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81. Pass in Time: The Definitive Collection
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81. Pass in Time: The Definitive Collection
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'Pass In Time' is a collection of songs taken from BethOrton's three previous albums. Most noted for her subtlevocals reminiscent of 70's singer/songwriters such asCarole King & Carly Simon. Her music is a fusion ofgraceful acoustic folk, melancholy country-blues,down-tempo trip hop & dubby electronica. Includes thesingles 'She Cries Your Name', 'Someone's Daughter' &'Touch Me With Your Love', alongside B-sides, remixes,collaborations, & rarities. 24 tracks. Heavenly. 2003. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive collection?
How can you have a definitive collection of Beth Orton, she is just starting out, she is amazing and I don't see her slowing down quite yet; but whatever.

OK so the record label took Beth's greatest moments and put them all on one CD, PERFECT! Then the found 10 remixes, rarities, etc., and put them on a bonus disc, EXTRA PERFECT! All the Beth anyone could want, right? Wrongo! There is never enough Beth.

But Pass in time is perfect, for true fans and obviously for newcomers to her music. Its the perfect staring point. Once you hear this you'll run out and buy up all the other stuff. This 24 song compilation is worth the purchase though for long time fans, if just for the bonus CD alone.

You may already have her 3 previously released CD's but all her best are here, "She Cries Your Name," "Galaxy of Emptiness ," "Stolen Car," "Central Reservation."

The bonus CD includes the first-rate collaboration with "the Chemical Brothers" on "Where do I begin," She teams up with "Terry Callier" on "Dolphins," and "William Orbit" on "Water from a vine leaf." A reworking of "It's Not the Spotlight" just for this release.

But the biggest bonus here are 2 tracks from her "Superpinkymandy" album (now out of print), John Martyn's electronic "Don't Wanna Know 'Bout Evil" and the delicate "Where Do You Go?" . Both tracks give you a quick peek at her beginnings.

Beth is an undeniably gifted artist who has been copied by many (Dido and Sarah McLachlan, etc.). Her voice and vision cannot be duplicated though. I am sure this collection is far from conclusive, I eagerly await future releases from a shining star among clones.

4-0 out of 5 stars Currently my favorite CD
I have heard of Beth Orton but never heard her music. One of her other CD's was on the listening station at the musis store and instantly fell in love with her voice. Pass In Time was on sale that week so I picked it up. This has been the only CD in my CD player for the pass two weeks. I haven't gotten tired of it yet. It a refeshing mix of folk, upbeat and very listenable tunes. Both CD's in this package are excellent. Now I need to go buy her other CD's.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pass the time with Beth
This double CD collection of Beth Orton songs is for anyone who cannot get enough of Beth Orton's wonderful music. I guess that includes me. It can be summed up as a greatest hits record with several remixes included. Disk one includes arguably her greatest tunes of all her three preceding albums with a previously unreleased song called 'The Same Day'. Side one also includes my favorite song by Beth, 'The Sweetest Decline'. I never seem to tire of the song and every time I hear it is like listening to it for the very first time. Disk two is even better. There are several remixes of older Beth material, a completely different version of 'Central Reservation', and older stuff by Beth with William Orbit. Also, there are some songs from Beth's very first album, 'Super Pinky Mandy'. This record is super hard to find, it was released only in Japan and only in very limited copies. I would definitely recommend this CD to anyone wanting to get acquainted with Beth's music. Buy this record and you will find yourself buying all the rest of her stuff. A winner! ... Read more

82. Zuma
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If Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and Ragged Glory are the two finest studio albums Neil Young recorded with Crazy Horse, Zuma certainly qualifies as a close third. Recorded in 1975, Zuma exudes both a sense of focus and a tentative optimism, two qualities that were completely MIA from the bleak Time Fades Away/Tonight's the Night/On the Beach trilogy that preceded it. "Barstool Blues," "Don't Cry No Tears," and "Drive Back" are terse, punchy rockers, while "Danger Bird" and "Cortez the Killer" are extended guitar workouts in the grand Crazy Horse tradition. And the two acoustic entries--"Pardon My Heart" and "Through My Sails" (the latter was recorded with Crosby, Stills & Nash)--are absolutely gorgeous. Ignore the crappy cover art, and treat yourself to one of Young's most underrated records. --Dan Epstein ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Zuma's A Killer
Zuma was the first studio album that was credited to Neil Young & Crazy Horse since his second release, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. While various members of the band appeared on albums in between the releases, Zuma contains the power rocking sound that only the complete band could produce. "Barstool Blues" is an underrated gem that has bluesy guitar riff that pops throughout the song. "Drive Back" and "Don't Cry No Tears" have a grungy sound. "Stupid Girl" is great song with a great vocal. "Pardon My Heart" is an acoustic based number as is the closer "Through My Sails" which features Crosby, Stills & Nash and was a leftover from the aborted sessions in 1974 that was supposed to yield the band's followup to Deja Vu. The standout track on the album is "Cortez The Killer" with its droning guitar solo and vivid lyrics, the song is tremendous.

5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece...only one problem
This is one of my favorite albums of all time. If I could only have one Neil Young album, this would be the one. Any album that contains "Danger Bird," "Barstool Blues," "Cortez the Killer," "Stupid Girl," and "Don't Cry No Tears" is could practically be titled "The Best of Neil Young and Crazy Horse."
Beyond that, I can't add much to what everyone's already said about this extraordinary piece of music.

The only problem with "Zuma" is that it's a rather short album. In a dream world, this will someday be reissued on CD with outtakes from Neil's legendary archives. There must be tracks from the same sessions that deserve to be heard. Maybe it's greedy to want this "enhanced" version of "Zuma," but one can always hope.

5-0 out of 5 stars The guys never made a bad album back then
I cannot think of one weak album by Neil Young AND CRAZY HORSE that came out during the 70s. Some of his albums with other musicians didn't quite cut it for me (e.g., Journey through the Past). ZUMA is a perfect example of Neil & Crazy Horse doing what they do best: flexing their rock and roll muscles.

Forget the crummy cover art. Ignore the throwaway "Through My Sails" which I think he did only to give the three other guys a little work doing their downturns. This album cooks with gas and nitro. "Drive Back" is a rocking blues tune, as is "Barstool Blues". We all know the moody boiler, "Cortez the Killer", is an overlooked classic. And "Stupid Girl" probably has one of the most outrageous lyrics in music history: "Your such a beautiful fish, flopping in the summer sand/Looking for the wave you missed, when another one is close at hand". That got me hook, line and sinker! Pick up this underrated album!

4-0 out of 5 stars Neil and Crazy Horse at their best!
I truly loved Zuma back in 1974 when it was released, and I've continued to play it regularly since that time. For the true fan of Neil and the Horse it's an absolute classic, with the right mix of extended guitar jams like "Danger Bird" "Drive Back" and the classic "Cortez the Killer" showing how Neil and the Boys could rock with the best of them! The latter two are practically standards of any Neil Yougn & Crazy Horse concert I've seen. "Barstool Blues" is a truly inspired song,too. with a bluesy sound. As well, the more laid back songs like "Pardon My Heart" and "Don't Cry No Tears" have that essential Neil and Crazy Horse spark. Many of the songs reflect the personal pain of Neil's breaking up with his lover, Carrie Snodgress (the actress of "I fell in love with the actress" fame from Harvest's "A Man Needs a Maid"( This is especially true lyrically of "Pardon My Heart", "Danger Bird" and "Stupid Girl" and even the lovely personal "I know she's out there somewhere and she loves me to this day" ending of one of his all time great songs, "Cortez the Killer". It's true also of his "friend's" lost love in "Barstool Blues". The album also has it's light folky songs, the optimistic "Looking for a Love" (after Carrie) and the Crosby-Stills-Nash and Young out-take "Through my Sails". To sum up, one of the best Neil Young and Crazy Horse albums, which has stood the test of time for over a quarter of a century. A must buy for anyone who considers themselves a true "Rustie'!!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of his BEST
After all the years this album has been out the price alone ought to tell you this is no bargin basement work. They totally rip on this one. Classic Young! ... Read more

83. Harvest Moon
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When Neil Young seems about to zig, he zags. Two years after 1990's loud Ragged Glory, he retreats to an old world of steel guitars, gentle folk melodies, and pristine country choruses. (That's Linda Ronstadt, who helped make 1972's Harvest a hit album, singing backup on the follow-up.) Young name-drops Hank Williams, Jimi Hendrix, and his old dog, King, in rich reminiscences about the musical ride he and his fans have shared since the late '60s. The album, as Young sings in "One of These Days," is "a long letter to all the good friends I've known." --Steve Knopper ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars His Best?
I don't know many people who can say much that's negative about Neil Young and his music. He's had a long and productive musical career, one which has spanned well over 30 years. He's made innovative rock with Buffalo Springfield, wonderful harmony vocal albums with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, as well as his own solo albums. He's done folk, rock, hard rock, experimental electronic vocals, even rockabilly. I can go on about how this man's life has been beyond any musicians dreams, but i'll just cover this album.

"Harvest Moon" is the logical successor to Young's early 70's breakthrough release "Harvest". The latter was a massive success in its day ('Heart of Gold' is his biggest song to date; you can hear it on literally every rock station). It was characterized by a mostly folk approach, blended with country and rock and roll sounds. This album is much the same, not only in the approach to sound, but with lyrics as well.

This albu takes a very similar appraoch. The instrumentation is fairly simple, almost purely acoustic and without too many extraneous overdubs. It also features the most heart-felt and honest lyrics of any NY album i've heard. He reflects on rural, simplistic idealisms, revealing a man with a passion for a lifestyle that the average rocker would find incredibly boring. Then again, he's far from average. The guy never makes the same album twice in a row.

With numerous guests, as well as the good ol' reliable Crazy Horse fellows providing that extra little bit of flavor to the music, it's hard to beat. I can listen to it anytime, because it's an album that is not only pleasant to the ears, but provides a sort of message; that life doesn't have to be so fast-paced, always moving and never looking back. This album shows that there is heart to be found in the sweetest (and sometimes the bitterest) of memories.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album
Neil Young and the Stray Gators, along with some help from Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and the late Nicolette Larson have come up with a wonderful album of mellow country/folk tunes. I have always loved all of Neil Young's music, he's a truly talented singer/songwriter/musician, but have always thought his tremulous mountain tenor more at home on this type of recording. I bought this album less than an hour after I first heard "Harvest Moon", that's how much I loved it. And I fell in love with the whole album. The 12 page booklet contains all lyrics and a photo of Neil and band. A must-have for all Neil's fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of Neil x1000
I can't say enough about this album. To me, it is his best work. He is an ever-changing musician, just when you think you know him, BAM he comes out with something different, yet not far off from what he is all about.

I absolutely love this work. I keep waiting for him to come out with something that is similar. I know he will. It is soft, melodic, wonderful. Everyone, not just Neil fans, will love this one.

Do yourself the favor, if there is one Neil album that you should buy it is this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well Done Neil!
This is a great CD. I have listened to it many times.

"Harvest Moon" and "War of Man" are very good. "From Hank to Hendrix" is a very interesting. You get a lot of insight into Neil from this CD. Wonderfully Done!! :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, solid album, in some ways better than "Harvest"
"Harvest" is still a catchier album in terms of the music, but lyrically "Harvest Moon" is far more rewarding. The writing is richer and more mature, and while "Harvest" may be more tuneful, that's not to say "Harvest Moon" is lacking in melody. The CD is full of breezy, easy-going hooks, like the title track and "One of These Days," the latter unabashedly steeped in wistful nostalgia but perfectly sweet without ever sounding too sentimental. The best numbers are the first two, which are at the very least minor classics, and the last number, "Natural Beauty," which at 10 minutes is twice as long as anything else on the CD. It's a meditative, somber ecological song that is very evocative of how the natural world is slipping away, and it's beautiful in its spare arrangement, surrounding Neil and his guitar with an echo-drenched chorus (not digital echo, as Neil would want to point out) and a few mirimba notes.

I wouldn't go as far as to say it's his best work, but it's one of his most accessible works, and a good entry point for anyone wishing to familiarize themselves with Neil's acoustic side. ... Read more

84. Footsteps in the Dark: Greatest Hits 2
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5-0 out of 5 stars dark genius
Apparently the soundtrack for Harold and Maude is out of print, so this disc is your next best choice for Steven's dark gems. H&M's theme song, "IF you want to sing out, sing out" is as celebratory as it gets (check out a wonderfully hushed version on Death By Chocolate's titular CD), and "I want to live in a wigwam" perfectly articulates the hippie culture that created him and sadly foreshadows his current religious reductionism. Pick this CD up to see what a wonderfully dark genius he left behind.....

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Yeah, there's great stuff on here, Don't be Shy, If you want to sing out, sing out. Where do the children play, Trouble and Daytime are the best songs here, and, How can I tell you? I never wanted to be a star and Silent Sunlight are all worth a mention, as is Father and Son. The song That I really want to review is I want to live in a Wig Wam. Not surprisingly, this has a Native American flavour, but is basically a folk/hippie song that is slow paced and quite melodic, it is basically abotu places he would would/would not want to live. The last thirty seocnds it all comes to pieces, He has a chorus of himself and loud beating drums. "I'm gald I'm alive am I, WE gotta get oru heads up in the sky, we gotta get a Heaven get a God." He went off on some tangent.
Anyway, Footsteps in the Dark is a good collection

4-0 out of 5 stars Songs from "Harold and Maude"
Sometimes it's fun just to listen to "happy" songs--Victoria Williams, Tom Jones, The Monkees, and others. Cat Stevens also ranks as an artist who makes happy music. One of the top tracks of this variety is "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out", certainly the highlight anthem of the dark comedy "Harold and Maude", but it also features another selection from the film, "Where Do the Children Play?". Fans of Cat Stevens, happy music, and "Harold and Maude" will enjoy this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars The hits and the gems
This is a great collection of Cat Stevens music that contains the unreleased song "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out" from the cult film "Harold and Maude". For that song alone, this cd is a must have! But for beginners to Cat's music, this diverse collection also includes such well-known classics as "The Wind", "Trouble", and "Where Do the Children Play".

Footsteps in the Dark serves as both a good start to a new Cat Stevens fan and a welcome addition for the collector.

And if you haven't seen "Harold and Maude", what are you waiting for??

5-0 out of 5 stars Many nonalbum songs...
this cd has a lot of the songs cat stevens performed for harold and maude that are not on his other albums, like if you want to sing out, sing out, etc. a very good cd, although, maybe just for the songs, not the cohesion of the entire "album" ... Read more

85. James Taylor - Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
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After the frequently dark themes of his Warner Bros. years, James Taylor lightened his approach in the '80s and '90s with gentle affirmations such as "That's Why I'm Here" and "Shed a Little Light." Greatest Hits Volume 2, a sequel to the 1976 disc that has sold 11 million copies, covers this material with a generous 16 cuts. Unfortunately, thanks to the often too-polite production and acouple too many oldies covers ("Handy Man" is exquisite, "Up on the Roof" and"Everyday" somnolent), the work here is uneven and blurred together. A handfulof gems do prevail, though; especially notable are "Secret o' Life"--perhapsTaylor's truly wisest song ever--and "(I've Got to) Stop Thinkin' 'Bout That."--Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars James Taylor's lighter side
This second compilation of James Taylor's hits definitely shows that he lightened up after the period represented by the first hits album. This isn't to say that it's a lesser album. However, when you consider that the first greatest hit album had twelve cuts representing six years, and this one has sixteen cuts representing around twenty years, it is obvious that he really mellowed out.

Now, the albums during this latter period had lots of good material on them, but not your typical radio top 40 by a long shot. Songs such as "Secret O' Life", "Handy Man", "Your Smiling Face", the cover of "Up On The Roof", "Her Town Too", "Copperline", "Shed A Little Light", are all good typical Taylor-made hits, and the concluding numbers from "Hourglass" show that he still is able to convey a deeper level than average in pop music.

Basically, this CD is for those who have few if any of his CDs, one to have along with the first "greatest hits" album. On the other hand, if you want only the truly best of this performer, I personally would forget the "greatest hits" duo, and get "Sweet Baby James", "Hourglass", and the 2 disc "Live" set.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get Ready for a Lovely Ride
I've been waiting years for JT to put out a greatest hits part 2 ,and everyone else on the planet.All the hits are here,from the remakes that James is famous for,"Up on the Roof,Handy Man,"and"EveryDay."The way James Taylor sings these songs,you swear you've never heard them before.JT's own original songs are all here,"Your Smiling Face," about his new born daughter Sally,one of my all time favorites.To his break up with Carly Simon,"Her Town Too," JT's last top twenty hit.I really enjoyed the live recording of "Shed A Little Light." A Tribute to the late Martin Luther King,and the last number,"Enough To Be On Your Way," from JT's Grammy winning Album,"Hourglass."There's a couple of other songs that I wish were on this collection,like"Millworker,Stand and Fight,B.S.U.R.",but I'm very happy with this CD.It will be a huge hit,like The Eagles,and FleetwoodMac's Greatest hits Record.All I have to say is get ready for a Lovely Ride.

4-0 out of 5 stars Where is frozen man?
most of you have already named the songs that should have been put on the cd but what about FROZEN MAN??? My gosh, I love that song and it is not included. These songs are great but JT is good enough that people should buy all of his CDs and not just his greatest hits. His "Greatest Hits" are certainly not his only great hits. They are all good! But if you are cheap and just buy greatest hits CDs I guess this is a perfect CD for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's a good start, a good compliment
I bought this one instead of his first greatest hits because I was already familiar with most of those and there were some on these I wanted to hear. Beware, the "Enough to Be on your way" contains the f-word (if you want to put it that way) which kind of shocked me the first time I heard it, but considering who JT is, it isn't that far fetched. other than that, I really enjoy listening to this CD as background music, or just getting a cup of coffee and drowning in the words. The music is always beautiful, and my personal uptempo favorite is "your Smiling Face" which features JT's higher range. I was impressed and pleasantly surprised when I heard that. Generally I don't approve of doing covers because the original is the best version most of the time, but with James's style of doing his music, its perfectly fine with me. "Up on the roof", and "everyday" are the prime examples of redoing a song the right way. If you really pay attention to the lyrics, you can get a sense of what JT was feeling/going through as he wrote, and maybe you can relate too. This is a good CD to get, but be sure to collect his others, because if you are in love with this style, you won't dislike any of his others. (Recommended for beginners: JTGH1, and JTGH2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy Music to Enjoy
You don't buy this CD if you just want to rock. James Taylor has a mellow, insightful way of expressing his loves and life experiences. As with nearly all "Best of" CDs, one can argue over whether some really terrific songs were left out in favor those that are not quite so good. On balance, this is a pretty good collection of pleasant and enjoyable JT music that's easy to listen to. ... Read more

86. The Very Best of the Seekers [EMI]
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5-0 out of 5 stars Actually this one does have the Very Best of the Seekers
I have no problem with the idea that the Seekers were the most popular Australian group of the Sixties mainly because off the top of my head I cannot think of another Australian group from that time period. But from late 1965 to about 1967 the Seekers were the hottest part of the folk-rock segment of the British Invasion on the strength of their hits "A World of Our Own Pop Singles" (#19), "I'll Never Find Another You" (#4), and "Georgy Girl" (#2). I have to admit, I always thought of them in the same breath as the New Christy Minstrels and the Rooftop Singers than Peter & Gordon or Chad & Jeremy.

The Seekers consisted of high school classmates Athol Guy on (upright) bass, Keith Potger on 12-string guitar, and Bruce Woodley on guitar, who were joined by singer Judith Durham, who was actually a jazz-singer with perfect pitch dabbling in singing folk songs. The other important figure in their story was Tom Springfield, the brother of singer Dusty Springfield, who wrote most of their top hits once the group got to England. There they also met a young Paul Simon, who wrote "Someday One Day" for the Seekers.

What makes "The Very Best of the Seekers" worthy of the hyperbolic title is that in addition to all of the group's recognizable hits it includes their versions of several folk standards, from the traditional "Whiskey in the Jar" to Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind." The more folk albums you listen to from the Sixties the more you will discover that you can find covers of the same songs over and over again, which in this case means the Seekers doing "Kumbaya," "Lemon Tree," "Five Hundred Miles," "The Gypsy Rover," and "The Water is Wide." Then for good measure there are some Australian songs, both familiar ("Waltzing Matilda") and not ("South Australia"). The best thing I can say about this album is that even without all of the essentially hits of the Seekers it would still be worth having.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sixties folk-pop group
This isn't truly the best of the Seekers but it contains all the essentials. The first half of the collection contains all their hit singles and a couple of other tracks, while the second half is a re-issue of their debut album - an interesting collection of folk songs. Because the hits are all at the beginning, you can always play those on their own, which I sometimes do if I'm in a particular mood.

They had five huge hits in the UK - I'll never find another you, A world of our own, The carnival is over, Morningtown ride and Georgy girl. Three of them went all the way to number one and the other two came close. In America, Georgy girl was their biggest hit though A world of our own also made thr top five. They gained further recognition via Sonny James, who covered I'll never find another you and A world of our own, taking them to the top of the country charts.

Someday one day, Walk with me, When will the good apples fall and Emerald city were less successful but still excellent. Island of dreams is a cover of a song that was a top five UK hit for the Springfields - a group that included Tom Springfield, who became producer for the Seekers after his sister, Dusty, went solo.

The final twelve songs contain a mix of mostly traditional folk songs from Ireland, Australia and America, though there are one or two contemporary songs here, most famously Blowing in the wind.

This is an excellent introduction to the music of the Seekers.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Groups Of The 1960's
Judith Durham had arguably the best, pure voice of any female recording artist of the 1960's. Her sensitivity and charm are exhibited in most of her songs. Judith's vocals are rich and pure and in some of her recordings she sounds like an angel. The harmonies of the Seekers are also excellent, and they recorded several outstanding spiritual songs.

I'll Never Find Another You, World Of Our Own, Carnival Is Over, Walk With Me, Morningtown Ride, Georgy Girl, and Emerald City are particularly beautiful songs, and the Seekers recording of Waltzing Matilda is one of the best versions of this classic folk song. Surprisingly only I'll Never Find Another You (#4), Georgy Girl (#2), and A World Of Our Own (#19) were top forty hits in the United States. The Seekers were much more commercially successful in England where Carnival Is Over and Morningtown Ride, as well as A World Of Our Own and Georgy Girl were #1 hits and several of their other recordings made the top 10 on the UK charts. Also included on this CD are good covers of classic folk songs such as Lemon Tree, Blowin' In The Wind, Danny Boy, and Five Hundred Miles.

This album is an excellent value. Fans of the Seekers should consider purchasing the Seekers Complete Box Set for most of their music from the 1960's, and some of their recordings when they reunited in the 1990's.

5-0 out of 5 stars it's a classic!
The seekers have been one of my favourite bands....and you just can't ask for a better compilation of their hits than this! ... Read more

87. Sweet Baby James
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The album that launched a thousand heavy-hearted singer-songwriters on their not-so-merry way, Sweet Baby James was arguably the first shot in what became the soft revolution of the early '70s. A refugee of the Beatles' Apple label, Taylor struck commercial gold with Sweet Baby James by augmenting his acoustic guitar and soothing vocals with laid-back accompaniment (which included equally influential singer-songwriter insurrectionist Carole King on piano) and penning a slew of songs that drew upon folk, soul, and rock influences. "Fire and Rain" stands as the quintessential early Taylor tune: musically mellow and lyrically restive, it put Taylor in the Top 10 and set the tone for a popular school of '70s sound. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Epic Album for King Alumn
For those old enough to "remember" the 70's, and how things were in those good old days (Nixon & Watergate, the war in Viet Nam, etc., the break up of the Beatles, etc.), James Taylor was a breath of fresh air. Perhaps forgotten by now were the revelations of his trip through drug addiction that preceded this archetypical collection of bittersweet songs sung by a true troubadour. Sweet baby james was a true survivor of the 60's, perhaps mellow but wiser, too.

Perhaps none of the albums that followed Sweet Baby James quite captured the deceptive genius that is Taylor's trademark - pleasant tunes sung by a man who can evoke the full spectrum of human emotions, accompanied by an understated acoustic guitar.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet greens and blues
This is the perfect follow up album for people who enjoy his greatest hits or Taylor's songs played on the radio. His breakthrough albumn, it showcases well JT's range of talent, from rock and roll (Suite for 20G) classic folk (a touching version of "Oh Susannah") and his brand of self-confessional sensitive singer-songwriter numbers like Fire and Rain. This is especially recommended for his younger, 2nd generation of listeners, such as myself (i'm 19), who want to hear and experience more of JT.

5-0 out of 5 stars yay
smooth, cool and sweet. This was one of my mom's favorite records when she was young, and now it's one of mine. I think people quickly form a sentimental attachment to this album. It's tinged with a soulful, hopeless romantic quality. A very comforting and intimate listening experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars i love this album
i ve got the all collection of the big james,but the this ,

is the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inventive
Sure, there may have been singer/songwriters before him but in my world James Taylor invented this genre. An instant classic, what's not to like about this album? Great songs, excellent playing and that unmistakable James Taylor voice. James has inspired countless others, me included. One of my all time favorites. ... Read more

88. Indigo Girls [Bonus Tracks]
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5-0 out of 5 stars Closest to Fine
If you are new to the Indigo Girls this would be the place to start. If you have any of their other albums you are missing out if you don't own this one. I started listening to this in college and am constantly rediscovering it. It plays road-trip well. It has sincerity in spades. It's a damn fine listen.

There are many standouts here with few skippers. "Love's Recovery," gets a little bogged down in weepiness, but the others are sing along folk coffee house with a twist of butch, folky medley of melodious melody. Perhaps the finest moment in the album is when Michael Stipe from R.E.M. breaks in oh so subtly in "Kid Fears." The interplay between the three voice is one of the finest things that have been laid down on vinyl or whatever CD's are made of.

Don't miss out on this wonderful listen. You'll be wearing Levi's with the pocket chain wallet attachment and singing to your hears content. Peace out brethren and sistren.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Treasure Chest
As someone raised on rock bands like The Who, The Beatles and KISS, my exposure to the music of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers was extremely limited to what I overheard on FM radio. Three years ago, I took a risk on the Indigo Girls' mainstream debut. What a reward!

Yes, half of "INDIGO GIRLS" is generously loaded with time tested staple such as "Kid Fears," "Tried To Be True," "Love's Recovery," "Land of Canaan" and the anthemic "Closer To Fine." But, don't be content to gloss over the other songs. They're just as impressive. One facet of the Indigo Girls' charm is the contrast between Ray and Saliers' voices. This is magically captured in two of my favorites, "Secure Yourself," and "Prince of Darkness." In "Blood and Fire," Ray reminds us that you don't need a loud electric guitar to produce tone and intensity. Bottom line: "INDIGO GIRLS" is a treasure chest and each song is a jewel. This album is one of my all time favorites.

The Indigo Girls seldom appear on television. They've never appeared on the cover of "Rolling Stone." They simply refuse to bow to a shallow music establishment. This is one reason why together, Ray and Saliers have created some of the best music of the last two decades. I hope they never change.

5-0 out of 5 stars Favorite album ever
I discovered this album 11 years ago, and have bought every one of the IG albums since. Of the hundreds of other cd's I own from practically every genre, this is the one that I come back to time and time again. Emily & Amy have a gift with their lyrics and music that's unrivaled, and this album seems to capture it best. They capture the essence of the human experience in a way that no one else can. I don't know anyone who doesn't love this album, no matter what their typical taste is in music.

4-0 out of 5 stars Speaks to your Soul
Years ago, when the IG's made their debut, I bought their first, self-titled CD. It spoke to my soul in a way that no music had in years, going back to those old but faithful artists like (the early)Bonnie Rait, Emmy Lou Harris, Gram Parsons and others. The harmony alone made this an incredible listening experince...the vocals so deep and throaty...and the lyrics were so intense! As I said, they spoke to my soul, and I was an instant and forever fan of these two women. But, alas, after many cross country moves, my Indigo Girls CD was lost, and trying to replace it was beginning to seem impossible. This re-release, which contains a couple of live in concert re-mixes, is the same album, the same wonderful songs, lyrics, vocals, harmonies and awesome guitar playing. Having been so devastated over the loss of the origional I am thrilled to have come across this! In all honesty, I could do with out the extra cuts, but if that is the price to pay for having my beloved album again, I'll gladly pay it! Anyone looking for pure poetry covering everything from love to pain to fear to rage, and who appreciates beautiful harmonies and uninhibited guitar playing...and singing...will appreciate this album...were it not for the extra cuts I'd give it 5 stars! It's a must have in your music library, and one you'll grow to appreciate the more you listen to it. I must admit, regretfully, that their subsequent releases have not been, in my humblest of opinions, anywhere near the quality and purity of the first album, but I am and will always remain a fan of the music and style of the Indigo Girls.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent...
As an aspiring scribe, I'll try not to make this sound as though it's a "Rolling Stone" review..........this CD is a MUST HAVE for your collection. I have seen these ladies in concert, & I have heard their "other stuff"........they just haven't captured "it" like they have on this CD & when they appeared on David Letterman (NBC) those many years ago (which has captured my imagination to this very day!). This entire CD is a walk through of an emotional state; of dreams; of the world.........whether the girls themselves were feeling all of this or they were trying to convey a message to the rest of the world will forever be unknown, but if you enjoy folk music.......& you wish to express yourself out loud like you only wish you could, then by all means, purchase this! You will be forever grateful. This CD is a landmark as it is their initial effort & the most pure of all of their collection. Every song is a collection of pain, of love, of dreams, & of effort, that few can even hope to reach. I enjoy everything that "The Indigo Girls" produce, but I have to say, with all honesty, that this is their finest, most prolific body of work. They will forever remain a "virtuoso" in my book as a result of this recording. Pick this up & you will never regret your might even learn something about yourself. Thank you ladies....for this collection of songs. I have, & continue to, gain perspective on my life & the world as a result of this body of work. Thank you........ ... Read more

89. The Songs of Leonard Cohen
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Time has been extraordinarily kind to Songs of Leonard Cohen. While it attracted considerable fanfare upon its release in 1968, not everyone was immediately captured by its dusky charms. Randy Newman, for one, couldn't resist the temptation to parody "Suzanne," the album's brooding opener, on his 12 Songs album. (Conversely, director Robert Altman brilliantly drew upon the dirges here for the soundtrack to his classic anti-western, McCabe and Mrs. Miller.) But what some once found to be pretentious and affected has come to feel penetrating and ageless. Seeded with what have become signature songs of the Canadian wordsmith ("Sisters of Mercy," "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye," "So Long, Marianne"), the album has a narcotic quality that owes as much to producer/musical director John Simon's inspired folk-baroque soundscapes as to Cohen's lofty lyrics and earth-bound vocals. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "God's first album"
An astonishingly accomplished debut album, Songs is considered by many to this day to be Leonard Cohen's finest album. With more than a decade's worth of poetry and novel writing under his belt, not to mention having written Suzanne, already a hit by two different people before Cohen himself put it out, it's really no surprise that Leonard made as fine an album as he did here. The album opens beautifully with the aformentioned Suzanne, a song which surely needs no introduction, and it continues on with fine songs throughout. Some of them, such as Master Song and The Stranger Song, astound with their poetry; and some in other ways, such as Teachers with it's breathless delivery and interesting musical backing, and So Long, Marianne with it's beautiful arrangement of acoustic guitar, female backing vocals, and pounding drums. This is an astonishing, touching, heart-breaking, and yet redemptory album. I've seen this album come out on top in polls such as "Best Lyrics On An Album" and things like that, and, I don't hesistate to say, it deserves it. A masterpiece, a must-own.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wine and Bread
The first album of Leonard Cohen is his best. Moody, mysterious, dark, romantic, and spooky. Yes, spooky. Songs of Leonard Cohen are all of these and more. His deep nasal voice mixed with John Simon's light soundscapes is timeless. This is truly a classic recording that should be owned by any fan of music. This is not simply folk music. It is excellent poetry, beautifully arranged instrumentation, and simply haunting music.

What really draws me into Cohen's music is the way he uses biblical imagery to tell interesting stories. "Just some Joseph looking for a manger...", "And Jesus was a sailor when he walked upon the water..." As a Christian, I found this very intriguing, especially how his songs may or may not have anything to do with these references at all.

I have listened to other Cohen recordings, but this is Leonard in his purest form. This is not music to work out to, but if you are in the mood to relax or listen to something light that makes you think, this would be one of the top ten albums in that category.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect recording.
This is a perfect recording, Cohen's best. It's one of the 10 best recordings of the 1960s. This record changed the face of popular music for decades to come. I can think of so many, who came out of this one recording directly or indirectly...even today.

5-0 out of 5 stars A gold standard then, a platinum standard now
I listened to Leonard Cohen when I was in my teens and early twenties. I loved Suzanne, Bird on the Wire and other Cohen songs with some level of appreciation. Thirty years later, after hearing In My Secret Life on The L Word on Showtime, I was drawn back to Leonard Cohen. I bought this cd and found on it songs that have weathered better than I have. After sailing life's seas, I found them like a lot more wise and rich than I did earlier. Listening to this compilation is like biting into a great deli sandwich piled high with rich tasty ingredients--a feast for the mind and heart, worthy of playing over and over again long after the sandwich wrapping is gone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ageless
Right now, this is probably my favorite disc. I think everything I really have to say about Cohen has been iterated enough on this page; but I can't recommend it enough. I have yet to listen to his other albums, but I really can't expect any better material than this. "Suzanne" is the one of the most lyrically perfect songs I've ever heard; possibly THE most beautiful. It encapsulates desire, a search for purity, and idealism in a timeless way. The whole album glides along with a fierce, inevitable progression, yet it's so smooth and haunting, you won't realize just how you've gotten to this new level. Yes, you will be on a new level by the end, and I can't explain what it's like, you have to listen to understand.

That said, the songs range from excellent to superb. The ones in the latter category, for me, are: Suzanne, Master Song (the most haunting track), So Long, Marianne, and Teachers. The last number is oddly hypnotizing, as well. ... Read more

90. Copperhead Road
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It happens to every hard partier--your lifestyle eventually catches up to you. For Steve Earle, this third so-so effort from the then-roué-ish troubadour was a pretty glaring rehab-ahead warning light. The sloppiness was beginning to show: half the disc bogs down in throwaways, cheap echoes of Guitar Town and Exit 0's country-rock acumen. The rest, fortunately, is prime, focused Earle: the Vietnam-vet title track, the Wild West-themed "Snake Oil," and the oft-covered classic "The Devil's Right Hand," in which the composer achieves that perfect balance of city-slick pop and hillbilly twang. Earle would hit that one-two combo again, but not until he shook that party monkey a few albums later. --Tom Lanham ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde...together again
I must admit that I hated Copperhead Road when it came out. I was 17 and if it wasn't punk- it wasn't for me. Oh, how things have changed! I now see this as a nearly flawless effort. This record was a tale of two Earles. Side one(tracks 1-5) are dirty rock songs with a healthy dose of Earle's country/folk(even Irish) roots. Steve was headed for a crash, but he wasn't quite at the wall when this was released in 1988. Three of the first five are still regulars in his set-list today(The Devil's Right Hand/Copperhead Road & Johnny Come Lately). The Pogues play with Earle on Johnny Come Lately(yes, Shane MacGowan is playing a banjo here!). The last five songs are basically ballads with a bit of a charge in them. On the final track, Nothing But A Child, Earle is joined by Telluride. The Jekyll & Hyde nature of this release works for won't work for eveyone(but then, what does?). The dirt that you collect on the first half of this album is cleansed by the longing ache of the second half. Steve Earle never puts the same record out twice. They are all very different...This was his third major release. It was unlike the two before it and nothing like it has come from him since. Earle's diversity and intelligence, along with his wonderful gift for storytelling are what keep his fans coming back, no matter what banner a particular release is flying. This is a great rock album with some radio-friendly songs that get inside your head and aren't easily dislodged. Enjoy. Do yourself a huge favor...check him out when he tours. One of the best live shows I see every year.

5-0 out of 5 stars Steve Earle the polymath
What is it? Is it country? Is it southern rock? What is that banjo doing in there? Is this guy an Irishman? Steve Earle continually confounds and tests his audience with his polymathic tastes and talents. Listen to the bagpipe drone that introduces the title tune, "Copperhead Road," which ends with the same bagpipes but in between, employs propulsive drumming and hard-charging guitar. "Snake Oil," the very next track, sounds almost precisely like something Lynrd Skynrd might have recorded in the 1970s. "Johnny Come Lately" sounds musically as though it might have sprung from the hand of a Civil War-era Irish immigrant, yet it manages to be fresh today. Remarkably, all the songs on the album--as on every Steve Earle album--were authored by Earle himself. The guy is amazing.

5-0 out of 5 stars My only ever 5 star review!
This is the ultimate country / folk / rock crossover album. There isn't a bad track on it and there are a handful of classics. There are so many reviews on this album that I won't go into too much detail. As a result of hearing this album, I bought everything that Steve Earle has done and the Pogues backing on Johnny Come Lately, saw me buy everything that the Pogues have done!
Do yourself a favour, buy this album now and save yourself some money on delivery by buying Guitar Town and Exit 0 at the same time.

5-0 out of 5 stars The DEA's got a chopper in the air...
Classic Stevie. The Nam-era combat patch alone gives you something of the flavor of this powerful album.

Steve actually just missed being drafted (he was born in 1955) as they stopped shipping draftees in 1972. Under the Paris Peace accords, there were massive troop withdrawals, during which many of the Surgical and Evac. Hospitals also pulled out. By April, 1973 it was basically over.

Yet Steve's two-tour Vietnam Vet in Copperhead Road has many real-life counterparts. In many ways Copperhead Road is the ultimate rebel song, in which the grass-growing Vet indicates that the lessons he learned from Charlie (Victor Charlie = VC) make him one heck of a threat to the sissy DEA helicopters (just take out the tail rotors).

These combat veterans were never honored for their service, and for many reasons, they had an arrest rate of more than twice that of a comparable non Vet. You get the sense that this is Steve's 'what if' song, in that he could see himself being in the same position as the Vet who comes back 'with a brand new plan'.

Devil's Right Hand is without a doubt one of his best songs, and one of THE best songs you are ever going to hear. Yeah, very much a post-country album and one that gave the world two songs (the rest are good, too) which stand as true modern classics, and which assure the survival of Steve as an artist to be reckoned with, against all competition.

Worth it for the cover alone!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Of the albums Earle put out before he spent time in jail and cleaned up his act, this is the best. The band sounds good and the collection of songs is first rate. The title track is one of Earle's best. He also does a version of his song, The Devil's Right Hand, which is another of his best. The Cheiftains make an appearance.

I happen to like his post-arrest albums better. Earle, unlike many other artists, actually became a better song writer after he became sober and his albums of the mid-ninties to the present are, almost without exception, excellent and Copperhead Road is the closest he came before that time. ... Read more

91. Nashville Skyline (Hybr)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Dylan's warmest album
Most Dylan albums are so long that in the days of the 33 1/3 LP, the needle on my record player would often swing back to its resting place without making it to the final groove. That wasn't a problem with "Nashville Skyline." With a total running time of 27 minutes, Dylan's landmark retreat from rock and roll into the world of country music is one of his most compact works. It's not his most ambitious album, but it is one of his most charming.

The opening track, a revival of 1963's "Girl From the North Country," is a beaut, an intimate duet with the legendary Johnny Cash. It's slightly offkey, and the two singers are not always in synch (with Cash reciting one lyric while Dylan recites another) but there's a warmth to the performance that might not have survived a more studied interpretation.

"Warmth" may be the key word in describing this collection. Having exorcised quite a few demons on his previous albums, Dylan is relaxed here, expressing almost no anger, although there is room for regret in the classic "I Threw It All Away" and suspicion in the lushly produced "Tell Me That It Isn't True." The best tracks are probably "Lay, Lady, Lay" and "Tonight, I'll Be Staying Here With You," but even such simple ditties as "Country Pie" and "Peggy Day" offer their share of fun. This may not be "Blonde on Blonde," but it wasn't meant to be either. Listen to it on its own terms and you're not likely to be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Side Of Bob Dylan
This is a terrific album, certainly one of Bob's best. It may not be his greatest album musically but when you just want to relax and listen to Dylan, this is the album you will reach for. It has a relaxed, breezy, warm quality that, while not unique in Dylan's catalogue, is often not present. In fact, for those who are new to Bob's work, I think this is as good a place to start as any. Don't be put off by the fact that this is his "country" album - only a handful of tracks really approach true country music. This is just great music period, and it contains no less than three of Bob's absolute greatest songs, "I I Threw It All Away", "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" and "Lay, Lady, Lay", the former in particular is an absolute masterpiece, containing probably the most beautiful melody Dylan ever recorded. All of the rest of the songs are great too, but I think that the relatively brief and throwaway "Country Pie" also deserves a mention for being the most swinging song in Bob's catalogue. When I listen to it I always wish it was a bit longer! All in all, this is a great album, showing a side of Bob's music that you rarely hear. There is a simplicity and directness in both the music and lyrics that just isn't present on any of his other albums and that proves to be a very good thing here. Essential listening.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very pleasant -- but only 27.12 minutes duration
One of the nice surprises about early Dylan albums is how many of them breach the 50-minute mark (e.g. THE FREEWHEELIN'). So it comes as a shock to find that this album (recorded in both 1963 and 1969, according to the sleeve) contains less than 28 minutes of music.

That said, this is the album in which Dylan proved that he could sing in a more-or-less conventional way. And it was also the ground-breaker that cleared the way for all sorts of country-rock crossover bands such as Poco, the Eagles, Gram Parsons etc.

For those new to the album, the tune you probably know -- 'Lay Lady Lay' -- is not the best here. It was really nice to hear the other nine songs which are completely new to me, some of which are cos-ung with Johnny Cash.

4-0 out of 5 stars Relax....enjoy..
For certain serious Dylan disciples,ie the type that might derive greatest pleasure in the decoding of arcane lyrical wordplay buried deep inside layers of surrealistic imagery,'Nashville Skyline'just might not get the job done. It's a simple pleasure, and although a few of the songs here certainly have a bit of a 'toss off' quality about them ('Country Pie','Nashville Skyline Rag'),after recording a string of materpieces, Bob had surely earned the right to indulge a little, and for most listeners, Dylan fan or not,the result is a real gem, a truly pleasurable, albeit short (28min)listening experience.It might even put a smile on your face. But if you really can't come to terms with Bob seemingly enjoying himself, just for you 'serious' listeners, it still contains a couple of songs that wouldn't have been too out of place on any one of his acknowledged classics,namely, 'I Threw It All Away', 'Lay Lady Lay'. Buy it and enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprising recording.
The record that legitimized Johnny Cash for the hippy set. Rediculous! Cash was already passed his best music and a legend. This just shows Dylan's respect for him and it was a great thing Dylan did recording a duet with Cash on "Girl from the North Country".. Dylan had just recovered from a bad motorcycle accident. ... Read more

92. Majikat
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93. Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars
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"What I Am," the leadoff track on Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, was a left-field hit off this Dallas band's debut album, and it remains about the only thing they're remembered for (excepting Brickell's eventual marriage to Paul Simon). But a good part of this album is quite listenable and stands up reasonably well to the years. "Love Like We Do," "Little Miss S." and "The Wheel" are basically equal to "What I Am" in their rhythmic and melodic pop appeal; "Air of December" and "She" allow the band's more jazz-oriented roots a little room to flourish, and the poignantly personal ballad "Circle" remains the best lyric Brickell has written. It was all downhill from here, but Shooting Rubberbands was an early peak worth revisiting. --Peter Blackstock ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars
I accidently discovered Edie on the darn Windows 95 cd. Unfortunately, no one could tell me who she was. I eventually found two versions of the video on the cd. The second version I found had her name listed. FINALLY! Now, I've gone back and got the first cd's. I remember a the first song as sort of a one-hit wonder 10 years ago. The more I listen to her, the more I like her. Wonder if we'll ever get another album?

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than their "hits" collection.
Of all their albums, including "The Ultimate Collection", this debut is the one "Edie Brickell" cd to have. Song for song it's the best. Besides the big hit "What I Am" being on here, it also includes "Circle", "Love Like We Do", "She", and the bonus track "I Do". I think anyone would enjoy this, even those who normally wouldn't listen to happy hippie pop music, like myself. You can just see her spinning around in the grass singing when you listen to this. For those interested, she also has a 2003 solo release called "Volcano", and she's still as cute as she sounds.

5-0 out of 5 stars True art.
One of the things I love about this CD is that it is lyrically strong. Songs like "Air of December" and "Now" are both passionate and poetic. Secondly, each song is unique. Unlike some bands that produce songs that sound too much alike, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians break out of the box to create something refreshingly different for each track. I'm a fan of Suzanne Vega's combination of strong lyrics and catchy tunes and I would say, while unique, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians have a similar flavor. I have yet to grow tired of this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Is There a CD Better Than This??
When I first heard "What I Am" on the radio back in 1988, I immediately turned my car around and headed for the music store. I could tell just from this one song that Edie and her group were very intelligent, wise, sarcastic, and talented. I was not disappointed when I brought the CD home. Every single song on this disc is relatively good and should be a must in anybody's collection. I have to say that I ended up liking the song "Circle" best and I absolutely love the last hidden track "I Do", which I picked up by ear and play on piano quite frequently. Even though this was their best recording, I so much miss this group of talented people... please come back and give us intellectuals something to yearn for again!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Been in my collection since 1988 - Great Album - Timeless
I bought the tape of this album in 1988, when I was 10 years old (yes, 10!) and the CD several years later. To this day I still love this album and every song on it.

I like how the more upbeat songs include a slower tempo portion in the middle of the songs before they pick up again. It really makes each song interesting and gives the listener a great chance to hear the lyrics and understand the depth of the song.

I find this album to be very unique - I have never heard a group with a similar sound (but I don't know much about 80's music!). The sound is very refreshing and uses lots of instruments and different piano sounds to really make an effect during the song.

This album will remain on the top of my list as a refreshing alternative to the Top 40 hits that are out today! ... Read more

94. The Party Never Ends
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Robert Earl Keen Sampler
If you're not familiar with Robert Earl Keen, this CD is a great introduction to REK's unique Texas/folk/bluegrass style. It also shines a light on this artist's fantastic gift for telling stories in song, with emotions ranging from humorous, to tender, to bittersweet. His is not the greatest voice in the world; rather, it's the lyrics and musical style that combine to make Robert Earl Keen one of the most noteworthy singer/songwriters on today's music scene. This CD contains many of my favorite REK tunes, including The Front Porch Song, I'm Comin' Home, and the Road Goes On Forever. And I betcha you're gonna recognize a little bit of your own family in the hilarious Merry Christmas From The Family. I would recommend this CD to both newcomers and hardcore REK fans alike. ... Read more

95. Crossroads
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5-0 out of 5 stars Another Great CD By A Great Artist
When it comes to songwriters, I rank Tracy Chapman up there with the best of them. True, most of her songs deal with the same subjects, but you can at least depend on her music to deliver thought-provoking views to such serious topics as racism, injustice, freedom and much more. The booklet accompanying the CD contains the words to the songs. "Freedom Now", a song she has dedicated to Nelson Mandela, really stands out as one of the CD's main focal songs. The CD ends with a slower melody, "All That You Have Is Your Soul", causing reflection on materialism, truth, and life. The second stanza reads: Don't be tempted by the shiny apple/Don't you eat of a bitter fruit/Hunger only for a taste of justice/Hunger only for a world of truth/'Cause all that you have is your soul. In this CD, Tracy Chapman delivers her songs with a piece of her soul in each song.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best New Artist.
It's a shame that when an artist, such as Tracy Chapman, wins a Grammy for Best New Artist, she is then forgotten. I have been a fan right from the beginning, in 1988, with "Fast Car." I was 15 then, and Tracy touched a nerve for me. I thoroughly enjoyed her debut and was quite pleased that she won a Grammy. However, her following albums, Crossroads, Matters of the Heart, New Beginning and Telling Stories have all been dismissed by critics and Top 40 radio (with the exception of Give Me One Reason in 1996). I believe that Crossroads was just as great as her debut. It has ten solid tracks from "Crossroads", "Born To Fight", "All That You Have Is Your Soul" to "This Time", "Bridges", "Freedom Now" and "Subcity." It's a shame that Top 40 radio and teenagers turn away from great music that also has meaning in its lyrics. Crossroads is a great cd to have in your music collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sensational Stuff
Took sometime without listening to this album, then decided to purchase it again, just to hear more of the magic, and it sounds better everyday. Bridges and Be careful Of my Heart are great tracks...the guiter quality and blend of instruments with Tracy's strong voice makes Damien Rice look like he got his stuff from this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tracy is a visionary
Every time I buy a Tracy Chapman CD I say, "this is the best one yet" and it's true. Crossroads is one of her first, the lyrics are enlightening and inspired. I highly recommend this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars A True Artist of "Keeping It Real"
Tracy Chapman is a true poet. When you listen to her songs you know those words and that music comes straight from her heart. There is nothing superficial about this artist. The highlights of this CD are "Bridges(the Best Tracy Chapman song ever), Born to Fight, All That You Have Is Your Soul, and This Time. She puts so much into these songs. As you listen you start to feel all those emotions she must have felt writing the songs. If you like James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and all the other "folk" singers, then Tracy is the modern-day artis for you. ... Read more

96. Space Oddity
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This 1969 release features David Bowie's first hit single, "Space Oddity," and sets the tone for the spacey Ziggy Stardust to come. But other than the title track, Space Oddity isn't a glam-rock album. For that phase, one must move ahead to 1970's The Man Who Sold the World. These folk-based tracks largely present Bowie as a surrealist singer-songwriter. The uncharacteristically bitter and sarcastic "Letter to Hermione" is the most impassioned track here, presenting, as it does, the angry side of this master of cool. While still earlier recordings are noted for their Anthony Newley affectations, Space Oddity is where the Bowie myth begins to take shape. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A good album
Older Bowie fans probably first heard this album after "Hunky Dory" and "Ziggy Stardust" when it RCA re-released it side by side with a reissue of "The Man Who Sold the World" to take advantage of his rising popularity. Aside from the timeless "Space Oddity," this album probably came as a bit of a shock to those of us expecting something flashier (or, perhaps, spacier). Mostly acoustic, this album shows the influence of Bob Dylan on the former David Jones, especially in the epic "Cygnet Committee," but that pretentious, though interesting track aside, there is much to recommend here. "An Occasional Dream" is a lovely ballad, "Janine" is a memorable pop song, and "The Wild Eyed Boy from Free Cloud" has an unusual western flavor very much at odds with most of Bowie's output. Though it doesn't compare to later, more ambitious works, this is a good album.

5-0 out of 5 stars The half-folk music, half glam rock album.
Bowie's previous album "David Bowie" (1967) was his last folk music album. Bowie's next album "The Man Who Sold The World" (1971) was his first glam rock album. Right in between the two was "Space Oddity" (1969). Bowie managed to get the best of both worlds into this 10-song masterpiece. "Space Oddity," the title track, was his first commercial success (much due to the fact that it tied into the moon landing), and a nice yarn at that. Not one of his greatest, but it paved the way for songs like "Changes." "Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed" is just about as close to glam as he gets on this one, with about 3 minutes of guitar solo at the end. "(Don't Sit Down)" is the little insert which, like "Her Majesty" from The Beatles' "Abbey Road," seems almost as an afterthought. However, unlike "Her Majesty," this is quite good for all its 40 seconds. It's main flaw is that it could ONLY exist at 40 seconds. Any more, and it wouldn't be as nice. "Letter To Hermione" is his bitter plea to his recently departed (left, not dead) girlfriend Hermione Farthingale. Not much of a song, but the end ("He treats you well"/"He brings you out in style"..."And when you kiss it's something new"/"But did you ever call my name just by mistake?") is good enough to make just about any girl come back (don't you think she wishes she did, now?). "Cygnet Committee" is the grand gem of this album. 9 and a half minutes long, and great for every second of it. It weaves a talk good enough for a novel and the end brings to mind every great plea of human history, from Patrick Henry to Martin Luther King, Jr. "Janine" is a nice little steel guitar rockabilly number, which would probably go over with the Garth Brooks crowd even today. As a footnote, it's also one of those multi-decade song from the '60s, with a sound like the '70s, in a film about the '80s, made in the '90s ("Whatever" (1998). "An Occasional Dream" is another about the failed dreams about his relationship with Hermione...much better then "Letter To Hermione." It's one that takes a while before you like it, though. "Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud" sounds like something from a Disney movie in more ways then one. But, the thing that strikes you most about it is the grand sound, which sounds like a national philharmonic orchestra. The song is great too, another nice bit about freedom. "God Knows I'm Good" is to his folk music days what "Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed" was to his glam rock days. Sounds so folky, it sounds like a leftover from the '60s. But, if you listen to the plot, it really does typify what folk music was all commentary. A nice simple story good enough for a short story. The title does a nice little twist at the end, good stuff. "Memory Of A Free Festival" is one of his earliest hippie songs, which were later perfected on "Hunky Dory" (1971). With an end refrain borrowed from "Hey Jude" and "Give Peace A Chance," this is the perfect song to end this album, sticking in your mind and making you want to listen to the album all over again. And, believe me, if you're a real Bowie fan, you'll want to. However, and there is a however, if this is going to be your first Bowie album, your making a big mistake. Go over and pick up "The Best Of David Bowie 1969/1974," then "The Best Of David Bowie 1974/1979." If you like those, you'll LOVE this.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great second album,Dave!
It is the fusion of music genres that makes this work outstand among other 1969 albums.Is it pure rock or is it a mix of folk and glam?David Bowie brought us this gift with his first hit ever,Space Oddity in it.It was a good sign of great things to come.The Great Thin Duke spawned gems such as Don't Sit Down and Occasionally as well.It is a 5!

2-0 out of 5 stars Fairly boring
The title track is one of Bowie's most famous songs, and it's a beautifull, well-crafted gem of a pop song. The rest of the album isn't nearly as compelling. In fact, it isn't compelling at all. Most songs are just fairly boring displays of hippyish songwriting. Perhaps they were modern back then, none of the songs (with perhaps the exceptions of "Janine" and "wildeyed boy from freecloud"- and I'm being very generous here) have the quality to still stand out today.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Sun Machine Is Coming Down and We're Gonna Have a Party.
David Bowie's sixth album, Space Oddity, was released in 1972, less than six months after the release of Bowie's classic concept album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. While Ziggy Stardust sounds Martian and is mostly driven by finely polished electric guitars, Space Oddity has elements of Ziggy, but overall has a childish, dreamlike quality all of its own and is accompanied most by acoustic guitars--like an album recorded in heaven. I think it's one of the nicest records I've ever heard. The first song on the album is the very popular "Space Oddity." The song, as we all know, is about Major Tom, an astronaut sent into space in a "tin can." Somewhere "past one hundred thousand miles" he becomes disconnected with communication with Earth, and, like David Bowman--the main character of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey [which the song name and album are based, yes?]--is left to float about the galaxy for eternity. The reference to 2001, somewhat disappointingly, is more musically-based than it is lyrically. The bulk of the album is comprised of light-hearted, celestial love songs--like something that would be nice to hear if you were flying on a hang-glider. Only a couple of the songs are heavy lyrically ["The Cygnet Committee" and "Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed"], but most are free and lilting, as they should be on such an album.

After the opening track, we are not confronted, verbally, with the sky or outer space until "The Wild-Eyed Boy from Freecloud," the third to last track. Musically it's theatrical and fanciful--when hearing it, you feel like you are in a fairy tale and something wonderful and magical is about to happen. Lyrically, it's also whimsical--it tells the story of a Wild-Eyed Boy who is to be executed only because of the "madness in his eyes." Though the townspeople are going to have him hanged, he doesn't become angry or even frightened--he is calm and only thinks of Freecloud, his home. The magical land of Freecloud, as he wishes, saves him from death. "The Memory of a Free Festival," the closing track, is another whimsical and lighthearted melody, this time about a wonderful and heavenly day at a carnival in London: "to capture just one drop of all the ecstasy that swept that afternoon--to paint that love upon a white balloon and fly it from the topest top of all the tops that man has pushed beyond his brain." The day was so happy, even, that when the children looked up to the sky there were foreign "machines of every shape and size" floating around. The aliens were friendly, and one of the little boys "tried to climb aboard, but the captain shook his head--and away they soared." The album and the song close with the repeated line, "The sun machine is coming down and we're gonna have a party." It's one of the nicest lines I've ever heard--it's the best way to even describe the album. After releasing The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust just before this, it is very good that Bowie chose to next create something lyrical, fantastic, and whimsical. This whole album feels like it was recorded by a child--that meant in the best possible way. At times the lyrics are silly, but they're forgiven because it's such a pleasant and dreamy record. ... Read more

97. Classic Hits of Jim Croce
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With his Down to Earth, Every Man Persona, Philly Born Singer-songwriter Jim Croce Won Legions of Fans with a Winning Mix of Soulful Vocals, Fluid Guitar, Occasional Humor and Always Colorful Storytelling. 21 Tracks, Including Many Favorites Like "You Don't Mess around with Jim", "Operator", "i'll have to Say I Love You in a Song" plus the Number One Pop Hits "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" which Topped the Charts Posthumously. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Folk Icon Jim Croce's Best Collection For The Money!
Granted for more money one can purchase Jim Croce's double cd the "50th Anniverary Collection", but for less dollars this latest from Rhino Records should suffice. It contains all Jim Croce's most cherished songs like "Operator", "You Don't Mess Around With Jim", "Time In A Bottle", "I Got A Name", "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and many others. Jim Croce died in a plane crash in the early seventies and the world was dealt a great loss. If you love Croce's beautiful songs, that only he knew he could sing, then buy this excellent collection and enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Of The Late Great Jim Croce's Greatest Hits Plus!
"Classic Hits Of Jim Croce" is yet another collection from the late great folksinger Jim Croce. Croce, who died in the early seventy's was one that decade's most gifted singer/songwriters. This collection contains his most memorable songs such as "Time In A Bottle", "Operator", "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", "I Got A Name", "Lover's Cross", "Photograph's & Memories", "One Less Set Of Footsteps", "Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy)", "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" plus many more. The only difference between this collection and the "Photographs & Memories His Greatest Hits" cd is that there are seven more songs on this latest compilation. The sound quality is superb due to remastering, Jim Croce certainly never sounded better. If you enjoy listening to artists such as Seals & Crofts, James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, Gordon Lightfoot, Cat Stevens and Paul Simon then this collection is a must have. ... Read more

98. Swamp Ophelia
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Reflecting the growth Amy Ray and Emily Saliers experienced during the late '80s and early '90s as songwriters and as performers, Swamp Ophelia finds the duo feeling more experimental, and also more relaxed. Guests like Lisa Germano (violin, mandolin), Jane Scarpantoni (cello), and Jane Siberry (vocals) assist in creating a satisfying and full sound. Songs like the romantic "Power of Two" and Amy's solo venture "Fare Thee Well" would do Jackson Browne proud. The Roches add a lovely vocal layer to "Reunion," and bongos and percussion give the bouncy "Least Complicated" an interesting texture. The darker tones of "Dead Man's Hill," with its haunting melodica and tom-toms, provide needed contrast to the lighter moods in the collection. Their harmonies are a delight, and the closer, "This Train (Revised)," is a wonderful, energetic nod to Woody Guthrie.--Lorry Fleming ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Their best effort, tuneful and sophisticated.
This album ranks as the pinnacle of the Indigo Girls' development as a singer/songwriter duo, and even made the US Top 10. However, the duo's sophisticated and autumnal tone has precluded serious Australian interest - none of their records have reached the Australian Top 40, indeed only "Indigo Girls" charted at all.
However, this is a most impressive album that I must recommend to listerners. It is a wonderfully orchestrated work with brilliant use of acoutic instruments on the first three tracks, which blend together brilliantly in soaring vocal harmonies, most apparent on "Least Complicated" and "Language or The Kiss", with Emily's lyrics expressing perfectly the paradoxes evident in an ordinary romance. "Power of Two" is the pinnacle of the duo's career, perfectly expressing the desire for undrstanding in human relationships. "Touch Me Fall" shows Amy's harder-edged songwriting contrast with the folksy Emily Sailers, and indeed this song rocks exceptionally hard whilst retaining an impressive sophistication. "Mystery" with Jane Siberry adding backing vocals, is almost as impressive as "Power of Two". "Dead Man's Hill" is a sparse Amy Ray tune with most impressive acoustic guitars, whilst the opener "Fugitive" blends this sparser tone with beautiful horns and cellos and an intriguing lyric about a lost woman.
This is quite a package of two distinct songwriting and singing styles blended to near-perfection. I recommend it wholheartedly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Keeps on Getting Better
This was my first Indigo Girls CD, and the minute I heard it I knew I had discovered something precsious. -The Wood Song- sweet, haunting and one of the best songs Emily Saliers has put forth since earlier days. The first Indigo Girls song I ever heard and ever fell in love with, I never tire of it. Never. -Least Complicated- blunt and relaxed, this song is one that puts everything you struggle with into perspective: the hardest to learn was the least complicated. No kidding, guys. -Fugitive- sad and strong. -Power of Two- always is there for a smile. -Touch Me Fall- unique and a bit uncharacteristic of the Girls, this style is one you won't hear again until Come on now, Social. -Fare Thee Well-heartbreaking and lonesome. -Reunion- a wonderful song, typical Amy Ray style. A song perfect to kareoke to with a hairbrush in your bedroom alone at night. This is the best Indigo Girls CD next to the breathtaking Rites of Passage,which is amazing.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Slow Winner!
I must admit that I was a little disappointed when I first listened to "Swamp Ophelia". I had real great expectations after "Rites of Passage" and "Nomads, Saints . . ". There were no immediate "hits" there - like on the previous albums.

On the other hand, like on all Indigo Girls albums, there are no poor songs. Many of these songs may not be among their very best, but they grow on you when you get to know them. So eventually it became a winner for me

My first favourites were "Least Complicated", "Reunion" and "Power of Two". But also "Dead Man's Hill" and "Fare Thee Well" are very strong tracks.

Most of the album is rather quiet, but on a couple of Amy's songs they get real hard rocking; especially "Touch Me Fall" and "This Train Revised".

5-0 out of 5 stars Still in the swamp....
I still find it hard to believe that it's been nearly 10 years since the release of "Swamp Ophelia", and it's still a recurring theme in my personal playlist. Before I purchased the CD, I'd had a passing interest in the Indigo Girls, but I'd heard Amy Ray's song "Fugitive" used as a backdrop for modern dance, and I was hooked.

Today, this still remains my favorite of their CD's; little of it is socio-political, like much of their work. I can even forgive the use of one of the light ballads "The Power of Two" in the soundtrack of one of those forgettable Drew Barrymore movies.

Like most Indigo Girl collections, the music varies between the emotional ballads and light folk songs of positivity that are Emily Saliers, and the darker, more brooding rhythms of melancholy Amy Ray. One thing never varies, and that it the crisp and pure quality of their vocal harmonies; they are perfectly matched. They utilize a variety of folk instruments (cello, acousic guitar, different drums and bongs, the mandolin) and a variety of friends helping with lyrics and vocals to blend this collection into something memorable.

Fugitive may be my favorite of all Ray's songs, but the pace, tempo, and lyrics to her "Reunion" keep the first side of the CD flowing....

"I don't want you to feel
any obligation
It feels so funny to be free"

The song feels like a treatise on psychological care - perhaps Ray drew it from her background, or that of a friend. Ray's "Dead Man's Hill" on side two is another show stopper, with an amazing mix of sounds, and loaded with interesting percussion. Dead Man's Hill feels like a place and time revisited from Ray's youth - it starts out with friendship, but there's a scary, cold feeling to the closing lyrics of the song.

Not a big fan of Amy Ray's lyrics, there is only one song on the CD that I dislike, and it closes the first side -"Touch Me Fall". It's a tirade of a song, notable for the fact that the "swamp Ophelia" title is chosen from its lyrics.

I'm much more partial to Salier's songs than those of Ray, and there is not one on this CD that isn't inspired. Judging from the reaction to the IG songs in concert, apparently many fans, in addition to me, love "Least Complicated", a song that is truly uncomplicated and joyous in its rhythms and lyrics. It always draws a cheer at live performances, and the whole audience sings along....

"I'm just a mirror of a mirror myself
All the things that I do
And the next time I fall
I'm gonna have to recall
It isn't love, it's only something new"

Her ballads, "Wood Song", "Mystery" and "Fare Thee Well" are all trademark Saliers, with simple arrangements and notable harmony. Perhaps her best on the CD (although I still play "Least Complicated" at least three times whenever I put in the CD) is "Language or the Kiss", which is one of the standards the duo perfoms when live. Here there's a full sound and instrumentation, with emphasis on percussion. But it is the lyrics that are telling...

"But I'm made mute by the virtue of decision
And I choose...
Most of your life goes on without me.
Oh, the fear I've known
That I might reap the praise of strangers
And end up on my own".

If you purchase only one disc of the Indigo Girl's music, don't go for one of the hits compilations, because you miss so much of the texture of where they were when they wrote the tunes that fit together in a single CD. "Swamp Ophelia" transcends time and talent, and obviously, lasts a decade. Wonder if it will last a lifetime with me?

Bravo, Emily and Amy!

5-0 out of 5 stars amazing!
Just saw IG live again last night and was inspired to write this review. I could write a similar review for "Nomads Indians Saints," "1200 Curfews," "Rites of Passage" and "Indigo Girls". These cds are among an elite group of music in my collection where I can listen to the whole album from beginning to end...and over again (and again!). I was hooked from the first chords of "Fugitive" and there isn't a song on this work that doesn't connect with me somehow. The harmonies are phenomenal, as always. The ballads are moving and the songs that are supposed to rock don't disappoint. Hard to pick a favorite song, but I'll have to go with "Mystery." If you are an enduring IG fan or if you are new to their music and want to see what it's all about, buy this album! ... Read more

99. Ramblin'
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5-0 out of 5 stars Pure, distilled Lucinda.
This is a truly excellent album. An early Williams album, it was recorded for Folkways Records, who specialized in folk, jazz and the blues. The clean, simple guitar accompanyment accentuates Lucinda's voice and the songs she sings. She has chosen a collection of songs that includes blues, country and traditional and performs them all well. The blues covers are especially good.

This is a keeper.

4-0 out of 5 stars Really good accoustic blues
Lucinda Williams is a great find. This is all acoustic 12 string blues. There are three great Robert Johnson covers Ramblin on my mind, Malted Milk Blues, and Stop Breakin Down. The recording is all blues covers except Disgusted which sounds like a blues cover. Unlike most cover alblums this has a great oringal sound. BECAUSE LUCINDA WILLIAMS HAS A GREAT VOICE AND CAN PLAY GUITAR LIKE NOBODYS BUSINESS. I also like her record LUCINDA WILLIAMS.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ramblin'
Sweet. What Can I Say That Hasn't Already Been Said
About This Amazing Artist Lucinda Wm's She's Awsome
Dang it

5-0 out of 5 stars I Love This Album
I have to admit, first, that I am already a big fan of Lucinda's work. I saw her in concert in November and she puts on a great show. This album is different than her others. It's folk music in it's most simple form.

You can close your eyes and feel like you're listening to this on the porch of some old mansion in West Virginia circa 1919. If you are interested in historical music this is the CD for you.

It's timeless and so sweet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Southern comfort
"Purist stuff" is what Lucinda Williams called the material she used for this marvelous blusey folksy recording, made in 1978. There's an exquisite simplicity to the music, and superb musicianship; the only intruments are Ms. Williams on a 12-string guitar, and John Grimaudo on a 6-string. Though her voice might not be "perfect", it is remarkably expressive, with a unique and slightly nasal tone, and an elastic range. I find her sound much more satisfying then a lot of what I hear that is currently popular.

The songs are a delight, from the familiar, like the traditional "Motherless Children", to the rarer gems like Memphis Minnie's "Me and My Chauffeur".
Ms. Williams did the terrific cover photo, the remastering is excellent, and the total time is 44:20
This is an easy, peaceful CD, like an old time classic that takes you back to less complicated times, it is a comfort and a treasure. ... Read more

100. Serendipity
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As peopled by John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, director Peter Chelsom's romantic fable mines a familiar vein: What if a pair of attractive protagonists engaged to others suddenly found themselves madly in love? If the premise is as vintage Hollywood as popcorn and sticky theater floors, its soundtrack is smartly contemporary, a collection of new songs (by Evan & Jaron, Shawn Colvin, Wood, Heather Nova, John Mayer, and Chantal Kreviazuk) and well-selected album cuts (by Annie Lennox, Nick Drake, Bap Kennedy, David Gray) filled out with a loopy slice of vintage Louis Armstrong ("Cool Yule") and jazzy solo piano score excerpt by film composer Alan Silvestri. The tone shifts warmly amid jangly alterna-pop, folk-tinged, and quieter, more jazz/blues flavored cuts. It's tasteful, sensual stuff--and largely devoid of the cloying bathos of similar Hollywood romantic fare. -Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Satisfying
A good soundtrack is crucial to the execution of a well constructed romantic comedy. The best romantic comedies recognize that they are meant to be formulaic, to play upon our need for happy endings, light hearted cinematic dialogue and memorably cliched one-liners. Likewise, a good romantic comedy soundtrack plays a crucial role in manipulating our emotions.

Just like the movie, the Serendipity soundtrack passes the test w/ flying colors. The tracks are selected with careful intentionality, and it shows, both while watching the film and while listening to the album. If you've seen the movie, it is quite possible you will remember many of these tracks. That is because they are all well selected.

Bap Kennedy's "Moonlight Kiss," David Gray's "January Rain," Nick Drake's "Northern Sky," Annie Lennox's "Waiting in Vain," Shawn Colvin's "When You Know" and John Mayer's "83" are all superb. Louis Armstrong's "Cool Yule" is perfect for the obligatory upbeat vocal jazz standard which backs the opening credits of every romantic comedy. Even the album's slightly obnoxious poppish tracks -- Wood's "Never a Day," Evan and Jaron's "The Distance" and Chantal Kreviazuk's "This Year" -- are not all that offensive, and all three have grown on me.

Only a few fairly minor complaints: Why do soundtracks include titles not heard in the movie? Is this because the albums are produced before the film is edited? In the case of Heather Nova's "Like Lover's Do," I don't particulaly mind. It's a very likable song from an artist I enjoy, and is in keeping w/ the tone of the soundtrack. Brian Whitman's version of (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me, however, is completely unneccesary. Perhaps the album's weakest track, it adds absolutely nothing to an already over-covered song. If it appeared in the movie, it might be another story -- but it doesn't, and could stand to be cut from the soundtrack as well.

Also -- why is it that soundtrack songs are always placed in a different order than they appear in the film? I suppose I can understand that a purchasable album requires cohesiveness, and this often makes it neccesary to reorder the tracks. However, when I purchase a soundtrack, I do so to relive the movie -- a difficult task when the songs are out of order. And after all, the world does revolve around me and my desires -- doesn't it?

In any case, this is a strong soundtrack. I am happy to have purchased it, and even happier to have discovered some new (and well respected) artists in the process. (Nick Drake currently sits happily waiting on my wish list, and I recently burned a friend's copy of David Gray's White Ladder.)

There is a definite qualitative difference between this album and other soundtracks of its kind, and I eagerly reccomend skeptics explore it. Perhaps it will become a "happy accident."

5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic soundtrack (especially for hopeless romantics)
I have recently purchased the movie and it quickly became one of my favorite movies of all time. I watched the movie countless times and with each viewing I asked myself what things made this movie so memorable. It quickly became apparent that the music was clearly a factor. John Cusack and the beautiful Kate Beckinsale had fantastic on screen chemistry but I realized that the music was the glue that bound them together. It enhanced each scene and really stirred my emotions. The movie had placed the tracks masterfully at key moments to help drive the mood and atmosphere. I rarely buy CDs where I like almost every song. The Serendipity soundtrack exceeded my expectations.

The only thing that puzzles me is the inclusion of tracks that are not used in the movie. It's one thing if it was in the raw cut and was eventually removed on the cutting floor. That's really a minor gripe.

The recording of the tracks are perfect in my opinion. They are clear and at the right volume levels. Older soundtracks from other movies are sometimes recorded too low.

This is highly recommended whether or not you have seen the movie. I think that the soundtrack would inspire one to see the movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars My all time favourite movie and soundtrack
Loved the movie and he sound track. Only 2 songs I also wished they included. 1 was the one where Jon is reading his obituary and the other is the song that Lars plays.

Still a great CD and I highly recommend it :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Recommended, great songs

3-0 out of 5 stars about "From Rusholme, With Love"
If you enjoyed listening to the Eastern music that Lars was playing, you'll like From Rusholme, With Love by Mint Royale.... but you ALSO may love Pistolero by Juno Reactor on the Once Upon a Time in Mexico Soundtrack because it's virtually the same song with a Mexican twist. ... Read more

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