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101. Last Night I Had the Strangest
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102. Bob Dylan Live 1975 (The Bootleg
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101. Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awesome
I was turned on to Mason Proffit back in the early 70's by a friend who worked at a radio station. He would spin the new releases he picked up for me. This is by far their best work but I've liked anything they have done. This one's very political and very socially orientated.

When this one came out in 1971 I was a junior in high school and was totally taken back by their soul searching lyrics about the war, racial injustice and plight of the american indian on later albums. If you like folk-rock with a country flavor you can probably get into them. This is music that will travel thru time with feelings that touch the mind and heart...

5-0 out of 5 stars The Last of Mason Proffit
With this cd the whole collection is out. It has been a long time in coming, and I really wish the group had stuck together and put out some more material as Mason Proffit. This album in particular had some powerful lyrics and since war never seems to cease this album will last forever.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
I have to admit that I have been a fan of Mason Proffit for a very long time (since the 70's) when they were performing in the northern Illinois area. Their music is phenomenal - very well written and performed. This particular CD is especially enjoyable, but it's difficult for me to determine which album I enjoy the most, because I find them all to be a great source of entertainment! I have their 'vinyl' albums from the 70's and have been collecting the CD's in order to continue to enjoy them in my car and at work.

Their music, to me, is very unique, and I would describe it as 'Country Rock', and based on the timing (70's) - a bit 'edgy' if you really listen to some of the words (example: Two Hangmen, which might be the most familiar song to many people).

I would recommend their music to anyone who enjoys country rock, melodic music, some great banjo pieces, and just all around 'fun' music! ... Read more


102. Bob Dylan Live 1975 (The Bootleg Series Volume 5)
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One of the many oddities of Bob Dylan's long and unruly career has been the rather cursory recording treatment given his stint as ringleader of the Rolling Thunder Revue. It's a shortcoming that's rectified with the release of Live 1975. Prior to the appearance of this two-disc collection, Rolling Thunder's eclectic road show was chronicled only in the infrequently screened, Dylan-directed Renaldo & Clara film and the bafflingly brief and one-note 1976 live set, Hard Rain. In contrast to its predecessor, this set, culled from four appearances made in November and December of '75, captures the breadth and subtleties of Dylan's Rolling Thunder performances. "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You," formerly a coda from Nashville Skyline, is given a rather incongruous bite here, while "It Ain't Me, Babe" is colored brightly by multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield along with erstwhile David Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson, the sparkplug of the gratifyingly ragtag group that coalesced on short notice. Solo acoustic performances weave through caterwauling full-band treatments of songs old ("The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll) and new ("Hurricane" and four other selections from Desire, which wouldn't hit the racks until early '76). While the contributions of a number of caravan cohorts and guests are left out, Joan Baez shares the spotlight with Dylan on four numbers, most notably on the rarity "Mama, You Been on My Mind" and the traditional "The Water Is Wide." But despite its cavalcade trappings, it was Dylan's show, and this collection demonstrates finally just how close to his '60s peak the '70s Dylan was. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars a worthy addition to the catalog
The Rolling Thunder Revue performances were a mixed bag but the compiler put together a representative sample with this collection. The solo performances beginning disk 2 are a highlight. The Baez duets are also very fine. As usual with Dylan's radical arrangements some things work better than others. 'Just Like a Woman' is performed in an one of its worst arrangements ever. 'It Takes a Lot to Laugh' is jaunty and lacks any of the original blues/country feel. 'Hard Rain' follows the same jaunty beat, which detracts from the lyrics to my ears.

Most of the Desire songs were performed prior to the release of that album and are carefully played on this set. 'Sara' follows the studio arrangement but is warmer sung live and sounds lovely. 'Isis' is less bombastic than the Biograph version (some will miss the bombast but not me). 'Simple Twist of Fate' gets a drastic rewrite, though not as successful a rewrite as Dylan's 1984 'Tangled up in Blue'.

The instrumental stars are pedal steel player David Mansfield and fiddler Scarlet Rivera, although Dylan plays some of the best solos on the harmonica. I believe this one was released for the fans, who will buy it, and for posterity. Great idea! Keep them coming, Sony.

5-0 out of 5 stars Glad it's out officially for everyone to hear
Had Dylan taken the Rolling Thunder Revue through the midwest instead I would have been lucky enough to hear this music live as a college kid. Instead I heard "Mama, You Been on My Mind," "The Water is Wide," and the intense live versions of "Romance in Durango" and "Isis" on a vinyl bootleg a friend turned me on to the following spring. That was just the beginning. A few months later I picked up another bootleg which contained for me the definitive versions of "It Ain't Me Babe," "Just Like a Woman," and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Providence, R.I.) CDs brought along CD bootlegs and later I got a great two-CD set from the Boston Music Hall (from which several songs for this new official release are drawn). For years I've made tapes of this sweetly magical gypsy-circus rock and roll music for friends, and am glad now everyone can hear it so easily (and in such powerfully clear sound). In response to the reviewer critizing bootleggers for muddy sonics, I'd just say, at least they didn't wait 27 years to put it out! If you like this record, I'd encourge folks to seek out songs left off: "When I Paint My Masterpiece," "Never Let Me Go," "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine," "Dark as a Dungeon," and "This Land is Your Land," among others. Still, the sound here is revelatory - three-dimensional at times, especially Scarlet's violin on "Durango." Other highlights include "Mr. Tambourine Man," maybe Dylan's best version ever of this song, (and muffled on my bootleg) "Love Minus Zero/No Limit," one of Dylan's most tender ballads, rendered beautifully here, and "One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)," reminding us what superb album Desire was (strange how these songs have vanished from Dylan's current repertoire). To CBS: how about something from 1997-2002 next? The current piano/covers tour is fantastic. Will we have to wait until 2029 for that one? (Bootlegs available now.) Or how about a complete issue of the basement tapes (most of the songs still unofficially released after 35 years). Thanks, though, for this one. It'll be in my player for a long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm so glad I got this CD
I would say that these are his best recorded live performances, period. Better even than the 66' tour with the Hawks. Its clear that by 1975, Dylan's legacy had only grown--these aren't just 60s songs but songs for any age. He is the greatest American songwriter. I'll say it again: He is the greatest American songwriter! Its hard to not get emotional when listening to these.

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 stars is not enough
This is the best Bob Dylan CD there is. If you like the Blood on the Tracks & Desire era of Dylan then this is the album for you. It is perfect. The band is very strong and tight while sounding relaxed and focused at the same time and Dylan is in top form. If you're one of those people who like the songs but don't care for the singing, this one just might change your mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
It's Bob! Get it! You can't go wrong unless you don't. ... Read more


103. Spirit
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It's time for an update of our image of Jewel, the ingenue who set the music world on fire with her 1995 debut album, Pieces of You. After all, that effort consisted primarily of songs Jewel had written several years before, some of them dating back to her days as a free- spirited waif living in a van on the beach in San Diego. Now, at 25, she's become a sort of guru for self-expression and full disclosure, revealing perhaps too much of herself in see-through dresses worn to awards shows and a critically drubbed (yet bestselling) book of poetry. Spirit makes plain why Jewel's well-intentioned yet sometimes facile lyrics strike a chord with her audience while her poetry lies flat on the page. On songs like "Deep Water," "Hands," and "Down So Long," her words are borne aloft by sparkling melodies and her soaring voice, making even the most cynical observer take a schoolgirl-notebook image such as "your heart like grape gum on the ground" or an unreassuring platitude like "If I could tell the world just one thing / It would be that we're all OK" somewhat in stride. On Pieces of You, Jewel posed the musical question "Who will save your soul?" On Spirit, it sounds like she wants to do it herself. And the truth is, if you don't overanalyze it, the album does act as a sort of balm for wounded psyches or maybe a primer for raising your own inner child. Maybe she's right and we are all OK. Who knew? --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very good sequel, but does it measure up to the original?
I just bought "Spirit" at K-Mart on August 1, 1999. I have Jewel's first CD, "Pieces of You," and I absolutely adore it. I bought this CD hoping to expect better than "Pieces of You." This album contains wonderful lyrics, melodies, and Jewel's voice is just as crystalline and heavenly as on her first effort. My favorite tracks are: "What's Simple Is True," "Hands," "Down So Long," "Innocence Maintained," "Jupiter," "Fat Boy," and "Do You." All of the tracks are good, but for me, these are the major "stick outs," so to speak. I think the main problem is that "Spirit" is too polished. The production shines, and the rough edges of the mostly-live cut "Pieces of You," are smoothed over, but there's less substance here. Jewel tries very hard, and emotion shines in her voice, but some songs just don't click. If you listen to the CD all the way through, relaxed, so you can hear it, tracks 1-8 will really grab you. Those are the most truly felt, in my opinion. After this point, the album begins to sag, with two more good songs, "Life Uncommon," and "Do You." However, this is still a great CD, and well worth your money. It's just not quite as good. Even Jewel can't top the amazing charm, sensibilty, yet seriousness of her debut, so it's hard to live up to. But, I think she's doing a damn good job trying. I love you, Jewel! Matt

5-0 out of 5 stars After so many listens, the same beautiful feelings
I write this review because after so many listens, this album still brings in me so many beautiful things. It doesn't grow old, it always make me cry, it brings chills into my skin and it's still as deep as it was the first time I listened to it. Almost every song brings tears into my eyes, as I listen to the lyrics, I can't help but feel positive that this world will change. Thanks Jewel for bringing so much beauty into the world.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully sung, beautifully written
Rock singer Jewel is definitely showing better writing skills and vocal performances on her second record Spirit. "Hands" rocks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly stands the test of time....
I got this album back in 1998 and I still listen to it!! The songs have such a "certain" feeling that i can't completely describe and its such a beautiful work from a very beautiful and talented artist. The only "gripe" i have with this album is the version of Life Uncommon. I think she should have recorded a more raw and emotional version but hey there are plenty of live recordings of this song that will do. Anyways, I highly recommend Spirit for its poetic and soothing vibe. If you are new to Jewel, I'd recommend starting with THIS WAY. However, this album introduced me to Jewel so I guess this would be an excellent introduction as well!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have CD
There are too many wonderful, insightful lyrics on this album to recount. "Deep Water" is an awesome song. "What's Simple is True" is gorgeous and evokes images of winter. "Hands" is utterly brilliant. "Kiss the Flame" is just amazing; as Jewel says, "let's run with the hunted, the untamed...embrace the faceless, the unnamed." "Down So Long" is a high-energy song and one of the best tracks. "Innocence Maintained" presents an interesting philosophy-something you don't get from most music artists today. "Jupiter" is an incredible song, especially lyric-wise; "Venus Demilo, in her half baked shell, understood the nature of love very well...she said a good love is delicious, you can't get enough too soon, it makes you so crazy you want to swallow the moon..." And the refrain gets better. "Fat Boy" is a gentle, compassionate song that must be appreciated for what it is; an expression of empathy for a fat boy. "Sometimes I feel the same..."

"Enter from the East" is soft and slow and beautiful. "Barcelona" is one of the greatest songs on this CD, with an awesome beat, words, and performance. I also love "Life Uncommon;" Jewel sounds so great singing this. "Do You" is yet another of the memorable, outstanding songs on "Spirit," and last but not least is "Absence of Fear," which is beautifully written and sung, like the lot of Jewel's music.

The bottom line? This moving, entertaining, influential album is a necessity for Jewel fans a strong recommendation for lovers of good music with a 'spirit'ual purpose behind it! ... Read more


104. Our Time in Eden
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The last album the band recorded before lead singer Natalie Merchant departed for a solo career, Our Time in Eden is the actualization of an unassuming college folk-rock band turned adult-contemporary group in the best possible way. Merchant's lullaby voice is more pure and confident than ever before. And although the music is still dominated by chiming rhythm guitar, the band incorporates an emphatic horn section on several tracks (most notably on "Candy Everybody Wants"). The best track is the sentimental swan song "These Are Days," which will evoke a distant smile and maybe even a teary eye, no matter how hard you try not to let it. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars These Are Days
While my peers were listening to heavy metal or top 40 BS, I was entrenched in the world of college or alternative music (when it was really alternative to the garbage that was being churned out at the time). I was a big fan of Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs back in high school and in my early college years. I found Natalie's vocals to be warm and inviting although her public persona was something other than that from my impression. "Our Time in Eden" was my first introduction to the band. The album is filled with lush piano melodies and tender, idealistic lyrics. Songs like "These Are Days" and "Few and Far Between" would be ideal songs for the soundtrack of my life. But what is a 10,000 Maniacs cd without a socio-political track like "Tolerance" which tells the listener to be more tolerant of people who are different and that the world must come together as one. My personal favorite song off "Our Time in Eden" has to be the lush, dreamy ballad "Circle Dream". I get the chills everytime I listen to it. With all the problems in the world, I find "Our Time in Eden" very comforting to listen to. There is nothing cynical or pessimistic in this stunning album which would be Natalie's swan song with the band.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Eden Is Paradise
The final studio CD from Natalie and the Maniacs is a fine collection of some of their strongest efforts. After "In My Tribe," this is the next most essential release from this tremendously talented band. The growth in their music and the growth lyrically are clearly evident. The piano driven beauty of "Noah's Dove" shows of Ms. Merchant's plaintive voice beautifully; the lyrics are soul stirring. "These Are Days"--an almost hit--may be the most uplifting song that 10,000 Maniacs ever recorded. It is catchy, easy to identify with. "Jezebel" will appeal to anyone who has ever felt claustrophobic in a relationship. "How You've Grown" is a wistful look at how people and things change--a real beauty. "Tolerance" pleads with each of us for a little more of the title, while "Circle Dream" is a dreamy song about the continuity of life, confusing as it may at times be. This is a great album. It is a CD that grows stronger rather than weaker with repeated listenings. Long time 10,000 Maniacs' fans know this CD; those who may be unfamiliar with the band could use this as a fine introduction to a great group. Let yourself get lost in the paradise of the Maniacs' Eden.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lovely, if unastonishing
If there's ever been one flaw in either Natalie Merchant's or 10,000 Maniacs's music, it's been Merchant's commitment to create "irony-free, genuine" music - it's always been a little depthless. In that, there aren't many dimensions to Our Time In Eden - "Tolerance" is about tolerance, "These are Days" are about... how these are days you'll remember. Yet those songs are lovely and effortless, as Merchant's voice was never better, a constant soft and assuring presence throughout the album's set of flawlessly produced songs. And for the most part, that's plenty for a record to offer, especially one as gorgeously listenable as Our Time in Eden. My favorites, the cautionary tale of "Noah's Dove," and "Gold Rush Brides," which takes material from Women's Diaries of Westward Journies and makes it the stuff of accessible pop and not frontier education.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of those Masterpieces
Art and music are subjective and with that in mind, I would say this CD is my David or Mona Lisa. The Thinker or Warhol's Soup Can, tastes range. But, for mine, this is one of those that I would say is a benchmark and worthy of status among the greats.

4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing, unique, creative album of early 90's
10,000 Maniacs were poineers of alternative music along with REM & Pixies and this album Our time in Eden proves it, such a unique and creative sound. Natalie Merchants voice is melodic and soothing to the ear. Noahs Dove, Few and Far Between, and These are Days stand out tracks. But every song is good. This band was original and alternative before it was hip one of my fave bands and albums of early 90's and still today. This album is an essential to those who like true indie college alt. rock. Noahs Dove I play over & over again. These are days 1 of catchiest songs of all time. This is one of those albums you can never really get sick of. It stands the test of time today. PIck up this truly original album. ... Read more


105. Burn to Shine
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Harper's soulful musical mix continues to defy genre categorization and his growth as an artist continues to amaze. Burn to Shine is his most ambitious work to date, tapping a multitude of styles and moods and revolving as usual around his incredibly expressive vocals and searing guitar work. --Marc Greilsamer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars ben will be legendary as dylan, lennon, marley and hendrix
ben is one of the most talented artists on the planet. he sings out against injustices and well as his beliefs and own life. lyrics so incredible and well thought out anyone with an intellegence should relate. not only does he speak his peace which is hard enough to find these days with music in such a bad place but he is a godly musician with influences from mississppi john hurt to taj mahal to hendrix to marley. only the best of role models.

with his own unique musical style, he's going down in history for his use of lap slide guitar, for those fellow guitar players out there harper will intrigue you. from playing his weissenborns with all the soul and feeling in the world to an incredible ability to rock on crunch slide guitars he designed, a les paul crossed with a weissenborn.

this review is more of a review of ben in general rather than spacifically this album but all of his album are incredible. it's so good to see ben start to get the attension he deserves after being a loyal fan for a while. burn to shine is the latest of his 5 main releases, 4 of which are on cd. burn to shine has all of ben's old slide and heart felt tunes like two hand of a prayer and in the lords arms beloved one to some new songs that just plain rock like forgiven, burn to shine and less. also some more experimental songs away from his usual style like suzie blue, steal my kisses(i'm sure you've heard). anyway, i garantee you will love this album and if you don't... well... i won't do anything but i will be surprised. i strongly advise you get his other's too if you haven't already

5-0 out of 5 stars Crows/Kravitz Fans - Don't Pass This Up
The fact that Ben Harper remains largely unknown while lesser talents like Lenny Kravitz, Counting Crows and Live are so successful is one of those minor crimes against creativity and true musical expression. Don't get me wrong, I like those other guys, but Harper easily outshines them all. His songwriting chops are strong: "Two Hands of a Prayer," "Burn to Shine," "Suzie Blue" and "Less" all prove this. Production is impeccable, with each song delivering a unique sound to mirror it's emotional intensity - the delicate strings in "Beloved One," the chants and gongs subtly layering "Two Hands," the old-time fun of "Suzie," the raucous "Alone" and the triumphant "Forgiven."

Hopefully, in an alternative universe, Ben Harper is a major rock god while Kravitz, Duritz, Dave Matthews et al are relegated to being considered barely fair imitations. Just because you're not hearing this guy's music on car and shoe commercials means that in this world, it's hard to hear him on the radio. Do yourself a favor and take a listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gentleman looking for gentlewoman.
Why Ben Harper isn't more famous I'll never know. Maybe it's because the music industry doesn't know how to classify him. Forget the classifications. Ben Harper is one of the best musicians alive. The military drum, combined with his voice is amazing on "alone". The "woman is me" explodes at just the right time. I don't really like "less", but that's just my opinion, it doesn't mean it doesn't have any musical worth.
Some of the lyrics on "Two Hands" are just without peer. "Suzie Blue" is perfect if only for the lead in to "Steal my kisses". Some Ben Harper Loyalist don't like steal my kisses because it sounds "studioized". I admit there's a lot going on in the song musically, but that's why I like it. You can't hold his genius back. It can shine in a roots or a heavily studio produced song. The background singers, just being slightly behind the lead vocals on steal my kisses is awesome. My favorite song is "Show me a little Shame". Get this album, you won't regret it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Doesn`t Shine All That Much
A decent, yet unconvincing, rock/soul/folk/blues album, "Burn to Shine" manages to deliver some good songs here and there (the crestfallen "Alone", the energic "Less" or the intense "Please Bleed"), but fails to rise above middle-of-the road territory. Basically an hit-and-miss effort, the record really runs out of steam on its last part, presenting some boring, tedious and unappealing ballads.
Ben Harper is an alright singer and performer, still this release isn`t one of his best moments (neither is it the worst, since his debut album was one of the more dull things I`ve heard).

Competent yet not very challenging.

5-0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than "Fight For Your Mind"
I loved this album the first time I heard it.... not too many artists can match the versatility on this album. Definitely better than "Fight For Your Mind" (I'd rate that at 4.5/5.0), which doesn't have the likes of the rocking, riff-filled "Less". "Alone", "Woman in You", "Two Hands of a Prayer" (really expressive vocals on this number), "Show Me a Little Shame", "Please Bleed" are the outstanding numbers (not in that order), but all the rest are also great.
Such a refreshing change from the mainstream crap. Ben Harper defines the meaning of the "Alternative" genre. ... Read more


106. Joan Armatrading - Greatest Hits
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4-0 out of 5 stars More definitive than other Joan compilations
While this compilation covers more of her songs than "Track Record", it still isn't complete. Either way you look at it, you really need to buy all her early albums to fully appreciate the magic of Joan Armatrading.

This compilation is ideal though for those just discovering her because it features early gems such as "Whatever's for Us" and "Love & Affection".

Joan was recently voted in the top 200 influential women of rock of all time. Well deserved.

Joan is underrated in many countries, and almost forgotten by radio now. It's sad that so many only know her for the success of "Drop the Pilot" in 1983. That song is not really representative of her magic.

5-0 out of 5 stars With Much Love & Affection
The first time I heard "Love & Affection", I was a snotty-nosed 16 year old who thought Genesis and E.L.P. were the cat's meow. When I heard her rich, deep, soulful voice sing about the price of love and the cost of friendship, when I heard the gorgeous ear-candy pop arrangements that underscored such a beautiful voice, I knew then and there that heaven would sound exactly like Joan Armatrading. I rushed out to buy JOAN ARMATRADING, a wonderful album released at a time when her label (A&M) boasted incredible pop smarts and a great promotions team (especially in Canada); their hard work meant pop radio stations sometimes took chances and played music just like hers thereby impressing a younger generation (like mine). Her voice has been a constant companion since then. From the jazzy inflections of "Show Some Emotion" to the new-wave electro-pop of "I'm Lucky", the edgy eighties soft-rock of "Drop The Pilot" to romantic ballads like "Willow", Joan's music has always been there to pick me up when I'm down. A&M's remastered hits anthology is a breath-taking collection of all her best moments (fans should try to find a double CD anthology released by A&M U.K. in the mid-nineties that was even better!). It's to her credit that this stuff still retains all its passion, power and soul.

5-0 out of 5 stars Joan Armatrading-Greatest Hits
oh my...brings back many memories from the 80's in Colorado. wonderful, soulful and angelic. rock on joan

5-0 out of 5 stars overwhelming
a friend recommended "joan" -I'd never heard of her! now I am possibly her biggest fan- the range of her voice/music- is incredible-she goes everywhere and does a magnificent job in all areas! Am sending this cd to my daughter-i'ts too good not to be shared!

5-0 out of 5 stars "I am not in love, but I am open to persuasion..."
...is one of the great opening lines of pop music ("Love and Affection.") Story goes that Armatrading thought she'd be a songwriter. Fat chance. Way too idiosyncratic. Hard to imagine others covering these songs, though there must be a tribute album in the works somewhere.

Standard greatest hits (and near hits). Standard greatest hits package gripe: no documentation. None of the musicians who played on any of these pieces is credited, so if you want to know who played the bass...well, you're out of luck.

About 20 years ago an out of town friend came to visit. Wanted to go see Joan Armatrading. I went along to be hospitable. Expected singer-songwriter wimpiness. Instead, I was treated to a much more energetic show than I had expected. This comes across in the closing "bonus track" of this disk, a previously unreleased live version of "Kissin' and A Huggin'". The inclusion of this track really sets this disk off from the other collections and compilations of Armatrading's music which are currently available. ... Read more


107. Comes a Time
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Often overlooked as it comes between Young's career-defining 1977 three-LP set Decade and the decade-ending Rust Never Sleeps, Comes a Time is a gentle album that includes some of Young's most soft-spoken material. "Lotta Love" became a hit for Nicolette Larson, who adds harmonies throughout the album, and tracks such as "Look Out for My Love" and "Human Highway" are indicative of Young's divergent styles. With four producer credits, six studio listings, an orchestra, and Crazy Horse all on the same album, Comes a Time is an interesting pastiche of all the things that make Young tick. Lacking his usual conceptual thrust, you'll just have to settle for some great songs.--Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars 4 and 1/2 Stars
With 1971's Harvest, Neil Young had the biggest-selling album of the year, as well as his first and only #1 hit single, Heart of Gold. After the release of this album - due to such factors as the death of close friends, messy relationships, and an agoraphobic reaction to his newfound fame - Young released a series of stark, bleak, depressing albums that alienated his newfound fans and drove his record company up the wall (with them refusing even to release one of the offerings.) It was not until 1978's Comes A Time that Young returned to the gentle, soothing spirit of the Harvest album - and thereby returned into the Top 10. Featuring delicate, peaceful, and soothing songs with Young on acoustic guitar (backed by a plenthora of musicians and Nicolette Larson on vocals), the songs on Comes A Time were some of his most accessible in years, while still maintaining a high level of artistry. The lyrics are some of his strongest, focusing on topics from nature and love to divorce downhome philosophy. Tracks such as Human Highway and Field Of Opportunity focus on Young's unique and enigmatic lyrical approach. Although there are no barnstorming rockers on this album, it features some of his most delicate and moving acoustic work. Several songs feature contributions from an orchestra, and some, such as the title track, have more than a hint of country overtones. Almost as good as Harvest, this comes highly reccommended for fans of that album, it being one of Neil Young's most impressive.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Huge Album Albeit A Quiet One
Comes A Time is a seminal work from Neil. It has a collection of songs which shepparded me through my adolescence and continues to guide me today. It may come off upon first listen as a little too overproduced and too country BUT the songs are some of the most compelling of Neil's acoustic life. A song like "Peace of Mind" is staggering. The lyrics are beyond description. The melody tears through your heart and the music is the perfect blend of achingly beautiful guitars and voices. Other stand out songs are,"Look Out For My Love","Already One","Comes A Time","Field of Opportunity","Going Back", in fact there is not one song on this album which doesn't stand out as a classic for me. My first copy of this album I literally wore out from playing it too much. Now that I have the CD I hope it lasts well into this Century. If you love acoustic rock which takes you deep inside the human heart and the human experience do not miss Neil's Comes A Time.

5-0 out of 5 stars time has come today
There are people who would contend that 'Comes a Time' is Neil Young's finest work. While it is truly a beautiful collection of songs, what it lacks is a demonstration of Neil's versatility, something clearly established on works such as 'After the Goldrush' or 'Rust Never Sleeps'. Neil can rock, and Neil can psychedelicize (a word coined by The Chamber's Brothers, doncha' know...), but that's not what 'Comes a Time' is about. 'Comes a Time' is a country/folk album cast from the same mold as his best selling album, 'Harvest', but superior to 'Harvest in two respects:

1) Young is more mature, as a composer, as a musician, and most importantly, as a person. He is for instance, able to bring in the 'Gone With the Wind Orchestra' without allowing his music to be overwhelmed by it, as 'There's a World' and 'A Man Needs a Maid' were on 'Harvest'. There are many subtle nuances in the musicianship that lend depth and texture to many of the compositions, beginning with the very first waves of his pick over his guitar strings on the opening cut, 'Goin' Back'. And lyrics such as "In my new life I'm travelin' light, eyes wide open for the next move, I can't go wrong till I get right, but I'm not falling back in the same groove" from 'Already One' show that Neil had exorcised many of the demons that had tormented him since the death of friend Danny Whitten, and his divorce from actress Carrie Snodgress earlier in the decade.

2) Many of the songs on this album are as fragile and delicate as a pile of pick-up sticks, but Young is able to convey strength and conviction through their gentleness. He's killing us softly with his song. While 'Harvest' will most likely bring you down, 'Comes a Time' will lift you up.

The only criticism I would have of the disc involves two songs: 'Lotta Love' and 'Motorcycle Mama'. The problem with 'Lotta Love' is that it has been so darned overplayed. The late Nicolette Larson, who contributes fine 'countryfied' background vocals to this album, and leads on 'Motorcycle Mama', turned her own version of 'Lotta Love' into a number 8 hit in 1978. It also is included on Neil's 'Live Rust' album and the 'Rust Never Sleeps' film. That's a lotta la la la la la la la la la's to absorb.

'Motorcycle Mama', on the other hand, is more of a gritty blues tune that feels out of place here. Unlike the inclusion of 'Alabama' to beef up the low-key tone of 'Harvest', this album is shimmering enough not to require a wake-up call on track nine. It's a good song, and despite it's 'Harley-ness', does manage to feel 'country-ish'. Nevertheless, Neil should have left Old Black in its case this time.

It's instructive that my criticisms of the album involve good songs. There simply is not one loser in the entire collection, and tunes such as 'Goin' Back', 'Already One', 'Field of Opportunity' and the title track are among Neil's finest. Since you've already demonstrated your interest in Young's work by opening to this page, let me tell you that you can't go wrong in purchasing this disc. It can certainly be the starting point in putting together a Neil Young collection, and I guarantee that if it is your first, it will not be your last. Then again, who hasn't owned a Neil Young album at some time in their life? If you haven't, beware that there comes a time...

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Neil's most consistent releases
I wrote in my review of the recently-released-on-CD _Old Ways_ that I liked it as well as I like _Comes a Time_. A minor correction: I think _Comes a Time_ still has a slight edge.

So that you know where I'm coming from: if I were asked to name Neil Young's very best album ever, I'd dither between _Tonight's the Night_ and _On the Beach_. But by and large, my favorite stuff to listen to over and over is his acoustic material. (Not exclusively, but overall.)

That means my favorite 'repeater' albums are _After the Goldrush_, _Harvest_, the acoustic 'sides' of _Rust Never Sleeps_ and _Hawks and Doves_, _Old Ways_, _Harvest Moon_, _Silver and Gold_, occasional songs from his other albums (e.g. 'Ambulance Blues' from _On the Beach_), and this one. (Oh, and of course _Decade_, which is where you should start if you haven't listened to Neil before.)

On to _Comes a Time_ itself. I've had it since it was first released on vinyl; I liked it then and I like it now.

It's mostly straightforward country-inflected folk. For most of it Neil is accompanied by the 'Gone with the Wind Orchestra' (led by Grant Boatwright, whose last name is consistently misspelled in the liner notes; they also play on the acoustic side of _Rust Never Sleeps_). Crazy Horse sits on on two tracks, though: the haunting 'Look Out for My Love', and 'Lotta Love'. The latter was also a hit for the late Nicolette Larsen, who sings harmony with Neil on nearly every song on this release (but _not_ on 'Lotta Love'; apparently they knew she'd be releasing a version of her own).

I feel almost disloyal to Neil in mentioning that one of my very favorite tracks is the one he didn't write: he and Nicolette do an absolutely stunning version of 'Four Strong Winds', written by Neil's fellow Canadian Ian Tyson (of Ian & Sylvia, whose version of the tune you can find on their album of the same name).

At any rate, the whole thing is gorgeous from start to finish -- even the unexceptional 'Motorcycle Mama', which Nicolette manages to bring to life. And if you read the liner notes carefully, you'll spot one or two interesting guests (notably J.J. Cale).

There weren't any 'hits' from this album, but I think it's one of Neil's most consistent efforts. If you like his acoustic side and you don't already have this one, check it out.

4-0 out of 5 stars More great Neil!
If you love Neil...get this one. It's more on the acoustic side,l but real great songs! ... Read more


108. Blows Against the Empire
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5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best thing by Jefferson Airplane/Starship
This is not really the Jefferson Starship. This is a project from Paul Kantner and Grace Slick, with the help of alot of friends, recorded during a break from the Jefferson Airplane, just after recording the album "Volunteers". Starship, which evolved from the Airplane, didn't really become an established group until four years later.

This album more or less marked the end of the San Francisco psychodelic and political period of rock and roll. After, this the Airplane went more pop, the Dead went country and everyone else just disappeared. In a way, it does lead into the British progressive period.

This a concept album about hippies taking off in their starship and embarking on a voyage of love and peace. It may sound like a silly, dated concept now, but Kantner is such a strong song writer that the words and music still hold up.

The music is fantastic. A big chunk of it is duets between Jerry Garcia and someone on piano. Could it be Grace Slick? I didn't think she was that talented on keyboards. The piano is upfront, slow and deliberate while Garcia's guitar is playing furiously in the background to set up an etherial mood.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sciencie fiction master piece!
A rock and roll classic! Created with the help of members from the Airplane, Moby Grape, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills & Nash and others, this album belongs to a joint effort that also gave us "If I Could Only Remember My Name" (David Crosby), "Ace" (Bobby Weir), "Rolling Thunder" (Mickey Hart), "Garcia" (Jerry Garcia) and "Manhole" (Grace Slick). All of those are masterpieces, and "Blows Against The Empire" is possibly the most ambitious of the lot. Written in a time when people were still going to the Moon, the album tells a science fiction story, with a wonderfully naive concept, about the hijack of the first starship (build in secrecy by the government) by a group of hippies. But, if the cynicism of our days prevents us from "digging" the idea, the music is as strong as ever... from the revolutionary anger of "Mau Mau, Amerikon" till the final explosion of "Hijack" and "Starship"! Only in the recent "Windows of Heaven" Paul Kantner returned to this sort of "free form" cosmic delirium. A must for the sixties/seventies collector and for all the fans of psychedelic rock.

5-0 out of 5 stars Monumental
This album is a monument to the trippy lifestyle of the 60s.
I am sure that many people used this album as a soundtrack to hallucinations.
The group of musicians who recorded this play so well together and make it a cohesive collection of songs.
Definately a recording to be experienced.

5-0 out of 5 stars PERFECT - EXCEPT FOR THE LYRICS CHANGE
AS mentioned before, the lyrics change during two stanzas (sic?) of "Let's Go Together" shook me. After not being able to appreciate one of the finest albums ever made for years, and then playing it after receiving my cd, I was SHOCKED at the change of lyrics during this song.

I spent many weeks memorizing the lyrics to this album in the 70's. The CD does not include the incredible artwork and lyrics the vinyl had, and it saddens me that kids can not feel this music while reading the poetry that went into it. So go up in the attic (as I did) and dig out the original stuff from the vinyl so that your kids can get the message of this classic album. And correct the original lyrics for them when "Let's Go Together" comes on. After that, you have only one thing to do with them, in this current era of freedom robbing government: Wave goodbye to Amerika, and say hello to the garden.

Hopefully, our babes WILL wander naked through the cities of the universe! Thank you, Paul Kantner, for this masterpiece.

5-0 out of 5 stars Blows Against the Empire
This is perhaps one of the best Kantner/Slick projects that I am familiar with. The music is grand and the lyrics are interesting and poignant.

Grace Slick's album art is also a bonus to this album, which I own on vinyl. It is one of my all time favorite albums. ... Read more


109. Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon
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5-0 out of 5 stars Really What Music Should Be
I am a nineteen-year-old with unusual (for my age) tastes in music. Luckily, my tastes are far superior to that of others my age because mine allow me to indulge myself in the wondrous music of James Taylor. Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon is my favorite album of JT's (Greatest Hits Vol. I excluded). With this beautiful album JT might have reached the pinnacle of his still, strong career. The music here is what the music of the singer-songwriters was (and is) all about. This music is what all of today's music should aspire to be. The music truly has meaning. The words to songs like "You've Got a Friend," "Isn't It Nice to Be Home Again," "You Can Close Your Eyes," and "Long Ago and Far Away" are sincere, and they really do strike home for any human. The musicianship is also fabulous. The strongest use of an instrument is certainly JT with his voice. His delivery is always understated, he allows to words themselves to do the speaking, but it remains vibrant, molodious, and beautiful. The depth of this music in all areas is immeasurably superior to any of that being made by more recent artists.

About two months ago, I was fortunate to see JT in concert in San Antonio, and it was so magnificant. I will hopefully one day be able to see him live again. At that concert, he displayed just how well his music has stood the test of time. Hopefully, my generation will wake up to the glories of JT's music, and hopefully, people will experience his early work like Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon.

5-0 out of 5 stars This recording is positively top of the heap !!
It really doesn't matter what your musical preferences are - James Taylor is one of the most tasteful and influential artists of our time. Anyone who has ever listened to one of James' recordings can "feel" his music and in my opinion "Mud Slide Slim" embodies his life's work. This soulful album introduced me (seriously) to his work and I have listened to it literally at least a hundred times. Regardless of your mood - happy or sad - "You Can Close Your Eyes" will speak to you - and from then on as many of us have - you will come to love James Taylor!

3-0 out of 5 stars I Love it, you might not
I love this album, but I admit I'm more of a James Taylor fan than most. If you're used to the greatest hits, than this might not be for you. It's not the stuff you hear on the adult contemporary stations, instead, it's a little more personal, and a lot more emotional. Is it a bad album? Certainly not, is it typical James Taylor? Absolutely. I'm sure most artists would agree that quite often, the "Greatest Hits" aren't always the best an artist has to offer, or even indicative for that matter. They're hand picked snippits thrown together for the masses. That phenomenon is apparent in this case. So I say to you, if you don't like this album, because it's not like the greatest hits; Perhaps you should try "Greatest Hits Volume II" It lives up to the former collections standards

2-0 out of 5 stars Heavily overrated
Before I recently bought a copy of Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, I had owned James Taylor's original greatest hits collection for nearly ten years and liked it very much, but only recently did I think to acquire another album [probably because Greatest Hits satisfied me so well]. I was rather disappointed with Mud Slide Slim.
You know, the problem with the greatest hits collection is that it distills and sanitizes Taylor's oeuvre too well, leaving one with a less-than-accurate portrait of what to expect from one of the regular albums like Mud Slide Slim. The songs are self-centered and occasionally cynical: an example is the first track--"Love Has Brought Me Around." You would expect in this an acknowledgement of, perhaps, how being loved taught him to return love; instead the message is 'don't tell me your troubles; I don't want to hear them,' and 'I don't need you anymore, so I'll be on my way.' The brooder "Long Ago and Far Away" is vaguely interesting, but is so self-absorbed as to lack the melancholy grace of "Sweet Baby James" or "Carolina in My Mind." Another song, the ditty "Machine Gun Kelly," displays a misogynistic attitude that ill suits Taylor but which, oddly, I have noticed in at least one other song of his ("Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"). I did, however, somewhat like the anti-war poem "Soldiers," which reminded me of early Simon and Garfunkel.

I'm willing to try another James Taylor album, but Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon didn't impress me. Sorry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding music
One of my favorite albums of all times. One of the best albums that JT ever made. It's strong. He speaks from the soul. I've listened to it so many times I have it completely memorized. I tend to like his older music much better than his newer tunes. I can't recommend this album strongly enough. Enjoy. ... Read more


110. Ten New Songs
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Where has Leonard Cohen been for the past nine years? The legendary songwriter's mostly been in a Zen monastery, it turns out, obsessively rewriting and polishing the oblique, lapidary lyrics for this austere collection. Ten New Songs is arguably Sharon Robinson's record as much as Cohen's--she cowrote all the songs, plays most of the instruments (primarily a synth that seems to have freshly emerged from a chintzy 1984 power ballad), and accompanies Cohen's gloomy croak with her own crooning. This is the most subdued album Cohen's ever made, which is saying something. It's as if he no longer has time for anything in music or performance that could alter the meaning and force of his words. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Soul Of Leonard Cohen
I suspect if you are reading this review that you like Leonard Cohen and his type of music since he never has had a hit, and when I ask people if they know who he is I get the typical confused look. Since 1968, Cohen has been writing exceptional poetry and setting them to music. "Ten New Song" is his first studio cd since 1992's "The Future". In general, Cohen does not push the musical envelope more than he has on previous albums, but he does offer up what I think is a soulful sound. If Cohen can actually be soulful with his one note singing style. Yet, he pulls of the r&b nicely here with songs like "In My Secret Life", "That Don't Make It Junk", "Alexandra Leaving" and "Boogie Street". All ten songs are very well written, especially if you compare them to, say, Aerosmith's latest. The kind of music Cohen creates isn't for everyone, but what he makes he makes well. A good solid album, "Ten New Songs" should last us another 10 years until his next album!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Bare-boned spirituals from the zen master of minimalism ...
Stripped down to its essentials, this album of "Ten New Songs" shows Leonard Cohen at his most austere and brilliant, with work that shines brightly as poems set to simple melodies, but which do not always succeed as music.

Overall, however, there is little not to like here. Although I loved the background vocals of Perla Batella on Cohen's earlier records, Sharon Robinson does a great job of crooning harmonies with the monotoned artist, and her production of these tunes is nothing short of magnificent. The whole thing has a rich, full, disciplined yet leisurely sound that manages to seem precise and somehow loose at the same time.

Some have criticized the instrumentation and singing on this album, but such carping really is unjustified. After all, no one listens to Bob Dylan or Townes Van Zandt for the quality of their croaking out lyrics or the tunes they play. It is the words that matter, and on "Ten New Songs" Cohen proves that he is easily in their league as a writer. And it is oddly appropriate that these tracks are very different from the almost weird optimism of "Closing Time" and "Democracy" on "The Future" when it was released in 1992. Nine years later and into the 21st century, Cohen appears to be in a more reflective mood. The change is indeed welcome. Especially under the current circumstances, with the nation now at war and in a recession, a bit of thoughtful perspective is not only instructive but a relief as well. As the man says, "May the lights in the land of plenty shine on the truth someday."

For what it's worth, I believe that the best tracks on this record are "Alexandra Leaving," "In My Secret Life," "That Don't Make It Junk," "You Have Loved Enough," and of course the tune quoted above. "Love Itself" is good, too. On the other hand, "A Thousand Kisses Deep" came across as a retread of "Waiting For A Miracle To Come," and "Boogie Street" and "By The Rivers Dark" strained for originality as they tried to capture the alternately buoyant and depressed beat in their creator's apparent heart of darkness.

Those are minor complaints, however. In general, these "Ten New Songs" were worth waiting almost a decade for, and 20 or 30 years from now, when no one can remember Britney Spears or J-Lo, this is the music that people will play as an archive of how they could find contentment and peace even in an autumn of fear. For that reason alone, you should give the new Leonard Cohen album a spin. As long as you do not expect a toe-tapping series of catchy pop tunes, there should be something here that you will enjoy. Yes, maybe it is a little too serious in places, but it also combines a cynical dry, world-weary sense of humor with a soothing tenderness that is all too rare in this strange day and age. Relax, and grok the fullness. ...

1-0 out of 5 stars I could just cry.
After waiting all these years, Leonard finally came down from the mountain to deliver this mouse. Most of the song lyrics are just "Westernized" Zen cliches. You want to know the sound of one hand clapping---listen to this CD and you'll find out. Boring!!!!

The only song that shows his wry sense of humor is "That Don't Make It Junk."

Also, Leonard, spring for a real studio next time with real musicians. Trading hard-drives with Sharon (Oh, Sharon, beautiful Sharon...What Happened???!!!) just didn't pan out.

And please, Leonard, next time pick up the tempo.

4-0 out of 5 stars One more road for Leonard Cohen
I would have rated this record higher but I didn't love all the cuts. Still, comparing this cd to Cohen's others, it's one of his best. OK, why the 4 stars? Well... I actually love Cohen when I like him but when I don't like him I hate him. Leonard Cohen has genius, but he lacks continuity. I've been a Cohen fan since the 60s and I know his music pretty well. Cohen seems to wander around...as a person who is driven by life and circumstances will do. Thats the key to understanding Cohen's short comings, musically speaking. Where Dylan's lyrics are clearly secondary to his music, Cohen seems to be more lyrically focused...at least his literary side overshadows his musical abilities more often than not. I use to think he was maybe the best spokesman for my age. He's really preaching at times. Then other times you can hear his musical abilities come through. Start and stop. Stop and start. Cohen just never had the run Dylan's had, because with Dylan it's about the music always. Still Cohen's out put is overall better than Charles Aznavour, but they share some of the same structual weaknesses. In Aznavour case it's the lack of good material. Two careers, that needed good management. But like I implied, Cohen is a preacher, not a business man. I wonder if Cohen lacked good collaborators? Great musicians who could make it happen? Maybe he wasn't as lucky with friends in the business as others. Whatever it is/was I think Cohen has had very few perfect records. This one is as close as he's come in a while. So..this one may do it for you, at least in places.

5-0 out of 5 stars His best
This album is surprisingly good. If fact, its better than anything Leonard Cohen did in his so called hey-day. Strange but his voice is actulaly more appealing to me now than in the 60s when he sounded like Bob Dylan, only not as good.
The songs are different. Its not folk anymore, its much closer to RnB, but its still great. Very atmospheric and slow. All the songs are good, not one stinker in the whole album. ... Read more


111. Guitar Town (Remastered)(Bonus Track)
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On this 1986 debut, Steve Earle burst on the scene as a fully formed songwriting master, synthesizing effortlessly the finest parts of country-folk troubadours like Townes Van Zandt and the anthemic, working-class rock of Bruce Springsteen. "Someday," a country-rock masterpiece about a kid stuck pumping gas in a dead-end town, remains the perfect realization of this style, and with the exception of the slight and silly "Little Rock 'N' Roller," most everything else here (especially "Hillbilly Highway" and the heartbreaking ballad "My Old Friend the Blues") comes awfully close. The 2002 reissue, overseen by Earle and original producer Tony Brown, offers fresh remastering, new liner notes by Earle, and a bonus live version of Springsteen's "State Trooper." --David Cantwell ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Revisited
Steve Earle is definitely the Hank Williams of our generation-except thankfully he's lived to tell the tale. "Guitar Town" is not his greatest release,but it jump started an awesome talent's career. And compared to the other releases of it's time,it was a masterpiece. "My Old Friend The Blues" still stands out as one of Steve's best songs,as does "Fearless Heart","Someday",and the title track. There really isn't a bad song on this CD,and the bonus live track,Springsteen's "State Trooper" is awesome,and fitting seeing as how Steve has always been compared to the Boss. But Steve Earle shouldn't be compared to anyone-he is a true original and one our best singer-songwriters around today. "Guitar Town" is a good start for anyone who has never heard Steve Earle,but don't stop there. Steve Earle's catalouge is vast and very much worth listening to.

4-0 out of 5 stars Early indication of Earle's talents
This essential Steve Earle album has the gems "Guitar Town," "Hillbilly Highway," "My Old Friend the Blues,"--well, heck, they're pretty much all gems. "Guitar Town" concisely sketches the life of a traveling musician in today's terms. "Hillbilly Highway" is defiantly proud of its country roots. Even the quasi-lullaby, "Little Rock and Roller," has an edge and benefits from Earle's signature gruff, sandpapery voice. All-around excellent stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smart, Touching and Heroic music
Aside from the early classic period(Hank, Patsy, etc.), I had never been a country music fan. Driving through the night, I would sometimes listen to country stations and chortle at the cliches, the staged sentimentality and the totally phony "patriotism". Beyond horrible!!!! By chance, I got this on vinyl years ago and I loved it. I recently bought the CD and I am stunned; It is even better than I remember. Unlike most amazon reviews, the majority here are very well written, knowledgable, and perceptive. I am actually pleased to say that there is little that I can add. As I loaned this to someone last week, I said "after this you will never say a nasty word about country music again". I got a call last night asking for all of my other Steve Earle CD's. Wonderful,Wonderful,Wonderful. PS Though I agree that "Rock and Roller" is the weak link here, the pedal solo is as good as it gets.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Other Springsteen
Steve Earle was the other Springsteen in the 1980's - honest, blue-collar rock, written from personal experience. A must-have in any collection.

3-0 out of 5 stars A few good songs
At the risk of being flamed, I really can't say that this is a 5 star recording. The title track, "Guitar Town," has a lot of verve and crunch to it, and is eminently likeable. Much of the rest is musically interesting and diverse (definitely a "plus"); however, the lyrics are pretty sophomoric and, at times, really lame (e.g., "Hillbilly Highway" and "Down The Road").

This is not to say it's bad (in which case, I would have rated it much lower). It's just that it's not "great." The songs are certainly personal, and sung with emotion and power, but I'd much rather spend an evening with Bob Dylan or John Prine. ... Read more


112. Beginning of Survival
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113. October Road
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There's a comfortable sense of the familiar to James Taylor's firstcollection of new songs since 1997's Grammy winnerHourglass; such is thecurse of being a decades-spanning cultural icon. But, as on his best work,there's also an almost stealthy sense of musical restlessness that seeps intoTaylor's songs here, as he colors some with deft jazz and internationalinfluences. The reunion with producer Russ Titelman (they last collaborated on1976's In the Pocket)seems to have gratifyingly inspired as much gentle reassessment as retrenchment.Longtime Titelman compatriotRy Cooder guests on thetitle track, a song whose autumnal comforts fit the Taylor canon and other albumtracks like "September Grass," "Baby Buffalo," "My Traveling Star," and "On theFourth of July" (the story of Taylor's romantic meeting with current wife Kim)like an old slipper. However, "Belfast to Boston" cries for peace in Ireland andelsewhere with some surprising Gaelic flourishes, while "Whenever You're Ready"throws some Brazilian rhythms and jazzy horns into the mix, andDave Grusin's slickorchestral arrangement turns "Mean Old Man" into an elegant cabaret surprise. Alittle more of this musical adventure amidst the familiar romantic ballads andpaeans to the comfort of home and family--including a gorgeously spare cover of"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"--certainly wouldn't hurt. --JerryMcCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Nostalgic Trip Down "October Road"
What makes this album one of his greatest since his "J.T." album is the colaborative effort between James and his Producer Russ Titelman. Russ, you'll remember, also was Co-Producer with Lenny Warronker on his best two albums "Gorilla" and "In The Pocket" in the mid 70's and hasn't sat in the Producer's chair since those days. We're glad he's back. Mainly because he's brought James' guitar back into the fore front of his songs and has also convinced him to sing backup harmonies on the majority of his songs - very reminiscent of his earlier albums (especially "Gorilla" and "In The Pocket").

Three classics right off the bat are "September Grass," "October Road," and "Traveling Song." All are solid melodies, with generous use of harmonies that weave in and out of James' sweet lead vocal and his backup band. Daughter Sally sounds great with James on "Traveling Song" which is one of my favorite tunes on the album. James' guitar arrangement of "September Grass" is vintage James Taylor work. It feels like a continuation of those classic albums. Dave Grusin (who wrote and played all the music from the movie "On Golden Pond") was brought in to create all the orchestral and string arrangements throughout the album. Dave does such an amazing job complementing James' songs its a wonder that he had never been tapped before this project to be a part of James' studio world.

"Mean Old Man" sounds like an old 40's standard and is a great message about change and that even the meanest old "cuss" can morph into a loveable "puppy dog." It seems to do a nice job preparing us for the great rendition he does to close the album with "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas."

All in all, the "October Road" experience is a refreshing return to a familiar equation that worked so well in his early recording days - James's voice, his guitar and a few really talented family members and friends musically in the pocket on simple songs that comment on James' interesting life.

Definitely a must have!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Walking Down October Road
The new James Taylor CD, October Road, is bound to be a classic. Songs like "Whenever You're Ready" and "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas" are bound to get a lot of air-play on the radio, but long-time fans will go for the more subtle stuff, like "4th of July" or "Carry Me On My Way". But the quirkier personal songs, like "Baby Buffalo" and "My Traveling Star" are the ones stuck in my head. If you're a die-hard JT fan, you'll love every note. If you vaguely remember "Fire & Rain", you'll still find this to be an amazing work. Lots of variety, intelligent lyrics and, as always, beautiful music. Good job, JT.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Great Victory for James T
This has got to be my favorite of all JT recordings I own.
James sings about war, love and homelessness, and even about the beauty of the Christmas season. His rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Christmas" is awe inspiring.

GREAT JOB JAMES!!

5-0 out of 5 stars James Taylor Is Back And Better Than Ever!!
Over 35 years have passed since I first heard the warm, vibrant, smooth sound of James Taylor's voice and acoustic guitar. This artist just keeps getting better. Like a fine wine he mellows with age. After a five year hiatus from recording, Taylor is back with this extraordinary CD, "October Road." After listening to this fantastic album I can assure you it has been well worth the wait.

The album's first cut, the wonderfully romantic "On The 4th Of July," tells the story of how he and his new wife met and fell in love during that Independence Day a few summers ago: "And the smell of the smoke/And the lay of the land/And the feeling of finding one's heart in one's hand/And the tiny tin voice/Of the radio band/Singing "Love must stand"/Love forever and ever must stand." "September Grass" is another great song, about love and the changing seasons, and is one of my favorite cuts. Not all the selections are love songs, however. "Belfast To Boston" addresses the age-old strife in Ireland - a haunting prayer for peace and forgiveness. "Whenever You're Ready" is upbeat jazzy with a Brazilian touch, terrific background horns and the sound of Taylor whistling at the song's close. "Raised Up Family" showcases Taylor's love for vintage soul and "Caroline I See You" is a deeply moving ballad. Taylor's daughter Sally sings background vocals on "Traveling Star" and "Baby Buffalo." "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," a melancholy, unusual arrangement with Larry Goldings on piano, John Pizzarelli on guitar, and Harry Allen on tenor sax, was recorded right after 9/11 and it is the most beautiful version I have ever heard.

James Taylor is one of my favorite musicians of all time. If you like/love/enjoy his music, you will find this CD well worth the price. It's GREAT!
JANA

5-0 out of 5 stars October Road is an Outstanding CD
This CD is the most outstanding of all JT's CD's yet! I have been a huge fan of James Taylor since the early 1970's. I have many old records, tapes and CD's of his and have seen his work evolve and heard his voice mellow and mature. This CD has been beautifully organized so that one song flows to the next. I seem to grab it to play at work or home whenever I feel stressed or need to feel "centered". It's wonderful. No words can really do it justice. Thanks James and keep up the great work! ... Read more


114. Buffalo Springfield Again
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Here's where Stephen Stills and Neil Young's on-and-off partnership fell apart for the first time. The liner notes to BS's debut album had announced, "Steve is the leader, but we all are" and described Neil Young as "hot and cold," which in retrospect seems like a warning. Young appears to have at least one foot out the door already, the ambitious "Broken Arrow" and "Expecting to Fly" clearly pointing toward a solo career. And for all the timeless excellence of Young's "Mr. Soul," it's Stills's "Bluebird" that defines Buffalo Springfield Again, much as his "For What It's Worth" defined its predecessor. In one song, the group demonstrates astonishing versatility (from rock to folk to bluegrass), without the saccharine touches that mar Stills's post-Springfield work. But for all their considerable recorded achievements, Buffalo Springfield always felt like a band that never reached its potential. --David Wolf ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Like The Steamroller They Named Themselves After............
I bought this on 8-track in high school as an outgrowth of my fascination with the music of Neil Young. However this is the one instance in their long fractured partnership when Stephen Stills stood as an equal to him. Here he is at the peak of his songwriting ability and considering the the three songs that Neil added to this album (Mr. Soul, Expecting To Fly and Broken Arrow) that is saying alot. The two Richie Furay songs are nice additions in the George Harrson filler vein (think of A Child's Claim To Fame as If I Needed Someone and Sad Memory as Think For Yourself). Dewey Martin's hayseed funkiness actually carries Good Time Boy. Of Steve's songs Bluebird contains some amazing acoustic guitar and the harmonies on Rock & Roll Woman are supurb. Upside Down is a truly great group effort and Everydays sounds the closest to the things he would do later with CSN and sometimes Y. This cd really deserves a remaster and they could include the long "freakout" version of Bluebird. A very elusive track to find. One last note; in my review of Moby Grape's first album I compared them to Springfield. It has just occured to me, Springfield had Mr. Soul and the Grape did Mr. Blues hmmmm.

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE FINEST FOLK ROCK ALBUMS EVER!
Despite the fact that Buffalo Springfield was around for no more than a year and a half or so, their impact on American music has been immense. This was the group's second album and by this time their was already dissension in the band. Despite the arguments Buffalo Springfield still functions and sounds like a band. Buffalo Springfield Again is easily the band's best album.

The two dominant musical forces here are Stephen Stills and Neil Young. Most of their songs take up the record leaving only 2 leftover spots for Richie Furay. Furay makes his songwriting debut here. Both of his songs are excellent in my opinion. A CHILD'S CLAIM TO FAME is a catchy country rock classic and SAD MEMORY maybe the ultimate love ballad of the Summer of love (1967). However Furay's tunes although awesome on their own are overshadowed by the musical brilliance of Stills and Young here.

Young's rocker MR.SOUL opens the album with a bang. EXPECTING TO FLY is a spacey love ballad of wonderful beauty. BROKEN ARROW is a very unique tune that discusses the life of the band is some ways. Neil Young's compositions here are some of his finest yet they seem to scream out the fact that a split between Young and the band was emminent and sadly it was.

As for Stills the majority of songs on this album are his own compositions. His classic rocker BLUEBIRD is the album's highlight hit but other energetic rockers like HUNG UPSIDE DOWN (with Furay on lead vocals) and ROCK 'N ROLL WOMAN are almost as good and both tunes definetly had the potential to be big hits. GOOD TIME BOY is easily the weakest song on this album however it's still a great tune and I was quite impressed with drummer Dewey Martin's lead vocal. EVERYDAYS is Stills' most bizarre tune on this album. The tune is very jazzy and has a touch of acid rock to it.

In conclusion Buffalo Springfield is actually one of my personal faves. It truly made Stills and Young stellar songwriters and also proved that Furay had quite a bit of talent also. Sure it may not have FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH but every song here is a classic and this album is one of the defining musical moments of the 1960's. Highly recommended!

4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Their finest album
Buffalo Springfield Again (1967.) Buffalo Springfield's first album.

With Buffalo Springfield's 1966 debut, they didn't really perform anything revolutionary with their country/folk rock hybrid sound, and thus, went unrecognized by the casual rock and roll fan of the day. This was a shame, because the band's fusion of the styles proved to be one of the finest of its time. The band featured Stephen Stills and Neil Young, two future rock legends - and this is where their mainstream musical exposure began. The band followed up 1966's debut with their sophomore album the following year. Read on for my review of Buffalo Springfield Again.

Many rock and roll artists fall victim to the sophomore jinx, a condition in which an artist's second album fails to top their debut. Fortunately, Buffalo Springfield does not fall victim to this musical curse. In fact, their sophomore album is the finest release of their three-album career! Everything the first album did, this one does better (but that's not the say the first album was a bad album, because it wasn't.) Diversity was one of the greatest strengths of the band's first album, and once again, it manages to be a strength. From blues rock to bluegrass, from folk rock to mainstream oriented rock, the band covers more musical ground here than they did the first time around. Once again, Stephen Stills manages to be the hero of the day, serving up several fantastic compositions. One of the most interesting compositions he serves up is Everydays, a jazz-oriented rocker that is actually damn good! Neil Young also gets a bit more involved in the songwriting here, serving up his own share of tunes. Young's most popular composition would have to be Mr. Soul, a damn fine classic rocker. It's a shame that so many of these tunes go unrecognized, because every one is excellent in its own way. In the end, this is Buffalo Springfield's finest album overall.

To date (as of June 18, 2004), the only version of this album that is readily available on CD in America is the original issue. I'm really hoping the band decides to remaster this album, because the sound quality really could be better. And hopefully, if and when it's remastered, we get expanded liner notes and bonus tracks - many of the band's little rarities are not available outside their restrictively expensive box set.

Buffalo Springfield Again is an excellent sophomore effort from a band that is unfairly overlooked by so many rock and roll fans. If you only get one release from the band, I would have to recommend the Retrospective hits package, but if you don't like compilations and want to get one of the band's actual albums, this would be one to buy. No album captures the band in its prime the way this one does.

3-0 out of 5 stars putting Buffalo Springfield back together, Again
Assembling a suitable Buffalo Springfield collection is a perplexing task. If you're really down n' dirty into the band, I suppose the 4 disc box set is the way to go. If not quite that dedicated, but an appreciator of all the band members diverse styles, you could go with a comprehensive purchase of the three albums the band released over their approximate two year lifespan. But if you're a cherry-picker like myself, in my particular case looking to collect Stephen Stills early work, and as much of Neil Young's contributions to the band as can tag along, the choices become more difficult.

My own solution has been to purchase the 'Best of Buffalo Springfield - Retrospective' collection, which features two Stills' contributions to the 'BS Again' album, 'Bluebird' and 'Rock and Roll Woman', and four of Stills selections from the BS debut LP. I also purchased the bands swan song, 'Last Time Around' to pick up 5 more Stills numbers, in particular the classic 'Questions'. By acquiring these two discs I'm only missing two important Stills recordings, 'Pay the Price' from the debut LP, and 'Hung Upside Down' from 'BS Again'. In the process, I also acquired all of the pertinent Neil Young recordings with BS. Honestly, it's not worth it to me to wade through the rest of the fodder in order to hear those two songs.

'BS Again' is often heralded as the best of the Buffalo Springfield's 3 albums, but whatever distinction one is making between these releases doesn't amount to much. All three of the bands principle composers, Stills, Young, and Richie Furay, were only beginning to hone their talents, so the catalog is uneven throughout. The fact that none of these albums established the band is instructive, as is the fact that only one of their songs ('For What It's Worth')- which had to be grafted onto their first LP - ever cracked the Top 40. In my opinion, 'Last Time Around' is the best, and the debut LP comes in second.

There are only 4 songs on 'BS Again' that do it for me... 3 of Stills offerings, 'Bluebird', 'Rock and Roll Woman', and 'Hung Upside Down', and the Neil Young steamroller 'Mr. Soul'. The remainder, including Stills' 'Everydays' and Young's experimental endeavors 'Expecting To Fly' and 'Broken Arrow' pale in comparison to both artists later work, and only serve to illustrate why the band floundered.

If you're a Richie Furay fan, it may make sense to collect the three individual albums, as only one of his songs made it onto the 'Retrospective' collection. If you're budgeting your resources however, and not everything the Springfield did was essential to you, some serious tinkerin' is in order.

4-0 out of 5 stars Young, brillante; Stills, excelente; Furay, ok
1967 fue un año en el que aparecieron una avalancha de inspirados discos, tanto en Inglaterra como en EE.UU y Again está a la altura de los grandes. La rockera Mister Soul abre los fuegos, con un Neil Young en plena forma, pero el tema palidece al lado de 2 de sus obras maestras no sólo dentro del grupo, sino en su extensa carrera: Expecting to Fly es para mi uno de los 30 mejores temas de la historia, con su hermosa orquestación, una atmósfera sicodélica sobrecogedora y letras surrealistas, una verdadera obra maestra de casi 4 minutos. Broken Arrow es tambien majestuosa con sus giros melódicos, una suite única de un compositor que con estos 2 temas ya asegura un lugar en la historia.

Stills no brilla como Young (imposible hacerlo) pero entrega inspiradas canciones, sobre todo Hung Upside Down, con ese envolvente sonido de su guitarra y lo mismo ocurre con Everydays, otro punto alto. Furay por su parte, está claramente por debajo, y su Good Time Boy (con ecos de James Brown) es lejos lo más flojo, pero se recupera con la tranquila y melancólica Sad Memory. Buffalo Springfield no sólo es legendario por haber tenido en sus filas a dos figuras como Young y Stills. Again es otra buenísima razón ... Read more


115. Use Your Voice
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With Use Your Voice, Mason Jennings turns in what is easily his finest CD to date, an understated masterpiece of sensitive songwriting, minimalist production, and wonderful folk grooves. The vibe on this disc is heartfelt and intimate, but--as lead track "Crown" reveals--Jennings never succumbs to earnestness or folk-rock cliches. Instead, he captures the essence of vintage, pre-electric Dylan with poetic and timeless ballads about love and loss. Though Jennings is often compared to Jack Johnson, his bluesy songwriting and infectious rhythms on this fine disc are thoroughly unique. As his tunes move from funky ("Empire Builder," "Keepin' It Real") to somber ("Fourteen Pictures," "Ballad of Paul and Sheila"), he sounds soulful, not affected. All told, Use Your Voice is a great disc, and a fine introduction to this ascending talent. --Jason Verlinde ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars woah man
well i'm no music fanatic. don't really listen to any music not mainstream either with the exception of some underground rap. i heard the song butterfly on a ski video and thought it was the coolest song ever. i went here, listened to a few more songs, and went out and bought the cd. i now love this type of music, and recommend everyone to listen to this. i told my friends about it and they loved it. so we listen to it all the time now. made me realize how much music is out there that i've never heard or known about.

5-0 out of 5 stars He can't write a bad song.
I've been telling people about Mason Jennings for two or three years now, and noone is listening to me. This guy is the real deal. His songs are at times humorous while at other times heart wrenching; sometimes political, sometimes sugar coated gum drop ferry land fun times, but all are amazing. This album is no different. From the very first jumping song "Crown" to the last "Ulysses" which has a familiar "Birds Flying Away" sound to it. LISTEN TO HIS MUSIC!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Songs that are emotions
Use your Voice is a colloction of songs that show how Mason has developed so much in his musical style, yet it is an album much closer to his first sounds then his last few efforts.

The ablility to tell personal stories of one person's life, yet do it in a way that everyone that listens can relate it to theirs is a talent that only a handful of people can do. Mason does it bueatifully here.

This is a album that anyone that enjoys laid back, acuastic story telling can enjoy.

If anything about what people say about this album has peaked your interest, even a little bit, then you owe it to your self to give this album a shot.

5-0 out of 5 stars Evokes an endless array of private feelings
I believe Mason Jennings falls into that understated category of singer-songwriters similiar to Elliott Smith, Jason Stricklin or Paul Curerri. Music which covers an emotional palette of colors. This music evokes an endless array of private feelings. It deserves to be heralded along with Ryan Adams and Jack Johnson, but perhaps that understatement adds to the charm and coolness in this overrated, corporate radio world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Entire CD is great
I somewhat like JackJohnson, don't like RyanAdams, but I love Mason Jennings. This CD is phenominal. It picks up and slows down in all the right places. Great CD for a road trip or someother occasion where you can listen to the entire CD, although each song can stand firmly on it's own. ... Read more


116. Tonight's the Night
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By 1975 Young had written some of the most enduring anthems in rock history. But from the slow, tension-building piano opening of "Tonight's the Night," he downshifts into darkness and Crazy Horse's folk-country melodies take on a guttural hum that would eventually speak to generations of punk and grunge musicians. Inspired by the overdose deaths of two of Young's friends, roadie Bruce Berry and guitarist Danny Whitten, the title track (and its closing reprise) is a hypnotic cry of "why?" Even the relative party songs, "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown" and "Roll Another Number," fit the album's bus-to-nowhere resignation. --Steve Knopper ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of Neil's best
I bought this recently and think it's one of Neil's best, right up there with After the Goldrush. It's a must-have album for any Young devotee, but it may not be the best introduction to his music for a new listener. If you're picking up a Young album for the first time, go with Goldrush - it's a little more accessible and less dark. I happen to like this album's brooding, dark quality, however.

Song by song - Tonight's the Night - A classic anti-drug song. Raw and powerful.

Speakin' Out - I didn't like this much the first time, but it's growing on me. World on a String - A good rocker, but not too memorable. Borrowed Tune - great melody, great singing. Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown - one of Neil's all-time best rock songs - Danny Whitten sounds terrific, and the band is really in sync. Mellow my Mind - great feeling, classic melody. Roll Another Number - It's growing on me, but will never be my favorite. Albequerque - very atmospheric and brooding - I like it a lot. New Mama: Where does he find all these incredible melodies? Sounds almost like CSNY. Great feeling. I like the subject matter as well. Lookout Joe - Doesn't do much for me. Tired Eyes - one of his all time best - as my wife just told me - "There's something addictive about this song." Tonight's the Night reprise - not different enough from the first one to justify having it on the album. I wish he had put Winterlong (it eventually appeared on "Decade") here instead. It was originally among the songs he considered having on this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Dark Side Of Neil Young
After the mammoth success of the country-flavored Harvest, Neil Young was riding high. Shortly after that triumph, reality hit him square in the face with the deaths due to drug overdose of his close friends, founding Crazy Horse member Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry. On Tonight's The Night he examines the despair, darkness and overall malaise that one sinks into while under the influence. The title tracks bookend the album and they are open tributes to his two lost friends. "Mellow My Mind", "Roll Another Number", "Albuquerque" and "Tired Eyes" explicitly detail the day to day life of a doper, "Borrowed Tune", "Speakin' Out", "World On A String" & "New Mama" show the fragility of life and "Lookout Joe" is about Vietnam. Mr. Young was searching for answers and on Tonight's The Night he asks alot of questions. This album is not going to make you get up and dance, it is challenging and somewhat depressing. That's why it is a work of brilliance, Neil Young makes us listen to and think about what he has to say.

5-0 out of 5 stars An obituary for the hippie dream.
Released in 1975 (but recorded in 1973), Tonight's The Night represents the darkest period of Neil Young's career. He was emotionally destroyed and distraught by the overdose deaths of Bruce Berry and Danny Whitten, members of his backing band Crazy Horse and close friends. As such, this album is almost a 180-degree change from the bright, sunny, catchy country tunes showcased on Harvest. I can only imagine the surprise and shock of audiences that attended the Time Fades Away tour to witness Neil transform from a scrubbed pop-country artist backed by Linda Ronstadt into a thoroughly wasted, out-of-tune, ranting madman with an equally out-of-tune band rocking out behind him. The critics and record labels were equally flabbergasted. They all wanted another Top 40 album. Neil told them to shove their expectations, and as a result Tonight's The Night remained out of print for quite some time.

While 1974's On The Beach would display a singer/songwriter on the slow path to recovery, here Neil's voice sounds haggard and full of despair while the remains of Crazy Horse shamble on through renditions of bleak barband songs. And that lack of polish and affectation is what totally makes this album. In fact, this may be Neil's best release (in my mind it's tied only with On The Beach). There's no denying the quality of the material here.

Tonight's The Night begins with its title track, a smoldering blues burner with Neil behind the piano. Here he directly recounts the rise and fall of his friend Berry:

"Bruce Berry was a working man
He used to load that Econoline van.
A sparkle was in his eye
But his life was in his hands.

Well, late at night
when the people were gone
He used to pick up my guitar
And sing a song in a shaky voice
That was real as the day was long.

Early in the mornin'
at the break of day
He used to sleep
until the afternoon.
If you never heard him sing
I guess you won't too soon.

'Cause people let me tell you
It sent a chill
up and down my spine
When I picked up the telephone
And heard that he'd died,
out on the mainline."

Following that is Speakin' Out, another bluesy tune with a fantastic Nils Lofgren solo. World On A String is a great rocker, while Borrowed Tune is a despairing piano ballad which clips a Rolling Stones melody, and the result hits you squarely in the gut ("I'm singing this borrowed tune/ I took from the Rolling Stones/ Alone in this empty room/ Too wasted to write my own"). Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown, a live artifact from the Filmore East, features the departed Danny Whitten putting in an inspired lead vocal. A fitting lament for a man who was taken far too young.

The next two songs, Mellow My Mind and Roll Another Number (For The Road), are so raw and drunken they're hard to listen to the first time. Both read like a epitaph for the previous decade and its free love and innocence.

"I'm not goin' back
to Woodstock for a while,

Though I long to hear that lonesome hippie smile.
I'm a million miles away
from that helicopter day
No, I don't believe
I'll be goin' back that way."

Albuquerque is a beautiful traveling ballad that could only come from Neil. Both this and the acoustic poetry of New Mama rank as personal favorites. Lookout Joe is the most rocking track--I've always been a fan of Young's wonderfully rich and imperfect guitar tone, and this song shows why. Tired Eyes is the harrowing tale of a drug deal gone wrong, and another highlight in a series of highlights. Finally, it all ends with a guitar-dominated reprise of the title track that closes the album perfectly.

I'm thankful that Neil won out and Tonight's The Night is back in print. It gives us an unflinching glimpse into the mind of an otherwise enigmatic singer/songwriter. It's genuine and unrehearsed, and a million times better than Harvest for it. If you're a Neil fan, you'd better own this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Convulsive, raw, and underrated
The long history of rock and roll is filled with many incongruities. One of the more SEEMING incongruities has already been identified by several reviewers (I didn't read them all, so this may be old hat) and that is the punk feel in this mostly accoustic album. But this shouldn't be surprising. In a 1977 interview, Johnny (Rotten) Lydon stated that Neil Young was a major influence on him, and that TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT impressed him the most. Neil returned the compliment in "Hey, Hey, My, My" with the lyric: "The King is gone but he's not forgotten/This is the story of Johnny Rotten".

Obviously, the influence wasn't musical. The influence wasn't in attitude, either: much of TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT howls with pain and despair, NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS..." growls with anger and mockery. The true influence writhes in the convulsions, the hoarse screams, the rawness of the emotions. There's a fury and an outrage in these albums that is unsuppressed. It's little wonder that Kurt Cobain would be the logical heir of this legacy. (Another seeming incongruity: Kurt Cobain's suicide note contains Neil Young's lyric "It's better to burn out than to fade away". And Neil wrote the sorrowful "Sleeps with Angels" about Cobaine's suicide.)

Nearly thirty years later the raw wounds still fester; the album has withstood the proverbial test of time. I won't go through each song individually because I would just be repeating what other reviewers have said. But it is worth repeating how powerful this album is.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite Neil Young Album
Neil Young put his heart and soul on this album. You can feel the pain and sorrow he felt at the time of recording this. The death of two of his friends are the theme of this emotional album. Even if you are a casual Neil Young fan, you should have this album. Not a bad song is on the disc. I had heard that when Neil turned this album into his label, they rejected it for being to dark and disturbing. If that is true those people should not have been in the music industry. It is those reasons that make this the classic that it is. This is not for people who like a little happy face on all the music they listen to. This is raw and real. Simply put, a classic. ... Read more


117. 1200 Curfews
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While many of these live tracks were culled from the Swamp Ophelia tour, the entire collection on this two-disc set covers a lot of territory in the Indigo Girls oeuvre. From the charming "Back Together Again" (recorded in Amy's basement in 1982) to the reverent cover of Joni Mitchell 's "River" (recorded live in Atlanta), these songs capture the energy and spirit of one of the most successful folk-rock duos in the history of contemporary music. Live renditions of favorites like "Closer to Fine," "Power of Two," "Strange Fire," "Land of Canaan," and "Galileo" bristle with passion, and the mandolin, cello, and percussion parts sparkle in concert. While they're right on with their rave-up of Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue," the one misstep is the lackluster performance on the 10-minute "Down by the River" by Neil Young. --Lorry Fleming ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars On my third copy
I wore out two copies of this album on tape and I'm beginning to wear it out on CD. I've been an Indigo Girls fan since college and feel that this CD set is a wonderful representation of their work. It is a live album, but the sound quality is wonderful. It includes almost every one of my favorite songs with some wonderful twists. I also deeply enjoy their covers - Last Train to Georgia is a favorite, as is Tangled Up In Blue.

If you like the Indigo Girls, this album is a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
If you can only have ONE Indigo Girls CD - get this. Amy and Emily are amazing singer/musician/songwriters in their studio recordings - but they are even more amazing live - and this set certainly is that. Not only do you get to hear some of their most fabulous and famous songs (as well as some lesser-known to the new indigo fan), you also get to hear some fabulous musings from them. ALSO their cover of "Tangled Up in Blue" with its break down blues section in the middle is probably the best recording ever of one of the all-time great songs. There isn't one false note on this set! Totally worth listening to over and over - it rarely leaves my CD player.

5-0 out of 5 stars MUSICAL ORGASM
LIVE IS THE WAY TO LISTEN TO THESE POET PERFORMERS. THIS DOUBLE CD IS THE NEXT BEST THING TO A TICKET. AT TURNS HOPFULLY POLITICAL, WRENCHINGLY ROMANTIC,SING ALONG SWEET. INTROS ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THE SONGS ALONG WITH INSERT COMMENTS MAKE YOU FEEL MORE CONNECTED TO THEM. DEFYING CATAGORIZATION THIS SET IS NOT FOLK, POP,ROCK OR SOUL IT'S A GREAT BLENDING OF STYLES. IF PREVIOUS CDS ARE THE JOURNEY, THIS IS THE DESTINATION A MATURE COHESIVE SOUND THAT JUST SOARS.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'll make it simple for you ...
...if my house was on fire, this would be the CD I'd grab on my way out the door. It's that good.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Rare Find...
I'm usually disappointed with most performer's live albums- this is one exception. I bought this long before I saw the "Girls" in concert, but I listen to it again and again to remind me of their incredible talent to perform live.

Many of these performances are better than the studio versions-- the Dylan song, the Buffy St Marie song, and the Gladys Knight songs become their own and make this album even more enjoyable.

My husband and I love singing along with this in the car on a road trip. The music calms my infant daughter as well.

All and all, the best live album I've ever purchased and just maybe my favorite Indigo Girls album (and I've been a fan since the beginning) ... Read more


118. I'm Your Man
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Even the production, laden with synthesized strings and cooing female choruses, is wry on I'm Your Man, a definitive Leonard Cohen album. Though still touched with the tragic ("Take This Waltz," based on a Garcia Lorca poem), the album often achieves its high points by combining Cohen's world-weariness with black-humored evocations of social and romantic ills and artistic quandaries. "I was born like this, I had no choice," the gravelly Cohen intimates at disc's end. "I was born with the gift of a golden voice." --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Occasionally great
For fans of Leonard Cohen, this might come harsh: "I'm Your Man" is not a pop/rock masterpiece. However, it has six great songs which I have not yet tired of.

The problem I have with this album are the "poetic" lyrics. In my opinion sometimes they amount to complete gibberish, "Jazz Police" being the prime example. Another thing that slightly bothered me was the somewhat dated production, which probably was very modern at the time of the publication of this CD.

To end on a positive note: the mood of Leonard Cohen's singing is excellent throughout, especially in the last two songs. For a buyer unfamiliar with the artist's work, I strongly recommend listening (the whole CD) before buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Five Stars are not enough for this masterpiece
"I'm your man" is a fantastic album which was Cohen's come-back after losing popularity in the mid-seventies and early eighties. Not that Cohen was ever forgotten in Europe, where they have always understood his music, but in the USA they didn't notice him anymore. Anyway, this album has such great lyrics and awsome music that it just blows your mind. My favourite songs are "I can't forget", "First we take Manhattan" and "Everybody knows", but all songs are great, except maybe for "Jazz Police", which was more or less a joke. Buy it, you won't regret it. Is this Cohen's best album ? Personally I guess I still prefere Songs of Love and Hate and Songs of Leonard Cohen above this one, although I'm happy I don't have to choose.

5-0 out of 5 stars A change of pace for Leonard
There was a time when people quipped that you get a free single-edge razor blade with every Cohen album. It's true some of his early work leaned toward depressing material, though every album had at least one song to blow you away. I'm Your Man began an entirely different phase of Cohens career. This album comes up almost all winners. I'm not overly fond of Jazz Police and First We Take Manhattan, but whatever weakness those songs involve is more than overwhelmed by all the others. If Cohen hadn't done so much and been around so long I'd be tempted to call 'Take This Waltz' my all-time Cohen favorite. In other times I've called it the best song of the 20th Century. I still might be tempted to do so. This is the best of his career up until that time, despite Suzanne, The Stranger, Bird on a Wire and a dozen others. Get it if you don't have it.

4-0 out of 5 stars ain't no cure for love
this is one of my favorite cohen's cds, unlike his more early work, which can be deep and beautiful, this albom has the addition of some very dark aura to it, the addition of a political massage, in songs like "first we take manhatten" or "jazz police" and also a lot about the proccess of writing music and the life of cohen as an artist ("take this woltz", "tower of songs"). for me this song always give me the feel of a trip to the early 80's in europ, or being in some artistic black and white movie, plus it has the tendency to feet my mood whenever i'm feeling down...

it's not the first leonard cohen cd that you should listen to, but if you are a cohen's fan, this cd is a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars Genius
I was introduced to Leonard Cohen nearly a decade ago in my college freshman rhetoric class. The professor asked us to bring in samples of something that we considered poetry. Someone brought in Everybody Knows, and I have been a Cohen fan ever since.

Cohen's voice fits his dry, black, sense of humor and his grasp of the power of bitter irony like the right pair of sunglasses fit a Mafioso kingpin. They become one and the same.

My favorites on this album have changed over the years, a testament to the longevity of this work. Everybody Knows is one of the best songs ever written, and Tower of Song is pure brilliance. Feel free to skip Jazz Police, but have patience with Take This Waltz and I'm Your Man. You will be rewarded if you give them the chance to grow on you. They most assuredly will.

This album is my favorite of the Cohen releases. It may not have the classic sound of many of his earlier albums, but his ability to overlay lyrics like

"Now in Vienna there's ten pretty women
There's a shoulder where Death comes to cry
There's a lobby with nine hundred windows
There's a tree where the doves go to die
There's a piece that was torn from the morning
And it hangs in the Gallery of Frost"

with an underlying accompaniment that is at the same time electronic and string driven is genius, pure and simple. Cohen has the ability of the timeless masters to maintain his style and keep current gracefully.

Mr. Cohen says it best. "I was born like this, I had no choice
I was born with the gift of a golden voice"

Do yourself a favor. Spend an evening in the dark listening to this album over a glass of good wine. You won't regret it.

Five Stars only because they won't give me six.
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119. Happy Woman Blues
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All too often dismissed as an immature work that was quickly eclipsed by her self-titled breakthrough on Rough Trade, Williams's second and final album for Folkways reveals much about her current lyrical sensibility and vocal approach. Most singer-songwriters, in fact, would give their Martins for songs as good as "Lafayette" and "Maria." That she reprises "I Lost It" on Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and continues to explore this album's themes--the value of native ground and the endurance of loss--is enough evidence that, while not as overwhelming as the work to come, Happy Woman Blues should not be overlooked by fans of this vital artist. --Roy Kasten ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Early Lucinda Williams - still excellent
I was in the public library recently, flipping through the CD's. I pulled a handful and listened. What a joy it was to hit this one! I so much love discovering an artist and body of work that I knew nothing of. I feel like an armchair explorer.

I have since picked up 6 more of her CD's and enjoy them all. This one is very good. There is an unguarded down-home sound to her voice here that seems to fade in following albums. It is an early work but is more sophisticated than the Ramblin' CD. The addition of background vocals and more instruments fills out the songs a little. But I still enjoy the simple sound of this period.

Mike

5-0 out of 5 stars First display of her emotionally powerful songwriting skills
Lucinda Williams fans must hear "Happy Woman Blues" to get a full view of her skills. Recorded in 1980 on Folkways, the songs are less precise and controlled than her recent releases. Lucinda's voice is lighter and so is the general mood. As the title alludes, these songs reflect the freewheeling spirit of a then-twentysomething troubador who was enjoying life. The songs are generally simpler, more direct and happier that Lucinda's later work. But present here is her skill at choosing the telling detail that reveals character and communicates emotion. There is melancholy to be sure in these songs, but the voice is unrestrained, working in a higher key than today and generally does not carry the weight of life's bigger disappointments. Listen to "I Lost It" from this album and compare it to the slower, lower, heavier remake Lucinda has included in her newest (commercial breakthrough?) CD, "Car Wheels On Gravel Road." On this nearly two-decade-old recording, which was re-released in the early '90s, Lucinda makes strong use of melody and vocal phrasing to convey her songs' content. Even in this first recording of her own material, however, Lucinda displays the ability to endow her words with much more meaning than is evident from a simple reading of her lyrics. "King Of Hearts" -- a personal favorite -- manages to shade the hopeful longing of a blooming relationship with the pain of past disappointment and, despite that, a backhanded optimism. This album is an absolute gem. It stands up to repeated listenings. It has been moving me for 15 years. Yes, Lucinda has been the real thing for a long time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Vintage Lucinda
This cd is essential if you are a true Lucinda Williams fan. I Lost It debuts here; (It's also on Car Wheels on a Gravel Road) and you can hear how much her sound has changed and yet remained true to her folk/alt country essence.

5-0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better
A couple of years ago, I reviewed this and gave it three stars. Since then, I've come to realize how good this disc really is; it gets better all the time. This was Lucinda's second release, and it's more country/folk than her later stuff. As raw as this is, the songwriting is superb. She has become known as one of the best artists around, and here you see,(and hear) that she had this gift right from the start. A classic.

4-0 out of 5 stars Happy Woman Blues
Lucinda stated that she thought this was the record to avoid. A throw away that she made just to get her feet wet in the industry. I first heard Lucinda in Princeton, NJ opening for David Byrne. She blew him away and my eyes were opened to this musical genius. HWB is the perfect stepping stone to LW's later recordings. Vinyl pressings are climbing into the hundreds of dollars. Small wonder. You'll enjoy this Cd. Scott Neuman Forever Vinyl .com ... Read more


120. "Bob Dylan - Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 [US]"
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4-0 out of 5 stars A few good songs here, a few good songs there . . .
Compilations are always tricky things, and this is no exception. While his previous "Greatest Hits" discs are amazing (particularily volume 2, recently remastered), this one is a bit spotty.

My first problem is the sound, which bounces back and forth from clean to poor -- "changing of the guards" and "groom" both sound horribly flat compared to remastered versions availible only a short time after Volume 3 was released. The second is the song selection, which anyone could quibble about.

PLUSSES -- a new Brenden O'Brien mix of "Dignity," which is an Oh Mercy outtake which can also be found on the MTV Unplugged album and the Canadian/European "Best of Bob Dylan 2" in it's original Daniel Lanois form.

ALSO -- the non-cross fade version of "Series of Dreams," one of his best songs ever. Now if we could only get rid of those keyboard overdubs!

All this compilation does is illustrate how far his music slid downhill from the early 70s through the 80s until "Oh Mercy." Thank god for Daniel Lanois for kicking him in the pants and producing some of Bob's best albums since the 60s!

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice listen
Good songs from Bob Dylan's most recent greatest hits package. Actually, the song choices could have been better in some instances. "Changing of the Guards" is a good song, but certainly not his best from the "Street Legal" album. It is also NOT the re-mastered version so the sound quality is inferior.

The only bad song on the album is probably one of only a few Bob Dylan songs I can confidently knock; "Under the Red Sky". Truly, a God awful song that is completely out of place with the rest of this great collection. I guess they wanted every Bob Dylan album represented so they included it. I've never heard the entire "Under the Red Sky" album, but it's chilling to think this is the "best" of the lot.

Having unloaded my complaints, I can now hark at how good the rest of the collection is. "Tangled up in Blue", "Hurricaine", "Forever Young", just to name a few of Bob's classics on this CD.

The great discovery for me was "Brownsville Girl". What a great song! I heard it years ago and it's been a while. I forgot how truly wonderful and colorful it is. The production of the song is a bit much, but deserves to be on the album.

Also, loved "Dignity", "Jokerman" and "Series of Dream".

Bob, I have a feeling it won't be too long before a fourth "greatest hits" package will be needed!

4-0 out of 5 stars I could never rate a Dylan album below 4
This album is a disapointing mix. I have relegated it to collection status. If you're looking for a good Dylan mix, buy the 2-disc Greatest hits 2. I hate to say it, but it seems like they threw together a bunch of songs at random that don't flow and don't represent the magnificance of Dylan.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection for the Uninitiated Fan
This is a very interesting album and there are two ways of looking at it. One, if you're are like me, a died in the wool Dylan fan, then you've already got everything here, except "Dignity," recorded during the "Oh Mercy" sessions, and you probably wouldn't be too interested in "Hits Three," because "Dignity," alone isn't a strong enough reason to get this record. However, if you're not a huge fan, but you like Mr. D enough that you already own his popular records, but you've shied away from what a lot of critiques have called his weaker ones, then the this record is for you, cuz you can get the beautiful "Silvio" without having to buy "Down in the Groove," you can get "The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar," without having to suffer through the lesser songs on "Shot of Love." You get "Under the Red Sky," without have to listen to the rest of the songs on the album of the same name, You get "Brownsville Girl," without having to hear the rest of "Knocked Out Loaded." You get "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," which many think is the only reason one would ever want to buy the "Pat Garret and Billy the Kid" soundtrack. Personally, I like and own all the above mentioned albums, both on CD and Vinyl. But a lot of people don't and these are unquestionably the best songs on those records, a great way for the non-fan who kind of likes Dylan to get this material. And since the music is sooooo good, sooooo cool, I'm giving this record five stars.

Reviewed by Stephanie Sane

3-0 out of 5 stars Not a very succesful compilation
What the hell?!
Twenty-three years between "Greatest Hits, vol. II" and this album, and they put out a single-disc compilation that include "Silvio", "Brownsville Girl" and "Hurricane", but not "Every Grain Of Sand", "Sarah", "Romance In Durango", "Seeing The Real You At Last", "Oh Sister", "Idiot Wind", "Simple Twist Of Fate", or "One More Cup Of Coffee"?
Come on! It doesn't have "Every Grain Of Sand"!

Anyway, what is on here is obviously good, or even great, but what isn't is a scandal. Let this album lie, and go get the twin peaks of "Blood On The Tracks" and "Desire". Or maybe all get three. But this one won't do by itself. It doesn't have "Every Grain Of Sand"! (You have to buy "Shot Of Love" to get that one...)

The compilers at Columbia Records should've done what Dylan himself did when putting together "Greatest Hits, vol. II" - put out a double album and chosen from singles and album tracks alike. That would have made a much, much stronger selction. And did I mention that this one doesn't even have "Every Grain Of Sand"! ... Read more


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