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    1. Facing Future
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    Asin: B00000JFG3
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    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    To gauge the magnitude of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's popularity in his native Hawaii, consider this: following his death in 1997 (at age 38, attributed to his profound obesity), Kamakawiwo'ole's body lay in state in the state capitol, only the second person to receive such an honor. Kamakawiwo'ole's appeal lies in his love for prestatehood, precondominium Hawaii and the expressiveness of his gently passionate voice, which can float through higher registers with an ease that brings Johnny Mathis to mind. Several selections ("Ka Pua U'i," "White Sandy Beach of Hawai'i," the sun-kissed "La 'Elima") feature Kamakawiwo'ole in a traditional mood, using only his ukulele to adorn the charm of his native lyricism. Others, such as the Jimmy Buffett-like "Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man" add playful contemporary touches that suit Kamakawiwo'ole's style. Most touching are the string-backed laments that open and close the album, "Hawai'i '78 Introduction" and "Hawai'i '78," initially a reflection on his father's death, later on the passing of Hawaii's native culture. Best known is his medley "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World," which played over the closing credits of the film Meet Joe Black. --Terry Wood ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Hawai'i '78
    "Cry for the Gods, cry for the people, cry for the land that was taken away...and then yet you'll find, Hawai'i."

    A few years ago when I was a serviceman stationed in Hawaii, I first heard this beautiful, haunting song, and was first exposed to the incredible voice of Israel "IZ" Kamawiwo'ole. Already sobered by the song's theme...the regret of native Hawaiians over losing their sovereignty...I was further saddened to learn that "IZ" had died in 1997. Like his father, and his brother, Skippy (also a recording artist), IZ had died of medical problems associated with obesity (he weighed as much as 760 pounds at one time). But thankfully, IZ left a legacy of recorded music, both as a solo artist and as a member of the Hawiiana band "Makaha Sons of Niihau". And thanks to the airplay received by "Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" on the TV show ER, the movie soundtracks "Finding Forrester" and "Meet Joe Black", and commercials for E-Toys, thousands of mainstream listeners on the mainland have now discovered IZ for the first time.

    In many years of listening and collecting, I've never found an album like "Facing Future" that has such a universal appeal. Kids love it, teens love it, grandparents love it. A certified hard rocker myself (check my reviews of bands like Tool and Type O Negative), I consider "Facing Future" one of the top five CDs in my extensive collection, and rarely do I go more than a couple of weeks without giving it a spin.

    Every track on the CD is wonderful, and if you skip over any, it will be just to get to the album's best two tracks, which are near the end: "Rainbow/Wonderful World" and "Hawai'i '78". In between, you'll find beautiful island music, sung both in the native Hawaiian language (check websites for translations) and English. A fun highlight is a cover of John Denver's "Take Me Home Country Roads" with O'ahu geography (West Makaha, Mount Ka'ala) replacing West Virginia and mountain mama. "Maui Hawaiian Suppa Man" is a favorite of my 9-year-old son (as is Hawai'i '78, which he has dubbed "Cry For The Gods"). And having lived in Hawaii for 3 glorious years, hearing IZ sing "White Sandy Beach" almost always brings mist to my eyes and a lump to my throat.

    You will never buy a more beloved CD than this one, your family and friends will rave about it. Get it, you'll be glad you did!

    5-0 out of 5 stars an amazing discovery! wish I could have found him earlier!
    I work in a large chain record store near a movie theatre. Everynight we would have 2-3 people coming in looking for the "Finding Forrester" soundtrack. I finally asked someone what was so special about it. I was told they wanted it for the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" that plays during the closing credits. I didn't know anything about IZ before then. The next day I saw an article about him and heard the song for the first time... I was blown away. I bought "Facing Future" and "IZ in concert" the next day! Since then I have bought every CD that's available. I can't stop listening to him. I'm listening to "N Dis Life" as I type. I'm constantly telling people about "Brotha IZ". His music is so pure and simple, yet so complex and amazing. I still can't believe that such gentle music can come from such a large man. In a time where corporate music is shoved down our throats by radio and TV, IZ is not just a breathe of fresh air, he's the only thing worth breathing. IZ the man may be gone, but his music has made him immortal. May he live on and bring some culture and peace to mainstream music.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Braddah Iz no ka oi!
    One of Hawaii's most beloved singers, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole made an impression on Hawaiian culture that will never be forgotten. His untimely death in 1997 was a national day of mourning, and rightly so. His work, not just in Hawaiian music, but also in keeping the Hawaiian heritage and culture alive, gives inspiration to all, and this collection of songs gives a great window into a truly legendary performer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hiko Makarina
    good stuff i mean real good stuff when u listen to this guy u wonder how is there any trouble of the world-it makes u forget about everything that is bad like terrorism and pollution-u just lay down and feel IZ's emotion and talent-such a buitfull song writer and such a buitfull voice-some of this can bring a tear to your eye becaues it is so buitfull-IZ WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU!

    RIP Israel "IZ" Kamakawio'ole
    You will be missed and not forgotten...

    5-0 out of 5 stars WoW
    Amazing music.. a legend in his own time, never will be forgotten!! ... Read more

    2. Celtic Woman [Manhattan]
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    Fueled by healthy public appetite for traditional melodies and quasi-ethnic roots, the crossover genre continues to flourish with this debut release from Ireland's Celtic Woman ensemble. The brainchild of Sharon Browne, Dave Kavanaugh (founders of Ireland's successful Celtic Collections label) and young Riverdance touring company musical director David Downes, CW's five young women musicians and vocalists offer up an ever pleasant, Eire-savvy fusion of folk, pop and classical influences. Avoiding the intrusive, club-beat/sex kitten window dressing of Bond, the ensemble tackles material that ranges from the expected (spare, lovely covers of "Danny Boy" and "Ave Maria") to more adventurous fare like "Nella Fantasia" (Ennio Morricone's vocal adaptation of his rapturous theme fromThe Mission) and Enya's "Orinoco Flow." Elsewhere, "The Butterfly" offers up fiddle-fueled take on their Riverdance parallels (which also get a workout on the live bonus tracks), if renditions of Downes' originals like "One World" and "Send Me a Song" and "Someday" from Disney's animated Hunchback of Notre Dame hew slavishly to the middle of the road -- which largely seems the album's easy-listening intention. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

    3. Waiting for the Sirens' Call (U.S. Bonus Track)
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    The Killers. Interpol. Franz Ferdinand. Without New Order's influence they could have all ended up making albums of country & western ballads. Since the demise of Joy Division in 1980, the British synth-pop quartet has been diligently changing the course of popular music, lobbing unlikely but inventive hits like "Blue Monday" and "True Faith" into the charts. Twenty-five years on, New Order remains shockingly vital. Its eighth proper album overflows with shimmering melodies, anchored by Peter Hook's spine-tingling bass lines and Bernard Sumner's thin but emotive voice in thrilling new songs like "Krafty" and "Dracula's Castle." -- Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Will someone please steal this album from me?
    Why the odd title?I drive a little over a half hour (each way) to and from work, and since I bought this album I have listened to it over and over.(I know, dumb eh?)

    At first listen I thought "Get Ready" was a far superior album, but I found that the more I listened the more I heard.By far a much more progressive album for New Order, but still classic sounding that fits the fact that "yes, New Order was an 80's band", but this is their new album that is so 21st century.A worthy addition to any collection, whether rock, pop, 80's, or synth.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing....!!!!!
    In am an old Joy Division fan and have followed New Order ever since.When Technique came out in 1989 I could not stop playing it when I was in Brunei of all places.Since then I have had kids, etc. etc. but still love to listen to music.My favorite station is when they started playing the new NO some months ago I could not believe my ears and straight away pre-ordered it on It took some getting used to but now it is the CD I play most in the car and it brings tons of smiles to my face.The kids may not like it too much but for me it brings back good memories and it is so refreshing to see that old 'rockers' can still bring out a record that surely must be one of the top ten of this year.If you like their record and have not discovered BBC1 go to their website and listen to the live show or the various shows from the previous week which are all accessible on their 'player'.If you pay $12/month here for satellite radio then think again...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Alt-rock icons make us feel like its 1992 all over again.
    New Order's history is filled with mournful iciness, sublime electro-disco, seminal Britpop and episodes of portly overblown grandeur. And, depending on what moves them, the band's fans always seem to gravitate toward one of these elements more than the others. To that end, Waiting For The Sirens' Call offers something for everyone: "Turn" has that 1986 college-rockin' jangle that'll make elderly R.E.M. fans tingle. For the synth- and sequencer-damaged among us, there's the electrolytic "Krafty" and the disco workout "Guilt Is A Useless Emotion." Going off on another tangent, "Workin' Overtime" is the band's simultaneous nod to '60s garage rock, the Beatles' "I Feel Fine" and that last Elvis Costello album.

    The axis of mystery and implied arrogance that made New Order compelling may be gone, but that's okay; none of us is the same person we were decades ago. As far as right now goes, Waiting For The Siren's Call is a fine distillation of everything New Order have been. And when you've got a passport that's as thick as theirs, it's admirable that they refuse just to walk away from this thing entirely.spin j.p

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely not an "instant hit" album!
    Waiting for the sirens' call will NOT hook you immediately. It's not that kind of album. There isn't any obvious hits, except Who's Joe, Krafty or Jetstream.
    When I played it the first time I was kind of bored. Too many songs didn't hook me, sounded just "ok" and after Get Ready, I was disappointed.
    However, days passed and I didn't play the album - didn't want to! And then, when I played it again after a week or so, out of nowhere, I started to like the songs! One by one, they PERFECTLY matched each other - carrying specific mood.

    Now I think it's one of their better releases - much better than, for example, Republic and on par with Get Ready (I like that album very much).
    It's incredible how this album works! If you like New Order, you'll certainly love this album. Do NOT expect to like it on the first listen! You probably won't - maybe just 3-4 songs!

    This album has some ultimate NO gems and classics: Who's Joe?, Waiting for the siren's call, Dracula's Castle, Turn. They are magnificent!

    There are no fillers here, excet that I don't like "I told you so" that much - interesting, but not my cup of tea, and "Guilt is a useless emotion" has some kind of generic chorus. That's a shame, considering that the song starts extremely well! Just the chorus isn't that memorable. But great for a summer fun! :)

    All in all, a very very solid effort. As the time goes by, I expect that I'll like this album even more. It's THAT kind of a record. So refreshing these days - I'm fed up of instant hits that I get bored with after few weeks/months.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just another perfect album!
    At first listen I did not like Waiting For the Siren's Call as much as New Order's last album Get Ready. This album is just as good as Get Ready. If you want a perfect album from a great band. Pick up Waiting for the Siren's Call and Get Ready, Get Ready was the best album of 2001 in my eyes. WFTSC is going to be in the running this year.

    Dear, New Order

    Why havn't you toured the US other than a couple of dates. Please come to Pittsburgh.

    Yours Truly, Substance ... Read more

    4. O
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    Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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    Irish troubadour Damien Rice doesn't so much reinvent the folk genre on this lush, impossibly mature debut album as push its boundaries in several compelling musical directions at once--all the more remarkable considering the album was largely self-produced and home-recorded. His songs revolve around familiar, bittersweet concerns of life, love and their attendant frustrations, but delivered with conspiratorial intimacy on melodic wings that (like on the graceful "Cannonball") Rice seems almost embarrassed to share. If there's anything like a template here, it's "The Blower's Daughter," the song that first attracted the interest/stewardship of film composer David Arnold (whose guest production provides "Amie" with expansive cinematic elegance) and became a massive Irish hit. His plaintive vocal, embroidered by the mournful solo cello of Vyvienne Long, is suddenly brightened by an instrumental flourish and Lisa Hannigan's vocals--before just as quickly wafting on the breeze. With touches that range from "Day in the Life"-styled string collages to the dizzy, exhilarating neo-operatic excesses of the 16-minute "Eskimo," Rice's musical palate here is as adventurous as his songs are grounded in emotional intimacy. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Beautiful
    Damien Rice has a beautiful Irish tenor voice. And it works wonderfully in his folk aranged album. He also has a female companion who harmonizes with him, and she is a fantastic vocalist. This album is composed of guitar, the two vocalists, some percussion, and generally a cello or small strings arrangement. That makes for a wonderful album to listen and relax to.
    The song-writing on the album is amazing. Rice writes songs like conversations and uses the wonderful (and beautiful if you've seen the video) female to sing the response. Many songs are about lost love or bad love or just love, but they are not just simple, stupid, pop love songs. They are incredibly crafted lyrics that can stand alone without music, which says a lot about Rice's songwriting skills.
    Buy this album if you enjoy folk/pop music. James Taylor, Angie Aparo, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Gark Jules and David Gray are a few musicians I would say if you like you'll enjoy Damien Rice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful album I have ever heard...
    Searching for words to describe this album are like trying to count the stars in the sky. (I know it's cliche, but it works). This album is amazingly beautiful.

    Back in May I picked up a friend of mine in Chicago after she spent the semester in Ireland and the whole way home (a 3+ hour drive) all we listened to was O. After we arrived home, I decided I had to have the album. I ordered the import off amazon and before it arrived, I got to see Damien back in Chicago at Schubas. If the album itself doesn't amaze you, go see him live and you'll fall in love. Just a few more weeks until he plays Chicago again.

    This album ranges from soft ballads (The Blower's Daughter) to heart-wrenching rock (the second half of I Remember). Unlike many albums from folk singers, I think this one is best listened through all the way at once. While there are great standout tracks (Amie, I Remember, Delicate), the whole album tells a story. There is a gradual almost epic-like progression throughout that sends the listener on a roller-coaster of emotions.

    One of the greatest things about this album is the fact that Damien recorded this (mostly) in his basement over the course of a year. Instead of being thrown into a studio for a month to record the album using manufactured emotion (having to record on days you don't feel like it), Damien recorded each of the songs when he was "feeling it". That's why all of the emotion in these songs are SO real, so genuine. There is nothing manufactured about its sound. Another magnificant thing about it is the range of instrumentation and musical genre used. As I said, there are the slow, soft ballads, and rocking songs as well as Operatic elements (Eskimo)and beautiful orchestration in "Amie" and "Cold Water".

    From listening to the album and several live shows I have, I can tell that Damien does not have a powerful, controlling, confident voice. Rather his voice sounds strong at times, but is usually more reserved and cautious. This cautious tone makes the album all the more believable, showing it is true emotion that has not been overproduced or forced.

    I really can not say enough good things about this album and if I could give 10 stars, I would. As I said, my favorite tracks are #1 Delicate, #6 Amie and #9 I Remember, but there is not a bad song on the album.

    As one other reviewer already said, my only complaint is that the last song (Eskimo) has 2 "hidden tracks" [Prague, and Silent Night (a song set to the tune of the traditional Silent Night Christmas song, but with different lyrics)] that should have been seperate tracks finishing off the album with 12 instead of 10. But as my only complaint, I must still recommend this album.

    E-mail me if you have any questions whatsoever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
    Damien Rice is such a talented musician. His music never gets old, you can listen to it over and over again. His soultry voice is always nice to listen to. I highly recommend it!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fearless
    This is my first review of anything on Amazon, though I am a constant reader. I simply had to talk about this album.

    The best way to describe this album is fearless. He takes the road less traveled by other up-and-coming singer-songwriters. While the new batch has had some very good singers, nothing compares to this album. They seem more interested in making a "clean" album, while this album seems like he is alone in a room baring his soul.

    Though the strange thing is about the album s that you know he could not have been alone in a room. There is so much going on, so many chances taken that it is hard to descibe. Simply saying that it is an acoustic album is wrong. The album brings in much more.

    Fearless in his atempts to expand beyond just him and his guitar. Consider how at the end of Amie, out of nowhere comes what sounds like an entire orchestra. It sounds beautiful and it becomes almost impossible to imagine the song without it. Then the gorgarian (sp?) chants that enter into Cold Water. By the end of the album it seems only appropriate to have an opera singer at the end of Eskimo.

    But the wonderful things about the album is that it doesn't rely on these tricks. They are simply used to enchance the songs. Cannonball is simply him and his guitar, and it is one of the best songs on the album (a song friends of mine have confessed crying to when they heard it).

    Another huge difference between him and others is the feeling involved. I have yet to hear another singer coming out now who you can feel their pain so clearly and identify with it(Howie Day is close). The only line in the chorus of The Blower's Daughter is "I can't take my eyes off you..." The way he sings it and the passion in his voice make the line more romantic and meaningful than an entire boy-band album.

    Just the other night I went outside with my CD Player to sit on the front porch and listen to music while I smoked a cigarette. I started at track one, and became so engrossed in the songs, I just sat there until the album finished. It is THAT good. And it is that feeling that is put into every song that gives me the impression this album will age very well.

    I agree with others that he brings back memories of when Jeff Buckley was around. They invoke the same spirit. And that is nothing but a compliment, because if there is anything music needs now, it is someone who can do to people what Jeff did. Even though Jeff died too soon, people are still listening to his music because it means so much to them. I have the feeling that this album will do the same. It is Damien Rice's "Grace".

    My only concern is the same as others. How in the hell is he going to follow this up? But here is the fun part, imagine if he somehow makes a better album?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally...
    When I first heard Damien Rice I immediatley felt pleasantly confused and relieved, thinking to myself, "Finally someone new with passion and true emotion".

    I highly recommend this CD and hope more people discover this wonderful collection of songs. A true music fan will appreciate this one. Damien Rice's music is honest and full of heart. His backing vocalist, Lisa, is a purely gorgeous angelic voice that compliments Rice perfectly. The comibation of acoustic guitar and cello is simply beautiful. This CD has a refreshing classical feel that is delicate but full of power. The album was made to be heard loud from the first track all the way to the end. The songs are ordered to perfection and have a lot to give out to its audience. Don't miss out.

    We need more artists like Damien Rice and it's wonderful to know true artists are actually creating good sound somewhere. It's difficult to believe this is Damien Rice's debut CD, the possibilites are endless for a follow-up. ... Read more

    5. The Light in the Piazza (2005 Original Broadway Cast)
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    Like a shimmering pearl, The Light in the Piazza emerged from a sea of revivals, rehashings, and movie adaptations to secure 11 2005 Tony nominations, including Best Musical.Based on an Elizabeth Spencer novella (which was also made into a 1962 film), it follows a mother, Margaret (Victoria Clark), and her daughter, Clara (Kelli O'Hara), as they take a vacation to Italy.There, Clara and a young Italian (Matthew Morrison) fall in love, but Margaret is determined to keep them apart.

    The Light in the Piazza doesn't fit the model of most Broadway scores, with a splashy opener here, a swing number there, then the big ballad.The score is more of a unified whole, sometimes jarring, sometimes following the patterns of speech, and sometimes unfolding in glorious sheens of sound.(Heck, some of it's even in Italian!)In that sense, it's similar to another unconventional American musical set in Italy, Stephen Sondheim's Passion, which is more chamber opera than musical, and composer-lyricist Adam Guettel (song of Mary Rodgers, grandson of Richard Rodgers) seems the most likely heir apparent to Sondheim in the current generation of musical theater creators.O'Hara's voice soars in the score's most beautiful moments ("Say It Somehow," the title song), but Clark enjoys two exquisitely lyrical moments with "Dividing Day" and "Let's Walk."Both were nominated for Tonys (Clark for Best Actress, O'Hara for Featured Actress), as was Morrison, Guettel's score, Craig Lucas's book, and various elements of the production design. --David Horiuchi ... Read more

    6. Abbey Road
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    The Beatles' last days as a band were as productive as any major pop phenomenon that was about to split. After recording the ragged-but-right Let It Be, the group held on for this ambitious effort, an album that was to become their best-selling. Though all four contribute to the first side's writing, John Lennon's hard-rocking, "Come Together" and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" make the strongest impression. A series of song fragments edited together in suite form dominates side two; its portentous, touching, official close ("Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End") is nicely undercut, in typical Beatles fashion, by Paul McCartney's cheeky "Her Majesty," which follows. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Abbey Road
    ...By the time 1969 rolled around the Beatles were in ruins. Their previous effort involved extreme experimentation on each band member's part, and the band began to drift apart. The project earlier that year that was supposed to bring them back together only made things worse. For their next album, the band wanted to bring back record producer George Martin, but he said he'd only produce if every band member was in the studio, just like the good old days. The band accepted, and the band began recording Abbey Road, what would ultimately be their final recording as a fully-functional unit.

    Once again, we get an album of mostly Lennon/McCartney material. Harrison contributes two songs, and Starkey one. Come Together kicks off the album. Basically it's a mid-tempo rocker with various words thrown together that make no sense. I Am The Walrus showed us that the band could achieve enormous success doing this, and here they do it again! Track two is the first of George's songs to appear here - Something. This is a very melodic ballad with some of the finest guitar playing in rock and roll history. As another review stated, Frank Sinatra once called this "the greatest romance song of all time." Number three is another of the band's "joke" songs, Maxwell's Silver Hammer. It's a very "happy" song, despite its content about a boy murdering two college professors and a judge. Most people don't think too highly of the joke songs, but I think this is the band's best one. Oh Darling comes next, and here the band was going for a "fifties" sound. They pull it off nicely. The next track featured here is Ringo's only featured song here. Basically it's a cheerful tune about living under the sea, almost a children's song. Despite that comment, this track is nothing short of excellent. George's second track featured on this album is the acoustic ballad, Here Comes The Sun. This is a GREAT track, arguably the finest one he ever released with the band. You Never Give Me Your Money kicks off the B-Side of the album, which contains several tracks that fade into one another. I like to call them the "Abbey Road Medley." This is a a track that starts with a slow and melodic sound, but soon becomes a rocker that is very true to the band's style. It fades into Sun King, a very weird song featuring passages in various languages. Don't worry, it's not NEARLY as weird as Revolution 9. Soon enough, it fades into Mean Mr. Mustard. Despite the fact that the track is about a mean old man, it's one of the band's most cheerful songs. It fades into a song about the title character's sister, Polythene Pam. Here the band delivers an excellent fast and frantic rocker about a woman who is "so good looking but she looks like a man." Does that make any sense at all? Oh well, it doesn't matter. The song itself is very good. It fades into yet another track, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window. This is a very basic rocker, but it's an excellent one nonetheless. Eventually we reach The End (that's the name of a track.) This one kicks off with an awesome instrumental session, and soon enough becomes a brief melodic session you can't help but love. The final track is the often overlooked Her Majesty. It's just a short (twenty-three seconds) song about the queen. It's not the masterpiece the rest of the album is, but it's still a good song. Abbey Road is one of the greatest rock albums of all time, period. If you like rock and roll and you don't own this album, you're contradicting yourself.

    EPILOGUE: Following the release of this album, the band finally split up, and each member went onto a solo career. Just after they split up, the Let It Be album was finally released. John Lennon proved to be an excellent solo musician, and even co-wrote a song entitled Fame for David Bowie. Sadly, he was assassinated in December of 1980 by a deranged fan. Rest in peace, John. Likewise, George Harrison obtained enormous success in his solo career. His first release as a solo artist, All Things Must Pass, demonstrated this well. He continued releasing excellent songs, and even played on Tom Petty's I Won't Back Down. Sadly, an illness clamed his life in late November of 2001. Ringo Starr also became a successful solo artist, and recently put together his All-Starr band. He still tours. Likewise, Paul McCartney ALSO became a successful solo artist, and he still tours. The Beatles may be long gone, but their spirit will always live on.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest album ever made
    Abbey Road is quite simply the strongest album ever made. Side one kicks off with "Come Together" which is a mean little romp through Lennon's perspective on his own life, and quickly leads into a beautiful love song by George, "Something." This song leaves you thinking that even though this guy's madly in love, something's just not wuite right in the relationship. Next come two fun tunes, "Octopus's Garden" and "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" (only the Beatles could pull off either of these songs sucessfully) split by McCartney's vocal tour de force "Oh Darling." A guitar jam follows (I Want You) and leaves your adreneline pupmed for what is to follow. Side two is a roller coaster ride of textures, melodies and jams woven together in a magical tapestry with hints of themes sticking with you just barely. When you think you've got hold of one song you're on to another. You can listen to this CD in the worst of moods and when you're done you'll be in a good mood. I promise.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply The BEST BEATLES ALBUM
    I was 11 when this album came out, and have loved it since. The Fab four were rockin' on all cylinders when they bade farewell with this one. The vocal harmonies were at their best, and Paul's power was right on in OH Darling. Paul's fancy bass work was never more evident than in "I Want You". This will always be my favorite album, so much so, that in my will I have stated that if I should "go out" naturally, that this album should be played at the time I reach Golden Slumbers. Not kidding........Miss you guys!

    3-0 out of 5 stars good but still lacking
    Take out the songs that you can't even listen to such as /She So Heavy/Sun King/Because/- these are songs which lack creativity and rhythm. And why put in You never give me your money, it has the same rhythm as Carry that Weight. Why did they end in the ridiculous Her Majesty, and why is this overrated?...It is mere lyrics with simple beat. The Golden Slumbers lullaby is a brilliant ending. Come Together is an amazing beginning. Octopus' Garden and Maxwells silver hammer are very creative and essential to the Beatles culture. Mean Mr Mustard- what is the purpose of this song, Poythene Pam is humourous- (for whoever can understand the humour. The album needs editing, its needs filtering. It needs to be more concise in terms of style. Mixing good songs with crappy songs will produce a moderate album- which is exactly what Abbey Road is!

    1-0 out of 5 stars I read some revues from people who say this is good.
    I read some revues from people who say this is good.
    You know what I say to that?




    7. Arular
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    M.I.A.'s debut record is both intensely urban and aggressively modern. The group's sole member, Maya Arul, infuses her blend of hip-hop and chunky electro with raw, tribal overtones and a healthy dose of sex appeal. There are elements of world music here, in Arul's multi-lingual vocal as well as the tonal shifts and instrumentation (like the drone that opens up "Hombre"). Her delivery uses a variety of yelps and tics full of street-wise confidence and bratty energy. But there's also an appealing melodic sense, like early Neneh Cherry or Miss Kitten when she's not in diva-mode. M.I.A. doesn't really sound like anybody; the music is just experimental enough to wiggle out of easy comparisons. The IDM-style bleeps and beeps of "Galang," for example, give an already catchy song extra punch. The only problem with the record, a common flaw for debuts, is a sameness from track to track which robs it of the ability to surprise. Still, Arul is hugely talented and her abundant originality packs a wallop. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best of 2005
    For me this is the record of the year. It combines a unique sound with dramatic vocal pyrotechnics. It jams and blows up at every possible point. It is much better than Ms. Dynamite and other British hiphop records. The first songs have already influenced the music of Gwen Stefani. "Pull Up The People" is just an amazing track. It bubbles and squeaks. "Bucky Done Gun" which is even better follows this. The horn sound is just mind-blowing. Her music is a mix of hiphop, reggae, calypso and pop music. It's become some original hybrid. The album ends with two more great songs: "Sunshowers" and "Galang." This record has all the greatness of Bob Dylan and Lauren Hill. This record will be listened to for years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars URAQT
    This is an album that will very quickly move into your regular rotation...that is if you like this type of fusion between dancehall, rap, electronica, tribal etc... I've read some pretty bitter reviews and I just don't understand the acrimony. If it's not for you then just get over it, but I personally think that this is an amazing work of creativity and expression. It's lucky for me that I happened to be living in Germany when I bought this record because my favorite song (URAQT) has been omitted from the US version. I don't understand why people like Lil Kim and Marilyn Manson can have their stuff released in the US but a song about kicking some girls butt for messing with your man is apparantly too taboo. The song is really great, and if you've dealt with a home wrecker then it's even greater, lol. Please try to buy the non-US version, if only for that one song. There are a few weak songs on this album (i could do without Sunshowers and Bingo) however the good ones (Bucky Done Gun, Pull Up The People, $10, Hombre, Fire Fire) more than make up for the duds. Her voice is very eclectic, going from sexy and fun on one track to aggressive and bombastic on another. Kind of reminds me of Bjork in a less evolved way but give her time. M.I.A is definately a new breed in her own right however and her unique style and delivery give her a place all her own. This is music to be listened to in your car at full volume or on a set of head phones also at full volume. It's feel good move your body music interwoven with subtle and not so subtle political messages ('Pull up the people, pull up the poor...') that are irrelevant if all you want to do is jam to some good beats. I support her views for the most part but I can see how they could detract from the music. There's a lot of violent imagery...but her father is a rebel fighter so I'm not surprised. Really though, all of the over hype and eye brow raising surrounding her background is just that. The music speaks for itself. Do yourself a favor and buy this as soon as you can.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing album but there's a track missing!
    First read about MIA in an issue of The New Yorker magazine in November 2004.Couldnt wait for the album to appear (scheduled for February 2005).Pre-ordered from Amazon USA.Strange delays, then order cancelled. Re-ordered and received a copy in April 2005.Amazing music but there are only 12 tracks.Heard the missing track "URAQT" in Gaslight Records, Melbourne, Australia - it is an amazing track - very strong lyrics and very bad harmonica.Why the censorship?Land-of-the-free-and home-of-the-brave?I think not!XL Recordings USA and Amazon USA, you are pretty lame.Fellow lovers of good music... if you want the un-expurgated edition (13 tracks) of this album, order it from Amazon UK or Shock Records Australia.Can the rest of us get a refund?

    4-0 out of 5 stars At least she's hotter than hell ;)
    Galang is the strongest track here and I'd agree with many that it is no musical revolution. I enjoy it due to the fact it's a WORLD disc and I like World music alot. It's definitely different and I had seen the video for GALANG on the IMF Satellite channel. She's hotter than hell in my opinion so I'll give her a break. ;)

    And with those criticizing Revolution, America was created on a violent Revolution so I have no idea what they're talking about. When you live under brutal oppression you revolt which none of us in America understand anymore. Thank God we don't have to revolt here like others but people need to study what goes on in certain areas of the globe.

    Sometimes simple beats are good and this is better than alot of the major Rap trash here without any meaning at all.

    4-0 out of 5 stars M.I.A. announces her arrival. Moving around is compulsory
    A DJ aquaintance of mine told me that 'Arular' always got the crowd up and dancing, and in a way, I can see why. Central to this electronic beatfest is M.I.A's sassy vocals, falling somewhere in between Madonna and Lene Lovich (the Neneh Cherry comparison is pretty good) all within the framework of hip-hop rhyming. There's really no need to over-analyze the music, which is basically infectious stripped-down beats, eg, LCD Soundsystem, pulsating, raw and tribal, almost hailing back to the crushing barebones approach of early hip-hop, eg, Grandmaster Flash. Also thrown into the mix is a subtle yet ecclectic fusion of analog flash, dancehall, and world music. But basically the appeal of 'Arular' stems from the charm and sexuality of M.I.A's vocals, orgasmic shrieks and brassy chants, a female touch when one expects male vocals to compliment the rhythmic thunder. Here she is now, let M.I.A. entertain you. ... Read more

    8. Stardust...The Great American Songbook: Volume III
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    It's a little hard to take Rod Stewart seriously when, on the first track of this third installment in his Great American Songbook series, he sings ruefully about his love life being "lean" ("Embraceable You"). But otherwise, Stardust...Volume III is as note-for-note solid as its predecessors--a cozy-up-to-the-fire treat that's also a pleasant reminder of these songs' staying power. "S'Wonderful" settles on the ears winningly, and Stewart's scratch-a-thon voice scalpels the cobwebs off of "Isn't It Romantic" in a way that compels the average listener to reconsider thinking it dopey. In addition, the parade of high-wattage pals recruited to pitch in continues here, resulting in a couple of must-hear combinations. Eric Clapton delivers a rather un-Clapton-like guitar solo on "Blue Moon" and Stevie Wonder blows harp like he means it on "What a Wonderful World," but it is the duets--"Baby It's Cold Outside" with the unsinkable Dolly Parton and "Manhattan" with the indomitable Bette Midler--that dazzle most. --Tammy La Gorce ... Read more

    9. Franz Ferdinand
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    Franz Ferdinand is an unrelentingly smart, fluffy, and fun debut. This Scottish four-piece plays vaguely angular, guitar-heavy post-pop that makes you want to dance around the room while playing air guitar. It's the ideal hipster guilty-pleasure music for 2004. This is what the Rapture and Interpol would sound like if they wrote songs half as good as those they rip off, or the Strokes if their parents had sent them to art school instead of the fashion academy. Every song on here is so blatantly derivative it sounds almost original, like a modern Blur without the gloomy hangover. It's too early yet to tell if this is just a band for the moment or one for the ages--but who really cares with pop music, anyway? Songs like "Darts of Pleasure," "Come on Home," "Take Me Out," and "Cheating on You" are so good they will surely appeal to those without slanty, messy haircuts. --Mike McGonigal ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars ok this album is pretty damn ok...
    franz ferdinand are like this year's britney spears of "indie" rock. last year was yeah yeah yeahs, and the year before was the strokes. i love all these bands and own all the music they have put out, but these bands are far too derivative to be "saving" rock n roll, or making any real mark in music other than the fact that they are all pretty ok and are somewhat popular (shock! decent music selling records?!?)and they are being hailed as rock messiahs in a britney-ruled music world. which i guess is a bit of a feat. hmmmmm. ok im rambling. this album is pretty great, they sound like stripped-down, less distorted vocals strokes. its good stuff. "michael" is f***ing great. so i guess buy it. these guys deserve your money more than britney or sum 41. and hey, they get indie cred by being great friends with belle and sebastian. and one last thing... how come "take me out" starts out AWESOME, then gets really lame?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Rock Out
    Length - 38:45
    Let me start off by saying that this album doesn't really present any exceptional new sound, groundbreaking material or brilliant rehashings of The Beatles. Nonetheless, it's a damn good album, and I'm quite glad that I bought it. As far as the music goes, I think The Strokes comparisons that are being made are valid to some extent. The vocals are strikingly similar on some tracks, the chords and bass sound alike, and the overall energy and exuberance of Franz is comparable to The Strokes. Contrastingly, I think Franz is more exciting, easier to dance to, and the songs are a bit more variegated (I have a hard time distinguishing between most of the tracks on Room On Fire). Another great part about this album is that there aren't any bad songs. There are at least two songs I skip on both Strokes records each time I listen to them. But Franz, solid straight through. In a word, if you're into The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand will be a fine purchase for you. If you care, my favorite tracks include the jaunty Tell Her Tonight, the manic Take Me Out and the brilliant, hypnotic closer, 40'.

    5-0 out of 5 stars wooo---ROCK!
    All the songs in this album are fantastic!! Franz Ferdinand is an incredibly talented band that creates fearless music! They respect many different genres of music and they aren't (...) enough to say so. So, you see, you dimwitted metal rock punktards, you don't have to publicly hate pop music to be successful. No fear!!! wooo! music! wooo! WOOO!!! WOOOOOOO!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Franz Ferdinand kicks ass!!
    okay where do i start this is the greastest alt rock alblum ever enough said

    5-0 out of 5 stars If I could only have one CD for the rest of my life...
    Okay, well, who knows what my taste will be like when I'm an old person? But, I know what I like at this phase in my life, and it is precisely what Franz Ferdinand dishes out: unabashed, fun, get-up-and-dance rock music. From start to finish, this album is highly listenable. It's one of those discs that you can have on in the background and not get sick of it on repeat for a few hours, AND you can sit and listen to the lyrics and still appreciate it. People who say they dislike FF seem to have lost all ability to laugh and have fun without pretension. While music elitists seem rather disappointed that this band has achieved a wide fan base in a short time, the rest of us will be enjoying ourselves on the dance floor. ... Read more

    10. Alone in IZ World
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    The artist behindFacing Future,the top-selling Hawaiian album of all time, the lateIsrael "IZ"Kamakawiwo'ole was possessed of a voice so sweet, so tender, and so lovelythat it continues to deeply stir those who hear it long after he died. Lovinglyassembled and notated by producer Jon de Mello, Alone in IZ World iscomprised of both alternate versions of Kamakawio'ole's best-loved songs as wellas tracks never before heard by the public. The latter category includesversions of "Hanohano No Na Cowboy," the playfully incomplete opening on "MonaLisa," and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," on which IZ takes a rare turn atharmonizing with himself. In light of his premature passing, devastatinglybeautiful alternate cuts of "Starting All Over Again" and "In This Life" areespecially poignant. And "Over the Rainbow"--IZ's renditions were heard inMeet Joe Black andFinding Forrester--may neveragain sound so pure. --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars moved and touched!!!!
    i first came to hear of iz on a commercial for a childrens hospital here in my area of northeast step-daughter had spent a considerable amount of time there and while showing scenes of various children all races,all types of defects,overcoming and smiling;there was this outstanding version of "somewhere over the rainbow" i cried while listening to this 60 second commercial!!!i called the hospital to see just who this was singing and they said iz blah blah blah.anyways,i found this cd,"alone in iz world" and heard the rest of the medley(what a wonderful world) along the with the other songs and still was crying!!! so sorry to hear of his passing and had it not been for my wife and my step-daughters' illnesses,i'd have found iz sooner.i find this cd so soothing as i deal with the stresses of caring for my wife and daughter. thank you IZ!!! and may you rest in the same peace that you have given me. A MUST HAVE FOR ANYONE WITH A HEART!!!!!
    (looking forward to getting all of iz's catalog of music and video!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Alone in IZ world
    My Mama is of Hawaiian descent and met my Dad while he was stationed in Hawaii during WWII. Growing up in the NorthEast did not allow me the exposure to Hawaiian music that I would have liked. We listened to my Mama's Hawaiian music on 78's, but we never understood the language. The melodies were often pretty, but we were clueless as to what was being said. (Remember--our language was taken away and the elders discouraged using the Hawaiian language.)

    I was growing tired of Hawaiian music always being stereotyped and associated with Don Ho. So, I hit the music stores and stumbled across "IZ" by accident. I listened to the whole CD (Face the Future) in the store and bought it immediately.

    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (say that 3 times fast!) is an angel with a beautiful voice who should be honored and remembered by the Hawaiian natives.

    On his new CD, "Alone in IZ world", the song "Starting all over again" couldn't be more appropriate in light of the bombings at the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Listen to it, absorb it, buy it. It's worth it!

    Mahaloaloha...J.G. Merola

    5-0 out of 5 stars Comfort and Escape.
    The gentle sound from this gentle giant is a perfect anecdote to a hectic day. Rarely do you feel an authentic spirtuality from an artist, but IZ delivers this.

    I first heard his Under the Rainbow/Wonderful World medley at a friend's wedding and couldn't shake his rendition. That cut alone is worth the entire CD.

    If you've ever had the pleasure of visiting Hawaii, Iz will take you back there each time you play this CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars IZ a wonderful world
    After spending time in Hawai'i, I feel in love with IZ's music only to learn of his passing. What a wonderful singer, musician and songwriter he was. And a great loss to the music industry. I can only hope that he becomes as greatly known on the main land as he is in Hawai'i.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Alone in IZ World
    This album can take me away to places in my mind I have never visited before, although I have been to Hawaii many times. The quiet beauty of this timeless man's tender voice will forever be etched in my mind. Even the most childlike songs such as, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, take on their own IZ twist, not only in his voice but in the lighthearted bantering of his unabashed self. I feel in my heart that the world was cheated by his untimely passing but his voice will be singing sweet songs forever. Aloha. ... Read more

    11. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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    Before Sgt. Pepper, no one seriously thought of rock music as actual art. That all changed in 1967, though, when John, Paul, George and Ringo (with "A Little Help" from their friend, producer George Martin) created an undeniable work of art which remains, after 30-plus years, one of the most influential albums of all time. From Lennon's evocative word/sound pictures (the trippy "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," the carnival-like "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite") and McCartney's music hall-styled "When I'm 64," to Harrison's Eastern-leaning "Within You Without You," and the avant-garde mini-suite, "A Day in the Life," Sgt.Pepper was a milestone for both '60s music and popular culture.--Billy Altman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic
    Sgt. Pepper is probably the most influencal rock album...ever. Starting with the impossibly catchy, rock friendly title track, which gices you the impression you are watching Sgt. Pepper preform live, Billy Shears (Ringo) is introduced and With A Little... starts. Ringo does a great job singing this pop clasic. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is an amazing song by John, which, allagedly, had nothing to do with LSD. As much as I hate to admit is, Getting Better sounds better in Phillips commercials. It still sounds good here though. Fixing A Hole is a strange song, by Paul I think, but not bad. She's Leaving Home is more of a classical song than a Rock Song, with mostly strings. Hard to dislike. Mr. Kite is an odd, slow circus song by John. Again, it's impossibly catchy. Within You... is a hypnotic Indian song by George. Paul sped up his voice for When I'm Sixty Four, a 1920's song that, ironically, looks at the future. Lovely Rita is an accoustic/electric rocker. Good Morning is an early (catchy) ska song with blasting horns. Sgt. Pepper (reprise) closes up the concert the same way it opened it(in other words, it the same as the first song). A Day In The Life is a schizofrenic ballad, for lack of a better word. I won't begin do describe this incredible song with it's epic srtings, and fast chorus. At the end, a dog whistle comes on as joke. Anyway BUY THIS ALBUM.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite By The Beatles!
    I only just got into the Beatles this year (I am only 15). I first bought a greatest hits disc, then I went out and bought Abbey Road. I didn't see what all the fuss was about. Sgt. Peppers was my next purchase and I was floored. This CD is brilliant....especially when I think about how it was made over 40 years ago. BUY IT!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is my reason
    This album changed my life. If it weren't for this album I'd be trying to make it as a professional soccer player. Believe, I would never have had a shot. Thank God for the Beatles!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rolling Stone says,the greatest album ever!!!
    Ignore malcontents who are imposible to make happy,this album was voted the greatest ever by rolling stone magazine,and you know they can't be wrong!!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Sgt. Pepper
    "...they use so many instruments that no other artist of their era could think of?..." No one had ever played of a sitar? They were the first to use a symphonic orchestra? The statements made up by people regarding this album are incredible. There are three good songs on this release. At the going download rate of 99 cents per song, I might buy this if it were marked down to $2.97. ... Read more

    12. Shangri La
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    Mark Knopfler isn't afraid to drop names. The heavyweight Cassius Clay laid low, the man who made burgers and fries into big business, the kings of rock & roll and skiffle are among the motley assortment who pass through Knopfler's fourth solo album. Recorded in Malibu with a tight crew of steadfast Knopfler sidemen, Shangri-La (the title comes from the studio where the entire set was recorded) chronicles the foibles of the acclaimed and the adrift, all delivered with the nonchalant grace that has marked Knopfler's music since Dire Straits emerged in the late '70s. Seven of album's 14 originals clock in at between five and seven minutes. That's Knopfler in a nutshell--don't rush things, but don't loose the thread, either. As a songwriter, Knopfler has a storyteller's eye for minutiae, which he delivers with practiced nuance. He overreaches here and there ("Song for Sonny Liston" fails to capture the pathos of the menacing fighter), but also pulls off a few career highlights (the understated crime-drama opener "5.15 a.m."). --Steve Stolder ... Read more

    13. Stand Up
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    14. Live at Stubb's: Austin, TX 2/19/05
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    Although reggae's religious overtones are often overshadowed by the music's ties to ganja and the hippie movement, there are some socially active or religious leaning artists out there. One of the newest comes in the unlikely figure of a young Hasidic Jew named Matisyahu. Singing with a slight ghetto patois, in Yiddish, and even displaying considerable beat-box skills, the New Yorker is at his best when he works himself into fits of righteous indignation and Old Testament fervor (the limits of his vocal range are laid bare when he croons on ballads). The lean three-piece band on this live recording, his second album, is aerodynamic and flexible, able to do the slow reggae groove or rock out with ferocity. After 12 tracks of stripped-down reggae, however, the music tends to blend into one long groove. Nonetheless, there is an undeniable urgency in this live recording that comes through loud and clear, making it a live document of note by one of reggae's most interesting new figures.--Tad Hendrickson ... Read more

    15. Rubber Soul [UK]
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    Rank 'em how you like, Rubber Soul is an undeniable pivot point in the Fab Four's varied discography no matter where, or how, you first heard it. The album was softened up in its original12-song American edition to jibe with the Dylan/Byrds folk-rock sound, as well as squeeze money from the Parlophone catalog. The 14-song U.K. edition--the version now available on compact disc--is a different, more dynamic, and ultimately more accomplished achievement. So many classics: "Drive My Car" and "Nowhere Man" (both omitted from the U.S. edition) merge the early combustible Beatifics to a burgeoning studio consciousness; "The Word" can be read as a pre-psych warning shot; the sitar-laden "Norwegian Wood" and the evocative "Girl" (the latter written on the last night of the sessions) stand as turning points in John Lennon's oeuvre. George finally emerges too, with the McGuinn-ish "If I Needed Someone." --Don Harrison ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Under-rated Classic
    When you think of classic Beatles albums, you often think Abbey Road, Sgt Pepper, Revolver or The White Album. But Rubber Soul deserves it's place right up there with those albums. It is often overlooked or forgotten, but is a necessary step between early Beatles recordings ("yeah, yeah, yeah") and the later-day masterpieces ("Getting Better","Revolution", "Come Together", "Let It Be").
    Rubber Soul opens with the peppy "Drive My Car", a John & Paul harmony that is often forgotten among the great Beatles tunes. This one blends their voices so perfectly, it's easy to see why these two worked so well together. John's "Norwegian Wood" is next, a Dylan-esque folk tune about a whimsical one-night stand (Original lyrics were "Knowing she would", but were changed to the less offending "Nowegian Wood"). George plays an absolutely gorgeous sitar on this song- definitely overlooked. Paul's "You Won't See Me" is next, occasional 3-part harmony (with John & George), but admittedly one of their lighter works. John's "Nowhere Man" was written about his father, a forebearing to some of his most introspective and revealing songs that he'd write for his 1st solo album in 1970. One of the Beatles all-time greats and again, great 3-part harmony. How could you NOT love this song?
    "Think For Yourself" may be George Harrison's greatest song next to "Something". The guitar work is 1st rate of course, but the singing and lyrics are also top-notch. Giving John & Paul a run for their songwriting money!!! "The Word" is one of those '60's era songs that must have seemed like a good idea at the time but hasn't really stood the test of time. Still, a lesser Beatles song is still miles ahead of most other songs. "Michelle" is a Paul McCartney masterpiece that everybody knows, even if you're not a fan. "What Goes On" gives Ringo Starr a chance in front of the microphone and he does well in this country-western style song, with backup from John & Paul. "I'm Looking Through You" is one of those songs that catches your attention the very first time you hear it and you love it forever. It's Paul's song, with John singing backup and Ringo playing the organ!
    "Girl" & "In My Life" are absolutely beautiful John Lennon masterpieces that make your heart ache in light of what ultimately happened to John. Especially "In My Life", which finds John in a retrospective mood and singing about all the things he'll remember all his life. Absolutely wonderful song and worth the price of this CD alone! "If I Needed Someone" is another top-notch George Harrison composition and probably ranks third of all his songs, behind the aforementioned "Something" (from the album Revolver) and "Think For Yourself".
    The closing song "Run For Your Life" is a throw-away tune that John wrote in about 5 minutes, one that he admitted that he never really liked, but the 3-part harmony is wonderful and the song structure is first class. The lyrics may be a tad below the Lennon-McCartney standard that we're used to, but still a fine tune nonetheless. The one song that I'd say doesn't belong, and in fact was actually written in the summer of '65 for the "Help" film, is "Wait", a sophmoric effort that probably was better left on the cutting room floor. Still, only one song that is somewhat poor out of an album of 14 songs is incredible!
    I'd highly recommend this disc, especially if you're only familiar with the Beatles "hits" and are looking for something a little different. The craftmanship of these songs has stood up over 38 years and remains as remarkable today as ever. From 2 and 3 part harmony to excellent guitar work and songwriting, this is a forgotten classic that you will be delighted to discover (or re-discover!!!). Buy this CD, you'll love it!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm not worthy!!
    This album was the transition of the Beatles from mop-top teeny-boppers to maturing artists. The lyrics developed and so dids their style. Let's take it song by song. 1-Drive my car-a fun song with Chuck berry-esque guitars. 2-Norwegian wood-a song about a love affair. nice use of the sitar from George. 3-You won't see me-a piano based song with a catchy melody. 4-Nowhere man-the more adult lyrics are apparent on this track. 5-Think for yourself-a song from George with Paul on "fuzz" bass. 6-The word-awesome harmonium solo! 7-Michelle-my favorite song from the album. It reminds me of a guy standig outside his girlfriends window, serenading her. 8-What goes on-a nice country styled song from Ringo. 9-Girl-interesting vocals, weird breathy noises. 10-Looking thru you-a cool organ sound and over all nice track. 11-In my life-a beautiful song with a beautiful piano solo. 12-Wait-a minor song about a guy coming home to see his girl. 13-If i needed someone-this song could have been recorded by the Byrds. great guitar sound. 14-Run for your life-song about determined to keep his girl. sounds like they used slide guitar techniques. That's all, folks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rolling Stone says,the 5th greatest album ever!!!
    And you know they can't be wrong... the truth will not and can not be denied!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Rubber Soul
    "...a starting point for music..", " flawless package..." What Goes On? Run For Your Life? If you like a few tracks then fine, but get real people.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Songcraft at its finest
    This is an elegant collection of songs that was a starting point for music. Here excellent music composition was combined with thought provoking lyricism and affective production. The guitars, pianos and bass play complementary melodies to the tunes, resulting in one flawless package that simply doesn't date.
    Along with Pet Sounds and Mr Tambourine Man (Byrds) here is a the new intellectualism of Bob Dylan combined with a production that emotionally frames it's lyrical content. Every track is a winner, although 'Run for your life' is somewhat lightweight. 'Norwegian Wood', 'In my Life', 'Nowhere man' and 'Girl' are probably the finest examples of songcraft here. Anyone interested in music must have this album. ... Read more

    16. The Chorus (Les Choristes)
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    Already a box office sensation with a million-selling soundtrack in its native France, writer/director Christopher Barratier's tale of a post-war music teacher's lasting impact on his young charges rode its formulaic Hollywood roots all the way to Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Foreign Language Film, as well as an Oscar nod for Best Song ("Look To Your Path [Vois Sur Ton Chemin]," a collaboration between the director and film composer Bruno Coulais). Taking his inspiration from the boy's chorus at the center of the film's drama, Coulais has concocted a masterful, classically rooted score that showcases the crystalline, youthful harmonies of Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc Choir. The composer bridges the baroque and modern eras in a collection of mostly Latin choruses and chants, a skillful, often haunting fusion that also netted Coulais' compelling score BAFTA and Cesar Awards in Britain and his native France, respectively. -- Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars il est incroyable!
    I love Cinema Paradiso, so I followed Perrin to this movie. I havent seen a french film in a long time, and this one was great. The story was nice, but if you really look at the whole, its the musical compositions which really stood out and made this a hit. The lyrics paint a beautiful picture and make me want to figure skate even if I dont know how. Heck, I think it would make a football team want to figure skate! Every highschool chorus should learn one of these songs and sing it, they are just so darn purdy!

    PS- 3 hours after I wrote this and Im freakin cryin here, this
    darn waltz called "cerf-volant" lifts you and your dancing
    partner higher and higher, after waltzing on the sea?!
    *sniff* Its like the scene with Uma Thurman and John
    Neville in Baron Munchausen. And "Vois sur ton chemin" has
    such strength as in a march!
    "Caresse sur l'ocean" has the prettiest lyrics
    of them all I believe! I havent felt this certain emotion
    from a soundtrack since "The Secret Garden" starring Kate
    Maberly and that scene in "Green Card" where Gerard
    Depardieu is playing the poem piano song. Not as sad as that
    but have the same potency to me. *sniff* go away bye.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Music to go with the beauty of La France
    I happened to casually mention to a dear French friend on a recent trip to France (March) that I had heard something about a movie called Les Choristes and did she know anything about it.My friend, who usually is not overly enthusiastic about movie music or even movies unless they are excellent, jumped up from the dinner table (another unusual action for a Frenchwoman) and ran to get her CD.She put it on and could not stop gushing (in French) about the movie, the music and Jean-Baptiste Maunier, the soloist and main protagonist in the film.After listening to the music, I had her take me the next day to a Supermarche and bought it (the European version has 5 additional tracks on the CD).Several days later, when I left to drive from her town (two hours south of Paris) back down to the southwestern part of France (Toulouse), I listened to the CD the whole way.It was glorious, the combination of the lovely, uplifting music and the gorgeous, green French countryside.Of course, I am a Francophile anyway, but I think we Americans often think we are the only ones who can compose great music and make great films!We often do not give sufficient credit to other countries for their beautiful, funny and moving films and music.

    Like another reviewer, I listen to this CD all the time; it's the best traveling music I've ever heard!I have the added advantage that I understand the words.After listening to the music myriad times and trying to figure out how the story will unfold, I'm anxiously awaiting my copy of the DVD which has just shipped from, yes, in answer to another reviewer who was confused by the conversation during track 21, the teacher is auditioning the boys, finding out what parts (soprano, alto and bass) they are best suited for.Evidently, because the boys sing individually in that part, they thought it would be a good addition to the CD.The songs do, indeed, have very uplifting words.I only have them in French, but I'm happy to hear that they translate them for those of you who do not speak the language.

    I will add, however, that I think the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made a mistake by having Beyonce sing this song at the Oscars.As my French friend said, "If they'd let Jean-Baptiste Maunier sing it, it would have won the Oscar!"(She doesn't understand that the voting takes place before the actual Oscar presentations!)Perhaps just the American boys' choir would have been a better choice.

    I highly recommend this music to anyone who loves easy-to-listen-to, uplifting, mood-lifting music.It's a delight.And I quite agree with the other reviewers that the boys' choir voices are perfect in combination with the music.They already had a "More with Les Choristes" CD out in France!Unfortunately, I didn't have room for it, so hopefully will be able to get it eventually.Happy listening!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet
    My review is short -- the music is sweet. It is beautiful, wonderful music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Haunting
    Like a previous reviewer, I heard a story on NPR about this movie and soundtrack.I was instantly taken with the beauty of the excerpt they played, and as soon as I got home I ordered the soundtrack.I have listened to it at my computer, in my car, and at work every day since I received it.Far from being put off by the repetition of a few musical themes, I find that the repetition helped me to become familiar with the music more quickly, and has given me more enjoyment.

    I know that "Vois Sur Ton Chemin" is the most well-known track on this CD, but I love "Caresse sur l'Ocean".Sometimes a piece of music is so beautiful it hurts, and I find this melody, and the hauntingly pure soprano voice of Jean-Baptiste Maunier,lingering in my head all the time.If you like choral music, buy this CD.You won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great
    I really love this soundtrack. Every song has great feeling in them. My choir has even begun singing La Nuit. The tunes do get a bit repetitive, and it gets annoying sometimes, but it is still catchy and beautiful music. I wish they had added the performance song from the Oscars ("vois sur ton chemin", performed by Beyonce Knowles and the American Boychoir, which I'm in ^^)... ... Read more

    17. Pretty In Black
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    Named in homage to Buddy Holly’s greatest rocker, Denmark’s Raveonettes have forged small, satisfying changes on twangy garage pop over three records. (Think somewhere between Chris Isaak and the Jesus and Mary Chain.) Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo’s second full-length, Pretty in Black, makes the duo’s influences even more explicit than before with a cover of the Angels’girl-group monster "My Boyfriend’s Back" (co-written by Raveonettes co-producer Richard Gottehrer) and "Here Comes Mary," a ballad that walks almost as closely in the melodic steps of the Everly Brothers "All I Have to Do is Dream" as "Surfin’ U.S.A." did those of "Sweet Little Sixteen." But it’s the new tricks they unpack--the shimmy of "Love in a Trashcan," the disco stomp of "Twilight"--that make this their own music. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

    18. The Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits: The Record
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    Don't look for a richly illustrated, critical essay-packed hagiography with this 40-track, double-disc overview of the Bee Gees recording career. In typical, telling fashion, the Brothers Gibb have eschewed such exercises in ego inflation and simply let the best of their remarkable body of music speak for itself. Through it all, their familiar voices lock together in the sort of transcendent, seemingly genetic harmony that few singers since the Everly Brothers (early Gibb inspirations) have managed. Beginning with the plaintive 1966 hit "New York Mining Disaster 1941," this set traces the Gibbs' journey from successful Beatles-era balladeers to '70s white R&B gods and the undisputed kings of disco (we're reminded here that their shrewd metamorphosis began with "Nights on Broadway" and "Jive Talkin'"--long before the mega-success of "Saturday Night Fever"). But even as that dance craze faded, again threatening to turn the Bee Gees into pop anachronisms, the Gibbs simply stepped out of the limelight for a while, turning their talents to MOR hit-making for the likes of Samantha Sang, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand, and Dionne Warwick. Those hits ("Emotion," "Heartbreaker," "Islands in the Stream") are featured here in modern rerecordings by the band, along with the Streisand-Barry Gibb duet, "Guilty." And if the Gibbs haven't had much of an American chart presence in recent years, they remain superstars throughout the rest of the world, a richly crafted pop music presence that simply won't be denied. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars That is just OK ! (6.5 / 10points)
    I have been a big fan of Bee Gees for a long time. To my honest, I do not like the sounds of this CD. I have a feeling it seems NOT to be stereo sounds at most of the songs. I wondered why did Gibbs brothers really forget many their great songs as: Edge of the universe, Someone belongs to someone, Wedding day, Come on over, Shine shine, Woman in you...
    Every CD of Bee Gees always has: Jive Talking, New York mining disaster 1941, Holiday, Lonely days, To love somebody, I've gotta get a message to you, Run to me, How can you mend a broken heart, Nights on Broadway... They are good but they were repeated many times, so they got bored. The producers of Bee Gees lack of creation and selection to make a better CD for audiences.
    Now, regarding to some particular songs in this CD.
    "Island in the stream": Barry Gibb is better than Robin Gibb at this particular one. If you heard this song in CD title "One night only", you will agree with me Barry performed it better.

    "Immortality": Barry Gibb really FAILED to perform this song. I really like Celine Dion singing this song. The reason Barry failed is his high voice was not suitable for that. He himself break that such beautiful song! I grade Barry for this song 4 points/10 points.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless and Incomparable Gibbs!
    This new package covering 35 plus years spotlights some of the best pop music ever recorded. For anyone who ever thought that the Bee Gees were just about "disco", here's the evidence that smokes that argument!

    From the early 60's gems to the latter day classics, this compilation illustrates why the Bee Gees are one of the most important groups in popular music.. Tight harmonies, superb melodies,touching lyrics, and excellent production values...the Bee Gees are masters of their domain. If you are a collector, you probably have most of the hitscontained in these discs..but this collection is worth the price just to have recordings of the Bee Gees doing versions of songs they originally penned for other artists.

    The sound quality is great, but I wish they would have included more liner notes...maybe some factoids or artist thoughts..This collection is still a superb way to spend a couple of hours!

    5-0 out of 5 stars More Tales From The Brothers Gibb
    From their Beatles - like hits int the 1960s' to their 70s' heyday right up until today, The Bee Gees have remained vibrant forces in the music industry as writers, artists and producers. Although no longer together as an act (due to the untimely passing of Maurice Gibb last years), they still remain legends.

    2001'S "The Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits - For The Record" is a sort of a cheap way to obtain the great hits alread released n the boxed set, but that doesn't make it any less of a fantastic album. These disc encapsule what American pop music should be.

    Disc 1 begins with their hits between 1967 and 1968. During this time they were written off assecond - rate Beatles clone. I disagree with this statement, because at this time, as The Beatles were making complex albums like "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", the three Austrailian brothers were cutting simple, enjoyable (not The Beatles' music wasn't) love songs during this time, such as "To Love Somebody", "Words", "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" and my personal favorite, the whistful, sad "I Started A Joke". Though thye remained cold throught the rest of the 1960s' and into the 1970s' - made offical by Robin's departure - the material they recorded during this time is among their best - "First Of May", "Don't Forget To Remember", "First Of May", "Saved By The Bell" (from Robin's solo album).

    The 1970s' begin with the eerie singalong "Lonely Days". This song, their first top 3 American hit, is unlike anything they had done up to that point, though the lead singer (I think Barry), sounds an awful lot like John Lennon). Then came their first number one hit, the haunting ballad "How Can You Mind A Broken Heart". Originially offered to Andy Williams, he passed and The Bee Gees turned it into one of their finest recordings. "Run To Me" ws another lovely ballad and a big hit for the group, but soon they hit it bigger than ever with 1975's classic "Main Course". Thye resuced their career with that album plus three hit singles: the funky number one smash "Jive Talkin'", the pulsating "Nights On Broadway" and the warm "Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)". The Bee Gees were all of a sudden superstars after 8 years of struggle. 1976's "Children Of The World" yielded another number one smash, the thrilling "You Should Be Dancing", as well as the powerful ballad "Love So Right".

    Disc 2 begins with their heyday. This time period (1977 - 79) was then they hit their peak of popularity. First there are the three number one smashes from the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack: the smooth ballad "How Deep Is Your Love", the exhillrating "Stayin' Alive" (probably their signature song) and the funky "Night Fever" (this song was probably their biggest hit, as it spent 8 weeks at number one). Next comes the three number one hits from "Spirits Having Flown": the haunting "Too Much Heaven", the electrifying "Tragedy", and the funk - injected ballad "Love Inside Out". With these songs, The Bee Gees became the first artists since The Beatles to have six consecutive number one hits. Also included is "More Than A Woman", a hit for Tavares, and a new recording of "Emotion", a hit single they wrote for Samantha Sang, who scored her only hit with the song.

    The 1980s' begin with the only non - Bee Gees song. "Guilty" was the hit duet between Barry and Barbra Streisand, and a lovely song at that. Next comes "Heartbeaker" and "Islands In The Streams". These are new recordings of old hits they produced for other artsist in the 1980s', during their third artistic slump. The former was a top 10 comeback hit for Dionne Warwicke, while the latter was a number one duet for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. "Heartbreaker" is done well, but the Gibbs version of "Islands In The Stream" is too modernized, as it includes portions of "Ghetto Supastar", the rap version of the song.

    1987's "You Win Again" is a great unknown song. "One" was their 1989 top 10 comeback hit. In the 1990s', they kept a low profile, though still releasing albums, and scoring a top 30 hit with "Alone". Closing the set is an old 1966 number, the somber romp "Spicks And Specks".

    Though is a great sets, there are plent of singles missing. There are to many to list here, so I'll just name a few that I would hav liked to have seen myself:

    "Jumbo" (number 57)
    "My World" (number 16)
    "Boogie Child" (number 12)
    "Edge Of The Universe" (number 26)
    "He's A Liar" (number 30)
    "The Woman In You" (number 24)
    "Still Waters (Run Deep)" (number 57)

    But those singles are not well - known and there absence is not noted. This a great 2 - disc Bee Gees set that I highly recommend, as well as their boxed set "Tales From The Brothers Gibb" and the live album "2 Nights Live", plus their studio albums and the soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever". Buy them as soon as possible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    I got this as a gift and was not a huge Bee Gees fan save for those moments when I felt "retro" and had to hear "Stayin Alive" and their other disco hits. Well I was pleasantly surprised when I put this album on and just decided to listen all the way through. I had no idea the Bee Gees had so many fantastic songs, (Like "Holiday" for instance). "Nights On Broadway", although I'd heard it before, is now one of my favorite songs of all time. I wish they'd have put the original version of "Emotion" on here as opposed to the updated version but that is a small complaint for a 2 CD set filled with tons of great music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
    Since 1967, The Bee Gees have been a constant hitmaking force as writers and producers. They reached their peak in 1978 - 79 with a string of dance classics that made them one of the most successful artists of all time. By the 1980s', they were considered hasbeens, so they turned to writing hits for big artists of the day. By the 1990s', they resurfaced with new material and worked dilligently until the death of Maurice last year.

    Disc 1 starts in 1967. This was the year The Bee Gees hit big. They scored with 5 consecuitve top 20 hits, including "New York Mining Disaster 1941", "To Love Somebody" and "Words". They were written off by fickle critics as Beatles clones, but that didn't stop them. In 1968, they made the top 10 for the first time with "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" and "I Started A Joke". But soon, they hit a slump that took a while to get out of. They reemerged in 1971 with the "2 Years On" album, which yielded the single "Lonely Days". The song was their biggest American hit yet, going to number 3. "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" followed, and it topped the charts for 4 weeks beginning on August 4, 1971. "Run To Me" made the top 20, but once again their career soon hit the skids. In 1975, they began work on the "Main Course" album. The first single was the discofied "Jive Talkin'", which went to number 1. "Nights On Broadway" was next, and it peaked at 7. "Fanny (Be Tender With My Love" went to number 12, giving them a hat trick of hit singles. The "Children Of The World" album was next. Its first single was the dance classic "You Should Be Dancing", which became their third charttoper. "Love So Right" came next and went to 3.

    Disc 1 begins in 1977. That year, the group was asked to record some songs for the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack. The first single from the film was the pretty ballad "How Deep Is Your Love". The song went to all the way to number 1 and stayed there for 3 weeks. It stayed in the top 10 for 17 weeks. "Staying Alive" came next", and climbed to number 1 and stayed there for another 4 weeks. "Night Fever" followed, and was their biggest hit ever, staying at number 1 for 8 weeks. To show how successful they were during this period, at one point, all 3 of these songs were in the top 10 simultaneously. After the 25, 000, 000 - selling soundtrack, they released the "Spirits Having Flown" album. It yielded 3 more number 1 singles: "Too Much Heaven", "Tragedy" and "Love You Inside Out". With these 3 hits, they became the first artist since The Beatles to have 6 number 1 hits in a row. It also marked the end of the hitmaking era. By 1980, their career had yet again gone stale. They decided it was time to write songs for other artists. They penned hits for Dionne Warwicke ("Heartbreaker"), Jimmy Ruffin ("Hold On To My Love"), Barbara Streisand ("Guilty"), Diana Ross ("Chain Reaction"), Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (the platinum - selling duet "Islands In The Stream"). By the late 1980s', they resurfaced, and scored a top 10 hit with "One". They continued to perform together until Maurice died last year, thus ending one of the most enduring partnerships in music history.

    Overall, it's a great collections. I have one small complaint. I wish they would've left off the recordings of their hits for other artists and replaced them with a few other singles like "Boogie Child", "Living Eyes", "Someone Belonging To Someone", Robin's version of The Beatles classic "Oh Darling", "The Woman In You", "He's A Liar" and Robin's German number 1 hit "Juliette". Otherwise, it's a stunning collection of hit singles. ... Read more

    19. The Best of Van Morrison
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    Van Morrison reputedly wasn't crazy about the idea of a greatest-hits package, and this set's haphazard programming--which leaps from period to period, style to style, tossing in two key singles by his mid-'60s band Them--speaks to his lack of involvement. Still, it rivals Moondance as Morrison's most popular album, and for a reason: like that classic, it offers one deeply soulful, spiritually and musically thoughtful track after another. Much of his more "difficult" work is ignored here; in fact, Best of... gives us an intriguing picture of a Van who's almost eager to please. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Pop Music the way it should be
    Van Morrison is one of the best songwriters out there. It's awesome to hear his voice and his songwriting talent skip around in different genres, from boogie rock like Brown-Eyed Girl and the spectacular Wild Night to British invasion hookey pop stuff like Gloria and Here Comes the Night to Cat Stevens-ish acoustic reflections like Sweetest Thing and Warm Love and finally to spiritual, decidedly Christian-themed lite rock like Cleaning Windows, Bright Side of the Road, and then God Shines His Light.

    There's something very cinematic about his music too. It sounds like it belongs in the movies. It has that way on perfectly capturing the mood of human emotion that seems perfect for a soundtrack.

    Unfortuantely, Morrison never really had the best voice around; he sort of screams with a little rasp- like a louder, fuller Dylan, but it's unique and adds a very Van-ish authenticity to his songs. Ultimately this CD is really just beautiful to listen to as a good collection of thoughtful, well-written pop tunes of various genres.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Bard of Belfast
    In the early 1990s Alan Parker filmed Roddy Doyle's wonderful book, The Commitments, about working class Irish kids trying to escape dead end jobs through the power of classic soul music. The band's lead singer--slightly pudgy but with a powerful voice and personality--reminded me at the time of a young Van Morrison. Of course, that's not much of a stretch--Doyle could very well have been basing some of his book on Morrison's early career.

    The Best of Van Morrison provides a nice synopsis of Morrison's first three decades as the bard of Belfast. Those humble beginnings with the band Them presents a sound that was as raw as any of the bluesmen and soul artists that he admired and is represented by three songs: the bluesy "Baby Please Don't Go," the anthemic "Gloria," and the ballad "Here Comes the Night." Van's voice sounds more like a growl in these songs, more like Mick Jagger than the warm, smooth sound that would become his trademark.

    The CD is not arranged chronologically, so I tend to group the songs by style rather than time period. Van's soul roots as a solo artist can be seen in how he favors background horns and female backup singers, as in "Domino," "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)," "Wonderful Remark," "Brown-Eyed Girl," "Warm Love," and "Wild Night."

    The flip side to that is his jazzy style, born from that blues beginning merging with the stream of conscience noodling that saw its fullest expression on Astral Weeks. These songs--"Sweet Thing," "Moondance," "Queen of the Slipstream," "Have I Told You Lately," "Bright Side of the Road"--often have unconventional structures, time signatures, or keys and reflect Van's experimentation.

    Often the purview of country music, Van likes the "story" song. His don't necessarily relate a narrative but instead capture characters or a time period. "And It Stoned Me" is a childhood reminescence, while "Cleaning Windows" tries to capture the simpler times when he performed manual labor.

    And, lastly, there's the songs of faith, not quite gospel, but like contemporary Christian with more moderate lyrics. These songs--"Full Force Gale," "Whenever God Shines His Light," "Dweller on the Threshold," and "Did Ya Get Healed"--could be maudlin, but there's something about the assuredness of the delivery that overcomes your doubts regarding the message, at least for the duration of the song.

    While containing all the radio hits, the total collection of 20 songs provides a great introduction to Van, who can be a little overindulgent and uneven in his albums. Once you become a confirmed fan, you're more likely to enjoy those experiments. Until then, this is your best one album collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars In Response To IVAVARIO
    The new remaster has the unedited Brown Eyed Girl with the "Making Love in the green grass...." line intact.

    Now for the review, this is a great compilation for the Van Morrision newbie. It contains his most famous songs, Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance, Gloria (with Them), Domino, Jackie Wilson Said..., Wild Night, Have I Told You Lately..., And It Stoned Me, among others.

    The only song that should have been on here that wasn't is Caravan. Other than that a perfect 10.


    Once again, if you are irritated about the original taking out that infamous line in Brown Eyed Girl, get the remaster. It shouldn't be hard to find since the unremastered is out of print.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I Hate This Dude
    This horrible little idiot is SO annoying. His voice stinks and his lyrics are stupid. His music is only for idiots who are too brainwashed by outdated garbage music like this to realize that there is such a thing as a catchy beat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Discovery
    Having grown up in Generation X, I had no idea who Van Morrison was until a few years ago when I bought this CD for my father. He listened to it and loved it, and I borrowed it from him recently. I consider Van a great discovery.

    I was blown away by how great the music on this album is. There are so many songs of Morrison's that I was familiar with but did not know that he was the singer. I feel very fortunate to have "discovered" such a great artist.

    Though I'm not very familiar with Van's work, some songs here have become favorites of mine. These include:

    'Have I Told You Lately': Later remade by Rod Stewart, this has become one of the classic love songs of all time. The original is best, with Morrison's throaty voice driving the vocals.

    'Wild Night': Another song that has been remade, the original of 'Wild Night' is a bit rockier than John Mellencamp's version.

    'Moondance': Now one of my favorite songs, 'Moondance' is a classic, laid-back jazzy tune with brilliant vocals and a terrific shuffle.

    'Brown Eyed Girl': Year after year, the oldies radio station in Cleveland places this song at the top of their "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list. There's a reason why.

    I've read a few reviews saying that this isn't as good a compilation of Morrison's material as could be made. I can't speak for them, because, as a newcomer, I don't know much about his music. I can say that this album is amazing, and has definitely done a good job of introducing me to the magic of Van Morrison. What more could a greatest hits album ask for? ... Read more

    20. Legend (New Packaging)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Primer On Marley
    "Legend" is a good starting point to get aquainted with the music of Bob Marley, but any compilation of Marley's work will not do justice to the scope of his amazing career. I even purchased the 4 CD retrospective and found it lacking. Each album that Bob Marley and the Wailers released during his career were really song cycles, and so any collection of Marley will not capture the immediacy and passion that of hearing them on each orginal album. Any collection of Marley are will be just that, a random out of context presentation of his music.

    "I Shot the Sheriff" comes from the "Burnin'" album and Bob is an angry young revolutionay, and each song on "Burnin'" reflects that. "Is This Love" is from the album "Kaya" where Marley celebrates the pleasures of the simple life and sensual love. The songs on "Uprising" and "Exodus" capture the internationalism of reggae music, as Bob Marley became the most celebrated musician in the entire world, he wrote songs about the world wide movement of "jah people." In order to "overstand" (as Rasta says) the man...Bob Marley, you must hear these songs side by side with the other songs in the original release. Each song on this compilation will become even more powerful when heard in that context. I still give this collection 5 stars because it has aquainted so many people with Bob Marley, who otherwise would have never heard him. The best way to hear Bob Marley is begin with "Catch A Fire" in which Marley is an angry youth from Trenchtown, and move chronologically through his career ending with "Uprising" his final album before his death. It is they only way to capture the amazing development and scope of Bob Marley's message and music.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Classic tracks
    Whether you are a reggae fan or not, you've got to love the works of Bob Marley, the man is a genius. This is an excellent compilation, every track a classic. From the party classic 'Jamming' to the universal anthem 'One Love/People Get Ready', the gorgeous, beautiful acoustic 'Redemption Song' and the tender 'No Woman No Cry', this CD is loaded with brilliant songs. It is really worth owning, one of the greatest Greatest Hits. However, as always, some essential Marley tracks are missing: 'Sun Is Shining', 'Rainbow Country', 'Lively Up Yourself', 'Kaya' and 'Trenchtown Rock'. Of these 5, only 2 are actually included on the One Love CD, the other Marley greatest hits, so competition is stiff, especially as the version of 'Redemption Song' is far superior and 'Satisfy My Soul' is left off One Love altogether.

    Overall, this is a great Marley compilation to buy for any music fan at all, loaded with classics, but its worth buying other albums for several other tracks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Different shades of Bob
    This is a great record. Bob's body of work is extensive so obviously not everyone's favorites can be included and we must understand that. There are many that I would have added.

    Under some circumstances I would agree that it seems thrown together but in other respects that too is a representation of Bob. He was a lover and a fighter (activist) all at once. How can you possibly separate the two? If you dont have love, if you care for nothing, then what are you fighting for?

    Someone suggested that this CD (or maybe his music) was gloomy and bitter. It pains me to read this because this person does not know anything about reggae, Jamaica,our language or our culture. This CD is overflowing with love. Romantic love: I listen to the seemingly simplistic metaphors and they stir great emotions in me. There is great love for family for understanding that the family helps us through. There is love for life. Love for the struggle that we as Jamaicans, as humans must endure.

    Dont let this be your only Bob Marley experience, but if you're a novice its a good place to start.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Legend (New Packaging) [EXTRA TRACKS] [ORIGINAL RECORDING RE
    Bob Marley is a so so vocalist and his music is simplitic and not very advanced, However the biggest problem is that his politics somewhat destroy otherwise nice melodies. It is like one is listening to some bitter old man at times and this is not so fun since music should be fun and not to serious. Come one Mr Marley the world is not always that bleak and gloomy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My introduction to Bob
    Well, I've always known that Bob Marley was at one point and still is to a lot of people all over the world, a huge influential icon. His messages in his music touch us all because he talked about such deeply meaningful issues affecting all of humanity. The fact that it's reggae and has that unmistakable reggae sound, it became popular because it was so hard not to notice and appreciate it. Previously I had not known of any of his music being 25 and pretty much into R & B, and Hip Hop but wow, this CD really introduced me to him and made me a fan. I plan on purchasing more of his music. See, that's the best part of "Best Of" albums they can peak your interest and make you want the whole that the artists have to offer. ... Read more

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