
How can I write a review that encompasses all of Led Zeppelin's studio material and not give 5 stars? This stuff is legendary. Nevertheless, I have something negative to say about this particular box set. Firstly, I think this box set has beautiful packaging, excellent photos etc. Also, this is a great way to buy all the studio albums and save some $$$. HOWEVER, the cover artwork was really designed to be presented on the 12" x 12" cover for a vinyl record. Many people would argue that the 5" x 5" jewel case booklet that comes with standard CDs is too small to really appreciate the covers of many of these albums. Here, the cover artwork gets even smaller, so there's a black area of unused CD case around the artwork. Other than this drawback, I highly recommend buying this box set.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent box set and cheap way to buy all of Zep's discs
Led Zeppelin's The Complete Studio Recordings which was released in September of 1993, is a great box set featuring all of the band's studio albums in one place instead of spending an extra $30 or so buying them individually. The real treat is Coda has four bonus tracks which were four of the five bonus tracks on the two separate Led Zeppelin box sets released in 1990 and 1993. The sound of the albums as a whole never sounded better, especially Presence and Led Zep III(two of my favorite albums of theirs). Also, the albums come with the original vinyl artwork and excellent liner notes courtesy of Cameron Crowe. The bonuses on Coda are Baby Come on Home(OK), Travelling Riverside Blues(excellent and was a rock radio hit in 1990 and MTV promoted the Zep box set when MTV was good), White Summer/Black Mountain Side and the long-lost B Side Hey Hey What Can I Do. This set is well worth the $100 price tag(10 CDs for over a $100, a bargain). Hugely recommended! ... Read more


35. Highway 61 Revisited (Hybr)
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Dylan was virtually gushing great songs when this masterpiece arrived in the summer of 1965. From the epochal opening of "Like a Rolling Stone" through the absurdly apocalyptic closer, "Desolation Row," his command of surrealistic language was daring and amazing. As a vocalist, he was rewriting the rules of the game. Jimi Hendrix made note of Mr. Z's technically suspect pitch and decided that he too was a singer. And the backing, though ragged, is precisely right. Is this the essential Dylan album? It's certainly one of them. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A peak for one of the greatest singers of our time.
If you have any doubts as to the merits of Highway 61, they'll be promptly blown to Hell by the first ten seconds of "Like a Rolling Stone," the album's oppening track. That musical oppening is truly amazing, a gust of wind that blows open your mind. In fact, that whole six-minute epic shows Dylan in full form, with his trademark voice and brilliant lyrical explorations ("Never understood that it ain't no good/ You shouldn't let other people get their kicks for you.") All nine of the album's songs are upbeat electric rockers, mixed in with Bob's typical wild, enthusiastic, attitude. As per usual, the album incorporates blues ("It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry"), folk ("Desolation Row") and flat out garage rock ("Tombstone Blues").
All throughout Highway 61 Revisited, Bob's songwriting skills are better than they've ever been. Here he experiments with strange lyrical themes that give the album a surreal feel, as well as brilliant puns ("The sun's not yellow, it's chicken!"). The lyrics range from the profound and meaningful stuff of tracks such as "Desolation Row" and "Like A Rolling Stone" to the downright bizarre, on songs such as "Ballad of a Thin Man," and "Queen Jane Approximately."
Backing Dylan this time are a full-scale garage-rock band. They give the album a sort of speed and rabid intensity that goes excellently with Dylan's fast-paced singing and blistering harmonica. "Tombstone Blues," for example, sounds like the soundtrack to a car chase. There are slower moments, such as the eleven-minute ballad "Desolation Row," which are just as superb as the more hyperactive ones. The afformentioned ballad is beautiful and warm, and so fun to get lost in.
Highway 61 Revisited is by far Dylan's best and most creative work, an album that you will listen to again and again. Absolutely essential.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Of Dylan's Two Perfect Albums
in 1965 the most amazing thing in all of music took place. bob dylan created the greatest album to ever be recorded up to that point, BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME, and then he created an even greater album in the same year HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED.

HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED is one of dylan's two perfect albums, the other being BLOOD ON THE TRACKS.

"like a rolling stone" is one of those moments in music, that dylan is famous for, that is bigger than music. many consider it dylan's greatest song (5/5).
"tombstone blues" is a, fast paced, surreal social commentary, and dylan brings multiple grand images down to a relative level in a way that only he can (5/5).
"it takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry" slows things down, and the contrast is welcome. the lyrics are folky, and the song comes through (5/5).
"from a buick 6" burns with energy, and though the lyrics are fairly simple, they are executed perfectly (5/5).
"ballad of a thin man" is another one of dylan's greatest songs and probably his most under appreciated song. the band really comes through with a chilling atmosphere to match dylan's dumbfounding message (5/5).
"queen jane approximately" has as beautiful a melody as any that's ever been created, and dylan sounds pefect singing over it (5/5).
"highway 61 revisited" is another song that is filled with energy, and similar to "tombstone blues," dylan's lyrics remain complex against a fast paced backdrop. (5/5).
"just like tom thumb's blues" is another song that is melodiously spectacular. the lyrics are abstract yet easy to relate too (5/5).
"desolation row" is another song that is notorius for being one of dylan's most genius moment and rightfully so. it serves as the perfect ending to the perfect album (5/5).

no musical artist has ever had a year like dylan did in 1965, and no musical artist has ever created an album as brilliant as HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mike Bloomfield rocks the house
A rock album from our Boy, hmm?

Dylan has guitar flash Mike Bloomfield along for this ride, and he adds jets to this whole shebang. If you want to hear Dylan rock, really rock, then you need this album. Forget all the lyrical tricks, the hidden meanings, and just get it because it is electric, it has guitars, and they go fast.

It also has maybe the best rock song of all time, "Like A Rolling Stone". From the opening rim shot to the last note, it is a classic's classic. "How does it FEEL?" asks Dylan, as he takes a former debutante to the woodshed after her world falls in. Misogynistic? Maybe, but so what? It is an awesome track.

"Desolation Row" features two harmonica solos that rise the hair on your arms. The song gradually builds in its stridency, until Dylan can hardly keep from shouting the words. He solos one time, comes back with the last verse in a voice almost shaking in its intensity, then solos again to put an ending to this great, great album. Woof.

In between these two songs lies a set of perhaps the greatest collection of music ever put onto record. If you are a folkie, and electric music makes you nervous, then I'm sure you prefer an earlier Dylan album, or maybe "Blonde on Blonde". If you are a rock and roll person, this disc is the one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing else like it.
Some people criticize Highway 61 Revisited for being sloppily produced and too weird. On first listen, most might agree with those claims. However, once Dylan's 1965 masterpiece grows on you, these 2 criticisms just add to its charm. I mean, it would be hard to imagine a well-polished version of Tombstone Blues or From a Buick 6... and who would really want songs like that to sound polished? This album was purposely recorded in a spontaneous fashion. Not only were band members brought in on the fly (improvising through most of it), but even Dylan's lyrics were sometimes written just minutes before the tape was rolling. Knowing this just adds to the brilliance of the finished project. This is Bob Dylan at his peak of genius (and probably the peak of his drug use as well). Some argue Blood on the Tracks to be his crowning achievement... to be honest, the guy's got MANY crowning achievements. Highway 61 Revisited, though, is his greatest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highway 61 Revisited (Hybr) [HYBRID SACD] [ORIGINAL RECORDIN
Highway 61 Revisited (Hybr) [HYBRID SACD] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]~ Bob Dylan is an amazing album with stupendous story telling lyrics and with dylan is a great mood. He seems to have a fun time recoding this album and that makes it even better. ... Read more


36. James Taylor: Greatest Hits
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James Taylor's mid-'70s departure from Warner Bros. may be one of the best things that ever happened to the label; otherwise, it might not have been in such a rush to compile his Greatest Hits, one of the company's biggest sellers ever at 11 million and counting. Taylor's style, which all but defines the word diffident, has more backbone than it's often given credit for. Here, as surprisingly complex songs like "Carolina in My Mind" (in a newly recorded version) and "Steamroller" stack up, he sounds like an artist worth spending some time with. At the least, few of his singer-songwriter cohorts came up with a melody as lovely as "Sweet Baby James." --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars In my mind I'm going to Carolina!
There has always something very soothing and pleasant about the soft rock god James Taylor. He's not a great guitar player, nor a great singer, yet his down home personality and poetic whimsy of his songs can bring you on a train to heaven after you've been through heck.

Greatest Hits Volume One gather together some of the greatest songs from James Taylor's creative peak. Within these 12 tracks are tales of love won, love lost, lost friends, wandering a Country Road, dreams of "women and glasses of beer, and a glorious trip to Mexico. All centered around a simple accoustic guitar and a simple voice that just might be you or me. There's something very beautiful about that. (Oh yeah! If you think this man is "sensitive" you have yet to hear this classic live version of Steamroller)

So if you want to hear some relaxing (but never boring) folk-rock/singer-songwriter music then I suggest you look towards one of the best. One of the most personal, most melodic, most modest, simply one of the greatest songwriters around turn to James Taylor. And if you want to start with the best, start here!

P.S. Get Greatest Hits Volume 2 after that.

P.S.S. What are you waiting for. Get it NOW!

5-0 out of 5 stars A chapter from 70's songwriting no one should miss
His warm, earnest vocal style has always gone down easy, and his folky, introspective compositions are among the most touching and astute in pop history. So, packed with 12 songs from Taylor's definitive and acclaimed Warner Brothers years, this is one Greatest Hits package no one should be without.

The somber tone of "Fire and Rain" didn't stop it from becoming one of Taylor's biggest hits, and the song still aches with a gorgeously-sung longing that is impossible to resist. "Something in the Way She Moves" and "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" are among Taylor's best romantic ballads, and his reading of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend" (featuring backing vocals by Joni Mitchell) remains the definitive version of the song. "Carolina in My Mind," "Sweet Baby James," and "Walking Man" are all beautiful acoustic ballads with a sweet hint of country, but Taylor proves adept at lightening up too, on the touching "Shower the People" and a joyous reading of Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved By You)," both featuring vocals by Taylor's then-wife, Carly Simon.

Without so much as one lackluster composition or performance in tow, this hits package plays like an old friend you're always happy to visit. 11 million people can't be wrong.

5-0 out of 5 stars MUST MUST MUST HAVE
Wherever I take my backpack, which is pretty much everwhere, I take this cd in my cd holder, along with my Peter Paul and Mary "Around the Campfire" cd, Zachary Provost, Josh Groban
BSB, *NSYNC, Beatles 1 cd and Elton John "One Night Only" cd. James Taylor is one of the classics. There's something so simple and beautiful abobut his music: it's just his voice and the guitar. We need to get back to that!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly essential
I can't imagine a music lover who could resist to stay without this record in his/her collection for too long. This is what I called an "essential album". I think that noone should be without it, I'm talking about the common listeners too not only the music connossoirs. Each track here is fantastic. There's not a single weak moment in the entire album. This is probably the best of the best in folk acustic music. James and Jim Croce are surely the best in this style but where Jim Croce is a little bit folker and harder in a sense, a little bit locked in the style, James's music is universal, incredibly sweet and lovely and it never sounds dated or trivial. James's music was able to trascend the genre boundaries and to become part of the universal pop culture, part of the world music mainstream of the last 40 years. This greatest hits contains some of the best overall music of the last forty years. That's for sure.

5-0 out of 5 stars WHO DOESN'T LIKE JAMES TAYLOR?
WHO POSSIBLY COULD DISLIKE JAMES TAYLOR'S GREATEST HITS? WITH SONGS LIKE "YOU GOT A FRIEND," "CAROLINA ON MY MIND" AND "SWEET BABY JAMES," THIS ALBUM IS ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITES. I'VE BEEN THROUGH 2 TAPES AND 2 CDs ALREADY IN SEVERAL YEARS.

HIS VOICE IS SO GENTLE, SWEET AND MELODIC, IT TAKES YOU AWAY TO A PEACEFUL PLACE (UP ON THE ROOF)WHERE TROUBLES ARE SO EASILY FORGOTTEN. IN MY HUKBLE OPINION, THERE IS NO MAN ALIVE WITH A BETTER SINGING VOICE AND A BETTER REPETOIRE OF SONGS! ... Read more


37. On the Track
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Once cited by Bob Dylan as the first performer he'd want to sign to his own label, Leon Redbone instead made his 1976 recording debut with Warner Brothers. On the Track carries a "very special thanks" to Jelly Roll Morton and Jimmie Rodgers, and indeed sounds like the offspring of the pioneering jazzman and the early hillbilly blues singer, with perhaps a bit of Bing Crosby tossed in. Aided by a small horn section (including a prominent tuba) and violinist Joe Venuti, among others, the disc is a gorgeous, affectionate tribute to pre-World War II vernacular music. Redbone croons and growls his way through a repertoire that includes Rodgers, Fats Waller, Irving Berlin, and "Polly Wolly Doodle," the last of which inspired album-cover artist Chuck Jones to include "a grasshopper sittin' on the railroad track... pickin' his teeth with a carpet tack." Redbone and crew rise to peak after peak (hear Venuti's finessed high-wire act on "Some of These Days"), resulting in a record that makes for perfect Saturday night and Sunday morning listening. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars the best of the best
leon redbone. what to say? the man that no one can even believe is white! from his four saturday night live appearances to several tonight show appearances (both of which have turned unsuspecting audience members into fans), leon redbone is somewhat of a mystery in the world of showbusiness. in concert he blows bubbles and takes pictures of the crowd while he lets his ragtime pianist 'take it away.' his record company doesn't even know his home address or his real name. in fact, no one knows his real name, age, or anything. some people believe even the voice he sings with is not his natural singing voice, but rather the perfect voice to accompany his style and stage presence. at one of the concerts i attended, he insisted on being called "baron."

i'm a huge, huge fan of leon. i've seen him in concert twice; i own all his cds that i know of (12) and 4 lps. needless to say, he's just the best. and, most importantly, this is HIS best. the slow, mumbling, growling vocals (these are the least precise vocals of all of his albums) fit perfectly with anything from ragtime to country to blues. this cd contains everything from a wonderful version of "ain't misbehavin" to "polly wolly doodle" with more lesser known songs being some of the best tracks presented (big chief buffalo nickel, lulu's back in town). this is the best of the best--no doubt about it.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Never Tire of This One
I've had this one for many, many years and I never get tired of it. Not a clinker in the bunch (I even like Polly Wolly). Leon has a sort of irreverent, off beat approach to these old jazz classics that is just plain fun to listen to. He'll improvise horn fanfare with just his lips, or mix words around to his liking that in no way diminishes the tune (as it usually does with other artists). Plus, he surrounds himself with real talent. His version of Ain't Misbehavin' would make Al Jolson himself beam with pride. I can't say enough good about this one. It's a keeper!

5-0 out of 5 stars Whimsical and Excellent
This album is an excellent collection of music from the 1920s and 30s, brought back to life by a talented and eccentric artist. Some of the songs you'll recognize, such as "Ain't Misbehavin'", while some will be charmingly new. My favorite is "Walking Stick", with its sly sexual reference to "the thing that makes [him] glad on Lover's Lane". There's no attempt to modernize these songs, as artists in past decades have been wont to do. Instead, Leon keeps true to the old style, the Dixie, Delta blues and ragtime jazz that made these songs so popular to begin with. I recommend this album with my whole heart.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank God I found this CD!!
I bought the record when it first came out. My expensive stylii finally wore it out. I've never played a record till it wore away so thank God I found this CD today. Rum pum pum.... :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars Leon's jazzy, ragtime music is ice cream for the ears!
On the Track is a fantastic album filled with songs that make you feel like you've been time warped back to the roaring twenties and the whole family is sitting next to the radio after supper. I've never heard a man's voice reach such deep tones. His music makes me smile. ... Read more


38. How The West Was Won
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For a band with such an overarching legacy, the official record of Led Zeppelin's legendary--and unpredictable--live act has heretofore been poorly represented by the disappointing, scattershot soundtrack to The Song Remains the Same. But this triple-disc live set (culled from 1972 Long Beach/LA shows in advance of Houses of the Holy) addresses history with a vengeance, if a few decades late. These shows have rightfully assumed cult status in the bootleg market, showcasing a band at the peak of its creative and performing powers. Zep faithful will welcome the belated release as evidence for enduring loyalty, but younger fans may find its diversity and dynamics even more enlightening--indeed, whole careers have since been built on the musical ideas Jimmy Page and company toss off here as decorative filler. Crucially rooted in the amped-and-hammered American blues of the guitarist's former band, the Yardbirds, the marathon workouts of"Dazed and Confused" and "Whole Lotta Love" (which consume nearly an hour all by themselves) somehow encompass Ricky Nelson, Morocco, James Brown, Holst,Elvis Presley, and Muddy Waters amidst their trademark sturm und drang, while the acoustic set that closes out disc one showcases the band's--and particularly Robert Plant's--good-natured, crypto-Celtic folk appeal with energetic aplomb. Bigger and brasher than just about any rock act that followed in its historic wake, yet ever fan-loyal to its myriad influences, Led Zeppelin's live juggernaut finally gets the monument it deserves. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A LIVE CLASSIC
The Who had LIVE AT LEEDS and The Stones had GET YER YA YA'S OUT. LED ZEPPELIN has released the ultimate live recording, HOW THE WEST WAS WON. The three disc set starts with LA DRONE and 14 seconds later IMMIGRANT SONG blasts from the speakers followed immediately by HEARTBREAKER and BLACK DOG. ROBERT PLANT introduces OVER THE HILL AND FAR AWAY and PAGE begins to play the delicate beginnings of the song. JOHN BONHAM'S drums have never sounded more powerful and lift each song to another level. SINCE I'VE BEEN LOVING sounds strong but the real highlights on disc one(in my opinion)are STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN and GOING TO CALIFORNIA. Disc one closes with THAT'S THE WAY and BROY-YR-AUR STOMP. Disc two starts with A 25 minute version of DAZED AND CONFUSED and then into excellent versions of WHAT IS AND WHAT SHOULD NEVER BE and DANCING DAYS. Disc 2 closes with a 19 minute version of MOBY DICK with JOHN BONHAM in top form. JOHN BONHAM'S drum sound like thunder throughout the three disc set. Disc 3 begins with WHOLE LOTTA LOVE and then into ROCK AND ROLL and THE OCEAM. BRING IT ON HOME closes disc 3. The music sounds great, the musicianship is top notch with PLANT and PAGE in great form. JOHN PAUL JONES is an excellent musician as well and adds mandolin, keyboards and bass to the mix. I heard JIMMY PAGE live in 1977 with LED ZEPPELIN and again in 1986 with THE FIRM. Hearing his guitar on the three disc set brought back memories of those concerts I saw in Oklahoma City. My only complaint is the packaging. There is no booklet and no photos, just a brief statement from JIMMY PAGE about HOW THE WEST WAS WON. I highly recommend this
three CD set. I will be purchasing the DVD in the very near future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bootlegs aside - this is Led Zeppelin's best live recording
No comparison. "How The West Was Won" released by Atlantic in 2002 puts "The Song Remains The Same" (1976) to shame. Page, Plant, Jones & Bonham are all in top form.

WHAT YOU GET: 17 songs on 3 discs - that probably could have fit on 2 discs - recorded in 1972 from shows at California's LA Forum and Long Beach Arena. OK - there are really 18 tracks listed, but I'm not including the 14 second waste of an opening track "LA Drone". 17 songs compared to "Ths Song Remains The Same" and it's 9 tracks. Better, tho not superior sound quality (remember this is 1972). Great song selection tho I must say that only one song ("Dazed & Confused") is featured from Led Zep's brilliant 1st album; 5 songs from Led Zep II; 4 songs from Led Zep III; 4 songs from Led Zep IV; and tho not released yet, 3 songs ("The Ocean", "Over The Hills & Far Away" and "Dancing Days") are featured from their soon to be released "Houses Of The Holy". Anyone else notice how quiet the audience was after these songs ended? You get 4 marathon songs with "Moby Dick", "Whole Lotta Love", "Bring It On Home" and "Dazed & Confused"... each containing some medleys within (assorted early rock covers, blues, and a small taste of "The Crunge").

WHAT YOU DON'T GET: No expansive liner notes (what they give you is the bare minimum here), no history or roots of the band, no booklet with cool pictures. The song selection is top notch, but for me personally I miss some of the stuff from Zep's debut (even the really short songs like "Good Times Bad Times", or "Communication Breakdown" would have been cool), as well as from Zep's second "Ramble On" or "Thank you". The ONLY song I miss from "The Song Remains The Same" is "Celebration Day" - this was probably my favorite song from this one.

Overall a great recording and a definite must-buy for even the slightest of Led Zeppelin fans and any rock & roll fan who grew up in the 1970's. Essential? Hell yes.

5-0 out of 5 stars "The Best Live Recording"
This is Led Zeppelin's Long Beach/LA performences at describes Jimmy Page their peek of their career doing their best. You hear a variety of songs that everyone just loves. I like hearing Dancing Days, and The Ocean live as well as the twenty minute Dazed And Confused. This is the best live recording out their. This has been bootlegged for so many years being a crappy recording until this three disc set came out this crappy recording turned out to be a masterpiece. This is the best live recording Led Zeppelin had...... worth 100 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Can't Get Any Better Than This
First off, I have no beef with The Song Remains The Same, so don't throw your copy of it away (contrary to what one reviewer said). But the title of my review basically says it, this 3-disc set and the 2 DVD set are the greatest Led Zeppelin releases ever, outside of the albums of course. Both HTWWW and the DVD set capture Led Zeppelin at their finest. Any Zep fan would love this collection beacuse you've got all of the classics (before 1973) here, and you get to hear versions of songs from their fifth straight great album (Houses of the Holy) before they were put on tape. Now I think I need to address a few issues that other reviewers have brought up. First of all, "Dazed and Confused" is NOT too long, the problem is that you all who say that have been raised in a world of 3 to 5 minute songs that are so full of hooks that there's no real music. As a result, your attention spans aren't long enough to tolerate improvisation. Same with "Moby Dick", you all just can't handle a song more than 5 minutes long. Also, I see many comments that Jimmy Page's guitar playing was really sloppy. Being a guitar player, I'd have to disagree. It takes a lot of technical ability to play the guitar parts to Zeppelin songs (try looking at the tabs). The audio quality is also pretty good considering its over 30 years old and the mixing is pretty good, there's nobody that's invisible in the mix. As for my favorites, probably "Heartbreaker", "Black Dog", "Over The Hills...", "Since I've Been Loving You", "Stairway To Heaven", "That's The Way", "Dazed and Confused", "Moby Dick", "Whole Lotta Love" (gotta love the good old rock standards), and "Bring It On Home." I'm also happy to see that they've credited Willie Dixon on "Whole Lotta Love" and "Bring It On Home" (although I wasn't too upset that they didn't on the original album). The great thing about this album is that it captures the sheer power of Zeppelin on stage. If you haven't already...BUY THIS! And while we're at it...BUY THE DVD!!

On a side note, someone said that Zeppelin made "arena rock" famous. The problem is, Zeppelin wasn't arena rock. Sure they played in big arenas, but arena rock was made by the likes of Genesis, Journey, Peter Frampton, all those people, whose music and lyrics were incredibly generic and had no real depth to them. Can't say that about LZ, can you?

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with live LZ
This is what a live abum should be. The playing is excellent and most of the songs are performed at least a little bit different from the studio versions. Who wants the same thing you can get from a studio album when a studio album desn't have the applause, and doesn't suffer from the lesser sonic quality inherent in a live set? Actually the remastering is excellent. Jimmy Page pumped up the bass here like he did on Coda so you can better hear the drummer John Bonham, here in his prime. Several of the songs are here extended into fuller forms. Dazed and Confused, Moby Dick, and Whole Lotta Love all are about 20 minutes. The guitar solo in Heartbreaker is drawn out to the point of improvisation and the performace of Stairway to Heaven is truly breathtaking (though I prefer the version included on the self titled DVD). First timers to live Led Zeppelin will be a little put-off by the tone the 12 string electric guitar gives to the beginning of Stairway to Heaven, though (changing from an acoustic 12 string to an electric 6 string apparently took too much time for it to be feasable on stage in the middle of a song, dang). This is actually a compilation of the best from two separate concerts. Discs 1 and 2 are filled about to the 70 minute mark, while disc 3 is filled to the 50 minute mark to avoid repeating songs from the other show is my guess. My only complaint is the track arrangement. Discs 2 and 3 both have 4 tracks but if you want to skip either of the 20 minute Dazed and Cofused, Moby Dick or Whole Lotta Love, you only have a few minutes left of shorter songs. I would have preferred an arrangement of the 3 longer tracks on disc 2 and the 5 shorter tracks on disc 3. It would have a better playability. ... Read more


39. Diamonds on the Inside
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Ben Harper makes elegant leaps from reggae to rock to folk to funk and back in his fifth studio album. The rootsy singer-songwriter with the silken tenor isn't merely genuflecting at the altar of his musical heroes, as here he shows more quirky imagination and inventive musicianship than on any of his earlier efforts. That said, "Diamonds on the Inside" is painted with the same brush that Bob Dylan used on "I Shall Be Released," but Harper adds his own Biblical aphorisms to make the song his own. Most of the songs display Harper's growth as a poet, as he ponders the dualities of life and love in tunes like the disturbing "Touch from Your Lust" and the disquietingly lyrical "Amen Omen." Harper is compelled to sing what is in his heart and to do what he can to make the world a better place. Witness the Marley-like "With My Own Two Hands." The only misstep on the whole disc is the overly humid orchestration of "When She Believes." --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars "When it's good it's oh so good.."
Soul, rock, funk, reggae, blues - Ben Harper's always basically stuck to the roots, but somehow made them sound fresh and vital all along. With Diamonds on the Inside he's branching out more than before, and even though there's basically nothing here we haven't all heard before, it's one tasty mix nonetheless. "Everything" and the title track are basically pop, as cheery and upbeat as you'd ever want to hear. "Touch From Your Lust" is the greasiest, sexiest R&B groove I've heard in a good long time. "When It's Good" and "Temporary Remedy" are burning grungy blues (of the acoustic and electric varieties respectively), while "Brown Eyed Blues" isn't; it's sunny reggae-fied funk instead, which gets topped only by (surprise surprise) "Bring The Funk" itself.

Lyrically this disc is filled with one predictable cliche after another, but that's probably not the point. Ben doesn't mind sharing his thoughts on making the world a better place, and you certainly don't need to wonder whether he loves Jesus, but if you don't mind such thoughts in small doses the lyrics here shouldn't become overbearing. What's clear throughout is that he's writing and singing straight from the heart. Countless people have sung about helping the world as Harper does on the opening track, but his performance is no less sincere because of it. Combine that with a set of strong songs as we have here and you've got a solid disc that'll appeal to all kinds of music fans across the board.

Occasionally the sound does seem a little well-trodden, which is why I leave off the fifth star. "With My Own Two Hands" is the kind of simple beat that's been used by every reggae artist since the dawn of time, and "Picture of Jesus" is buoyed by a beautiful African chant.. which I would have liked a lot more if it didn't seem lifted almost as-is from Paul Simon's "Homeless." But these are small quibbles, and Ben's virtuosity with a guitar (particularly when he's playing acoustic with a slide) makes for some wonderful moments throughout.

Many artists don't pull off this kind of variety in a decade, let alone an album, but Harper does; and for all the scope this disc covers, everything is still pulled off remarkably well. Roots rockers, don't hesitate to pick up Diamonds on the Inside if you're curious about the man (though not at the expense of Live From Mars). Whether you consider it essential or not, it's still a whole lotta fun.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ben Harper does it again
I will start of by saying that this album is probably his third best, behind Fight For Your Mind and Will To Live. However, I consider those two albums to be among the best in my collection, so that 3rd place ranking doesn't really mean anything negative. The variety of genres that this album reaches, shows the amazing musicianship that Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals have. Lyrically this is yet another amazing piece of work by Ben. Bob Dylan and Paul Simon are the two best lyricists I have ever hear, but Ben Harper is in my top five. This album has a lot of songs dealing with spirituality/religion, as well as a love motif running throughout. People say that this is a more mainstream album when compare to Ben's other albums. I wouldn't say that it is more mainstream than Burn To Shine, in fact, it is less 'pop'. And, if this is the direction mainstream music is headed, then I'm all for the change. Peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars Diamonds on every tune
Thank God for Mr. Harper. He keeps getting better and better and stronger and stronger. From the Reggae anthem of the first song, to the sheer beauty of the final song, everything on this album is brilliant. What a great, great band he has. They jam out and transition to acoustic so superbly. Harper is a complex, genius of a songwriter who weaves wonderful tapestries throughout.
His politics, his religion, his insights sparkle like the diamonds he mentions.
The world is a better place with Ben Harper in the musical firmament.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ben Harper is on a higher plane.
Ben Harper is that unusual artist who is a kick-ass musician and also has an important message to impart. He never shies away from deep and difficult issues. And as far as I am concerned Ben is the only real rocker out there today. Few things feel as exhilarating as the end of a Harper & IC show when everyone has left the stage but Ben's steel guitar sits in the spotlight screaming and hollering like Hendrix on a good day. Gives me goose bumps thinking about it!

So that sets me up to say that I recommend this album because it is by Ben Harper which automatically puts it in the "must have" category.

But it's not my favorite Harper release. I can't get it out of my head that Ben has made a remake of an old Paul Simon release. "Diamonds on the inside" reminds me of "Diamonds on the soles of her shoes" and Ben even takes it to the point of using Ladysmith for backup vocals. The subject of diamonds and Africa is still as poignant as it was 20 years ago, even more so. Our happy diamonds are covered in the blood of African people. But I wish Ben had not followed so closely Simon's effort. Paul Simon is the king of insipidity while Harper is as eloquent as a really eloquent thing.

My rating of 3 stars is only relative to other Ben Harper releases. Measured against most recorded music today this CD would rate 9 out of 10 stars. Ben Harper is on a higher plane.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mostly good stuff, worth the buy
This release is not as good of some of his old ones (Fight for your mind, burn to shine), but its worth whatever they expect you to pay for it. Here's the my rating for each song:

1) With My Own Two Hands- 8/10: Very reggae-ish. I usually don't like singles that much, but this one is pretty good. Down point- once you play it more than 5 times you will get sick of it.

2) When It's Good- 7/10: This one is average with a southern type feel to it (as much as Ben Harper could do at least). Nice tune that just might stick to your mind.

3) Diamonds on the Inside- 9/10: Again, I don't like singles that much, but I think this one is my favorite. Nice lyrics and a good beat.

4) Touch From Your Lust- 7/10: More of a slower rock one. I like the lyrics, very poetic.

5) When She Believes- 7/10: Slow with guitar- Average.

6) Brown Eyed Blues- 7/10: This one is a mix of blues and funk (as it might imply). This one is simply average, ok lyrics, ok beat.

7) Bring the Funk- 8/10: As you guessed, this one is funky. Somewhat reminds me of Prince, but this one will get stuck on your mind with those beats (although the lyrics are pathetic).

8) Everything- 10/10: I really do like this song because it's sort of empowering. It is acoustic with a nice strong beat.

9) Amen Omen- 11/10: This is the best song on the album. It is a has a nice guitar rhythym and awesome lyrics, but when they are put together it makes a perfect song.

10) Temporary Remedy- 9/10: This one of two rock songs on this album, and this is the more classic rock type. Great song.

11) So High So Low- 7/10: I don't like this song that much, but this is a perfect example of what a rock song by Ben should sound like.

12) Blessed to be a Witness- 10/10: A slower song again, but it is a beautiful song. The lyrics will make you feel what he feels when you hear this song.

13) Picture of Jesus- 7/10: The background lyrics kind of sound is african singing (at first it kind of sounded like the lion king to me, but not in a corny way). This song does grow on you though, and it's pretty good.

14) She's Only Happy in the Sun- 9/10: Mostly just a guitar and Ben in this one(theres a little drums). It is a nice simplistic song that is nice to listen to. ... Read more


40. Pieces of You
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Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You, reveals a special voice--strong and focused on both the whispery verses and the hooky choruses. The recording also exposes an unfortunate tendency to present trite, hackneyed sentiments as if they were oracular visions from a young prophet to a jaded world. For the most part, Jewel sings to her own acoustic guitar accompaniment, but she has a lot more in common with, say, the Indigo Girls or Lisa Loeb than with Judy Collins or Nanci Griffith. Despite her soft soprano and pretty melodies, her songs have an iconoclastic edge which make her more of an unplugged alternative rocker than a folkie. Her songs too often betray their origins as written verse in their hard-to-sing meters, unmusical phrasing, and diary-like pronouncements. Nonetheless, a few numbers, such as "Morning Song" and "You Were Meant for Me," show a spark of humor about romance, and hint that Jewel may yet write songs worthy of her remarkable voice. --Geoffrey Himes ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Step aside bubblegum music, this is REAL music
Jewel Kilcher is the real deal. She writes and composes her own songs, she toured like crazy to get the word of her around the street, and she don't do none of this dancing nonsense, like say, BRITNEY

POY is a great album. It start starts off with my personal favorite Jewel song- "Who will save your soul", and the songs go on- making for easy listening, background music. Not only are there the hit songs- "Who will save your soul", "Foolish games", "You were meant for me", but there are also the songs with energy/life- "Little sister", "Morning song" and the old fashioned love songs- "Near you always", and "Painters".

POY is an album that you can tell was not put together by the best of people. Some of the songs are recorded in coffee places. And granted, I don't like all of the songs. "Painters" is just too slow(and at nearly 7 minutes, the time adds up!)and the title track just aren't to my liking. But Jewel's beautiful voice does make up for that.

An EDA and proud of it

2-0 out of 5 stars Well, Well
I heard mixed review about this album. Being european I hadn't exactly being thinking about Jewel or her music for that matter
because the main buyers for this album were Americans. She though re-released this album back in 1997 when of course all the world bought it. I listened to the song Foolish Games and I thought Why not give it a try. This was it about 3 or 4 songs on here were actually good the rest is bla bla. I don't know but seeing this woman in interviews and live. It seems that she needs something really important to talk about. Well some of the lyrics are bit nice listening to. But this whole talk about her being this alternative sensation makes me wan't to scream. I mean this album hit top 5 and sold 11 milion copies in the USA alone and contained I believe 2 #1's . Although Alanis Morsette's Jagged Little Pill did that well too even better she wasn't just called a great alternative musician but a great mainstream too. I give it two stars for the singels and two other songs on the album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Peices of You
I found this album buried in my parents CD collection and fell in love with it as soon as I turned it on. Deffinatly a moving and in depth album. Jewel stands back and takes a look at what we are doing wrong and the positive things we can change it with.

Save your soul: Nice beat deffinatly goes into the human mind and life explaing how we think and act and how we can change ourselves for our own benifit. 3/5

Peices of you: The lyrics are so simple ,yet if you think about it, are compelling. Its on how we judge people on how they look or what they do and how in the end they are not that different from us. 5/5

Little sister: More to the teen side of life on how we get addiced to like and comforment 2.5/5

Foolish games: Funny everyone seems to love this song. Its fine for me but not inspiring or anything. The melody is nice but...deffinatly I think not the best on the CD. I need moving lyrics and these just don't do it that deeply for me. 3.5/5

Near you always: Cute and simple explaining on how much she is in love and is afraid she can't let go. One of my favorites. 5/5

Painters: Not inspiring but beautifully written paired with absolutly beautiful music it make a tear jerker. One of my fav songs. Its a love story we all aspire for 5.5/5

Morning song: Fun and brings up the mood after painters. Its every lovers dream saterday morning. 5/5

Adrian: Simple and childish. It gives the illusion of that anyway. Another sad story on loves loaylty and streangth. 3/5

I'm sensitive: I personaly think this song is hilarious. I picture two 12 year old kids having a make-believe and deep conversation most adults have trouble with. 5/5

You were ment for me: Once again another popular one which is fine but not my favorite. Although I enjoy listening to it very much. Its soulful music and notes touch my heart almost physically. 4.5/5

Don't: Anxtious and shy and full of an underlying pain. I like the music more then the lyrics. 3.5/5

Daddy: No one likes this one cause its raw and emotional. I enjoy her ability to say how she feels and put pure emotion into her song and bring them to life in a way no one else can. How she sings show she is part of the song and not just singing it. 4.8/5

Angel standing by: Musicbox like, it floats above you like, well, an angel. Pure love and devotion echo in her lyrics and beautiful voice. 5/5

Amen:I like the tune and music, unfortunatly I can't understand all of the lyrics. I like parts of the song but I adore part of it as well. Its moving and deep and even though I can't understand its true meaning it still effects me. Her voice purity is shown in pure excellence here. 4/5

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Debut
I've always been a fan of Jewel, but until last year I didn't even own this album. I had Spirit, This Way, and 0304, but I never got around to getting this CD. I had heard that the big hits from this album didn't sound the same as they did on the radio. But after listening to 0304, I wanted to hear how Jewel sounded on her first CD. I'm not saying I didn't like the direction Jewel's music had taken, but that's something for another review. I bought this album and I have loved it ever since.

The production on this CD isn't top-notch. Many of the songs were recorded live, giving them a rougher feel than you'd expect. Having said that, I think it is that imperfectness that makes this such an enjoyable CD. Some of the music made today is too glossy for its own good, and it's nice to hear music that sounds like the artist is playing right there in front of you rather than making it sound perfect in the studio. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy that kind of music, but occasionally you want to hear music like this, and it doesn't get much better than this CD for acoustic music.

Some critics complain that Jewel's earnestness and sincerity makes her music unenjoyable. I feel that Jewel really means what she's saying on this album, and to me, that is enjoyable. You can tell she really feels the emotion in each and every song on this album.

As for the singles being remixed to appeal to a bigger audience, obviously that paid off because people continued to buy this album even after they heard that. Simply put, this is good music and it deserved to sell millions of copies. The other songs are also very good. Songs like "Painters" and "Adrian" tell stories that really move you, and others like "Little Sister", "Daddy", and the title track really make you think. Jewel sounds terrific on the hymn-like "Angel Standing By". Anyone who says she has a bad voice should listen to that song, because she sounds great and, yes, angelic on it.

I highly recommend this album. Jewel would go on to perfect and refine her sound, but to me, this is her best album because this is the one I listen to the most. Jewel has so far not enjoyed the kind of success she had with this album. Sometimes great CDs sell millions of copies, and this is definitely one of those cases.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Gem of an Album
This album is truly a mixed bag. It has sweet 90's pop confections like "Morning Song", "Near You Always" and "I'm Sensitive", and then suddenly changes gears and moves into brutally honest and moody songs like "Pieces of You" and "Adrian". The real highlights of the album are definitely the darker ones, as they are the ones with the most substance. Some of the best are songs like "Painters", which has a subtle sadness to it, and never fails to bring a tear to your eye even after you've heard it 80 times. "Adrian" is a haunting little tale of a boy in a coma, but the song never seems to get old. I've had the album for years and this song always leaves me with a bit of a chill. The gems on this album are those songs that just irritate and disturb you a little bit. You find yourself thinking about them long after the song has ended. They make the album hypnotic, and when paired with cute fluff like "Don't", the album takes you on quite the emotional roller coaster, but a very pleasing one at that. From its gloomy material it seems like Jewel thought why not add some sickeningly sweet stuff to cool people down after an angry, gritty self-portrait like "Daddy"? There is a slight battle between the sweet and the sad, but basically in the end these songs balance each other out, making for a great album. This may be one of Jewel's best. It shows her versatility and showcases her poetic songwriting and great guitar work. She's brutally honest and morose and real, and it definitely showed that she had some amazing skill.

This is the reason why I couldn't believe my eyes when in the past year she had gone from being what felt like a real musician with opinions to a sweet pop-tart. She had never been a real teen idol, and for obvious reasons, her first albums being so mature. But last year, with her pop hit "Intuition" and her new image as a sweet, cosmopolitan, pop culture icon, she had become everything we were glad she wasn't when "Pieces of You" came out in '94. Thank god her songs are preserved on this album. It truly is great. ... Read more


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